Leeds Abbey Dash 10k

Despite the wet conditions, thousands of runners (9524 finishers) completed the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on Sunday 16th November in an event renowned for its fast times and today was no exception despite the rain!

15 runners finished under 30 minutes including Welshman Andy Davies (Stockport) in a PB time for the distance of 29:57 as did former Bangor University student Nich Swinburn 29:58. The race was won by Andy Butchart (Central AC) in a time of 29:18.

Amongst the Eryri Harriers competing, Russell Bentley clocked 30:55 for 49th place overall with: 82nd Matt Roberts 31:41. 93rd and a PB by 9 seconds for Richard Roberts in a time of 31:48. There were 101 athletes under 32 minutes! with Daniel Kashi also achieving a PB time of 33:09 compared to his previous PB time of 33:34 for 166th place overall.

The women athletes were also rewarded with fast times as Steph Twell clocked 32:30 for 1st female and in all there were 84 women under 40 minutes!

Certainly a 10k race to do if you want a fast time!

Arwel Lewis

 

First Penrhyn ParkRun

Russell Bentley paced the undulating 5k race very well to win in a time of 16:47, ahead of Owen Haswell (Barry & Vale) 16:54, with Liverpool Harrier Jamie (Brother of Johnny Mellor) 3rd in a time of 17:29, with Eryri’s Fred Maier 4th 17:33, ahead of club colleague, Dylan Wynn Jones 17:37, with 7th Huw Owen + Dog! 18:53.

In all, there were about 17 Eryri Harriers competing amongst the 170+ competitors which is a very good turnout for the first running of the event around the scenic grounds of Penrhyn Castle.

Well done to all who helped get the event up and running and were there on the day helping out.

If any Eryri Harriers wish to help out in any of the Penrhyn ParkRun races which will be staged every Saturday morning at 9am, please email: penrhynhelpers@parkrun.com

The results for first running of the Penrhyn ParkRun can be found here.

Arwel Lewis

Arwel's Christle-ton

Perfect conditions ensured a huge overall turnout of 352 – the second highest ever in the history of the Borders Road Running League for the 1st race of the 2014-15 season at Christleton on Sunday 9th November, this included a record women’s turnout of 113! 

Eight Eryri Harriers were among them in the 5.75mile race led home by 23rd placed Martin Cliffe in a time of 33:45 followed by: 46th Tony Woodall 35:38. 90th Stuart McDonald 37:49. 98th and in his 100th of the 109 Border League  races that Eryri have competed in! Arwel Lewis 38:01. 133rd Saddle sore! Dilwyn Rowlands 39:41. 281st Alex Fletcher 47:01. 303rd and 1st MV/70! Don Williams 48:31 and 246th Roy Jardine 55:43.

 

The 2nd race of the season is at Tattenhall on Sunday 7th December starting at the usual time of 11am.

Arwel Lewis

Arwel’s Christle-ton

Perfect conditions ensured a huge overall turnout of 352 – the second highest ever in the history of the Borders Road Running League for the 1st race of the 2014-15 season at Christleton on Sunday 9th November, this included a record women’s turnout of 113! 

Eight Eryri Harriers were among them in the 5.75mile race led home by 23rd placed Martin Cliffe in a time of 33:45 followed by: 46th Tony Woodall 35:38. 90th Stuart McDonald 37:49. 98th and in his 100th of the 109 Border League  races that Eryri have competed in! Arwel Lewis 38:01. 133rd Saddle sore! Dilwyn Rowlands 39:41. 281st Alex Fletcher 47:01. 303rd and 1st MV/70! Don Williams 48:31 and 246th Roy Jardine 55:43.

 

The 2nd race of the season is at Tattenhall on Sunday 7th December starting at the usual time of 11am.

Arwel Lewis

Rhobell Fawr report and results

Link to Results Rhobell Fawr

 

The final race of the WFRA Welsh Open and North Wales Series was hosted by the Meirionnydd crew at Rhobell Fawr once again.

This is a surprisingly tough course, always tricky underfoot on the return leg, with plenty of slips and falls to await the frantic descending runner.  This year was no different with very wet conditions underfoot, though the weather held for most of the race, just catching out some of the rear of the field on their return.

The race was won by Paul Jones of Mercia in a time of 51.35, some way off Lloyd’s record but quick for the conditions.  Second and third went to Peter ryder of Cardiff AC and Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du.  Outstanding run from Mark who is a V50.

