Weekend Trail Reports

On Saturday 26th October, Matt Ward had a terrific battle with club colleague Matt Fortes for the Llyn Brenig 9 mile trail race title, eventually pulling away to win in a time of 56:37, with Fortes 2nd in 56:48.

Johnny Moore ran well to finish 5th overall and 1st MV/45 in 60:48, while Andrea Rowlands had a more comfortable win in the ladies section finishing 8th overall in a time of 63:00.

There were 48 finishers in all and among them: 10th Phil Targett 63:36. 16th (3rd Female) Becki Law 68:49 and 39th Iorwerth Roberts 88:43.

The following day at Newborough Forest, 99 competitors took part in the Half Marathon trail race that included two laps of the scenic Llanddwyn Island in what were quite warm conditions.  Former Eryri Harrier Gwyn Owen made his intentions clear from the start as he left everyone in his wake to comfortably win in a time of 1:19:06 ahead of Menai athlete Steffan Sayer 1:23:01. 

Eryri’s Dewi Owen running well to finish 3rd 1:29:15 followed by 4th Karl Ashworth 1:29:48, just pipping Dyfed Whiteside Thomas in a sprint finish as Dyfed clocked 1:29:49 ahead of Arwel Lewis in 6th & (1st MV/50) 1:30:06.

Other notable Eryri Finishers: 8th Huw Owen 1:32:22. 13th (1st MV/40) Brian Wills 1:37:56. 28th and (3rd Female) Tammy Lewis-Jones 1:45:55.

In the 10k trail race incorporating one lap of the Half Marathon course, Siobhan Evans finished 8th overall and 1st Female in a time of 44:20. The race was won by Chester Tri’s Alex Hall in 37:57 ahead of promising young Menai athlete Iolo Hughes 38:58 who beat his coach(!) Andy Walling (1st MV/40) 40:47, with Eryri’s Dylan Jones 4th in 41:21.  Gary Porter-Jones finished 7th overall and 3rd MV/40 in 43:44. There was a very good turnout of 181 for the 10k race and along with the junior races prior to the senior events, a good day all round for The Always Aim High well organised event.

 

ARWEL LEWIS

 

Triumph again at Cross Country League – trophies galore!

North Wales Cross Country League 2012/13

Final Season Results   (link will be added when they appear on the NWXCL website)

 

XC 2013 prizgiving

Well in the end, Eryri Harriers didn’t do quite as well as last year’s best season ever, but they did come away from the final cross country fixture at Oswestry with a very impressive clutch of awards.

As anticipated, the Men’s team retained the team trophy with a huge margin over the nearest teams, and in a thrilling finish, the Male Masters team were also winners, overhauling league leaders Buckley to snatch victory.  The last time the club won the Masters was 2001/02!

Throughout the season the Men’s team had 15 different athletes counting (6 needed to score) and 10 different counters for the Masters (4 to score ) but all who run play their part in pushing back members of other clubs.  On the day there was a welcome return from injury for Richard Roberts at 4th overall, closely followed by Llyr Pierce in 10th.  Another great run by Martin Cliffe (O40) in 14th really boosted the Masters, backed up by Anthony Bethell (O45) and Adrian Williams (O40) continuing their close rivalry finishing 20th and 21st.  Our chairman Craig (O40) was 40th, with Arwel Lewis (O50) holding off Emlyn Roberts (O50) in 46th and 49th position respectively; Phil Tan (O60) and Steve Llan Jones (O55) 100th.

Arwel was the only male runner from the club to get an individual award, finishing 2nd overall in the O50 category (the best 4 results out of the 5 fixtures are used for this).

The valiant Womens team were led home again by Bronwen Jenkinson (still only 15) in her first senior cross country season and she well deserved her 3rd (U17) individual award.  Joanne Moore (O40) followed closely, then still recovering from illness Ellie Salisbury (O50) who also had the 2nd O50 individual award; Hayley Turner and Maggie Oliver (O60) who also had the 2nd O60 award.

Amazingly after such difficulty getting a team for the last three fixtures, the Womens team took 3rd overall, an amazing achievement, not least helped by Ellie coming from her deathbed!

The icing on the cake was the club winning the Friendship Trophy for the best aggregate team award – this trophy was presented for the first time last year and now Eryri have won it twice!

Well done everyone – a fantastic team effort!

 

Maggie Oliver

(the repeatedly ex-Cross Country Secretary!).

 

Editors Note –

Big thanks to Maggie and Jenny Heming for pulling the team together at the eleventh hour this weekend, successfully phoning, texting and cajoling people to turn out for the club.

Thanks also to Arwel for driving the minibus this weekend.

This weekend’s competition – club runners required!

North Wales Cross Country League – final fixture and trophy decider!!!
Oswestry Sat 2nd February, at The Marches School, SY11 2AR.
Men’s Start 2:45pm. Ladies Start 2pm.
There will be a mini bus going to the final race of the 2012/13 North Wales Cross Country League season at Oswestry this Saturday 2nd February departing Parc Menai at 10:30am, picking up at Tesco Llan.Junc. en route.

