GB VEST for JOHN SPILL
Eryri’s John Spill has achieved his aim of gaining Great Britain representative honours following his 2nd placing in the World Championship Trial race at Betws-y-Coed on Saturday 22nd August where in pouring rain and very slippery conditions, John went out hard on the tough two lap 8.4 mile up and down course up to Llyn Elsi and back, John only missed out by 6 seconds (35:08) from winning the race, beaten only by experienced GB athlete, Jacob Adkin (Scotland) 35:02. Owen Roberts finished 19th 39:10.
John now has four weeks to prepare for the World Championships event which are held on the same course in Betws-y-Coed on Saturday 19th September where he will be up against the Worlds best junior mountain running athletes.
In the senior women’s race incorporated into the junior men’s event, Andrea Rowlands representing Wales in the Home International finished 21st 43:48 ahead of club colleague Lydia Sharpe who gallantly carried on after a heavy fall to finish 22nd 43:59.
In the one lap Under 20 women’s race, Bronwen Jenkinson finished 17th 22:34.
In the three lap men’s race, Rob Samuel representing Wales made his comeback on to the international scene following a long injury lay off to finish 26th 55:21.
Wales had to be content with winning Bronze Team medals in both the male and female sections.
The first race of the day was the Welsh under 17 trial for the British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships which are held on the morning of the World Championships at Betws-y-Coed. In the one lap event, Steffan Williams finished 4th 21:00 and 5th Annbelle McQueen 23:01.
Overall, a great days quality racing despite the wet and slippery conditions.