Race Amendments

Amendment –

28th July – Elidir Fawr is at 2pm, NOT at 11am as previously advertised.


Other races have been cancelled –

Y Garn – 3rd August

Y Garn – 23rd August

Ras y Berwyn – 1st September


Ras Aberdaron

Ras Aberdaron

31st July


Can you please put details of the above, which takes place NEXT week, on the Eryri website. This will be the 30th running of the race; proceeds to Aberdaron & Rhiw branch of Yr Urdd.


Mercher/Wednesday Gorffennaf 31 July, 7pm.

Ysgol CRUD-Y-WERIN School, Aberdaron, LL53 8BP (SH 174 268)

Aml wynebog/Multi terrain.

Oedolian/Adults c. 8.3 ml.; O Dan/Under 16 – 3 ml.; O Dan 12 – 1.2 ml..

Tal/Fee: Oedolion/Adults £7 ; Plant/Children £3.

Manylion Pellach/Further Details: W. Jones (01758) 760 450.


Tal y Fan


Saturday 13 July 2013



Blue, blue sky, not a cloud in sight and the temperature gauge on the car reading 250 c, so the perfect day for ice creams at the village carnival, except the carnival organisers were expecting a fell race!  A record breaking race entry of 71 runners were set off by Alys Peake-Jones the Carnival Queen and headed off in the direction of the Ty Gwyn pub.


No-one stopped off, as Lauren Jeska (L) (Aberystwyth AC) tracked last year’s winner Jez Brown (V40) (Buckley) to the first check point and on towards the summit of Tal y Fan. The leading pair, along with Chris Near (V40)(Eryri), Huw Davies (M)(Mercia) and Simon Edwards (V40)(Buckley) had a close race across towards the stone circle above Penmaenmawr, and back towards Rowen.  By the footbridge Jez was 30 seconds ahead of Chris and Huw, with Lauren a further 30 seconds behind.


After the final descent, Jez retained his title, with Huw 52 seconds behind, and Chris coming in 30 seconds later in third. Lauren finished fifth in a new Ladies course record time of 1:16:13, taking three minutes off the old record set in 2008.


Nearer the back of the field the temperature was taking it’s toll, and the Landrover was sent out to check on the back markers, to find Iorweth enjoying the hose-pipe shower set up over the road about a mile from the finish, and providing a very tired Emma a lift to the finish. With everyone safely accounted for, it was back to enjoying the sunshine from the shade of the gazebo, with young Daniel making an excellent drinks waiter.


A big thank you to all of our marshals, especially Sharon and Ann on the registration/start & finish, Mike Blake for becoming a water station monitor at short notice, and James McQueen sufficiently fit to volunteer to fill the vacant marshal post.


Helen and Doug Blair

Race Organisers

Jeska Tal y Fan 2013

Brown Tal y Fan 2013


Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon

Following last years successful event the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon is to be repeated.

Despite the horrendous weather facing organisers and competitors alike in 2012, the event was enjoyed by all, resulting with it all happening again.  Read on…


Where: Nant Conwy Rugby Club, Trefriw, North Wales LL26 0PW

When: Sunday, 8th September, 2013

Solo or teams – 11.30 am start

‘A mountain triathlon that takes you on a journey from the estuary at Conwy into the hills of Snowdonia’

Following last year’s very successful event, the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain triathlon will take place again this year on Sunday, 8th September. It is being organised by Map17 Events, a team of seven local enthusiasts (most of whom you will know!) who are all experienced race organisers & competitors. We have succeeded in putting together the three disciplines of open-estuary kayaking, fell running and mountain biking, to create a magnificent journey from the sea to the mountains, all set in a stunning location on the edge of the National Park.

Leg 1 is a 13k open-estuary & river kayak which starts below the walls of Conwy Castle, and proceeds up the Conwy River on a fast rising tide, to the first transition at Dolgarrog Bridge.

Leg 2 is a 13k trail/fell run, starting & finishing virtually at sea-level, but reaching an altitude of almost 500m. It has a real mountain feel with views to match, especially when crossing the high ridge between Llyn Cowlyd and Crafnant. To our knowledge, none of the ground covered had been raced before last year’s event. The leg finishes along the ‘Trefriw Trail’ leading to the transition at Nant Conwy Rugby Club.

