Ups and Downs at Birkenhead

In the 4th race of the Borders Road Running League at Birkenhead Park on Sunday 13th January, 8 Eryri Harriers were among the 295 finishers in the fast 4 lap 5.5mile event.

On the plus side, Eryri had 3 runners in the top ten, on the minus side; Eryri only had 8 counters instead of the required 10 therefore acquiring more penalty points against them (600).

In still, cold and dry conditions; Brendan Rothery led the way for Eryri again finishing 4th overall in a time of 29:13, followed by:

6th Daniel Kashi 30:02;

7th and making a welcome return after a knee injury, Chris Evans 30:18;

51st Jos Jones 33:27;

156th and making his Border League debut, Bethel resident Richard Evans 38:12;

213th Christoph Gertler 41:09;

280th Roy Jardine 48:03 and;

285th Iorwerth Roberts 48:03.


Unfortunately, Arwel Lewis only managed one lap before pulling his right hamstring!  The race was comfortably won by Deeside’s outstanding young athlete Dave Mountford in a time of 27:27, well clear of club colleague Lee Jones 28:59 with Wrexham’s Daniel Weston 3rd 29:11.

Eryri’s men now find themselves bottom of the 1st Division and in serious danger of relegation with three races to go.

The next Border League race is a bit closer to home at The Anglesey Circuit, Ty Croes on Sunday 3rd February. A 5 mile event around the motor racing circuit.



Road Running Secretary.

Club Mountain Championship Races 2013

The Club Mountain Champs next year will be decided at the following events:

Best 6 to count.  You need to compete in at least 1 of each distance.  Vet 60’s don’t have to do a Long.

Tarren Hendre

Foel Lus

Moel Tryfan – March Sat Race

Tal y Mignedd.


Ras yr Aran

Moel Gamelin

Yr Wyddfa

Gladstone 9



Pedol Pennant

Nant y Moch

Pedol Peris.


Math Roberts,

Mountain Sunning Secretary.


Border League Road Running – Sun13th Jan

13th Jan – Border Road Running League – Birkenhead Park, Wirral.

Starting at 11am. 5.5m.

There will be a mini bus going to the event if there is sufficient demand.

Departing Parc Menai at 08:15am.

Arwel – 07977 601029 / 01248 671202

SMR – 13th January

Cnicht Loops 8k or 11k

This week’s SMR is as usual at 10.30am. – meet at the old quarry car park, Gelli-Iago SH 633 485.

Route – Gelli-Iago, Bwlch Y Battel, Cnicht (690m), Llyn Yr Adar, Llyn Llagi, Gelli-Iago (8k/450m).

Longer loop continues from Llyn Yr Adar, through Llynnau’r Cwn, Ysgafell Wen, Llyn edno, Hafodydd Brithion, Gelli-Iago (11k/510m).

Post run refreshments at Caffi Gwynant (no phone signals).

Your host this week: Jeremy Williams
Facebook page dedicated to these Sunday Runs, and some of the photos taken by members are posted there.

Club Road Running Champs 2013

There are ten events included in 2013 including all the North Wales Championship events:

5km – Rhyl.

5 Mile – Abergele.

10km – Caernarfon.

10 Miles – Wrexham.

Half Marathon – Wrexham

Marathon – Snowdonia.

Also included are: Llandudno 10 Miles (Provided that it is still going ahead)?

Bangor 10km

Ras Pedwar Llyn 30km.
Scoring: 1st club finisher – 25 Points. 2nd 22pts. 3rd 20pts. 4th 19 then one point less for each race finisher.

Best of six from ten races to count with the proviso that at least five races must be completed to win any awards.
Miscellaneous: Dafydd Ellis has accurately measured a 5km race route from Plas Menai to Caernarfon and vice versa. Wednesday 14th August 2013 is the date for the Plas Menai to Caernarfon 5km race.

Next Cross Country Fixture – 12th January


Next Cross Country Fixture

12th January – National Sports Centre, Lilleshall, Telford, TF10 9AT.

Arwel Lewis is organising a minibus so anyone wanting to go on the bus needs to contact him ASAP to book a place:

or phone: 07977 601 029


Jenny Heming,

XC Secretary

ROAD NEWS – Rob ends the year on a high!

