Fantastic start to the cross country season for men and women

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!

Ladies Bangor 2015

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.

Mens Bangor 2015Rob Samuel Bangor 2015

(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!
Becki Law

XC Bangor – Sat 3rd October – the season begins

The first Cross Country fixture of the 2015/16 season is nearly upon us, starting at 2pm on Sat 3rd October at Treborth, Bangor.

This fixture is arranged by Eryri members, and volunteers are required for marshaling duties on the day and also to donate cakes for the refreshments afterwards.

And of course a good turn out from our members to race on the day is always useful! Please remember you need to wear your Eryri vest and be first claim Eryri Harriers to run!

This fixture is historically where we stamp our mark for the XC season, and a large team turnout is essential to do this.  Regardless of how fast or slow you are you all make a big difference by pushing back another club’s team member, so it all helps.  Last season there were 18 ladies and 14 men out for the club atBangor, lets try to beat that this year.

If you can help in any way please contact Cross Country Secretary, Becki Law – 07922968636

For the full XC fixture list see the XC page here.

Cross Country 2015-16

Advance notice of cross country dates and venues for 2015-6:
North Wales Cross Country League – free entry to all Eryri members (1st claim ONLY)
3rd Oct Treborth 
17th Oct Llandudno 
28th Nov Wrexham / Deeside
16th Jan Shrewsbury  (new course replacing Lilleshall for next season)
6th Feb Oswestry 
North Wales Champs – 30th Jan Rhug Estate, Corwen
Welsh Cross Country Champs – 27th Feb location TBC
UK Inter-counties – 12th March
Welsh Inter regional and masters champs – 12th Dec Builth Wells

First Aid Course

Any Eryri club member that is also a race organiser or a regular marshal at a club race can have the cost of attending a first aid course reimbursed by the club. If you are interested in this, please contact Ellie Salisbury for further details. 


British Masters XC Championships

Two Eryri Harriers represented the club at Ruthin on Saturday 14th March.
In dry but muddy, in some places conditions, the first race featured Don Williams in the Women’s Masters and Male over 65’s categories in which Don finished 96th overall, (7th MV/70) of the 138 finishers in a time of 30:58 on the 6k course.
The 2nd and final race featured Arwel Lewis in the Male Masters 35 to 64 Category 8km event in which he finished 72nd overall and 11th MV/55 (2nd Welsh) in a time of 35:05. There were 142 finishers.
In Antrim, Northern Ireland, Bronwen Jenkinson represented Wales in the IAAF Cross-Country, incorporating the Home Countries International, Bronwen finished 31st in the under 20’s race.

Welsh Athletics President

Welsh Athletics is very sad to report the sudden death of Welsh Athletics President Sue Sayer late on Sunday 8th March.

Matt Newman, Welsh Athletics Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Sue Sayer was a true unsung hero of athletics in Wales.

Sue showed an unbelievable commitment and dedication to her club, the North Wales Region and to athletics at a national and international level.

Her contribution was immense and she will be missed by everyone within the wider athletics family. Our thoughts are with Ivor, Caroline and Richard at this difficult time.”

News of her death has stunned everyone connected with the sport and sadly it is the second tragedy involving North Wales officials in the past week.

Last week Gareth Brooks, 35-year-old son of Paul Brooks, of Leeswood, the secretary of the North Wales regional athletics council, died in hospital after a short illness .

Sue Sayer, 68, from Buckley, was chair of Deeside Athletics Club, chair of the North Wales regional council and for the past two years has been President of Welsh Athletics. Until recently she was also secretary of the Welsh track and field committee.

In her role as President she attended numerous competitions and meetings throughout Wales, and at the close of Sunday’s indoor international in Cardiff was presented with a bouquet.

It is understood that as she was driving home she was taken ill near Craven Arms in Shropshire and pulled into a lay-by. A passer-by alerted the police and she was found to be dead.

The secretary of Deeside AAC Denise Harris said the news had come as a huge shock although she had not been in the best of health in recent years.

“I had known Sue for about 30 years since she first brought her daughter Caroline to the club as a youngster,” she said. “She started helping and became more involved as a team manager and eventually as chairperson.

“Her death leaves a huge gap to fill because she did so much for the club.”