Leg 3 is an 18k mountain bike race, starting and finishing at the event centre. The route is mostly within the Gwydir Forest above Llanwrst, and permission has been received from the Forestry Commission for a new route this year, using more of the Marin Trail than in 2012, with a consequent increase in the amount of single track, both up and down. This leg finishes with a bumpy descent, crossing a ford for good measure, to ensure that everyone arrives back at the event centre as muddy & wet as possible!!

Once again, our event centre is Nant Conwy Rugby Club’s new club house, which offers very impressive facilities. These include a bar/dining area with a terrace overlooking the stage 2 transition, free Wi-Fi, hot showers/loos, projection facilities for the live results service, plenty of parking and areas to camp. This will ensure that supporters, as well as competitors will all enjoy a fun day in a great venue.

We are fortunate enough to have been offered prizes from many local sponsors (which are listed on our event website), & so we can promise a good selection of prizes for all category winners (Seniors 18-39, Vets 40-49, Masters 50-59 & Grand Masters 60+ for both genders), as well as for the winning team. There will also be a goodie bag for all competitors.

The profits will again be donated to the Snowdonia Society, which is working and campaigning to conserve Snowdonia National Park, from which we are all fortunate enough to benefit, in so many ways.

We are non-commercial event organisers, relying on local volunteer help, and following last year’s success, it looks as though the race will become an annual event.

Our aim is to encourage participation in, & enjoyment of the event by as many local people as is possible, so please come & show us what you’re made of, or perhaps volunteer to help.

See www.map17events.org.uk for further details.


Moel Siabod

Results and report from last weekend’s Moel Siabod…

Moel Siabod 2013

Under warm & sunny skies, and with a good turnout of 90 runners this classic race got underway at 14:00.  From here-on however things did not go entirely to plan as less than 10 minutes later Ali Thomas came into view running back to us at the start line. It soon became clear that we had a major incident on our hands. Ross Powell, who had done such a good job all week in helping me take over the race organising from him, had collapsed less than a mile up the route and was in a serious condition. My thanks here to Ellie Salisbury who later clarified the full sequence of events up on the track, I will keep these brief but put simply: Thanks to Mark Wright (Clwydian Range Runner & a Paramedic), Kate Worthington (Eryri Runner & a First Aider), Ellie Salisbury (Vet) & Maggie Oliver for staying with Ross for 25 Minutes until he had stabilised.  Also to Dei Jones and Malwyn Evans and another guy who stayed at the incident for 20 minutes in case they could be of help. Thanks to Ali Thomas who ran for assistance and is a DNF of the best possible kind, and to Joanne Moore who wasn’t racing but helped by running back to us at the start to coordinate the MR Vehicle & Ambulance.

I am pleased to say that 2 days on Ross is reported as being home and in good health but facing some more tests as an Outpatient, we all wish him & Sheila the very best.

Back to the race itself it was won by Felipe Jones of Aberystwyth in an excellent time of 48:12, Felipe was a Welsh National as a Junior and is of course well known to us all. The Women’s race was won by Anwen Darlington from Sheffield AC.  Anwen is an under 23 year old, an Orienteer, and apparently has a talent for descending, overtaking at least six runners on her way down from the summit. Other category winners were Martin Cliff of Eryri (last year’s winner) Male O.40, Steve Toogood Male O.50, Martin Cortvriend Male O. 60 (finishing in the top half), Jayne Joy Female U.40, Helen Teasdale Female O.40, Emma Collins Female O.50 & Maggie Oliver Female O.60.

To round off a superb effort in hot conditions (here the wondrous support given to Ross just highlights what a great community Fell Running is) many runners were seen bathing in the river before enjoying a somewhat chaotic Prize Giving in the late afternoon sunshine. My thanks to all the Marshalls, Team Dolly Radio Support, Ogwen MR, Paramedic, Ambulance crew for their help, fortunately instances like these are rare but when they were needed they were there and did a great job.  Finally my thanks to all the runners who turned up, for their patience and words of support for what was a great day in Capel Curig.

