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South Wales Midweek Series
Preseli Beast     Sat 7th May     Report    Beast Bach Results    Beast Results    Ultra Beast Results

  

Moel Eilio Fell Race      Sat 14th May       Pics from Jim
2016 Midweek Series       Results

Results from Abergwyngregyn.

283 runners taking part in the series overall, with about 45 qualifying by completing 5 races. Series so Far results included in the link above.

Facebook report from Mike: ROUND 7 MID-WEEK SERIES, ABER. Where are all these runners coming from ?, 111, I'm going to run out of numbers ! Well, the rain and the midges held off and saw Russ Bentley holding off past winners Math and Vaughany while in the ladies Hebogs Sian Lloyd Williams in 20th O/A held off Elliw Hafand Gemma Brown. Other podium places went to,U 14 Tomos Land, U16 St Davids Max Dunford, U18 St Davids Sam Mace, J P M40, Vic Belshaw M50, Dereck Weaver M60 and Don M70. In the Ladies, U16 Catrin D, U18 Rhiannon Kamink, F40 Belinda Buckingham (sorry I missed you out), F50 Emma Collins and F60 Maggie. C'FON TYRES JNR'S, U8 with 6 wins Merin Land cannot be beaten and another win for Olwen Baines, U10, Jake Roberts and Aimie Vaughan, U12, with 6 wins Georgia Parkie cannot be beaten while Guy notched up his 2nd win and U14 Callum O'D and Samia also continue their unbeaten runs. Thanks to you all for mucking in, just finished collating, its 01.45 and Im off to the shower, next week the Orme from the Ski Centre, entrance by the pier, share cars, if you arrive after 7pm you will be walking up the hill to register !!! Mike

Moel y Gest. Half way through and 262 different runners taking part! 26 runners having completed the requisite 5 races to qualify for the series.

Mike’s report from Facebook:

"Moel Y Gest, mid-week series.3 records,3 million midges and all around me.A record turnout here of 80 runners saw A great battle at the front tween Owen and Russ the latter winning by 18 seconds with St David's secret weapon Callum Nelson holding off JP (1st 40) for 3rd. 1st record went to Ryan Cain, 8th overall, new U 18 record by 3 minutes and now holds both the U16 and U18 records. In the ladies Miranda Grant absolutely flying this year took another win 10th O/A new rec by 3.26, Sian Hebog in 2nd also inside the old rec while Sarah B took another of Ellie's F50 rec's by nearly 2 min. Other cat winners were, 1st U16 Max D, St Davids, 1st 50 Emlyn twin, 1st 60 Nick B, 1st 70 Don, and 1st F40 Hebogs Ceri Lane, sorry I missed you Ceri, you didnt look 40!.Thanks to Dei and his team for the groundwork and Ellie, Cheryl and Tina, a donation was made tp the local pre-school. C'FON TYRES JNRS, U8 victories to Merin and Ella. U10 Dylan P and Kyla, U12s Jack and Georgia and U14s Samia and Callum. Mike"

-- John Parkinson

Results from Pen Dinas (Tuesday 3rd May) and the other 4 races in the series so far. Mike’s report (from Facebook):

JOE BROWN MID-WEEK SERIES,RND 5 .Where have all the young men gone ? only 3 sen men in the top 11 ! Wins for Owen Roberts and Hebogs Sian Willams, 11th overall, John P 1st 40 in 2nd O/A while SPJ took 3 min off the V60 rec in 5th !!!!

1st U16 was Menai's Gethin Davies, 15th O/A, Pete Close took the O50, 34th while Don took the M70 in 38th. Back to the ladies 5 seconds spanned Lou B, Beckie L and Sarah B the latter taking 2 min off the F50 rec while Annabelle McQueen set a new U16 rec by nearly 2 min in 27th and Lisa G taking the F40 in 35th. C'FON TYRES JNR CHAMPS.

Victory in the U8s went to Merin Land and Emma Grantham, Jake Roberts and Amy Vaughan U10s, Georgia P and Guy Soley the U12s with Samia and Guto W-T the U14s.
Thanks again to the helpers, could not cope without you all, thanks to the Vaynol Arms again and a donation was made to the local worthy cause.

Next race Moel Y Gest, turn right by Woolworths in the centre of Porthmadog and follow the arrows, rough and tumble,if you don't come back with blood on you you have not been trying, you have been warned,        Mike. -- John Parkinson

Beacon Batch will now take place on 21st June
Llangynhafal Loop 1pm Sat 30th April-Please share cars where possible and note that it is a 10 minute walk to the start.

RACE CANCELLATION Race for the Wild, Sunday 8th May from Church Stretton is unfortunately cancelled due to a clash with other events in the village.

Llangynhafal Loop

Sun glass left at event, if they belong to you please contact me on 07503028485 with a description so that I may return them.        Huw        Race Organiser

Llangynhafal Loop       Saturday 30th April 2016      Results

Firstly a big thank you to the Golden Lion Inn for allowing me to run the race from their Inn.

Secondly another big thank you to all who helped on the day because without you these events would not take place.

On setting out the course in the morning we experienced a snow flurry, hail stones, rain and sun what a mixture only to return to work for people to say what a lovely sunny day they had Saturday. We were obviously in the wrong part of the country. Anyway hope you all enjoyed the race and hope to see you again next year. Numbers were down this year but I put that down to the number of races elsewhere on the day.

First home was – Arthur Livesey in 47.41 and 1st female home was Andrea Rowlands in 50.54

Proceeds from race will be donated to charity.

Pentyrch Hill Race      Tuesday 26th April       Photos by Paul Dodd

Ras Mynydd Mawr      Tuesday 26th April 2016      Results

There was a blizzard immediately before the race which left a dusting of snow on the summit. Fortunately, it passed through before the start.

Ras Moel Wnion       Sat 23rd April      
Blorenge Downhill and Uphill Races. 19th April 2016. 7:30 pm.

Downhill Results        Uphill Results

I would imagine that many race organisers put on the kind of race they’d like to do themselves. Well, Andy is known for his downhill predilection and so unsurprisingly came up with the idea of running down the steepest part of the Blorenge and descending 480m in just 1.5 kms. This probably explains why few take part (even on a gloriously sunny evening) but I imagine it’s also slightly worrying for those that do turn up when they realise they have a similar mind set and way of thinking to Andy.

There can’t be many fell races where you run down first and then up after. I wonder if the legs feel any different the next day compared to the more usual up and then down? Do the quads get a warm down going uphill after? You would be forgiven in thinking that doing it this way round is another manifestation of Andy‘s warped sense of humour but is in fact is due to the practicalities of giving the early finishers somewhere to shelter while they wait for the return journey to start.

This year the previous record descending time of 15:57 set by Sandar Vaher was smashed by MDC’s Matt Stott 1st in 14:16 and Chris Jones 2nd in 14:17. Chepstow Harriers’ Paul Murrin who had previously set the MV40 record of 16:05 came in 3rd in 15:37 this year.

Gary Gunner has the MV60 record of 18:25, came back as a MV70 and did 19:50. I can’t think of many MV70’s who’d consider doing this kind of event. Gary is indeed one in a million.

Alice Bedwell’s FV50 time of 22:01 was beaten by Rona Davies in 21:42 and Paul Tucker exactly equalled the MV50 time of 17:19 set by Mark Saunders in 2014.

Helen Brown set the new overall ladies record with 19:00 and ticked the FV40 at the same time.

There is no current FV60 record.

Meshari Alsaeed was the 1st U23 male and Katy Benson the 1st female senior.

Uphill. It is somewhat interesting that it took the winner almost exactly double the time to run the route in reverse.

The sun was setting over by Corn Du and Pen Y Fan at 8:15pm, so when the last couple came back in at around 8:50pm the conditions could best be described as twilight.

Matt Stott and Helen Brown were again the male and female winners of the uphill route.

Andy went home happy – not only had he successfully encouraged 21 runners to take part in his favourite pastime but also, despite the odd bloodied knee or two, managed once again to avoid sullying his vast array of pristine wound dressings in his mobile first aid emporium. “Go home and clean it in the bath, tiz only a scratch” he was overheard to say.

Mynydd Swtan     Results

A fine afternoon on the North West coast of Ynys Mon. 15 yr old Gethin had a superb run , pushed all the way by Rhys Owen , who he managed to pass on the descent. Both finished inside the previous course best. Gemma Brown ran strongly to finish 3rd overall and broke the female record by over a minute.

Many thanks to all the marshals , helpers and the ladies of Cyfeillion Swtan for some fine refreshments. Thanks also to the farmers and the National Trust for permission.

My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the race over the years.

Tuesday Night Series     Foel Lus      Results

"Rnd 3 Mid-week series, Foel Lus. A record turn out again and more records broken. Math Roberts following on his 12th place in the 250+ field in the Brit Champs race in N Ireland on Sat took 27 sec off the rec in 22.18 while Gareth Hughes in 2nd also beat the old record.

