Llantysilio Fell Race

Llantysilio Fell Race
5 Eryri Harriers enjoying the sunshine

Quick report from a great day at Llantysilio Fell Race today. Five Eryri runners enjoyed the lovely sunshine, fantastic views and well-organised race from the wonderful little village of Rhewl. Big well done to Andrea Rowlands who was first lady and 3rd overall, closely followed by Stephen Jones who was 4th overall and first V60 – fantastic running. Becki Law, Jackie Lee and Hayley Turner were next Eryri runners over the line – well done everyone! Thanks to the organisers and Judith Leslie for the support on the hill 🙂 Sure full results and report will follow on the website below: http://www.tattenhallrunners.com/our…/llantysilio-fell-race/ 

Pipe Dream results & report

Pipe Dream 2017

It was a good day out for youth and veterans alike at this year’s Pipe Dream, with two under 23’s in the top three (one of them under 18), but crowned by a Vet 40.  Felipe Jones (v40) of Sarn Helen and clubmate Sion Price (u23) travelled a long way to take the top two slots, with Felipe having no trouble with a nearly two minute margin by the end, smashing John Parkinson’s v40 record in the process.

Not so easy behind him, as Max Dunford (u18) running for St Davids College, narrowly beat John P for the final podium position.  

Eryri’s Miranda Grant had no trouble winning the ladies, with a strong performance leaving her three minutes clear of Sian Williams of Hebog.  Lois Lee (u18) of St Davids took 3rd. 

Great to see some young blood doing well in what is a sea of v40’s these days.  Thanks go to Math Roberts for encouraging and facilitating the St Davids College pupils to attend. No doubt they will be making further appearances this season.

One notable performance this year came in the form of Steve P Jones.  SPJ absolutely destroyed Alan Duncan’s 2013 v60 record by 2.01 minutes, finishing 11th overall in the process and only 12 seconds behind Miranda.  One to watch for this year’s British Champs perhaps?

Pictured are John Parkinson climbing well up the initial pipe incline, with Miranda battling hard behind.   And Gary PJ enjoying himself in his new Eryri cycle top!

JP on pipes chased by Miranda  Gary PJ enjoying the downhill

 

 

 

 

 

EMRYS LEWIS JONES (EMS) RIP

Very sad to hear about the sudden death of Emrys Jones (Cybi Striders) after a short illness aged 58. The club sends its sincere condolences to his family and many friends. Ems was very well respected and liked on the running circuit and will be very sadly missed by all who knew him.

His funeral is on Saturday 28th January, a public service at St Cyngar’s Church Llangefni at 11:30am. Donations in memory of Ems will be kindly accepted towards Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Alaw Ward and Macmillian.

An extra ‘Long’ now in the Welsh Championships

An extra ‘Long’ now in the Welsh Championships
Peris Horseshoe to be included
Dear Welsh Fell Runners,
Those of you who are interested in completing the 2017 WFRA Open Welsh Championships will have spotted that this year only one Long race (Preseli) was included in the Series, and that there is a requirement to complete a Long to qualify. 
We have since received feedback from members who have commented that this set up wasn’t conducive to a successful and inclusive championship.  After some committee discussion it has been decided to add an additional Long race this year, namely Peris Horseshoe, making the Welsh Champs now a series of 7 races.  Hopefully this will now encourage more members to qualify for the Championship series.
The original decision was correctly made at the AGM after some debate, however due to the limited numbers at the AGM the outcome of that debate perhaps hasn’t been fully representative.  There is a danger in making this change that we are seen to be going against the decision at the AGM, and in fact this is the case, but we hope that members understand the reason and support it.
It does show the importance of members expressing their views, and ideally attending the AGM.  It also demonstrates that we listen to the feedback of members when we haven’t quite got it right.
Reminder that V60s and under 23’s are not required to complete a Long.
Looking forward to a great fellracing year, one which kicks off this weekend at Tarren Hendre, as the first counter in the North Wales Series.
Regards,
Craig.
Chairman,
WFRA.