PENRHYN PARKRUN RECORD FOR RUSSELL

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.

On Saturday 18th June there was a race win for Steffan Williams in a time of 18:18 with Elliw Haf the first female finisher in a time of 21:11.

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.

Paul & Gemma did the double once again on Saturday 25th June with times of 17:40 and 20:38 respectively

FELINHELI 10K – WEDNESDAY 29th JUNE

Another Eryri 1-2-3 with Rob Samuel a winner in the event yet once again for the 6th time as he reversed last year’s placings when he was gradually making his recovery from a serious injury when he finished 3rd behind race winner Matt Roberts with Russell Bentley 2nd, Russell finished 2nd once again in a time of 32:26 with Matt having to settle for 3rd in 33:05 as Rob won in a time of 32:15 which compares very well with his other Felin race winning times of: 32:07, 32:35, 31:36, 31:27 (Course Record) and 31:55. In total, there were 30 Eryri Harriers competing on what turned out to be a dry evening following the early morning torrential rain which made the underfoot conditions quite slippery in some places. Notable Eryri placings/times: 6th Owen Roberts 34:23. 9th Dewi Owen 36:21. 2nd Female – Lizzie Irvine 41:16. 1st MV/50 – Arwel Lewis 41:30. 1st FV/40 – Helen Blair 44:01 & 1st FV/50 – Claire Williams 45:09. There were 287 finishers.

RUNFEST WALES – RHYL – SATURDAY 25th JUNE

 

Three events on the same day – 5km, 10km, and a Half Marathon on the out and back courses to Prestatyn & back. In the 5k event, Owen Roberts finished 2nd overall in a time of 16:32 (99 finishers) while in the Half Marathon, Arwel Lewis finished 10th overall and 1st MV/55 in a time of 1:28:26 run in very warm and sunny conditions. There were 134 finishers.

ABERSOCH 10K – SATURDAY 4th JUNE

There was an Eryri 1-2-3 in the tough and sandy! event with Russell Bentley taking the honours in a time of 33:44 ahead of 2nd placed Alun Vaughan 34:46 and 3rd Brendan Rothery 35:02. There were 698 finishers.

FFRITH NORTH WALES 5K CHAMPIONSHIPS – 21st MAY

On Saturday 21st May, 6 Eryri Harriers competed in the Ffrith North Wales 5k Championships at Prestatyn with Paul Wathan leading the way in 2nd Place overall in a time of 16:58 on the out and back course with the competitors having to face a stiff breeze on the return journey with: 27th (2nd MV/55) Arwel Lewis 20:10. 32nd (1st FV/45) Helen Blair 20:38. 38th Gemma Morgans 20:55. 85th Roy Jardine 29:59 and 87th Iorwerth Roberts 30:30. There were 93 finishers.

Tal y Fan Race Results

The weather forecast was grim to say the least, with two rain drops predicted at 2pm, the race start time, and one drop for the rest of the day.  We were pleasantly surprised to get the gazebo erected on the Rowen Carnival field in only light drizzle.  It seemed that lots of people had either headed off to the British Champs in Sedburgh, or given the rain forecast, had decided to stay in to watch Serena win another Wimbledon title, as with a field of 30, we had the smallest entry for about 10 years.  As is common, the forecast was wrong – maybe half a rain drop, but humid and overcast and waterproofs certainly not needed on the start line.

After a quick head count (yes we still had 30) James sounded the hooter, and we were off, with Ellie accompanied by Elsie, her medical assistance dog, at the back alongside Helen (Race organiser and sweeper in fluoresent pink).  Turning right in the village, and facing the first hill, Ellie pulled ahead of Naomi from Steel City Striders, and the leaders streaked off towards the youth hostel.  By Cae Coch, Naomi had come to the conclusion that for the first time in her life, she may actually be last, but undeterred, we headed over the stile and towards the summit of Tal y Fan.  At the summit, the stone circle check point, at the other side of the moorland bog was pointed out, and we headed off towards the sheep pens as our mid-way marker.  Half way across, however, we found two more Steel City lost runners – maybe Naomi would not be last – who at least had the sense to wait for the pink person, when they had lost touch with Ellie and realised they did not really know where they were heading.  We reached the stone circle as a group of four, to find that two runners were unaccounted for, but at least the rain was holding off, and the visibilty was still good.  We had not seen them coming across the bog, and left the radio operators/marshalls communicating with base to see if they had been located, or whether they had just gone to Penmaenmawr for ice-cream.

