LLANTHONY FELL RACE 31/01/09              Results

The Llanthony winter race took place over a new course for 2009 of 3.3m/1150ft, hence records were set in all categories. The deep mud underfoot in the lower fields leaves them open for improvement in years to come though. This year, in lieu of prizes, organizer Dick Finch opted to donate the race profits to humanitarian aid in Gaza.

The men's race was as exciting as has been seen in recent times, with Pete Ryder and Paul Murrin fighting it out to the final yards. Murrin, running for Chepstow, led for most of the long diagonal climb to the ridge and along the Offa's Dyke path, only to be passed by Ryder (Brycheiniog) on the steep descent. After the final stile into the fields the mountain-bike specialist regained the lead, and the race looked to be over, until a final sprint by Ryder in the last 40m denied him. Just a minute behind them Stroud AC's Mike Duxbury took 3rd and 1st MV40. Chris Taylor and Gary Gunner continued their streak of good form by taking the 1st MV50 and 1st MV60 respectively.

The women's race was a less close affair, with Helen Fines 1st female and 8th overall for Yorkshire club Calder Valley. Liz Francis of Chepstow had an excellent run in 2nd place, beating Alice Bedwell (MDC). Both were 1st and 2nd FV40s, and close behind was 1st FV50 Sue Ashton.