British Championship Fell Running – Carneddau

The British Fell and Hill Running Championship visited Wales for the second time this year on Sunday 24th. The venue was Bethesda for the medium Carneddau race, which takes in the summits of Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llywelyn, Yr Elen and Gyrn Wigau. This very tough race was won by Pudsey and Bramleys Rob Hope in 1.38.24, with Bingleys Rob Jebb following home ten seconds later. Third place was taken by Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough. The womens race was won by Janet McIver of Dark Peak in 1.57.37, second lady was Sharon Taylor of Bingley in 2.06.53 with Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury third, one second behind Sharon. The race was very closely contested, with no major gaps oppening during the race. A roup of four runners had moved clear by the summit of Carnedd Dafydd, but poor route choice, a consequence of poor visibility, meant this gap was soon closed. From then on the race was closely fought with a different leader through each of the next four checkpoints. Poor weather conditions, with rain and low cloud, giving poor visibility, also caused large numbers of runners to go wrong from the checkpoint on Carnedd Llewelyn. Provisional results for Sundays race can be found on the WFRA website. The next race in the British championship is Angus Munroes (or Glen Clova Horseshoe) on 14th July. Route details for this race can be found on the Scottish Hill Racing website.