It is imperative that we get full teams out to the event as there are various trophies/awards to be won by turning out and supporting the club.
Current standings:
Senior Women: 1st Colwyn Bay 242. 2nd Eryri 302. 3rd Oswestry 333.
Ladies Masters: 1st Wrexham 113. 2nd Telford 131. 3rd Denbigh 156. 4th Eryri 163.
Senior Men: 1st Eryri 674. 2nd Deeside 1,071. 3rd Telford 1,102.
Mens Masters: 1st Buckley 139. 2nd Eryri 167. 3rd Oswestry 213.

 

Sun 3rd February – Borders Road Running League – Ty Croes. Anglesey. 11am Start
On Sunday is the 5th race of the Borders Road Running League 2012/13 season at The Anglesey Circuit, Ty Croes, LL63 5TF. The 5 mile race entails two and a bit laps of the motor racing circuit. Once again it is imperative that at least our men turn out for this race to get out of the relegation places and retain our 1st Division status.

This weekend's competition – club runners required!

North Wales Cross Country League – final fixture and trophy decider!!!
Oswestry Sat 2nd February, at The Marches School, SY11 2AR.
Men’s Start 2:45pm. Ladies Start 2pm.
There will be a mini bus going to the final race of the 2012/13 North Wales Cross Country League season at Oswestry this Saturday 2nd February departing Parc Menai at 10:30am, picking up at Tesco Llan.Junc. en route.

It is imperative that we get full teams out to the event as there are various trophies/awards to be won by turning out and supporting the club.
Current standings:
Senior Women: 1st Colwyn Bay 242. 2nd Eryri 302. 3rd Oswestry 333.
Ladies Masters: 1st Wrexham 113. 2nd Telford 131. 3rd Denbigh 156. 4th Eryri 163.
Senior Men: 1st Eryri 674. 2nd Deeside 1,071. 3rd Telford 1,102.
Mens Masters: 1st Buckley 139. 2nd Eryri 167. 3rd Oswestry 213.

 

Sun 3rd February – Borders Road Running League – Ty Croes. Anglesey. 11am Start
On Sunday is the 5th race of the Borders Road Running League 2012/13 season at The Anglesey Circuit, Ty Croes, LL63 5TF. The 5 mile race entails two and a bit laps of the motor racing circuit. Once again it is imperative that at least our men turn out for this race to get out of the relegation places and retain our 1st Division status.

Lilleshall XC result & Team Positions

NWXC LEAGUE TEAM POSITIONS

 

After four out of five events the Eryri Mens Team still have a substantial lead over second placed Deeside, while the Male Masters have jumped up to second position overall.

The Ladies Team are still holding on to second position, with the Lady Masters in fourth but only 7 points behind third placed Denbigh Harriers.

Seethe full results page on the NWXCL website for who did what at Lilleshall on the 12th January.

 

The final fixture – Oswestry on February 2nd.  The event is at the usual venue of The Marches School., SY11 2AR.

So lots to play for, and with a good turn out we may secure a few extra trophies.

 

With that in mind, if you won a trophy last year please ensure that you either bring it to the final fixture or pass it someone who is attending.

 

Maggie Oliver.

Lilleshall XC result & Team Positions

NWXC LEAGUE TEAM POSITIONS

 

After four out of five events the Eryri Mens Team still have a substantial lead over second placed Deeside, while the Male Masters have jumped up to second position overall.

The Ladies Team are still holding on to second position, with the Lady Masters in fourth but only 7 points behind third placed Denbigh Harriers.

Seethe full results page on the NWXCL website for who did what at Lilleshall on the 12th January.

 

The final fixture – Oswestry on February 2nd.  The event is at the usual venue of The Marches School., SY11 2AR.

So lots to play for, and with a good turn out we may secure a few extra trophies.

 

With that in mind, if you won a trophy last year please ensure that you either bring it to the final fixture or pass it someone who is attending.

 

Maggie Oliver.

Eryri strong in the field at Lilleshall

North Wales Cross Country League – Lilleshall – 12th January 2013

From being worried about fielding a womens team at Lilleshall, the club actually had six representatives in the end. The course was very heavy, muddy and wet and the afternoon cold and overcast but no snow! Bronwen Jenkinson (U17) led the team home, followed by Joanne Moore (W40) running strongly in her second cross country, Ellie Salisbury (W50), Hayley Turner, Sioned Rowlands straight back from warm weather training, and Maggie Oliver (W60).

The mens team continued their precarious existence from Wrexham with just having the required six members! However on the plus side there was a great cross country debut by Martin Cliffe (M40) finishing in 16th position, followed by good packing from Antony Bethell 31st (M45), Adrian Williams 32nd (M40), Arwel Lewis 40th (M50), a super sprint finish from Dils 70th (M40) and Paul Jenkinson 75th (M40). Well done Vets but where are all the Senior Men? Team positions are not known yet but hopefully with a good turn out in Oswestry on February 2nd the mens team could still win and the women will still be in medal contention. Well done everyone for giving up their Saturday to make the long trek over the border.

