Are you ready to tame the Preseli Beast?

The Preseli Beast is back – an epic 24-mile off-road running race through the Preseli Hills of North Pembrokeshire.

Runners will enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery Pembrokeshire has to offer, with a height gain of approx 4,700ft (1420m) - nearly one and a half times the height of Snowdon!

Runners will enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery Pembrokeshire has to offer.

Local resident Carwyn Phillips is the man behind the beast and has been out finalising the route with his running companion Smudge the dog.

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“This years route will take runners through my absolute favourite trails here on the Preseli’s and I’m excited about encouraging more people to explore this amazing terrain.

Cresting the hill at Bwlch Pennant will be a memorable experience for all the runners, where the full beauty of the Preseli Hills rolls away in front of you – it always takes my breath away.”

The race is in its third year and will start and finish is in the bustling community of Maenclochog. The race route takes in all areas of the Preseli’s, including the wooded Gwaun valley and views over Newport Bay from Carn Ingli. Running is along a mixture of trail, fell, wooded paths, with the odd boggy bit, some steep climbs and watering stations approx every 5-miles.

And if that all seems a little bit too much then maybe the “Beast Bach’ (Small Beast) will be more your size? This 10.5 miles off-road route has approximately 1,700ft (540m) of height gain, sharing the same start/finish and takes you to highest point of the Preseli’s, Foel Cwmcerwyn.

But if all that seems a bit tame, you could try the UltrabeasT, new for 2015 the bigger, badder and tougher 32 miler could be for you. It does all the Preseli Beast route until the second to last top, Foel Feddau. It then takes you across the broad ridge that heads east to Carnalw and Foel Drygarn before looping back. (Please note there is no UltrabeasT in 2017)

If you’re in the area do keep an eye out for our intrepid beast tamers and remember to give them a clap as they pass…  and let them know if you’ve seen the beast!

Updated for 2017

When: Saturday 6th May 2017

Where: Maenclochog

‘Preseli Beast’ race starts at: 10.30am

‘Beast Bach’ race starts at 12:30pm 

More details on the Preseli Beast check out their website


 Rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wild inland hills, these are the elements that define the distinctive landscape of this superb county.  
Griff Rhys Jones

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