Marathon relay race for Clevedon runners

PUBLISHED: 14:32 22 June 2011

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Clevedon Athletic Club take part in the Welsh Castles relay race, and finished a creditable sixth place.

CLEVEDON Athletic Club took part in the Welsh Castles relay race, a long established event, organised by Les Croupiers Running Club from Cardiff and finished in an excellent sixth place.

It is a 20-stage road relay starting at Caernarfon in North Wales on the Saturday morning. The first day comprises 10 stages of about 10 miles through some of the most scenic parts of Wales, via as many castles as possible, to finish for an overnight stop at Newtown in the evening.

The race re-convenes early on Sunday morning with another 10 stages to finish late afternoon in the grounds of Cardiff Castle.

Each stage takes the form of a separate race, with all runners starting at the same time.

Within the event is a separate competition entitled King of the Mountains which comprises the toughest and hilliest six stages of the event, for which special awards are presented to the winners.

The race got underway at 10.30am Saturday morning in front of Caenarfon Castle, with Andy Shaw running the first leg to Penygroes, a distance of 9.1 miles. Andy covered the distance in 58.34 at 6.26 minutes per mile in seventh spot.

The second leg to Criccieth Castle (10.75 miles) was run by new member Andy Sloan, who was rewarded with 10th place (67.08 in 6.15 mins/mile).

The next leg to Maentwrog (12.3 miles) was the first of the king of the mountain stages. Club chairman Andy Heyes tackled this one, finishing in 11th place (75.07 6.06 mins/mile).

Malcolm Roberts ran the fourth leg to Harlech Castle (9.5 miles) and finished in 22nd place (67.42 in 7.08 mins/mile). Neil Maston was rewarded with sixth place (61.40 in 6.26 mins/mile) running to Barmouth (9.6 miles).

In the sixth leg to Dolgellau (10.7 miles), Stuart Hancock delivered a great run in fourth place (64.29 in 6.02 mins/mile). Leg seven was the second of the king of the mountain stage to Dinas Mawddwy (9.75 miles). James Rodgers ran a stormer, picking up third place in a time of 56.33 (5.45mins/mile).

Dinas Mawddwy to Foel (10.8 miles) was the toughest of the legs outside of the mountain stages and Baaba Sow picked up 17th place in a time of 70.16 (6.30mins/mile). The ninth leg to Llanfair Caereinion (8.6 miles) was run by Nick Page, who came home in 14th place time 55.46 (6.29 mins/mile).

Leg 10 to Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown (13.3 miles) was the third king of the mountain legs and the longest. Clive Richards came home in 14th place (81.36 at 6.08 mins/mile).

Day two started with the fourth of the king of the mountain stages to Llanbadarn Fynydd (12.3 miles). Nick Hides secured ninth spot in 75.06 (6.06mins/mile).

Alan Baker ran leg 12 to Crossgates (11.2 miles). Passing into castles folklore, Alan ran 65.18, picking up third spot at 5.50 mins/mile.

Steven James picked up sixth place running to Builth Wells (10.6 miles) in a time of 64.52 (6.07 mins/mile).

The fifth stage of the king of the mountains to Drover Arms was run in poor conditions. Paul Bird came home in 21st place (75.53 at 6.54 mins/mile). Kev Neads took on the second longest stage to Brecon (12.8 miles), finishing in 91.21 (39th at 7.08 mins/mile).

Leg 16 to Brecon Reservoir (8.8 miles) was the sixth and final king of the mountain stages. Mark Templer finished in 16th place (59.50, 6.48 mins/mile). The next leg to Cyfartha Castle (9.2 miles) was tackled by Neil Wallace, who finished in 62.23, picking up 18th place (6.48 mins/mile).

Simon Hancock ran the next leg to Abercynon (9.1 miles), finishing in 15th spot, (60.26, 6.39 mins/mile). Leg 19 to Caerphilly Castle (10.8 miles) was tackled by Nigel Charman, who finished in 20th place (74.04, 6.51 mins/mile).

The last leg to Cardiff Castle (10.7 miles) was taken on by Richard Smith, who finished strongly in eighth place (65.19 at 6.06 mins/mile).

In the South West Veterans Championship held at Exeter, Steve Hollier smashed the one hour time trial British Vet 60 record.

Previously standing at 14.8k, Steve obliterated the record and set a new standard of 15.598k.

Clevedon 10k times: Anthony Wilson 36.26; Steve Hollier 36.49; Cameron James Coetzee 36.53; Chris Vauden 39.15; Dawn Barcham 44.23; Malcolm Roberts 44.51; Carole Thomas 46.00; Fiona Sainty 56.20; Andy King 57.23; Alex Burgoyne 57.27; Lucy Jane Roberts 57.33; Emma Eabry 57.37; Emma Graham 57.43; Amanda Stowell 57.49.

Clevedon AC meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Strode Sport Centre, Clevedon. Also see the club website http://www.clevedonac.co.uk/ for further contact information.


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