Mynydd Du

Fell and Mountain Running Club

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Photos from the Sugar Loaf Race 2017 

Photos taken by and copyright of © Crispin Flower, 2017

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Posted by Crispin Flower 11 April 2017 09:16:00

Mynydd Du on Strava 

Just to note that you can now see who the club mileage monsters are on Strava, and at the time of writing there are 21 club members regularly tracking their runs and rides.

https://www.strava.com/clubs/148087

 

Posted by Crispin Flower 30 December 2016 16:40:00

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!) https://www.resultsbase.net/event/3222/results

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Posted by Crispin Flower 12 June 2016 19:08:00

Photos from the Cribyn Race 2016 

Photos taken by and copyright of © Crispin Flower, 2016

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Based on a work at http://www.mynydd-du.org.uk/photos-from-the-cribyn-race-2016.

Posted by Crispin Flower 16 April 2016 18:51:00

Photos from the Sugar Loaf Race 2016 

Photos taken by and copyright of © Crispin Flower, 2016

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Photos from the Sugar Loaf Race 2016 by Crispin Flower is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://www.mynydd-du.org.uk/photos-from-the-sugar-loaf-race-2016.

Posted by Crispin Flower 10 April 2016 12:53:00

Advert for running style clinics 

Martin contacted us with the following, and seemed genuine. I'd love it if he could sort out my achilles/calves/hamstrings and all the other bits that hurt when I runshuffle, but I just spent my last tenner on a nice cabernet sauvignon:

My name is Martin Owens I am a UKA qualified coach; I coach at the University of Birmingham and have been coaching running for 30 years. Recently I took early retirement and have decided to turn my passion into an extended career.

I would appreciate if you would pass on the following message to your club members offering them running style clinics via your social media or web site. 

Thank you

Martin

£10 to reduce injuries and run more efficiently

If you are plagued with injuries or just want to run more efficiently please go to http://www.runningwithstyle.co.uk or phone 07803709790 and find out about running clinics from £10 that can improve your running style and reduce injuries.

 

Posted by Crispin Flower 11 May 2015 23:41:00

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:

http://www.mensfitness.co.uk/races-events/4370/is-fell-running-britains-most-extreme-sport

Posted by Crispin Flower 06 May 2015 20:59:00

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

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Posted by Crispin Flower 27 April 2014 11:18:00

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…

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Posted by Crispin Flower 26 April 2014 21:35:20

Prince Charles gets to meet Mynydd Du hero 

Prince Charles asks 77-year-old Tom Harrison of Mynydd Du and 83-year-old John Starbrook of Runneymede Runners how their knees stand up to the London Marathon...

Tom Harrison and Prince Charles

Posted by Crispin Flower 07 February 2014 20:39:00
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