MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   The Druids Fell Race     Wed June 18th    Results    Pictures from Dave Pinnington

The Druid (5miles, 1200ft) Race Report from the Druid Inn, Llanferres, Wednesday 18th June by Harrymoon (Adair Broughton)

Photos by Dave Pinnington

Slight drizzle and sky as dull as ash could not deter the 71 runners from adding the splash of colour much needed to this summer evening in Llanferres. With the sun a lost friend hiding behind the comfort of cloud we were still treated to a rainbow of vests lining up near the Druid Inn to test their legs and lungs against the hills of north Wales. A golden glow of yellow showed that Tattenhall were taking this race seriously.

On my journey into Wales as my window wipers swept a rhythm I could only hope to achieve as a runner, it made me question who or what were the Druids? With the advent of the internet I felt slightly guilty googling an answer later that Wednesday night, rather than using the encyclopedia received from the grandparents as a boy aged in single figures.

The answer: An ancient Celtic order of priests, teachers, diviners, and magicians; but there is always magic on the fells, that is a given, so even without the Pub name, the Druid is a very apt moniker for a race. The name itself is thought to relate to an oak tree (or drus). Other information found states Julius Caesar reporting that the Druids met annually at a site believed to be the centre of Gaul (I am sure Ceaser would not have minded the fell fraternity remapping the location of the centre of Gaul for one night, he would have appreciated the beer and wine too). There is also mention of a Chief Druid. We would not know until 35 minutes later who the Chief Druid was to be this night. Would Ian Houston retain his title?

There was lots of talent on the line, eager to challenge each other as well as themselves. One of the beauties of fell running is to stand at the start of the race with some of the most talented people in the country in their chosen sport. Which other sport allows people to do that? Names and faces are familiar but each race and event is unique. Could any records be broken on a night like this?

Thanking Martin for my number, running back to the car and quickly putting on my swoops I then prepared to do my full thirty second warm up and make my way to the start of a race I had been looking forward to for some time, well, at least since the week previously when I had for the first time missed a race I had tried to get to. I had managed to find a pub with the same name as the pub a race was actually starting at! Here I was at the Druid, happy at last that I was running upwards rather than in loops around the streets of home.

Saying hello and noticing familiar faces and smiles, customary glances at peoples footwear and then the questioning of what am I letting myself in for, we began walking up the path that would lead us too the start.

There was obviously a keenness and spirit in the air as we were called back to where the actual start was, many runners following the towering figure of Martin a little too far up the road. Maybe it would be a fast race in the conditions with the evident infectious enthusiasm.

A brief talk to say we’d be running through someone’s garden and then the pounding of rubber soles on tarmac, a brief road introducing a small climb, stirring the body from its relaxed Wednesday ponderings. A few minutes later and the green fields opened up as much as people’s lungs. Runners were finding their positions in the race and already the fluidity of Jackie Lee picking off places as she would all race set the precedent for those of us who could only admire from behind. Anna Frost was already high in the pack. Would Jackie catch her?

Unfortunately after a few corners the race leaders were out of sight and I was wondering how Dave Alexander, who told me after his first fell race at Llantisilio “never again” would fare, knowing his fitness would keep him at the front of the pack on the climb but his new fell legs still looking for confidence on the downward stretch might lose him some places. I bet he wonders what took him so long to find the hills! With some more races behind him his growing downhill experience might see him as one to watch in the future.

There were gates to open and another runner kindly waited a few seconds until I reached it also. It was a nice gesture and I wonder if the same would happen at the front of the race. The climb still felt gradual and runnable as ahead lay a dark opening signifying the woods we would head through. I had been jokingly pre-warned to take my head torch even on one of the longest days of the year but there was just enough light to make an interesting interlude in the race but I still found myself ducking my head in case an imaginary branch hit me. The smell of pine was intoxicating with its freshness but it was still nice to break out into the midst of a wet summer evening. With a more styles to traverse and a damp Freddie (Paul Aird) pointing the way the main climb would soon be upon us.

Back into the windy light and a delicate spot of rain the more serious climb was welcomed as the brave photographer Dave Pinnington (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davepinno/) worked wonders in the wind and rain to photograph the pulchritudinous fell runners showing smiles that hid the reality of gritted teeth. The legs began working harder, hands on knees showing how well the body worked in unison to defy angles and gravity and push towards the person in front. Oxygen debt began to play the part it always does, legs feeling heavier, the heart questioning what it had done wrong in a past life but I felt more in debt to nature, looking round at the panorama of summer on an evening that was free of barbeques and singing birds. It is this dichotomy of suffering laid parallel with beauty that makes me feel alive. A runners high can be spiritual as well as physical.

Druids studied ancient verse, natural philosophy, astronomy and religious lore; their principal doctrine was belief in the immortality of the soul and the transmigration of souls. I did manage to say to myself ‘oh God’ as the stairs were taken two at a time, heavy breathing behind me, energy and power with the legs of a runner in front and maybe if I pushed just a little harder I too would see stars. I will have to admit at this part of the fell race I was in no mood to create some ancient verse, or even a limerick but I would suggest that fell running on all levels is a philosophy in itself. (Maybe there is an article in there somewhere?)

I had arrived at the summit and passed the stones and now it was time to test the core strength and natural balance I know is hidden deep inside, destined to suddenly appear at a race sometime. Sadly it was not this one as two more runners passed me downhill.

Carrying no watch and reflecting on the race now I even have a poor memory or my mind had drifted into another place due to the concentration that downhill running seems to take from the resources of my body. Back in the woods it felt almost like a respite knowing the end was not too far. Hearing another runner behind it was time to push on to the finish. The red and white tape and the leaner and fitter runners standing round chatting was a welcome sight.

One thing I will have to mention is how the eventual race winner Ian Houston was offering great support as the runners came in thick and fast. Tired legs and pounding hearts, a finish tape nearby sometimes its hard to verbalise how nice it is to get encouragement like this.

Shaking hands and talking about the different part of the race, the heart gradually slowing down to a tempo it likes, watching people come in, the relief on their faces and then their eyes lighting up with personal achievements is a drug in itself. Luckily, cans of red bull awaited us back at the pub to provide the incentive to stay up all night writing race reports.

The pub welcomed the runners and a table full of prizes, drinks, chocolates, sleeping bags and flasks were waiting for the deserved winners. It had been another great race and of course I should mention that records had been broken. Anna Frost took nearly half a minute off her previous record. A great run from Neil Ashcroft placed him 3rd overall, and as always his friendly smile was as much deserving of a prize as his fantastic run. Neil Parry was first unattached runner, and he just keeps getting better all the time. Well done to all other prizewinners.

Many thanks to the marshals who do a great job in the conditions, to Martin and John for consistently good organization of races and to the Druid Inn for welcoming disheveled fell runners into their warm pub for the night.

See you all at the next one

Harrymoon

Rodney's Pillar   Pictures from Alastair Tye     
Moel Fabon   Pictures from Alastair Tye and more pictures from Pete Macmillen    Video of Race from Peter Douglas
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Welsh 1000 Metre Peaks     Sat 7th June    Full results    Pictures from Alastair Tye

The Welsh 1000 Metre Peaks Race took place on Saturday 7th June. This gruelling race is 22 miles long with 8000 feet of ascent and goes from Aber to the summit of Snowdon. There was a good turnout as the race was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association Open / Welsh Championships and North Wales Series. Weather conditions were good for the runners - dry, overcast and light winds. Mist on the Carneddau made navigation challenging between the Beras and Carnedd Llewellyn. The race was won by Colin Donnelly of Cambuslang in a time of 3 hours 48 minutes (also 1st over 40). Colin Donnelly has now won the race 10 times. Tim Davies of Mercia was 2nd in 3.55.31 and Iain Ridgway of Eryri 3rd in 3.56.40. Iwan Edgar of Eryri won the over 50 category in 5.02.34 and first over 60 was Don Williams of Eryri in 5.10.14. The ladies race was won by Jackie Lee of Eryri in 4.23.20. Andrea Roberts of Eryri was 2nd in 4.42.57 and Nicky Spinks of Penistone 3rd in 5.03.09 (also 1st over 40). The over 60 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 6.43.27. The short race from Ogwen to Snowdon was won by Russell Owen of Eryri in 1.48.56 (also 1st over 40). Trefor Jones of Mercia was 2nd in 1.51.52 and Sam Smith of Eryri 3rd in 1.52.53. First over 50 was Jim Bennell of Eryri in 2.04.18. The ladies race was won by Stel Farrar of Eryri in 2.37.39 (also 1st over 40).
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   The Carneddau     Sat 31st May   Results    Pictures from Alastair Tye

The 'Sinclair Steel' Carneddau Race took place from Bethesda on Saturday 31st May. The weather was hot and sunny and the summits were clear. The runners suffered in the heat but the conditions were well appreciated by the marshals. Stan Charles of Clwydian was first to the summit of Carnedd Dafydd and maintained his lead to Yr Elen. However, he twisted his ankle on the descent and was passed by Iain Ridgway of Eryri who went on to win by a margin of nearly 5 minutes.

The race was won by Iain Ridgway of Eryri in a time of 1 hour 41 minutes and 45 seconds. Stan Charles of Clwydian was 2nd in 1.46.28 and James McQueen of Eryri 3rd in 1.48.41. Other category winners : Over 40 - Paul Jenkinson (Eryri) 1.50.46, Over 50 - Andrew Fox (Glossop) 1.57.23, Over 60 - Emyr Davies (Eryri) 2.43.07

The ladies race was won by Andrea Roberts of Eryri in 1.57.47. Hannah Toberman of Eryri was 2nd in 2.14.02 and Annie Williams of Eryri (also 1st over 40) 3rd in 2.27.29. First over 60 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 2.57.08.

Thanks to the following : Race Sponsor - Sinclair Steel, Team Dolly and everyone who provided assistance on the day.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Ras Cader Idris     Sat 24th May            Results

Bright, blustery conditions greeted the 276 competitors who descended upon Dolgellau last Saturday to take part in the various races which formed part of the 17th running of Ras Y Gader.

As has now become the traditional, Saturday morning saw the running of the various junior races whilst the afternoon saw the senior racers take on the 10.5 mile challenge to the peak of Cader Idris and back into Dolgellau, a course containing just under 3,000 feet of climbing.

The various junior races, sponsored by Bwyd Y Brenin of Dolgellau & Coed Y Brenin, attracted an excellent entry of 85 budding athletes, and amongst whom were 2 local winners. They were Gus Illiff of Llangower, near Bala, and Cara Evans of Brithdir who were respective boy and girl winners in the fun run in times of 3.00minutes and 3.31minutes.

The senior race, sponsored by the Royal Ship Hotel of Dolgellau, attracted 191 race finishers, as ever, amongst whom were a large sprinkling of local competitors. Having won the race in 2007, Eryri Harriers athlete Richard Roberts returned to Dolgellau to defend his title and this he did successfully, beating his 2007 time by over a minute, to complete the event in 1hr 25.19mins, 45 seconds ahead of 2nd place athlete, Andi Davies (Mercia Fell Runners). Perhaps the performance of the day came in the female race as Janet McIver (Dark Peak Fell Runners) of Sheffield came home in a terrific 5th place overall, in a time of 1hr 35.39mins, over 16 minutes ahead of the next female competitor.

A.Unwin      Summit photos from Alastair Tye     

Moel Eilio Results        Quantocks Results
Pentyrch Hill Race Results
Dyfi 8     Preliminary Announcement
The Dyfi 8 is a new race. Not quite a fell race but still involving substantial climbs it takes place over 8 miles of forest roads in the Dyfi Forest on Sunday 14th September. Further details are here and an entry form will be available in due course though entries are accepted on the day
The WFRA are organising a Junior North Wales Series in 2008. For more details see attached.
Foel Fras Results    Photos from Pete Macmillen     Photos from Alastair Tye    Video from Peter Douglas
Please note that there are changes to the Carneddau race. See the EVENTS page for more details.
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Y Garn Sun 4th May     Results     Pictures from Alastair Tye     and from Pete Macmillen
    
The Y Garn race took place from Rhyd Ddu, near Beddgelert on Sunday 4th May 2008. There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association Open / Welsh Championship and North Wales Series. The weather was warm, mostly dry, overcast and light winds. The mist came down on the summit just as the runners approached but it was not too dense and still possible to follow the flags. Fortunately the heavy rain held off till all the runners had returned.
The race was won by Dave Taylor of Dark Peak (also 1st over 40) in a time of 28 minutes and 17 seconds. Richard Roberts of Eryri was 2nd in 28.36 and Matt Gilbert of Wrexham Tri 3rd in 28.46. Other category winners : Under 18 - Tom Budesha (Eryri) 33.55, Under 23 - Rob Samuel (UCNW) 32.15, Over 50 - Graham McAra (Cheshire) 34.15, Over 60 - Don Williams (Eryri) 35.33.

Picture from Alastair Tye     Video of Race from Peter Douglas

The ladies race was won by Helen Fines of Calder Valley in a new record time (for this course) of 32.59. Kate Bailey of Meirionnydd was 2nd in 34.12 and Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury was 3rd in 34.23. Other category winners : Under 23 - Rebecca Law (UCNW) 36.55, Over 40 - Libby Peter (Eryri) 37.55, Over 50 Sue Ashton (Chepstow) 43.16, Over 60 - Maggie Oliver (Eryri) 44.02

The Junior Race was won by Owain James of Eryri (Male U/14). Rhys James of Eryri was 2nd (Male U/12) and Sarah Livett of Menai 3rd (Female U/16).

Other category winners : Male U/16 - Tecwyn Evans (U/A), Female U/12 - Bronwen Jenkinson (Eryri), Female U/14 - Elin James (Eryri/Menai).

Elidir Fawr - 29th April 2008          Photos from Alastair Tye        Video of Race from Peter Douglas
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Ras Mynydd Swtan     Sun 27th April    Results
The inaugural Ras Mynydd Swtan saw 23 runners, including 5 juniors, set off from Porth Swtan beach in fine, warm conditions (following the departure of sea mist!).
Paul Jenkinson had a narrow lead at the summit but pulled away on the descent to finish comfortably ahead of Eilir Evans and Phil Pilbeam.
15 year old Lisa Peters had a fine run to finish in 7th position, with 11 year old Bronwen Jenkinson finishing 12th.
My thanks go to sponsors The Lobster Pot Restaurant, Church Bay; Christine's School of Motoring and The Wavecrest Cafe and to the landowners for their permission.
Râs Mynydd Mawr - 22nd April 2008          Video of Race from Peter Douglas
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   The Moelwyns Sat 19th April    Results    The Moelwyns Video by Pete MacMillen
The Moelwyns Race took place from Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday 19th April. Weather conditions were overcast, dry and windy.
The race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in a time of 1 hour 18 minutes and 55 seconds. Roland Stafford of Mercia was 2nd in 1.21.58 and Francis Blunt of Northumberland 3rd in 1.23.11. Other category winners : Over 40 - Steve Gilliland (Bro Dysynni) 1.25.43, Over 50 - Eilir Evans (Eryri) 1.36.51, Over 60 - Don Williams (Eryri) 1.44.55.
The ladies race was won by Kate Bailey of Meirionnydd in a time of 1.36.27. Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury was 2nd in 1.37.07 and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 1.38.47. The over 40 category was won by Ellie Salisbury of Eryri in 2.05.30.

Video of Race from Peter Douglas and Photos from Alastair Tye.

Foel Lus         Photos from Alastair Tye    Photos from Pete MacMillen and Team Dolly Video of Race from Peter Douglas
video ; http://www.prdouglas.co.uk/ my pictures http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/pete.macmillen/FoelLus2008
Llangynhafal Loop        Results     Photos from Alastair Tye      
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Llantysilio Mountain Race     Sat 12th April    Results
The Llantysilio Mountain race took place from Rhewl, near Llangollen on Saturday 12th April. This race was the 2nd counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association 2008 North Wales Series. Weather conditions were cold with sunny intervals and showers.
The race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in a time of 48 minutes and 54 seconds. Matt Gilbert of Wrexham Tri was 2nd in 49.20 and Stan Charles of Clwydian 3rd in 51.17. First over 40 was Michael Johnson of Kenilworth in 54.34 and the over 50 category was won by Ed Davies of Mercia in 55.38. First over 60 was Peter Roberts of Buckley in 64.01.
The ladies race was won by Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury in a time of 57.32. Andrea Roberts of Eryri was 2nd in 59.50 and Hannah Toberman of Eryri 3rd in 65.57. The over 40 category was won by Yvonne Hill of Ranelagh in 67.50 and first over 50 was Stephanie Charman of Helsby in 83.15. The over 60 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 77.28.
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Pen Cerrig Calch     Sat 29th March   Llanbedr near Crickhowell   Results
This year the race was the first counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association Open / Welsh Championships and South Wales Series. It was also the final counter in the South Wales Winter Series. Weather conditions were appalling (wet and windy) causing the race to be shortened.

The race was won by Harry Mathews of Mynydd Du in a time of 15 minutes and 38 seconds. Mathew Collins of MDC was 2nd in 15.53 and Patrick Wooddisse of MDC 3rd in 16.16. Matt Stott of Chepstow was first under 23 finishing 5th overall in 16.35. The over 40 category was won by Mike Duxbury of Stoud in 16.54 and Chris Taylor of Mercia was first over 50 in 18.23. First over 60 was Don Williams of Eryri in 18.57 and Peter Norman of Wrexham won the over 70 category in 24.07.

The ladies race was won by Helen Fines of Calder Valley in 17.25. Kate Bailey of Meirionnydd was 2nd in 18.26 and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 19.20. First over 40 was Sandra Rowlands of Clwydian in 21.52 and first over 50 was Sue Ashton of Chepstow 22.30.

Full results are on results page. There are one or two gaps due to the difficult conditions for timekeeping. If you can help fill them please contact the Organiser or Ross Powell.

Loggerheads Lollop

Junior races race report

and slideshow

pictures from William James

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Ras yr Aran     Sat 22nd March   Llanuwchllyn    Results    

There was a record turnout for the Aran Race from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala on Saturday 22nd March. This race was the first counter in the 2008 Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series as well as being the final counter in the Meirionnydd Winter Series.

Weather conditions were sunny intervals and hail showers. The course had to be shortened due to high winds and sheet ice and snow on the summits.
The race was won by Tim Davies of Mercia in a time of 58 minutes and 16 seconds. Richard Roberts of Eryri was 2nd in 58.17 and Mike Fanning of Borrowdale 3rd (also 1st over 40) in 59.51. The over 50 category was won by Graham McAra of Cheshire in 1.10.30 and first over 60 was Don Williams of Eryri in 1.16.06. The over 70 category was won by Peter Norman of Wrexham in 1.47.37

The ladies race was won convincingly by Helen Fines of Calder Valley in a time of 1.06.22. Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury was 2nd in 1.13.52 and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 1.14.58. First over 40 was Ali Thomas of Eryri in 1.23.12 and the over 60 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 1.40.43.

The winner of the Meirionnydd Winter Series was Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni. The ladies winner was Sarah Ridgway of Eryri. Both received half a lamb courtesy of 'Organic Aran Lamb'

The Welsh Fell Runners Association Open / Welsh Championships commence next Saturday (March 29th) with the Pen Cerrig Calch race in south Wales. Full report

Moel Wnion Pics   More pics from Team Dolly The Unfranked Man   and Pete MacMillen    Results
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Pipe Dream     Sat 1st March   Dolgarrog   Results    Latest Pics

After shocking weather the previous day I was concerned for the turnout, but a lull in the rain and a slight drop in wind encouraged a record turnout for this year’s event; helped no in small way by a large contingent of Pennine Fellrunners who just happened to be lurking in the area.
This year we had a new sponsor in the shape of The Lord Newborough restaurant in Dolgarrog, and I’m grateful for their generosity. Hopefully we can continue this partnership.
The race went smoothly with no one getting lost or injured which made a pleasant change!

There was some strong competition up front for the men which produced a new record of 35.54 by Mathew Roberts of Eryri. Seven seconds separated the next two who were Mathew Gilbert of Wrexham and Simon Coldrick of Pennine in third, which later produced a good cheer from that crew.
Despite no very close competition from other ladies Anna Frost managed to knock well over 3 minutes off the ladies record. She finished 8th overall in 38.21, a time which I suspect will stand for a while.
The event was once again marshalled by Team Dolly without whom I couldn’t organise the race. Also thanks to Rita and the other ladies for keeping everyone fed and watered; Geoff and Sheila for registration and timekeeping.
I’m pleased to say that the race has once again contributed to Dolgarrog Community Centre to the tune of £100.

Craig.

Pipe Dream Slideshow from Pete MacMillen and Team Dolly Show 2 and a slideshow of pics from Alastair Tye of competitors on a somewhat gnarly downhill

The Darren Slideshow is now here. Hi res pics on request. Pics by Helen Bennett
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS    RAS MOEL Y CI 23/2/08 Tregarth, Gwynedd BS / 4m / 950ft       Results

Photos by Pete Macmillen

Enjoyment on last year’s new route and the reputation of “Bill’s soup” brought 87 runners to the Moelyci Environmental Centre this year. The route rises up through fields at the Centre, circles and climbs with a long testing ‘green lane’ and a final pull up through heather and peat to Moelyci summit at 1300 feet. If runners can raise their heads before the plunging descent, there are views to the Anglesey coast, Snowdon, the Glyders and the Carneddau.

Congratulations to Rob Greenwood of Eryri who set the new course record of 36.58, passing first-to-the-top Stanley Charles (2nd at 37.14) on the first steep descent off the summit. Rob uses Moel y Ci for night training and claims that it seems “so much faster in daylight”! Third home was last year’s winner Richard Roberts in 38.22. Kate Bailey raced home as 1st woman in 45.20 and 19th overall followed by Jenny Heming at 46.21. Ali Thomas had a great run-in as 1st FV40 at 52.39 with Annie Williams a half-second behind. Maggie Oliver was 1st FV50/60 at 57.23, Gary Williams 1st MV40 at 39.32 and 6th overall, Iwan Edgar 1st MV50 at 43.31 and Don Williams 1st MV60 at 46.30 took the other class prizes.

The junior race winner was Calum Porter-Jones in 11.09 with Maisie Bye 2nd and first girl at 11.25. Eight juniors ran.

Great thanks go to the Centre staff, marshals, ‘Team Dolly’ radio network and the registration and finish team.

Projects at the Moelyci Environmental Centre focus on sustainability, local produce and local crafts. In consequence, race prizes included bird and bat boxes and compost made on site. The soup and cakes were from organic local suppliers accompanied by Fair Trade tea and coffee. Our thanks to Majestic Wine in Bangor for the prize bottles.

Jeremy Williams


1.	R. Greenwood	        Eryri			36.58
2.	C. Stanley		Clwydian		37.14
3.	R. Roberts		Eryri			38.22
4.	M. Roberts		Eryri			39.13
5.	F. Blunt		Northumberland	39.17
6.	G. Williams O/40	Menai T&F		39.32
7.	J. Bowie		Oswestry		40.26
8.	J. Walmsley		Bangor Uni		40.52
9.	G. Hughes O/40	        Abergele		40.53
10.	S. Butterworth	        Eryri			41.45

VETERANS O/50
1. (13)	I. Edgar		Eryri			43.31
2. (17)	E. Evans		Eryri			45.11
3. (24)	J. Bennell		Eryri			46.58

VETERANS O/60
1. (23)	D. Williams		Eryri			46.30
2. (40)	D. Omerod		WFRA			52.26
3. (44)	J. Linley		Clwydian		53.26

LADIES
1. (19)	K. Bailey		Meirionydd		45.20
2. (22)	J. Heming		Eryri			46.21
3. (34)	K. Spinney		Eryri			50.00
4. (41)	A. Thomas O/40	        Eryri			52.39
5. (42)	A. Williams O/40	Eryri			53.02

(60) M. Oliver O/60		Eryri			57.23

79 finishers

Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni on his way to victory at Tarren Hendre

Results

Here is the slideshow of pictures by Alastair Tye

Slideshow

The International Festival of Downhill Running (an experiment in racing downhill!)   

On 28th December Neil Parry of Mold won the Cannonball Downhill Run from the top of Moel Famau eastwards to Cadole in a time of 24.07. Ellie Salisbury of Eryri Harriers was first lady in 30.3.
The following day Neil Parry triumphed again at The Druid Drop from Moel Famau southwards to Llanferres in a time of 30.18, Mary Gillie of Clwydian Range Runners ran a superb race in 32.35.
27 runners turned up for the final race which was The Jubilee Plunge on 30th December heading westwards from Moel Famau to Llangynhafal . Local knowledge benefited Martin Cortvriend as he won in a time of 12.48, just heading off Chris Marshall of Ellesmere Port and Craig Jones (WFRA). Clare Page of Cheshire Fire Tri was first lady in 16.33. Each race finished at a suitable hostelry and great fun was had by all!    Results

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS    LLYN LLYDAW RACE 1/1/08      Results

Weather conditions were mild and overcast. It was very wet and slippery underfoot around the lake. The race was won by Scott Butterworth of Eryri in a time of 45 minutes and 25 seconds. Andy Jackson of Gorphwysfa was 2nd in 48.01 and Ian Cooke of Calder Valley 3rd in 48.04. The ladies race was won by Kath Broatch of Eryri (also 1st over 40) in a time of 58.28. First over 50 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 71.56.

      MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS
 Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race  Wed 26th December

   SLIDESHOW      Results

The Boxing Day version of this race took place in its usual format (fancy dress optional) with walkers setting out immediately after the runners. Conditions were reasonably mild with a breeze at the top. Title picture shows Steve Gilliland leading Mark Matthews towards the top but not being able to stand the sight of those pink tights any longer Matt moved into the front to become eventual winner of the 2.5mile race in 20:04. Steve was second in 20:32 with Paul Jenkinson of Eryri claiming 3rd place for the second year running in 22:13. Fastest lady was Tina MacDonnell of Eryri in 30:43.
Free Hot soup, rolls and mincepies were provided in the Tyn-y-Groes Hotel amidst continual liquid replenishment and a spot raffle for Charity raised £120.92 for Ukraine Humanitarian Aid

Last years ladies winner Lucy (not running because of a severe case of pregnancy) provided this slideshow

December Newsletter
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Penmaenmawr Fell Race  Sat 17th December

   SLIDESHOW      Results

Here is the Penmaenmawr mega slide show. Hundreds of pictures taken by Pete Macmillen. Anyone wanting a high resolution picture of themselves just e.mail me and I'll e.mail it back.
if your pictures a little dark I'll lighten it before sending.

If you haven't got broadband you will have to be patient while the show downloads.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Rhobell Fawr  Sat 10th November  Full Results  

The Rhobell Fawr race took place from Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau, on Saturday 10th November. Weather conditions were mild, mostly dry and overcast. The summit was windy and shrouded in mist.
The race was won by Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni in a time of 51 minutes and 41 seconds (also 1st over 40). Matthew Roberts of Eryri was 2nd in 52.08 and clubmate Chris Near 3rd in 53.46. The over 50 category was won by Iwan Edgar of Eryri in 60.24 and first over 60 was Don Williams (Eryri) in 63.08.
The ladies race was won by Sarah Kleeman of Eryri in 58.38. Phoebe Webster of Aberystwyth University was 2nd in 63.54 and Jenny Ewels of Clwydian 3rd in 69.30. The over 40 category was won by Ali Thomas of Eryri in 70.53 and first over 50 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 81.04.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Sugar Loaf  Sat 3rd November  Results  Slideshow

The Sugar Loaf race took place on Saturday 3rd November in South Wales. This race was the final counter in the WFRA Open / Welsh Championships. There was an excellent turnout (including a good contingent from the north). Weather conditions were mild, dry and overcast and with light winds. The summits were clear.

Congratulations to Harry Mathews of Mynydd Du and Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury on becoming WFRA Welsh Champions for 2007.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Clwydian Hills Race   Sun 4th November  Results  Photos by Jim Alcock

As forecasted a cold front moved over the Clwydians on Saturday, bringing drizzle and clag just as I was putting out markers. But Sunday dawn brought a clear, sunny sky, which remained throughout the day giving a good day in the hills for both runners and NEWSAR members who were marshalling the event.

Rich Roberts (Eryri) was never troubled to take the men’s prize while Sally Newman (Calder Valley) was first lady home. Roger Lamb (Mercia) and Graham McAra (Cheshire Hill Racers) were the first vet 40 and vet 50 men respectively to finish.

The originator of the race John Morris (Buckley) was the first M60 home, with local runners taking 2nd. and 3rd. M60 places. A few runners would be advised to take either the WFRA or FRA navigation courses.

A special word of thanks is due to the NEWSAR members who forgo a fine day in the hills to provide both runners and team members with refreshments after the race.
Peter Taylor.


Rhinog Photo Slideshow Apologies for the poor quality but the weather was appalling. Apart from the photos at Start / Finish the rest were taken from the Bwlch between Rhinog Fawr and Rhinog Fach. Results
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS

The Rhinog Horseshoe race took place on Saturday 27th October. This year the race was the final counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series and the penultimate race in the Open / Welsh Championships. Conditions were challenging for the runners with low cloud, periods of rain and strong winds on the summits. Good navigational skills were required and local knowledge was a definite advantage. It was very slippery underfoot.

The Mountain Rescue had to be called out as one runner became overdue. Fortunately he was found safe and well (but cold) during the evening. A big thank you to the local Mountain Rescue who had to turn out in appalling conditions.

Those of you that went astray may be pleased to hear that The Welsh Fell Runners Association are organising a Navigation Course on Sunday 25th November.

The winner of the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series 2007 is Roland Stafford of Mercia. Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury is the ladies champion. Other category winners : Male over 40 - Steve Gilliland (Bro Dysynni), Male over 50 - Graham McAra (Cheshire), Male over 60 - Don Williams (Eryri), Female over 40 - Sandra Rowlands (Clwydian), Female over 50 - Maggie Oliver (Eryri). Presentations will be after the Sugar Loaf Race in South Wales on 3rd November.

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Pedol Peris..Peris Horseshoe Slideshow      Results

Photos by Pete Macmillen of Team Dolly

2007 Black Mountains Results
2006 Black Mountains Results
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Arenig Fawr        Results    
Check out the Slideshow...Pictures of ALL runners at the summit from Pete Macmillen
Individual high resolution pics e.mailed upon request

Ross Powell..clearly enjoying himself
The Arenig Fawr race, near Bala, took place on sunday 30th September. There was a high turnout as the race was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series. Weather conditions were cool, overcast and dry. The summits were clear.
The race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in a new record time of 56 minutes and 44 seconds. Ben Moonsey of Calder Valley was 2nd in 56.49 and Roland Stafford of Mercia 3rd in 59.00. Other category winners - O/40 Steve Gilliland (Bro Dysynni) 59.25, O/50 Leigh Warburton (Bowland) 65.36, O/60 Peter Roberts (Buckley) 75.09.
The ladies race was won by Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury who took 5 minutes off her own record to win in a time of 65.01. Aly Raw of Bingley was 2nd (also 1st over 40) in 68.59 and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 69.43.

Ragleth Inn - 29th August 2007 Photos by Brian Smith

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Moel Fammau        
Photo by Mariko Iida
Results    

Photos by Mariko Iida

Photos by Dave Pinnington

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Cnicht        Results    

The Cnicht mountain race took place from Croesor, near Porthmadog on Sunday 26th August. Weather conditions were warm, dry and sunny intervals. The race was won by Karl Gray of Calder Valley in a time of 34 minutes and 43 seconds. Rob Greenwood (Eryri) was 2nd in 36.55 and Matthew Roberts (Eryri) 3rd in 38.53. Other category winners - Over 40 Kevin Hagley (South West Road Runners) 42.47 Over 50 Mathew Hand (Brycheiniog) 47.01 Over 60 Dafydd Whiteside Thomas (Eryri) 47.42 The ladies race was won by Sarah Kleeman of Eryri in a time of 44.34. Ali Thomas of Eryri was 2nd (also 1st over 40) in 52.27 and Maggie Oliver of Eryri 3rd (also 1st over 50) in 59.52.

The International Festival of Downhill Running (an experiment in racing downhill!)   

On 28th December Neil Parry of Mold won the Cannonball Downhill Run from the top of Moel Famau eastwards to Cadole in a time of 24.07. Ellie Salisbury of Eryri Harriers was first lady in 30.3.
The following day Neil Parry triumphed again at The Druid Drop from Moel Famau southwards to Llanferres in a time of 30.18, Mary Gillie of Clwydian Range Runners ran a superb race in 32.35.
27 runners turned up for the final race which was The Jubilee Plunge on 30th December heading westwards from Moel Famau to Llangynhafal . Local knowledge benefited Martin Cortvriend as he won in a time of 12.48, just heading off Chris Marshall of Ellesmere Port and Craig Jones (WFRA). Clare Page of Cheshire Fire Tri was first lady in 16.33. Each race finished at a suitable hostelry and great fun was had by all!    Results

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS    LLYN LLYDAW RACE 1/1/08      Results

Weather conditions were mild and overcast. It was very wet and slippery underfoot around the lake. The race was won by Scott Butterworth of Eryri in a time of 45 minutes and 25 seconds. Andy Jackson of Gorphwysfa was 2nd in 48.01 and Ian Cooke of Calder Valley 3rd in 48.04. The ladies race was won by Kath Broatch of Eryri (also 1st over 40) in a time of 58.28. First over 50 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 71.56.

      MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS
 Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race  Wed 26th December

   SLIDESHOW      Results

The Boxing Day version of this race took place in its usual format (fancy dress optional) with walkers setting out immediately after the runners. Conditions were reasonably mild with a breeze at the top. Title picture shows Steve Gilliland leading Mark Matthews towards the top but not being able to stand the sight of those pink tights any longer Matt moved into the front to become eventual winner of the 2.5mile race in 20:04. Steve was second in 20:32 with Paul Jenkinson of Eryri claiming 3rd place for the second year running in 22:13. Fastest lady was Tina MacDonnell of Eryri in 30:43.
Free Hot soup, rolls and mincepies were provided in the Tyn-y-Groes Hotel amidst continual liquid replenishment and a spot raffle for Charity raised £120.92 for Ukraine Humanitarian Aid

Last years ladies winner Lucy (not running because of a severe case of pregnancy) provided this slideshow

December Newsletter
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Penmaenmawr Fell Race  Sat 17th December

   SLIDESHOW      Results

Here is the Penmaenmawr mega slide show. Hundreds of pictures taken by Pete Macmillen. Anyone wanting a high resolution picture of themselves just e.mail me and I'll e.mail it back.
if your pictures a little dark I'll lighten it before sending.

If you haven't got broadband you will have to be patient while the show downloads.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Rhobell Fawr  Sat 10th November  Full Results  

The Rhobell Fawr race took place from Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau, on Saturday 10th November. Weather conditions were mild, mostly dry and overcast. The summit was windy and shrouded in mist.
The race was won by Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni in a time of 51 minutes and 41 seconds (also 1st over 40). Matthew Roberts of Eryri was 2nd in 52.08 and clubmate Chris Near 3rd in 53.46. The over 50 category was won by Iwan Edgar of Eryri in 60.24 and first over 60 was Don Williams (Eryri) in 63.08.
The ladies race was won by Sarah Kleeman of Eryri in 58.38. Phoebe Webster of Aberystwyth University was 2nd in 63.54 and Jenny Ewels of Clwydian 3rd in 69.30. The over 40 category was won by Ali Thomas of Eryri in 70.53 and first over 50 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 81.04.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Sugar Loaf  Sat 3rd November  Results  Slideshow

The Sugar Loaf race took place on Saturday 3rd November in South Wales. This race was the final counter in the WFRA Open / Welsh Championships. There was an excellent turnout (including a good contingent from the north). Weather conditions were mild, dry and overcast and with light winds. The summits were clear.

Congratulations to Harry Mathews of Mynydd Du and Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury on becoming WFRA Welsh Champions for 2007.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Clwydian Hills Race   Sun 4th November  Results  Photos by Jim Alcock

As forecasted a cold front moved over the Clwydians on Saturday, bringing drizzle and clag just as I was putting out markers. But Sunday dawn brought a clear, sunny sky, which remained throughout the day giving a good day in the hills for both runners and NEWSAR members who were marshalling the event.

Rich Roberts (Eryri) was never troubled to take the men’s prize while Sally Newman (Calder Valley) was first lady home. Roger Lamb (Mercia) and Graham McAra (Cheshire Hill Racers) were the first vet 40 and vet 50 men respectively to finish.

The originator of the race John Morris (Buckley) was the first M60 home, with local runners taking 2nd. and 3rd. M60 places. A few runners would be advised to take either the WFRA or FRA navigation courses.

A special word of thanks is due to the NEWSAR members who forgo a fine day in the hills to provide both runners and team members with refreshments after the race.
Peter Taylor.


Rhinog Photo Slideshow Apologies for the poor quality but the weather was appalling. Apart from the photos at Start / Finish the rest were taken from the Bwlch between Rhinog Fawr and Rhinog Fach. Results
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS

The Rhinog Horseshoe race took place on Saturday 27th October. This year the race was the final counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series and the penultimate race in the Open / Welsh Championships. Conditions were challenging for the runners with low cloud, periods of rain and strong winds on the summits. Good navigational skills were required and local knowledge was a definite advantage. It was very slippery underfoot.

The Mountain Rescue had to be called out as one runner became overdue. Fortunately he was found safe and well (but cold) during the evening. A big thank you to the local Mountain Rescue who had to turn out in appalling conditions.

Those of you that went astray may be pleased to hear that The Welsh Fell Runners Association are organising a Navigation Course on Sunday 25th November.

The winner of the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series 2007 is Roland Stafford of Mercia. Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury is the ladies champion. Other category winners : Male over 40 - Steve Gilliland (Bro Dysynni), Male over 50 - Graham McAra (Cheshire), Male over 60 - Don Williams (Eryri), Female over 40 - Sandra Rowlands (Clwydian), Female over 50 - Maggie Oliver (Eryri). Presentations will be after the Sugar Loaf Race in South Wales on 3rd November.

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Pedol Peris..Peris Horseshoe Slideshow      Results

Photos by Pete Macmillen of Team Dolly

2007 Black Mountains Results
2006 Black Mountains Results
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Arenig Fawr        Results    
Check out the Slideshow...Pictures of ALL runners at the summit from Pete Macmillen
Individual high resolution pics e.mailed upon request

Ross Powell..clearly enjoying himself
The Arenig Fawr race, near Bala, took place on sunday 30th September. There was a high turnout as the race was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series. Weather conditions were cool, overcast and dry. The summits were clear.
The race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in a new record time of 56 minutes and 44 seconds. Ben Moonsey of Calder Valley was 2nd in 56.49 and Roland Stafford of Mercia 3rd in 59.00. Other category winners - O/40 Steve Gilliland (Bro Dysynni) 59.25, O/50 Leigh Warburton (Bowland) 65.36, O/60 Peter Roberts (Buckley) 75.09.
The ladies race was won by Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury who took 5 minutes off her own record to win in a time of 65.01. Aly Raw of Bingley was 2nd (also 1st over 40) in 68.59 and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 69.43.

Ragleth Inn - 29th August 2007 Photos by Brian Smith

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Moel Fammau        
Photo by Mariko Iida
Results    

Photos by Mariko Iida

Photos by Dave Pinnington

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Cnicht        Results    

The Cnicht mountain race took place from Croesor, near Porthmadog on Sunday 26th August. Weather conditions were warm, dry and sunny intervals. The race was won by Karl Gray of Calder Valley in a time of 34 minutes and 43 seconds. Rob Greenwood (Eryri) was 2nd in 36.55 and Matthew Roberts (Eryri) 3rd in 38.53. Other category winners - Over 40 Kevin Hagley (South West Road Runners) 42.47 Over 50 Mathew Hand (Brycheiniog) 47.01 Over 60 Dafydd Whiteside Thomas (Eryri) 47.42 The ladies race was won by Sarah Kleeman of Eryri in a time of 44.34. Ali Thomas of Eryri was 2nd (also 1st over 40) in 52.27 and Maggie Oliver of Eryri 3rd (also 1st over 50) in 59.52.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Leg End        Results    

The 'Sinclair Steel / Conwy Outdoor' Leg End 9 Race took place from Dwygyfylchi near Penmaenmawr on Sunday 12th August. Weather conditions were dry with sunny intervals.
The race was won by Justin McIlveen of Abergele in a time of 1 hour and 21 minutes. James McQueen of Eryri was 2nd in 1.21.05 and Pete Gardner of FRA 3rd (also 1st over 40) in 1.22.29. The over 50 category was won by Eilir Evans of Eryri in 1.27.41 and first over 60 was Don Williams of Eryri in 1.26.12.
The ladies race was won by Andrea Roberts of Eryri who took 4 minutes off her own record to finish in a time of 1.25.21! Val Swingler of Shropshire Shufflers was 2nd (also 1st over 40) in 1.36.57 and 3rd was Heather Dawe of Ilkley in 1.39.37.
The over 50 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 1.52.34.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Waun Fach        Results    Slideshow


Simon Barnby (Winner)

       Ponderosa Photos by Dave Pinnington
Final Snowdon Results     Photos by Dave Pinnington     Photo Slideshow by Jeremy Williams
Tal y Fan Slideshow   and   Results
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS        Fan y Big        Report and Results

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS        Pen y Fan        Report and Results

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS        The Green Green Grass of Home        Results

Thought the numbers might be down with Snowdon being on Saturday but it was a great turn out at The Green Green Grass of Home - the weather cleared up and a fine run was had by all.
Thanks to Ian, Freddy, John and Yiannis for their excellent marshalling and Max for helping with timekeeping.
Youth was to the fore at the front with Adam Peers of Liverpool Harriers and Jason McGonigle of Warrington AC streets ahead of most of the usual suspects.
Sarah Hammond of Tattenhall repeated her victory of last year to come in first lady.

Slightly revised route again was a bit longer than advertised. 23 runners from Tattenhall - just over a third of the field and a great crack in the pub afterwards. Only 5 runners named Jones this year though!

Ras Guto Nyth Bran Photos   and   Results
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS          Moel Siabod        Results

      
The 'Ultimate Outdoors' Moel Siabod race took place from Capel Curig on Saturday 21st July. Despite the heavy rain and floods in the previous 24 hours, there was a good turnout as the race was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series.
The weather during the race was mild, light winds with occasional rain. With the cloud level hovering around the summit and very wet and slippery conditions underfoot, this made for a very challenging race. Unfortunately, with the river in spate it was not possible to have the usual run through the river at the finish which most of the runners and spectators look forward to.
The men's race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in a time of 53 minutes and 36 seconds.
Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni was 2nd (also 1st over 40) in 57.26 and Peter O'Brien of Eryri 3rd in 58.10. First over 50 was Stephen Bellis of Buckley in 61.34 and the over 60 category was won by Don Williams of Eryri in 63.50.
In the ladies race, Anna Frost of Wrexham won with a stunning run finishing 2nd overall in 55.47. Andrea Roberts of Eryri finished 2nd in a time of 65.22 and Ruth Metcalfe of Eryri was 3rd in 68.33. The over 40 category was won by Sandra Rowlands of Clwydian in 75.31 and first over 50 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 80.52.
Junior race results -
Male Under 14 - 1st Calum Muskett (Eryri) 14.22, 2nd Owain James (Menai) 15.30.
Male under 12 - 1st Rhys James (Eryri) 16.20, 2nd Barney Broatch (Eryri) 19.16.
Female under 12 - 1st Bronwen Jenkinson (Menai) 35.37.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS    Hot Foot Up Famau    Results

Another fine run from 'King of the Clwydians' Ian Houston who was just a few seconds behind his record for this race. However he was chased hard by Jason McGonigle of Warrington. And another amazing run from Anna Frost who smashed the ladies record and came in 5th overall. The race was well supported by Tattenhall Runners many of whom had been supporting Mark Smith at the weekend in his successful Bob Graham round attempt. It didn't seem to do them any harm several of them posting excellent times - for some reason Tattenhall also seemed to come away with a significant number of spot prizes!

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS    Moel Y Gamelin  Results

The Moel y Gamelin race took place from the Horsehoe Pass near Llangollen on Sunday 1st July. There was a good turnout as the race was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series. Weather conditions were mild, overcast and showers. The race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in a new record time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 45 seconds. Karl Gray of Calder Valley was 2nd in 1.12.50 and Harry Mathews of Mynydd Du 3rd in 1.14.05. Other category winners : O/40 - Nick Stringer (Sparkhill) 1.27.40, O/45 - Steve Gilliland (Bro Dysynni) 1.17.51, O/50 - Graham McAra (Cheshire) 1.23.52, O/55 - Martin Cortvriend (Macclesfield) 1.29.09, O/60 - Don Williams (Eryri) 1.26.30, O/65 - Peter Roberts (Buckley) 1.32.26. The ladies race was won by Anna Frost of Wrexham also in a new record time of 1.22.07. Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury was 2nd in 1.26.25 and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 1.28.02. Other category winners : O/40 - Sandra Rowlands (Clwydian) 1.46.00, O/55 - Maggie Oliver (Eryri) 1.56.24.

Carneddau Final results         

Runners - Leading runners approaching Carnedd Llewellyn. Lloyd Taggart (Dark Peak), followed by John Heneghan (Pudsey and Bramley). 3rd is eventual winner Rob Hope of Pudsey and Bramley.

Summit Marshals on Carnedd Llewellyn

Pictures by Pete Macmillen

Carneddau Slideshow 1

Carneddau Slideshow 2
Duplicated slideshow now fixed!!

CARNEDDAU (10.5m/4200')
British Championship
WFRA Open / Welsh Championship
WFRA North Wales Series

The Carneddau race took place from Bethesda, Gwynedd, on Sunday 24th June. There was a large turnout of the UK's top runners for this British and Welsh Championship event. Weather conditions were overcast, light winds, mild and with periods of rain - which made it very slippery underfoot. The later runners had to contend with a torrential downpour. The summits were shrouded in mist which made the navigation tricky between Carnedd Llewellyn and Yr Elen. However, most runners seemed to enjoy the challenging course and conditions. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day (some 40+ people in total), Team Dolly for Radio cover and to the race organiser Dewi Sinclair for his generous sponsorship which meant that the runners had excellent value for money. We hope that you enjoyed the event and will come to another WFRA race soon..................... Ross Powell

Brecon Fans Race Weekend 21st-22nd July
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS    The Druid  Results

Ian Houston repeated his win of last year but Rob Greenwood, a new name from Eryri Harriers was not far behind. In the ladies race Anna Frost from Wrexham AC slashed 6 minutes exactly from the ladies record, Jackie Lee, Eryri Harriers, was also inside the old record but admitted to having overraced recently and felt she should have done a bit better.


MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS   Y Garn 2007 WFRA Report        Results
The Y Garn race took place from Rhyd Ddu in Snowdonia on Saturday 16th June. Weather conditions were mild, mostly dry and overcast. The summit was shrouded in thick mist.
The race was won by Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak in a very quick time of 27 minutes and 44 seconds. James McQueen of Eryri was 2nd in 32.25 and Mathew Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 33.20. First over 40 was Trefor Jones of Mercia in 33.58 and the over 50 category was won by Jeremy Williams of Eryri in 38.11.
The ladies race was won by Jackie Lee of Eryri in 34.15. Ali Thomas of Eryri was 2nd (also 1st over 40) in 45.25 and Kath Broatch of Eryri 3rd in 48.21. The over 50 category was won by Sheila Bennell in 56.15.
The junior race was won by Owain James of Eryri in 10.39. Barney Broatch of Menai was 2nd in 11.22 and Elin James of Eryri 3rd in 12.48.
Ras y Gader Winners    Results
South Wales Winter Series Report Now Available    Final Results    '14th Peak Midweek Series (Snowdonia)'

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS     Mynydd Troed 2007 WFRA Report        Results
The second running of this elongated version of the old Llangorse Loop suffered from high winds and persistent rain, but the virgin fell runners from Tring in darkest Hertfordshire and from Chepstow Harriers weren’t daunted. Nor were the would-be entrants who arrived an hour late due to confusion about the start time for which the race organiser apologises humbly. Ian Wellock, a Hunters Bog Trotter based in Somerset, did well to keep his feet and break the hour despite the conditions. Good times too from Kevin Harding, first M40, and Harry Matthews from just down the hill in Talgarth. First woman was also a local, Emma Bayliss, 80 seconds ahead of another Tringer, Alison Harding (how often do husband and wife both come second?). Another minute or so behind was Chepstow’s Club Champion Sue Ashton, who coincidentally was born in Hertfordshire (as was the organiser – but why would you want to know that?). One more Hertfordshire family snippet – Mandy Bonthrone beat her teenage son Callum by 81 seconds. Many thanks to cold and wet marshals John Sweeting – who also flagged the second mountain – and Andy Stott. And to John Darby who marked the first mountain and also finished the race as third M50. And thanks to the Tring kids who helped the miserable organiser at the finish.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS     Foel Fras 19th May 2007        Results
The Foel Fras race took place on Saturday 19th May from Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor. Weather conditions were dry, sunny intervals and gale force winds on the tops. The race was won convincingly by Alun Vaughan of Eryri in a time of 1 hour 32 minutes and 33 seconds taking over 3 minutes off the record. Francis Blunt of Cumberland Fell Runners was 2nd in 1.34.00 and Colin Donnelly of Lochaber 3rd (also 1st over 40) in 1.34.53. The over 50 category was won by Steve P Jones of Eryri in 1.46.32 and first over 60 was Don Williams of Eryri in 1.57.07. The ladies race was won by Andrea Roberts of Eryri in a new record time of 1.56.34. Hannah Toberman of Eryri was 2nd in 2.05.38 and Jenny Ewels of Clwydian 3rd in 2.09.27. The over 40 category was won by Ali Thomas of Eryri in 2.17.11, and first over 50 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 2.23.48.
Mega Photo Gallery of Llangynhafal Pictures.    I've been sent 200+ pictures taken by Peter MacMillen. I've added two albums to this site and will e.mail single high resolution pics (4Mb) on request.
Here are the links.......... Men        Ladies
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race 6th May 2007
Sponsored by Pete Bland Sports and Norman Walsh Footwear
  Results

Pictures by John Linley

Pictures by Paul Sheard

A strong showing from Welsh runners was a key feature of this year’s race – numbers were more than doubled with this being not only a Welsh Championship event but also a British Championship ‘short’counter. With separate men’s and ladies races an entertaining afternoon was had by all. Eryri’s Andrea Roberts started strongly leading the way up the first hill but it was Jo Waites from Yorkshire who came first being chased hard to the finish by the improving Anna Bartlett who had a superb race, Fiona Maxwell from Northern Ireland completed the trio at the front.

A strong showing from Eryri Harriers ensured that they came away with the team prize their counters being Sarah Kleeman, Jackie Lee, Andrea Roberts and Jane Lloyd. The men, having watched the ladies hurtling down to the finish, then had their turn. Despite being on unfamiliar territory, Joe Symonds found the best line coming off the final ridge chased hard by Welshman Tim Davies who knows the Clwydian Hills pretty well. They were followed by a phalanx of top class runners including a platoon from Pudsey and Bramley who took the team prize.

In order to accommodate numbers the route was changed slightly and we had many favourable comments about this new version – we may be able to keep to this course in future thus James McQueen’s old record will stand in perpetuity. James did his usual warm down by running round the course again – perhaps next time we do a championship with separate races we could send the ladies out second and James could accompany them?

Many thanks to Meirion Jones who allowed us to use his land, he and his wife came to watch and were very impressed with the conviviality – his wife and daughter are doing the next Race for Life in Rhyl and they’re raising money for Cancer Research. The race day car parking fees have been put towards the charity also. We were very grateful to have the assistance of Team Dolly with their radios and members of NEWSAR the mountain rescue team, especially so as one unfortunate lady runner was escorted off the mountain requiring 8 stitches in her knee. Finally thanks must go to the army of helpers who enabled me to walk around looking very important with a clipboard under my arm and seeming very calm, cool and collected. Proceeds from the race will go to St Kentigern’s Hospice with a donation also from “Stop and Stuff” the refreshment wagon.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWSResults Report errors
The Moelwyn 3 Peaks race took place on Saturday 21st April from Blaenau Ffestiniog. There was a high turnout as the race was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association North Wales Series. Weather conditions were warm, dry and with hazy sunshine. Fortunately, there was a breeze to make conditions bearable!

The race was won by Tim Higginbottom of Eryri in a time of 1 hour 22 minutes and 47 seconds. Francis Blunt of Cumbria was 2nd in 1.25.23, and James McQueen of Eryri 3rd in 1.26.12. The over 40 category was won by Roger Lamb of Mercia in 1.27.37, and first over 50 was Steve Jones of Eryri in 1.30.49. Don Williams of Eryri won the over 60 category in 1.42.55.

The ladies race was won by Jackie Lee of Eryri in 1.33.14. This was nearly 3 minutes inside the previous record! Hannah Toberman of Eryri was 2nd in 1.47.55, and Louise Barker of Aberystwyth 3rd in 1.49.09. The over 40 category was won by Sandra Rowlands of Clwydian in 1.54.46, and first over 50 was Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 2.03.25.

The Good, the Bad and Richard Griffiths in action at the recent Ras Y Moelwyn race in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

From left to right are Nich Bradley of Meirionnydd Running Club, Martin Potter of Clwydian Range Runners and Bro Dysynni's Richard Griffiths.

The next race in the Welsh Fell Runners Association Championships is the Llangynhafal Loop on 6th May. Please note that this race is pre entry only. Further details tel 01824 790534 or on this website.
to keep the North Wales Series Table accurate
Ross Powell
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS Dash in the Dark Winter Night Race Series   Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
The idea for the races popped into our heads in the autumn of 2005, seeing as we were facing the usual 5 months of training with a head-torch and not many races to get together at. It seems that after the 2nd series there's about 35 other folk who feel the same way.....

For those that haven't made it to a race yet they are run in Llandegla forest, on the moors above Wrexham. You mountain bikers will know where it is. The race is run on forest track and mountain bike paths on a friday night, timed to clash with all your favourite soaps but finished early enough to allow you to go clubbing afterwards. The course is about 4 miles with 750', and Gilbert and Anna's new records will take some beating. The emphasis is on having a bit of fun and a beer afterwards, but that doesn't mean to say there weren't some fierce battles on the course. It just means that the prizes were pants (literally, in some cases).

We had the full range of weather this winter - race 1 in atrocious freezing rain, race 2 was cold and clear and the final race was warm and damp (it was winter, after all).
To see 30 or more people heading off into the woods on a friday evening, when most of the population are busy relaxing after a hard week is a true demonstration of how weird we all really are, but in a nice way. Special mention must go to those hardy souls who made it to all 3 races, despite some very busy weekends of road and XC to tempt them away. It's good to see new faces on the top of the results sheets.
Many thanks to all the marshals and helpers for their time and coldness, and to the Plough Inn for hosting us at very short notice.
Tim Higginbottom

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS TOR Y FOEL 13th January 2007  Results
Let’s face it, January in the Brecon Beacons is never going to give balmy sunshine, but the wind, rain and low cloud that swept across the Talybont valley were severe even by the wild standards set by previous races in the South Wales Winter Hill Series. Nevertheless, 51 hardy souls/total nutters turned out to fight for the valuable league points.

The race consists of a flat-out dash from the centre of the Talybont reservoir dam to the top of Tor y Foel and back, via some muddy fields, felled forest and open mountain. Conditions were such that our intrepid summit marshall, Kay, was blown over on the top, and decided wisely to turn the runners back about 50 feet below the summit. Nobody complained.

Local hero Mark Palmer showed us how it should be run with an inaugural (short course) record of 19.17, with Helen Fines first lady in 23.21 in 10th place overall. Everyone else finished safely, with various layers of mud and blood, and post race entertainment consisted of a mass break-in of Gary's car to retrieve his keys – good job Mark P's a fireman!
OGB

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS Cyrn-y-Brain Hangover Hobble 1st January 2007  Results
A slightly revised route from 2006 with a record entry, 7 more than last year! Rain stayed off until all had crossed the line, then the heavens open with hail and sleet mixed in. Wrexham AC made it one and two with Ian Houston first across the line in 38.15 followed by Darren Rowland in 38.47. Chris Davies from Buckley was third in 40.00. In the ladies field, Andrea Roberts from Eryri was first home in 45.18, followed by Jenny Ewels in the black vest of CRR in 49.12 with Mary Gillie third also in a CRR black vest in 50.32.  Ben Amesbury
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Past Races

Tyny-y-Groes Boxing Day Hill Race 2006

Boxing day saw a record field of runners running off the excesses of Christmas and completing the short but fierce winter version of the Tyn-y-Groes Hill race near Ganllwyd. Coming home first and sporting a magnificent pair of leopard skin tights was Stephen Gilliland of Bro Dysynni in a superb time of 20:38 with another local runner Adam Haynes of Meirionnydd taking second place in 21:29.

Third place and heading a strong contingent from Eryri was Paul Jenkinson in 22:05. Other local finishers included Tony Hodgson (disguised as rabbit) of Meirionnydd in 6th place in a time of 22:59 with team Dave Whittey taking just 23:40 in one of his rare Fell running appearances and closely pursued by Jos Jones of Bro Dysynni in 23:45.

Particularly notable were the performances of the two youngest competitors with 15 year old William Haynes of Meirionnydd taking fourth place in 22:40 less than a minute behind his second placed father Adam and 14 year old Edward Iffla of Bro Dysynni beating his 19th placed father Hugo by five seconds in 25:54.

The event was well supported by the two local clubs Meirionnydd and Bro Dysynni who accounted for no less than 18 of the entrants.

Highest placed female finisher was Lucy Cambridge of Dudley in a time of 30:20 while second highest female finisher was a youthful 73 year old Sheila Symonds of Bro Dysynni.

Following the race it was soup,mince pies and liquid replenishment in the Tyn-y-Groes Hotel at Ganllwyd where a collection raised £80 for the Air Ambulance and Ukraine Humanitarian Aid charities.

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS COLOMENDY XMAS RUN7m/1500' 17th Dec 2006
This was a multi-purpose event! Run from The Colomendy Arms at Cadole to the summit of Moel Famau and back We ran in memory of Alastair Couper who died suddenly earlier this year - Alastair and friends regularly ran this route finishing with a convivial post mortem at the pub. Secondly this was a tryout for a possible future race. Thirdly it was an excuse for a group of like minded individuals to build up a thirst and given the season this included Santa Claus and an Angel (or was it a fairy?) Vic and Martin set off like express trains, Vic reaching the trig point in 33.59 with a 12 second lead however he was hauled back on the long downhill. Santa Claus was third and Dawn stuck with the mid pack gang to set a useful record time. There were mince pies galore and excellent ale to quaff and all agreed that this could be a most excellent race!
1 Martin Cortvriend Macclesfield Harriers 58.48
2 Vic Belshaw Eryri Harriers 59.49
3 Huw Lewis Buckley Runners 65.33
4 Pete Roberts Buckley Runners 67.01
5 Will James Clwydian Range Runners 67.02
6 Paul Stinton Clwydian Range Runners 67.06
7 Alan Heath Deestriders 67.08
8 Chris Jones Deestriders 67.11
9 Dawn Urquhart Buckley Runners 67.31
10 John Linley Clwydian Range Runners 68.11
11 Jim Davies Clwydian Range Runners 70.12
12 Paul Oldfield Clwydian Range Runners 76.42
13 John Morris Buckley Runners 85.53
14 Julian Page Denbigh Harriers 85.54
15 Ian Coles Unattached 94.01
16 Sue Coles Unattached 94.02
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CYNGHRAIR MYNYDD GAEAF DE CYMRU SOUTH WALES WINTER HILL SERIES 2006-2007 RACE 3: THE BLORENGE: 9TH DECEMBER 2006
REPORT
With many thanks to Eric and Carol Meredith for the organisation, plus John D, Gary, Benjy and Kay amongst others shouting abuse and encouragement on the course. The up to date League table should be on the WFRA and MDC websites as soon as we can grapple with the technology.

The next race in the series is Tor y Foel at 2 pm on Saturday January 13th 2007 from the campsite at the Talybont reservoir dam. Hopefully we’ll see you all there. In the meantime all at Winter League HQ wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Now where did I leave those mince pies? OGB.........Blorenge Results

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Rhobell Fawr 11th Nov 2006 RESULTS
Conditions were cold, dry, overcast and windy for the Rhobell Fawr race which took place from Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau, on Saturday 11th November.
The race was won by Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak in a time of 47 minutes and 20 seconds. This was more than 3 minutes inside the old record held by Colin Donnelly!
Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni was 2nd in 52.30 (also 1st over 40), and Roland Stafford of Mercia was 3rd in 53.04. First over 50 was Ed Davies of Mercia finishing 4th overall in 55.01 and the over 60 category was won by John Marsh of Tarren Hendre in 64.12.
The ladies race was won by Jackie Lee of Eryri in a time of 57.54, one minute inside her old record. Phoebe Webster of Aberystwyth University was 2nd in 60.26 and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 61.41. First over 40 was Kate O'Sullivan of Aberystwyth in 71.42 and the over 50 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 76.54. .....Longer but localised report from the Brodysynni site
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS Clwydian Hills Race and WFRA Championships Results
Numbers were up by 50% for the Clwydian Hills race, from Cilcain near Mold, on Sunday 5th November. The race was the final counter in the 2006 Welsh Fell Runners Association Open / Welsh Championships and North Wales Series. Weather conditions were good for running being cool, dry, overcast.
The men's race was won by Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak in a new record time on 66 minutes and 15 seconds taking an amazing 7 minutes off the previous record! Richard Roberts of Eryri was 2nd i n 73.23, and Andrew Lamont of Macclesfield 3rd in 73.48. The over 40 category was won by Joe Blackett of Dark Peak in 73.54. First over 50 was Tom McGaff of Cheshire in 80.50 and the over 60 category was won by Don Williams of Eryri in 83.18.
The ladies race was won by Jackie Lee of Eryri in 80.51. This was more than 5 minutes faster than her previous record set last year!


First five to finish at Cilcain 268 Andrew
Lamont- Lloyd Taggart - Richard Roberts
Joe Blackett - 298 Ian Houston
Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury was 2nd in 83.21, and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 88.00. First over 40 was Gill Evans of Shepshed in 94.09, and the over 50 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri 108.55.
The Welsh Fell Runners Association Open / Welsh Championship was won by Joe Blackett of Dark Peak (also 1st over 40) who travelled all the way from North East England to participate! The first Welsh counter was Ian Hughes of Shrewsbury. The ladies Open / Welsh Champion is Andrea Roberts of Eryri. All the award winners above received a pair of Fell Shoes courtesy of Ultimate Outdoors and Innovate. Other Category winners - Male over 50 Ross Powell (WFRA) Male over 60 Alwyn Oliver (Eryri), Female over 40 Gill Evans (Shepshed), Female over 50 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).
The North Wales Series was won by Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni (also 1st over 40). The ladies winner was Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury. Both received framed pictures of Cader Idris donated by Benards Gallery of Llandudno. Other category winners - Male Richard Roberts (Eryri), Male over 50 Graham McAra (Cheshire), Male over 60 Don Williams (Eryri), Female over 40 Gill Evans (Shepshed), Female over 50 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).
MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS Rhinog Results
The Rhinog Horseshoe Fell Race took place from Llanbedr, near Harlech on Saturday 21st October. This tough 15 mile race attracted a large field this year as it was a counter in the Welsh Fell Runners Association Open / Welsh Championship and North Wales Series. Weather conditions were mostly dry, windy, clear on the summits but with some heavy showers towards the end of the race. It was wet and slippery underfoot.
The race was won by Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak in a new record time of 2 hours 50 minutes and 42 seconds. Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni was 2nd in 3.00.18 (also 1st over 40), and Barry Wilkinson (unattached) 3rd in 3.02.01. The over 50 category was won by Steve Jones of Eryri in 3.03.27, and first over 60 was Yiannis Tridimas of Bowland in 3.21.28. The ladies race was won by Jackie Lee of Eryri, 4th overall, also in a new record time of 3.02.18. Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury was 2nd in 3.21.39, and Andrea Roberts of Eryri 3rd in 3.41.46. The over 40 category was won by Gill Evans of Shepshed in 3.46.21.

The final race in the 2006 WFRA Open / Welsh Championship and North Wales Series is the Clwydian Hills race on Sunday 5th November, from Cilcain, near Mold. Start time 11.00am. Entry on day. Further details 01352 741822. The race will be followed by the WFRA Championships Presentations and AGM. Full results and updated Championship Tables are available on this website.


Tony Hodgson (Meirionnydd RC), Neville Boler (WFRA)