Mike Blake wins the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Award

Mike Blake wins the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Award

So we are finally allowed to officially announce the news that Mike Blake has won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award! This means he now goes into the pot with the other nominees from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and he has got a VIP trip to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Liverpool in December to look forward to – how exciting Mike, so well-deserved award and we are all very proud of you!!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/wales/42053319

Veteran fell running organiser Mike Blake is BBC Wales’ Get Inspired Sports Unsung Hero for 2017.

Bangor XC

Bangor XC this weekend
Reminder it is Bangor XC on Saturday this weekend (25th November) at Treborth running track, Bangor – ALL WELCOME to come along and run, help or support our hosting of this league event! We also need a few more MARSHALLS to help things run smoothly, please let me know if you can help on the day – thanks to everyone who has already been in touch, much appreciated 
Whatever happens, please bring CAKES for the cake stall if possible – this is a great source of income for the club which helps us buy things like course marking flags and other stuff!
It all kicks off at 2pm with the first race of the day (all ladies, U17men and O70 men), and 2.45pm for all other mens categories). Please make sure you are a full member of Eryri Harriers and you wear your vest if you are running – we need your help to field a team at our home fixture so please come along and enjoy!
Any queries, drop me a line, more than happy to help/advise.
Cheers all and see you Saturday!
Becki Law – bex85@msn.com

North Wales SC selctions

Congratulations to the 14 Eryri Harriers who have been selected to run for North Wales in this years inter-regional championships XC in Brecon on 9th December.

Eryri runners selected (but not all can run due to other committments) include: Rob SamuelMatthew FortesRichard RobertsRussell OwenStephen JonesArwel Lewis, Bronwen Jenkinson, Becki LawAndrea RowlandsLesley LawsonHelen BlairTammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones, Annie Williams and Viv Edwards – well done everyone!

See link below for info:

http://www.welshathletics.org/competitions/events/cross-country/2016/12-dec/welsh-inter-regional-xc-champs—brecon.aspx

Mike Blake has made the top 3 in Wales – BBC Unsung hero award!

Mike Blake has made the top 3 in Wales – BBC Unsung hero award!

We have nominated Mike Blake for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award and we are so chuffed to let you know that he has made the final 3 for Wales!

SO WE NEED YOU! THIS IS ALL ABOUT SUPPORT FOR MIKE AND SUPPORT FOR HIS NOMINATION!

BBC Wales are coming to do some filming in Llanberis this Sunday morning from 10am – there will be the usual Sunday Morning Run starting at 10.30am from Llanberis led by Jenny Heming up Moel Ellio. There will also be a junior session, starting at 11am. Everything will happen from Dolbadarn Castle Car Park (where the Peris starts from) – this will be the ‘hub’. Even if you can’t join in with any of the running, it would be fantastic (REALLY REALLY BRILLIANT in fact) if you could come to the car park at 12noon to join in and support the ‘event’. We want to show how brilliant Mike’s contribution to fell running has been!

JUNIORS/PARENTS OF JUNIORS/ALL – Please be aware that there will be filming going on!

So please come along and support Mike’s nomination for the Unsung Hero Award, this is our opportunity to say thank you.

Thanks very much all!

Any queries contact Becki Law. Email: bex85@msn.com. Phone: 07922968636

Message from the Chairman

The relays are now a distant memory, the clocks have gone back and the nights drawing in, so it’s time to turn our attention to the Winter activities of the club. Following a busy Summer things don’t really ease off too much as the Cross Country & Border League take over (both free to enter by the way!).

The first of the upcoming events is the club AGM where it’s your chance to hear what’s going on in the club. There will be a review of the year, a look forward to next year and an opportunity to join the committee and have some input to the future direction of the club. To give you some ideas of our work recent topics have included: club communication, updating the website, contact from the 1000m race organisers, presentation evening and obviously a few others! It’s not all tea and biscuits you know!

