After a cloudy morning things brightened up just in time for the race, with competitors glad of the river crossing before the final sprint finish. Gareth Wyn Hughes was first to the top, earning a polka dot “King of the Mountains” cap on his return, as well as taking first place overall ahead of Steve Franklin and Martin Cliff (1st male Vet 40).
Andrea Rowlands took 1st female (and Vet 40) ahead of Louise Beetlestone and Nia Albison.
Adam Haynes was first male Vet 50, but this will be little consolation given his 7 second defeat at the hands of his main rival, son Benjamin Haynes. Stel Farrar took the female Vet 50’s honours, and Maggie Oliver’s domination of the female Vet 60’s category continues. Course records remain unchanged.
Thanks to the landowner for permission to race, and the Vaynol Arms for their hospitality and acting as HQ. It was wonderful to see James McQueen back at the top of a mountain (marshalling); thanks also to Dils and Sioned, and last but by no means least Mike Blake and Kat Spinney.
The race organiser is leaving Wales shortly, and so somebody new at the helm is needed if the race is to continue next year: interested parties to please contact the Eryri Harriers committee.