Road Running News

Some Road Running News:
There were quite a few events for Eryri athletes to choose from during the weekend, while there was a big contingent competing in the Mountain Running British Championship event in N. Ireland, nearer to home, on the roads, Russell Bentley was the star performer, competing in the Cheshire 10k at Arley on Sunday, Russell finished 2nd overall in a very good time of 30:43 only beaten by Jordanian athlete Myhammed Abu-Rezeg (Altrincham) 29:40. There were 1091 finishers.
At the tough Llandyrnog Vale of Clwyd 10k, Eryri’s Gary Porter-Jones finished 5th overall and 1st M/Vet 45 in a time of 39:57. There were 122 finishers. Also on Sunday was the Helena Tipping 10k at Wrexham where Ali Chant finished 19th overall and 3rd MV/40 in a time of 38:30 with Derek Weaver 35th overall and 2nd M/Vet 55 in a time of 40:24. There were 172 finishers.
This Sunday 6th April sees the penultimate fixture of the Borders Road Running League 2013/14 season at New Brighton a 5.18mile race route on a new course starting at 11am. Anyone interested in going to the event, please contact Arwel Lewis: 07772302411. email: for transport information.

Membership Fees now overdue

Still awaiting 50% of members to pay up!
Ffi-aelodaeth i’w dalu cyn diwedd y mis plis – sef Heddiw!!
Os ydych wedi talu ar lein, plis fedrwch gyrru ebost i gadarnahu (neu dwi ddim yn gwybod eich bod wedi talu!).
Membership fees to be paid before the end of the month please – that’s Today!!
If you have paid online, please email to confirm (otherwise I won’t know!).
I forgot to give you your membership card at the meeting so I’ll hang on to it till next time, unless you particularly want it urgently and I’ll stick it in the post!

Donard Challenge report

Mist, Sweat and Tears in Donard Fog Fest!


The now annual Eryri pilgrimage over to Northern Ireland for the first race of the British fell champs took place on Saturday. Once again the good people of NIMRA created a new route for us, once again coined as ‘good running with no real navigation challenges’. As the 25 or so Eryri runners and other 250 odd prepared for the start, conditions looked worrying. The near-visibility-less Haar smothered the hills down to an elevation of some 150 meters, though this didn’t seem to worry many of the ‘experienced navigators’ ready to race.

After a good and fast first 2 miles, the first bit of climbing began to the summit of Millstone, so far so good. Now running in Haar with visibility of less than 5 foot the situation changed and carnage ensued. Figures were scattered all over the hill, a quick check at some runners Strava route proves this. For those who either fluked it or navigated well, the summit of Donard approached followed by a return aiming for a bearing of 46 degrees. The variety in navigating skill was slightly in evident as the finishing order resembled that only found in fell running. It was left to Londonderry journeyman Alan Bogle to take a famous win on home turf (well, Northern Ireland that is) in a time of 65.25. Soon home in 66.30 and 8th was Math Roberts, whom navigated NNW off the summit and met with wrist-breaking clubmate Trefor Jones some way off route! Next was Rich Roberts in 42nd in 80.44 followed by Crewe’s Martin Cliffe in 54th and 83.59. It was a champagne moment for Jackie Lee who won the ladies by finishing just behind Martin in 56th and  84.14. Paul Jenkinson, now fully recovered ran well to finish on a suited route for him in 88th and 92.22. Seasoned Army navigator Arwel Lewis – suffering from a mouth abscess was next in 92nd and 93.08 with Llanberis’ Jenny Heming running excellently to finish 10th lady and 98th overall in 94.20. Top performance considering the journey time over. Wendy Trimble was next in 106th in 95.42 – more importantly sealing a big team win for Eryri ladies. Johnny Moore and Dylan Wynne Jones ( a big fan of the Northern Irish races) finished in tow in 108th and 109th in a time of 96.05. Becki Law and Helen Teasedale were next home in 143rd and 148th and 1.40.07 and 1.41.01 respectively. Adrian Williams, John Rowley and Matt Fortes all ran brilliant races whilst also running a good mile and 1000ft more climbing than most, finishing in 156th, 157th and 159th respectively. Abererch’s Iwan Edgar thoroughly enjoyed the trip, finishing in 169th in 1.45. Tina McDonnell, Sandra Rowlands and Michelle Fildes ran most of the route together and finished in 200th, 201st and 202nd – Tina opening a gap on the rapid run in. Jo Moore, David Kirkby and the evergreen Maggie Oliver were next in 207th,  210th and 212th. This all left a slight feeling of deja-vu as one Eryri remained on the hill – somewhere. Following last years hefty bill for the Mourne Mountain rescue team, thankfully Dils Rowlands had invested heavily in some navigation training. This clearly paid off as Dils managed to navigate himself in a perfect NE line off the summit and home – greatly assisting with a first fell race Keswick runner who was completely lost. Somehow Dils finished in 227th in 2hrs 19mins and 55secs. There were 236 finishers.

Once again a cracking race with some strange results:

and photos;

To close, it was evident from the numbers and standard of the field that the British champs are as popular as ever and that the Gonzo’s who make the decisions need to change it back to a 6 race series.

