Ras y Berwyn Sun 17th June        Pics by Alastair        Results

There was a good field for the race which was a counter in the inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and North Wales Series (sponsored by planetFear).

98 runners enjoyed a timely and welcome break in the weather for the inaugural running of the 12.3 mile Ras y Berwyn, organised by Clwydian Range Runners. Setting off from the beautiful village of Llandrillo, The downpour of the previous days provided a boggy and calf sapping slog up to Cadair Berwyn, where the going improved and the runners were provided with glorious views as they traversed the rim of the cliffs surrounding Llyn Lluncaws. From there, the route headed north before ascending Cadair Bronwen and then thundering down the ridge to Llandrillo.

Tim Davies of Mercia established an early lead, challenged closely by Richard Roberts of Eryri, to finish in 1.39.25, setting the course record. Sarah Ridgway of Inov8, provided a similarly impressive performance for the ladies, finishing in 2.03.44.

Thanks go to the marshals, to Newsar and to all the helpers who ensured that a memorable day was had by all. A special thanks must go to CCW (for allowing the race to proceed in the middle of the nesting season!) and to the ladies of Llandrillo WI, who worked tirelessly to put on a great spread after the race.

If you missed the race, don’t worry. Clwydian are determined to make it an annual event.         Peter Agnew