SNOWDONIA HALF MARATHON SUCCESS FOR BRENDAN
Brendan Rothery’s decision to give the Border League race at New Brighton a miss on Sunday 6th April certainly paid off when he won the tough Snowdonia Half Marathon race in Llanrwst, as well as the hilly course, all the competitors had to put up with the rain and windy conditions as Brendan won in a time of 82:21, over a minute ahead of the 2nd placed athlete, Jon Dance (Salford) 83:44 with John Ford (NWRRC) 3rd in 87:12. Other notable Eryri placing/times: 6th Dewi Owen 88:53. 7th (2nd MV/40) Adrian Williams 89:53. 10th Jim Bacon 92:05. 17th (1st MV/50) Noel Craine 96:39. 28th (2nd MV/45) Gary Porter-Jones 1:42:49. 43rd (2nd Female) Kate Worthington 1:45:29. In all, of the 458 finishers, there were 16 Eryri Harriers competing with both the men and women winning the team awards.
Meanwhile, at sunny New Brighton, 5 Eryri Harriers competed in the penultimate race of the 2013/14 Borders Road Running League, on a flat, fast, scenic 5.2mile seaside course, Ali Chant had the honour of leading Eryri home, finishing 60th overall in a time of 32:38 followed by: 64th Arwel Lewis 32:45. 85th road racer supreme! Dilwyn Rowlands 34:08. 95th Dylan Owen 35:23 and 182nd (2nd MV/70) Super-Vet Don Williams 41:53. There were 229 finishers.
On the same day, and despite posting a Personal best time of 2:31:05 for the Marathon distance at Manchester, no doubt Rob Samuel will be disappointed not to have ran a quicker time considering the high standards that Rob sets himself, (Many a runner would have been more than very happy with 2:31!) Still, it was a PB for Rob and something to build and learn from. No doubt Rob will run a quicker time some time soon. Also setting a PB for the distance was Dylan Whiteside-Thomas who will have been delighted to break the 3hr barrier with a time of 2:57:46. In the same event, it was great to see Maldwyn Harrier Andy Davies finishing 2nd overall and better still, achieving the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of under 2:18 with a time of 2:17:47. Stockport Harrier Andi Jones won the race in a time of 2:16:55.
Another PB was set by Jonathan Kettle whilst running in the Blackpool Marathon where he finished in a time of 3:30:29.