Final Borders league


In the final race of the 2017/18 Borders Road Running League (BRRL) Season at Shotton on Wednesday 25th April, Eryri’s women were successful in winning the “Improvers Trophy” for the third time in their history, on the flat and fast 7.5km course, Eryri’s women were led home by 184th placed Helen Blair. 259th Becky Law and 299th Allison Donnelly.

There was also a good turnout by Eryri’s men who fielded a full team of seven. Eryri were led home by debutant Tom Chandy in 36th place followed by: 60th and also making his debut in the BRRL, Callum O’Donnell, 69th John Davies. 108th Ali Chant. 135th Gary Porter-Jones. 143rd Arwel Lewis and 197th Ashley Wager.

A much improved performance by Eryri all round which augurs well for a determined promotion charge next season.

Full Race Results will be published on the BRRL website:

Ras Moel Wnion 2018

Report: Ras Moel Wnion 2018

For the third year in a row we were blessed with amazing weather (and a dry – and therefore non-lethal- final descent) for the Moel Wnion race. Despite other events in North Wales and a little known road race in London…over 50 runners came out to Ysgol Llanllechid for the race.

The hot weather combined with the race coming just a week after the first British Champs race (and only four days after the most recent of the local Tuesday Night series race) meant that some legs were undoubtedly tired and records would be hard to break. Despite this, strong performances and good contests were on show throughout.

In the men’s race Matt Fortes (Eryri, 42.34) was first across the line followed by Max Dunford (St Davids, 1st U18, 43.41) and Jonathan Tyler (Betsi Runaways, 44.36). Max was the first to the summit of Moel Wnion, but some good local knowledge from Matt meant that he could catch him up over the last three hills and get down through the Moel Faban gorse the quickest to win the first prize of a leg of Moel Wnion lamb.

In the ladies, Andrea Rowlands (Eryri) also took home some lamb. coming in 1st (5th overall, 45.57) followed by Rachub’s own Catherine Connell (Eryri 49.39). However performance of the day came from 16 year old Gwyneth Parry (Deeside, 52.03) to claim 3rd place and 1st U18. With Under 18s in the top 3 in both the mens and ladies there are clearly some talented juniors around in North Wales! There were V40 wins for Craig Jones (Eryri, 44.51) and Ellie Robinson (West Chesire, 53.02), with Buckley’s Vic Belshaw and Emma Collins taking the V50 prizes (in 46.18 and 56.16 respectively). In the V70s, John Morris (Buckley, 59.01) took the mens prize with Eryri legend Maggie Oliver (74.26) taking the ladies.

Apparently there were some issues with marshalls not quite being in the right place at the start (I’ll give them some navigation lessons for next year), which might have affected the first few runners, as well as a radio that went missing and was then found…. but alls well that ends well…!

Once again a massive group of people came out in force to support the event. A big thanks to everyone from the school for the food, Bethesda Pottery and Glanmor farm for the prizes, and all the marshalls out on the hill. Big thanks as always to Mike Blake for sweeping.

Photos from the race can be found on the link from the race facebook page at or from Steve Jeffrey’s pages directly

See you in 2019


moel wnion 2018


In warm and sunny conditions on Saturday 21st April, Rob Samuel and Elliw Haf made it a double success for Eryri in the Goldrush 8.5 mile Trail Race at Coed-y-Brenin. Rob Samuel led from the off to smash the course record with a time of 53:38 ahead of Bangor University student. Chris Richards 56:04 and last year’s race winner. Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) 58:34. Elliw Haf went one better following last year’s runners-up position by taking the women’s title, finishing 15th overall in a time of 72:27. Other Eryri Placings/Times: 9th Callum O’Donnell 66:58. 13th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis 70:50. 23rd (3rd MV/50) Paul Hodges 75:25. 100th Malcolm Jones 1:40:42. 113th Claire Williams 1:44:37 & 115th Barry Davies 1:45:15. There were 187 finishers in the well organised Matt Ward/Coed-y-Brenin event.


The final race of the Borders Road Running League 2017/18 season takes place at Shotton this Wednesday 25th April at 7:30pm.
Eryri’s women have one hand on the Improvers Trophy and need as many Harriers out as possible to ensure we win the trophy once again. The same goes for Eryri’s men who aim to finish the season on a high following a low key year in the league.

Grahame Till

Dear Eryri Harriers
My Father Grahame Till ran with the eryri harriers in the early years of his running both marathon and fell .
He wore his colours with pride
I have to sadly tell you , my Dad passed away 10/4/2018 .
If you could let your longest serving members know as they would have known my father.
I have attached a photo and details of the funeral.

