At the latest Penrhyn Parkrun on Saturday 18th June, there was another Eryri race winner in Steffan Williams with a time of 18:18 with Elliw Haf 13th overall and 1st female in a time of 21:11. There were 202 finishers.

Trail Marathon Wales

Andrea Rowlands finished 9th overall and 1st Female in the Trail Marathon Wales event at Coed-y-Brenin on Saturday 18th June with a time of 3:34:39. Andrea also won the event in 2014 and finished 2nd last year. Eryri’s only other Marathon competitor was Llion Iwan who finished 22nd overall in a time of 3:49:44.There were 312 finishers.
In the Half Marathon held in conjunction with the event, there were 10 Eryri Harriers competing led home by Sam Orton in 12th place overall and 1st MV/40 with a time of 1:36:06 followed by: 20th Owen Roberts 1:37:38. 34th (2nd MV/50) Arwel Lewis 1:45:28. 65th Local Man! Paul Hodges 1:55:30. 125th Sandra Rowlands 2:05:59. 217th Jeanine Lewis 2:19:41. 221st Jill Riley 2:20:23. 231st Emma Green 2:21:50. 346th Dave Kirkby 2:38:20 & 401st Rebecca Roberts 2:48:22. There were 508 finishers in the well organised event held in ideal running conditions at a fantastic venue.
Well Done to Matt Ward and his organising crew.

Deiniolen 10k

Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) followed up his Rhostryfan 10k race win with another success in the even tougher Deiniolen 10k on a warm and sunny Wednesday 15th June evening in a time of 36:39 ahead of Eryri’s Paul Wathan 37:35 and Dewi Owen 37:56. Eryri’s Lizzie Irvine finished 18th overall and the 1st female finisher in a time of 42:59. 1st MV/50 Noel Craine 41:45. 1st FV/40 Jenny Charlton 44:45. 1st FV/50 Ali Thomas 51:08 and 1st MV/70 Iorwerth Roberts 67:59. There were 31 Eryri Harriers amongst the 95 finishers.
Well Done to Gwynfor James and his team for a well organised event.2016Ras10kDeiniolenCanlyniadau

Castles Relay

The Castle Relays Event runs the length of Wales – 200+ miles over 2 days, 20 stages and 64 teams, starting at Caernarfon Castle on Saturday morning, with an overnight halt at Newtown and finishing on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff.

The route passes (within 2 miles) of 22 Castles!

The event took place last weekend 4/5th June over two days kicking off at 10am Saturday morning in Caernarfon Castle.

Day 1: A large crowd gathered to watch all teams kicking off in the beautiful sunshine from Caernarfon to Penygroes, following which the second leg went onwards to Criccieth, Maentwrog, Harlech, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Dinas Mawddwy, Foel, Llanfair Caereinion ending on day 1 in Newtown.  As a first time Castle Relay’s runner I can definitely the thing that stuck my the most on day1 was the fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie of the runners from all clubs.  Everyone was helping each other out on all legs motivating them, passing out wet sponges and water – which was definitely more than appreciated from the runners, particularly those running during the middle of the day due to the hot weather.  Day 1 could not have finished on a better note, with Richard Roberts’s 1st place win on arrival in Newtown.  The team then set-up camp in Newtown School grounds before some well-deserved dinner at the local chip shop.

Day 2: We awoke at around 5am (mainly so I could get my breakfast down before my leg started at 7am).  Looking back though this was an envious task in comparison with guys & girls running the midday legs as the hottest temperatures experienced in Wales this year and no shade made proved an added challenge.  Day 2 included the iconic stretch of the A470 which passes through the Brecon Beacons reservoir before going onwards to Merthyr, Abercynon, Caerphilliy & finishing in Cardiff.  Then homeward bound, stopping in Builth Wells for a celebratory dinner!

Out of the 64 teams, Eryri Harriers finished in 10th position overall which was a record result for the team.  This included two first place positions for Richard Roberts (Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown leg ) and Owen Roberts (Foel to Llanfair Caereinion leg).

