In the inaugural event, 5 Eryri Harriers competed in the hilly half marathon on Sunday 9th September, run in very wet and windy conditions, the runners set off from the village green, through Llanfaes, Llangoed, Llanddona to Penmon and back, Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) won the event in a very good time (Considering the up and down course and inclement weather) 1:15:47, over three minutes ahead of runners-up Ryan Roberts (Cybi) 1:18:55. Elliw Haf was the first female finisher in 14th position overall with a time of 1:35:49. Other Eryri positions/times: 10th Brian Wills 1:33:16. 11th (1st MV/60) Arwel Lewis 1:34:16. 24th Steffan Evans 1:48:10 and 39th Gwenllian Dafydd 1:54:26. There were 96 finishers.
In the 10k race, run in conjunction with the H/M, Ben Williams, making a welcome return to racing after a two year absence, won the tough event in a time of 36:30. Other Eryri placings: 8th Jonathan Ervine 42:33 and 133rd Rebecca Roberts 1:06:48. There were 183 finishers.
A tough debut event for the host running club, Beaumaris, well organised, with more than enough marshalls positioned along the race route


COED-Y-BRENIN – TRAIL 10K – SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER. Elliw Haf finished 14th overall and 1st Female in a time of 46:39. There were 175 finishers. Elliw’s other half, Tom Roberts won the event in a time of 37:58


CAERNARFON 10K – NORTH WALES CHAMPIONSHIPS – SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER: There was double success for Eryri with Gwyn Owen winning the event in a time of 33:51 and Catherine Connell finishing 15th overall and 1st Female in a time of 40:16. (AS both entered on the day, they were not eligible for the North Wales titles!) Running in a clockwise direction so that the runners would have the wind on their backs for the 4k stretch along the Foryd, Gwyn Owen was content to sit in for the first couple of miles before striding out and pulling away from the field for the win, his third win in the event. In all, there were 16 Eryri Harriers competing: 4th Alun Vaughan 35:26 (Good to see Alun back competing once again) 9th Eifion Williams 37:22. 16th Ali Chant 40:36. 22nd Arwel Lewis 41:58. 26th Rhys Ap Elwyn 42:48. 33rd Gary Porter-Jones 44:23. 39th Steffan Evans 45:05. 47th (2nd FV/50) Helen Blair 46:15. 53rd Maldwyn Evans 47:08. 60th Ali Thomas 48:12. 79th Kate Potter 50:09. 134th Roy Jardine 65:19. 137th Iorwerth Roberts 66:43 and 138th Hazel Robbins 67:18.

Thank you to all the event helpers. Ann & Sharon (of course) Mike Blake (as usual) Setting up the finishing funnel and dismantling, lead vehicle as well as a turn on the Mike! Debbie Evans (Coed Helen Caravan Park followed by a few other duties!) Rhys Lewis & Eilir Evans (Coed Helen Road-Bryn Seiont right turn followed by a few more duties for Eilir) Moi Jones, Llanfaglan right turn. Alan Wyn Williams (Right Turn into the finish field) RAF Air Cadets Caernarfon (5k Water Station & finish field – chip removal) RunWales – Chris Yorke – Chip Timing. Medi-Tec Ltd – First Aid. Caernarfon Bowling Club for the use of the pavilion and Heather (Coed Helen)

Gwyn Owen had warmed up for the event with successive Penrhyn Parkrun wins on 28th July – 17:12 and 4th August – 16:58. John Parkinson won the 18th August event in a time of 18:42.


PODIUM 5K – MONDAY 27th AUGUST: – Rob Samuel running in the A-Class race finished 3rd overall in a time of 14:55.


LAKE UNION/SEATTLE 10K – SUNDAY 12th AUGUST:  Despite a bit of jet lag! Arwel Lewis finished 66th overall and 1stMV/55 in a time of 41:19. There were 1,622 finishers.

Eryri triathlon

Two Eryri Harriers competed in Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon on 2nd September.

In a well organised event with fair weather Alison Donnelly finished in 1:40:51 for fourth place in the Super vet class. Whilst Dave Kirkby finished in 1:41:02 for 16th in class.

XC season

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON 2018/2019 is not far away!

Fancy joining in with the cross country again this year or giving it a go for the first time? All welcome to join in with what promises to be a great season of wintery running as usual. Adult races are approximately 5k for women, 8k for men, completely FREE to take part if you are a member of Eryri Harriers – you just need to make sure you wear your Eryri vest and run. It’s great fun and great team spirit – everyone helps the team no matter what your ability so please do come along!

Here are the all important dates (note no Bangor/Eryri fixture this year due to uncertainty around work on Treborth playing field):

Seniors – women’s start at 2pm, men’s start at 2.45pm:
Saturday 6th October 2018 – Baschurch, Shrewsbury
Saturday 20th October 2018- Colwyn Bay venue to be confirmed but not Llandudno
Saturday 10th November 2018- Wrexham

Saturday 5th January 2019 – North Wales Cross Country Champs (not part of league) – Corwen

Saturday 12th January 2019 – Northop
Saturday 2nd February 2019 – Oswestry – this race is likely to start earlier to accomodate prize giving

Juniors (more details to follow on this):
Saturday 20th October 2018 – Colwyn Bay
Saturday 10th November 2018 – Wrexham
Saturday 1st December 2018 – Bangor
Saturday 5th January 2019 – Corwen (doubles up as Championships)

Free buses to be arranged, any other queries let me know.

North Wales Cross Country League website

More details to follow on this, but just a reminder that I won’t be standing for re-election at this year’s annual general meeting, so if you are interested in taking on this great role on the committee (I’ve really enjoyed it!), just drop me a line for more info, very happy to help and it will be easier this season as no home fixture to organise  

Cheers, Becki Law (

Rory O’Donnell

Daeth newyddion trist fore Mercher am farwolaeth Rory O’Donnell yn 36 mlwydd oed. Roedd yn aelod brwd o Redwyr Eryri a bu’n cynrychioli y clwb am flynyddoedd ac yn falch bob amser o wisgo y fest. Gwr bonheddig a oedd wrth ei fodd yn y mynyddoedd ac yng nghwmni rhedwyr eraill. Bydd ei golled yn amlwg yn y byd rhedeg ac rydym yn meddwl am ei wraig a’i deulu mewn amser trist fel hyn.
Cwsg yn dawel Rory.
With sadness we report the death of Rory O’Donnell 36 yrs old who passed away on Wednesday morning. He was a committed member of Eryri and was always proud to wear the vest. He was a gentleman who loved spending time in the mountains and the company of fellow runners. He will be sadly missed and our thought are with his wife and family.
Cwsg yn dawel Rory.
Funeral details:
Funeral will be held Wednesday 5th at 11:00 Catholic Church Twthill Caernarfon.