Brecon Fans Races


Pen y Fan Results 2016

Full results are on this page and photos can be seen here.


12 noon Saturday 9th July 2016.

The forecast had been a bit miserable, but as Naomi and I tried to put the tent up at 9am in a gale and heavy rain we seriously wondered whether the race could go ahead. By 10am things had eased off to a steady light rain and gusting winds, with occasional brighter interludes, which remained the pattern for the day. We emphasized the important of full kit to all runners as they registered, and the car parking area was soon fuller than we'd ever seen it before. 

90 runners started the course, plus 11 juniors. The junior race was very close with Thomas Timmons from the Isle of Wight just beating Lloyd Sheppard to the line in 08:21. In the senior race conditions were difficult and slow, with blustery winds and slippery ground. Rhys Goodhead was first to the summit, but Sam Bevan showed excellent descending skills to win overall, pulling away to lead by nearly a minute at the finish. Times overall were slow, and the records (and prize fund) remained safe; however there was one outstanding performance in the race - Gary Gunner smashed the previous record in the MV70 category by over 4 minutes, setting a new mark of 57:02. And he was running with a dislocated thumb.

Fell races often bring a few scrapes and sprains, but the conditions caused a few more tumbles than usual; so even though Pen y Fan is a relatively safe course, being mostly on soft grass and paths, a handful of runners needed treatment for gashes, turned ankles, and one dislocated shoulder - we hope all affected are recovering well and will soon be back for more.

The marshals had a hard day - we managed to capture summit times, but I'm afraid the photographers didn't stand much of a chance. Huge thanks to Mark Palmer, Mike and Andrew Law at the summits, Helen Flower and Tony Law at the stile, Sally Law for registration and cake making, and John Chidlow for timing.

A big thanks also to race sponsors Brecon Brewing and Pete Bland Sports, whose contributions of beer, numbers and prizes were appreciated as always.

Crispin and Naomi


Senior prize winners

Category Name Club Time
1st Open Male Samuel Bevan Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC 37:55
2nd Open Male Rhys Goodhead Unattached 38:46
3rd Open Male Evan Davies Unattached 39:51
1st Open Female Helen Brown Mynydd Du 46:39
2nd Open Female Niki Morgan Mynydd Du 49:12
3rd Open Female Alice Bedwell MDC 49:42
1st Male V40 Stewart Bellamy Mercia Fell Runners 42:05
1st Male V50 Christian Poulton Cambridge Harriers 41:27
1st Male V60 John Aggleton MDC 48:58
1st Male V70 Gary Gunner Croft Ambrey 57:02
1st Female V40 Anneliese Loveluck Unattached 58:02
1st Female V50 Alice Bedwell MDC 49:42
1st Female V60 --    
1st Female V70 -- -- --
1st Local Paul Tucker (Brecon) Brecon AC 47:40
Fastest to the summit Rhys Goodhead Unattached 28:04
Fastest descent Samuel Bevan Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC 09:45
M Team Samuel Bevan (1), Daniel Short (15), Mark Bevan (18) Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC  
F Team Helen Brown (17), Niki Morgan (30), Lou Summers (52) Mynydd Du  


Junior results

Position Name Cat Age Club/School Time
1 Thomas Timmons M 14 Isle of Wight AC 08:21
2 Lloyd Sheppard M 13 Endurance Massive 08:22
3 Jimi Eldridge M 14 Ryde Academy 08:36
4 Harry Bell M 13 Leighton Buzzard 08:38
5 Ben Timmons M 13 Isle of Wight AC 08:38
6 Robin Flower M 12 Brecon High School 08:47
7 Kieran Morgan M 10 FODAC 09:32
8 Chloe Morgan F 9 FODAC 11:24
9 Malia Koski F 10 Reddam House 12:06
10 Thomas O'Toole M 12 Bexley AC 12:47
11 Ellie Morgan F 8 FODAC 16:48


A video from the stile