The Tony Jennings Memorial Race is usually held at the end of December each year.
It takes place at The Lamb pub, Penyrheol and is about 5 miles of tough off-road running, ending with a social event at a pub afterwards. The first runner starts at 11AM. As it is not an official race and is an invitation only handicap, runners are started based on the previous years time. We ask new runners to bring an up to date 5 mile road time so we can work out a start time. All new runners will be given the across-the-line position they achieve unless first home. The winner will be the first to cross the line who started based on the previous years time.
We run the race in memory of Tony Jennings. Tony was a keen member of Fairwater for some years and when he finally hung up his daps he still supported us and his son Mark who is still a member of the club, and is the course record holder. Tony would marshal and cheer the club on no matter what the weather and would pop up in the most remote spots, as he felt this was where we would need a lift the most.
We had run this very challenging race for a number of years as a bit of fun in the Christmas break so when we lost Tony in the early hours of New Years Day 2005 at the way-too-young age of 59, it was obvious to all members without taking a vote that we would name the run The Tony Jennings Memorial Race as a mark of respect to him and his family. We wont forget you Tony.
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