Two RAB Mountain Marathon reports

Two Eryri Harrier’s reports of the RAB Mountain Marathon below. First one is by Ellie Salisbury and the second by Stu McDonald.

Ellie Salisbury

Eryri Harriers members produced some good results at the RAB Mountain Marathon at the w/e.  It was a great event, as always – not too big, well organised, challenging route choices (how often would you go from the event centre at Capel Curig as far North as Melynllyn & as far West Marchllyn Mawr?!), & this year, we were blessed with the most amazing weather & fantastic visibility.
  • Lou Beetlestone finished 1st solo female & an amazing 2nd overall in the Short Score Class
  • Kate Worthington, in her 1st Mountain Marathon, finished 2nd solo female in the Long Score Class
  • Ellie Salisbury, in her 91st (I think – lost count!) Mountain Marathon, & Adrian Moir finished 2nd mixed vets in the Long Score Class
  • Brian & Hazel Robbins finished 3rd mixed supervets in the Short Score Class
  • Stuart Mc Donald & Hayley Turner finished 4th mixed in the Long Score Class (too young to receive a prize!)

Stu McDonald

Capel Curig became what seemed like the centre of the sporting world this past weekend with two days of Snowman Triathlon action based at Plas Y Brenin and the Rab Mountain Marathon also paid a visit. This popular event grows every year and makes the odd foray into North Wales (last visit was 2011).

For the uninitiated a Mountain Marathon involves two days of navigating between checkpoints whilst carrying all kit for an overnight camp. In the Rab MM there are two classes, Long Score (7 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2) and Short Score (6hrs/5hrs). Each class can be completed as a pair or solo. At the start you are given the map pre-marked with where the controls are and a list of the points value allocated to each control. The aim is simple….. get as many points as you can in the time available. If you are late back, there are penalties!

As I’m sure we all know the weather was stunning on Saturday morning and as we all set off there was excitement about what lay ahead. Although perhaps that was more trepidation than excitement! The first decision was whether to go into the Glyders or the Carneddau for the first day (knowing you would swap over on day 2).  At the overnight camp in the lower Ogwen valley there was lots of discussion about route choice but mainly about who’d had the harder day!! At the end of day 1 a couple of things became clear. Firstly we’ve got some properly good/hard women! Secondly, what an absolutely stunning yet brutal place North Wales can be.

Firstly, the ladies. At the overnight as the Eryri Harriers Mountain Marathon sub-committee convened to discuss the days events and positions Kate Worthington spoke first to say she was second lady on the long score. Brilliant! Ellie Salisbury was dragging her other half around to second place in the mixed vet long score and Hazel Robbins was coping admirably with Brian as they were 3rd mixed super vets on the short score. Hayley Turner drew the short straw and had to put up with me as a partner as we finished day 1 as 4th mixed pair in the long score. As congratulations were passed around Lou Beetlestone casually strolled over and said she was second on the short score. Amazing second lady on the short score! Top work! No no second! Second overall!! On day 1 Lou was only beaten by a men’s pair. She had beaten all the men’s solo’s and was leading the ladies category by 55 points (at least 3 checkpoints). An incredible performance but the pressure was now on for day 2!

Day 2 dawned with the promise of another stunning day. If you get chance go and check out iancorless.org for the official photos, there are some fantastic ones. The night had been clear and cold, very cold! Although for one competitor the cold was the least of his worries! 4 trips to the loo in the night and a discussion about the “squits” left no-one in any doubt about the nature of his ailment!

Whichever way you looked the only way was up from the overnight camp, it was certainly one way to warm up! Another day through the mountains back to Capel Curig ensued with a variety of blisters, cramp, dehydration, starvation and general tiredness hindering progress. As the bruised and battered bodies gathered around bean stew, the results started to come in. Hazel and Brian finished 3rd MSV in the short score! Kate 2nd lady long score! Ellie and Adrian 2nd MV long score! And then the one we were waiting for! Could Lou catch the leading men and win the short score outright? First lady was guaranteed but could she catch them? Her deficit overnight had been 10 points but it came down 9, 8, 7, 6 really??!! Could she?? 5, 4, 3 then it stopped! She was 2nd overall by just 3 points!! Only her 2nd MM and first as a solo it was an incredible performance! As for Hayley and I we had to settle for 4th mixed pair in the long score and the only things Hayley has to show for it are a whopping blister and a sprained ankle! Sorry Hayley!

A massive well done to everyone, it was great to see some familiar faces and it was a great event. Hard but good. If you want to know more about mountain marathons then have a chat with Lou Beetlestone, she seems to have it sorted!!

Cheers

 Stu

 

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Eryri O's Urban Night Navs

Back by popular demand, the Eryri Orienteers are again running five Night Urban Navigation events, one per month, starting on Thurs 12th November.  Those who’ve done them for the last few years will lose any advantage as there are five new locations, so all new maps!

These are easy going hour long street navigation events for singles or pairs.  They’re great fun, and get your brain, legs and lungs working at the same time.  They also involve some hill reps, and as a bonus they all start and finish at a pub!

Fixtures are below, meeting locations to be confirmed.  6.15 for 7pm mass start.  Bring a pen and headtorch.

