It was one of those " Where did he come from, who is he moments" at the Tal Y Fan race on Saturday 11th July where Dark Peak's Matthew Speake smashed the course record to leave everyone else trailing to win in 65:03, 1:57 inside the old course record.
The expected heavy rain held off for most of the day to produce excellent though, humid racing conditions for the 49 runners who set off from the carnival field up the steep road leading onto the hillside, while most of us were still on the road, Matthew Speake was already on his way up Tal Y Fan! Chris Near had a good warm up for the Snowdon race to finish 2nd in 73:10 with James McQueen showing signs of getting back to some sort of form as he approaches the veteran ranks! a close 3rd in 73:36 while SPJ & Arwel continued with their own race for the MV/50 prize with Steve finishing 4th in 75:28 and Arwel 5th in 75:59. Neil Elias was 1st MV/40 in 80:49. Mike Blake 1st MV/60 in 98:46 & Ron Bird 1st MV/70 in 2:14:05.
Andrea Rowlands was a clear winner in the female category with a time of 80:34.
Despite the poor turn out, an excellent event thanks to Doug/Helen Blair and all their crew.