Sweeney Scramble

The first Sweeney Scramble, a true Mud Run, was in February last year in the little hamlet of Sweeney Mountain just south of Oswestry and was a great event attracting 95 runners in the 5km and 10 km versions.

The second Run will be on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Registration and full details of where we are and how to get there are through the website www.sweeneyscramble.co.uk and entry is unchanged at £20 for each of the 5 km and 10 km runs.

Christmas Fun Run

Sunday 18th Dec. Start 11am. Registration and start at Victoria Hotel, Llanberis.

Junior fun run.

£5, soup, roll & mince pie, kids £2, they get a selection box and fruit drink


Paul Wathan won the Tough Betws Trail Challenge 10k at Betws-y-Coed on Saturday 12th November in a time of 40:16 with Dylan (Caban) Jones on the comeback trail once again! 6th overall and 1st MV/40 in a time of 43:18. There were 280 finishers.
On the same day at a wet and muddy Cheshire 10k in East Cheshire, Russell Bentley just missed out on 3rd place to Blackburn’s Ben Fish though Russell will be happy enough with 1st MV/35 in a time of 31:23 just two weeks after his Snowdonia Marathon success. Amongst the 1,394 finishers was Arwel Lewis who finished 3rd MV/55 in a time of 41:19.
Full race Results:


Dash in the Dark Series

It’s that time of year again to prepare for the Dash in the Dark series of night time, off road running races held at Llandegla Forest.

Dig your head torches out and come along to join us for what is always an enjoyable, social evening with refreshments provided by the staff of the One Planet Adventure Mountain bike centre.

Please find attached an updated poster but essentially the dates are as follows:

Friday 11th November 2016

Friday 9th December 2016

Friday 13th January 2017

6pm registration for a 7pm start, please arrive early to avoid a last minute rush. £4 on the night only and please remind yourselves of the kit required. Waterproof / Windproof top, hat, gloves and a torch, ideally a head torch with at least 2hrs good lighting. Fell / trail shoes advised, road trainers are not acceptable.

Please can you share this with your members,

Hope to see you soon,

Gareth Jaggard


Nant BH Celebration Junior Trail Races

Quick message to let you know that there will be some kids trail races at Nant BH OEC on Sat 8th October as part of our 50th anniversary celebration day . The categories will
Be :
Under 6 ( no permit – run with a parent)
Under 8
Under 10
Under 12
Under 14
Under 16

Registration will be from 10:30-11:30 and races will start from 12noon .
Races are FREE to enter & there’ll be some prizes / goody bags for each category .

It will be busy here on the day as there are other bike events & activities running alongside . There’s a Hog Roast and food available to purchase .

Updates will appear shortly on Nant BH 50th anniversary Facebook page .

If you could help by circulating far and wide then it would be much appreciated !!!

Many thanks

Bike Style Tops

It has been suggested that we should make available to purchase some bike style tops. You know the ones with the short zip, pockets at the back and sleeves. A lot of runners also bike so we thought it was a good opportunity to have some more Eryri kit! On a practical level it has been suggested that the pockets are ideal for kit when running (saves using a bumbag) and also ideal for those autumn day runs when a vest is a bit skimpy but any more clothing and you’ll boil!

Please could you let a member of the committee know if you might be interested in one (I have already told myself!) and we’ll crack on getting some ordered. Designs/styles are being looked into at the moment so let us know and we’ll get them sorted.

UKA Fell Relay Championships

This year the Relay Champs are on Saturday 15th October in Scotland. The venue is just north of Glasgow in the Loch Lomond region. We are looking to send at the very least 3 teams (Open Men, Vet Men & Open Women). If we can get enough runners then I am sure the club will be more than happy to send more teams! In all likelihood there will be some who travel Friday night and some who go up on the Saturday. To give us a chance of getting things organised can you please let me or Jenks know if you’d like to be involved. Please don’t wait to be asked!! We will more than likely try and ask everyone at some point but the sooner we have this sorted the more we can plan. Any questions just give us a shout.

Contact details

Trail Marathon Wales

Andrea Rowlands finished 9th overall and 1st Female in the Trail Marathon Wales event at Coed-y-Brenin on Saturday 18th June with a time of 3:34:39. Andrea also won the event in 2014 and finished 2nd last year. Eryri’s only other Marathon competitor was Llion Iwan who finished 22nd overall in a time of 3:49:44.There were 312 finishers.
In the Half Marathon held in conjunction with the event, there were 10 Eryri Harriers competing led home by Sam Orton in 12th place overall and 1st MV/40 with a time of 1:36:06 followed by: 20th Owen Roberts 1:37:38. 34th (2nd MV/50) Arwel Lewis 1:45:28. 65th Local Man! Paul Hodges 1:55:30. 125th Sandra Rowlands 2:05:59. 217th Jeanine Lewis 2:19:41. 221st Jill Riley 2:20:23. 231st Emma Green 2:21:50. 346th Dave Kirkby 2:38:20 & 401st Rebecca Roberts 2:48:22. There were 508 finishers in the well organised event held in ideal running conditions at a fantastic venue.
Well Done to Matt Ward and his organising crew.

Keswick Festival

Big thanks to the Eryri runners who ran at Keswick over the weekend of 21/22nd May as part of our Eryri team. We are still endeavouring to find out how we did in the Team event so for now I’ll simply summarise the individual performances which were excellent.
First up were Emlyn Roberts & myself in the 25K setting off in pouring rain, thankfully conditions soon improved but we still had a rather deep & tricky river crossing to contend with. Emlyn came home strongly in 33rd place out of 417 in 2 Hours 30 Minutes with me chasing his tail some 4 minutes behind in 47th place. To cap Emlyn’s performance he won his O. 50’s category after a bit of a ding dong battle with his nearest rival which was only settled in the closing mile.
Next came Judy Jones who had stepped into the breach late in the day to provide our only 5K entrant, despite her normal preference for much longer distances where her stamina can come more to the fore. Judy placed 107th out of approx. 250, very respectable indeed.
Sunday dawned more or less at the same time as Llion Iwan set off on a very demanding 50K at 6:00 am! The route took him firstly around the East & South of Borrowdale before heading further afield to Buttermere & beyond. He returned some 6 Hours & 2 minutes later placing a very good 25th out of 180 looking like there was plenty of running left in him but having given plenty to the cause.
Finally it was time for Steve Jones to step up for the 10K race which included the like of Ricky Lightfoot. Ricky won by a clear margin but arguably Steve, who was carrying a knee injury into the race, arguably upstaged him finishing a remarkable 16th place out of a field of over 600, not bad for a 61 year old but there again what else would you expect from Steve.
As we exchanged experiences post races I think I can speak for us all, the Keswick Mountain Festival was a great event, it also includes Cycling, Swimming & Triathlon competitions as well as a variety of excellent speakers, concert performers, stalls & of course pubs! We all enthusiastically agreed, lets come back next year with a bigger & stronger team.
Paul Hodges