Dyfi 8 mile trail race

I don't race that often-I usually find an excuse to run on my own, but today I went to the Dyfi 8 mile trail race. It's run by Cerist Triathlon Club on the back of the Tarrens, and the entry list is mainly Cersit members. The Tan y Coed car park is the meeting place, not far from the CliMachX mountain bike trail on the side of the Dulas valley. This time of year the leaves are all changing colour after the first frosts, this makes for a pretty back drop for the race. A starting field of about 25 made for a really informal race, the briefing was comprehensive but light hearted with a bit of informal banter from the runners. All of the race is on Forestry Trails so the going is easy, well drained and relatively even. The start winds it's way up, not too steeply but its definitely up without too much respite. At about 3.5 miles the trail descends, giving a chance to get the heart rate down, a bit of lactic out of the system and pick the pace up. There is one, short climb again around the 5.5 mile mark before the long descent back to the finish. Water stops, if needed, are frequent and overall a really friendly race. Todays weather was misty and chilly to start, but coming over the high point the mist burnt off giving great view south and west. Running in a vest was definitely the right call. It'd be great to see the race grow and be better supported by runners next year... I hear Cerist are setting a date soon. A maasive thanks to the marshalls who made it happen. Next race for me is next weekend at the OMM in the Howgills; here's hoping the weather is as good. My Strava for the race:
I don’t race that often-I usually find an excuse to run on my own, but today I went to the Dyfi 8 mile trail race. It’s run by Cerist Triathlon Club on the back of the Tarrens, and the entry list is mainly Cersit members. The Tan y Coed car park is the meeting place, not far from the CliMachX mountain bike trail on the side of the Dulas valley. This time of year the leaves are all changing colour after the first frosts, this makes for a pretty back drop for the race. A starting field of about 25 made for a really informal race, the briefing was comprehensive but light hearted with a bit of informal banter from the runners. All of the race is on Forestry Trails so the going is easy, well drained and relatively even. The start winds it’s way up, not too steeply but its definitely up without too much respite. At about 3.5 miles the trail descends, giving a chance to get the heart rate down, a bit of lactic out of the system and pick the pace up. There is one, short climb again around the 5.5 mile mark before the long descent back to the finish. Water stops, if needed, are frequent and overall a really friendly race. Todays weather was misty and chilly to start, but coming over the high point the mist burnt off giving great view south and west. Running in a vest was definitely the right call. It’d be great to see the race grow and be better supported by runners next year… I hear Cerist are setting a date soon. A maasive thanks to the marshalls who made it happen. Next race for me is next weekend at the OMM in the Howgills; here’s hoping the weather is as good. My Strava for the race: