22 Oct Ron Skilton Half Marathon 21 Oct 2018
This report just in from trail supremo Malcolm Bradley (thanks Malcolm)….
“Sunday 21st October was the date for the Ron Skilton Trails Half Marathon, the eighth event of nine in the Club’s Off-road Championship calendar.
Six Members made the long trip north to Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales, successfully navigating the Epynt Mountain firing range through thick fog. This was necessary due to road closures on the normal route through Llandovery.
The fog lifted before the race started, so the runners were able to absorb the beautiful scenery in perfect conditions. After leaving the town, the route soon climbs steeply, the “runners” were walking in single file up a narrow mountain path, perspiring freely although the temperature was still only about 11’C, climbing to 1530 feet. After heading around Waun Coli the trail leads back down to the event HQ at the Neuadd Arms at 7.5 miles Here, refreshments are available and it was so tempting to stop rather than do the second, shorter, different lap. The route is very much multi-terrain; forest trails, fields, riverside tracks, [with the occasional ford!] and a bit of tarmac. The second “lap” ascends Garn Dwad, but this time only to 1,260 feet.
The winning time was 1:27:40, which indicates how tough the route is, winning lady took 1:42:22. Malcolm Bradley was the first Club Member to finish, in 54th place 2:09:08, second in the MV60 category, despite being led astray by the lady he was following, probably costing 2 minutes. The lesson learnt here is; look out for route markers rather than blindly follow the person ahead. Anna Helsing was next in, 73rd , impressing with 2:21:35. She attributes her recent good form to cani-cross training with a friend. Steve New was 112th in 2:40:50, followed in by Sarah Lees, 123rd in 2:48:07. Susannah Kingdon, visiting her home town was 126th in 2:49:44, her husband also running. Taking lots of photos and determined to finish his favourite event, although still not fully recovered from injury, Nigel Adams finished 130th in 2:57:54. At the end, competitors are treated to the renowned and very welcome buffet of; tea, coffee, sandwiches and biscuits [no cake this year].
The final event in the in the Club’s Off-road Championship calendar is the “Cottrell Park Christmas Cracker on 16th December.”