Triumph again at Cross Country League – trophies galore!

Categories: Cross Country

North Wales Cross Country League 2012/13

Final Season Results   (link will be added when they appear on the NWXCL website)

 

XC 2013 prizgiving

Well in the end, Eryri Harriers didn’t do quite as well as last year’s best season ever, but they did come away from the final cross country fixture at Oswestry with a very impressive clutch of awards.

As anticipated, the Men’s team retained the team trophy with a huge margin over the nearest teams, and in a thrilling finish, the Male Masters team were also winners, overhauling league leaders Buckley to snatch victory.  The last time the club won the Masters was 2001/02!

Throughout the season the Men’s team had 15 different athletes counting (6 needed to score) and 10 different counters for the Masters (4 to score ) but all who run play their part in pushing back members of other clubs.  On the day there was a welcome return from injury for Richard Roberts at 4th overall, closely followed by Llyr Pierce in 10th.  Another great run by Martin Cliffe (O40) in 14th really boosted the Masters, backed up by Anthony Bethell (O45) and Adrian Williams (O40) continuing their close rivalry finishing 20th and 21st.  Our chairman Craig (O40) was 40th, with Arwel Lewis (O50) holding off Emlyn Roberts (O50) in 46th and 49th position respectively; Phil Tan (O60) and Steve Llan Jones (O55) 100th.

Arwel was the only male runner from the club to get an individual award, finishing 2nd overall in the O50 category (the best 4 results out of the 5 fixtures are used for this).

The valiant Womens team were led home again by Bronwen Jenkinson (still only 15) in her first senior cross country season and she well deserved her 3rd (U17) individual award.  Joanne Moore (O40) followed closely, then still recovering from illness Ellie Salisbury (O50) who also had the 2nd O50 individual award; Hayley Turner and Maggie Oliver (O60) who also had the 2nd O60 award.

Amazingly after such difficulty getting a team for the last three fixtures, the Womens team took 3rd overall, an amazing achievement, not least helped by Ellie coming from her deathbed!

The icing on the cake was the club winning the Friendship Trophy for the best aggregate team award – this trophy was presented for the first time last year and now Eryri have won it twice!

Well done everyone – a fantastic team effort!

 

Maggie Oliver

(the repeatedly ex-Cross Country Secretary!).

 

Editors Note –

Big thanks to Maggie and Jenny Heming for pulling the team together at the eleventh hour this weekend, successfully phoning, texting and cajoling people to turn out for the club.

Thanks also to Arwel for driving the minibus this weekend.