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2014 WFRA Wales and Borders Race Calendar
This is a comprehensive Calendar, containing details of most Fell races in Wales and the Borders. It includes some races not in the FRA Calendar. The Calendar is free to paid-up members. Members, who have renewed their membership for 2014, will automatically be sent a copy. Non members can obtain a copy for £5.00 from Sandra Rowlands. Cheques payable to ‘Welsh Fell Runners Association’.
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Fell Race Organisers  WFRA Safety 2014
The WFRA Committee has finalised its revised Safety Requirements document (see above) which has now been incorporated into the 2014 Race Organisers Handbook.
The Safety Requirements document re-iterates the principle that fell runners have primary responsibility for their own safety. The document includes minor changes in standards and clarifications but nothing that changes the essence of the sport. The Committee encourages all prospective competitors and Race Organisers to read the document carefully.

Any comments should be directed to Andrew Blackmore, Hon. Secretary Andrew Blackmore

Race organisers for any of the events listed on the WFRA site are invited to e.mail full results to the webmaster when they will be promptly published on our results pages.
Fron Four   Llantysilio   Y Fron   Moel Wnion.     just arrived I will also feature any race reports I receive

Volunteers Wanted

The WFRA is looking for volunteers to join its Management Committee. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who would be willing to assist us in managing our financial affairs and coordinating our annual programme of races. The duties are not onerous, especially as we will provide full support and guidance to all new Committee members. For an informal discussion, please contact any current Committee member and/ or Andrew Blackmore, Hon. Secretary. Andrew Blackmore

The Spectacular Gilwern Grunt - Monday 21 April (see flyer for details)

The Blorenge Downhill - Friday 25th April     Full Details

East Wales Fell Champs 2014 - Cribyn Fell Race Sat 26th April Cribyn Details

Pen Dinas    Tuesday 15th April    Results

Caernarfon Tyres Juniors
U8 victory again to Jake and Megan, U10 Connor and Georgia P, U12 Mike Spill and Ffion and U14 Keiran W and Catrin D.

Joe Brown’s Senior
Well I did say watch this space! A convincing win for John Spill, U16 record in the process and only 20 seconds outside the seniors record set by Ifans in 2011. Other highlights were Jenny winning the ladies in 14th overall and a F40 record, and Don setting a new M70 record in 29th overall.     Mike"

Mynydd Swtan Sun 13th April

The eventual race leader, crossing a stile, with the Skerries in the background. Pic by Derek Gadson

" Swtan" Heritage Museum hosted the 6th Mynydd Swtan race , all proceeds going to the charity " Cyfeillion Swtan ". No beach start this year due to ongoing storm damage repair work. Thanks go to the marshals and helpers at registration and finish , "Cyfeillion Swtan" for refreshments and general help with organisation, "The Lobster Pot" for sponsoring the numbers , John Gray for the water bottles presented to finishers and the National Trust ands local farmers for their permission to use the land :

1. Harvey Wharton  Cybi  U40  14.52
2. Merfyn Williams  Cybi  V60  18.21
3. Ian Williams  U/A  V50  19.04
4. Gari Davies  U/A  V60  19.17
5. Lee Hodson  U/A  V40  19.46
6. Dewi Owen  U/A  U40  19.53
7. Arfon Rowlands  U/A  U40  19.58
8. Alun Rowlands  Cybi  V50  20.23
9. Alwyn Williams  Cybi  U40  20.32
10. Jane O ' Donnell  U/A  FV60  23.58
Juniors  (1.5 M / 570 ' )
Gethin Davies  U/A  14.15
Gwion Evans  Eryri  16.12

Moel Wnion     Sat 12th April     Results    Junior Results Pics by Math Roberts

Weather conditions clear with cold breeze; dry underfoot. 58 senior finishers for this classic short fell race over the northern Carneddau tops of Moel Wnion, Gyrn , Llefn and Moel Faban. 5 junior race finishers up and down moel Faban.

