Final Borders league


In the final race of the 2017/18 Borders Road Running League (BRRL) Season at Shotton on Wednesday 25th April, Eryri’s women were successful in winning the “Improvers Trophy” for the third time in their history, on the flat and fast 7.5km course, Eryri’s women were led home by 184th placed Helen Blair. 259th Becky Law and 299th Allison Donnelly.

There was also a good turnout by Eryri’s men who fielded a full team of seven. Eryri were led home by debutant Tom Chandy in 36th place followed by: 60th and also making his debut in the BRRL, Callum O’Donnell, 69th John Davies. 108th Ali Chant. 135th Gary Porter-Jones. 143rd Arwel Lewis and 197th Ashley Wager.

A much improved performance by Eryri all round which augurs well for a determined promotion charge next season.

Full Race Results will be published on the BRRL website:


In warm and sunny conditions on Saturday 21st April, Rob Samuel and Elliw Haf made it a double success for Eryri in the Goldrush 8.5 mile Trail Race at Coed-y-Brenin. Rob Samuel led from the off to smash the course record with a time of 53:38 ahead of Bangor University student. Chris Richards 56:04 and last year’s race winner. Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) 58:34. Elliw Haf went one better following last year’s runners-up position by taking the women’s title, finishing 15th overall in a time of 72:27. Other Eryri Placings/Times: 9th Callum O’Donnell 66:58. 13th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis 70:50. 23rd (3rd MV/50) Paul Hodges 75:25. 100th Malcolm Jones 1:40:42. 113th Claire Williams 1:44:37 & 115th Barry Davies 1:45:15. There were 187 finishers in the well organised Matt Ward/Coed-y-Brenin event.


The final race of the Borders Road Running League 2017/18 season takes place at Shotton this Wednesday 25th April at 7:30pm.
Eryri’s women have one hand on the Improvers Trophy and need as many Harriers out as possible to ensure we win the trophy once again. The same goes for Eryri’s men who aim to finish the season on a high following a low key year in the league.

Grahame Till

Dear Eryri Harriers
My Father Grahame Till ran with the eryri harriers in the early years of his running both marathon and fell .
He wore his colours with pride
I have to sadly tell you , my Dad passed away 10/4/2018 .
If you could let your longest serving members know as they would have known my father.
I have attached a photo and details of the funeral.

Till, Grahame Albert,

April 10th 2018, peacefully at his home in Tyddyn Gyrfa, Cemaes, aged 73 years.
Beloved husband of the late Sheila. Loving father of Jane and Michael. Father in law of Adam. Proud grandad to Natalie and Charlotte. Son of Gladys. Dear brother of Cath. Grahame will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Public service at St Patrick’s Church, Cemaes, Thursday 19th April at 12:30pm followed by committal at Bangor Crematorium at 2:15pm. Family flowers only but donations kindly accepted in memory of Grahame towards Hospice at Home. Enquiries care of the funeral directors Arwel and Ieuan Hughes of John Hughes & Son, Britannia, Machine St, Amlwch Port, LL68 9HA. Tel: 01407 830461

Borders League News


Eryri’s women ensured that they have the Borders Road Running League “Improvers Trophy” well within their grasp following the penultimate race of the 2017/18 season at Mold on Sunday 8th April. In ideal running conditions, dry with no wind, Helen Blair led the Eryri women home in 172nd position overall in a time of 36:05 followed by 281st Jenny Heming 42:04 & 299th Alison Donnelly 43:48. Eryri’s women finished 4th team on the day of the 10 teams competing in the 2nd Division and are 4th in the overall standings.

Disappointingly, only two Eryri men turned out for the club with Arwel Lewis completing his 125th Border League race (out of 134 races that Eryri have competed in) finishing 105th overall in a time of 32:44 with Ashley Wager completing his 61st Border League race, finishing 143rd overall in a time of 34:52. Not surprisingly, Eryri’s men finished bottom of the pile on the day and are placed 9th overall in their respective 2nd Division.

There were 333 finishers on the 5 mile undulatin course.

The final race of the season takes place on Wednesday evening 25th April to be organised by Deestriders.

In the overall Individual standings:


5th Helen Blair

8th Jenny Heming


5th Alison Donnelly


3rd Arwel Lewis

5th Ashley Wager

Borders League

The 6th, well 5th race (The previous event at Tattenhall was cancelled due to snow!) of the 2017/18 Borders Road Running League takes place at Mold this Sunday 8th April at 11am. A circular 5 mile out and back race.

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Ruthin 10k

Back in February, on Sunday 25th, Paul Wathan was a race winner again as he triumphed in the Ruthin 10k with a time of 36:08. There were 201 finishers.

Podium 5k race at Barrowford

With the Cheshire 10k postoned due to the parking fields being waterlogged, Rob Samuel had to make do with the Podium 5k race at Barrowford, Lancashire where on the fast 5 lap course, Rob finished 2nd overall in a time of 14:40 behind race winner Mohammad Abu-Rezeq (Alrincham) 14:24 with Tom Lancashire (Bolton) 3rd with 14:43 in what was a high quality race.




3 Eryri Harriers were competing at Wrexham on Sunday 11th March at different distances.

In the Marathon, there was a PB time of 3:09:35 for Nic Brook as he finished 16th overall out of 182 competitors.

Russell Bentley won the 20 miler by four minutes in a time of 1:56:45 ahead of 335 finishers while Arwel Lewis finished 12th (1st MV/55) in a time of 1:29:43 in the Half Marathon where there were 233 finishers.

A very good day for racing at Wrexham as the weather was dry with very little wind on the quite tough race routes. A very good well organised Run Wales event.


25 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 1056 finishers in the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon (Always Aim High event) on Sunday 4th March. Run in much warmer and dry conditions of late with only a slight headwind on the way out towards Beaumaris & Llanfaes on the very undulating course. Eryri were led home by John Parkinson in 17th position overall with a time of 1:23:14 with Elliw Haf being the first Eryri female finisher in 2nd place overall with a PB time of 1:32:01. The only Eryri category winner was Maggie Oliver FV/70 in a time of 2:14:33.
The event was won by Bangor University Student Callum Davidson (Rossendale Harriers) in his first Half Marathon with a time of 70:50 ahead of Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) 72:48. Elliw was beaten into 2nd place by Lucy Williamson (Ilkley Harriers) 1:24:04.
In the 10km race, there were 4 Eryri Harriers amongst the 417 finishers with Catherine Connell 8th overall and 1st female finisher in a PB time of 38:52 while it is good to see Eryri founder member Malcolm Jones still competing very well, finishing 61st overall and 2nd MV/60 in a time of 50:23.
The event was won by Mike Roberts (Deestriders) with a time of 34:37.
A well organised Always Aim High event.