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2004

29 May 2004.
A real international flavour was given to the race this year w ith the attendance of 12 runners from the Dutch Club ARO 88. The mountains didn’t come as that much of a shock to them as two of their contingent had raced at Cader in 2003, and the winter had been spent training for this years event by running up and down sand dunes at home.
Despite early showers the weather brightened as the day progressed and a good crowd had already gathered in the Town Square for the opening speeches by the Mayor, Linda Morgan, and race President, Dafydd Elis-Thomas at 11am.
As normal the morning was taken up with junior races with over 100 children taking part in the 5 races sponsored by Greenstiles Cycles.
The local Dolgellau schools faced some stiff opposition from other Meirionnydd Schools this year, and it is hoped that the inter-schools aspect of the junior events can be expanded upon for 2005.
The boys section of the fun run saw a dead heat between John M artin Evans, and Arwel Jones, with Sanant Evans, winning the girls race.
The U /12 race was w on by G ethin Jones with Emm Coyle, taking the female title. The U /14 race was won by Gerwyn Pugh in 15.16, with Annie Owen in 18.16 bringing home the glory for Dolgellau in the girls section.
In the U /16 race Tom Roberts took victory for the second year running in a tim e of 19.17, while Beckie Hoare won the girls section in 20.00. The final junior race of the day saw Steffan Lea take the Will Ramsbotham trophy in the U /18 section in a time of 1.22.51.
The main race, sponsored by the Cader Idris Outdoor Gear shop in Dolgellau, saw 123 runners turn out on the day, with a much awaited return to the event for 6 times winner Colin Donnelly. However it was to be another Donnelly, Morgan (no relation!), who was to lead the race from start to finish.
Despite just happening to be passing through Dolgellau on his way to a wedding in Mid-Wales, Morgan managed to complete the course, from the town square to the top of Cader Idris and back (10 miles, 3000 ft of clim bing), in 1.24.02, only three minutes outside the course record.
Colin Donnelly eventually came home in second place, with Tim Taylor 3rd and Steve Gilliland was the first local finisher in fourth place.
The ladies’ race was won by new Eryri signing Jackie Lee, with her team mate Ruth Metcalfe taking second place for the third year running despite bettering her 2003 time by over ten minutes! Boukje Klaver came home in third place, showing that hard training can pay off.
Graeme Stringer
Fellrunner 2004

2003

24 May 2003
The weather for the race was much improved on 2002 (no blizzard or gales!) and a full ascent to the summit of the mountain was undertaken.
The glorious conditions saw 130 runners turn out on the day, the second highest figure in the 12 year history of the race.
The race was well off course record pace but the leading end of the field still managed to clock some very respectable times. The first three places in the mens race went to the Eryri trio of Dylan Jones, Rob Halliday and James McQueen.
Colin Donnelly unfortunately didn't turn out this year to try for his seventh win in the men' section but local runner, Andrea Goode, ladies' winner in 2002, did manage to become the first lady to retain the women's title in a thrilling race which, quite literally, went all the way to the line.
After having led the ladies' field to the top of the mountain Goode became involved in a neck and neck tussle on the descent with Ruth Metcalfe. The lead changed places on a number of occasions and the two were still battling it out as they raced into Dolgellau town square to rousing cheers from the watching crowd. Very exciting stuff.
The four age group junior races and fun run attracted a total of 86 runners, and the kids and adults were treated to a veritable bun fight after their respective races, I don't think anyone left feeling hungry. If you're looking for a fun packed family weekend next May, we'd be more than pleased to give you a Warm Welsh Welcome in Dolgellau, Whit weekend 2004.
In a race keen to buck the trend ("When the going gets tough the tough get older"...In think the saying went) I was quite amazed when I analysed the results and found that the first three finishers, 15 of the first 20, and 33 of the top 50 were all Seniors, ie: under 4 0 !!!!!! Where they came from I do not know but I hope we see more of it! Maybe the cash prizes do help after all?
One down side to the day was the verbal abuse that one of the talented young front runners received from an older competitor convinced that he didn't have the compulsory kit on him. He did actually have it, not in a visible bum bag, but stuffed down his shorts........
So please, think before whnging to marshals about other competitors, the new rules are hard enough to enforce as it is. Race organisers have more than enough to do without trying to sort out problems that don't even exist! And if these two runners ever meet again, one owes the other a very BIG apology.
Graeme Stringer
Fellrunner 2003

2002 (Note: shortened race.)

25 May 2002
Despite gale force winds, torrential rain and hail, 92 runners braved the elements to run the 11th annual Cader Idris fell race from Dolgellau in North Wales.
The race normally covers a route of 10.5 miles and 3000ft of ascent to the summit of the mountain, but acting on advice from National Park Wardens, who kindly braved the elements prior to the start, the race was shortened by a mile, turning round just below the summit on the side of Cyfrwy.
The male contingent was led from start to finish by Eryri harrier Colin Donnelly, completing his sixth win of the race in a time of 1.19.55. Eryri completed a magnificent one two three with James McQueen finishing in 1.21.34 and Dylan Jones in 1.23.15.
The female race was likewise led from first to last but this time by local Bro Dysynni athlete Andrea Goode (1.44.49), with Eryri Harriers Ruth Metcalfe (1.46.06) and Ellie Dunnington (1.48.38) taking second and third.
Almost 80 children took part in the 5 junior races, helping to make the day very much of a social occasion, and the hot drinks and food provided post race in the town square were greatly appreciated by the shivering runners and marshals alike.
When the weather is as bad as this it really shows the strength within the local community when they still turn out to marshal and compete in very much a party atmosphere.
The race prize money was awarded equally between the first three men AND women, and trophies were awarded in every 5 year age category, a move appreciated by many present.
Graeme Stringer

1. C. Donnelly 0/40 Eryri 1.19.55
2. I. McQueen Eryri 1.21.34
3. D. lones Eryri1.23.15
VETERANS 0/40
1. C. Donnelly Eryri 1.19.55
2. C. Lancaster Ludlow 1.24.10
3 .1. Wootton Wharfe 1.27.12
VETERANS 0/50
1.1. Griffiths Sarn Helen 1.38.08
3. |. Marsh Tarren Hendre 1.40.01
3. M. Corturiend Macc 1.45.24
VETERANS 0/60
1. M. Ward Oswestry 1.52.40
2. ]. Thomas Wrexham 2.04.12
3. T. Breakwell Borrowdale 2.06.07
LADIES
1. A. Goode Bro Dsynni 1.44.49
2. R. Metcalfe Eryri 1.46.06
3. E. Dunnington 0/40 Eryri 1.48.38.
VETERAN LADIES
1. E. Dunnington 0/40 Eryri 1.48.38
2. J. Purvis 0/40 Unattached 2.16.27
Fellrunner 2002

2001

There was not race held in 2001 due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the UK.

2000

27 May 2000.
The day was very successful with 258 runners taking part, most attached to clubs but a few were non-club runners.
Every runner seemed to have enjoyed the run, some wished they could have had more chance to see the scenery! On a mainly wet few days, the weather stayed fine if cold.
One of the unattached runners was the founder of the race ten years ago, Don McCaffery - he had not run it for a number of years and was one of the oldest.
The race is organised with the runners in mind and, to that end, we provided showers, safe area for keys etc. water points en route and water and a healthy bar at the end and food for the runners!! This is all free and well received and a great achievement for a small town organising the race on donations only.
The day always begins with junior races, which are run for the benefit of the local children and anyone else there on the day.
G. R. Williams
Fellrunner 2000

1999

29 May 1999.
Colin Donnelly had his fifth consecutive win at Cader Idris but he was just over a minute slower than his record time of 1.21.18
Second was his team-mate, Emlyn Roberts.
The first lady home was Dawn O’Shea with Victoria Musgrove second.
The couple who got married during the London Marathon took part in the race - their first outing since their marriage.
All the runners had the chance of a hot drink and sandwiches afterwards. Many enjoyed the chance of a sit-down and a chat.
G. R. Williams
Fellrunner 1999

1998

30 May 1998.
The royal Gurkha’s were the flavour of the day, at the Cader Idris Race. Once again held under ideal conditions. Even so the Gurkhas were unable to unseat perpetual winner, Colin Donnelly, who again proved that he is the master of this race, winning for the fourth time in a row - in a canter.
Although Martin Cox led the field to the summit at a very fast pace, he was unable to sustain the pace and had dropped back to seventh position at the finish.
A battle royal was held behind Colin between teenagers Lekhbahadur and Andrew Davies, both finishing respectively second and third, but once again no stopping Donnelly!
Helen Johnson of Ilkley Harriers, won the ladies in a rather weak field.
Fellrunner 1998

