Jackie has taken the reins of the blog this week, we also have a few reports too. Thank you for all these, remember all reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday was the 41st Penmaenmawr Fell Race the last in our Fell club counter series, 10 miles and 600m of climbing. From the small village of Capelulo with its village hall and Fairy Glen Pub and organised by local runner Chris Near.
The drive out there was spectacular marking the start of winter finally, cold, gale force winds but sunshine, blue sky and a considerable snow covering on the Carnedds. The sea along the A55 coast line wild and threatening.
The race was pre-entry with a limit of 250 due to the narrow lanes and limited parking. Just under 200 muffled up runners were on the start line at 10:30 am, the other 50 were probably sensibly still snuggled up at home!
The first incline warmed us up but most still chose to wear their waterproof tops all the way around. The going was surprisingly pleasant with mainly wide sheep nibbled grassy paths to the first check point at the Penmaenmawr Quarry. Then down into the notoriously boggy area cutting across to high surfaced road above Rowen, where we were greeted by Joe and Mario and the usual loud cheers + a flask of hot coffee (which I didn’t stop for as by then I was running with a local lady who was keeping a steady pace and knew the way). A high level undulating traverse with lovely views down to the Conwy valley but straight into the jaws of the wind, before a final steep descent back into Capelulo. A bottle of local beer for all finishers. Saddleworth Runners turn up every year to take part in this race and raise funds for charity. This year they had a large boiling urn full of hotdogs which at first seemed to be selling slowly. The tea and homemade biscuits in the village hall doing much better. Plus the pub was serving free soup and rolls and was cosy and warm and packed with thirsty beer drinkers. This race was getting better and better! We were all called out of the pub and back to the village hall by Chris for the lively presentation and suddenly the sale of hot dogs hit the roof – I wonder why!
A course record and lot’s of fast ladies from the Hunters Hill Boggers (HBT) who had travelled down all the way from Edinburgh for a girlie weekend in Wales!! A good green vests turout and some good running by all!
1 Matt Roberts 1:08:38 Calder Valley who smashed the course record, previously held by Lloyd Taggart
3 Lloyd Taggert 1:15:19
20 Ben Fletcher 1:25:51
23 Briony Curtis 1:26:30 HBT 1st lady
27 Chris Baynham-Hughes 1:37:42
39 Phil Roberts 1:30:38
50 Ian Landucci 1:34:18
59 Steve Riley 1:36:48
72 Tim Palmer 1:39:53
73 Laura Baynham-Hughes 1:39:53
94 Andy Robinson 1:43:12
164 Chris Hatton 2:00:53
167 Jackie Keasley 2:04:11
Steve and the winner Loving his matching gloves!
CBH has also sent in an excellent report for this race, please see below:
The overnight cold snap and fierce winds made for a great journey to the race – Snow covered peaks of the Carneddau and some serious 6 foot rollers out on the coast framed what was going to be a spectacular day. In a day that made even the most committed short wearer consider full length tights or pedal pushers for the ladies, there was a slightly more tense atmosphere than usual at the start. The best news of all though was that visibility was clear, so on a course which has so many dramatic vistas we knew we were in for a treat.
The race itself is starts with a tough ascent which then keeps on giving as it heads out to reveal the coast and Anglesey. As we started to level out Drum and Foel Fras came into view in all their splendid snow covered glory. I was not alone in my inadvertent out aloud “Wow” as we levelled out and I got a chance to look up. From the North West corner of the course the race turns south over the bogs which were remarkably kind this year, though energy sapping all the same. Coming back around to the finish there are several miles of undulating trails alongside a fantastic dry stone wall. There was snow cover in places and really gave a fantastic finish to the Felsby series. The view of the Clwydians turns into a the gentle sweeping blades of the offshore windfarm; something I always find relaxing. The descent proved as hairy as ever into the finish. Plenty of battles out there between the Felsby contingent, but none so close as Tim and Laura – Laura showing no mercy on the descent and almost snaking Tim on the line. The results show the same time, but after a photo finish the spoils were given to Tim.
In usual tradition of these reports I must just point out the cost vs reward equation: £6.50 bought every entrant a jaw dropping course, genuine personal challenge and a true sense of freedom; in addition we all got a bottle of real ale, soup and a roll. Pretty damn tough to beat I reckon.
