British Fell Relay Championships – Posted 18-10-17

It does not seem like four years ago when Eryri Harriers last hosted this annual event in appalling weather conditions where I had watched from behind a wall at the top of the Telegraph Pass to see runners being battered by gale force wind & lashing rain. How do they run up that?

Last Sunday saw the return of the event to Llanberis with Eryri hosting once again. This is a massive organisational task organised solely by club & other volunteers in their ‘free’ time. I won’t name everyone here so forgive me but Stuart, Ellie, Adrian & Maggie you were the ones I had a small part in helping by offering to be a Marshall (alas the call to be a runner never came), great effort guys over countless hours I hope you are now looking back with pride.

The event sees 4 races run as relays with the great & the good of the U.K.’s fell running clubs taking part. Clubs can have multiple teams entered in various category’s. Leg 1 is a solo on a marked route, leg two for pairs on a marked route. Leg 3 again for pairs but this time no markings & so good navigational skills are essential, leg 4 rounds things off with a solo route. The navigational leg route would seem in need of beinge singled out for particular praise as many of the runners gasped ‘great route’ or words to that effect.

I won’t go into the results here, they are extensive & can be seen on the Eryri web-site the most important thing was the coming together of approximately 1,500 fell racers on a blowy Autumn day who were supported by Race HQ, Marshalls & other helpers, now that’s a community worth being a part of. Walkers looked on in genuine delight at the sheer ‘madness’ of it all.

Well done to all involved in organising it & of course to everyone who took part!

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