Till, Grahame Albert,

April 10th 2018, peacefully at his home in Tyddyn Gyrfa, Cemaes, aged 73 years.
Beloved husband of the late Sheila. Loving father of Jane and Michael. Father in law of Adam. Proud grandad to Natalie and Charlotte. Son of Gladys. Dear brother of Cath. Grahame will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Public service at St Patrick’s Church, Cemaes, Thursday 19th April at 12:30pm followed by committal at Bangor Crematorium at 2:15pm. Family flowers only but donations kindly accepted in memory of Grahame towards Hospice at Home. Enquiries care of the funeral directors Arwel and Ieuan Hughes of John Hughes & Son, Britannia, Machine St, Amlwch Port, LL68 9HA. Tel: 01407 830461

Moel Lus Fell Race 10/04/2018

Moel Lus Fell Race 10/04/2018

Well, what a fantastic evening – 132 senior runners & 36 juniors & some splendid performances. I’m proud that the WFRA chose the Moel Lus race to be part of its N Wales Champs series, & as always, was delighted to have chance to show off ‘my back garden’. So many friends gave their time to help in various ways, & for that, I am most grateful. Most of the shops in Penmaenmawr kindly donated prizes, (thus increasing our donation to mountain rescue at the end of the series), so big thanks to them also. The results are available here:…/publ…/601/complete_results/, but to summarise the highlights:

  • Following in the footsteps of older brother John,who won the race outright as an under 16 in 2014, the race was won by 15 year old Michael Spill in 23:37. John went on to run for Great Britain, so watch this space!
  • Tom Wood, U18 had a great run to finish 2nd while Gavin ‘Gog’ Roberts was 1st senior man in 3rd position overall.
  • There was a cracking battle in the ladies race, with Catherine Connellholding off Gemma Brown & Sian Lloyd Williams with less than 20 seconds between them all.
  • 15 year old Gwyneth Parryin 4th position took 11 seconds off Bronwen Jenkinson’s 2013 U16 record, & we all know what Bronny has achieved since then, so yet another space to watch!
  • 1st MV40 was Buckley’s Jez Brown, 1st MV50 Eryri’s Russel Owen, 1st MV60 Eryri’s Kean Rowlands & 1st MV70 was Buckley’s John Morris.
  • 1st FV40 was Denbigh’s Victoria Whitehead, 1st FV50 Eryri’s Ali Thomas, 1st FV60 Denbigh’s Menai Baugh & for the first time ever, we had a FV70 winner in the race, who was Eryri’s ever-on-form Maggie Oliver.
  • In the Caernarfon Tyres Juniors races, the U8 wins went to Riley O’Donnell & Esmee Near, the U10’s Ruthin Tri’s Ewan Lenard & Wirral’s Emma Grantham, U12’s Wirral’s Ben Grantham & Deeside’s Maisy Parry & the U14’s Menai’s Dylan Rob & Abbi Parkinson.

Last but not least, big thanks to Adrian Moir of Fabian4/Racetek for all his help & support, & for taking charge of the timing/results, of course to Mike Blake, who puts in more work than anyone as overall coordinator of the series.

Ellie Salisbury


The official race pictures are here (huge thanks to Steve Jeffery):

Borders League News


Eryri’s women ensured that they have the Borders Road Running League “Improvers Trophy” well within their grasp following the penultimate race of the 2017/18 season at Mold on Sunday 8th April. In ideal running conditions, dry with no wind, Helen Blair led the Eryri women home in 172nd position overall in a time of 36:05 followed by 281st Jenny Heming 42:04 & 299th Alison Donnelly 43:48. Eryri’s women finished 4th team on the day of the 10 teams competing in the 2nd Division and are 4th in the overall standings.

Disappointingly, only two Eryri men turned out for the club with Arwel Lewis completing his 125th Border League race (out of 134 races that Eryri have competed in) finishing 105th overall in a time of 32:44 with Ashley Wager completing his 61st Border League race, finishing 143rd overall in a time of 34:52. Not surprisingly, Eryri’s men finished bottom of the pile on the day and are placed 9th overall in their respective 2nd Division.

There were 333 finishers on the 5 mile undulatin course.

The final race of the season takes place on Wednesday evening 25th April to be organised by Deestriders.

In the overall Individual standings:


5th Helen Blair

8th Jenny Heming


5th Alison Donnelly


3rd Arwel Lewis

5th Ashley Wager

Borders League

The 6th, well 5th race (The previous event at Tattenhall was cancelled due to snow!) of the 2017/18 Borders Road Running League takes place at Mold this Sunday 8th April at 11am. A circular 5 mile out and back race.

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