Llanfair PG 5k

Russell Bentley was a comfortable winner of the Llanfair PG 5k on Wednesday 8th July. On a dry cool evening, Russell led from start to finish on the undulating course to win in a time of 16:07 which equalled Alun Vaughan’s 2013 course record! 2nd place was Carwyn Evans (U/A) 17:04 & 3rd Gary Davies (Aberystwyth) 17:30. The first female finisher was local athlete Mollie Davies in 24th place overall in a time of 20:20, 2nd Beckie Taylor (Blackburn) 20:30 & 3rd Tracey Llewellyn (Cybi) 20:40.In all there were 17 Eryri Harriers amongst the 122 finishers notably: 4th Dewi Owen 17:49. 9th (1st JM) Steffan Williams 19:09. 10th Huw Owen 19:13. 13th Brian Wills 19:37. 14th Jonathan Tyler 19:41. 16th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis 19:49. 18th GPJ Gary Porter Jones 19:54. 29th (2nd MV/50) Emlyn Roberts 20:42. 37th (1st FV/40) 21:33. 60th (1st MV/70)! Brian Robbins 23:55 & 92nd (2nd FV/50) Hazel Robbins 28:20.
Well Done to Stephen Edwards and his team for another well organised event.

Borders Road Running League Fixtures 2015/16

Sunday 11th October 2015 – Ellesmere Port @ Capenhurst
Sunday 8th November 2015 – Wallasey @ Birkenhead Park
Sunday 6th December 2015 – Cybi Striders @ Trac Mon
Sunday 24th January 2016 – Abergele @ Pensarn
Sunday 20th March 2016 – Tattenhall @ Tattenhall
Sunday 17th April 2016 – Buckley @ Mold
Wednesday 27th April 2016 – Deestriders @ Shotton
All races start at 11am except for the final evening race at Shotton which has a 7:15pm start.
Eryri’s men and women are in the league’s respective 2nd Divisions. Men 7 runners to count. Women 3 runners to count.

Felinheli 10k

 

A very good turnout of 44 Eryri Harriers for the event with the first five finishers being Eryri members and Elliw Haf taking the women’s title.

Matt Roberts and Russell Bentley along with Rob Samuel, Gwyn Owen and John Spill pushed the pace early on before Matt pulled clear after half way to win in a time of 32.33 with Russell 2nd, 32.51. Rob 3rd, 33.23. Gwyn Owen 4th, 34.10 & John Spill 5th (1st JM) 34.28. Also making the top ten were: 8th Hugh O’Donnell 39.19 & 10th John Rowley 37.51 with Rhys Cross hot on his heels in 37.52! 21st placed Noel Craine won the MV/50 title in a time of 39.40. Elliw Haf followed her Deiniolen 10k win with the Felinheli title in a time of 43.36 with Helen Blair 1st FV/40, 47.14 and Lowri Jones 1stJW, 52.36. There were 316 finishers in the well-organized event run in quite humid conditions.

Felin10k_2015 Results

ParkRun Update

Prior to the Rhyl Runfest on Saturday 27th June both Paul Wathan and Gemma Morgans ran in the Conwy Parkrun with Paul finishing 2nd in a time of 17.43 and Gemma 12th (1st Female) in a time of 20.39.

The previous week, John Spill equaled the Conwy parkrun course record with a winning time of 16.36. Steffan Williams won the event on 9th June in a time of 18.29 ahead of Paul Jones 18.52.

In the Penrhyn parkruns, Steffan Williams won the event on 30th May with a time of 18.36 with John Spill also successful on 13th June in a time of 16.29.

 

RunFest Wales

28th JUNE 5K. 10K & H/M

Paul Wathan won the 5k race in a time of 16:49.

Jonathan Tyler finished 6th in the 10k race in a time of 39:53 with Gemma Morgans 21st overall and 2nd female in a time of 43.45.

Iorwerth Roberts finished 155th and 1st MV/70 in the Half Marathon in a time of 2:30:27.

Adroddiad Ras Foel Fras, Foel Fras Race Report

Adroddiad Ras Foel Fras, Abergwyngregyn – Dydd Sadwrn 27ain o Fehefin 2015.

