Beacon Bash – First Long Trail Race

Beacon Bash – First Long Trail Race

The first run in the new Trail Series took place this morning. The Beacon Bash was an intricate 21 mile route from Newburgh near Wigan, and four stalwart HRC members showed up to take part. Personally I’d say that was pretty good considering we all woke up to 2 or 3 inches of new snow this morning. The going was slow, needless to say, as we were running in melting snow the whole way. Nevertheless a good time was had by all, with pie and peas at the end too.


Andy Robinson 3:34
Ed Halliwell 3:40
Chris Hatton 4:04
Steve McHugh 5:20

Ed was well ahead of me but got lost near the end & lost at least 15 mins. Chris missed the official start so his run time was actually a few minutes faster, but not enough to affect the placings. Steve was doing the Beacon Bash anyway, and was wearing his walking boots little thinking he was competing in anything at all. Sorry Steve.

Post-event refreshment score: 8 out of 10. That’s by LDWA standards, which are in a different league to most running events.

Next Trail Series event

Kipling Kaper, Saturday 27th March. This is the longest run in the series, at 28 miles. There are other options from 20 miles up, but to count in the series you need to do the full 28 miles. It’s a great route in the Staffordshire Peak District, including an ascent of Shutlingsloe and finishing along the top of the Roaches. For further info go to or ask me on a Wednesday night.

Andy Robinson


  1. Well done all for turning out in those conditions. At least in the XC over at Birchwood we were only out for 30-40 mins running hard enough to keep warm 🙂

    Hats off to Andy on raising the interest in the new series – who’d have thought we had so many budding ultra runners in our midst?

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