In the ladies Bronwen Jenkinson also on a high from the Sat race (5th lady overall and 1st U 23 and leading the Eryri ladies to 3rd team ) took 27 sec off Sarah Ridgeways rec with 26.26 ( and now holds the U16, U18 and open records) while Sarah had the consolation of setting a new F40 rec by 28 sec in 29.22.the last record going to Derick Weaver,a new V60 time of 28.36.

Other Cat winners, U16 Tomos Land, U18 Ryan Cain, M40 Parkinson John, M50 Steve Jones, M70 Don Williams, F U16 Samia Jones, U18 Rhiannon Kamink,and F50 Sarah Barnwell. Thanks to the shops for donating the prizes, Ellie for marking the course, the marshals on the mountain and those who helped with the chaos at the registrations and the finish line.

Full results will appear in due course and if I dont ride off the mountain trying to beat Karen Soley 's time coming down Tiedi on my mountain bike I will see you @ Pen Dinas on 3rd May. C'Fon Tyre's Jn'r Champs, U8, Merin Land and Emma Grantham, U 10 Ben Grantham and Olivia Jones, U12 Georgia Parkinson and Jack Cain and U14 Ffion Jones and Guto W-Thomas"     Mike Blake

Tuesday Night Series      Results

Attached is an excel sheet with results from the first TWO races of the Joe Brown Tuesday Night Series - Moel Tryfan (29th Mar) and Aber Dash (5th April). (The other sheets currently show last year’s data.)

Mike Blake has posted race reports on the Eryri Facebook page - reproduced below FYI.      Happy Running,      John

— Aber Dash Report —

THEY SAW, THEY CAME, THEY CONQUERED ! Well, that was hard work, a record 111 runners and more records than you can shake a stick at and Carmarthen Harriers took 3 of them. Russ Bentley started the ball rolling taking 7 sec off John Spills rec in 30'38 followed in FITH PLACE by 15 yr old Carmarthen's Thomas Jones 32.27, taking 13 sec off Johns U16 rec. Next to fall was C H's Sharon Leech F40 rec in 38.58 followed by C H's Elllie Kiff nearly 7 min off the U 16 rec while Eryri's Claire Williams set a new F50 rec by 50 sec of 43.30, well done all. Other winners were, Buckley's Jez Brown, 1st M40 4th, Pennines Dave Soles 1st M50 24th, Eryri.s Dereck Weaver 1st M60 25th Gemma Brown NWRRC 1st lady 31st, Don Williams 1st M70 and Maggie Oliver 1st F60. Caernarfon Tyres Jnrs, U8, Merin Land and Olwen Bains, U 10's Codey O'Donnell and Eden Edwards (1st O/A), U12s Jack Cain and Daisy Thomson, Carmarthen H and 1st O/A, U 14s, Tomos Land and Samia Jones. Thanks again to the helpers, thought we would never get away smile emoticon, DONT forget to bring your numbers next week folks to Foel Lus, Mike

— Tryfan report —

Moel Tryfan, post- mortem. Thanks to Mrs Bentley of Bentley, Bentley, Bentley and Blake for typing up the results which are now on the Eryri website. Couple little spelling mistakes (my fault),and Ian Cooke sorry you are down as an U16 lady. Commiserations to 13 yr old Swyn Edwards who escaped the eye of the marshal in the melee at the turn off point and completed the whole course finishing 78th in 27 minutes, amazing, and fair play to Sarah Ridgeway who was only 5 seconds behind Lauren's F40 record. Some cracking photos of the race can be found on S J photographys website. CAERNARFON TYRES Jnr Champs, U8 winners,Ella Jones (1st o/a) and Riley O.Donnell, U10s,Dylan Pye and Kyla Cain, U12s Georgia Parkinson (1st o/a) and Jack Cain, U14s,Callum O'Donnell and Samia Jones. Next Tues top Aber Falls car park, follow yellow arrows

Cribyn Fell Race 2016      Results      Photos

A snow topped Brecon Beacons welcomed 89 seasoned fell runners to the 2016 Cribyn Fell Race.

This was the 1st race in the Inov8 WFRA Welsh Open Championship and WFRA South Wales Series 2016. It was also an East Wales Fell Championship race.

There was vast representation from mid and North Wales clubs such as Meirionnydd, Mercia & Eryri and entrants from as far as Birkenhead and Essex.

Only 15 seconds separated the top 4 runners, with Tim Davies of Mercia winning in a time of 58.58; just 3 seconds ahead of Chris Jones of MDC, closely followed by Pete Ryder (Bryncheiniog) & Hugh Aggleton (MDC). A special mention goes to the MV70 category to which there was strong representation with Peter Roberts (Buckley) winning in 83.50.

