Ultra Trail Snowdonia

Ultra Trail Snowdonia – 50 miles and 5,500m climb

Well done to Matthew Fortes and Paul Jones for their outstanding performances in the 50 mile Ultra Trail Snowdonia Race with 5,500m (!) of climb – the weather was clear and sunny but still boggy in places due to rain the night before. Matt was 6th overall (13h31m) and Paul was 26th (16h04m) – really amazing running all round, legs are feeling it today….!? Action shot courtesy of Russel Owen and Matthew at the finish. Well done to everyone who took part! 


Rob Samuel was in imperious form once again in winning the Welsh Trail Running title at Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth on Saturday 5th May.
On a very tough, Half Marathon race route run in very warm and sunny conditions, Rob led from the start to win in a time of 1.27.59 ahead of 2nd placed Daniel Bodman (Aberdare) 1.32.57. Arwel Lewis finished 15th overall in a time of 1.56.51.
In the Red Kite junior races, Calumn O’Donnell finished 10th in the under 17 boys race with a time of 22.39.

Full event results will be published on:

Yorkshire 3 peaks race report

Just as Lou Beetlestone was starting her fantastic Paddy Buckley round, five Eryri Harriers were starting the prestigious 24 mile Yorkshire 3 peaks race along with 780 other runners. It’s tough underfoot with limestone slabs, some longish flat sections and steep climbs, all made up for with near-perfect weather and fantastic race atmosphere!

Well done all – Eryri was led home by Matthew Fortes in 36th overall (3h25m, 5th V40) followed by Richard Roberts in 113th (3h47m), Sarah Harley (4h7m, 22nd female), Paul Hodges (4h39m, 449th) and Ali Thomas (4h47m, 67th female).

Apologies didn’t get any pics but here’s one at the end before it got too chilly, also with Sian and Dylan from Hebog!

Sub 3 for Andrea


Andrea Rowlands was amongst the 3405 finishers in the inaugural Newport Marathon on Sunday 29th April where she finished 52nd overall and 2nd female in a time of 2:58:56, only her second ever sub – 3 Hour Marathon while Rhys ap-Elwyn finished 379th overall in a time of 3:28:10.

Provisional XC dates


Saturday 6th October – Baschurch, Shrewsbury

Saturday 20th October – Colwyn Bay venue to be confirmed but not Llandudno

Saturday 10th November – Deeside venue to be confirmed

Saturday 12th January – Wrexham

Saturday 2nd February – Oswestry

The North Wales Cross Country Champs will be on Saturday 5th January at Corwen

Junior Cross Country League Dates are: 

Saturday 20th October – Colwyn Bay

Saturday 10th November – Deeside

Saturday 1st December – Bangor

Saturday 5th January – Corwen (doubles up as Championships)


Final Borders league


In the final race of the 2017/18 Borders Road Running League (BRRL) Season at Shotton on Wednesday 25th April, Eryri’s women were successful in winning the “Improvers Trophy” for the third time in their history, on the flat and fast 7.5km course, Eryri’s women were led home by 184th placed Helen Blair. 259th Becky Law and 299th Allison Donnelly.

There was also a good turnout by Eryri’s men who fielded a full team of seven. Eryri were led home by debutant Tom Chandy in 36th place followed by: 60th and also making his debut in the BRRL, Callum O’Donnell, 69th John Davies. 108th Ali Chant. 135th Gary Porter-Jones. 143rd Arwel Lewis and 197th Ashley Wager.

A much improved performance by Eryri all round which augurs well for a determined promotion charge next season.

Full Race Results will be published on the BRRL website: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

Ras Moel Wnion 2018

Report: Ras Moel Wnion 2018

For the third year in a row we were blessed with amazing weather (and a dry – and therefore non-lethal- final descent) for the Moel Wnion race. Despite other events in North Wales and a little known road race in London…over 50 runners came out to Ysgol Llanllechid for the race.

The hot weather combined with the race coming just a week after the first British Champs race (and only four days after the most recent of the local Tuesday Night series race) meant that some legs were undoubtedly tired and records would be hard to break. Despite this, strong performances and good contests were on show throughout.

