|Llantysilio Fell Race Sat 31st March
Pics by Esyllt Richards
Race 2 in WFRA North Wales Series (sponsored by planetFear)
Despite a new, high-profile race being held nearby and on the same day, 81 runners set off over a still smouldering hillside for the 2012 Llantysilio Fell Race. Lauren Jeska (Todmorden Harriers) and Mel Price (Mercia) were both inside Anna Bartlett 2006 record, with Lauren taking over three minutes off the previous time to finish in 53:35.
Brothers Felipe and Andres Jones (Aberystwyth) finished joint first in 48:28. Brendon Taylor (Rossendale) was in the lead until the final descent, but lost control, only arresting his fall by planting his face in a gorse bush. He crossed the line in third with spines in his eyelids!
Pete Norman (Wrexham) enjoyed the whisky being doled out by Simon Ellis on the summit of Moel y Gamelin more than most. He not only cycled to and from the race, but also picked up the vet 70 prize. The other category winners were Amy Jones, Ellie Salisbury, Margaret Oliver, Karl Steinegger, Paul Jones, Colin Lancaster and Martin Cortvriend (who had been asked to send his birth certificate for scrutiny). No doubt some of the more unusual spot prizes will resurface at a future North Wales Series race!
Tattenhall Runners would like to thank the local community for supporting the race, in particular the two farmers, whose land the race crosses. Thanks also to the John Gambels for the use of the village hall (the Sun Inn being closed) and to the ladies of Llantysilio church for serving the runners with post-race soup.
See you all next year, Peter Taylor (on behalf of race organiser Nick Holmes, who left the country soon after the event)