RED KITE CHALLENGE 2014

RACE RESULTS (MS Excel Format)

These can also be found on Pat and Roland Sherwood's online race results website

This year saw a change of location for the Red Kite Challenge having been at Nant yr Arian for the previous eleven years the event shifted inland to the wonderful location of the Woodlands Caravan Site, Ponterwyd.

First on the menu was a hotly contested junior races, with a year on increase in runners we hope that the new course was suitably challenging and varied for the runners. U20 winners were Jacob Griffiths (Colwyn Bay) and Megan Carter-Davies (Aberystwyth AC), U17s; Ffion Qwan (Sarn Helen) and John Spill (Eryri), U15s; Holli Jehu (Aberdare) and Luke Davies (Brecon AC). Well done to all the guys who took part, full results are available on the spreadsheet and on the online race results website.

The Red Kite 10K was equally challenging with the first three men crossing the finish line on the hillock 9 seconds apart, Richard Anthony (Aberystwyth AC) was the first back in 41:46 followed three seconds later by Edd Land (Aberystwyth AC) and a further six seconds by Andrew Davies (Thornbury). The ladies race was won by Sian Mari Thomas (Cardiff AC) in 46:25.

In the 1/2 marathon, Jonathan Barnes (Mynydd Du) held of regular Kite Man Peter Ryder (Cardiff AC) to win in a time of 1:26:49, Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) won the ladies race in a good time 1:46:42. The times for all races were excelent but show the testing nature of the terrain encountered, we hope to see you all back at the Woodlands in 2015.

A big thank you to all our sponsors, supporters, RAYNET, St John's, Pat and Roland for the race results, our marshalls, finish line helpers, the course markers, the land owners who allowed us passage over their land, suppliers of water and food, particlur thanks to Mrs Bunton for the Bara Brith.

In particular we would like to thank Woodlands Caravan Site who were the perfect hosts and very kindly allowed us to use their lovely site and facilities, the finishing decent into the top field was just perfect. Where else can you camp and wake up next to the finish line!!

Please, please let us know how we did, the good and the bad so we can improve next year.

Red Kite Challenge Committee

LATEST: ***HOW TO ENTER***

BY POST - the entry forms will be loaded here shortly, pay by cheque, instructions will be on the form.

2014 PDF Entry Form

2014 WORD Entry Form

Please feel free to print and circulate to friends and clubmates.

ONLINE - via Runnersworld - follow this link - you will be asked to pay a small surcharge.

THE RED KITE CHALLENGE -SATURDAY 3RD OF MAY

After some deliberation we have taken the decison to move the Red Kite Challenge to nearby Devil's Bridge which is about ten minutes drive from Nant yr Arian where we usually hold the race. The venue will be the Woodlands Caravan Site who have have kindly hosted Ras y Diafol for the last ten years. If you have run, walked of helped at Ras y Diafol you will recognise the venue and some of this years course which will use some of the same trails. There are a few new elements to the day which are described below.

The main sponsor for 2014 is once again Salomon who will be providing a selection of prizes for the days races.

RKC - HALF MARATHON Start time @ 1pm
This is a testing 13.1 miles starting at the caravan site meandering its way up to the Arch on the way you will negotiate several steep hills in the forest and plenty of ups and downs on forest roads, tracks and trails. From the Arch you will push out onto a small loop which will incorporate moorland and more forest with expansive views before returning to the Arch for the predominantly downward section back to Devil's Bridge. Be warned this also includes some stiff 'ups' to test tired legs.

RKC - 10K TRAIL RACE - Start @ 1pm
This is a new addition and is inresponse to feedback from the running community. There are several reasons for this, first; we wanted to provide the shorter option for people relatively new to running and running off road who want to make the step to 10K before doing the 1/2 marathon.

JUNIOR RACES - Start @ 11:30am
These will be for the usual age groups and will be published on the website along with the entry forms which are being created. Please see the entry form for age groups

13 MILE WALK - Start @ 11:15am
This will follow the 1/2 Marathon course with the possible option of missing out the loop at the arch which shorten the walk by a couple of miles.

WHAT'S AT THE WOODLANDS CARAVAN PARK
There is a cafe on site which will be open for supporters and athletes to use, serving hot and cold food and drinks. There is also adequate parking on site and at the Hafod Hotel carpark which is 2 minutes walk from the start. Showers and changing is also available on site, a small charge will be levied for the use of the shower facilities. We will also be providing all the usual refreshments including Anne Bunton's Bara Brith.

HOW TO GET THERE
Woodland's Caravan site is on the edge of Devil's Bridge three miles from Ponterwyd on the A44 which is itself 12 miles inland from Aberystwyth, directions can be found on the Woodland's website. For SATNAV users the postcode is: SY23 3JW.

2013 RESULTS AND PHOTOS
The 2013 RACE RESULTS are now belatedly available on this webiste, apologies for the delay. if you wish to see the pictures for either of our races please follow this link to Al Tye's magnificiant photos: website here. Roland and Pat also have our results along with many others on the On line Race Results website.

 

The principal sponsors for the Red Kite Challenge Weekend are:

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