8 Eryri Harriers represented the club in the Borders League 2017/18 Season opener at Capenhurst on a flat two lap 5 mile measured race route. Eryri were led home by Matt Fortes in 44th place with a time of 29:58 which is a PB for him at the distance considering that Matt has not run a 5 miler before! Next in for Eryri was Ali Chant in 128th position with a time of 33:27 followed by: 141st Arwel Lewis 33:55. 181st Ashley Wager 35:28. 221st and on her Border League debut; Lesley Lawson 37:04 just ahead of 222nd Helen Blair 37:05. 306th Don Williams 41:26 and 340th, ensuring our women had a full scoring team: Alison Donnelly 44:35. There were 385 finishers. Eryri’s women were placed 4th on the day while the men were 8th of the 10 teams in their respective 2nd Divisions while the Eryri women head the Improvers Trophy table.

There is an amendment to the next race in the series: The scheduled race due to be held on Sunday 12th November has been moved back to the 18th February 2018. The next race will be at Birkenhead Park on Sunday 3rd December starting at 11am.

London Marathon

Don’t forget the new method of allocating the club’s allocation of London Marathon entries.

London Marathon Eryri Ballot:
Each year Eryri are allocated a handful of places. To be eligible for one of these places, the following rules will be in place for 2017 & the foreseeable future. Members must:

1. Be fully paid first claim club members.
2. Attend the Christmas club fun run.

3. Priority will be given to members who entered the London Marathon Ballot and were rejected. Evidence of rejection needs to be provided. (This needs to be for the same year)

4. If the number of members with rejection notices is lower than or equal to the number of places available then they will receive an automatic right to the place.

5. If the number of members with rejection notices is more than the number of places then names will be drawn for the places.

6. If there are still club places available after step 4 above, then the remaining place(s) will be allocated by means of an open draw.

Borders Road Running League

The Eryri Harriers are about to embark on their 20th season in the Borders Road Running League with the first fixture at Capenhurst this Sunday 1st October 2017. 11am Start. A measured 5 mile race route.
Since being relegated from the 1st Division following the 2012/13 season, Eryri’s men have not really made a promotion push while Eryri’s women, but for a brief season in Division one and a couple of Improvers Trophy wins, have yet to be a force in the League.
There are 7 (Seven) races in the league which are free to compete in for all the club’s athletes who are in the league. All races except for the final event start at 11am. The last race of the season is a midweek fixture which starts at 7:30pm.
Borders Road Running League Fixtures 2017/18

October 1st: Ellesmere Port (Capenhurst)

November 12th: Chester Tri (Upton)
December 3rd: Wallasey (Birkenhead Park)
January 14th: Abergele (Pensarn)
March 4th: Tattenhall
March 25th: Wrecsam Tri (Mold)
April 25th: Deestriders 7.30pm

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Caernarfon 10k report and results


 What a difference a day makes! After a glorious, sunny Saturday on the Foryd in Caernarfon, the following day was a bit of a washout to say the least! Still, 149 competitors completed the Caernarfon 10k on a very wet Sunday morning with the race going in a clockwise direction this year to make good use of the following wind along the Foryd (Aberforeshore) After torrential rain in the early hours and early morning, by the 11am race start time, the rain had eased to a bit of a drizzle though there were quite a few large puddles along the race route, it was quite warm and decent running weather.

Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) made his intentions clear from the start as he led from the off and was a clear winner and North Wales 10k Champion in a time of 32:41 ahead of Dean Longley (Prestatyn) 33:47 and Owen Roberts (Unattached) 35:01. The female North Wales title went to Annie Bagnall (Prestatyn) who finished 24th overall in a time of 39:35. For the first time ever in the event, the first Eryri Harrier to finish was a female runner in Gemma Morgans who finished 29th overall and 2nd female with a time of 40:48 ahead of 31st placed Gary Young – 41:12, 32nd Steffan Evans – 41:22. 36th & 3rd female finisher, Elliw Haf – 41:56. 37th John Davies – 42:03. 61st Maldwyn Evans – 46:00. 69th Chris Hoult – 47:17. 85th James Harwood – 49:22. 134th Roy Jardine – 63:17 & 142nd Iorwerth Roberts – 64:30.

Thank You to everyone who helped out at the event ensuring it was a successful North Wales 10km Championship race, despite the weather.



