Mynydd Du

Fell and Mountain Running Club

This report and results re-published from http://www.wfra.me.uk/598.doc Author unknown... anyone?

Ras Pen Cerrig-calch Race 2009

Well, maybe not perfect weather, but as good as it gets in South Wales in March. As we drove to the race, traffic news was about blizzards “up North” and as we returned, the England match was taking place at Wembley in a monsoon. But PCC? Slightly on the cool side, but the sun shone, the views were fabulous and the ground was rock hard (important when you park in a field). And welcome to a proper fell-race. A beautiful true mountain setting, minimum prizes and everybody charged the same thirty-bob entry fee regardless of club attachments. The joys of a WFRA race - even the English are welcome! I was dreading a large turnout, but fortunately only 45 ran. Some organisers may think that I’m mad, but large fields are incredibly difficult to park, manage and record. I like races this size. 

Every time I look at the race stats, I see Anne Nixon’s ladies record of 33:15, set 12 years ago, and think that I must have it wrong. I remember the day well (an odd-numbered, and therefore hot, year) and I check the figures recorded at the time and it all seems to be correct, so it stands. Helen Fines had a great run and recorded (by a long chalk) the second fastest time ever, but the blokes couldn’t get within three minutes of Tim Davies’ record. Maybe this was because Matt Collins decided to ignore the markers at the top of the main descent and invent a new route which stayed high and then dropped down a steep, rocky face to rejoin the path. If Hugh Aggleton hadn’t decide to follow him and take a few more with him, the result could have been very different. The whole field were pretty quick this year, but special mention must be made of Harry Franklin who finished in 44:41, a respectable time for anyone; but he is 73 years old! 

Thanks to K and Jess for summit duties, Shirley for entry recording, Clive and Andy for gate duties and to the massed ranks of CRB for taking over finish control whilst I sorted out the prizes. Particular thanks to Cliff for the use of his fields and facilities (without who’s patient cooperation the race could not take place) and to Mas at the Red Lion for the beer, cider and food. If the Winter League still wants it, and we’re all spared, then we’ll be back on the last Saturday in March 2010 when the curse of the even-numbered years will mean arctic conditions.

And just for the record, in MY races the age categories are as follows and are the same for both male (M) and female (F):

  • J is 17 & under
  • S is 18 – 39
  • V is 40 – 49
  • SV is 50 – 59
  • SSV is 60 – 69
  • SSSV is over 70

As I’ve yet to have an entrant in a fell race who is over 79, I haven’t yet had to think up a category. Course records are 26:30 (Tim Davies, 2003) and 33:15 (Ann Nixon, 1997). Something for the youngsters to go for!

Full Race Results

Pos.

Name

Club

Time

Cat.

Comment

1

Matt Collins

MDC

29:47

SM

Winner, 1st SM

2

Hugh Aggleton

MDC

29:57

SM

 

3

Paul Murrin

Chepstow Harriers

30:02

SM

 

4

Peter Ryder

CRB

30:02

SM

 

5

Jules Carter

MDC

32:13

VM

1st VM

6

M S Fawcett

Wye Valley Runners

33:19

VM

 

7

Helen Fines

Calder Valley

34:19

SF

1st SF

8

Chris Taylor

Mercia

35:15

SVM

1st SVM

9

John Aggleton

MDC

35:39

SVM

 

10

P G Williams

MDC

36:15

SVM

 

11

Mark Bryant

MDC

36:37

VM

 

12

Dave Austin

Calder Valley

37:02

SM

 

13

Michael Keddle

u/a

37:23

SM

 

14

Kevin Betts

MDC

37:36

VM

 

15

Allan Hodkinson

MDC

37:57

SM

 

16

Andy Broad

u/a

38:09

SM

 

17

Helen Bennett

MDC

38:15

SF

 

18

Brian Hardcastle

MDC

38:26

SVM

 

19

Alan Stone

MDC

38:56

VM

 

20

Liz Francis

Chepstow Harriers

38:13

VF

1st VF

21

Steve Brown

MDC

39:35

SVM

 

22

Andy Stott

MDC

39:52

VM

 

23

Martin Clarke

WFRA

40:26

SM

 

24

Garry Gunner

Croft Ambrey

40:27

SSVM

1st SSVM

25

Martin Lucas

MDC

41:08

SVM

 

26

Sue Ashton

Chepstow Harriers

41:32

SVF

1st SVF

27

John Darby

Mynydd Du

41:42

SVM

 

28

Paul Satchell

u/a

42:22

SVM

 

29

Tom Gibbison

u/a

42:38

SM

 

30

Les Williams

Eryri

43:06

SVM

 

31

Gill Stott

Chepstow Harriers

43:28

SVF

 

32

Peter Tracey

u/a

43:57

SM

 

33

D Woodbridge

Griffithstown

44:29

VF

 

34

Harry Franklin

Wye Valley Runners

44:41

SSSVM

1st SSSVM

35

Paddy Nugent

Wye Valley Runners

44:52

VM

 

36

Gerry Ashton

Chepstow Harriers

46:11

SVM

 

37

Philip Jenkins

u/a

46:18

VM

 

38

Dick Finch

Chepstow Harriers

49:41

SSVM

 

39

Rod Jones

Les Croupiers

53:30

SSVM

 

40

Les Pugh

MDC

54:44

SSVM

 

41

Gemma Hardcastle

WFRA

55:02

SF

 

42

Stewart Thomson

Griffithstown

56:38

VM

 

43

Janet Richards

Griffithstown

56:59

VF

 

44

Sarah Jenkins

u/a

57:57

VF

 

45

John Battersby

MDC

65:12

SSSVM