Race Report - Newtown 10k 2014


Newtown 10km - 4th May 2014


Our second race in this year’s Summer Race Series (aka on a one-off basis the “Freddo Frog Classic”) passed off without major incident despite clashing with a rearranged football tournament (and for what it’s worth a pool competition) which meant that the start and finish had to be re-measured and took place outside of Latham Park. Furthermore having been denuded of several members of our Elite Race-day SWAT team a number of other volunteers found themselves on a steep learning curve or else doubling up (in Glyn’s case, race organiser/MC/lead bike – who said men can’t multi task?).


In the event we had 55 starters in the main race and 9 in the fun run (a relief to the writer who at one point thought he might have to run it for the sake of ceremony and whose only consolation would have been the prospect of a fistful of Freddos left over from the Chocoholics). The main race number was slightly down on last year’s entry which may have been affected by a number of regulars opting to run the previous day’s Red Kite Challenge with which our race periodically clashes. However we were very privileged to have attracted a large and competitive contingent from Aberystwyth University Harriers.


Winner in a time of 35:55 was Scott Hudspith from the aforementioned Aberystwyth University Harriers ahead of Ian Lowe (Oswestry) who claimed his second “silver” placing in successive races, a result which currently puts him in pole position as far as series honours are concerned. Claiming third was Maldwyn’s Ed Davies ahead of fellow host club member Martin Copus (who incidentally concurred with the timekeepers’ recording on this occasion, so that’s ok then!). They say that fourth is the worst place to finish in a race in which case Martin appears to be making a habit of it. Still, it puts him right up there in contention in terms of the race series.


Jacqui Loxam built on her third place at the Chocoholics by leading the rest of the women home in 44:50. Jacqui was shadowed over the line by Lenny Hughes who was using the race as a recovery run having tackled the Red Kite Challenge the previous day and which due to works at Nant yr Arian had been moved to another location which Lenny reckoned was a lot harder (not his precise words but then we try and cater for a family audience here at Maldwyn). Nonetheless Lenny’s performance earned him the MV55 accolade.


Jenny Evans, like Martin Copus and Claire Abel, has been knocking chunks off her PBs over a range of distances this year and on this occasion she really surpassed herself crashing through the 50 minute barrier for the first time with an emphatic 45:48. Jenny puts her remarkable improvement down to Weetabix, a brand of cereal also endorsed by Martin. Perhaps we need to make it the “official breakfast cereal of the 2014 race series” (whilst at the same time tapping Nabisco for some hefty sponsorship). Aby Sampson from Aber Uni was third woman in 46 flat.


Other Maldwyn registered category wins included in the women’s event Helen Owen (FV40); Sharon Lloyd (FV45) and Rachel Butler (FV50). For the men, Martin Copus took the senior prize, Dad Chris collecting a box of Freddos on his behalf, while “The Travelling Harrier” himself scooped the MV60 award having just missed out at the Chocoholics. Strange, though, that his presentation photo has him looking almost disconsolate. Chris, you should have picked those Freddos.


Full results are available here


Thanks to all the volunteers and marshals who stood firm under testing conditions and in the absence of Dave, Paul and Michelle, and especially to Amber Dumayne and Danny Beeson for holding it together on the results despite power failure at one point. Young Danny also has the makings of a fine MC – the performing streak evidently runs in the family.


Race 3 in the series and also the next club championship event is the Gregynog Trail Race on 14th June, a real belter.

You never know there might even be a few Freddos left and still within date (end of report and product placement).