Gladstone 9 Race Report 31/08/2019

Gladstone 9 Race Report 31/08/2019
Weather conditions were mixed for this cracking race in the Northern Carneddau, which this year was an
Eryri Club Champs race, but thanks to the good visibility, the views were stunning throughout. 77 runners
& 1 sweeper started the race, & everyone finished. The feedback, as always, has all been excellent, with
many comments about our wonderful marshals, the post-race homemade flapjacks, the amazing homemade soup, & the foodie prizes. There was also great enthusiasm for Racetek, Fabian4’s partner company,
which provided the timing/tracking service, with the results on the computer screen at HQ as soon as the
runners had passed over the line, as well as on the web for all to see.
The race was won by Calder Valley’s Math Roberts, in a time of 1:12:01, with Eryri’s Gavin Roberts, newly back from
injury, hot on his heels in 1:12:39, 3 minutes faster than last year. Eryri’s Fred Maier was 3
, & his club mates Owain
Williams 4th, & Matt Fortes 5th & 1st MV40. Buckley Runners won the one two in the MV40 category with Jez Brown
st in 1:21:55 & Simon Edwards 2nd. Very close behind them was Dark Peak’s John Hunt, 1st MV 50 in 1:23:39 with
Eryri’s Jonny Moore 2nd. Eryri won the one two again in the MV60 category, with Iwan Edgar 1st in 1:36:06, & Terry
Coleman 2nd
, while the MV70s were led home by Eryri’s Brian Robbins 1
st in 2:07:06, followed by Thames Hare &
Hounds (runners come a long way to take part in our race!) Paul Newby.
The first local’s prize (very local – we pass within a few yards of his cottage on the race route) was awarded to Chris
Near, who was 10st overall in 1:24:46, having driven home from the Alps the day before! It’s interesting that once
again, were only 8 senior men in the first 20 finishers. Where are all the ‘youngsters’?!
As in the male category, 4 of the 1st 5 ladies across the line were from Eryri Harriers. 1st was Andrea Rowlands in
1:28:09, also 1st FV40 & a brilliant 18th position overall, 2nd was last year’s winner, NWRR’s Gemma Moore, & just
behind her, 25th overall & 2nd FV40 was Jenny Heming. Next to finish was Sarah Seery, then Sarah Barnwell, 1st
FV50 in 1:42:47 (new record) in the amazing position of 5
th lady & 32nd place overall. Next to finish was Eryri’s Megan
Hughes then Helsby RC’s Laura Baynham-Hughes who were awarded the 1st & 2nd FV40 prizes. Yours truly was
awarded the 1st FV50 prize, with Rachel Arnold in 2nd place, & the amazing Maggie Oliver of Eryri Harriers was the 1st
FV70 home in 2:20:52. Again, only 8 of the 21 female runners were aged less than 40…….
My sincere thanks go to my co-organisers, Maggie Oliver & Alex Fletcher, & to all the many marshals and helpers,
who as always gave their time willingly, & without whom we would not have been able to safely organise the race.
Particular mention needs to be made of little Rhiannon, who, at about 12 weeks of age, is the youngest marshal
we’ve ever had on the summit of Moel Lus! We are very grateful for the grant provided by Penmaenmawr Town
Council, which, as well contributing to the prize fund, enabled us to provide the runners & marshals with soup & a
roll after the race. The very-well received prizes compromised a FOC hamper for the first prize, generously provided
FOC by Spar Penmaenmawr, & fresh produce bags for the age category prizes with the items having been purchased
at a reduced rate from Spar, with extras donated by friends. We were also grateful to have been given a ‘Breakfast
for Two’ voucher by Eryri’s Paul Hodges, owner of Siabod Café, which was presented to the first lady home. Lastly,
we owe a huge vote of thanks, as always, to the staff of the Gladstone pub for their hospitality & cooperation, & for
providing a meal voucher as the first local’s prize.
A small financial contribution will be given to Eryri Harriers, who provided all the kit, to the WFRA, with whom the
race is insured & whose committee members do such a huge amount to support fell running in Wales, & to the
Carneddau Pony Society, whose members do so much to care for this unique herd which has graced our mountains
for so many centuries. I’m pleased to announce that we will be able to donate £280 to the Snowdonia Society, which does such valuable work, for which those of us who enjoy the mountains on
a regular basis are most grateful.
Ellie Salisbury (Race Organiser)

Llanrwst Triathlon

Four Harriers took part in the Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon. The weather ranged from bright sunshine to an absolute down pour. An excellent event from GOG Triathlon.

