Wrecsam Tri Race on the Fells of Shropshire in the British Fell Relay Champs
Sunday 14th October saw members of Wrecsam Tri take to the fells of Long Mynd in Church Stretton, Shropshire in the Fells Relays Championship 2012.
Chris Smith organiser of the club teams for this year had the pleasure of fielding two teams (including his joker- Dave ‘Rocket’ Savage ) which were –
Team A – Dave ‘Rocket’ Savage, Chris ‘Smudge’ Smith, Iori 'Buckled’ Jones, Tony ‘Silver’ Sinnett, Bill ‘Ancient’ Cranshaw, Julian 'Fossil’ Hunter.
Team B – Sam ‘Gamekeeper ’Heywood, Paul ‘Kebab’ Evans, Andy ‘Borat’ Campbell, Claire ‘Turkish Delight’ Bellamy, Kim ‘Foot Rot’ Norman, Bev ‘Cardigan’ Craddock.
Before the race started Chris and other members brought the team cake to get us fuelled up for the race! Chris decided to go one step further, and clog our insides with a recipe that was used for miners working down in the pits in the 1500’s, this being Treacle Tart!!...was nice though Smudger! It certainly started the queue for the loo (which curiously enough was signed ‘Refreshments’).
Whoever had chosen this course needed a pat on the back, Thank you Mercia Running Club for a steady and well organised event, the views were stunning if you had time to have a look.
It was good to see old and new members making an appearance on the fells, Iori breaking the mud off his fell shoes from 1956 and Julian quickly eating the cake before the race even started.
Chris played his joker and Rocket Savage went out on the 1st leg for the B team, with the Poacher leading for the ‘A team’. Rocket did not return for some time as we believe he was marketing his own design for double sided cleats to mountain bikers along the fells in Shropshire (or so we thought – see his review below). The Poacher arrived knackered at the finish to set off Kebab and Borat with a healthily lead, while eventually Rocket arrived and collapsed on the line to the usual abuse from Smudge and Buckled who set off trying (trying KEY word) to close the gap on Kebab and Borat.
Things got worse – as Smudge and Buckled arrived back the gap had grown considerably. They kicked Rocket (who was still grovelling in pain on the floor) before heading off for another portion of refreshments.
Turkish Delight and Foot Rot were well gone by the time Silver and Ancient set off, but they were convinced they would catch the girls. And they nearly did, or so they claimed. Apparently they were just about to overtake them three quarters way around the navigation leg, when the cunning females went the wrong way then hid in a bush. Without half a brain between them Silver and Ancient forgot all about the navigation and continued for a mile or so on the wrong route before realising their mistake and making a well thought out decision (NOT) to head up the steep cliff to cut back onto the course.
So with Cardigan and Fossil freezing in the holding pen, waiting for their team mates to arrive, the organisers started to get impatient and called a mass start for the remaining dregs (that's us). Just in the nick of time, out of the mist appeared Turkish Delight and Foot Rot, tagging Cardigan who was then off several minutes before the mass start.
With no sign of any more athletes the mass start was called for the last and toughest leg of the competition. With Fossil glad he had thought to bring his head torch he set off into the darkness, finding his way over the course quickly to finish last of the Wrecsam Tri contingent, but still finding time to kick and abuse Rocket.
Would like to thank our Assistant Team Coach Jayson ‘Bono’ Rees-Hughes for being there when we most needed him…NOT! , and also for ruining the photos.
JAYSON BONO HUGHES AND THE SECOND LEG WALKERS
At the end of the day the teams had done good beating many Fell Running clubs finishing well up from 170 teams:
124th 05:32:57 90 Wrecsam Tri - A Triers Open
134th 05:46:02 91 Wrecsam Tri - B Tri'ards Open