Martin Cliffe was first home for Eryri, in a fast field, finishing 4th overall and 3rd v40 in 53.54.   A few minutes after him was Craig Jones in a struggle to hold off young club newcomer Owen Roberts, who ran out of time, but was sure to overtake had there been another half mile.  Certainly a face to watch for next season on the fells.

Jackie Lee was 3rd lady and 15th overall in 58.26, and secured the Welsh Open and North Wales Series to close a fantastic year of success.

Representing the club behind Jackie were Paul Jenkinson, Andrea Rowlands, Keane Rowlands, Dei Jones, Ellie Salisbury and Maggie Oliver.

Prizes were awarded following the end of the Welsh Open champs, and the North Wales Series.  Recipients were Jackie Lee, Martin cliffe, Andrea Rowlands, Ellie Salisbury and Maggie Oliver. 

It was noted that there was a poor interest in meeting the qualification number of races in the Welsh Open, especially by the men.

See WFRA site for full results soon.

 

Craig.

 

 

 

Pen Fell Race Photos

Russell Owen is trying to gather photos together to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pen Fell Race. He’s particularly after some from the 70s and 80s.

If you have any send an email to eryriweb@gmail.com

Border League 2014/15

Eryri are about to embark on their 17th season in the Borders Road Running League since their debut at Shotton in 1998. The race is free to enter for all club runners affiliated to the League, just turn up in your club vests and run!

 

Anyone going to the event, please contact Arwel Lewis on 07772 302411 so that if there is sufficient demand, transport will be provided.

 

West Cheshire AC

Borders League 2014/15 Race 1 Sunday 9th November 2014

Runners’ Information

 

Race HQ

 

The HQ for this first Borders League race for the 2014/15 season is at “Cheshire View”, Plough Lane, Christleton, Chester CH3 7PT. More information on whereabouts can be found on their website http://www.cheshireview.co.uk/find.html

 

Facilities at “Cheshire View”

 

“Cheshire View” has space for approx. 200 cars, please make efforts to car-share to enable all runners to get parked and please follow Car Park Marshals’ instructions.

 

There are toilets with limited changing facilities in Race HQ and there will be hot drinks and snacks available from 09:30 hrs.

 

Overspill Car Parking

 

Overspill parking for approx. 25 cars has kindly been offered by the Landlord at “The Plough” public house (shown on the Cheshire View” map [above link]). “The Plough” will be open for meals and drinks after the race if you fancy celebrating your efforts in style.

 

Christleton Sports Centre, integrated with the High School at CH3 7AS have also kindly offered approx. 50 car parking spaces in their facility. This is approx. 1000m from the Start line and if using this car park, please use the section immediately on the right as you enter the gates.

 

Race Route

 

The course is an undulating, approx. 5.75 mile anti-clockwise route shown in detail on the linked map on the Fixtures page of the Borders League website http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/ . Approximately 5 miles are on road with 750 metres of trail, with some mud and cobbled stones over The Roman Bridges, where care should be taken.

 

THE BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE HISTORY

The Borders Road Running League was formed in 1983 by a number of new running clubs in North Wales and the western part of Cheshire. The aim was to provide inter-club competition between teams of member clubs on a competitive yet friendly basis. This philosophy continues today each winter with 7 races organised in rotation by member clubs for their members.

The first Borders League race was held on Sunday 4th November 1984 at Tattenhall using the quarter marathon course. There were 100 finishers. In 2013-14 the average number of finishers exceeded 270; the highest being 339 (the highest ever was 356)

The league currently (2014-15) comprises 17 clubs from across North Wales, the Wirral and West Cheshire. The league remains primarily an inter-club competition although there are awards for individuals within their age groups. Clubs interested in joining the league should contact the Secretary on bordersleague2014@gmail.com, applications are discussed at the AGM.

The League races are an opportunity for runners at all levels to compete on a regular basis, a chance to test yourself against runners from other clubs at a similar level, improving performance in an affordable but challenging arena, creating and maintaining friendships between like-minded individuals.

The league holds seven races per season, generally between October and April. Each race is between 5 miles and 6.21miles (8 – 10 km) except for the final race which is around 4 miles (6.5km). Races, except the final race, are held at 11.00 on Sunday mornings, the dates and venues being agreed at the AGM. Each race is organised by a member club, all member clubs organising races in turn (agreed at the AGM). The final race is generally on a Wednesday evening and is followed by the presentation of awards.

At the end of each race the scores are collected by individual clubs and returned to the results organiser to be collated. They are published on the Borders League Website.

The league is managed by the member clubs. A committee consisting of a Chairman, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary is elected by the clubs annually at the AGM generally held on the first Monday in July of every year. Each club pays an annual subscription to the league, the amount being set at the AGM.

Arwel Lewis 

 

Ben's Hat-trick of race wins whilst Matt doubles up!

Eryri runners were spread out and about on the roads today, Sunday 2nd November.
Ben Williams notched a Hat-Trick of race wins following up his 10k win at Southport and his 30k win at the 4 Lakes race in Rhosgadfan, Ben made it three in a row with a win in the Lancaster Half Marathon in a time of 73:49, a PB for Ben by 3m 30s.
Three Eryri harriers competed in the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall on a flat fast course, Russell Bentley finished 4th in a time of 31:10 (31:09 Chip) with Matthew Roberts 6th 32:09 (32:08 Chip) and 116th (3rd MV/55) Arwel Lewis 40:35 (40:33). The race was won by Altrincham’s Jordanian athlete Mohammed Abu-Rezeq in a time of 29:11 with: 2nd Patrick Gardner (East Cheshire) 30:50 (30:48 Chip) and 3rd Ben Riddell 30:59 (30:58 Chip). 1st female was Helen Clitheroe who finished 9th overall in a time of 32:45 (32:44 Chip). There were 1147 finishers.
Arwel Lewis

Not content with their morning run! Matt and Arwel then made their way to compete in the Abergele 5mile North Wales Championships race at 1pm where Matt excelled, finishing 5th in a time of 26:25 and along with 9th Daniel Kashi 26:57. 18th Owen Roberts 29:11 and 39th (2nd MV/50) Tim Watson 32:26. Eryri’s men won the Team prize. Other Eryri finishers: 61st Arwel Lewis 34:42. 113th Kalvin Jones 39:58. 124th Don Williams 41:29. 164th Roy Jardine 47:35 and 165th Iorwerth Roberts 47:54. In all there were 195 finishers in a race won by Stockport’s Welsh Commonwealth Games Marathon runner Andy Davies in a course record time of 24:56 with: 2nd Ricky Challinor (Liverpool Harriers) 25:59 and 3rd Nick Jones (Warrington) 26:05. 1st female was Georgia Outten who finished 16th overall in a time of 28:41.

Ben’s Hat-trick of race wins whilst Matt doubles up!

Eryri runners were spread out and about on the roads today, Sunday 2nd November.
Ben Williams notched a Hat-Trick of race wins following up his 10k win at Southport and his 30k win at the 4 Lakes race in Rhosgadfan, Ben made it three in a row with a win in the Lancaster Half Marathon in a time of 73:49, a PB for Ben by 3m 30s.
Three Eryri harriers competed in the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall on a flat fast course, Russell Bentley finished 4th in a time of 31:10 (31:09 Chip) with Matthew Roberts 6th 32:09 (32:08 Chip) and 116th (3rd MV/55) Arwel Lewis 40:35 (40:33). The race was won by Altrincham’s Jordanian athlete Mohammed Abu-Rezeq in a time of 29:11 with: 2nd Patrick Gardner (East Cheshire) 30:50 (30:48 Chip) and 3rd Ben Riddell 30:59 (30:58 Chip). 1st female was Helen Clitheroe who finished 9th overall in a time of 32:45 (32:44 Chip). There were 1147 finishers.
Arwel Lewis

Not content with their morning run! Matt and Arwel then made their way to compete in the Abergele 5mile North Wales Championships race at 1pm where Matt excelled, finishing 5th in a time of 26:25 and along with 9th Daniel Kashi 26:57. 18th Owen Roberts 29:11 and 39th (2nd MV/50) Tim Watson 32:26. Eryri’s men won the Team prize. Other Eryri finishers: 61st Arwel Lewis 34:42. 113th Kalvin Jones 39:58. 124th Don Williams 41:29. 164th Roy Jardine 47:35 and 165th Iorwerth Roberts 47:54. In all there were 195 finishers in a race won by Stockport’s Welsh Commonwealth Games Marathon runner Andy Davies in a course record time of 24:56 with: 2nd Ricky Challinor (Liverpool Harriers) 25:59 and 3rd Nick Jones (Warrington) 26:05. 1st female was Georgia Outten who finished 16th overall in a time of 28:41.