Teifi 10 – 27.3.16

Teifi Easter Sunday 10 mile road race.

Race report by Dave Phillips.

Well what else would you do in Pembrokeshire for Easter day? Easy, pop up to Lampeter  in Cardiganshire about 50 miles from our place, head to Lampeter rugby club where Sarn Helen running club host their annual Easter race. Well that’s what 78 others and I did for the noon start where registration at £12 on the day was the norm.

Described as a “fast course and perfect for P.B.s”. It was not quite that flat as it followed the Teifi river for 5 miles then we crossed over and ran back on the other side followed for much of the way by red kites circling above us-as they do in this their natural habitat. Stunning sights indeed.

I ran with a colleague Alison Griffiths from Pembs Harriers and by 2 miles we realised there were only a couple behind us. PB course indeed-well maybe for the others. Then at 5 we overtook a lonely plodding male then headed for home only to pass a lady similarly plodding back.

Almost traffic free, superb scenery, just the occasional farmhouse, sheep and lambs a plenty, 2 manned drink stations and that was it. No onlookers at all-even in Lampeter. Probably had better things to do on Easter day.

Finally we could see the rugby posts and the finishing line so job well done.

And our finishing memento? One Cadbury’s Cream Egg-you know the small ones at 3 for £1.20. More than you usually get in West Wales races mind you.

Pleased with our time but read on.

7 runners beat the hour and one “ 63 year Old  F***” beat the world record (M60) for a 10 and did 56.14!  to come 2nd to the winner who did 55.20. I was talking to them after and they mentioned the rain at the end of their race as it slowed them down a bit. What rain I asked? I was completely dry all throughout. Ah it rained a lot in Lampeter at c1245 as they were finishing but I was 5 miles away by then so kept dry. Got to use your brains on these events.

Massey/Pembs times:

Dave Phillips/Alison Griffiths 1.47.29.

Back in Wales this Sat 2nd April for the 20 miler 3 Peaks in the Brecon Beacons from Abergavenny. Anyone coming? 5,000 ft of ascent.


Race report by Dave Phillips.