Ras Felinheli 10k Report

RAS Y FELINHELI 10K REPORT

HELI FIVE-0 FOR ROB

Rob Samuel made it five wins in a row at the annual Gwyl Felin “Râs y Felinheli 10k” on Wednesday 2nd July in what were quite windy conditions on the way back from Parc Menai, still the weather was dry but cloudy for the 279 competitors as they made their way from Beach Road Felinheli, through Vaynol Park to Parc Menai and back with Rob Samuel leading all the way to finish in a very good time considering the headwind on the way back of 31:55 nearly a minute clear of local favourite Alun Vaughan 32:54 who is still recovering after his Trail Marathon Wales win only 12 days ago! Making it a 1-2-3 for Eryri was Dylan Jones who also took the MV/40 title in a time of 36:06. Next in for Eryri was Ali Chant in 9th place in a time of 39:08 followed by 11th Gethin Armstrong 40:17. 12th Rhys James 40.23. 13th Gwion Williams 40:35. 17th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis 41:17. 20th Emlyn Owen 41:33. 24th (3rd MV/50) Iwan Edgar 42:21. 34th Gary Porter-Jones 43:31. 37th and 1st Female making it a double success for Eryri: Helen Teasdale 43:43. 46th Ashley Wager 44:20. 50th (1st MV/60 Good going considering he had a tumble on the way down Snowdon only a few days previously!) Eurwyn Edwards 44:51. 62nd Arfon Bebb 45:37. 68th Emyr Gibson 46:20. 84th (1st MV/70) Emyr Davies 47:32. 96th Harri Roberts 48:07. 100th Brian Robbins 48:24. 108th Geraint Jones 48:35. 136th (3rd MV/60) Dei Jones 50:11. 148th Brendan Rothery! (running with his brother Desmond and his father Ian on his father’s 60th Birthday!) All three timed at 51:01. 158th (Snowdon Race bound yet again for the 39th time) Malcolm Jones 51:31. 194th (2nd FV/60) Maggie Oliver 55:12. 221st Rebecca Roberts 57.41 and 228th (3rd MV/70) Iorwerth Roberts 58.54.

As usual, a very well organised event by Eilir/Debbie Evans and crew.

 

New 5k and 10k

Please find attached our ‘entry form’ for the races in light that some of you members may be interested in taking part in this new event, which will be held on Saturday 12th July, one week before the Snowdon International Race as you well know. The 5k course in relatively flat for the leisurely runner, whereas the 10k is quite a bit more testing with some inclines, which should interest the keen runner, as well as others who keep fit.

If by any chance you wish to have a look at the routes please visit www.mapometer.co.uk – login – info@driverhirewales.co.uk – password – cantona7

Hope you can pass the message and details onto your members and any others, and hope we may see some Eryri runners at our event on the day.

Chris Hughes – Chair of Hwyl y Bont 2014

Entry Form – Ras 5k a 10k Gwyrfai Hwyl Y Bont 2014

 

Abersoch 10k & Sprint Tri

Results email from the Abersoch 10k in May and the recent Sprint Tri. http://abersochtriplecrown.com/fairline-abersoch-10k-2014/

If you fancy racing with loads of holiday home owning runners from Cheshire and taking part in yet another commercial enterprise there’s the Abersoch Half in October.  But don’t worry, 50p per entry is going to charity.

 

 

 

Our first Abersoch Sprint Triathlon was a great success last Saturday. I have copied you in on our race report. Some of your members entered the event and I thought they may be interested in the report.

 Also we have the Abersoch Half Marathon on October 4th. If you could please let your members know about this event either in your news letters or on your website (see attachment). For more information and photos please go to

www.abersochtriplecrown.com

 Kind Regards

Nina Bartle

Marketing Manager

 

 Sensation Group

Rose Cottage, Abersoch, Gwynedd. LL53 7DS

tel Abersoch | 01758 710011

e | nina@sensationgroup.com w | www.sensationgroup.com

 

Abersoch 10k & Sprint Tri

Results email from the Abersoch 10k in May and the recent Sprint Tri. http://abersochtriplecrown.com/fairline-abersoch-10k-2014/

If you fancy racing with loads of holiday home owning runners from Cheshire and taking part in yet another commercial enterprise there’s the Abersoch Half in October.  But don’t worry, 50p per entry is going to charity.

