FRA Relays

Well the British Fell Relay Championships are almost upon us. It’s Scotland’s turn this year with the Event Centre at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond, less than an hour north of Glasgow. Event day is Saturday 15th October start time 10am.

Details can be found here: http://bfhrrc2016.westerlandsccc.co.uk/

28 th Annual British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Relay Championships Saturday 15 th October 2016: Luss Hills on the Western shore of Loch Lomond

 

At this point we have 3 teams entered Men, Vet Men, and Ladies. We can always add teams if people are keen, so please don’t shout at me yet that we have only entered one ladies team!!

Each team requires 6 runners. Leg 1 is solo, Leg 2 in pairs, Leg 3 is a nav leg in pairs & Leg 4 solo.

We currently have 5 ladies, 4 Vet Men and hopefully 3 Men.

It’s a fantastic day to be a part of a team. Those who have taken part before or got involved in the Lee Mill relays will know how good they are! So if you want to take part give either Jenks or me a shout and we’ll get it sorted.

There will be a minibus going if required, if people want to go up on the Friday night we can sort accommodation too. According to the website an informal run is being planned for the Sunday morning so staying on afterwards may be an option too! A weekend of running in Scotland. You know what they say a change is as good as a rest!

We’d love to get three teams sorted and we are more than happy to take more if we can.

Let us know asap.

North Wales Junior Mountain Championship

The very popular North Wales Junior Mountain Championships. Excellent spectator event where you can watch tomorrows mountain running stars.

In the usual 2 year age categories from 6 years upwards to under 18, first race starts at 12noon. Registration from 10am, please come as early as possible to avoid a rush.

Guest runners welcome. Great Orme Summit Café, Llandudno.

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World Bronze for Bronwen

A brilliant performance from Bronwen Jenkinson on her debut for Great Britain in the World Mountain Running Championships at Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria on Sunday 11th September. Bronwen was the only GB athlete to medal! Bronwen led the GB Junior Women’s Team to 4th place overall.
Congratulations to Bronwen

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Gladstone 9 Report and results

Gladstone 9 Race Report 03/09/2016

Well – what happened to the glorious weather which normally graces this race? We had rain, wind, mist, poor visibility – so it was just how I like it! Despite the inclement weather, 38 gallant runners started & finished the race (as of course did Elsi, the best Diabetic Assistance Dog in the world!). The feedback has all been excellent, with many comments about the interesting navigation across the ‘bog of doom’, the fantastic marshals, the post-race flapjacks & the amazing prizes. There was also great enthusiasm for Racetek, Fabian4’s partnership company, which provided the timing service. The results were on the computer screen at HQ as soon as the runners had passed over the line, as well as on the web for all to see. No hand writing names & times on sheets of A4 paper or even filling in spread sheets this year – long may it last!

The race was won by Calder Valley’s Math Roberts, in a time of 1:20:10, with NWRR’s Mark Davies , also first MV40, close on his heels in 1:20:26, & Mercia’s Steve Cale third in 1:21:07. There were four Eryri finishers in the top ten, with MV40 Johnny Moore finishing in sixth place in 1:24:20, second MV50 Russel Owen eighth in 1:26:29, James McQueen ninth in 1:29:29 & Gary Porter-Jones tenth in 1:29:52. Last year’s winner, Dark Peak’s John Hunt, was back on form after his injuries on the Peris to finish a in a fantastic fourth position, & first MV50 in 1:21:52. Fifth was Buckley Runners’ Simon Edwards, also second MV40, in 1:23:27. It’s interesting that like last year, there were only 6 senior men in the first twenty finishers. Where are all the ‘youngsters’?!

The first lady across the line was Pensby Runners’ Lisa Grantham, also first FV40 & sixteenth overall, in a great time of 1:36:14. The next two ladies to finish were Buckley’s Hayley Evans in 1:36:34 & Eryri Orienteers’ Delyth Darlington in 1:45:39 The first FV50 was yours truly, but there again, the race does take place in my fantastic ‘back garden’……! First local was Nic Brook of Penmaenmawr, fifteenth overall, in 1:36:03.

My sincere thanks go to my co-organisers, Maggie Oliver & Alex Fletcher, & to all the many marshals and helpers, who braved the weather & without whom we would not have been able to safely organise the race. It’s fantastic that Geoff Glegg, one of the co-founders of the original race, still turns out most years to help us. We are very grateful for the generous sponsorship & support provided by X-Ray Minerals, which enabled us to issue fantastic fossils as prizes. We also owe a huge vote of thanks to the staff of the Gladstone pub for their hospitality & cooperation, & for providing a meal voucher as a prize for the first local runner.

A small financial contribution will be given to the WFRA, & to Eryri Harriers, & I’m pleased to announce that we will be able to donate £100 to Siabod Café’s Reach out for Nepal Earthquake Appeal http://www.moelsiabodcafe.co.uk/nepal-charity-information/ .

Ellie Salisbury

Pedol Peris Help Wanted

Ok everyone spread the word. Peris 10th September. Registration in The Heights. Same course as last year. Online entry open at Fabian 4.