Team Captains:

Dyfed Whiteside Thomas

Vice Captain:

Dillwyn Rowlands

Chief Organiser:

Sioned Rowlands

Vice Chief Organiser

Rhian Thomas

Secondary minibus driver:

Emlyn Owen

Full team in order of legs run:

Day 1: Johnny Moore, Shaun Davies, Stephen Williams, Steffan Williams, Arwel Lewis, Huw Owen, Dewi Owen, John Rowley, Owen Roberts, Richard Roberts,

Day 2: Emlyn Owen, Elliw Haf, Lee Davitt, Llion Iwan, Jennifer Charlton, Matthew Roberts, Dyfed Whiteside Thomas, Helen Morgan, Llinos Greenhalgh, Dilwyn Rowlands

Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.




Russell Bentley broke Matt Roberts Penrhyn Parkrun record on Saturday 11th June with a winning in a time of 16:12, compared to Matt’s previous best time of 16:20. The previous week, there was a win for John Parkinson with a time of 18:08.
At the Conwy Parkrun, another win for Jim Bacon with a time of 17:27, Jim’s 3rd win out of 3 runs in the event.
The previous week there was another win for Paul Wathan in a time of 17:11, Paul’s 13th win in the event while there was another win for Gemma Morgans with a time of 20:50.

Ffrith North Wales 5k Championships

On Saturday 21st May, 6 Eryri Harriers competed in the Ffrith North Wales 5k Championships at Prestatyn with Paul Wathan leading the way in 2nd Place overall in a time of 16:58 on the out and back course with the competitors having to face a stiff breeze on the return journey with: 27th (2nd MV/55) Arwel Lewis 20:10. 32nd (1st FV/45) Helen Blair 20:38. 38th Gemma Morgans 20:55. 85th Roy Jardine 29:59 and 87th Iorwerth Roberts 30:30. There were 93 finishers.

Snowdonia Half Marathon

A very busy weekend of racing in a variety of events in North Wales for Eryri athletes with so many events going on culminating with Alun Vaughan winning the tough Snowdonia Half Marathon at Llanrwst on Sunday 22nd May in an event which included 625m/2050ft of climbing! Alun led from the off and eased to a comfortable win in steady rain throughout the event in a time of 1:23:06 with: 21st & 1st MV/55 Arwel Lewis 1:40:45 and 27th (2nd MV/55) Iwan Edgar 1:41:25 ensuring Eryri won the male team prize. Amongst the 380 finishers were Eryri’s Gary Young. 50th – 1:47:54 and 71st Nic Brook – 1:49:54. Nic had also run in the Cader Idris race the previous day!

Road Update

Road Update

14th May: Jim Bacon won the Conwy Parkrun in his first outing in the event in a time of 17:11, over a minute clear of the 2nd placed athlete. There were 240 finishers.

15th May. The Great Bristol 10k: Rob Samuel finished 2nd in the event in a time of 31:54 just 7 seconds behind race winner Toby Spencer (Coventry Godiva). There were estimated to be 12,000 runners participating.

Road Running Update


30th April: Wrexham 10mile North Wales Championships: MV/55 title for Arwel Lewis who finished 15th overall in a time of 68:13 while Eryri’s only other competitor Roy Jardine finished 49th in a time of 1:40:25.

4th May: Rhostryfan 10k: 50 runners turned out for the annual event renowned for its many ups and downs with a tough uphill finish! Weather conditions were quite good for the event run in cool, dry but breezy conditions and it is a new name on the trophy with Meirionydd athlete Tom Roberts winning in a time of 35:29 ahead of Cybi’s Gethin Jones 36:16 with Eryri’s Dewi Owen 3rd in 36:49. Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas had a good run to finish 4th overall and 1st MV/40 in 37:21. In total. There were 15 Eryri Harriers competing with the other category winners being: 1st Junior Male: Steffan Williams 40:55. 1st Senior Female: Miranda Grant 41:14. 1st FV/40: Megan Hughes 45:29. 1st MV/60 Malcolm Jones 50:37 and 1st FV/60 Maggie Oliver 63:27.

Well Done to Mair Tomos, Wills and crew.

30th April: Conwy Parkrun: Another win for Paul Wathan (His 11th in total for the event) in a time of 18:19.