Moel Siabod Fell Race – Cotswold Race Team report

08Jul11

I spent most of Saturday morning preparing myself sunbathing in the glorious North Wales sunshine! The infamous Moel Siabod Fell Race – ‘run’ alongside the Capel Curig Show (fΓͺte) was to start at 2pm that afternoon.

I’d asked the Cotswold Outdoor Race Team if they’d like to sponsor me and let me wear the Race Team bib for the race, which they kindly did. Thus, equipped with a long-sleeved (!) branded top, I set out to the start to meet Fred, Mark, Becki & Jenny amongst 120 runners readying for the race.

The task ahead: 5.8 miles and 700m ascent (out and back)…

GO! 120 runners left Jim’s Bridge in Capel Curig. Steady start? Keep up with the front runners, overtake later? I paced myself around 15th place for the forest track start before breaking out onto the open fell – now for the serious ascent! Ascending was painless enough given the ridiculously hot weather – mindful of needing to leave enough reserve for a 700m (vertical) sprint back downhill. I overtook a couple of guys – bonus! Doing well, near the top the elite podium racers were already hurtling back towards us, but with the trig point in sight (872m) motivation was increased!

Half-way there! Running up Moel Siabod - photo courtesy of Al Tye from Fell Running Pictures

Half-way there! Running up Moel Siabod - photo courtesy of Al Tye from Fell Running Pictures

Photo Credit: Alastair Tye

Touch the trig and off we go back down – whistling past the oncoming traffic, eyeing up the ground between at least 10-20m ahead to ensure best foot placements, and FOCUS! ‘Brakes off, brain off’ as Kenny Stuart once said…

I overtook 3 or so people on the way down – helps to know the area πŸ™‚ By the time I was on the forest track again my legs were certainly tired and not being a road runner this strangely flat surface wasn’t the most kind of finishes, alas the finish line…

54 minutes 53 seconds… 12th place and a trophy and special prize for ‘1st Local’ – awesome! Great presence by Cotswold Outdoor on the day – vouchers, banners and goody bags galore! Most importantly though – the insulated mug prize…

The prize for 1st Local - how apt!

The prize for 1st Local - how apt!

RESULTS: link to spreadsheet
ROUTE: link to MapMyRun

Thanks to the Cotswold Race Team and the Royal Oak Store for their support!

Kit Used

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