A few fantastic cross-country performances from Eryri Harriers further afield, representing the club at a national and international level! Following brilliant performances by Callum OD (37th in his race), Rob Samuel (joint 10th in his race) and Bronwen Jenkinson (22nd in her race) at the first fixture of the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Cardiff, Callum has once again represented Eryri in a strong field at the second fixture in Milton Keynes, coming in a brilliant 49th in the U17M category. On the same weekend (10th/11th November, Bronwen Jenkinson was in Spain running for Wales in the Cross de Atapuerca in Burgos, also in a quality field of senior women, coming in 56th. Maggie Oliver, our amazing V70, was in Swansea this weekend representing Wales in the British and Irish Masters International XC – you can just about make her out in this photo!).
It involves an amazing amount of hard work and commitment to train, travel and compete at these high levels – a huge well done to you all and keep going!
Don’t forget the method of allocating the club’s allocation of London Marathon entries.
London Marathon Eryri Ballot:
Each year Eryri are allocated a handful of places. To be eligible for one of these places, the following rules will be in place for 2017 & the foreseeable future. Members must:
1. Be fully paid first claim club members.
2. Attend the Christmas club fun run.
3. Priority will be given to members who entered the London Marathon Ballot and were rejected. Evidence of rejection needs to be provided. (This needs to be for the same year)
4. If the number of members with rejection notices is lower than or equal to the number of places available then they will receive an automatic right to the place.
5. If the number of members with rejection notices is more than the number of places then names will be drawn for the places.
6. If there are still club places available after step 4 above, then the remaining place(s) will be allocated by means of an open draw.
XC this weekend – lots of Eryri Harriers in Wrexham and Spain
This weekend has been fantastic for Eryri’s cross country runners! Eryri’s Bronwen Jenkinson is over in Spain representing Wales at the Cross de Atapuerca in Burgos after a brilliant run in the Cardiff cross challenge in October (huge congratulations Bronwen!).
23 Eryri Harriers (14 ladies and 9 men) also ran in Wrexham at the third fixture of the North Wales Cross Country League, with James Blair running in the junior races earlier in the morning, coming 6th in the under 13 boys race – well done James!
The first senior race of the day saw Miranda Grant lead Eryri’s ladies team home in an amazing 3rd overall (1st V35). We had a very strong field at the front, with Andrea Rowlands, Elliw Haf coming in 9th and 11th, followed by Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones, Megan Hughes and Helen Blair coming in 27th, 28th and 30th. Next in was Becki Law and Ellie Salisbury (49th and 59th), closely followed by Gwenllian Dafydd (62nd) – huge congratulations and well done to Gwenllian on her first cross country race, her fastest mile and a 5K PB (we think!) all in one go – smiles at the end were awesome! Strong runs from Kate Potter who was next (66th), followed by Alison Donnelly (110th), Sue Taylor (114th), Viv Edwards (116th) and Maggie Oliver (124th). Well done also to our 3 amazing 065/070 runners, Malcolm Jones (5th), Geoff Fielding (15th) and Mike Blake (18th) who also took on the flat, fast course!
Fantastic turnout and brilliant running everyone!
We just made a 6-strong senior men’s team so huge thanks and well done to all who turned out – we were great on the day (provisional results suggest 4th), with a strong first time appearance in the league from Tom Wood (1st U20 and a fantastic 7th overall), followed by equally strong runs from Rory Arthur Johnson (13th) and James Bowden (20th), meaning we had our first three runners in the top 20 which is absolutely brilliant! After helping with all things cross country in the morning (including some gazebo first aid), Matthew Fortes followed up with another strong, well-paced run in 35th, with Russell Owen racing injured after getting knocked off his bike (!?) and still coming in 47th and 1st V60, followed by the race extraordinaire Arwel Lewis in 84th!
However, we still REALLY need to keep up with our attendance to avoid relegation for the men (and maybe do quite well too!) and to keep up with our improving and potentially podium positions for the ladies – next league fixture is on Saturday 12th January, Northop and the final one is in Oswestry on Saturday 2nd February . Come and help your club teams!
Big thanks to Arwel Lewis for all of his support this year with arranging and driving minibuses – Arwel often has to go out of his way to pick the bus up, clean it and take it back – somehow managing to put in a strong run in the middle of it all. Also to Stuart McDonald for helping with picking up and dropping off the gazebo without any bother! Finally, big thanks also to Nic Brook, Eurwyn Edwards and NeeNee LJ for the support on the field too, it all makes for a great club/team experience! Thank you J
Gwyn Owen added another Parkrun win to his total at Newborough on Saturday 3rd November with a time of 17:19. Helen Morgan was the first female finisher with a time of 23:33.