Leicestershire’s Martin Cox kept his cool in the searing heat of the Clwydian Hills on Saturday 24th May to win the Lletty 9m/2090ft Fell race in a course record time of 1:11:34. The hot humid day and tough course caught out a few people as several athletes failed to finish as the heat took its toll.
Martin Cox seemingly coped well with the high temperatures as he won by over a minute ahead of Simon Bailey (Mercia) 1:12:53 with 3rd Orlando Edwards (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) 1:13:25. 4th Adam Osborne (Yorkshire) 1:13:44 and 5th Gareth Raven 1:13:53. The first Welshman home was Eryri’s Richard Roberts in a very respectable 11th place in a time of 1:16:31as he led North Wales (55pts) to 5th in the Inter Counties Championships behind 1st Yorkshire 11pts. 2nd Greater Manchester 38pts. 3rd Cumbria 42pts and 4th Lancashire 54pts. There were record entries for the Inter Counties as all four Welsh regions were competing together for the first time. East Wales led by 25th placed Martin Shaw 1:21:57 were 11th West Wales led by junior athlete Michael kallenberg (29th 1:23:15) placed 14th with South Wales 18th.
First woman home was England and GB international Victoria Wilkinson (Yorkshire) 37th place overall in a new course record of 1:25:53 a minute ahead of Philippa Maddams (Cumbria) 1:26:53 with 3rd Olivia Walwyn (Cheshire) 1:26:58. 4th Sula Young (Scotland East) 1:27:34 and 5th Kim Alexander (Northern Ireland) 1:28:18. 1st Welsh woman home was Shrewsbury AC’s Anna Bartlett (Shropshire) in 78th place overall in a time of 1:35:28.
Yorkshire women made it a double success as they were clear winners of the Inter Counties title with 26pts ahead of 2nd Greater Manchester 37pts and 3rd Scotland East 44pts. North Wales were placed 6th with 75pts and East Wales 11th on 110pts.
There were also notable veteran successes for Welsh athletes: 59th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis (Eryri H)1:30:32. 67th (1st MV/45) Dimitri Vorres (East Wales) 1:32:47. 99th (1st MV/60) Don Williams (Eryri H) 1:40:37. 125th (1st FV/50) Annie Williams (Eryri H) 1:47:12 and 203rd (1st FV/60) Maggie Oliver (Eryri H) 2:27:05.
Overall, despite the very warm weather conditions which clearly affected several competitors, an excellent well organised though, tough event.