In the men’s race Matt Fortes (Eryri, 42.34) was first across the line followed by Max Dunford (St Davids, 1st U18, 43.41) and Jonathan Tyler (Betsi Runaways, 44.36). Max was the first to the summit of Moel Wnion, but some good local knowledge from Matt meant that he could catch him up over the last three hills and get down through the Moel Faban gorse the quickest to win the first prize of a leg of Moel Wnion lamb.

In the ladies, Andrea Rowlands (Eryri) also took home some lamb. coming in 1st (5th overall, 45.57) followed by Rachub’s own Catherine Connell (Eryri 49.39). However performance of the day came from 16 year old Gwyneth Parry (Deeside, 52.03) to claim 3rd place and 1st U18. With Under 18s in the top 3 in both the mens and ladies there are clearly some talented juniors around in North Wales! There were V40 wins for Craig Jones (Eryri, 44.51) and Ellie Robinson (West Chesire, 53.02), with Buckley’s Vic Belshaw and Emma Collins taking the V50 prizes (in 46.18 and 56.16 respectively). In the V70s, John Morris (Buckley, 59.01) took the mens prize with Eryri legend Maggie Oliver (74.26) taking the ladies.

Apparently there were some issues with marshalls not quite being in the right place at the start (I’ll give them some navigation lessons for next year), which might have affected the first few runners, as well as a radio that went missing and was then found…. but alls well that ends well…!

Once again a massive group of people came out in force to support the event. A big thanks to everyone from the school for the food, Bethesda Pottery and Glanmor farm for the prizes, and all the marshalls out on the hill. Big thanks as always to Mike Blake for sweeping.

Photos from the race can be found on the link from the race facebook page at www.facebook.com/rasmoelwnion or from Steve Jeffrey’s pages directlyhttps://www.facebook.com/SteveJefferyPhotography/

See you in 2019


moel wnion 2018


In warm and sunny conditions on Saturday 21st April, Rob Samuel and Elliw Haf made it a double success for Eryri in the Goldrush 8.5 mile Trail Race at Coed-y-Brenin. Rob Samuel led from the off to smash the course record with a time of 53:38 ahead of Bangor University student. Chris Richards 56:04 and last year’s race winner. Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) 58:34. Elliw Haf went one better following last year’s runners-up position by taking the women’s title, finishing 15th overall in a time of 72:27. Other Eryri Placings/Times: 9th Callum O’Donnell 66:58. 13th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis 70:50. 23rd (3rd MV/50) Paul Hodges 75:25. 100th Malcolm Jones 1:40:42. 113th Claire Williams 1:44:37 & 115th Barry Davies 1:45:15. There were 187 finishers in the well organised Matt Ward/Coed-y-Brenin event.


The final race of the Borders Road Running League 2017/18 season takes place at Shotton this Wednesday 25th April at 7:30pm.
Eryri’s women have one hand on the Improvers Trophy and need as many Harriers out as possible to ensure we win the trophy once again. The same goes for Eryri’s men who aim to finish the season on a high following a low key year in the league.

Grahame Till

Dear Eryri Harriers
My Father Grahame Till ran with the eryri harriers in the early years of his running both marathon and fell .
He wore his colours with pride
I have to sadly tell you , my Dad passed away 10/4/2018 .
If you could let your longest serving members know as they would have known my father.
I have attached a photo and details of the funeral.

Till, Grahame Albert,

April 10th 2018, peacefully at his home in Tyddyn Gyrfa, Cemaes, aged 73 years.
Beloved husband of the late Sheila. Loving father of Jane and Michael. Father in law of Adam. Proud grandad to Natalie and Charlotte. Son of Gladys. Dear brother of Cath. Grahame will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Public service at St Patrick’s Church, Cemaes, Thursday 19th April at 12:30pm followed by committal at Bangor Crematorium at 2:15pm. Family flowers only but donations kindly accepted in memory of Grahame towards Hospice at Home. Enquiries care of the funeral directors Arwel and Ieuan Hughes of John Hughes & Son, Britannia, Machine St, Amlwch Port, LL68 9HA. Tel: 01407 830461