Bike Style Tops

It has been suggested that we should make available to purchase some bike style tops. You know the ones with the short zip, pockets at the back and sleeves. A lot of runners also bike so we thought it was a good opportunity to have some more Eryri kit! On a practical level it has been suggested that the pockets are ideal for kit when running (saves using a bumbag) and also ideal for those autumn day runs when a vest is a bit skimpy but any more clothing and you’ll boil!

Please could you let a member of the committee know if you might be interested in one (I have already told myself!) and we’ll crack on getting some ordered. Designs/styles are being looked into at the moment so let us know and we’ll get them sorted.

UKA Fell Relay Championships

This year the Relay Champs are on Saturday 15th October in Scotland. The venue is just north of Glasgow in the Loch Lomond region. We are looking to send at the very least 3 teams (Open Men, Vet Men & Open Women). If we can get enough runners then I am sure the club will be more than happy to send more teams! In all likelihood there will be some who travel Friday night and some who go up on the Saturday. To give us a chance of getting things organised can you please let me or Jenks know if you’d like to be involved. Please don’t wait to be asked!! We will more than likely try and ask everyone at some point but the sooner we have this sorted the more we can plan. Any questions just give us a shout.

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Joe Brown Tuesday Night Series

Mike’s Facebook report:
“Round 11 mid-week series Tal-Y-Mig, well the weather did not keep the midges away, only the runners, half the amount of last year.The rain and mist lifted for the race enabling good %’s for the top 5 Gareth holding off Russ by 10 seconds, JP taking 3rd and 1st M40. Sian Ll led the ladies in 9th ahead of Tomos Land 10th and 1st U14, Gethin taking the U16 in 11th. The only record breaker of the night came in the form of Annabelle McQueen, new U16 and U18 rec’s in 18th, Dylan Huws 1st M50, Tina McQueen 1st F40, DWT 1st 60, Rhiannon Kamink 1st U18 and Ellie Salisbury 1st F50. A £25 donation was made to the local Baladeulyn primary school. PIC, Annabelle attending her 1st race at 5 weeks, (start them young)  Caernarfon Tyres Caernarfon Jnrs, U8 winners, Merrin Land and Elsi Glyn, U 10’s Jake and Megan, U12’s Guy and ABBI PARKINSON !!! and U14’s Cai and Alys. REMEMBER 7PM start so reg closes in the Heights @ 6.50, soup and prize giving at 8pm.”


At the latest Penrhyn Parkrun on Saturday 18th June, there was another Eryri race winner in Steffan Williams with a time of 18:18 with Elliw Haf 13th overall and 1st female in a time of 21:11. There were 202 finishers.

Trail Marathon Wales

Andrea Rowlands finished 9th overall and 1st Female in the Trail Marathon Wales event at Coed-y-Brenin on Saturday 18th June with a time of 3:34:39. Andrea also won the event in 2014 and finished 2nd last year. Eryri’s only other Marathon competitor was Llion Iwan who finished 22nd overall in a time of 3:49:44.There were 312 finishers.
In the Half Marathon held in conjunction with the event, there were 10 Eryri Harriers competing led home by Sam Orton in 12th place overall and 1st MV/40 with a time of 1:36:06 followed by: 20th Owen Roberts 1:37:38. 34th (2nd MV/50) Arwel Lewis 1:45:28. 65th Local Man! Paul Hodges 1:55:30. 125th Sandra Rowlands 2:05:59. 217th Jeanine Lewis 2:19:41. 221st Jill Riley 2:20:23. 231st Emma Green 2:21:50. 346th Dave Kirkby 2:38:20 & 401st Rebecca Roberts 2:48:22. There were 508 finishers in the well organised event held in ideal running conditions at a fantastic venue.
Well Done to Matt Ward and his organising crew.

Deiniolen 10k

Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) followed up his Rhostryfan 10k race win with another success in the even tougher Deiniolen 10k on a warm and sunny Wednesday 15th June evening in a time of 36:39 ahead of Eryri’s Paul Wathan 37:35 and Dewi Owen 37:56. Eryri’s Lizzie Irvine finished 18th overall and the 1st female finisher in a time of 42:59. 1st MV/50 Noel Craine 41:45. 1st FV/40 Jenny Charlton 44:45. 1st FV/50 Ali Thomas 51:08 and 1st MV/70 Iorwerth Roberts 67:59. There were 31 Eryri Harriers amongst the 95 finishers.
Well Done to Gwynfor James and his team for a well organised event.2016Ras10kDeiniolenCanlyniadau

Castles Relay

The Castle Relays Event runs the length of Wales – 200+ miles over 2 days, 20 stages and 64 teams, starting at Caernarfon Castle on Saturday morning, with an overnight halt at Newtown and finishing on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff.

The route passes (within 2 miles) of 22 Castles!

The event took place last weekend 4/5th June over two days kicking off at 10am Saturday morning in Caernarfon Castle.

