Gladstone 9 Report and Results

Gladstone 9 Race Report 09/08/2015

Once again, we were granted perfect weather conditions & good visibility for this year’s Gladstone 9 race, while the rest of Wales endured the Summer 2015 drizzle to which we’ve become accustomed. 49 started the race, & 47 finished (& Elsi, the best Diabetic Assistance Dog in the world!). The feedback has all been excellent, with many comments about the wonderful views, the fantastic marshals, the post-race flapjacks & the amazing prizes. 

The race was won by John Hunt, MV40 from Dark Peak, in a time of 1:22:01, with Buckley’s Simon Edwards, also MV40, close on his heels in 1:22:11, & Helsby’s Jim O’Hara third in 1:22:55. Like last year, there were only three Eryri finishers in the top ten, with MV60 Steve P. Jones finishing in an amazing fourth place in 1:24:09, beating the next MV40, 5th overall, NWRR’s Mark Davies (1:24:59) & the first MV50, Eryri’s Michael Belshaw who was eighth overall in 1:30:12. It’s interesting that there were only 5 senior men in the first twenty finishers. Where are all the ‘youngsters’?! 

The first lady across the line was Altrincham AC’s Ann-Marie Jones, who finished in seventeenth place, smashing the FV60 record with her amazing time of 1:41:48. The next two ladies to finish were Eryri’s Nia Albiston in 1:44:19 & Kate Worthington in 1:47:13. The first FV50, Denbigh’s Emma Collins, had a great run in 1:48:56, beating the first FV40, her team mate Victoria Whitehead (1:52:17). The first local was yours truly, but there again, the race does take place in my fantastic ‘back garden’……! 

Our sincere thanks go to all the many marshals and helpers, without whom we would not have been able to safely organise the race. We are very grateful for the generous sponsorship & support provided by X-Ray Minerals, Fletcher & Poole Estate Agents & Frwythau DJ, which enabled us to issue a colour map of the route to everyone, & fantastic fossils & fruit baskets as prizes. We also owe a huge vote of thanks to the staff of the Gladstone pub for their hospitality & cooperation, & for providing a meal voucher as a prize. 

A small financial contribution will be given to the WFRA, & we are pleased to announce that Diabetes UK & the Nepal Earthquake Appeal will also each receive a £100 donation. 

Ellie Salisbury 

Results

British Athletics Mountain Running Chanpionships 2015

Incorporating the:

Senior Home Countries International

BA World Mountain Running Championships Trials

3rd race in the 2015 BA Mountain Running Challenge

Welsh B&I Junior Mountain Running Championships Trials

 

BETWS-Y-COED – SATURDAY 22nd AUGUST 2015

Course Details (see separate map)

The event will take place on an up and down loop course to Llyn Elsi & back

The courses will be marshaled, and marked at any points where the route isn’t so obvious.

Programme

There will be four races as follows:

  1. 10:45am: Welsh B&I Junior Men/Women U/17 Race 4.2k/228m (1 loop)
  2. 11:30am: Junior Women’s U/20 Race 4.2k/228m (1 loop)
  3. 12:00pm: Senior/U23 Women’s/Junior Men’s U/20 Race 8.3k/445m (2 loops)
  4. 13:00pm: Senior/U23 Men’s Race 12.3k/660m (3 loops)

 

The prize giving will take place in the Royal Oak/Cotswold Outdoor Main Car Park at 3.00pm.

Entry Details

Entry is on the day only, apart from those pre-entered by their national federations for the senior home international competitions, and costs £8 per athlete for all senior events and £5 for all junior events. Registration is in the Royal Oak/Cotswold Outdoor Main Car Park. Registration from 10:00am.

The senior/under 23 races are open to athletes born before 1996. Although the senior races incorporate the senior home international events, the races are open for all to enter. Please note however that only those eligible for UKA team selection may gain ranking points in the BA Mountain Running Challenge. See separate section below for details of the 2015 BA Mountain Running Challenge.