 

 

 

Our first Abersoch Sprint Triathlon was a great success last Saturday. I have copied you in on our race report. Some of your members entered the event and I thought they may be interested in the report.

 Also we have the Abersoch Half Marathon on October 4th. If you could please let your members know about this event either in your news letters or on your website (see attachment). For more information and photos please go to

www.abersochtriplecrown.com

 Kind Regards

Nina Bartle

Marketing Manager

 

 Sensation Group

Rose Cottage, Abersoch, Gwynedd. LL53 7DS

tel Abersoch | 01758 710011

e | nina@sensationgroup.com w | www.sensationgroup.com

 

Welsh Castles Relay

WELSH CASTLES RELAY

7th/8th JUNE 2014

What did I say after last year’s event; “A must do event for 2014”.  Not sure if I could go through all that again, or Ann and Sharon for that matter? Eryri really struggled to get a team out of any sorts for this year’s event despite frantic phone calls and emails galore!! If it wasn’t for the hassle of trying to get a team together to compete in the event, things would be very much less stressful and time consuming and more cost effective! Still, we got a team of 19 together which in itself posed a problem as we were one short of the required 20 and had to drop a stage hence penalty time points against us!

Despite a rather damp start to the event in Caernarfon where Gwyn Owen led the team out on the road to Cardiff with a very good run to finish 2nd overall of the 65 teams competing, just under a minute behind the race winner and Bangor University based student Callum Rowlinson (Sale) who finished the 9.1 mile event to Penygroes in a time of 52:32, just 6 seconds off the course record!

Then, the heavens opened which probably suited Dylan Jones on the 10.7m 2nd leg to Criccieth as he ran very well to finish 6th in a time of 1:00:02. Incidentally, the course record was broken on this leg by Salford Harrier Max McNeil with a time of 54:12 compared to the previous best of 55:34. Next up, as the sun came out was the first mountain 12.1m stage to Maentwrog where Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas had a good run to finish 18th in a time of 1:16:52 with Rhys James following suit with an excellent run on the 4th 9.5m stage to Harlech to finish 11th in a time of 1:00:56.

Then came the highlight of the weekend for Eryri with Brendan Rothery’s stage win on the 5th 9.6m leg to Barmouth in a time of 54:20 following up his stage win on leg 6 of last year.

Iwan Edgar followed up with a solid run on the 10.7m stage to Dolgellau placing 18th in a time of 1:12:48 then it all went downhill from there! Literally, as Ali Chant nursing a calf problem did well to finish the 9.75m stage to Dinas Mawddwy especially on the steep downhill section in a time of 1:07:50. That was as good as it got and despite a valiant effort from the rest of the teams stage runners, Eryri went from a healthy 5th position to provisionally finish 26th overall and 14th in the 6 Kings of the Mountain Stages. Still, there were some very good performances with Tony Woodall running well to finish 6th on the 8.6m stage from Foel to Llanfair Caereinion in a time of 49:39.

Following the 10th stage into Newtown there was a stopover for several of the team members in Llandrindod Wells ready for the early 7am start of the 11th stage from Newtown to Llanbadarn Fynydd which I Arwel Lewis took upon myself for the 3rd time of asking! Well, nobody else would! Glad to get my stage out of the way though, especially since I had to drive the mini bus and felt quite content to finish 25th on the 12.3m mountain stage in a time of 1:23:35, then on to the mini bus to catch up with speed merchant Dilwyn Rowlands as he enjoyed the downhill 11.2m stage to Crossgates finishing 24th in a time of 1:14:10.

We did not have to worry about anyone on stage 13 because we did not have anyone available to run! But, Daniel Kashi made up for that with a very good run on the 10.8m mountain stage 14 from Builth Wells to Drovers Arms where he was up against some very good athletes to finish 6th in a time of 1:06:58, the stage record also went as Serpentine’s Andy Greenleaf became the first runner to beat the hour mark for the stage with a time of 59:17 compared to the previous best time of 1:00:41. Then, it was Dylan Owen’s turn to banish a few ghosts after last year’s Criccieth Green shenanigans! When he collapsed just a few metres from the finishing line and ended up in A&E! This time he did cross the finishing line in Brecon and we (on the mini bus) missed it due to a wrong turn!

