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Just as Lou Beetlestone was starting her fantastic Paddy Buckley round, five Eryri Harriers were starting the prestigious 24 mile Yorkshire 3 peaks race along with 780 other runners. It’s tough underfoot with limestone slabs, some longish flat sections and steep climbs, all made up for with near-perfect weather and fantastic race atmosphere!
Well done all – Eryri was led home by Matthew Fortes in 36th overall (3h25m, 5th V40) followed by Richard Roberts in 113th (3h47m), Sarah Harley (4h7m, 22nd female), Paul Hodges (4h39m, 449th) and Ali Thomas (4h47m, 67th female).
Apologies didn’t get any pics but here’s one at the end before it got too chilly, also with Sian and Dylan from Hebog!
Report: Ras Moel Wnion 2018
For the third year in a row we were blessed with amazing weather (and a dry – and therefore non-lethal- final descent) for the Moel Wnion race. Despite other events in North Wales and a little known road race in London…over 50 runners came out to Ysgol Llanllechid for the race.
The hot weather combined with the race coming just a week after the first British Champs race (and only four days after the most recent of the local Tuesday Night series race) meant that some legs were undoubtedly tired and records would be hard to break. Despite this, strong performances and good contests were on show throughout.
In the men’s race Matt Fortes (Eryri, 42.34) was first across the line followed by Max Dunford (St Davids, 1st U18, 43.41) and Jonathan Tyler (Betsi Runaways, 44.36). Max was the first to the summit of Moel Wnion, but some good local knowledge from Matt meant that he could catch him up over the last three hills and get down through the Moel Faban gorse the quickest to win the first prize of a leg of Moel Wnion lamb.
In the ladies, Andrea Rowlands (Eryri) also took home some lamb. coming in 1st (5th overall, 45.57) followed by Rachub’s own Catherine Connell (Eryri 49.39). However performance of the day came from 16 year old Gwyneth Parry (Deeside, 52.03) to claim 3rd place and 1st U18. With Under 18s in the top 3 in both the mens and ladies there are clearly some talented juniors around in North Wales! There were V40 wins for Craig Jones (Eryri, 44.51) and Ellie Robinson (West Chesire, 53.02), with Buckley’s Vic Belshaw and Emma Collins taking the V50 prizes (in 46.18 and 56.16 respectively). In the V70s, John Morris (Buckley, 59.01) took the mens prize with Eryri legend Maggie Oliver (74.26) taking the ladies.
Apparently there were some issues with marshalls not quite being in the right place at the start (I’ll give them some navigation lessons for next year), which might have affected the first few runners, as well as a radio that went missing and was then found…. but alls well that ends well…!
Once again a massive group of people came out in force to support the event. A big thanks to everyone from the school for the food, Bethesda Pottery and Glanmor farm for the prizes, and all the marshalls out on the hill. Big thanks as always to Mike Blake for sweeping.
See you in 2019
Dear Eryri Harriers
My Father Grahame Till ran with the eryri harriers in the early years of his running both marathon and fell .
He wore his colours with pride
I have to sadly tell you , my Dad passed away 10/4/2018 .
If you could let your longest serving members know as they would have known my father.
I have attached a photo and details of the funeral.
Till, Grahame Albert,
April 10th 2018, peacefully at his home in Tyddyn Gyrfa, Cemaes, aged 73 years.
Beloved husband of the late Sheila. Loving father of Jane and Michael. Father in law of Adam. Proud grandad to Natalie and Charlotte. Son of Gladys. Dear brother of Cath. Grahame will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Public service at St Patrick’s Church, Cemaes, Thursday 19th April at 12:30pm followed by committal at Bangor Crematorium at 2:15pm. Family flowers only but donations kindly accepted in memory of Grahame towards Hospice at Home. Enquiries care of the funeral directors Arwel and Ieuan Hughes of John Hughes & Son, Britannia, Machine St, Amlwch Port, LL68 9HA. Tel: 01407 830461
Moel Lus Fell Race 10/04/2018
Well, what a fantastic evening – 132 senior runners & 36 juniors & some splendid performances. I’m proud that the WFRA chose the Moel Lus race to be part of its N Wales Champs series, & as always, was delighted to have chance to show off ‘my back garden’. So many friends gave their time to help in various ways, & for that, I am most grateful. Most of the shops in Penmaenmawr kindly donated prizes, (thus increasing our donation to mountain rescue at the end of the series), so big thanks to them also. The results are available here: https://www.racetek-live.co.uk/…/publ…/601/complete_results/, but to summarise the highlights:
Last but not least, big thanks to Adrian Moir of Fabian4/Racetek for all his help & support, & for taking charge of the timing/results, of course to Mike Blake, who puts in more work than anyone as overall coordinator of the series.
The official race pictures are here (huge thanks to Steve Jeffery): https://www.facebook.com/SteveJefferyPhotography/?hc_ref=ARRJN9MQMcvHZTCV4pumtHJUhQWrVNJs2dACzlDMgwbhmXNmY6s4vGDWY9Def3WDRf4
The Fron 4 has been moved to 16th June.
We plan to go ahead with the Club Presentation Eve on Saturday evening in the hope that the worst of the Beast from the East will have passed. Paul at Caffi Moel Siabod is planning to open as normal tomorrow (Fri) & Sat, & the info we have re. the forecast for Sat eve is as follows: ‘No weather warnings. Dry. Temperature zero.’ Therefore get your glad-rags ready – we will rock!!
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(If there are any significant changes to Saturday evening’s weather predictions, & we feel it’s wiser to cancel the event, I will post here by mid morning on Sat)
Clwydian Sheeptracks race
Clear, sunny and windy conditions for great new race!
Matthew Fortes, Martin Cliffe and Sarah Harley all ran in the new Clwydian Sheeptracks race which is tough, undulating and at least 17 miles (+a bit more depending on your route choice). Very clear weather meant visibility was pretty much perfect, but route choice/navigation was still tricky in places and definitely ‘off the beaten track’. Fantastic new race (I have to admit, I just did some walking/cheering and sampled the lovely cakes with my mum and dad – next year hopefully!) and fantastic results with Matthew coming in second overall (1st vet), Martin Cliffe coming in 12th (4th V40) and Sarah coming in 2nd overall lady! Brilliant efforts!