Our little group of tail enders carried on, now on the grass of the North Wales coastal path, with much easier navigation.  Through all the gates, with the marshalls still two short, until we reached the Dougie’s gin and tonic (sorry all gone only water left) check point, where it was reported all 30 had been seen.  Panic over, and we headed up the last hill, down through the braken and back on to the road.  Resisting the G&T in the Ty Gwyn, the final gang reached the finish line safely, if a bit late for the presentation.

Thanks as always to our marshal team, and Ann and Sharon on the start & finish line.

Maybe Craig/Louise could do a view of life nearer the front of the field!

 

TAL Y FAN RESULTS 2016 final

Moel Siabod Race Report

With an un-certain forecast it was great to get word from Georg from the summit a few minutes before the off that it was breezy but dry & clear, kit still required but conditions as good as we could dare hope after the downpours the day before. Sixty two runners were soon off & running with  Buckley’s Jez Brown leading from Mercia’s Gareth Hughes with Eryri’s Richard Roberts & Martin Cliffe tucked in close behind. For the women Sarah Ridgeway & Eryri’s Andrea Rowlands were running side by side as they made their way into the forest towards Moel Siabod’s steeper slopes.

 

By the time the leading runners reached the summit Gareth had opened up a clear lead over Richard Roberts himself closely followed by Jez & Martin, the pattern was set as these placings would be un-changed by the time they reach the finish line on the Capel Curig Show ground. Gareth’s winning time was an excellent 48:32 a clear winner by almost 3 minutes over Richard. The gap back to Jez (1st O.40) was a further one minute 15 seconds with Martin, despite some classic tumbles (2nd O.40) 20 seconds further back, he in turn was followed by Brendon Taylor from Durham Fell Runners (3rd O.40) less than a minute later & well ahead of the pursuing pack of Andrew Perry (Durham) Simon Edwards (Buckley) & Adrian Williams (Eryri). Next came Sarah Ridgeway in a superb time of 56:51, 1st Female & 9th overall some 5 minutes clear of her nearest rival Andrea Rowlands.

I was delighted to see Phil Roberts (he of our 2015 Siabod Summit Challenge) come home in 58:34, 11thoverall to pick up the Mike Cousins shield for first ‘local’.

Other performances of note were Rob Downs (Wilmslow RC) 1st M. O50 in 60:55, Geoff Davis (Northumberland Fell Runners) 1st M. O60 in 68:38 & Geoffrey Fielding 1st M. O.70 in 80:38. For the women the strongest category was the O.40’s so we need some younger runners next year to pick up the gauntlet that’s been thrown down, that said Gemma Moore came home 1st U.40 (NWRRC, 3rd overall) in 67:31 closely followed by Sarah Barnwell (Eryri) 1st O.50 in an excellent 69:29.

Runners were seen taking their post race dip in the cooling waters of the Afon Llugwy before taking on the local farmers in the traditional Tug of War finale. Sadly a combination of tired legs & local pride saw them slump smilingly to a whitewash defeat.

As ever thanks to all involved including the runners & spectators but most of all to the Marshalls whose support to me was vital in helping to ensure the race was both safe & successful.

Three Race Weekend

GLADSTONE 9 RACE

 1 pm Saturday, 3rd September 2016

Do come again this year to support this tough, scenically superb fell race in my back garden the foothills of the Carneddau!!

Online entry preferred at http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=1541 £6, or EOD £7

Contact Ellie Salisbury ellierocknrun@gmail.com for further details

 Gladstone9 map 2016

  • Easy to get to – just off the A55 (please don’t park in pub carpark – plenty of space on sides of the road)
  • 9 mile/2,800ft course visiting the summits of Tal y Fan & Moel Lus
  • Registration/presentation take place at The Gladstone Pub, Dwygyfylchi LL34 6PS – enjoy a post-race pint with fantastic sea views
  • Thanks to the Gladstone Pub, Fabian4 Online Entry, Fletcher & Poole Estate Agents & Xray Mineral Services Ltd for their support
  • Those looking to make it a worthwhile visit to the area can take part in the three event series run over four days:

Thursday eve 1st Sept – Elidir Fawr Fell Race – 8km/5miles 853m/2800ft

Spectacular horseshoe race round Cwm Dudodyn

Faenol Arms, Nant Peris LL55 4UF

Contact Dyfed Whiteside Thomas Dyfed@celtest.com for further details

Saturday afternoon 3rd Sept – Gladstone9 Fell Race: Gladstone Pub, Dwygyfylchi LL34 6PS

Sunday morning 4th Sept – Caernarfon 10K

A beautifully scenic and popular route following the Menai Straights

Coed Helen Recreational Grounds, Caernarfon LL54 5RP

Also taking online entry at http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=1540

Contact Arwel Lewis arweleryri@googlemail.com for further details

Points will be awarded to those runners who complete all three races, & there will be a prize for the winning male & female.