New course record set by Matthew James
Matthew James of Hereford Couriers set a new course record by the narrowest of margins
- 1 second – over the testing 5 mile course. 53 runners from as far afield as Portland,
Cardiff and Northampton were attracted to Longtown on Saturday 20th June for the fourth
‘Darrens Dash’ charity fell race based at Longtown Outdoor Education Centre and hosted
jointly by the Outdoor Centre and Wye Valley Runners.
Conditions were ideal with a light,
cooling wind and firm ground underfoot. The run began with a 900 ft ascent of the zig-zag
path between the Red and Black Darrens up to the Offa’s Dyke path. Most runners were forced
to walk at least part of their way due to the steep ascent. After turning south the runners
were rewarded with 2 miles of level running and great views across the Black Mountains.
The descent to the Olchon Valley was fast and furious and James pulled away strongly on
the descent from Tim Hindle of Brecon A.C. Having crossed the Olchon River, a steep
finishing section led up to the finish field where spectators watched Hindle try in
vain to gain ground on James who crossed the finish line in the new record time of
34.12. Third over the line was in-form Tim Iveson of Builth & Distric runners.
The first lady home in 9th place was Ann Dixon of Forest of Dean A.C., whilst
the first junior runner home in 17th place was Daniel King of host club Wye Valley Runners.
Places were also fiercely contested in the parallel event – the Courthouse Canter, a
Family fun run on an undulating multi-terrain course in the centre grounds.
the efforts of everyone involved more than £700.00 was raised for St. Michael’s Hospice
and the Longtown O.E.C. Bursary Fund.
Full results can be viewed on-line at
1st Male Matthew James (Hereford Couriers) 34.12
2nd Male Tim Hindle (Brecon A.C.) 34.39
3rd Male Tim Iveson (Buith & District) 35.00
1st Female Ann Nixon (Forest of Dean A.C) 38.58
2nd Female Angela Jones (Brecon A.C.) 40.30
3rd Female Claire Conway (Wye Valley Runners) 42.07
1st Veteran Male 40 Tim Hindle (Brecon A.C.) 34.39
1st Veteran Male 50 Lyndon Gwilllym (Unattached) 39.08
1st Veteran Male 60 Gary Gunner (Croft Ambrey) 41.48
1st Veteran Female 40 Angela Jones (Brecon A.C.) 40.30
1st Veteran Female 50 Ann Nixon (Forest of Dean A.C) 38.58
1st Junior Daniel King (Wye Valley Runners) 40.43
1st Local Male Harry Franklin (Wye Valley Runners) 46.15
1st Local Female Laurianne McKenzie (Wye Valley) 1.02.50
1st Holly Porter 6.25
2nd David Pritchard 6.50
3rd Tom Smith 6.53
1st Arum Jones 9.05
2nd Cameron Morgan 9.34
3rd Iona Prosser 10.02
1st Ellie Jones 23.19