Fells In July
In a busy month for fell running we saw a number of sale harriers leave their road shoes and track spikes behind to head for the hills. Saturday 17th July saw my return to racing at the village carnival in Capel Curig for the Moel Siabod race (5.8 miles 2,300 feet). Registration was behind the coconut shy, and in a break before the fancy dress competition 120 runners set off on the stiff climb to the summit. My mum had described it as a boring slog but the views offered of the Snowdon horseshoe were fantastic. Despite a disappointing descent I managed 19th (57:57) in what was a counter for both the Wales Open and North Wales Championship. Wednesday 21st saw the Shining Tor race (5.9miles 1,600 feet) impressive performances came from Steve Mcarron (17th 48:51), Roger Ashby and our very own celebrity fellrunner Mike Wharton (110th 62:51 see The Fellrunner summer 2010 pp124). Wednesday 28th and I was again donning my racing boots for The Green Green Grass of Home (5miles 1,800 feet) with ex-sale harrier Chris Chandler starting at a quaint village pub in Llangynhafal at the foot of Moel Famau. The race ended in split result as the first half of the field cut the race short missing the third and final climb. I was part of the short race finishing in 4th place (34:46). The last time I trust local runners in front of me to know where they are going! Next on Saturday 7th August was the first running of The Fox Trot (7miles 1,000feet) organised by our own Richard Watson that saw runners climb out of Colwyn Bay through woodland and on trail then back down with stunning views of Conwy, The Great Orme and Colwyn Bay. 4 harriers took part in the event Paul Rowley (2nd 51:11), Paul Barratt(13th 59:30), Mike Wharton (19th 1:03:12) and Chris Heyes who helped with marshalling. All were rewarded with fabulous tea and cake in the cricket pavilion at the end of the race. Sunday saw the third in the series of the McCain UK Mountain Championship with the uphill only race in LLanberis (6.8m 3,563feet) and Gareth Raven came in 5th in 53:13 which should keep him in contention for the series.
If anyone would like to try out fell running we currently have a group who run regularly on a Sunday morning from a variety of locations across the peak district. If we get enough interest we would happily extend to two or more groups.
Written by Paul Rowley
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56