Maesgwm – now open

Entries to the forthcoming Maesgwm Muddle race are open.

This is a one off race that’s been put together by your committee especially as a 2014 British Champs counter.  For some reason very few Eryri have so far entered, so get moving, or you might not get a place.  This is also the Eryri Mountain Championship one-off race.

Our very own Jackie Lee is currently leading in the ladies competition, and may well be crowned champion that day, so that’s a great reason to be there if nothing else.

The race page is here

Tal y Fan

TAL Y FAN – Saturday 12 July 2014

TAL Y FAN RESULTS 2014 final-2

 

The weather forecast was not good, with rain predicted at 2.30pm when most of the runners would be out on the open moorland between the summit of Tal y Fan and the Penmaenmawr Stone circle. One past “sweeper” was on holiday in New Zealand, and our possible replacement declined citing a broken toe. Helen the Race Organiser fancied a trip around the course, but is not good in low cloud, so should we go ahead with no sweeper? Fifteen minutes before the start, Iorwerth Roberts, a V70 turned up who knew the course, and was likely to be at the back of the field. Helen found her vest and bum bag, and left instructions for the prize giving, scheduled for 4pm.

The Carnival Queen sounded the hooter and the field was off, with the 2013 winner, Jez Brown soon at the front of the field and attacking the hill to the youth hostel. Helen and Iorwerth made a steadier start, chatting about the course as they went. The Cae Coch cut off of 40 minutes was playing on Iorwerth’s mind, in 2013 he got there in 36 minutes, would we make it in time, or be turned back?

The steady start turned into a brisk walk as the 25% road became 33%, and the rest of the 44 runners pulled ahead. The humidity felt high, as we pressed on, gradually moving to a gentle running pace. The stile at Cae Coch loomed, as did a table with water. 34 minutes. Iorwerth was happy as he climbed the stile and headed up the grassy path towards the summit. Reverting to the brisk walk we made our way upwards. At the summit the marshals reported that Jez went through ages ago at speed, and was now through the last check point and heading towards the finish.

 Iorwerth led the way across the open moorland. The recent sunny days meant the boggy bits were fairly dry and good progress was made over the bilberry bushes. The wild ponies watched as we went by, but the sheep ignored us. The marshals at the Stone Circle stood out in their high-viz and we turned to head back to Rowen. More gates, more marshals, and another welcome water stop before we passed the final check point and started the steep descent. We’re late for the presentation I thought as we zig-zagged down to the road and the last mile.

Passing the pub we got lots of applause, a beer would have been nice, but no time as we aimed for Iorwerth’s 2013 time of 2:14:02. Jez had been back for an hour, finishing 3 minutes quicker than in 2013, while Iorwerth crossed the line in 2:12:57.

A big thanks to all our marshals and helpers, and to the rain for staying away until after 6pm.

 

Helen and Doug Blair

Race Organisers

 

On the pull at Moel Siabod?

The warm day tested many club members when they contested the WFRA North Wales Series counter at Moel Siabod.  Conditions underfoot were excellent though, and so even with the heat some excellent times were run.

Despite reaching the summit with clear lead our own Math Roberts was overhauled on the way down by Filipe Jones of Aberystwyth.  Math held onto second place comfortably, with the ever improving young John Spill taking a fantastic third spot.

The same situation unfolded for the ladies, this time the battle being between two Eryri runners.  Andrea Rowlands reached the summit first with Jackie Lee trailing quite a bit; but Jackie’s legendary downhill speed shone through and they swapped places, showing why she is soon to be crowned British Champion.  Andrea however also took the v40 win.  Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale took third.

An awesome run by Martin Cliffe in 4th overall giving him the win for the men’s v40s.

In general it was yet another great running of this classic race, and the weather was as kind as ever for it. Thanks to Paul for putting it on and supplying the Goulash.

Several club members chilled out afterwards in the show-field and rested their weary legs.  Whilst they were minding their own business a lady came round and press-ganged some of them into agreeing to form a tug-of-war team.  Reluctantly they managed to organise themselves into some sort of order, and with the help of a couple of ringers into battle they went.

Despite being fairly shattered (and not being overly blessed with body weight) our team were matched against a gang of local lads.  They made short work of pulling us over the line in no time.  However it is a best of three so we then swapped sides, this time with a bit of thinking about tactics we held them for a while and then worked in unison to win the second bout, much to everyone’s surprise, including ourselves.

Round three, and it was all to pull for, and with Keane Rowlands doing the team manager shouty bit we showed that where we lacked in body weight we made up for it in stamina.  A few body rope burns later the win was ours and we went home champions. 

