The Green Green Grass of Home midweek fell race was held in Llangynhafal this week. The race was organised by Denbigh Harrier Tony Benton and used the Golden Lion as it’s race HQ. The hot temperatures during the day had fallen only slightly in time for the evening start of this race.This didn’t seem to daunt anybody and a record 99 runners turned out for this trek up and down the Clwydian hills along some rarely trodden tracks and paths before descending steeply across open heath to the finish. Despite getting lost Dan Jones was the first Harrier home in 23rd place in 54.56. Next home was Kay Baugh in 47th (5th woman) in 58.14 followed by Peter Lester-Owen in 70th 62.24 and Fred Jones 71st 62.39, Menai Baugh 76th 64.20 and Ruari Benton 81st 65.11.
The Clwydian 10 mile race was held on Sunday with the Clydian 20 was cancelled due to the poor visibility and conditions. Just 2 Denbigh Harriers braved the wet conditions. The race started at Plas Dolben farm and summited Moel Famau twice after going up the infamous ‘gulley’ ! There was 3200ft climb and 10.3 miles in tough conditions. Victoria Whitehead finished in 7th place and was 1st lady in 2hrs 2mins and Luke Hughes finished in 18th and in 2.15 only a week after he raced the Snowdon International.
The Helena Tipping 10k in Wrexham had help in very damp conditions with puddles on the course. However for the race itself conditions improved resulting in some great times. As this was the North Wales 10k Championship race the field was competitive so it was great news that threee of the four Denbigh Harriers running came away with prizes. The prize winners were Emma Collins for the F55 category where she was over five minutes ahead of the next runner. Mel Morris second F45 in a closely fought race and Fred Jones was second in the M60 category.
116th Emma Collins Denbigh 43.30 1st F55
132nd Mathew Jones 44:33
154th Melina Morris Denbigh 45.22 2nd F45
190th Fred Jones Denbigh 47.35 2nd M60
Pont y Bala
5th David BAUGH 00:20:28
9th Katy BAUGH 00:22:16 1st Female
13th Elen BAUGH 00:23:15 2nd Female
38th John Llewelyn THOMAS 00:29:21 Personal Best
223rd Dawn MARSHALL 00:34:13
60th Tony BENTON 00:23:01