The ladies race was won by young Bronwen Jenkinson (Eryri) in 15th position overall in a time of 67.46 closely followed by dad Paul! 2nd lady was Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) in 70.23 and 3rd Hannah Moulton(Unattached) in 78.36.

Male category winners were U23 Ryan Jenkins (Carmarthen Harriers), MV40 Jez Brown (Buckley), MV50 Mark Palmer (Mynydd Du), MV60 Edward Davies (Mercia) & MV70 Peter Roberts (Buckley).

Female category winners were FV40 Rhian Probert (Mynydd Du) & FV50 Rona Davies (Mynydd Du).

Team Prize was awarded to MDC –Chris Jones, Hugh Aggleton & Matt Stott.
Special thanks to the Organisers and Marshalls for making the event a success.

Shropshire Winter Series 2015-16

Final Results     Roll of Honour

Presentations will be made after the Wrekin Streak on Wednesday 20th April.

Ras y Moelwyn      Sat 16th April    Results

The race took place in near perfect conditions - dry, cool, sunny intervals.
Photo is of the race leader on the ridge between Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach

Sugar Loaf Fell Race         Results

Another year another successful Sugarloaf Race, superbly organised by Emma Baylis and Mynydd Du. There were 110 runners on the day despite a wet start which made for a slippery descent. After the rain stopped conditions were generally good, cold but with good visibility throughout.

Iwan Morton from Mickey Morris racing team (pictured) won in a time of 52:21.
Niki Morgan of Chepstow Harriers was the first Lady home in a time of 1:03:33.
Many thanks to all the marshals and helpers.     Tim Woodier

Eskdale Elevation; 13 miles/4471 feet; AL; Saturday 2nd April 2016    Results

After three days of awful weather the inaugural Eskdale Elevation took place in constant rain and mist and involved a relatively small but thoroughly competent field of 43 runners – I suspect that with better weather this might have been a somewhat larger field but the race proved to be very competitive and needed not just speed but sound route choice and navigational accuracy. There were plenty of alternative choices utilised, some better than others, but Rhys Findlay-Robinson, despite having a rapidly disintegrating map from Scafell onwards, clearly made some good decisions and came home a clear winner from Richard McGrath , with Muir Morton taking a very clever line off Scafell which gained him five places and put him in third place.

The Ladies' race was very close indeed, with the Keswick pair of Catherine Evans and Jo Gillyon crossing the line together to claim joint first place a mere four seconds in front of Sue Richmond in third.

As far as the Vets' categories were concerned all four of the male places were, to my intense delight, taken by Pennine runners, as was the Men's Team, so unashamedly biased congratulations to Muir, Ian, Dave Bowen, Roger and Dave Ward.

For the Ladies, Jo Gillyon claimed the FV40 as well as joint first place; Kathleen Aubrey got the FV50 and the irrepressible Wendy Dodds got the FV60, while Helm Hill won the Ladies' Team.

Joe Blackett somehow managed to take a fall on the way up to the first checkpoint damaged his leg to the extent that he gave the first Elevation the dubious distinction of having to call on the Mountain Rescue Service but it was almost worth it to see him at A&E in the delightfully vivid sea-green paper pyjamas thoughtfully provided by Whitehaven Hospital !! He insisted on driving himself back to the north-east on Sunday morning, probably with a trail of blood seeping out of his car. Unfortunately his mishap also caused Rick Houghton, who stopped to assist him, to get so cold that he felt it wisest to retire. A veil of mystery and discretion will be drawn over what happened to Tim and Phil but apparently the Woolpack featured significantly.

I must give heartfelt thanks to all my friends, clubmates and family who served valiantly in their various capacities as marshals and officials – Scafell summit for nearly seven hours in the rain is just one example. Without them the race simply couldn't have gone ahead, as similarly it couldn't without the support and good offices of the local farmers, the Brook House Inn, Eskdale Campsite and the National Trust – all were amazingly positive and helpful and I'm most grateful to them.

