Eryri make some noise in the Silent Valley

Following a year’s hiatus, the Eryri bandwagon was back over the water at a slightly adventurous Silent Valley fell race in Northern Ireland – round 1 of the British champs.

As a result of heavy snow the second half of the route was changed which meant a glorious and ‘extremely runnable’ track section was included – much to the pleasure of a number of Eryri road lovers! Despite this the route still managed to take in a good 10 miles with around 1200 metres of ascent over some of the roughest fell running terrain in Europe, made all the more interesting by enormous snow patches!

There were a commendable 16 Eryri starters of the 180 strong field, who were brilliantly lead home by 1991 British fell champ, Pedol Peris and Welsh 1000metre record holder Gavin Bland – winning in 1hrs 43mins. First Eryri man home was back to form Rich Roberts finshing in 24th in 1.54.42, he was closely followed by Math Roberts in 25th in 1.55.19. Sam Smith had lead Math for most of the race but was caught on the final descent to finish in 30th in 1.56.49, with Matt Fortes close behind in 38th in 2.00.20. John Rowley, running his first champs race was next home in 43rd in 2.01.41, a mere 7 seconds ahead of Martin Cliffe in 44th. Johnny Moore finished just ahead of Adam Haynes, in 60th and 65th respectively. Dylan Wynn Jones was next home – enjoying the runnable route in 88th in 2.19 with Arwel Lewis and Trefor Jones having a close race to finish in 123rd and 127th, a mere 28 seconds separating the two. Jo Moore was the final Eryri finisher and the only Eryri lady in 2.48 and 13th lady vet 40. Jackie Lee and Rory O’Donnell unfortunately didn’t finish the race due to differing forms of illness.

………..the story doesn’t end here though. After approximately 2 hours of running, the heavens opened, the mist came down and the gales blew in. With all Eryri runners in bar one members were became worried as to the location of Dils Rowlands. After 3 hours and 30 minutes of running and with only 2 runners remaining on the hill it became apparent that Rowlands had hit trouble. News came from the mountain rescue that Rowlands was at the last checkpoint suffering with hypothermia. Thanks go out to the Mourne Mountains Mountain rescue team for looking after Dils and managing to get him back down to the finish at Silent Valley after 6 hours on the hill with him fully recovered.

As per usual a few drinks were consumed in the evening at Northern Ireland’s version of the Berlin Love Parade at O’Hares in Newcastle.

Math Roberts.

Fancy a trip to the Silent Valley?

Entries are now open for the first round of the British Championships over in Northern Ireland on Saturday 13th April, the race being the superb medium – Silent Valley.  This is a classic route at around 12 miles which packs one hell of a punch.

Historically the club has sent a biggish crowd most years so hopefully this’ll happen again this year.  Normal plan is to get the ferry over Friday tea time and return Sunday afternoon, much cheaper to fill a car with 5 people so the more the better.

Accommodation is in a set of cheap holiday homes for the weekend.


More details:

If anyone’s interested let me know asap so we can get things booked.

Math Roberts.

chinaman_math ( at )

Club Mountain Championship Races 2013

The Club Mountain Champs next year will be decided at the following events:

Best 6 to count.  You need to compete in at least 1 of each distance.  Vet 60’s don’t have to do a Long.

Tarren Hendre

Foel Lus

Moel Tryfan – March Sat Race

Tal y Mignedd.


Ras yr Aran

Moel Gamelin

Yr Wyddfa

Gladstone 9



Pedol Pennant

Nant y Moch

Pedol Peris.


Math Roberts,

Mountain Sunning Secretary.


Llanfairfechan SMR – November 25th, 2012

Manylion rhediad dydd Sul yma: Llanfairfechan – cyfarfod maes parcio Nant y Coed (GR: 695738). Clockwise circuit ydi’r bwriad mwy na heb I fyny’r lon Newry Drive wedyn llwybr at giat mynydd (SH702741) tir agored am minor tops am y cylch cerrig-Talyfan-bwlch-Moel Llwyd-Bwlch y Ddeufan-Drum-Yr Orsedd-Garreg Fawr- llwybr yn nol I’r dechrau. Wedi defnyddio hwn o’r blaen am club run- oddeutu 2 awr. Route da am grwp o gallu gwahanol gan bod digon o gyfle I rhai mwy ffit ychwanegu mwy o climbs fel bod pawb yn aros mewn un grwp mwy na heb.

Gwesteiwr – Trefor Jones

This Sunday’s run: from Llanfairfechan, meet at Nant y Coed car park ((GR: 695738). A clockwise circuit up Newry Drive and footpath to the mountain gate (SH702741), on to the open country and minor summits to the stone circle – Talyfan – Bwlch – Moel Llwyd – Bwlch y Ddeufan – Drum – Yr Orsedd – Garreg Fawr. This has been used in the past on a club run – around 2 hours but good route for group running as faster runners could fit in more summits if they like.

Host – Trefor Jones

Wknd fell race news and Penmaenmawr results

Pen Fell race

A cracking 192 runners finished the oldest fell race in Wales on a stunning day which was soaking underfoot. First Eryri man home was vet 50 Russell Owen in 4th overall in 1.19, with Paul Jones close behind in 1.20 and 2nd vet 40. James McQueen was next home in 7th in 1.21. Rory O’Donnell, Craig Jones and Tim Watson soon followed. GPJ, the returning Emlyn W Roberts and Gwion Williams were next home with Andrea Rowlands back as 2nd lady in 1.32, Ellie Salisbury finished as 2nd lady vet 50 in 1.45. As usual there were many more Eryri finishers – see results on Excel file on rhs of this page.

Thanks once again to Chris Near and his team of helpers for sorting out another smooth running of this classic race.

Wrekin Wrecker

Down in the Midlands Martin Cliffe continued his good form. Martin finished in 6th overall and 3rd vet 40, whilst his partner Jo Moore stormed to victory in the ladies vet 40’s.

SMR – Tachwedd 18fed / November 18th

Trydydd rhediad dydd Sul 18fed Tachwedd

Ffordd Bryn Pistyll yn Llanllechid (GR: 6232 6825) am 10:30

Third run this Sunday 18th November

Bryn Pistyll Road in Llanllechid (GR: 6232 6825) for 10:30

Lift offered from Llanber to Llanllechid Sunday morning 10am

Helo pawb,

Gan fy mod i’n rhydd ar ddydd Sul o 9.45 ymlaen dwi’n gallu cynnig lifft i rywun sy’ isio teithio o Lanber i Lanllechid i fynd i’r hyfforddiant (ac yn ol).

Ffoniwch os dach chi isio lifft 🙂

07999 527584 neu 01286 870812

Hi everyone,

I can offer a lift from Llanberis to Llanllechid and back to anyone who wants to go to Gary’s training session in Llanllechid on Sunday.

Phone me if you want a lift 🙂

07999 527584 or 01286 870812

Jenny Heming