Gareth Hughes, vice-chairman of the North Wales regional council, said Mrs Sayer was constantly working for the good of the sport in the region and was very proud of the achievements of local athletes at national and international level.

“She made a massive contribution to the sport over many years, which was recognized by her election as President, and she was forever speaking up for North Wales,” he said.

A former teacher, Mrs Sayer received a Welsh Athletics meritorious award in 2001 and 12 years later was presented with Award of Honour.

She leaves her husband Ivor, himself a much-respected official race starter, and children Richard and Caroline, all of whom have made a huge contribution to athletics.

Details of the funeral arrangements to follow.

Our sincere condolences to husband Ivor and her children Richard & Caroline.

Birmingham Inter Counties XC

Amongst those representing North Wales at the Inter-Counties XC Champs at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 7th March were:
SENIOR MEN: Richard Roberts who had a good run to make the top 100 finishing 92nd in a time of 38:05 and 218th Daniel Kashi 41:08. There were 283 finishers.
UNDER 20 WOMEN: 55th Bronwen Jenkinson 25:20. There were 143 finishers.
UNDER 17 MEN: 97th John Spill 21:28. There were 274 finishers.

Aelodaeth 2015/16 Membership

Aelodaeth 2015/16 Membership
Mae hi’n adeg yna’r flwyddyn unwaith eto!
Bydd angen talu ffi aelodaeth ar gyfer 2015/16 cyn diwedd y mis (Mawrth).
Cofiwch gallwch nawr talu ar lein, manylion y banc ar y ffurflen aelodaeth.
It’s that time of year again!
Membership renewals need to be paid by the end of the month (March).
Remember that you can now pay online, bank details are on the membership form.
Diolch yn fawr!

Welsh XC Championship

Twelve Harriers competed at the Welsh Cross Country Championships at Rhug this Saturday . despite the dodgy weather and frequent snow showers the courses were fairly dry and mud free.

In the women’s race Annabelle McQueen took the day off swimming to come 18th in under 15 girls, Bronwen Jenkinson got her first ever medal at Welsh Cross Champs with third in the under 20s. New recruit to the Eryri women , Lauren Jeska, timed her run perfectly to finish second in the senior women’s race behind Llandrindod’s finest, Ffion Price.

In the men’s races Mike Spill ran solidly to come 14th in the under 13 race while big brother John was fifth in the under 17s and Steffan Williams was 18th in the same race. Owen Roberts was fifth in the men’s under 20 race which was won by GB International Jac Hopkins.

In the senior men, Richard Roberts put in a fine performance to finish sixth with SPJ coming a fine 20th leaving many youngsters in his wake, Ben Beachell was 23rd, a resurgent James McQueen 40th and Mike Blake 50th, missing the start despite turning up two hours early.


Oswestry XC

Amazingly another dry day for the last fixture in the cross country league, although of course there was lots of mud!  In the first race, Steffan ran well to finish 5th U17 and Don again won the o70 category. The women were led home by Bronwen, 1st U20, followed by Lou (o35), Megan (o35) and Jenny (o40)  packing well, then Sandra (o45), Ellie (o50) and Maggie (o65). This cemented the  superb achievement of being  first Womens team and first Lady Masters team, with a cup and and shield being awarded respectively. Andrea Rowlands has had a stunning season and ended up as 2nd Senior Women as well as winning the o40 category! Don again won the o70 category, Lou was 2nd and Megan 3rd in the o35 category and Maggie 2nd in the o65s.


It was great to see the mens race being won by Richard Roberts, followed in 2nd position by the ever improving Owen  U20, Fred 13th after injuring his hand during the race, Craig (o40) 23rd, SPJ (o55) 33rd, Arwel (o55) 43rd, Paul (o45) 56th, returning from injury Kean (o50) 78th and Steve Llan (o55) 98th . The Mens team finished in  an excellent overall 2nd position behind Bangor Unversity, with the Masters narrowly missing out on the medals in 4th position. Some great individual results, Fred being 5th Snr Man, Owen 2nd U20, SPJ and Arwel 2nd & 3rd o55.


Overall this season 23 women and 24 men have run for the club and they all deserve a medal for their contribution to the club`s success! Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb!