Jeska and Fielding lead their fields

Last weekend saw the culmination of the WFRA championship series’ at Breidden Hills, a recommended race, from Criggion on the border with Shropshire.  At stake were the final positions in the Open Welsh Champs (4 from 6), and the hotly contested North Wales Series (6 from 9).

Congratulations go to a number of our club members , but particular achievement goes to Geoff Fielding for winning the over v70 prize in the Welsh Champs AND the NW Series. Plus overall female Welsh champion and 1st v40, Lauren Jeska, with Bronwen Jenkinson 2nd and 1st u23.

All Eryri prize winners are below:

 

Welsh Open Champs   Sponsored by Inov-8 (all winners receive a pair of Inov-8 fellshoes!)

Lauren Jeska – overall winner and 1st v40

Bronwen Jenkinson – 2nd overall and u23

Craig Jones – 3rd v40

Michael Belshaw – 3rd v50

Maggie Oliver – 1st o60

Geoff Fielding – 1st v70

 

North Wales Series    Sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor (goody bags coming their way)

Michael Belshaw – 1st v50

Geoff Fielding – 1st v70

Bronwen Jenkinson – 1st u23

Ellie Salisbury – 3rd v50

Maggie Oliver – 1st v60

 

The complete tables are attached here:

WFRA – OpenWelshChamps2015

WFRA – NWSeries2015

Two RAB Mountain Marathon reports

Two Eryri Harrier’s reports of the RAB Mountain Marathon below. First one is by Ellie Salisbury and the second by Stu McDonald.

Ellie Salisbury

Eryri Harriers members produced some good results at the RAB Mountain Marathon at the w/e.  It was a great event, as always – not too big, well organised, challenging route choices (how often would you go from the event centre at Capel Curig as far North as Melynllyn & as far West Marchllyn Mawr?!), & this year, we were blessed with the most amazing weather & fantastic visibility.
  • Lou Beetlestone finished 1st solo female & an amazing 2nd overall in the Short Score Class
  • Kate Worthington, in her 1st Mountain Marathon, finished 2nd solo female in the Long Score Class
  • Ellie Salisbury, in her 91st (I think – lost count!) Mountain Marathon, & Adrian Moir finished 2nd mixed vets in the Long Score Class
  • Brian & Hazel Robbins finished 3rd mixed supervets in the Short Score Class
  • Stuart Mc Donald & Hayley Turner finished 4th mixed in the Long Score Class (too young to receive a prize!)

Stu McDonald

Capel Curig became what seemed like the centre of the sporting world this past weekend with two days of Snowman Triathlon action based at Plas Y Brenin and the Rab Mountain Marathon also paid a visit. This popular event grows every year and makes the odd foray into North Wales (last visit was 2011).

For the uninitiated a Mountain Marathon involves two days of navigating between checkpoints whilst carrying all kit for an overnight camp. In the Rab MM there are two classes, Long Score (7 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2) and Short Score (6hrs/5hrs). Each class can be completed as a pair or solo. At the start you are given the map pre-marked with where the controls are and a list of the points value allocated to each control. The aim is simple….. get as many points as you can in the time available. If you are late back, there are penalties!

As I’m sure we all know the weather was stunning on Saturday morning and as we all set off there was excitement about what lay ahead. Although perhaps that was more trepidation than excitement! The first decision was whether to go into the Glyders or the Carneddau for the first day (knowing you would swap over on day 2).  At the overnight camp in the lower Ogwen valley there was lots of discussion about route choice but mainly about who’d had the harder day!! At the end of day 1 a couple of things became clear. Firstly we’ve got some properly good/hard women! Secondly, what an absolutely stunning yet brutal place North Wales can be.

Firstly, the ladies. At the overnight as the Eryri Harriers Mountain Marathon sub-committee convened to discuss the days events and positions Kate Worthington spoke first to say she was second lady on the long score. Brilliant! Ellie Salisbury was dragging her other half around to second place in the mixed vet long score and Hazel Robbins was coping admirably with Brian as they were 3rd mixed super vets on the short score. Hayley Turner drew the short straw and had to put up with me as a partner as we finished day 1 as 4th mixed pair in the long score. As congratulations were passed around Lou Beetlestone casually strolled over and said she was second on the short score. Amazing second lady on the short score! Top work! No no second! Second overall!! On day 1 Lou was only beaten by a men’s pair. She had beaten all the men’s solo’s and was leading the ladies category by 55 points (at least 3 checkpoints). An incredible performance but the pressure was now on for day 2!

Day 2 dawned with the promise of another stunning day. If you get chance go and check out iancorless.org for the official photos, there are some fantastic ones. The night had been clear and cold, very cold! Although for one competitor the cold was the least of his worries! 4 trips to the loo in the night and a discussion about the “squits” left no-one in any doubt about the nature of his ailment!

Whichever way you looked the only way was up from the overnight camp, it was certainly one way to warm up! Another day through the mountains back to Capel Curig ensued with a variety of blisters, cramp, dehydration, starvation and general tiredness hindering progress. As the bruised and battered bodies gathered around bean stew, the results started to come in. Hazel and Brian finished 3rd MSV in the short score! Kate 2nd lady long score! Ellie and Adrian 2nd MV long score! And then the one we were waiting for! Could Lou catch the leading men and win the short score outright? First lady was guaranteed but could she catch them? Her deficit overnight had been 10 points but it came down 9, 8, 7, 6 really??!! Could she?? 5, 4, 3 then it stopped! She was 2nd overall by just 3 points!! Only her 2nd MM and first as a solo it was an incredible performance! As for Hayley and I we had to settle for 4th mixed pair in the long score and the only things Hayley has to show for it are a whopping blister and a sprained ankle! Sorry Hayley!

A massive well done to everyone, it was great to see some familiar faces and it was a great event. Hard but good. If you want to know more about mountain marathons then have a chat with Lou Beetlestone, she seems to have it sorted!!

Cheers

 Stu

 

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Eryri O's Urban Night Navs

Back by popular demand, the Eryri Orienteers are again running five Night Urban Navigation events, one per month, starting on Thurs 12th November.  Those who’ve done them for the last few years will lose any advantage as there are five new locations, so all new maps!

These are easy going hour long street navigation events for singles or pairs.  They’re great fun, and get your brain, legs and lungs working at the same time.  They also involve some hill reps, and as a bonus they all start and finish at a pub!

Fixtures are below, meeting locations to be confirmed.  6.15 for 7pm mass start.  Bring a pen and headtorch.

12th November – Llanfairfechan

3rd December – LlanfairPG

7th January – Penmaenmawr

4th February – Llandudno

3rd March – Conwy

Eryri O’s Urban Night Navs

Back by popular demand, the Eryri Orienteers are again running five Night Urban Navigation events, one per month, starting on Thurs 12th November.  Those who’ve done them for the last few years will lose any advantage as there are five new locations, so all new maps!

These are easy going hour long street navigation events for singles or pairs.  They’re great fun, and get your brain, legs and lungs working at the same time.  They also involve some hill reps, and as a bonus they all start and finish at a pub!

Fixtures are below, meeting locations to be confirmed.  6.15 for 7pm mass start.  Bring a pen and headtorch.

12th November – Llanfairfechan

3rd December – LlanfairPG

7th January – Penmaenmawr

4th February – Llandudno

3rd March – Conwy

Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge

Despite having at least 3 other events clashing last Sunday, we had a good turn-out at the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge, with many Eryri members – old & new – taking part.  For once, the weather was good, so the river wasn’t too choppy, the views from the high point on the run leg were amazing, & the dry bits of the Marin Trail we used made it a fast, exciting mountain bike leg. Competitors & marshals all had an enjoyable day, & hopefully, we will have made a goodly sum for the Snowdonia Society. There were some notable Eryri Harriers performances:

  • Lou Beetlestone won the Ladies Individual Triathlon
  • James Harwood was 3rd in the Mens Duathlon
  • Jenny Williamson 3rd in the Ladies Duathlon
  • 2nd team’s runner was Tim Watson
  • 3rd team’s runner was Paul Hodges
  • Yours truly was the mountain biker for the 4th team, whose runner, Sion Harlow clocked the fastest time of the day on leg 2
  • Sarah Barnwell was the mountain biker for the 5th team, & was an amazing 4th overall on leg 3
  • Ben Beachell won 1st local
  • Clive Hartfall was 1st in the Grand Masters

 Full results, photos & race report are here: http://www.map17events.org.uk/

Ellie Salisbury

Pedol Peris

First Hydro/Snowdon Railway Peris Horseshoe Race Report – 22nd of August 2015.