Everyone who competed and officiated seemed to enjoy themselves and there were many complimentary comments about the route, so there's every possibility that it will be repeated next year and, hopefully, for some time after that.      Dave Jones

Fron Four     Sat 2nd April    More Pics

Llantysilio Mountain Race    Sat 26th March    Results

It was very pleasant couple hours spent marking out the course the day before, on a warm and sunny spring day. Much less pleasant the following day when 96 runners set off on the 10km/640m Llantysilio fell race. High winds made running the 3km-long ridge tough work, and in particular, the contouring back around Moel y Gamelin, following the 2015 new route. But the male/female course records were still broken by the winning runners from Mercia FR, Jon Bowie in 53’ 53” and Mel Price in 59’ 46”. Vet category winners are MV40; Jez Brown (and 3rd overall, Buckley Runners) in 55’ 40”, MV50; Paul Beeson (Maldwyn Harriers) in 63’ 27”, MV60; Alan Duncan (Bowland FR) in 69’ 52” and MV70; Gary Gunner (Croft Ambrey) in 81’ 26”. Female vet are FV40; Mel Price (and 1st overall), FV50; Amanda Purves (Eryri) in 73’ 57” and FV60; Ann-Marie Jones (Altricham & District) in 98’ 14”.
It was great to see many of the runners staying after the race, enjoying the shelter of the Sun Inn.

Ras yr Aran    Sat 19th March

The weather can often be interesting for the Aran, this year was relatively benign with the ground in excellent condition and just a few snow patches. The wind was light but cold but from the northeast and carried the faint smell of the Oen Aran Lamb sponsors’ burger van at the finish up the hill like scent to trail hounds! 102 runners started with an excellent showing from English clubs making the journey to Meirionnydd.

Mercia’s Gareth Wyn Hughes took and kept an early lead to win in 1:30:44 3 minutes ahead of Karl Steinnegger of Ambleside AC with Dave Lund of Dark Peak 12 seconds behind taking third. In the women's competition Miranda Grant now of Eryri took the honours in 1:43:32 from Sarah Ridgeway (run Snowdonia) who finished in 1:47:30 a minute ahead of Mynydd Du’s Helen Brown. Less than 2 minutes separated the two university based junior men with Robert Parker leading home for Cardiff Uni in 1:58:44. M40 went to John Hunt (Dark Peak) in 1:37:55, Mark Palmer(Mynydd Du) recorded 1:35:10 for M50. Alan Duncan of Bowland FR was first M60 in 2:01:52 and Garry Gunner took M70 in 2:30:25. Sarah and Helen are both F40 but the prize in this category went to Joanne Cliffe with Kate O’Sullivan (Aberystwyth AC) taking the F50 prize.

This race concludes the Meirionnydd winter series of 3 races. This year 8 men and 3 women completed the series. A very consistent Karl Steinnegger defended his last year’s title in a total time of 3:26:33, almost 12 minutes faster than last year, and over 11 minutes ahead of second place Simon Edwards of Buckley Runners. Miranda Grant of Eryri took the Women’s award in 3:59:00 from Katie Beecher who had to pull out of the final race during the descent. The series winners both received half a side of lamb from Mrs Thomas from Oen Aran Lamb who as well as sponsorship help the Meirionnydd RC with a lot of the local organisation of the race. This year Race HQ moved to the Village Hall providing a much bigger venue, close by the start and with the luxury of showers, and this will likely be a permanent change.

Results

Winter Series Results

Pictures help yourself

Winter series hall of fame
Pipe Dream     Sat 5th March    Results

Cool air, but very boggy conditions greeted the runners for this year's race. The forecast threatened snow on higher ground but the course was thankfully spared the white stuff.

Despite most having completed the race more than once, the first half dozen leaders unfortunately went off the course, led astray by last year’s winner and course record holder Math Roberts, and despite a valiant effort by the time they realised their error there was too much work to do to get back in front.

The race was won by Mark Davies of North Wales Road Runners, who took advantage of the wanderers, hanging onto a margin of 45 seconds from Buckley’s Simon Edwards, and Eryri’s Paul Jones.

The Ladies win went to a recent returnee to the fold of Eryri Harriers, namely Miranda Grant, who led her next rival by over two and a half minutes, showing fine form for a successful forthcoming season. That rival was Eryri’s Lizzie Irving, herself no slouch but apparently not so quick on the descent. Gemma Brown of NW Road Runners took third.

The outstanding result of the day was the Ladies v50 record being broken by 6 seconds by Sarah Barnwell who is also clearly on form for a promising 2016 in that category. She left all some distance behind her, including the v40 runners. Apologies for publically stating she had broken it by 7 minutes, next time I shall check my source’s information!

There was a great battle for the v70 slot, with the three of them separated by only two and half minutes. Don Williams led John Morris and Yiannis Tridimas.

The new style presentation went down well with some unusual prizes going out. Dolgarrog of course being well known for it's exotic fruit plantations.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the race, even those who did some extra mileage! 86 runners.     Craig.

