Borders League

6 Eryri Harriers represented the club in the 3rd race of the Borders Road Running League 2017/18 Season at Pensarn, near Abergele on Sunday 14th January.
On a dry, cool breezy day, there were 375 finishers on the out and back 5 mile, mainly flat course. Eryri were led home by Arwel Lewis in 146th position followed by 165th placed Ashley Wager who disappointingly were the only two Eryri male representatives at the event! On a positive note, Eryri’s women fielded a full team, led home by 193rd placed Becki Law, followed by: 202nd Helen Blair. 213th Jenny Heming and 331st Alison Donnelly.
Full event results will be on the Borders Road Running League website:
The next event of the season will be on Home ground on Sunday 18th February at Caernarfon with a 11:00am start on the usual 10k race route.

Twin Piers 10k

11 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 379 finishers in the annual Twin Piers 10k from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay on Saturday 13th January.
Except for a slight headwind on most of the race route. Weather conditions were very good, dry and not too cold. First home for Eryri in 12th position was Arthur Connell 37:22 followed by: 16th & 1st MV/55 Russell Owen 38:00. 31st & 2nd Female Catherine Higgs 39:33 closely followed by 32nd & 1st FV/40 Andrea Rowlands 39:42. 65th & 2nd MV/55 Arwel Lewis 42:32. 73rd & 3rd MV/60 Iwan Edgar 43:22. 121st Maldwyn Evans 47:18. 172nd Barry Davies 50:54. 176th Harri Roberts 51:16. 321st Roy Jardine 63:16 and 373rd Iorwerth Roberts 71:35.
At the front of the field, there was a very close and exciting finish with Owen Roberts pulling away in the final stages to win in a time of 33:46 ahead of Michael Corrales (NWRRC) 33:50 and Simon Cole (Gogs Tri) 33:53 with Martin Green 4th & 1st MV/40 34:07.
A well organised event thanks to Russell Goodwin  and Colwyn Bay AC

Christmas Fun Run

Don’t forget that it’s our annual CHRISTMAS FUN RUN on Sunday, Dec 17th, starting at 11am from The Vic, Llanberis. FANCY DRESS OPTIONAL BUT ENCOURAGED! Registration from 10am. £5 for seniors – to include soup/roll/mince pie & £2 for juniors – to include selection box & drink. Prize for best senior/junior fancy dress & for the person who has the closest guess of Santa’s ‘race’ time. Remember to bring your London Marathon rejection slips – we will be making a draw of the club allocations, so you may yet be lucky……

Mike Blake wins the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Award

Mike Blake wins the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Award

So we are finally allowed to officially announce the news that Mike Blake has won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award! This means he now goes into the pot with the other nominees from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and he has got a VIP trip to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Liverpool in December to look forward to – how exciting Mike, so well-deserved award and we are all very proud of you!!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/wales/42053319

Veteran fell running organiser Mike Blake is BBC Wales’ Get Inspired Sports Unsung Hero for 2017.

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!

SO WE NEED YOU! THIS IS ALL ABOUT SUPPORT FOR MIKE AND SUPPORT FOR HIS NOMINATION!

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 AGM will be held at PADARN LAKE HOTEL on TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER FROM 7PM.

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

Stuart