Welsh adventure in Llandudno race for BATs

By Contributor in Athletics

AT the weekend, Northern Bere Alston Trekkers travelled to foreign shores —namely Llandudno in North Wales to take part in the Llandudno Easter 5k Run.

In plentiful sunshine but windy conditions the fast, flat, out and back course along the promenade proved to be just that as Andy Cowden clocked a personal best of 21 minutes 53 seconds, Angelo Apa ran 26.42 and Sara Apa finished well in 32.23 (pictured).

Meanwhile, closer to home, on a beautiful sunny Sunday, BAT husband and wife Martin and Hilary Head completed The Five Tors race on Bodmin moor hosted by East Cornwall Harriers.

Starting from Minions, this challenging fell race takes in The Hurlers, Tregarick Tor, Stowes Hill, Twelve Men’s Moor, Bearah Tor and Sharptor.

While the Tors might sound the most difficult part of the race, there are also several steady ascents apart from the Tors, and a section along the disused railway track which still has the stone sleepers and requires careful co-ordination, and plenty of unsuspecting mudbaths to catch the unwary.

Those taking part in this eight mile race enjoyed ascents of almost 1,000 feet but are rewarded by spectacular views in the spring sunshine —from the last Tor it was possible to see Plymouth Sound in one direction and the north coast in the other. Martin and Hilary ran well (times unavailable at time of going to press).

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