116 eager participants made their way to the little village of Llanbedr to start the 31st L-B three
peaks fell race at midday on Saturday 2nd April. As they set off the sun shone brilliantly, surprising
many runners who struggled with the heat. It even felt warm up on the mighty Blorenge, great for the
marshals, but not so good for the runners.
Having won this race the last 2 years in succession, (and many other years too) Mark Palmer
(Mynydd Du) reached the first peak at Crug Mawr in 3rd position, behind Martin Cox of Team
Bath, and Alastair Murray from Horwich Harriers.
By the time these three experienced fell runners came off Crug Mawr, they had settled into
what turned out to be their finishing postions.
Martin Cox finished in 2:08:20, and although nearly 3 minutes quicker than last year,
Mark Palmer could’nt catch Martin and finished in second place in 2:10:49. These two
were well ahead of the rest of the field, with Alastair Murray claiming 3rd position
Eryri Runner Andrea Rowlands achieved a stunning time of 2:30:05, and was 8th overall,
Emma McWilliams second lady in 2:47:13. Helen Fines came in for third position in 2:54:21.
In other categories, Bryan Stadden from Bitton Road Runners was our first Super Vet,
he finished in 17th position overall, in a time of 2:38:04.
First SSV Male was John Morris, Buckley Runners.
Just a fraction over a minute separated first Vet Lady, Lou Summers of Chepstow
and first SS Vet Lady, Sharon Woods of Mynydd Du.
The Team prize was taken by Chepstow Harriers.
The participants came from far and wide, Eric Quibell from South Africa joined us as he was
here on holiday, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. 5 Stubbington Green runners came
from the South Coast to make a weekend of it on our Welsh Mountains, hopefully they will
venture back next year too.
Our thanks as always to everyone who helped on the day, apologies for the unfortunate
lack of showers, but hope that the magnificent spread put on by Anne at the Rugby club made up for it.
Oh, and congratulations to Mike Heare, who spotted the ‘deliberate’ mistake on the
T-Shirts – they will be collector’s items in years to come!!