Close race upfront throughout the race with just 28 seconds separating first three at the finish line . 17 year old Staffs Moorlands runner Max Wainwright ran from the front to victory in 36:52 , Dylan Jones (Eryri) 2nd 37:11 and first over 40 and John Parkinson also Eryri 2nd over 40 in 37:20.

Andrea Rowlands first woman, 16th overall and well clear in 41:52 . Jenny Heming getting stronger with every race first over 40 and 24th overall in 44:18.

Junior race won by Daniel Soles in 12:15 with his Dad Dave winning over 50s race. Mention also for the Starling family, Billy 12th overall in 41:12 and 2nd U18, Dad Andrew 40th and brother Joe 2nd in the junior race.

“Round 2 Joe Brown Midweek Series – Foel Lus.     Tuesday 8th April     Results

While Math’s away the mice will play. 1st win for Gwyn and 2nd win for Bronwen, the latter now holding the U16 and U18 records in both races. Second place overall saw a return by John Spill, 4’ taller and 4 yrs since he last raced, watch this space! Other highlights were John Morris, two V70 records on the trot and Sion Jones in the U14. Sion was once again in the leading pack with the seniors before turning off and setting a new U14 record again. Thanks to all the helpers and local businesses who donated the prizes, remember to bring your numbers to the next race.

In the Caernarfon tyres junior races siblings Jake and Megan Roberts won the U8, Connor Roberts and Georgia Parkinson the U10, Mike spill and Jodie Cain the U12 and Catrin Donnelly the U14.

Send any race corrections or additions for the Tues Series to john P at Drjohn@backofbeyond.co.uk
Ellie and Mike."

South Wales Winter League 2013/14     Results

The Winter League, originated and managed so ably since 1992 by Martin Lucas and John Sweeting, was passed into the nervous hands of a small committee when the distinguished founders decided to retire at the end of the 2012/3 season.

Three new races were commissioned to blend with some old favourites to produce a wide-ranging eight-race challenge that attracted 267 runners over the season. But only 35 ran the five-race trophy-scoring minimum, four of them women. To continue the gender statistics, 48 women competed in at least one race – 18% of the total compared with 21% in 2009/10, and 12% in 1993/4 (randomly selected years admittedly from a previous report). And to bore the reader a little more, 15% of race entrants this season were female. So who came away with an exclusive Series Winners Tshirt?

Ben Moon of MDC was overall winner by 15 points over Mynydd Du’s Rich Johnson, with 5 points over Neath’s Alex Lewis with the pack baying only 3 points behind. Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers took the women’s shirt ahead of Chepstow’s Niki Morgan and Mynydd Du’s Jan Richards. Age Group winners were Rich Johnson in the M40s ahead of Julian Boon (FOD) and Dom Shields (San Domenico). Niki Morgan led the F40 group followed by Jan Richards and Chepstow’s Karen Elvers.

The M50 cat. was the most keenly contested, with all depending on the final race at Dare Valley Country Park. Pete Sowerby of Brecon had to run out of his shorts to overhaul SWRR’s Kevin Hagley, with Steve Harrhy (Lliswerry) third. The two Steve’s from Hereford continued their keen rivalry for the M60 shirt, with Mr Littlewood shading it over Mr Herington. Chepstow’s Neil Grant was third. And finally, seven runners ran all eight races, thus earning a coveted Walter Winterleague mug!      DF 06.04.14

Fron Four      Sat 5th april      Results

Will we ever get decent weather for this race? Mist and rain didn’t seem too bad at 1000 feet but a good call by Ross on the summit where the wind was also a factor and 5 marshals huddling turned the runners straight back – a decision echoed by all the runners on their return. JP knowing Matt’s descending speed had opened a gap on the climb and managed to keep his lead to put another new name on the winner’s trophy. In the ladies, Jenny (“I’m not fit yet”) managed to drop those who had been following her to take 8th overall, eight places ahead of Denbigh’s Emma Collins. In the U14s Talysarn’s Sion Jones frightened a few seniors, only JP beating him to turn around at moel Tryfan and taking a minute and a half off the record in the process. Ben Grantham and Mared Evans winning the U10s. Thanks to Ross and Sheila, Sioned and Tina, Mair and Alwyn who braved the elements to marshall and Pauline in the school for making the panads.      Mike"

