After our British Fell Championships race preview on Friday, we suggested that the final round in Wales at the tough Pedol Peris Horseshoe race could take the titles down to the wire…
We weren’t wrong, especially in the women’s race, as Victoria Wilkinson and Helen Fines ended up tying for the 2013 crown after Wilkinson took the victory in Llanberis.
Her win meant that after the season-long series the Bingley Harrier and Fines were inseperable, as the counters were any three to count from four races – with both runners having won two and finished second in one. On the day Wilkinson dominated from early on, as Fines had a tough time on the Snowdonia mountains taking a fair few tumbles, eventually finishing fourth, behind Jackie Lee and Hazel Robinson.
This Welsh classic starts in Llanberis, ascends Elidir, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Lliwedd, Snowdon and Moel Cynghorion and is considered by many to be one of the toughest races the calendar at 17.5 miles and 8500ft of ascent.
In the men’s event all was to play for as the top four contenders pre-race lined up to slug it out. Pre-Peris champs leader Finlay Wild, Rob Jebb, Morgan Donnelly and Lloyd Taggart led it out, along with top local fellsman Math Roberts (Eryri), on the early climbs – this was going to be one close battle.
However, Jebb obviously had the measure of them, and as they emerged off Cynghorion and up Bwlch Maesgwm it was the Bingley Harrier who was the strongest, ahead of Donnelly and Wild, to add yet another British crown to his illustrious career on the fells.
Results are awaited, but well done to Al Tye at Fell Running Pictures who returned to the mountains after a recent illness and his lovely shots are here.