Welsh Athletics Statement Covid -19

The Board of Welsh Athletics met yesterday, 23rd March, to discuss the Corona Virus situation in relation to athletics in Wales. Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, they agreed the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17th March:

  1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in Wales to the 31st May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity with the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).
  1. Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK & Welsh Governments

“These decisions have not been taken lightly, and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Wales and the UK. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in Wales continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.”

Updates can be found here

 

Welsh Athletics Covid-19 response

 

 

Covid-19 Athletics response:  Welsh Athletics statement announcing the suspension of all Athletics activity.

NOTE TO EDITORS
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This morning Welsh Athletics, along with the other Home Countries have decided on a number of immediate actions in relation to how the sport of Athletics will respond to the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Welsh Athletics in cooperation with UK Athletics have decided to suspend all planned organised athletics activity until the end of April where the situation will be reviewed once more:

  • This suspension includes all organised athletics activity with the UK, including competitions and leagues, member clubs, running groups and races until the end of April.
  • All Education activity (coach, official, teacher) will cease until the end of April. The aim will be to re-schedule all courses to a later date.
  • Welsh Athletics is advocating that clubs and groups should not be undertaking training, competitive or other related activities during this period, and it is already apparent that parts of the sport are already showing their own leadership and are acting in this respect.

We have made this decision in accordance with the directives outlined by the government through the Prime Minister in his statement on Monday afternoon.

Welsh athletics would like to thank all members of the athletics community IN Wales for their support at this challenging time. We will endeavour to maintain regular, open communication as this situation develops. Please prioritise and support the health and wellbeing of yourselves and those you can within the Welsh Athletics family.

ABOUT WELSH ATHLETICS

  • Welsh Athletics is the Governing Body for all Athletics and running activities in Wales. We have supported and facilitated huge growth in the sport in recent years.
  • The Governing Body supports over 100 affiliated clubs, and 150 social running groups. This is underpinned by a strong and dedicated volunteer workforce, including over 1000 active coaches and close to 700 officials.
  • Welsh Athletics strategies are closely aligned to the Sport Wales vision of getting every child hooked on sport and creating a nation of champions. Our performance programme aims to make Athletics the number one Commonwealth Sport in Wales, whilst our community strategy aims to have every school offering Athletics, whilst also creating an Athletics Club at the heart of every community.
  • Recent Survey results in Wales show that the demand for athletics and running continues to increase. The 2017 Welsh Government Unified survey showed that 16% of Adults in Wales ran once a week, whilst athletics/running was listed as the most popular sport in the school Sport and HE/FE sport survey.
  • This demonstrates our impact across the sporting landscape in Wales, with our programme contributing to physical activity levels, whilst also creating future champions that will inspire a generation.

You can get in touch and follow Welsh Athletes via the following channels:

  • Office 029 20644870
  • Website welshathletics.org
  • Twitter – @WelshAthletics
  • Facebook – Welsh Athletics
  • Instagram – WelshAthletics

Media Enquiries              rob.sage@welshathletics.org 07864613635

ERYRI HARRIERS 2020 CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

ERYRI HARRIERS 2020 CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

The club’s Presentation Evening will be held at the Padarn Hotel, Llanberis, on Saturday, 29th Feb, 7 for 7:30pm.

Huw Williams will be giving a talk entitled ‘At The Checkpoint’, there will be a 2-course hot buffet, with a choice of spicy/non-spicy, meat/veggie main, & of course, the presentation of awards to all last season’s club champions.

The cost will be £10 for seniors & £5 for juniors. PLACES NEED TO BE RESERVED BY FRIDAY EVENING, **21st FEBRUARY** AT THE VERY LATEST, by either:

  1. BACS’ing payment to the club account, using your name as the reference (Account number: 25772294 Sort Code: 09-01-29) or
  2.  by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to a committee member at one of the club’s weekly training evenings or
  3. by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to Mike Blake at the XC in Oswestry next Sat.

Voting for the Outstanding Contribution to the Club award will take place on the night.

Everyone welcome – especially new members. Do come & support our great club & its champions!

For further details, please contact Ellie Salisbury on 07789061648 or ellierocknrun@gmail.com

Club Presentation Evening Report

The Club Presentation Evening 09/03/2019:

Well, a great evening was had by the 42 of us who attended the annual club presentation evening on Saturday evening. The Split Willow did us proud with their excellent food, the trophies went down very well, & Russell Bentley’s address was interesting & thought-provoking. Just such a shame that from a membership of 200+, only 36 actual members were there to enjoy the social & acknowledge all the many achievements…

Huge congrats to the following winners:

Mountain Running:

Men

1st Gavin Roberts, 2nd Matt Fortes (v40), 3rd Craig Jones

1st V50 Russell Owen

1st V70 Alwyn Oliver

2nd v 70 Geoff Fielding

Ladies

1st Nia Albiston (v40), 2nd Andrea Rowlands (v40)

1st V50 Ellie Salisbury

1st V70 Maggie Oliver

Road:

Men

1st Arwel Lewis

2nd Steffan Evans

3rd Iorwerth Roberts

There were no ladies who had completed sufficient champs races

Cross Country:

Men

1st Matt Fortes

2nd Ben Beachell

3rd Russel Owen

 

Ladies

1st Elliw Haf

2nd Tammy Lewis-Jones

3rd Miranda Grant

Special Awards:

Outstanding Contribution to the club – Dyfed Whiteside Thomas

Angela Brand-Barker Ladies Mountain Running Special Achievement Award – Elliw Haf

Dewi Tomos Junior Award – Callum O’Donnell

Outstanding Athlete Award – Bronwen Jenkinson

Rory O’Donnell Most Improved Male Runner Award – Nic Brook

 

A big thanks is in order to our very generous sponsors:

X-Ray Minerals – SPJ

Cwmni Da – Dylan Huws

Joe Brown

Mafon Llanberis

Caffi Siabod – Paul Hodges

DMM Climbing

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

 

The annual Club Presentation Evening will be held on Saturday, 9th March, 7 for 7.30pm at the Split Willow Restaurant, Llanfairfechan, LL33 0PA.