As some of the committee are not seeking re-election we are definitely looking for people to join and fulfill roles but please also note that all positions are to be re-elected, just because someone has said they will stay on doesn’t mean they have to! Below is a list of the current committee and if you wish to stand all you need is a proposer and a seconder at the AGM.

Chair – Stuart McDonald
Vice-Chair/Welfare Officer – Sioned Rowlands
Secretary/ Press & Welsh Language Officer – Emlyn Owen
Treasurer – Emily Wood (not seeking re-election)
Membership – Emma Green (not seeking re-election)
Mountain Secretary – Paul Jenkinson
Road Secretary – Arwel Lewis
XC Secretary – Becki Law
Webmaster – Dave Kirkby
Kit/Social Secretary – Ellie Salisbury
Equipment – Mike Blake
Ordinary Members:
Dilwyn Rowlands (not seeking re-election)
Lou Beetlestone
Geoff Fielding
Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas (shares Kit with Ellie)

My personal thanks firstly to those who will be standing down this time for all their time and efforts in their roles. It is hugely appreciated and whoever fills those roles has got a tough act to follow! Secondly to all those who are happy/prepared to continue. I’ve appreciated your support this year and think we can be proud of what we have achieved in particular the relays and our 40th celebration party.

As I said previously all posts are up for voting so please if you are keen to get involved then get in touch. Meetings are roughly every 6 weeks and are held at Celtest (thanks Dyfed!) in Bangor on Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm (or as close as we can! – think Tuesday Night Series race start times!).

The AGM will be held at PADARN LAKE HOTEL on TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER FROM 7PM.

The evening will start with food paid for by the club, which will be buffet style with the following options: Mixed Bean Chilli, Mushroom Stroganoff and Chicken Supreme all with chips, rice and salad for main and for dessert: apple and peach crumble or choc cake with ice cream.

We would be grateful if you could contact Mike Blake and let him know your choice so we can gauge how much we need. He can be contacted via e-mail: mikejohnblake@yahoo.co.uk or on mobile: 07778 145144. By the end of next week would be ideal.

Following the AGM there is of course the Pen Fell Race on the 18th November (entry online at www.fabian4.co.uk) and Bangor Cross Country on the 25th November. This is ‘our’ event so any helpers/cake makers and runners will be more than welcome. Contact Becki Law for more info.

On Sunday 17th December the annual Xmas Fun Run will be held from The Victoria Hotel in Llanberis including kids races and Fancy Dress Competition, followed by soup and a roll as always! At the fun run we will be holding a draw to fill the club places for the London Marathon 2018. This is open to anyone with a rejection slip and you will need to bring this along and hand it in. The draw will be held before the legendary Mike Blake raffle!

Moving into 2018 the first big club event will be Presentation evening where we take the opportunity to celebrate some of the fantastic achievements of the previous year. Pencil in your diaries Saturday 3rd March (hopefully we’ve avoided any rugby!) and more details will be published in due course.

The AGM is an important evening as it will steer the direction of the club for the following 12 months but it’s also an opportunity for club members to come together and I hope to see as many as possible on the 14th.

Cheers for now

Stuart

Llandudno XC Report

Llandudno cross country – great turn out in storm conditions

Well done everyone on what sounded like a pretty epic cross country last weekend in Llandudno. Massive well done to all and thanks to Stuart McDonald and Mike Blake (and anyone else who was there!) for the support on the field too. And what a great turnout considering the weather!

The junior races in the morning saw Eryri’s James Blair coming a fantastic 20th in his U11 boys race and Efa and Mabli Baines coming 10th and 11th in the U13Girls race – da iawn guys, brilliant efforts all round – hope you enjoyed it.

Rob Samuel, in his debut in the league this year raced well through the mud to win the overall – fantastic run and well done! Russell Owen also braved the storm and had a great run coming in 35th overall and 2nd V55. Paul Jones, Stephen Jones (1st V60 – well done SPJ!), Ben Beachell and Gary Porter-Jones, followed by Barry Davies and Harri Roberts also ploughed round the course, brilliant effort everyone. In the men’s teams, we have now moved up to 5th place overall for the seniors, and 4th place in the masters – brilliant.

