Conwy Mountain Fell Race

Well done to all the Eryri Harriers who have taken part in the first races in the North Wales Series, and WFRA Champs/S Wales series in the last few weeks.
Conwy Mountain, which took place despite the atrocious conditions and weather warnings, saw 22 hardy runners from the club battling the elements on what is a tough course at the best of times. Top results go to Matt Fortes who was 3rd/ 1st V40, Gemma Moore 3rd F, Craig Jones 1st V50 and Maggie Oliver 1st V70. The next race in the series is Llantysilio on the 21st March.
Slightly better conditions were had for the Carding Mill Canter (I’m sure I saw some photos with people smiling in the SUN!) which saw 8 Harriers taking on the challenge of the first WFRA/ S Wales champs race. Gavin Roberts 2nd Senior & 3rd overall, Owain Williams 5th senior/8th, Emlyn Owen 3rd MV40/10th, Jackie Lee 3rdFV40, Kean Rowlands 12th MV60, Ellie Salisbury 6th FV50, Geoff Fielding 2nd MV70 and Maggie Oliver 1st FV70.
Next race in the WFRA/ S Wales champs is Cribyn on the 25th April.
CLUB CHAMPS: FIRST RACE IS ON THE 28TH MARCH!! MOEL WNION! 🙂 Get involved in that one everyone!
And good luck to everyone taking part in the first race in the British Championship this weekend. What will Ras yr Aran be like this year? Sideways hail, or requiring Factor 50?
AND!! The Tuesday Night Series begins again, like clockwork (we all hope, in the current climate) at the end of March: Moel Tryfan on Tuesday 31st.

Club Champs Mountain Running

Just a reminder of the Mountain Running club champs races for 2020:
The races for 2020 are:
March 28th: Moel Wnion
April 21st: 3 Hills (Tuesday evening series)
May 9th: Moel Eilio race (not the Intercounties race the same month)
June 6th: Welsh 1000s
June 20th: Foel Fras
September 12th: Eilidr Fawr
September 26th: Pedol Peris (Full)
November 14th: Penmaenmawr race
Same format as last year: best 4, with a min of 3 to count.

 

Urgent Ras yr Aran Information

Urgent Ras yr Aran Information

 

Covid 19  –  Instructions for athletes

 

At present the Government has not ordered nor advised the abandonment of outdoor sporting activities of our size so the race will continue.

 

However it is important that we take as many precautions as we can to prevent the spread of the virus to fellow runner, officials or the local community through our activities. Please refer to PHE advice

 

You should NOT attend the race if

 

  • You are feverish and have symptoms of respiratory infection cough cold shortness of breath ( this is sensible whatever the cause of your illness)
  • You have been directly advised to self isolate, or is in a group that the government has advised to self isolate.
  • You think you have been in close contact with someone who has has the virus, or if you think you may have it

 

People can have the virus and feel well so there may still be people coming who has it.

To minimise the chances of contamination please remember

 

  • Follow hand washing advice.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact (!)
  • Not to bunch up if queuing for any reason
  • If the weather is fit stay outside as much as you can, don’t congregate around registration or any lists.
  • If you arrive early consider returning to your car til warm up time.

 

We will try to make the flow of people through the number pick up as smooth as possible.

Subject to weather the presentations will be outside. We will try to keep them brief.

We will not be offended if those who are confident in their disappointment wish to go home without attending the prize giving.

We can post their prize on to any winners who don’t wish to stay.

NICK BEER 10K

ERYRI DOMINATE AT the NICK BEER 10K
24 Eryri Harriers completed the annual Nick Beer 10k on its rearranged date of Saturday 7th March and yet again, the recent storms meant a race detour. Following a landslide and rock falls on the Great Orme, a hastily new race route was devised and accurately measured, making use of the promenade and Church Walks and, as has been the case lately, though dry, the runners were faced with strong headwinds on various parts of the course.
Dilwyn Powell-Jones paced the course and conditions superbly to claim his best ever race win with a time of 34:51 followed by: 5th (2nd MV/35) Ian Edwards 35:53. 6th(2nd MV/45)  Nic Brook 35:59. 10th (2nd MV/40) Matt Fortes 38:00. 12th Michael Corrales 38:51. 21st Michael Coyne 39:48. 22nd Paul Jones 39:48. 23rd Brian Wills 39:56. 30th, 2nd female overall & 1st FV/45 Andrea Rowlands 41:31. 36th & 1st MV/65 SPJ – Steve P Jones 42:00. 41st & 2nd MV/55 Tim Watson 42:50. 58th & 2nd MV/60 Arwel Lewis 43:44. 69th & 1st FV/40 Megan Hughes 44:35. 76th & 2nd FV/40 Helen Morgan 45:24. 95th Emlyn Roberts 46:19. 101st & 2nd FV/50 Helen Blair 46:34. 107th Luke Earnshaw 46:49. 172nd Harri Roberts 50:53. 175th Jess Mullan 50:54. 176th Gwenllian Dafydd 50:54. 243rd Rebecca Roberts 55:14. 310th & 1st FV/70 Maggie Oliver 59:39 and 365th Roy Jardine 64:52. There were 428 finishers.
Eryri men and women claimed the respective team titles.