Joe Browns Tuesday Night Champs - Race 1, Moel Tryfan      Tuesday 1st April       Results

The best evening in the race’s history and a 3rd win for Math following his top ten placing in the Irish British Champs race three days previous. The ladies produced another new winner on the course, Bangor Uni’s Becky Taylor taking it in a fine 24th overall. Whilst in the Caernarfon Tyres Junior Champs U8 victories went to Jake Roberts and Kyla Cain, U10s Conner Roberts and Georgia Parkinson, U12s Michael Spill and Ruby Wood and U14s Sion Jones and Keeryn Wiiliams. Thanks to all those who helped and don’t be afraid of offering. Mike.

A couple of runners have been missed out on results - get in touch with Mike asap with your finishing time and results.

Ras yr Aran       Sat 22nd March       Results

Strong winds and snow once again returned to create a challenging race for both organisers and runners. The morning was spent considering the options. The race organiser Nich Bradley, Marshals, National park wardens and mountain rescue looked at the conditions on the hill and deliberated on the options available. As a consequence of the severe wind and snow conditions the race was curtailed slightly to take out the flat section between Aran Benllyn and Mawddwy. The decision maintained the altitude gain and gave runners a taste of the conditions on the plateau between the two peaks.
81 runners took part in the challenging conditions. The lower section was snow free where runners contended with freezing pools and deep peat bog. On the higher ground the snow gradually increased to 8 inches at the turn around at LLyn Aran Benllyn.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Charlwood

Report by Arfon Hughes

Llantysilio       Sat 15th March 2014       Results

There was a record turnout as the race was the first counter in the 2014 Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series.
It was a glorious Spring day – sunny and breezy. The course had been extended slightly with a new descent to the finish.
The race was won by Felipe Jones of Aberystwyth in a time of 51 minutes and 18 seconds, with Tim Davies 2nd and Paul Jones 3rd (both Mercia). Other category winners M40 Jez Brown (Buckley), M50 Ed Davies (Mercia), M60 Alan French (Wrexham), M70 John Morris (Buckley) 65th overall!

The ladies race was won by Andrea Rowlands in 57.53. Caitlin Rice of Glossop was 2nd and Jackie Lee of Eryri 3rd. Other category winners : F40 Val Swingler (Shropshire Shufflers), F50 Emma Collins (Denbigh), F60 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

Pipe Dream       Sat 1st March 2014       Film of the Event
Dare Valley        Saturday 8th March      Results        Pics from Gerry Ashton

Moel Tryfan.        Saturday 8th March       Results

The race took place in very windy conditions

Tour of Torpantau        Sunday 2nd March        Results         Pics from Mark Saunders

The weatherman got the low temperature, the strong winds and the rain more or less correct – we expect those at the Tour – but he forgot to mention the mist that made navigation rather tricky and some faces rather red when their owners arrived back rather late.

Mark Palmer’s radical route to the first summit of Craig y Fan Ddu gained him a good lead over chasers Matt Stott and Pete Ryder, but they began to hunt him down on the return journey. But it wasn’t until they were in sight of the finish that Matt finally drew level and outsprinted Mark in a dramatic finish, with Pete just behind in third. Then a gap of four minutes to Ben Gibbison, and five minutes after came first M40 Rich Johnson who had finally escaped the close attentions of rival Matthew Lawson.

