Thursday, 29 April 2010


Eryri's Brendan Rothery followed up his North Wales 10 mile title at Wrexham last Saturday by winning the overall Borders Road Running League title, though Brendan finished 3rd in the final race at Shotton on Wednesday 28th April, Brendans consistency over the six race series proved enough for him to take the title from club colleague and 2008/09 champion Rob Samuel. Jordan Evans had his best run in the league so far on the fast 4.2 mile course with a 11th placed finish followed by brother Chris in 32nd. Angus Mckay 33rd. Tony Woodall 36th. 50th (In his 75th Border league race) Arwel lewis. 56th Jos Jones. 66th Gwyn Williams. 71st Ashley Williams. 95th Emyr Davies. 146th Ian Rothery. 175th Alun Rowlands and 231st Roy Jardine. With only two women competing, Eryri's ladies missed out on promotion to the 1st Division as Bridget Ripley finished 182nd and Allison Donnelly 215th.
Brendan was not the only individual champion as Emyr Davies won the Male Vet 65 category with Don Williams 2nd. Other overall prize winners were: 4th Male Vet 45 Ashley Wager and 4th Male Vet 50 Arwel Lewis.
Full results not yet in.
Well Done and Thank You to all club members who have supported the club throughout the season.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Great Arete Race #4 Pen Dinas

Another cracking race in the Great Arete midweek series over at Pen Dinas in Nant Peris.

There were 91 finishers for this one with a good victory for Doctor Sam Smith in a new record of 25.39, he was followed by a strong run by Gwyn Williams in 27.03 and Saul Lovatt in a solid 27.11. In the men's 40's Paul Jenks made his debut in this year's series by winning in 27.46, Arwel Lewis taking the 50's in a record 30.34 and Dafydd Whiteside having a stormer to win the 60's in a record 31.44. Menai's Owain James won the under 16's in 31.59. A close race in the ladies ended with Becki Law winning for the second time in this years series in a record 31.04, followed by Andrea Rowlands in 31.24 and Jenny Hemming a second back in 31.25. In the ladies 40's Ellie Salisbury won in 36.41, with Annie Williams getting a new record in the 50's to win in 34.41 and Maggie Oliver reigning supreme in 60's to storm to 37.24. In the under 16's Megan Lloyd set a new record to win in 37.31 with Lisa Peters winning the under 18's in 37.35 - again a new record.

Fastest descent will be awarded at the next race in the series which is a superb race over at Moel y Gest in Porthmadog in two weeks.....10 fastest descents were:

1. 6.23
2. 6.24
3. 6.47
4. 6.53
4. 6.53
6. 6.55
7. 7.02
8. 7.07
9. 7.18
10. 7.23

Will have to wait to see who won!!

Once again cheers to all helpers.

Rhostryfan 10km next Wednesday starts at 1900hrs.

Caernarfon Tyres Junior Tuesday Evening Series Race #4 Pen Dinas Results

Under 8's

1. Michael Spill Menai 4.04
2. Ben Davies Eryri 4.13
3. Ruby Wood BoldU/A 4.33
4. Chloe Cooper U/A 4.52
5. Aaran Cooper U/A 5.04
6. Nia Barnwell U/A 5.17

Under 14 / 12 / 10's

1. John Spill Menai 8.12
2. Rhys James Menai 9.03
3. Joe Barnwell Eryri 9.40
4. Mabon Llyr Eryri 9.43
5. Kieran Forrest U/A 9.46
6. Michael Peters Menai 12.46
7. Catrin Donnelly Menai 12.47
8. Daniel Peters Menai 12.48
9. Kes Thomas U/A 15.01
10. Anna Whiteside-Thomas U/A 15.05

