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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.

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:

http://www.nimra.org.uk/news/2013/silent_valley/

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

Math Roberts.

chinaman_math ( at ) yahoo.co.uk

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.
Short:

Tarren Hendre

Foel Lus

Moel Tryfan – March Sat Race

Tal y Mignedd.

Medium:

Ras yr Aran

Moel Gamelin

Yr Wyddfa

Gladstone 9

Penmaenmawr.

Long:

Pedol Pennant

Nant y Moch

Pedol Peris.

 

Math Roberts,

Mountain Sunning Secretary.