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

Brilliant at the Bay

Brilliant at the Bay – XC results so far and this week’s fixture

Cross country again next weekend, and last one for 2018, on Saturday 10th November at Ysgol Morgan Clywd, Wrexham LL13 9NG. Free minibus going if numbers warrant it, please let me know if you’d like a space, leaving 11.30am from Parc Menai, Bangor with pick ups along coast. Junior races are on in the morning too.

Anybody new to cross-country very welcome, along with all those who know and love it. The course at Wrexham is quite different to the hills of Colwyn Bay, with a flatter profile but still as hard (or as easy) as you want it to be. Look forward to seeing lots of Eryri vests once again!

Results from the last fixture have seen the senior men’s team move up from 7th overall into 5th overall – let’s keep this up! The male masters team are in 6th. Both ladies teams were 1st on the day and are currently 3rd overall in the senior ladies category and 5th overall in the lady masters category. Again, brilliant efforts that would be fantastic to continue, let’s keep going! See full results by following this link:https://www.northwalesxc.com/results

Thanks, Becki Law (email: bex85@msn.com)

Results from last XC fixture – Shrewsbury

Results from last XC fixture – Shrewsbury

Well done everyone who took part in the last race of the XC league in Shrewsbury!

Senior men are 7th in Division 1 and the male masters are joint 5th with Cadence Tri club. Senior ladies are currently joint 3rd with Buckley and 6th in the ladies masters section.

Remember also – to count in the Eryri club championships, you need to run in 4 out of the 5 league races 

Click on link below to access results from Shrewsbury:

Thanks, Becki

bex85@msn.com

6-10-18 Final SHREWSBURY

Trespass Colwyn Bay

Trespass Colwyn Bay are offering a discount to Eryri Harriers members. Just produce your membership card.

Cross country in Colwyn Bay this Saturday – Senior and Junior race details

Cross country in Colwyn Bay this Saturday – Senior and Junior race details
All welcome to join in this weekend on a new course in Colwyn Bay – free to take part, just make sure you wear your Eryri vest!
It’s the second race of the league for the seniors and the first race of the league for the juniors – should be a good one!
Please see attached for the details:
Any queries, let Becki Law know – bex85@msn.com

Rory O’Donnell

Gyda chalon drom a thristwch mawr y ffarweliwyd & Rory O’Donnell ddydd Mercher, y Sed o Fedi. Cynhaliwyd y gwasanaeth yn Eglwys Gatholig Dewi Sant a’r Santes Helen yng Nghaernarfon. Roedd yr eglwys dan ei sang ac yn dystiolaeth i’r holl fywydau y cyffyrddodd Rory & hwy.

Gydol y gwasanaeth daeth cariad Rory tuag at redeg mynydd i’r amlwg, yn enwedig yn nheyrnged ei frawd Huw yn adrodd hanesion am gerrig gwynion amhosibl eu darganfod a helynt colli awyren.

Daeth hyn a chwerthin i amgylchiad mor drist, ond roedd chwerthin yn rhan bwysig o fywyd Rory, yn enwedig tynnu coes. Gan ei gyd-weithwyr clywsom fel y gallai adrodd stori gyda wyneb syth cyn cyrraedd ei diwedd a gorffen gyda gwén fawr a ‘dim ond joc’!

Roedd rhai geiriau’n taro tant arbennig. “Y gwasanaeth mwyaf teilwng y gallwn eiroi, nid yn unig i Rory, ond i ni’n hunain hefyd, yw byw ein bywyd gyda’r sél a’r ymroddiad a roddodd ef i fywyd.” Dyna fodd arbennig o anrhydeddu Rory.

O gofio cariad Rory tuag at redeg ar y mynyddoedd, addas iawn oedd i’r haul dywynnu arnynt ar ddiwrnod ei ffarwelio. Bydd colled am ei wén heintus a’i awch am fywyd a rhedeg.

Mae meddyliau holl aelodau’r clwb gyda Kelly a’r bechgyn, y teulu, ei ffrindiau a’i gyd-weithwyr.

Gorffwys yn dawel Rory, a rhed yn rhydd.

 

It was with heavy hearts and great sadness we said farewell to Rory O’Donnell on Wednesday 5th September. The service held at the Catholic Church of St. David and St. Helen in Caernarfon was superbly attended showing just how many people’s lives Rory touched.

Throughout the service Rory’s love of fell running was highlighted particularly by his brother Hugh telling stories of impossible to find white stones and missing flights home. This brought some laughter to such a sad occasion and by all accounts laughter was another of Rory’s loves, and in particular winding people up. His work colleagues telling us how he would do it with a straight face right up to the end before cracking a huge smile and saying ‘only joking!’!

Some words spoken struck a chord. “The greatest service we can do not only to Rory but also to ourselves is to live our lives with just some of the zeal and zest for life he did.” This sounds like a fantastic way to honour Rory.

Rory loved running in the mountains and it seemed entirely fitting that on this day, the sun shone brightly on the mountains he loved so much. His infectious smile and enthusiasm for life and running will be sorely missed.

The thoughts of the whole club are with Kelly and the boys, family, friends and colleagues.

Rest well Rory and run free.