Newyddion y Mynyddoedd/Fell Running News
Arenig Fawr/6.7 miles/1900ft/03/10/10
Being the only representative from the club and possibly again the oldest in the field I was pleased at least not last-- yippee!! (Where are the younger members of the club ?)
The horrendous rain of the morning did at least move away to allow a dry start to the race, that was the only dry part, most of the race was a quagmire under foot with bog after bog occasionally up to the knees which made running quite energy sapping. The summit was under cloud which required great care over the rocky ground.
The race takes in two smaller peaks in addition to the summit of Arenig Fawr.
The first mile or so is along a steady gradient and then becomes progressively steeper and rockier, after the summit the descent is steep and rocky with the final mile along a grassy track.
The course was well marked and marshalled.
If you had the opportunity the views over Llyn Arenig Fawr are spectacular.
Time : 1 hr 33 mins
Penmaenmawr Fell Race/Saturday 20th November 10 miles/1950 ft
This is the oldest fell race in Wales, and this year as last year was run in reverse with the final steep descend down the Donkey Path to Capelulo Village Hall, Dwygyfylchi.
The race stared at the village hall up a steep tarmac for about 1/4 mile and thereafter runnable undulating terrain, with the infamous bog which not only went on for about a mile but on the day against a head wind, culminating with a road section for about a mile and ending down the steep Donkey Path which was very narrow and slippery, with overtaking not easy.
A turn out of 237 registered runners.
Great to see the club with 4 runners.
Mat Anwyl 18th @ 1 hr 21m
Chris Hayes 47th @ 1hr 27m
Yours Truly 152nd @ 1 hr49
David Owen 194th @ 2hrs 0 min
Whilst no age category for my mature !! age but had the consolation of being 2nd M65