***Marshals needed***

As always no race can happen without the volunteers/marshals so spread the word far and wide and let us know if you can help out.

Cheers

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Tal y Fan Race Results

The weather forecast was grim to say the least, with two rain drops predicted at 2pm, the race start time, and one drop for the rest of the day.  We were pleasantly surprised to get the gazebo erected on the Rowen Carnival field in only light drizzle.  It seemed that lots of people had either headed off to the British Champs in Sedburgh, or given the rain forecast, had decided to stay in to watch Serena win another Wimbledon title, as with a field of 30, we had the smallest entry for about 10 years.  As is common, the forecast was wrong – maybe half a rain drop, but humid and overcast and waterproofs certainly not needed on the start line.

After a quick head count (yes we still had 30) James sounded the hooter, and we were off, with Ellie accompanied by Elsie, her medical assistance dog, at the back alongside Helen (Race organiser and sweeper in fluoresent pink).  Turning right in the village, and facing the first hill, Ellie pulled ahead of Naomi from Steel City Striders, and the leaders streaked off towards the youth hostel.  By Cae Coch, Naomi had come to the conclusion that for the first time in her life, she may actually be last, but undeterred, we headed over the stile and towards the summit of Tal y Fan.  At the summit, the stone circle check point, at the other side of the moorland bog was pointed out, and we headed off towards the sheep pens as our mid-way marker.  Half way across, however, we found two more Steel City lost runners – maybe Naomi would not be last – who at least had the sense to wait for the pink person, when they had lost touch with Ellie and realised they did not really know where they were heading.  We reached the stone circle as a group of four, to find that two runners were unaccounted for, but at least the rain was holding off, and the visibilty was still good.  We had not seen them coming across the bog, and left the radio operators/marshalls communicating with base to see if they had been located, or whether they had just gone to Penmaenmawr for ice-cream.

Our little group of tail enders carried on, now on the grass of the North Wales coastal path, with much easier navigation.  Through all the gates, with the marshalls still two short, until we reached the Dougie’s gin and tonic (sorry all gone only water left) check point, where it was reported all 30 had been seen.  Panic over, and we headed up the last hill, down through the braken and back on to the road.  Resisting the G&T in the Ty Gwyn, the final gang reached the finish line safely, if a bit late for the presentation.

Thanks as always to our marshal team, and Ann and Sharon on the start & finish line.

Maybe Craig/Louise could do a view of life nearer the front of the field!

 

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Moel Siabod Race Report

With an un-certain forecast it was great to get word from Georg from the summit a few minutes before the off that it was breezy but dry & clear, kit still required but conditions as good as we could dare hope after the downpours the day before. Sixty two runners were soon off & running with  Buckley’s Jez Brown leading from Mercia’s Gareth Hughes with Eryri’s Richard Roberts & Martin Cliffe tucked in close behind. For the women Sarah Ridgeway & Eryri’s Andrea Rowlands were running side by side as they made their way into the forest towards Moel Siabod’s steeper slopes.

 

By the time the leading runners reached the summit Gareth had opened up a clear lead over Richard Roberts himself closely followed by Jez & Martin, the pattern was set as these placings would be un-changed by the time they reach the finish line on the Capel Curig Show ground. Gareth’s winning time was an excellent 48:32 a clear winner by almost 3 minutes over Richard. The gap back to Jez (1st O.40) was a further one minute 15 seconds with Martin, despite some classic tumbles (2nd O.40) 20 seconds further back, he in turn was followed by Brendon Taylor from Durham Fell Runners (3rd O.40) less than a minute later & well ahead of the pursuing pack of Andrew Perry (Durham) Simon Edwards (Buckley) & Adrian Williams (Eryri). Next came Sarah Ridgeway in a superb time of 56:51, 1st Female & 9th overall some 5 minutes clear of her nearest rival Andrea Rowlands.

I was delighted to see Phil Roberts (he of our 2015 Siabod Summit Challenge) come home in 58:34, 11thoverall to pick up the Mike Cousins shield for first ‘local’.

Other performances of note were Rob Downs (Wilmslow RC) 1st M. O50 in 60:55, Geoff Davis (Northumberland Fell Runners) 1st M. O60 in 68:38 & Geoffrey Fielding 1st M. O.70 in 80:38. For the women the strongest category was the O.40’s so we need some younger runners next year to pick up the gauntlet that’s been thrown down, that said Gemma Moore came home 1st U.40 (NWRRC, 3rd overall) in 67:31 closely followed by Sarah Barnwell (Eryri) 1st O.50 in an excellent 69:29.

Runners were seen taking their post race dip in the cooling waters of the Afon Llugwy before taking on the local farmers in the traditional Tug of War finale. Sadly a combination of tired legs & local pride saw them slump smilingly to a whitewash defeat.

As ever thanks to all involved including the runners & spectators but most of all to the Marshalls whose support to me was vital in helping to ensure the race was both safe & successful.