Tour of Torpantau     Sat 27th February          Results      Pics by Ed Dickson

Over the years, the weather for this race has either been bad or horrendous so it was a pleasant surprise for the 34 runners who decided to take the ‘Tour’ this year that conditions were dry and bright – albeit it remained icy underfoot making the descents ‘interesting’.

Matt Stott and Ake Fangereng, both from MDC led the from the start and finished with a substantial lead over the next runners. Ron Davies and Sasha Habgood, both from Mynydd Du seemed to have a close run battle with Rona outsprinting Sasha to finish two seconds ahead.
The good visibility made route finding bit less of a lottery and all competitors managed to navigate the course without too much trouble.

Thanks as always to ‘Del Boy’ Thornley who has marshalled at Cribyn every year since the race’s inception - and every year says ‘never again’. Thanks also to Steve Force and daughter Bethany for looking after Fan y Big.

This was the first year in the race’s history that the weather conditions could be described as pleasant.

2015/2016 South Wales Winter Hill Series Roundup         Final Results

The 5 from 8 race format was retained by the inclusion of a September event Llyn Y Fan as we had lost the Dare Valley fixture. Llyn Y Fan was also on the 2015 Summer Series so had a high quality field but 4 of the top 5 that day failed to complete enough winter fixtures to figure prominently in the final table.

Peter Ryder the eventual male series winner laid the foundations for his series win (518.77 points) with a runaway victory at Fan Fawr netting him 110 points and then placed in the top three for his other four appearances including another win at Craig Yr Allt. Second and Third place in the series were Matt Stott and Ben Moon who had close battles at the front with Peter and also Daniel Hooper, Paul Murrin, Chris Jones, Andrew Tuckey and Charlie Lowther.

The women’s series winner Clare Dallimore (426.72 points) was far more clear-cut as her nearest competitor was over 70 points behind and she was first woman in all of her 5 races. Helen Brown was a close competitor but only appeared 4 times. Anneliese Loveluck, Lucy Baker and Bev Tucker had quite a close series between them.

In total there were 291 competitors for the series but sadly 169 only competed in one race, possibly something to do with trying a fell race and finding it hard, let us hope that on reflection these people come back again.

The series could not happen without the outstanding efforts of all the race directors and their marshalls, in particular Martin and Kay Lucas for being ever willing trig point marshalls and John Chidlow the almost omnipresent race timer. Thanks also go to the series organisers/coordinators: Andy Blackmore, Dick Finch and Vanessa Lawson.

Women
1st Clare Dallimore
2nd Anneliese Loveluck
3rd Lucy Baker
LV40 Bev Tucker
LV50 Rona Davies
LV60 Caroline Dallimore

Men 1st Peter Ryder
2nd Matt Stott
3rd Ben Moon
MV40 Daniel Hooper
MV50 Peter Williams
MV60 John Aggleton
MV70 Lloyd Griffiths

The following appeared in all 8 races
Alex Lewis
Paul Tucker
Peter Williams
Chris Taylor
Martyn Peters
We have undertaken to correct the situation about the memento for completing all 8 races.
Dominic Shields

Pen Tir Drop     Sat 13th February    Results

There was no real interest from local fell running clubs for this one, held on a cold, mainly dry day, with a sprinkling of snow on top. Only 2 each from MDC and Mynydd Du.

The race attracted a discouraging 14 runners. First back was Andrew May, MV40, Unattached, in 34 mins. 52 secs. with Grant Lewis, MMRT, Senior Male, 2nd in 35 mins. 12 secs., John Nicoll MV40, Keswick AC, third in 35 mins. 17 secs. and Richie Johnson MV40, Mynydd Du, 4th in 35 mins. 30 secs. Andy Creber, Chestow Harriers, was 1st MV50 in 40 mins. 11 secs, Les Pugh MDC, 1st MV60 in 63 mins. 43 secs. and 1st MV70 Lloyd Griffiths, Strathearn Harriers in 47 mins 46 secs. First, and only lady in the race, Rona Davies FV50, Mynydd Du in 45 min. 25 sec.

Our thanks go to Andy Creber for the car-parking duties, Rob Brown for manning the road gate and the ever enduring Martin and Kay Lucas for looking after the checkpoints on the hill.

Ras Moel y Ci    Results

Adroddiad Ras Moelyci Race Report May I begin by assuring you that the Welsh version of this report will follow very soon.

