Very sad to hear about the sudden death of Emrys Jones (Cybi Striders) after a short illness aged 58. The club sends its sincere condolences to his family and many friends. Ems was very well respected and liked on the running circuit and will be very sadly missed by all who knew him.

His funeral is on Saturday 28th January, a public service at St Cyngar’s Church Llangefni at 11:30am. Donations in memory of Ems will be kindly accepted towards Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Alaw Ward and Macmillian.

Borders League


There were 371 finishers in the 4th fixture in the Borders Road Running League tough 4.4 mile race at Connahs Quay on Sunday 22nd January with only the three Eryri Harriers competing! 105th & 1st MV/60 Derek Weaver 28:04. 123rd & 3rd MV/55 Arwel Lewis 28:41 & 171st Ashley Wager 30:21. The next Borders Road Running League race is at Helsby on Sunday 5th March. 11am Start.

Twin Piers 10km

On a bitterly cold day and running into a very strong headwind from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay on Saturday 21st January it was no wonder that everyone’s race times were well down on what the competitors expected or hoped for! Of the 420 finishers, there were 12 Eryri Harriers competing led home by 15th placed Adrian Williams in a time of 38:48 followed by 16th placed Paul Jones 39:23. The first and only female Eryri finisher in 147th place was Lucy O’Donnell in 49:10.

An extra ‘Long’ now in the Welsh Championships

An extra ‘Long’ now in the Welsh Championships
Peris Horseshoe to be included
Dear Welsh Fell Runners,
Those of you who are interested in completing the 2017 WFRA Open Welsh Championships will have spotted that this year only one Long race (Preseli) was included in the Series, and that there is a requirement to complete a Long to qualify. 
We have since received feedback from members who have commented that this set up wasn’t conducive to a successful and inclusive championship.  After some committee discussion it has been decided to add an additional Long race this year, namely Peris Horseshoe, making the Welsh Champs now a series of 7 races.  Hopefully this will now encourage more members to qualify for the Championship series.
The original decision was correctly made at the AGM after some debate, however due to the limited numbers at the AGM the outcome of that debate perhaps hasn’t been fully representative.  There is a danger in making this change that we are seen to be going against the decision at the AGM, and in fact this is the case, but we hope that members understand the reason and support it.
It does show the importance of members expressing their views, and ideally attending the AGM.  It also demonstrates that we listen to the feedback of members when we haven’t quite got it right.
Reminder that V60s and under 23’s are not required to complete a Long.
Looking forward to a great fellracing year, one which kicks off this weekend at Tarren Hendre, as the first counter in the North Wales Series.



Further details – come and join in on Saturday 28th January!
See link below for details for this year’s North Wales XC Championships which are being held next Saturday (28th January) at the Rhug Estate near Corwen. You need to register before running (£9 on the day) for this one but otherwise, it’s another brilliant team cross country event, a great chance to stretch your legs on a cross country course, with team and individual awards on the day! There are also junior race categories (£1-£4 according to category) which is brilliant, see form for more details and any queries let me know

Cheers, Becki (bex85@msn.com)


Sweeney Scramble

The first Sweeney Scramble, a true Mud Run, was in February last year in the little hamlet of Sweeney Mountain just south of Oswestry and was a great event attracting 95 runners in the 5km and 10 km versions.

The second Run will be on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Registration and full details of where we are and how to get there are through the website www.sweeneyscramble.co.uk and entry is unchanged at £20 for each of the 5 km and 10 km runs.

Borders League

The 4th race in the Borders Road Running League 2016/17 Season takes place at Connahs Quay this Sunday 22nd January. Start 11am from: Coleg Cambria, Kelsterton Road, Connahs Quay CH5 4BR.
A short but tough 4.4mile race route. Full Details and race map can be found at: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/
The previous day; Saturday 21st January is the annual Twin Piers 10k race at 1pm from Llandudno Pier to nearly Colwyn Bay Pier!! Due to construction work being carried out on the promenade, the race route will be a bit different than in previous year’s as per this link: http://www.colwynbayathletics.org.uk//news.php
Last weekend at the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon at Helsby on Sunday 15th January, Paul Wathan finished 20th in a time of 1:19:00 while Gemma Morgans finished 324th – 1:36:10. There were 1588 finishers.
In the final Conwy Parkrun of 2016 on Saturday 31st December, who else but Paul Wathan won yet again in a time of 17:28. It was his 23rd win in the event.

Annual Club Presentation/Social Evening

Don’t forget that the annual Club Presentation/Social evening will take place on Sat 11th Feb (Moel y Ci race day) at the Padarn Lake Hotel, Llanberis. Let’s ensure there’s plenty of us there to witness & congratulate our 2016 season award winners & make it an evening to remember!

Padarn Lake Hotel
7 for 7.30pm, Sat 11th February
Hot food, great company & presentation of club awards
Ticket price: £12/under 14s £6
Contact Ellie Salisbury : ellierocknrun@gmail.com or 07789061648

Shrewsbury XC

Hi everyone, Happy New Year!

First NW cross country of 2017 is next Saturday 14th January at Walford College, Baschurch, Shrewsbury SY4 2HL – please let me know if you would like a space on the FREE bus for the FREE race! First pick up from Parc Menai at 10.30am (wheels rolling) with various pick ups along the A55 depending on who we are picking up. Likely return around 6.30ish to Parc Menai. Look forward to seeing you there – perfect chance to get the New Year off to a good start both individually and for the XC teams! Any queries, let me know: bex85@msn.com. Cheers, Becki Law