Mike Blake has made the top 3 in Wales – BBC Unsung hero award!

Mike Blake has made the top 3 in Wales – BBC Unsung hero award!

We have nominated Mike Blake for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award and we are so chuffed to let you know that he has made the final 3 for Wales!


BBC Wales are coming to do some filming in Llanberis this Sunday morning from 10am – there will be the usual Sunday Morning Run starting at 10.30am from Llanberis led by Jenny Heming up Moel Ellio. There will also be a junior session, starting at 11am. Everything will happen from Dolbadarn Castle Car Park (where the Peris starts from) – this will be the ‘hub’. Even if you can’t join in with any of the running, it would be fantastic (REALLY REALLY BRILLIANT in fact) if you could come to the car park at 12noon to join in and support the ‘event’. We want to show how brilliant Mike’s contribution to fell running has been!

JUNIORS/PARENTS OF JUNIORS/ALL – Please be aware that there will be filming going on!

So please come along and support Mike’s nomination for the Unsung Hero Award, this is our opportunity to say thank you.

Thanks very much all!

Any queries contact Becki Law. Email: bex85@msn.com. Phone: 07922968636

Message from the Chairman

The relays are now a distant memory, the clocks have gone back and the nights drawing in, so it’s time to turn our attention to the Winter activities of the club. Following a busy Summer things don’t really ease off too much as the Cross Country & Border League take over (both free to enter by the way!).

The first of the upcoming events is the club AGM where it’s your chance to hear what’s going on in the club. There will be a review of the year, a look forward to next year and an opportunity to join the committee and have some input to the future direction of the club. To give you some ideas of our work recent topics have included: club communication, updating the website, contact from the 1000m race organisers, presentation evening and obviously a few others! It’s not all tea and biscuits you know!

As some of the committee are not seeking re-election we are definitely looking for people to join and fulfill roles but please also note that all positions are to be re-elected, just because someone has said they will stay on doesn’t mean they have to! Below is a list of the current committee and if you wish to stand all you need is a proposer and a seconder at the AGM.

Chair – Stuart McDonald
Vice-Chair/Welfare Officer – Sioned Rowlands
Secretary/ Press & Welsh Language Officer – Emlyn Owen
Treasurer – Emily Wood (not seeking re-election)
Membership – Emma Green (not seeking re-election)
Mountain Secretary – Paul Jenkinson
Road Secretary – Arwel Lewis
XC Secretary – Becki Law
Webmaster – Dave Kirkby
Kit/Social Secretary – Ellie Salisbury
Equipment – Mike Blake
Ordinary Members:
Dilwyn Rowlands (not seeking re-election)
Lou Beetlestone
Geoff Fielding
Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas (shares Kit with Ellie)

My personal thanks firstly to those who will be standing down this time for all their time and efforts in their roles. It is hugely appreciated and whoever fills those roles has got a tough act to follow! Secondly to all those who are happy/prepared to continue. I’ve appreciated your support this year and think we can be proud of what we have achieved in particular the relays and our 40th celebration party.

As I said previously all posts are up for voting so please if you are keen to get involved then get in touch. Meetings are roughly every 6 weeks and are held at Celtest (thanks Dyfed!) in Bangor on Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm (or as close as we can! – think Tuesday Night Series race start times!).


The evening will start with food paid for by the club, which will be buffet style with the following options: Mixed Bean Chilli, Mushroom Stroganoff and Chicken Supreme all with chips, rice and salad for main and for dessert: apple and peach crumble or choc cake with ice cream.

We would be grateful if you could contact Mike Blake and let him know your choice so we can gauge how much we need. He can be contacted via e-mail: mikejohnblake@yahoo.co.uk or on mobile: 07778 145144. By the end of next week would be ideal.

Following the AGM there is of course the Pen Fell Race on the 18th November (entry online at www.fabian4.co.uk) and Bangor Cross Country on the 25th November. This is ‘our’ event so any helpers/cake makers and runners will be more than welcome. Contact Becki Law for more info.

On Sunday 17th December the annual Xmas Fun Run will be held from The Victoria Hotel in Llanberis including kids races and Fancy Dress Competition, followed by soup and a roll as always! At the fun run we will be holding a draw to fill the club places for the London Marathon 2018. This is open to anyone with a rejection slip and you will need to bring this along and hand it in. The draw will be held before the legendary Mike Blake raffle!

Moving into 2018 the first big club event will be Presentation evening where we take the opportunity to celebrate some of the fantastic achievements of the previous year. Pencil in your diaries Saturday 3rd March (hopefully we’ve avoided any rugby!) and more details will be published in due course.

The AGM is an important evening as it will steer the direction of the club for the following 12 months but it’s also an opportunity for club members to come together and I hope to see as many as possible on the 14th.

Cheers for now


BANGOR 10K & HALF MARATHON Saturday 7th October 2017

BANGOR 10K & HALF MARATHON Saturday 7th October 2017

There were 5 Eryri Harriers amongst the 268 finishers in the 10k with Russell Bentley leading the way by comfortably winning the event in a time of 32:38 followed by: 8thBrian Wills 39:31 (PB). 14th & 1st MV/55 Arwel Lewis 42:30. 15th Gary Porter-Jones 42:44. 66th Chris Hoult 50:50.

In the Half Marathon, only Iwan Edgar of Eryri was amongst the 267 finishers, finishing 18th overall and 1st MV/60 in a time of 94:26.



8 Eryri Harriers represented the club in the Borders League 2017/18 Season opener at Capenhurst on a flat two lap 5 mile measured race route. Eryri were led home by Matt Fortes in 44th place with a time of 29:58 which is a PB for him at the distance considering that Matt has not run a 5 miler before! Next in for Eryri was Ali Chant in 128th position with a time of 33:27 followed by: 141st Arwel Lewis 33:55. 181st Ashley Wager 35:28. 221st and on her Border League debut; Lesley Lawson 37:04 just ahead of 222nd Helen Blair 37:05. 306th Don Williams 41:26 and 340th, ensuring our women had a full scoring team: Alison Donnelly 44:35. There were 385 finishers. Eryri’s women were placed 4th on the day while the men were 8th of the 10 teams in their respective 2nd Divisions while the Eryri women head the Improvers Trophy table.

There is an amendment to the next race in the series: The scheduled race due to be held on Sunday 12th November has been moved back to the 18th February 2018. The next race will be at Birkenhead Park on Sunday 3rd December starting at 11am.

London Marathon

Don’t forget the new method of allocating the club’s allocation of London Marathon entries.

London Marathon Eryri Ballot:
Each year Eryri are allocated a handful of places. To be eligible for one of these places, the following rules will be in place for 2017 & the foreseeable future. Members must:

1. Be fully paid first claim club members.
2. Attend the Christmas club fun run.

3. Priority will be given to members who entered the London Marathon Ballot and were rejected. Evidence of rejection needs to be provided. (This needs to be for the same year)

4. If the number of members with rejection notices is lower than or equal to the number of places available then they will receive an automatic right to the place.

5. If the number of members with rejection notices is more than the number of places then names will be drawn for the places.

6. If there are still club places available after step 4 above, then the remaining place(s) will be allocated by means of an open draw.

Borders Road Running League

The Eryri Harriers are about to embark on their 20th season in the Borders Road Running League with the first fixture at Capenhurst this Sunday 1st October 2017. 11am Start. A measured 5 mile race route.
Since being relegated from the 1st Division following the 2012/13 season, Eryri’s men have not really made a promotion push while Eryri’s women, but for a brief season in Division one and a couple of Improvers Trophy wins, have yet to be a force in the League.
There are 7 (Seven) races in the league which are free to compete in for all the club’s athletes who are in the league. All races except for the final event start at 11am. The last race of the season is a midweek fixture which starts at 7:30pm.
Borders Road Running League Fixtures 2017/18

October 1st: Ellesmere Port (Capenhurst)

November 12th: Chester Tri (Upton)
December 3rd: Wallasey (Birkenhead Park)
January 14th: Abergele (Pensarn)
March 4th: Tattenhall
March 25th: Wrecsam Tri (Mold)
April 25th: Deestriders 7.30pm

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Caernarfon 10k report and results


 What a difference a day makes! After a glorious, sunny Saturday on the Foryd in Caernarfon, the following day was a bit of a washout to say the least! Still, 149 competitors completed the Caernarfon 10k on a very wet Sunday morning with the race going in a clockwise direction this year to make good use of the following wind along the Foryd (Aberforeshore) After torrential rain in the early hours and early morning, by the 11am race start time, the rain had eased to a bit of a drizzle though there were quite a few large puddles along the race route, it was quite warm and decent running weather.

Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) made his intentions clear from the start as he led from the off and was a clear winner and North Wales 10k Champion in a time of 32:41 ahead of Dean Longley (Prestatyn) 33:47 and Owen Roberts (Unattached) 35:01. The female North Wales title went to Annie Bagnall (Prestatyn) who finished 24th overall in a time of 39:35. For the first time ever in the event, the first Eryri Harrier to finish was a female runner in Gemma Morgans who finished 29th overall and 2nd female with a time of 40:48 ahead of 31st placed Gary Young – 41:12, 32nd Steffan Evans – 41:22. 36th & 3rd female finisher, Elliw Haf – 41:56. 37th John Davies – 42:03. 61st Maldwyn Evans – 46:00. 69th Chris Hoult – 47:17. 85th James Harwood – 49:22. 134th Roy Jardine – 63:17 & 142nd Iorwerth Roberts – 64:30.

Thank You to everyone who helped out at the event ensuring it was a successful North Wales 10km Championship race, despite the weather.



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Race the Train

37 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 249 finishers in the 20th running of Race The Highland Train 5k at Caernarfon on Wednesday 19th July, some of whom had run in the Snowdon International race a few days earlier. Rob Samuel was a clear winner in a time of 14:26 for his 3rd win and 3rd best time in the event, Rob’s best time being 14:09 while he also clocked 14:21 when finishing 2nd to course record holder Matt Clowes 13:44 in 2012. Rob was followed home by Matt Roberts in a time of 15:18 with: 4th Paul Wathan 15:52. 6th Callum O’Donnell 16:29 and also making the top ten in 10th place; John Parkinson 16:48. Making it a double success for Eryri, Bronwen Jenkinson finished 11th overall and 1st female finisher in a course record time of 16:55, 5 seconds quicker than Gina Paletta’s time of 17:00 in 2012. Other Eryri category winners were: 1st FV/35 Louise Beetlestone 19:37. 1st FV/45 Helen Blair 20:04. 1st FV/65 Maggie Oliver 26:23 and 1st FV/60 Viv Edwards 26:47.

10k win and PB for Miranda

10k win and PB for Miranda
There were 40 Eryri Harriers competing in the Felinheli 10k on a rather wet and rainy Wednesday evening 28th July. Despite the gloomy weather, 337 competitors completed the road & trail race route through the Vaenol Estate to Parc Menai and back. Leading the way on his come back from a serious injury was Owen Roberts who finished a close 2nd to Race winner Martin Green (NWRRC – 35:00) in a time of 35:04. Miranda Grant was the star performer, finishing 25th overall and 1st female in a time of 39:19. A personal best for the distance for Miranda by nearly two minutes compared to 41:14. Other Eryri category winners: MV/50 – Noel Craine. 38:56. MV/60 – Iwan Edgar. 42:29. FV/40 – Nia Gwynn. 43:07. FV/60 – Vivienne Edwards. 56:42 and FV/50 – Ali Thomas. 46:46.