‘Dim amser am saib – ond amser am sialens’

Gyda ras eitha hir o’n blaenau ni (12+ milltir) a dim ond 36 o redwyr, yr oedd cryfder meddyliol bron mor bwysig a chryfder corfforol ar adegau yn ystod y ras eleni.  Doedd neb i‘ch annog chi fel petai, wrth i‘r gwagleoedd rhwng rhedwyr ymestyn yn araf bach yn ystod y ras.

Ond am ras!  Dechreuodd ar ogwydd syth i fyny o’r caffi lleol, ymlaen ar hyd lôn gul serth, cyn cymryd llwybr garegog am fwyafrif o‘r ffordd droellog.

Ar ôl cyrraedd copa Foel Fras, yr oedd yn bwysig peidio a gwneud y cangymeriad o fynd syth i lawr, troi i‘r dde heibio twmpath mawr o gerrig wedyn ymlaen eto am y troad diwethaf i Moel Winion ble yr oedd banner y ddraig goch i’n cyfarch. Yna roedd llwybr cul a sydyn i lawr yn ôl at gaffi’r pentref.

Yno yr oedd diod oer, paned a flapjacks blasus dros ben i gyfarch y rhedwyr chwyslyd i gyd!

Y dyn cyntaf i groesi’r linell yng nghategori agored V40 y dynion oedd Tim Higginbottom (Hagloffs) mewn amser o 01.52.52.

O dan 23 i Dafydd Sion Harlow (Eryri Harriers) mewn amser o 02.05.11, V50 i Russell Owen (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 02.09.14 a V60 i Alan Duncan (Bowland FR) mewn amser o 02.20.50.

Y ferch gyntaf yn y categori agored oedd Louise Beetlestone (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 02.17.50, V40 i Ali Thomas (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 02.42.30, V50 Ellie Salisbury mewn amser o 02.57.48  a fi V60 i Maggie Oliver (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 03.20.45.

Diolch yn fawr iawn i’r gwirfyddolwyr a wnaeth ofalu am y rhedwyr a darparu’r lluniaeth ar ddiwedd y ras.

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

Foel Fras Race Report – 

‘No time for a breather – only time for a challenge’

With a long race head (12+ miles) and only 36 runners, strength of mind was almost as important as strength of body at times during this year’s race.  There was nobody to carry you so-to-speak as the gaps between the runners expanded during the course of the race.

But what a race!  Once past the café the route went immediately up a steep narrow backroad. It then followed a long and windy rocky path up to Foel Fras.

After reaching this point it was important not to make an easy mistake of following the hill straight down and instead turn to the right, past a big rocky mound, down, then up one more time to Moel Winion where the welcoming site of the Welsh flag primed you ready for the final descent down a narrow, windy path to the café.

Upon finishing there were cold drinks, tea and very tasty flapjacks available for all the runners!

1st overall male and V40 was Tim Higginbottom (Hagloffs) in a time of 01.52.52.

V50 went to Russell Owen (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 02.09.14, male V60 went to Alan Duncan (Bowland FR) in a time of 02.20.50.

1st female was Louise Beetlestone (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 02.17.50. V40 went to Ali Thomas in a time of 02.42.30, V50 went to Ellie Salisbury (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 02.57.48 and V60 to Maggie Oliver (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 03.20.45.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who looked after the runners and provided the refreshments at the end of the race.

Foel Fras 2015 Results

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

Eryri at the Saunders

Having entered the event many months ago, Eryri’s Hayley Turner was getting ready to travel when on the Thursday she was informed by her running partner that he had to cancel.  Disaster!

Despite speaking to loads of people she failed to find a replacement, and so, with a heavy heart she set off for Cumbria expecting not to find a partner and planned to console herself with a solitary walking trip around Coniston.

She put notices up at the event centre to no avail and it all looked to have been a wasted trip.  But who would have believed that with literally 5 minutes before the start she met with a v50 chap from London who agreed to run (and share a tent) with her.  Brave man indeed.

