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

Aelodaeth 2016-17 Membership

Aelodaeth 2016-17

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Membership 2016-17

It’s come round again! Membership fees are due before the end of the month please.
If you are intending to pay via bank transfer, it would help me alot if you could send me a quick email or message via Facebook.
£30 adult; £5 under 18

* Second claim – the rules have changed regarding second claim membership. Please get in contact for further information.
Thanks

Presentation Evening

The event takes place at Lodge Dinorwic (the old school building in Dinorwic at the top of the Fachwen road)on the 26th February 7pm.

Tickets will be £10 for adults and £5 for under 14s and includes a delicious two course meal. Bring your own beer etc as no licence for alcohol.
Tickets will be available from stuart Macdonald and other committee members, also will be available at Moel y Ci and the Oswestry Cross Country.

Keswick Mountain Festival

Eryri are hoping to get a team together to enter the Keswick Mountain Festival Trail races in May 2016. We need a mixed team of at least 6 members spread over the 4 different races, these are 5K, 10K, 25K & a 50K Ultra (2,000 metres of ascent). The races are held on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May, full details on the Keswick Mountain Festival Web-site Entry includes T. Shirt, Pasta Party & Concert Ticket with many other Festival attractions available it’s a great weekend up in The Lakes & lets face it they could do with some support after the recent floods. Anyone interested please contact Paul Hodges at paul.hodges@hotmail.co.uk who will co-ordinate our team entries. He’s in the 25K but that doesn’t stop you opting for that distance too, this will be his 4th year in this race so clearly he loves the route! Hopefully we can sort out some pooled transport.
http://www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

Two RAB Mountain Marathon reports

Two Eryri Harrier’s reports of the RAB Mountain Marathon below. First one is by Ellie Salisbury and the second by Stu McDonald.

Ellie Salisbury

Eryri Harriers members produced some good results at the RAB Mountain Marathon at the w/e.  It was a great event, as always – not too big, well organised, challenging route choices (how often would you go from the event centre at Capel Curig as far North as Melynllyn & as far West Marchllyn Mawr?!), & this year, we were blessed with the most amazing weather & fantastic visibility.
  • Lou Beetlestone finished 1st solo female & an amazing 2nd overall in the Short Score Class
  • Kate Worthington, in her 1st Mountain Marathon, finished 2nd solo female in the Long Score Class
  • Ellie Salisbury, in her 91st (I think – lost count!) Mountain Marathon, & Adrian Moir finished 2nd mixed vets in the Long Score Class
  • Brian & Hazel Robbins finished 3rd mixed supervets in the Short Score Class
  • Stuart Mc Donald & Hayley Turner finished 4th mixed in the Long Score Class (too young to receive a prize!)

Stu McDonald

Capel Curig became what seemed like the centre of the sporting world this past weekend with two days of Snowman Triathlon action based at Plas Y Brenin and the Rab Mountain Marathon also paid a visit. This popular event grows every year and makes the odd foray into North Wales (last visit was 2011).

For the uninitiated a Mountain Marathon involves two days of navigating between checkpoints whilst carrying all kit for an overnight camp. In the Rab MM there are two classes, Long Score (7 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2) and Short Score (6hrs/5hrs). Each class can be completed as a pair or solo. At the start you are given the map pre-marked with where the controls are and a list of the points value allocated to each control. The aim is simple….. get as many points as you can in the time available. If you are late back, there are penalties!

As I’m sure we all know the weather was stunning on Saturday morning and as we all set off there was excitement about what lay ahead. Although perhaps that was more trepidation than excitement! The first decision was whether to go into the Glyders or the Carneddau for the first day (knowing you would swap over on day 2).  At the overnight camp in the lower Ogwen valley there was lots of discussion about route choice but mainly about who’d had the harder day!! At the end of day 1 a couple of things became clear. Firstly we’ve got some properly good/hard women! Secondly, what an absolutely stunning yet brutal place North Wales can be.

Firstly, the ladies. At the overnight as the Eryri Harriers Mountain Marathon sub-committee convened to discuss the days events and positions Kate Worthington spoke first to say she was second lady on the long score. Brilliant! Ellie Salisbury was dragging her other half around to second place in the mixed vet long score and Hazel Robbins was coping admirably with Brian as they were 3rd mixed super vets on the short score. Hayley Turner drew the short straw and had to put up with me as a partner as we finished day 1 as 4th mixed pair in the long score. As congratulations were passed around Lou Beetlestone casually strolled over and said she was second on the short score. Amazing second lady on the short score! Top work! No no second! Second overall!! On day 1 Lou was only beaten by a men’s pair. She had beaten all the men’s solo’s and was leading the ladies category by 55 points (at least 3 checkpoints). An incredible performance but the pressure was now on for day 2!

Day 2 dawned with the promise of another stunning day. If you get chance go and check out iancorless.org for the official photos, there are some fantastic ones. The night had been clear and cold, very cold! Although for one competitor the cold was the least of his worries! 4 trips to the loo in the night and a discussion about the “squits” left no-one in any doubt about the nature of his ailment!

Whichever way you looked the only way was up from the overnight camp, it was certainly one way to warm up! Another day through the mountains back to Capel Curig ensued with a variety of blisters, cramp, dehydration, starvation and general tiredness hindering progress. As the bruised and battered bodies gathered around bean stew, the results started to come in. Hazel and Brian finished 3rd MSV in the short score! Kate 2nd lady long score! Ellie and Adrian 2nd MV long score! And then the one we were waiting for! Could Lou catch the leading men and win the short score outright? First lady was guaranteed but could she catch them? Her deficit overnight had been 10 points but it came down 9, 8, 7, 6 really??!! Could she?? 5, 4, 3 then it stopped! She was 2nd overall by just 3 points!! Only her 2nd MM and first as a solo it was an incredible performance! As for Hayley and I we had to settle for 4th mixed pair in the long score and the only things Hayley has to show for it are a whopping blister and a sprained ankle! Sorry Hayley!

A massive well done to everyone, it was great to see some familiar faces and it was a great event. Hard but good. If you want to know more about mountain marathons then have a chat with Lou Beetlestone, she seems to have it sorted!!

Cheers

 Stu

 

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Eryri 50 (58)

Eryri50 Ultra Tour of Snowdonia.

Saturday 13th September saw the inaugural Eryri50 ultra race. The race measured in at 58.5 miles (95km) with just under 9000 feet of climb. Starting in Betws-y-coed the tour took in Dolwyddelan, Bleanau Festiniog, Croesor, Beddgelert, Rhy Ddu, Llanberis, Nant ffrancon valley, Capel Curig and back to Betws.

With Pedol Peris on the same day and many of Eryri’s fell runners competing in that, only Gwyn Owen and John Parkinson flew the flag for the Eryri Harriers in the ultra.

After a measured start, a group of 7 runners moved out into the lead with the sun climbing over the Dolwyddelan valley. By Croesor Mark Liptrot from St Helen’s Sutton AC had developed a 3 minute lead, followed by Gwyn Owen and then John Parkinson. Gwyn moved into the lead in the climb from Rhyd Ddu to bwlch Maesgwm with John moving into second place.

The final descent from Plas y Brenin to Betws saw John Parkinson take the lead which he held to finish in 10 hrs 33 mins. Gwyn Owen finishing close behind in 10 hrs 37 mins. So a fitting Eryri 1st and 2nd in this first ultra tour of Snowdonia.

First lady home was Sarah Thomson (U/A) in 13 hrs 34 mins. The final runner home finished in 20 hrs 44 mins (finishing at 3:15am) with 7 DNFs. 

Thanks to Henry Williams and his organising team for an excellent and well managed event. Full results and photos will appear on the website: www.snowdonia50.com

OMM successes

ERYRI SUCCESSES AT THE ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN MARATHON

There were numerous Eryri Harriers success stories at the (very wet & windy) OMM UK in the Brecon Beacons last week-end. Chris Near & Tim Higginbottom finished an amazing 5th place in the Elite Class, against a who’s who of international fell-running/adventure racing/orienteering big names.  New member Keane Rowlands & his partner, Mark Wright, finished 3rd in the D Class, while Judith Jones & Maggie Oliver were very creditable 74th in the Short Score Class, despite Maggie having fallen (numerous times!!) & sustaining an injury on day 1.

Following on from our podium finishes in all 4 mountain marathons we’ve completed this year to date, Adrian Moir & I culminated our successful 2013 season by finishing 1st mixed pair on the Long Score class, & our 23rd overall position, added to our equal first at the Icelandic OMM & 5th overall at OMM France, resulted in our finishing second in the 2013 Combined International OMM Long Score Ranking competition. The prize money just about covered our return flight fares to Reykjavik & Geneva (with a bit left over to buy compeed!)– not a bad way to finish the season!!

 

Ellie Salisbury

Alwyn's ultra

I did the Sandstone Trail Challenge on saturday, a LDWA event with a runners class – more like an unofficial ultra, 33 miles from Whitchurch to Frodsham along the length of the trail. Conditions were just about perfect with low temperatures and the odd shower during the day.

 

There was a field of approx 100 runners starting out along the trail with a large contingent of Delamere Spartans running. The first over the line was David Douglas in a time of 4:51. I finished in a more modest time of 7:50 for 87th position which was exactly 30 minutes quicker than my time from last year!

 

A good, low key event for cutting your teeth on Ultra distances.

 

Further event info

 

Alwyn Williams

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