The first running of a potentially cracking uphill race took place on the slopes of Yr Wyddfa this afternoon. The race which was a trial for the World long mountain running champs in Colorado in August starts in Beddgelert, involves a good 8 miles of fast flattish running through the Beddgelert woods before manically ascending Yr Wyddfa via initially the Rhyd Ddu path and then the South Ridge path. In effect it feels like two separate races, hence the severity of the second half. Despite being a world trial a healthy number of Eryrites made the start line.
Incredibly after the 18.2km it was a dead heat between NFR duo Tom Cornthwaite and Josh Tighe in 1hr 33mins 28secs. First Eryri runner home was Math Roberts in 5th in 1.41 with John Parkinson in close pursuit in 8th in 1.44. Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas was next in 1.50 and 16th. There was a rare-outing for Trefor seaside Dylan Caban Jones finishing in 1.55 in 19th with Alistair Chant and Matt Fortes in 22nd and 23rd in 1.57. Kate Worthington snatched first Eryri lady on the day in 28th 2.21.
Unfortunately the race ended at the summit!…which on a bank holiday weekend resembled the central bus station of Cairo, a hasty 5 mile descent was needed by all runners!
There were 30 finishers.
Big thanks to Arwel Lewis and helpers for organising a logistically tricky race which hopefully may remain on the calendar – despite the lack of descending!