Cotswold Y Garn Race Saturday 4th August Results
Pics from Alastair
There was a quality field as the race was a counter in the WFRA North Wales Series (sponsored by planetFear).
There were some heavy showers before the race which made it extremely wet and slippery underfoot.|
Photo is of race winners Ifan Richards and Sarah Ridgway
|Sirhowy Challenge Sunday 20th May Report
|Push up the Pincyn Sat 28th July Results
Pics from Alastair |
A big factor against the Push-up-the-Pincyn 2012 was the southerly jet stream, local farmers not being able to cut soaking
silage on the usual show field meant a change of location for the start.
The new start point meant more mileage and more climb – what value for money.
Familiar faces from last year included the top 3 of Mark Williams, Jez Brown and Neil Parry.
A Benny Hill false start occurred when I replied to a question over the PA “NO”. The runners thought I said “GO”.
Normality resumed and a mass start of 42 souls started the extra half mile of road section to the normal route to THE BIG BALE.
The bale was a beast this year at four foot high causing more comedy photo opportunities for Al Tye.
Hitting the track leading to the Pincyn it was a close pack of four consisting of Jez B, Mark W plus Eryri boys Martin Cliffe and
Iwan Morton. Their ascent of the Pincyn was made interesting as the heavens opened onto the steep muddy slope to the top.
The going through the forest sections was challenging on wet exposed tree roots but the top 4 remained close.
There were some sterling efforts from more senior runners as V50 Vic Belshaw, Denbigh, who pushed a blistering pace as
did fellow Denbigh V60 Martin Cortvriend and V70 Peter Roberts of Buckley.
The ladies were again led by Andrea Rowlands with Pincyn new girl Jayne Joy from Helsby trailing a couple of minutes behind.
The finish remained close with the same 4 men finishing within a minute or so of each other. Mark made up for
getting …confused...and second last year with a strong finish to win. Iwan managed to take Martin in the home
straight for a well deserved 3rd to Jez Brown in second.
Willem V. Prooijen made an other appearance from Holland to give the occasion an international feel.
Many thanks to Jackson Fire & Security, Mold, for sponsoring this year’s race and, as ever the marshals and landowners.
|Green Green Grass of Home Wed 25th July Results
Pics from Alastair|
Liverpool Harrier Adam Peers' occasional forays into the Clwydian Hills usually result in victories, and so it was thus again on a warm night with Adam holding off Jez Brown of Buckley by 20 seconds. Jayne Joy of Helsby was well clear of Lisa Grantham, now running for Chester Tri and, having used Saturday's Snowdon Mountain Race as a warm-up for this, Eryri's Paul Jenkinson came home in eighth position. Buckley's remarkable Peter Roberts led a trio of 70 year olds finishing 32nd out of a field of 90 runners.
Pen y Fan Saturday 14th July The Full Report and Results|
There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh
Championships. It was also a counter in the WFRA South Wales Series. Weather conditions
for the race were dry, overcast. The rain held off until the prizegiving! Results -
Guto Nyth Bran Sat 7th July Results
The Druid Wed 11th July Results|
A record 136 starters turned out on a dry summer's evening to race up Foel Fenlli and back again to
the Druid pub in Llanferres. The course was certainly not dry though - even the carpet of pine needles
on the path through the short stretch of dark forest had been churned up into a morass of mud
(by sheltering cattle we assume!) Jez Brown, in scintillating form lately, chased down
Ian Houston on the descent to gain a minute on him by the finish and Laura Bestow had a
comfortable win in the lades category. A great band of helpers was assembled at fairly
short notice as I took over the organisation from John Linley who's been ill of late;
particular mention should go to Sue and Ian on the entries desk and at the finish who
coped admirably with the increased numbers, to Jim the sweep and to the dozen or so
marshals who sent everybody the right way (almost!) Next race in the series is The
Green Green Grass of Home at Llangynhafal on 25th July.
|Cotswold Outdoor Moel Siabod Race Sat 7th July Results
Pics from Gwynfor|
Race winners Martin Cliffe and Andrea Rowlands.
What a difference a day makes! Friday was extremely wet, making the Capel Curig Show Field unusable resulting in the cancellation of the Show.
Fortunately, the race was able to go ahead thanks to Paul and Dorina of Siabod Cafe, who allowed us to use their premises for Race HQ, parking
and also provided excellent food. The weather on race day was perfect - dry with sunny intervals. It was a little boggy underfoot in places,
but runners could wash off the mud in the river after finishing. Thanks also to Cotswold Outdoor (prizes), Tyn y Coed Hotel (sandwiches),
Team Dolly and everyone who helped on the day.
|Elidir Fawr Race 2012 - date change.|
Due to a clash with Snowdon, this years Elidir Fawr Race will take place at 11am on Sunday 22nd July instead (day after Snowdon).
This will allow both local and visiting runners to enjoy the delights of that gentle climb and to loosen those sore legs!
Darrens Dash, Sunday 17th June 2012 Results Pics by Gill Stott |
This year’s Darrens Dash hill race was organised as a partnership between Longtown School PTFA, Longtown Pre-School and Wye Valley Runners. After last year’s deluge it was a relief to hold the event on the new course. At 6 miles long and with 1,500ft of ascent, the course is not for the faint-hearted.
The weather was kind and 77 runners took up the challenge including a number running with dogs! Following the recent rain there was no shortage of water for the runners to contend with and the going was decidedly ‘soft’ in places. The event included a separate ‘Cani-Cross’ category for the first time on a slightly amended course.
The lead runners set an impressive pace from the start as they crossed the Olchon Brook and then completed the sustained climb through fields to open country and thence via narrow tracks to the top of the Darrens crags. After hitting the Offa’s Dyke Path with its fine views in both directions, a turn to the south led the runners along the undulating terrain of the Hatterall Ridge before reaching the Rhiw and the start of the fast descent to Longtown with its castle acting as a beacon to tired legs and sapped spirits.