The ticket price is £13 for seniors & £5 for U14s, to include a hot buffet, the presentation of last season’s awards & what’s likely to be an informative & amusing address by Russell Bentley.

All members, their partners, friends & families are welcome – it would be great to have everyone out to celebrate the success of the club’s champions & heroes/heroines……

To purchase tickets, please go to http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2301, or for further info, contact Ellie Salisbury at ellierocknrun@gmail.com  (07789061648)

Club Presentation Evening

Notice for your diaries: The Club Presentation Evening will be held on Sat, 9th March (Pipe Dream race day) in Llanberis, or within easy driving distance of Llanberis. All the usual stuff, including buffet/bar/presentation of awards to last season’s winners/surprise guest speaker etc etc. Everyone welcome. Venue/ticket price TBC in the next few days once the committee has made its decision on various quotes & options, so watch this space for a further announcement very soon…..

 

Trespass Colwyn Bay

Trespass Colwyn Bay are offering a discount to Eryri Harriers members. Just produce your membership card.

North Wales Junior Mountain Running Championships 2018

North Wales Junior Mountain Running Championships 2018    Saturday 22 September 2018

After the week of high winds and rain, it was an overcast but fine day for the 12th NWJMRC on the Great Orme, Llandudno.  70 children took part in the event, with 6 races covering the age groups under 9 to under 19.  Records were broken in the U/19 and U/17 races by Mike Spill, Tom Wood and Lois Lee.

Huge thanks to Mike Blake for his organisation, the sponsors and supporters – including Conwy BC, The Summit Complex, Xray minerals, Mostyn Estates, St John’s Ambulance, Great Orme Copper mines, and Sinclair Steel.  Also, the marshalls (sorry I don’t have a list of all of you), timekeepers (Craig and Hayley), registration/results team (Ann/Sharon), Stuart on his bike, and all of the parents/grandparents/taxi who transported the youngsters and gave them the opportunity to have a go.

See attached for the full results – if you spot any spelling errors, they are mine, not Ann or Sharon’s!

Helen

NWJMRC 2018 results

Rory O’Donnell

Gyda chalon drom a thristwch mawr y ffarweliwyd & Rory O’Donnell ddydd Mercher, y Sed o Fedi. Cynhaliwyd y gwasanaeth yn Eglwys Gatholig Dewi Sant a’r Santes Helen yng Nghaernarfon. Roedd yr eglwys dan ei sang ac yn dystiolaeth i’r holl fywydau y cyffyrddodd Rory & hwy.

Gydol y gwasanaeth daeth cariad Rory tuag at redeg mynydd i’r amlwg, yn enwedig yn nheyrnged ei frawd Huw yn adrodd hanesion am gerrig gwynion amhosibl eu darganfod a helynt colli awyren.

Daeth hyn a chwerthin i amgylchiad mor drist, ond roedd chwerthin yn rhan bwysig o fywyd Rory, yn enwedig tynnu coes. Gan ei gyd-weithwyr clywsom fel y gallai adrodd stori gyda wyneb syth cyn cyrraedd ei diwedd a gorffen gyda gwén fawr a ‘dim ond joc’!

Roedd rhai geiriau’n taro tant arbennig. “Y gwasanaeth mwyaf teilwng y gallwn eiroi, nid yn unig i Rory, ond i ni’n hunain hefyd, yw byw ein bywyd gyda’r sél a’r ymroddiad a roddodd ef i fywyd.” Dyna fodd arbennig o anrhydeddu Rory.

O gofio cariad Rory tuag at redeg ar y mynyddoedd, addas iawn oedd i’r haul dywynnu arnynt ar ddiwrnod ei ffarwelio. Bydd colled am ei wén heintus a’i awch am fywyd a rhedeg.

Mae meddyliau holl aelodau’r clwb gyda Kelly a’r bechgyn, y teulu, ei ffrindiau a’i gyd-weithwyr.

Gorffwys yn dawel Rory, a rhed yn rhydd.

 

It was with heavy hearts and great sadness we said farewell to Rory O’Donnell on Wednesday 5th September. The service held at the Catholic Church of St. David and St. Helen in Caernarfon was superbly attended showing just how many people’s lives Rory touched.

Throughout the service Rory’s love of fell running was highlighted particularly by his brother Hugh telling stories of impossible to find white stones and missing flights home. This brought some laughter to such a sad occasion and by all accounts laughter was another of Rory’s loves, and in particular winding people up. His work colleagues telling us how he would do it with a straight face right up to the end before cracking a huge smile and saying ‘only joking!’!

Some words spoken struck a chord. “The greatest service we can do not only to Rory but also to ourselves is to live our lives with just some of the zeal and zest for life he did.” This sounds like a fantastic way to honour Rory.

Rory loved running in the mountains and it seemed entirely fitting that on this day, the sun shone brightly on the mountains he loved so much. His infectious smile and enthusiasm for life and running will be sorely missed.

The thoughts of the whole club are with Kelly and the boys, family, friends and colleagues.

Rest well Rory and run free.