Runner Required – Must Like Mountains & Be Available Tomorrow
For a while at the Merioneth Yacht Club today it look like a case of ‘all present and correct’ for this year’s 3 Peaks Yacht Race. The final yacht came into the harbour around 5.30pm, teams were registering and the final handicap certificate (for the army boat) arrived just in time.
All looked set fair ... then the Wight Rose team were hit with some late and unwelcome news, their Czech endurance runner Pavel Paloncy was still in Prague. He is ill and won’t make it to the race.
Suddenly one of the race favourites were a man down and running the 3 peaks is not something any of the 3 crew on Wight Rose is able to do with their remaining runner, Pete Woodward. Skipper Geoff West did once go up Ben Nevis, but said, “That was a long time ago, I was fitter then and it still took me about 9 hours. I don’t think I could do any of the runs now.” Jon (Donnelly) is 74 and Phil Downey isn’t a runner.”
So there’s a vacancy for a fit and willing mountain runner to join the team at very short notice!
It may seem an unlikely prospect that anyone could take on such a challenge at a days’ notice but it has happened once before ... and that team won the race! Competing in the race is a long held ambition of many runners so it could be the opportunity someone has been waiting for.
So if anyone reading this can make it to Barmouth for tomorrow’s start, which is not until 18.30, they could be setting sail on the adventure of a lifetime.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join the most experienced team in the race!