Cool air, but very boggy conditions greeted the runners for this year's race. The forecast threatened snow on higher ground but the course was thankfully spared the white stuff.
Despite most having completed the race more than once, the first half dozen leaders unfortunately went off the course, led astray by last year’s winner and course record holder Math Roberts, and despite a valiant effort by the time they realised their error there was too much work to do to get back in front.
The race was won by Mark Davies of North Wales Road Runners, who took advantage of the wanderers, hanging onto a margin of 45 seconds from Buckley’s Simon Edwards, and Eryri’s Paul Jones.
The Ladies win went to a recent returnee to the fold of Eryri Harriers, namely Miranda Grant, who led her next rival by over two and a half minutes, showing fine form for a successful forthcoming season. That rival was Eryri’s Lizzie Irving, herself no slouch but apparently not so quick on the descent. Gemma Brown of NW Road Runners took third.
The outstanding result of the day was the Ladies v50 record being broken by 6 seconds by Sarah Barnwell who is also clearly on form for a promising 2016 in that category. She left all some distance behind her, including the v40 runners.
Apologies for publically stating she had broken it by 7 minutes, next time I shall check my source’s information!
There was a great battle for the v70 slot, with the three of them separated by only two and half minutes. Don Williams led John Morris and Yiannis Tridimas.
The new style presentation went down well with some unusual prizes going out. Dolgarrog of course being well known for it's exotic fruit plantations.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the race, even those who did some extra mileage! 86 runners.