Tal y Fan Fell Race

Tal y Fan Fell Race

Saturday 14 July 2018


The Rowen children counted down from 10, James sounded the hooter, and the 49 runners set off from the Carnival Field, leaving the chain saw carvers, bouncy castles, vintage cars and other attractions behind them.

Along the lane through the village, and a right turn to the start of the ascent, and the first hazard of the day, a group of motorcyclists wishing to go the same way.  Yelling at them to watch out for the runners, the tail-enders heard no horns or screams and jogged on, before slowing to a fast walk.

Up passed the youth hostel and on to the track, the tarmac was left behind.  The sun beat down, but the little breeze prevented it being too stifling, and the water at Cae Coch was much appreciated.  Sharon and Victoria decided they had had enough, so turned around, leaving the sweepers to chase the runners 200m ahead on the climb to the summit of Tal y Fan.  By this time Gavin Roberts (Eryri), Michael Corrales (Dark Peak) and Jez Brown (Buckley) were already out in front, chasing across the dry bog towards the Penmaenmawr stone circle.

The tail enders swapped around, with Geoff’s blisters from the previous week starting to get the better of him, while Menai picked up speed on the less heathery terrain.  On to the North Wales Coastal path, and the dry conditions made for easy running.  At the stream the marshal’s family were paddling in the only flowing water to be seen all day.  Over the bridge, a short climb, and on to another welcome water station, before following the track to the dry ford.

The arrows set out the night before had not been moved by the sheep or wild ponies, so everyone made their way safely along the course to the final check point before the steep descent back to the road, avoiding the inquisitive heifers, and the final stretch of tarmac back to the Carnival Field.  Danny had got the hose pipe out half way down the hill, ready to shower anyone who asked, although he declined offers for his bike.

Well done to Gavin who finished first, three minutes faster than his winning time of 2017, closely followed by Michael and Jez.  Ursula Moore (Pensby) led the Ladies home, with Wendy Trimbel three minutes behind.

A huge thank you to the marshals, Ann and Sharon for registration/timekeeping, Mike Blake for sweeping and Peter for lending the radio, and all of the runners, without whom there would not be a race.

Helen Blair



Always Aim High Scott Snowdonia Trail

Always Aim High Scott Snowdonia Trail

Ultra Marathon (132 Finishers)

5th Overall & 1st Female finisher – Andrea Rowlands 6:47:26
13th & 2nd MV/40 Nic Brook 7:26:55
15th & 3rd MV/40 Elton Angle-Smith 7:36:09
19th Gwion Williams 7:45:53

Marathon (648 Finishers)

214th Steffan Evans 6:08:32
361st Emma Lloyd Davies 6:43:33

Half Marathon (760 Finishers)

9th & 2nd MV/40 Martin Cliffe 2:04:03
1st MV/70 Alwyn Oliver 3:07:00
1st FV/70 Maggie Oliver 3:29:50

10km (214 finishers)

7th & 1st MV/50 Arwel Lewis 52:44
40th & 1st MV/60 Malcolm Jones 64:44

Full Results on the TDLEvents website

Moel Siabod Race Report.

Moel Siabod Race Report.

As both the heatwave continued & a certain football match due to kick off just an hour after the race start we feared that race attendance might be well down this year. However with late publicity (thanks to Ellie Salisbury, Adrian Williams & Dave Kirkby) turnout was just 4 down on last year as a respectable 51 runners lined up for the 2:00 pm start, once again I could make the call ‘no kit required’ a decision that probably avoided me being lynched.

The race was led from start to finish by Gavin Roberts who reached the summit in 34 minutes a minute ahead of Emlyn Owen both Eryri with Hebog’s Geraint Jones hot on Emlyn’s heels. Gavin maintained his lead to cross the line in 52:57 with no one else in sight. Meanwhile Emlyn & Geraint were having a rare old tussle with Geraint now in front but Emlyn knowing the run in was keeping something back & in a late surge came through to take 2nd in 53:47 with Geraint 10 seconds behind. Emlyn (who won Eryri’s most improved runner last year) is clearly making further strides forward which is great to see.

In the Women’s race Eryri’s Miranda Grant put in a superb performance, reaching the summit in 37 minutes having opened up a 3 minute lead over her nearest rival. She extended her lead on the descent crossing the line in an excellent 57:44 finishing 6th overall & more than 6 minutes ahead of Hebog’s Sian Williams who posted a time if 1:04:02.

On a good day for the Eryri runners they were not able to stop Hebog in the best local category which was won by Dylan Webber in 1:03:42, 12th overall. However with 20 runners in the field there were several other good performances for the club. Following Emlyn, Martin Cliffe (55:26) came in 4th, Adrian Williams (56:53) 5th to help make it a fabulous 1,2,3 in the Male O.40’s category. Megan Hughes (1:10:09) was runner up FO.40’s, Emlyn Roberts grabbed 3rd MO.50’s, Linda Norman (1:22:58) was first FO.50’s followed by Hazel Robbins in 2nd. Iwan Edgar 1st MO.60’s (a very creditable 19th overall in 1:09:28) & finally Brian Robbins claimed 1st MO.70’s (1:22:15) having seen his rival Emyr Davies sensibly retiring due to a calf injury, thanks Emyr for both reporting your decision to the Marshall’s & seeking me out down at the finish.

Another club, Calder Valley, deserve a mention with 4 runners showing up including a category win for Catherine Holden in the FO.40’s, it was good to see you enjoying your trip to Capel.

