This was the second year that the race was held and attracted a marginally larger field of 87 runners.
The field would have been slightly larger however an accident on the motorway delayed a few runners from making the registration in time.
Whilst the weather immediately before the race was the same as last year, the weather during the race was very different thankfully.
The pre-race sunshine continued for the duration of the race and for post-race prize-giving too. It was 7-8 deg C with a mild 9mph wind from the WNW.
The race started at the foot of the access road to Rockwood Riding Centre (from Blackbrook Road) and took the most direct route to the summit before
traversing off the path towards the north. The runners then had to run a long muddy flat section, then make another ascent to the
ridge before descending towards the Taff Trail via the technical descent near the zig zags by the mast. The subsequent Taff Trail
section enabled the road runners to stretch their legs however this was followed by a long ascent to the summit before a short
descent to the finish near the northern edge of the Access Land boundary.
Sebastien Krogvig and Ben Moon (MDC) had a great duel at the front of the pack with Sebastien pipping Ben to the finish line by
a split second in a time of 29m 40s, ten seconds outside the course record set by Chris Jones (MDC) in 2014. Daniel Hooper
(Sarn Helen) just managed to make the race start after negotiating a motorway queue and finished in third in a time of 30m 02s.
In the ladies category, Katie Beecher (Mynydd Du) smashed last year’s course record in a time of 32m 00s. Niki Morgan (Mynydd Du)
finished in 2nd in a time of 37m 35s and retained the FV40 title from 2014. Caitlin Pearson (Les Croupiers/MDC) finished third in
a time of 38m 23s.