Caryl leads the charge for Sarn Helen

By Cambrian News reporter in Athletics

THE well-travelled athlete Caryl Wyn Davies enjoys displaying the Sarn Helen vest all over the country and has raced two significant PBs recently.

In Staffordshire she tackled Stone 10k, a flat course taking in two laps of Stone town on 25 June. Davies ran a great personal best time of 42.56, placing fourth open lady, while her fiancé, Aberystwyth AC runner Gary Wyn Davies, placed ninth open male and a fantastic 11th overall in 35:00.

Davies encountered a challenge of a different kind during the famous Volvo Ras y Wyddfa on 15 July as she once again raced Snowdon; this time in horrific weather. Not effected by the gruelling rain or lack of visibility, Davies’ time of 1:42:51 was a massive eight-minute PB and placed her 11th in her class.

Two Sarn ladies, Emma Gray and Helen Willoughby, travelled south to Dorset on a blisteringly hot July day to take part in White Star Running’s Cider Frolic.

A 12-hour race around a four-mile lap, the aim was to complete as many laps as possible.

With both runners either unwell, they had decided early on not to run for the full 12 hours, and they were more than happy with their results: Gray completed five laps (20 miles) in 7:38:32 and Willougby ran eight laps (32 miles) in 6:54:56 to finish in 30th place.

An impressively large field of 130 runners were on the start line of Mynydd Du’s 10-plus-mile Fan y Big fell race.

The runners were overjoyed to feel a cool breeze hit their faces as they neared the 2,200ft summit; even a headwind received a welcome against the fierce heat.

Only Dee Jolly was in the mix for the mountain-loving Sarn Helen club, but so was an Aberystwyth Athletics Club rival in the form of renowned GB triathlete Helen Marshall.

A fast finish, due to the downhill road stretch, suited both the ladies well and with a clear lead it was Marshall who clinched not just first amongst local rivalry but first lady overall in a time of 1:33:20, while placed second lady in 1:38:18.

Faced with the same heat the following day, the runners took on a much shorter distance, but some seriously challenging ground, in the 3.5-mile, 1,900ft climb of Pen y Fan.

Marshall was the only local fearless enough to commit to the full Brecon Fans Weekend and in race two she placed fourth lady overall in 48:10 and highest scoring female of the dual event.

Sarn’s Llewelyn Lloyd made a last-minute decision to attend the race and it was one that paid off as he placed a high eighth open male in 42:31.

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