307km within 20 hours. 4450m of climbing (4.5 Audax Altitude Award points)
32nd year of the AUK classic ‘There (and back again)’ from the Shire across ‘blue remembered hills’ to the wilderland of the Elenydd, in the depths of mid Wales.
Between lrfon and Camddwr you are as far away
As you will ever be from the world’s madness
The loneliest it is said, even in this land of lonely places
Flying from madness, maybe we bring it with us
From “Above Tregaron” by Harri Webb
The Elenith has been well established as an Audax UK classic since 1986, when 50 entrants took the start from ‘Trikie Towers’ in Kidderminster. Over the years riders aged from 16 to 70+ have come from across the UK and beyond to tackle the challenging route from the edge of the English Midlands, across the Marches and deep into the green deserts of mid-Wales. Snow and hail storms, easterly gales, a 20 hour ‘shower’ and even occasionally a day of unbroken sunshine with a tail wind out and back have all been experienced.
In 2012 after 26 years of organising Dave Pountney and Kidderminster CTC hung up their organising hat, and passed the baton on to CTC Shropshire. The Elenith evolved into Yr Elenydd with a new start and finish to the route from our HQ in Upton Magna, but retaining all the features that have made The Elenith a classic over the years.