British Championship Fell Running – Llangynhafal Loop

The second race in the British Fell and Hill Running Championship took place on Sunday 6th May. The Clywdian Hills of Denbighshire were the setting for the 4.5 mile Llangynhafal Loop, a race that went to the summit of Moel Fammau, before taking runners along a fast runnable ridge for one and a half miles and then descending back to the small hamlet of Llangynhafal. Conditions on the day were excellent for running, with bone dry ground and an overcast, not too hot, day promising fast times.The womens race started at midday and was won by Calder Valley´s Jo Waites who scored her first victory in a British championship race in a time of 40.54. Jo was followed home by Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury AC in second place, 23 seconds down. Third place was taken by Fiona Maxwell of Mourne Runners who had made the journey over from Northern Ireland for the race. The mens race started at one o´clock and was won in 32.46 by Joe Symmonds of Kendal AC in a repeat of his recent winning performance at the English championship Paddys Pole race. Second place was taken by Mercia Fell Runner´s Welsh international Tim Davies in a time of 32.51. Rob Hope of Pudsey and Bramley was third in a time of 32.28. The race managed to get the best of the day´s weather, with a large downpour coming in time for the race prizegiving. Full results can be found on the WFRA website. Overall championship positions so far should be on the FRA website soon. The next race in the British championship series will be the joint British/English championship Duddon Valley long race on the 2nd June. This race is a classic long lakeland race and entries will need to be in soon. Full details can be found here.