Breakthrough for Phillips at Foel Fras

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 12 Jun '11

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Matthew Roberts (left) with Richard Phillips early on

There was a resounding win for Serpentine’s Richard Phillips in round one of the 2011 Welsh Mountain Running Championships, at a sunny Foel Fras race in north Wales. Eryri’s Becki Law took the win in the ladies race..

Phillips is eligible for Wales and delivered defeat to some top quality and seasoned fell runners on this tough 12 mile course from Abergwyngregyn. His winning margin of over five and a half minutes from Welsh mountain international Math Roberts, with almost 10 minutes back to fellow international Iain Ridgway, should not be overlooked – both men have been in pretty good form over the last few weeks.

I’d be grateful if someone could fill me in on Phillips’ fell / mountain background as he isnt a runner who has previously figured prominently in these types of races in recent years – but obviously has some ability!

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Phillips descends to the finish

In the ladies race there was a clear win for Becki Law, ahead of jenny Heming and Rachael Maskell.

Some super images are now online thanks to Al Tye and Gwynfor James.

© Gwynfor James /

Becki Law

Full results (thanks to Hywel Thomas)
1.37:41 1 Richard Phillips Serpentine
1.43:15 2 Matthew Roberts Eryri
1.47:08 3 Iain Ridgway Eryri
1.48:24 4 Chris Near Eryri
1.52:50 5 Johnny Moore o/40
1.55:37 6 Paul Jenkinson o/40 Eryri
1.56:20 7 Jack Scannell o/40 Eryri
1.57:00 8 Graham Hill o/40 Calder Valley
1.58:07 9 Craig South
1.58:24 10 Jos Jones Aberystwyth AC
1.58:58 11 Karl Steinegger u/23 Ambleside AC
2.00:02 12 Stephen Jones o/40 Clwydian Range Runners
2.00:15 13 Arwel Lewis o/50 Eryri
2.00:32 14 Andy Hickman
2.01:40 15 Noel Craine o/40 Eryri
2.01:45 16 Kevin Hagley o/40 SWRR
2.03:24 17 Iwan Edgar o/50 Eryri
2.03:30 19 David Malia o/40 Mercia fell runners
2.06:56 20 Tom Miles u/23 Clwydian Range Runners
2.08:47 21 Gary Porter-Jones o/40 Eryri
2.09:04 22 Howard Chambers o/40 Saddleworth
2.09:09 23 Becki Law F Eryri
2.11:50 24 Ewion Williams Eryri
2.12:20 25 Ross Powell o/50 Mercia fell runners
2.12:33 26 Neil Oliver Elias o/40 Eryri
2.12:43 27 Ashley Wager o/50 Eryri
2.13:08 28 Mark Bowden Saddleworth
2.14:19 29 Andy Jones North Wales Road Runners Club
2.14:30 30 Richard Borne o/40
2.14:40 31 Jenny Heming F Eryri
2.15:50 32 Rachel Maskell F
2.16:06 33 Neil Wootton
2.17:04 34 Mike Reynolds
2.17:12 35 Kenny Forster o/50 Spectrum Striders
2.17:35 36 Samuel Harrison u/23
2.19:16 37 Ali Chant Eryri
2.19:30 38 Dilwyn Rowlands o/40 Eryri
2.19:30 39 David Andrew Norris o/40
2.19:30 40 Graham Davies o/40 Mysteruns
2.20:50 41 Kean Rowlands o/50 Clwydian Range Runners
2.21:38 42 Serena Wagg F o/40
2.22:26 43 James Riley o/40 Todmorden Harriers
2.25:48 44 Claire Wightman F Saddleworth
2.27:30 45 Mike Blake o/60 Eryri
2.28:05 46 Sandra Rowlands F o/40 Clwydian Range Runners
2.28:47 47 Juliet Edwards F o/40 Meirionnydd
2.37:15 48 Keith Williams o/40
2.37:31 50 Stell Farrar F o/50 Eryri
2.37:33 51 John Harold o/40 Eryri
2.37:45 52 David Hickling o/60 Saddleworth
2.38:17 53 Jill Davies F o/50 Saddleworth
2.38:29 54 David Owen o/60 Prestatyn
2.38:55 55 Richard Davies o/40
2.39:40 56 Nicole Torr F Saddleworth
2.39:40 57 Tina Bowden F Saddleworth
2.41:58 58 Jane Hodgson F o/40 Saddleworth
2.42:41 59 Alwyn Wiliams Eryri
2.44:15 60 Martyn Hodgson o/40 Saddleworth
2.44:35 61 Liz Tromans F o/40 Saddleworth
2.45:53 62 Francis Uhlman o/60 WFRA
2.49:27 63 Graham McVey o/40
2.53:21 64 Richard Jeffries
2.53:28 65 Christobel Heginbotham F o/40 Saddleworth
2.54:36 66 Ruth Carr F Saddleworth
2.58:09 67 Margaret Ann Oliver F o/60 Eryri
3.01:25 68 Roger Comish o/40

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  1. scott baistow Jun 12, 06:38 PM

    White compression socks…at a guess id says he must be a road and xc runner

  2. Dominic Shields Jun 15, 10:21 PM

    At a trail/bike duathlon called Hell Rider I did on 4th June, I noticed an obviously class runner in a Serpentine vest in one of the teams. Then this weekend I saw the same chap running Stage 12 of the Welsh Castles Relay (Llanbadarn Ffynydd to Crossgates). After the finish I chatted to him briefly and he mentioned that he’d run Foel Fras the previous day, not a hint that he’d done well.

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