Well, another fantastic turnout for Ras Moelyci, with 117 runners registering on the day. Once again, many of the runners commented on how they value this race, either as a tester for their winter training, or as the springboard for their preparation for the coming season after a winter of rest, relaxation and wine. Like last year, the weather decided to play ball and although it was really cold, the sun actually came out too although it couldn't dry up the mud that lay in wait for the runners after so many weeks of relentless rain.

The camera men from local TV company, Rondo Media, asked if they could come along to find out more about sports like fell running that don't receive much attention. They interviewed some of the runners and organisers as well as catching some video footage from the day. It will appear in their "Clwb" programme soon.

Gareth Hughes running for Mercia set a blistering pace from the off by leading the runners through the thick mud out of the fields of Moelyci farm and on towards the pot-holed tarmac and grassy lanes towards the energy-zapping boggy ascent to the summit, and those close on his heels in the early stages changed position now and again. Sarah Ridgeway of Run Snowdonia led the ladies from the start and never lost grip of this lead.

Even the crazy horses of Moelyci couldn't put the runners off (you have to see Sports Pictures Cymru's photos to understand what I'm talking about), and it's reliably reported that official back marker, Dilwyn Rowlands, tried to jump on the back of one of the horses in order to save his tiring legs. A massive thanks to marshal Steve "SPJ" Jones, for rapidly acquiring horse-whispering skills and calming the crazy equines down. See his separate report as it makes extremely fun and interesting reading (I'll upload it for him because the old John Wayne wannabe doesn't do FB much). Thanks too to marshal Dafydd "Bugs" Williams for running up the hill to help SPJ with his horse dilemma, but forgetting to mention his severe allergy to horses and the anaphylactic reaction he usually gets when he's near a horse. Now that's dedication!

Once again the views of Elidir Fawr were magnificent as the runners rounded the back of the mountain as they approached the push towards the summit. The slippery descent seems to have claimed a couple of scalps, albeit temporarily, and they got back to their feet and pounded onwards towards the woods. The finish line, in its new position at the top of the small hill, was described by many runners as the sting in the tail of the race, zapping the last of their already waning energy as they clambered up towards the red tape, the smiling faces of Ann, Sharon, Sioned and Arwel with their stopwatches and encouraging cheers of "well done", and the welcoming aroma of hot soup and a roll.

As many predicted, first over the line was Gareth Hughes (Mercia) in a brilliant time of 39.05, with many onlookers commenting that it could have been the muddy conditions that prevented him from getting closer to Richard Roberts' course record. Less than a minute later in 2nd place was the lightening fast Spaniard, Michael Corrales (NWRRC), in his first local fell race in a time of 39.52. Not far behind, in 3rd place, was young and ever-improving Eryri Harrier, Owen Roberts, over the line in 40.15. Owen has a fantastic fell running career ahead of him if his current performance is anything to go by. The V40 category was won by Johnny Moore (Eryri) in 43.26. First V50 was David Soles (Pennine) in 45.28. Dei Jones of Eryri claimed the V60 prize and was so excited at his first category win a while. Great to see that even seasoned fell runners with years of experience still get excited by their performances. Finally in the male section, the ever-impressive Eryri Harrier, Don Williams, easily clinched the V70 title in 57.26.

In the ladies race, and again as many in the know predicted, Sarah Ridgeway (Run Snowdonia) took the title by storm clinching the win, as well as the V40 category in 46.16. Closest rival, Lizzie Irvine (Eryri) crossed the line in 50.18, with Eryri's Jennifer Charlton coming in 3rd in 51.19. Ali Thomas (Eryri) took the V50 title in 54.42, and Eryri's Maggie Oliver ensured her name remained firmly on that V60 title by crossing the line in 72.07.

The junior race attracted nine runners and they all performed sterlingly. The race was won by Daniel Soles (Pennine) in 9.06, closely followed by his brother Samuel (Buxton), likely to be some good rivalry there! All the other junior runners did really well and deserve a mention: Georgia Parkinson, Abbi Parkinson, Iolo Llyr Roberts, Dylan Pye, Gwion Rhys Parry Evans, Mared Enlli Evans, and Tilly Craine. Well done all of you. Enjoy the Easter eggs.

Eryri Harriers were well represented at the race with 36 club members running. In total, 117 runners registered and there was only 1 DNF.

A massive thank you to the following for making the race a big success: All the staff at Ffarm Moelyci; the marshals and other volunteers; and you, the runners. Without all of you, there wouldn't have been a race.

