Saturday, 22 August 2009


Mynydd Du's Martin Shaw made good use of his local knowledge to win the Brecon Beacons tough 19m/450ft race on Saturday 22nd August, his win also secured him the Welsh Athletics Mountain Running Championship ahead of Eryri's Richard Roberts, both started the race level on points, Martin won in a time of 2:43:12 with Richard 2nd in 2:53:13, at least Richard's partner Anna Bartlett made sure of Gold by winning the women's category in 3:38:38 and with it the Welsh Athletics MR title, disappointingly only two women completed three of the four races to qualify for the awards, the other being Eryri's Jenny Hemming who gave the Beacons a miss. Eryri's Arwel Lewis finished 6th (1st MV/50) in 3:19:25 to clinch the Welsh MV/50 title, while it was a close run thing for the Welsh MV/60 title with Cardiff's Dic Evans pipping Eryri's Don Williams by three points, Dic was 1st MV/60 on the day in 3:36:28 with Don finishing in a time of 3:44:26. The only other Eryri Harrier to take part was Emyr Davies who despite a knee problem completed the course around the five hour mark.
There were 59 race starters.
Excellent weather for the race and well done to the organiser Tom Gibbs and his crew for such a well organised friendly event.

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