Eidir Fawr

Mi fydd Ras Elidir fawr ymlaen flwyddyn yma Dydd Sadwrn Medi 22, cychwyn yn Nant Peris am 14:00, cost y’w £5.00 ar y diwrnod. Dewch i cefnogi eich rasus lleol.

Eidir Fawr race will be on Saturday Sept 22nd at 14:00, race will start at Nant Peris, cost is £5.00 on day. Come along and support your local races.

 

Rory O’Donnell

Gyda chalon drom a thristwch mawr y ffarweliwyd & Rory O’Donnell ddydd Mercher, y Sed o Fedi. Cynhaliwyd y gwasanaeth yn Eglwys Gatholig Dewi Sant a’r Santes Helen yng Nghaernarfon. Roedd yr eglwys dan ei sang ac yn dystiolaeth i’r holl fywydau y cyffyrddodd Rory & hwy.

Gydol y gwasanaeth daeth cariad Rory tuag at redeg mynydd i’r amlwg, yn enwedig yn nheyrnged ei frawd Huw yn adrodd hanesion am gerrig gwynion amhosibl eu darganfod a helynt colli awyren.

Daeth hyn a chwerthin i amgylchiad mor drist, ond roedd chwerthin yn rhan bwysig o fywyd Rory, yn enwedig tynnu coes. Gan ei gyd-weithwyr clywsom fel y gallai adrodd stori gyda wyneb syth cyn cyrraedd ei diwedd a gorffen gyda gwén fawr a ‘dim ond joc’!

Roedd rhai geiriau’n taro tant arbennig. “Y gwasanaeth mwyaf teilwng y gallwn eiroi, nid yn unig i Rory, ond i ni’n hunain hefyd, yw byw ein bywyd gyda’r sél a’r ymroddiad a roddodd ef i fywyd.” Dyna fodd arbennig o anrhydeddu Rory.

O gofio cariad Rory tuag at redeg ar y mynyddoedd, addas iawn oedd i’r haul dywynnu arnynt ar ddiwrnod ei ffarwelio. Bydd colled am ei wén heintus a’i awch am fywyd a rhedeg.

Mae meddyliau holl aelodau’r clwb gyda Kelly a’r bechgyn, y teulu, ei ffrindiau a’i gyd-weithwyr.

Gorffwys yn dawel Rory, a rhed yn rhydd.

 

It was with heavy hearts and great sadness we said farewell to Rory O’Donnell on Wednesday 5th September. The service held at the Catholic Church of St. David and St. Helen in Caernarfon was superbly attended showing just how many people’s lives Rory touched.

Throughout the service Rory’s love of fell running was highlighted particularly by his brother Hugh telling stories of impossible to find white stones and missing flights home. This brought some laughter to such a sad occasion and by all accounts laughter was another of Rory’s loves, and in particular winding people up. His work colleagues telling us how he would do it with a straight face right up to the end before cracking a huge smile and saying ‘only joking!’!

Some words spoken struck a chord. “The greatest service we can do not only to Rory but also to ourselves is to live our lives with just some of the zeal and zest for life he did.” This sounds like a fantastic way to honour Rory.

Rory loved running in the mountains and it seemed entirely fitting that on this day, the sun shone brightly on the mountains he loved so much. His infectious smile and enthusiasm for life and running will be sorely missed.

The thoughts of the whole club are with Kelly and the boys, family, friends and colleagues.

Rest well Rory and run free.

 

Tal y Fan Fell Race

Tal y Fan Fell Race

Saturday 14 July 2018

 

The Rowen children counted down from 10, James sounded the hooter, and the 49 runners set off from the Carnival Field, leaving the chain saw carvers, bouncy castles, vintage cars and other attractions behind them.

Along the lane through the village, and a right turn to the start of the ascent, and the first hazard of the day, a group of motorcyclists wishing to go the same way.  Yelling at them to watch out for the runners, the tail-enders heard no horns or screams and jogged on, before slowing to a fast walk.

Up passed the youth hostel and on to the track, the tarmac was left behind.  The sun beat down, but the little breeze prevented it being too stifling, and the water at Cae Coch was much appreciated.  Sharon and Victoria decided they had had enough, so turned around, leaving the sweepers to chase the runners 200m ahead on the climb to the summit of Tal y Fan.  By this time Gavin Roberts (Eryri), Michael Corrales (Dark Peak) and Jez Brown (Buckley) were already out in front, chasing across the dry bog towards the Penmaenmawr stone circle.

The tail enders swapped around, with Geoff’s blisters from the previous week starting to get the better of him, while Menai picked up speed on the less heathery terrain.  On to the North Wales Coastal path, and the dry conditions made for easy running.  At the stream the marshal’s family were paddling in the only flowing water to be seen all day.  Over the bridge, a short climb, and on to another welcome water station, before following the track to the dry ford.

The arrows set out the night before had not been moved by the sheep or wild ponies, so everyone made their way safely along the course to the final check point before the steep descent back to the road, avoiding the inquisitive heifers, and the final stretch of tarmac back to the Carnival Field.  Danny had got the hose pipe out half way down the hill, ready to shower anyone who asked, although he declined offers for his bike.

Well done to Gavin who finished first, three minutes faster than his winning time of 2017, closely followed by Michael and Jez.  Ursula Moore (Pensby) led the Ladies home, with Wendy Trimbel three minutes behind.

A huge thank you to the marshals, Ann and Sharon for registration/timekeeping, Mike Blake for sweeping and Peter for lending the radio, and all of the runners, without whom there would not be a race.

