Pipe Dream Race Report
5.8m / 1700′
1st March 2014
Results Pipe Dream 2014
On a beautifully sunny and crisp St David’s Day morning, 62 runners gathered at Dolgarrog Community Centre for the 10th annual Pipe Dream Race. This year the race was extended by nearly a mile so the runners could navigate around the ongoing engineering works up at Coedty Dam. However this didn’t put the fellrunners off as they raced down the main road in Dolgarrog and started up the zig-zag path next to the pipes, before heading out to along the iconic black pipe and then dropping to Coedty and back down the technical descent alongside Afon Porthlwyd.
Manx fellrunner Lloyd Taggart turned up, as did last year’s winner Russell Bentley, so it seemed to be shaping up for an interesting battle. As it turned out Taggart immediately made his mark by putting distance behind him on the initial climb, a lead which was only increased for the rest of the race until a strong win was had, taking 1st overall and 1st v40 along with it in 37.25.
Behind him the battle was closer with flying local v40 John Parkinson challenging Bentley on the climb, and actually overtaking him. Bentley pulled it back on the level, moving ahead and gradually stretching it out to keep Parkinson in his place. Bentley took the 2nd slot in 40.30, with 3rd placed Parkinson 41.07.
Lloyd’s Eryri partner Jackie Lee was also in attendance, and she quickly stamped her authority on the ladies race to easily win in 44.01, and an impressive 6th overall. Following in 2nd, but never challenging was Eryri’s Becki Law in 50.19, and 3rd overall and 1st lady v40 Sarah Barnwell in 52.06.
Other finishers were 3rd v40 and 4th overall Craig Jones of Eryri. Travelling runners Debbie Rutherford of Pensby took the ladies v50 win, and Declan O’Duffy of Bowland Fellrunners taking the top male v50.
Eryri’s Don Williams was the only v70 in the race, and showed his currently improving form by finishing an impressive 40th overall.
Thanks go to the volunteers at the Dolgarrog Community Centre who looked after the refreshment needs of tired runners, plus Team Dolly and other marshals up on the mountain. After expenses £180 will go to the Community Centre fund.
Found property – Black Nike baseball cap, and a Lowepro camera case with strap.
Following the prizegiving there were one two calls to keep the extended route in future years, and differing views on whether or not to abandon the steps in favour of the zig-zags. Readers/runners views are welcomed by submitting a comment below here.
If only the runners had the time to stop and notice, they ran past this today!