Also on Sunday 4th November; Rob Samuel was only five seconds off his PB when finishing 16th in a high quality race with a time of 30:26. There were 8158 finishers


5 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 200 finishers in the Abergele 5 mile race (Incorporating the North Wales Championships) on Sunday 4th November. Weather conditions were much improved from the previous days strong winds and heavy rain, the competitors only had a slight head wind to contend with on their return to the finish on the out and back race route. Leading Eryri home was 8th placed Alun Vaughan 27:58 winning the MV/40 Gold medal in the process, followed by: 43rd (1st MV/60 – NW Gold) Arwel Lewis 32:50. 52nd Dylan Huws 33:41, a PB for Dylan in his first ever 5 mile race! 171st Roy Jardine 49:35 & 182nd (NW – Bronze MV/70) Iorwerth Roberts 52:40. The race was won by Sale Harrier and former Eryri member Daniel Kashi in a very good time of 25:48.
A well organised event staged by Abergele Harriers, Sean McCormack and Team.

Trespass Colwyn Bay

Trespass Colwyn Bay are offering a discount to Eryri Harriers members. Just produce your membership card.

FRA Relays and Park Run

A busy weekend of racing for Eryri athletes, as well as the FRA British relays at Grasmere and the North Wales Cross Country League races at Colwyn Bay, on Saturday 20th October, Gwyn Owen won the latest Conwy Parkrun with a time of 17:14, two weeks previously, Arthur Connell won the event in a time of 18:14 with his wife Catherine finishing 5th overall and 1st female in a time of 19:04.
On Sunday 21st October, 3 Eryri members were amongst the 492 finishers in the Flintshire (Mold) 10k. On the undulating, two lap course, Arwel Lewis finished 25th overall and 1st MV/60 in a time of 41:57 with Manon Wilkinson clocking 51:36 (51:10 Chip Time) and Roy Jardine (2nd MV/70) 64:32 (64:05 Chips Time)


The first race of the Borders Road Running League 2018/18 Season took place at New Brighton, Wirral on Sunday 14th October and yet again, it was Eryri’s women who outshone the men, at least, they fielded a full team of three while the men were three short of the required seven runners to count!
In the 5 mile, out and back race, Tammy Lewis-Jones led Eryri’s women home in 196th place overall with a time of 34:33 followed by: 235th Helen Blair 36:08 & 378th Allison Donnelly 44:47, Eryri’s women were placed 4th of the 10 teams in Division Two.
Eryri’s men were led home by Border League debutant Eifion Williams in 52nd place with a time of 29:32 (Eifion’s first ever 5mile race) Next in was 68th placed John Davies 29:47 (PB) followed by: 146th Arwel Lewis 32:47 and 395th Roy Jardine 49:25. Eryri’s men had the consolation of not finishing last in their respective 2nd Division with 9th position on the day. There were 411 finishers and but for a slight headwind on the return, weather conditions were very good, dry and cool.
The next race in the Borders League is on Sunday 11th November at Upton, Chester. Another 5 mile race on the Chester Spring 5 race route. NOTE: An early 09:30am start for this one.

Borders League

We, The Eryri Harriers are about to embark on our 21st season in the BRRL (Borders Road Running League) with the opening event at New Brighton, Wallasey this Sunday 14th October. 11am Start. (Our 136th race in the League) The route is generally flat with an out-and-back route including a single loop around Wallasey Golf Course and follows the tarmac promenade before entering the public highway on Kings Parade. Distance 5 Miles. There will be a mini bus going to the event, departing Parc Menai at 08:15am. Anyone requiring a lift on the mini bus? Please let me know as soon as possible. (arweleryri@gmail.com) Full event and League details: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

CiRF course in north Wales

If you’re interested in enrolling on a CiRF course please contact Eva.

The cost is £400 if unaffiliated or £350 if affiliated


Eva Brewer

Network Officer – North East Wales

07864 613644

Rory O’Donnell

Gyda chalon drom a thristwch mawr y ffarweliwyd & Rory O’Donnell ddydd Mercher, y Sed o Fedi. Cynhaliwyd y gwasanaeth yn Eglwys Gatholig Dewi Sant a’r Santes Helen yng Nghaernarfon. Roedd yr eglwys dan ei sang ac yn dystiolaeth i’r holl fywydau y cyffyrddodd Rory & hwy.

Gydol y gwasanaeth daeth cariad Rory tuag at redeg mynydd i’r amlwg, yn enwedig yn nheyrnged ei frawd Huw yn adrodd hanesion am gerrig gwynion amhosibl eu darganfod a helynt colli awyren.

Daeth hyn a chwerthin i amgylchiad mor drist, ond roedd chwerthin yn rhan bwysig o fywyd Rory, yn enwedig tynnu coes. Gan ei gyd-weithwyr clywsom fel y gallai adrodd stori gyda wyneb syth cyn cyrraedd ei diwedd a gorffen gyda gwén fawr a ‘dim ond joc’!

Roedd rhai geiriau’n taro tant arbennig. “Y gwasanaeth mwyaf teilwng y gallwn eiroi, nid yn unig i Rory, ond i ni’n hunain hefyd, yw byw ein bywyd gyda’r sél a’r ymroddiad a roddodd ef i fywyd.” Dyna fodd arbennig o anrhydeddu Rory.

O gofio cariad Rory tuag at redeg ar y mynyddoedd, addas iawn oedd i’r haul dywynnu arnynt ar ddiwrnod ei ffarwelio. Bydd colled am ei wén heintus a’i awch am fywyd a rhedeg.

Mae meddyliau holl aelodau’r clwb gyda Kelly a’r bechgyn, y teulu, ei ffrindiau a’i gyd-weithwyr.

Gorffwys yn dawel Rory, a rhed yn rhydd.


It was with heavy hearts and great sadness we said farewell to Rory O’Donnell on Wednesday 5th September. The service held at the Catholic Church of St. David and St. Helen in Caernarfon was superbly attended showing just how many people’s lives Rory touched.

Throughout the service Rory’s love of fell running was highlighted particularly by his brother Hugh telling stories of impossible to find white stones and missing flights home. This brought some laughter to such a sad occasion and by all accounts laughter was another of Rory’s loves, and in particular winding people up. His work colleagues telling us how he would do it with a straight face right up to the end before cracking a huge smile and saying ‘only joking!’!

Some words spoken struck a chord. “The greatest service we can do not only to Rory but also to ourselves is to live our lives with just some of the zeal and zest for life he did.” This sounds like a fantastic way to honour Rory.

Rory loved running in the mountains and it seemed entirely fitting that on this day, the sun shone brightly on the mountains he loved so much. His infectious smile and enthusiasm for life and running will be sorely missed.

The thoughts of the whole club are with Kelly and the boys, family, friends and colleagues.

Rest well Rory and run free.