BUSY SUNDAY OF ROAD RACING for ERYRI

BUSY SUNDAY OF ROAD RACING for ERYRI
 
The weather yet again played havoc with racing this weekend! At the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March, though the weather was dry, the strong winds prevented the competitors being allowed to race across the Menai Suspension Bridge meaning a change of start location, nearer the Town Centre by Askew Street, the overnight winds also brought down a tree on the A545 Beaumaris Road that meant a change of race route, which certainly made it interesting, taking in the alternative race route via Llandegfan to Beaumaris, Llanfaes and back, taking in, the iconic “Cemetery Hill” Overall race distance was 13.7miles with over 1,200ft of climbing! At least there was some shelter from the strong head wind on the Llandegfan back roads on the way back to the finish!
18 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 1206 finishers with 6th placed Nic Brook leading the way in a time of 1:24:57 followed by: 11th Keirren Jones 1:27:10. 19th Sion Kelly-Williams 1:29:03. 44th Michael Coyne 1:34:10. 59th (3rd M/50) Paul Hodges 1:37:50. 60th & 2nd Female Gemma Moore 1:38:05. 66th & 3rd Female Anna Mackenzie 1:38:18. 101st (2nd M/60) Arwel Lewis 1:42:11. 120th Ifan Jones 1:44:05. 141st Manon Wilkinson 1:46:55. 147th Megan Hughes 1:47:33. 160th Helen Morgan 1:48:15. 192nd Jacki Artist 1:49:57. 422nd Gwenllian Dafydd 2:04:13. 459th Harri Roberts 2:05:42. 504th Chris Hoult 2:07:08. 614th Katie Wilby 2:13:47 & Gwyn Moseley 2:19:11.
The race was won by Martin Green (M/45) 1:21:08 with local athlete Steff Sayer (Menai T&F) not far behind in 1:21:19. The first woman home was Bangor University student Lucy Williamson (Ilkley Harriers AC) with a time of 1:32:56. The event was the 3rd counter in the Eryri Road Running Championships which will be updated later.
In conjunction with the Half Marathon, there were 641 finishers in the 10k event. The first Eryri Harrier home was 18th placed and 1st M/60 Dylan Huws in a time of 42:17 followed by: 26th Jody Cain 43:48. 82nd and 1st M/65 Eurwyn Edwards 50:13. 85th and 1st F/50 Marian Jones 50:30. 86th and 2nd M/65 Malcolm Jones 50:32. 253rd Kelly O’Donnell 59:18 & 394th (2nd F/60) Viv Edwards 64:08. The race was won by Ryan Davis (Wrexham AAC) 34:18 with former Eryri athlete Lydia Sharpe finishing 6th overall & 1st female in a time of 39:56.
Also on Sunday, Rob Samuel was just 6 seconds away from a 10k PB at the Trafford 10k with a time of 30:27.
Though Rob was 6th overall in the event, he was only the 4th Welsh finisher which shows the depth of talent that we currently have in Wales amongst both our male and female athletes.
The race was won by Andy Hunt (Cardiff AAC) 29:44. 2nd Andy Davies (Stockport) 30:14 with, 3rd Rowan Axe (Cardiff AAC) 30:16.
Down South, Rhys James finished 58th in the Newport Half Marathon in a time of 1:22:43 where there were 1943 finishers.

GEMMA’S (WINDSWEPT) NORTH WALES TITLE

GEMMA’S (WINDSWEPT) NORTH WALES TITLE
Gemma Moore was Eryri’s star performer at the windswept Rhyl 10 mile (North Wales Championships) race on Saturday 22nd February. The event was also a club counter in our Road Running Championships, only the 2nd to date following two postponements due to the weather.
548 competitors braved the gale force winds at Sunny Rhyl for the out and back 10mile event to Prestatyn and back. Running the bad weather route did not make much of a difference, wind assisted all the way to Prestatyn before the turnaround and the battle against the wind and once on the seashore, the windswept sand.
Shaun Jackson (Chester Tri) won the event in a time of 56:35. The first Eryri Finisher was 12th placed (North Wales Gold Medal MV/35) 59:05 followed by: 15th (North Wales Silver Medal MV/45)  Nic Brook 60:10. 21st (North Wales Silver Medal MV/35) 62:35. 30th (North Wales Senior Silver Medal) Keiren Jones 65:18. 33rd (North Wales Bronze Medal MV/45) Michale Coyne 66:26. 46th and North Wales Overall 10 mile Champion; Gemma Moore 69:07. 56th (North Wales Gold Medal MV/60) Arwel Lewis 71:01 & 454th (Gold Medal MV/70) Roy Jardine 1:51:25.
Well done to everyone who braved the gale force winds and the event organisers: RunWales for putting the event on in challenging weather conditions.
Following weeks of race cancellations including the Nick Beer 10k and the Wrexham Half Marathon, both of which were Eryri Road Running Championship events. The Nick Beer 10k has been re-arranged for Saturday 7th March and will remain a club road running championships event. The Wrexham Half Marathon has been cancelled altogether for this year with those entered been given the options of:

Virtual Half Marathon (in your own time).  Run the 13.1 miles distance in your own time, wherever you want and then send us evidence.  We will then post the magnificent 2020 giant antique bronze finish medal to you.  Please follow the instructions when entering the virtual race. Or

Transfer Your Entry to either:  Colshaw Hall 10k (Knutsford) on Sunday 10th May, Helena Tipping Wrexham 10k on Sunday 27th July or our Bartletts Farndon 10k on Sunday 27th September.  All three of these fantastic events are classic races with full road closures, the most up to date chip-timing and amazing bespoke medals.

To transfer to the virtual race or to one of the three 10k races then please CLICK HERE
This must be completed by 
23:59 on Saturday 29th Feb 

Club Championships update after two events – Rhyl 10mile points with points overall in brackets:
Dilwyn Powell_Jones 25 (50)
Nic Brook 22
Ian Edwards 20 (40)
Keiren Jones 19
Michael Coyne 18
Gemma Moore 17 – 25 (50) 1st Female
Arwel Lewis 16 (39)
Roy Jardine 15 (23)

ROB’S TATTON PARK WIN

One event that survived the weather today was the Tatton Park 10k, near Knutsford.
Rob Samuel was a winner again in what must have been very tough conditions in a time of 34.06, nearly four minutes ahead of runner-up Jack Strode 37:55.
There were 408 finishers.
Well done once again Rob

ERYRI HARRIERS 2020 CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

ERYRI HARRIERS 2020 CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING

The club’s Presentation Evening will be held at the Padarn Hotel, Llanberis, on Saturday, 29th Feb, 7 for 7:30pm.

Huw Williams will be giving a talk entitled ‘At The Checkpoint’, there will be a 2-course hot buffet, with a choice of spicy/non-spicy, meat/veggie main, & of course, the presentation of awards to all last season’s club champions.

The cost will be £10 for seniors & £5 for juniors. PLACES NEED TO BE RESERVED BY FRIDAY EVENING, **21st FEBRUARY** AT THE VERY LATEST, by either:

  1. BACS’ing payment to the club account, using your name as the reference (Account number: 25772294 Sort Code: 09-01-29) or
  2.  by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to a committee member at one of the club’s weekly training evenings or
  3. by giving your name & the correct amount of cash to Mike Blake at the XC in Oswestry next Sat.

Voting for the Outstanding Contribution to the Club award will take place on the night.

Everyone welcome – especially new members. Do come & support our great club & its champions!

For further details, please contact Ellie Salisbury on 07789061648 or ellierocknrun@gmail.com

TWIN PIERS 10K REPORT

TWIN PIERS – RACE REPORT:

 

16 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 487 finishers in the popular Twin Piers 10k (North Wales 10km Championships) race on Saturday 18th January. The point to point event from Llandudno Pier to where the Colwyn Bay Pier used to be! The event was also the first counter in the Eryri Road Running Championships.

First home for Eryri was 8th placed Dilwyn Powell-Jones in a time of 33.35, a personal best (PB) time for the distance, his previous best was 34.52. Dilwyn was followed home by 11th placed Eryri newcomer; Lewis Roberts 34.14, 12th Ian Edwards 34.23 (PB – 34.58) 30th & 1st M/60 Russell Owen 37.36. 34th Brian Wills 38.18 (PB – 39.04) 38th & 1st FV/35 Gemma Moore 39.02. 40th Paul Jones 39.06. 51st Anthony Davies 40.20 (PB – 42.37) 76th & 1st M/65 Steve P Jones (SPJ) 42.03. 79th Arwel Lewis 42.15. 99th Russell Williams 43.36. 201st Ali Thomas 50.04. 217th Nia Meleri-Edwards 51.49. 221st Malcolm Jones 52:08. 238th Kate Potter 53.18 & 379th Roy Jardine 63.45.

North Wales 10k Championship medalists:

2nd Male/45 – Dilwyn Powell-Jones

3rd Senior Male – Lewis Roberts

1st Female/35 – Gemma Moore

1st Male/60 – Russell Owen

3rd Male/60 – Arwel Lewis

1st Male/65 – SPJ

3rd Female/55 – Kate Potter

ERYRI ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS

25Pts – Dilwyn Powell-Jones

22Pts – Lewis Roberts

20Pts – Ian Edwards

19Pts – Russell Owen

18Pts – Brian Wills

17 (25Pts) – Gemma Moore

16Pts – Paul Jones

15Pts – Anthony Davies

14Pts – SPJ

13Pts – Arwel Lewis

12Pts – Russell Williams

11 (22Pts) Ali Thomas

10 (20Pts) Nia Meleri-Edwards

9Pts – Malcolm Jones

8 (19Pts) Kate Potter

7Pts Roy Jardine

Best results from six of the twelve races to count