Sasha Habgood led the women by a comfortable 15 minutes with Joc Dodd and Karen Elvers in second and third. Race Organiser Andy Blackmore was fulsome in his praise for checkpoint marshals Del Thornley and Paul Dodd whose lonely sojourns on Cribyn and Fan y Big in such cold, wet and windy conditions were so appreciated by the runners, who were also indebted to sweeper Rob Brown, entry/finish maestro Jess Taylor and timekeeper John Chidlow.
Dick Finch

THE HATTERALL HAMMER         22/2/14       Results

The inaugural Hatterall Hammer, promoted by Hereford Couriers but held on the Welsh side of the border along a stretch of the formerly fiercely contested Offa's Dyke, saw further combat of a less bloody kind between runners from the neighbouring countries. Numbers were swelled by a strong contingent from Croft Ambrey in North Herefordshire, dragooned into action by manager Mike Blenkinsop.

The straight up and down course of about 4 miles with over 1000 feet of climb consisted of a flat start over yielding grassland with the steep ascent beginning on tarmac, funnelling in due course into a stony gully which in turn gave way to deliciously springy turf up to the trig point from where the headlong descent began.

We were blessed with an unfamiliarly dry if windy day though the road section still bore witness to the recent persistent heavy rain which only a fortnight before had turned this part of the course into a lethal skidpan.

78 runners were set on their way by the farmer whose land we were traversing and who took an enthusiastic interest in proceedings.

There was some fine racing with many places being lost and gained on the long speedy descent. Chris Jones of MDC set a challenging inaugural male record of 27.22, 23 seconds clear of the second man, while the women's record time was claimed by Katie Beecher in 34.29 after a superb descent leaving a clutch of men floundering in her wake.

Second man home was Jon Barnes of Mynnyd Du [and Hereford!], another who gained places on the way down with Matt Stott of Chepstow just 11 seconds back from him. Charlie Jenkins, who arrived just before the start, having been caught in traffic, took the under 23 prize in 32.02. Simon Norwood from Croft had a storming run for 1st v40 in 30.58 but was closely followed by top V50, Peter Sowerby [31.12] who in turn had had to work hard to overhaul fellow V50, Max Suff [31.46] venturing out of his Forest of Dean hibernation at the first scent of spring.

It is a sign of the times that there were 12 over sixties in the field and once again, as in every race in the Series so far, Steve Littlewood of the illustrious Couriers, came out on top in 35.06 but it was not without a tough battle with Mynydd Du's Dai Smout [35.24] who had climbed superbly and was 50 metres clear at the summit. In the V70's, the indefatigable Robert West of MDC had some competition in the form of Wye Valley's 79 year old Harry Franklin but took the category win by some two and a half minutes in 47.33.

Second woman and 1st V40 home was the prolific racer, Niki Morgan of Chepstow [35.41] who had led to the top and was also in a hurry to leave the venue having a night race to run a bit later. In third was Sarah Adams of Taff Ely Triathlon in 40.31, with Rona Davies of Mynnyd Du first V50 in 41.29.

The men's Team Prize went to MDC with Chepstow Harriers carrying off the women's award.

The Old Pandy Inn offered fine hospitality to the unwonted Saturday afternoon invasion and, as the crowds dispersed, a couple of us remained to watch a convincing England win over Ireland at Twickenham on the big screen. Strange how quiet this pub in Wales became!
Steve Herington

Moel y Ci Tregarth Gwynedd BS / 8km / 290m 22.02.2014       Sat 22nd February       Results        Pics from Gwynfor James

After what seemed like weeks of rain a sunny morning enthused 124 runners to visit the Moelyci Environmental Centre this year. A keen wind, mud and standing water greeted the 9 juniors and 115 seniors at Tregarth on Saturday. Run in cool but ideal conditions the win went to previous Eryri winner Math Roberts in 37.24 exactly 2½ minutes ahead of last year’s winner Martin Cliffe, 2nd (1st MV40) at 39.54. Cliffetop led a charge of MV40s taking the next 5 places overall: John Parkinson 3rd at 40.02, John Hunt (Dark Peak) 4th at 40.56, Dylan Wynn Jones 5th at 41.02 and Craig Jones 6th at 41.11. The second and third senior men followed with Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas at 42.03 and Ben Lightowler (Abergele) at 42.20.

