2019/20 Cross Country Fixture list.

5th October-Shrewsbury
19th October- Colwyn Bay
23rd November- Dolgellau
11th January- Wrexham
1st February- Oswestry

North Wales champs -4th January in Northrop

Juniors will be held at Colwyn Bay on 19th October
Dolgellau on 23rd November
Bangor on 7th December
North Wales champs in Northrop on the 4th January

Club Presentation Evening Report

The Club Presentation Evening 09/03/2019:

Well, a great evening was had by the 42 of us who attended the annual club presentation evening on Saturday evening. The Split Willow did us proud with their excellent food, the trophies went down very well, & Russell Bentley’s address was interesting & thought-provoking. Just such a shame that from a membership of 200+, only 36 actual members were there to enjoy the social & acknowledge all the many achievements…

Huge congrats to the following winners:

Mountain Running:

Men

1st Gavin Roberts, 2nd Matt Fortes (v40), 3rd Craig Jones

1st V50 Russell Owen

1st V70 Alwyn Oliver

2nd v 70 Geoff Fielding

Ladies

1st Nia Albiston (v40), 2nd Andrea Rowlands (v40)

1st V50 Ellie Salisbury

1st V70 Maggie Oliver

Road:

Men

1st Arwel Lewis

2nd Steffan Evans

3rd Iorwerth Roberts

There were no ladies who had completed sufficient champs races

Cross Country:

Men

1st Matt Fortes

2nd Ben Beachell

3rd Russel Owen

 

Ladies

1st Elliw Haf

2nd Tammy Lewis-Jones

3rd Miranda Grant

Special Awards:

Outstanding Contribution to the club – Dyfed Whiteside Thomas

Angela Brand-Barker Ladies Mountain Running Special Achievement Award – Elliw Haf

Dewi Tomos Junior Award – Callum O’Donnell

Outstanding Athlete Award – Bronwen Jenkinson

Rory O’Donnell Most Improved Male Runner Award – Nic Brook

 

A big thanks is in order to our very generous sponsors:

X-Ray Minerals – SPJ

Cwmni Da – Dylan Huws

Joe Brown

Mafon Llanberis

Caffi Siabod – Paul Hodges

DMM Climbing

Welsh National Cross Country Championships

The Welsh National Cross Country Championships were held last weekend in Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli.

Well done to the Eryri U17 men – Callum (8), Louis (9) and Eden (14) who followed Osian Perrin (Menai T&F) & Tomos Land (C’Bay) around the sandy flat, except for near vertical sand dunes, partly wooded course in the warm spring sunshine.   Including some felled tree trunks to break up the flat, a sea breeze, and the longer course than NW XC League races it was tougher than first impressions suggested.  The sunshine and lack of mud were a total and pleasant contrast to the Welsh inter-regional XC held in December.

In the Senior Ladies, the few North runners had good performances in their age groups – Ceri Cook (Buckley) 2nd FV50; Helen Blair 3rd FV50; Anne Mynott (C’Bay) 3rd FV55; Jane Lindley (Buckley) 6th FV50.

Menai T&F, Maldwyn, Colwyn Bay and Deeside had junior runners out in force, doing their best to prevent all of the trophies going to southern clubs.

Well done everyone who made the journey.  See the Welsh Athletics website for full results.  http://results.welshathletics.org/2019_XC_WELSH_CHAMPS_PEMBREY/23022019/

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

 

The annual Club Presentation Evening will be held on Saturday, 9th March, 7 for 7.30pm at the Split Willow Restaurant, Llanfairfechan, LL33 0PA.

The ticket price is £13 for seniors & £5 for U14s, to include a hot buffet, the presentation of last season’s awards & what’s likely to be an informative & amusing address by Russell Bentley.

All members, their partners, friends & families are welcome – it would be great to have everyone out to celebrate the success of the club’s champions & heroes/heroines……

To purchase tickets, please go to http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2301, or for further info, contact Ellie Salisbury at ellierocknrun@gmail.com  (07789061648)

Club Presentation Evening

Notice for your diaries: The Club Presentation Evening will be held on Sat, 9th March (Pipe Dream race day) in Llanberis, or within easy driving distance of Llanberis. All the usual stuff, including buffet/bar/presentation of awards to last season’s winners/surprise guest speaker etc etc. Everyone welcome. Venue/ticket price TBC in the next few days once the committee has made its decision on various quotes & options, so watch this space for a further announcement very soon…..

 

Welsh Inter-regional championships, Llandrindod Wells

Welsh Inter-regional championships, Llandrindod Wells

Eryri representing North Wales

9 Eryri Harriers made the trip down to Llandrindod Wells to wear the North Wales vest in a VERY muddy (see excellent action shots from NeeNee LJ!) Welsh Inter-regional cross-country championships. Teams selected from North, South, East and West Wales competed against each other in typically difficult December conditions – massive congratulations everyone!

Anwen Hockley was 30th position in the U13 girls race, helping the North Wales team to a bronze medal – fantastic Anwen, well done! Tom Wood was an amazing 4 place overall in the U20 mens race, also leading his team home to bronze medals. Lleucu Angharad was 24th in her U17 ladies race and helped her team to a North Wales team GOLD!

In the senior mens event, Gavin Roberts and James Bowden carrying on their great season so far to have brilliant runs in a competitive field of 157 runners, coming in 36th and 46th respectively. In the ladies race, Miranda Grant was a fantastic 6th overall and 2nd FV35, followed by Elliw Haf who came in a very strong 20th overall and 13th senior lady. Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones was 45th and Helen Blair was 77th overall, both helping to bring the North Wales FV45 team home with silver medals – brilliant ladies, well done! Full results available here: http://results.welshathletics.org/.

Callum O’Donnell also ran on Saturday 24th November at the 3rd event of the British Athletics Cross Challenge at Liverpool’s Sefton Park, coming in 89th in the U17 men’s category – these events include high-quality athletes from across the UK, top job Callum!

Lastly, pre-entries are open until 28th December for the North Wales champs at Rhug farm on Saturday 5th January, see link: https://www.northwalesxc.com/fixtures, followed by the penultimate league fixture on Saturday 12th January at Northop.

P.S. This is my last post as XC secretary before handing over to Alexandra Fletcher and Geoff Fielding next weekend who I know will do a fantastic job! I’ve loved it so just wanted to say thank you and a HUGE well done to everyone who has been part of it over the last 4-ish years – running, helping, driving, sorting equipment, plus more! I love the cross-country – a combination of hard-won competitive endeavour combined with brilliant team spirit, I also love this quote (cheers Martin Green for sharing!). Look forward to seeing you at the next race! 

National and international XC representation

 

National and international XC representation

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!

North Wales Cross Country League Wrexham

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

 

North Wales XC champs

North Wales XC champs, Saturday 5th January – pre-entry only by 28th December
All Eryri members with who have lived in North Wales for 9 months or more are eligible to run – it’s a great course on the fields near Rhug Farm shop, Corwen. See attached for details and how to enter. It is possible to enter by email by 28th December, and pay on the day.

NWCCA Entry Form 2019