Gary Speed Memorial 10k

We hope your running club members may be interested in this forthcoming 10k event to be held in Colwyn Bay on July 13.
Many thanks,
Tim Channon
(Colwyn Bay FC press officer)
COLWYN BAY Football Club have this week received the go ahead from the council to stage a Gary Speed Memorial 10K run in the town on World Cup Final day.
The former Wales international and manager’s father, Roger, is Patron of the Seagulls and he and his wife Carol have given their permission for the event to be held in memory of their late son who made his name playing  with Everton, Leeds and Newcastle United.
The 10k run will start and finish at Colwyn Bay’s Llanelian Road ground on Sunday July 13 ,taking in Eirias Park, the promenade and Marine Drive through Rhos-on-Sea.
Entrance fee for the run will be £10  and runners will also be invited to raise money for charities through sponsorship.
Strathmore Water, official suppliers for the Commonwealth Games, have  already agreed to be involved.
Author and comedian John Martin, who is vice-President of Colwyn Bay FC and a close friend of the Speed family commented: “From the initial reaction I’ve had It promises to be huge and could well  become an annual event in the town as a tribute to a great North Wales sports star
“The plan is for this year’s event to be part of a full weekend of activities at the football club to coincide with the World Cup final.”
The 10K run will be open for all interested parties not just serious runners, who wish to help remember Gary Speed and also help good causes.
 John Martin added: “Runners will be encouraged to raise money by sponsorship for charities as Gary was a great supporter of charitable events.”
 Anyone wanting to enter or would like more details can register their interest by email to
 Registration and sponsorship forms are now available from the football club.

SMR 30/3/14

SMR, Sunday 30th March 2014
Meet at 10.30am at the Gelli Iago quarry car park (SH 632 484).
A steadily-paced 14k (8.5miles) with 780m (2550ft) of ascent.  Route map here

Gelli Iago (160m), Bwlch y Battel, Cnicht (689m), Llyn Coch, Llyn Conglog,
Allt Fawr (698m), Moel Druman (676m), Llyn Terfyn, Llyn yr Adar, Llyn Llagi
and back to Gelli Iago.

Refreshments at Caffi Gwynant around 1pm.


Reminder – Midweek Series 2014


All club members are reminded that the Midweek Series starts on the 1st April.  Those who have taken part in these popular events will know that help is always required.

The first fixture particularly requires some help with the juniors, so if you or a relative can spare some time to marshal it would be welcomed.

These races don’t just happen!!!!!!!!


The Series involves a number of short fellraces up to about 4 miles taking place at locations across North Wales.  They are an excellent introduction to fellracing.

2014 marks 21 years of the series, now incorporating 10 races.

Midweek Series 2014 Poster

April 1 7.00 Moel Tryfan Fron School
April 8 7.15 Foel Lus Dwygyfylchi
April 15 7.15 Pen Dinas Vaynol Arms, Nant Peris
April 22 7.15 Aber Dash Aber Falls Car Park
April 29 7.15 Moel Y Gest Tyddyn Llwyn Camp Site
May 20 7.15 Great Orme Ski Centre, Llandudno
June 3 7.15 3 Hills Dog kennels, Penmaenmawr
June 10 7.15 Y Garn Railway car park, Rhyd Ddu
June 17 7.15 Aber Hen Felin Cafe
June 24 7.00 Llanberis The Heights, Series Presentation

Final Results:  Midweek Series 2013 overall results

Road Racing News

Road Racing News:
Russell Bentley held off club colleague Nathan Jones to win Friday evenings Marsh Tracks Rhyl 5k, and despite the inclement weather Russell won in a good time of 15:01 with Nathan close behind in 15:07. Full race results are not yet in with Ali Chant also competing finishing in a time over 18 minutes.
Rob Samuel will be hoping for better conditions in his forthcoming Marathon quest next month as he attempts to achieve the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of sub 2:18.  Competing in today’s Wilmslow Half Marathon, Rob ran a consistent race in the cold conditions, clocking 31:26 for 10k. 51:27 for 10miles to finish 5th overall in a time of 68:13. There were 3905 finishers.
Just down the road, Geraint Jones completed the Liverpool Half Marathon in a chip time of 1:47:06. There were 6770 finishers in the wind affected race won by Welshman Andy Davies (Maldwyn) 69:52.
On this side of the border! Six Eryri Harriers competed in the 5th fixture of the Borders Road Running League at Connahs Quay. In the undulating 4.3mile race which included a steep climb! run in all the seasons weather. Rain, hail, and to finish off, sunshine, as well as the wind! 
Yet again, Brendan Rothery led the way to finish 5th with the improving Ali Chant 46th, Arwel Lewis 63rd, Tony Woodall 74th, Don Williams (making a welcome return to road running following a 4 year absence due to injury) 177th, and 226th Iorwerth Roberts.
The next race is at a new venue/course at New Brighton on Sunday 6th April starting at 11am.

Road Borders League – Sun 23/3


Instructions 2013-14

* Post Code CH5 4BR

* Start 11am

* 1 lap around the college to start and finish. Start is at the Front of the college.

*Finish on the running track.

*Drink station at the finish.

* Steep incline up to mile 2. Steep descend from mile 3.

*5 mile route.

* There will be a Sport Relief mile happening at 9.15am on the track and around the campus, can all runners please park at Connahs Quay High School.

* Showers and changing rooms available at the college.

Arwel Lewis