Mountain Running News

Yetholm and Welsh 1000m report

Yetholm, British Championships, Round 2.


A strong field of 231 runners took part in Saturdays second instalment of the British championship up at the classic sounding Yetholm fell race in Southern Scotland.


Once again there was a stomping performance from Eryri traveller and thoroughbred Martin Cliffe, finishing in a superb 24th overall in 1.10.46 and 7th vet 40 on the day whilst also pipping Mercia’s Paul Jones! Jackie Lee was next Eryri finisher, Jackie finished 4th lady and 60th overall in 1.18.11. Arwel Lewis was next home finishing in 87th in 1.21.55 with Jo Moore home in 165th overall in 1.37.40.


Welsh 1000 metres


There was an incredible win for living running legend and former Eryri machine, Colin Donnelly, now a vet 50 at the full race at the Welsh 1000 metres on Saturday. It sounds as if Colin set off steadily reeling in the set of Eryri pacesetters on the terrible climb up the Pyg track. Donnelly took his umpteenth 1000metres victory in 4hrs 4minutes and 32 seconds, a full 2 minutes ahead of any other pretenders! Matt Fortes was first Eryri man home finishing in 4th in 4.15.30, soon followed by the Doc, Sam Smith in 7th in 4.23.07. Adrian Williams had a brilliant run to take 2nd vet 40 on the day and finished in 11th overall in 4.42.29. Tim Watson, fresh from a good run at Jura a few weeks back was next home in 21st in 4.58 with Emlyn Roberts in 36th in 5.17. Rob Barber was next home in 50th in 5.27 with stalwart Iwan Edgar in 54th in 5.34. Cockney Rebel Jack Scannell finished in 55th in 5.34. Vet 60 Brian Robbings ran well to finish in 73rd in 6.10. Claire Dallimore was first Eryri lady on the day finishing in 76th in 6.16 with Alwyn Williams finishing in 100th in 7.47.


In the mountaineers race, i.e. the full route completed by walkers, it was a big victory for Paul Hodges, finishing in 5hrs 41mins and hence finishing a hell of a lot quicker than some of the runners.


In the short fell race from Ogwen to the summit of Wyddfa there was glory for Llanberis’ Ed Harmer taking his first ever race victory. Ed took the win in 2hrs 00mins and 45 seconds. Gary Porter-Jones was next home in 2.08 in 4th. There was a tight four horse battle between 12th and 15th as Kate Worthington pipped Ali Thomas (new vet 40 course record), Emily Wood and Mike Blake (new vet 60 course record). Mike took 1st vet 60, Ali 1st lady vet 40, Emily 2nd lady vet 40 and Kate 2nd lady overall. Ian Blakemore was next home in 18th, with a welcome return to racing for Jim Bennell in 29th, with Maggie Oliver lacerating the ladies vet 60 field to finish in 30th. Sheila Bennell was another happy Eryri finisher in 34th.


Math Roberts


Racing results and news


Attached is a copy of the UKA Euro Trial/Home International results where soon to be Eryri Harrier Nathan Jones won the junior trial to earn himself another GB vest.   A former Eryri member Lydia Sharpe finished 4th in the junior women’s race to also earn herself a GB place.

Rob and Siobhan were the 1st Welsh finishers amongst the elite athletes competing, as Wales men and women’s teams both won bronze medals.

Euro results:  Euro Trial 2013 results


Daniel Kashi finished 31st in the emf Edinburgh Marathon yesterday in a time of 2:49:32, he reached half way in a time of 1:19:39 and 30k in 1:54:28.  The last10k were tough for him!!


This Wednesday is the North Wales 5km Championships at the Rhyl Sun Centre starting at 7:15pm. Entries will be taken on the day.



Race Info Updates

Eryri Race Info Updates


Pedol Cwm Pennant

Sat 15th Jun 2013 at 11:00

AL.   24km / 14.9m1700m / 5577ft

Cwm Pennant Hostel, Garndolbenmaen, LL51 9AQ.  GR 525436

ER, PM, LK, NS.   Minimum age: 18

Entry on day fee: £7 / Pre-entry fee: £6

Matthew Roberts, 13 Llainwen Isaf, Llanberis, Caenarfon, LL55 4LG.  07776 298898




RAS Y FOEL, DYDD IAU 27 MEHEFIN, 1900, £3, RHOSGADFAN, 7 MILLTIR / 400 Medr o ddringo

RAS Y FOEL, THURSDAY 27TH JUNE, 1900, £3, 7 MILES / 400 Metres of climbing

I ddathlu Carnifal Pentref Rhosgadfan, cyfle i ail-ymweld a phentref uchaf Cymru i gystadlu yn Ras Y Foel. Eleni – trac hollol newydd q chyffroes yn cyrraedd copaon Mynydd Cilgwyn a Moel Tryfan. Yn cynnwys rasus plant.

