Penmaenmawr       Saturday 22nd November 2014      Results

Photo of the leading Eryri men including the winning 1,2 and 3. Centre is Steve Jones, winning v60 and an amazing 13th overall.

Lucky once again with the weather ! The preceding evening and night was extremely wet and windy so it was great to wake up and see clear blue skies and a favourable forecast. This year was the 40th anniversary of what is one of the most popular fell races in Wales . The nature of the course and its long history help contribute to its wide appeal - This year no exception with 250 pre-entered.

223 runners were set off by local town mayor Dafydd Borland and within 2 ½ hours , they were all back . One of the most “efficient” races in recent years ! Conditions were , apparently, surprisingly good underfoot given the recent wet weather. Local runner Math Roberts was unchallenged from the start , Despite his various deviations from the route ( in perfect visibility !!). He took the win by a couple of minutes from fellow Eryri members Martin Cliffe and Dylan Jones.

Similarly , in the ladies race, former winner Andrea Rowlands was five minutes clear of the others at the finish .

The VET categories are always both fiercely contested and inspirational , this year was no exception. Special mention for recent Vet 60 Steve Jones who came 13th overall ( one to watch in Brit Champs 2015) and Vet 50 Russell Owen – consistently good performance year on year – 15th in 1:21

The Aim for me every year is to continue to provide a value- for- money event with as much “profit” as possible going to local charities. This year we have been extremely lucky once again to be supported by : Haglofs UK ( prizes ), Pen Town Council, Capelulo Village Hall, X-Ray Mins , Conwy Brewery . Every runner received a bottle of finishers Ales and a hand made commemorative mug from Bentham Pottery.

Huge thanks to our loyal band of helpers & marshalls – simply couldn’t run an event like this without them !

Special mention to the group of “Chefs” running from Saddleworth runners & led by Mark Brakespear . He rang me early in the year with this idea and so I felt totally happy that this was not a bunch of fun-runners who were going to cause concern by taking on the event dressed as chefs ( and chasing a lobster !!!!) . But, they planned every detail and had support in the shape of a hotdog stall erected at the finish providing “free food” .... but with donations to our race charity . SO, thanks to them . I wouldn’t be keen to see lots of groups doing this in the future but these guys really did nail it & have everything covered !

Very much look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015 and ... don’t forget that its always been pre-entry !       Chris Near       Race Organiser