Monday, 21 October 2013

British Fell Relays

A grand day out in Llanberis for the British Fell Relays, the third time in recent years that we've managed (just) to get a team out. A good dose of proper North Wales weather greeted 200 teams from across the UK, including the cream of British mountain running talent (and us). The HQ quickly turned into a gazebo graveyard as some of the bigger clubs saw their best laid organisation plans shredded by the wind: but our more modest 3ft high tent stayed intact! John M acted as team captain and mr motivator, with unhelpful suggestions from Simon R, and Jeff - recovering from illness - providing crucial extra moral support. Rest of the team included Eddie, Simon E, Huw, Dave, Pete - cracking performances all round, in often appalling weather against a top quality field. Watching the final leg runners plunge into waist deep mud topped the day off.
Roll of Honour:
Eddie Davies, Leg 1 (flat out 8k uphill sprint with 300m climbing up towards Bwlch y Groes - Eddie's first ever fell race!)
Simon E and Simon R, Leg 2 (15k, 1000m over 4 peaks including Moel Eilio, 70mph winds on the ridge)
Huw and Dave B, Leg 3 (by all accounts, one of the toughest navigation legs of recent years - energy sapping bog throughout)
Pete, Leg 4 (700m+ of climbing straight up the steep side of Moel Eilio and back through acres of churned mud)
These pics capture some of the glamour of the day.

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