1997

31 May 1997.
Donnelly steps out to make it three in a row. Colin Donnelly claimed a hat-trick on wins in fine style despite the horrendous running weather for the Cader Idris race.
Owing to the hottest conditions in the events history, mid-afternoon competitors were left applauding the efforts made to get water on the mountain for them.
Despite all this, only one runner suffered at the end of the race and soon recovered.
Donnelly won by a comfortable six minutes from the ever improving young runner, Adrian Bailey, Bro Dysynni, running well within himself, the three times winner reached the summit in fifty one minutes and descended in thirty six minutes.
Local favourite Rosie Walsh failed to capitalise on a splendid summit run over twelve minutes ahead of eventual winner Jenny Heming, who pulled back a staggering lead on her descent.
In the under eighteen race, Alun Hyr Williams of Bro Dysynni, looks a very good prospect when winning the Will Rambotham Memorial Cup.
Fellrunner 1997

1996

25 May 1996.
The sixth Cader Idris race was held in ideal weather and good racing conditions, and this was proved when Colin Donnelly came home in a canter with a new record under his belt again, while improving on his previous best by nearly four minutes, and a vast crowd welcomed him over the finishing line in style, when he received a great ovation for a terrific run.
Their was a gap of nearly five minutes when Shane Green beat Paul Haede in a very close finish and quickly on their tails came Paul Sheard, a previous winner of the race.
In the ladies section, Jean Shotter, came home with time to spare over Sue Exton of Trafford.
In the mens’ veterans, Dick Evans had a brilliant run and at forty nine, a time of one hour, thirty four minutes and forty seven seconds is outstanding on this difficult course.
Fellrunner 1996

1995

17 June 1995.
A disappointing turnout for the fifth running of the Cader Idris race owing to a change of date and poor local support.
Nevertheless, the standard was good and a new record was made by Colin Donnelly when lowering the present record by six seconds.
Colin was first to the summit with a lead of 3.53 minutes and only just over half a minute on the descent to John Hunt, who came second in a good time of 1.23.16.
Alan Duncan was first Veteran home in 1.36.14.
Ladies’ winner, Katherine Harvey, ran a good race but the ladies’ record still stands.
Fellrunner 1995

1994

11 June 1994.
The fourth Cader Idris Race was held once again under ideal conditions.
Due to an error by one of the stewards, the race took the original course and thereby Paul Sheards strong run will not be counted as a record. Never the less it was a fine run and Paul was the first at the summit in forty one minutes, a short distance ahead of Duncan Hughes who ran one of his best races to date, although making a valiant effort lost ground on the way down to Paul. Paul followed last years winner Will Ramsbotham and fellow club member as a Pudsey and Bram-ley winner in an excellent time of one hour, eighteen minutes and twenty seconds, followed closely by Duncan Hughes, and fellow club runner Gary Devine
Fellrunner 1994

1993

5 June 1993.
A record breaking field for the third Cader Idris Race, with a record breaking performance by Will Ramsbottom, who lowered the record by over five minutes. Will was second to the summit where he gained over nine minutes on second placed Michael Ligema on the way down.
Unfortunately the following day absailing on Cader itself, Will Ramsbottom suffered a fatal accident, a tragedy that marred a wonderfull weekend of racing.
Eighty four runners took part and eighty three completed the course. The junior races attracted a field of fifty one runners. There were some outstanding performances by various classes, the best by Donald Williams of Eryri, who achieved a very good time in the over fifty class.
Janet Tyler of Croft Ambrey won a very comfortable ladies section, winning well ahead of Annie Capp of Telford AC.
Fellrunner 1993

1992

6 June 1992.
A lovely day, lovely surroundings and music to boot! The race starting from the square in the historical town of Dolgellau, runners making their way along the Cader Idris road for one and a half miles, leaving the road and threading their way along the shores of Lake Gwernan. Runners then leave the boggy ground on their long haul up the pony trail.
The winner and leading all the way was Emlyn Roberts of Eryri in an excellent time of one hour thirty minutes. The performance of the day belonged to Alice Bedwell who returned a time of one hour forty three minutes.
Winners of the junior events were B.Lewis of Torfaen (U/16), and Brian Roberts of Dongellau (U/12).
Fellrunner 1992

1991

9 June 1991.
Although weather conditions were very bad for the first Cader Idris race, the feedback from the runners has been terrific.
Don McCaffrey.

  1. Dafydd. Roberts, Hebog, 1.28.14
  2. P. Marsh, Taran Hendre, 1.34.19
  3. A. Williams, Eryri, 1.37.18
  4. R. Griffiths Br0 Dysynni, 1.37.18
  5. W. Marsh Taran Hendre, 1.40.10
  6. J. Marsh Taran Hendre, 1.42.36

Fellrunner 1991