Wenlock half and full

I should be grateful if you could tell members of Eyri Harriers about the Wenlock Olympian marathon and half marathon to be held on Sunday 18th May. I attach an entry form but all details are available on the Wenlock Olympian Society website. It is a multi terrain event and a really lovely route, new for this year.

  Wenlock 2014 entry form (2) marathon

Melinda Laws

Road News

The final fixture of the Borders Road-Running League at Shotton ended in disarray, presenting officials with a dilemma.

The first three runners – Lee Jones, Tomos Roberts and James Roberts – all followed the right route despite the absence of a marshal at a key point but the rest of the field were then mistakenly directed by a marshal on a second loop, meaning that they covered 5.5 miles instead of the scheduled 4.2 miles while a few others completed three loops! Total chaos!

After deliberation League officials decided that the race results should be disregarded, basing the awards on the previous six races, but they ensured that no individuals missed out.

A great shame seeing that Eryri did field a full team of seven runners for the event with Ali Chant leading the way in 43rd place followed by: 65th Tony Woodall. 86th Gary Porter-Jones. 90th Arwel Lewis in what would have been his 99th completed Border League race for the club! 111th Dylan Owen. 266th Don Williams who turned out last minute despite suffering with a virus and a recurrence of his foot injury to make up the team and 290th the ever reliable Iorwerth Roberts.

Tregarth Trot

New race organised by Jenny Heming.

Tregarth Trot – 10k/424m

25th June – 7pm

Y Ganolfan, Tregarth.  Registration from 6pm.

Entry form here or on day.



Road News


 Alun Vaughan became the first Eryri Harrier to successfully defend his Welsh Marathon title, finishing 16th overall in the London Marathon in a very good time of 2:26:30. In all, there were 7 Eryri Harriers who completed the London Marathon: Daniel Kashi 2:50:58. Aaron Nicholas 3:06:47. Gwion Williams 3:24:09. Eurwyn Edwards 3:54:19. Michelle Fildes 3:39:59! and Iorwerth Roberts 5:14:47.



Two Eryri Harriers were amongst the 185 finishers in the Easter Saturday 19th April event won by Menai T&Fields Carwyn Evans 16:54. 92nd Martin Williams 26:55 and 113th Iorwerth Roberts 28:05.



On Wednesday 23rd April is the final race in the 2013/14 Borders Road Running League Season at Deeside’s Corvus Club in Shotton:

 Corus Sports & Social Club

Rowleys Drive





 The 4mile race starts at 7:15pm, anyone interested in going to the event, please contact Arwel Lewis Tel: 07772302411


Plas Menai – Caernarfon 5k

Entries are open for the Plas Menai – Caernarfon 5k. 

THURSDAY 29th May 2014

This year the race is being run in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay and parts of it may be televised!

6.45 pm prompt start to agree with TV scheduling!


Entry forms here

For further information, or to offer help with marshaling contact Arwel07772 302411.

Road Racing News



Brendan Rothery’s decision to give the Border League race at New Brighton a miss on Sunday 6th April certainly paid off when he won the tough Snowdonia Half Marathon race in Llanrwst, as well as the hilly course, all the competitors had to put up with the rain and windy conditions as Brendan won in a time of 82:21, over a minute ahead of the 2nd placed athlete, Jon Dance (Salford) 83:44 with John Ford (NWRRC) 3rd in 87:12. Other notable Eryri placing/times: 6th Dewi Owen 88:53. 7th (2nd MV/40) Adrian Williams 89:53. 10th Jim Bacon 92:05. 17th (1st MV/50) Noel Craine 96:39. 28th (2nd MV/45) Gary Porter-Jones 1:42:49. 43rd (2nd Female) Kate Worthington 1:45:29. In all, of the 458 finishers, there were 16 Eryri Harriers competing with both the men and women winning the team awards.

Meanwhile, at sunny New Brighton, 5 Eryri Harriers competed in the penultimate race of the 2013/14 Borders Road Running League, on a flat, fast, scenic 5.2mile seaside course, Ali Chant had the honour of leading Eryri home, finishing 60th overall in a time of 32:38 followed by: 64th Arwel Lewis 32:45. 85th road racer supreme! Dilwyn Rowlands 34:08. 95th Dylan Owen 35:23 and 182nd (2nd MV/70) Super-Vet Don Williams 41:53. There were 229 finishers.


On the same day, and despite posting a Personal best time of 2:31:05 for the Marathon distance at Manchester, no doubt Rob Samuel will be disappointed not to have ran a quicker time considering the high standards that Rob sets himself, (Many a runner would have been more than very happy with 2:31!) Still, it was a PB for Rob and something to build and learn from. No doubt Rob will run a quicker time some time soon. Also setting a PB for the distance was Dylan Whiteside-Thomas who will have been delighted to break the 3hr barrier with a time of 2:57:46. In the same event, it was great to see Maldwyn Harrier Andy Davies finishing 2nd overall and better still, achieving the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of under 2:18 with a time of 2:17:47. Stockport Harrier Andi Jones won the race in a time of 2:16:55.

Another PB was set by Jonathan Kettle whilst running in the Blackpool Marathon where he finished in a time of 3:30:29.





Road Running News

Some Road Running News:
There were quite a few events for Eryri athletes to choose from during the weekend, while there was a big contingent competing in the Mountain Running British Championship event in N. Ireland, nearer to home, on the roads, Russell Bentley was the star performer, competing in the Cheshire 10k at Arley on Sunday, Russell finished 2nd overall in a very good time of 30:43 only beaten by Jordanian athlete Myhammed Abu-Rezeg (Altrincham) 29:40. There were 1091 finishers.
At the tough Llandyrnog Vale of Clwyd 10k, Eryri’s Gary Porter-Jones finished 5th overall and 1st M/Vet 45 in a time of 39:57. There were 122 finishers. Also on Sunday was the Helena Tipping 10k at Wrexham where Ali Chant finished 19th overall and 3rd MV/40 in a time of 38:30 with Derek Weaver 35th overall and 2nd M/Vet 55 in a time of 40:24. There were 172 finishers.
This Sunday 6th April sees the penultimate fixture of the Borders Road Running League 2013/14 season at New Brighton a 5.18mile race route on a new course starting at 11am. Anyone interested in going to the event, please contact Arwel Lewis: 07772302411. email: arweleryri@gmail.com for transport information.