Brecon Beacons        Sat 23rd August       Results

Hugh Aggleton Race Winner

The race is well established in the Welsh Fell Running calendar and entails running to seven mandatory checkpoints (including Tor y foel, Corn Ddu, Pen y Fan and Cribyn) from the dam at Talybont Reservoir. The race is approximately 30.6km long with 1372m ascent and qualifies as a long race. The Brecon Beacons were blessed with dry weather for the majority of the race but it was unseasonally cold for August with a temperature of 10deg C in the Valleys and colder on the summits.

Competitors came from far and wide including Bristol, London, Manchester and Holland!

Hugh Aggleton (MDC) took an early lead in the race and distanced himself by approximately three minutes by the time he got to the first summit of Tor y Foel. He managed to increase the gap during the race and finished in a time of 2hr 47m 36s which was 20 minutes quicker than second placed Stewart Bellamy (Mercia). Stewart (also M40) was in 4th or 5th position for the majority of the race but had passed two runners on the descent from Carn Pica to secure 2nd place in a time of 3hr 07m 37s. Andrew Ind finished 3rd in a time of 3hr 11m 36s.

Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) comfortably won the ladies race in a time of 3hr 29m 59s which was over 23 minutes ahead of MDC member Clare Dallimore. Fiona Wilson completed the ladies podium places with a time of 4hr 10m 19s.

John Aggleton (MDC) won the male over 50 veterans category with a very strong performance with a time of 3hr 33m 27s. Hugh Balfour from London won the male over 60 veterans category with a time of just under 4hrs.

The podium finishers and the winners in each age category were awarded with a bottle of wine each.

35 runners started the race and 31 completed the full course.

The race organisers, Gary and Dawn Davies would like to thank each of the ten volunteers. Without them, the race would fail to exist. A special thank you goes to Gary’s young cousins who marshaled their first race.

The organisers remind potential competitors that map reading skills (using map and compass) are necessary for this race.

Gary Davies