South Wales Winter Fell Series 2012-13

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The Series, in its 20th year, consisted of 8 short mountain races held between October and March with your 5 best results giving your final Series score. Some of the races, notably the Cwm Nant y Groes in January, were held in abysmal conditions but this did not stop the Couriers performing with gusto and, out of nearly 200 participants through the winter, we managed to place 5 runners in the top 15 places in the Series after the last race at Llanthony 16/3/13. If there had been a team prize, we would have carried it off, finishing as we did ahead of Welsh fell specialists such as MDC and Mynydd Du, as well as Chepstow Harriers.

Max had a brilliant Series, finishing 3rd overall and clear winner of the competitive V50 category while Steve L had no trouble taking the V60 title at the first attempt and claiming a fine 10th spot in the open. Both Neil [V40] and Steve H [V60] were second in their divisions, placing respectively 5th and 14th overall. Rich Wall improved throughout the Series to finish one place behind Steve L in 11th while demon descenders Clive and Martyn were also high up the field.

It may have been a pretty miserable winter on the weather front, but at Llanthony on Saturday, Couriers celebrated at the Priory [see pic, courtesy of Dick Finch] before going home to watch a wretched sports fixture played under cover. No roof for runners of course, only the sky and any precipitation you like: on Saturday, rain, sleet, hail and snow. Lovely grub!