Clwydian Hills Race Report 2021

Sunday 31st October 2021

Large weather front came through early morning and kept a few in their beds…. shame as the front cleared about 9am and the majority of the field completed the race in sunshine (before a touch more dampness arrived later on).

Peter Taylor-Bray & Josh Hartley had a cracking head to head at the front of the field with Fraser MacDonald-Oulds coming in close behind. Joel Gomes (1st Vet) & Lawrence Eccles came in 4th & 5th respectively. Lloyd Taggart came in just behind to take 6th overall and 1st Supervet.

Ladies race was a close one with the top 3 separated by just 2 minutes. Jackie Lee led them home (1st Lady, 1st Vet) with Emily Cowper-Coles (2nd Lady) & Alice Swift (3rd Lady). Mandy Peffers was 1st Lady Supervet.

With podiums in both main categories no surprise that the Petzl Team Trophy went to Chorlton with 501 points (Buckley 2nd 390, Eryri 3rd 270).

Congrats to Joel Gomes for taking custody of the Ian Brown Memorial Trophy from Lawrence (well at least until Sheeptracks in Feb). Take good care of it.

Refreshments, soup & cakes were served in the wonderful Village Hall and a presentation afterwards. Thankfully a kind of normal again. Apples are the new beer – who knew?

Massive thanks to the Marshals, Cake bakers & Refreshment crew…. and I guess you stinky mud covered runners too. You are all fab. Much love. xxx

105 started. 103 finished – the other two did turn up 😉

Rank Time First Name Last Name Cat Team Name
1 01:18:25 Peter Taylor-Bray MSnr Chorlton Runners
2 01:18:26 Josh Hartley MSnr Black Combe Runners
3 01:22:50 Fraser Macdonald Oulds MSnr Chorlton Runners
4 01:23:02 Joel Gomes M40 Wrexham AC
5 01:24:03 Lawrence Eccles MSnr Penny Lane Striders
6 01:24:44 Lloyd Taggart M50 Manx Fell Runners
7 01:25:05 Matthew Joseph Marston MSnr Mercia Fell Runners
8 01:28:56 Matthew Owens M40 Chorlton Runners
9 01:29:42 Stuart Smith MSnr Shrewsbury Athletic Club
10 01:29:47 Emlyn Owens M40 Eryri Harriers


Rank Time First Name Last Name Cat Team Name
22 01:39:24 Jackie Lee F40 Eryri Harriers
25 01:41:00 Emily Cowper-coles FSnr
29 01:42:36 Alice Swift FSnr Chorlton Runners
38 01:47:06 Madeleine Dickson FSnr Chorlton Runners
53 01:56:52 Katy Baugh FSnr Denbigh Harriers

Cilcain Mountain Race 2021

Great getting-back-to-normal race. Without the main show on we were kindly offered the field next to the church for the parking which meant easy day all round.

Official Results now posted:
(Only main correction was Jackie (2nd F) & Kate (3rd F) swapped positions. Kate had a 1 minute typo bonus!

The Church offered drinks & refreshments in the North Aisle and a small number of stalls operated from the Churchyard. A vehicle display took place on the Waen. Burgers from the White Horse BBQ went down a treat with a cold beer afterwards.

102 runners started with 1 DNF.

2020 Mountain Race Report

60th Anniversary Cilcain Mountain Race (48th running)

Monday 31st August 2020

Cancellation of the Show due to the ongoing Flu Pandemic meant this year’s 60th Anniversary Race was a low key affair. 118 runners took part in a shorter (5km) time trial variation up and down the original route spread out over a 2.5 hour period.

Following on from last year it was those young pesky whippersnappers taking the plaudits. Six under 18 runners in the top 13 and two  under 18 ladies on the podium in the ladies category.

Star of the day was Matthew Knowles (Lancs & Morecambe) [M18] who smashed the course into pieces taking the main Plimmer Trophy and Julie Tullis Trophy (M18) in a time of 23m08s. Lewis Roberts (Eryri) [MSen] came home second and Ed Woodhead (Deeside) [M18] & Joel Gomes (Wrexham) [M40] came joint third with Joel taking the Robin Wooley 1st Vet Trophy.

