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
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/
MOEL EILIO (12.8km/915m) – NORTH WALES REGIONAL MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
LLANBERIS – SATURDAY 26th MAY 2018 – NORTH WALES REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALISTS
Matthew Roberts (Calder Valley) and Jennifer Charlton (Eryri Harriers) were the inaugural winners of the Welsh Athletics. North Wales Regional Mountain Running Championships which were incorporated into the annual Moel Eilio race at Llanberis on Saturday 26th May. Weather conditions were overcast, but very warm for the tough, 12.8km event which involved 915mtrs of climbing. Matthew Roberts (1:06:32) was a clear winner of the race ahead of Felipe Jones (Sarn Helen) 1:10:05 with Jennifer Charlton. 1:25:35 also enjoying a healthy lead ahead of Hayley Evans (Buckley) 1:30:40.
1st & North Wales Regional Mountain Running Champion – Matthew Roberts (Calder Valley) 1:06:32
2nd Gavin Roberts (Eryri Harriers) 1:11:00
3rd Ifan Richards (Meirionydd RC) 1:11:06
1st Hayley Evans (Buckley RC) 1:30:40
2nd Helen Morgan (Eryri Harriers) 1:37:59
3rd Rebecca Massey (Deestriders) 1:43:54
1st Matthew Fortes (Eryri Harriers) 1:16:46
2nd Brian Wills (Eryri Harriers) 1:22:25
3rd John Parkinson (Eryri Harriers) 1:22:40
1st & North Wales Regional Mountain Running Champion: Jennifer Charlton (Eryri Harriers) 1:25:35
2nd Helen Morgan (Eryri Harriers) 1:37:59
3rd Rebecca Massey (Deestriders) 1:43:54
1st Russell Owen (Eryri Harriers) 1:17:03
2nd Steve Toogood (Buckley RC) 1:22:56
3rd Arwel Lewis (Eryri Harriers) 1:27:12
1st Ellie Salisbury (Eryri Harriers) 1:52:32
1st Meinir Hughes (Abergele Harriers) 2:11:37
1st Emyr Davies (Hebog) 1:45:11
2nd Alwyn Oliver (Eryri Harriers) 1:50:24
1st Maggie Oliver (Eryri Harriers) 2:06:07
Thank you, and Well Done to Jayne Lloyd and her crew for the well organised event.
Full event results will be published on:
Just as Lou Beetlestone was starting her fantastic Paddy Buckley round, five Eryri Harriers were starting the prestigious 24 mile Yorkshire 3 peaks race along with 780 other runners. It’s tough underfoot with limestone slabs, some longish flat sections and steep climbs, all made up for with near-perfect weather and fantastic race atmosphere!
Well done all – Eryri was led home by Matthew Fortes in 36th overall (3h25m, 5th V40) followed by Richard Roberts in 113th (3h47m), Sarah Harley (4h7m, 22nd female), Paul Hodges (4h39m, 449th) and Ali Thomas (4h47m, 67th female).
Apologies didn’t get any pics but here’s one at the end before it got too chilly, also with Sian and Dylan from Hebog!
Report: Ras Moel Wnion 2018
For the third year in a row we were blessed with amazing weather (and a dry – and therefore non-lethal- final descent) for the Moel Wnion race. Despite other events in North Wales and a little known road race in London…over 50 runners came out to Ysgol Llanllechid for the race.
The hot weather combined with the race coming just a week after the first British Champs race (and only four days after the most recent of the local Tuesday Night series race) meant that some legs were undoubtedly tired and records would be hard to break. Despite this, strong performances and good contests were on show throughout.
In the men’s race Matt Fortes (Eryri, 42.34) was first across the line followed by Max Dunford (St Davids, 1st U18, 43.41) and Jonathan Tyler (Betsi Runaways, 44.36). Max was the first to the summit of Moel Wnion, but some good local knowledge from Matt meant that he could catch him up over the last three hills and get down through the Moel Faban gorse the quickest to win the first prize of a leg of Moel Wnion lamb.
In the ladies, Andrea Rowlands (Eryri) also took home some lamb. coming in 1st (5th overall, 45.57) followed by Rachub’s own Catherine Connell (Eryri 49.39). However performance of the day came from 16 year old Gwyneth Parry (Deeside, 52.03) to claim 3rd place and 1st U18. With Under 18s in the top 3 in both the mens and ladies there are clearly some talented juniors around in North Wales! There were V40 wins for Craig Jones (Eryri, 44.51) and Ellie Robinson (West Chesire, 53.02), with Buckley’s Vic Belshaw and Emma Collins taking the V50 prizes (in 46.18 and 56.16 respectively). In the V70s, John Morris (Buckley, 59.01) took the mens prize with Eryri legend Maggie Oliver (74.26) taking the ladies.
Apparently there were some issues with marshalls not quite being in the right place at the start (I’ll give them some navigation lessons for next year), which might have affected the first few runners, as well as a radio that went missing and was then found…. but alls well that ends well…!
Once again a massive group of people came out in force to support the event. A big thanks to everyone from the school for the food, Bethesda Pottery and Glanmor farm for the prizes, and all the marshalls out on the hill. Big thanks as always to Mike Blake for sweeping.
See you in 2019
Dear Eryri Harriers
My Father Grahame Till ran with the eryri harriers in the early years of his running both marathon and fell .
He wore his colours with pride
I have to sadly tell you , my Dad passed away 10/4/2018 .
If you could let your longest serving members know as they would have known my father.
I have attached a photo and details of the funeral.
Till, Grahame Albert,
April 10th 2018, peacefully at his home in Tyddyn Gyrfa, Cemaes, aged 73 years.
Beloved husband of the late Sheila. Loving father of Jane and Michael. Father in law of Adam. Proud grandad to Natalie and Charlotte. Son of Gladys. Dear brother of Cath. Grahame will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Public service at St Patrick’s Church, Cemaes, Thursday 19th April at 12:30pm followed by committal at Bangor Crematorium at 2:15pm. Family flowers only but donations kindly accepted in memory of Grahame towards Hospice at Home. Enquiries care of the funeral directors Arwel and Ieuan Hughes of John Hughes & Son, Britannia, Machine St, Amlwch Port, LL68 9HA. Tel: 01407 830461
Moel Lus Fell Race 10/04/2018
Well, what a fantastic evening – 132 senior runners & 36 juniors & some splendid performances. I’m proud that the WFRA chose the Moel Lus race to be part of its N Wales Champs series, & as always, was delighted to have chance to show off ‘my back garden’. So many friends gave their time to help in various ways, & for that, I am most grateful. Most of the shops in Penmaenmawr kindly donated prizes, (thus increasing our donation to mountain rescue at the end of the series), so big thanks to them also. The results are available here: https://www.racetek-live.co.uk/…/publ…/601/complete_results/, but to summarise the highlights:
Last but not least, big thanks to Adrian Moir of Fabian4/Racetek for all his help & support, & for taking charge of the timing/results, of course to Mike Blake, who puts in more work than anyone as overall coordinator of the series.
The official race pictures are here (huge thanks to Steve Jeffery): https://www.facebook.com/SteveJefferyPhotography/?hc_ref=ARRJN9MQMcvHZTCV4pumtHJUhQWrVNJs2dACzlDMgwbhmXNmY6s4vGDWY9Def3WDRf4
The Fron 4 has been moved to 16th June.