Castles Relay

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The Castle Relays Event runs the length of Wales – 200+ miles over 2 days, 20 stages and 64 teams, starting at Caernarfon Castle on Saturday morning, with an overnight halt at Newtown and finishing on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff.

The route passes (within 2 miles) of 22 Castles!

The event took place last weekend 4/5th June over two days kicking off at 10am Saturday morning in Caernarfon Castle.

Day 1: A large crowd gathered to watch all teams kicking off in the beautiful sunshine from Caernarfon to Penygroes, following which the second leg went onwards to Criccieth, Maentwrog, Harlech, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Dinas Mawddwy, Foel, Llanfair Caereinion ending on day 1 in Newtown.  As a first time Castle Relay’s runner I can definitely the thing that stuck my the most on day1 was the fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie of the runners from all clubs.  Everyone was helping each other out on all legs motivating them, passing out wet sponges and water – which was definitely more than appreciated from the runners, particularly those running during the middle of the day due to the hot weather.  Day 1 could not have finished on a better note, with Richard Roberts’s 1st place win on arrival in Newtown.  The team then set-up camp in Newtown School grounds before some well-deserved dinner at the local chip shop.

Day 2: We awoke at around 5am (mainly so I could get my breakfast down before my leg started at 7am).  Looking back though this was an envious task in comparison with guys & girls running the midday legs as the hottest temperatures experienced in Wales this year and no shade made proved an added challenge.  Day 2 included the iconic stretch of the A470 which passes through the Brecon Beacons reservoir before going onwards to Merthyr, Abercynon, Caerphilliy & finishing in Cardiff.  Then homeward bound, stopping in Builth Wells for a celebratory dinner!

Out of the 64 teams, Eryri Harriers finished in 10th position overall which was a record result for the team.  This included two first place positions for Richard Roberts (Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown leg ) and Owen Roberts (Foel to Llanfair Caereinion leg).

Team Captains:

Dyfed Whiteside Thomas

Vice Captain:

Dillwyn Rowlands

Chief Organiser:

Sioned Rowlands

Vice Chief Organiser

Rhian Thomas

Secondary minibus driver:

Emlyn Owen

Full team in order of legs run:

Day 1: Johnny Moore, Shaun Davies, Stephen Williams, Steffan Williams, Arwel Lewis, Huw Owen, Dewi Owen, John Rowley, Owen Roberts, Richard Roberts,

Day 2: Emlyn Owen, Elliw Haf, Lee Davitt, Llion Iwan, Jennifer Charlton, Matthew Roberts, Dyfed Whiteside Thomas, Helen Morgan, Llinos Greenhalgh, Dilwyn Rowlands

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

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