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Race the Train

37 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 249 finishers in the 20th running of Race The Highland Train 5k at Caernarfon on Wednesday 19th July, some of whom had run in the Snowdon International race a few days earlier. Rob Samuel was a clear winner in a time of 14:26 for his 3rd win and 3rd best time in the event, Rob’s best time being 14:09 while he also clocked 14:21 when finishing 2nd to course record holder Matt Clowes 13:44 in 2012. Rob was followed home by Matt Roberts in a time of 15:18 with: 4th Paul Wathan 15:52. 6th Callum O’Donnell 16:29 and also making the top ten in 10th place; John Parkinson 16:48. Making it a double success for Eryri, Bronwen Jenkinson finished 11th overall and 1st female finisher in a course record time of 16:55, 5 seconds quicker than Gina Paletta’s time of 17:00 in 2012. Other Eryri category winners were: 1st FV/35 Louise Beetlestone 19:37. 1st FV/45 Helen Blair 20:04. 1st FV/65 Maggie Oliver 26:23 and 1st FV/60 Viv Edwards 26:47.

10k win and PB for Miranda

10k win and PB for Miranda
There were 40 Eryri Harriers competing in the Felinheli 10k on a rather wet and rainy Wednesday evening 28th July. Despite the gloomy weather, 337 competitors completed the road & trail race route through the Vaenol Estate to Parc Menai and back. Leading the way on his come back from a serious injury was Owen Roberts who finished a close 2nd to Race winner Martin Green (NWRRC – 35:00) in a time of 35:04. Miranda Grant was the star performer, finishing 25th overall and 1st female in a time of 39:19. A personal best for the distance for Miranda by nearly two minutes compared to 41:14. Other Eryri category winners: MV/50 – Noel Craine. 38:56. MV/60 – Iwan Edgar. 42:29. FV/40 – Nia Gwynn. 43:07. FV/60 – Vivienne Edwards. 56:42 and FV/50 – Ali Thomas. 46:46.

Deiniolen 10k

121 runners completed the tough but enjoyable Deiniolen 10k on Wednesday 14th June as the locals turned out in their droves to cheer on the competitors in quite warm and dry conditions.
The improving Gethin Jones (Cybi Striders) pulled away from Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) on the sting in the tail climb at 7.5k to win in a time of 34.23 with Tom clocking 35:08 followed by the first Eryri finisher Paul Wathan 35:43. Martin Green (NWRRC) took the MV/40 honours in 4th place overall in a time of 36:26 ahead of Eryri’s 6th placed Sam Orton 38:15. Noel Craine ran well to finish 13th overall and 1st MV/50 in a time of 40:38 while Iorweth Roberts won the MV/70 category with a time of 69:16.
Pride of place goes to Jenny Charlton who pulled away from club colleague Elliw Haf to finish 25th overall and first female finisher in a time of 42:40 (Female, New Course Record?) with Elliw clocking 43:43. In all, at least 30 Eryri Harriers competed in the well organised event with special thanks going to Gwynfor James and his crew and the people of Deiniolen for being such welcoming and enthusiastic supporters of the event.

Busy Paul and Gemma

Paul Wathan has been very busy racing recently! On Friday 31st March, Paul won the Marsh Tracks 5k at Rhyl in a time of 16:10 with his partner Gemma 3rd female with a time of 19:32.
On Saturday 8th April, Paul won his 26th Conwy Parkrun in a time of 16:34.
On Sunday 9th April, Paul won the Denbigh 10k in a time of 35:11 while Gemma was the first female finisher in 42:42.
On Wednesday 12th April Paul finished 6th in the Chester Spring 5 with a PB time of 26:55.
On Easter Saturday 15th April, Paul finished 2nd in the very windy Llandudno Easter Promenade 5k Dash with a time of 16:39 with Gemma 2nd female in a time of 19:46.


7 Eryri Harriers completed the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April with pride of place going to Rob Samuel who broke the long standing club Marathon record time of 2:22:01 set by Tegid Roberts at Dublin in November 1988. Rob finished 36th overall (Including the elite) in a superb time of 2:21:41 and he was still disappointed not to get under 2:20! Next time Rob! Paul Wathan also had a very good run to finish in a time of 2:44:49 having been working all week in the Marathon Expo for HOKA! with Emlyn Owen pleased to finish under 3hrs in a time of 2:58:29 having paced it very well with a half way time of 1:27:37. Next in for Eryri was Gemma Morgans in a PB time of 3:10:55 followed by: Nia Gwynn 3:24:07. Emyr Gibson 3:34:47 and Stephen Williams 3:40:10.
Well Done All
The Ballot for next year’s London Marathon opens on Monday 1st May until 5pm Friday 5th May.