Dylan finished 33rd in a time of 1:30:05 and what a difference a year makes, Stuart McDonald knocked just over 13 minutes off his time (and off his waist!) for the 17th stage from Beacons Reservoir to Cyfarthfa Castle to finish 20th in a time of 1:03:01.

Then, it was a case of just getting to Cardiff in one piece before the long journey back up North. Salford Harriers were the overall team winners ahead of Les Croupiers and Serpentine with Salford also the Mountain Stages winners ahead of Serpentine and Les Croupiers. Well done to all our stage runners who gave it their all for the club and should be applauded for their commitment and thanks are due to the event organisers namely, the Les Croupiers Running Club for all their hard work and organisational skills.

ARWEL LEWIS/ROAD RUNNING SECRETARY

 

 

More Road Racing News

More road racing news:

QBR & Plas Menai 5k

As part of the Queens Commonwealth Games Baton relay on Thursday 29th May, following on from the morning’s baton relay up Snowdon by the club’s Craig Jones, Bronwen Jenkinson, Rob Samuel, Matt Roberts and Alun Vaughan, the famous five! had the honour of carrying the baton once again in the evenings Plas Menai to Caernarfon 5k where they and the rest of the 180 competitors were greeted by mass crowds on Caernarfon’s Victoria Dock where the BBC One Show was being televised live. The 5k race was won by the fast improving Tom Roberts of the Meirionydd Running Club in a new PB (Personal Best time for the distance) of 15:23 chased by Eryri’s Gwyn Owen who himself set a PB by 2 seconds in a time of 15:38 ahead of Menai T&F athlete Carwyn Evans 15:48 with Eryri’s Daniel Kashi 4th in a time of 16:21 a PB by a second! In all there were 26 Eryri Harriers competing as well as our five proud Queens Baton bearers. A truly fantastic atmosphere on Caernarfon’s Victoria Dock for all the athletes and one to remember.

Thanks are due to all of you that helped to make the event a success.

 

ALUN’S BIG PAY DAY

 Only two days after his Queens Baton exploits, Eryri’s Alun Vaughan successfully defended his Abersoch 10k title and with it a nice £200 bonus for comfortably winning the event in a time of 33:04 ahead of 2nd placed John Heap 34:49 with Menai’s Steffan Sayer 3rd in 35:02. Eryri’s Dylan Jones was 5th in 36:23 just ahead of club colleague Dewi Owen 36:26. There were a few other Eryri Harriers amongst the 560 finishers in the quite tough undulating event which included a long, nearly 2k stretch along the beach with quite a few Groynes to hurdle some of which were waist high as the tide came in!

 

 WELSH CASTLE RELAY LAST CALL

We are currently short of runners for the forthcoming Welsh Castles relay 7th-8th June, Gwyn Owen is all set to lead us off on the first leg from Caernarfon to Penygroes at 10am next Saturday then it is a case of filling in the blanks as we attempt to have all twenty legs covered all the way down to Cardiff on the Sunday. Anyone available to complete a leg, (We are short of runners for both days!) please contact Arwel as soon as possible on: 07772 302411.

For those of you who have not experienced the WCR (Welsh Castles Relay) before, it truly is a fantastic event and akin to the Welsh “Tour De France”.

 

Cheers

Arwel

Christleton 5km report

CHRISTLETON 5K REPORT
There were 4 Eryri Harriers amongst the 330 finishers in the popular and fast Christleton 5k on Friday evening 23rd May where Maldwyn Harrier Andy Davies continued with his very good form, winning the race in a personal best time for the distance of 14:35 ahead of 2nd placed Stockport Harrier Jack Morris 14:43 with 3rd Chris Penny (Vale Royal) 14:45. There was also a personal best for Nathan Jones who finished an excellent 6th in a time of 14:58 with: 14th Matt Roberts again in a personal best time of 15:27. 24th and racing for the first time since his London Marathon Welsh Championships success, Alun Vaughan 15:57 with 169th Dilwyn Rowlands 19:19 – another PB for the distance.
A good night all round.
Results:

