Sleepwalker Night Race 2012

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15/11/2012 at 19:25

Dear runners,

not long to go now and the course is shaping up to be a classic Sleepwalker event - it is currently quite wet in places (both the hard ones and the soft ones).

Just a couple of points to clarify:- kit required is as specified at and is a minimum. Foil sheets are not allowed but lightweight survival bags are, foil or plastic. Please note the comments about rocky tracks and ensure your footwear is adequate for your experience and/or ankles.

There will be a small route alteration this year due to a path closure by the Forestry Commission. This is due to an outbreak of the  tree disease Phytophthora ramorum and acompulsory felling order being in place. I will brief this on the night and marked up maps on the walls will detail this.

Check in starts at 1530hrs and we will open the hall at this time. Please allow yourself plenty of time to mark up your map and remember to bring a suitable pen for this purpose.

We have decided this year to support Troop Aid as our Sleepwalker Charity. These guys provide 'grab bags' containing the basic essentials and a few comforts to injured troops, who often arrive in hospital with nothing at all. Each grab bag costs £25 and we will buy as many as we can using 100% of the money from the refreshments and cakes which are donated to us by our wonderful lady bakers!

 Looking forwards to the 24th!

16/11/2012 at 10:26

Hmm, just been looking at the TRA website and on the AGM minutes it says that the race is blacklisted for previous non-payment of unaffiliated fees??

Is this right?

Perhaps it's not got a permit this year - hence same price for affiliated and non-affiliated?

17/11/2012 at 16:18

I'm gutted! I broke my scaphoid in a MTB accident yesterday. Got my arm in platster with my hand immobilized.

Looks like I'm out. I asked about running the race but the Doc says if it doesn't heal dead straight I could end up with complications.


seren nos    pirate
17/11/2012 at 16:56

bad news Axeman.sounds painful......but i wouldn't even think about the is really really muddy in places and even in daylight today my caught in the mud and fell.........

better to wait until its healed...

recced the rest of the course today and there is definitely a lot of water and mud around in other places the path is good and very runnable.......

it was gorgeous out there today ...perfect views.

17/11/2012 at 18:55

Bad news Axeman all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

Perfect views, Seren did you get a chance to go across the mooreland today?

no views expected next Saturday apart from the light 3 foot in front of us.

I will be up and about early tomorrow the weather looks good.

seren nos    pirate
17/11/2012 at 18:57

yes got across the was quite easy to navigate in the daylight....hope we get a clear moonlit night but with my luck we will have thick fog....

the paths on the moorland are filled with deep water in places but its easy to run by the side of them in most places..

really looking forward to it now

17/11/2012 at 19:21

Seren said,

the paths on the mooreland are filled with deep water.

3 years ago my mate fell into one of them up to his waist,I was laughing so much I could not pull him out untill another runner came across us and dragged him out, to the disgust of my mate.

Not long now.



21/11/2012 at 20:20

In view of the already heavy rain with more to come, I wonder of this is still going ahead. I actually withdrew last week due to a virus and my last long run not going to plan and it's beginning to look a better idea by the day.

22/11/2012 at 16:56

2 years ago 1 foot of snow on the ground and it still went ahead.

As iI said come hell or high water I will be there.

seren nos    pirate
22/11/2012 at 17:34

right it has rained all week.and today torrential.............its going to be a mud bath in palces................looking forward to it...

has anyone recived any info by email etc..........i haven't heard anything and it does still seem to be very little info

22/11/2012 at 19:08
Run part of course on Sunday and found it boggy up around the neudd went up around the out door pursuit centre last night and that was like a river coming down.would like to see what it's like after todays down fall.looking forward to this but starting to get bit nervous
seren nos    pirate
22/11/2012 at 19:28

it was very deep up on top.....i imagine the middle path up past the res would be very muddy now so hopefully they will let us go up the taff trail again..............

the part just past the small res was very muddy for a while as well.....

going to have to make sure the shoe laces are well tied up..glad i did a recee of the i will be too close to the cutoffs to want to get lost

23/11/2012 at 08:36
Hi Seren you must be local. I live inMerthyr and do a lot of my training around the
Res and know what it gets like in bad weather but don't really go up over talybont and was surprised how bad it was about 2 Weeks ago and the forecast looks like more rain on sat can anyone see them changing the route.would like to run most of it not swim it
seren nos    pirate
23/11/2012 at 09:23

the nice flat bit I like is the bit that is detoured so another little hill but thats on road...........

the one bit on top of the mountain was way of skirting around it and there was a stream in all directions.but i can't see a way to bypass it so they will have to just get very nuddy and hopefully stay on your feet..........

i live near caerphilly so easy for me to get up there....

i think they will let us go up the taff trail after coming down the steep path from the ridge.....

I always run in shorts so will not have to worry about getting dirty leggings

23/11/2012 at 12:01
Have a good one
23/11/2012 at 12:13

Looks like classic Sleepwalker weather forecast for Saturday . This is why we insist on survival bags and waterproofs etc!

Route: the route will only change if the roads become impassable and we cannot get to the checkpoints in 4x4s, or some other hazard presents itself. We have access to the Forestry Commission gates/ roads and will assess this when course marking on Saturday - worst case scenario is a there and back route as 2010.

Conditions: The route is mostly runnable in all conditions as most of the paths have hard bases - some of the paths will channel water run-off which means wet feet. The exceptions to this are the Taf Fechan forest path which will be boggy, and the track over the moor above Dolygaer which will also be wet but still runnable.

"i think they will let us go up the taff trail after coming down the steep path from the ridge....." Correct - that is the best route to take. The top path really is hard work at the moment!

As a veteran Sleepwalker, Roy Silver sums it up perfectly. Remember to bring your sense of humour and smile at all the marshalls. See you all on Saturday.

seren nos    pirate
23/11/2012 at 12:16

Thank You........and a big thank you in advance to the marshalls...............if the weather is going to be is easier to run it than marshall        

23/11/2012 at 17:53

Have a good one!

I had a run today to see if I can still run with my injuries, the broken wrist is okay to run with but I must have strained my ankle in the crash as it was giving me gip and swelled up a bit.

Sounds like awesome conditions for the race I normaly do well in dicey weather.

I'll be back for next year.

24/11/2012 at 09:09

Really looking forward to the race later, whatever the weather/conditions. Worse it gets, the greater the challenge and bigger the smile at the end!

seren nos    pirate
24/11/2012 at 10:01

Axeman........sorry that you aren't fit.........i think its dodgy conditions for anyone carrying any type of injury...........lets hope that now one picks any new ones up.slipping round in the cold is just asking for pulled muscles 

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