ERYRI’S LADIES OVERSHADOW ERYRI’S MEN!
In the 3rd fixture of the Borders Road Running League on “Home Ground” at Caernarfon on Sunday 6th December, Eryri’s women outshone their male counterparts with team victory in Division 2 on the day with 64 points against their nearest challengers Prestatyn with 89 points while Eryri’s men had to be content with 2nd place in the Division 2 team standings on the day with 441 points just 10 points behind Prestatyn’s 431 points. It might have been different story if the winner of the first two events (Matthew Roberts) had been available but, he was unable to compete because of a toe injury.
Following the torrential rain and gale force winds of the previous day, there was a doubt that the race would take place but after an early downpour the winds died down and by the time of the race start at 11am, it turned out to be ideal running conditions except for a few puddles along the race route.
The race developed into a very close and cagey affair between Wrexham’s Daniel Weston and Wirral duo Phil Robertson and Phil Langan with Robertson just edging out his club mate to become Wirral’s first Border League race winner since 2006 in a time of 33:02. The first Eryri Harrier to finish was 10th placed Dewi Owen 35:23 followed by: 42nd Huw Owen 38:07. 47th Shaun Davies (Border League Debut) 38:41. 49th Steffan Williams 38:50. 105th Arwel Lewis 42:07. 109th Ali Chant 42:27. 112th (2nd S/F) Lizzie Irvine 42:34. 113th James McQueen 42:36. 123rd Sarah Hurley (Border League Debut) 43:01. 199th Ali Thomas 48:31. 224th (1st MV/70) Don Williams 50:32. 240th Alison Donnelly 53:44 and 261st Roy Jardine 63:05.
In all, there were 262 finishers which is a record for a Border League race on the Caernarfon 10k course.
In the overall team standings: Eryri’s women are placed 5th and the men 6th in their respective 2nd Division’s while Eryri’s women currently lead the “Improvers Trophy by 137 points ahead of Cybi. Eryri’s men are currently placed 3rd in the Improvers Trophy.
The race was organised by Cybi Striders ably assisted by Eryri in what turned out to be an excellent event. Well Done to all who helped on the day.
The next event will be at Abergele on Sunday 24th January at 11am.