Cross-country section report for AGM
Last year kicked off to a flying start (very much like this year!), with a fantastic turn-out at the first fixture of the North Wales Cross Country league at Treborth playing fields. Fantastic efforts from a total of 23 women and 24 men who ran for Eryri at this and the other 4 fixtures last year meant that Eryri Harriers won overall club, 1st senior ladies and 1st masters ladies teams , 2nd men’s and 4th men’s masters teams (narrowly missing out on a podium position). Everyone deserves a medal for their contributions! There were some outstanding individual league successes too including Andrea Rowlands (2nd senior lady, 1st FV40), Don Williams (1st MV70), Louise Emery-Jones (2nd FV35), Megan Hughes (3rd FV35) and Maggie Oliver (2nd FV65). In the men’s, Fred Maier was 2nd senior man, Owen Roberts was 2nd under 20, with SPJ and Arwel Lewis 2nd and 3rd in the MV55 category overall. Many thanks to Paul Jenkinson, Maggie Oliver and Stuart Macdonald who held the fort whilst I was in France, helping to make sure we had teams to the last two fixtures in Telford and Oswestry amongst many other things!
Eryri Harriers were also well represented in the selections for last years Welsh inter-regional and masters championships in Builth Wells. SPJ was already showing his current strengths and was 1st in the MV60-64 category. In a race with over 100 runners, Dylan Jones had a fantastic run coming in at 13th overall and 3rd in the MV40-45 category. Helen Blair, Sandra Rowlands and Ellie Salisbury worked hard to bring home 1st team prize for Eryri. Some of our younger runners including Michael and John Spill, Annabelle McQueen, Steffan Williams, Owen Roberts also ran well representing North Wales. Bronwen ran well to finish 7th in the U20 category.
In the North Wales Cross Country championships there were some fantastic team results with Eryri coming 1st in the Senior Men’s, Senior Ladies and Masters Ladies categories and 2nd in the Masters Men’s category! Andrea Rowlands had a great run coming in second lady, with Bronwen Jenkinson 5th (1st under 20) and Megan Hughes 2nd FV35, Sandra Rowlands 2nd FV45, Ellie Salisbury 3rd FV50 and Maggie Oliver 2nd FV65. In the mens race John Spill was third in the under 17 race with Steffan Williams continuing to improve a little further back. Don Williams was crowned over 70’s champion, SPJ the over 60 champion, Arwel Lewis over 55 champion, Owen Roberts won the u20 mens race while Daniel Kashi was second male overall and Hugh O’Donnell was second over 35.
Twelve Harriers also competed at the Welsh Cross Country Championships. Annabelle McQueen was 18th in under 15 girls, Bronwen Jenkinson got her first ever medal at the Welsh Champs and was third in the under 20s. New recruit Lauren Jeska finished second in the senior women’s race behind Llandrindod’s Ffion Price. In the men’s races Mike Spill ran solidly to come 14th in the under 13 race while John Spill was fifth in the under 17s and Steffan Williams was 18th. Owen Roberts was fifth in the men’s under 20 race which was won by GB International Jack Hopkins. In the senior men, Richard Roberts finished sixth with SPJ coming a fine 20th leaving many youngsters in his wake, Ben Beachell was 23rd, a resurgent James McQueen 40th and Mike Blake 50th.
Eryri runners represented North Wales at the fantastic British Inter-Counties XC Champs at Cofton Park, Birmingham including Richard Roberts who had a good run to make the top 100 finishing 92nd and Daniel Kashi in 218th. Bronwen Jenkinson was 55th in the under 20 category and John Spill was 97th. Two Eryri Harriers represented the club at the British Masters XC champs – very well done to Don Williams who finished 7th MV70 and 96th of the 138 finishers (including masters ladies and MV65’s and Arwel Lewis who was 72nd overall out of 142 finishers in the Male Masters 35 to 64 category and 11th MV/55 (2nd Welsh). In Antrim, Northern Ireland, Bronwen Jenkinson represented Wales in the IAAF Cross-Country, incorporating the Home Countries International, Bronwen finished 31st in the under 20’s race.
Last year was fantastic with runners representing Eryri, North Wales and Wales all over the UK, and this year is looking fantastic too, let’s pull out all the stops and keep it going, well done to EVERYONE who has run, helped or both!