Results and report from last weekend’s Moel Siabod…
Under warm & sunny skies, and with a good turnout of 90 runners this classic race got underway at 14:00. From here-on however things did not go entirely to plan as less than 10 minutes later Ali Thomas came into view running back to us at the start line. It soon became clear that we had a major incident on our hands. Ross Powell, who had done such a good job all week in helping me take over the race organising from him, had collapsed less than a mile up the route and was in a serious condition. My thanks here to Ellie Salisbury who later clarified the full sequence of events up on the track, I will keep these brief but put simply: Thanks to Mark Wright (Clwydian Range Runner & a Paramedic), Kate Worthington (Eryri Runner & a First Aider), Ellie Salisbury (Vet) & Maggie Oliver for staying with Ross for 25 Minutes until he had stabilised. Also to Dei Jones and Malwyn Evans and another guy who stayed at the incident for 20 minutes in case they could be of help. Thanks to Ali Thomas who ran for assistance and is a DNF of the best possible kind, and to Joanne Moore who wasn’t racing but helped by running back to us at the start to coordinate the MR Vehicle & Ambulance.
I am pleased to say that 2 days on Ross is reported as being home and in good health but facing some more tests as an Outpatient, we all wish him & Sheila the very best.
Back to the race itself it was won by Felipe Jones of Aberystwyth in an excellent time of 48:12, Felipe was a Welsh National as a Junior and is of course well known to us all. The Women’s race was won by Anwen Darlington from Sheffield AC. Anwen is an under 23 year old, an Orienteer, and apparently has a talent for descending, overtaking at least six runners on her way down from the summit. Other category winners were Martin Cliff of Eryri (last year’s winner) Male O.40, Steve Toogood Male O.50, Martin Cortvriend Male O. 60 (finishing in the top half), Jayne Joy Female U.40, Helen Teasdale Female O.40, Emma Collins Female O.50 & Maggie Oliver Female O.60.
To round off a superb effort in hot conditions (here the wondrous support given to Ross just highlights what a great community Fell Running is) many runners were seen bathing in the river before enjoying a somewhat chaotic Prize Giving in the late afternoon sunshine. My thanks to all the Marshalls, Team Dolly Radio Support, Ogwen MR, Paramedic, Ambulance crew for their help, fortunately instances like these are rare but when they were needed they were there and did a great job. Finally my thanks to all the runners who turned up, for their patience and words of support for what was a great day in Capel Curig.