Sunday was a big day of running for 14 Denbigh Harriers in Snowdonia. The early starters were Peter Lester-Owen and David Jones who did the mighty Ultra race climbing 7000ft of rough terrain over 37 miles which went 10 miles or so more than the Marathon which itself is longer than the official marathon distance. David Jones in 9.42 arrived back in Llanberis a bit before Peter 9.49 having run most of the race together. Then we had the marathon runners who had to climb 5,250ft over their 27.4 miles. They were led home by Adam McDonnell in a great time of 5.17 in his first proper mountain run. He was followed in by Melina Morris 6.14, Sioned Griffiths 6.24, Katy Baugh 6.32, Menai Baugh 7.04 and Anwen Brown in 7.44 running her first marathon of any kind. Great achievements from them all on this very hard course. There were five harriers running the half marathon which after taking the runners up and down Snowdon gave them a nasty climb up the Llanberis quarry before the finish: Emma Collins 2.33, Roger Snaith 3.32, David Spencer 3.47, Dawn Marshall and Caroline Ann Parry in 4.21. Luke Hughes ran the 10k race at the same event finishing in 1.03.
Six Harriers took part in the scenic Druid Fell Race which starts and finishes by the Druid Inn, Llanferres on July 10th. The route climbs from the pub up to the top of Foel Fenlli and a loop around the hill before returning the same way. This involves a climb of nearly 1200 feet over 5 miles. Good conditions for this well established fell race though some unexpected showers made the course slippy in parts. Good performances by all with Tony Wood coming in an impressive 11th in 40.25. Other times – Duncan Jones, 58th in 49.10, Katy Baugh, 64th in 49.57, Tony Benton, 65th in 50.13, Ruari Benton, 75th in 53.25 and another first over 60 prize for Menai Baugh, 80th in a tremendous time of 54.42.
151st Sian PRITCHARD 00:26:21
2nd Joseph WELCH 00:18:27 PB
14th David BAUGH 00:20:42
213th John Llewelyn THOMAS 00:30:43 PB