Participants at the Excalibur event in North Wales may well need to be fortified with the kind of strength and bravery that have become synonymous with King Arthur himself. Traversing the Clwydian Range, prospective competitors can tackle marathon, half marathon or 10k distances on Sunday 21 May.
Originally conceived as a charity fundraiser by Claire House, a children’s hospice, the event has gradually attracted greater numbers of trail runners and in 2017 was been taken over by The Runners Hub – the specialist running store on the Wirral. The owner of which, Nigel Crompton, has been involved in the organisation of Excalibur since the early days.
The three routes follow forest track, open fell, the Offa’s Dyke ridge and bridleways – the ascent for each ranges from 5,500ft (for marathon competitors), 3,000ft (for half marathon) and 1,750ft (10k). Necessary for the challenge is both a 'head for heights and a brave heart'.
While the courses will undoubtedly present a tough challenge, runners can expect stunning scenery that is immersed in history with iron-age hillforts at Moel Arthur, Penycloddiau and the Jubilee tower at Moel Famau.
Those who conquer their distance will be presented with a bottle of Excalibur Ale provided exclusively for the event by local Hafod brewery. Also new for 2017 is support from leading off-road brand inov-8, who will giving £100 vouchers for 1st place in each event, £75 for 2nd and £50 for 3rd place all of which are redeemable via The Runners Hub.
Entries for the race are available here.