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First race of the Brecon Fans weekend, a ‘short’ race  of 3.5 miles up the highest mountain in Southern Britain, climbing nearly 2000 feet before a headlong descent down an almost sheer cliff and through heather, bracken and streams back to the finish for a free bottle of beer and cakes.
Croft had 4 runners in the field of 88. Gary Pearson maintained his good form to finish 19th, 3rd mv40 in 43.39. Nigel Taylor, making an excellent debut with the Croft OTH section, was not far behind in 27th place, 6th mv40 in 45.28. Gary G despite his recent injuries again won the over 60’s 51st overall in 52.16. TomD brought up the club contingent in 78th place 7th mv60 in 60.55.
 Hugh Aggleton won in 34.13, first lady was Helen Brown(Fines) 22nd overall in 44.09.

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This was never going to be easy having spent the previous night and a number of the small hours of the morning drinking far too much Jack Daniels and partying with the Presteigne Pacers and Presteigne ladies hockey club.

The day dawned bright and sunny (the same could not be said about me though) so I felt a day of sunshine in the British summer should not be wasted and I should attempt the race. Croft was well represented by Tom, Catherine, Gary G and me. 76 people took part in the event and 11 youngsters took part in the shorter junior event. I went well until the second part of the ascent when Gary Gunner passed me as if I was stood still!

The winner completed it in 34mins 5secs

Gary was first M60 in 47mins 55secs

I completed in 50mins 41secs

Tom 1hr 0min 51secs

Catherine 1hr 12mins 5secs

 

Following the race there were soft drinks, sandwiches, cakes and a bottle of beer for all runners (chocolates for the juniors!). Not bad for £4 entry fee.

While checking results archive for Croft runners on the race website (www.penyfanrace.org.uk) I found that in 1990 Mick Ligema completed the event 3 seconds faster than this year’s winner- most impressive.

Definitely a race worth putting in the diary for next year.

Dave R

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