Eryri Mountain Running Championships

Attached is the excel file with final standings in the 2013 Eryri mountain running championships:

Final Eryri Mountain champs 2013 after Ras Penmaenmawr

Congrats to all winners as named below:

Overall men:

1. Matt Fortes, 2. John Parkinson, 3. Craig Jones

Male vet 40:

1. John Parkinson, 2. Craig Jones, 3. Martin Cliffe

Male vet 50:

2. Jeremy Williams, 2. Arwel Lewis, 3. Michael Belshaw (Jeremy takes the win as Arwel did not compete in a long race).

Male vet 60:

1. Brian Robbins, 2. Iorwerth Roberts, 3. Phil Tan Jones

Male vet 70:

1. Emyr Davies

Overall ladies:

1. Ellie Salisbury, 2. Emily Wood, 3. Andrea Rowlands

Ladies vet 40:

1. Emily Woods, 2. Ali Thomas, 3. Jo Moore

Ladies vet 50:

1. Ellie Salisbuury

Ladies vet 60:

1. Maggie Oliver

Prizes awarded for 1st in each category, to be awarded at the annual club presentation in February 2014.

Any mistakes then get in touch.

SMR 01/12/2013

A bumper turnout of 18 for today’s SMR which measured in at just over 7 miles.

The route headed up Parc Drysgl before looping around Moelyci and up and over the bwlch of Moel Rhiwen.

A good cafe stop in Y Caban thereafter.


Tour of Pendle Triumph


On a sunny but cold Lancashire day, Math Roberts won the 30th Tour of Pendle (17 miles, 4500 ft of climbing) in a very impressive time of 2:17:22.

Good running conditions made for fast times and Math was pushed all the way by Yorkshire fell running legend Ian Holmes (Bingley) and Calder Valley’s emerging talent Tim Ellis. Math’s excellent vein of form saw him edge ahead of Holmes on the fast run in to the finish and his winning time is the 14th fastest on record.

Since his summer sojourn to the Pyrenees, Math has achieved several notable finishes, including 7th at Pedol Peris and 4th at Langdale Horseshoe. However this victory is probably the best of his fell running career.

Further down the field, Johnny Moore finished 37th (2:40:48), just ahead of the ladies race winner Jasmine Paris (Carnethy). A total of 421 finished the race.


SMR, 1st December, 1030

Dydd Sul 1af Rhagfyr / Sunday 1st December, 1030am

Celebrating Jeremy Williams birthday. A strange 7 mile loop for this weekend’s SMR – meeting at 1030 at the top of the Marchlyn Mawr – Dinorwic road (GR: 598631). The route will head for the infamous summit of Parc Drosgl before looping around Moelyci with the option of heading for the summit, finishing off with a climb up the legendary Bwlch Rhiwen and back to Marchlyn.

Drinks at Caban afterwards
.SMR 1 Rhagfyr 2013

Pen Fell Race

Pen Race Results : Penmaenmawr Fell Race 2013


The ever popular Pen Fell Race was blessed with cracking conditions for this year’s event; fine and dry weather, and firm ground led to some great personal performances.

Dylan Jones led Eryri to a storming overall result, after he overhauled Buckley’s Jez Brown in the last couple of miles.  Brown looked to many onlookers to have it in the bag, but he didn’t have it his way in the end as Dylan’s form proved too much. 

There was a good battle going on behind for the other podium position as unattached runner Sam Orton clung on to third for most of the race, with John Parkinson and Matt Fortes quite some distance behind until checkpoint 2.  Thereafter he suffered following the road section and they quickly passed him, and then fought it out until Matt beat John by a mere 19 seconds to claim the position.  And with the first two finishers also both V40s John also took third V40.

It was an Eryri 1,2,3 in the v50s with Russell Owen, Michael Belshaw and the ‘almost 60’ SPJ sweeping the board.  Watch out all the other v60s next year as Steve ‘matures’ and gives them all something to worry about!

Jayne Joy of Helsby prevented Eryri from having another winner as she narrowly beat Andrea Rowlands, with Lisa Grantham of Chester safely third but not threatening the other two.

Ellie Salisbury claimed third v50 for the club, and first local lady along with it.

The team prizes also went to Eryri for both the men and women.


Message from the race organiser –

A successful race, 190 out, 190 in!   Weather great which always helps. 

Usual characters here, great to see Dylan Jones back to good form.

One name to watch (if he puts his mind to running properly) is first local Sam Roberts – son of the super talented and legendary Emlyn Roberts (old-course record holder).



Weekend Racing News

Rhobell Fawr report


Despite the clash with the trail race in Betws y Coed, a healthy 43 runners competed at the Rhobell Fawr fell race in Llanfachreth, organised by Meirionnydd RC.


It was a successful journey south for Rowen’s Matt Fortes who took his victory at Rhobell by leading the pack home in 56.42 – Matt had a comfortable winning margin of just under 2 minutes over Hugh Brassington. Abererch’s Iwan Edgar took the spolis in the vet 50’s by finishing in 10th overall in 1.04.13. Emlyn Roberts and Ali Chant soon followed – placing 5th and 6th in the vet 40’s. Becki Law was next Eryri finisher, Becki finished 2nd lady on the day but 1st senior lady, finishing in 20th overall in 1.10.10, Bangor Uni’s Beckie Taylor took the win in 1.07.43. Phil Targett was final Eryri finisher on the day, finishing in 23rd overall and 8th vet 40 in 1.11.42.




Math Roberts

OMM successes


There were numerous Eryri Harriers success stories at the (very wet & windy) OMM UK in the Brecon Beacons last week-end. Chris Near & Tim Higginbottom finished an amazing 5th place in the Elite Class, against a who’s who of international fell-running/adventure racing/orienteering big names.  New member Keane Rowlands & his partner, Mark Wright, finished 3rd in the D Class, while Judith Jones & Maggie Oliver were very creditable 74th in the Short Score Class, despite Maggie having fallen (numerous times!!) & sustaining an injury on day 1.

Following on from our podium finishes in all 4 mountain marathons we’ve completed this year to date, Adrian Moir & I culminated our successful 2013 season by finishing 1st mixed pair on the Long Score class, & our 23rd overall position, added to our equal first at the Icelandic OMM & 5th overall at OMM France, resulted in our finishing second in the 2013 Combined International OMM Long Score Ranking competition. The prize money just about covered our return flight fares to Reykjavik & Geneva (with a bit left over to buy compeed!)– not a bad way to finish the season!!


Ellie Salisbury