Queens Baton Relay

Eryri club members carrying the Queen’s Baton – Thursday 29th May

With a 6.45am start from Llanberis, 5 athletes from Eryri Harriers (Craig Jones, Alun Vaughan, Bronwen Jenkinson, Matthew Roberts and Rob Samuel) will take it in turns to carry the baton the 5 miles up to the summit of Snowdon where they will meet Sir David Brailsford along with London 2012 Paralympic Gold medallist Aled-Sion Davies MBE. The baton will then be transported on the Snowdon Mountain Railway back to the station in Llanberis.

Throughout the day, the baton will also visit Beaumaris, Menai Bridge, Caernarfon, with the final event being the Eryri Harriers ‘Plas Menai to Caernarfon’ 5k race, which has been developed especially to coincide with the baton’s visit. The start of the race will see 1958 Commonwealth Games athlete Dr Dewi Roberts set the runners off on the 5km run. To greet the runners into the dock area there will be a vertical dance display provided by Cwmni Cofis Bach and a choir from the local secondary school, Syr Hugh Owen. Their performances will be made at the Galeri Centre, and the public will be able to view the completion of the race as well as the performances from the view points along the dockside.

The public are encouraged to visit the events that are open event, which are in Beaumaris, Menai Bridge, Padarn Lake Llanberis and Victoria Dock in Caernarfon. The other events are ticketed or closed session due to capacity or safety issues.

See link for event details here 

To enter the 5k race, see here.

 

Rhyl Sun Centre 5k

There were six Eryri Harriers amongst the 90 finishers in the Sun Centre (Rhyl) 5k (Incorporating the North Wales 5k Championships) on Wednesday evening 21st May. 

The flat seaside course was not to everyone’s liking with a bit of a slight headwind on the outward stretch towards Prestatyn but nothing could deter the fast improving Meirionydd athlete Tom Roberts from comfortably winning the event and the North Wales title in a time of 16:00!  2nd was Callum Rowlinson (Bangor University) 16:27, 3rd Dean Longley (Prestatyn) 16:39 with Eryri’s Daniel Kashi 4th in a time of 16:51.

The next Eryri Harrier to finish was Cheshire based and former Eryri Road Running Champion, Tony Woodall who finished 15th overall 3rd MV/40 in a time of 18:34 with: 19th (2nd MV/55) Arwel Lewis 19:35.40th Maldwyn Evans 21:52. 78th (3rd MV/65) Martin Williams 26:20 and taking the North Wales MV/70 title, Iorwerth Roberts in a time of 27:43.

The event was the 3rd race in the Eryri 2014 Road Running Championships.

Arwel Lewis.

Road News – Rhostryfan 10k

CYBI OUT IN FORCE TO SECURE MAJOR HONOURS AT RHOSTRYFAN
 
Former Deeside athlete and now Holyhead based Cybi Strider Andrew Edwards led from the off to comfortably win the 31st running of the tough Rhostryfan 10k on Wednesday 7th May in what were very windy conditions in a time of 35:13; over two minutes clear of runner up Eryri’s Dewi Owen 37:30, with Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas 3rd in a time of 37:59.
Cybi athletes also finished 4th & 5th, Rhys Owen 39:10 & Irfon Rowlands (1st MV/40) 39:19.
The ladies title also went to Cybi with Tracey Llewelyn 18th overall in a time of 44:48 ahead of club colleague Edith Gruber 47:10 with Eryri’s Megan Hughes 3rd in a time of 47:20.
Category Winners:
1st FV/50 Ellie Salisbury (Eryri) 50:11. 
2nd MV/40 Ali Chant 39:41. 3rd Ben Beachell (Eryri) 40:31.
1st MV/50 Arwel Lewis (Eryri) 41:54. 2nd Tegid Roberts (U/A) 42:33. 3rd Iwan Edgar (Eryri) 42:49.
1st MV/60 Emyr Davies (Eryri) 49:50. 2nd Malcolm Jones (Eryri) 53:07. 3rd Iorwerth Roberts (Eryri) 63:57.
 
Cheers,
Arwel.
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