Tour of Torpantau Sunday March 1st Results
Pics from Andy
The ‘Tour’ was the second race in the weekend’s Double Header of fell races in South Wales. Local legends Mark Palmer and Helen Fines
took the honours at the Hatterrall Hammer race on Saturday and then turned up at a very cold Torpantau on Sunday to lay claim to the ‘double double’.
The weatherman appeared to have got the weather forecast wrong as I was greeted by clear blue skies when I arrived at the barren car park which serves
as the start and finish for the race, but fear not, the ‘Tour’ lived down to its reputation, with ferociously cold, stormy gusts developing, accompanied
by sharp hail, sleet and snow showers on the tops.
The weather conditions didn’t seem to bother Mark and Helen who went on to claim the ‘double double’ by taking the mens’ and womens’ honours
respectively, with Helen knocking over nine minutes off the previous record.
As always a big thank you to the very cold and windswept marshals, Derek Thornley, and Steve and Bethany Force for looking after the summits.
Derek was so numb and befuddled with cold that he couldn’t find the pub for the post-race drink! Thanks also to Gareth Jones for sweeping
and my wife Louise for helping with registration, and of course, to the select band of runners who took the Tour.
Pics by Liz Eynon