Moel Siabod Race Report.
As both the heatwave continued & a certain football match due to kick off just an hour after the race start we feared that race attendance might be well down this year. However with late publicity (thanks to Ellie Salisbury, Adrian Williams & Dave Kirkby) turnout was just 4 down on last year as a respectable 51 runners lined up for the 2:00 pm start, once again I could make the call ‘no kit required’ a decision that probably avoided me being lynched.
The race was led from start to finish by Gavin Roberts who reached the summit in 34 minutes a minute ahead of Emlyn Owen both Eryri with Hebog’s Geraint Jones hot on Emlyn’s heels. Gavin maintained his lead to cross the line in 52:57 with no one else in sight. Meanwhile Emlyn & Geraint were having a rare old tussle with Geraint now in front but Emlyn knowing the run in was keeping something back & in a late surge came through to take 2nd in 53:47 with Geraint 10 seconds behind. Emlyn (who won Eryri’s most improved runner last year) is clearly making further strides forward which is great to see.
In the Women’s race Eryri’s Miranda Grant put in a superb performance, reaching the summit in 37 minutes having opened up a 3 minute lead over her nearest rival. She extended her lead on the descent crossing the line in an excellent 57:44 finishing 6th overall & more than 6 minutes ahead of Hebog’s Sian Williams who posted a time if 1:04:02.
On a good day for the Eryri runners they were not able to stop Hebog in the best local category which was won by Dylan Webber in 1:03:42, 12th overall. However with 20 runners in the field there were several other good performances for the club. Following Emlyn, Martin Cliffe (55:26) came in 4th, Adrian Williams (56:53) 5th to help make it a fabulous 1,2,3 in the Male O.40’s category. Megan Hughes (1:10:09) was runner up FO.40’s, Emlyn Roberts grabbed 3rd MO.50’s, Linda Norman (1:22:58) was first FO.50’s followed by Hazel Robbins in 2nd. Iwan Edgar 1st MO.60’s (a very creditable 19th overall in 1:09:28) & finally Brian Robbins claimed 1st MO.70’s (1:22:15) having seen his rival Emyr Davies sensibly retiring due to a calf injury, thanks Emyr for both reporting your decision to the Marshall’s & seeking me out down at the finish.
Another club, Calder Valley, deserve a mention with 4 runners showing up including a category win for Catherine Holden in the FO.40’s, it was good to see you enjoying your trip to Capel.
Thank you’s are due to all the racers & Marshall’s who made it such a great afternoon in hot conditions. I only received one complaint & that was about my inability to have enough water in the Afon Lugwy for the post race dip. Thanks again to our local Cotswold Outdoors in Betws for generously supplying the prizes. Finally thanks to other members of the Siabod Team, Dorina, Marion, John, Nick, & finally to Gaby & her staff for providing the Goulash on the Festival field for the runners.
One apology, there was no tug of war this year as most of the farmers were absent, were they fearing the runners determination to take revenge or watching a football match. In truth I am sure it was neither & had more to do with the reality of Sheep Shearing season!
John – if you feel I’ve left anything out just say so.