Lilleshall – Saturday

Bus pickup at 10.30am from Brewsters (Black Cat roundabout), Glan Conwy en route.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU Part 2 – Lilleshall Cross-Country


It would be fantastic to see a great crowd of Eryri vests at Lilleshall on Saturday 18th Jan.


Please let Becki Law know if you can run (More = better/merrier!).


Please also let Becki Law know if you would like to travel on the team minibus so we can arrange pick-ups – probable first stop Parc Menai at 10am.


Becki Law


Bring on the Mud!

Bring on the cross-country mud!

The next race of the cross country league is at Lilleshall on 18th January – we really need to try to get a full men’s team out this time – it would be fantastic to continue our successes from last year. Both senior and masters ladies are currently second in the league too! Time to put all the your training efforts to good use (and any mince pie indulgences behind you!) – anyone and EVERYONE helps the team (as long as you are first claim Eryri) so don your vest and go for it!

The weekend after is the North Wales Cross-country championships in Northop on 25th January (including junior races) – you can find the entry form and further details by following the link below:

Following that is Oswestry on 8th February – see for details.

Minibus transport details for these league events to be posted soon.

Please let me know if you can make it to these events – we need as many as possible to help but a minimum of 6 men, 4 ladies, 3 masters men (O40) and 3 masters ladies (O35).

Thanks and feel free to contact me with any queries.


Becki Law

Cross Country

Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships

A great day in beautiful but windy Builth on Saturday, the rain held off and the sun even shined until the end of the Men’s race!  The course is definitely a good one – wooded single track, grass slopes and the standard flat (ish!) straights, so it was an enjoyable run too.

It’s always a good chance to work hard, and it paid off – Wendy Trimbel was 4th in her category (6th overall), completing the 5.1k course in 29.07, I managed a top 10 position of 9th in the Senior Women’s race (24.09). Also completing 2 large laps (6.1k), Nathan Jones was a fantastic 3rd overall in the U20 category (21.40). Last but not least, Dan Kashi battled the enduring wind and rain, completing the gruelling 10.06k course and coming in (TBC) 14th! Not everyone selected could make it due to various commitments, but very well done to everyone who did! Overall team results (and any updates to the above) to follow when available.


NEXT FIXTURES FOR THE DIARIES (go on, you know you want to):

18th January 2014 – North Wales Cross Country League (Lilleshall, Telford)

25th January 2014 – North Wales Cross Country Championships (Northop)

There is ALSO the last North Wales Cross Country League fixture of the season on 8th February 2014 (Marches School, Oswestry).

Let’s get a good representation out at these next ones.

Any questions (or if you just want persuading that cross-country is a great team day out!), contact Becki Law (mobile: 07922968636, email:, or see me at the fun run.

Becki Law













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XC update report

Cross country report for committee meeting (4th December 2013)

Maggie Oliver and Becki Law had an enjoyable handover meeting in the Caban after the Sunday Morning Run at the weekend (fingers crossed I can do as good a job as Maggie has done over the past few years!).

Maggie kindly covered for me at the Wrexham fixture last weekend (see website for report). Current standings are as follows:

Senior Men – 8th at Wrexham (with penalty), now 6th in the league (from 1st)

Masters Men – 9th at Wrexham, 3rd in league

O70’s Men – Don Williams 1st by a long way!

Senior Women – 5th on the day, 3rd to 2nd in the league

Masters Women – 3rd on day, 2nd in league

Last but by no means least, Maggie (and others I think, who I haven’t had a chance to find on the website today!?) represented Wales in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in November – the ladies team earned a fantastic Bronze medal!

I’ll double-check all of the above results and standings etc and update the website soon.

Looking forward to the next fixture at Lilleshall on 18th January, will be looking to organise (hopefully free!) transport for everyone. Soon coming up, there is also the Welsh Inter-regional Championships on December 14th in Builth Wells, I’ve emailed the 16 athletes who have been selected to run and am awaiting replies. Will look to confirming transport arrangements for this one too.

I will also be nabbing/cajoling people at Lilleshall and the fun run for representatives at the North Wales Championships in Northop on 25th January. This also forms the Welsh Masters Cross Country Championships so I will be encouraging members via the weekly to enter this if they’d like to. Please accept my apologies at this event as I’ll be on route back from a ski trip, will make it if I can!

I think that’s it for now, please do feel free to let me know if I’m missing anything/anyone.

Becki Law

(XC rep)


Wrexham XC news

Hi everyone,

See report below from Maggie who very kindly covered for me at the cross country at the weekend!

Well done to everyone who did make it to run – brilliant! Let’s start the new year with a good turn-out at Lilleshall – will be in touch about details/travel plans but for now, put it in the diary.

Looking forward to it!


Becki Law,

Cross Country Rep.




