Posts in Category: Running

Llanbedr to Blaenavon Race, 2004

Added here for posterity, after I rediscovered it on Westies' site: Where were you Chris Upson? You said you’d be here! Knowing how much you like a sound thrashing, I ignored my pulled hamstring and cracked rib (yes the price of Pen Cerrig Calch), and entered Llanbedr to Blaenavon (15m,... read more

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 2003: St Johns in the Vale

Damon sent me this write-up, which I am posting here for posterity. I expect it is on the Westerlands CCC website too, but I couldn't find it. Runner, Why do you Run? This was the title of a Boat-Race write-up exquisitely crafted by Chris Menhennet a few years back. It's a question that occurred to me several times over the first weekend... read more

Erskine Bridge Cross, 28 April 2001

A report from the Westerlands CCC website, possibly by Dave Calder, re-posted here for posterity. I think this was my first "long run" (apart from crazily running the Canterbury Marathon as a 16-year old schoolboy!) after starting to do a bit of fell running in 2000. Five hardy souls braved balmy sunshine and a gentle breeze on Saturday April ... read more

The Belfast Marathon - a good walk soiled

A report by Damon Rodwell, dating from May 2001, re-posted here for posterity. This was my first marathon (discounting the one I did a few days after my 16th birthday in Canterbury!). Mark my words – that Crispin lad will go places. [Wales wasn’t quite what I had in mind when I wrote this!] I somehow managed to talk him into accompanying... read more

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 2005: Ennerdale

A brief write-up by Chris Upson, re-posted here for posterity. I joined Crispin as a last minute replacement for Damon Rodwell in the Scafell Class. We failed to match Damon and Crispin’s usual high standard of finishing 2nd, but managed a 3rd place despite a few dithery moments trying to find checkpoints. The 4th team very nearly caught us... read more

Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 2004: Coniston

An account by Damon Rodwell, copied here for posterity from A strange feeling of deja vu surrounded this year’s Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, based around Coniston on July 3rd and 4th. Once again, Crispin and I had teamed up at the last minute (the Friday afternoon!).... read more

Yorkshire Three Peaks Race, 28th April 2002

Another emailed report to Westies, shortly after we moved to Brecon when I was still running under the “W”. This was possibly my worst ever fell race, in terms of injury, abysmal performance, and general misery! And that shoulder still gives me gyp now.3 Peaks (too many in my opinion) Still no word of Gordon R… hope you finished all right.But... read more

Brecon Beacons Race, 16th August 2003

Another emailed report to Westies.Rigby goes supersonic at the Brecon Beacons ‘On yer marks’…‘get set’……………133 runners start to shuffle…‘hang on!!’…133 runners stumble and start tripping over each other, but some are 20 yards down the road…133 runners are all thinking ‘What, is this going to be the first ever false start in 3000 years of fell... read more

Goodrich Fell Race, 22nd August 2003

And another of my emails to Westies:Good ? – oh yesRich ? – plenty of prizesFell Race? – not really, but a cheeky 6 miler on tracks with 900 feet of ascent. Forest of Dean, near Symonds Yat.A slightly longer course than of old (in the days when this was Damon’s stomping ground), had us stumbling through a field for a few hundred frantic metres,... read more

Bob Smith Traverse, 11th January 2003

And another letter to the Westies:A beautiful epic Bob Smith Traverse (all six 800m summits of S Wales), in bright sun snow and ice on saturday. 20 miles run, 25 miles bike, with 2635m ascent. Decided and planned late friday evening!Some bits very difficult, plenty slides and falls, all quite slow. For those with maps (Chris) … Started at the last ... read more