BUSY SUNDAY OF ROAD RACING for ERYRI
The weather yet again played havoc with racing this weekend! At the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March, though the weather was dry, the strong winds prevented the competitors being allowed to race across the Menai Suspension Bridge meaning a change of start location, nearer the Town Centre by Askew Street, the overnight winds also brought down a tree on the A545 Beaumaris Road that meant a change of race route, which certainly made it interesting, taking in the alternative race route via Llandegfan to Beaumaris, Llanfaes and back, taking in, the iconic “Cemetery Hill” Overall race distance was 13.7miles with over 1,200ft of climbing! At least there was some shelter from the strong head wind on the Llandegfan back roads on the way back to the finish!
18 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 1206 finishers with 6th placed Nic Brook leading the way in a time of 1:24:57 followed by: 11th Keirren Jones 1:27:10. 19th Sion Kelly-Williams 1:29:03. 44th Michael Coyne 1:34:10. 59th (3rd M/50) Paul Hodges 1:37:50. 60th & 2nd Female Gemma Moore 1:38:05. 66th & 3rd Female Anna Mackenzie 1:38:18. 101st (2nd M/60) Arwel Lewis 1:42:11. 120th Ifan Jones 1:44:05. 141st Manon Wilkinson 1:46:55. 147th Megan Hughes 1:47:33. 160th Helen Morgan 1:48:15. 192nd Jacki Artist 1:49:57. 422nd Gwenllian Dafydd 2:04:13. 459th Harri Roberts 2:05:42. 504th Chris Hoult 2:07:08. 614th Katie Wilby 2:13:47 & Gwyn Moseley 2:19:11.
The race was won by Martin Green (M/45) 1:21:08 with local athlete Steff Sayer (Menai T&F) not far behind in 1:21:19. The first woman home was Bangor University student Lucy Williamson (Ilkley Harriers AC) with a time of 1:32:56. The event was the 3rd counter in the Eryri Road Running Championships which will be updated later.
In conjunction with the Half Marathon, there were 641 finishers in the 10k event. The first Eryri Harrier home was 18th placed and 1st M/60 Dylan Huws in a time of 42:17 followed by: 26th Jody Cain 43:48. 82nd and 1st M/65 Eurwyn Edwards 50:13. 85th and 1st F/50 Marian Jones 50:30. 86th and 2nd M/65 Malcolm Jones 50:32. 253rd Kelly O’Donnell 59:18 & 394th (2nd F/60) Viv Edwards 64:08. The race was won by Ryan Davis (Wrexham AAC) 34:18 with former Eryri athlete Lydia Sharpe finishing 6th overall & 1st female in a time of 39:56.
Also on Sunday, Rob Samuel was just 6 seconds away from a 10k PB at the Trafford 10k with a time of 30:27.
Though Rob was 6th overall in the event, he was only the 4th Welsh finisher which shows the depth of talent that we currently have in Wales amongst both our male and female athletes.
The race was won by Andy Hunt (Cardiff AAC) 29:44. 2nd Andy Davies (Stockport) 30:14 with, 3rd Rowan Axe (Cardiff AAC) 30:16.
Down South, Rhys James finished 58th in the Newport Half Marathon in a time of 1:22:43 where there were 1943 finishers.