Individual and team medals will be awarded for the senior home international competition, see separate section below.

The junior races are open to athletes born in 1996 to 2000 inclusive. No younger athletes may compete in the junior races.

Race 1 Incorporates Welsh British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships U/17 trial race (Born 1999-2000).

Race 2 Incorporates Welsh British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships U/20 trial race (Born 1996-1998)

Races 2, 3 & 4 incorporate the trial races for selecting GB teams for the World Mountain Running Championships.

Safety

All competitors must bring water/wind proof long sleeve top and bottoms, hat and gloves and must be prepared to carry them if the organiser specifies they must do so (in the event of inclement weather). Failure to comply with any minimum kit rule will result in disqualification.

Any athlete who retires from the race must report their retirement to a race marshal.

Race Registration

The event HQ/Registration is at the Royal Oak/Cotswold Outdoor Main Car Park

Changing facilities/showers:

At the Village Green/Cae Llan Changing Rooms. Station Road

Parking/Toilets/Cafe

http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/snowdonia-for-all/towns-and-villages/betws-y-coed

There are several Pay and Display car parks in the village ranging from £2.50 (4hrs) to £3.50 (8hrs) and £5 All Day.

Senior Home International

The event incorporates the 2015 BA Mountain Running Senior Home International. Teams have been invited from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and only those selected by their national federation will be eligible for the purposes of scoring and SHI prizes.

Teams for both the women’s and men’s events comprise a maximum of six athletes. Up to four of the athletes may be seniors (born before 1993), with the remainder of the team to be made up of under 23 athletes (born within the years 1993 – 1995 inclusive).

Medals will be awarded to the first three individual finishers in both the male and female senior and under 23 categories. There will also be team medals for the first three male and female national teams with the first four finishers to count. Note that for team scoring, there will be no differentiation between senior and under 23 athletes.

World Mountain Running Championship Trial Races

The races will incorporate the trials for selecting GB teams for the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships. The selection policy for the event can be viewed here…

http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/competitions/mountain-running-challenge/

Note that for the purposes of selecting the senior GB teams, senior athletes are defined as born before 1996, i.e. incorporates the senior home international under 23 age group.

Only athletes born in 1996 to 1999 inclusive are eligible for GB junior team selection.

The 2015 World Mountain Running Championships will take place in Betws-y-Coed on the trial race courses on Saturday 19th September. Event details can be found at: http://wmrcwales.org/

2015 BA Mountain Running Challenge

The 2015 BA Mountain Running Challenge is a senior competition comprising three events:

16th May:    Inter Counties Championship – Gwydyr Forest. Betws-y-Coed. North Wales

31st May:    European Mountain Running Championship Trial – Glenridding, Cumbria

22nd August: World Mountain Running Championship Trial – Betws-y-Coed. North Wales

Challenge eligibility and scoring details can be viewed here…

http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/competitions/mountain-running-challenge/

Contacts:

Event Coordinator: Arwel Lewis (arweleryri@gmail.com) 07772302411

GBR Selection: Sarah Rowell (sarah@srowell.co.uk, 07712 051002)

 

Another Eryri British Champion!

Following on from the success of Jackie Lee in last year’s British Fell Champs becoming overall ladies winner, this year we have another.  Steve Jones, better known to some as SPJ, has become the new V60 British Champion after his win at yesterday’s Lingmell Dash at Wasdale.

This win has allowed Steve to take the Championship with a race still to go, meaning he doesn’t need to travel to the final fixture in Northern Ireland.  This is a fantastic effort, in a very competitive field. 

In his first year in the v60 category Steve showed right from his birthday in November’s Pen fell race that he meant business, and many members starting suggesting he was quick enough for the British. And so he has proved to be, leaving many a younger runner in his wake.

Congratulations to Steve for his win and representing the club at such a high level.

