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CARDINGTON CRACKER

Seven Striders were in Shropshire on Sunday for this, one of the last fell races of the calendar year. A favourite race of many, the 14.5k course takes in climbs of The Lawley, Caer Caradoc, the Hope Bowdler Ridge and The Wilderness, 793m of climb. In good conditions Paul Jeggo had another good run, 9th overall out of 250 runners and 1st vet 50 in a time of 1h24m10s. Kirsty Williams (pictured on the exhilarating descent off The Lawley) enjoyed her 2nd fell race, Robin Hay his 1st. Anthony Marsh was 2nd Strider home, 104th in 1h44m17s, with Roger Gooding, Tim Brockington and John Williams also running. The Hadleigh Downs race on New Year's Eve is a good, local chance to try hill running. See the chatboard for details of this, and trips to the hills in the new year.alt Full results are at telfordathleticclub.co.uk/races/cardington-cracker and photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets

 

Fell Relays, Llanberis

Always one of the highlights of the year, the UKA Fell Relays this year were based in Llanberis. We entered 4 teams; the A team the strongest that we have put out, a Vet 50 team for the first time, a B team and a ladies team. The A team had a good day, led off by Neil McGoun, who had a solid first leg, 39th in 40'49", followed home by Leah Walland, excelling on her return to the fells, Tim Brockington (V50) and Jon Legge. Leg 2 was the toughest leg on the ground, taking in the ridge from Moel Cynghoridion to Moel Elio, and this, with the weather conditions (strong, gusty wind, heavy rain showers) combined to make it something of an epic. Our runners were Roy Scott & tristan Windley (19th), Anthony Marsh & Jamie Woodyard, Gary Wright & Chris Purse and Sarah Colbert & Kirsty Williams, the latter making a good debut for the Striders Fell team. Leg 3 is the Navigation leg, and at some 12.5k with 900m of climb was one of the toughest of recent years; our A team runners, Harold Wyber & Chris Sellens produced one of our best preformances of the day, 7th overall in 94'57". Kevin Ellis & John Williams were next home for the V50 team, taking 139'30", despite much discussion about route choice among other things. Ian Brazier & Rob Rodie took their time, enjoying the improving weather conditions.

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Breiddens Fell Race

As preparation for the fell relays next weekend, and because it is a really good race, four Striders travelled to the Welsh Borderlands for the Breidden Hills Fell Race. Paul Jeggo again excelled, taking in his stride the 11k and 690m of climb up Bulty Hill, Middletown Hill, Moel y Golfa and Rodney's Pillar, finishing 13th overall and taking the wine as 1st M50 in a time of 63'03". Tim Brockington was next home in 78'50", followed by John Williams in 79'02" and Janet Hill in 95'07". The latter two were 3rd and 2nd in their respective categories, though in truth well behind the category winners.

Next weekend 24 Striders will be travelling expectantly to the Fell Relays in North Wales. For anyone wishing to try fell running there will be trips to the Wrekin Wrecker (13k, 732m of climb) on 17th November and Cardington Cracker (14.5k/793m) on 1st December. Both races are in Shropshire, and there will be further details on the chatboard closer to the time.

   

Another fine day on the fells

Sunday saw Striders at 2 events on the hills. Nikki Brockbank and Jamie Woodyard took to the hills around Haworth for the Yorkshireman marathon & half marathon. Nikki took 20 minutes off her time from the previous year, finishing the marathon in 3h47m38s, just 40s behind the first lady home, 17th overall. Jamie was 63rd in the half in 2h16m29s, behind erstwhile Strider Jason Praill, 39th in 2h8m2s.

The Stretton Skyline has been a popular race for Striders for a few years, 30.5k with the 1357m of climb taking in the hills around Church Stretton - Pole Bank, Ragleth, Caer Caradoc & The Lawley, with a final climb back up to the Long Mynd ridge. Janet Hill & John Williams ran this year, Janet narrowly missing out on the F55 award, John holding off several locals from Mercia to bring home the bordeaux in the M60, 41st overall in 3h26m8s. A good day to be out on the hills.

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Brecon Fans Weekend

A view from the front...

Paul Jeggo, John Williams, Ed Charlton-Weedy and Harold Wyber produced solid runs in very warm conditions this weekend at the Fans fell racing weekend in the Breacon Beacons.

Saturday saw the 5.8km, 588m climb Pen Y Fan race, taking competitors up towards the main Breacons ridge to the summit of the 873m Corn Du. The course then ascended to the north east to the 886m summit of Pen Y Fan, before plummeting into the valley and continuing down across rough terrain towards the finish. Harold established an early lead; overtaken on the approach to the ridge, he initially lost ground before managing to overhaul the leader just before Corn Du. However, while he led at the top of Pen Y Fan, Harold was caught on the steep descent shortly afterwards and, beginning to suffer from blisters he could only watch as the race leader pulled away. Having gained enough time on the climb, Harold managed to hold on to second.

The heat and steep downhill section meant that Harold wasn't the only person to face foot problems. Paul incurred a large blister but despite this produced a very strong run to take 1st V50 and 9th overall. Ed, however, fared less well and was forced to walk much of the descent, seeing him cross the line in 29th. John looked rather shell shocked as he crossed the line, appearing to have felt the effects of the heat (apparently nearing 30C) but nonetheless performed effectively to achieve a 47th place finish.

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