The North Wales Cross Country Championship is at the Rhug Estate, near Corwen (LL21 OEH) on Saturday 26th January. Pre entry is by January 21st on a form that can be downloaded from the northwalesxc website. Entry is possible on the day and costs an extra £2. Lets have a good turn out from the club to support this event. Minibus going to Oswestry but not Rhug – try to lift share!

Maggie Oliver.

Next Cross Country Fixture – 12th January

 

Next Cross Country Fixture

12th January – National Sports Centre, Lilleshall, Telford, TF10 9AT.

Arwel Lewis is organising a minibus so anyone wanting to go on the bus needs to contact him ASAP to book a place: arweleryri@googlemail.com

or phone: 07977 601 029

Thanks,

Jenny Heming,

XC Secretary

Cross Country Update

Wrexham Cross Country Report (24/11/12)
Well done to the Eryri stalwarts who turned out for the club at the above event. Thanks to Jos Jones and Joanne Moore who are relative newcomers to running for Eryri in cross country and without whom we would not have had the bare minimum required to score without being penalised!
The women had the necessary four required plus Maggie with a broken wrist and the men had six.
Rob Samuel was first in for the men in overall second place in 29.12, followed by Matt Ward (33.03), Adrian Williams (33.39), Anthony Bethell (34.06), Jos Jones (34.12) and Arwel Lewis (34.18).
The women bunched well with Jenny Heming (21.51), Megan Hughes (22.41), Joanne Moore (22.42), Ellie Salisbury (22.58) and Maggie Oliver (28.36).

The men were third overall on the day but have maintained their large aggregate lead by 270 points in front of Deeside.
The women were fifth but are still second overall and only 17 points behind Colwyn Bay on aggregate.

There will be a minibus going to the next event on 12th January in Telford (Lilleshall). Contact Jenny for details of pick up and times in the New Year. Please come if you can, your club needs you!

Details of forthcoming cross country championships in Builth Wells on Saturday:
Selected athletes have been informed of their selection. Please arrive in plenty of time, your start times are shown below. Any queries phone Jenny Heming 07999 527584 (after 3pm) or email jennyheming@live.co.uk

 

Welsh Inter-Regional & Masters Cross Country Championships

Car Parking Information

Parking for all, team coaches and spectators will be on the Royal Welsh Showground site, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, LD2 3TY, with access along from the “Little Chef” roundabout at the junction of A483 and A470. See course map.

Headquarters
The event headquarters is at the Jubilee Hall Community Centre.

Changing Accommodation & Toilets
Changing, toilets and showers are available in the block, on the hill just above (150m) the start finish area. Additional toilets are available in the Jubilee Hall Community Centre. Please note: NO SPIKES

Club/Regional Tents
For those groups and regions who wish to bring tents, the area at the rear of the Jubilee Hall Community Centre has been outlined, as it offers access to the course, where announcements can be heard, in addition the presentation area is alongside.

On Site Catering
There will be on site catering, providing a variety of refreshments.

Litter
There will a number of large litter bins around the site. Please do not leave any litter on the ground where you have changed or where you have sited your club tent. We must remove ALL litter before we leave on the day. You can help be placing all of your rubbish in one of the bins.

Risk Assessment – Walking the Course before you race
One of the requirements of the event risk assessment is that ALL competitors walk the course before the event. Please arrive early – at least an hour and a half before your race – so that you can walk the course. If you find a hazard, which you consider to be dangerous, please report it to the Event Referee, Mr Derek Willliams.

 

Welsh Masters Championships
The 2012 Welsh Athletics Masters Cross-Country Championships will be held as part of the Welsh Inter -Regional Championships, which will be hosted by the South Wales region at The Royal Welsh Showground, in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys (LD2 3TY) on Saturday 8thDecember 2012.

Events shall be confined to competitors who are at least 35 years of age on the day of the race for men and women.

All Master women will compete in a single race over 5150 metres. The event will start at 13.15pm.

There will be three races for Master Men.

For many years, athletes in the M40-69 age groups have competed in the main Masters race.

M70+ categories compete in the shorter race for Master Women. It is intended to continue this practice.

The Men’s 35 – 39 age category will run in the Regional Championship event (running 10,020 metres at 14.40pm), with medals awarded to the first three individuals, whilst for the M40-69 age groups will be over a distance of 8160 metres starting at 11:45am.

Timetable
11.00 Year 5 Girls 1,000m
11.10 Year 5 Boys 1,000m
11.20 Year 6 Girls 1,000m
11.30 Year 6 Boys 1,000m
11.45 Master Men 8,160m
11.50 U13 Girls 2,420m
12.30 U13 Boys 2,420m
12.40 U15 Girls 3,260m
12.50 U15 Boys 4,100m
13.00 U20 Women 5,100m
13.15 MW & 70M 5,100m
13.40 U17 Men 5,100m
13.50 Senior Women 6,100m
14.15 U20 Men 6,100m
14.30 U17 Women 4,260m
14.40 Senior Men 10,060m