Davis is too hot at Welsh 1000m

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 06 Jun '11

© Al Tye / www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk

Tim Davies

The images tell the story at this weekend’s Welsh 1000m race, which finished amongst the Saturday pilgrimage on the summit of Snowdon. It was hot, very hot, especially for those embarking on the 22 mile full course…

Runners are seen carrying bottles, hydropacks and donning hats in an effort to combat the intense heat that was clearly evident on the Snowdonia mountains.

It was a case of deja vu for 2010 British Fell Champion Tim Davies as he repeated his victory of 12 months ago on this most classic of races, in pretty much the same hot conditions.

© Al Tye / www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk

Over the 1000m route that takes in Carnedd Dafydd, Llewelyn and Ugain – and this year has the addition of Glyder Fawr – before summiting Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon, it was a clear win for mid-Wales man (and 3-time winner of the Snowdon Race) Davies, as he led for most of the race, pulling away from a valiant Sam Smith as they ascended Snowdon in the last hour. Mercia runner Steven Cale was third.

With two straight wins under his belt we would think it is pretty likely that Davies will go for the hat-trick of Welsh 1000m wins in 2012, a feat that would top many a fell runners career achievements. Saturday also saw another hat-trick for second placed man Smith, as he has now finished runner-up in the last three races!

© Jeremy Williams

Andrea Rowlands on Glyder Fawr

Andrea Rowlands easily won the ladies for the second year running, after leading the race virtually from start to finish. Zoe Procter was the runner-up, with Aberystwyth’s Pheobe Webster in third.

© Al Tye / www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk

Phoebe Webster

In the ‘short’ 8 mile race from Ogwen, there were wins for Eryri Harriers Paul Jenkinson and Jenny Heming.

No results yet online, but should appear here when available. Hats off once again to Fell Running Pictures’ Al Tye, who climbed Garnedd Ugain in the heat, with some great hot and sweaty looking images, ably abetted by Eryri’s Jeremy Williams on Glyder Fawr – images here

© Al Tye / www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk

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  1. Colin Livingstone Jun 6, 11:02 AM

    This is a very demanding race, although the overall distance may be hard to quantify. 4 hours plus on your feet demands marathon endurance.

    Congratulations to all participants in a very tough challenge. As Tim’s coach, this is a pleasing effort as the endurance phase of his training has returned dividends. Tim now knows he can successfully race at marathon levels. We will now centre on AT ( aerobic threshold ), and VO2 work, alternating specific hill sessions with 1k efforts at 10k to 5k pace with short recoveries, and 3k pace with longer recoveries.This is all about developing marathon endurance, strong 5 to10k pace and true hill climbing power, which is required at international level.

    The proposed Commonwealth series of races is a huge initiative, well done Athletics Cymru and sponsors !

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