long mynd hike entries are now open and working ok
Hike was full as of 22/06/2011.
Heavy bursts of rain over Rodney's Pillar immediately prior to the race made for interesting conditions, nevertheless all the runners returned safely, but the record stayed intact. Paul Jones of Mercia came home first followed by Andy Yapp of Mercia, then Stephen Roberts of Oswestry Olympians all these, were in the vets categries, the next person home in 4th place overall was the improving Mel Price of Mercia in a time of 26.35, just 8 seconds off Anna Bartlett's Ladies' record.
Results for tonight's Rodneys Pillar handicap race are now available. Click here for results in actual finish time order. Click here for results in handicap order.
Half term and classic races on the weekend before and after may have lead to a reduced field, but this was a cracking race on lovely summers evening, unfortunately the race leader Daniel Maskew took a wrong sheep track on the fern covered hills, but that gave English youth international Kristian Edwards the chance to shine and win the seniors race, Mel Price shined again in the ladies race, just 18 second off the course record, 90 runners completed the course, results can be seen on the web page, and photos in the normal places,.
Andy Davies proved able to translate his 50 mile form from the Hike to the longer ultra distance at the weekend, winning the Houseman Hundred in an astonishing 22 hours and 9 minutes. He was the only runner to break the 24 hour barrier, ultimately winning by more than three hours from a group of four who finished in 25:18. Hot on their heels was another group containing Terry Davies, along with Noel Hogan, Sandy MacKenzie and John Taylor of Newport & District RC. They finished sixth equal in 25:37.
The latest results from the 2011 Summer series are now posted on the webpages, please click on the link below, next race in the series is The Batch Bach on Wednesday 2nd June, dont forget about The Gogbatch Gallop too, Wed 8th June Junior Race. for 8yrs+, and Senior Relays
Summer Series Full Results
Summer Series Category Results
Simon Bailey's good form continued on Saturday when he won the English Championships race at Mearley Clough, completing the 3.5 mile / 1,200' course in 27:45. Mel Price was a superb third in the ladies race which must put her in a good position on the overall standings after a good run at the LMV. This was Mel's third race in seven days, and she'd set records at both of the previous races, making her achievement all the more impressive.
Please see results for the Bluebell Run received from Phil on the results page. Simon White was only 10 seconds outside the record, but the stand out performance was Mel Price who finished 4th overall and took four and a half minutes(!) off the female course record. Everyone went the right way this year except John Sproson who might have momentarily felt the call of the Ragleth too strongly (apparently his dog went astray!!!). Hopefully there will be pictures in this week's South Shropshire Journal.
This is May's "away" Mercia results page. Winning athletes this month already include Tim Davies (twice), Steve Cale, Paul Jones (twice), Andy Davies and Simon Bailey. I have race reports from the Red Kite Challenge and Ras y Diafol at Nant yr Arian and from the Llanfihangel Loop and Cressbrook Crawl so far.
Please keep the results and race reports coming - send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nant yr Arian Trail Races, 30th April and 1st May