Hosted by Eryri Harriers – cakes and helpers please 🙂
Quick reminder about BANGOR CROSS COUNTRY this coming Saturday 26th November, first race at 2pm (women, U17s and MV70s) and second race at 2.45pm (all other men) – hosted Eryri Harriers! Look forward to seeing lots of you there running, supporting and helping if possible.
We need CAKES, CAKES, CAKES please to Ann/Sharon/Karen at the pavillion and also HELPERS – if you can help on the day please send me a message to let me know. We need a couple more people to assist with marking the course (10am meet if you can make it that early), a few more marshalls for during the race (from 1.30-ish onwards) and the more the merrier for helping take down the markers at the end of the men’s race. Otherwise, please come along and enjoy running and the team atmosphere!
Eryri’s Russell Bentley carried on with his good form of late after a superb win in the Snowdonia Marathon three weeks ago; most people would have taken a bit of a break but not Russell! Last week Russell finished 4th overall and 1st MV/35 in the Cheshire 10k (31:25) and on Sunday 20th November, Russell added another title to his tally by winning the Conwy Half Marathon in a very good time for the course which includes a loop of Llandudno’s Great Orme of 69:47 nearly a minute clear of runner-up James Douglas (Border Harriers) 70:40. Amongst the 2,408 finishers, there were 25 Eryri Harriers competing with Dewi Owen just making the top 10 for 2nd MV/35 behind Russell in a time of 78:40. Notably, Andrea Rowland finished 4th female in a time of 86:16 while Derek Weaver had a stormer to win the MV/60 title in 92nd place overall with a time of 89:24.
A glorious day for the event run in sunny conditions well organised by Chris Yorke and his Runwales crew.
Full race results: https://www.runwales.com/…/
Team bronze medal in Glasgow!
Eryri Harriers’ masters athlete Annie Williams was selected to represent Wales in the W55 category at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships at Tolcross Park, Glasgow last weekend (12th November). In field of the best cross country athletes across the country, Annie ran fantastically to help the Welsh team to a brilliant bronze medal, ahead of Ireland and Northern Ireland. On a ‘lovely upsy-downsy, quite springy course with bright and clear weather’, Annie was a fantastic 14th in her category, 136th overall and 3rd counter for the Welsh team in what was a race of a very high standard – well done Annie for representing Wales at such a high level! Special mention should also go for Annie’s logistical efforts in getting to the event which involved driving (a lot), flying there and back in a day and setting up a jewellery stall at a craft fair in between! See link below for overall results:
Great video to get a feel for the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw2X0njZkWU
(Annie in the middle, photo with thanks to Scottish Veterans Harriers Club; https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=717230161768857&set=a.717230055102201.1073742291.100004456382355&type=3&theater)
Very well done Annie!
Fantastic team and individual results at Llandudno XC on Saturday – a brilliant turn-out with Eryri working hard and moving up the standings!
Second race of the day but ‘men first’ this time to celebrate such a great turn-out. It was great to see Gwyn Owen (1st MV40 and 10th overall) and Paul Watham (19th) making a storming debut for this year’s cross country season. Matt Fortes (22nd) followed closely continuing his great season so far and, in his first cross country ever, Paul Jones (27th) also had a fantastic run. Rory O’Donnell, who just made the start line had a strong run and was in next (36th), followed by Russel Owen (1st MV55 and 42nd). Good packing by Arwel Lewis, Gary Porter-Jones (64th and 68th), then James McQueen (78th), Dils Rowlands (lucky number 100th!) and SPJ (107th, recovering from injury). Steffan Evans had a great sprint finish with a few from GOG triathlon, coming in 118th and great to see Maldwyn Evans (124th) and Eurwyn Edwards (133rd) completing the brilliant team effort from the Eryri Men – well done all – both teams were second on the day with the male masters team moving up to 6th overall and the senior men’s team have now moved up to 3rd overall!
In the first race of the day, our Eryri ladies were also fantastic. Andrea Rowlands set a brilliant pace coming in a very strong 3rd and closely followed by the ever-improving Annabelle McQueen in 5th – fantastic running ladies! A strong run from Tammy Lewis-Jones (17th and 1st WV45), followed by Becki Law, Megan Hughes and Lou Emery-Jones (23rd, 24th and 31st). Unfortunately Helen Blair had to pull out with a pulled calf muscle but would have been ‘in the running’ here too. Ellie Salisbury was next in 53rd, then Jenny Williamson (67th), Alex Fletcher (86th), Becca Roberts (93rd) and Maggie Oliver (94th). Brilliant teamwork – both of our women’s teams are now in 1st place overall!
BIG MENTION to our two amazing male vet 70’s – Don Williams and Alwyn Oliver – coming in 70th and 90th in the same race and a 3rd and 5th in their category!
A second BIG MENTION to the great supporters/helpers we had too – Sioned Rowlands, Stu Mcdonald, Neale Lewis-Jones, Craig Jones, Iorwerth Roberts, Judith Leslie and Becca’s Mum and Dad (Sue and Eric) – thanks and sorry if I missed anyone!
Full results available here: http://www.northwalesxc.com/seniorsresults.htm
Looking forward to the next one at Treborth Playing fields, Bangor on 26th November – Eryri are hosting so watch this space for reminders about CAKES, CAKES, CAKES – we need to go for it this year! And also, if you can help marshall or mark the course before the event, please let me know 🙂 Cheers, Becki