The ever popular Welsh Castles Relay, is a 2 day, 20 stage, 211 mile, staggered relay race (mostly on road, but with many hills, mountains and bumpy bits on route - this being Wales and all...).
The route goes from Caernarfon to Cardiff with an overnight stay in Newtown. It is organised by Les Croupiers Running Club Cardiff, but is supported (and made possible) by the marshalling and other efforts of all those clubs who take part.
The 2014 Welsh Castles Relay will be held over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June. A record 65 teams have been accepted for this year's race.
Teams compete in one of four categories – ‘Open’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Masters’ (once upon a time referred to as ‘Vets’) and ‘Business House’. Races within races is also a key feature of The Castles as individuals try to bag individual Stage Wins (and the precious Yellow Castles Sweatshirt awarded to a stage winner) and teams battle it out for both the overall category awards and the special 'mountain stage' prizes. There are six mountain stages in all and three team mountain stages; the Kings (Open), Queens (Ladies) and Monarchs (Vets) Mountain team prizes.
This event is referred to by some as the 'world's greatest race' - we prefer to think in more modest terms and worry more about more mundane things like safety and people having fun - Sale Harriers' may have a point though.