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Yetholm – 2nd June

British Champs Round 2, Yetholm, Scotland

 

If anyone’s interested in competing in round 2 of the British champs up at the Yetholm Fell Race on Sunday 2nd June then get in touch. At present there’s 5 Eryri runners entered but would be great to get a few more in the race.  Here’s the official race description:

 

“The Yetholm Hill Race is a 12.8km/750m rollercoaster over six hills surrounding the Halter Burn, held annually by Norham RC as a fundraiser for the Border Search & Rescue Unit.  The 2013 race is also a counter for the British Fellrunning Championships.

The Route: Starting at Halterburn car park 140m, it takes in Staerough Hill 337m, drop to 220m, Sunnyside Hill 327m, Wildgoose Hill 336m, Latchly Hill 403m, steep descent to sheepfold 290m, The Curr 564m, col at 484, Black Hag (app 520 not summit), return via Pennine Way high level route down Steer Rig, col at 350m, over Whitelaw 420m,cross stile at Whitelaw Nick still following the Pennine Way to descend to the finish.

Registration, refreshments and prizegiving: in the Wauchope Hall, Town Yetholm opposite the junction to Kirk Yetholm, approx 1.5 miles from the race start at Halterburn. Toilets in Town Yetholm, the Wauchope Hall and at the start/finish area.

Parking: Parking is available at the registration point (Wauchope Hall) and the race start/finish area (Halterburn). Please park considerately in Town Yetholm Main Street, you can also use a wide verge on the B6352 heading for Cornhill, 200m from the hall. Parking at Halterburn is on both sides of the road, beyond the start/finish area

Entry fee: £9 or £7 for members of Scottish Athletics

Please note: No entry money refunded, non runners fee will be donated to the Border Search & Rescue Unit.

BE AWARE THAT UNDER FRA SAFETY REQUIREMENTS, MINIMUM KIT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL CATEGORY ‘A’ LONG AND MEDIUM RACES WHATEVER THE WEATHER OR TIME OF YEAR.”

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WFRA Champs

WFRA Championships and Series.

 

The latest WFRA Welsh Championships and North Wales Series Tables are available to view on www.wfra.org.uk. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 in most age categories at the end of the Champs / Series. To be eligible for a prize / award you must be a paid up member of WFRA by 31st May.
North Wales Series – Ras Yr Aran in March was cancelled due to heavy snowfall. This race will be replaced by Clwydian Hills on Sunday 3rd November. This will now be the final race in the  Series. Presentations for NWS will follow the Clwydian Hills race.

Thanks,

Ross

Weekend Mountain Report

Moel Eilio

Ali Moel Eilio

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A bumper 36 Eryri Harriers took part in yesterday’s Moel Eilio fell race from Llanberis. Amongst those 36 was race winner Rich Roberts of Welshpool, taking the win in 1.06.21. Bethesda and Ambleside’s Hugh O’Donnell managed to overtake Eryri’s John Rowley on the descent off Cynghorion to finish in 3rd with John in 4th in 1.12.49 and also first local runner home. 9 of the next 10 finishers were Eryri runners, these included John Parkinson who came home a mere 6 seconds behind John in 5th and 2nd male vet 40. Chris Near had 7 seconds on a rapidly improving Johnny Moore to take 3rd vet 40. Abererch’s Iwan Edgar ran well to take 2nd vet 50 in 19th in 1.23 with Brian Robbins first vet 60 in 50th in 1.40. In the ladies Rebekah Newstead took the victory in 1.29.41 with Eryri’s Ali Thomas having a cracking run to win the ladies vet 40’s and 2nd overall in 1.32.36. Megan Hughes was less than a minute behind Ali taking 3rd lady overall. Ellie Salisbury regained the female vet 50’s in 1.44.55 with the hard working Maggie Oliver reeling in the female vet 60’s in 1.56.06.
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Bluebell Run / Run for the Wild

 
Less than 24 hours after Moel Eilio Rich Roberts was once again in action, this time finishing in 2nd to Tim Davies at the Run for the Wild. As ever Rich was wearing his bumblee bee costume for this race!
 
