VALE OF CLWYD 10K – Sunday 19th March

Tammy Lewis-Jones was the first female finisher in 10th place overall in a time of 43:34 while Derek Weaver finished 8th & 1st MV/60 in a time of 40:59. A tough course made even tougher by the windy conditions! There were 57 finishers.


Despite the windy conditions, there were still some very good performances at the annual event which many runners use to prepare for the London Marathon. Of the 3114 finishers, Eryri’s Rob Samuel having run all the race distance while mainly pushing the pace with fellow Welshman Andy Davies (Stockport) had to be content with 4th place overall in a very good time of 67:40 just behind Andy 67:30. The race was won by Mohammad Abu-Raczeq (Altrincham) 66:25 ahead of Sale Harriers Matt Bond 66:31.


In the 3rd year of the event, Andrea Rowlands just gets better and better with age! following a Marathon PB and a 2nd placed finish in 2015 with a time of 3:00:00! a 1st place finish last year in a time of 3:02:05, Andrea went and topped all that, finishing 6th overall and 1st female going under the 3 hour mark for the first time in a terrific PB time of 2:54:22! Well Done Andrea.
Not to be out-done, Russell Bentley ran in his first ever Marathon in the event last year when finishing 2nd to Daniel Weston in a time of 2:38:24, this year, Russell turned things round to win the event ahead of Daniel in a time of 2:32:04 (Chip Time 2:31:59) with Daniel clocking 2:37:31. There were 166 finishers.
In the 20 mile race; Gemma Morgans finished 3rd female in a time of 2:26:18. There were 264 finishers.
Rob Samuel was a class apart in comfortably winning the Half Marathon by nearly 10 minutes in a time of 69:55 with Arwel Lewis finishing 9th & 1st MV/55 in a time of 1:28:07. There were 215 finishers.
Another well organised event by Chris Yorke and his RunWales crew.

Conwy Parkrun. Saturday 4th March

 Another win for Paul Wathan, though his first of the year at the event, comfortably winning by over a minute in a time of 17:20 with Gemma Morgans making it a double success in a time of 20:03, just 3 seconds off her PB.

Manley Mere, Helsby. Borders Road Running League. Sunday 5th March

 An unfortunate clash with the Anglesey Half Marathon due to a venue and race date change but, at least 3 Eryri Harriers turned out to represent the club in the 5.1 mile race which was run in drier but cold conditions as the rain and sleet relented just before the 11am start, just a few puddles to negotiate along the race route! Eryri were led home by 92nd (1stMV/60) Derek Weaver 33:24 followed by: 102nd Arwel Lewis 33:58 and 158th Ashley Wager 36:38. There were 318 finishers.

Anglesey Half Marathon. Sunday 5th March.

 A very good win for Richard Roberts on a very wet day in a time of 72:59 comfortably ahead of Richard Skates (Prestatyn RC) 73:15. In total, there were 24 Eryri Harriers competing amongst the 1227 drenched finishers.

Wrexham Half Marathon (North Wales Championships)

Sunday 19th February. There were 7 Eryri Harriers competing led home by 4th placed Alun Vaughan 71:08 with good runs by: 7th Richard Roberts 71:24 and 15thPaul Wathan 73:53 (PB) There was also a PB for Emlyn Owen with a time of 1:22:05. There were 1391 finishers.

Nick Beer 10k (Welsh Championships)

Sunday 12th February. Rob Samuel, though finishing 2nd overall to Matt Clowes (39:57) won the Welsh 10k Championships on a very windy day in a time of 31:29. In total, there were 28 Eryri Harriers competing with Bronwen Jenkinson being Eryri’s other main category winner (FU/20) in a time of 38:39. There were 675 finishers.

Borders League,

Borders League 2016-17

Race 5 – Manley (Helsby) 

Race Information Sheet


Date:              Sunday 5th March 2017

Venue:          Manley Mere (Sail Sports and Adventure Trail), Manley Lane, Manley, WA6 0PE

Directions:   Travelling from North Wales:

Take the A55 North Wales Expressway direction Chester

Exit A55 onto A56 (direction Chester/Helsby)

At roundabout take 3rd exit (direction Helsby/Frodsham)

Continue on A56 for just over 3 miles, then turn right onto B5132 (signposted Stamford Bridge, Barrow and Manley Mere/Windsurfing Centre on brown signs)

After 0.2 miles turn left onto Morley Lane

Continue on Morley Lane for approx. 1 mile

At T-junction turn left, then immediately turn right, into Manley Lane

Manley Mere is on the left.

Travelling from the Wirral/Ellesmere Port

Take M53 southbound to J10

Exit M53 onto A5117 direction Helsby

Go over the M56 (J14), direction Helsby

At the traffic lights turn right onto A56 (direction Chester; signposted Windsurfing Centre on brown signs)

Continue on A56 for 1.2 miles, then turn left onto B5132 (signposted Stamford Bridge, Barrow and Manley Mere/Windsurfing Centre on brown signs)

After 0.2 miles turn left onto Morley Lane

Continue on Morley Lane for approx. 1 mile

At T-junction turn left, then immediately turn right, into Manley Lane

Manley Mere is on the left.


Route:           The race is approximately 5.1 miles and starts and finishes at Manley Mere.  The start is on the long straight entrance/exit drive and the finish is located on the grass by the mere.  A very short grass slope leads down onto the grass from the drive before the final 100 metres to the finish


The route follows quiet, scenic country lanes.  Flat at the start and for the first couple of miles, it then gradually climbs to reach peak elevation at around 3.5 miles around Manley.  The route then drops (quite sharply at one section) in the last mile before levelling out for a flat, fast last section back to Manley Mere.

Parking:        Parking is available on site; the site will be open to runners from 9.30am

Please note that there is a reasonable amount of parking on site, but please could runners and spectators car share wherever possible

Please note also that there is a £2 charge to park on site (2 x £1 coins)

Facilities:      Toilet facilities are available on site in two blocks, accessed directly from the car park

The first set (male and female) is in a wooden block next to the main building

The second set (male and female) is in a metal block between the two sections of the car park

Runners are asked not to use the toilets in the cafe unless they are also using the cafe

Refreshments:        Water will be provided at the end of the race and the (very nice) cafe serves tea, coffee, cakes, snacks etc.

Course Map:                

Borders league Info: