ROB’S MUDLARK WIN

ROB’S MUDLARK WIN
Rob Samuel followed up his North Wales Cross Country League win at a very muddy Mold last November with another impressive win in yet another mud bath at Baschurch, Shrewsbury on Saturday 16th January in the penultimate race of the 2015/16 season. Rob made light work of the conditions on the 9km course to win in a time of 33:10 followed by Richard Roberts who was comfortable in 2nd place in a time of 34:50 with Owen Roberts also having a good run finishing 10th (1st U/20) 36:26. Unfortunately! Eryri only had the five male club members competing in the Senior/Masters men’s race with the mini bus driver having to run (Arwel Lewis 56th – 42:51) and the ever reliable Steve Llan Jones 110th- 50:43. Still, Eryri were placed 4th on the day and still hang on to 3rd place overall while the Masters were 9th team on the day and currently 6th overall. There were 122 finishers.
Another Mr reliable Don Williams was also a winner on the day with an impressive win in the MV/70 race in a time of 27.21 a good distance ahead of runner-up Arthur Egan (Wrexham) 28:49. Good to see that there were 12 MV/70’s competing.
Eryri’s women, although understrength with 5 club members competing ran well to ensure they are still well placed to win both the senior and Masters Team Titles. Ali Lavender (Oswestry) comfortably won the Women’s 3.2mile race in a time of 21:41 with Becky Taylor leading Eryri’s ladies home in 11th place with a time of 24:19 followed by: 14th (3rd FV/45) Tammy Lewis-Jones 24:31. 17th Megan Hughes 24:58. 19th Helen Blair 25:17 and 60th Alison Donnelly 30:39. There were 85 finishers. Eryri’s women were placed 2nd on the day but remain 1st overall with 185 points ahead of nearest rivals Oswestry (276pts). Eryri’s Masters Women were placed 3rd on the day and also remain 1st overall with 86 points ahead of Oswestry again who have 117 points.
Now for the double for our women’s team at Oswestry on Saturday 6th February for the final race of the season. There will once again be a free mini bus going to the event departing Parc menai at 10:30am.

ROB'S MUDLARK WIN

ROB’S MUDLARK WIN
Rob Samuel followed up his North Wales Cross Country League win at a very muddy Mold last November with another impressive win in yet another mud bath at Baschurch, Shrewsbury on Saturday 16th January in the penultimate race of the 2015/16 season. Rob made light work of the conditions on the 9km course to win in a time of 33:10 followed by Richard Roberts who was comfortable in 2nd place in a time of 34:50 with Owen Roberts also having a good run finishing 10th (1st U/20) 36:26. Unfortunately! Eryri only had the five male club members competing in the Senior/Masters men’s race with the mini bus driver having to run (Arwel Lewis 56th – 42:51) and the ever reliable Steve Llan Jones 110th- 50:43. Still, Eryri were placed 4th on the day and still hang on to 3rd place overall while the Masters were 9th team on the day and currently 6th overall. There were 122 finishers.
Another Mr reliable Don Williams was also a winner on the day with an impressive win in the MV/70 race in a time of 27.21 a good distance ahead of runner-up Arthur Egan (Wrexham) 28:49. Good to see that there were 12 MV/70’s competing.
Eryri’s women, although understrength with 5 club members competing ran well to ensure they are still well placed to win both the senior and Masters Team Titles. Ali Lavender (Oswestry) comfortably won the Women’s 3.2mile race in a time of 21:41 with Becky Taylor leading Eryri’s ladies home in 11th place with a time of 24:19 followed by: 14th (3rd FV/45) Tammy Lewis-Jones 24:31. 17th Megan Hughes 24:58. 19th Helen Blair 25:17 and 60th Alison Donnelly 30:39. There were 85 finishers. Eryri’s women were placed 2nd on the day but remain 1st overall with 185 points ahead of nearest rivals Oswestry (276pts). Eryri’s Masters Women were placed 3rd on the day and also remain 1st overall with 86 points ahead of Oswestry again who have 117 points.
Now for the double for our women’s team at Oswestry on Saturday 6th February for the final race of the season. There will once again be a free mini bus going to the event departing Parc menai at 10:30am.

