Race Reports

BURN SERIES ADVENTURE RACE – October 8, 2016

Almost 300 competitors joined us at Margam Country Park for a day of adventure. Our biggest event to date. Did you know that we have over 75% of repeat business and want to increase this every year by offering more events at more venues. 2017 is going to be an exciting year ahead…

BURN SERIES ADVENTURE DAY – April 2, 2016

Anyone up for a mud bath?

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It was easy to confuse our latest event in Margam Park with a festival last weekend. Our usual good fortune with the weather came to a grinding halt on Saturday morning (and didn’t relent until mid-afternoon!). Despite this, we had full faith that our competitors would show, and they didn’t disappoint.

First off was the Burn. In a Burn Series first, both our Burn and Mini Burn were held on the same day! With a 10k run, 1k kayak, a host of adventure challenges and a gruelling 40k mountain bike with orienteering to top it off, competitors were itching to get out into the rain and start. Jay Horton lead the Burners over the finish line, completing the track in a very impressive time (especially considering the conditions!) of just 3 hours and 47 minutes.

Just two hours after we sent the Burners off, the first of our Mini Burners arrived, with the youngest this year just 4 years old! We’d like to say now how proud we were of everyone who fought the bitter cold to join us, especially our younger competitors! The 3k run, 1k kayak, 10k mountain bike and adventure challenges were much harder to complete in the tough conditions but that didn’t stop everyone from crossing the finish line. The overall winners were Tom Martin and Stewart Harding from team CDF Runners, who crossed the line with a spectacular time of 1 hour and 20 minutes!

This event was also the first time we introduced plank walking and tyre rolling, joining the climbing wall and slacklining challenges that had already featured in previous events. Unfortunately, we weren’t cruel enough to send people under the cargo net this time and into the bog beneath it!

We were lucky enough to have a host of entertainment join us throughout the day. The Wave radio station helped to lift everybody’s spirits with songs and live interviews from their pop-up stage, Josh Briars thrilled the crowd with his BMX stunts and Andrew Price amazed adults and kids alike with his Dryad Bushcraft demonstrations.

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We even had a few famous faces amongst our competitors! Olympic Silver medallist Campbell Walsh took on the Burn, whilst Adventure Racing champion Nick Gracie competed in the Mini Burn with his son George before captivating fellow competitors with tips and motivation.

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Despite the weather, our Adventure Day was a roaring success. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who joined us and made it possible. It may have been a bit of a mud bath, but who doesn’t love playing in the mud? We hope to see you at our next event!

MINI BURN – October 3, 2015

The Mini Burn returned to Margam Park bigger and better than ever last Saturday. Even the Autumn weather was good to us! Over 100 competitors crossed the line, with some travelling as far as Gloucester and even Dorset! The youngest contestants were just 7 years old, and there were a lot of them. It just goes to show that anyone can give the Mini Burn challenge a go.

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This year we introduced slacklining to the orienteering phase to test the skill and balance of our Mini Burners, and just as we expected, they didn’t fail to impress! The climbing wall made an appearance once again, and although some of our younger contestants were a bit scared at the prospect of having to scale so high in the air, no one backed down, and everyone touched the ground with grins.

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“It’s a fantastic way of introducing young children to outdoor pursuits,” Rich Wherlock commented, with both him and 7 year old Freddie crossing the line in just over 2 hours.

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We’re happy to report that once again there were no crashes on the kayaking! We’re always amazed at how quickly children pick up on these things, and watching some who had never done anything on the water have the time of their lives was so rewarding for us here at Burn Series.

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A Mini Burn record was broken on Saturday with the fastest team of the day, team Besam, completing the course in just 1 hour and 10 minutes! The most popular category once again were the Family Pairs (1 under 10 years old and 1 adult).

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“It was the best day ever!” Caian, 9, told his dad Osian on the way home. They’re definitely coming back to the next event. Will you be joining us?

(A special thanks to John Morgan for the amazing photographs! Click here to see more!)

MINI BURN –June 27, 2015

Another successful event with the family category growing bigger than ever before. You can see some of the images that were taken on the day here. If you’d like to purchase some of the photos then please contact John Morgan directly on c.morgan333@btinternet.com

MINI BURN – June 29, 2013

Margam Park once again was the host venue for a successful Mini Burn event. The event grows every year and with 134 competitors on the startline, it was a busy day. The two most popular categories were the Family pairs and the Team of 4. We had plenty of youngsters out on the course as well as groups of work collegues and friends such as the Waitrose Wenches from guess where?. We had 4 families travel all the way from Somerset & Wiltshire to be part of the event and lots of locals. It was great to see so many smiling faces.

