Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Long Mynd Valleys Weekend

Conditions on Saturday were foul for the first of the weekends races, the 4k Tittersone Clee race up, round the trig pillar and down the highest hill in Shropshire. Despite the howling wind drving the rain and snow flurries this was a good race for Striders. Paul Jeggo won the M50 category, as usual, Janet Hill took the award for F55 and John Williams the M60 prize. Best preformance of the day came from Edd Charlton-Weedy, equalling the feat of erstwhile captain Mark Healy sometime in the last century, and winning the race, beating his nemesis from last year, local Mercia man Paul Jones. Tim Brockington also ran, but suffered the fate of many in past years, and did not find a good descent route.

The same 5 lined up for the Sunday race, the 18.5k Long Mynd Valleys. Despite the generally fine conditions there was to be no repeat of the prize glut of the previous day, with category winners John and Paul beaten into 2nd place; Janet however retained her title as 1st F55, though a computer timing glitch initially indicated otherwise. Edd was on course for a top 10 finish again, but his failure to recce the course changes led him astray after the last checkpoint atop Yearlet, adding some 8 minutes to his time, and giving him a somewhat embarrassing finish, running up the road from the south east rather than down the spur from the south west. Janet also had an interesting finish, 3rd lady home, (after an early start, so actually just over an hour slower, but in a still creditable time of just over 3 hours). Despite his walkabout Edd still ran well enough to win the shield for the weekend; an excellent performance, and from a quick look at the names on the shield the first time that this has been accomplished by a Strider.

The races also mark the end of the 2013/2014 Fell Championship, with the worthy champions being Paul Jeggo and Janet Hill.

There are a number of fell races in the coming weeks and months. The next outing should be a day trip back to Shropshire for the Carding Mill Canter on Saturday 1st March. Other trips will be to the Wrekin on Sunday 6th April, Kinder Downfall, 27th April, in May there is a possible weekend trip to Mount Famine Fell race in Derbyshire and the InterCounties in Lancashire and in June the Midsummer Madness weekend in Yorkshire. Further details of trips will be on the chatboard, and all are a good preparation for the highlight of the fell year the Fell Relays in the Howgills on 19th October.


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