Mynydd Du

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Llyn y Fan Race Results 2017 posted

Llyn y Fan Race results received from Sasha and posted here

By all accounts the river was "interesting", and Helen Brown ended up in the next county. Nothing new today then!

Photos from Sugar Loaf (Pantygelli) Race 2017

A Google Photos album here. I didn't quite catch all runners, and missed the first two on the return as the kids pinched the camera for a while!

Photos from the Sugar Loaf Race 2017

Photos taken by and copyright of © Crispin Flower, 2017

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A great result for Mynydd Du's Toby Pearson at Man v Horse

An excellent result for Toby Pearson, finishing 12th overall behind 6 horses and a relay team, so 5th individual runner overall in a time of 2:45:25.

Results here (incorrectly listing Toby as running for MDC!)


Photos from the Cribyn Race 2016

Photos taken by and copyright of © Crispin Flower, 2016

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Photos from the Sugar Loaf Race 2016

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Article about the Brecon Fans Races in Mens Fitness

One of our competitors at Pen y Fan and Fan y Big last year - Damian Hall - is a journalist. He's had a piece about the races published in Men's Fitness magazine, and kindly sent us a link:

The effects of fell running: a case study at the Cribyn Race 2014

Whilst marshalling and taking photos at the Cribyn Race yesterday with the kids, we noticed that subtle changes come over normal folk when they have been running up hill for 15 minutes in a gale. In the interests of scientific endeavour, we thought these changes should be documented. No humans were harmed in this experiment.

It seems to be miraculously rejuvenating - the runners all look much younger than their true age:

Running uphill reduces the signs of ageing - Mark is actually 86

For some, it has a stabilising and calming effect, helping them re-integrate with society:

Fell running to be recommended by NICE?

It has worked for this chap

For others it doesn’t:

But there have been some side effects

and failures

Some sprout extra limbs, yet still look bored…

A polymeliac fell runner

Many become excessively style-conscious, showing off designer clothing and accessories:

A fashionable fell runner

It can be hard to tell the different between the males and the females, but in this case it’s all too obvious (the gloves):

A female fell runner

Many faces develop the fixed grin, or “rictus fell-runnicus”. Observers often believe that the victims are enjoying themselves:

Rictus fell-runnicus

With others there is no such illusion:

Fell runner showing his true feelings

Despite a strict ban on facial fair under the new WFRA safety guidelines, some manage to conceal modern beards at registration, only to let them loose on the hill:

Fell runner with modern beard

Some runners impersonate the Emperor Palpatine to intimidate other competitors:

The Emperor Palpatine

A fell runner

On the plus side, manners on the hill are always impeccable, with most runners saluting, bowing, curtseying or doffing their caps in deference to marshals:

A polite fell runner

And finally, yesterday’s race proved that the winner is always the runner with the most tattoos:

Tattoos mean prizes


Photos from the Cribyn Race 2014

The wind was screaming through checkpoint 1, with horizontal rain trying to turn into hail by the time the later runners were coming through. The camera fuzzed up a bit with water drops, but we managed to snap nearly everyone. Plus a few more at the finish of the leading runners (til the rain came on again!). Enjoy…


Cwmdu Race 2013

A decent crowd of Mynydd Du runners turned out for the new Cwmdu Race yesterday. A couple of MDC buddies were asking where we had all come from, and was it a special occasion? As it turned out, MDC grabbed the top two places, with a confident performance from Hugh Aggleton as expected, and a great run from Matt Stott who has really found some form this year and overtook Mark P on the final rubbley path. But strength in depth won Mynydd Du the (virtual) team prize, somewhat begrudgingly announced by Dick Finch!

The new venue and course were appreciated by all in perfect conditions - a hard ten miler that will certainly be on my list next year.

Notable club performances included Mark Palmer in third place, despite saving himself for the insane "City to Summit" race next weekend (good luck!), Ade Woods 1st v50 and 8th overall, and Sharon Woods 1st v50 female.

Results below, borrowed from the WFRA site spreadsheet. Anyone got any photos?


1 Hugh Aggleton MDC M 77.16
2 Matt Stott MDC M 77.42
3 Mark Palmer Mynydd Du M40 78.23
4 Martin Shaw Mynydd Du M40 85.10
5 Mike Evans TROTs M 85.57
6 Ben Gibbison Mynydd Du M 86.11
7 Marcus Pinker   M 89.32
8 Ade Woods Mynydd Du M50 89.42
9 Crispin Flower Mynydd Du M40 89.47
10 Daniel Hooper Sarn Helen M40 89.55
11 Mark Bown Bath M 89.58
12 Colin Lancaster Mercia M50 92.25
13 John Aggleton MDC M50 92.31
14 Alex Lewis Neath M 92.52
15 Lauren Jeska Aberystwyth F 93.04
16 Niki Morgan Chepstow F40 94.40
17 Robert Wilson M50 M50 95.02
18 Sian Roberts TROTS F40 96.08
19 Julian Boon FOD M40 96.56
20 Dave Austin Chepstow M40 98.11
21 Louise Barker Aberystwyth F 98.39
22 Peter Osborne Llanelli M50 99.52
23 Gavin Brace   M 100.11
24 Adrian Noble Weston M50 100.24
25 Sean Taylor Mynydd Du M 100.36
26 Helen Marshall Swansea F 100.45
27 Nicola Gething Mynydd Du F40 100.49
28 Keith Agmen BOK M 101.24
29 Emma Bayliss Mynydd Du F 102.07
30 Kyle Cardey   M 102.14
31 Josh Harris Weston M40 102.24
32 Nick Biggs   M 102.52
33 Adrian Gwillian Fairwater M40 103.05
34 Mark Cason Mynydd Du M40 103.05
35 Ed Dickson MDC M 103.31
36 Simon Blease Brycheiniog M50 105.42
37 Simon Davies   M40 106.03
38 Rhian Probert   F40 110.05
39 Andrew Dickens Mynydd Du M40 111.40
40 Jay Grigson Chiltern M 112.17
41 Sharon Woods Mynydd Du F50 112.23
42 Gary Gunner Croft Ambrey M60 112.50
43 Stuart Thomson Mynydd Du M50 113.05
44 Les Williams Eryri M60 114.38
45 John Darby Mynydd Du M60 115.13
46 Anne Marie Harris Mynydd Du F40 115.45
47 Naomi Law Mynydd Du F40 115.45
48 Mike Halsall Llanelli M40 117.38
49 Kim Chester FOD M40 120.41
50 Lou Davies Mynydd Du F40 120.53
51 Phil Miles   M60 120.53
52 Carl Brancher Mynydd Du M50 121.38
53 Sue Tagg Parc Bryn Bach F40 128.32
54 Gerry Ashton Chepstow M50 130.39
55 Robert Morris Wye V R M50 132.01
56 Martyn Peters Hereford C M60 132.01
57 Jan Richards Mynydd Du F40 134.14
58 Rob West MDC M70 134.56
59 Helen Duffield Chepstow F40 139.37
60 Tosh Simkin Chepstow M40 139.47
61 Karen Elvers Chepstow F40 141.30
62 Gareth Jones MDC M60 141.31
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