Welsh castles relay preview

2011-06-08, Comments

Welsh Castles Relay route

I copied this fine map from the 2009 Welsh Castles Relay programme. The WCR combines the disciplines of relay running, stage-racing and sight-seeing:

All runners start each stage simultaneously, normally as the first runner from the previous stage finishes […] Thus each stage functions as a separate race. — WCR team information pack

This weekend 58 teams will race over 20 stages from Caernarfon Castle in the north all the way down to Cardiff Castle in the south. I’ll be running for the Swansea Harriers veterans team and my race within a race is stage 16, Brecon to the Beacons Reservoir, one of 6 mountain stages. I’m not as sharp as I’d like, having been resting a hamstring injury for the past few weeks but I’m so looking forward to it.

Poring through the information pack I discover:

Teams are relied on to conform to standards of good fellowship and sportsmanship to make the event enjoyable to all, without the necessity for rules to take account of every possible occurrence … The use of water cannons and water pistols are not permitted.