Great Arete Tuesday evening series Race #4 : Pen Dinas FINAL RESULTS

Saf./Pos. Amser/Time Enw/Name Cat. Clwb/Club 1 00:25:39 Sam Smith M Eryri 2 00:27:03 Gwyn Williams M Eryri 3 00:27:11 Saul Lovatt M Eryri 4 00:27:46 Paul Jenks M40 Eryri 5 00:27:54 Llyr Pierce M Eryri 6 00:28:08 Aled Edwards M Eryri 7 00:28:56 Matt Fortes M Eryri 8 00:29:48 Rory O'Donnell M Eryri 9 00:29:49 Hefin Jones M Meirionnydd 10 00:30:00 Dylan W Jones M Eryri 11 00:30:10 Craig Jones M40 Eryri 12 00:30:14 Emlyn Roberts M40 Eryri 13 00:30:34 Arwel Lewis M50 Eryri 14 00:30:36 Ed Harmer M40 Eryri 15 00:30:40 Steffan Sayer M Menai 16 00:30:47 John Willacy M40 Eryri 17 00:30:55 Jim Kelly M40 Eryri 18 00:31:04 Becky Law F Eryri 19 00:31:22 Ollie Way M U/A 20 00:31:24 Andrea Rowlands F Eryri 21 00:31:25 Jenny Hemming F Eryri 22 00:31:40 Andy Jones M NWRRC 23 00:31:44 Dafydd Whiteside-Thomas M60 Eryri 24 00:31:54 Ross Powell M50 WFRA 25 00:31:59 Owain James U/16 Menai 26 00:32:05 Gareth Buckley M Eryri 27 00:32:09 John Harold M Eryri 28 00:32:30 Gary Porter-Jones M40 Eryri 29 00:33:02 Nick Thompson M U/A 30 00:33:04 David Livesy M50 U/A 31 00:33:11 Cai Pierce M Eryri 32 00:33:17 Rhys Owen M U/A 33 00:33:18 Neil Elias M40 Eryri 34 00:33:27 Mike Blake M60 Eryri 35 00:33:29 Pete Smith M40 U/A 36 00:33:31 Dave Hunnisett M U/A 37 00:33:47 David Jones M40 Eryri 38 00:34:01 Steve Farrar M40 Cybi 39 00:34:02 Jeremy Williams M50 Eryri 40 00:34:02 Kat Spinney F Eryri 41 00:34:39 Andrew Barnwell M50 Eryri 42 00:34:41 Annie Williams F50 Eryri 43 00:34:45 Sioned Jones F U/A 44 00:35:46 Phil Tan Jones M50 Eryri 45 00:35:50 Jacki Boutet M40 Eryri 46 00:35:54 Gethin Dwyfor M U/A 47 00:36:00 Nefyn Williams M40 U/A 48 00:36:04 Sion Williams M40 U/A 49 00:36:06 Miranda Grant F Eryri 50 00:36:07 Dei Jones M50 Eryri 51 00:36:15 Paul Ward M40 U/A 52 00:36:18 Matt Burdenkin M Bangor Uni 53 00:36:28 Richard Evans M40 U/A 54 00:36:35 Morgan Evans U/16 Menai 55 00:36:41 Ellie Salisbury F4 Eryri 56 00:37:10 Rod Rogers M50 Eryri 57 00:37:21 Chris Bird M40 Carneddau Tri 58 00:37:23 Jay Grigson M U/A 59 00:37:24 Maggie Oliver F60 Eryri 60 00:37:31 Megan Lloyd U/16 Menai 61 00:37:35 Lisa Peters U/18 Menai 62 00:37:58 Robin Owen U/16 U/A 63 00:37:59 Nick Bradley M50 Meirionnydd 64 00:38:12 Sarah Barnwell F40 Eryri 65 00:38:22 Steve Hatfield M60 Prestatyn 66 00:38:32 Taliesin Cai U/16 Eryri 67 00:38:58 Rob Ward M U/A 68 00:39:10 Steve-Paul Jones M U/A 69 00:39:12 Francis Uhlman M60 WFRA 70 00:39:15 Mike Pepper M60 U/A 71 00:39:17 Jeremy Williams F Eryri 72 00:39:47 Barry Griffith M40 U/A 73 00:39:50 Bridget Ripley F50 Eryri 74 00:40:09 Michelle Clark F U/A 75 00:40:52 Helen Morgan F U/A 76 00:41:05 Ieuan Evans U/16 U/A 77 00:41:06 Mei Gwilym M Clwb Rygbi Caernarfon 78 00:41:17 Phill Jones M60 Prestatyn 79 00:41:20 Dave Say M60 U/A 80 00:41:30 Pascale Eichenmuller F Eryri 81 00:41:43 Graham McVie M40 WFRA 82 00:41:51 Dylan Roberts M40 U/A 83 00:42:09 Daniel Wood M U/A 84 00:42:21 Alex Fletcher F4 Eryri 85 00:43:48 Stell Farrar F50 U/A 86 00:47:53 Alan Parry M U/A 87 00:50:50 Claire Donnelly U/16 Eryri 88 00:56:20 Kevin Castleton M40 U/A 89 00:56:20 Graham Rogers M50 U/A 90 00:56:20 Hefin Hughes M U/A 90 DNF Elin James U/16 Menai

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Plea for newsletter items

Hi guys, its newsletter plea time again, anyone with any race reports, stories, etc. they'd like to please write down for me for the next club newsletter very much appreciated - any photos anyone would like to contribute would be great too.
Hannah (

Monday, 26 April 2010


The final race of the 2009/10 Borders Road Running league takes place at Queensferry this Wednesday 28th April. The four mile race starts at 7.15pm.
We have a mini bus going to the event departing Parc Menai at 4.45pm. Come along and help the club finish the season on a high with our women in with a chance of promotion and our men capable of winning on the night, not forgetting a few beers in the Corus club afterwards!
For further information check the B/L web site:

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Great Arete Tuesday evening series Race #4 : Pen Dinas preview

Advance notice of the 4th race in the Great Arete midweek series up Pen Dinas in Nant Peris and this one is a right belter. Ran for the first time last year the winner Rob Greenwood took approximately 30mins to run the 1.5 mile with 1000ft climb course. The route is a classic Northern England BOFRA style route with the 1000ft of climb coming in the 3/4mile ascent - a lung busting steep run / walk followed by a black run like Herodian descent! Enjoy it!

