Despite the freezing conditions 300 runners and walkers turned up for the annual New Years Day Charity Event, raising over £1000 for local charity's. Richard Roberts from Eryri won in 30.38, with first lady being Alison Lavender from Oswestry in 37.17
Most of the walkers looked well wrapped up bar one, who did it in a pair of Speedo's, not sure how he got through 'Kit Check' but he was doing it for Help The Hero's, so maybe a blind eye was turned
Definately not a fell race, and definatley not as slippy slidy as yesterdays Dawdle or Dash, but still a great thing to do on a Xmas Sunday, a somewhat depleted Mercia Race Registration/Results/Start/Finish Team turned up in The Quarry to help out Shrewsbury AC with their new Christmas run, we thought we'd pinch a bit of Mercia Web space to display the results. As ever Pauline, Dave, Charlie and Jill ran a super slick operation to get the results out to the waiting crowd of road runners.
Shropshires finest fell runners came out to burn some of their Christmas Pudding off at this years Devil's Chair Dash from the Stiperstones Inn. Tim Davies the winner in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and more had taken a couple of years off from the annual Boxing Day race, but came back to regain the trophy , Richard Roberts of Eryri tried hard in the icy conditions, but said 'Tim just seems to have that little extra, no matter how fit you get, he always seems to find a little extra to stay in front'.
Steven Cale continued to perform well over the weekend, winning at Mortimer Forest, against a strong field, having come third in the County Cross Country Championships the day before, Matt Clewes, Mercia's new old boy, proved that turning 50 is no excuse for slowing down, with a fine performance, finishing in the top ten, and of course winning his age category to boot.
Thank you to Charlie Levington, family and Friends for putting on yet another fantastic race, the point to point epic, certainly seems to capture the imagination of many of runner, from Shropshire and further a field, Charlie tells us this is the 22nd year he as put on the race, and he is planning on doing it just another 3 times, he recon's 25 years is enough for anyone, and as much as I agree with him, it will be sad to see him pass on the mantel, or god forbid, the race disappear all together.
Many of you who took part in the Wrekin Wrecker will have thrilling memories of the decent down the scree's on the 1st of the three downhill's in last weeks race, well now you can relive those moments of sheer joy, Pete Douglas captured many of you on film and now as 16 mins of pleasure to be shared by all, having seen a little I can tell you the heavy morning rain made this normally tough decent, even tougher!
The Dates for next years Ultra Series have been released and it appears that Shropshires Longmynd Hike has not been included, The Event organised by Church Stretton Scouts had been included for the last 4 years, but following a review and expansion of Vasque ultra running championships for 2010, The Hike has not been included, with two new long races The Hardmoor 55 & The Round Rotherham replacing it in the calendar.
The first set of results from The 2009 Shropshire Hill Winter Series are now posted on the website, I've given them a bit of a new look this year enfersizing the categories, the old view is still there, and the prizes for the top placed runners will still be based on the overall league, but we changing the categories just slightly Check out Results by Category for details, changes are:-