Mold cross-country this weekend

After some fantastic running in North Wales at the weekend, the next fixture of the cross country league at Mold Alun School, Mold is this Saturday 28th November! Usual programme of events, with juniors in the morning (registration from 9.30am), 1st senior race at 2pm (all ladies, U17 Men, M70’s) and second senior race at 2.45pm (Senior Men and Masters Men). Free to run if you wear your vest and you are a first claim member.

Please come along to support your club and the league – remember everyone is welcome, of every standard and everyone makes a difference. Eryri ladies are first in the seniors and masters, with the men’s team also second and the master’s mens team have moved up to 5th! You need to make it to 4 out 5 fixtures to count for an individual placing 🙂

We’ll look to arrange minibuses for the next two after Christmas (Shrewsbury and Oswestry) so please do try to lift share for this one – Matt and I will have space for 2 (and 3 on the way back) from and to Llandudno Junction area if anybody needs one.

Let me know if you have any queries and if you are planning to run, please let me know too, would be brilliant to see lots of people there! Thanks 🙂 Becki –

Conwy Half Marathon

There were 19 Eryri Harriers amongst the 2460 finishers in the Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday 22nd November where Russell Bentley led Eryri home in 3rd place in a time of 70:06 with Alun Vaughan 5th overall in 71:08 and 16th Jim Bacon 78:17 closely followed by 18th Dewi Owen 78:32. Andrea Rowlands was the first female Eryri Harrier to finish, 109th overall and 2nd FV/40 in a time of 88:10.
Full Results can be found on the TDL events website.

Penmaenmawr Fell Race Results

The weather forecast gave everyone a few causes for concern . But, in the end we were incredibly lucky and runners enjoyed the best of the days weather …. wind dropped significantly and even a couple of hours of sunshine.

Local, Matthew Roberts( Calder Valley ) was simply in a class of his own . He dropped the rest of the field after only a few hundred metres and didn’t look back. He was home in a record time of 1.08.38 , a full 6 minutes ahead Gareth Hughes in second  -place. Lloyd Taggart ( Manx Fellrunners & previous record holder ) took the other podium place.

The ladies race was dominated by Hunters Bog Trotters club . Briony Curtis , Megan Mowbray took first and second spot , closely pursued by local runner Sarah Ridgeway .

The race was once again supported by sponsorship from Penmaenmawr Town Council . The highlight for many was the Conwy Brewery Fell Race ale that runners received on the   finish line . Once again the race ( which is completely not-for-profit) made a considerable amount for local charities. This year , proceeds will be used to purchase life-saving defibrillators for local villages .


Chris Near, race Organiser


Pen Race 2015 ResultsPDF

SPJ did Wales and Eryri Harriers proud!

Very well done to Stephen Jones (SPJ) and the rest of the Welsh Masters team at the British and Irish Masters cross country last weekend. We are very lucky to have a few words from the man himself, see below, brilliant effort and well deserving of a proper Guinness – first Welshman home and 13th/20 in a field of some of the best V60 runners from across the UK!

‘The course at Santry Park in Dublin was very wet and muddy last Saturday but it suited me and I hoped it would slow down some of the faster road runners. However, after a fast start the pace continued to be fast and I was left towards the back of the field with the other Welsh runners in the Vet60 category – we were in a race where the age group was 50-65 so most of the men in our race were younger and faster. I kept up a reasonable pace but the standard of runners was very high which wasn’t really surprising as it was an international race and included some of the best runners in GB and Ireland so I didn’t manage to pass anyone until the very last 100ms when I managed to catch and pass a Scottish Vet60. So I finished 13th out of 20 and although I was first for the Welsh V60s I was a bit disappointed to be so far back – more speed training needed for next year!

It was a great weekend and there was really good team spirit amongst all the teams. The standard of competition is very high and I would encourage anyone aged over 35 and interested in top class competition to think about having a go at qualifying for this event next year. I’m sure that we have a number of runners within Eryri who are capable of qualification for the Welsh team and it would be good to see more individual medal winners and hopefully some more Welsh teams getting into the top three.’

Full results are available from the following link (see Statistics tab):

Well done Steve!



Saturday 28th November, Mold Alun School, Mold, CH7 1EP

Junior races in the morning, Ladies race 2pm, Mens race 2.45 – please come and support your club!

Second win for Matthew


Matthew Roberts followed up his win in the first race of the Borders Road Running League 2015/16 season at Capenhurst by making it a double success with a win in the 2nd fixture at Birkenhead Park on Sunday 8th November. There were a record 367 finishers at Capenhurst and it looks as if that record was broken at Birkenhead? Matthew paced the 4 lap 5.5mile race well to comfortably win ahead of Deeside’s Ricky Challinor. Next in for Eryri was Steffan Williams in 40th position followed by Border League debutant SPJ, Steve Jones tuning up for his Welsh debut next week in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International in Dublin, Steve kept up his excellent form this year to finish 87th overall. Next in for Eryri was Dilwyn Rowlands in 137th place ahead of 153rd placed Lizzie Irvine who had driven up from Cheltenham for the event while Arwel Lewis drove up from Cardiff to also support the Team finishing 174th followed by 286th Dils other half,Sioned. 301st, the evergreen Don Williams, 321st Alison Donnelly and 357th another Eryri Border League stalwart, Roy Jardine.
Full results can be found at:

The 3rd Border League race of the 2015/16 season will be on “Home Ground” The Caernarfon 10k race route though, the event will be organised by Cybi Striders.


Cross Country Report

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!

Welsh Cross Country Relay Championships

See link below for further information, the Welsh Cross Country Relay Championships are on Sunday 22nd November in Bridgend.–media/news/cross-country/2015/october-2015/entries-open-for-the-welsh-cross-country-relay-championships.aspx

Teams of 3 for women’s teams and teams of 4 for men’s teams. Please let Becki Law ( know by Friday 13th November if you are interested in making up part of a team.