Ras Moel y Ci
BS / 8km / 290m 22.02.2014
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).