Results wise it was Ben Fletcher put on a master class to be first home for Helsby in 1:21:51 and 20th place overall & 10th in age group. He was followed by CBH (1:27:42 – 27th) and Phil Roberts (1:30:38 – 39th). In the Ladies Laura B-H (1:39:53 – 11th lady in cat) was back first followed by Jackie Keasley (2:04:11 & 9th in Cat).
|20th (10th)||01:25:51||Ben Fletcher|
|27th (12th)||1.27.42||Chris Baynham-Hughes|
|39th (16th)||1.30.38||Phillip Roberts|
|50th (7th)||1.34.18||Ian Landucci|
|59th (9th)||1.36.48||Steve Riley|
|72nd (12th)||1.39.53||Tim Palmer|
|73rd (11th)||1.39.53||Laura Baynham-Hughes|
|94th (7th)||1.43.12||Andy Robinson|
|164th (16th)||2.00.53||Chris Hatton|
|167th (9th)||2.04.11||Jackie Keasley|
Full results here: pen results (1)
Then a hop skip and a jump followed via Llandudno for the evening to the final road race counter of the season in Conwy – the popular Conwy Half organised by Run Wales.
The 9:15 fun run for kids was ran in a deluge and would maybe have put kids off running for life. However with 15mins to go the rain stopped and the sun started to come out. A number of starters were cold and drenched on the line but at least it cleared up for the start.
Starting under spectacular backdrop of the castle, across the bridge to Deganwy through some major puddles and onto the soggy beach path to West Beach LLandudno, across to East beach and the start ofthe long drag around the great Orme on the narrow road above the cliffs before returning from West Beach the same way.
Miles 7 to 9 along the Orme road with time to stop for a photo! An impressive sub 1:30 for Neil and very close for Ian. Well done everyone and especially to David Wiggins on his comeback to halves after a 25 year break and to Chris who has been injured. A PB for Tanya and well done to Jo who though she would not do another half again!
The three of us ran around together and got plenty of come on Helsby cheers, but the best one was come on “3 peas in a pod”, as Shan says “if it had been raining we’d have been mushy peas”!
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Start – note the two father and son combinations! Still smiling at the finish!
XC Sunday League Race #3 (Beacon Park)
36th Ben Fletcher
64th Gareth Boyd
96th Chris Murray
116th Darren O’Connor
129th Ian Hamling
151st David Feakes
20th Joanne Lacking
28th Vanessa Griffiths
41st Janet Robertson
45th Rachel Arnold
62nd Suzanne Fletcher
67th Lesley Feakes
The men were 6th on the day and the ladies 7th. The next race is at Town Park, Runcorn. As it’s local let’s try and get a good turn out for this!
Full results here http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/xc/2015/race3_15.pdf
Tim Palmer has sent in the following report for the Arnside Knott Fell Race, over to Tim….
Forthcoming Xmas Events
There’s is a lot coming up over Xmas and into the New Year and I’ll send an email summarising it all soon. In the meantime advance plugs for:
Our next talk – Wed 2nd Dec – Tim Palmer on Orienteering – Chip Supper – Please see separate email from Lesley
HCSC’s Christmas Party on Saturday 5th December. Message from the club exec. Please note that this is TICKET ONLY and furthermore that numbers need to be confirmed with the outside caterer, no later than Tuesday 1st December. Can I once again ask all sections to promote this to your members, via email, text and whatever Social Media groups that you utilise (poster attached for you to circulate and display in your own areas). I’ll contact everyone again on Monday-week for final numbers so each sporting section please try to drum up some support please and confirm numbers? Coming together socially to support the club on the 5th is surely a step in the right direction and avoid the threat of the club closing?
If folks can go please let me know, I know its between the clubs night out in Chester and a Border League race but if you can support it please let me know. email@example.com Unfortunately I’m away on hols so can’t make it, if anyone can offer to co-ordinate tickets I would be very grateful.
The Sandstone Trail Challenge will open for entries on 1 December. If you want to run 33 miles on Saturday 7 May 2016 then this is the event for you! This year all the places for runners had gone by the end of December, so you need to get your entry in asap.
Any finally, in the running clubs attempt at using the club more we have decided to open up our Xmas Handicap on Wed 23rd Dec to all sections and hope to fill the lounge. Chris Igoe has kindly volunteered to follow it all up with a Xmas disco. It’s the night before Xmas eve so hopefully you can make it.