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Fairfield Horseshoe, Rydal, Lake DistrictRich Run for the Wild

 
Over in Cumbria there were 5 Eryri runners amongst the 500 or so finishers in the classic Fairfield Horseshoe 10 miler which was an English Championship counter in this years championships. The race was won by Pudsey and Bramley’s Rob Hope and Bingley’s Vic Wilkinson. Math Roberts was first Eryri man home in 29th with Martin Cliffe soon following in 46th with Dils Rowlands in 311th. In the ladies Jackie Lee finished just ahead of Jo Moore, both squeezing in the top 300.
Math Roberts 29th 1.26.27
Martin Cliffe 46th 1.29.33
Jackie Lee 268th 2.00.22
Jo Moore 294th 2.03.43
Dils Rowlands 311th 2.06.34
Math Roberts, Mountain Secretary

 

Marshals needed

Are you able to assist with marshaling on Saturday 1st June?

The Welsh 1000m Race urgently needs more marshals.  If you can help please contact Mike Blake on 07778 145144.

Marshals needed

Are you able to assist with marshaling on Saturday 1st June?

The Welsh 1000m Race urgently needs more marshals.  If you can help please contact Mike Blake on 07778 145144.

It’s not all about the winning

“It’s not all about the winning”
A record 71 adults arrived at Moel y Gest on tuesday on a balmy evening following a hot day. The epitome of the sport was underlined when Tring AC’s John Millen and Keith “Tan” Williams came across Ashley “Marathon Des Sables” Wager with a badly sprained ankle. Forfeiting their own chances, they proceeded to carry Ashley off to a waiting vehicle before continuing on to arrive back at the finish to a round of applause and an Easter egg each.  20130507_200155

 

 

In the race, Math made it five Moel y Gest wins in successive years in 33:39 from Ifan Richards and John Rowley, while John Parkinson broke the M40 record in 5th place, Steve P Jones taking the 50s in 8th. First u/18 was Mabon Llyr (13th) and first M60 was Mike Blake (37th) and first 70th Emyr Davies (44th) – all of us setting new records. Sam Hughes won the u/16 (49th) – sorry I missed you out at the prize giving, present it iou at the Great Orme. In the ladies, Bronwen Jenks continues to rule the roost setting an outright record overall 22nd in 44:16 ahead of Kath Broach 1st 40 in 33rd, Ellie Salisbury 1st 50 in 45th, Nicky Maysmore 1st senior lady 47th and Maggie oliver 1st 60 in 66th.Three runners missing from the results list: Glyn Griffiths, Barney Broatch, Richard Bourne – let me (01286 831115) or JP  know where you finished.

 
In the Caernarfon Tires Junior Series, Sion Jones and Catrin Donnelly won the U/14s, Oliver wild and Non Hughes won the u/12s, Jack Cain and Beth McEahern won the u/10s and Kyla Cain was the winner of the u/8s. Well done to all.
 
Report by Mike Blake

It's not all about the winning

“It’s not all about the winning”
A record 71 adults arrived at Moel y Gest on tuesday on a balmy evening following a hot day. The epitome of the sport was underlined when Tring AC’s John Millen and Keith “Tan” Williams came across Ashley “Marathon Des Sables” Wager with a badly sprained ankle. Forfeiting their own chances, they proceeded to carry Ashley off to a waiting vehicle before continuing on to arrive back at the finish to a round of applause and an Easter egg each.  20130507_200155

 

 

In the race, Math made it five Moel y Gest wins in successive years in 33:39 from Ifan Richards and John Rowley, while John Parkinson broke the M40 record in 5th place, Steve P Jones taking the 50s in 8th. First u/18 was Mabon Llyr (13th) and first M60 was Mike Blake (37th) and first 70th Emyr Davies (44th) – all of us setting new records. Sam Hughes won the u/16 (49th) – sorry I missed you out at the prize giving, present it iou at the Great Orme. In the ladies, Bronwen Jenks continues to rule the roost setting an outright record overall 22nd in 44:16 ahead of Kath Broach 1st 40 in 33rd, Ellie Salisbury 1st 50 in 45th, Nicky Maysmore 1st senior lady 47th and Maggie oliver 1st 60 in 66th.Three runners missing from the results list: Glyn Griffiths, Barney Broatch, Richard Bourne – let me (01286 831115) or JP  know where you finished.

 
In the Caernarfon Tires Junior Series, Sion Jones and Catrin Donnelly won the U/14s, Oliver wild and Non Hughes won the u/12s, Jack Cain and Beth McEahern won the u/10s and Kyla Cain was the winner of the u/8s. Well done to all.
 