Race results will be available on the Eryri Harriers website and Facebook pages and the WFRA website.
Please let me know if you spot any errors in this report or the results.     Thanks/diolch     Gary

Moel Hebog Restarts

By now most of you will have received your 2016 race calendar. An amendment will be the inclusion of an old classic short race, namely Moel Hebog which will please many.

Hebog has been run on and off for many years but stopped recently due to limited support. Gonks Hughes of the newly reformed Hebog club has just announced that he will be taking the race back on again. To take place on Saturday 18th June, time to be confirmed. Craig.

Craig yr Allt     Saturday 23rd January     Results
Tor Y Foel     Sunday 10th January     Results
Tour de Llyn Llydaw      Results
Jubilee Plunge      27th December 2015 (not in calendar)      Results

In spite of all the foul weather we've been having recently, the rain stopped, the wind dropped and the skies cleared in time for this annual downhill gallop to be run in reasonable conditions. Even so, the ground remained saturated and the going very slippy, a combination that saw most of the field to descend at least part of the way on their backsides. A tight finish saw the first six runners cross the line within 20 seconds of each other. First to make it across the line was Sam Harrison of Bowland (11.22) closely pursued by Tom Roo (Mercia 11.27) and Chris Atherton (Ambleside 11.28). Louise Beetlestone (Eryri 14.50) was the first lady home followed by Emma Collins (Denbigh 15.19) and Victoria Whitehead (Denbigh 15.23)

Many thanks to the race marshals for their help and support

Blorenge      Sat 28th November      Results
Penmaenmawr Fell Race       Sat 21st November       Results


The winner Math Roberts, who smashed the course record, previously held by Lloyd Taggart.


NW Road Runners' Mark Davies performing his customary leap for his fans!

Ras Rhobell Fawr       Sat 7th November      Results      Photos
Clwydian Hills Race       Sun 1st November       Results        Race Report

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Sugar Loaf 24th Oct 2015      Results

Mendip Muddle 11th Oct 2015      Results

The Mendip Muddle is Weston AC's toughest race yet is arguably the most enjoyable. Enjoyable that is if you don't mind over 1600ft of climb over the 12.6 mile course. Held in the glorious and spectacular setting of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, the Muddle attracts a hardy bunch of runners with 267 finishers this year. Course conditions were good with not much mud about and it stayed dry all day so conditions were near perfect although path ‘improvement’ works near the trig point meant times were generally a bit slower.

The men’s winning time was nearly three minutes faster than last year in an impressive 1:23:52 by Joe Dale (SM London Fields Triathalon Club). Tom Carpenter (SM Westbury Harriers) was second in 1:26:10 followed by Christian Green (SM Wells City Harriers) in 1:29:50. For the ladies, Clare Prosser (FV40 Wells City Harriers) was first lady for the third year in a row in 1:32:49 and came 7th overall. Mary Menon (SF U/A) came in second in 1:40:29 and Sarah Chaloner (FV40 U/A) was third in 1:43:55. Of note were very good times for the MV60, Stephen Moran (NVAC), 1:34:38 and MV70, Geoff Newton (Tadworth AC) 1:49:54, categories.

A donation of £1,250 will be made to Mike Owen from the Wrington Vale RNLI and with food/beverage sales we anticipate the total sum raised from this event to be approximately £2,000. A big thank you to the Weston AC and RNLI marshals and all the volunteers who help make this a very successful event.p> A note for your diary, next year’s Muddle will take place on Sunday October 9th 2016. See you there! Full race results and Muddle details can be found at www.westonac.co.uk/mendipmuddle


Congratulations to Hugh Aggleton (MDC) and Lauren Jeska (Eryri) worthy winners of the 2015 Open Welsh Championships sponsored by Inov-8.
Also pictured is Craig Jones, WFRA Chairman who presented the awards.

Ceiriog Canter      Sat 10th October      Results

Once again had fine weather which made for good running conditions. The course changed slightly this year to summit on top of Vivod mountain so providing panoramic views for those not watching their feet. The distance has slightly increasing to 7.1miles/11.4km with a gain of 1307 feet. New course so new course records of 48.33 for Hugh Aggleton of Mynyddwyr De Cymru and Catherine Voyce of Shropshire Shufflers 62.20.

Thank you once again to all the marshalls, helpers and our sponsors, The Cross Stores, Glyn Ceiriog.
All runners were welcomed back to the centre and the café was open with home made soup and cakes. Diolch y di iawn all runners .
Hope to see you next year             Ceiriog Canter.

Fan Fawr Fell Race        Sat 3rd October       Photos by Gill Stott       Photos by Jane Aggleton       Results


Photo by Gill Stott
Photo by Jane Aggleton

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