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:                          http://gb.mapometer.com/running/route_4483502.html

Borders league Info: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/




Very sad to hear about the sudden death of Emrys Jones (Cybi Striders) after a short illness aged 58. The club sends its sincere condolences to his family and many friends. Ems was very well respected and liked on the running circuit and will be very sadly missed by all who knew him.

His funeral is on Saturday 28th January, a public service at St Cyngar’s Church Llangefni at 11:30am. Donations in memory of Ems will be kindly accepted towards Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Alaw Ward and Macmillian.

Borders League


There were 371 finishers in the 4th fixture in the Borders Road Running League tough 4.4 mile race at Connahs Quay on Sunday 22nd January with only the three Eryri Harriers competing! 105th & 1st MV/60 Derek Weaver 28:04. 123rd & 3rd MV/55 Arwel Lewis 28:41 & 171st Ashley Wager 30:21. The next Borders Road Running League race is at Helsby on Sunday 5th March. 11am Start.

Twin Piers 10km

On a bitterly cold day and running into a very strong headwind from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay on Saturday 21st January it was no wonder that everyone’s race times were well down on what the competitors expected or hoped for! Of the 420 finishers, there were 12 Eryri Harriers competing led home by 15th placed Adrian Williams in a time of 38:48 followed by 16th placed Paul Jones 39:23. The first and only female Eryri finisher in 147th place was Lucy O’Donnell in 49:10.

Borders League

The 4th race in the Borders Road Running League 2016/17 Season takes place at Connahs Quay this Sunday 22nd January. Start 11am from: Coleg Cambria, Kelsterton Road, Connahs Quay CH5 4BR.
A short but tough 4.4mile race route. Full Details and race map can be found at: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/
The previous day; Saturday 21st January is the annual Twin Piers 10k race at 1pm from Llandudno Pier to nearly Colwyn Bay Pier!! Due to construction work being carried out on the promenade, the race route will be a bit different than in previous year’s as per this link: http://www.colwynbayathletics.org.uk//news.php
Last weekend at the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon at Helsby on Sunday 15th January, Paul Wathan finished 20th in a time of 1:19:00 while Gemma Morgans finished 324th – 1:36:10. There were 1588 finishers.
In the final Conwy Parkrun of 2016 on Saturday 31st December, who else but Paul Wathan won yet again in a time of 17:28. It was his 23rd win in the event.

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 : ellierocknrun@gmail.com or 07789061648


Rob Samuel recorded a seasons best time of 30:35 when finishing 9th in the Ribble Valley 10k on Tuesday 27th December at Clitheroe in cold, dry and calm conditions. It was Rob’s best time for the distance since 2012 when he ran his PB time of 30:21 at the same event. Richard Roberts also ran a seasons best 10k time of 32:26 finishing 34th overall, two seconds quicker than his Telford 10k time earlier in the month while Arwel Lewis finished 255th in a time of 40:47.
There were 1,077 finishers.
Full race results at: