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.


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.