Sunday, June 24, 2018
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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.

For the Ladies, an unfortunate misunderstanding when 80% of the way round, and arguably in line to post a faster time than the B team boys, led to 2 missed checkpoints and a dnf. Best run of the day was possibly from Paul Jeggo for the V50 team on Leg 4, where he was 1st V50 (I lie, he was actually 2nd), 42nd overall, just 2' behind Malcolm Muir for the A team, 32nd in 52'07". Julian Catmull and Kerry Marsh enjoyed their run up and down Moel Elio on this leg. Overall the A team finished an excellent 14th out of 175 teams, not quite the top 10 aimed for - next year in Kirkby Lonsdale maybe. The Vet 50s were the next Strider team, 12th of 15 in the category, 111th overall; again a pleasing result, with something to aim for next year. The B team finished 154th, the Ladies, because of the mix up on Leg 3 dnf'd. Many thanks to those who ran, and to the supporters, to the debutants, and to Sarah Colbert & Janet Hill for their exceptional help in getting the ladies team together, accommodation, and managing the numbers in a crowded, windswept tent. Full results at and photos beginning to appear at and a few, including the better side of at least 1 Strider, at

There are a number of fell races in the coming weeks for anyone wanting to try the sport. The Wrekin Wrecker on 17th November is one of our closest true fell races, Cardington Cracker on 1st December is a favourite for many. More details on the chatboard.




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