Not knowing anything about each other they set off, and over the next 4 hours 55 minutes they ran and chatted.  And it transpired that he was a very good navigator indeed, and no slouch on his feet either.  So much so that they finished the first day in a very good position and made the chasing start for the following day.

After the usual MM bad night’s sleep in a small tent, they cracked on the next day.  Hayley was pretty much run to her limit, holding off a challenge from a keenly chasing team, for a total of 9 hours and 12 seconds.

They eventually finished 8th overall, and won the Mixed Category outright!  No one was more surprised than them.

An outstanding result for Hayley.  Well done.

 

Racing News

JOHN MILK’S IT!
17 year old John Spill had a superb record breaking run at the Fairy Freckled Cow (Llyn Alwen) 11km Trail Race on Sunday 5th July becoming Eryri’s third winner of the event after Dylan Wynn Jones won the inaugural event in 2007 – 40:40 and Iain Ridgway won in 2012 – 39:58. From the off, John was at the front alongside Deeside’s Lee Jones who tried to put on a couple of spurts to shake off John but it was John who made the crucial surge to break away from Lee and significantly, gradually increase his lead to win the event in a record beating time of 38:33, a course record by 19 seconds! Lee Jones finishing runner-up over a minute behind in a time of 39:36 with John Edward Morris of Denbigh 3rd and Cybi’s Tracey Llewellyn taking the women’s title. The only other Eryri member competing was Arwel Lewis 14th (2nd MV/50) – 46:32. There was also a record breaking turnout of over 130 competitors in the well organised Denbigh Harriers event which began in quite warm and sunny conditions but finished in a heavy downpour!
Parkrun Update:
There were four Eryri Harriers amongst the 97 finishers in the latest Penrhyn Castle Parkrun led home by 2nd placed Ali Chant (& Dog!!)- 19:28. 4th Arwel Lewis 19:51. 15th Eurwyn Edwards 22:30 and 38th Don Williams 26:41.
There were no Eryri Harriers noted as being at the Conwy Parkrun where there were 160 finishers.

Racing News

JOHN MILK’S IT!
17 year old John Spill had a superb record breaking run at the Fairy Freckled Cow (Llyn Alwen) 11km Trail Race on Sunday 5th July becoming Eryri’s third winner of the event after Dylan Wynn Jones won the inaugural event in 2007 – 40:40 and Iain Ridgway won in 2012 – 39:58. From the off, John was at the front alongside Deeside’s Lee Jones who tried to put on a couple of spurts to shake off John but it was John who made the crucial surge to break away from Lee and significantly, gradually increase his lead to win the event in a record beating time of 38:33, a course record by 19 seconds! Lee Jones finishing runner-up over a minute behind in a time of 39:36 with John Edward Morris of Denbigh 3rd and Cybi’s Tracey Llewellyn taking the women’s title. The only other Eryri member competing was Arwel Lewis 14th (2nd MV/50) – 46:32. There was also a record breaking turnout of over 130 competitors in the well organised Denbigh Harriers event which began in quite warm and sunny conditions but finished in a heavy downpour!
Parkrun Update:
There were four Eryri Harriers amongst the 97 finishers in the latest Penrhyn Castle Parkrun led home by 2nd placed Ali Chant (& Dog!!)- 19:28. 4th Arwel Lewis 19:51. 15th Eurwyn Edwards 22:30 and 38th Don Williams 26:41.
There were no Eryri Harriers noted as being at the Conwy Parkrun where there were 160 finishers.

Oggie 8

8/8/15
An event for teams of four with a entry fee of £25 per team member, start time 7am from the teams Ogwen base, in aid of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation.
This is our 8th year of running this event, and we’re hoping that it will be extra special as it’s also OVMRO’s 50th Anniversary year!
The event is becoming a national institution and attracts teams from all over the country who wish to pit their strength, stamina and endurance against the eight Ogwen Valleys 3000ft Peaks!! It’s about like-minded people, having a great day of running or walking and to top it off there is the legendary after party with plenty of hearty food and drink.
More details available on the OVMR web site    http://www.ogwen-rescue.org.uk/oggie_8/index.php
Thanking you on behalf of OVMRO