Storming back to form Andrea Rowlands was 1st senior woman in 45.40 at 21st overall. Wendy Trimbel is romping up the leaderboard finishing 2nd at 48.57, closely followed by Helen Teasdale, 3rd woman (1st FV40) at 49.16. Visiting uphill ski champion Gabriel Lees finished next at 50.05.

After a good race with Vic Belshaw, Steve P Jones took the MV50 prize at 44.41. Dafydd Whiteside-Thomas was 1st MV60/70 to the summit, but a knee problem allowed three MV70s to pass him on the descent. Dafydd finished 1st MV60 in 57.42. Three remarkable MV70s finished in 65th, 73rd and 77th /115 ! Pete Roberts (Buckley) at 54.21, John Morris (Buckley) at 55.33 and Eryri’s Don Williams at 56.00.

1st FV50 was Juliet Edwards (Meirionydd) at 55.11, with local legend Maggie Oliver taking the FV60 prize at 65.23.

Ryan Cain set a new record in the second year on the modified Junior route to win in 9.27, followed by Deian Williams at 10.34 and Connor Roberts at 10.48. Ryan’s sister Jody Cain finished first girl at 5th in 11.41 with brother Jack Cain at 13.42. Tilly Craine, aged 4, won the hearts of spectators finishing in 24.34. Nine juniors ran.

Many thanks go to the Centre staff, marshals, ‘Team Dolly’ radio network, the registration and finish team, friends and families. Projects at the Moelyci Environmental Centre focus on sustainability, local produce, local employment and crafts www.moelyci.org.

The race results are on the Eryri website.

Race photos at www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk

Tarren Hendre        Saturday 1st February        Results        Pics from Esyllt

The Second Race of the Meirionnydd Running Club's Winter Race series Tarran hendre, due to strong winds, was shortened on Safety advice from Mountain Rescue and ran on an alternative route which cut out the very top ridge section of the race.
This alternative route was slightly shorter but made up in being a slightly faster race. We still had most of the really muddy section on the way down to contend with and luckily, as we were in the lee of the hill, the wind didn't hinder and the rain/sleet/hail held off for most of the race............Arfon Hughes

                                                                    Craig yr Allt Fell Race    Sat January 25th    Results

This was a new race in the WFRA calendar conceived by Gary Davies following a request by the WFRA Committee for more winter fell running races in South Wales. Gary trains regularly on the hills of Cardiff and started exploring potential new races on The Garth, Craig yr Allt or Caerphilly Common. Following successful discussions with the landowners of Craig yr Allt, Gary decided to organise a race there.

The weather forecast promised a dry race but the hills north of Cardiff seemed to experience a freak weather system during the race. The 83 starters were forced to endure heavy rain, intermittent sleet and a bitingly cold wind during the 6.2km 370m ascent race which summitted the hill twice. It was dry immediately before and after the race!

The race started at the foot of the access road to Rockwood Riding Centre (from Blackbrook Road) and took the most direct route to the summit before traversing off the path towards the north. The runners then had to run a long muddy flat section, then make another ascent to the ridge before descending towards the Taff Trail via the technical descent near the zig zags by the mast. The subsequent Taff Trail section enabled the road runners to stretch their legs however this was followed by a long ascent to the summit before a short descent to the finish near the northern edge of the Common Land boundary.

Chris Jones (MDC) and Peter Ryder (Brycheiniog) had a great duel at the front of the pack with Chris pipping Peter to the finish line by 5 seconds in a time of 29m 30s. Thomas Burden (Ind) finished in third in a time of 32m 58s. In the ladies category, Alice Bedwell (MDC) ran a fantastic race to finish in 1st place closely followed by Evita Gonzalez Szamocki (Westbury Harriers) in a time of 38m 42s. Niki Morgan (Chepstow Harriers) finished in 3rd.