Report by Mike Blake

Weekend Race Reports – updated

Llangynhafal Loop: (full results not yet in so only a brief report)
 
A big turnout of over 130 runners in yesterday’s Llangynhafal Loop over in the Clwydian Hills. Mercia’s Tim Davies took the win but it was down to Martin Cliffe to once again take the crown of first Eryri runner home. Cliffe cantered home in 6th overall and 4th vet 40 in 41.10. Martin’s partner Jo Moore ran well to finish 6th lady but 2nd lady vet 40 in 53.37 with Ellie Salisbury 3rd lady vet 50 and Maggie Oliver first lady vet 60.
 Rich R
Red Kite Trail Race, Nant yr Arian:
 
97 runners took on the lengthier Red Kite Trail race on Saturday down in Nant yr Arian – now at half marathon distance. There was an impressive win for Colwyn Bay AC’s Nathan Jones in 1.22.43 with Eryri’s Rich Roberts doing well to finish in 2nd – only a week after competing in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks! Rich finished in 1.24.08. Ben Beachell was next Eryri man home in 13th in 1.38.22 with Paul Jenks – who’d have loved this fast and runnable course! – doing well to finish in 1.49.55.
Ras y Diafol
Following 2nd place for Eryri’s Richard Roberts at Saturday’s Ras y Barcud Coch at Nant y Arian there was further Eryri success in the longer Ras y Diafol. This time it was Llanrug’s journeyman Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas who ran excellently to finish in 2nd place in 2hrs and 6mins, just 5mins down on Aberystwyth’s Bulgarian Gancho Slavov. Iwan Edgar was next Eryri man home and 1st vet 55 in 16th in 2.31.
DyfedRasDiafol
Math Roberts

 

Midweek update & results

Joe Brown midweek series – Round 4 – Aber
Problems with the bonding between the sheep and the lambs on the lower slopes following the snow meant we were not allowed in the valley, which necessitated  me finding a alternate course at short notice.
The response following the race was favourable, most probably suiting the road runners but still left a some good route choices for those in the Know. Nathan didn’t have it all his own way finishing only 14 sec ahead of John P,(also 1st 40) while Jake had another amazing run taking the U18 in 10th place with 34.44.
1st 50 was Steve ‘Martin’ Jones 13th, 1st 60  Phil Tan 33rd while Buckley’s  Pete Roberts heard about the tarmac and came along  to take the 70’s by over 4 minutes in 40th. In the ladies the defending champion Lisa finally took her 1st win of the series in 29th, Jill Riley the O40 80th, the O50 Ellie 52nd with Maggie the O60s.
# No race next week but Moel Y Gest the week after @ Porthmadog.  Remember to bring your race numbers with you.
 
Mike.
PS – have had feedback from some runners about the amount of dogs competing last night.  Apart from the fact most of the races are in sheep country they can pose a hazard to other runners so unless they are running for a medical reason please no more.  Thanks.
Here are the results from the first four races.

Midweek update & results

Joe Brown midweek series – Round 4 – Aber
Problems with the bonding between the sheep and the lambs on the lower slopes following the snow meant we were not allowed in the valley, which necessitated  me finding a alternate course at short notice.
The response following the race was favourable, most probably suiting the road runners but still left a some good route choices for those in the Know. Nathan didn’t have it all his own way finishing only 14 sec ahead of John P,(also 1st 40) while Jake had another amazing run taking the U18 in 10th place with 34.44.
1st 50 was Steve ‘Martin’ Jones 13th, 1st 60  Phil Tan 33rd while Buckley’s  Pete Roberts heard about the tarmac and came along  to take the 70’s by over 4 minutes in 40th. In the ladies the defending champion Lisa finally took her 1st win of the series in 29th, Jill Riley the O40 80th, the O50 Ellie 52nd with Maggie the O60s.
# No race next week but Moel Y Gest the week after @ Porthmadog.  Remember to bring your race numbers with you.
 
Mike.
PS – have had feedback from some runners about the amount of dogs competing last night.  Apart from the fact most of the races are in sheep country they can pose a hazard to other runners so unless they are running for a medical reason please no more.  Thanks.
Here are the results from the first four races.