Gary Speed Memorial 10k

Hi,
We hope your running club members may be interested in this forthcoming 10k event to be held in Colwyn Bay on July 13.
Many thanks,
Tim Channon
(Colwyn Bay FC press officer)
 
 
COLWYN BAY Football Club have this week received the go ahead from the council to stage a Gary Speed Memorial 10K run in the town on World Cup Final day.
The former Wales international and manager’s father, Roger, is Patron of the Seagulls and he and his wife Carol have given their permission for the event to be held in memory of their late son who made his name playing  with Everton, Leeds and Newcastle United.
The 10k run will start and finish at Colwyn Bay’s Llanelian Road ground on Sunday July 13 ,taking in Eirias Park, the promenade and Marine Drive through Rhos-on-Sea.
  
Entrance fee for the run will be £10  and runners will also be invited to raise money for charities through sponsorship.
Strathmore Water, official suppliers for the Commonwealth Games, have  already agreed to be involved.
Author and comedian John Martin, who is vice-President of Colwyn Bay FC and a close friend of the Speed family commented: “From the initial reaction I’ve had It promises to be huge and could well  become an annual event in the town as a tribute to a great North Wales sports star
“The plan is for this year’s event to be part of a full weekend of activities at the football club to coincide with the World Cup final.”
The 10K run will be open for all interested parties not just serious runners, who wish to help remember Gary Speed and also help good causes.
 John Martin added: “Runners will be encouraged to raise money by sponsorship for charities as Gary was a great supporter of charitable events.”
 Anyone wanting to enter or would like more details can register their interest by email to gscbfc@gmail.com.
 Registration and sponsorship forms are now available from the football club.

Road Racing News

Road Racing News:
 
MARSH TRACK 5K WIN FOR RUSSELL
 
Russell Bentley held off club colleague Nathan Jones to win Friday evenings Marsh Tracks Rhyl 5k, and despite the inclement weather Russell won in a good time of 15:01 with Nathan close behind in 15:07. Full race results are not yet in with Ali Chant also competing finishing in a time over 18 minutes.
 
ROB’S WILMSLOW HALF
 
Rob Samuel will be hoping for better conditions in his forthcoming Marathon quest next month as he attempts to achieve the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of sub 2:18.  Competing in today’s Wilmslow Half Marathon, Rob ran a consistent race in the cold conditions, clocking 31:26 for 10k. 51:27 for 10miles to finish 5th overall in a time of 68:13. There were 3905 finishers.
 
Just down the road, Geraint Jones completed the Liverpool Half Marathon in a chip time of 1:47:06. There were 6770 finishers in the wind affected race won by Welshman Andy Davies (Maldwyn) 69:52.
 
DEESIDE BORDERS LEAGUE
 
On this side of the border! Six Eryri Harriers competed in the 5th fixture of the Borders Road Running League at Connahs Quay. In the undulating 4.3mile race which included a steep climb! run in all the seasons weather. Rain, hail, and to finish off, sunshine, as well as the wind! 
Yet again, Brendan Rothery led the way to finish 5th with the improving Ali Chant 46th, Arwel Lewis 63rd, Tony Woodall 74th, Don Williams (making a welcome return to road running following a 4 year absence due to injury) 177th, and 226th Iorwerth Roberts.
The next race is at a new venue/course at New Brighton on Sunday 6th April starting at 11am.
 
 
 
Cheers,
Arwel.

Road Borders League – Sun 23/3

BORDERS LEAGUE Race 5

Instructions 2013-14

* Post Code CH5 4BR

* Start 11am

* 1 lap around the college to start and finish. Start is at the Front of the college.

*Finish on the running track.

*Drink station at the finish.

* Steep incline up to mile 2. Steep descend from mile 3.

*5 mile route.

* There will be a Sport Relief mile happening at 9.15am on the track and around the campus, can all runners please park at Connahs Quay High School.

* Showers and changing rooms available at the college.

Arwel Lewis

Trafford 10k

Nathan Jones ran wearing the Eryri vest at Trafford on Sunday.

Nathan smashed his 10k PB by 1min & 12secs in the Trafford 10k today, Sunday 9th March, finishing 18th overall. There were 824 finishers.

 

Cheers,

Arwel.

Island Half Marathon & Borders League report

SIOBHAN ISLANDS ANOTHER RACE WIN

 

In form Siobhan Evans followed up her Nick Beer 10k win last month with an another impressive win in the Island Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd March.  Run in damp and breezy conditions, Siobhan secured her 2nd win in the event, finishing 26th overall in a time of 84:42 well clear of the 2nd female finisher; Zoe McIennan (SY Tri) 87:27.

