Two North Wales Road Runners Club hopefuls competed in the prestigious Castell Howell International Snowdon Mountain Race last Saturday, with Gemma Moore additionally selected to represent Wales in this very challenging and often dangerous event.
The race is listed as one of the major highlights on the Welsh sporting calendar and attracted dozens of world-class athletes from the USA, Canada, Kenya, Japan, France, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Italy.
Pitched against the best of the best, club runners and international stars rubbed shoulders over 10 arduous miles (about 15k) along this famous mountain course, which this week hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons after two runners were injured, and had to be rescued and airlifted to hospital.
From a talented starting field of over 600 athletes, Gemma – in her classification as an elite female athlete – ran extremely well to finish as 25th lady and 158th overall, in 1.33.57 and Leon Davies, representing NWRRC, enjoyed a good performance in 311th position in 1.47.08.
This year the race was part of a unique round of the World Mountain Running Association World Cup Series, with round four starting at Llanberis, and was one of seven races in seven different countries. It attracted a truly global and quality field.
The Snowdon Race is claimed to be one of the greatest and most difficult in the world of mountain running, and has grown over the last four decades to be one on the bucket-list of mere mortals across the world, as just completing the race from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon and back is something thousands aspire to, but only hundreds achieve.
Windmill Half Marathon
Jonathan Kettle says he ran out of steam at about 9 miles due to the warm and windy conditions at Lytham’s Windmill Half Marathon race last Sunday but still hung on to finish in fourth place overall and claimed his 1st VM45 cat win following a recent birthday.
He recorded an excellent time of one hour 19 mins 6 secs, and was unlucky to just miss out on a podium place.
Tony Price-Jones continued his fine form, finishing in 17th place, with another new PB, and an MV35 cat win in 1.26.15, whilst Jon Evans celebrated another steady run in 1.45.56 in 100th place, out of 442 finishers.
North Wales runner Llyr ApGeraint Roberts was slightly disappointed with his form and finishing time despite completing the 10k course at Grimsby in a very respectable 37 mins 7 secs, which was much quicker than last year.
Llyr used the event as preparation for a forthcoming half-marathon and claimed the 3rd MV45 cat placing.
Ras Hwyl y Bont
Four NWRRC athletes took part in the 5k and 10k races at Ras Hwyl y Bont last Wednesday, with two representatives in each event.
Husband and wife team Ben Hudson and Sarah Ferguson-Hudson competed in the 10k village race – consisting of some 46 runners – with Ben finishing in 11th position (45.35) and Sarah 2nd lady in 48.32.
Jon Evans and Kevin Higgins opted for the shorter 5k dash with only 17 starters, with Jon finishing 3rd in 20.20 and Kevin 6th (21.43).
Six club members took part in the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday in windy but humid conditions which attracted 336 starters over a muddy and puddle-ridden course.
Mark Jessett was the first NWRRC man home in 16th spot (20.42), with Carla Green – amidst another long run training session – finished as 1st lady and 1st VW45 in 22.30.
Don Hale was 50th and 1st VM65 vet (23.12); and Stuart Culverhouse helped his young son Joe to another great PB (24.23) in 64th and 65th places respectively.
Meanwhile, Rob Fryer, who is still trying to shake off his injuries did well to finish 72nd (24.38), whilst Dave (the legend) Gardner continued his comeback and enjoyed a fine VM75 cat win in 28.46.
Jon Evans used the event as preparation for the Windmill Half Marathon and said he just ‘bimbled’ around the new course at the Birkenhead Parkrun in 23.40, which was his 50th post injury race this year.