Mountain running update

The last two weekends have been pretty busy on the hill running front, with Arenig Fawr race (both a WFRA champs and North Wales champs counter…with surprise marshalling appearance from fell running legend Joss Naylor, no less!) and Moel Siabod race last weekend, and Tal-y-Fan plus the various distances (10k/ Half-/ Full-marathon/ Ultra) in the AAH-organised Snowdonia trail races this weekend just gone. Well done all who have taken part, there were some excellent results across the two weekends.

Race reports and results can be found at the links below.

And I don’t know if anyone knows but theres this little under-the-radar race taking place in Llanberis this Saturday 😉. Importantly, its a Club Champs race, so really good luck to everyone running in the Snowdon Race!!

https://sites.google.com/…/welshfra/home/race…/about-us/2019

https://alwaysaimhighevents.com/snowdonia-…/race-report-2019

Tal y Fan race report and results

Ras Tal Y Fan      Saturday 13 July 2019

Friday, the day before the event, the mist was low and the rain was light but persistent as a few arrows and marker canes were being put out along the course where runners had a history of making navigational errors.  A bigger problem was the missing stile, where we would normally put a sign near Bryn Derwydd, there was now only a gate, and lots of sheep on either side of it.  The issue, where to find another marshal at such short notice.  Stuart McDonald, who had been recruited as “Sweeper” was phoned, he was now on the gate; and I went to find my fell shoes and bum bag; so much for an easy afternoon on the carnival field eating ice cream!

Saturday dawned, the mist and fog were still down, with little breeze to blow them away quickly.  We certainly did not need a water station setting up at the first checkpoint, if the weather continued it could become a bog-snorkelling race.  By 1pm runners were arriving at registration, and for the first time we had over 60 entries.  Headcount done, and warnings about cows given, the race started.  The leaders rocketed off, reaching checkpoint one in 15 minutes, while the tail-enders were still walking up the hill to the youth hostel.  However, the marshals reported that the quick leader was navigationally challenged, and that they had been yelling at him to follow the path, and not to head off left…

Up towards the summit, and into the cloud.  The footpath gave a good indication of the way to the trig point, but you could not see the top, even from the preceding false summit.  Checkpoint two reported all runners were accounted for, but as we left the summit, the visibility was about 50m, so no there was no opportunity to take a visual on the stone circle, it was going to be a grid bearing or memory of the route across the open moorland bog.

With the tail-end runner close behind me, I led down the hill.  For a minute we could see Mike Blake with the penultimate runner ahead, and then he was gone, hidden by a dip or the mist.  Following narrow sheep paths we headed to the stone circle.  Checkpoint 3 reported 6 unaccounted for.  The prior tail ender was sent off along the course, as a group of five came out of the mist having gone a long way left, more towards Llanfairfechan than Penmaenmawr.  That left one runner unaccounted for.  Neither Mike nor I had seen anyone.  We started to check the check point list to ascertain the number of the missing runner.  Then out of the murk, a shadow appeared.  The runner had gone too far right, but knew when he found telegraph posts that he needed to double back to the checkpoint.

With a big sigh of relief, we headed off along the North Wales Coastal path.  The farmer was out on his quad bike checking sheep, so it was good to know all the gates had competent marshals.  We stopped for a brief chat with the marshals, and continued along the course, now picking up arrows, and canes as we went.  All the runners had passed the footbridge, and the cloud was starting to lift.  We passed another marshal, with jelly babies and water on offer, before up the last hill, down to the last checkpoint and back to the road.

Heading down into the village, the mobile rang – have you a runner with you?  Where are you?  By the time we reached the village the tail ender had been located.  Maybe he had stopped off for a beer, but he was safe.  All accounted for, it was presentation time.

Up at the front, Josh Hartley (Blackcombe), Neal Crampton (Pudsey), Lloyd Taggart (Manx), Jack White (Norwich) and Mark Davies (NWRRC) had had a close run race.  Russell Owen broke the V60 record, finishing in 14th place in 1-19-02.  The Ladies were brought home by Hayley Evans (Buckley) in 1-26-15.

Thank you to all our marshals, registration team and runners for making it an enjoyable afternoon.

