News Report 19th February 2006
With 25 finishers in its inaugural running in 2004, followed by 31 in 2005, the third running of Y Llethr 'High Peak Challenge' fell race in Llanbedr saw continued growth, as last Saturdays event saw a total of 43 competitors crossing the finishing line of the tough course.
The first of the 43 competitors to complete the 14.25 mile course which included 2448 feet of climbing, was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn who repeated his 2004 victory in the event, on this occasion crossing the finishing line in 2hrs 00.02mins, which represented the second quickest ever finishing time for the race in its short history.
Second home was Andy Davies (Mercia A.C.) who travelled up from the Midlands to complete the course in 2hrs 02.48mins. The second local athlete home, in sixth place overall, was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, showing good strength on the hills as he finished in 2hrs 12.13mins. Veteran fell runner, John Marsh of Tywyn followed, claiming victory in the male over-60 category in a time of 2hrs 21.31mins. Hot on his tail was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, claiming second place in the male over-50 category in a time of 2hrs 21.50mins. Tywyn athlete Mike Palmer followed up his strong recent performance at the Tarren Hendre fell race by finishing in 2hrs 31.56mins whist Bob Chilton of Hermon and Nick Bradley of Dolgellau followed in respective times of 2hrs 45.33mins and 3hrs 03.02mins.
As ever, a race of this nature is dependant on the co-operation of the local landowners as well as the generosity of the many local sponsors and assistance of the many who helped out on the day of the race. A large vote of thanks goes out to all concerned.
Some of the local competitors line up prior to the start of the race. From left to right John Marsh (No. 20), Nick Bradley, Dewi Roberts (No. 07), Mike Palmer, Bob Chilton (No. 15), Gwyn Jones (No. 01) and eventual race winner, Steve Gilliland (No. 19)