The usually sleepy mid-Wales countryside will welcome some fierce competition this weekend as hundreds of runners battle it out at the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival.
The fourth edition of the event will take place amongst the bustling atmosphere of the Royal Welsh Smallholding and Countryside Festival on Saturday at midday. The 10K race includes the short course Welsh Trail Running Championships following on from the long course event earlier this month.
Dan Nash is the red-hot favourite to take the men’s title following a stunning fourth place finish at the Brighton Marathon last month. The 25-year-old Cardiff AC athlete has run 30:23 over 10K will be hoping for a smooth transition back to the unforgiving world of trail running.
The undulating course through the stunning Builth Wells countryside could prove to be a leveller for the elite field. White Rock Runner Oliver Williams (32:09) will be looking to stick with Nash over the mixed terrain and challenge in the final stages through the buzzing Royal Welsh Showground.
Aberdare Valley AC runner Joe Reardon (33:35) and Pontypridd Roadent John Howells (34:08) will be hoping to gatecrash the party over 10K on Saturday.
In the women’s race, Les Croupiers athlete Katie Beecher (38:54) will be challenged by Swansea Harrier Jemima Osborn (40:35), Aberdare Valley AC runner Aimee Ferguson (43:10) and Pontypridd Roadent Liz May (43:32).
Hundreds of runners will follow the elite runners along the scenic route that showcases the heart of Wales in all its glory. The challenging route over sections of trail, woodland paths and agricultural land provides a stern test for the mass-field looking for a unique challenge on a picturesque course.
Race Director Steve Brace said: “The road running season is well underway but now we head to the trails for a real favourite on the annual running calendar. The Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival showcases the beautiful mid-Wales countryside and plays host to a hotly contested elite race and an adventure style mass-participation run.
“There is something for every member of the family with the Toddler Dash and Family Mile, so why not get active while out at the Royal Welsh Countryside and Smallholding Festival.”
Entries are open on the day to the Family Mile event, which gets underway at 11.35am before youngsters take their first steps at a mass-participation event in the 60 metre Toddler Dash at 11.55am.
A limited number of entries to the main race are available on the day from the Event Information tent.