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Tattenhall Runners Stride to Victory in Clwydian Hills

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Clywdian Hills Fell Race

Tattenhall Runners Take First Prize

13 Tattenhall Runners left the stygian gloom of Cheshire for the uplifting and sunlit Clywdians on Sunday taking part in the annual Clywdian Hills Fell Race starting and ending in Cilcain village. The weather was outstanding; hot dry and sunny with dehydration being a far greater threat than exposure on what proved to be the hottest November day since 1946; one of the team even had to beg a drink from a passing walker!

An experienced field of 159 runners took to the hills in a race which followed a new course, described by the organiser as 'sadistic', of around 14 km- depending on which route you took. It required a total ascent of over 770m and was won in a time of 82 min 58 sec by Stephen Skates from Prestatyn Running Club. The first Tattenhaller home was, unsurprisingly, Peter Taylor who declared himself particularly pleased at beating his nemesis and leading club ultra fell runner, Simon Ellis. Simon's wife, Sue, with dog in tow, provided much needed encouragement on the fells.Competition was fierce with Tattenhall's sole prize for a podium finish going to Ali Grundy who finished 2nd in the FV40 category and was 6th female overall; Well done Ali and indeed well done all Tattenhallers who braved the scorching temperatures and sadistic hills! Particular congratulations to Sharon B who chose to spend rather longer up to her neck in gorse, heather and bracken than everyone else!

Strength, however, comes in numbers and, with 39 clubs competing for the mythical 'King of Moel Famau' trophy, Tattenhall's 13 runners enabled it to stride into first place, taking over 9% of the points available. Well done to all.

Tattenhall Runners listing is:Peter Taylor- 23rd overall 95min 26 secSimon Ellis- 26th overall 97min 44 secRob Arden- 34th overall 101 min 10 secJames Jenkin- 36th overall 101 min 50secSimon Duckett- 47th overall 104 min 40 secNick Holmes- 50th overall 104 min 56 secAl´┐Żrundy- 60th overall (6th F overall / 2nd FV 40) 109 min 50 secKate Lightfoot- 87th overall (10th F overall / 5th FV 40) 119 min 47 secLee Lumb- 95th overall 122 min 54 secCharlie Eldred 108th overall 133 min 37 secMike McCorkell 113th overall 138 min 23 secTim Charmley 125th overall 145 minSharon Basford 198 min (approx)

Picture captures a few Tattenhallers post race- Standing left to right: Nick Holmes- Ali Grundy- Simon Duckett- James Jenkin- Rob Arden. Kneeling is Simon Ellis.

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