‘A less than favourable forecast failed to deter the fell runners!’

A total of 87 runners (35 for the half, 52 for the full) arrived on a wet Saturday morning in Llanberis for what was the first revised route for the classic Pedol Peris fell race.

With an additional mile or so in length & a steeper start through the slate quarry, combined with moderate to poor visibility at times meant that even the most hardened runners were truly tested!

The revised started from lake side this year, before going across the field, the route then took a left turn following the initial climb instead of going up through the second lot of zig zags. This means a more direct route, but significantly steeper onwards to Elidir Fawr. After this first ascent, gradually the pack (of runners) started separating, a fast descent then followed & onwards ascending to Y Garn, down to the valley & up loose scree to the top of Glyder Fawr. With Pen-y-Pass in in sight the challenge was then to pick the right line down & not to get stuck in any boggy areas.

Arrival at Pen-y-Pass meant the end for some, but for most it was merely a welcome chance for a quick drink & fuelling on cake for the second half. And what a second half it was! Arrival at Pen-y-Pass can easily give any runner a false sense of confidence, upon crossing the road & subsequently turning off the Miners track & up towards Y Lliwedd that sense of confidence could easily be dented by route which seems to only get steeper & rougher as you go onwards. After coming down Lliwedd it was decision time – the regular route up Watkin Path to Snowdon or to go the much steeper direct route? How much I have I got left in the tank? Most took the direct route in an aim to save time.

Having reached Snowdon, never have the on-hand jelly babies tasted so good (thanks marshalls!). A gulp of these was definitely required before then heading down The Rangers Path. Wet weather conditions & tired legs at this point made it hard for most to take advantage of this decent, let alone then going up the final climb to Moel Cynghorion. The weather at this point had cleared up & helped to drive everyone home towards the final descent. Bwlch Maesgwm, over the fields to Café Penceunant, then the final descent towards Llanberis. The route was extended (previously finishing in the woods prior to the Royal Victoria) to go onwards past the little castle, through the fields and finishing at the lake side. Completion of race meant several slices of cake and refreshing pint (or tea) at the Heights.

It was then time for prize giving. Full Peris 1st male went to John Hunt (Dark Peak) in a time of 04:07:52, 2nd male went to Mark Davies in a time of 04.08:08, 3rd male went to Martin Cliffe in a time of 04:11:46. V40 went to Dyfed Whiteside Thomas in a time of 04:28:10, V50 to Emlyn Roberts in a time of 05:34:28, V60 to Clive Edwards in a time of 05:56.55 & V70 to Brian Robbins in a time of 06:14:00. In addition to Brian, Alwyn Oliver also ran under the V70 category – inspiring stuff for us youngsters to see them performing at such a challenging race!

1st and only female went to Lou Beetlestone in a time of 04:59:14.

Half Peris 1st male went to Chris Atherton in a time of 01:58:57, 2nd male went to Goronwy Hughes in a time of 02:02:00, 3rd male went to Shaun Davies in a time of 02:06:31. V50 went to Kevin Hagley in a time of 02:06:45, V60 went to Mike Blake in a time of 02:30:59.

1st female went to Sian Williams in a time of 02:26:36, 2nd female went to Victoria Whitehead in a time of 02:31:53, 3rd female went to Gemma Brown in a time of 02:35:46, V50 went to Ellie Salisbury in a time of 03:00:35 & V60 to Maggie Oliver in a time of 03:15:40.

Many thanks to First Hydro & Snowdown Railway for their generous sponsorship & cooperation and not forgetting of course all the volunteers / marshals who looked after the runners and provided the refreshments during and at the end of the race. Many of these stayed out for over nine hours in the wet weather to make sure the race went to plan.

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.