Joe Brown Midweek Series

Joe Brown Midweek Series

Midweek Series 2013 overall results

 

How about those midges? Little buggers, 4 days on and my lumps still haven’t gone down. Well done to the record breakers, JP V40, Bronwen U16 and especially Steve Toogood in the V50 who slipped in under my radar 35 sec ahead of Arwel, sorry Steve, I owe you an egg!

 

Overall Series winners and prizes went mostly to plan with the exception of Aled E and Tracey Ll who took 4th and 3rd respectively, while a good run by Sarah B on the night gave her the F40 title.  Although Math always had control in the senior men, the ladies had always looked a close run thing, Bronwen taking the early victories, Lisa not taking her first win till Aber, but victories in the last two races ensuring that the Simon Forster perpetual trophy went back to scally land for the second consecutive year.  Thanks to all those who have helped on the series: marshals, race organisers who spend their time marking the mountains, and Ellie and Lou who coped with the juniors registration, and parents who don’t know their own child’s ages. All were rewarded with a bottle of wine.

 

Record turn out at the races, over 280 taking part and almost 100 doing the 4 counters. Thanks to marvelous support by Joe Brown Shops we were able to donate nearly £300 on the race nights to the local worthy causes, provide prizes in each category at every race, give some financial assistance to Al Tye and Pete Douglas for their web photos and also donate £100 to the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Service. For the overall Series, 25 prizes were awarded whilst all those who had done all 10 races but hadn’t received a prize were also awarded £10 JB vouchers – it pays to stay the distance.

 

Caernarfon Tyres Junior Championship – A massive 40+ turnout on the night and over the series there were more than 40 doing at least 4 races. In the U8s Twm Owen and Megan Roberts scored a maximum 4 points. In the U10s Connor Roberts and Beth McEachern did likewise. Ollie Wilde and Ceri Vaughan ruled the roost in the U12s, likewise Sion Jones and Catrin Donnelly in the U14s. The Alun Vaughan perpetual trophy from commitment were awarded to Ollie Wilde, and for the second time Mared Evans. Alun Williams graciously took time out from his time trialling to award the trophies and finishers medals, and the full results table will be on display soon.

 

The series seems to get bigger attendance and more records broken each year!  But I will cherish the framed picture of Emily chasing me down on the Welsh 1000ms race, just to remind me to “must try harder”.  Now for Race the Train.

Midweek Series 2013 overall results

 

Mike.

 

Eryri Orienteers Summer Social

Eryri Orienteers Summer Social

 

Venue: Briach Bryn Engan, Capel Curig (directions below)

Date: Saturday 29th June.

Time: Arrive 4.00 p.m. onwards. Start times: 5.00- 6.00 p.m.

Courses: Orange, Green.

Cost: £3

 

Come and join in our summer social evening.  Have a go at one of the two orienteering courses, then join us in the Plas y Brenin Cafe/bar where bar meals will be available.

 

Look out for more details regarding bar meal menu and prices.

 

Directions. Turn off the A5 opposite the Snowdonia Cafe, at Capel Curig and cross over the bridge (will be sign-posted). Follow the forest road round to the right and keep to the lower right-hand road at the fork. Continue along until you reach Bryn Engan Cottages on the right, where parking is available. It is on the opposite side of the lake to Plas y Brenin.

WFRA volunteers needed

The WFRA is looking for volunteers to join its Executive Committee to undertake a number of important tasks, including:

 

• Coordinating the development of its annual Calendar of Races – this involves liaising with prospective Race Organisers and others, to agree the details of individual races.

• Overseeing the administration of Membership records, including coordinating the annual subscription process and dealing with ad hoc queries

• Promoting the WFRA and assisting in securing sponsorship for its Races Series

• Providing advice and guidance on race organisation, safety and logistics.

 

The time commitment required is not significant, although should you wish to play a greater role in promoting fell running, we do need a new Fixtures Secretary and Chairman for 2014 and a new Membership Secretary from 2015 and would welcome volunteers for these key roles.

To express your interest, or for a chat about what is involved in joining the Committee please speak to any of the existing Committee members (contact details are under ‘committee’ link shown on home page of the website) or get in touch with Andrew Blackmore, Hon. Secretary (Andrew.blackmore@uk.zurich.com).

 

Nathan's first in the green & red vest

Nathan Jones completed his 1st race in an Eryri vest in the Sport in The Port (Ellesmere Port) 10k on Sunday 16th June where he finished 3rd overall and1st junior male in a personal best time for the distance of 32:13. The race was won by: Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (Altrincham) in a time of 31:02 with Tarus Ely(Salford) 3rd in a time of 31:31.

In all there were 623 finishers.

Well Done Nathan and hopefully there is much more success to come from him.

 

Arwel Lewis

Nathan’s first in the green & red vest

Nathan Jones completed his 1st race in an Eryri vest in the Sport in The Port (Ellesmere Port) 10k on Sunday 16th June where he finished 3rd overall and1st junior male in a personal best time for the distance of 32:13. The race was won by: Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (Altrincham) in a time of 31:02 with Tarus Ely(Salford) 3rd in a time of 31:31.

In all there were 623 finishers.

Well Done Nathan and hopefully there is much more success to come from him.

 

Arwel Lewis

Midweek Series – Tal y Mignedd

For those of you who ran the Pedol Pennant on Saturday and didn’t feel you spent sufficient time on the Nantlle Ridge, then Tuesday’s inaugural running of Ras Tal y Mignedd will once again allow you to reach the summit’s giant obelisk. Another classic race in the making, the route is a simple out and back and considerably longer than most Tuesday evening races of recent years. Starting at the farm at Tal y Mignedd Isaf the route will follow the farm track for 0.8 miles before violently ascending a goliath 1600ft in just over a mile. On tapping Queen Victoria’s obelisk the the route returns along the same kamikaze descent before arriving back at the farm. Estimate winning time is 37 minutes 45 seconds. There will also be under 8 / 10 / 12 and 14 junior races.

 Tal y Mignedd race map

Once again the farmers of the Nantlle Valley are being extremely welcoming and the farmer’s wife will be serving a collection of hot drinks, refreshments and cakes before and after the race. All proceeds will go to the local Ysgol Baladeulyn.

 

Math Roberts.

Midweek Series – Tal y Mignedd

For those of you who ran the Pedol Pennant on Saturday and didn’t feel you spent sufficient time on the Nantlle Ridge, then Tuesday’s inaugural running of Ras Tal y Mignedd will once again allow you to reach the summit’s giant obelisk. Another classic race in the making, the route is a simple out and back and considerably longer than most Tuesday evening races of recent years. Starting at the farm at Tal y Mignedd Isaf the route will follow the farm track for 0.8 miles before violently ascending a goliath 1600ft in just over a mile. On tapping Queen Victoria’s obelisk the the route returns along the same kamikaze descent before arriving back at the farm. Estimate winning time is 37 minutes 45 seconds. There will also be under 8 / 10 / 12 and 14 junior races.

 Tal y Mignedd race map

Once again the farmers of the Nantlle Valley are being extremely welcoming and the farmer’s wife will be serving a collection of hot drinks, refreshments and cakes before and after the race. All proceeds will go to the local Ysgol Baladeulyn.

 

Math Roberts.

Pedol Cwm Pennant

 

Results from the first running of the Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant.

Pedol Cwm Pennant results 2013

The weather remained calm for the inaugural running of the Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant. This 17 mile monster is destined to be a classic and rival the likes of Jura and Borrowdale for best long race in the UK status.

 

44 runners from all corners of England and Wales managed to finish the race. It was down to long race specialist – Simon Harding of Macclesfield AC who took the honours. Simon held off the early challenge of John Rowley to build a decent lead and managed to set a strong course record of 2 hours 41 minutes and 4 seconds. First Eryri finisher and 2nd overall was Matt Fortes, Matt moved steadily through the field, taking some good lines along the second half to finish in 2.48.30. Chris Near ran well to finish in 3rd and 1st male vet 40 in 2.51.48 with Martin Cliffe close behind in 2.52.11. Todmorden’s Lauren Jeska – benefiting from a course recce on the previous weekend reigned supreme in the ladies to take the win and course record in 3.07.29 and finish in 10th overall. Gavin Williams of Dark Peak ensured the travelling party left Cwm Pennant with enough ale by taking the vet 50’s in 3.11.31 and 13th overall, a mere minute ahead of next vet 50 Mark Liptrot of Lostock AC. Bowland’s Alan Duncan ran excellently to take the vet 60’s in 3.29.05 and 19th overall. Chester Tri’s Lisa Grantham took 2nd lady on the day in 3.54.12, soon followed by Eryri’s Ali Thomas, 3rd lady and 1st vet 40 in 3.55.21. Ellie Salisbury managed to take the ladies vet 50’s by finishing in 4.37 in 40th overall.

Matt F Pennant

Ali T Pennant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big thanks to all runners who ran and all pre-day and on the day helpers, including:

 

John Rowley, Dils Rowlands, Sioned Ellen Rowlands, Alun ‘Rhwngddwyafon’ Williams, Frederick Smith, Tina McDonnell,Arwel Lewis, Trefor Jones, Chas Muskett, Jenny Muskett, Iorwerth Roberts, Pete Rowley, Paul Hodges, Maggie and Alwyn Oliver, Rory O’D, Edwin Roberts, Lorraine Roberts and helpers, Hefina Rowley, Jeremy Williams.

 

Math Roberts.

Midweek Results – Y Garn

 

 

Round 8 Joe Brown Midweek Series – Y Garn

 

The threatened rain held off, and thanks to John Parkinson who offered to organise so I could run one of my favourite races, and subsequently spent 1/2 the afternoon marking the mountain. It was only on the way down to the start that I disclosed to John that following Hebog I had a blister the size of an egg cup on my heel (the lengths I go to to beat Hayley and Ellie) so he could run (much to Craig and Jenks dismay).

 

A second win in the series for John Rowley ahead of Gwyn, whilst JP took the V40 record, third overall. A stunning run by Iolo H, 1st to the summit, walked down and still 5th overall and a new u/18 record in the process. A first V50 win in the series for Jeremy, 1st 60 to DWT and 1st 70 Emyr.  Bronwen is still unstoppable, a new u/18 record and 1st lady 14th overall. Megs, Ali T, Ellie and Maggie all taking their respective classes.

 

Caernarfon Tyres Juniors, Twm and Megan 1st u/8, Conner and Beth 1st u/10, Ollie and Ceri 1st u/12 with Mike and Catrin 1st u/14.

 

Next race Tal y Mignedd, half way between Rhyd Ddu and Nantlle, follow the direction runner/arrows. Hope to have an overall results table (after 8 races) very soon.

Results:

Midweek Series 2013 after Y Garn

 

Mike.