The Llys y Fynydd Shield for Supervet went to Craig Jones (Eryri) [M50] showing there is still life beyond lockdown. The Browner Trophy (Local) went to Matthew Anthony (Deeside) [M18], the Dennis Kemp Trophy (Local Vet) to Iain Hobson (Buckley) [M40] though helped out by being beasted up the hill by his lad Isaac who was our youngest runner this year at 11 – well done young man.

Special shout out to both Alex Poulston (Wirral AC) [M16] who finished 7th (Crittal Cup) and William Sutcliffe (Wirral AC) [M16] who came 10th both recording excellent times.

Tracy Rogers (Buckley)

Tracy Rogers (Buckley) [WSen] finished 1st Lady and took the Anderson Trophy. Rachel Theobald (Wirral AC) [W18] finished 2nd (Hawitt Cup) and Emma Theobald (Wirral AC) [W16] finished 3rd (Snodgrass Cup).

Emma Collins (Denbigh) [O50] took the1st Lady Vet Deeside Trophy (well it went AWOL about 5-6 years ago so is likely under someone’s bed still – if anyone would like to sponsor a new trophy for the Lady Vet category please get in touch – else I will make yet another one…). Connie James (U/A) came out of semi-retirement to get her name back on the WI Trophy for 1st Local Lady for the 6th time.

Thanks to all the runners even those turning up two and half hours before their allocated start time (no names) because they didn’t read the Race Brief. Special mention to the gentleman who, like a good fell runner, left his keys under a wheel arch – though it would have been more helpful to the ensuing hands & knees search of the parking field if the wheel arch belonged to that of his own car. You are all the best.

Special thanks to the car parkers, starters, finishers & marshals. Without them it could not have happened. They are the best of the best.


Clwydian Range Runners were out in force

Clwydian Hills Report 2019

Sunday 27th October

Race Report – 107 runners, 1 DNF

There were always going to be winners & losers scheduling a welsh race at the same time as Wales were playing a Rugby World Cup semi-final…needless to say the winners had a lovely day on the fells. Cool and sunny with a little cloud later on – we keep getting blessed by the weather gods.

Alistair Thornton – First Gent

As quite a few locals had opted to stay-in-bed, get drunk, watch rugger – it was down to those from slightly further afield to stand (run?) up to the mark. They did not disappoint. Five sleepy headed students from Loughborough University Orienteering Club (LUOC) crammed in a car, drove up, men’s overall, course record & M23 for Alistair Thornton, female F23 for Jenna Williams, Petzl Team Trophy, drove back & I expect got drunk – bossed it – nuff said.

Old course record holder, Lloyd Taggart (Manx) was back at the race for the first time in 7 years and went over the top of Moel Dwywll with Alistair Thorton & Adam Fieldhouse of LUOC, Lawrence Eccles (Penny Lane) & Peter Bray (Chorlton). Alistair Thornton stalked Lloyd up stony gully and over the final summit before out sprinting him on the run-in to set a new course record of 1:16:26 beating the previous by 9 seconds. Lloyd was only 14 seconds behind. Peter Bray came in a few minutes behind.

Lawrence Eccles came in 4th on the day but was enough to get his hands on the prized Ian Brown Memorial Trophy and takes the honour of being Series Champion into February’s Sheeptracks race.

Sophie Horrocks (Rossendale) – First Lady.

Sophie Horrocks (Rossendale Harriers) took the female overall by a good margin from second placed Alice Swift (Chorlton Runners) with Helen “I don’t feel well so I’ll run with the dog oh I’ve come third” Brown (Mynydd Ddu) came in third – so I suppose Dennis gets first dog award as well.

Tom Smith (Bowland), Jeremy Randell (Meirionnydd RC) & Daniel Jones (Denbigh) on Moel Dwywll

LUOC took home the Petzl Team Trophy 458 points from only 5 runners. Tattenhall finished 2nd with 394 points and Pensby with 349 points. Was a great show from the three Chorlton Runners who although only finished 5th averaged 97 points each and were all placed in their categories.

Will Garton (CRR) & Nigel Crompton (Pensby) having too much fun for a hard fell race.

In the junior races Josh Peevor (Eryri Harriers) and Matthew Anthony (Deeside AAC) took the M16 & M18 trophies respectively.

Matthew Anthony (Deeside) – M18 Winner

Refreshments, presentations and the obligatory post-race debrief chats were held in village hall. Special thanks to NEWSAR members and the supporters group for marshalling the race & looking after the runners with homemade soup & cakes.