Race the train, towyn, LD counter

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!!



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Dinas bran results – fell counter race 2 may 4th 2011

Hi all

Results for Dinas Bran 4th May, Race 2 of our Fell series are now attached. I’ve been informed they will be placed on the Ysgol Dinas Bran website found here


An impressive showing of 11 green vests (which would roughly amount to 20% of the field) from 51 made sure this was an interesting and competitive race for all involved. Dinas Bran is a fairly robust course with some steep climbs and descents, with great scenery too (if you could spare a few moments to look round), that provided a shorter than usual but still nonetheless challenging route.

On registering I was surprised to find that Prince William was also running, until it turned out that it was in fact Chris Baynham-Hughes and it was only a case of mistaken identity (don’t worry, Chris knows what I’m talking about!). So no opportunities to see Kate or to blag a free helicopter ride home.

However, there were some close battles as can be seen from the results and photos from the night, which can be found at Pete Douglas’s website below. Bonus points awarded to anyone who can find a smiley face after the ascent.


Helsby Positions and times below

8th           Adair Broughton                              34.28
10th         Chris Baynham-Hughes                   34.58
15th         Ian Landucci                                     36.59
19th         Edward Halliwell                              38.32
20th         Steve Riley                                        38.50
29th         Andy Robinson                                  40.37
30th         Phil Gillard                                        40.49
39th         Andy Smith                                        43.05
41st         Chris Hatton                                      44.00
42nd        Rachel Arnold                                    44.00
48th         Jackie Keasley                                   47.00

Congratulations to Jackie Keasley for 1st in her age category!

Cup of Tea or Bottle of Wine or why not both!