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2017 Clwydian Hills Race Report

Numbers were down for the race as the unpleasant weather the day before seemed to keep a few people in bed. After a few showers first thing, the skies cleared nicely for the race start and it remained dry all day. I expected a soggy slow race but shows what I know with new course records for male & female being set. The strong wind helped to dry the course and the gusts across the tops kept the runners cool and usually tucked in behind someone else!

Neil Northrop leads them out

The men’s race saw an early lead pack of 4 runners develop of 2015 winner Stephen Skates (Prestatyn), Neil Northop (Dark Peak), Lawrence Eccles (Penny Lane Striders) & Michael Corrales (North Wales Road Runners). Stephen & Neil stretched out a small gap and a two-horsed race developed. Neil led into the bottom of Stony Gully (CP7), over the top of Moel Famau (CP8) and down the north spur (CP9) and looked odds on for the win. Either Stephen was holding something back or his local knowledge paid off down the last descent onto the track where he finished in a new record time of 76m35 (20 seconds ahead of Neil who also broke the old record). Lawrence had pushed out a gap on the chasing pack to finish 3rd in 78m57. Behind the leaders, Michael was battling with the Mercia runners Huw Davies & Ollie Parry just pipping Huw on the line for 4th place with Ollie finishing 6th.

Winner Stephen Skates continues his love of the Clwydian Hills with a new course record.

Buckley Runners came home winning the O40, O50 & O70 categories with Jez Brown (7th), Steve Toogood (23rd) & John Morris respectively.  Stephen Morran (Bolton AC) won the O60 category. U23 winner was Alex Staniforth (West Cheshire AC).

Rachel Chambers on way to victory and new course record.

The ladies race was more straightforward with the top order set from the first climb. Rachel Chambers (U/A) outstanding run came home to win in a new record time of 87m31 (12th overall) followed by Zanthe Wray (Dark Peak) and Zoe Barber (Mercia).

Kate Whitfield (Mercia) won the O40 category and Julia Dala (Pensby) took the O50 category.

David Green & Richard Matthias helping Pensby to the Petzl Team Trophy

Great showing from the Pensby Runners who managed to get 19 runners to the race which helped them take the Petzl Team Trophy to the Wirral for the first time.

Christopher Larkin U18 Winner

The new U18 & U16 junior races saw a low turnout but this did not stop some excellent performances. Christopher Larkin (Halton & Frodsham) set an excellent time of 49m08 on the M18 course. Lois Lee won the ladies U18 though not content with the new course added a little extra distance to it. Logan Hargreaves-Madhas (Wharfdale Harriers) made the long trip worth it by winning the U16 race though helped in part by 2nd placed Edward Woodhead (West Cheshire AC) going slightly astray on the descent. Eden O’Dea (Wrexham AC) won the ladies W16.

Logan Hargreaves-Madhas M16 Winner

Refreshments, presentations and the obligatory post-race debrief chats were held in Village Hall. A special presentation of a bottle of fizz  & flowers were made to the original race organiser John Morris on this the 30th Anniversary of the race.

Special thanks to NEWSAR members and the supporters group for marshalling the race & looking after the runners (and marshals) with homemade soup & cakes. You are all stars and there was a great deal of love from the runners to you folks.

Eden O’Dea W16 Winner

Full results can be found on the website. Click the result tab above or else click here.

Online Entries – Closed

NOW CLOSED!!

ENTRIES ON DAY ONLY NOW FOLKS

Sunday 22nd October
£6 for main race. £2 for Junior U16 & U18.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the forecasted wind & rain – Full body waterproofs, hat & gloves MUST be worn or carried (in accordance with WFRA Safety Guidelines). Also you must carry a  compass & whistle, food & drink. A map will be provided (though bring a clear sandwich bag to pop it in – else it may get soggy). Kit checks can be made!

Details of junior races can be found here – race maps added.

Clwydian Hills U16 & U18 Races

This year’s Clwydian Hills Fell Race (22nd Oct) will include races for U16 & U18 age categories for the first time. Both these races will be top of grade for distance and are both AS rated. The races start with the main field before turning off at CP1 & CP2 respectively for the summit of Moel Famau and returning via the normal descent route. Both routes run on good tracks and paths and will be partially marked in respect of the age categories. As for the main race the checkpoints will be marshalled by the local Mountain Rescue team.

Entry fee will be £2 – you will get a race coaster and there will be small prizes for winners. All young racers will be chaperoned from finish back to the village hall if required (free big baby sitting 😉 if you want to run the main race. Village hall is warm, dry, fully staffed with our wonderful support team with hot drinks and as much cake as you can eat. Oh yes and free WIFI….!!!! (Best value teens day out in October on the planet!)

For more details on the U16 & U18 races please see the page
http://www.clwydianfellrace.org/?page_id=439

Cilcain (Moel Famau) Mountain Race – Cilcain Show Mon 28th Aug 2017

Hi Folks

Just a brief note to say I will be adding some content to the website for the Cilcain (Moel Famau)  Mountain Race which I have taken over organising this year. The race has run as part of the Cilcain Show since 1960. This year will be the 44th running on August Bank Holiday Monday (28th Aug).

I will try to clearly identify between this race and Clwydian Hills fell race that the site is primary for.

hop

2016 Race Report

Apologies for the late posting here.

175 runners from far & wide took part in the annual Clwydian Hills Fell Race. The race had added emphasis this year, being the final counter in both the North Wales and Open Welsh Series competitions.

Initial clag on the hill tops cleared to leave fresh and clear conditions for the race. Ground conditions were good due to the recent dry spell we have had.

A superb turn out from quite a few clubs but Mercia frankly owned the race this year. They duly claimed the Petzl Team trophy with great performances from across the team. Mercia’s Paul Jones & Emma Gould took home the main titles with new record times of 77m26s and 89m13s respectively as well as picking up the Ladies O40 (Anna Bartlett) and Mens O60 (Glen Davies) plus notable placings elsewhere.

Traditional soup & roll in the village hall was despatched with haste and followed by the various donated cakes from the team & supporters group members.

Apologies for the prize raffle – my instructions were not as clear as they should have been. Hence prizes went to the placings (again). This will be remedied next year.

Special thanks to Cotswold & Keela for the prize vouchers, gear from the various team members, that cracking greta veg box from Gill plus the vouchers from Denton & Hyde Hair & Beauty, Maria Roberts Holistic Therapist. You are all fantastic and great supporters of the team. Special thanks to Stuart at Cotswold Chester for donating 2 helpers for the day 😉

Full results can be found and downloaded on the results page.

Results for the North Wales & Open Welsh Series can be found on the WFRA website www.wfra.me.uk