Paul Hodges


Junior racing news


Junior training update:

Sessions every Sunday up to 4th August except 14th July.  Break then until September 8th.


Junior races:

6th July – Moel Siabod

20th July – Snowdon

24th July – Race the train

27th July – Push up the Pincyn (near Ruthin)

3rd August – Y Garn



Paul Jenkinson,

Junior Coach.



Mont Blanc Marathon Weekend

Mont Blanc Marathon weekend


A big Eryri crowd headed over to the Alps for the weekend to partake in the some of the 4 races that were held from Friday to Sunday in Chamonix.


First off at 4am on a cracking Friday morning was Matt Fortes and Johnny Moore in the 80k ultra which climbed a mammoth 6000 metres!!!  Both ran separately but amazingly came in after each other. Matt finishing in 30th but 1st Brit in a colossal 13 hours and 38 minutes, with Johnny in 31st in 13.42 and 7th vet 40 – super performances! Incredibly 471 people finished the race!


On the Friday evening it was the Vertical kilometre, this measured in at just over 3k but climbed 1000 metres! Paul Jenks flew the Welsh flag finishing in 52nd in 45.42 and 7th vet. Becky Law – back from a broken wrist finished 32nd lady in 57.37. 336 runners finished.


On the Saturday the infamous Cross Mont Blanc was run, measuring in at 23k with 1400 metres of climb.  Braichmelyn hitman running for Ambleside AC – Hugh O’Donnell ran well to finish in 59th but 2nd Brit in 2hrs 32mins. 1307 runners finished!


An hour later it was time for the 10k which climbed 300metres. Paul Jenks once again led the Welsh home finishing in 57th overall and 15th vet 40 in 52.22. In the ladies the Eryri performance of the weekend came from Bronwen Jenkinson who finished 15th lady in 55.56 – just over 3 minutes behind her Dad but more importantly 2nd junior lady. Becky Law followed soon after in 22nd in 57.44. There were 699 runners!


The final race, on the Sunday was the Marathon which climbs 2500 metres. Math Roberts managed to stick with Kilian Journet for 5k before being dropped and finishing 30 minutes back in 19th in 4hrs and 5 minutes. 1922 runners finished the race.


A highly recommended weekend racing in some of the best races the world over – overall a gargantuan 4735 runners ran in the 4 races!



All results: http://mbm.livetrail.net/classement.php




Foel Fras report

Foel Fras report

Race results


60 runners ran in Saturday’s Foel Fras race which starts in Abergwyngregyn and takes in the summits of Y Drum, Foel Fras, Carnedd Gwenllian and Moel Wnion as it clocks the 13 miles.


It was down to Welshpool paramedic Rich Roberts to take the win in 1hr 39mins – good to see Rich racing in his local area. Rich finished an astounding 12 minutes ahead of 2nd finisher Jez Brown! There was a strong run for Eryri’s Paul Jones, Paul finished 7th overall but 3rd vet 40 in 1.57. Soon following was Arwel Lewis storming to victory in the vet 50’s in 1.59. Emyr Davies had a stormer to win the vet 70’s in 2.31, just ahead of 2nd lady and 1st lady vet 40, Ali Thomas who finished in 2.32.


For those who unfathomably have the time in their lives to read this incredibly length report of the race read this novel:




Also, photos:



(with Mark Davies of NWRRC looking like he has too much energy that far into the race!)

UKA British Fell Relays


The website for the 2013 UKA British Fell Relay created by Eryri Harriers has finally gone live!

Many thanks to Eryri committee member Ellie Salisbury for putting it together, and also to Adrian Moir for ably assisting her.

Entries are now open to all running clubs in the UK, though there is an emphasis on entrants being bona fide experienced fellrunners.

Race routes have been published on the new site.  If you’re a likely team member then check them out.

If you aren’t likely to be racing in an Eryri team then please do offer your services as a marshal on the day and even days before as there’ll be loads to do.  Contact Maggie Oliver to help.



Relay Committee Chairman.