To celebrate Rhosgadfan Village Carnival, a chance to re-visit the highest village in Wales and the capital of Welsh fell running (!) and to compete in Ras y Foel. A brand new and exciting route, taking in the summits of Mynydd Cilgwyn and Moel Tryfan. Including junior races.




16th Race the Highland Train – Wednesday 24th July

Dinas to Caernarfon

5k road/fun run.

Limit of 250 runners, entries close Mon 22nd July

Click below for entry form:

Race The Train Entry Form 2013

Midweek Series: Great Orme


Midweek Series after Great Orme

Another record turnout and dry conditions saw four new records at the Great Orme last night. Despite contractions and false alarms for Louise, Craig still managed to get the course marked and the marshals in place so that Math Roberts, feeling no effects from his Sunday Inter-county team success, could win in a record time of 31.27 ahead of Gwyn O and John R while John Parkinson broke another V40 record in 4th with 32.57.

Jake continues to improve, 6th overall and first U18, Aber’s Tim Cahill 1st V50 in 15th, John Morris 1st V60 72nd while Emyr became the 1st V70 on the course in 68th. In the ladies Jackie Lee, Manx based Welsh International currently in Wales keeping an eye on her favourite builder, smashed Laura Bestow’s record winning in 36.10 finshing in 19th. Second lady from Bangor University was Becki T  in 52nd & Cybi’s Tracey  in 57th. Competing in her first race of the series Colwyn Bay’s Helen MaCarther took the F40 in 58th while Ellie Salisbury took the F50 in79th.

In the Caernarfon Tyres Junior Champs Owen and Isabella Hayes took the U8’s, Connor Roberts and Beth McEachern the U10’s, Eden Potter and Ceri Vaughan the U12s while the U14’s, who started with the seniors at the bottom of the hill and beating most of them to their turn round at the summit were led home by the Bay’s Michael Roberts ahead of Menai’s Sion Jones and the Bay’s Matthew Vaughan.

Thanks was given to Llandudno Ski Centre for the venue and the provision of food and £30 was donated to the North Wales Chrysalis Trust.

Next Mid-Week Series race: Tuesday 4th June, 3 Hills, Craiglwyd Kennels, Penmaenmawr, 7.15pm start, register early please.


Mike Blake, Series Coordinator

Weekend Fell Reports

Ras y Gader, Dolgellau


A bumper 182 runners competed in the classic Ras y Gader scaling the heights of Dolgellau’s mighty peak Cadair Idris. It was an incredibly popular win by local Brithdir man – Ifs Richards taking the win in 1.31.02. Ifs managed to overtake Eryri’s Martin Cliffe in the final stages – this after leading Martin by 5 minutes at the summit. Martin finished 12 seconds behind Ifs to still take a successful 2nd position and 1st vet 40 on the day. Chris Near and Dylan Jones were the next Eryri finishers in 7th and 9th – 3rd and 4th vet 40’s. Adrian Williams continued his comeback from injury, running well to finish in 21st in 1.43, seconds ahead of 3rd lady and first Eryri lady on the day Jackie Lee who finished in 1.44.03. There was another cracking run from Martin Cliffe’s partner – Jo Moore, finishing 1st lady vet 40 in 91st in 2.03.

Cader Results:

Martin Cliffe descent







British Inter-Regions Fell Running Championships, Settle Hills, Yorkshire


It was a successful trip up to Settle for the running of the British Inter Region fell running championships on Sunday for North Wales and Eryri. In the 7 mile race, won by Ethiopian Wegen Tafese, the North Wales team won the silver medal, finishing a mere point behind hosts and regular winners Yorkshire. The North Wales team were led home by 3 time Wyddfa race winner – Tim Davies who finished in 5th in 48.59. Eryri’s Math and Rich Roberts soon followed in 10th and 11th place – a slight 5 seconds separating the pair who raced each other along the whole route, whilst new Eryri club mate Nathan Jones finished in 45th in 54.35 with Minffordd’s Glyn Griffin – running his debut for North Wales finishing just behind Nathan in 55 minutes.


In the juniors there was success for Bronwen Jenkinson, Bronwen ran superbly to take bronze in the girls under 16’s while Mabon Llyr finished a respectable 12th in the boys under 18’s.

Other Eryri finishers on the day included Leeds based Fred Maier finishing in 63rd with Arwel Lewis next in 75th and 3rd vet 50 and Paul Jenks in 80th.


 Some photos

NWales 2nd team 2

Math Roberts.


Rich and Math R SettleBronwen Jenks Settle

NWales 2nd team


Midweek Series – Tues 21/5

It’s the third visit to the Great Orme for the 7th leg of the Midweek Series.

Runners attending should park at the Ski Slope Carpark, accessed through Happy Valley (turn left opposite the Grand Hotel).

Free food after the race courtesy of the ski centre.


Need a couple of extra marshals if anyone is spare (you can drive very close to most parts of the course).

Get in touch with Craig – 07815 292213





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.



WFRA Champs

WFRA Championships and Series.


The latest WFRA Welsh Championships and North Wales Series Tables are available to view on 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.



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.

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!

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