TAL Y FAN
Saturday 13 July 2013
Blue, blue sky, not a cloud in sight and the temperature gauge on the car reading 250 c, so the perfect day for ice creams at the village carnival, except the carnival organisers were expecting a fell race! A record breaking race entry of 71 runners were set off by Alys Peake-Jones the Carnival Queen and headed off in the direction of the Ty Gwyn pub.
No-one stopped off, as Lauren Jeska (L) (Aberystwyth AC) tracked last year’s winner Jez Brown (V40) (Buckley) to the first check point and on towards the summit of Tal y Fan. The leading pair, along with Chris Near (V40)(Eryri), Huw Davies (M)(Mercia) and Simon Edwards (V40)(Buckley) had a close race across towards the stone circle above Penmaenmawr, and back towards Rowen. By the footbridge Jez was 30 seconds ahead of Chris and Huw, with Lauren a further 30 seconds behind.
After the final descent, Jez retained his title, with Huw 52 seconds behind, and Chris coming in 30 seconds later in third. Lauren finished fifth in a new Ladies course record time of 1:16:13, taking three minutes off the old record set in 2008.
Nearer the back of the field the temperature was taking it’s toll, and the Landrover was sent out to check on the back markers, to find Iorweth enjoying the hose-pipe shower set up over the road about a mile from the finish, and providing a very tired Emma a lift to the finish. With everyone safely accounted for, it was back to enjoying the sunshine from the shade of the gazebo, with young Daniel making an excellent drinks waiter.
A big thank you to all of our marshals, especially Sharon and Ann on the registration/start & finish, Mike Blake for becoming a water station monitor at short notice, and James McQueen sufficiently fit to volunteer to fill the vacant marshal post.
Helen and Doug Blair