Ras Cors Caron Half Marathon Roundup

Credit: Phil Davies

Credit: Phil Davies

A BRIGHT, clear and crisp day provided perfect conditions for the return of the annual Ras Cors Caron Half Marathon, which took place in Tregaron on Sunday 8th February. A scenic backdrop of the Cambrian Mountains provided a great setting for the race, which saw a strong turnout of 126 runners from throughout Mid and South Wales. This notoriously tough and undulating course was won by John Collier of West Coast Triathlon in a blistering time of 1:16:24, narrowly beating Gancho Slavov of Aberystwyth Athletic Club, who raced back in an equally impressive time of 1:16:48. It was also a very good day for the locals, as they occupied second to fifth places with Gary Wyn Davies, Ken Caulkett and Ian Evans, all of Aberystwyth AC, finishing third, fourth and fifth, with times of 1:18:15, 1:18:53 and 1:19:58 respectively.

The university Harriers were well represented on the day with four runners. Finishing superbly in 6th place was first university runner and U21 winner Will Woodcock, who ran an impressive time of 1:21:00. Following Will was Jonathan Ryan in 20th place, finishing in 1:26:37. Adam Runacres, Stephen Corbishley and Matthew Birkett all finished under the two hour mark with very respectable times of 1:28:45, 1:29:52 and 1:52:47.
The Harriers have enjoyed a good start to 2015, competing in the BUCS cross country competition in Brighton, with the Men’s team finishing 45th and the women’s’ team finishing in 52nd place overall. Someone currently enjoying success is Will Woodcock, who said of the race:

“It’s great to have such fantastic guys around at the club, pushing each other to achieve both their individual and collective goals together. I feel we have something good here; we are all enjoying our running and running good times in competitions. Hopefully now we can all push on and do well at the Varsity”.

Next up for the Harriers are the Rhayader 5 and Ras Gwyl Dewi 10k races in March. They will, of course, also be taking part in the upcoming Varsity tournament in Bangor, on April 18th.

Students of all athletic abilities are welcome to train with the university club. Training sessions are held every Monday and Friday from 6pm until 7pm, meeting outside the university Sports Centre.