1st place and the new course record went to Hugh Aggleton, of M.D.C., in an impressive time of 43:11. 2nd place went to Sean Taylor of Mynydd Du in a time of 44.42. 3rd place and 1st Vet went to John Pullen of Wye Valley Runners in a time of 45:05. The first lady home was Emma Bayliss from Mynydd Du in 53:33. 2nd was Nicola Gething of Parc Bryn Bach in 56:16 and 3rd was Fiona Turner of Forest of Dean A.C. in 58:45.
For full results: www.wyevalleyrunners.co.uk
The childrens races also attracted 35 entrants aged 4 – 12 who battled it out on the slippery course. The convincing winner of the under 12s category was Will Lovejoy of Cross Ash, whilst Sadie Lloyd of Longtown won an equally impressive first place in the under 8s category. A bouncy castle, raffle, and fantastic teas and cakes kept supporters and spectators in good cheer. Many thanks to all runners who took part and a particular big thank you to Longtown Mountain Rescue Team who provided essential marshals 'on the hill' and to the farmers / landowners who let us use their land. Race drinks and trophies were sponsored by Black Mountain Mineral Water company.
Thanks to the generosity of many local sponsors, more than £800 was raised for Longtown PTFA & Pre-School and Longtown Mountain Rescue Team.
|Hotfoot up Famau Wed 20th June Results|
Another great turnout for a North East Wales event. 96 finished on a fine evening. Laura Bestow of West Cheshire improved on her winning
time of two years ago by well over a minute and Rob Grantham, third last year, picked up the pace similarly to get an outright win this year.
Great support from local clubs and no shortage of willing helpers either. Next in the series is the Druid from Llanferres on 11th July.
Ras y Berwyn Sun 17th June Pics by Alastair Results|
There was a good field for the race which was a counter in the inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships
and North Wales Series (sponsored by planetFear).
98 runners enjoyed a timely and welcome break in the weather for the inaugural running of the 12.3 mile Ras y Berwyn,
organised by Clwydian Range Runners. Setting off from the beautiful village of Llandrillo, The downpour of the previous
days provided a boggy and calf sapping slog up to Cadair Berwyn, where the going improved and the runners were provided
with glorious views as they traversed the rim of the cliffs surrounding Llyn Lluncaws. From there, the route headed north
before ascending Cadair Bronwen and then thundering down the ridge to Llandrillo.
Tim Davies of Mercia established an early lead, challenged closely by Richard Roberts of Eryri, to finish in 1.39.25, setting
the course record. Sarah Ridgway of Inov8, provided a similarly impressive performance for the ladies, finishing in 2.03.44.
Thanks go to the marshals, to Newsar and to all the helpers who ensured that a memorable day was had by all. A special thanks
must go to CCW (for allowing the race to proceed in the middle of the nesting season!) and to the ladies of Llandrillo WI,
who worked tirelessly to put on a great spread after the race.
If you missed the race, don’t worry. Clwydian are determined to make it an annual event.
Trail Race up the Beast 12th June 2012 Results
|Boar’s Head Hill - Peak District Wed 6th June 2012 Results |
The 25th running of the race was remarkably smooth and trouble-free, thanks largely to the efficiency of the support team – all of whom I would like to thank very much for their efforts.
We had no injuries, only one early retirement due to an asthma attack and, despite the torrential rain which soaked me through twice in the afternoon as I was marking
the course, by the time the race started it was blue skies and white fluffies with a sprinkling of drizzle later on to cool everyone down a bit.
At the front of the 176-strong field there was a liberal sprinkling of previous winners but Lloyd Taggart, the men’s record-holder in the event,
took things by the scruff of the neck from the start and led throughout with a fine run to finish with a convincing three-minute-plus margin
over Simon Harding in second place, with last year’s winner, James Scott-Buccleugh (who is definitely NOT a Vet50 as I mistakenly categorised
him at the Prizegiving !!) in third place. Judging by the speed Lloyd came down the track to the finish his own record would have gone but for
a variant route up to the cage at the start which probably cost him the sixteen seconds he needed – next year perhaps ?
Jan Nicholls also had an excellent run to finish as 1st Lady, with Diane McVey and Molly Whittall taking the second and third places –
and I simply do not believe that her club, “White Nancy Boys”, actually exists !!
The Prizegiving was its usual cheerful, crowded self and, in addition to the usual presentations there were two special Single Malt ones which deserve mention.
One of them went to the evergreen Rob Taylor, who won the inaugural race in 1987 and who blasted round this year to take the V60 prize – quite impressive.
The other went to Dave Sumner, who competed in the very first race but whose running was immediately curtailed by knee problems and who, instead of
competing, marshalled at the Bowstones checkpoint for every one of the succeeding events – quite a record and one for which I am most grateful.
I owe an apology to Trevor Faulkner of Wilmslow for misreading his category on the results board and not crediting him with his first V70 position –
this has now been rectified and his “Running Bear” voucher is on its way.
If I can manage another twenty-five years of organising the race I’ll be ninety-four for the fiftieth anniversary – doubt it somehow but I’ve enjoyed it,
I hope everyone who ran on Wednesday enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing you next year.
|Sirhowy Challenge Sun 20th May Results
|Carneddau Sunday 3rd June
Cotswold Outdoor Carneddau Race Sun 3rd June. Final Details.|
This race had to be cancelled as the severe weather made conditions unsafe for the runners and marshals. Apologies to everyone who turned up.
The senior race will not be rescheduled. As the junior race was part of the WFRA Snowdonia Junior Series it may be rescheduled (to be confirmed).