Saturday, 2 January 2010

Harriers in succesful raiding of Yorkshire Giant's Nest

The ever present Eryri travelling clan were on the road once again this New Year's.

Auld Lang Syne Fell race 31/12/2009 5.5 miles, 800ft

On New Years eve four of Eryri's most reliable travllers took part in the legendary Auld Lang Syne fell race up on Haworth moor near Halifax. Over 500 ran last year so this year for the first time it was pre-entry and there were 380 finishers. As always there was a top quality field with world triathlon champ Ali Brownlee and brother Jonathan as well as legend Ian Holmes, 4 time Snowdon champ Andi Jones all amongst a star studded field.

Out of 380 finishers and in deep, snowy conditions, world tri champ Ali Brownlee won in 39.35. Eryri finishers were:

8th Math Roberts 43.13
25th Iain Ridgway 45.33
67th Sarah Ridgway, 3rd lady, 49.04
190th Dils Rowlands 56.36

Giant's Tooth, 01/01/2010, 3 miles, 500ft

Following a refuel in Haworth on New Year's eve the clan then travelled 5 miles south to Ogden reservoir to take part in the classic Giant's Tooth fell race. Once again conditions were cold, snowy and icy. In a good and varied route and out of 108 finishers Eryri had two victors:

1st overall Math Roberts in 18.17
1st lady overall Sarah Ridgway in 21.03
6th Iain Ridgway in 19.14
57th Dils Rowlands in 24.43

Excellent few days racing again in Yorkshire and definitely recommended!

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