ROB’S MUDLARK WIN

Rob Samuel followed up his North Wales Cross Country League win at a very muddy Mold last November with another impressive win in yet another mud bath at Baschurch, Shrewsbury on Saturday 16th January in the penultimate race of the 2015/16 season. Rob made light work of the conditions on the 9km course to win in a time of 33:10 followed by Richard Roberts who was comfortable in 2nd place in a time of 34:50 with Owen Roberts also having a good run finishing 10th (1st U/20) 36:26. Unfortunately! Eryri only had the five male club members competing in the Senior/Masters men’s race with the mini bus driver having to run (Arwel Lewis 56th – 42:51) and the ever reliable Steve Llan Jones 110th- 50:43. Still, Eryri were placed 4th on the day and still hang on to 3rd place overall while the Masters were 9th team on the day and currently 6th overall. There were 122 finishers.
Another Mr reliable Don Williams was also a winner on the day with an impressive win in the MV/70 race in a time of 27.21 a good distance ahead of runner-up Arthur Egan (Wrexham) 28:49. Good to see that there were 12 MV/70’s competing.
Eryri’s women, although understrength with 5 club members competing ran well to ensure they are still well placed to win both the senior and Masters Team Titles. Ali Lavender (Oswestry) comfortably won the Women’s 3.2mile race in a time of 21:41 with Becky Taylor leading Eryri’s ladies home in 11th place with a time of 24:19 followed by: 14th (3rd FV/45) Tammy Lewis-Jones 24:31. 17th Megan Hughes 24:58. 19th Helen Blair 25:17 and 60th Alison Donnelly 30:39. There were 85 finishers. Eryri’s women were placed 2nd on the day but remain 1st overall with 185 points ahead of nearest rivals Oswestry (276pts). Eryri’s Masters Women were placed 3rd on the day and also remain 1st overall with 86 points ahead of Oswestry again who have 117 points.
Now for the double for our women’s team at Oswestry on Saturday 6th February for the final race of the season. There will once again be a free mini bus going to the event departing Parc menai at 10:30am.

ROB'S MUDLARK WIN

Rob Samuel followed up his North Wales Cross Country League win at a very muddy Mold last November with another impressive win in yet another mud bath at Baschurch, Shrewsbury on Saturday 16th January in the penultimate race of the 2015/16 season. Rob made light work of the conditions on the 9km course to win in a time of 33:10 followed by Richard Roberts who was comfortable in 2nd place in a time of 34:50 with Owen Roberts also having a good run finishing 10th (1st U/20) 36:26. Unfortunately! Eryri only had the five male club members competing in the Senior/Masters men’s race with the mini bus driver having to run (Arwel Lewis 56th – 42:51) and the ever reliable Steve Llan Jones 110th- 50:43. Still, Eryri were placed 4th on the day and still hang on to 3rd place overall while the Masters were 9th team on the day and currently 6th overall. There were 122 finishers.
Another Mr reliable Don Williams was also a winner on the day with an impressive win in the MV/70 race in a time of 27.21 a good distance ahead of runner-up Arthur Egan (Wrexham) 28:49. Good to see that there were 12 MV/70’s competing.
Eryri’s women, although understrength with 5 club members competing ran well to ensure they are still well placed to win both the senior and Masters Team Titles. Ali Lavender (Oswestry) comfortably won the Women’s 3.2mile race in a time of 21:41 with Becky Taylor leading Eryri’s ladies home in 11th place with a time of 24:19 followed by: 14th (3rd FV/45) Tammy Lewis-Jones 24:31. 17th Megan Hughes 24:58. 19th Helen Blair 25:17 and 60th Alison Donnelly 30:39. There were 85 finishers. Eryri’s women were placed 2nd on the day but remain 1st overall with 185 points ahead of nearest rivals Oswestry (276pts). Eryri’s Masters Women were placed 3rd on the day and also remain 1st overall with 86 points ahead of Oswestry again who have 117 points.
Now for the double for our women’s team at Oswestry on Saturday 6th February for the final race of the season. There will once again be a free mini bus going to the event departing Parc menai at 10:30am.

North Wales XC Championship

The North Wales Cross Country Champs will be held at Rhug Farm, Corwen on Saturday 30th January.

The entry form is on the North Wales Cross country website and entries have to be in by Monday January 25th.

Cross Country Update

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda  – Happy New Year!

A reminder to the cross country stalwarts of the looming fixtures!

The fourth Cross country league meeting will be held at
Walford College, Baschurch SY4 2HL, Shrewsbury on Saturday January 16th while the final fixture and prize giving is at Oswestry, as usual, on Saturday February 6th. There will be a minibus going to both events – details to follow.

The North Wales Champs is on Saturday 30th at Rhug Farm, Corwen and the Welsh Masters Champs is on February 27th at Singleton park, Swansea.

Cross country is great fun in the mud and a good way to get back to fitness after the festive excesses! Please consider coming to support your club.

