Mynydd Du

Fell and Mountain Running Club

It must have been one of the coldest, wettest Easters on record and the L-B race fell right in the middle of it – luckily just before heavy snow. Boggy ground, heavy skies and cold summits were a feature this year. Many thanks to my sturdy marshals; they did a sterling job braving the cold for several hours on mountain summits and the finish line. I couldn’t have done it without you all. 

I’m delighted to have taken over this classic race. It showcases some of the amazing contrasting landscapes of this area and with the three climbs – the toughest of which is at the end - is quite a challenge. Gareth Buffett started the race in 1989 – and it’s now in its 30th year. We’ve got all the results on the Mynydd Du website of the race and they certainly make for some fascinating reading.

Interesting to note that the biggest category of entrants came in the V40 category and we had three male V70 finishers - which on a course of this nature with a cut off time three quarters of the way round that seems commendable to me!

Mynydd Du’s Charlie Lowther won the race in 2.14 closely followed by Hugh Aggleton (MDC) in 2.15 and Pete Ryder (Aberdare) only seconds behind in 3rd place.

The women’s race was dominated by Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) who finished in 2.41. She was followed by a strong, relaxed Katie Ironside (MDC) in 2nd in 2.45 and a close third Hayley Evans (Buckley Runners) in 2.46.

Both first place finishers were also the winners of the V40 categories.

Lou Summers (Mynydd Du) won the V50 in a strong time of 3.03 and the male V50 was Andy Davies (Mercia) in 2.41 

First male V60 Stephen Jones (Eryri) won his age category in a super-impressive time of 2.39.

First female V60 was Kim Braznell (Mercia) finishing in a strong 3.26 

First male V70 was Gareth Jones (MDC) in 4.07 who looked fresh at the finish and in good spirits. 

I think Rhys Pippard takes the ‘story of the day’ though. Rhys actually did a Park Run before the L-B race. He’s done over 100 Park Runs and must be vying for ‘Park Run tourist of the year’! 

Hope to see you all next year – we won’t run out of soup in 2019 either! I’m looking at/around the last Saturday in March although dates to be confirmed when the rugby club have set their fixtures. I will be incorporating pre-entry as well as entry on the day. 

Ruth Pickvance

Llanbedr to Blaenavon 2018 First three runners to finish
Llanbedr to Blaenavon 2018 First three runners to finish

Results from https://www.racetek-live.co.uk/website/public_results/591/complete_results/

