Race Amendments

Amendment –

28th July – Elidir Fawr is at 2pm, NOT at 11am as previously advertised.

 

Other races have been cancelled –

Y Garn – 3rd August

Y Garn – 23rd August

Ras y Berwyn – 1st September

 

Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon

Following last years successful event the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon is to be repeated.

Despite the horrendous weather facing organisers and competitors alike in 2012, the event was enjoyed by all, resulting with it all happening again.  Read on…

 

Where: Nant Conwy Rugby Club, Trefriw, North Wales LL26 0PW

When: Sunday, 8th September, 2013

Solo or teams – 11.30 am start

‘A mountain triathlon that takes you on a journey from the estuary at Conwy into the hills of Snowdonia’

Following last year’s very successful event, the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain triathlon will take place again this year on Sunday, 8th September. It is being organised by Map17 Events, a team of seven local enthusiasts (most of whom you will know!) who are all experienced race organisers & competitors. We have succeeded in putting together the three disciplines of open-estuary kayaking, fell running and mountain biking, to create a magnificent journey from the sea to the mountains, all set in a stunning location on the edge of the National Park.

Leg 1 is a 13k open-estuary & river kayak which starts below the walls of Conwy Castle, and proceeds up the Conwy River on a fast rising tide, to the first transition at Dolgarrog Bridge.

Leg 2 is a 13k trail/fell run, starting & finishing virtually at sea-level, but reaching an altitude of almost 500m. It has a real mountain feel with views to match, especially when crossing the high ridge between Llyn Cowlyd and Crafnant. To our knowledge, none of the ground covered had been raced before last year’s event. The leg finishes along the ‘Trefriw Trail’ leading to the transition at Nant Conwy Rugby Club.

Leg 3 is an 18k mountain bike race, starting and finishing at the event centre. The route is mostly within the Gwydir Forest above Llanwrst, and permission has been received from the Forestry Commission for a new route this year, using more of the Marin Trail than in 2012, with a consequent increase in the amount of single track, both up and down. This leg finishes with a bumpy descent, crossing a ford for good measure, to ensure that everyone arrives back at the event centre as muddy & wet as possible!!

Once again, our event centre is Nant Conwy Rugby Club’s new club house, which offers very impressive facilities. These include a bar/dining area with a terrace overlooking the stage 2 transition, free Wi-Fi, hot showers/loos, projection facilities for the live results service, plenty of parking and areas to camp. This will ensure that supporters, as well as competitors will all enjoy a fun day in a great venue.

We are fortunate enough to have been offered prizes from many local sponsors (which are listed on our event website), & so we can promise a good selection of prizes for all category winners (Seniors 18-39, Vets 40-49, Masters 50-59 & Grand Masters 60+ for both genders), as well as for the winning team. There will also be a goodie bag for all competitors.

The profits will again be donated to the Snowdonia Society, which is working and campaigning to conserve Snowdonia National Park, from which we are all fortunate enough to benefit, in so many ways.

We are non-commercial event organisers, relying on local volunteer help, and following last year’s success, it looks as though the race will become an annual event.

Our aim is to encourage participation in, & enjoyment of the event by as many local people as is possible, so please come & show us what you’re made of, or perhaps volunteer to help.

See www.map17events.org.uk for further details.

 

Message from Ross & Sheila

Many of you have been asking how Ross is after yesterdays Siabod race.  Here’s an emailed update.

 

Dear All,

Many thanks for all the assistance yesterday and for all the kind messages.

Ross was overwhelmed at the number of runners that had stopped to help. Please pass on his thanks to all those involved who are not listed in this e mail – particularly to the Clwydian paramedic (Mark Wright?) and Kate Worthington. He had no idea he was unconscious for so long.

Ross was kept in hospital overnight under observation and released lunchtime today. All the test results were normal. He is advised to take it easy for a while and will have more tests as an outpatient in due course.

See you all soon,

Ross and Sheila

Message from Ross & Sheila

Many of you have been asking how Ross is after yesterdays Siabod race.  Here’s an emailed update.

 

Dear All,

Many thanks for all the assistance yesterday and for all the kind messages.

Ross was overwhelmed at the number of runners that had stopped to help. Please pass on his thanks to all those involved who are not listed in this e mail – particularly to the Clwydian paramedic (Mark Wright?) and Kate Worthington. He had no idea he was unconscious for so long.

Ross was kept in hospital overnight under observation and released lunchtime today. All the test results were normal. He is advised to take it easy for a while and will have more tests as an outpatient in due course.

