Sunday, 2 August 2009


Eryri Harriers women secured the runners up spot in the FRA British Championships following the final race at Y Garn on Saturday 1st August where Andrea Rowlands led the team to second place on the day behind the 2009 FRA Champions Calder Valley, while Eryri's men won on the day to finish fourth overall in the championships. Conditions on the day were excellent, dry with very little wind and sunny intervals though conditions underfoot were slippery on the descent following the rain. The womens race was won by Claire Whitehead (Cosmic) in a course record time of 32:08 while the men's race was won by Bangor University student Nick Swinburn (Northumberland) in another course record time of 25:44. The race was also a Welsh Athletics championship and Inter Regional event. Tim Davies currently leads the WA Championships following his fourth place overall (1st Welsh) finish at Y Garn ahead of equal 2nd: Richard Roberts & Martin Shaw, Noel Craine leads the MV40 category, Arwel Lewis the MV/50 and Dic Evans the MV/60 ahead of Don Williams. It is pretty close in the womens WA Championship with Jackie Lee, Anna Bartlett, Andrea Rowlands and Jenny Hemming all in with a chance of the main prize. North Wales were the only region to field a team in the race.
Eryri's Positions/Times

7th Andrea Rowlands 33:47. 10th Becky Law 36:15. 11th Jenny Hemming 38:46. 13th Annie Williams 40:39 (3rd LV/40). 16th Ali Thomas 40:39. 23rd Ellie Salisbury 43:54. 25th Alex Fletcher 49:14
There were 34 finishers in the womens race.

12th Sam Smith 29:34. 14th Iain Ridgway 30:22. 21st Paul Jenkinson 31:55. 25th James McQueen 32:19. 26th Aled Edwards 32:21. 29th Craig Jones 33:27.30th Arwel Lewis 33:32 (3rd MV/50). 32nd Scott Butterworth 34:10. 40th Ed Hamer 35:39. 43rd Don Williams 36:18 (2nd MV/60). 45th Dafydd W Thomas 36:29. 48th Jeremy Williams 36:47. 49th Noel Craine 37:23. 50th Mike Blake 37:38. 51st Gethin Edwards 37:55. 55th Trefor Roberts 38:34. 56th Jim Bennell 39:17. 63rd Nefyn Williams 41:36. 64th Alwyn Oliver 41:54. 71st Ron Hird 57:35 (2nd MV/70)
There were 71 finishers in the men's race.
Thanks to Ross, Sheila and their team of helpers for a well organised event.
On Sunday 2nd August Arwel lewis came down to earth "Well sand" following the Garn race when he ran in the Borth beach 10k race run along the beach! after demolishing a couple of sand castles! and getting his feet wet in the sea! Arwel finished 4th overall (1st MV/50) in a time of 38:44. There were 84 finishers

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