SPJ pictured below, the moment he became British Champion –

SPJ V60 British Champion

 

 

Tal y Fan

Saturday 11 July 2015

 

The morning was clear and fine, with a touch of breeze. The gazebo were up, the cavalcade of MG cars and Rolls Royce arrived, along with the bouncy castle, woodcutters and the tea and cakes team. The Rowen Carnival was in full flow.

 

At 2pm, 57 competitors lined up, and “Uncle Chris the children’s entertainer” sounded the hooter. Off the runners went, out through the car park and on to the road through the village, before 300m later, turning rights and the start of the ascent, first on tarmac up to the youth hostel, before levelling out a bit up along the old roman road to Cae Coch, and then after climbing the stile, up the grassy bank and then the rocks to Tal y Fan summit. The runners then benefited from the recent sunny weather, as the usually boggy bit was dry, allowing for quick runs across the moors to the Penmaenmawr stone circle.

 

Along the North Wales coastal path for a stretch before another right turn, and an uphill section back towards Rowen youth hostel, (except for those who failed to turn left over the wall and did a detour back to Cae Coch before realising their navigational error), and it was then downhill all the way to the finish back at the Carnival. Rob Grantham, Jez Brown and Tim Budd had a close run race at the front of the field, closely followed by Hugh O’Donnell and Simon Edwards.

 

The cooler weather, and gentle breeze allowed for some quick runs, with three age records being broken – Rob Grantham (Pensby) won the race and broke the V40 record by over a minute, Derek Weaver (Eryri) took 42 seconds off the V60 record, and Sarah Ridgway (Run Snowdonia) took a magnificent 8 minutes off the FV40 record to win the Ladies race.

 

A big thanks to all our marshals and helpers, and to the rain for staying away until after we had packed up.

TAL Y FAN RESULTS 2015 final

Helen and Doug Blair

Race Organisers

Ras Moel Siabod Race

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Adroddiad Ras Moel Siabod, Capel Curig – Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd o Gorffenaf 2015.

‘Gwell hwyr na hwyrach!‘

Wel, dim ond prin cyrraedd y ras mewn amser wnes i ddydd Sadwrn ar ôl gwibio ar hyd y ffyrdd troellog o Nant Peris i Gapel Curig cyn neidio allan o’r car ac i’r man cychwyn ble yr oeddwn i yn dal yn cau criau fy esgidiau wrth i’r ras gychwyn!

Diwrnod cynnes iawn gyda llethr serth i’w dringo ar ddechrau’r ras. Mae natur amrywiol y ras yn ei gwneud hi’n reit anodd i gael unrhyw fath o rhythm, yn enwedig ar y ffordd i fyny oherwydd fod y tirwedd yn newid gymaint mewn pellter byr.

Wrth lwc yr oedd awel braf yn cadw tymheredd corff rhag mynd yn rhy boeth.  Ar y ffordd i fyny yr oedd yn braf gweld wynebau adnabyddus a chyfeillgar y ‘marshalls’, Ellie Salisbury a Mike Blake, yn hwb ychwanegol i ni wrth wthio ein hunain ymlaen i’r copa.

Ar y ffordd i lawr yr oedd unrhyw brofiadau blaenorol o wneud y ras yn gwneud gwahaniaeth mawr gan ei bod hi’n bosibl mynd heibio rhai o’r darnau mwyaf hegar ar y llwybr a thaflu eich hunain ar fwy o gyflymder i lawr y gwair gan ennill tipyn o amser.

Ond yn ystod y filltir ddiwethaf doedd dim posib osgoi y cerrig wrth ddilyn llwybr cul iawn ar adegau drwy’r coed cyn dod yn ôl at y bont i orffen.

Gan ei bod hi mor braf aeth tipyn ohonom ni wedyn i ymlacio a rhoi ein traed yn yr afon gerllaw, cyn mynd yn ôl am y cae ble yr oedd y gŵyl bentref yn cael ei chynnal.  Amser wedyn i ymlacio gyda phaned a phowlen o gawl (goulash) gan wylio cystadleuaeth llif gadwyn (‘chainsaw’).

Yn dilyn hynny yr oedd yn amser gwobrwyo gyda’r safle cyntaf yn mynd i Math Roberts (Calder Valley) mewn amser o 51:55, u23 yn mynd i Sion Harlow (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 57.02, V40 y dynion i Martin Cliffe mewn amser o 54.49, V50 i Noel Craine mewn amser o 60.29 a V60 i Stephen P Jones mewn amser o 57.44.

Roedd amser Stephen yn arbennig yn un eithriadol o dda pan ystyriwch ei fod o’n gyflymach na’r V50 ac hefyd yn y 5ed safle mewn ras gyda 69 o redwyr!

Y ferch gyntaf ac hefyd y V40 oedd Lauren Jeska (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 59.02, u40 i Becky Plenty (York Knavermire) mewn amser o 62.22, V40 i Ali Keats mewn amser o 63.08  V60 i Maggie Oliver (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 88.36.

Yr y ras y plant mi aeth yr U14 i Gwion Evans mewn amser o 15:32 a U16 i Chloe Elliott mewn  amser o 17:33.

I gloi fe gawsom ni gystadleuaeth ‘tug of war’ rhwng y rhedwyr mynydd a’r ffermwyr lleol.  Roedd gobeithion pawb yn uchel gan fod ni’r rhedwyr wedi ennill y flwddyn ddiwethaf, ond colli oedd ein hanes ni am flwyddyn yma.

Diolch yn fawr iawn i’r gwirfyddolwyr a wnaeth ofalu am y rhedwyr a darparu’r lluniaeth ar ddiwedd y ras.

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

Moel Siabod Race Report – Saturday 4th of July 2015.

‘Better late than never!’

Well I only just about got to the race on time last Saturday after flying my way around the bends of Nant Peris and onwards to Capel Curig; before jumping out of the car and shooting off to the start line where I was still tying my shoelaces as the countdown to the start began!

It was a very warm day and the race climbed steadily uphill almost straightaway.  The nature of this race means that it is quite hard to get a rhythm, particularly on the way up as the route / path changes so much in quite a short distance.

Luckily there was a nice breeze keeping us cool and on the way up the friendly faces of the marshals / Eryri stalwarts Ellie Salisbury and Mike Blake was a big help to motivate us runners on our way to the top.

On the way down, previous experience of running this race came into play as it made it far easier to pick a good line and avoid some of the rocky sections of the path and throw yourself down the grassy mounds.  But during the last mile or so, the rocky path was unavoidable and it became very narrow and technical before opening back up and back down to the bridge to finish.

Since it was so warm, some of us then went to cool down or dip our feet in the river below the bridge, before going over the road to the field where the village festival was being held for nice cup of tea and some tasty goulash whilst relaxing and watching a chainsaw competition.

It was then time for prize giving with 1st overall male going to Math Roberts (Calder Valley) in a time of 51:55, u23 went to Sion Harlow in a time of 57.02, V40 Martin Cliffe in a time of 54.49, V50 to Noel Craine in a time of 60.29 and V60 to Stephen P. Jones in a time of 57.44.

Stephen’s time in particular was exceptional when you consider he was not only faster than the V50, but was also in 5th position out of 69 runners!

1st female and V40 went to Lauren Jeska (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 59.02. u40 went to Becky Plenty (York Knavermire) in a time of 62.22, V40 went to Ali Keets in a time of 63.08 and V60 to Maggie Oliver (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 88.36.

In the kids race U14 went to Gwion Evans in a time of 15:32 & U16 to Chloe Elliott in a time of 17:33.

To close was the annual tug of war competition between the fell runners and the local farmers.  Having won last year, the runners were full of confidence, unfortunately this time we lost despite our efforts.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who looked after the runners and provided the refreshments at the end of the race.

