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