Welsh 1000m peaks
Great race, brilliant conditions, records broken!
Great weather for the majority of the day, brilliant marshalls and two fantastic routes, many thanks to the organisers!
Starting in the long race at 9am from Aber, Matthew Fortes had another great run in a strong field and came in a brilliant 3rd overall! Andrea Rowlands had a fantastic run, was 1st overall lady also breaking the overall women’s record too! Jonathan Moore smashed his PB, Paul Jones was also quicker than last time and made up the 4-strong club 1st prize. Others from the Eryri contingent were Adrian Williams, Emlyn Owen (both having bashed their legs at various points!), Elton Angle-Smith, Emlyn Roberts, Gwion Williams, Becki Law, Iwan Edgar (1st vet 60, the only one in the whole race, also breaking the record!), Paul Hodges, Nia Albiston, Kate Worthington and Kean Rowlands – really well done everyone!
In the short but still tough race, Martin Cliffe was a brilliant 2nd overall and 1st V40, 3rd was Russell Owen was also 1st V50, then Ed Harmer, Gary Porter-Jones, Jenny Heming (back from a snake bite!) was 1st lady, Emily Wood, Ali Thomas (1st V50 – record breaker number 3!), Guto Edwards, Lou Emery, Mike Blake and Maggie Oliver (1st V60 and the only one in the whole race – another inspiration to us all, who ALSO broke the V60 record!).
Sorry if I have missed mentioning anything/anyone! Cheers!
Results are here: http://www.welsh1000m.org/
Some of the Eryri runners after the Welsh 1000m peaks race – a brilliant day out in the ‘homeland’! Credit to Awel (Jenny Heming) for the photo after the prize giving.
The relatively small turnout for this new race, organised jointly by Eryri Harriers and Cybi Striders, didn’t stop us from having a fantastic day. The weather may have lowered the numbers but it certainly didn’t lower the mood of the 19 hard-core runners or the dedicated marshals and helpers. Heavy overnight rain meant the rocky course was mostly water-logged and very slippery in sections. This didn’t prevent the lead runners from setting a blistering pace out of the country park, along the coastal path and up into the rocks of the mountain. After a bit of jostling for position early on, the lead runners stayed close to eachother all the way round. Michael Corrales of North Wales Road Runners was the eventual winner, just pulling away from Gavin Roberts of Gog Tri to cross the finish line in a time of 53.16, with Gavin coming in less than 30 seconds later in 53.40. Third was Craig Jones of Eryri in 59.08, maintaining good current form to claim the V40 category too. Dylan Huws of Eryri took the V50 category finishing 9th overall in 1.04.39. First lady over the line was North Wales Road Runners’ Gemma Moore in 12th place in a time of 1.10.33. And Eryri stalwart, Ellie Salisbury, claimed the ladies V50 category in 1.24.20.
A huge thank you to Wil Stewart of the Breakwater Country Park for his support, all the Cybi Striders gang for their invaluable help with the planning and organisation, and all the marshals for braving the elements. See you all next year.
Isle of Jura Fell Race
8 Eryri Harriers travelled in a number of different ways by land and sea to the beautiful Isle of Jura this weekend and faced the notorious Paps!
The iconic 17 mile 2300m+ course is rough and rocky with lots of scree and bog to keep you working hard, and can be tricky navigating if the weather comes in – however we were quite lucky this weekend and mainly had warm and very humid conditions to deal with.
Matthew Fortes was first Eryri home in a sub 4-hour whiskey-glass earning brilliant run which also gained him 2nd V40 and 3rd overall vet. 2nd home for Eryri was Adrian Williams who post-injury was flying despite part of his shoe falling off, followed by Jonathan Moore improving his time for the course, with strong runs also from our other Jura race regulars Paul Jones, Tim Watson and SPJ Stephen Jones (who ploughed round the course despite suspected cracked ribs!). Great effort guys!
First timers Becki Law and Lou Beetlestone also represented the Eryri ladies – huge well done to Lou who had a strong start but unfortunately ankle problems meant she had to retire after the first pap and walked safely back in. I was last Eryri home in just over 6 hours but very happy to have got round – it was a really good day out and hope to be back!
Thanks so much also to Nic Kirby who waited at the last checkpoint, cheering, handing out Haribo and guarding trainers and water bottles.
Hope to be back next year – well done everyone – really great weekend, including beers in the pub! There’s a reason people keep returning year after year, it’s all very welcoming and friendly, well-organised and definitely a challenge for the list!
Event website here for info if you are interested in doing it and I’m sure official results will be here soon too:http://www.jurafellrace.org.uk/.
Gweler canlyniadau Râs 10k Rhostryfan ynghlwm.
Ymddiheuriadau mawr gan y trefnydd fod yr amseroedd â gyhoeddwyd ar y noson funud cyfan yn llai na’r gwir amser oherwydd trafferthion gyda prif “stopwatch”. Serch hynny, mae record newydd o 34m 35e gan Tom Roberts yn sefyll, gan ei fod wedi curo’r record blaenorol gan Gwyn Owen o 4 eiliad
Results for the Rhostryfan 10k race
The organiser apologises that the times announced at the presentation were a whole minute faster than the actual time due to problems with the main stopwatch. Despite that, Tom Roberts’ new record of 34m 35s still stands, as he has improved on the previous record held by Gwyn Owen by 4 seconds.
After the recent rains had gone the sun was shining on Moel Wnion and even with other local road races in the area as well as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on the same weekend if was great to welcome 64 runners to Ysgol Llanllechid for the race. A great day seemed to be had by all (well I enjoyed myself) and some amazing performances were on display across the categories. Congratulations to Chris Richards (Bangor Uni) and Becki Law (Eryri) (1st M & F), Sam Orton and Ruth Metcalfe ( Both Eryri V40s), Russell Owen (Eryri) and Ali Thomas (v50s), Derek Weaver (Eryri – v60) and John Morris ( Buckely – v70).
Chris tore up the course (quite literally given the state of his legs when he crossed the line) in 35.28 closely followed by Callum Davidson (also Bangor) in 36.03. These guys were running seriously quickly in their first wnion race, no surprise when you hear that they are ex-England juniors and current U20 runners going for GB vests, and reckon they can go quicker next year now they know the faster lines (if they dont face plant)! In the womens race, Becki Law seemed to be demonstrating the benefits of a winter at altitude by flying down the cart track to win in 47.23 ahead of Gemma Moore(48.55) and Ann-Marie Jones (49.22).
Thanks to the long list of people who helped up on the hill and to everyone at the school. The race is run with the school as a fundraising event, with lots of people from the local community giving up their time to help with children’s races or help in the kitchen as well as marshal the main race. The prizes also came from the area, with the Bethesda Pottery shop making bespoke mugs and goblets. Once again, it was a great day for the local community, with everyone already looking forward to next year!
Photos from the race (from Steve Jeffreys) can be found on the link from the race facebook page atwww.facebook.com/rasmoelwnion or at Steve’s pages directly https://www.facebook.com/
Thanks Ross Roberts (race organiser)