Despite the kind weather last weekend, we’re pretty certain that many of you wouldn’t disagree that the final Round of the Welsh One Day Ultra Series and also part of the Run Further Ultra Running champs proved to be a very tough course designed to test even the fittest of athletes. Some marshals waited tentatively for the retirements to start rolling in but this proved not to be the case and was illustrative of the hardy nature of those taking part and completing the course. Anyone who finished the event should be thoroughly proud – Well Done!
We would like to officially announce the results of both the event on the day and perhaps more nail bitingly for some the overall series which turned out to be remarkably close affair with an added dose of drama when the series leader managed to get lost in the final few miles of the course thereby putting his campaign to win the series in serious jeopardy. Here are the results:
Round 4 Results:
1st Gancho Slavov 6 hrs 39 mins 42 secs
2nd Jim Mann 6 hrs 55 mins 20 secs
3rd Barry Murray 7 hrs 06 mins 25 secs
1st Katy Roby 7hrs 24 mins 13 secs
2nd Fiona Spotswood 7hrs 50 mins 24 secs
3rd Claire Akin-Smith 7hrs 56 mins 08 secs
Fastest Team:. Mynyddwyr De Cymru (Gary Davies, Katie Roby, Alan Stone)
See full results table here
1st Piers Stockwell 2966 points
2nd Barry Murray 2959 points
3rd Gary Davies 2561 points
1st Victoria Mousley 3065 points
2nd Katherine Samuelson-Dean 2098 points
3rd Karen Horsler 1880 points
Series Team Winners: Mynyddwyr De Cymru (Gary Davies, Katie Roby, Alan Stone, John Sweeting, Keri James)
See full series results table here
We would like to thank our event sponsor Craft who many of you now know is a Scandinavian company which make fantastic technical kit for running, cycling and other activities to the extent they provide for many of the Tour De France teams and Olympic athlete squads. In addition Craft have provided the series prizes for 1st Male and 1st Female. Piers and Victoria, expect a fantastic Craft hybrid jacket through the post soon. All winner’s will have some vouchers, trophies and free entry in to next years series on their way to you shortly. All others who took part should have a 10% discount voucher to spend at Might Contain Nuts should you wish to do so.
A “Big Thanks” to those who have made the effort to write back to us. There were some interesting and amusing comments but we thought probably the most entertaining was courtesy of Jules Roberts: “Loved every minute of it - except when I was sick on myself as we were going up Cribyn!”
We’ve had a brief summary in the shape of a blog which many off you may have already read – just in case you haven’t you might want to spend a few minutes checking it out here
There are some fantastic pictures of the day courtesy of local photographer Jon Philips. Whilst they are free to download we ask if you publish them in any way that you credit Jon. (www.muen.co.uk )
Please note that we also in the process of launching our adventure race series. If you fancy mixing it up a bit with mountain biking and perhaps a spot of canoeing then check out the site here.
If there are any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll do our best to help. First timers are very much encouraged to come along.
Thanks again for taking part in our events. We firmly believe that the Welsh Ultra Running Series has been a tremendous success. However, if you do have any comments, ideas or feedback then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The series will run again next year once the dates are confirmed shortly. In the meantime have a great summer and we leave you with a couple of pics of the series winners.
Piers Stockwell smiling lots before managing to go of course!
Effervescent Victoria Mousley (right) running with top Adventure Racer Fi Spotswood (left)