RAS Myddfai, for the first time in its 22-year history, had to contend with heavy rain, but the poor weather did little to dampen the spirits of the runners, both young and old, who turned out in record numbers.
The testing course, partly off-road, has something for everyone: steep ascents, fast flat stretches and glorious views. The highlight of the event for many remains the post-race tea provided by the ladies of Capel Seion.
The premier eight-mile race was won by Tim Jones in a time of 53mins 15secs, with Aled Jones Davies (54.29) second and Simon Hall (54.31) third. First lady home was Tanwen Randell Davies (62.40), followed by Eleri Rivers (70.32) and Anna Auchterlonie (71.00). The course record of 46.56 set by Dewi Jones in 1995 looks set to remain unchallenged for a few more years yet.
In the five-mile race, Adam Jones (33.40) was victorious, with Dylan Williams (37.35) second and Laurence Worth (37.50) third. The ladies race was won by Elizabeth Tremlett (36.38) who came second overall. Second place went to Llinos Jones (40.43) and Helen Willoughby (43.00) third.
The U11s race (two miles) was dominated by brother and sister Llewelyn and Seren James who won the boys’ and girls’ races convincingly. Clearly they have inherited their mother Lydia James’s running genes. Runners up in the boys’ race were Guto Dafydd and Harry Worth and in the girls’ race, Glain Evans and Manon Roberts.