This year we introduced electronic timing equipment to the event which proved to be a great success. It’s been a lot of fun looking back at some of the splits to see exactly what teams were upto. The timing equipment doesn’t lye!

The cycle on the Mini Burn event seemed to be the toughest part of the course again but over 70% of all teams completed the full course with a stunning event winning time of 1hr 13 mins and 46 secs. This was team Sherlock, father and son team who have competed in every Mini Burn event and are getting stronger by the day. They are definitely the ones to watch out for in future Mini Burn events. Having analysed their results, I see they managed to cycle up the steep hill from CP4 to CP 5 in only 15mins and 49 secs, which was the record for the day.

Event photos can be purchased here
Results are are now online

MINI BURN – October 6, 2012

It could have easily been mistaken for a mid summers day. The sun was beaming and there was not a breath of wind in the air.

It was our third Mini Burn run at Margam Park and competitors, almost 100 of them, turned up prepared for a day of running, mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering.
Familiar faces such as Alex and Sam Lord, from Swansea, who have competed in every single one of our Mini Burn events put on a brilliant show by completing the course in 2hrs and 20 minutes, despite the orienteering being somewhat more technical than previous events.

Pairs and teams competed in male, female, mixed and a family category with the family category being the most attended. We had 34 family members out racing on the day and are expecting this category to really grow as parents see it as a really great way to introduce their children to Multisport.

Winning the Family category and coming second overall were Callum & Matt Elwin, also from Swansea. At the age of 12 years old Callum certainly showed pure talent and will be one to watch in the future of adventure racing. They completed the course in an amazing 1hr 17mins. To compete in the family pair, one member must be a junior under 16 years old.

The overall winners of the day were mixed pair, Nicky Toothill from Leatherhead and Chris Whitehouse from Cardiff. They smashed the October Mini Burn course record (anit-clockwise) in 1hr and 13 minutes 36 seconds. The June Mini Burn course record (Clockwise) stands at 1hr 23mins and 23 seconds, held by mixed pair, Johan & Jean-Marie Exsteen.

A good number of Teams of 4 turned out also with the winners in this category being Team Without a Paddle Andrew Bray, Mark Kingston, Kate Shaw & Rachel Kingston.

All competitors managed to find all 7 check points around the course with one exception being female pair Sarah Mey & Kirstie Crawford of Team Chepstow Champs who unfortunately missed the check point on the moutnain biking and as a result had to cycle all the way back up the steep hill to collect it. Good on them for making this decision in order to avoid the steep 60 minute penalty.

Event photos can be purchased here

MINI BURN – June 30, 2012

Our second Mini Burn took place on the 30th June where pairs, and teams this time, took on our challenging multi sport event, where fitness, skill and teamwork all played a part.

The winning time was 1hr 23 mins and hence the course record of 1hr 13 mins from 2011 is still the one to beat.

Funnily enough the winning pair and the winners of the mixed pair, Jean-Marie & Johan Exsteen arrived at the event without bikes but thanks to Margam Park bike hire they were kitted out with bikes and helmets just in time before the course closed.

It was a rather challenging day with some heavy down pours that seemed to appear without warning.  Once again everyone managed to get around the course with everyone feeling the Burn of the 2km climb to the top of Park on their bikes.

This year we had 5yr old Luca Thomson taking part with his mother Nina Thomson. They completed a shorter version of the course and managed to cross the finishline with 2 very big smiles before being handed their Mini Burn medals, which Luca later took into school to show his friends and teacher.

Also, the winners of the family pair were Rhys Williams with his mother Lisa Williams, completing the course in 2hrs 11 mins and winning the prestigious Mini Burn trophy. I’ve been informed that this has also made an appearance in Rhys’s school.

Despite a few detours into the weeds by a few competitors on the Margam Park Lake, everyone managed their two laps of the lake on our sit on top kayaks without too many dramas!

Once again it was a brilliant event to be part of and especially seeing all of the smiling faces at the end of the day. Our next Mini Burn is on the 6th October, again at Margam Park so we hope to see you there.

CARDIFF BURN – October 23, 2011

The  2nd Cardiff Burn was held on Sunday 23rd October and once again competitors, ran, cycled and kayaked all afternoon. This year, however we added an extra twist which involved a ‘Special Phase’.

