Prizes: Male and Female 1,2 & 3 and age cat <23 (on 31/12/2020) and >40 >50 >60 >70 (All other ages relate to race date.)
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25/1/20 Tarren hendre.
The second of this year’s Winter Series races took place on Tarrenhendre last Saturday. The weather was better than expected with no wind in the valley and the clouds waited for the start before enveloping the hill. No rain for a week meant good conditions underfoot. 17 Goats were in the line up of 83 starters which included a strong Eryri contingent and runners from as far afield as the Isle of Man, Derbyshire and Solihull. We reduced marshal points by 4, replacing them with signs - only to have the last sign changed round by some idiot before the race start, this lost some runners some time and places.
Tristan managed 3rd place behind Chris McLean of Cerist Tri, both beaten by an on form Gareth Wyn Hughes who finished in 10:50. Tristan was 18 seconds ahead of Eryri’s Richard Roberts who is now just over a minute ahead as they go to the Aran and Tris’ attempt to be the first runner to win the series 3 years running (no pressure!).
after two races, just Aran to go.
Gwion was the second club runner home beating the hour at his first attempt at the race and finishing in 9th place. Jimmy was in 17th, just behind Bro Dysynni’s Darren Helston in their M40s battle, and Jeremy Randell just managed to hold off new Goat Rhys Davies in the M50s 1:05:31 and 45 respectively. Ben was a couple of places behind them minute ahead of Dylan and 6 places ahead of Adam - out training for his London marathon.
First MRC woman was new Goat Eleanor Davies 3rd F40 and 40th overall. Evergreen Juliet took the F50 prize in 1:16:57 with Glyn a couple of minutes behind her. Also training for London and reviving his racing career in style was Old Goat Tony Hodgson who knocked 3.5 minutes of Phil Jones’ (Prestayn) M70 record which has stood for 7 years. Nia Penrhiw in her fell debut easily beat the 90 minutes some way ahead of Pete and Neil who finished in 69th and 70th a few places ahead of Helen and Sandra, both doing the race for the first time.too.
Kevin sacrificed his run to play sweeper bringing up the rear...oops Kevin you’ve missed a couple of bits! After last years spectacular departure from the race route on the bwlch which ended in Machynlleth station this year’s attempt at navigational excellence, this time by Goats Steffan and Francois was more mild. Pete reported that after arriving together at the top Steffan shot off downhill following the fast disappearing blue of Francois. Unfortunately it was also Francois first time on the hill and together they managed quite a few Kms Pennal-ward before Francois tells me he noticed how far he had deviated from the route on his GPS watch. Wisely they retraced their steps together and rang Tom to get a message to Race control that they were still on the go. Time having moved on considerably by the time they got to checkpoint 3 they were recorded as DNF and offered a lift down! Goats should note that use of GPS for navigation in the race would result in disqualification, but is perfectly acceptable to get you home once you have abandoned hope!
The first woman, in 11th place overall was Sophie Horrocks (Rossendale Harriers) in 59:46; Alice Forster (Black Combe Runners) was hot on her heels in 59:50 with Eryri Harrier’s Miranda Grant ensuring all three women beat the hour (59:58).
Rhys Jones also got under the hour (59:48) to take the Junior Men’s prize. Mathew Fortes of Eryri was 4th overall and first M40 (54:21), with Michael Reynolds of Mercia taking M50 in 1:03:54 and Stephen Jones (Eryri) was first M60 in 1:03:04.
Sarah Ridgeway was first F40 in 1:04:3 and Maggie Oliver (Eryri) F70 in 1:45:04. A strong Eryri presence took both team prizes, from MRC.
Catering by Goats do Soup & Cakes was as usual much appreciated, many thanks to Sarah and her kitchen team (and Gareth for peeling everything). Course marking and marshalling were again superb with HQ always knowing the whereabouts -approximately- of all runners. Registration and timekeeping again achieved a flawless performance. A huge thanks to all, and not forgetting Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team for being there and NRW for letting us play in their woods ( and tidying them up specially for us! Finally thanks to the WFRA for the loan of the radios -oh and lets not forget Billy-no-mates Arfon, our sainted Chairman who again spent the whole race on a completely different mountain, coordinating the whole show over the radio relay! Seriously again great team effort a flawless event.
25/1/20 Buff Winter trail Half marathon.
18/1/20 Twin Piers 10k.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran nin the Colwyn Bay Twin Piers 10k first home in 4th place was Tom roberts in 33:09 followed by Richard Hankinson in 43:25 and Nich Bradely in 48:34.
11/1/20 Cross country Shrewsbury.
8/12/19 Aberystwyth 10km.
1/12/19 Valencia marathon.
Marisha De la Rouviere ran a New club record in 3.13.39.