Whilst many were soaking in the Royal celebrations, Andrew Holt and Ben Smith found an alternative way to enjoy their Saturday as they took part in the Cader Idris mountain race, considered one of the toughest fell races in Wales.
The event starts and finishes in the market town of Dolgellau, at sea level, and climbs almost 3000ft to the summit of Pen y Gader, across constantly changing terrain, switching from steep metaled roads to flat tracks, pitched steps up the Pony Path, and picking its way among the boulder fields on the final ascent before you've got to do it all in reverse.
Having hoped to go under the two hours mark this year, the hot conditions looked to have hampered his hopes, but Andy's training paid off seeing him come home in 1hr 52 mins, 55th overall and 16th MV40. It was a great debut for Ben Smith, with a strong climb to finish in 2hr 04 mins in 111th place.
This weekend it appears the Snowdonia National Park had a certain draw to it this weekend as a day later, Graeme Rolfe was taking part in the Snowdonia Half Marathon. The event known for its tradeoff between challenging and scenic, saw this year’s edition draw over 600 runners with Graeme finishing 10th V50 and 162nd overall with 1:59:38, a great achievement having just return from injury.
On Friday night the quintet of Dean Rushy, Gary Wallis, Ray Lack, Andy Shrive & Leanne Shrive were racing at this year’s Blisworth 5, round 2 of the East Midlands Grand Prix series. The rolling Northamptonshire course offered a good test but one they were equal to; Dean Rushby was our first runner home in 0:39:02 (242nd), followed by Gary Wallis 0:40:32 (269th), Ray Lack 0:41:07 (283rd / 2nd M70), Andy Shrive 0:44:45 (322nd) and Leanne Shrive in 0:46:10 having picked herself up from an early fall to finish 352nd from the 412 field.