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

Adroddiad Ras Foel Fras, Foel Fras Race Report

Adroddiad Ras Foel Fras, Abergwyngregyn – Dydd Sadwrn 27ain o Fehefin 2015.

‘Dim amser am saib – ond amser am sialens’

Gyda ras eitha hir o’n blaenau ni (12+ milltir) a dim ond 36 o redwyr, yr oedd cryfder meddyliol bron mor bwysig a chryfder corfforol ar adegau yn ystod y ras eleni.  Doedd neb i‘ch annog chi fel petai, wrth i‘r gwagleoedd rhwng rhedwyr ymestyn yn araf bach yn ystod y ras.

Ond am ras!  Dechreuodd ar ogwydd syth i fyny o’r caffi lleol, ymlaen ar hyd lôn gul serth, cyn cymryd llwybr garegog am fwyafrif o‘r ffordd droellog.

Ar ôl cyrraedd copa Foel Fras, yr oedd yn bwysig peidio a gwneud y cangymeriad o fynd syth i lawr, troi i‘r dde heibio twmpath mawr o gerrig wedyn ymlaen eto am y troad diwethaf i Moel Winion ble yr oedd banner y ddraig goch i’n cyfarch. Yna roedd llwybr cul a sydyn i lawr yn ôl at gaffi’r pentref.

Yno yr oedd diod oer, paned a flapjacks blasus dros ben i gyfarch y rhedwyr chwyslyd i gyd!

Y dyn cyntaf i groesi’r linell yng nghategori agored V40 y dynion oedd Tim Higginbottom (Hagloffs) mewn amser o 01.52.52.

O dan 23 i Dafydd Sion Harlow (Eryri Harriers) mewn amser o 02.05.11, V50 i Russell Owen (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 02.09.14 a V60 i Alan Duncan (Bowland FR) mewn amser o 02.20.50.

Y ferch gyntaf yn y categori agored oedd Louise Beetlestone (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 02.17.50, V40 i Ali Thomas (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 02.42.30, V50 Ellie Salisbury mewn amser o 02.57.48  a fi V60 i Maggie Oliver (Rhedwyr Eryri) mewn amser o 03.20.45.

Diolch yn fawr iawn i’r gwirfyddolwyr a wnaeth ofalu am y rhedwyr a darparu’r lluniaeth ar ddiwedd y ras.

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

Foel Fras Race Report – 

‘No time for a breather – only time for a challenge’

With a long race head (12+ miles) and only 36 runners, strength of mind was almost as important as strength of body at times during this year’s race.  There was nobody to carry you so-to-speak as the gaps between the runners expanded during the course of the race.

But what a race!  Once past the café the route went immediately up a steep narrow backroad. It then followed a long and windy rocky path up to Foel Fras.

After reaching this point it was important not to make an easy mistake of following the hill straight down and instead turn to the right, past a big rocky mound, down, then up one more time to Moel Winion where the welcoming site of the Welsh flag primed you ready for the final descent down a narrow, windy path to the café.

Upon finishing there were cold drinks, tea and very tasty flapjacks available for all the runners!

1st overall male and V40 was Tim Higginbottom (Hagloffs) in a time of 01.52.52.

V50 went to Russell Owen (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 02.09.14, male V60 went to Alan Duncan (Bowland FR) in a time of 02.20.50.

1st female was Louise Beetlestone (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 02.17.50. V40 went to Ali Thomas in a time of 02.42.30, V50 went to Ellie Salisbury (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 02.57.48 and V60 to Maggie Oliver (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 03.20.45.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who looked after the runners and provided the refreshments at the end of the race.

Foel Fras 2015 Results

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

Eryri at the Saunders

Having entered the event many months ago, Eryri’s Hayley Turner was getting ready to travel when on the Thursday she was informed by her running partner that he had to cancel.  Disaster!