See you all soon,

Ross and Sheila

Mont Blanc Marathon Weekend

Mont Blanc Marathon weekend

 

A big Eryri crowd headed over to the Alps for the weekend to partake in the some of the 4 races that were held from Friday to Sunday in Chamonix.

 

First off at 4am on a cracking Friday morning was Matt Fortes and Johnny Moore in the 80k ultra which climbed a mammoth 6000 metres!!!  Both ran separately but amazingly came in after each other. Matt finishing in 30th but 1st Brit in a colossal 13 hours and 38 minutes, with Johnny in 31st in 13.42 and 7th vet 40 – super performances! Incredibly 471 people finished the race!

 

On the Friday evening it was the Vertical kilometre, this measured in at just over 3k but climbed 1000 metres! Paul Jenks flew the Welsh flag finishing in 52nd in 45.42 and 7th vet. Becky Law – back from a broken wrist finished 32nd lady in 57.37. 336 runners finished.

 

On the Saturday the infamous Cross Mont Blanc was run, measuring in at 23k with 1400 metres of climb.  Braichmelyn hitman running for Ambleside AC – Hugh O’Donnell ran well to finish in 59th but 2nd Brit in 2hrs 32mins. 1307 runners finished!

 

An hour later it was time for the 10k which climbed 300metres. Paul Jenks once again led the Welsh home finishing in 57th overall and 15th vet 40 in 52.22. In the ladies the Eryri performance of the weekend came from Bronwen Jenkinson who finished 15th lady in 55.56 – just over 3 minutes behind her Dad but more importantly 2nd junior lady. Becky Law followed soon after in 22nd in 57.44. There were 699 runners!

 

The final race, on the Sunday was the Marathon which climbs 2500 metres. Math Roberts managed to stick with Kilian Journet for 5k before being dropped and finishing 30 minutes back in 19th in 4hrs and 5 minutes. 1922 runners finished the race.

 

A highly recommended weekend racing in some of the best races the world over – overall a gargantuan 4735 runners ran in the 4 races!

 

 

All results: http://mbm.livetrail.net/classement.php

 

 

Math.

UKA British Fell Relays

Woohoo!

The website for the 2013 UKA British Fell Relay created by Eryri Harriers has finally gone live!

Many thanks to Eryri committee member Ellie Salisbury for putting it together, and also to Adrian Moir for ably assisting her.

Entries are now open to all running clubs in the UK, though there is an emphasis on entrants being bona fide experienced fellrunners.

Race routes have been published on the new site.  If you’re a likely team member then check them out.

If you aren’t likely to be racing in an Eryri team then please do offer your services as a marshal on the day and even days before as there’ll be loads to do.  Contact Maggie Oliver to help.

Cheers,

Craig.

Relay Committee Chairman.

 

WFRA volunteers needed

The WFRA is looking for volunteers to join its Executive Committee to undertake a number of important tasks, including:

 

• Coordinating the development of its annual Calendar of Races – this involves liaising with prospective Race Organisers and others, to agree the details of individual races.

• Overseeing the administration of Membership records, including coordinating the annual subscription process and dealing with ad hoc queries

• Promoting the WFRA and assisting in securing sponsorship for its Races Series

• Providing advice and guidance on race organisation, safety and logistics.

 

The time commitment required is not significant, although should you wish to play a greater role in promoting fell running, we do need a new Fixtures Secretary and Chairman for 2014 and a new Membership Secretary from 2015 and would welcome volunteers for these key roles.

To express your interest, or for a chat about what is involved in joining the Committee please speak to any of the existing Committee members (contact details are under ‘committee’ link shown on home page of the website) or get in touch with Andrew Blackmore, Hon. Secretary (Andrew.blackmore@uk.zurich.com).

 

Fell Relays 2013 – Situation Vacant

Afternoon all,

Its still seems a long way off yet but the Relays will be here before we know it.

There are a surprisingly small group of club members involved in organising the event and we are always looking out for helpers.  Maggie Oliver is managing marshals, so get your name on her list.

I have a need for a person to take on one particular task, and that is to be in charge of… Rubbish!

Gwynedd County Council have very kindly agreed to supply us with special bins for refuse and recycling, and they will be strategically placed around the arena which will be managed overall by Stuart McDonald.  We just need someone to manage this one small aspect on behalf of Stu.  If you can help please get in touch by replying with a comment below.

Cheers,

Craig.