For further details contact Maggie Oliver  (Becki`s stand-in!) 01286 871494

Builth Wells Inter-regional XC champs

Well done to the 9 Eryri Harriers who once again battled the weather running for North Wales at the Inter-regionals in Builth Wells on Saturday.
Gethin Davies, running for the U15 boys, came in a strong 30th and helped the North Wales team to 3rd position. In the U17s mens race, Ryan Owen also ran brilliantly coming in 11th in a strong field of 35 runners, bringing the North Wales team an amazing gold medal! Annabelle McQueen was also 14th in the U17 women’s race – brilliant efforts from all of our younger athletes!
Beckie Taylor ran very well and was a 11th overall in the Seniors/Masters Womens race of 87 runners, with Tammy Lewis-Jones coming in 24th (2nd WV45), Helen Blair coming in 34th (6th WV45), Annie Williams coming in 59th (19th, running in the WV45 category) and 3rd team overall, fantastic! In the Men’s race, Richard Roberts also had a fantastic run coming in an amazing 6th overall, with Dewi Owen also running very well, coming in 31st in a field of 117 runners!
Well done everyone for making the trip down and for your efforts on the day!Full results here: http://www.welshathletics.org/media/957312/ir-xc-2015-results-programme.pdf

Muddy Mold XC

Well done to all 27 Eryri Harriers who braved the mud, rain and wind of Mold XC – if you’ve forgotten what it was like, it wasn’t a day for standing around and chatting, but it was a fantastic day running-wise! Brilliant results and even better to see people who have been away for a while due to injury, back running in their vest – fantastic!
We had an amazing turnout, for both the men and women. In the ladies race, Andrea Rowlands (11th), Beckie Taylor (12th), Annabel McQueen (14th) and Becki Law (18th), followed very closely by Tammy Lewis-Jones (21st), Helen Blair (26th) and Annie Williams (37th). Was great to see Lou Beetlestone coming in a solid 38th, back after a chest infection, Sandra Rowlands in 43rd also back after foot problems and Ellie Salisbury (51st) nursing an injured collar bone – you guys are troopers! Brilliant also to see Alison Donnelly (76th), Alex Fletcher (81st) and Maggie Oliver coming in at 91st.
Also churning up the fields in the first race of the day was 1st V70 Don Williams who was 52nd, Ryan Owen who was 3rd and Steffan Williams who was 6th (U17).
The men’s race was fantastic with Rob Samuel winning the event outright, looking ever-strong also after injury, and making the mud look like smooth tarmac! Similarly, it was great to see Rich Roberts (also nursing a few niggles) who had a great run coming in at 4th and Dewi Owen a fantastic 16th! Matt Fortes paced it well and came in a strong 26th position followed by another injury-beater Adrian Williams (34th). In his first cross-country this season, Sam Green had a strong run coming in 42nd , with SPJ in 44th and fresh from Dubai! Huw Owen, Arwel Lewis (83rd) and Paul Hodges (97th, 1st cross country EVER!) packed well with the Steve Ll Jones coming in 141st (how many XC’s have you done Steve!?).
So, the all-important team results…Eryri ladies are still first in the seniors and masters, with the men’s team maintaining second and the master’s mens team are 5th – well done everyone!
Next fixture is on Saturday 16th January at Walford College, Baschurch, Shewsbury, SY4 2HL. A minibus will be going, more details to follow nearer the time. Cheers and have a wonderful festive season and the rest of the XC season too – I’ll be back in April and the wonderful Maggie Oliver will be keeping things going whilst I’m away too. See email: maggiealwyn@gmail.com 

Eryri runners selected to run for North Wales at the XC Inter-regionals next weekend

Huge well done to Gethin Davies, Annabelle McQueen, Ryan Owen, Steffan Williams, Bronwen Jenkinson, John Spill, Becki Law, Hayley Turner, Beckie Taylor, Adrian Williams, Owen Roberts, Richard Roberts, Dewi Owen, Rob Samuel, Matthew Roberts, Andrea Rowlands, Megan Hughes, Helen Blair, Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones, Ellie Salisbury, Annie Williams, Sandra Rowlands and last but not least Arwel Lewis who have all been selected to run for North Wales at the Welsh Inter-regional Cross Country Championships in Builth Wells on 12th December – not everyone selected is able to run (please let me know either way if you haven’t already) but fantastic achievement for all and good luck to everyone on the day!

For info and unlike last year, the Welsh Masters Cross Country Championships will now take place within the Welsh Cross Country Championships on 27th February in Swansea – see Welsh Athletics website for details.

Mold cross-country this weekend

After some fantastic running in North Wales at the weekend, the next fixture of the cross country league at Mold Alun School, Mold is this Saturday 28th November! Usual programme of events, with juniors in the morning (registration from 9.30am), 1st senior race at 2pm (all ladies, U17 Men, M70’s) and second senior race at 2.45pm (Senior Men and Masters Men). Free to run if you wear your vest and you are a first claim member.

Please come along to support your club and the league – remember everyone is welcome, of every standard and everyone makes a difference. Eryri ladies are first in the seniors and masters, with the men’s team also second and the master’s mens team have moved up to 5th! You need to make it to 4 out 5 fixtures to count for an individual placing 🙂

We’ll look to arrange minibuses for the next two after Christmas (Shrewsbury and Oswestry) so please do try to lift share for this one – Matt and I will have space for 2 (and 3 on the way back) from and to Llandudno Junction area if anybody needs one.

Let me know if you have any queries and if you are planning to run, please let me know too, would be brilliant to see lots of people there! Thanks 🙂 Becki – bex85@msn.com