Position No. First name Surname Gender Age Cat. Club Time
1 552 Charlie Lowther M V40 Mynydd Du 2:14:22
2 530 Hugh Aggleton M Open MDC 2:15:29
3 575 Peter Ryder M Open Aberdare Valley 2:15:35
4 496 Matt O'Keefe M Open MDC 2:27:24
5 531 Richard Roberts M Open Eryri Harriers 2:28:51
6 577 Jez Brown M V40 Buckley Runners 2:29:07
7 502 Martin Humphreys M V40 Stroud AC 2:29:09
8 514 Dan Sandford M V40 Forest of Dean AC 2:31:11
9 556 Andrew Salt M Open Croft Ambrey 2:31:21
10 494 Stuart Bellamy M V40 Mercia Fell Runners 2:31:28
11 519 Iestyn Rhodes M V40 Mynydd Du 2:31:44
12 534 Evan Davies M U23 Mynydd Du 2:35:19
13 592 Andrew Stephens M V40 Monross Trailblazers 2:35:32
14 548 Oliver Blomfield M V40 Eden Runners 2:39:27
15 571 Stephen Jones M V60 Eryri Harriers 2:39:31
16 524 Helen Brown F V40 Mynydd Du 2:41:09
17 529 Leon Davies M V40 NWRRC 2:41:29
18 481 Andy Davies M V50 Mercia 2:41:52
19 522 Craig Jones M V40 Eryri Harriers 2:42:22
20 550 Paul Jeggo M V50 Springfield 2:43:43
21 497 Dave Powell M V50 Aberystwyth Ac 2:44:01
22 493 Katie Ironside F Open MDC 2:45:30
23 512 Ian Whistance M V40 Mynydd Du 2:46:05
24 576 Hayley Evans F Open Buckley Runners 2:46:34
25 596 Mark Hopkinson M Open Mynydd Du 2:46:53
26 585 Toby Dickens M U23 Monross Trailblazers 2:47:30
27 582 Robert Pritchard M Open Monross Trailblazers 2:48:45
28 564 Sam Rayall M V40 Pontypridd Roadents 2:48:49
29 533 John Aggleton M V60 MDC 2:49:48
30 488 Tim Woodier M Open Mynydd Du 2:51:00
31 555 Anthony Powell M V40 Maldwyn Harriers 2:51:12
32 541 Sian Williams F Open Hebog 2:51:25
33 499 Gary Davies M V40 MDC 2:53:46
34 578 Andy Pritchard M V40 Buckley Runners 2:53:52
35 561 Andrew Han M Open Fulham Running Club 2:54:04
36 558 Paul Beeson M V50 Maudwyn Harriers 2:54:40
37 508 Steven Hepton M V40 Mynydd Du 2:55:44
38 597 Martin Wright M V40 Mynydd Du 2:56:03
39 523 Faye Johnson F Open Mynydd Du 2:58:29
40 482 Rhian Probert F V40 Mynydd Du 2:58:49
41 559 Matthew Lawson M V40 Chepstow Harriers 2:59:46
42 527 Vic Belshaw M V50 Denbigh Harriers 2:59:53
43 504 Alan Hughes M V40 Exeter Tri Club 3:00:02
44 565 Gary Pearson M V40 Croft Ambrey 3:00:06
45 515 Richard Cronin M Open MDC 3:03:00
46 487 Tim Hargreaves M V50 Buckley Runners 3:03:05
47 591 Sam Weale M Open Monross Trailblazers 3:03:15
48 500 Lou Summers F V50 Mynydd Du 3:03:19
49 586 Sam Harness M V40 Monross Trailblazers 3:03:38
50 492 Oliver Lamford M Open MDC 3:04:14
51 495 Louise Barker F V40 Aberystwyth Ac 3:04:31
52 538 Sammi Toop F Open Mynydd Du 3:04:45
53 580 Paul Tucker M V50 Mynydd Du 3:08:20
54 557 Glyn Fletcher M V50 Maldwyn Harriers 3:09:09
55 543 Sam Charrington M V40 Mynydd Du 3:09:46
56 516 Sue Howarth F V50 Mercia 3:10:54
57 545 David Mackie M V40 Corsham Running Club 3:11:04
58 501 Luke Davies M U23 Swansea Harriers 3:13:11
59 505 Debbie Stenner F V40 Forest of Dean AC 3:14:15
60 503 Graeme Hughes M V40 N/A 3:14:40
61 583 Laura Lelievre F Open Monross Trailblazers 3:14:43
62 532 Rhys Pippard M Open Mynydd Du 3:16:43
63 598 Jerome Mearcister M V40 FRA 3:18:15
64 486 Dan Gregory M V40 N/A 3:20:20
65 547 Tom Dudding M Open N/A 3:20:28
66 546 Tom Walker M Open N/A 3:20:31
67 581 James Fletcher M V50 Monross Trailblazers 3:20:40
68 511 Andrew Clemant M V50 TROT 3:21:14
69 600 Stephen Priesonall M V50 Running Somewhere Else 3:22:39
70 485 Martin Carter M V50 Hay Hotfooters 3:23:31
71 498 Natahniel Swain M Open MDC 3:23:34
72 544 Jono Simpson M V50 N/A 3:23:51
73 572 Darren Owen M V40 IND 3:24:50
74 506 Chris Munton M Open Forest of Dean AC 3:25:40
75 587 Tim Adam Oliver M V40 Monross Trailblazers 3:25:42
76 536 Rhys Thomas M V40 N/A 3:25:44
77 535 Meinir Jones F V40 Mynydd Du 3:25:48
78 579 Beverley Tucker F V50 Mynydd Du 3:26:18
79 484 Kim Braznell F V60 Mercia 3:26:20
80 525 Rhys Ashbridge M Open N/A 3:26:30
81 520 Richard Stanley M V50 Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers 3:29:26
82 521 Eluned Malone F Open N/A 3:31:19
83 528 Emma Collins F V50 Denbigh Harriers 3:31:36
84 567 Andy Pollintine M V50 IND 3:32:00
85 589 Tom Mollekin M Open Mynydd Du 3:32:19
86 573 Andrew Wood M Open IND 3:32:38
87 510 Daniel Wickham M Open N/A 3:33:40
88 551 Sharon Woods F V50 Mynydd Du 3:34:45
89 563 Roger Mills M V40 Fairwater Runners 3:34:59
90 537 Jenny Yate F Open Mynydd Du 3:35:02
91 517 Rhys White M V60 N/A 3:35:06
92 539 Callum Greenaway M Open N/A 3:37:31
93 513 Victoria Howarth F Open N/A 3:37:34
94 542 Jane Lewis F V50 N/A 3:37:39
95 540 Anthony Howells M V50 MDC 3:37:47
96 509 John Jaspers M V40 N/A 3:44:27
97 599 Ellie Salisbury F V50 Eryri Harriers 3:44:50
98 594 Jim Jones M V50 Helsby RC 3:45:25
99 568 Gareth Welch M V40 IND 3:45:29
100 570 Karen Elvers F V40 MDC 3:46:00
101 562 Caroline Dallimore F V60 MDC 3:46:27
102 560 Nick Dallimore M V60 MDC 3:46:35
103 584 Vanessa Ball F Open Monross Trailblazers 3:48:14
104 574 Alice Williams F V40 Buckley Runners 3:48:16
105 490 Peter Vokes M Open N/A 3:48:19
106 566 Andrew Chambers M V40 IND 3:48:21
107 507 Jill Davies F V60 Saddleworth Runners 3:51:02
108 554 Janet Richards F V50 Mynydd Du 4:02:00
109 569 Gareth D Jones M V70 MDC 4:05:27
110 526 Dougal Davrvill M V50 N/A 4:05:31
111 553 Rod Sutcliffe M V60 Calder Valley 4:12:12
112 549 Les Williams M V70 Rhedwyr Eryri 4:12:23
113 590 Gary Gunner M V70 Croft Ambrey 4:18:58
114 491 Rebecca Smith-Williams F Open MDC 4:24:10
115 518 Jack Hayon Harington M Open Frome Running Club 4:27:15
116 483 Robert Wood M V40 Lliswerry Runners 5:19:26
# 595 Andy Blackmore M V50 MDC rtd at CP5 Llanfoist drink station
# 588 Annie Dobson F V40 IND rtd at CP2 Stile off open fell
# 593 Daniela Gormley (SWEEPER) F V40 Mynydd Du rtd at CP2 Stile off open fell
# 489 John Price M V60 Hay Hotfooters rtd at CP5 Llanfoist drink station
# 480 Richard Born M V50 Mysteruns rtd at CP2 Stile off open fell