Mynydd Du

Fell and Mountain Running Club

The other Pen y Fan Race

At Mynydd Du’s Pen y Fan Race and Fan y Big Horseshoe Race a couple of weeks ago many punters were confused by the fliers appearing on windscreens advertising a “Pen y Fan Horseshoe” race… eh?  Well it was a new race, organised by Andy Creber and scheduled just two weeks after “our” races. Well everyone loves a new race, but this did appear to be creating confusion and treading on our toes a bit, so Mark, Naomi and I did email Andy to suggest that perhaps another name should be considered for future years. He has responded in a very positive manner!

But the race looked like a great course – possibly the same as the “Ring of Steel” that ancient MDC shufflers talk about in hushed tones – so we decided to run. Finding the forest parking was a bit of an adventure, and we wrecked the car speeding up on the dirt track due to lateness (a big bit of the engine now seems to be dragging on the road, which is probably not good). But at least we did find it, unlike some (mentioning no names Sean Taylor – OMM navigation partner of guess who – read on…).

The race started on the dam and then up the Gap Road, with decisions to be made about when to break right to find the summit of Fan y Big. Our young star Jon Barnes found the best line, opting not to find the summit at all and just turn left instead up Cribyn.  This navigational triumph gained him a 7 minute lead at the summit of Cribyn, which he sustained all the way to his inevitable disqualification.

Mark Palmer left the Gap Road early, cutting hard right up a barely perceptible sheep trod, and pursued by a sceptical but optimistic few including Rich Johnson and me. About half way up I was cursing Mark for this ridiculous folly, as those who had stayed on the track appeared to pull miles ahead, but then Mark’s trod veered left, and eventually came out on the crest path leading nicely to Fan y Big where we came out slightly ahead of our foes. I’m not convinced it is the “best” line, but it was certainly better than most of the others.

From there it was the old up and downs of the Brecon Beacons Race route, and I was in about 8th place until Corn Du and the long run in along the ridge where I found a bit of speed, and (given last 2 years of injuries and lack of training) I was amazed and happy to be nipping Ben Gibbison’s heels by the end (OK, long-range nipping). I really enjoyed the race – much better than my miserable experience at Waun Fach the week before, and I hope it runs again – though possibly with a better name!

Here are some photo’s from the finish:

Cooling off at the finish

Alice Bedwell

Cribyn and Fan y Big

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Naomi Law

Carl Brancher

And my bloody nipples – ouch!

Crispin's bloody nipples

Here are the results:

Pen y Fan Horseshoe Fell Race 27July 2013
No. Overal Pos Time Corn du Finish Time Descent Time Descent Pos
16 Mark Palmer MV40 1 00:43:45 01:04:07 20:22 1
34 David Williams 2 00:48:10 01:10:08 21:58 3
6 Richard Johnson MV40 3 00:46:43 01:10:14 23:31 11
29 Ben Gibbison 4 00:48:49 01:11:04 22:15 6
37 Crispin Flower MV40 5 00:50:06 01:11:26 21:20 2
30 Ben Moon 6 00:50:52 01:12:54 22:02 4
32 Andy Wilton 7 00:49:35 01:13:20 23:45 13
35 Ciaran Connor 8 00:50:44 01:13:34 22:50 8
23 Ian Luke 9 00:51:33 01:13:37 22:04 5
42 Dimitri Vorres MV50 10 00:50:43 01:13:47 23:04 10
33 Andrew Ind 11 00:51:08 01:14:10 23:02 9
41 Adrian Woods MV50 12 00:51:47 01:15:22 23:35 12
39 Matthew Lawson MV40 13 00:51:32 01:15:24 23:52 14
10 J Strohmeier 14 00:50:01 01:17:21 27:20 25
48 Gavin 15 00:55:20 01:17:56 22:36 7
14 Andy Vaudin MV50 16 00:52:50 01:18:28 25:38 21
19 Tom Hall MV40 17 00:54:25 01:19:13 24:48 17
1 Niki Morgan LV40 18 00:53:52 01:19:25 25:33 20
17 Peter Osborne MV50 19 00:55:30 01:20:11 24:41 15
24 Dave Austin MV40 20 00:55:48 01:20:33 24:45 16
4 Helen Marshall SF 21 00:54:33 01:22:20 27:47 26
15 Peter Williams MV50 22 00:56:36 01:22:31 25:55 22
20 Timothy Osman MV40 23 00:57:38 01:22:53 25:15 19
28 Andrew Blackmore MV40 24 00:57:30 01:23:59 26:29 23
25 Alice Bedwell LV50 25 01:01:15 01:27:53 26:38 24
26 James Murphy MV40 26 01:05:23 01:30:33 25:10 18
40 Sharon Woods LV50 27 01:02:52 01:31:03 28:11 27
22 Simon Daniels 28 01:02:45 01:31:34 28:49 30
5 M Cason MV40 29 01:00:51 01:32:10 31:19 35
38 Naomi Law LV40 30 01:03:55 01:32:36 28:41 29
31 Carl Brancher MV50 31 01:03:29 01:32:47 29:18 31
46 Stewart Thomson MV50 32 01:03:22 01:35:34 32:12 37
8 P Satchell MV50 33 01:07:13 01:35:40 28:27 28
2 P Symons MV40 34 01:04:28 01:36:23 31:55 36
27 Chas Ryder MV60 35 01:09:10 01:38:50 29:40 32
12 Dick Finch MV60 36 01:08:15 01:39:09 30:54 34
13 Cheryl Villis SF 37 01:08:17 01:41:52 33:35 38
11 Carl Villis MV40 38 01:06:41 01:42:31 35:50 40
43 William Darby MV60 39 01:06:10 01:43:31 37:21 41
7 Anna Auchterlonie SF 40 01:13:30 01:44:02 30:32 33
44 Philip Griffiths MV50 41 01:12:02 01:46:00 33:58 39
18 Michael Halsall MV40 42 01:13:10 01:51:05 37:55 42
45 Jan Richards LV40 43 01:12:42 01:51:17 38:35 43
9 Karen Elvers LV40 44 01:15:58 01:59:00 43:02 44
21 Stephen Hennessey MV50 45 01:16:39 02:00:19 43:40 45
36 Jon Barnes U23 N/A 00:36:50 00:56:30 19:40 N/A

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