SMR – Sunday 15th Dec

This week will be a shorter SMR, on the traditional date of the old Llyn Elsi Race. 

The route will take us up to and around the lake.  Steep to start with, leveling out for pleasant lake run.

10.30am start – tea and food afterwards in The Stables.

2nd Borders Road League

The 2nd race of the Borders Road Running League 2013/14 Season takes place at a new venue this Sunday 15th Dec at Wigg Island nr Runcorn. There will be a mini bus going to the event departing Parc menai at 08:10am.




Helsby Border League – 15th December 2013

Wigg Island Community Park, Runcorn

Essential Information

Directions to Wigg Island –

Travelling on the M56 eastbound, exit M56 at Junction 12

Take the 3rd exit off the roundabout, onto the A557, signposted Runcorn (this is the Weston Point Expressway)

Continue on the dual carriageway for about 4½ miles (go past the turn-offs for Westfield/Runcorn Station; The Bridge; Runcorn Town Centre; and Runcorn Town Hall/Higher Runcorn)

Exit the dual carriageway when you see the brown sign for Wigg Island and above it a sign for Astmoor.

Follow the brown signs, leading you through a small industrial estate and then across the swing bridge onto the island (all well signposted).



The course is about 5.5 miles and consists of three non-identical laps (see route map). The race starts near the car parks and finishes on a field in the centre of the island.

We do not have exclusive use of the park, so, as usual, please show consideration for other users.



There is parking on the island, but space is limited, so please could as many of you car share as possible. There is also overspill parking on the final section of road just before the swing bridge.


There are two toilets in the visitor centre, and there will be portaloos on site


The Wildlife Trust is opening the visitor centre for us, and will be selling tea/coffee and cakes to raise funds. Your support would be really appreciated.


Borders League Website:

XC update report

Cross country report for committee meeting (4th December 2013)

Maggie Oliver and Becki Law had an enjoyable handover meeting in the Caban after the Sunday Morning Run at the weekend (fingers crossed I can do as good a job as Maggie has done over the past few years!).

Maggie kindly covered for me at the Wrexham fixture last weekend (see website for report). Current standings are as follows:

Senior Men – 8th at Wrexham (with penalty), now 6th in the league (from 1st)

Masters Men – 9th at Wrexham, 3rd in league

O70’s Men – Don Williams 1st by a long way!

Senior Women – 5th on the day, 3rd to 2nd in the league

Masters Women – 3rd on day, 2nd in league

Last but by no means least, Maggie (and others I think, who I haven’t had a chance to find on the website today!?) represented Wales in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in November – the ladies team earned a fantastic Bronze medal!

I’ll double-check all of the above results and standings etc and update the website soon.

Looking forward to the next fixture at Lilleshall on 18th January, will be looking to organise (hopefully free!) transport for everyone. Soon coming up, there is also the Welsh Inter-regional Championships on December 14th in Builth Wells, I’ve emailed the 16 athletes who have been selected to run and am awaiting replies. Will look to confirming transport arrangements for this one too.

I will also be nabbing/cajoling people at Lilleshall and the fun run for representatives at the North Wales Championships in Northop on 25th January. This also forms the Welsh Masters Cross Country Championships so I will be encouraging members via the weekly to enter this if they’d like to. Please accept my apologies at this event as I’ll be on route back from a ski trip, will make it if I can!

I think that’s it for now, please do feel free to let me know if I’m missing anything/anyone.

Becki Law

(XC rep)


Eryri Mountain Running Championships

Attached is the excel file with final standings in the 2013 Eryri mountain running championships:

Final Eryri Mountain champs 2013 after Ras Penmaenmawr

Congrats to all winners as named below:

Overall men:

1. Matt Fortes, 2. John Parkinson, 3. Craig Jones

Male vet 40:

1. John Parkinson, 2. Craig Jones, 3. Martin Cliffe

Male vet 50:

2. Jeremy Williams, 2. Arwel Lewis, 3. Michael Belshaw (Jeremy takes the win as Arwel did not compete in a long race).

Male vet 60:

1. Brian Robbins, 2. Iorwerth Roberts, 3. Phil Tan Jones

Male vet 70:

1. Emyr Davies

Overall ladies:

1. Ellie Salisbury, 2. Emily Wood, 3. Andrea Rowlands

Ladies vet 40:

1. Emily Woods, 2. Ali Thomas, 3. Jo Moore

Ladies vet 50:

1. Ellie Salisbuury

Ladies vet 60:

1. Maggie Oliver

Prizes awarded for 1st in each category, to be awarded at the annual club presentation in February 2014.

Any mistakes then get in touch.

SMR 01/12/2013

A bumper turnout of 18 for today’s SMR which measured in at just over 7 miles.

The route headed up Parc Drysgl before looping around Moelyci and up and over the bwlch of Moel Rhiwen.

A good cafe stop in Y Caban thereafter.