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