Borders League

ERYRI’S STROLL IN THE PARK
6 Eryri Harriers travelled to Birkenhead Park to compete in the 5.5 mile, 4 lap Borders Road Running league race of the 2016/17 season on Sunday 4th December. On a not so cold & sunny day, over 350 runners enjoyed a run in the park Eryri were led home by Derek Weaver in 107th place followed by: 115th Arwel Lewis. 187th Ashley Wager. 256th, and on her Borders League debut, Catrin Donnelly with her mother Alison 319th & 346th Roy Jardine.
The race was won by Phil Robertson (Wirral) 2nd Gareth Williams (Deestriders) and 3rd Ryan Roberts (Cybi) Full race results can be found at: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/
Talking about runs in the Park! In the latest Penrhyn Parkrun on Saturday 3rd December, Huw Owen and Dog finished 2nd in a new PB time of 17:05 behind Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) 16:47 with Jim Bacon 4th – 18:25 & 16th  (1st female)Elliw Haf 21:28. There were 156 finishers.
Further down the coast at the Conwy parkrun, Paul Wathan just missed out by a second on another event win in a time of 17:02 behind Michael Corrales (NWRRC) 17:01 with Paul Jones 3rd – 18:44. There were 179 finishers.
The following day, Sunday 4th December, Paul Wathan finished 18th in the Run The Wilmslow 10k with a time of 33:59 with Gemma Morgans 17th female in a time of 42:42. There were 1239 finishers.

Bangor XC report

 

Bangor XC – fantastic team effort running and helping

Podium positions for individuals and teams!

Bangor XC on Saturday 26th November – what a great big team effort the day was – it simply could not have happened without the many people who helped with Eryri’s hosting of the 3rd fixture in the North Wales Cross Country League.

Maggie and Alwyn Oliver, Stuart McDonald and Matthew Fortes were up at the ‘crack of dawn’ helping to mark the course and then still managed to run/marshall/babysit/help with carparking/take the course down at the end. Ann, Sharon Owen and Karen made sandwiches and cakes and completely and utterly just sorted the lovely refreshments, Mike Blake and Arwel Lewis made sure we had the equipment we needed and the wonderful Iorwerth Roberts, Sioned Ellen Rowlands, Tina Louise McDonnell, Anthony Paul Davies, Ellie Salisbury, Tamsin O’Neil, Sue, Eric (Becca Roberts’s Mum and Dad and Jed the marshalling dog) marshalled the sunny but also muddy and cold course. Many thanks also to Mair and Wils for sorting the timesheets, St Johns for the first aid cover and last but definitely not least, Bernie Jones for race refereeing and Dave Williams for his support too. Big shout out to all of you cake-bakers out there too and Moel Siabod cafe – thank you – I believe there were actually a few left this year and went with runners to the relays the following day!

Big drum roll also for the cake takings too – we made a grand total of £306.10 for the club which will cover the cost of the playing fields and first aid and the spread also got a mention in Bernie’s report so great job everyone!

Now to Eryri’s results, well done to all who took part – it was very tough going on the muddy course but there were some absolutely amazing results!

In the first race of the day, Miranda Grant was an amazing 2nd overall in her first cross country race for 6 years, very closely followed by Andrea Rowlands in fantastic 3rd! Ever-strong ladies were next, with Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones (23rd and 2nd V45) followed by Louise Emery-Jones (41st), Ellie Salisbury, Annie Williams (1st and 2nd V55), Jennifer Williamson (63rd), Alexandra Fletcher (84th), Alison Donnelly (89th), Becca Roberts  (92nd) and Maggie Oliver (94th) – brilliant effort ladies! Don Williams was 63rd overall in the same race too – well done Don!

In the men’s race, Rob Samuel literally flew round making the mud look like tarmac and was a brilliant 1st place!! Paul Wathan was next in 15th and then Matthew Fortes in 26th! Then Paul Jones (30th, 4th V40) followed by Russell Owen (1st V55), Emlyn Owen (58th), Arwel Lewis (2nd V55), Gary Porter Jones (68th) and Maldwyn Evans (124th) – fantastic team effort by all!

Here is a link to the results: http://www.northwalesxc.com/seniorsresults.htm

Let’s keep it up with a good turn-out at the two remaining fixtures post-Christmas J Next league fixtures will have a FREE minibus going – nice and social and lots cheaper (free in fact!), see below for details and let me know if you want a space:

14 January 2017  Walford College, Baschurch, Shrewsbury SY4 2HL
4 February 2017  Marches School, Oswestry, SY11 2AP

There is also the North Wales championships on 28th January in Corwen.

Let me know if any queries and looking forward to the next one.

Cheers and happy festive season! Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Becki (bex85@msn.com)

 

 

 

Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon

2nd BEST FOR PAUL
Paul Wathan had to be content with runners-up spot in the Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon on Sunday 27th November in a time of 77:27 behind race winner Stephen Page (Kenilworth Runners) 76:09 which was just short of Paul’s course record time of 75:57. Paul had also competed in the XC race at Bangor the previous day! Paul’s partner Gemma Morgans finished 28th and 3rd Female in a time of 1:43:50 while Steffan Evans finished 19th in a time of 1:38:30.
There were 80 finishers.