After a Friday evening sat around the fire keeping warm at Cae Du (a gem of a camp site overlooking the sea, recommended by Jane) and a lesuirely morning dolphin and seal spotting from the campsite, we were all raring to go waiting for the 2:05 Taly-Lynn train to raise its head of steam and hoot, to start the race to Abergynolwyn and back.
The usual weather and running conditions awaited us….mist, rain, wind and a very muddy course. It’s the 6th consecutive year I’ve done this race; its always the 3rd Sat in August, it always rains and the course is always calf deep in mud (at one point in particular). It’s every bit as good as Hell Runner!
Train took 1:47:48 secs, the winner Andrew Hunt from Cardiff AC, 1:21:31 (not quite the course record of 1:18:15). 181 runners beat the train. Jane only just missed out with a time of 1:50:42, claiming the 3rd Lady V35 prize for the 2nd year running. Dave and Janet had a close fought battle at the end and Jackie had hers before it started (falling of bike on way to start!).
Jane Ashbrook 1:50:42 210th
Dave Feakes 2:07:12 484th
Janet Robertson 2:07:32 490th
Jackie Keasley 2:16:33 622nd
Lesley Feakes 2:19:07 645th
918 runners in total
+ well done to Charlie Ashbrook for competing in the kiddies fun run, ably assisted by Chris.
Another pleasant evening sat around the fire followed thanks to Robert (Janet’s son) co-ordinating the firewood collection earlier on in the day and Lesley providing the marshmallows. A few glasses of wine had by all before retiring to Dave and Lesley’s Gazebo as the rain set in. The mesh sides just meant it turned into a shower as the wind blew the rain in! Mind you we all needed another one following our attempts after the race to shower/de-mud in Towyn Rugby Club, the combination of lots of muddy runners and a trickle of water made Helsby Community Sports Club facilities look pretty good!!