Welsh event to feature in ambitious new global mountain series

The Black Mountains in Wales will host the third of five stages in a series aimed at professionalising mountain trail running

Sugar Loaf Mountain

by Trail Running |

The Black Mountains in mid Wales will form part of the newly announced One Hundred World Series - a global initiative with big ambitions and a sizeable prize fund.

The new event, taking place from Crickhowell in the east of the Brecon Beacons range, will feature 100km and 100-mile races and be held from May 27-29.

At the four events in Wales, Portugal, Brazil and the United States, runners will be trying to qualify for the series finale in Gran Sasso in Italy on October 20-23, with a total prize purse of £100,000 ($130,000) at stake.

Headquartered in the UK, the company states its mission is to make mountain trail running the "next big sport". Declaring their aim to professionalise the sport, they add: "The world is our oyster, and we’re taking it by storm, one hill at a time. Portugal, Brazil, United Kingdom, United States and the grand finale in Italy - these are the first countries to be hit by our unstoppable drive and thirst for adrenaline, counting with thousands of athletes craving the first, true worldwide-level competition."

The series finale will have a top prize of £5000 for the 100 miles and £3000 for the 100km, with £350 and £250 respectively on offer in each of four age-group categories. In addition, each event will have a top prize of £1250 (100 miles) and £750 (100km).

Runners can earn a slot in the final at one of the full-distance qualifiers held around the world by winning or by placing highly within your age group. Over the coming years, there is also the opportunity of a "legacy" slot which can be gained by racing in 10 One Hundred series races. Organisers will also issue invitations such as in the case of celebrities, ambassadors, or the "physically challenged lottery" (PCL).

As part of the build-up to the race series One Hundred will also be hosting training camps and special stage events across the continents, alongside the World Series competition.

The race in the Black Mountains will have TV presenter and ultra runner Lowri Morgan as race director. Rhys Jenkins, who holds the record for the fastest completion of the Wales Coast Path and is a Badwater 135 finisher, will be route director.

The event will include live streaming, an event village, the main 100-mile and 100km races, plus supporting trail marathon and 10k races.

Morgan said: “We are so excited to be bringing these races to Wales. One Hundred have a global vision for the series, which has an incredible prize purse of £100,000 - so I’m proud that my first foray into race directing is with such a prestigious event.

The whole weekend is going to be amazing and at the heart of it all are two incredible race routes for the 100mile and 100km, which have been crafted by Rhys with incredible landscape knowledge for runners to experience all of the great mountains and vistas - and of course they will include his love for the area’s rugged beauty. I can’t wait!"

Organisers have promised tough but rewarding routes for this first UK event in the series.

Jenkins said: “Living and breathing the world of trail running, I’ve always had one eye on bringing a world-class 100-mile trail event to South Wales and I am genuinely excited to showcase the beguiling Black Mountains. The views and trails are some of the finest in Wales and each runner is in for a true modern-day adventure.

"Talking of the route, it is very testing but also rewarding. Bagging peaks such as Table Mountain, Waun Fach, Sugar Loaf and the legendary Skirrid sporting it’s very own Devil’s footprint. Dancing along the national treasures of the Beacons Way, Cambrian Way and Offa’s Dyke - each runner is in for jaw-dropping vistas over the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.”

One Hundred World Series

Caminho do Ouro, Rio, Brazil – April 21-24

Douro Paiva, Cinfaes, Portugal – June 30-July 3

Black Mountains Crickhowell, UK – May 27-29

TBA, USA

Abruzzo, Gran Sasso, Italy, October 20-23

Main pic: Sugar Loaf Mountain, part of the route for the new One Hundred Wales event. Pic below: One Hundred Wales race director Lowri Morgan

Lowri Morgan
One Hundred Wales race director Lowri Morgan
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