Race Report: March 2020

The Ras Cors Caron Half Marathon, held in the challenging weather conditions of Storm Dennis on 16 February 2020, started in Tregaron and followed a route through Swyddffynnon, Ystrad Meurig, along the old railway line on the Cors Caron nature reserve, and back into Tregaron. Cawl and refreshments were provided in Tregaron Rugby Club for participants to dry out and warm up after encountering winds and standing water along the way.

Results for Sarn Helen Running Club were as follows: Eirwyn Roberts, 01:24:28 9 (3rd in the OM category); Glyn Price, 01:26:22 (1st in the M50 category); Dylan Lewis, 01:26:35; Irfon Thomas, 01:27:43; Mark Rivers, 01:30:57; George Eadon, 01:31:14; Carwyn Davies, 01:33:14; Mike Davies, 01:34:32 (2nd in the M50 category); Steffan Thomas, 01:34:48; Dee Jolly, 01:35:14 (1st in the OF category); Eleri Rivers, 01:47:31 (1st in the F45 category); Steven Holmes, 01:49:10; Delyth Grimes, 01:53:44, (2nd in the F45 category); Joanna Rosiak, 02:11:19; Jane Holmes, 02:24:50 and Elisha Jones, 02:25:42.

A week later, at the 116th annual George Crump MBE Memorial Welsh Athletics Clubs Cross Country Championships, held at Pembrey Country Park on Saturday 22nd February 2020, junior and senior club members achieved excellent times. Thirty clubs participated in showery and windy weather, on a demanding course, which showcased the park and surrounding areas, using a fast and looping course. Participants tackled fast grass sections, sand dunes, woods and paths as well as running over logs. Sarn Helen Running Club results were as follows: In the 7,360m Senior Women/Master Women/Master Mens’ Race: Dee Jolly (SenW), 31:38; Susan Jenkins (MW60), 43:24. In the under-15 boys 4,540m race: Johnathan Price, 17:21. In the under-15 girls 4,540m race: Jasmine Zara Jones, 18:36. In the Primary Girls 1,550m race: Eva Davies, 6:44.

Finally, on St David’s Day, 1st March 2020, the 9th Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon and 10k races took place, starting in Menai Bridge. On the meteorological first day of Spring, Storm Jorge wreaked havoc on the island, and the rest of the region, with two late changes made to the half marathon route, moving from the intended starting point on Menai Bridge due to travel restrictions placed on the Britannia Bridge due to high winds, and changing roads due to a tree falling on a car in the early hours. The route was converted from a relatively flat, fast race to Beaumaris and beyond, to a hilly and challenging course with over 1550 ft of elevation. With views of snow-covered mountains and the Straits, steep climbs and powerful headwinds on the Beaumaris sea front, competitors ploughed on, returning to a warm welcome near the starting point, with 1400 at the starting line, and 1198 finishers. Representing Sarn Helen, Rebecca Doswell (F45) achieved a time of 2:38:55. In the 10k race, featuring some of the coastal route of the half marathon route, there were 750 competitors, Lisa Naden Hughes achieved a time of 1:01:01.