Saturday March 26th 2005.
Saturday March 26th 2005 dawned to give those involved with the Aran-Pace a cool
misty morning. A light wind from the north east carried a chill which would maybe
keep the runners cool, cold enough to steam up the glass for those who ran wearing
spectacles! The Arans seemed to have changed little during the previous year. It
was uncanny how the presence of a thick heavy mist hung on the peak, hiding the
highest summit from the vision from those below in the village of Llanuwchllyn.
It had been
just this type of weather in 2004 on occasion of the first run. This day also the
mist hung heavy on the summit. It was gone eleven before those involved with the
race started to appear on the little towns main street. As the hours passed, many
more arrived. The previous 2004 entry of 62 runners was exceeded by mid-day and
the total climbed onwards to the grand total 98 final entries. At start time the
runners were called together for a briefing by the organisers - Graham Stringer
and the Bro Dtsynni Athletic Club. Radio contact was checked with those already
on the mountain. The Marshal's were in place and the course was clear. Again this
year the highly effective Raynet Radio Network were present with their excellent
communications systems established. The all clear was given and the Mrs Margaret
Thomas of 'Organic Aran Lamb' stepped into the starters position, complete with
a container of compressed 'cold' air! On the instructions of Graham Stringer,
Margaret shocked herself as she pressed the 'little red button'! - A loud 'honk'
made her jump! - They were off. This year two important competitors were racing.
Reg Keys and his son Richard were competing. Richard had taken leave from the army
to run alongside his father. He should be congratulated for his care and
consideration, he stayed close by his father up and down the Aran. For a Fell
Racing beginner, Reg Keys ran a solid and constant race, arriving at the finishing
line well within the total time limit we had expected of him. Reg had never run a
Fell Race before - This was also a demanding task on a man who had never tackled
a mountain before. Yes he finished 96 out of 98 runners and we can honestly say -
"Well done Reg". The day for Reg was also very much in the 'spotlight'. As a
prospective parliamentary candidate for the Segefield Constituency of Tony Blair
fame. Suffering the cold wind with a constant awareness was Television Journalist.
Sarah Thackery from BBC Television Midland Region. Preparing the story of this
'Midlands' man. The changes for the organisers came this year in the help of the
marshals, this year there was a whole bundle of help from the local Llanuwchllyn team.
Led by Aranli Thomas, the highest control points were expertly mastered by Rifan,
Tom, Nedw, Garwth and Simbad. The organisers wish to thanks them for their help and
effort. It was after 4pm when everybody withdrew to the co-sponsors The Eagles Inn.
Here with the potential of selected beer's to refresh the thirst, the results were
calculated and the prize-winning took place. Reg Keys once again presented the 'Tom
Keys Memorial Trophy' - This time to Tim Higginbottom with a time of 'One hour
thirty one minutes and tirty two seconds! - Congratulations Tim. Now you must
win it again next year! Everybody enjoyed their run, again the maountain and its
topography made more fans. Everybody liked the style and shape of the run. Those
who had run on an empty stomach set about the 'Organic Aran-Lamb-Burgers' again! -
One runner being known to finish off three of them in quick succession! Everybody
had a great day out, the new start area and the access to the village hall proved to
be very useful. The organisers would like to thank the Llanuwchllyn Hall Committee
for the facility. Also again a big thankyou to the farmers who allowed use of their
mountain pasture and the green fields towards the new finish. Thanks to all those who
added to the success on the day - It was even better than 2004. Just think, it may be
only about 302 days to the next 'Organic Aran-Lamb ~ Aran Fell Race' of 2006. See you then.
A truly *Great* Race Record.
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The 'Tom Keys' Memorial
'ARAN FELL RACE' - 2005
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