In the 100th running of the Conwy Parkrun on Saturday 24th December in very windy conditions, it was fitting that Paul Wathan a day after his Birthday would win the event once again for the 22nd time and that was despite wearing a full Santa outfit, beard and all in a time of 18:04 ahead of Run Wales’s Chris Yorke (NWRRC) 18:31. Paul’s partner Gemma Morgans finished 26th overall and 2nd female in a time of 21:19.
There were 296 finishers.
The Penrhyn Parkrun was cancelled due to a not so friendly Barbara!!


Paul Wathan added another Conwy Parkrun win to his tally (No 21) on Saturday 17th December in a time of 17:07 ahead of 2nd placed Paul Jones 18:41 with Paul’s partner Gemma Morgans finishing 11th overall and 1st female in a time of 20:18. On the same day at the Penrhyn parkrun, it was seventh heaven for Russell Bentley despite a broken thumb! as he made it seven out of seven wins in the event with a PB time of 16:01 though he was aiming to get under the 16 minute mark, no doubt Russell will be back to give it another go!


The Telford 10k on Sunday 11th December lived up to its billing as one of the fastest 10k’s in the UK with 18 senior men finishing in under 30 minutes! Only three seconds separated the top four in a very exciting finish with Josh Grace (Aldershot) 29:21 holding off Tom Lancashire (Bolton) 29:22, Jake Selley (Shaftesbury) 29:23 & The first Welsh finisher Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff) 29:24. Welsh athlete Elinor Kirk (Swansea) was comfortably the first female finisher in a PB time of 32:35. The first Eryri finisher in 41st position representing North Wales was Russell Bentley in a seasons best time of 31:08 followed by: 82nd Richard Roberts 32:28. 116th & also representing North Wales, Paul Wathan 33:53. 48th Female representing NW, Elliw Haf 42:44 while Gemma Morgans also competed for North Wales. Full Race results:
The previous day; Paul Wathan recorded his 20th Conwy Parkrun win in a time of 17:10 which is some achievement from 28 runs in the event & includes 6 runners-up positions!

Christmas Fun Run

Sunday 18th Dec. Start 11am. Registration and start at Victoria Hotel, Llanberis.

Junior fun run.

£5, soup, roll & mince pie, kids £2, they get a selection box and fruit drink

Borders League

6 Eryri Harriers travelled to Birkenhead Park to compete in the 5.5 mile, 4 lap Borders Road Running league race of the 2016/17 season on Sunday 4th December. On a not so cold & sunny day, over 350 runners enjoyed a run in the park Eryri were led home by Derek Weaver in 107th place followed by: 115th Arwel Lewis. 187th Ashley Wager. 256th, and on her Borders League debut, Catrin Donnelly with her mother Alison 319th & 346th Roy Jardine.
The race was won by Phil Robertson (Wirral) 2nd Gareth Williams (Deestriders) and 3rd Ryan Roberts (Cybi) Full race results can be found at:
Talking about runs in the Park! In the latest Penrhyn Parkrun on Saturday 3rd December, Huw Owen and Dog finished 2nd in a new PB time of 17:05 behind Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) 16:47 with Jim Bacon 4th – 18:25 & 16th  (1st female)Elliw Haf 21:28. There were 156 finishers.
Further down the coast at the Conwy parkrun, Paul Wathan just missed out by a second on another event win in a time of 17:02 behind Michael Corrales (NWRRC) 17:01 with Paul Jones 3rd – 18:44. There were 179 finishers.
The following day, Sunday 4th December, Paul Wathan finished 18th in the Run The Wilmslow 10k with a time of 33:59 with Gemma Morgans 17th female in a time of 42:42. There were 1239 finishers.

Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon

Paul Wathan had to be content with runners-up spot in the Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon on Sunday 27th November in a time of 77:27 behind race winner Stephen Page (Kenilworth Runners) 76:09 which was just short of Paul’s course record time of 75:57. Paul had also competed in the XC race at Bangor the previous day! Paul’s partner Gemma Morgans finished 28th and 3rd Female in a time of 1:43:50 while Steffan Evans finished 19th in a time of 1:38:30.
There were 80 finishers.

Eryri Night Navs – Llanberis

Thursday 1st December
‘The Heights’, Llanberis
Registration 6.15 p.m.
Start 7.00 p.m.
£3 adult
£1.50 Junior (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult)
£3 per team + £1 per extra member.
Remember to bring : head torch, watch, pen/pencil, reflective clothing.


Eryri’s Russell Bentley carried on with his good form of late after a superb win in the Snowdonia Marathon three weeks ago; most people would have taken a bit of a break but not Russell! Last week Russell finished 4th overall and 1st MV/35 in the Cheshire 10k (31:25) and on Sunday 20th November, Russell added another title to his tally by winning the Conwy Half Marathon in a very good time for the course which includes a loop of Llandudno’s Great Orme of 69:47 nearly a minute clear of runner-up James Douglas (Border Harriers) 70:40. Amongst the 2,408 finishers, there were 25 Eryri Harriers competing with Dewi Owen just making the top 10 for 2nd MV/35 behind Russell in a time of 78:40. Notably, Andrea Rowland finished 4th female in a time of 86:16 while Derek Weaver had a stormer to win the MV/60 title in 92nd place overall with a time of 89:24.

A glorious day for the event run in sunny conditions well organised by Chris Yorke and his Runwales crew.

Full race results:…/uploads/2015/06/Conwy-Results.pdf