Special award for Arwel – congratulations

Special award for Arwel – congratulations

Very proud of and grateful to longstanding club member Arwel Lewis who was awarded the wonderful Arthur Bebbington Trophy for ‘Special Endeavour’ and contribution to the North Wales Cross Country League at this years league presentation. This is extremely well-deserved as he is without doubt an amazing contributor to the league having sat on committees for Wales, North Wales, ran for Wales and North Wales in XC events all over the place, refereed XC events, having completed at least 100 XC league races, as well as all of the other things he regularly does voluntarily for the club (and others), including arranging and driving the bus to and from many events! I’m sure there is even more he has done which he has just got on and done, and continues to do, without us knowing. Huge congratulations Arwel from everyone, this is fantastic! 

— with Bernie Jones.

Last fixture of XC league this weekend

 

Oswestry – all needed and all welcome!

We need as many runners as possible at this weekend’s cross country in Oswestry (Marches School, SY11 2AP) as the men are in danger of relegation and the women are close to first place in both the seniors and masters! Please note the earlier start time of 1pm for the ladies, U17s and O70s, and 1.45pm for all other mens categories. Free bus going, please contact Becki Law for details: bex85@msn.com.

See link for more details: http://www.northwalesxc.com/

Shrewsbury XC – snow and river crossings

Shrewsbury XC – snow and river crossings

Tough going but fantastic team effort from all!

What a XC! Snow coming down on route to Shrewsbury meant cold, slushy wet fields, a brilliant deep river crossing (cold), another deep ‘field’ crossing (cold too!), lots more muddy tracks and fields and a wall to jump – it was hard but exciting. I was really proud of everyone yesterday – a) for making the trek there, b) for putting their all into what really was a tough, tough day and c) for still smiling at the end of it. You guys are awesome!

So huge well done to Miranda Grant and Andrea Rowlands who brought the ladies home in 3rd and 4th place, followed by Helen Blair, Becki LawEllie Salisbury, Alison Donnelly and Viv Edwards. The same goes for the 4 fantastic Eryri men who kept the Masters team going strong – Matthew Fortes(18th overall), Arwel LewisRussell Owen and Eurwyn Edwards. Really, really well done. Full results will be available on the NWXC website.

Big thanks to Arwel and Matthew for getting us there and back safely on the bus and to Shrewsbury AC/Bernie Jones and co for putting on such a great day despite the weather. The cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee in a lovely warm sports hall after were much appreciated!

Next, last and all important league fixture + prize giving is on SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY IN OSWESTRY WITH AN EARLIER START TIME OF 1PM FOR THE FIRST RACE AND 1.45PM FOR THE SECOND RACE. More details to follow but please let me know if you would like a space on the free bus.

Cheers, Becki 

(bex85@msn.com)

Thanks Russ for the photos, sorry we didn’t get everyone, too cold!

Welsh XC Champs

Welsh XC Champs

The Welsh XC championships are being held in Swansea on 24th February 2018 and incorporate the Welsh Masters Cross Country Championships and a Primary Schools Challenge event. Online pre-entry is essential by 4.30pm on Thursday 15th February. See link for more details:
http://www.welshathletics.org/…/welsh-cross-country-champio…

The Premier Inn on Swansea waterfront has cheap rooms at the moment if you don’t fancy a 4-ish hour drive before running – cheers Helen! Let me know if you are planning on running and you need any help organising a lift-share.

Becki

bex85@msn.com

British Athletics Cross Challenge, Antrim

Eryri representing Wales at the British Athletics Cross Challenge, Antrim

Whilst we were at Rhug, two other Eryri ladies were flying the flag for the Welsh team in Antrim, Northern Ireland at the British Athletics Cross Challenge – Bronwen Jenkinson was 14th female overall (3rd U23, also helping the Welsh team to second) in a strong field including some top international runners and Annabelle McQueen was also amazing, coming 13th overall in her race (8th U20) in another strong field – very well done ladies!
http://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/the-british-athletics-cross-challenge/

North Wales XC championships

Great results at North Wales XC championships

Massive well done to everyone at today’s North Wales XC Championships at the lovely Rhug Farm, Corwen – what a good (but cold!) day! Lots of gold, silver and bronze medals and plenty of team spirit – thanks everyone for a great day and well done!   

Fifteen Eryri Harriers took part in the undulating, scenic, farmland cross-country course complete with a river crossing or two.

Helen’s James Blair was 16th in his race, with a super sprint finish! Six Eryri ladies and 2 Eryri U17s ran in the 5.7km race, with Miranda Grant having a fantastic first race back since injury coming in second overall and gold in the FV35 category. Becki Law was next Eryri home and 3rd in the senior lady category. Helen Blair was next and received a silver medal in the FV50 category, along with Ellie Salisbury who also received a silver medal in the FV55 category, followed by Alison Donelly and Maggie Oliver who received a silver medal in the FV70 category. This fantastic team effort brought home two team gold medals (senior ladies and vets) and a team bronze (‘super’ vets category) – huge well done ladies!!!

The U17s had a great race too, with Eryri newcomer Tom Wood working his way through to a bronze medal, followed by another strong run fromCallum OD! Well done both!

In the men’s race, Russel Bentley (running for Kent AC as per championship rules) was a brilliant 3rd overall, followed by Matthew FortesRussell Owen who gained a silver medal in the V55 category, Emlyn OwenBen Beachell, John Davies (nice one on your first ever cross country!) and Steffan Rhys Evans. You guys did an awesome job and you all contributed towards a team silver medal in the senior men’s category (6 to count). The vets team also gained a bronze medal – well done all, brilliant!

Medals as above when I next see you. Will post link to full results when available.

Many thanks Arwel Lewis who was refereeing the event so that it can happen and Mike Blake for his usual support on the field!

We need as many runners for Shrewsbury XC on Saturday 20th January – free bus going from Parc Menai, Bangor picking up along the North Wales coast. Gazebo and flapjacks will be back. Please come along and support the teams, ALL WELCOME! Let me know if any queries or you would like a space on the bus. Cheers, Becki – bex85@msn.com

Christmas Fun Run

Don’t forget that it’s our annual CHRISTMAS FUN RUN on Sunday, Dec 17th, starting at 11am from The Vic, Llanberis. FANCY DRESS OPTIONAL BUT ENCOURAGED! Registration from 10am. £5 for seniors – to include soup/roll/mince pie & £2 for juniors – to include selection box & drink. Prize for best senior/junior fancy dress & for the person who has the closest guess of Santa’s ‘race’ time. Remember to bring your London Marathon rejection slips – we will be making a draw of the club allocations, so you may yet be lucky……