12th November – Llanfairfechan

3rd December – LlanfairPG

7th January – Penmaenmawr

4th February – Llandudno

3rd March – Conwy

Eryri O’s Urban Night Navs

Back by popular demand, the Eryri Orienteers are again running five Night Urban Navigation events, one per month, starting on Thurs 12th November.  Those who’ve done them for the last few years will lose any advantage as there are five new locations, so all new maps!

These are easy going hour long street navigation events for singles or pairs.  They’re great fun, and get your brain, legs and lungs working at the same time.  They also involve some hill reps, and as a bonus they all start and finish at a pub!

Fixtures are below, meeting locations to be confirmed.  6.15 for 7pm mass start.  Bring a pen and headtorch.

12th November – Llanfairfechan

3rd December – LlanfairPG

7th January – Penmaenmawr

4th February – Llandudno

3rd March – Conwy

Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge

Despite having at least 3 other events clashing last Sunday, we had a good turn-out at the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge, with many Eryri members – old & new – taking part.  For once, the weather was good, so the river wasn’t too choppy, the views from the high point on the run leg were amazing, & the dry bits of the Marin Trail we used made it a fast, exciting mountain bike leg. Competitors & marshals all had an enjoyable day, & hopefully, we will have made a goodly sum for the Snowdonia Society. There were some notable Eryri Harriers performances:

  • Lou Beetlestone won the Ladies Individual Triathlon
  • James Harwood was 3rd in the Mens Duathlon
  • Jenny Williamson 3rd in the Ladies Duathlon
  • 2nd team’s runner was Tim Watson
  • 3rd team’s runner was Paul Hodges
  • Yours truly was the mountain biker for the 4th team, whose runner, Sion Harlow clocked the fastest time of the day on leg 2
  • Sarah Barnwell was the mountain biker for the 5th team, & was an amazing 4th overall on leg 3
  • Ben Beachell won 1st local
  • Clive Hartfall was 1st in the Grand Masters

 Full results, photos & race report are here: http://www.map17events.org.uk/

Ellie Salisbury

One for the diary – Christmas Fun Run

Saturday 19th December

Once again the Eryri Harriers club committee will be organising the 5.5 mile Xmas Fun Run around Llyn Padarn, starting from the Royal Victoria Hotel.  Non-club members welcome.

£5 entry on the day, includes soup and mince pie.  Fancy dress positively encouraged, with a prize for the best one and the usual guess the Secret Santa.

Registration from 9.30am, recommended that you arrive early. Run starts at 11 sharp.

Contact Ellie Salisbury for more details ellierocknrun@googlemail.com

XC Bangor – Sat 3rd October – the season begins

The first Cross Country fixture of the 2015/16 season is nearly upon us, starting at 2pm on Sat 3rd October at Treborth, Bangor.

This fixture is arranged by Eryri members, and volunteers are required for marshaling duties on the day and also to donate cakes for the refreshments afterwards.

And of course a good turn out from our members to race on the day is always useful! Please remember you need to wear your Eryri vest and be first claim Eryri Harriers to run!

This fixture is historically where we stamp our mark for the XC season, and a large team turnout is essential to do this.  Regardless of how fast or slow you are you all make a big difference by pushing back another club’s team member, so it all helps.  Last season there were 18 ladies and 14 men out for the club atBangor, lets try to beat that this year.

If you can help in any way please contact Cross Country Secretary, Becki Law – 07922968636  bex85@msn.com

For the full XC fixture list see the XC page here.

Caernarfon 10k

NORTH WALES 10K TITLE FOR RICHARD ROBERTS
Richard Roberts was a clear winner of the Caernarfon 10k (Incorporating the North Wales Championships) on Sunday 6th September in a time of 32:49 ahead of Steffan Sayer (Menai Track & Field) 33:24. (Steffan was also a much closer runner-up last year but will be satisfied with a PB). 3rd Alun Williams (U/A) 33:53. 4th & 1st MU/20 Owen Roberts 34:12. 5th (New Dad!) Brendan Rothery 34:19. 6th Ryan Roberts (Cybi Striders) 34:23. Dewi Owen finished 10th in 35:44. 12th Jim Bacon 35:49. 16th Jason Parry-Jones 37:54. 17th (3rd MU/20) Steffan Williams 38:17. 19th Emlyn Owen 38:36. 21st (1st MV/50) Noel Craine 38:52. 26th (1st MV/60) Steve P Jones 39:35. 49th Megan Hughes 43:49. 54th Helen Blair 44:21. 64th Harri Roberts 45:57. 68th Euryn Williams 46:42. 80th Ali Thomas 48:51. 86th Gwyn Evans 49:31. 90th James Harwood 50:28. 91st Emily Wood 51:08. 93rd Jill Riley 51:14. 100th !1st MV/70) Don Williams 52:02. 113th Rebecca Roberts 55:55. 123rd Kalvin Jones 60:02 and 126th Roy Jardine 62:27. In all 23 Eryri Harriers turned out for their local 10k.
1st Female was FV/40 Sarah Kearney (Wirral AC) 38:38:27. 2nd Arnest Muller (West Cheshire) 42:50 & 3rd Emma Collins (Denbigh Harriers) 43:10 with Lisa Grantham 4th in a time of 43:27.
There were 134 finishers and race conditions were very good. Dry with just a slight North Westerly wind.
Thank You to all the race helpers and everyone who assisted on the day.
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