Thank you’s are due to all the racers & Marshall’s who made it such a great afternoon in hot conditions. I only received one complaint & that was about my inability to have enough water in the Afon Lugwy for the post race dip. Thanks again to our local Cotswold Outdoors in Betws for generously supplying the prizes. Finally thanks to other members of the Siabod Team, Dorina, Marion, John, Nick, & finally to Gaby & her staff for providing the Goulash on the Festival field for the runners.

One apology, there was no tug of war this year as most of the farmers were absent, were they fearing the runners determination to take revenge or watching a football match. In truth I am sure it was neither & had more to do with the reality of Sheep Shearing season!

John – if you feel I’ve left anything out just say so.


Felinheli 10k report and results

30 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 312 finishers in the Felinheli 10k on a hot and sweltering Wednesday 4th July evening. Neither the warm weather nor a herd of cows who apparently wanted to take part in the race around the 7k mark and crashed through the fences from field to field across the race route put the runners off though; Russell Bentley took a wrong turn and ran a longer distance than anyone else! Russell must have been trying to avoid the mad cows! He still won the race in a time of 34.24 with Eryri’s Catherine Connell taking the women’s title in 14th place overall with a time of 39.18. Eryri’s other category winners were: FV/40 Megan Hughes 43.55 & FV/50 Helen Blair 46.19.

A well organised Gwyl Felin event, thanks to Eilir and Debbie Evans and their Team. More information, photos on the Gwyl Felin website:


Felinheli 10k – Eryri Harriers Positions/Times

Race No                   Name                       Gender          Gender Pos              Cat Pos     Time          Overall

345 Eifion Williams Male 6 MOPEN 3 00:37:53 6
7 Arthur Connell Male 7 MOPEN 4 00:38:08 7
5 Craig Jones Male 11 MV40 5 00:39:05 11
74 Catherine Connell Female 1 FOPEN 1 00:39:18 14
70 Ali Chant Male 22 MV40 8 00:40:11 23
61 Nic Brook Male 24 MV40 9 00:40:27 25
179 Rhys James Male 30 MOPEN 20 00:40:57 32
86 John Davies Male 31 MOPEN 21 00:41:02 33
224 Math Llwyd Male 32 MOPEN 22 00:41:04 34
9 Arwel Lewis Male 36 MV50 2 00:42:13 40
10 Gary Porter-Jones Male 39 MV50 3 00:42:31 43
83 Anthony Davies Male 42 MV50 4 00:43:03 48
177 Dylan Huws Male 47 MV50 5 L 00:43:39 53
169 Megan Hughes Female 7 FV40 1 00:43:55 57
144 Nia Gwynn Female 8 FV40 2 00:44:11 59
78 Emlyn Roberts Male 56 MV50 7 00:45:10 65
12 Rhys Ab Elwyn Male 59 MV50 9 00:45:34 70
11 Helen Blair Female 13 FV50 1 00:46:19 77
117 Maldwyn Evans Male 78 MV50 13 00:47:45 96
4 Malcolm R Jones Male 85 MV60 2 00:48:28 107
317 Ali Thomas Female 24 FV50 3 00:49:17 114
100 Eurwyn Edwards Male 97 MV60 3 00:50:00 126
113 Gwyn Evans Male 108 MV60 6 00:51:11 143
262 Kate Potter Female 36 FV50 5 00:51:26 146
274 Brian Robbins Male 127 MV70 3 00:54:25 178
311 Sophie Steventon Female 95 FOPEN 45 01:00:10 244
103 Vivienne Edwards Female 113 FV60 3 01:02:31 268
275 Hazel Robbins Female 122 FV50 15 01:04:59 279
279 Iorwerth Roberts Male 162 MV70 4 01:09:43 296
192 Kalvin Jones Male 167 MV50 34 01:28:16 311

Felinheli 10K 2018 results (1)

Moel Siabod Fell Race

Moel Siabod Fell Race – 2:00 pm start (Junior race at 2:05), registration opens at Moel Siabod Cafe at 12:00 pm. The race is run in conjunction with the Capel Curig show so attractions for friends & family too. Race entry £5 on the day includes a bowl of Gaby’s Ghoulash together with an almost obligatory dip in the river at the finish followed by the Runner’s v Farmer’s tug of war. Once again the race will be sponsored by Cotswold Outdoors who have donated prizes for the first 3, first female & first local, other prizes for category winners supplied by the Cafe. Parking either at the Cafe for free or on the festival field with a small charge going to village funds (please choose the latter if possible to help us support the show). The weather gods appear to be with us but please bring kit just in case.


Meirionydd athlete Tom Roberts successfully defended his North Wales Regional Trail Running title at the Fairy Freckled Cow. Llyn Alwen 11k trail race on Sunday 1st July. Tom was one of the very few to complete the anti-clockwise course around the lake in a similar time (38.22) if not better than last year considering the very hot weather temperatures. Prestatyn athlete Amie Bagnall took the women’s title (47.27) ahead of the improving Eryri athlete Elliw Haf (48.12) Abergele Harrier Darren Blazier was the first Masters finisher in a very good time of 43.48.
Four Eryri Harriers were amongst the 137 competitors who completed the event with FV/40 Gold going Tammy Lewis-Jones with a time of 53.08. Elliw with senior women’s Silver. Arwel Lewis MV/50 Silver – (50.14) while Iorwerth Roberts finished 127th in a time of 90.08.
Overall, a very well organised event. Thank you once again to Denbigh Harriers for organising the event and staging the North Wales Regional Trail Championships
Photos/Canlyniadau Pencampwriaeth Trail Gogledd Cymru. Lluniau ar wefan facebook Cader Sports (Dad Tom Roberts) https://www.facebook.com/Cader-Sports-Photos-756547801085134/