Now we are not making claim that this is the toughest 3 to 6 peaks in the world. That it is the hardest 4 or 8 mile run you will ever do. But on a glorious Saturday evening in June, as the sun soaked the western tip of Wales what better event could you wish to take part in if your thing is.
Trail running, coastal views, wildlife, rib rides, hills, adventure, the basics, a challenge and you V yourself!
The build up and prep the event was a bit different. Boom TV were following us abut as they make a fly on the wall type thing on St Davids. They mic’d us up and followed us putting signs up and taking about the importance of it (or was that me getting carried away) I will be surprised if it makes it out of the editors cutting room!!
The adventure began and ended the same way by being transported to the start line via a Voyages of Discovery Rib Ride from St Justinian’s. A trip that took the competitors the infamous Ramsey sound and through the Bitches Rock formation.
Once on the Island the runners were subjected two contrasting views. The east side showing the ruggedness of the St David’s Peninsular and then the west. St Brides Bay, with The lonely figure of the Bishops light house and the beauty that is the sea. To honest I am struggling to describe with justice the beauty of the place. It is recommended as a place to visit and explore.
The event itself was topped at 40 and sold out many months before with a number of people unfortunately missing out. Those that entered varied from Ironman veterans, to total novices to friends, families and couples. All with one thing in common. Their appreciate for the location and the uniqueness of the event.
Although it was a pretty chilled out build up and start to an event by those taking part. Once on the start line you could see the natural instinct of competitiveness and / or nerves kick in. Now to keep with the easy going tone of the event we had stated that you can do 3 or 6 peaks and you can decide on this at anytime around the course.
I think this lead to the leaders pushing the first lap and then as they got it, decided I’ll go again (well that’s what it seemed like) 2017’s 3 peaks champion Rowan Hobbs lead from start to finish and even survived Greg the wardens attempts at sabotage via sheep! To become the 2018 Six Peak Champion and now hold the record for both distances. Whilst Narberth’s Jane Rees took the inaugural ladies 6 Peaks title after some huming and aarghing after lap one.
Whilst Milford Tritons George Colville (Who I always thought was a very old man but he’s not) took the 3 peaks title and then as a cool down waited for his mate Simeon and ran around with him. The final podium position was taken by Ramsey Island Warden Lisa Morgan as the first lady on the 3 Peaks. Well done to all.
It’s also fair to say that there was a good effort from the St Davids contingent With Arthur, Steve and young Dafydd Cotton taking 2,3 and 4 in the 3 peaks with Ella Richardson and Andy Holcroft both taking 2nd in the 6 Peaks. Both of whom were being followed by our TV friends!
But this event is much more than the finishing spots it really is about the experience and it was great to see over half a dozen husband and wife teams, father and sons, brothers, sister and may other combinations take part and enjoy the Island together.
Ramsey Island 3 Peaks 2018
|1||George Colville||1 Male||32.22|
|2||Arthur Chambers||2 Male||34.25|
|3||Steve Prior||3 Male||36.17|
|4||Dafydd Cotton||4 Male||36.51|
|5||Lisa Morgan||1st Female||39.12|
|6||Michelle Davies||2nd Female||39.30|
|7||Aubrey Young||5th Male||39.44|
|8||Romany Colville||3rd Female||42.55|
|9||Noel Lyons||7th Male||43.30|
|10||Sarah Bruce||4th Female||43.53|
|11||Emrys Evans||8th Male||44.18|
|12||Paul Blinman||9th Male||46.17|
|13||Alex Bourner||5th Female||52.41|
|13||Andrew Bourner||10th Male||52.41|
|15||Rhian Sula||6th Female||53.39|
|16||Suzi Tarrant||7th Female||55.22|
|17||Emma Evans||8th Female||57.48|
|18||Nick Davies||11th Male||1.00.40|
|19||Sian Jenkins||9th Female||1.02.41|
Ramsey Island 6 Peaks 2018
|1||Rowan Hobbs||1st Male||1.06.28|
|2||Andy Holcroft||2nd Male||1.08.41|
|3||David Cascarina||3rd Male||1.10.19|
|4||Tim Plumb||4th Male||1.11.57|
|5||Greg Morgan||5th Male||1.12.48|
|6||Gareth Danter-hill||6th Male||1.13.27|
|7||Andrew Bowen||7th Male||1.14.20|
|8||Simeon Jenkins||8th Male||1.20.10|
|9||Jane Rees||1st Female||1.23.37|
|10||Simon Noble||9th Male||1.26.05|
|11||Ella Richardson||2nd Female||1.38.05|
|12||Josh Hawkes||10th Male||143.12|
|12||Star Blinman-Odell||3rd female||143.12|
|12||Sunny Odell||11th Male||143.12|
|15||Maria Galdez||4th Female||1.43.43|
|15||Jeff Davies||12th Male||143.43|
|17||Mandy Lewis||5th female||143.49|
|18||Tazmin Nash||6th Female||1.47.01|
|19||Lee Thompson||13th Male||1.55.36|