Dave Kirkby was the first Harrier home in 1:39:00.

Annie Williams 1:39:23, second in class, Super Vet.

Alison Donnelly 1:39.56, third in class, Super Vet.

Hayley McDonald-Jones 1:55:15.


Tryfan Downhill Dash

Tryfan Downhill Dash

8 hardy souls took part in the annual event from Tryfan’s summit to the A5 roadside.

Mike’s race report on Eryri webpage says:

In a field of only 8 runners despite being 3rd and 4th at the top of the gully Mynydd Du’s Jenny Yate and Eryri’s Ali Thomas soon made short work of the 2 men ahead of them Jenny coming in to win in 14.11, Ali 2nd in 14.25 while Gary Porter-Jones took 3rd and 1st 50 in 14.42. Ali’s time not only took 6 minutes off the F50 record but was only 1 minute off her own 2008 F40 record, da iawn Ali.

Photos can be seen here:

U18 WMRA Mountain Running World Cup, Susa, Italy – August 24

U18 WMRA Mountain Running World Cup, Susa, Italy – August 24

Taken from the WA website:

Welsh Teams were in action at the 14th Under 18 WMRA Mountain Running World Cup at Susa in Italy on Saturday 24th August. Several athletes selected to run for Wales are members of Eryri Harriers: Well done to Louis Guest and Jody Cain.

Full results can be seen here:

Welsh Championship 2019: Brecon Beacons

Welsh Championship 2019: Brecon Beacons

The second long race in the championship was run on one of the hotter days this summer with sapping conditions on what is a very tough course. Well done to Matt Fortes and Becki Law for their great runs last weekend, with Becki a fantastic 5thF overall, and Matt coming in an excellent 2nd place.

The overall championship standings can be found on the Welsh Fell Runners facebook page:

North Wales Series 2019: Trefriw Mill 

North Wales Series 2019: Trefriw Mill 

12 harriers took part in this classic rough fell race, the 6th counter in the above series. Richard Roberts had a fantastic run coming in in 2nd place/ 1st V40, and Matt Fortes in 5th/ 3rd V40. Miranda Grant was 1st F, in 11th place overall. We were lucky with the weather on the day, although it was exceedingly wet underfoot, which meant that some bottomless bogs meant business.

Results can be found here:

And here:

With photos here:

Final 2019 British Champs report: Creag Dhubh

Final 2019 British Champs report: Creag Dhubh

The final British Champs race took place in Newtonmore, in the guise of a Highland Games gathering. As anticipated, it was something of a bun-fight, with over 5 fences to cross on the route out, plus a river to negotiate, and the same again on the return…which would have all been manageable with a small field, however with around 300 competitions, it was a bit ‘chaotic’. Suffice to say, Im relieved to still have my teeth, after narrowly missing an elbow on one of the energetic fence crossings…

6 Harriers travelled up for the race: Becki Law, Matt Fortes, Richard Roberts, Russell Owen, Kate Worthington and Miranda Grant. Im sure you’ll be glad to know our hearing is still intact after being exposed to around 500 bagpipes all playing in unison….

The final standings for Eryri Harriers in the British Champs are:

Richard Roberts 8th V40, and Matt Fortes 10th V40. Russell Owen is a fantastic 3rd place overall in the V60 competition, well done Russell!!

Miranda Grant was =5th, and Kate Worthington 10th V40 woman!

A breakdown of results is found here:

Well done everyone who took part in the British Champs this year, roll on next years races!!

Mountain running update

The last two weekends have been pretty busy on the hill running front, with Arenig Fawr race (both a WFRA champs and North Wales champs counter…with surprise marshalling appearance from fell running legend Joss Naylor, no less!) and Moel Siabod race last weekend, and Tal-y-Fan plus the various distances (10k/ Half-/ Full-marathon/ Ultra) in the AAH-organised Snowdonia trail races this weekend just gone. Well done all who have taken part, there were some excellent results across the two weekends.

