Kicking off a week of racing was Vic Belshaw at the English Fell Championship Counter 2021 – Black Combe on 28 August held at the South west corner of the Lakes in good conditions. Men were set off at 1.00pm followed by the ladies at 2.30pm. There was one section that had 500m of climbing tussocks over about 2km which had most of the field spitting feathers, followed by a “hell for leather” descent. Vic finished 6th in his age category, pleased with his run and result and comfortably in the top half of the overall field. Wonderful event and camaraderie as usual.
Five members of Denbigh Harriers turned out for a local fell race in Cilcain, organised by NEWSAR, on Bank Holiday Monday. This 5 mile/8 km race starts in the village and ascends 1,300ft/400 m to the summit of Moel Famau. Daniel Jones was 5th in the race and first Harrier home in an impressive 35 mins 33 secs. Owen Conry was the second Harrier home in a time of 43:53. Returning from injury but running well, first of the Harriers women was Kate Wilson in a time of 51:40, closely followed by Menai Baugh in 52:38 claiming the First Female 60 prize. Abigail Corfe finished in a very respectable time of 58: 05 for her first ever fell race.
The Gladstone 9 mile fell race Sunday 5 September was run by 3 V60 Denbigh Harriers. It was a hot one with 2800’ of climb over a mixture of trail, rocky fell up Tal y Fan, sheep trods, the inevitable Penmaenmawr upland soggy bits and the sting in the tail of Moel Llûs. Runners were set off in 5 second intervals which did not seem to be seeded by expected finish time making it hard to work out who you were competing with. Menai managed another PB (becoming a habit) to pick up the 1st F60 prize in 2:11:30. Mike (Michael Hobday) running his first fell race for 4 years put in a good shift and looked in good shape at the end finishing in 2:03:18. David Baugh finished in 1:42:47 and 2nd M60 (including prize) to a very speedy Russell Owen from Eryri.
Steve Gadd enjoyed a fab run at the Always Aim High Ynys Mon half marathon on Sunday 5 September. Gorgeous weather and no wind meant conditions were good. This is a road race with a steep hill at halfway, and was Steve’s first race back after spring injury so he was pleased with a steady run. Chip time 01:39:23, 8th in category MV45 and 50th overall. Nice to be back-ish!
On a busy Sunday for the club 3 members also ran the Village Bakery Half Marathon in Wrexham. This is a fast, flat course and conditions on the day were very warm. Adam McDonnell was first Harrier home in 01:38:34 (203), followed by Mel Morris in 01:40:48 (220), with recent new member Lucy Lewis finishing in 02:06:53 (327).
Parkrun Results 04/09/2021:
380 Sian Pritchard 00:25:16 PB
34 Emma Collins 00:22:26
277 John Llewelyn Thomas 01:00:16
26 Katy Baugh 00:24:49
29 Elen Baugh 00:24:57 PB