Despite speaking to loads of people she failed to find a replacement, and so, with a heavy heart she set off for Cumbria expecting not to find a partner and planned to console herself with a solitary walking trip around Coniston.

She put notices up at the event centre to no avail and it all looked to have been a wasted trip.  But who would have believed that with literally 5 minutes before the start she met with a v50 chap from London who agreed to run (and share a tent) with her.  Brave man indeed.

Not knowing anything about each other they set off, and over the next 4 hours 55 minutes they ran and chatted.  And it transpired that he was a very good navigator indeed, and no slouch on his feet either.  So much so that they finished the first day in a very good position and made the chasing start for the following day.

After the usual MM bad night’s sleep in a small tent, they cracked on the next day.  Hayley was pretty much run to her limit, holding off a challenge from a keenly chasing team, for a total of 9 hours and 12 seconds.

They eventually finished 8th overall, and won the Mixed Category outright!  No one was more surprised than them.

An outstanding result for Hayley.  Well done.

 

Racing News

JOHN MILK’S IT!
17 year old John Spill had a superb record breaking run at the Fairy Freckled Cow (Llyn Alwen) 11km Trail Race on Sunday 5th July becoming Eryri’s third winner of the event after Dylan Wynn Jones won the inaugural event in 2007 – 40:40 and Iain Ridgway won in 2012 – 39:58. From the off, John was at the front alongside Deeside’s Lee Jones who tried to put on a couple of spurts to shake off John but it was John who made the crucial surge to break away from Lee and significantly, gradually increase his lead to win the event in a record beating time of 38:33, a course record by 19 seconds! Lee Jones finishing runner-up over a minute behind in a time of 39:36 with John Edward Morris of Denbigh 3rd and Cybi’s Tracey Llewellyn taking the women’s title. The only other Eryri member competing was Arwel Lewis 14th (2nd MV/50) – 46:32. There was also a record breaking turnout of over 130 competitors in the well organised Denbigh Harriers event which began in quite warm and sunny conditions but finished in a heavy downpour!
Parkrun Update:
There were four Eryri Harriers amongst the 97 finishers in the latest Penrhyn Castle Parkrun led home by 2nd placed Ali Chant (& Dog!!)- 19:28. 4th Arwel Lewis 19:51. 15th Eurwyn Edwards 22:30 and 38th Don Williams 26:41.
There were no Eryri Harriers noted as being at the Conwy Parkrun where there were 160 finishers.

Racing News

JOHN MILK’S IT!
17 year old John Spill had a superb record breaking run at the Fairy Freckled Cow (Llyn Alwen) 11km Trail Race on Sunday 5th July becoming Eryri’s third winner of the event after Dylan Wynn Jones won the inaugural event in 2007 – 40:40 and Iain Ridgway won in 2012 – 39:58. From the off, John was at the front alongside Deeside’s Lee Jones who tried to put on a couple of spurts to shake off John but it was John who made the crucial surge to break away from Lee and significantly, gradually increase his lead to win the event in a record beating time of 38:33, a course record by 19 seconds! Lee Jones finishing runner-up over a minute behind in a time of 39:36 with John Edward Morris of Denbigh 3rd and Cybi’s Tracey Llewellyn taking the women’s title. The only other Eryri member competing was Arwel Lewis 14th (2nd MV/50) – 46:32. There was also a record breaking turnout of over 130 competitors in the well organised Denbigh Harriers event which began in quite warm and sunny conditions but finished in a heavy downpour!
Parkrun Update:
There were four Eryri Harriers amongst the 97 finishers in the latest Penrhyn Castle Parkrun led home by 2nd placed Ali Chant (& Dog!!)- 19:28. 4th Arwel Lewis 19:51. 15th Eurwyn Edwards 22:30 and 38th Don Williams 26:41.
There were no Eryri Harriers noted as being at the Conwy Parkrun where there were 160 finishers.