What a race….a real classic in the Welsh fell running season and one that always sells out very quickly.
Addy and the Gazelle set off from Brilley with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Their support crew was the Whippet and his trusty sheep dog Mo who were dropped off early at the start of the southern approach to offer words of encouragement at the summit. The Whippet was under strict instructions to cheer everyone on after his infamous “impartial marshal” scandal.
Due to her age, Addy wasn’t allowed to race the whole course. However, the organisers had set a challenging 7 mile route for the under 18 year olds which climbed over a thousand feet and offered a cheeky taste of the mountain. She was the first female back winning even more bling for her trophy cabinet.
The Gazelle crested the mountain in almost exactly the same time as his personal best two years ago. Roared on by the Whippet, and in pursuit of a quick time, he scrambled back down the rocks and sped off across the boulder field. At about 8 miles he had a spectacular fall where other runners actually stopped to check if he was okay. The fell runners code talks about looking out for your fellow competitors but this usually consists of shouting “are you okay?” whilst running past and being out of earshot before the injured person responds. If someone stops you know you’re in trouble!
The Gazelle doesn’t like to make a fuss (possibly untrue) so ignored the blood and kept going.
Sadly, the lost time meant he missed out on a new PB by a mere 12 seconds. He will have to try harder next time.