MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS        Rhobell Fawr Sat 8th November           Results    Photos from Gwynfor

Michel Kelly of Leighton Athletic           Photo by Gwynfor
With the jammiest of weather windows a race organiser could wish for, 89 runners took to the fells above Llanfachreth in overcast, windy but generally dry conditions. The race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in 50.01, a time 4 mins faster than his last visit to Rhobell, getting his Winter Series challenge off to a flying start.

In second, despite improving his personal best over the course by 36 seconds, was last years Series champion Mathew Roberts of Eryri, finishing in 51.32. Third place, having travelled from South Wales for the race was Harry Mathews in a time of 53.13.

In the veterans categories first man 0/40 was Paul Beeson of Maldwyn Harriers in 57.31, first man 0/50 was Adam Haynes of Eryri in 57.10, and first man 0/60 was Don Williams of Eryri in 1.03.08.
In the ladies section less than 4 minutes separated the first 5 finishers! Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury returned to the course for the first time since 2005, taking 19 seconds off her personal best to win in 1.00.53. In second place, only 54 seconds behind and fresh from her victory in last weekends "Hellrunner", was Meirionnydd Running Clubs Kate Bailey, returning to her spiritual home to finish in 1.01.47. In third was Mary Gillie of Clwydian Range Runners in 1.02.14, and in fourth and fifth, continuing their Battle Royal from the 2006 Winter Series, when a mere 39 seconds decided the title, were Phoebe Webster of Aberystwyth University (1.03.15) and Andrea Roberts of Eryri (1.04.16). Any one of these 5 could go on to take the ladies title in the Meirionnydd Winter Series - who has the staying power? only time will tell....
Age category victories went to Sandra Rowlands of Clwydian Range Runners in 1.10.39 (0/40), Sue Ashton of Chepstow, setting a new age category record of 1.11.34 (0/50), Maggie Oliver of Eryri, who broke Brenda Jones age record with a time of 1.21.33 (0/60), and finally Sheila Symmonds of Bro Dysynni who set a new age record 0/70 in 2.15.00
Winners of the Short/Junior Race were Owain Llyr James in 16.00 with Bronwen Jenkinson first girl in 17.42.

Graeme Stringer       Meirionnydd Running Club