After the recent rains had gone the sun was shining on Moel Wnion and even with other local road races in the area as well as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on the same weekend if was great to welcome 64 runners to Ysgol Llanllechid for the race. A great day seemed to be had by all (well I enjoyed myself) and some amazing performances were on display across the categories. Congratulations to Chris Richards (Bangor Uni) and Becki Law (Eryri) (1st M & F), Sam Orton and Ruth Metcalfe ( Both Eryri V40s), Russell Owen (Eryri) and Ali Thomas (v50s), Derek Weaver (Eryri – v60) and John Morris ( Buckely – v70).
Chris tore up the course (quite literally given the state of his legs when he crossed the line) in 35.28 closely followed by Callum Davidson (also Bangor) in 36.03. These guys were running seriously quickly in their first wnion race, no surprise when you hear that they are ex-England juniors and current U20 runners going for GB vests, and reckon they can go quicker next year now they know the faster lines (if they dont face plant)! In the womens race, Becki Law seemed to be demonstrating the benefits of a winter at altitude by flying down the cart track to win in 47.23 ahead of Gemma Moore(48.55) and Ann-Marie Jones (49.22).
Thanks to the long list of people who helped up on the hill and to everyone at the school. The race is run with the school as a fundraising event, with lots of people from the local community giving up their time to help with children’s races or help in the kitchen as well as marshal the main race. The prizes also came from the area, with the Bethesda Pottery shop making bespoke mugs and goblets. Once again, it was a great day for the local community, with everyone already looking forward to next year!
Photos from the race (from Steve Jeffreys) can be found on the link from the race facebook page atwww.facebook.com/rasmoelwnion or at Steve’s pages directly https://www.facebook.com/
Thanks Ross Roberts (race organiser)