RACK RAID

The Rack Raid  was first organised in 1993 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Fairwater Runners and as an alternative event for those who were unable to gain entry to the larger Castles Relay event. This event, in comparison, is low key but has always experienced a fantastic atmosphere. It has now become one of the highlights of the Caerleon Running Club calendar and competition for a place on the team(s) is fiercer than ever. 

The Rack Raid is an all-day event consisting of 13 stages, covering approximately 100 miles, travelling around the picturesque countryside of the former county of Gwent. Starting at 7.30am in Grosmont, the Rack Raid winds through Skenfrith, White Castle, Abergavenny, Moat, Monmouth, Raglan, Usk, Tintern, Chepstow, Caldicot, Penhow and Caerleon, before the close at the Castell-y-Bwch pub in Henllys, Cwmbran - nearly 12 hours later. Each leg starts and ends with either a Ruin, Amphitheatre, Castle or Keep.

Caerleon Running Club has taken part in the Rack Raid since 2004 (except for 2006 when it was cancelled due to foot and mouth), and in recent years has fielded two teams. Several members of the club have completed over six rack raid legs over the years - Howard Mason, Peter Thomas, Justin Pocknell, Grahame Viner, Liz Richards, Helen Thomas and Karen Payne. Legend has it that club chairman Peter Rodger has run all 13 legs in some capacity since the advent of the Rack Raid in 1993. This hasn't been verified though, mainly because Peter cannot remember.

Here you will find the male and female record holders for each leg for Caerleon RC. 

Llanthony to Grosmont

2018 Grahame Viner

1:29:49

NO FEMALE RECORD

Grosmont to Skenfrith

2016 Dan Arthur

32.44

2015 Liz Richards

36.44

 

Skenfrith to Whitecastle

2014 Dan Arthur

49.18

2016 Emma Williams

56.09

 

Whitecastle to Abergavenny

2015 Rhys Knight

48.31

2016 Jade Wakley

53.25

Abergavenny to Moat

2019 Matthew Mulcahy

46.22

2017 Liz Richards

54.48

 

Moat to Monmouth

2015 Jim King

52.21

2015 Emma Williams

58.51

 

Monmouth to Raglan

2015 Mike Harris

1:21:46

2012 Liz Richards

1:49:05

 

Raglan to Usk

2013 Ben Morse

37.35

2019 Tammy Fry

41.04

 

Usk to Tintern

2010 Jim King

1:25:06

2018 Liz Richards

2:03:34

 

Tintern to Chepstow

2013 Leighton Rawlinson

1:00:45

2015 Jade Wakley

1:19:24

 

Chepstow to Caldicot

2013 Justin Pocknell

39.59

2018 Megan Holmes

42.30

 

Caldicot to Penhow

2017 Matthew Mulcahy

59.03

2018 Jade Wakley

1.02.20

 

Penhow to Caerleon

2010 Richard Hughes

42.21

2012 Jade Wakley

48.57

 

Caerleon to Castell-y-Bwch

2015 Richard Little

36.47

2019 Jade Wakley

40.55

You will also find a section called My Own Rack Raid. We have painstakingly compiled the names of all the CRC runners who have ever run a leg of the Rack Raid. Some members are coming close to having completed their own Rack Raid, with only a few legs left to do.

 

Where are you on the list? 

MY OWN RACK RAID

 

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Photography credits Robert Gale 

flickr: _NiallS

Additional contributions by Caerleon RC members