Age category placing for Vicky Taylor in Tal y Fan fell race

*A plucky performance from Vicky Taylor at the Tal y Fan fell race

Age category placing for Vicky Taylor in Tal y Fan fell race

Report by Don Hale. Photographs by Steve Jeffery and Jonathan Kettle


Three NWRRC members took part in the gruelling Ras Tal y Fan fell race at Rowen last Saturday in very hot and humid conditions, with plucky Vicky Taylor snatching 2nd place in her respective age category.

Said to be one of the toughest runs on the local North Wales fell racing circuit, the race is staged over varied terrain with nearly 800m of ascent and offered a stern challenge to all competitors over an 8-mile plus course. 

The first two miles are said to be the most difficult, and host organisers, Club Rhedwyr Eyri Harriers, stated that entrants needed be able to navigate their way around the course, as although marshalls are at the checkpoints, and at the various gates and stiles around the course, the route is unmarked, and prior fell running experience is recommended.

This year, with current Covid-19 restrictions still in place throughout Wales, the event included staggered starts and social distancing with a 100-runner limit.

*Josh Keogh (above) finished a highly credible 7th on Saturday and (below) another good performance from Troy Kettle.

The first NWRRC club runner home was Josh Keogh in 7th place in 1 hour 20 minutes 18 seconds, with teenager Troy Kettle next in 24th place in 1.39.05, with Vicky Taylor 46th in 2.23.01. Vicky persevered and was the 11th female finisher and finished 2nd in her FV40 age cat.

Vicky later confirmed: ‘It’s the hardest race I have ever run, but I loved it, and will definitely run it again. So proud just to finish.’

*An uphill struggle for all athletes including Vicky at the Rowen race

*GOG triathlon athlete Craig Rutter admitted that it was a hard but enjoyable run, and afterwards he said: ‘Tal y Fan fell race today. Cardiac Hill just to get to the mountain was hard. The car would struggle to get up that! Yeah, it was very warm but luckily it was overcast for the climb up, then the sun came out when heading back to Rowen.’ He was one of two GOG club members running and finished 29th overall in 1.42.07. His colleague Neil Harris was 21st in 1.35.23. The first six runners all finished under 1 hour 20 minutes.

*A hard run for GOG Triathlon runner Craig Rutter (above) and also for second placed athlete Bryn Woodall from Colwyn Bay AC (pictured below).

The Ras Tal y Fan fell race welcomed experienced fell runners from Liverpool, Derbyshire, London, and Yorkshire, together with a generous sprinkling of local athletes. The race was won by Gavin Roberts (Eryri Harriers) in 1.07.20, with 2nd teenager Bryn Woodall (Colwyn Bay AC) 1.09.48, and 3rd was Lawrence Eccles (Penny Lane Striders) in 1.12.12.



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