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