Lake Vyrnwy and Dublin ParkRun

At Lake Vyrnwy, in a much less hilly Half Marathon, Dilwyn Rowlands finished 137th overall in a time of 1:29:05 (Chip Time) Only five seconds off his PB! 145th Tony Davies 1:29:41 (PB) and 309th Becki Law 1:40:52.
On Saturday 8th September, Rob Samuel ran in his first ever Parkrun in Ireland! winning the event at St Annes, Raheny near Dublin in a time of 15:05.


In the inaugural event, 5 Eryri Harriers competed in the hilly half marathon on Sunday 9th September, run in very wet and windy conditions, the runners set off from the village green, through Llanfaes, Llangoed, Llanddona to Penmon and back, Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) won the event in a very good time (Considering the up and down course and inclement weather) 1:15:47, over three minutes ahead of runners-up Ryan Roberts (Cybi) 1:18:55. Elliw Haf was the first female finisher in 14th position overall with a time of 1:35:49. Other Eryri positions/times: 10th Brian Wills 1:33:16. 11th (1st MV/60) Arwel Lewis 1:34:16. 24th Steffan Evans 1:48:10 and 39th Gwenllian Dafydd 1:54:26. There were 96 finishers.
In the 10k race, run in conjunction with the H/M, Ben Williams, making a welcome return to racing after a two year absence, won the tough event in a time of 36:30. Other Eryri placings: 8th Jonathan Ervine 42:33 and 133rd Rebecca Roberts 1:06:48. There were 183 finishers.
A tough debut event for the host running club, Beaumaris, well organised, with more than enough marshalls positioned along the race route


COED-Y-BRENIN – TRAIL 10K – SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER. Elliw Haf finished 14th overall and 1st Female in a time of 46:39. There were 175 finishers. Elliw’s other half, Tom Roberts won the event in a time of 37:58


CAERNARFON 10K – NORTH WALES CHAMPIONSHIPS – SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER: There was double success for Eryri with Gwyn Owen winning the event in a time of 33:51 and Catherine Connell finishing 15th overall and 1st Female in a time of 40:16. (AS both entered on the day, they were not eligible for the North Wales titles!) Running in a clockwise direction so that the runners would have the wind on their backs for the 4k stretch along the Foryd, Gwyn Owen was content to sit in for the first couple of miles before striding out and pulling away from the field for the win, his third win in the event. In all, there were 16 Eryri Harriers competing: 4th Alun Vaughan 35:26 (Good to see Alun back competing once again) 9th Eifion Williams 37:22. 16th Ali Chant 40:36. 22nd Arwel Lewis 41:58. 26th Rhys Ap Elwyn 42:48. 33rd Gary Porter-Jones 44:23. 39th Steffan Evans 45:05. 47th (2nd FV/50) Helen Blair 46:15. 53rd Maldwyn Evans 47:08. 60th Ali Thomas 48:12. 79th Kate Potter 50:09. 134th Roy Jardine 65:19. 137th Iorwerth Roberts 66:43 and 138th Hazel Robbins 67:18.

Thank you to all the event helpers. Ann & Sharon (of course) Mike Blake (as usual) Setting up the finishing funnel and dismantling, lead vehicle as well as a turn on the Mike! Debbie Evans (Coed Helen Caravan Park followed by a few other duties!) Rhys Lewis & Eilir Evans (Coed Helen Road-Bryn Seiont right turn followed by a few more duties for Eilir) Moi Jones, Llanfaglan right turn. Alan Wyn Williams (Right Turn into the finish field) RAF Air Cadets Caernarfon (5k Water Station & finish field – chip removal) RunWales – Chris Yorke – Chip Timing. Medi-Tec Ltd – First Aid. Caernarfon Bowling Club for the use of the pavilion and Heather (Coed Helen)

Gwyn Owen had warmed up for the event with successive Penrhyn Parkrun wins on 28th July – 17:12 and 4th August – 16:58. John Parkinson won the 18th August event in a time of 18:42.


PODIUM 5K – MONDAY 27th AUGUST: – Rob Samuel running in the A-Class race finished 3rd overall in a time of 14:55.


LAKE UNION/SEATTLE 10K – SUNDAY 12th AUGUST:  Despite a bit of jet lag! Arwel Lewis finished 66th overall and 1stMV/55 in a time of 41:19. There were 1,622 finishers.

Eryri triathlon

Two Eryri Harriers competed in Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon on 2nd September.

In a well organised event with fair weather Alison Donnelly finished in 1:40:51 for fourth place in the Super vet class. Whilst Dave Kirkby finished in 1:41:02 for 16th in class.


There was a good turnout of nearly 80 competitors for the Bethel 7k on Wednesday 8th August with the runners following an anti-clockwise route  the undulating course, via The Greenwood Centre, Y Wern, Felinheli and back to Bethel. Eryri’s John Davies led the way towards the Greenwood Centre but was overtaken by club colleague, Eifion Williams who went on to win in a time of 24:12 with John finishing 2nd in 24:58. Nic Brook made it a 1-2-3 for Eryri in a time of 25:10. There was a very good turnout by Eryri with 6th Noel Craine 25:54. 7th Ali Chant 25:58 and making the top ten, in tenth, Anthony Davies 26:53. Menai’s Abbi Parkinson was the first female finisher in a time of 28:19 ahead of Mared Jones 29:54.



4 Eryri Harriers competed in the trail races (Mainly, uphill only) on Sunday 5th August in quite warm humid conditions.

In the junior men/women’s 6.8km/720m race, Tom Wood finished a very creditable 10th position overall  in a time of 43:30.

In the senior men/women’s 10.4km/1050m race, Rob Samuel finished 14th overall in a time of 58:46 with: 26th (5th female) Bronwen Jenkinson 68:51 and 32nd (9th female) Miranda Grant 74:27.


Copy of Trial Races for World Mountain Running Champs Keswick 2018