Bangor Cross Country


Bangor cross-country this weekend was muddy to say the least!

Massive thanks, as every year, to everyone who was part of making it go smoothly. Trefor JonesMatthew FortesStuart McDonald, Maggie and Alwyn Oliver and Arwel Lewis all helped with setting up and marking the very wet course, including running around in the days prior making sure the course was clear. Ellie SalisburyJames Harwood and Lesley Lawson did a great job with car parking duties. Iorwerth Roberts, Trefor (again!), Tina Louise McDonnellSioned Ellen Rowlands and Eurwyn Edwards donned the hi-vis and marshalled the course, with Mair and Wills, Jenny Heming and Lesley expertly doing the timing and helping at the finish. Cake and a panad from the wonderful Ann Lewis and Karen Jenkinson raised lots of money and paid for the first aiders – the cakes were fantastic, cheers everyone! Special thanks to Siabod Cafe and Theresa Davies for their amazing themed cakes!

Huge well done to all 28 runners too – very challenging conditions for all and a slightly longer race (400m approx. but bet it felt like more through the mud!) for the ladies, O70s and U17men. Hailstones, sunshine, rain, wind, cold all round!

Fantastic achievement from Callum OD who won the first race of the day (MU17)! Andrea Rowlands was first Eryri lady home following a very strong run, followed by Elliw Haf (first XC race, nice one!), Megan Hughes, Helen Blair, Ellie Salisbury, Lesley Lawson, Hayley TurnerTamsin O’NeilAlexandra Fletcher, Alison Donnelly, Maggie Oliver, Viv Edwards and Becca Roberts. Geoff Fielding was 77th overall representing the O70s. Well done everyone!

In the second race of the day, having to battle through the churned up mud, Aled Gwyn Owen was 11th, followed by Matthew Fortes in 16th (having spent 3+ hours marking the course in the morning!) followed by Owain Williams, Steve Jones, Emlyn Owen and Craig Jones (having started the race late!). Ben Beachell was next, followed by Arwel LewisDerek Weaver, Paul Hodges, Steffan Rhys EvansJames Harwood and Barry Davies. Great job all – fancy coming to Shrewsbury and Oswesty in January/February!? 

Keep an eye out on the NWXC league website for full results:

Cheers! Becki and Matt

NORTH WALES XC CHAMPIONSHIP, Rhug Estate, Corwen, LL21 OEH – pre-entry essential – see NWXC league website.
NEXT LEAGUE FIXTURES – 20th January, Shrewsbury and 3rd February, Oswestry – bus provided, more details to follow.

Black and white photo is amazing whoever took it – thanks!



Huge well done to three Eryri Harriers who flew the flag in Liverpool at the British Athletics Cross Challenge 2017-2018 on Saturday this weekend. Rob Samuel was 40th in his race of a strong field of 525 runners. Bronwen Jenkinson was 19th in her category (69th overall) in another strong field of 326 runners. Annabelle McQueen was a brilliant 41st in her U20W race too! Fantastic running and massive well done to you all – it looked tough going in Liverpool as well! 


Maggie Oliver ran in the red vest for Wales in Derry,  Northern Ireland last weekend (18th November) – well done Maggie, fantastic effort, we are very proud of you! See below for the Wales team photo courtesy of Emma Collins from Denbigh Harriers 🙂


Mike Blake wins the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Award

Mike Blake wins the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Award

So we are finally allowed to officially announce the news that Mike Blake has won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award! This means he now goes into the pot with the other nominees from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and he has got a VIP trip to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Liverpool in December to look forward to – how exciting Mike, so well-deserved award and we are all very proud of you!!!

Veteran fell running organiser Mike Blake is BBC Wales’ Get Inspired Sports Unsung Hero for 2017.

Bangor XC

Bangor XC this weekend
Reminder it is Bangor XC on Saturday this weekend (25th November) at Treborth running track, Bangor – ALL WELCOME to come along and run, help or support our hosting of this league event! We also need a few more MARSHALLS to help things run smoothly, please let me know if you can help on the day – thanks to everyone who has already been in touch, much appreciated 
Whatever happens, please bring CAKES for the cake stall if possible – this is a great source of income for the club which helps us buy things like course marking flags and other stuff!
It all kicks off at 2pm with the first race of the day (all ladies, U17men and O70 men), and 2.45pm for all other mens categories). Please make sure you are a full member of Eryri Harriers and you wear your vest if you are running – we need your help to field a team at our home fixture so please come along and enjoy!
Any queries, drop me a line, more than happy to help/advise.
Cheers all and see you Saturday!
Becki Law –

North Wales SC selctions

Congratulations to the 14 Eryri Harriers who have been selected to run for North Wales in this years inter-regional championships XC in Brecon on 9th December.

