Mist, Sweat and Tears in Donard Fog Fest!
The now annual Eryri pilgrimage over to Northern Ireland for the first race of the British fell champs took place on Saturday. Once again the good people of NIMRA created a new route for us, once again coined as ‘good running with no real navigation challenges’. As the 25 or so Eryri runners and other 250 odd prepared for the start, conditions looked worrying. The near-visibility-less Haar smothered the hills down to an elevation of some 150 meters, though this didn’t seem to worry many of the ‘experienced navigators’ ready to race.
After a good and fast first 2 miles, the first bit of climbing began to the summit of Millstone, so far so good. Now running in Haar with visibility of less than 5 foot the situation changed and carnage ensued. Figures were scattered all over the hill, a quick check at some runners Strava route proves this. For those who either fluked it or navigated well, the summit of Donard approached followed by a return aiming for a bearing of 46 degrees. The variety in navigating skill was slightly in evident as the finishing order resembled that only found in fell running. It was left to Londonderry journeyman Alan Bogle to take a famous win on home turf (well, Northern Ireland that is) in a time of 65.25. Soon home in 66.30 and 8th was Math Roberts, whom navigated NNW off the summit and met with wrist-breaking clubmate Trefor Jones some way off route! Next was Rich Roberts in 42nd in 80.44 followed by Crewe’s Martin Cliffe in 54th and 83.59. It was a champagne moment for Jackie Lee who won the ladies by finishing just behind Martin in 56th and 84.14. Paul Jenkinson, now fully recovered ran well to finish on a suited route for him in 88th and 92.22. Seasoned Army navigator Arwel Lewis – suffering from a mouth abscess was next in 92nd and 93.08 with Llanberis’ Jenny Heming running excellently to finish 10th lady and 98th overall in 94.20. Top performance considering the journey time over. Wendy Trimble was next in 106th in 95.42 – more importantly sealing a big team win for Eryri ladies. Johnny Moore and Dylan Wynne Jones ( a big fan of the Northern Irish races) finished in tow in 108th and 109th in a time of 96.05. Becki Law and Helen Teasedale were next home in 143rd and 148th and 1.40.07 and 1.41.01 respectively. Adrian Williams, John Rowley and Matt Fortes all ran brilliant races whilst also running a good mile and 1000ft more climbing than most, finishing in 156th, 157th and 159th respectively. Abererch’s Iwan Edgar thoroughly enjoyed the trip, finishing in 169th in 1.45. Tina McDonnell, Sandra Rowlands and Michelle Fildes ran most of the route together and finished in 200th, 201st and 202nd – Tina opening a gap on the rapid run in. Jo Moore, David Kirkby and the evergreen Maggie Oliver were next in 207th, 210th and 212th. This all left a slight feeling of deja-vu as one Eryri remained on the hill – somewhere. Following last years hefty bill for the Mourne Mountain rescue team, thankfully Dils Rowlands had invested heavily in some navigation training. This clearly paid off as Dils managed to navigate himself in a perfect NE line off the summit and home – greatly assisting with a first fell race Keswick runner who was completely lost. Somehow Dils finished in 227th in 2hrs 19mins and 55secs. There were 236 finishers.
Once again a cracking race with some strange results:
To close, it was evident from the numbers and standard of the field that the British champs are as popular as ever and that the Gonzo’s who make the decisions need to change it back to a 6 race series.
SMR, Sunday 30th March 2014
Meet at 10.30am at the Gelli Iago quarry car park (SH 632 484).
A steadily-paced 14k (8.5miles) with 780m (2550ft) of ascent. Route map here
Gelli Iago (160m), Bwlch y Battel, Cnicht (689m), Llyn Coch, Llyn Conglog,
Allt Fawr (698m), Moel Druman (676m), Llyn Terfyn, Llyn yr Adar, Llyn Llagi
and back to Gelli Iago.
Refreshments at Caffi Gwynant around 1pm.
All club members are reminded that the Midweek Series starts on the 1st April. Those who have taken part in these popular events will know that help is always required.
The first fixture particularly requires some help with the juniors, so if you or a relative can spare some time to marshal it would be welcomed.
These races don’t just happen!!!!!!!!
The Series involves a number of short fellraces up to about 4 miles taking place at locations across North Wales. They are an excellent introduction to fellracing.
2014 marks 21 years of the series, now incorporating 10 races.
|April 1||7.00||Moel Tryfan||Fron School|
|April 8||7.15||Foel Lus||Dwygyfylchi|
|April 15||7.15||Pen Dinas||Vaynol Arms, Nant Peris|
|April 22||7.15||Aber Dash||Aber Falls Car Park|
|April 29||7.15||Moel Y Gest||Tyddyn Llwyn Camp Site|
|May 20||7.15||Great Orme||Ski Centre, Llandudno|
|June 3||7.15||3 Hills||Dog kennels, Penmaenmawr|
|June 10||7.15||Y Garn||Railway car park, Rhyd Ddu|
|June 17||7.15||Aber||Hen Felin Cafe|
|June 24||7.00||Llanberis||The Heights, Series Presentation|
Final Results: Midweek Series 2013 overall results
Meet at 1030am at car park at rear of Joe Browns in Capel Curig.
Only 2 left after this one.
* Post Code CH5 4BR
* Start 11am
* 1 lap around the college to start and finish. Start is at the Front of the college.
*Finish on the running track.
*Drink station at the finish.
* Steep incline up to mile 2. Steep descend from mile 3.
*5 mile route.
* There will be a Sport Relief mile happening at 9.15am on the track and around the campus, can all runners please park at Connahs Quay High School.
* Showers and changing rooms available at the college.