The weather yet again played havoc with racing this weekend! At the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March, though the weather was dry, the strong winds prevented the competitors being allowed to race across the Menai Suspension Bridge meaning a change of start location, nearer the Town Centre by Askew Street, the overnight winds also brought down a tree on the A545 Beaumaris Road that meant a change of race route, which certainly made it interesting, taking in the alternative race route via Llandegfan to Beaumaris, Llanfaes and back, taking in, the iconic “Cemetery Hill” Overall race distance was 13.7miles with over 1,200ft of climbing! At least there was some shelter from the strong head wind on the Llandegfan back roads on the way back to the finish!
18 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 1206 finishers with 6th placed Nic Brook leading the way in a time of 1:24:57 followed by: 11th Keirren Jones 1:27:10. 19th Sion Kelly-Williams 1:29:03. 44th Michael Coyne 1:34:10. 59th (3rd M/50) Paul Hodges 1:37:50. 60th & 2nd Female Gemma Moore 1:38:05. 66th & 3rd Female Anna Mackenzie 1:38:18. 101st (2nd M/60) Arwel Lewis 1:42:11. 120th Ifan Jones 1:44:05. 141st Manon Wilkinson 1:46:55. 147th Megan Hughes 1:47:33. 160th Helen Morgan 1:48:15. 192nd Jacki Artist 1:49:57. 422nd Gwenllian Dafydd 2:04:13. 459th Harri Roberts 2:05:42. 504th Chris Hoult 2:07:08. 614th Katie Wilby 2:13:47 & Gwyn Moseley 2:19:11.
The race was won by Martin Green (M/45) 1:21:08 with local athlete Steff Sayer (Menai T&F) not far behind in 1:21:19. The first woman home was Bangor University student Lucy Williamson (Ilkley Harriers AC) with a time of 1:32:56. The event was the 3rd counter in the Eryri Road Running Championships which will be updated later.
In conjunction with the Half Marathon, there were 641 finishers in the 10k event. The first Eryri Harrier home was 18th placed and 1st M/60 Dylan Huws in a time of 42:17 followed by: 26th Jody Cain 43:48. 82nd and 1st M/65 Eurwyn Edwards 50:13. 85th and 1st F/50 Marian Jones 50:30. 86th and 2nd M/65 Malcolm Jones 50:32. 253rd Kelly O’Donnell 59:18 & 394th (2nd F/60) Viv Edwards 64:08. The race was won by Ryan Davis (Wrexham AAC) 34:18 with former Eryri athlete Lydia Sharpe finishing 6th overall & 1st female in a time of 39:56.
Also on Sunday, Rob Samuel was just 6 seconds away from a 10k PB at the Trafford 10k with a time of 30:27.
Though Rob was 6th overall in the event, he was only the 4th Welsh finisher which shows the depth of talent that we currently have in Wales amongst both our male and female athletes.
The race was won by Andy Hunt (Cardiff AAC) 29:44. 2nd Andy Davies (Stockport) 30:14 with, 3rd Rowan Axe (Cardiff AAC) 30:16.
Down South, Rhys James finished 58th in the Newport Half Marathon in a time of 1:22:43 where there were 1943 finishers.


Gemma Moore was Eryri’s star performer at the windswept Rhyl 10 mile (North Wales Championships) race on Saturday 22nd February. The event was also a club counter in our Road Running Championships, only the 2nd to date following two postponements due to the weather.
548 competitors braved the gale force winds at Sunny Rhyl for the out and back 10mile event to Prestatyn and back. Running the bad weather route did not make much of a difference, wind assisted all the way to Prestatyn before the turnaround and the battle against the wind and once on the seashore, the windswept sand.
Shaun Jackson (Chester Tri) won the event in a time of 56:35. The first Eryri Finisher was 12th placed (North Wales Gold Medal MV/35) 59:05 followed by: 15th (North Wales Silver Medal MV/45)  Nic Brook 60:10. 21st (North Wales Silver Medal MV/35) 62:35. 30th (North Wales Senior Silver Medal) Keiren Jones 65:18. 33rd (North Wales Bronze Medal MV/45) Michale Coyne 66:26. 46th and North Wales Overall 10 mile Champion; Gemma Moore 69:07. 56th (North Wales Gold Medal MV/60) Arwel Lewis 71:01 & 454th (Gold Medal MV/70) Roy Jardine 1:51:25.
Well done to everyone who braved the gale force winds and the event organisers: RunWales for putting the event on in challenging weather conditions.
Following weeks of race cancellations including the Nick Beer 10k and the Wrexham Half Marathon, both of which were Eryri Road Running Championship events. The Nick Beer 10k has been re-arranged for Saturday 7th March and will remain a club road running championships event. The Wrexham Half Marathon has been cancelled altogether for this year with those entered been given the options of:

Virtual Half Marathon (in your own time).  Run the 13.1 miles distance in your own time, wherever you want and then send us evidence.  We will then post the magnificent 2020 giant antique bronze finish medal to you.  Please follow the instructions when entering the virtual race. Or

Transfer Your Entry to either:  Colshaw Hall 10k (Knutsford) on Sunday 10th May, Helena Tipping Wrexham 10k on Sunday 27th July or our Bartletts Farndon 10k on Sunday 27th September.  All three of these fantastic events are classic races with full road closures, the most up to date chip-timing and amazing bespoke medals.