MV40 Winner - Richard Johnson (Mynydd Du)
FV40 Winner - Niki Morgan (Chepstow Harriers)

MV50 - Peter Sowerby (Brecon AC)
FV50 - Alice Bedwell (MDC)

MV60 - Steve Littlewood (Hereford Couriers)

Gary would like to thank all the volunteers and marshalls who endured the cold and wet conditions, particularly the Lucas', Dallimores, Dick Finch, John Chidlow, Mike Richards and my wife Dawn. Apparently, it was the worst conditions they'd endured since Mynydd Troed in April 2012!

Runners and volunteers subsequently warmed up in the new canteen and coffee shop at Mountain View Ranch who kindly let us use their parking facilities for the large field of competitors. Gary would also like to thank the landowners Tony and Alison Dascombe who granted permission for using their land for the race.
Thanks      Gary Davies

Tor y Foel    Sat 11th January    Results     Photos from Jane Aggleton


Kymin Winter Race        Results
Corndon Classic     Sun 21st December          Results

A very jolly field of 73 turned up on the last Saturday of the year to support our cracking 5 miler over Corndon Hill. The weather matched the occasion with light winds and wonderful views across the marches in all directions. A mixed field saw some great running and many happy smiling faces at the finish.Special mention must go to the 2 U 20 runners taking the honours on the day ,Billy(the wizz.) Starling & Bethan Jenkinson on their efforts. Many thanks to all who helped on the day and all runners for bothering.

The Jubilee Plunge      29th December, Llangynhafal     Pics by Esyllt     Results

Ifan Richards - Pic from Martin

Pic from Martin

Wonderful day for a gallop downhill. Meiryonnyd's Ifan Richards was around a minute quicker than last year but still fell short of the men's record - however he obviously thoroughly enjoys this race. Helen Fines came over from Yorkshire and knocked over a minute off the ladies record with a fabulous exhibition of gallopment. Very pleased to see good support from local clubs Denbigh Harriers and Prestatyn RC plus the incredible emergent team of Femmes Fatales from Ruthin (with one honorary Hommes Fatale!) Rich Davies and Rob Butler posed as Biggles and Robin Hood and a good time was had by all - thanks to my sturdy team of timekeepers!

        Skirrid     Saturday 14th December     Results

The BBC weather forecast for Abergavenny was showing clement conditions until 2 pm, where two blobs of rain suddenly appeared indicating monsoonal downpours, gale-force winds and a plague of frogs, for the rest of the afternoon. Fortunately their timing was wrong and although it was a little bracing out there and a moderate to strong risk of losing an ill-fitting hat on exposed sections of the course, the 53 competitors all returned to the finish safe, dry and pumped full of endorphins ready to return to spouses with tales of derring-do. It certainly beat a circuit of the local shopping mall. Race Venue The Skirrid Inn, with its special spooky ambience, lends a fitting feel to this short but sparky fell race. With a new, swanky computer system one new requirement was a need to ask competitors their ages, Only a handful of competitors could remember how old they were. Unsurprisingly most of the ones who could remember their ages were under 40 - notwithstanding the winner U23 Duncan Birtwhistle, who had a self-debate for a couple of minutes to decide whether he was 22 or 21 and in the end plumped for the latter.

Fortunately Duncan’s running skills are vastly superior to his counting skills, and he smashed the race to win in a time of 30.50 – beating his own course record set last year by nearly a minute. He is also, almost certainly the winner of the coveted fastest descent perpetual trophy (again). The scores for fastest descents will be worked out at some point and winners notified of their £2000 all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas (or a chocolate santa).

Conditions underfoot were not as muddy as last year, so times were generally quicker, even though everyone was a year older and more world-weary. Out of 53 runners, only 11 were under 40. There were some impressive performances from these vintage runners though, showing that even though they’ve forgotten how old they are, they can still usefully get up and down a hill, especially if it means getting out of the Christmas shopping. It must have been the lure of the Tescos value chocolate santas as prizes that was spurring them on.