Helen Blair

records TAL Y FAN RESULTS 2019 final

records

3rd British Championship Race

Late reporting on the 3rd British Championship Race: Great Lakes…in the Lakes
8 Eryri Harriers made the trip to Langdale, to the wonderfully named Stool End Farm, for the the 3rd race in the British Championships.
The route itself was slightly intimidating, taking in several biggish hills before reaching Englands highest peak, Scafell Pike, where conditions are tricky underfoot, followed by several more not-insubstantial climbs and descents (and a touch of scrambling up a gully) before negotiation the rocky, time-eating descent from Pike O’Blisco followed by a breakneck descent down its lower, grassier slopes (for those who weren’t concerned about the seat of their shorts, it was quicker/ kinder to tired legs to bum-slide).
First in for the Harriers was Matt Fortes in 63rd place (14th V40), followed by Rich Roberts in 80th (18th V40). Next was Emlyn Owen in 103rd (13th V45), with a sprint-off on the descent to come in a place ahead of Miranda Grant in 104th (8th F). Russell Owen was 5th Harrier in 196th (8th V60) followed by Becki Law in 224th (35thF), with Nia Albiston in at 227th (7th V40) and Kate Worthington a joint 262nd (10th V40).
I have to admit, Im mystified about our Team placings as this hasn’t yet been updated…
Great racing from everyone, and no navigational errors (maps did have to come out on this one!), so well done everyone on getting stuck-in, in difficult conditions to start with (heavy rain and cloud), and getting around without mishap!
Final British Champs race is the mighty but short Creag Dubh race in Newtonmore on 3rd August. If you like doing a lap of a Highland games field and leaping several fences, probably to the tune of bagpipes, this is the race for you! Entries on the day for this one, and there’ll be several people heading North, so get in touch if you fancy it and we can try and arrange group car-sharing.
Photos of some of the team (sans Emlyn) next to a large manure pile, at Stool End Farm 😉

Ras y Moelwyn report and results.

2nd British Championship race/ 2nd race in Eryri Club fell running champs:

Ras y Moelwyn

The second British Championship race came to the beautiful Moelwyns this Saturday. Conditions were balmy in comparison to the Northern Ireland race, with a breeze just to make it feel like you were properly in the mountains, and a touch of cloud on the summits to keep everyone on their toes but no need to wear full kit before even starting the race. Phew.

There was an excellent turnout from Eryri with 27 runners getting stuck into the race, with excellent runs all round :-). Full results attached below but heres a brief run-down:

The Men: 1st Eryri to cross the line in a very tough field was Russell Bentley in 15th place (and 1st Local), followed closely by Richard Roberts in 17th place and an excellent 2nd V40 placing in a very competitive category.

3rd Harrier in was Tom Wood, also claiming 2nd in the U23 category.

Russell Owen had a cracking race, coming in 1st V60, and also providing top route finding in the mist (i think alot of non-local runners were thankful for that!). There were many good runs across all age categories, so well done everyone!

The Ladies: Maggie Oliver had a great result coming in 1st V70. There were good result in the V50 category with Sarah Barnwell coming in as 4th V50, Nia Albiston and Megan Hughes placing well in the V40 category, and great placings from Becki Law, Jacki Artist and Lucy O’Donnell in the Open Women category.

The club did excellently in the Team prizes, placing 3rd in both the Mens and the Womens’ Open team prize :-). Da’i iawn pawb!

This race was also Welsh Athletics mountain hill running championship. Ill provide a link to the results when they are published on the Welsh Athletics website but there were some excellent results from the club.

Well done every one! Next race in the British Championships is The Great Lakes on the 15th June.

https://www.racetek-live.co.uk/website/public_results/890/complete_results/

Ras y Moelwyn

This Saturday is the wonderful (and local) Ras y Moelwyn. Its the 2nd counter in the British Fellrunning Championship AND ALSO (more importantly!?) 2nd counter the Eryri Club (fell) Championships!
Entries are still open on the Fabian4 website and further information in the link below or on WFRA website. Loads of Eryri Harriers have already entered. It would be great to get a HUGE team out to this race!
https://www.facebook.com/rasymoelwyn

3rd counter in WFRA North Wales Series: Moel Eilio

3rd counter in WFRA North Wales Series: Moel Eilio

Warm weather, firm conditions underfoot, and perfect visibility were all present and correct on the day for this lovely local fell race. The route first takes in Moel Eilio summit and its descending ridge-line, followed by a long hoick up the seemingly never-ending back of Moel Cynghorion. The descent off the face of Cynghorion provides an opportunity to gain or lose time depending on how much you value being able to walk the next day.

24 Eryri’s took part in the race, with good runs across the field.

Coming in in 2nd place (1st V40) was Richard Roberts, followed by Emlyn Owen in a cracking 4th place (and 2nd V40), with Neil Hockley in hot pursuit in 5th.

Amongst the ladies, Elliw Haf came in in 2nd place, with Jen Charlton having a fab run coming in 3rd. The next Eryri lady home was Nia Albiston, coming in 8th amongst the women.

Well done to everyone who took part.

3 Peaks Race

2 Eryri Harriers take on the 3 Peaks
There were only two Eryri Harriers who turned out for the 3 Peaks race this year. Well done to Becki Law and Matt Fortes on their races this weekend. Becki ran the race in 4.27.31 and Matt ran 3.30.46, coming in 36th overall. Great running in Yorkshire!

Fron Four

Fancy something to offset your chocolate Easter egg consumption? Fron Four is a local race starting in….Fron! on Sat 20th (Easter weekend).
It takes in all the high points on Mynydd Mawr (including the summit…twice), plus Moel Tryfan, incase you missed the first Midweek Series race. Details are on the WFRA race page (see link).
I wouldn’t be surprised if all the prizes were Easter eggs…