Moel Siabod Race Report.
As both the heatwave continued & a certain football match due to kick off just an hour after the race start we feared that race attendance might be well down this year. However with late publicity (thanks to Ellie Salisbury, Adrian Williams & Dave Kirkby) turnout was just 4 down on last year as a respectable 51 runners lined up for the 2:00 pm start, once again I could make the call ‘no kit required’ a decision that probably avoided me being lynched.
The race was led from start to finish by Gavin Roberts who reached the summit in 34 minutes a minute ahead of Emlyn Owen both Eryri with Hebog’s Geraint Jones hot on Emlyn’s heels. Gavin maintained his lead to cross the line in 52:57 with no one else in sight. Meanwhile Emlyn & Geraint were having a rare old tussle with Geraint now in front but Emlyn knowing the run in was keeping something back & in a late surge came through to take 2nd in 53:47 with Geraint 10 seconds behind. Emlyn (who won Eryri’s most improved runner last year) is clearly making further strides forward which is great to see.
In the Women’s race Eryri’s Miranda Grant put in a superb performance, reaching the summit in 37 minutes having opened up a 3 minute lead over her nearest rival. She extended her lead on the descent crossing the line in an excellent 57:44 finishing 6th overall & more than 6 minutes ahead of Hebog’s Sian Williams who posted a time if 1:04:02.
On a good day for the Eryri runners they were not able to stop Hebog in the best local category which was won by Dylan Webber in 1:03:42, 12th overall. However with 20 runners in the field there were several other good performances for the club. Following Emlyn, Martin Cliffe (55:26) came in 4th, Adrian Williams (56:53) 5th to help make it a fabulous 1,2,3 in the Male O.40’s category. Megan Hughes (1:10:09) was runner up FO.40’s, Emlyn Roberts grabbed 3rd MO.50’s, Linda Norman (1:22:58) was first FO.50’s followed by Hazel Robbins in 2nd. Iwan Edgar 1st MO.60’s (a very creditable 19th overall in 1:09:28) & finally Brian Robbins claimed 1st MO.70’s (1:22:15) having seen his rival Emyr Davies sensibly retiring due to a calf injury, thanks Emyr for both reporting your decision to the Marshall’s & seeking me out down at the finish.
Another club, Calder Valley, deserve a mention with 4 runners showing up including a category win for Catherine Holden in the FO.40’s, it was good to see you enjoying your trip to Capel.
Thank you’s are due to all the racers & Marshall’s who made it such a great afternoon in hot conditions. I only received one complaint & that was about my inability to have enough water in the Afon Lugwy for the post race dip. Thanks again to our local Cotswold Outdoors in Betws for generously supplying the prizes. Finally thanks to other members of the Siabod Team, Dorina, Marion, John, Nick, & finally to Gaby & her staff for providing the Goulash on the Festival field for the runners.
One apology, there was no tug of war this year as most of the farmers were absent, were they fearing the runners determination to take revenge or watching a football match. In truth I am sure it was neither & had more to do with the reality of Sheep Shearing season!
John – if you feel I’ve left anything out just say so.
30 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 312 finishers in the Felinheli 10k on a hot and sweltering Wednesday 4th July evening. Neither the warm weather nor a herd of cows who apparently wanted to take part in the race around the 7k mark and crashed through the fences from field to field across the race route put the runners off though; Russell Bentley took a wrong turn and ran a longer distance than anyone else! Russell must have been trying to avoid the mad cows! He still won the race in a time of 34.24 with Eryri’s Catherine Connell taking the women’s title in 14th place overall with a time of 39.18. Eryri’s other category winners were: FV/40 Megan Hughes 43.55 & FV/50 Helen Blair 46.19.
A well organised Gwyl Felin event, thanks to Eilir and Debbie Evans and their Team. More information, photos on the Gwyl Felin website:
Felinheli 10k – Eryri Harriers Positions/Times
Race No Name Gender Gender Pos Cat Pos Time Overall
Moel Siabod Fell Race – 2:00 pm start (Junior race at 2:05), registration opens at Moel Siabod Cafe at 12:00 pm. The race is run in conjunction with the Capel Curig show so attractions for friends & family too. Race entry £5 on the day includes a bowl of Gaby’s Ghoulash together with an almost obligatory dip in the river at the finish followed by the Runner’s v Farmer’s tug of war. Once again the race will be sponsored by Cotswold Outdoors who have donated prizes for the first 3, first female & first local, other prizes for category winners supplied by the Cafe. Parking either at the Cafe for free or on the festival field with a small charge going to village funds (please choose the latter if possible to help us support the show). The weather gods appear to be with us but please bring kit just in case.
Just to inform all our members that this Sundays Fairy Freckled Cow, Llyn Alwen 11k Trail Race is the North Wales Regional Trail Running Championships.
11k distance 177m ascent or 6.8miles and 582fthttp://www.denbighharriers.
Next season cross country dates for the diary
Cross country dates for next year’s league as as follows, some venues still to be confirmed. No Bangor/Eryri fixture this year due to uncertainty around work on Treborth playing fields, but still promises to be a great season where all are welcome to join the teams!Seniors:Saturday 6th October 2018 – Baschurch, ShrewsburySaturday 20th October 2018- Colwyn Bay venue to be confirmed but not LlandudnoSaturday 10th November 2018- WrexhamSaturday 12th January 2019 – NorthopSaturday 2nd February 2019 – OswestryJuniors:Saturday 20th October 2018 – Colwyn BaySaturday 10th November 2018 – WrexhamSaturday 1st December 2018 – BangorSaturday 5th January 2019 – Corwen (doubles up as Championships)Saturday 5th January 2019 – North Wales Cross Country Champs – Corwen
Lastly, and more details to follow on this, but just a reminder that I won’t be standing for re-election at this year’s annual general meeting, so if you are interested in taking on this great role on the committee (I’ve really enjoyed it!), just drop me a line for more info, very happy to help and it will be easier this season as no home fixture to organise Cheers, Becki Law (email@example.com)
Preseli Beast and Race to the Tower
A bit delayed but a few fantastic performances to report on from Alwyn Oliver, Maggie Oliver and Judith Leslie!
On 12th May, Alwyn tackled the Preseli Beast in North Pembrokeshire in 6h1m32s – amazing going considering the Beast is 24 off-road miles, with approx 4,700 ft. (1420 m) of assent. He was the only V70 – fantastic running Alwyn!
In another beast of an event on 9/10th June, Judith Leslie and Maggie Oliver conquered the Race to the Tower event in the Cotswolds, a double/ultramarathon event, also raising over £600 (so far) for St David’s Hospice! Here is the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/