Eryri runners selected (but not all can run due to other committments) include: Rob SamuelMatthew FortesRichard RobertsRussell OwenStephen JonesArwel Lewis, Bronwen Jenkinson, Becki LawAndrea RowlandsLesley LawsonHelen BlairTammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones, Annie Williams and Viv Edwards – well done everyone!

See link below for info:—brecon.aspx

Mike Blake has made the top 3 in Wales – BBC Unsung hero award!

Mike Blake has made the top 3 in Wales – BBC Unsung hero award!

We have nominated Mike Blake for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award and we are so chuffed to let you know that he has made the final 3 for Wales!


BBC Wales are coming to do some filming in Llanberis this Sunday morning from 10am – there will be the usual Sunday Morning Run starting at 10.30am from Llanberis led by Jenny Heming up Moel Ellio. There will also be a junior session, starting at 11am. Everything will happen from Dolbadarn Castle Car Park (where the Peris starts from) – this will be the ‘hub’. Even if you can’t join in with any of the running, it would be fantastic (REALLY REALLY BRILLIANT in fact) if you could come to the car park at 12noon to join in and support the ‘event’. We want to show how brilliant Mike’s contribution to fell running has been!

JUNIORS/PARENTS OF JUNIORS/ALL – Please be aware that there will be filming going on!

So please come along and support Mike’s nomination for the Unsung Hero Award, this is our opportunity to say thank you.

Thanks very much all!

Any queries contact Becki Law. Email: Phone: 07922968636

Message from the Chairman

The relays are now a distant memory, the clocks have gone back and the nights drawing in, so it’s time to turn our attention to the Winter activities of the club. Following a busy Summer things don’t really ease off too much as the Cross Country & Border League take over (both free to enter by the way!).

The first of the upcoming events is the club AGM where it’s your chance to hear what’s going on in the club. There will be a review of the year, a look forward to next year and an opportunity to join the committee and have some input to the future direction of the club. To give you some ideas of our work recent topics have included: club communication, updating the website, contact from the 1000m race organisers, presentation evening and obviously a few others! It’s not all tea and biscuits you know!

As some of the committee are not seeking re-election we are definitely looking for people to join and fulfill roles but please also note that all positions are to be re-elected, just because someone has said they will stay on doesn’t mean they have to! Below is a list of the current committee and if you wish to stand all you need is a proposer and a seconder at the AGM.

Chair – Stuart McDonald
Vice-Chair/Welfare Officer – Sioned Rowlands
Secretary/ Press & Welsh Language Officer – Emlyn Owen
Treasurer – Emily Wood (not seeking re-election)
Membership – Emma Green (not seeking re-election)
Mountain Secretary – Paul Jenkinson
Road Secretary – Arwel Lewis
XC Secretary – Becki Law
Webmaster – Dave Kirkby
Kit/Social Secretary – Ellie Salisbury
Equipment – Mike Blake
Ordinary Members:
Dilwyn Rowlands (not seeking re-election)
Lou Beetlestone
Geoff Fielding
Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas (shares Kit with Ellie)

My personal thanks firstly to those who will be standing down this time for all their time and efforts in their roles. It is hugely appreciated and whoever fills those roles has got a tough act to follow! Secondly to all those who are happy/prepared to continue. I’ve appreciated your support this year and think we can be proud of what we have achieved in particular the relays and our 40th celebration party.

As I said previously all posts are up for voting so please if you are keen to get involved then get in touch. Meetings are roughly every 6 weeks and are held at Celtest (thanks Dyfed!) in Bangor on Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm (or as close as we can! – think Tuesday Night Series race start times!).


The evening will start with food paid for by the club, which will be buffet style with the following options: Mixed Bean Chilli, Mushroom Stroganoff and Chicken Supreme all with chips, rice and salad for main and for dessert: apple and peach crumble or choc cake with ice cream.

We would be grateful if you could contact Mike Blake and let him know your choice so we can gauge how much we need. He can be contacted via e-mail: or on mobile: 07778 145144. By the end of next week would be ideal.

Following the AGM there is of course the Pen Fell Race on the 18th November (entry online at and Bangor Cross Country on the 25th November. This is ‘our’ event so any helpers/cake makers and runners will be more than welcome. Contact Becki Law for more info.

On Sunday 17th December the annual Xmas Fun Run will be held from The Victoria Hotel in Llanberis including kids races and Fancy Dress Competition, followed by soup and a roll as always! At the fun run we will be holding a draw to fill the club places for the London Marathon 2018. This is open to anyone with a rejection slip and you will need to bring this along and hand it in. The draw will be held before the legendary Mike Blake raffle!

Moving into 2018 the first big club event will be Presentation evening where we take the opportunity to celebrate some of the fantastic achievements of the previous year. Pencil in your diaries Saturday 3rd March (hopefully we’ve avoided any rugby!) and more details will be published in due course.

The AGM is an important evening as it will steer the direction of the club for the following 12 months but it’s also an opportunity for club members to come together and I hope to see as many as possible on the 14th.

Cheers for now