Yetholm, British Championships, Round 2.
A strong field of 231 runners took part in Saturdays second instalment of the British championship up at the classic sounding Yetholm fell race in Southern Scotland.
Once again there was a stomping performance from Eryri traveller and thoroughbred Martin Cliffe, finishing in a superb 24th overall in 1.10.46 and 7th vet 40 on the day whilst also pipping Mercia’s Paul Jones! Jackie Lee was next Eryri finisher, Jackie finished 4th lady and 60th overall in 1.18.11. Arwel Lewis was next home finishing in 87th in 1.21.55 with Jo Moore home in 165th overall in 1.37.40.
Welsh 1000 metres
There was an incredible win for living running legend and former Eryri machine, Colin Donnelly, now a vet 50 at the full race at the Welsh 1000 metres on Saturday. It sounds as if Colin set off steadily reeling in the set of Eryri pacesetters on the terrible climb up the Pyg track. Donnelly took his umpteenth 1000metres victory in 4hrs 4minutes and 32 seconds, a full 2 minutes ahead of any other pretenders! Matt Fortes was first Eryri man home finishing in 4th in 4.15.30, soon followed by the Doc, Sam Smith in 7th in 4.23.07. Adrian Williams had a brilliant run to take 2nd vet 40 on the day and finished in 11th overall in 4.42.29. Tim Watson, fresh from a good run at Jura a few weeks back was next home in 21st in 4.58 with Emlyn Roberts in 36th in 5.17. Rob Barber was next home in 50th in 5.27 with stalwart Iwan Edgar in 54th in 5.34. Cockney Rebel Jack Scannell finished in 55th in 5.34. Vet 60 Brian Robbings ran well to finish in 73rd in 6.10. Claire Dallimore was first Eryri lady on the day finishing in 76th in 6.16 with Alwyn Williams finishing in 100th in 7.47.
In the mountaineers race, i.e. the full route completed by walkers, it was a big victory for Paul Hodges, finishing in 5hrs 41mins and hence finishing a hell of a lot quicker than some of the runners.
In the short fell race from Ogwen to the summit of Wyddfa there was glory for Llanberis’ Ed Harmer taking his first ever race victory. Ed took the win in 2hrs 00mins and 45 seconds. Gary Porter-Jones was next home in 2.08 in 4th. There was a tight four horse battle between 12th and 15th as Kate Worthington pipped Ali Thomas (new vet 40 course record), Emily Wood and Mike Blake (new vet 60 course record). Mike took 1st vet 60, Ali 1st lady vet 40, Emily 2nd lady vet 40 and Kate 2nd lady overall. Ian Blakemore was next home in 18th, with a welcome return to racing for Jim Bennell in 29th, with Maggie Oliver lacerating the ladies vet 60 field to finish in 30th. Sheila Bennell was another happy Eryri finisher in 34th.