An extra ‘Long’ now in the Welsh Championships

An extra ‘Long’ now in the Welsh Championships
Peris Horseshoe to be included
Dear Welsh Fell Runners,
Those of you who are interested in completing the 2017 WFRA Open Welsh Championships will have spotted that this year only one Long race (Preseli) was included in the Series, and that there is a requirement to complete a Long to qualify. 
We have since received feedback from members who have commented that this set up wasn’t conducive to a successful and inclusive championship.  After some committee discussion it has been decided to add an additional Long race this year, namely Peris Horseshoe, making the Welsh Champs now a series of 7 races.  Hopefully this will now encourage more members to qualify for the Championship series.
The original decision was correctly made at the AGM after some debate, however due to the limited numbers at the AGM the outcome of that debate perhaps hasn’t been fully representative.  There is a danger in making this change that we are seen to be going against the decision at the AGM, and in fact this is the case, but we hope that members understand the reason and support it.
It does show the importance of members expressing their views, and ideally attending the AGM.  It also demonstrates that we listen to the feedback of members when we haven’t quite got it right.
Reminder that V60s and under 23’s are not required to complete a Long.
Looking forward to a great fellracing year, one which kicks off this weekend at Tarren Hendre, as the first counter in the North Wales Series.


Sweeney Scramble

The first Sweeney Scramble, a true Mud Run, was in February last year in the little hamlet of Sweeney Mountain just south of Oswestry and was a great event attracting 95 runners in the 5km and 10 km versions.

The second Run will be on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Registration and full details of where we are and how to get there are through the website and entry is unchanged at £20 for each of the 5 km and 10 km runs.

Annual Club Presentation/Social Evening

Don’t forget that the annual Club Presentation/Social evening will take place on Sat 11th Feb (Moel y Ci race day) at the Padarn Lake Hotel, Llanberis. Let’s ensure there’s plenty of us there to witness & congratulate our 2016 season award winners & make it an evening to remember!

Padarn Lake Hotel
7 for 7.30pm, Sat 11th February
Hot food, great company & presentation of club awards
Ticket price: £12/under 14s £6
Contact Ellie Salisbury : or 07789061648

Christmas Fun Run

Sunday 18th Dec. Start 11am. Registration and start at Victoria Hotel, Llanberis.

Junior fun run.

£5, soup, roll & mince pie, kids £2, they get a selection box and fruit drink

Eryri Juniors – Orienteering session

Eryri Orienteers – junior training session
Sunday 4th December 2017 at
Llanberis  – 9.30 a.m.- 10.30 a.m. meet at the fire station
Maes Padarn, LL55 4TP
£2 per child
We are getting together with the Eryri Harrier junior training session on the Sunday morning to give a monthly orienteering / map reading session.
The session will be for 1 hour – with fun games and exercises to introduce simple map reading and navigation.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay, if you are new to orienteering as a family it is an opportunity to learn together. Navigation is a brilliant skill to learn and teach your children.
Come along and give it a try.
If you would like more info. tel: Sue Norris 01248 602693

Trefriw Mill Race

Trefriw Mill Race
Today saw the re-run of a race run in 1996.  Formerly titled the Pedol Crafnant, the race, whilst thoroughly enjoyed by many was never re-run for a number of reasons.  Twenty years later the race is reborn as the Trefriw Mill Race, and included in the WFRA North Wales Series.
At 10.5 miles, and covering some testing terrain, the race was advertised as experience required.  Fortunately runners were blessed with perfectly still and cool conditions which made it less arduous, but even so one or two still found to the route a bit tricky.  The race covers exposed ridge, bog, rough descents and lakeside banks, before the final twisting paths back down to the village.
Todays race was won by Miranda Grant of Eryri in 1.54.13 and Lloyd Taggart of Manx Fell Runners in 1.34.09, and both have set quality marks to be challenged in the future.
The final race of the North Wales Series takes place on Sunday 23rd October at Clwydian Hills, Cilcain, after which the AGM will be held, all members are welcome.

Week-end of Runing in Snowdonia

Winners of the recent ‘Triple’ – Week-end of Runing in Snowdonia (Elidir, Gladstone 9 & Caernarfon 10K) were Gary Porter Jones & Emily Wood, who had the fastest M & F combined times. V well done to both!  They will each be receiving one of the new Eryri Harriers Cycling tops, which will be available for purchase @ £32 from the ‘shop’ tab as soon as they have arrived.

Dash in the Dark Series

It’s that time of year again to prepare for the Dash in the Dark series of night time, off road running races held at Llandegla Forest.

Dig your head torches out and come along to join us for what is always an enjoyable, social evening with refreshments provided by the staff of the One Planet Adventure Mountain bike centre.

Please find attached an updated poster but essentially the dates are as follows:

Friday 11th November 2016

Friday 9th December 2016

Friday 13th January 2017

6pm registration for a 7pm start, please arrive early to avoid a last minute rush. £4 on the night only and please remind yourselves of the kit required. Waterproof / Windproof top, hat, gloves and a torch, ideally a head torch with at least 2hrs good lighting. Fell / trail shoes advised, road trainers are not acceptable.

Please can you share this with your members,

Hope to see you soon,

Gareth Jaggard

Trefriw Mill Race – Sat October 8th

Trefriw Mill Race – Saturday, October 8th 2016
The penultimate race in the WFRA North Wales Series is almost upon us. A rehash of a race last run 20 years ago (the older sweats will recall the Pedol Crafnant), this looks to be a fantastic route to be run. Some wild terrain with limited marking, this race isn’t for the inexperienced or faint hearted.
Race details below from the organiser…
Route – trefriw-mill-route
Distance: 10.5 miles Climb: 3,000ft approx
This race is for only experienced fell runners over 18. You will need navigational skills and will require full body cover, map, compass, whistle and emergency food as detailed in WFRA Handbook. Course marked in places
Parking: Gowers Road opposite Trefriw Woollen Mill. Please car share if possible: limited space
Registration: 9.15 – 10.30 in Trefriw Village Hall along from Fairy Falls pub.
Start/Finish: 11.00 from layby on Llanrhychwyn Road SH778629
Results/Tea &cake: Trefriw Village Hall
Toilets: Gowers and at Village Hall
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 8th!
Helpers welcome.
Gill Scheltinga,
Race Organiser
07901 628367