The race is well established in the Welsh Fell Running calendar and entails running to seven mandatory checkpoints (including Tor y foel,
Corn Ddu, Pen y Fan and Cribyn) from the centre of Talybont Reservoir dam. The race is approximately 30.6km long with 1372m ascent and
qualifies as a long race. The Brecon Beacons were blessed with dry weather for the majority of the race with reasonable temperatures of 15-20 deg C in the valleys during the race duration.
Forty competitors came from far and wide including Lancashire, Oxford, North Wales and Bristol.
Jim Masters (Wye Valley Runners) was the first to the top of the first summit (Tor y Foel) however Gancho Slavov arrived first to the second
checkpoint with Jim in close pursuit. Gancho maintained his lead from then through the entire race and finished in a time of 3hr 3m. Jim Masters
finished nine minutes later in 3hr 12m with Stewart Bellamy (Mercia) in third with 3hr 14m.
Rona Davies (Mynydd Du) continued her winning form from the Four Fans race the previous weekend with a winning time of 4hr 21m in the ladies
category. Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) finished second lady after leading for the majority of the race but took the wrong path leading to the last
checkpoint (Carn Pica). Karen Elvers (MDC) completed the ladies podium places.
Dave Powell (Aberystwyth) won the male over 50 veterans category with a very strong performance with a time of 3hr 38m. Lenny Hughes (Maldwyn Harriers)
won the male over 60 veterans category with a time of just under 4hrs 11m.
The podium finishers and the winners in each age category were awarded with a bottle of wine each.
40 runners started the race and 38 completed the full course.
The race organisers, Gary and Dawn Davies would like to thank each of the eleven volunteers. They included Emma Howell, Richard Cronin,
Phil Thomas, Keri & Pauline James, John Darby, Derek Thornley, Martin & Kay Lucas, Jon Dallimore and James Blore. Without them, the race
would fail to exist.
The organisers remind potential competitors that map reading skills (using map and compass) are necessary for this race. Gary Davies