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Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival funds helicopter missions

An off-road race through the heart of mid-Wales is helping to raise donations to fund emergency missions across Wales.

The 2017 Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival will take runners on a series of challenging but scenic races, starting at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.

Racers will set off on the course through valleys, fields, woodland tracks and stunning forestry on the 21st of May, in aid of Wales Air Ambulance and the Brecon Mountain Rescue team.

Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “In Wales, we have a diverse and challenging landscape, many in Wales live in isolated locations, far from a major or specialist hospital.

“The difficult terrain can make this area hard to access by road, so Wales Air Ambulance works closely with Brecon Mountain Rescue to bring the A&E department to the roadside.

“The off-road terrain nature of the race, highlights how WAA can help people in their hour of need – even if they are in a remote, rural area.

“We are grateful to be named as the lead charity for the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival, as the donations raise will help to fund our missions across Wales.”

The Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival is suitable for anyone, with a 10k and half marathon course for accomplished trail runners, as well as a 3k family race and Toddler Trail Challenge for younger participants.

The main race will take the runners in a climb to Drws Yr Coed House, looping through woodland, fields and trail paths, with stunning views of the Royal Welsh Showground.

The scenic race is raising donations to fund missions by Brecon Mountain Rescue and Wales Air Ambulance.

Mark said: “Every year, Wales Air Ambulance needs to raise £6.5 million to keep our four helicopters flying.

“Since we launched in 2001, we have completed more than 26,000, all funded through kind donations and support.

“It is races like the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival which allow us to come to the aid of people across Wales.”

If you would like to take part or find out more, click here: http://www.rwtrailrunningfestival.co.uk/#events

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