Three Eryri Harriers completed the Ribble Valley 10km race on Sunday 30th December where the conditions were not ideally suited for fast times with the 1075 runners having to contend with bitterly cold, wet and windy conditions, still Rob Samuel made light of the weather to set a new personal best for the distance by just two seconds with a time of 30:21 for 8th place overall and not far off the race winner David Bishop (Bristol & West) 30.02, in what was a high quality race line up.

Arwel Lewis competing in his 58th race of the year! and despite suffering with a painful right foot injury (Morton’s neuroma) was happy enough with a time of 39.27 just ahead of Siobhan Evans 39.33.
Menai Track & Field’s Jim Woodcock ran very well to win the Male Vet/60 category with a time of 38.56.
Full Results can be found at:

Still struggling with my foot problem which is more serious than I first thought and hoped! I had already entered the Ribble Valley race before the foot problem flared up and though I have hardly run since mid December, I thought why not as resting has not cleared up the problem. Looks as if I am going to have to run it off!

All the best and here’s to a Very Happy New Year to you All.


Road Secretary.

Whinberry Naze – by Phil Targett

Hi Guys,

Christmas can be a rather quiet time on the running scene, so here is a tale from the dark satanic mills of Lancashire to keep you amused. The Whinberry Naze is a well established boxing day fell race, and is usually run in fancy dress by the true devotee of exhibitionism. Well, never the one to miss an opportunity, I decided that the Harriers needed to be represented in this historical event.

The little blue chiffon number bought from the charity shop in Padiham the previous day was ever so tight and really didn’t go with my Walsh PB’s so a hasty rethink on the day saw me borrowing a dragon head set and wings from my niece which incidentally happened to match the Eryri colours admirably. Result!

The day itself was cold but mercifully dry, as I, alongside 175 other similar minded souls lined up for this 6.2km mudfest. With just a little over 229m of ascent it is a short and aggressive race, ideally suited to those of a short and aggressive nature. However, as I lacked both of those necessary requirements, I had to come up with an alternative and so plan B was quickly put into effect. This plan was simple. To attack it with all the exuberance of a misspent youth (which, bearing in mind I had well and truly misspent quite some considerable time before, didn’t really help matters much either). Despite this there was some light at the end of the tunnel. If all else failed, it was comforting to know that Santa himself was going to be at the summit trig point handing out tubes of smarties to each and every idiot stupid enough to undertake this perilous journey and that better still, navigation wasn’t going to be an issue on the way down at least as there would be hundreds of spilt smarties to follow).
True to form, it didn’t take long before the Christmas dinner excess soon kicked in. I’m ashamed to admit that the dragon mask was almost immediately ditched as I couldn’t breathe and the usual sweat induced grimace took it’s rightful place just as the photo opportunity presented itself a little more than a few hundred meters into the race. Ah well c’est la vie!
It turned out to be the usual tale of pain and hard work that we have all come to love. The grind of the uphill followed by the summit plateau romp that didn’t provide the respite that was sorely needed, followed by the downhill in which you’ll be pleased to hear that I was overtaken by a bottle of beer, numerous fairies, half a dozen Santas as well as the odd “where’s wally” thrown in to boot. All was not lost however as I did beat a lass dressed as a whoopie cushion and the Jedward twins. As for the results, the official times have not yet been released, but it was a memorable event for my family as it was the first time we had all competed in the same fell race. My older brother Paul did well, representing the fell ponies and finishing close to the front in a time of 27 minutes or so. I was next in just a shade under 34 minutes. Little brother Steve soon followed a couple of minutes later wearing his customary tutu and glitter wig and my dad brought up the rear in good style around the 46 minute mark.

Not bad for a 68 yr old with over 1500 fell races under his belt!





Hi all,
An update on the results came through on the FRA site for the Whinberry Naze. Out of the 203 runners, the family were placed as followed. Paul (11th) in a time of 28.17 then me (63rd) in 34.05, Steve (95th) in 36.29 and Dad (174th) in 45.36. Hopefully it wont be the last time that we all compete together and i’ll see if big bro wont mind changing from a fell pony to an eagle! Cheers Phil