Idyllic conditions for the new fell race organised by Wrexham AC ensured its debut was an unforgettable one.
Welsh Fell Race Passes With Flying Colours
The Ras Cyrn Y Brain 7-mile fell race took place on Sunday (11 September) with an 11am start from the Ponderosa Café, Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen.
This race was the brainchild of Charles Ashley, Wrexham AC who said: “A lot of people do not know what great running is up there.”
With 1200ft of climbing, several technical sections and a few steep descents, this challenging race would push runners to their limits. The Horseshoe Pass is famous with the motorcycling fraternity who enjoy the long, winding road around the valley, and is equally popular with fell runners due to the panoramic views.
There were a small number of entries with 22 runners ready and willing to tackle a hilly course in the late summer sunshine with only a hint of a breeze.
Huw Davies of Mercia Fell Runners Club was the winner in 50:16. Peter Taylor of Tattenhall Runners was second in 51:28 (1st MV40) with Jim O’Hara of Helsby Running Club third in 52:19.
Lisa Grantham (1st W40) of Pensby Runners was first lady in 58:07 followed by Lisa Morley (1st W45) of Wrexham AC in 61:07. Sharon Basford of Tattenhall was third in 80:44.
Final finisher, Rachel Nickerson of Erdigg chose a tough race for her first one and a gritty performance saw her come home in 116:37 (1:56:37).
Positive feedback makes this a ‘must do’ event for the fell running community. As confirmed by Wrexham AC secretary Bob Frost who said: ”it will be a fixture on the calendar for the same weekend next year when word gets around about a cracking race not to be missed.”
Photo courtesy of Paul Holland, Wrexham AC.