To transfer to the virtual race or to one of the three 10k races then please CLICK HERE
This must be completed by 
23:59 on Saturday 29th Feb 

Club Championships update after two events – Rhyl 10mile points with points overall in brackets:
Dilwyn Powell_Jones 25 (50)
Nic Brook 22
Ian Edwards 20 (40)
Keiren Jones 19
Michael Coyne 18
Gemma Moore 17 – 25 (50) 1st Female
Arwel Lewis 16 (39)
Roy Jardine 15 (23)


One event that survived the weather today was the Tatton Park 10k, near Knutsford.
Rob Samuel was a winner again in what must have been very tough conditions in a time of 34.06, nearly four minutes ahead of runner-up Jack Strode 37:55.
There were 408 finishers.
Well done once again Rob



The club’s Presentation Evening will be held at the Padarn Hotel, Llanberis, on Saturday, 29th Feb, 7 for 7:30pm.

Huw Williams will be giving a talk entitled ‘At The Checkpoint’, there will be a 2-course hot buffet, with a choice of spicy/non-spicy, meat/veggie main, & of course, the presentation of awards to all last season’s club champions.

The cost will be £10 for seniors & £5 for juniors. PLACES NEED TO BE RESERVED BY FRIDAY EVENING, **21st FEBRUARY** AT THE VERY LATEST, by either:

  1. BACS’ing payment to the club account, using your name as the reference (Account number: 25772294 Sort Code: 09-01-29) or
  2.  by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to a committee member at one of the club’s weekly training evenings or
  3. by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to Mike Blake at the XC in Oswestry next Sat.

Voting for the Outstanding Contribution to the Club award will take place on the night.

Everyone welcome – especially new members. Do come & support our great club & its champions!

For further details, please contact Ellie Salisbury on 07789061648 or ellierocknrun@gmail.com




16 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 487 finishers in the popular Twin Piers 10k (North Wales 10km Championships) race on Saturday 18th January. The point to point event from Llandudno Pier to where the Colwyn Bay Pier used to be! The event was also the first counter in the Eryri Road Running Championships.

First home for Eryri was 8th placed Dilwyn Powell-Jones in a time of 33.35, a personal best (PB) time for the distance, his previous best was 34.52. Dilwyn was followed home by 11th placed Eryri newcomer; Lewis Roberts 34.14, 12th Ian Edwards 34.23 (PB – 34.58) 30th & 1st M/60 Russell Owen 37.36. 34th Brian Wills 38.18 (PB – 39.04) 38th & 1st FV/35 Gemma Moore 39.02. 40th Paul Jones 39.06. 51st Anthony Davies 40.20 (PB – 42.37) 76th & 1st M/65 Steve P Jones (SPJ) 42.03. 79th Arwel Lewis 42.15. 99th Russell Williams 43.36. 201st Ali Thomas 50.04. 217th Nia Meleri-Edwards 51.49. 221st Malcolm Jones 52:08. 238th Kate Potter 53.18 & 379th Roy Jardine 63.45.

North Wales 10k Championship medalists:

2nd Male/45 – Dilwyn Powell-Jones

3rd Senior Male – Lewis Roberts

1st Female/35 – Gemma Moore

1st Male/60 – Russell Owen

3rd Male/60 – Arwel Lewis

1st Male/65 – SPJ

3rd Female/55 – Kate Potter


25Pts – Dilwyn Powell-Jones

22Pts – Lewis Roberts

20Pts – Ian Edwards

19Pts – Russell Owen

18Pts – Brian Wills

17 (25Pts) – Gemma Moore

16Pts – Paul Jones

15Pts – Anthony Davies

14Pts – SPJ

13Pts – Arwel Lewis

12Pts – Russell Williams

11 (22Pts) Ali Thomas

10 (20Pts) Nia Meleri-Edwards

9Pts – Malcolm Jones

8 (19Pts) Kate Potter

7Pts Roy Jardine

Best results from six of the twelve races to count


19 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 381 Finishers in Sunday’s Borders League 5 mile event at Pensarn, Nr Abergele on a dry but, windy morning. Rob Samuel led the way for Eryri on his comeback race following his calf injury at the Caernarfon 10k race last August. Rob battled hard for the win in a very good time, considering the conditions of 25.46  Rob’s win made it four race wins in a row for Eryri in the Borders League following race wins for Matt Roberts at Caernarfon and Owen Roberts double success at Connahs Quay and Birkenhead Park. Rob  was followed home by::22nd Dilwyn Powell-Jones.27.50. 55th Ian Edwards 29.57. 128th Ali Chant 33.28. 130th Dylan Huws 33.38. 144th Anthony Davies 34.14. 148th Arwel Lewis 34.25. 164th Jacki Artist 34.54. 206th Helen Blair 36.45. 231st Jess Mullen 38.35. 262nd Gwenllian Dafydd 39.49. 283rd Gwyn Mossley 40.59. 291st Nia Meleri-Edwards 41.30. 298th Allison Donnelly 42.16. 299th Kate Katie Wilby 42.21. 304th Jenny Williamson 42.33. 348th Emyr Davies 46.23. 352nd Maggie Oliver 47.01 & 371st Roy Jardine 51.21. Well Done All. A special mention to those who also represented the club at the Shrewsbury XC League race the previous day.
In the overall team standings, Eryri’s men, with three races to go are still well placed for promotion, currently placed 2nd in Division Two with 2075pts ahead of Abergele 3567pts. Eryri’s women are currently placed 4th in Division Two with 576pts. Both Eryri’s men and women lead the way in the Improvers Trophy standings.
A change of venue for the next event on Sunday 15th March from Helsby to Wrexham for a 11.00am start.

Borders Road Running League this Sunday

The 4th race of the  2019/20 season takes place at Pensarn, nr Abergele this Sunday 12th January at 11.00am. A nice flat course on the usual 5 mile race route though, because of the numbers expected to be competing on the day, the event will be shortened slightly.
It is imperative that we get our club members out to run in this event as both our men and women seek promotion. The event will also be the club’s first Road Running Championships counter.