Border League

After a so far, inauspicious Border League season to date and following a much improved team performance at Mold the last time out, Eryri were out in full force on “Home” ground in Caernarfon for the penultimate race of the 2014/15 season and wearing their new, revamped club vests. Matthew Roberts led Eryri home to a superb team win in what can only be described as a race of two halves!
Due to the strong gale force South Westerly wind, the 10k race route was run in a clockwise direction which blew the competitors back along the Foryd to the Finish at Coed Helen. It certainly made for a fast last 5k! and a few 10k PB’s!  Matt Roberts won the event in a time of 32:39 ahead of club colleague Gwyn Owen. 32:52 followed by: 5th (1st U/20) Owen Roberts 34:13. 14th and making a welcome return to racing, Brendan Rothery 35:29. 18th Dewi Owen 35:53 (PB). 40th Huw Owen 37:55 (PB). 48th Steffan Williams 38:44. 61st (3rd MV/55) Arwel Lewis 39:36. 68th Gary Porter-Jones 40:01. 74th Phil Targett 40:18 (PB). 87th Stuart McDonald 41:35 (PB). 90th Dilwyn Rowlands 41:49. 91st Rhys James 41:57. 162nd Lowri Jones 47:55. 171st Sioned Rowlands 49:02 (PB). 174th Huw Trainor 49:10. 176th & missing out on the 1st MV/70 category by just one place and one second! Don Williams 49:13 and 191st Alex Fletcher 51:39 (PB).
There were 211 finishers just before the heavy rain came in! Eryri’s men were clear winners of the ten team 2nd Division with 127 points ahead of Helsby 202 while Eryri’s women were placed 5th in their respective 2nd Division with 116 points. With just the one race to go at Wrexham on Wednesday 22nd April, Eryri’s men and women both have something to aim for, The Improvers Trophies! Eryri’s men have a 433 point advantage over Helsby while Eryri’s women lead Wrecsam Tri by 78 points.
Thank you to all the race helpers who braved the conditions on the day who were winners as well (they won against the elements)! and made the event a success.

Road Update

Eryri’s promising youngster Owen Roberts having recently finished 2nd in the Llandudno Festival of Running 5k went one better on Saturday 4th April with a debut senior race win at the Llandudno Easter 5k Promenade Dash run in sunny conditions with a slight breeze, Owen won the event in a time of 16:43, 4 seconds quicker than on his previous visit to Llandudno and another PB ahead of John Morris (Denbigh H) 17:00 and 3rd Paul Wathan 17:09. Paul had also competed in the Conwy parkrun just over an hour before the event where he just missed out on another race win behind Tom Adams 17:12 to Paul’s 17:15. With Jason Parry-Jones 7th in 18:12, Eryri won the team prize. Other Eryri finishers: 18th (2nd MV/55) Arwel Lewis 19:33. 21st (3rd Female) Gemma Morgans 19:55, a PB for Gemma by 29 seconds! and Iorwerth Roberts who like Paul had competed in the Conwy parkrun earlier finished 111th in a time of 28:51.
There were 169 finishers.
As well as Paul Wathan’s 2nd place finish, other Eryri Harriers taking part were: 6th Paul Jones 18:50 a PB for the event. 11th Derek Weaver 19:26 also a PB for the event. 117th Martin Williams 28:22 and 137th Iorwerth Roberts 29:38. There were 239 finishers which is a record turnout for the event. 
4 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 136 competitors in the latest Penrhyn Castle parkrun led home by 8th placed Steffan Williams 20:11. 27th Emyr Gibson 22:21 a PB for Emyr in the event as it was for 28th Nia Albiston 22:24 and for 37th Gwyn Evans 23:40.

Salford 10k

Lauren Jeska was the 1st female finisher in Good Friday’s Salford 10k finishing the two lap event in a very good time of 36:30 ahead of Stockport’s Sally Ratcliffe 36:50. Sale’s MV/40 Gareth Raven won the race in a time of 30:40.
There were 545 finishers!

Road Racing News

Saturday 28th March saw the first race of the Welsh Athletics 2015 Mountain Running Championships, the Blaenafon-Llanbedr 26km/1372m event where Lauren Jeska followed up her 81:01 Wilmslow Half Marathon the previous weekend by finishing 7th overall and 1st female in a time of 2:25:37. The race was won once again by Hugh Aggleton in a time of 2:12:55. There were 99 finishers.
Also on Saturday were the usual Conwy and Penrhyn Parkruns and despite the wet and windy conditions, there was a very good turnout of 137 at Conwy where Gemma Morgans was once again the 1st Female finisher in 11th place overall in a time of 20:38. Other Eryri finishers: 3rd Sion Harlow 19:08. 4th Paul Jones 19:32. 9th Derek Weaver 20:18. 32nd Louise Beetlestone 23:56 and 69th Martin Williams 28:11. Meanwhile at a muddy Penrhyn Castle! Jim Bacon was once again the race winner in a time of 18:15 with 3rd Arwel Lewis 19:56. 9th and 1st Female in her first attempt at the Penrhyn event Louise Emery 21:52 and 23rd (1st MV/70) Don Williams 25:48. There were just the 39 competitors who braved the elements!
On Sunday 29th March at the Liverpool Half Marathon, Alun Vaughan finished 24th overall in a disappointing time for Alun in the wet conditions of 78:30. Eurwyn Edwards meanwhile will have been delighted with his PB time of 1:35:16 with Emyr Gibson following suit not far behind with his own PB time of 1:35:29.
Also on Sunday was the Helena Tipping 10k where Rhys Cross had a good run to finish 7th overall in a time of 38:39. 86th Stephen Wills 50:18. 115th Huw Jones 56:09 & 140th (2nd MV/70) Iorwerth Roberts 61:18. There were 161 finishers.