Cerrig Las write up ’21! (Click above to open the results PDF. )
Quick summary- The marshals were amazing, 66 Runners came, and ran on staggered starts, they returned, they ate cake and had tea, remained socially distanced in the open air in the middle of nowhere,, there were no hugs(), and then they…….. buggered off! Bang tidy.
A longer update.
There was lots more pre race admin and online entries to sort out, but in the end it was fine.
The kind farmer had given us permission for runners to park in his field, as I usually only have 15 to 30 entrants.Diolch Dyfed.
The weather stayed dry, apart from a brief sun shower during the race itself. Cloud base remained high, and there was a brisk breeze in the runners faces from the turnaround point at Foel Drygarn.
More marshals came in case there was an issue with runners out on the course.
No one got lost or injured.
There were an amazing amount of pre packed cakeage. Some of which was consumed by my good self on our drive afterwards…..to Hampshire!
Ok, the race itself.
Runners had been allocated a starting time, some 30 second between each one and this had been emailed out prior to race day. Tim did an amazing job of doing the electronic timing wristbands, and it worked a treat.Thanks.
By pre looking at the entrants starting list, I could envisage some close racing and fast times. I wasnt wrong. There were 6 runners under the hour, and local lad(if you can call Texas as being local!!!) Finn Thompson took overall victory and set a new overall record in 55m 36 secs. Rhys Harries was very close behind him in 56m 24s, and would have brokenCerrig Las ’21 results the record too. Alan Latter was first M40 in 1hr 1m 37s, followed closely by Alec Williams M50 in 1hr 1m 52s. First M60 was Glen Davies 1h 09m 58s.
In the ladies section, I wasnt sure which of the three ladies i believed to be the favourites would take victory. Kitty wanted to set off early as she had to leave earlier. Not sure if this was wise, and she was soon way out in front with nobody to chase after! Tasha Sexton, who holds the female record was back, and Dee Jolly was making her first appearance at the race. It was going to be anyone’s race?!
The good or bad thing about a time trial is that you never know who’s in front until everyone is back in! It was Dee’s first outing on this route, but she obviously ran it well as she took first OF spot in 1hr 04m 29s. Kitty took second OF in 1hr 06m 20s, whilst Tasha took 1st F40 in 1hr 06m 35s. So pretty close racing, well done.
1st F50 was Sian William’s 1hr 25m 25s.
The female record will have to wait until next year.
I take my hat off to everyone who ran, and I thank everyone who read through my very lengthy email prior to attending the race to mame sure all the rules were being adhered too. Diolch.
Yes, everyone did really well, but I have to say a huge well done to my prodigy Carz( Carolyn Watkins in doing so well in her second only race, and finishing in 1hrs 15m 43s. She’d been quite nervous for days bless her. Well done Carz.
And lastly, but certainly not less important(in fact, impossible for the race to happen without!), are all the marshals and helpers.
Gareth for being there before me to help with car parking duties.
My Rachel, for admin, tea making, and being 2nd hand in command. Sisters Eirlyn and Lynwen, and Carz for extra wonderful pre-wrapped cakeage.Nomnomnom.
Tim for the brilliant timing system and ‘live’ yes, Live, online race results!!!
HOLD PRESS!!! Previously, my race results consisted off writing runners names, categories, and finishing times onto sticky labels, and sticking these onto a sheet of 4ft by 3ft mdf board in finishing order. So to go from that to live results is like writing a letter, and posting it to somewhere across the other side of the world, before emails came to being
The hill marshals! Luckily it didn’t rain. I’ve marshalled on events many times, and theres nothing worse than being stuck on a hill for an hour or two in cold freezing rain. Thankfully, they didnt have to suffer too long. Thank you Martin, Sanna @Carn Alw. Sanna had last week set a new FKT for the whole 186m Pembs coastal path in 51hrs 30mins, and so proceeded to run behind chasing/hounding the last runner picking up the markers on the way!
The lonely John Rees(cant tag you for some reason) @The Saddle.
And finally Carol(not on fb, but Megan is), and Rhydian Watkins who’d been shouting at runners near the start line if they were late!@ the last CP, Carn Sian.
Thanks peeps for everything, inc your comments, fb posts, photos, and pre race sharing within your clubs about the event.
I’ve put on all the photos I’ve got, but let me know if you want me to take a photo down.
Btw, money raised from yesterday will be given to the Mynachlog-ddu and Maenclochog kiddies playparks.
Lastly, the Preselu Dip-Dab. At present I havent got many entries. So if you are thinking of entering, can you do so sooner rather than later as I need to order the pre marked waterproof maps. What the worse that can happen, you get a bit lost!!! Even if you do get a little lost, head north or south, and you’ll soon hit a road!