In all, there were 831 finishers in the well organised Always Aim High event with Stockport Harrier Andi Jones winning the scenic Menai Bridge to Llanfaes via Beaumaris race in a very good and course record time of 67:23 with Eryri’s Rob Samuel 2nd in 68:45 ahead of club colleagues Russell Bentley 69:22 and 4th Alun Vaughan 72:09.

As well as Rob, Russell and Alun, there were 23 Eryri Harriers competing with Gwyn Owen and Daniel Kashi running very well to also finish in the top ten. 7th Gwyn 76:04. 9th Daniel 76:16. 18th (2nd MV/40) Dylan Wynn Jones 81:55. 19th Leo Nathan 82:36. 20th Dewi Owen 82:37. 61st (2nd MV/45) Gary Porter-Jones 92:11. 63rd (3rd MV/45) Dylan Owen 92:16. 69th Jonathan Tyler 92:27. 75th Jason Parry-Jones 93:04. 84th Jonathan Kettle 93:47. 102nd Tim Watson 95:40. 106th Brian Wills 96:03.179th Elfyn Lewis 1:43:46. 216th Sarah Lamberton 1:45:38. 314th Christoph Gertler 1:51:31. 391st Non Jones 1:55:28. 403rd Gwyn Evans 1:56:41. 415th Jonathan Moore 1:56:41 and 666th (2nd MV/70) Iorwerth Roberts 2:16:46.

Another very good turn out on the roads by The Eryri Harriers.

While Eryri had 23 runners out running in Anglesey, we had just the two running in the Borders League race at Birkenhead Park where on the 4 lap circuit around the park, Brendan Rothery finished 4th and Tony Woodall 91st.

Incidentally, missed from last week was a race win for Brendan, where he won the Oulton Park 10k (Tarporley) on Sunday 23rd February 2014 out of 242 finishers, a very good result.

Cheers,
Arwel.

 

Island Half Marathon & Borders League report

SIOBHAN ISLANDS ANOTHER RACE WIN

 

In form Siobhan Evans followed up her Nick Beer 10k win last month with an another impressive win in the Island Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd March.  Run in damp and breezy conditions, Siobhan secured her 2nd win in the event, finishing 26th overall in a time of 84:42 well clear of the 2nd female finisher; Zoe McIennan (SY Tri) 87:27.

In all, there were 831 finishers in the well organised Always Aim High event with Stockport Harrier Andi Jones winning the scenic Menai Bridge to Llanfaes via Beaumaris race in a very good and course record time of 67:23 with Eryri’s Rob Samuel 2nd in 68:45 ahead of club colleagues Russell Bentley 69:22 and 4th Alun Vaughan 72:09.

As well as Rob, Russell and Alun, there were 23 Eryri Harriers competing with Gwyn Owen and Daniel Kashi running very well to also finish in the top ten. 7th Gwyn 76:04. 9th Daniel 76:16. 18th (2nd MV/40) Dylan Wynn Jones 81:55. 19th Leo Nathan 82:36. 20th Dewi Owen 82:37. 61st (2nd MV/45) Gary Porter-Jones 92:11. 63rd (3rd MV/45) Dylan Owen 92:16. 69th Jonathan Tyler 92:27. 75th Jason Parry-Jones 93:04. 84th Jonathan Kettle 93:47. 102nd Tim Watson 95:40. 106th Brian Wills 96:03.179th Elfyn Lewis 1:43:46. 216th Sarah Lamberton 1:45:38. 314th Christoph Gertler 1:51:31. 391st Non Jones 1:55:28. 403rd Gwyn Evans 1:56:41. 415th Jonathan Moore 1:56:41 and 666th (2nd MV/70) Iorwerth Roberts 2:16:46.

Another very good turn out on the roads by The Eryri Harriers.

While Eryri had 23 runners out running in Anglesey, we had just the two running in the Borders League race at Birkenhead Park where on the 4 lap circuit around the park, Brendan Rothery finished 4th and Tony Woodall 91st.

Incidentally, missed from last week was a race win for Brendan, where he won the Oulton Park 10k (Tarporley) on Sunday 23rd February 2014 out of 242 finishers, a very good result.

Cheers,
Arwel.

 

Details of next borders road league

Borders League Race 2 – Wallasey AC 02/03/14

Race 4, hosted by Wallasey AC will be held this year at Birkenhead Park, Wirral. The race will start and finish in the Park opposite Birkenhead 6th form college on Park Road West.

The course is 4 laps of the upper park including the path around the lake and will be approx 5.5 miles in distance.

Click here for a printable directions map to the college.

There are toilets and changing facilities available at the College and there will be also be hot drinks available after the race in the

College canteen area.

A limited amount of parking is available in the college car park but it would be better to park on the roads around the Park – there should be plenty of space but it will help if athletes could car share. There will be no vehicles allowed inside the Park.

If anyone is unsure of how to find the venue please ring me on 0151 677 7380 (eve) or 07921403099 (mob). I can also be contacted by e-mail at bobbrimage@hotmail.co.uk

Regards,

Bob Brimage

Rhyl 10 mile

Rhyl 10m Sand Blast 10mile report!

 

There were 6 Eryri Harriers amongst the 515 finishers in the Rhyl 10mile race on Sunday 23rd February. It might have been the usual “Sunny Rhyl” but the very windy conditions made the going very tough for all the competitors with the event run mainly along the seaside especially the last 3 and a half miles as the runners were sand blasted all the way back to the finish!

Sale Harrier Steve Boynton won the race, just! in a time of 55:25 ahead of Salford Harrier Matt Shaw 55:28 with Chester Tri’s Chris Prior 3rd in 57:42. The first female finisher was Hannah Holdroyd (Uknetrunner) 67:53. The first Eryri finisher was Ali Chant who has taken a liking to the roads recently and ran very well considering he also ran well to finish 12th overall in the Moel Y Ci Fell race the previous day to place 37th overall in a time of 67:06 with: 39th & 1st MV/55 Arwel Lewis 67:18. 88th Dewi Williams 73:21. 252nd Nic Brook 1:25:33. 350th Ali Thomas 1:33:09 and 459th Iorwerth Roberts 1:46:56. Despite the windy conditions, the inaugural Run Wales organised event was well received and but for the strong winds, the flat course run in calmer conditions is certainly a fast one.

 

Cheers,

Arwel.

Anglesey Half Marathon

 

The iconic Island Race – Anglesey Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 2nd March and is the perfect race to start off your season. It’s a great course with stunning scenery, which is held at the ideal time to get you in shape for either the London or Manchester Marathons!

The Island Race starts on Thomas Telford’s historic Menai Bridge and takes runners along the coastline of the Menai Strait all the way to the idyllic town of Beaumaris This half marathon is held on mainly closed roads meaning that it is perfect for runners of all abilities.

Entries are still open online until the 26th of February, with entries also taken on the day. For more information click here: http://theislandrace.com/

 

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Cheers

 

Matt

Road Racing News

Well, what can I say, two years after the chaos of the Wrexham H/M when some runners ran a shortened, and others a longer route after some high jinks with the race direction arrows, chaos reigned from the start this time due to a marshaling error as runners turned left and right at the first immediate turn not knowing which was the right way?
Only several of the athletes carried on the correct race route to the left while the rest ran an extra km! Arwel Lewis missed out on the chaos at the start, because he missed it!  He was at the back of the field expecting the call for the race start which never came! Arwel also followed and passed most of the field running an extra 1.3k!
Trafford AC’s Tom Charles was one of the lucky ones who ran the correct route (which was still long!) to win the race in a time of 69:47 with Andy Davies (Maldwyn) doing very well, running the extra 1km to finish 2nd in 70:12 with: 3rd Tarus Elly (Salford) 72:26.
Barrow’s Anna Lupton more renowned for her prowess on the mountains and currently training for the Manchester Marathon was the 1st female finisher in a time of 83:21, with Wrexham’s Emma Crowe 2nd in 84:28. Both running the extra km. There were five Eryri Harriers competing who all ran over a km extra than expected! Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas tuning up for the Manchester Marathon finished 52nd overall in a time of 86:29. 79th (2nd MV/55) and charging through the field! Arwel Lewis 89:40. 187th Jonathan Tyler 102:51. 299th Rhian Thomas 116:55 and 386th Jodie Brooks 136:18.
The event was also incorporated the North Wales Half Marathon Championships with Arwel making up for missing out on the start and running an extra 1.3km in winning the MV/55 title.
After all the stormy weather that we have experienced lately, it was a pleasant change to be able to run in calm and sunny conditions, shame about the chaos at the start of the event, surely it can’t happen a third time!!
Arwel.