A fine day and good running conditions greeted over 250 runners at Treborth Playing fields on Saturday at the first fixture of the North Wales Cross Country League. Nineteen men and twelve women from Eryri Harriers took part and brought the Senior Men’s, Senior Ladies and Masters Ladies team to 1st overall, with the Masters Men in 9th – it was fantastic to see both new and familiar faces contributing to an absolutely brilliant start to the season!
In the first race of the day Andrea Rowlands had a strong run coming in 2nd overall, with Beckie Taylor (first race as a new member!) coming in 7th, followed by 9th placed Megan Hughes (also 1st W35) and Sarah Caskey. In her first cross country race with the seniors, Annabelle McQueen had a storming run coming in at 12th overall, followed by Helen Blair (1st W45), Tammy Lewis-Jones and Annie Williams (1st W55). Fresh from their mountain marathon epics, Hayley Turner and Ellie Salisbury had a great run, followed by Sioned Rowlands (first time running the course!), Becca Roberts and Maggie Oliver making up the 12-strong Eryri Ladies team. Well done everyone, fantastic effort from all!
In the men’s race of 148 runners, Rob Samuel (great to see back at the cross country!) was second overall, with John Spill a brilliant 3rd. Next was Jim Bacon, Fred Maier (10th and 11th overall), Owen Roberts and Hugh O’Donnell, followed by Matt Fortes and Rory O’Donnell, with Jonathan Moore and Gary P-J coming in next. Arwel Lewis, Paul Jenkinson and Jonathan Fleming packed well, with Steve Llan Jones, Neale Lewis-Jones (enjoying his first ever cross country race!) and Steve Pilbeam coming in next – a bumper team of 16! Ryan Owen (another new member!) flew into second place in the under 17 men’s race with ever-improving Steffan Williams coming in 7th overall. Don Williams was 1st out of 11 M70’s running – an inspiration to us all! Full results will be on NWXC league website soon.
(Photos: Mike Blake)
The cakes were wonderful, thanks so much to all who contributed and to Ann, Sharon and Karen for sorting sandwiches and tea! Thanks also to all of the marshalls and helpers – Maggie and Alwyn Oliver, Mike Blake and Matt Fortes all helped mark the course (amongst other things!), Ellie and Stu on the carparking (also amongst other things!), Iorwerth, Dils and Sioned, Sue and Becca Roberts, my good friend Jane Boyd. The finish would have gone completely to pot if it wasn’t for Matt and Sioned (again!) and Jen Charlton (who did a great job getting thrown in at the deep end!). People helped make sure the course was runnable and sweep up afterwards (Hayley, Paul, Arwel) and I’m sure there are others who did things and I didn’t even know, but I would have definitely known if it hadn’t been done, so thank you so much!
Looking forward to the next fixture on Saturday 17th October at St David’s College, Llandudno!