There was a very marked dearth of female runners in the race – just 4. Still, it’s quality not quantity that counts, and besides winner Niki Morgan, there was the orienteering world champion goddess/legend Alice Bedwell taking 2nd place and 1st FV50, fell runner and orienteer extraordinaire Sasha Habgood in 3rd place, and Chepstow Harriers fell racing stalwart Karen Elvers.

Given the dearth of women in the race, the organisers gave more vet prizes for the men, so first and second in each category were rewarded for their supreme physical challenge with, er, a Tescos value chocolate santa…

Huge congratulations to all who took part in the event, and enormous, heart-felt thanks to all the helpers, who were rewarded for their onerous, challenging and responsible duties by er. a Tescos value chocolate santa… Helpers were stoical summit beacon Rob Brown, super-smiley photographer and road marshal Lou Summers, results/finish dream team Paul & Joc Dodd, suave sweeper Gareth Jones, Registration (and racer) guru Karen Elvers.

Well done to the prize winners:

1st Male – Duncan Birtwistle (aged 20 something) 30.50
2nd Male – Ben Moon (confidently 34) 33.21 – smashed his time from last year
3rd Male – Grant Lewis (34 – clearly a winning age) 33.49

1st Female – Niki Morgan, 39.34
2nd Female – Alice Bedwell, 1st FV50 40.27 – too damn close for comfort
3rd Female – Sasha Habgood 40.37 - too close for Alice’s comfort

1st Male Vet 40 – Stuart Moore 34.53 – running out of things to say now
2nd Male Vet 40 – Mark Matthews 35.32

1st Male Vet 50 – Kevin Hagley 36.04
2nd Male Vet 50 – Gary Jones 37.23

1st Male Vet 60 – Steve Littlewood 39.46 (not running Mortimers Forest last week clearly worked)
2nd Male Vet 60 – Neil Grant 40.17 (bitter & twisted not to be first but still won a beer due to generosity of prize giver

1st FV40 not to have been in the top 3 – Karen Elvers proud winner of more chocolate santas than she ever wanted!

Niki Morgan

The Blorenge     Sat 30 Nov 2013    Results     Pics from Gill Stott    Stews Welsh Pics

Photos from Jane Aggleton

Photo from Gill Stott

Photos from Jane Aggleton

Brilliant late Autumn sun and a crystal blue sky dazzled the 68 runners as they crested the Blorenge’s sharp edge after the 1,400 foot dark slog.

First-time fell racer Kit Grierson from down Devon way was first to the blockhouse turn- round, with past winner Paul Murrin of Chepstow leading club colleague Matt Stott and the rest of the chasing pack.

In a furious descent, places changed behind Kit but he stayed at the front with a final 10 second marshal over training partner Duncan Birtwistle, and another half-minute over Matt.

Paul Murrin took the M40 prize in 4th place, while Mark Palmer claimed the M50 in 5th.

Katie Beecher took the lead very early and built up a fair margin over 2nd placer Niki Morgan (F40 winner) and Rona Davies (F50 winner).

Steve Littlewood in 24th place had to work hard for the M60 award ahead of Neil Grant, while ever reliable Rob West took the M70 category.
Dick Finch

Penmaenmawr Fell Race     Sat 16th November     Results

Successful race 190 out , 190 in ! Weather great which always helps . Usual characters here , great to see Dylan Jones back to good form . One name to watch ( if he puts his mind to running properly ) is first local Sam Roberts – son of the super talented and legendary Emlyn Roberts ( old-course record holder )

inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships 2013

Some of the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championship prizewinners

The overall winners are Tim Davies and Mel Price both of Mercia. The WFRA Welsh Champions for 2013 are Tim Davies of Mercia and Louise Barker of Aberystwyth.
Category prizewinners -
Male : U/23 1. Huw Davies (Mercia), U/40 1. Tim Davies (Mercia), 2. Peter Ryder (Brycheiniog), 3. Karl Steinegger (Ambleside) O/40 1. John Hunt (Dark Peak) 2. Martin Cliffe (Eryri), 3. Jez Brown (Buckley), O/50 1. Paul Jeggo (Springfield), 2. Steve Toogood (U/A), 3. Glyn Fletcher (Maldwyn), O/60 Alan Duncan (Bowland) 2. Martin Cortvriend (Denbigh), 3. Rod Sutcliffe (Calder Valley).
Female : U/40 1.Louise Barker (Aberystwyth), O/40 1. Mel Price (Mercia), 2. Sandra Rowlands (Eryri) 3. Joanne Moore (Eryri), O/50 1. Sue Howarth (Mercia) 2. Juliet Edwards (Meirionnydd), 3. Ellie Salisbury (Eryri), O/60 1. Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

Llyn y Fan     Sunday 10th November 2013     Results

Llyn y Fan Winners

In this final race in the Inov8 Open Welsh Fell Race Championships, Tim Davies and Felipe Jones slugged it out for all of the 8.8km and 600m of climb. On a lovely, sunny if rather cold day, Tim edged ahead towards the top of the first climb, but Felipe came back hard on the steep descent off the last checkpoint and chased Tim all the way to finish. “I think the hard chase must have taken the edge off Felipe’s finishing kick, and I just managed to put a couple of seconds into him by the line” said Tim who consolidated his Open Welsh Champs award.

The winning time of 42.30 was 40 seconds behind the 2006 record set by this year’s fourth-placer and first M50 Mark Palmer.

First woman Mel Price was over three minutes ahead of Under23 Megan Carter Davies, with Emma Bayliss another two minutes adrift. Mel also confirmed herself as F40 Welsh Champion.

Ben Mitchell, Martin Cliffe, Martin Cortvriend, Rob West, Susan Howarth (Welsh F50 Champion) and Maggie Oliver (Welsh F60 Champion) took the other age category awards.

Dick Finch

Rhobell Fawr     Saturday 9th November       Runners ascending by Ifs Richards        Runners descending by Ifs Richards     Results

Ladies Team Results       Mens Team Results       Prize List

While Al is indisposed I would be grateful for any pictures of any recent fell races or links to their sources.
The WFRA site is nowhere near as colourful as it used to be!
Clwydian Hills         Sunday 3rd November                Results

Vic Belshaw                                                    Vic Belshaw                                                   Tony Benton

Martin Cortvriend                                                                                                  Joe Cooper-Anne Marie Jones
Photos by Vicky Cortvriend

There was a large turnout as the race was the final counter in the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. The weather was cool with showers and sunny intervals.
The overall winners of the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series were Martin Cliffe of Eryri and Lauren Jeska of Aberystwyth. Other category prizewinners -
Male : U/23 1. Huw Davies (Mercia), U/40 1. Karl Steinegger (Ambleside), 2. Adair Broughton (Helsby), O/40 1. Martin Cliffe (Eryri), 2. Jez Brown (Buckley), 3. John Hunt (Dark Peak), O/50 1. Paul Jeggo (Springfield), 2. Ian Lancaster (Tattenhall), 3. Glen Davies (Mercia), O/60 1. Martin Cortvriend (Denbigh), 2. Alan Duncan (Bowland), 3. John Morris (Buckley).
Female : U/40 1.Lauren Jeska (Aberystwyth), 2. Jayne Joy (Helsby), 3. Louise Barker (Aberystwyth), O/40 Mel Price (Mercia), 2. Joanne Moore (Eryri), O/50 1.Juliet Edwards (Meirionnydd), 2. Ellie Salisbury (Eryri), O/60 1. Maggie Oliver (Eryri).
The inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championship concludes with the Llyn y Fan race in south Wales on Sunday 10th November.