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 –

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……

North Wales XC champs

North Wales XC champs 6th January – pre entry essential
Just a reminder about the North Wales Cross Country championships, pre-entry essential by Friday 29th December. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. See attached entry form for more info – this is a great day of cross country running on Saturday 6th January at Rhug Farm, with the added bonus of visiting the farm shop to get some goodies! All welcome, more the merrier 
Cheers, Becki (


NWCCA Entry Form 2018

Bangor Cross Country


Bangor cross-country this weekend was muddy to say the least!

Massive thanks, as every year, to everyone who was part of making it go smoothly. Trefor JonesMatthew FortesStuart McDonald, Maggie and Alwyn Oliver and Arwel Lewis all helped with setting up and marking the very wet course, including running around in the days prior making sure the course was clear. Ellie SalisburyJames Harwood and Lesley Lawson did a great job with car parking duties. Iorwerth Roberts, Trefor (again!), Tina Louise McDonnellSioned Ellen Rowlands and Eurwyn Edwards donned the hi-vis and marshalled the course, with Mair and Wills, Jenny Heming and Lesley expertly doing the timing and helping at the finish. Cake and a panad from the wonderful Ann Lewis and Karen Jenkinson raised lots of money and paid for the first aiders – the cakes were fantastic, cheers everyone! Special thanks to Siabod Cafe and Theresa Davies for their amazing themed cakes!

Huge well done to all 28 runners too – very challenging conditions for all and a slightly longer race (400m approx. but bet it felt like more through the mud!) for the ladies, O70s and U17men. Hailstones, sunshine, rain, wind, cold all round!

Fantastic achievement from Callum OD who won the first race of the day (MU17)! Andrea Rowlands was first Eryri lady home following a very strong run, followed by Elliw Haf (first XC race, nice one!), Megan Hughes, Helen Blair, Ellie Salisbury, Lesley Lawson, Hayley TurnerTamsin O’NeilAlexandra Fletcher, Alison Donnelly, Maggie Oliver, Viv Edwards and Becca Roberts. Geoff Fielding was 77th overall representing the O70s. Well done everyone!

In the second race of the day, having to battle through the churned up mud, Aled Gwyn Owen was 11th, followed by Matthew Fortes in 16th (having spent 3+ hours marking the course in the morning!) followed by Owain Williams, Steve Jones, Emlyn Owen and Craig Jones (having started the race late!). Ben Beachell was next, followed by Arwel LewisDerek Weaver, Paul Hodges, Steffan Rhys EvansJames Harwood and Barry Davies. Great job all – fancy coming to Shrewsbury and Oswesty in January/February!? 

Keep an eye out on the NWXC league website for full results:

Cheers! Becki and Matt

NORTH WALES XC CHAMPIONSHIP, Rhug Estate, Corwen, LL21 OEH – pre-entry essential – see NWXC league website.
NEXT LEAGUE FIXTURES – 20th January, Shrewsbury and 3rd February, Oswestry – bus provided, more details to follow.

Black and white photo is amazing whoever took it – thanks!



Huge well done to three Eryri Harriers who flew the flag in Liverpool at the British Athletics Cross Challenge 2017-2018 on Saturday this weekend. Rob Samuel was 40th in his race of a strong field of 525 runners. Bronwen Jenkinson was 19th in her category (69th overall) in another strong field of 326 runners. Annabelle McQueen was a brilliant 41st in her U20W race too! Fantastic running and massive well done to you all – it looked tough going in Liverpool as well! 


Maggie Oliver ran in the red vest for Wales in Derry,  Northern Ireland last weekend (18th November) – well done Maggie, fantastic effort, we are very proud of you! See below for the Wales team photo courtesy of Emma Collins from Denbigh Harriers 🙂