Ben (left) and Sam slogging up Cribyn
Cribyn Race Report - by Sam Hutson-Smith
The race kicked off at 1pm, starting at the bottom of Cribyn, staring up at the daunting climb ahead. We started off climbing up a gradual ascent, before dropping down into a valley, jumping a river and scrambling up the other side. The steep incline and hot weather made this the most gruelling part of the race, and most competitors spent it on all fours. After reaching the Cribyn summit, we then descended again before climbing to the summit of Pen-y-Fan - having to dodge our way through groups of confused looking walkers who probably thought we were insane. Ben won the race in a time of 55:12, taking the lead on the final downhill stretch. Tim finished in 12th place and I came in 27th. Charlie came in 38th place, gaining 10 places from the top of Cribyn, and still found the time to take photos of the amazing views at the summit. This was no doubt the hardest short distance race I've run, but was (just) worth it for the views at the top
Black Down Race Report - by Tom Dobra
I went for a gorgeous orienteering race on the Mendips on Sunday with plenty of distracting views. Despite the controls being well hidden, the navigation was relatively easy on the open hillside, although that didn’t stop me from making several errors. Unfortunately, this was all eclipsed by not really being able to run due to a cold, leaving me down in 7th place in a time of 68:09, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.