Welsh Castles Relay - 4th/5th June

This year we have entered two teams, rather than the three that we have had in some years. Don't let that discourage you from signing up, as it will still be a challenge to fill both teams.

The race starts in Caernarfon on Saturday morning and ends in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon with an awards presentation once the final team has finished. It consists of 20 stages ranging in distance from 8 to 14 miles passing many Welsh Castles in some challenging terrain and each team has 20 runners who each run one stage over the course of the weekend, with ten stages on Saturday and ten on Sunday. It is all run on roads and footpaths - not off road.

Please sign up if you'd like to take part. In a team of twenty the standard required even for a winning team is far wider than you might imagine. It's our strength in depth that gives us the edge. 

Team Captains

Men: TBD
Women: Sarah Pemberton
Contact: welshcastles@serpentine.org.uk

Register herebefore 16th May (we must declare runners in advance)

Please note that registering does not guarantee a place on a team as we will be trying to get the best two teams to Wales. Volunteering to drive probably does guarantee a place! Keeping 3rd-5th June free in your diary also helps (you'd be amazed how many sign up each year then forget to keep the weekend free!) The team captains will be in regular contact about the make-up of the teams over the coming weeks.


Around 25-30 Serpies will travel to Caernarfon on Friday 3rd June to be ready for the race start at 10am on the 4th. On Saturday 4th June, more Serpies will travel from London to meet the race around stage 5 or 6. Some Serpies will head back to London during Saturday once they have raced. Everyone stays in B&Bs near the half-way point in Newtown. On Sunday it's an early start for the first stage and the race finishes in Cardiff at tea-time. It's likely a few Serpies running later stages will join the teams during Sunday.

Taking over 40 Serpies to Wales is a major logistical challenge and I'm indebted to Liz Wynn (again!) for being the lead organiser, sorting out accommodation and logistics. We'll be taking at least four, and probably five vehicles to Wales including at least two minibuses so we need drivers. Please volunteer to drive if you can.

Rich Bartlett
Endurance Running Coordinator

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