Eryri's Harriers men made an inauspicious start to the defence of their title in the first race of the 2009/10 season at Christleton on Sunday 18th October with most of their elite athletes competing elsewhere the team were placed 5th of the seven teams in the 1st Division with 902 points against them, a deficit of 549 points on early leaders Wirral. On the mainly flat 9.3km course the consistent Brendan Rothery ran very well to finish 2nd in 31:40 with: 42nd Arwel Lewis 35:15. 44th Chris Evans 35:25. 59th and making a welcome return to the club Gary Rees Williams 36:12. 91st Gwyn Williams 37:52. 117th (1st MV/65) Emyr Davies 39:14. 130th Jos Jones 39:40. 142nd Don Williams 40:24. 145th Ian Rothery 40:35. 210th Mervyn Williams 43:17. 261st Ian Blakemore 46:28 and 274th Roy Jardine 48:03. Eryri's women meanwhile made a solid if unspectacular start to the season in their quest to retain their 1st Division status following last season's relegation, led by 209th Becky Riddings 43:16. 234th (On her Eryri debut) Bridget Ripley 44:55. 265th Alison Donnelly 46:53 and 283rd Jenny Blakemore 48:31.
There was a league record of 322 finishers in the race.
The next race will be at Wallasey on Sunday 15th November 2009. Start 11am.
Eryri's 2008/09 Borders League individual champion Rob Samuel set himself a new personal best for the Half Marathon distance with a time of 66:49 at Cardiff on Sunday 18th October finishing 4th overall.
There were 8,767 finishers.
Eryri, due to a late spate of withdrawals only sent a men's team to compete in the British Fell Running Championships at Ennerdale Cumbria on Sunday 18th October where they just missed out on the bronze team medals by nine seconds! finishing fourth.
Full report to follow on their return.