Well the third cross country fixture at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd on Saturday was an afternoon of mixed fortunes for the club, wonderful women and missing men!

 The women were well led home by Andrea (O35), followed by Megan (O35), Jo (O40) and Wendy (O35) packing well together. Sandra (O45) and Ellie (O50) finished next with Bronwen (U17), Hayley and Helen (O45) finishing before Don (O70). Alison (O45) and Maggie (O65) made up the women`s team.

For the gallant men, Craig (O40) finished 42nd, with Arwel (O55) 54th, Kean (O55) 91st, Steve L. Jones (O55) 100th and Jeremy (O55) 117th. Thanks to all who turned up (and to Gary for sending apologies for absence due to injury) but where was everyone else? Considering the men`s team have won the league the last two years and that the club has such a large male membership, it was very disappointing. The team will incur a penalty for not having the required number of six runners but the Male Masters team will have done well!  Hopefully the club will be able to field a full men’s team for the remaining fixtures at Lilleshall (Jan 18th) and Oswestry (Feb 8th).

 Team results, aggregate positions and individual results will be posted here shortly.


XC Extra

Vets and Age Group results

 The excellent news is that, after two fixtures, the Masters Men are in first position and the Women in second position, only 2 points behind Wrexham!

 At St David`s College, Arwel Lewis was 2nd O55, while the scintillating stars were Emyr Davies and Don Williams, 1st and 2nd respectively in the O70! Andrea and Megan were 1st and 3rd in the O35, Jo Moore and Ellie 3rd O40 and O50 respectively and Maggie 2nd O65.



Cross Country Report

Cross country at St David’s College

 Sat 19th October

This second cross country fixture was a scintillating starter to a wonderful weekend of running!

After concern about fielding teams due to Relay commitments on the Sunday, it was really heartening to see 11 women and  13 men turning out for the club!


The Women were once again led home by Lydia Sharpe (u20), closely followed by Andrea (o35), with Joanne (o40) and Megan (o35) completing the counters. Emyr (o70) had another storming run, finishing as 1st o70, as he did at Treborth. Good running saw Sandra and Ellie, Hayley, Helen and Nina finishing next with Don(o70), Alison and Maggie completing the team. The Womens team were second on the day, taking them from third into an overall second place behind Colwyn Bay!


The men continued their excellent start to season with Russell Bentley finishing 1st, Nathan (u20) 2nd and Jordan 5th! The other 3 team counters were Adrian (o40),  Matt (o40) who missed the start and Arwel (o55). Gary (o45), Kean (o55), Jeremy (o55), Eurwyn (o550 and Dave (o45) completed the club`s finishers. The Mens team were second on the day but still retain their overall lead by 2 points from Deeside!


Very well done to all, especially those who were also  in action in the relay the following day!

The Veteran team results, aggregate results and the age category results will be posted as soon as available.


The age category results from Bangor showed Arwel Lewis 3rd o55, Emlyn Robert 3rd o50 and Emyr  Davies a decisive 1st o70 with Don Williams 3rd o70. For the Women, Andrea Rowlands was 2nd o35, Megan Hughes 3rd o35, Ellie Salisbury 2nd o50 and Maggie Oliver 2nd o65.


Now for Wrexham on the 23rd November, where we must try to build on our excellent start to the season.


Treborth report

First XC fixture

Treborth, Bangor

Another cross country season got underway in sunshine at Treborth on Saturday. The course was well received and surprisingly dry after the drenching the previous day!

The women were led home by Lydia Sharpe, followed by the returning Andrea (W35), Becki, Megan (W35) and Jo (W40) who just made the start!  Emyr was next, in his first cross country race as an M70, followed by new member, but old friend of the club Sandra Rowlands (W40) and poor Bronwen (U17) suffering with dental problems. Good packing saw Ellie(W50), Hayley and good to see returning after an absence Helen Blair (nee Pedley) finish, followed by cross country new recruit Tamsin and old timer Don Williams (M70) returning after several years out due to injury, Gwenllian and Maggie (W65).   A great turn out!

An excellent run saw Math Roberts win the mens race, closely followed in 4th by Jordan. Good packing by Matt Fortes, Dylan (M40), Adrian (M40) and Craig (M40) should give a good team and vets team result. Not far behind were Arwel (M55), Gary and Johnny Moore (bothM45), Emlyn (M50) and SPJ (M55). Steve Llan (M55), Ed (M45), Eurwyn (M55), Stu and Dave Kirby completing the team line up.


Many thanks to all who ran and / or helped on the day. Team results will be posted as soon as they are known.

Maggie Oliver

XC update


Changes to Cross Country venues


  • The third fixture of the NWCCL on November 23rd has been changed from Northop to Wrexham.
  • The NWCC Championship on January 25th will now be held in Northop.

These changes have come about because Rhug Farm was not available for the Champs on that date in January.


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.