The special phase was a little of a shock to some as it involved a tactical element! Basically, in the time it would take one of the pair to find 3 checkpoints around the bay, the other member of the pair would have to spend this time in the Crossfit Box. We had invited the guys from Cardiff’s Dragon Crossfit down to our event centre to help out.

Crossfit is a strength and conditioning programme that tests even the fittest and strongest of athletes. Andy, founder of Dragon crossfit, explained to the competitors during the briefing that the exercises they would undertake would involve squats, burpees and press ups. For some this lasted for 8 minutes, for others they were subjected to a whole 16 minutes! Andy called the routine, punishment!

The event started at 12 midday with a run around the Cardiff Bay loop that passed over the barrage bridge, alongside Penarth marina and around Cardiff’s only 5 star hotel, St David’s. Following this, female and mixed pairs hopped into the kayaks and competed a rather windy and choppy 3k kayak to the large white sails half way out into the Bay. Male and family pairs jumped straight onto their bikes and after quickly referring to their maps, headed off to Castle Coch. Some chose the cycle trail, whilst other headed on the roads.

At Castle Coch, a 6 km singletrack mountain bike phase awaited them. The conditions were perfect due to the abscents of rain in the days leading up to the event and the course was marked out very clearly with not a single competitor getting lost. All, but two, pairs managed to get both checkpoints and complete the course.

Back in the bay, all categories then endured Andy’s ‘punishment’, before doing their final phase, cycling for female and mixed pairs and kayaking for family and male pairs.

The winners of both the male and female pair categories were the same winners from Swansea Burn and hence they are definietely the ones to beat in 2012!

Amongst the competitors were David Lyle & Matthew Meads, who managed to raise a fantastic £1200 for their charity Care for the family. If you’d like to sponsor them you can still do so here. Having just seen their post on facebook, I think they are suffering a little today following their intense physical activity on Sunday so do support them.

We also had family pair Wade & Luke Bryne, who also competed in Cardiff Burn 2010. Luke is our youngest competitor at 10yrs old and managed to comeplte the full course and come 4th in the family category.

We really enjoy organising Cardiff Burn and want to make every year better. Given this we will be sending out feedback forms to all those that took part. We’ve already had some great suggestions and will certainly take thoses on board. The 2012 calendar of events will be published soon so keep logging on and please please help us to grow our events by spreading the word.

Full event results and photos are available here.

CONGRATUALTIONS TO ALL

MINI BURN – October 8, 2011

Out first Mini Burn was a hit!

…and here is what you had to say about the day.

‘The event was very relaxed yet well run and brilliant fun to take part in’
T’hank you for a fantastic event, we will certainly be signing up for more in the future!’
‘My daughter and I had a blast’
‘I just wanted to say how much fun I had last weekend at the Mini Burn. It was my first ever and shall be entering again’

Margam Park was the venue of our first Mini Burn Event on Saturday 8th October. Competitors experienced 5km of running, 10km of cycling, 1km of kayaking and some navigation to conclude the event.

Pairs had to work together to negotiate the hills, steer the kayaks and find all of the check points that lay on route.

Amongst our competitors was Jessica Heighway who was our youngest female competitor at 8yrs old. she was accompanied by her father Lee, who toegther came in an impressive 4th position in the family category. Competitors could chose to race either in the male, female, mixed and family category or as a non-competitve pair.

Competitors began with a flat 3km run that took then around the lower Deer Park. When they returned to the event centre, it was straight onto the kayaking phase, where two loops of the lake was watched by all. There was some interesting steering going on at one point and funny comments such as “ah we missed the buoy”, but Neal & Joe from Cardiff Canoe Club were on hand to offer advice and provide moral support for those first timers. Everyone managed to stay in the boats and complete their two laps and Neal got a good upper body work out by completing almost 50 laps of the lake!

It was then time for the cycling phase, which started off deceptively flat before heading off onto the top of the Margam Mountain. The climb was tough and for most, the journey back down equally so but the reward of having completed the 10km loop made it all worthwhile. I’m sure some juniors were having to push their Daddy’s up the hill!

The final stage was back on foot, where competitors were handed a map of Margam Park Gardens and had to find five check points. Everyone managed this, even though at one stage a loan racer came back claming to have lost his partner. He was sent back to find the other half of his pair and after 10 minutes all were found and the day was complete.

