19 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 381 Finishers in Sunday’s Borders League 5 mile event at Pensarn, Nr Abergele on a dry but, windy morning. Rob Samuel led the way for Eryri on his comeback race following his calf injury at the Caernarfon 10k race last August. Rob battled hard for the win in a very good time, considering the conditions of 25.46  Rob’s win made it four race wins in a row for Eryri in the Borders League following race wins for Matt Roberts at Caernarfon and Owen Roberts double success at Connahs Quay and Birkenhead Park. Rob  was followed home by::22nd Dilwyn Powell-Jones.27.50. 55th Ian Edwards 29.57. 128th Ali Chant 33.28. 130th Dylan Huws 33.38. 144th Anthony Davies 34.14. 148th Arwel Lewis 34.25. 164th Jacki Artist 34.54. 206th Helen Blair 36.45. 231st Jess Mullen 38.35. 262nd Gwenllian Dafydd 39.49. 283rd Gwyn Mossley 40.59. 291st Nia Meleri-Edwards 41.30. 298th Allison Donnelly 42.16. 299th Kate Katie Wilby 42.21. 304th Jenny Williamson 42.33. 348th Emyr Davies 46.23. 352nd Maggie Oliver 47.01 & 371st Roy Jardine 51.21. Well Done All. A special mention to those who also represented the club at the Shrewsbury XC League race the previous day.
In the overall team standings, Eryri’s men, with three races to go are still well placed for promotion, currently placed 2nd in Division Two with 2075pts ahead of Abergele 3567pts. Eryri’s women are currently placed 4th in Division Two with 576pts. Both Eryri’s men and women lead the way in the Improvers Trophy standings.
A change of venue for the next event on Sunday 15th March from Helsby to Wrexham for a 11.00am start.

Borders Road Running League this Sunday

The 4th race of the  2019/20 season takes place at Pensarn, nr Abergele this Sunday 12th January at 11.00am. A nice flat course on the usual 5 mile race route though, because of the numbers expected to be competing on the day, the event will be shortened slightly.
It is imperative that we get our club members out to run in this event as both our men and women seek promotion. The event will also be the club’s first Road Running Championships counter.

XC at Meirionnydd

Eryri had another great turn out on Saturday the 23rd for the third fixture of the season hosted by Meirionnydd at Dolgellau. A long fast and flat course with a bit of water thrown in for good measure saw some great results for Eryri.

Eryri ladies and female masters are still in first place with the men in 4th place, male masters in 3rd and male over 65 in 1st.
Next fixture will be held at Roman Road sports centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW on the 11th of January.
We will be arranging a mini bus with details of pick up times and places to be posted nearer to the time.

Conwy Half Marathon

There was a record 2773 finishers in the Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday 17th November with 14 Eryri Harriers completing the event which includes a trip around Llandudno’s Great Orme. Leading the way for Eryri was Brendan Rothery in 15th position overall and 1st MV/40 with a time of 1:16:51. Next home for Eryri was Nic Brook in a time of 1:22:08 followed by: 2nd Female Anna Mackenzie in 1:27:17. Jason Jones 1:28:41. Brian Wills 1: 30:11. Arwel Lewis 1:36:55. Chris Cook 1:38:02. Guto Rhys 1:42:46. Harri Roberts 1:50:01. Chris Hoult 1:52:15. Emlyn Roberts 2:00:25. Eleri Roberts 2:07:40 and Roy Jardine 2:21:43 (All Chip Times)
Gary Priestly (Salford) held off the challenge of Adam Bull (Aberdare AC) to win the event in a time of 68:24 with Adam clocking 68:48 ahead of Tom Roberts (Meirionnydd) 72:33. Gary’s partner Anna Bracegirdle was the first female finisher in a time of 1:20:58.
A well organised RunWales event run in very good conditions though, a bit wet later on.
The event was also the last counter in the Eryri Road Running Championships of which Ian Edwards had already guaranteed the title with Arwel Lewis 2nd and Eurwyn Edwards 3rd. Vivian Edwards wins the Women’s title. Full Championship results will be published soon.

Morbegno report

Morbegno 2019…A small but mighty crew of Eryri Harriers made the trip over to Italy to take part in the excellent Trofeo Vanoni race, which takes the runner through quaint narrow streets, up impossibly steep and slippery cobbled paths, through mud, tree roots and small streams, all bathed in beautiful Autumn colours, to then be thrown back down the hill-side, with several technical leaps of faith off walls, small cliffs and steep steps (mens course), and a jump off a grassy wall (for the ladies).

Following recceing our respective race routes, and fuelling ourselves up in the preceding days on the athletes’ staple of pizza and beer, come Sunday, we were ready to go…

First up, the ladies: Sarah Seery, Becki Law, Michelle Fildes and Miranda Grant lined up with some of the big names in European (and British!) mountain running. After much fanfare and cowbell ringing, we were off, flying along the streets, elbows out, slogging up the steep climb to the top of our route then battering a way down to the finish along narrow paths, rough roads and tarmac, with the aforementioned and much anticipated jump off the wall. I genuinely had nightmares about this last year: lots of people crowd along the wall jump, waiting for the possibility of a high drama face-plant!

First in, in 13th place was Miranda, running a minute quicker than last year. Next was Sarah in 30th, closely followed by Becki who had sped down the descent to take 33rd, and Michelle put in a cracking run to come 65th. Well done ladies!

The mens race is a big event, with teams of 3 in a relay format, making it a great spectacle to watch.

Racing in the veteran Hen Ogledd team were speedy hill and road runners Math Roberts, Karl Grey (not of Eryri) and Richard Roberts. They had an outstanding performance, with Math putting in an amazing first leg, placing the team in 5th at the handover. Solid performances from Richard and Karl led to an amazing 14th place overall, AND 1st Vet team!! Incredible!!

Gavin Roberts, Matt Fortes and Owain Williams made up Eryri Team C. Owain has written an excellent account of his experience (somewhere on this page, Mr Parttimerunner). All three men had strong legs and fast times to place 31st team overall.

John Rowley, Dylan Wynn Jones and Sion Morgan made up Team B, coming in 77th overall, despite Dylan discovering the delight of wine in a carton the night before. Excellent running there.

Brian Seery, Arwel Lewis and Adrian Woods were in the A-team, with the prize for pushing oneself beyond the recognised human limit of pain endurance going to Arwel, who wasn’t able to talk for a good while after finishing his leg. Their team finished 150th overall.

It was a fantastic weekend, a huge amount of fun and top levels of committed spectator-ship from everyone…Thanks everyone for a great weekend of laughs 🙂.

A couple photos attached but there are literally hundreds of photos of Eryri Harriers from a myriad of vantage points on the Trofeo Vanoni facebook page.