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Cribyn Race, May 16th 2009

posted 17 May 2009, 04:46 by Dave Austin

A field of 55 runners contested the first running of the Cribyn race since 2004. Conditions were quite poor with rain and strong winds, but visibility was good. This was lucky for Lancashire raider Shaun Godsman of Calder Valley Fell Runners who enjoyed his first race in South Wales. Having no prior knowledge of the area, he successfully led from start to finish, recording a fantastic time of 55.18, over 5 minutes clear of his nearest rival. Mike Duxbury (Stroud) who was first MV40. Nigel Bunn of Tring was 3rd, just 3 seconds behind.

It was a double for Calder Valley as Helen Fines took women's first prize in a new course record after a battle with clubmate Anne Johnson, who was first FV40. Chepstow's Liz Francis was 3rd.

It was an unusually small field on the veteran front- perhaps they were saving themselves for Sarn Helen the next day? First MV50 was Mark Saunders, and John Sweeting (MDC) got the better of Gary Gunner by 2 minutes for MV60 honours. Of the two U23 men, Christopher Worley came out on top.

Many thanks to the awesome marshalling team of Del Thornley, Kay Lucas, Jessica and Chris Taylor, timekeepers Gerry and Sue Ashton and all round troubleshooter Fiona Turner.

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