Day 1: A large crowd gathered to watch all teams kicking off in the beautiful sunshine from Caernarfon to Penygroes, following which the second leg went onwards to Criccieth, Maentwrog, Harlech, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Dinas Mawddwy, Foel, Llanfair Caereinion ending on day 1 in Newtown.  As a first time Castle Relay’s runner I can definitely the thing that stuck my the most on day1 was the fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie of the runners from all clubs.  Everyone was helping each other out on all legs motivating them, passing out wet sponges and water – which was definitely more than appreciated from the runners, particularly those running during the middle of the day due to the hot weather.  Day 1 could not have finished on a better note, with Richard Roberts’s 1st place win on arrival in Newtown.  The team then set-up camp in Newtown School grounds before some well-deserved dinner at the local chip shop.

Day 2: We awoke at around 5am (mainly so I could get my breakfast down before my leg started at 7am).  Looking back though this was an envious task in comparison with guys & girls running the midday legs as the hottest temperatures experienced in Wales this year and no shade made proved an added challenge.  Day 2 included the iconic stretch of the A470 which passes through the Brecon Beacons reservoir before going onwards to Merthyr, Abercynon, Caerphilliy & finishing in Cardiff.  Then homeward bound, stopping in Builth Wells for a celebratory dinner!

Out of the 64 teams, Eryri Harriers finished in 10th position overall which was a record result for the team.  This included two first place positions for Richard Roberts (Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown leg ) and Owen Roberts (Foel to Llanfair Caereinion leg).

Team Captains:

Dyfed Whiteside Thomas

Vice Captain:

Dillwyn Rowlands

Chief Organiser:

Sioned Rowlands

Vice Chief Organiser

Rhian Thomas

Secondary minibus driver:

Emlyn Owen

Full team in order of legs run:

Day 1: Johnny Moore, Shaun Davies, Stephen Williams, Steffan Williams, Arwel Lewis, Huw Owen, Dewi Owen, John Rowley, Owen Roberts, Richard Roberts,

Day 2: Emlyn Owen, Elliw Haf, Lee Davitt, Llion Iwan, Jennifer Charlton, Matthew Roberts, Dyfed Whiteside Thomas, Helen Morgan, Llinos Greenhalgh, Dilwyn Rowlands

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.




Russell Bentley broke Matt Roberts Penrhyn Parkrun record on Saturday 11th June with a winning in a time of 16:12, compared to Matt’s previous best time of 16:20. The previous week, there was a win for John Parkinson with a time of 18:08.
At the Conwy Parkrun, another win for Jim Bacon with a time of 17:27, Jim’s 3rd win out of 3 runs in the event.
The previous week there was another win for Paul Wathan in a time of 17:11, Paul’s 13th win in the event while there was another win for Gemma Morgans with a time of 20:50.

PCP report 2016

Similar to the communist model, a long term plan is always a positive form of advancement. Therefore, 4 years ago when I created the Pedol Cwm Pennant, I immediately had it planned that I’d get the race to be a counter in the British champs, this initially was a 5 year plan but following a chat with Scoffer somewhere 2 years ago it ended up being a 4 year plan!

Anyway with 333 pre-entries there was always going to be slight planning required and a lot of help from a lot of people on the day!

The weather on the day was nearly perfect (if you knew the course) and we had 237 starters, so a colossal 96 who pre entered didn’t turn up. Online entries are great but it makes it far too easy for some people to just click and enter. Anyway, as it turns out 237 was more than enough!

Both winners set off from the start with one plan and Keswick’s Carl Bell and Ambleside’s Lou Roberts smashed the rest of the field. Carl smashing the old record by 23 minutes in 2.16.4 2with Lou smashing the ladies by 20 minutes in 2.43.49. Incredibly the first 29 finishers were all within Simon Harding’s old record! The race for the other podium positions was a bit closer with Sam Tosh, Rhys FR, Andrew Fallas and Math Roberts keeping a close eye on each for most of the race. The Cwm Ciprwth sorted Andrew with Rhys taking a good lead on Sam and Math. Rhys eventually took 2nd in 2.22 with Math nipping Sam in a sprint in 2.23.20. Dark Peak’s Tom Saville won the under 23’s finishing in 14th overall whilst Shettlestone’s Kenny Richmond won the male 40’s with Bingley legend Ian Holmes taking the 50’s. Settle’s Mike Egner had a worthwhile trip to win a competitive vet 60’s with Eryri’s Alwyn Oliver being the first ever vet 70 to complete the course and also win the category. In the ladies next home after Lou was Helm Hill’s Sharon Taylor in 2.59, there was a cracking 3rd overall for 19 year old Bronwen Jenkinson of Eryri who finished in 3.01.59 and also 1st under 23. In the ladies vet 50’s the win went to Pennine’s Jane Mellor with legend Wendy Dodds taking the vet 60’s. All age category records were smashed to smithereens. Dark Peak took the male team and Mercia the ladies team prize.

Following the race much fun was had with thanks to the Cwm Pennant hostel and Fred Smith and Alwen Haf of the Hafod Brewery and the fact Wales won the football.

Huge thanks to all helpers – all those people have already been thanked and contacted already!

Big thanks to all the staff at the hostel including the host Michelle. Also a big thanks to all local landowners including Ieuan and Emyr at Brynkir farm!

Race accounts will published in the next few days so you can all learn how much it really costs to organise a decent race! Just over £400 was raised via the car parking and the tea and cakes. This will all be pumped into buying 5 goats for the Ugandan goat project with over £200 going to Garndolbenmaen Ysgol Feithrin and the Brynkir farm hounds.

Roll on 2017!