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Push-up-the-Pincyn is a race of contrasts. Starting in pleasant rolling fields on the edge of picturesque Clawddnewydd, at only 270 mtrs (885 ft) high the route has to make the best out of the local terrain to challenge runners. Things soon drop away as the route crosses into and through Bryn Coch farm down to the ‘Big Bale’. A huge lump of straw racers have to negotiate en route down to the village of Clocaenog at 190 mtrs (623 ft). A short road section leads to fields and the mile long track that climbs steadily to the foot of Pincyn Llys and the almost impossible-to-run climb to the top of the Pincyn reveals a monument to Lord Baggot at 414 meters (1385 ft). A run off the back of Pincyn leads into snaking paths through forest with more down and up before a hurtling down hill returns runners to the track, fields, Clocaenog, and eventually the Big Bale; all the more difficult to climb second time round. An energy sapping climb back up to Bryn Coch leads into the show ground and the roar of the crowd. Well done. You have successfully ‘Pushed up the Pincyn’!

Push Up Pincyn

Organiser Neil Coppack Phone 01824 750666 Mobile  07946627149 coppack_penllwyn@hotmail.com

Or by Post To:

C/o Glan Llyn Pub, Clawddnewydd, Ruthin LL15 2NA

The North Wales Fell Running Series graced Clawddnewydd on Saturday 29th July For the annual 10km Push Up The Pincyn race. 46 of the region's finest fell runners set off in good cool running weather. There was a faller within the first mile from the start when Neil Dalleywater (Clwydian Range Runners) had negotiated the big bale but within yards badly twisted his ankle. 14 hours of waiting in A&E later it's confirmed he's broken his ankle. Get well Neil.

The remainder of the pack negotiated some really boggy sections after torrential rain the previous night. This didn't deter many from giving some truly brilliant performances especially on the now very slippy climb to the Pincyn summit in the heart of Clocaenog forest.

But there was no catching eventual winner Matthew Roberts (CVFR) who managed to maintained a 2 minute lead over ever fresh Colin Donnelly (Cambuslang). Close on their heels was 18 y.o. Billy Swift (Mercia) for a well deserved 3rd.

4th in and therefore 1st lady was Miranda Grant (Eryri) who tussled to the wire with club mate Emlyn Owen, but he did get 1st vet 40 for his efforts.

More great efforts included Menai Baugh (Denbigh Harriers) who looked suitably surprised to get 1st O50. Dick Evans had a worthwhile journey up from Cardiff AAC to take V70 from regular winner John Morris (Buckley).  Coming in behind tho' was 1st local lad Oliver Bean, taking 2 minutes off last year's effort. But best result was for the very last runner Celia Free (U/A) who still managed to secure 3rd F40!

Course Record Holders

Male: Jez Brown 44:38:00 2011

Female: Andrea Rowlands 48:58:00 2011

Jackson Fire and Security were delighted to be title sponsor for the 2016 Push up the Pincyn fell race, one of the toughest challenges in the North Wales off-road running calendar……

2009 Race results

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Photographs taken by
Steve Jeffery


Picture by John Crowhurst. Picture by John Crowhurst. Picture by John Crowhurst.