Hot foot up famau fell counter 3 results 20th June 2012

This week’s midweek sports special was at Moel Famau in the gorgeous Clwydians which was for our 3rd Fell Series Counter, the hotly anticipated Hotfoot up Famau.

Splendid turnout for Helsby, from the 96 runners in total, 16 wore the Green vest, although some Helsby runners were camouflaged in mud by the end of the race and were barely recognisable.

Tough race for such a short distance, with some steep descents through thistles (if you didn’t choose your line very well) and an early climb up Moel Y Gaer, contouring sheep trods and paths, steep descent to the valley floor, jumping over streams, running through ferns and then notorious stone gulley ascent, it’s enough to gurn even the most botoxed of faces. Hopefully there will be some photos from Mick Charman loitering with intent in the Gully (Cheers Mick!) and from Pete Douglas who was taking shots at the start and finish of the race. His photos should be available shortly here (although not at the time of writing )

Colin’s first foray onto the hills and he looked like he enjoyed the night, as did Helen Owens for a fantastic run for her first undulating outing. Will she talk to Paul again after this? With lots of individual battles going on it was definitely not a foregone conclusion for any position. Chris Baynham-Hughes has lost little speed even with his many ultra’s to keep the pressure on the men’s championship and we are all aware of Jimmy’s great potential so anything can still happen there.

Jayne Joy enjoying a steady run out in preparation for Friday’s Tough Team still managed her now traditional podium finish with 3rd lady overall and didn’t even choose any of the alcohol on offer, opting for kit instead. Tom de Jong did though, swooping on the four cans of premium lager taking the Under18 prize. Andy Smith took home a nice shiny bell for his bike whereas Andy Robinson had some perfumed soaps. The real Robbie Webster won his category prize with another stunning performance.

Joe was marshalling at the top of the gulley offering support as well as sending us the right way.

Helsby positions and times below but full results on attached spreadsheet. They should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website soon along with a brief race report from organiser Martin so take a look here when possible


Adair Broughton



Chris BH



Jim O’Hara



Ian Landucci



Steve Riley



Jayne Joy



Andy Robinson



Paul Porter



Colin Thompson



David Feakes



Phil Gillard



Adrian Jackson



Tom de Jong



Helen Owens



Andy Smith



Robbie Webster


Please note our next fell counter is already upon us, Sunday’s longer Moel-y-Gamelin 11.00am

Details on the WFRA or look for race details on organisors website here

The race registration will be open from ten(ish) and is at the Ponderosa Café’ on the Horseshoe pass near Llangollen. Postcode for the café’ is LL20 8DR. Please note you will need kit for this race (camelbak or bumbag with waterproofs, whistle, compass as a minimum). This race is fairly tough at 9.5 miles and with 2380’ ascent in total.

As always, any questions just ask and most importantly enjoy your running



2 thoughts on “Hot foot up famau fell counter 3 results 20th June 2012

    • quite hotly contested on the fells this year, Dave Feakes and Phil Gillard both have 2 each in their category. Hopefully we’ll get to a stage in Helsby where at any given race we don’t know who will win, that will be when it’s a really healthy club I think….getting there though!

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