Helen Blair

 

TAL Y FAN RESULTS 2018

Always Aim High Scott Snowdonia Trail

Always Aim High Scott Snowdonia Trail

Ultra Marathon (132 Finishers)

5th Overall & 1st Female finisher – Andrea Rowlands 6:47:26
13th & 2nd MV/40 Nic Brook 7:26:55
15th & 3rd MV/40 Elton Angle-Smith 7:36:09
19th Gwion Williams 7:45:53

Marathon (648 Finishers)

214th Steffan Evans 6:08:32
361st Emma Lloyd Davies 6:43:33

Half Marathon (760 Finishers)

9th & 2nd MV/40 Martin Cliffe 2:04:03
1st MV/70 Alwyn Oliver 3:07:00
1st FV/70 Maggie Oliver 3:29:50

10km (214 finishers)

7th & 1st MV/50 Arwel Lewis 52:44
40th & 1st MV/60 Malcolm Jones 64:44

Full Results on the TDLEvents website

Moel Siabod Race Report.

Moel Siabod Race Report.

As both the heatwave continued & a certain football match due to kick off just an hour after the race start we feared that race attendance might be well down this year. However with late publicity (thanks to Ellie Salisbury, Adrian Williams & Dave Kirkby) turnout was just 4 down on last year as a respectable 51 runners lined up for the 2:00 pm start, once again I could make the call ‘no kit required’ a decision that probably avoided me being lynched.

The race was led from start to finish by Gavin Roberts who reached the summit in 34 minutes a minute ahead of Emlyn Owen both Eryri with Hebog’s Geraint Jones hot on Emlyn’s heels. Gavin maintained his lead to cross the line in 52:57 with no one else in sight. Meanwhile Emlyn & Geraint were having a rare old tussle with Geraint now in front but Emlyn knowing the run in was keeping something back & in a late surge came through to take 2nd in 53:47 with Geraint 10 seconds behind. Emlyn (who won Eryri’s most improved runner last year) is clearly making further strides forward which is great to see.

In the Women’s race Eryri’s Miranda Grant put in a superb performance, reaching the summit in 37 minutes having opened up a 3 minute lead over her nearest rival. She extended her lead on the descent crossing the line in an excellent 57:44 finishing 6th overall & more than 6 minutes ahead of Hebog’s Sian Williams who posted a time if 1:04:02.

On a good day for the Eryri runners they were not able to stop Hebog in the best local category which was won by Dylan Webber in 1:03:42, 12th overall. However with 20 runners in the field there were several other good performances for the club. Following Emlyn, Martin Cliffe (55:26) came in 4th, Adrian Williams (56:53) 5th to help make it a fabulous 1,2,3 in the Male O.40’s category. Megan Hughes (1:10:09) was runner up FO.40’s, Emlyn Roberts grabbed 3rd MO.50’s, Linda Norman (1:22:58) was first FO.50’s followed by Hazel Robbins in 2nd. Iwan Edgar 1st MO.60’s (a very creditable 19th overall in 1:09:28) & finally Brian Robbins claimed 1st MO.70’s (1:22:15) having seen his rival Emyr Davies sensibly retiring due to a calf injury, thanks Emyr for both reporting your decision to the Marshall’s & seeking me out down at the finish.

Another club, Calder Valley, deserve a mention with 4 runners showing up including a category win for Catherine Holden in the FO.40’s, it was good to see you enjoying your trip to Capel.

Thank you’s are due to all the racers & Marshall’s who made it such a great afternoon in hot conditions. I only received one complaint & that was about my inability to have enough water in the Afon Lugwy for the post race dip. Thanks again to our local Cotswold Outdoors in Betws for generously supplying the prizes. Finally thanks to other members of the Siabod Team, Dorina, Marion, John, Nick, & finally to Gaby & her staff for providing the Goulash on the Festival field for the runners.

One apology, there was no tug of war this year as most of the farmers were absent, were they fearing the runners determination to take revenge or watching a football match. In truth I am sure it was neither & had more to do with the reality of Sheep Shearing season!

John – if you feel I’ve left anything out just say so.

Thanks

Moel Siabod Fell Race

Moel Siabod Fell Race – 2:00 pm start (Junior race at 2:05), registration opens at Moel Siabod Cafe at 12:00 pm. The race is run in conjunction with the Capel Curig show so attractions for friends & family too. Race entry £5 on the day includes a bowl of Gaby’s Ghoulash together with an almost obligatory dip in the river at the finish followed by the Runner’s v Farmer’s tug of war. Once again the race will be sponsored by Cotswold Outdoors who have donated prizes for the first 3, first female & first local, other prizes for category winners supplied by the Cafe. Parking either at the Cafe for free or on the festival field with a small charge going to village funds (please choose the latter if possible to help us support the show). The weather gods appear to be with us but please bring kit just in case.

Preseli Beast and Race to the Tower

Preseli Beast and Race to the Tower

A bit delayed but a few fantastic performances to report on from Alwyn Oliver, Maggie Oliver and Judith Leslie!

On 12th May, Alwyn tackled the Preseli Beast in North Pembrokeshire in 6h1m32s – amazing going considering the Beast is 24 off-road miles, with approx 4,700 ft. (1420 m) of assent. He was the only V70 – fantastic running Alwyn!

In another beast of an event on 9/10th June, Judith Leslie and Maggie Oliver conquered the Race to the Tower event in the Cotswolds, a double/ultramarathon event, also raising over £600 (so far) for St David’s Hospice! Here is the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/judith-leslie1