Over 200 hundred hardy fell runnners managed to finish the 20th
Cardington Cracker 9 miles Fell Race on Sunday, organised by Telford
Athletic Club. The 3rd race in the Shropshire Fell Running Series the
Cardington Cracker starts and finishes in the village of Cardington
near Church stretton.
Finishers - Andrew Davies (Mercia) 3rd, Tim Werrett (Mercia) 4th,
Winner Lloyd Taggert (Dark Peak Fell Runners) and second, Tom Owens
Heavy overnight rain made it very wet underfoot and strong winds during
the day, added up to very difficult running conditions. The strong
winds were especially difficult on the high ground of the Lawley and
Caer Caradoc where runners found it hard to avoid being blown over.
Despite this Helen Fines from Bristol who runs for the Calder Valley
Fell Runners in Yorkshire still managed to set a new womens record. She
was 4th in last years English Fell Running Championships and finished
in 1 hour 24 minutes and 15 seconds.Second last year, she managed to
run 5 minutes quicker and break the previous record by 1 minute 13
Jackie Lee from Eryri was second in 1.25.30 ans Shrewsbury's
Anna Bartlett was third in 1.28.47 almost two minutes quicker than her
previous best and some 4 minutes quicker than when she won the race 3
years ago. Andrea Roberts from Eryri was 4th, 1.32.14 and previous
course record holder Polly Gibb from Ironbridge was 5th in 1.34.07.
Other leading local finishers were Julie Cowley who was 8th and 2nd
over 40 in 1.39.40, Rachel Bollom from Shrewsbury was 12th in 1.41.44
just ahead of Oswestry's Alison Tickner 13th in 1.42.04.
LIsa Garside was 14th in 1.42.12with Shropshire Shufflers Val Swingler
15th in 1.42.35. Suzy Pyne from Shropshire Shufflers in her first fell
race was 17th and 2nd over 45 in 1.48.22 with Oswestry's Jackie Jarvis
18th in 1.53.22. Gill Harris from Wall under Heywood was 20th overall
but the second over 50 in 1.57.53, just ahead of the Telford Harrier
pair of Davina Cooke 1.58.47 and Jean Turner 1.58.48 in 21st and 22nd.
Lloyd Taggert (Dark Peak Fell Runners) leads at Comley
The mens race was won by one of the top British Fell Runners Lloyd
Taggart from Buxton, Derbyshire who runs for Dark Peak Fell Runners.
Lloyd making his debut in the race was 4th in last years British
Championships and 3rd in the English Championships.Although new to the
area he had done a route recce the previous week end and set off in
determined style quickly establishing an early lead. He was never
headed as he gradually moved further away from what was a very good
quality field, with unusually only 3 veterans making the top 20.He came
home almost two minutes clear in 1.10.53 just over a minute outside the
course record set by Tim Davies last year. Tom Owens from Mercia who
had finished 21st the previous day in the Birmingham Cross Country
League was second in 1.12.44. Andi Davies, from Forden near Welshpool,
who had also been busy the previous day playing 90 minutes for Welsh
Premier League side Caersws in a 2 - 2 draw, finished 3rd in 1.14.48.
Leading local finishers were led home by Mark Bollom, for
Mercia who finished 9th in 1.21.04 2 minutes quicker than last year.
Shrewsbury's ever improving Peter Ball was 10th in 1.21.33 whilst Andy
Yapp from Snailbeach was 13th and 2nd over 40 in 1.22.23. Juan Castillo
from Shrewsbury AC was 17th in 1.23.53 just ahead of Andrew Primrose
from Ditton Priors in 18th, 1.24.07. Ed Davies, 3rd placed Andi's
father was 20th and first over 50 in 1.24.42 whilst Colin Lancaster
from Little Stretton was the first over 45 in 1.25.28. Henry Thomas
from Bridgnorth was 27th in 1.26.34, with Simon Daws from Ironbridge
the second over 50 in 28th overall in 1.26.39 and Telford Hararier's
Nick Thomas completed the top 30 in 1.26.46.
Andrea Roberts (Eryrl) climbs Comley. She finished fourth.At the finish, winner of over 50s Vets Ed DaviesSimon Daws (Telford) finishes...Lady finishers, Anna Bartlett (Shrewsbury) 3rd,
winner Helen Fines (Caulderdale Fell Runners) and Jackie Lee (ERyrl) came 2nd.