Joe Brown Tuesday Series – Race 10 y Garn (or not) & Series so far

Joe Brown Tuesday Series Race 10 y Garn was re-routed to the slopes of yr Wyddfa following a threat of lightning (not forthcoming). In the overall Joe Brown series there have been more than 350 runners taking part, of which 73 have so far qualified (5 races complete) for the competition. It’s close at the top with not much in it between Math Roberts, Gareth Wyn Hughes and Russell Bentley. For the ladies, Miranda Grant leads Sian Williams and then Gemma Brown. All to play for with two to go.
Mike’s Facebook report from the night:
Round 10 Mid-week series, Rhyd ddu. Well by the time the forecasted bad weather had not appeared and the low clag on Garn had lifted JP had already marked the other side of the valley the good thing to come out of it I was bitten for less time and all the prize winners were still around. Wins for ‘Sir’, Mark Davies 1st 40 in 4th,Ryan Cain 1st U18 6th, Tomos Land 1st U14 7th and Max 1st U16 8th, good battle there. Miranda Grant top 10 again 1 place ahead of Sian, Dereck 1st 60 13th, Emlyn twin 1st 50 18th, Lisa Grantham 1st F40 27th, Sarah B F50 30th, Annabelle McQueen U16 Rhiannon Kamink U18 Emyr M70 and Maggie F60. C’Fon Tyres Jnr’s. Wins again U8’s for Merin and Emms, U10 Ben and Kyla, U 12s Guy and Efa and U 14 Cai and Samia, 11.45 and the bites just receding at last !

Keswick Festival

Big thanks to the Eryri runners who ran at Keswick over the weekend of 21/22nd May as part of our Eryri team. We are still endeavouring to find out how we did in the Team event so for now I’ll simply summarise the individual performances which were excellent.
First up were Emlyn Roberts & myself in the 25K setting off in pouring rain, thankfully conditions soon improved but we still had a rather deep & tricky river crossing to contend with. Emlyn came home strongly in 33rd place out of 417 in 2 Hours 30 Minutes with me chasing his tail some 4 minutes behind in 47th place. To cap Emlyn’s performance he won his O. 50’s category after a bit of a ding dong battle with his nearest rival which was only settled in the closing mile.
Next came Judy Jones who had stepped into the breach late in the day to provide our only 5K entrant, despite her normal preference for much longer distances where her stamina can come more to the fore. Judy placed 107th out of approx. 250, very respectable indeed.
Sunday dawned more or less at the same time as Llion Iwan set off on a very demanding 50K at 6:00 am! The route took him firstly around the East & South of Borrowdale before heading further afield to Buttermere & beyond. He returned some 6 Hours & 2 minutes later placing a very good 25th out of 180 looking like there was plenty of running left in him but having given plenty to the cause.
Finally it was time for Steve Jones to step up for the 10K race which included the like of Ricky Lightfoot. Ricky won by a clear margin but arguably Steve, who was carrying a knee injury into the race, arguably upstaged him finishing a remarkable 16th place out of a field of over 600, not bad for a 61 year old but there again what else would you expect from Steve.
As we exchanged experiences post races I think I can speak for us all, the Keswick Mountain Festival was a great event, it also includes Cycling, Swimming & Triathlon competitions as well as a variety of excellent speakers, concert performers, stalls & of course pubs! We all enthusiastically agreed, lets come back next year with a bigger & stronger team.
Paul Hodges

Isle of Jura Fell Race

Two Eryri runners completed the gruelling Isle of Jura Race on the 29th of May in a very competitive field and a counter in the Scottish champs. Chris Near finished in 43rd place at 4:11:20 followed by Adrian Williams in 48th place at 4:15:01. Well done to both of them!

Ras y Gader

Results

Eleven club members raced at the weekend’s Cader Idris Race.  Heavy rain the day before and on the morning of the race left a very wet course, with rivers flowing on some of the paths it was slippy conditions all round.

At the summit Richard Roberts was leading for the club in third position, with 11 seconds between him and the second placed runner, but he managed to catch him and claim second overall by half a minute, an excellent result.

In the ladies a strong climb by Miranda Grant and a steady descent held onto her second place all the way to claim the same position.
Owen Roberts was 1st under 23 and an amazing 5th overall, surely one to be top three in the future.

Martin Cliffe took the first v40 slot.

Despite all 300 places being sold out in advance only 233 finished on the day.  The full list of Eryri members are below.

 

Richard Roberts Eryri Harriers 2 01:28:18
Owen Roberts Eryri Harriers 5 01:32:03
Martin Cliffe Eryri Harriers 8 01:36:14
Adrian Williams Eryri Harriers 20 01:40:21
Miranda Grant Eryri Harriers 26 01:42:19
Craig Jones Eryri Harriers 28 01:45:06
Michael Belshaw Eryri Harriers 46 01:51:18
Megan Hughes Eryri Harriers 89 02:01:33
Steffan Evans Eryri Harriers 90 02:01:42
Nic Brook Eryri Harriers 99 02:04:14
Steve Jones Eryri Harriers 203 02:31:23

Joe Brown Mid Week Series, Aber

ROUND 7 MID-WEEK SERIES, ABER. Where are all these runners coming from ?, 111, I’m going to run out of numbers ! Well, the rain and the midges held off and saw Russ Bentley holding off past winners Math and Vaughany while in the ladies Hebogs Sian Lloyd Williams in 20th O/A held off Elliw Hafand Gemma Brown. Other podium places went to,U 14 Tomos Land, U16 St Davids Max Dunford, U18 St Davids Sam Mace, J P M40, Vic Belshaw M50, Dereck Weaver M60 and Don M70. In the Ladies, U16 Catrin D, U18 Rhiannon Kamink, F40 Belinda Buckingham (sorry I missed you out), F50 Emma Collins and F60 Maggie. C’FON TYRES JNR’S, U8 with 6 wins Merin Land cannot be beaten and another win for Olwen Baines, U10, Jake Roberts and Aimie Vaughan, U12, with 6 wins Georgia Parkie cannot be beaten while Guy notched up his 2nd win and U14 Callum O’D and Samia also continue their unbeaten runs. Thanks to you all for mucking in, just finished collating, its 01.45 and Im off to the shower, next week the Orme from the Ski Centre, entrance by the pier, share cars, if you arrive after 7pm you will be walking up the hill to register !!! Mike

 

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