Results and summit splits for the men's race are now available here

Results and summit splits for the ladies' race are now available here

Photos are available here

Report

12 noon Saturday 7th July 2018.

A report from James Woodier...

Clear blue skies and scorching heat welcomed 124 initially well-hydrated runners to the fete ground in Llanfrynach. The unusual conditions, known in some parts of the world as “summer” were foreign to many of the competitors. As the speed-mongers flew along the gently rising track alongside the river, a cloud of dust was thrown up to hamper the more modestly paced.

Having negotiated the meadows, steep lane, and loose cobbled track, runners reached common land and a stiflingly warm initial climb. The reward for topping this first pitch was a gentle breeze. With the following bog-gullied terraces of the Fan y Big ridge somewhat emasculated by the dry weather, running was fast across the firm ground.

The first to summit was Jonathan Pugh of Builth and District Running Club, who extended his already commanding lead across the rocky high-ground, down the long descent, and through the finish line in Llanfrynach. Jonathan was followed by Daniel Bodman of Aberdare AC, and Evan Davies (unattached).

First lady home was Hannah Jarvis of Ribble Valley Runners, chased hard by a fast descending Helen Marshall of Aberystwyth AC, with Niki Morgan of Mynydd Du taking the third lady prize.

It would be some time before many other the other competitors finished (the writer of this report included). Fortunately a cold brook, burgers, tea, cake, and bacon butties awaited the finishers amid the family fun of Llanfrynach fete. In our semi-delirious state we dreamed of mist, rain, snow drifts, and knee deep mud. Other more seriously dehydrated runners claim they saw a mysterious lady with a huge pack of hounds winning numerous prizes. These individuals are now said to be out of danger.

Emma would also like to thank everyone who helped and raced.

Results & Prizes

Category Prize Name Club Time
1st Man Jonathan Pugh Builth and District Running Club 01:17:40
1st Lady Hannah Jarvis Ribble Valley Harriers 01:31:01
2nd Man Daniel Bodman Aberdare AC 01:20:32
2nd Lady Helen Marshall Aberystwyth AC 01:32:04
3rd Man Evan Davies Unattached 01:21:37
3rd Lady Niki Morgan Mynydd Du 01:35:57
1st V40 Lady Rhian Probert Mynydd Du 01:36:38
1st V40 Man James Gillanders London Frontrunners 01:25:43
1st V50 Lady Lou Summers Mynydd Du 01:51:23
1st V50 Man Paul Targett Holcombe Harriers 01:28:44
1st V60 Man David Vaudin Team Bath AC 01:42:26
1st V60 Lady - -    
1st V70 Man Gary Gunner Croft Ambrey 02:18:42
1st V70 Lady - -    
1st V80 Man Tom Harrison Mynydd Du 03:03:56
1st V80 Lady - -    
Fastest M ascent Jonathan Pugh Builth and District Running Club 00:40:10
Fastest F ascent Hannah Jarvis Ribble Valley Harriers 00:46:21
Fastest M descent Jonathan Pugh Builth and District Running Club 00:37:30
Fastest M descent Helen Marshall Aberystwyth AC 00:43:50
M team Thomas Mollekin, Michael Cope, Chris Chambers Mynydd Du 04:38:01
F team Niki Morgan, Rhian Probert, Hannah Hopkinson Mynydd Du 04:57:53