Results  Moel Siabod 2014

 

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Ras Felinheli 10k Report

RAS Y FELINHELI 10K REPORT

HELI FIVE-0 FOR ROB

Rob Samuel made it five wins in a row at the annual Gwyl Felin “Râs y Felinheli 10k” on Wednesday 2nd July in what were quite windy conditions on the way back from Parc Menai, still the weather was dry but cloudy for the 279 competitors as they made their way from Beach Road Felinheli, through Vaynol Park to Parc Menai and back with Rob Samuel leading all the way to finish in a very good time considering the headwind on the way back of 31:55 nearly a minute clear of local favourite Alun Vaughan 32:54 who is still recovering after his Trail Marathon Wales win only 12 days ago! Making it a 1-2-3 for Eryri was Dylan Jones who also took the MV/40 title in a time of 36:06. Next in for Eryri was Ali Chant in 9th place in a time of 39:08 followed by 11th Gethin Armstrong 40:17. 12th Rhys James 40.23. 13th Gwion Williams 40:35. 17th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis 41:17. 20th Emlyn Owen 41:33. 24th (3rd MV/50) Iwan Edgar 42:21. 34th Gary Porter-Jones 43:31. 37th and 1st Female making it a double success for Eryri: Helen Teasdale 43:43. 46th Ashley Wager 44:20. 50th (1st MV/60 Good going considering he had a tumble on the way down Snowdon only a few days previously!) Eurwyn Edwards 44:51. 62nd Arfon Bebb 45:37. 68th Emyr Gibson 46:20. 84th (1st MV/70) Emyr Davies 47:32. 96th Harri Roberts 48:07. 100th Brian Robbins 48:24. 108th Geraint Jones 48:35. 136th (3rd MV/60) Dei Jones 50:11. 148th Brendan Rothery! (running with his brother Desmond and his father Ian on his father’s 60th Birthday!) All three timed at 51:01. 158th (Snowdon Race bound yet again for the 39th time) Malcolm Jones 51:31. 194th (2nd FV/60) Maggie Oliver 55:12. 221st Rebecca Roberts 57.41 and 228th (3rd MV/70) Iorwerth Roberts 58.54.

As usual, a very well organised event by Eilir/Debbie Evans and crew.

 

Foel Fras report

There seemed to be some confusion over on the Carneddau on Saturday as a mass company organised event decided to organise a series of races on the same day and on the same set of hills –  as a results some runners in the Foel Fras were sent the wrong way by the wrong marshalls!

Despite this clash a healthy 32 runners ran the Foel Fras race route with the winner Stephen Pyke coming from Dark Peak in a time of 1hr 37mins. First Eryri man home in 4th was Stuart MacDonald in a time of 1.55. Iwan Edgar was next and also 1st vet 50 in 1.56, with Gwion Williams and Adrian Williams soon following. Dark Peaks Judith Jepson took the ladies race in 2.01 whilst there was a promising run by Eryri newbie, Gabriel Lees who finished 2nd lady in a time of 2.22. Ellie Salisbury took the ladies vet 50’s in 2.31, with Maggie Oliver reigning supreme in the ladies 60’s in 3.02.

 

Cortina Trail, Italy

Whilst the masses congregated at Mont Blanc, another classic European race was taking place over in the Italian Dolomites. There was success for three Eryri runners in 30mile with 11,000ft of climb Cortina trail sky race. Of the 749 finishers, Northern Ireland and Eryri’s Johnny Moore ran a cracking race to finish in 12th overall in 5hrs 18mins and just 40 minutes behind the German winner. Next Eryri runner home was Matt Fortes in 23rd in 5hrs 32mins, soon home was Matt’s partner, Becki Law, who ran excellently to finish 10th lady in 6hrs 37mins.

Results:

http://www.tds-live.com/ns/index.jsp?pageType=1&id=5897&servizio=000&locale=1040

Mont Blanc Marathon weekend

Emily Wood and Megan Hughes snap at Kilians ankles on t’he vertical K in I hour and 1hour 1 respectively.
Jill Riley makes a debut entrance in t’he Mont Blanc cross in 3.54. Emily gets up the grass wall in 340 and Megan takes t’he crown in 333.
And ultimate victory goes to Emma Green – after a year of chemo beasting the Marathon du Mont Blanc in 630!

And the stats:

VK

Emily – 1h 00 – 6/13 V40 ; 39/60 total women

Megan – 1h 01 – 32/41 open; 41 /61 total women

Cross

Megan – 3h 33 – 31/266 Open; 45/ 519 total women

Emily – 3h 40 – 18/ 165 V40; 65/519 total women

Jill – 3h 54 – 11/70 V50; 115/519 total women

Marathon

Emma – 6h35 – 31/118 V40 ; 124 /340 women total.

Well done all!

Tregarth Trot

The race went ahead on Wednesday June 25th and apart from 4 runners (1 man who was in the lead and then later on 1 local woman with 2 following her) who missed seeing the tapes the other side of a kissing gate and got on the wrong footpath, 40 runners completed the course.

We were lucky with the weather as it stayed dry for the race. The winner of the men’s race was Karl Ashworth U/A in a time of 48.58 and the ladies winner was Kate Worthington of Eryri in 59.10. Thanks to over 20 marshalls who gave up their time freely to help out on the evening, also to Trefor Jones for hacking the bracken so the runners could have a clear route through, the sponsor Zac Laraman for paying for the trophies and running numbers and Mike Blake for helping mark the course, doing the signage and being a sweeper on the day. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Cylch Meithrin in Tregarth.

Jenny Heming

Tregarth Trot 2014 Results