Eryri’s Rob Samuel made it a hat-trick of wins in the Snowdonia Marathon on Sunday 26th October surprising himself considering he could not even run a few weeks ago after injuring his hamstring running for GB in the World Mountain Running Champs last month, Rob ran a very conservative race early on before overtaking early race leader Gwyn Owen to win in a time of 2:43:50 with Rob Bridges (Manchester TC) 2nd in 2:46:06 and 3rd and making it a hat-trick of Rob’s! Rob Atkin (Bridgend AC) 2:47:44. The wheels came off for Gwyn at the 22mile mark and he did well to finish 5th in 2:50:17. Next in for Eryri was 12th (3rd MV45) John Parkinson in 2:54:15 followed by 19th John Rowley 2:57:15 with Martin Cliffe also making the top 50 in 36th place. 3:08:05.
The 1st female finisher in a very close finish was Bangor Universities Sarah Caskey in a time of 3:12:07 ahead of the fast finishing Melanie Staley (Cambridge & Coleridge) 3:12:18 with Eryri’s Andrea Rowlands coming through to finish 3rd (1st FV/35) in a time of 3:15:44.
In all there were 35 Eryri Harriers amongst the 1554 finishers in the following order:
66th (1st MV/55) Arwel Lewis 3:15:03. 77th. 3:17:04. 84th Dewi Owen 3:18:45. 99th Huw Owen. 3:21:38. 163rd Mick Belshaw. 3:30:07. 169th Iwan Edgar. 3:31:21. 215th Gary Porter-Jones. 3:36:53. 372nd Kate Worthington 3:41:12. 274th Phil Targett. 3:41:16. 288th Emlyn Roberts. 3:41:46. 321st Llion Iwan. 3:44:29. 323rd Gwion Williams. 3:3:44:46. 344th Dilwyn Rowlands. 3:46:35. 363rd Ali Chant. 3:47:50. 377th Brian Wills. 3:48:47. 552nd Tim Watson. 4:00:10.616th Jo Moore. 4:04:30. 837th Eurwyn Edwards. 4:21:05. 840th Tina McDonnell. 4:21:09. 922nd Michelle Fildes 4:26:30. 1005th Rob Barber. 4:33:04. 1053rd Sioned Rowlands. 4:37:11. 1098th David Buse. 4:41:50. 1113th Geraint Jones. 4:43:25. 1117th Alex Fletcher. 4:44:08. 1216th Jodie Brooks. 4:51:52. 1218th Alwyn Williams. 4:53:31. 1230th Rod Rogers. 4:54:53. 1429th Iorwerth Roberts who deserves a special mention having completed all 31 Snowdonia Marathons! 5:20:21 & 1539th Peter Lewis. 6:11:47.
The event also incorporated the North Wales & Welsh Masters Marathon Championships with Welsh Masters Gold Medals for John Parkinson MV/40. Arwel Lewis MV/55 & Andrea Rowlands FV/35. (See below)
A very good day all round for Eryri with Rob the star performer yet again in the well organised, scenic event recently voted one of the best Marathons in the UK.