Llangynhafal on Weds 27th was the finale of the Martin's series of three summer fell races. These excellent events are becoming increasingly popular, with a field of 120 turning out on a warm summer evening for what was described as 4.5 miles. Martin sets a new course each year (that means anew PB!) but as most people went wrong last year he thought he would send them round the right way this time - sort of a new route.
The race itself was competitive throughout the field with some fine performances from some top class runners. Jez was 5th, Simon picked up a prize in his age group, John "You can't keep a good man from winning" Morris won the vet 60 category. Sue and Rob both had a decent run. (I think that is everyone but the results aren't out yet). Buckley numbers a bit depleted with a long injury list from Saturday.
The route is challenging with three climbs. It starts up the gravel road towards Cilcain, follows the cycle track towards Moel Famau with a steep climb to the summit, A fast dash back towards the valley floor but just when you can nearly see the finish it turns right, across a track my dog would have difficulty running on and up an even steeper climb to the Easternmost Cairn. The route down is a guessing game; you pick your way through the heather trying to find the track. Its a waste of time - there isn't one until the final plunge down to the finish. Its a very good 4.5 miles. Mapometer reckons just over 5 with 2011 feet of climbing. But this is much better than sitting at home watching telly, or intervals on the industrial estate. If you want see the route go to mapometer and search for "green, green grass of home 2011".
Then back to the pub for beer and prizes.
Posted by Rob