Race starts at 1915, remember to arrive early for registration, as this is the fourth race in the series the series table to date will be available to view in future races or on the blog.


For the past eight years the club has had a twinning exchange with the running club in Landerneau. This year they have invited us to take part in a 10 or 20 km race on the Ile de Batz, near Roscoff, on Sunday 4th July. A minibus will be going, probably overnight Thursday and returning Monday. Accommodation is with our friends in the Landerneau club. Could any club members who are interested in going or need further information, please contact Maggie Oliver on 01286 871494 as soon as possible. Arrangements will need to be finalised soon.

56th Yorkshire 3 Peaks Race

Once again the Eryri Barmy Army were on the road yesterday - this time to take part in the vintage cracker 3 Peaks fell race. The race measures in at 24 mile with 4500ft of climb and is noted for it's speedy running sections, men's record stands at 2hrs.46mins and ladies at 3.14.

On a a warm day with very hard underfoot conditions there were 602 finishers out of around 750 starters - so the weather clearly had an effect. First home for Eryri was Math Roberts working himself up from 32nd at Penyghent to finish in 10th in 3.21, 2nd home for Eryri was Iain Ridgway who had to cope with severe stomach issues to finish in 64th and a time of 3.47, hot on his heels in in a time of 3.50 was Noel Craine. Craine was 175th at the summit of Penyghent but incredibly made 99 places to finish in 76th! Next home for Eryri was Sarah Ridgway in 177th and in 4.14 followed by Ali Chant in 311th and 4.33.30. Excitement ensued to see how who would be first home in the Dali series - once again Ali Thomas came home with the points to finish in 472nd and 4.58 with Dils Rowlands finishing in 547th and 5.17.

Excellently organised race, very difficult but a classic to be recommended!


Saturday, 24 April 2010


Eryri's Brendan Rothery won his first North Wales 10mile title on Saturday 24th April following a 3rd place finish in 2008 and runners up last year, Brendan won the Grand Prix Express Wrexham race in 55:31 as Eryri kept their grip on the title won in 2007 by Richard Roberts 55:48. 2008 Gwyn Owen 55:35 and 2009 Rob Samuel 53:31. Arwel Lewis retained his MV/50 North Wales title finishing 13th overall in 62:12 with 5th (3rd S/M) Arthur Connell 59:30 and 28th (3rd NW-MV/35) Llifon Foulkes 69:00. Eryri's men took the silver team medals. Other Eryri finishers: 49th (2nd NW-MV45) Maldwyn Evans 78:06 & 70th Huw Jones 87:30. Of the 105 entries there were 82 finishers as the warm weather conditions led to a number of drop outs.
Next road race: The final race in the Borders Road Running League 2009/10 season on Wednesday 28th April. Corus Sports & Social Club, Rowley's Drive, Shotton, nr Queensferry. 7:15pm. Short four mile race. Mini Bus leaving Parc Menai at 4:45pm. Lets finish the season on a high note.

Sunday hill run

Sunday 25th April, meet 10am, old quarry car park on the Nanmor back-road at Gelli-Iago (SH 633 485). A run for about 2 hours to Cnicht and back.

Friday, 23 April 2010


All the best to those Eryri Harriers taking part in this Sundays prestigious London Marathon. Hopefully the Eryri vest will be in full view of the TV cameras and you all attain your target time and enjoy the whole event.

On Saturday 24th April is the annual Wrexham 10mile road race which again incorporates the North Wales 10m championships. Start 2pm from "The Club House" (formerly Prysmian Club) Wrexham Industrial estate.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

W/e 'local' fell running, 24/25 April.

Sat 24th, Llantysilio, 6.2miles/2100 feet, 11am, Rhewl nr Llangollen. More details on WFRA.
Sun 25th, Mynydd Swtan, 2 miles / 670 feet, 12 noon, Church Bay, Anglesey.

Tuesday 27 April, Midweek Fell Race Series #4, Pen Dinas. Register from 6.30pm, Vaynol Arms, Nant Peris. Start 7.15pm. EOD £1.50, Junior race £1. Mike Blake 07778 145 144.

Always bring: bumbag, map, compass, whistle, wind/waterproof top & trousers, hat & gloves ... E&OE, please make your own checks before travelling.

For the latest local running news, check this Eryri 'blog' and WFRA (

Vaynol 10K, Weds 30 June. Entries now open and limited to 300. Entry forms at You may need to 'right-click' and 'Save' the PDF, print your email address very carefully.

Advance notices:
May: 8th, Carneddau. 11th, Moel y Gest (evg). 15th, Moel Eilio. 25th, Aber (evg). 29th, Cader Idris.
June: 5th, