XC this weekend – lots of Eryri Harriers in Wrexham and Spain
This weekend has been fantastic for Eryri’s cross country runners! Eryri’s Bronwen Jenkinson is over in Spain representing Wales at the Cross de Atapuerca in Burgos after a brilliant run in the Cardiff cross challenge in October (huge congratulations Bronwen!).
23 Eryri Harriers (14 ladies and 9 men) also ran in Wrexham at the third fixture of the North Wales Cross Country League, with James Blair running in the junior races earlier in the morning, coming 6th in the under 13 boys race – well done James!
The first senior race of the day saw Miranda Grant lead Eryri’s ladies team home in an amazing 3rd overall (1st V35). We had a very strong field at the front, with Andrea Rowlands, Elliw Haf coming in 9th and 11th, followed by Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones, Megan Hughes and Helen Blair coming in 27th, 28th and 30th. Next in was Becki Law and Ellie Salisbury (49th and 59th), closely followed by Gwenllian Dafydd (62nd) – huge congratulations and well done to Gwenllian on her first cross country race, her fastest mile and a 5K PB (we think!) all in one go – smiles at the end were awesome! Strong runs from Kate Potter who was next (66th), followed by Alison Donnelly (110th), Sue Taylor (114th), Viv Edwards (116th) and Maggie Oliver (124th). Well done also to our 3 amazing 065/070 runners, Malcolm Jones (5th), Geoff Fielding (15th) and Mike Blake (18th) who also took on the flat, fast course!
Fantastic turnout and brilliant running everyone!
We just made a 6-strong senior men’s team so huge thanks and well done to all who turned out – we were great on the day (provisional results suggest 4th), with a strong first time appearance in the league from Tom Wood (1st U20 and a fantastic 7th overall), followed by equally strong runs from Rory Arthur Johnson (13th) and James Bowden (20th), meaning we had our first three runners in the top 20 which is absolutely brilliant! After helping with all things cross country in the morning (including some gazebo first aid), Matthew Fortes followed up with another strong, well-paced run in 35th, with Russell Owen racing injured after getting knocked off his bike (!?) and still coming in 47th and 1st V60, followed by the race extraordinaire Arwel Lewis in 84th!
However, we still REALLY need to keep up with our attendance to avoid relegation for the men (and maybe do quite well too!) and to keep up with our improving and potentially podium positions for the ladies – next league fixture is on Saturday 12th January, Northop and the final one is in Oswestry on Saturday 2nd February . Come and help your club teams!
Big thanks to Arwel Lewis for all of his support this year with arranging and driving minibuses – Arwel often has to go out of his way to pick the bus up, clean it and take it back – somehow managing to put in a strong run in the middle of it all. Also to Stuart McDonald for helping with picking up and dropping off the gazebo without any bother! Finally, big thanks also to Nic Brook, Eurwyn Edwards and NeeNee LJ for the support on the field too, it all makes for a great club/team experience! Thank you J
Gwyn Owen added another Parkrun win to his total at Newborough on Saturday 3rd November with a time of 17:19. Helen Morgan was the first female finisher with a time of 23:33.
Brilliant at the Bay – XC results so far and this week’s fixture
Cross country again next weekend, and last one for 2018, on Saturday 10th November at Ysgol Morgan Clywd, Wrexham LL13 9NG. Free minibus going if numbers warrant it, please let me know if you’d like a space, leaving 11.30am from Parc Menai, Bangor with pick ups along coast. Junior races are on in the morning too.
Anybody new to cross-country very welcome, along with all those who know and love it. The course at Wrexham is quite different to the hills of Colwyn Bay, with a flatter profile but still as hard (or as easy) as you want it to be. Look forward to seeing lots of Eryri vests once again!
Results from the last fixture have seen the senior men’s team move up from 7th overall into 5th overall – let’s keep this up! The male masters team are in 6th. Both ladies teams were 1st on the day and are currently 3rd overall in the senior ladies category and 5th overall in the lady masters category. Again, brilliant efforts that would be fantastic to continue, let’s keep going! See full results by following this link:https://www.northwalesxc.com/
It’s that time of year where the AGM is upon us and the opportunity to shape the future of the club presents itself.
For this year the AGM will be held at the Split Willow in Llanfairfechan on Tuesday 20th November at 7pm for 7.30pm and food is provided free of charge. We hope as many club members will be in attendance as possible.
As well as discussing club matters the committee for 2018/2019 will be elected. A number of current members are not standing for re-election and so we are looking for new members to join the committee and add their voice to how the club proceeds.
Road running secretary
Mountain running secretary
Cross country running secretary
Welfare Officer Male/Female
Ordinary members x 3
Please note that all roles will be voted for on the night so if you have any interest in any of the positions please get in touch with myself or any committee member and we will happily discuss things further.
The following roles are to be fully vacated at this years AGM and so we are definitely looking for new people to fill these positions:
Chairman – lead committee meetings, make decisions as and when required (Usually with committee approval), be the figurehead for the club when required (special events) (Stuart McDonald)
Vice-chairman – stand in if Chairman not available (Sioned Rowlands)
Cross country running secretary – mobilise runners for XC events, organise transport, organise (with lots of help!) an XC event on our patch (no event in 18/19 possibly one for 2019/20), report to committee meetings (Becki Law)
Fell running secretary – mobilise runners for events (particularly champs races and select teams for relays), organise transport, report to committee (Paul Jenkinson)
Firstly, let me say that committee meetings are not just a tea and biscuit fest and nor are they a borefest!! There are always items that require discussion and there a number of things that will continue to be developed over the coming year. Being a member of the committee is enjoyable and empowering as you know you are making decisions that hopefully have a positive impact on a number of people.
The current postholders are in brackets above so if you wish to have a discussion with them please don’t hesitate to contact them (I can facilitate this if required).
Please don’t assume that somebody will step forward, if you want to be a part of it please let us know. In an ideal world we will have candidates before the AGM so that we avoid the awkward moment where I ask if we have anyone to take a role on and everyone looks in the opposite direction!
We look forward to seeing you on the 20th and shaping the next committee to lead Eryri Harriers into 2019 and beyond.