Monday, 27 June 2011

Moel-y-Gamelin Sunday 26th June

After the cold of Wednesday and the rain on Friday we had the heat of Sunday for this 9.5 mile fell race.

The race starts from the Poderosa Café on the Horseshoe Pass, amid an odd mixture of cyclists, motor bikers and nice elderly couples out for a Sunday drive. The start takes you directly into a climb up Cribyn Oernant, with a dip then up to Moel-y-Gamelin (578m). Then down a fierce drop, cross a track before heading up again to the trig point on Moel Morfydd (549m). The path drops down before you set off in a straight line across the moorland, passing a drink station on a side-road then follow the fence to the end of the open moorland. Turn right, follow the fence, turn right again and follow the fence back towards the finish, cross the road again with another drink station. Undulating but good fast running. You reach a track and turn right again with a gently but steady climb till you reach the pass. The track drops down towards Llangollen (nice views!). But you turn left, up to Moel-y-Gamelin.

Must be nearly home now. Except for…………… remember that fierce climb I told you about? It is actually steeper going up than it is coming down. But when you do reach the cairn it is undulating for a while; over Cribyn Oernant, then a downhill run to the finish. I was really happy to see it. Get changed and join the bikers and the grandparents for tea and cakes.

Eight Buckley Runners ran in this club championship

Jez Brown 5th in 1.19.57

Simon Edwards 8th in 1.22.27

Dave Boothroyd 33rd in 1.36.49

John Morris 44th in 1.41.58

Paul Donoghue 65th in 1.48.32

Marcus Reid 67th in 1.50.00

Fenella Higgins 92nd in 2.11.16

Robert Mackey 94th in 2.16.35

Posted by Rob

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