Weekend Racing News

Twin Piers 10k

On Saturday 19th January, there were 14 Eryri Harriers amongst the 430 finishers in the annual Twin Piers 10k event from Llandudno Pier to where the Colwyn Bay Pier used to be! Leading Eryri home was 22nd placed James Bowden 38:00 followed by: 24th John Davies 38:14. 28th Adrian Williams 38:30. 31st Paul Wathan 38:57. 45th Jonathan Ervine 40:32. 48th Dilwyn Rowlands 40:57. 59th & 2nd MV/60 Arwel Lewis 41:54. 81st Derek Weaver 43:40. 91st Gary Porter-Jones 44:25. 94th Gemma Wathan 44:38. 116th Cara Williams 46:37. 150th & 2nd FV/50 Ali Thomas 48:54. 184th Harri Roberts 50:43 and 412th Roy Jardine 71:00. Except for a slight headwind, race conditions were very good.

Full Race Results: https://colwynbayac.niftyentries.com/Results/Twin-Piers-2019

The following day, Paul Wathan ran in the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon at Helsby as he continues to regain his fitness following injury, wedding and honeymoon! Paul finished 199th with a chip time of 1:28:58.

Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon:

Rob Samuel left the other 631 finishers behind as he raced to another win in the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon on Saturday 19th January. Rob previously won the event in 2016 as he beat 2017 race winner, Tom Roberts with a time of 1:24:40 compared to Tom’s 1:26:04. In all there were 17 Eryri Harriers competing with both Alwyn and Maggie Oliver winning their respective V/70 categories.

Full Race Results: https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events

 

Club Presentation Evening

Notice for your diaries: The Club Presentation Evening will be held on Sat, 9th March (Pipe Dream race day) in Llanberis, or within easy driving distance of Llanberis. All the usual stuff, including buffet/bar/presentation of awards to last season’s winners/surprise guest speaker etc etc. Everyone welcome. Venue/ticket price TBC in the next few days once the committee has made its decision on various quotes & options, so watch this space for a further announcement very soon…..

 

Welsh Inter-regional championships, Llandrindod Wells

Welsh Inter-regional championships, Llandrindod Wells

Eryri representing North Wales

9 Eryri Harriers made the trip down to Llandrindod Wells to wear the North Wales vest in a VERY muddy (see excellent action shots from NeeNee LJ!) Welsh Inter-regional cross-country championships. Teams selected from North, South, East and West Wales competed against each other in typically difficult December conditions – massive congratulations everyone!

Anwen Hockley was 30th position in the U13 girls race, helping the North Wales team to a bronze medal – fantastic Anwen, well done! Tom Wood was an amazing 4 place overall in the U20 mens race, also leading his team home to bronze medals. Lleucu Angharad was 24th in her U17 ladies race and helped her team to a North Wales team GOLD!

In the senior mens event, Gavin Roberts and James Bowden carrying on their great season so far to have brilliant runs in a competitive field of 157 runners, coming in 36th and 46th respectively. In the ladies race, Miranda Grant was a fantastic 6th overall and 2nd FV35, followed by Elliw Haf who came in a very strong 20th overall and 13th senior lady. Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones was 45th and Helen Blair was 77th overall, both helping to bring the North Wales FV45 team home with silver medals – brilliant ladies, well done! Full results available here: http://results.welshathletics.org/.

Callum O’Donnell also ran on Saturday 24th November at the 3rd event of the British Athletics Cross Challenge at Liverpool’s Sefton Park, coming in 89th in the U17 men’s category – these events include high-quality athletes from across the UK, top job Callum!

Lastly, pre-entries are open until 28th December for the North Wales champs at Rhug farm on Saturday 5th January, see link: https://www.northwalesxc.com/fixtures, followed by the penultimate league fixture on Saturday 12th January at Northop.

P.S. This is my last post as XC secretary before handing over to Alexandra Fletcher and Geoff Fielding next weekend who I know will do a fantastic job! I’ve loved it so just wanted to say thank you and a HUGE well done to everyone who has been part of it over the last 4-ish years – running, helping, driving, sorting equipment, plus more! I love the cross-country – a combination of hard-won competitive endeavour combined with brilliant team spirit, I also love this quote (cheers Martin Green for sharing!). Look forward to seeing you at the next race! 

Road Running – Racing News

13 Eryri Harriers travelled over the water to Anglesey to compete in the 3rd race of the Borders Road Running League 2018/19 season at Trac Mon (Anglesey Racing Circuit) near Ty Croes on a very windy Sunday morning, 9th December. On the measured 5 mile race route, with no Ferraris, or other racing vehicles to worry about, the 261 runners had free use of the racing circuit. though, the strong winds put paid to any fast times. Eryri were led home by Emlyn Owen in 57th place overall in a time of 31:52 followed by: 83rd Ali Chant 33:30. 89th & 1st MV/60 Arwel Lewis 33:55. 165th and making her Borders League debut for Eryri Jaclyn Artist 38:37. 170th Becki Law 39:16. 171st & 1st MV/70 Emyr Davies 39:18. 176th & Eryri founder member Malcolm Jones 39:31. 199th and enjoying an outing on the “Road” Ellie Salisbury 40:50. 226th Jenny Williamson 44:24. 227th Alison Donnelly 44:28. 247th & 2nd FV/70 Maggie Oliver 47:57 and 255th Roy Jardine 52:12. In the team results, Eryri’s men were placed 6th and the women 3rd in their respective 2nd Divisions. In the overall team standings, Eryri’s men are currently placed 9th and the women 4th. The race was won by Joe Boden (Wallasey AC) 26:25. The first female finisher was Emily Kearney (Wirral) in 29th place overall with a time of 29:43. The next race will be at Tattenhall on Sunday 27th January 2019 with a 11am start. Borders Road Running League website: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

TELFORD 10km

On Sunday 9th December, representing North Wales, Rob Samuel finished 57th overall in the high quality race with a time of 31:11 while also competing for North Wales, Catherine Connell finished 355th and 42nd female with a PB time of 38:34. Amongst the 1228 finishers were: 289th John Parkinson 36:45 and 301st Arthur Connell 37:03.

The popular event once again produced fast times with 16 athletes under 30 min, 47 under 31 min and 88 under 32min. One to aim for next year!

Rhediad Rory/Rory’s run

Rhediad Rory

Fe fydd Eryri Harries yn cynnal Rhediad Rory ar Ionawr 13eg 2019.

Cyfle  redwyr ddod ynghyd i hel atgofion drwy redeg a mwynhau rhai o hoff lwybrau Rory.

Cyfarfod yn Mynydd Gwefru Llanberis 09:30, rhediad yn cychwyn 10:00

 

Croeso cynnes i bawb

Rory’s run

Eryri Harries will be hosting Rory’s run on January 13 2019

Meet at Electric Mountain Car Park 09:30, run will start 10:00

It will be an opportunity to remember Rory and follow some of his favourite runs.

National and international XC representation

 

National and international XC representation

A few fantastic cross-country performances from Eryri Harriers further afield, representing the club at a national and international level! Following brilliant performances by Callum OD (37th in his race), Rob Samuel (joint 10th in his race) and Bronwen Jenkinson (22nd in her race) at the first fixture of the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Cardiff, Callum has once again represented Eryri in a strong field at the second fixture in Milton Keynes, coming in a brilliant 49th in the U17M category. On the same weekend (10th/11th November, Bronwen Jenkinson was in Spain running for Wales in the Cross de Atapuerca in Burgos, also in a quality field of senior women, coming in 56th. Maggie Oliver, our amazing V70, was in Swansea this weekend representing Wales in the British and Irish Masters International XC – you can just about make her out in this photo!).

It involves an amazing amount of hard work and commitment to train, travel and compete at these high levels – a huge well done to you all and keep going!

London Marathon Club Places

Don’t forget the method of allocating the club’s allocation of London Marathon entries.

London Marathon Eryri Ballot:
Each year Eryri are allocated a handful of places. To be eligible for one of these places, the following rules will be in place for 2017 & the foreseeable future. Members must:

1. Be fully paid first claim club members.
2. Attend the Christmas club fun run.

Selection.
3. Priority will be given to members who entered the London Marathon Ballot and were rejected. Evidence of rejection needs to be provided. (This needs to be for the same year)

4. If the number of members with rejection notices is lower than or equal to the number of places available then they will receive an automatic right to the place.

5. If the number of members with rejection notices is more than the number of places then names will be drawn for the places.

6. If there are still club places available after step 4 above, then the remaining place(s) will be allocated by means of an open draw.