Race reports and results can be found at the links below.

And I don’t know if anyone knows but theres this little under-the-radar race taking place in Llanberis this Saturday 😉. Importantly, its a Club Champs race, so really good luck to everyone running in the Snowdon Race!!…/welshfra/home/race…/about-us/2019…/race-report-2019

Tal y Fan race report and results

Ras Tal Y Fan      Saturday 13 July 2019

Friday, the day before the event, the mist was low and the rain was light but persistent as a few arrows and marker canes were being put out along the course where runners had a history of making navigational errors.  A bigger problem was the missing stile, where we would normally put a sign near Bryn Derwydd, there was now only a gate, and lots of sheep on either side of it.  The issue, where to find another marshal at such short notice.  Stuart McDonald, who had been recruited as “Sweeper” was phoned, he was now on the gate; and I went to find my fell shoes and bum bag; so much for an easy afternoon on the carnival field eating ice cream!

Saturday dawned, the mist and fog were still down, with little breeze to blow them away quickly.  We certainly did not need a water station setting up at the first checkpoint, if the weather continued it could become a bog-snorkelling race.  By 1pm runners were arriving at registration, and for the first time we had over 60 entries.  Headcount done, and warnings about cows given, the race started.  The leaders rocketed off, reaching checkpoint one in 15 minutes, while the tail-enders were still walking up the hill to the youth hostel.  However, the marshals reported that the quick leader was navigationally challenged, and that they had been yelling at him to follow the path, and not to head off left…

Up towards the summit, and into the cloud.  The footpath gave a good indication of the way to the trig point, but you could not see the top, even from the preceding false summit.  Checkpoint two reported all runners were accounted for, but as we left the summit, the visibility was about 50m, so no there was no opportunity to take a visual on the stone circle, it was going to be a grid bearing or memory of the route across the open moorland bog.

With the tail-end runner close behind me, I led down the hill.  For a minute we could see Mike Blake with the penultimate runner ahead, and then he was gone, hidden by a dip or the mist.  Following narrow sheep paths we headed to the stone circle.  Checkpoint 3 reported 6 unaccounted for.  The prior tail ender was sent off along the course, as a group of five came out of the mist having gone a long way left, more towards Llanfairfechan than Penmaenmawr.  That left one runner unaccounted for.  Neither Mike nor I had seen anyone.  We started to check the check point list to ascertain the number of the missing runner.  Then out of the murk, a shadow appeared.  The runner had gone too far right, but knew when he found telegraph posts that he needed to double back to the checkpoint.

With a big sigh of relief, we headed off along the North Wales Coastal path.  The farmer was out on his quad bike checking sheep, so it was good to know all the gates had competent marshals.  We stopped for a brief chat with the marshals, and continued along the course, now picking up arrows, and canes as we went.  All the runners had passed the footbridge, and the cloud was starting to lift.  We passed another marshal, with jelly babies and water on offer, before up the last hill, down to the last checkpoint and back to the road.

Heading down into the village, the mobile rang – have you a runner with you?  Where are you?  By the time we reached the village the tail ender had been located.  Maybe he had stopped off for a beer, but he was safe.  All accounted for, it was presentation time.

Up at the front, Josh Hartley (Blackcombe), Neal Crampton (Pudsey), Lloyd Taggart (Manx), Jack White (Norwich) and Mark Davies (NWRRC) had had a close run race.  Russell Owen broke the V60 record, finishing in 14th place in 1-19-02.  The Ladies were brought home by Hayley Evans (Buckley) in 1-26-15.

Thank you to all our marshals, registration team and runners for making it an enjoyable afternoon.

Helen Blair

records TAL Y FAN RESULTS 2019 final


Eryri Road Running Championships Table

 Eryri Road Running Championships Table following Wednesday’s LlanfairPwll 5k
 where Ian Edwards strengthened his lead with a 2nd place finish in a time of 16:57 with, 5th Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas 18:01 and 7th John Davies 18:13 also finishing in the top ten of 156 finishers.
In total, there were 14 Eryri Harriers competing..
Full race results can be found on the event Facebook Page: