British Fell Relay Championships, Peak District National Park

British Fell Relay Championships, Peak District National Park
The above race, organised by Dark Peak fell runners, really was quite the most impressive bit of logistical planning I’ve seen at any race, ever. The race centre was right in the shadow of the Derwent Reservoir dam (literally), an area of great sensitivity and within the National Park, so to have been granted permission to use this area, which is notoriously busy for one thing, is really very impressive!
Getting to the race start requiring a multi-pronged approach. For all of us, it was an unreasonably early start (before 4am for some!) involving one false start (cars not starting), and several re-arrangements of people and vehicles to make the journey, as per the race organisers strict parking restrictions!
This event is one of the most anticipated competitions of the year, and it did not disappoint: it had everything we love about the sport. There was great camaraderie, amazingly competitive but-still-friendly competition, fantastic weather (always makes these outdoor events better!), beautiful running routes which were a joy to run but really testing, and good natured humour all around.
We had 3 teams: Vet40 Men, Open Male and Open Female teams, with 3 U18 runners taking part which was fab (thank you so much for getting involved!) And oh my word, everyone ran their socks off!
For the Vet40s, Richard Roberts was out the blocks first on leg one, having a storming race to arrive not only in 14th place overall but 1st in the V40 competition, a really fantastic run in a very competitive field. Johnny Moore and Ali Chant (our last minute signing, completing the Mens V40 Team in style, thanks Ali!) ran really well together and arrived back as 20th Vet 40 team to handover to Emlyn Owen and Matt Fortes. Running a solid, fast race on a leg which was far longer than anyone anticipated, the pair arrived back at the start in 2nd place for the Vet 40’s, having ticked off the route at great speed with Matts ninja nav skills. Craig Jones had a fantastic run, completing the 5 mile final leg to round off the competition, and coming in 10th V40 overall, which placed the Eryri Vet 40 men in 8th place overall out of 34 teams. This is an amazing result, well done guys!!
There was slightly more drama in the Eryri Men’s Open race:
Eden Potter was on the first leg, coming in an excellent 39th place in the Open Male category (the results don’t split down into placings for the U18s so I’m not sure where Eden, Callum or Lleucu placed in that category). Next up was Ross Roberts and Luke Earnshaw, in what transpired to be Luke’s first fell race, so jumping straight in at the deep-end there. The pair had a good solid race to coming in 77th in their category. Taking up the baton next was nav-ace Owain Williams paired with Fred Maier. Things were looking good until Fred appeared to want to check-out some of the famous limestone caverns in the area by falling into a deep hole which unfortunately meant they had to retired from the race (Fred is OK, for those asking!) and the team weren’t given an overall placing. Callum O’Donnell still got to run his leg in the mass start, and ran excellently to finish in 40th place.
In the Open Womens competition, Lleucu Lane stepped up to run a solid first leg, coming in 31st and handing over to Sarah Seery and newly-joined Faye Johnson, who ran really well together to place 12th overall in our category. Next out was Jenny Hemming and Becki Law who put in a superb nav leg, beating some very stiff competition to come in 7th. Last out was Miranda Grant who thoroughly enjoyed her leg to come in 2nd place. Overall, we also placed 8th out of the 49 Open Female teams competing.
Really well done to everyone who committed to coming and running on Saturday, it was a fantastic day with a really great bunch of people!! I’m sure none of us will forget that in a hurry. Huge thank you to Dark Peak Fell Runners! And all those who drive us there, and to Craig Jones for his tent 🙂
Full results here:
And a vast selection of photos available on the Fellrunners UK facebook page: there are some cracking ones of our Eryri runners!

 

Colwyn Bay XC 19/9

Details including maps here 

Message from organising club.

Hi All,

Please find attached course maps for both junior league and senior league races this coming Saturday for circulation within your clubs.

Please park in Eirias Park and access only on foot to race start following signs for race taking footpath (up steps) to the right as you exit the main gates.

There are changing rooms and showers in the main leisure centre if required. There will be portaloos and a refreshments available in the main field.

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Russell Godwin
Colwyn Bay Athletic Club

 

Borders League Caernarfon

There was a course record of over 350 finishers in the Caernarfon 10k Borders League race on Sunday 13th October, the first race of the 2019/20 season.
The Eryri Harriers were out in force in their “Home” Borders League race with 38 club members competing in very wet conditions. Leading the way for Eryri was Matt Roberts, in a tight tussle all the way around the anti-clockwise race route with the Borders League 2018/19 champion, Joe Boden (Wallasey) Matt held off Joe to win the race in the 2nd fastest time run on the 10k course in a Borders league event, of which. there have been ten to date. Matt was just a few seconds ahead of Joe, both finishing under 32 minutes. (Full race results to be confirmed) Eryri’s men had 11 finishers in the top 100, and 25 finishers in all: 1st Matt Roberts (Matt’s 2nd win in a Border League race on the Caernarfon 10k race route – 2015 – 32:39) 17th Callum O’Donnell. 22nd Louis Guest. 33rd (former Borders League champion – 2012/13)) Brendan Rothery. 35th Sion Kelly Williams. 41st Ian Edwards. 45th Dilwyn Powell Jones. 49th Eden Potter. 59th Jon Davies. 73rd Arthur Connell. 77th Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas. 116th Ali Chant. 127th Guto Rhys. 135th Anthony Davies. 140th Emlyn Roberts. 143rd Rhys Ab Elwyn. 151st Arwel Lewis. 196th Emyr Davies. 213th William Evans. 214th Eurwyn Edwards. 236th Gwyn Moseley. 295th Maldwyn Evans. 297th Don Williams. 298th Alistair Brow n and 337th Roy Jardine.
Not to be outdone, 13 Eryri Harriers women completed the race led home by 74th placed overall, Catherine Connell followed by: 91st Gemma Moore. 104th Katie Reynolds. 132nd Elliw Haf. 148th Jacky Artist. 185th Helen Blair. 225th Lucy O’Donnell. 257th Emily Wood. 265th Kate Potter. 286th Katie Wilby. 309th Nia Meleri Edwards. 317th Alison Donnelly and 331st Viv Edwards.
Several Eryri Harriers made their debuts in the Borders League at Caernarfon today and hopefully, it will inspire them to continue supporting the League. The next race is being organised by Deeside AC on Sunday 10th November with a 11am start.
Results and full Borders Road Running League fixtures information at:http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/
A special mention to all the event helpers today, it was not just the runners who were drenched to the skin today! At least, there was very little wind and there were quite a few PB’s (Personal Bests) achieved today. Well done everyone.

Wrexham XC

Dry and reasonably warm conditions ensured a good turn out for Eryri last Saturday in Wrexham. The ladies team are currently in first place, the four men that ran had great results but we need a few more of you in Colwyn Bay to count!
The next fixture is Colwyn Bay on the 19th of October both juniors and seniors.
It’s great fun, really sociable and good for the speed work!

British Athletics Junior and Senior Home International

British Athletics Junior and Senior Home International
The above race took place on the 21st Sept (back when we still had hot sunny weather, remember that!) The competition was split into the Junior and Senior Mountain running trial, with selected teams traveling from across the UK and Ireland to take part.
The route for the juniors was up and down the very runnable Moel Eilio, with the Seniors taking in the whole of the ridge (with a strong hot headwind), and a blistering, airless run down Maesgwm. Conditions were perfect for squeezing in some end of summer tanning, but not quite so comfortable for fast running.
In the Junior race, there were some excellent performances from the young runners selected from the ranks of Eryri Harriers to run for Wales.

Jody Cain was 6th FU20, with Lleucu Lane coming in 18th FU20, helping the Welsh U20 women to Team Bronze in the competition. This was matched by the U20 Men with Louis Guest and Tom Wood coming in 12th and 16th respectively, leading them to a Bronze in the MU20 mens competition.

 

In the Senior competition, the standard was VERY high. With the chance of a GB vest, the Open women and mens races had some very talented runners in the mix, some of which had run for Great Britain before.

First in from Eryri in the women’s race was Miranda Grant in 5th Int (10thF overall) running for Scotland, followed by Elliw Haf in 8th (13th), and newly joined Faye Johnson one place behind in 9th (14th), both running for Wales. In the team standings this was a Bronze for the Senior Welsh Women, and Silver for the Scotland Women.

In the Men, Russell Bentley was 6th International, one place behind local Math Roberts. Owain Williams pulled on his Welsh vest for the 2nd time this year to place 17th Int. For the men, this was a team Bronze in the competition.

Well done to everyone on some hard running in hard conditions but great results!

Race results attached in British Athletics article, and a link to some photos of us all looking a bit hot and a bit tired and sweaty (I’m speaking for myself here) but secretly loving it on the inside 😉.