“Eight Malvern Joggers travelled to central Wales to take part in this 20 mile road race. Some were preparing for Spring Marathons, some running for points on the Clubs’ Champions League and others just for fun. Five others also ran the 5 mile race including Amanda Duncan (41:14), Lynda Broadway (44:05), Kay Parry (48:08), Annie Robson (54:47) and Mike Anstey (59:49).
Registration took place in Rhayader Leisure Centre and the race began at 1pm. The 31st Rhayader 20 mile Road Race was a demanding race which runs through the picturesque countryside of the Elan Valley, over one of the most scenic courses in the British Isles. The race started in Dark Lane near the Leisure Centre in Rhayader and took us out around the lovely Elan Valley Reservoirs and finished in The Smithfield in Rhayader. The first 5 miles were uphill then runners had to contend with head-on very windy conditions on the exposed hill which sapped energy even on the downhill sections. There were no opportunities for personal bests on this course in these conditions!
No roads were closed for the event neither was it champion chip timed but it was a friendly, efficient race with accurate time keeping.
Finishing times for those members of Malvern Joggers taking part were Megan Judge (2:36:29), Stuart Brown (2:48:38), Matthew Lancett (2:56:35), Neil Humpage (3:03:05), Ian Walwyn (3:07:53), Paul Webb (3:08:04), Julie Caseley (3:11:19) and Mark Cooling (3:19:49).” Julie C