Pedal Peris Marshall help needed

The Peris Horseshoe is a month away and I’m looking for marshals. This has been an iconic race for Eryri Harriers for a number of years and this year is part of the Open Welsh & North Welsh WFRA Championships.

For those new to the Peris there are Full and Half versions. The Full takes in Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr before dropping to Pen y Pass then climbing Lliwedd, Yr Wyddfa & Moel Cynghorion to finish back in Llanberis. The half completes the first three summits and finishes at Pen y Pass.

As with every race they can only go ahead with the help of volunteers out on the hill so if you can spare some time on Saturday 9th September it would be greatly appreciated.

The major marshal locations are the 6 summits, Pen y Pass (Half finish & drinks station) and the finish of the Full in Llanberis. So there’s something for everyone!!

Please get in touch if you can help and pass on to friends, family and clubmates as everyone is welcome.

In the past couple of years we have been lucky that peopel have been generous with cakes which we have used at the Half finish/feed station of the full and at the finish of the full. If this can happen again then I’d be very grateful. It all helps to create the atmosphere of the race.

One final thing! This year registration/HQ will be in Electric Mountain rather than The Heights. The Heights have been great to us over the last few years but it’s not an ideal scenario for either them or us as race organisers. Electric Mountain will make a great race HQ.

If you can help please give me a shout.



Race the Train

37 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 249 finishers in the 20th running of Race The Highland Train 5k at Caernarfon on Wednesday 19th July, some of whom had run in the Snowdon International race a few days earlier. Rob Samuel was a clear winner in a time of 14:26 for his 3rd win and 3rd best time in the event, Rob’s best time being 14:09 while he also clocked 14:21 when finishing 2nd to course record holder Matt Clowes 13:44 in 2012. Rob was followed home by Matt Roberts in a time of 15:18 with: 4th Paul Wathan 15:52. 6th Callum O’Donnell 16:29 and also making the top ten in 10th place; John Parkinson 16:48. Making it a double success for Eryri, Bronwen Jenkinson finished 11th overall and 1st female finisher in a course record time of 16:55, 5 seconds quicker than Gina Paletta’s time of 17:00 in 2012. Other Eryri category winners were: 1st FV/35 Louise Beetlestone 19:37. 1st FV/45 Helen Blair 20:04. 1st FV/65 Maggie Oliver 26:23 and 1st FV/60 Viv Edwards 26:47.

Tal Y Fan Fell Race Report and Results

Saturday 8 July 2017


The morning was warm, clear and fine, with a touch of breeze.  At 2pm, 37 competitors lined up, and Spiderman sounded the hooter for the start.  Off the runners went, out through the car park and on to the road through the village of Rowen, before 300m later, turning rights and the start of the ascent, first on tarmac up to the youth hostel, before levelling out a bit up along the old roman road to Cae Coch, and then after climbing the stile, up the grassy bank and then the rocks to Tal y Fan summit.  The runners then benefited from the recent sunny weather, as the usually boggy bit was not too boggy, allowing for quick runs across the moors to the Penmaenmawr stone circle.


Along the North Wales coastal path for a stretch before another right turn, and an uphill section (avoided by those running with heads down, who went left past the Old Llangelynin Church and down to the scout camp) back towards Rowen youth hostel, (except for those who failed to turn left over the wall and did a detour back to Cae Coch before realising their navigational error), and it was then downhill all the way to the finish back at the Carnival.  Gavin Roberts, Paul Jones, Matt Lewis and Emlyn Owen had a close run race at the front of the field, with Gavin pulling away after the bridge (CP5).


A big thanks to all our marshals and helpers, Mike Blake for sweeping up at the back and keeping the tail enders on the right track.  Next year we may put up a few more arrows for the navigationally challenged.


Helen and Doug Blair

Race Organisers


TAL Y FAN RESULTS 2017 final

10k win and PB for Miranda

10k win and PB for Miranda
There were 40 Eryri Harriers competing in the Felinheli 10k on a rather wet and rainy Wednesday evening 28th July. Despite the gloomy weather, 337 competitors completed the road & trail race route through the Vaenol Estate to Parc Menai and back. Leading the way on his come back from a serious injury was Owen Roberts who finished a close 2nd to Race winner Martin Green (NWRRC – 35:00) in a time of 35:04. Miranda Grant was the star performer, finishing 25th overall and 1st female in a time of 39:19. A personal best for the distance for Miranda by nearly two minutes compared to 41:14. Other Eryri category winners: MV/50 – Noel Craine. 38:56. MV/60 – Iwan Edgar. 42:29. FV/40 – Nia Gwynn. 43:07. FV/60 – Vivienne Edwards. 56:42 and FV/50 – Ali Thomas. 46:46.

Dates for this year’s XC league

All welcome!

Hi everyone,

It’s time to get the dates for this the 2017/18 cross-country season in the diary! As was said by one of our members – ‘summer performance is made in the winter’ – the cross-country season is perfect for that – it keeps you going competitively over the winter months as there’s quick, tough ‘tempo’ running for those that want it alongside all-welcoming team spirit no matter what your ability.

If you are interested but not sure what it’s all about, please feel free to get in touch.

A few other key points – we arrange a FREE minibus to all away league events, and entry is also FREE. The first race starts at 2pm (ladies, U17 men and over 70s – approximately 5k) and the second race for all other mens categories starts at 2.45pm (approximately 8-10k). You must be a fully paid up member of Eryri Harriers to take part (2nd claim members contact me for info) but other than that you can just turn up and run!

Here is last year’s roll call of contributors to last year’s league (including marshalls) – huge well done everyone, looking forward to this years league – the more the merrier so come and give it a go!
Arwel LewisMatthew FortesRussell OwenGary Porter-JonesPaul WathanEurwyn EdwardsEmlyn Owen, Paul Jones, Steve JonesSteffan Rhys EvansAled Gwyn OwenRob Samuel, Maldwyn Evans, Hugh O’Donnell, Anthony Forest BethellRory O’DJames HarwoodJames McQueen, Dilwyn Rowlands, Stephen Jones, Don Williams, Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-JonesAndrea RowlandsEllie Salisbury, Megan Hughes, Louise Emery-Jones, Becki Law, Maggie Oliver, Helen Blair, Annie Williams, Jennifer WilliamsonAlexandra FletcherBecca RobertsMiranda GrantAnnabelle McQueenHayley Turner, Alison Donnelly, Maggie and Alwyn Oliver, Stuart McDonaldNeeNee LJ, Ann Lewis, Sharon Owen, Karen Jenkinson, Mike BlakeSioned Ellen RowlandsTina Louise McDonnellAnthony Paul DaviesTamsin O’Neil, Iowerth Roberts, Sue and Eric Roberts, Mair and Wills.

See dates below – we are hosting on 25th November – advance warning of CAKES for this one please, and helpers needed 

Saturday 7th October 2017 – Wrexham
Saturday 21st October 2017 – Llandudno
Saturday 25th November 2017 – Bangor
Saturday 20th January 2018 – Shrewsbury
Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Oswestry

The North Wales Cross Country Champs are on Saturday 6th January. There is also a junior league, dates to be confirmed, will keep you posted.


Becki (


Deiniolen 10k

121 runners completed the tough but enjoyable Deiniolen 10k on Wednesday 14th June as the locals turned out in their droves to cheer on the competitors in quite warm and dry conditions.
The improving Gethin Jones (Cybi Striders) pulled away from Tom Roberts (Meirionydd) on the sting in the tail climb at 7.5k to win in a time of 34.23 with Tom clocking 35:08 followed by the first Eryri finisher Paul Wathan 35:43. Martin Green (NWRRC) took the MV/40 honours in 4th place overall in a time of 36:26 ahead of Eryri’s 6th placed Sam Orton 38:15. Noel Craine ran well to finish 13th overall and 1st MV/50 in a time of 40:38 while Iorweth Roberts won the MV/70 category with a time of 69:16.
Pride of place goes to Jenny Charlton who pulled away from club colleague Elliw Haf to finish 25th overall and first female finisher in a time of 42:40 (Female, New Course Record?) with Elliw clocking 43:43. In all, at least 30 Eryri Harriers competed in the well organised event with special thanks going to Gwynfor James and his crew and the people of Deiniolen for being such welcoming and enthusiastic supporters of the event.

Welsh 1000m peaks

Welsh 1000m peaks

Great race, brilliant conditions, records broken!

Great weather for the majority of the day, brilliant marshalls and two fantastic routes, many thanks to the organisers!

Starting in the long race at 9am from Aber, Matthew Fortes had another great run in a strong field and came in a brilliant 3rd overall! Andrea Rowlands had a fantastic run, was 1st overall lady also breaking the overall women’s record too! Jonathan Moore smashed his PB, Paul Jones was also quicker than last time and made up the 4-strong club 1st prize. Others from the Eryri contingent were Adrian Williams, Emlyn Owen (both having bashed their legs at various points!), Elton Angle-Smith, Emlyn Roberts, Gwion Williams, Becki Law, Iwan Edgar (1st vet 60, the only one in the whole race, also breaking the record!), Paul Hodges, Nia Albiston, Kate Worthington and Kean Rowlands – really well done everyone!

In the short but still tough race, Martin Cliffe was a brilliant 2nd overall and 1st V40, 3rd was Russell Owen was also 1st V50, then Ed Harmer, Gary Porter-Jones, Jenny Heming (back from a snake bite!) was 1st lady, Emily Wood, Ali Thomas (1st V50 – record breaker number 3!), Guto Edwards, Lou Emery, Mike Blake and Maggie Oliver (1st V60 and the only one in the whole race – another inspiration to us all, who ALSO broke the V60 record!).

Sorry if I have missed mentioning anything/anyone! Cheers!

Results are here:

Some of the Eryri runners after the Welsh 1000m peaks race – a brilliant day out in the ‘homeland’! Credit to Awel (Jenny Heming) for the photo after the prize giving.