Treborth report

First XC fixture

Treborth, Bangor

Another cross country season got underway in sunshine at Treborth on Saturday. The course was well received and surprisingly dry after the drenching the previous day!

The women were led home by Lydia Sharpe, followed by the returning Andrea (W35), Becki, Megan (W35) and Jo (W40) who just made the start!  Emyr was next, in his first cross country race as an M70, followed by new member, but old friend of the club Sandra Rowlands (W40) and poor Bronwen (U17) suffering with dental problems. Good packing saw Ellie(W50), Hayley and good to see returning after an absence Helen Blair (nee Pedley) finish, followed by cross country new recruit Tamsin and old timer Don Williams (M70) returning after several years out due to injury, Gwenllian and Maggie (W65).   A great turn out!

An excellent run saw Math Roberts win the mens race, closely followed in 4th by Jordan. Good packing by Matt Fortes, Dylan (M40), Adrian (M40) and Craig (M40) should give a good team and vets team result. Not far behind were Arwel (M55), Gary and Johnny Moore (bothM45), Emlyn (M50) and SPJ (M55). Steve Llan (M55), Ed (M45), Eurwyn (M55), Stu and Dave Kirby completing the team line up.


Many thanks to all who ran and / or helped on the day. Team results will be posted as soon as they are known.

Maggie Oliver

Races require organisers

All Members,

Most of you will know that Ross Powell was the long standing organiser of a number of popular races.  Due to his recent ill-health he will no longer organise his races, and as a result new organisers are being sought otherwise they will not go ahead in 2014.

Ross has requested that they remain insured under the WFRA code and insurance (you just need to be a member to be covered).

The races are as follows –




I think you will agree that we cannot allow these three great races to discontinue.  If you are able to step up and take one or more of them on then please contact Ross asap.

A degree in rocket science is not required to pull together a fellrace; you just need to put aside a bit of time to put something back into the sport that you love.  Along the way you can receive guidance from loads of fellow organisers, and it’s also very rewarding.  You could even do it jointly with someone else.



XC update


Changes to Cross Country venues


  • The third fixture of the NWCCL on November 23rd has been changed from Northop to Wrexham.
  • The NWCC Championship on January 25th will now be held in Northop.

These changes have come about because Rhug Farm was not available for the Champs on that date in January.


News from Abersoch



Alun Vaughan added another Half Marathon title to his collection when winning the inaugural Abersoch race on Saturday 5th October on what was a very hilly course in a time of 73:21 ahead of Trafford’s Gavin Tomlinson 74:54 with Meirionydd’s Glyn Griffin 3rd in 83:19.

There were 211finishers

2013 Road Champs

2013 Eryri Road Running Championships update after 7 events:

1st Dewi Owen – 81Pts
2nd Brendan Rothery – 75Pts
3rd Huw Owen – 56Pts
4th Jordan Evans – 45Pts
5th Iorwerth Roberts – 43Pts

There are 3 more championship events:

Saturday 26th October – Eryri/Snowdonia Marathon
Sunday 3rd November – Abergele 5 Mile
& Sunday 24th November – Conwy Half Marathon



Weekend Trail Reports

On Saturday 26th October, Matt Ward had a terrific battle with club colleague Matt Fortes for the Llyn Brenig 9 mile trail race title, eventually pulling away to win in a time of 56:37, with Fortes 2nd in 56:48.

Johnny Moore ran well to finish 5th overall and 1st MV/45 in 60:48, while Andrea Rowlands had a more comfortable win in the ladies section finishing 8th overall in a time of 63:00.

There were 48 finishers in all and among them: 10th Phil Targett 63:36. 16th (3rd Female) Becki Law 68:49 and 39th Iorwerth Roberts 88:43.

The following day at Newborough Forest, 99 competitors took part in the Half Marathon trail race that included two laps of the scenic Llanddwyn Island in what were quite warm conditions.  Former Eryri Harrier Gwyn Owen made his intentions clear from the start as he left everyone in his wake to comfortably win in a time of 1:19:06 ahead of Menai athlete Steffan Sayer 1:23:01. 

Eryri’s Dewi Owen running well to finish 3rd 1:29:15 followed by 4th Karl Ashworth 1:29:48, just pipping Dyfed Whiteside Thomas in a sprint finish as Dyfed clocked 1:29:49 ahead of Arwel Lewis in 6th & (1st MV/50) 1:30:06.

Other notable Eryri Finishers: 8th Huw Owen 1:32:22. 13th (1st MV/40) Brian Wills 1:37:56. 28th and (3rd Female) Tammy Lewis-Jones 1:45:55.

In the 10k trail race incorporating one lap of the Half Marathon course, Siobhan Evans finished 8th overall and 1st Female in a time of 44:20. The race was won by Chester Tri’s Alex Hall in 37:57 ahead of promising young Menai athlete Iolo Hughes 38:58 who beat his coach(!) Andy Walling (1st MV/40) 40:47, with Eryri’s Dylan Jones 4th in 41:21.  Gary Porter-Jones finished 7th overall and 3rd MV/40 in 43:44. There was a very good turnout of 181 for the 10k race and along with the junior races prior to the senior events, a good day all round for The Always Aim High well organised event.