Gyda chalon drom a thristwch mawr y ffarweliwyd & Rory O’Donnell ddydd Mercher, y Sed o Fedi. Cynhaliwyd y gwasanaeth yn Eglwys Gatholig Dewi Sant a’r Santes Helen yng Nghaernarfon. Roedd yr eglwys dan ei sang ac yn dystiolaeth i’r holl fywydau y cyffyrddodd Rory & hwy.
Gydol y gwasanaeth daeth cariad Rory tuag at redeg mynydd i’r amlwg, yn enwedig yn nheyrnged ei frawd Huw yn adrodd hanesion am gerrig gwynion amhosibl eu darganfod a helynt colli awyren.
Daeth hyn a chwerthin i amgylchiad mor drist, ond roedd chwerthin yn rhan bwysig o fywyd Rory, yn enwedig tynnu coes. Gan ei gyd-weithwyr clywsom fel y gallai adrodd stori gyda wyneb syth cyn cyrraedd ei diwedd a gorffen gyda gwén fawr a ‘dim ond joc’!
Roedd rhai geiriau’n taro tant arbennig. “Y gwasanaeth mwyaf teilwng y gallwn eiroi, nid yn unig i Rory, ond i ni’n hunain hefyd, yw byw ein bywyd gyda’r sél a’r ymroddiad a roddodd ef i fywyd.” Dyna fodd arbennig o anrhydeddu Rory.
O gofio cariad Rory tuag at redeg ar y mynyddoedd, addas iawn oedd i’r haul dywynnu arnynt ar ddiwrnod ei ffarwelio. Bydd colled am ei wén heintus a’i awch am fywyd a rhedeg.
Mae meddyliau holl aelodau’r clwb gyda Kelly a’r bechgyn, y teulu, ei ffrindiau a’i gyd-weithwyr.
Gorffwys yn dawel Rory, a rhed yn rhydd.
It was with heavy hearts and great sadness we said farewell to Rory O’Donnell on Wednesday 5th September. The service held at the Catholic Church of St. David and St. Helen in Caernarfon was superbly attended showing just how many people’s lives Rory touched.
Throughout the service Rory’s love of fell running was highlighted particularly by his brother Hugh telling stories of impossible to find white stones and missing flights home. This brought some laughter to such a sad occasion and by all accounts laughter was another of Rory’s loves, and in particular winding people up. His work colleagues telling us how he would do it with a straight face right up to the end before cracking a huge smile and saying ‘only joking!’!
Some words spoken struck a chord. “The greatest service we can do not only to Rory but also to ourselves is to live our lives with just some of the zeal and zest for life he did.” This sounds like a fantastic way to honour Rory.
Rory loved running in the mountains and it seemed entirely fitting that on this day, the sun shone brightly on the mountains he loved so much. His infectious smile and enthusiasm for life and running will be sorely missed.
The thoughts of the whole club are with Kelly and the boys, family, friends and colleagues.
Rest well Rory and run free.
Will be held at Moel Siabod Cafe on 3rd March at 7.oopm
£15 per adult £5 per junior Hot buffet and dessert. Tickets from Ellie 07789061648 email@example.com
Mike Blake wins the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Award
So we are finally allowed to officially announce the news that Mike Blake has won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award! This means he now goes into the pot with the other nominees from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and he has got a VIP trip to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Liverpool in December to look forward to – how exciting Mike, so well-deserved award and we are all very proud of you!!!
Veteran fell running organiser Mike Blake is BBC Wales’ Get Inspired Sports Unsung Hero for 2017.
Mike Blake has made the top 3 in Wales – BBC Unsung hero award!
We have nominated Mike Blake for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award and we are so chuffed to let you know that he has made the final 3 for Wales!
SO WE NEED YOU! THIS IS ALL ABOUT SUPPORT FOR MIKE AND SUPPORT FOR HIS NOMINATION!
BBC Wales are coming to do some filming in Llanberis this Sunday morning from 10am – there will be the usual Sunday Morning Run starting at 10.30am from Llanberis led by Jenny Heming up Moel Ellio. There will also be a junior session, starting at 11am. Everything will happen from Dolbadarn Castle Car Park (where the Peris starts from) – this will be the ‘hub’. Even if you can’t join in with any of the running, it would be fantastic (REALLY REALLY BRILLIANT in fact) if you could come to the car park at 12noon to join in and support the ‘event’. We want to show how brilliant Mike’s contribution to fell running has been!
JUNIORS/PARENTS OF JUNIORS/ALL – Please be aware that there will be filming going on!
So please come along and support Mike’s nomination for the Unsung Hero Award, this is our opportunity to say thank you.
Thanks very much all!
Any queries contact Becki Law. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 07922968636
The relays are now a distant memory, the clocks have gone back and the nights drawing in, so it’s time to turn our attention to the Winter activities of the club. Following a busy Summer things don’t really ease off too much as the Cross Country & Border League take over (both free to enter by the way!).