A fantastic run from the everstrong Don Williams meant he came second overall in the O70 category too – it is definitely worth mentioning that there were ELEVEN OVER 70’s running around in Storm Brian last Saturday and two of them were OVER 80 – hands up who wants to be like them when you are older!

Huge well done to the ladies too – Andrea Rowlands had a brilliant run, coming in 3rd overall, followed by the Eryri stalwart ladies Megan Hughes, Helen Blair, Annie Williams, Ellie Salisbury, Alison Donnelly and Maggie Oliver all braving the elements and enjoying the fun! In the ladies teams we are now in 3rd for the seniors and 2nd in the masters. Well done everyone!

Next fixture is on Saturday 25th November in Bangor, more details to follow but dust off your baking trays and start thinking about cake baking! We need LOTS! And we need helpers/marshalls and runners too – let me know if you can help.

Thanks,

Becki

Llandudno XC

Llandudno XC this weekend

Join in and support the Eryri teams

While you are all inspired by last weekends relays, here is a quick reminder about another team event – the XC on Saturday this weekend at the lovely St David’s College, Llandudno! Same format as last time – first race at 2pm (all ladies, U17 and O70 men) followed by the second race at 2.45 pm (all other mens categories). All welcome to join in! Junior races in the morning too.

Current team positions after one fixture:
Ladies – 2nd in the Senior and Masters category
Men – 6th in in the Senior and 7th in the Masters category

Please let me know if you can make it. Matt and I won’t be there this weekend as we are at a wedding so go get them Eryri! 

See website for more details: http://www.northwalesxc.com/fixtures

Thanks,

Becki (bex85@msn.com)

Wrexham Cross Country

Free bus for Wrexham cross-country this weekend

All welcome, come along to run and support the teams

The first fixture of the cross country league is in Wrexham this Saturday – please let Becki Law know if you would like a space on the bus (email: bex85@msn.com, mob: 07922968636) or if you have any queries – all Eryri members very welcome to join the teams – we are looking particularly low on men at the moment so anyone out there who fancies a good blast please do come along! Any second claim members, email me to check.

Bus leaving Parc Menai, Bangor at around 11.30am (provisional, will confirm), with pick-ups along A55 according to need. Returning to Bangor area for around 5.30/6pm. Women/under 17 men and over 70 men, 2pm start, approx 5k. All other mens categories, 2.45pm start, 8-10k. Free to run, just turn up and wear your Eryri vest. Great team atmosphere, look forward to seeing you! Junior league is on in the morning too – see website for details.

More details on the league here:

http://www.northwalesxc.com/

Cheers,

Becki

XC, that time of year!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick reminder that it’s not long until the first race of the cross country season – Saturday 7th October.

ALL first claim runners for Eryri Harriers welcome to join the men’s and women’s teams no matter what your ability – the more the merrier! It’s free of charge, a good ‘tempo’ run out, a change from running on the roads or fells, and a great opportunity to take part in this fantastic team event – no need to enter, just bring your Eryri vest.

Details: Ysgol Morgan Clwyd, Wrexham LL13 9NG, all women sections plus Under 17 Men and Over 70 Men at 2.00pm (approx. 5k) with the Under 20 Men, Senior Men and all Male Masters, 40-69, to follow at 2.45pm (approx. 10k).

A reminder also of the junior league – the first race is also on Saturday 7th October in the same place, registration from 9.30am with first race at 10.30am. £3 entry on the day.

Please see North Wales Cross Country League website for more details and following fixtures: http://www.northwalesxc.com/
Minibuses for Shrewsbury and Oswestry fixtures.

It would be great to know if you are planning to run, feel free to contact me with any queries or if you need a lift 🙂

Look forward to seeing you there,
Becki (bex85@msn.com)

p.s. Contact me if you are a second claim Eryri and want to run.