Our events are more than just tests of fitness, it’s also about teamwork and strategy. That’s what makes it so unique and to be good at all three is a real skill.

There are not many rules to Mini Burn as we want to keep it as relaxed and enjoyable for everyone as possible but the rules that do stand are as follows:

  • Pairs MUST stay together at all times
  • Pairs MUST follow the perscribed route
  • When on a bike, cycle helmets MUST be warn at all times

Luckily, the rain did not appear, as forecast, and even though it was a little windy and cold, the smiles told the story.

For us at Multisport Wales, it was an absolute pleasure to be able to put on an event that saw young and not so young and fit and not so fit, take part in an event doing sport that for some had not been attempted before.

Margam Park was the perfect venue and we shall certainly be back there in 2012 with another Mini Burn Event.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and those that helped out on the day. Again, the success was down to you.

Please help us to continue to organise these events by spreading the word!

See results here

See event Photographs here

SWANSEA BURN – June 26, 2011

The sun is certainly shining on the BURN SERIES!

The second event in the series was held in Swansea last Sunday, 26th June where the competitors had to deal with more than just the demands of the Burn. The sun was out in full flow, reaching temperatures of 27°C.

Similar to Cardiff Burn in October 2010, the crystal blue skies made the picture perfect postcard.

Once all competitors had assembled at the event centre, following their briefing and some serious studying of maps, the race was on. We had a real mix of young and older, local and those from across the border, experienced and first timers and it made for a fantastic day.

The event began with an 8km run along Swansea’s beautiful beach. With the blistering temperatures and the deep sand the going was tough but the first runners emerged at the end of it looking strong. On-lookers cheered and many quizzed our marshals about what on earth was going on!

Following the run, the competitors returned to the event centre, for a quick mouthful of water before taking to their bikes for the next 2hrs or so.

First stop was in Clyne Valley, where the competitors had to overcome a very muddy and sometimes technical 6k loop. The route was very well marked with arrows and tape and everyone emerged out of the wood with very large, yet muddy smiles. Local bike group, Clyne Riders helped to ensure the smooth running of this phase. Thanks guys!

Next to come was some navigation, so now competitors needed to use their brain power as well as physical power to find four check points that we had laid out on Kilvey Hill. At this point I have to say a huge thanks to the Kilvey Hill marshals who allowed me to drag them all over the hill at speed, because I knew that the first competitors were due to arrive in five minutes and we needed to get the check points set up!

We did mark out some suggested routes but the competitors were allowed to choose where they went. The aim was to get all four check points. Most of them managed this with not too much problem just gathering a lot more mud on their way around.

The downhill technical section on Kilvey Hill was experienced by many, some voluntarily and others not, where their partners had insisted on giving it a go. Hats off to you!

The final phase was particularly opportune. A 3km kayak in the River Tawe was the perfect cooling off phase but still competitors raced their hearts out as they set off down the River Tawe to reach their final check point.

On the water we had the Swansea Martime Volunteer Service as well as Joe & Neal from Cardiff Canoe Club who all put in an amazingly co-ordinated show. The water was sparkling in the sunlight and the bridges over the Tawe filled with spectators.

With a 10.00am start, the first team were back at 12:23:43 having completed Swansea Burn in an amazing 2hrs 23 mins and 43 secs. It’s going to be the one to beat!

As everyone returned to the event centre at the end of the race, the official Burn Series t-shirt was handed out to all who took part in the day.

I have to say a huge thank you to my family and all marshals who made the day the success it was.

We are always keen to improve on what we do and since the Burn Series is still a new concept, we are working hard to find the perfect mix. We have compiled a feedback form that will go to all marshals and competitors shortly so would really appreciate hearing your comments.

It was lovely to return to my Mac on Sunday night to see some of the comments left on our facebook page. Thank you!

‘Excellent day,thank you! And an extra thank you for the weather! :-)’
‘Very enjoyable event, and really looking forward to the next one! :-)’
‘Excellent event! Thoroughly enjoyed!’
‘Well done to you Maria! and to your family and all those who helped out! What a fantastic, sweaty, sandy, muddy & wet day! Roll on another exciting adventure from Multisport Wales! ;-)’
‘Thank you Maria, family and all your team. great day out, thanks for the mud and sunshine!!’
‘Swansea burn!! I’m burnt to a bloody crisp lol! Amazing day, thoroughly enjoyed and will defo be back again’
See results here
See event Photographs here