The first of the upcoming events is the club AGM where it’s your chance to hear what’s going on in the club. There will be a review of the year, a look forward to next year and an opportunity to join the committee and have some input to the future direction of the club. To give you some ideas of our work recent topics have included: club communication, updating the website, contact from the 1000m race organisers, presentation evening and obviously a few others! It’s not all tea and biscuits you know!
As some of the committee are not seeking re-election we are definitely looking for people to join and fulfill roles but please also note that all positions are to be re-elected, just because someone has said they will stay on doesn’t mean they have to! Below is a list of the current committee and if you wish to stand all you need is a proposer and a seconder at the AGM.
Chair – Stuart McDonald
Vice-Chair/Welfare Officer – Sioned Rowlands
Secretary/ Press & Welsh Language Officer – Emlyn Owen
Treasurer – Emily Wood (not seeking re-election)
Membership – Emma Green (not seeking re-election)
Mountain Secretary – Paul Jenkinson
Road Secretary – Arwel Lewis
XC Secretary – Becki Law
Webmaster – Dave Kirkby
Kit/Social Secretary – Ellie Salisbury
Equipment – Mike Blake
Dilwyn Rowlands (not seeking re-election)
Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas (shares Kit with Ellie)
My personal thanks firstly to those who will be standing down this time for all their time and efforts in their roles. It is hugely appreciated and whoever fills those roles has got a tough act to follow! Secondly to all those who are happy/prepared to continue. I’ve appreciated your support this year and think we can be proud of what we have achieved in particular the relays and our 40th celebration party.
As I said previously all posts are up for voting so please if you are keen to get involved then get in touch. Meetings are roughly every 6 weeks and are held at Celtest (thanks Dyfed!) in Bangor on Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm (or as close as we can! – think Tuesday Night Series race start times!).
The AGM will be held at PADARN LAKE HOTEL on TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER FROM 7PM.
The evening will start with food paid for by the club, which will be buffet style with the following options: Mixed Bean Chilli, Mushroom Stroganoff and Chicken Supreme all with chips, rice and salad for main and for dessert: apple and peach crumble or choc cake with ice cream.
We would be grateful if you could contact Mike Blake and let him know your choice so we can gauge how much we need. He can be contacted via e-mail: email@example.com or on mobile: 07778 145144. By the end of next week would be ideal.
Following the AGM there is of course the Pen Fell Race on the 18th November (entry online at www.fabian4.co.uk) and Bangor Cross Country on the 25th November. This is ‘our’ event so any helpers/cake makers and runners will be more than welcome. Contact Becki Law for more info.
On Sunday 17th December the annual Xmas Fun Run will be held from The Victoria Hotel in Llanberis including kids races and Fancy Dress Competition, followed by soup and a roll as always! At the fun run we will be holding a draw to fill the club places for the London Marathon 2018. This is open to anyone with a rejection slip and you will need to bring this along and hand it in. The draw will be held before the legendary Mike Blake raffle!
Moving into 2018 the first big club event will be Presentation evening where we take the opportunity to celebrate some of the fantastic achievements of the previous year. Pencil in your diaries Saturday 3rd March (hopefully we’ve avoided any rugby!) and more details will be published in due course.
The AGM is an important evening as it will steer the direction of the club for the following 12 months but it’s also an opportunity for club members to come together and I hope to see as many as possible on the 14th.
Cheers for now
It has been suggested that we should make available to purchase some bike style tops. You know the ones with the short zip, pockets at the back and sleeves. A lot of runners also bike so we thought it was a good opportunity to have some more Eryri kit! On a practical level it has been suggested that the pockets are ideal for kit when running (saves using a bumbag) and also ideal for those autumn day runs when a vest is a bit skimpy but any more clothing and you’ll boil!
Please could you let a member of the committee know if you might be interested in one (I have already told myself!) and we’ll crack on getting some ordered. Designs/styles are being looked into at the moment so let us know and we’ll get them sorted.
Runners Wanted & Reserve Runners for Eryri Team!
Welsh Castles Relay 4-5 June 2016 – a world famous relay race from Caernarfon Castle to Cardiff Castle.
The Welsh Castles Relay is a world famous relay race from Caernarfon Castle to Cardiff Castle. The route is split into 20 stages with 65 teams fielding one runner on each stage. If you want to find out more, including the stages and route visit http://www.welshcastlesrelay.org.uk/.
Running cut-off times
• Each stage is between 8 and 13 miles long.
• There are some mountain stages which are particularly undulating, but all stages have an element of uphill and downhill sections.
• The race organisers have made a slight change to the cut off time this year. They ask that all runners on hilly/mountain stages are capable of maintaining 9 minute / miles.
Please contact either Sioned Rowlands (firstname.lastname@example.org) or/and Dyfed Whiteside Thomas (Dyfed@celtest.com) before 19 May 2016 if you would like to take part or support the team.