Racing was keen this weekend as competition across the UK hills and mountains went ahead in some of the worst weather this spring. Not that this is anything to stop a seasoned fell runner getting out there and racing!
Such was the case at the Carneddau race, as Welsh international Richard Roberts took his second win in as many weekends as he got within 4 minutes of the course record in what were described as atrocious conditions over the tops of Carnedd Dafydd and Llewellyn by some of the runners I talked to.
The New Dungeon Ghyll results are now online, with a handsome win for Rob Jebb. Good to see Anna Lupton in the results too, with a slender win in the women’s race ahead of Judith Jepson in 11th and 12th places overall.
Not content with a win on Saturday, Jebby made his way over to Glaramara on Sunday afternoon, and looking at these images it appears he had a good time there, though with no results online yet I am surmising that the Bingley Harrier won this one too.
Form-man Ben Abdelnoor turned ace reporter this weekend too as he posted the following snippet on the MST site:
New Dungeon Ghyll Race won by Rob Jebb. Old County Tops race won by the Ambleside AC pairing of Dan Duxbury and Gary Thorpe in 7 hr 5 min. Well done boys!
Big thanks for The Noor for that, showing that the site does get some reading from the top racers!
Seems like those ‘challenging’ weather conditions were also prevalent at the Old County Tops, for that win for the Ambleside duo of Dan Duxbury and Gary Thorpewith, with some describing it as “fierce” on the Tops. A lively thread on the FRA is coupled with a great personal tale by Ian Charters on his blog here, after completing his second Old County Tops race.
They seemed to be in luck with the weather (dampness wise) up in Scotland as Kenny Richmond and Jasmin Paris were victorious at the Slioch race
There was a weather window of sorts as the race started – however cloud cover and heavy rain returned during the race. Fortunately the wind did not seem to reach the 70mph forecast! A revised route this year to avoid an exposed section of ridge after the Slioch summit, however the race distance still turned out to be similar and still over 12 miles.
The overall winner was Kenny Richmond from Bellahouston RR in 2 hrs 05 mins, with Will Manners (Strathearn) a minute behind and Mark Harris (Fife AC) a further minute back. First lady was Jasmin Paris from Carnethy in 2 hrs 32 min with Andrea Priestley (Ochil HR) also a minute behind and Eilidh Raistrick (HHR) in 3rd, a further 5 minutes back.
Full results courtesy of Scottish Hill Racing are here
Finally, at the Cateran Trail Ultramarathon there was a great win for Paul Giblin in a superb 8hrs 14min, with Maja Rysnik winning the women’s race coming in 5th overall. More info on this as it becomes available.
1. Paul Giblin 8.14.41
2. Mark Caldwell 8.50.57
3. Mike Raffan 9.21.08
4. Bob Steel 9.25.47
5. Maja Rysnik 9.31.45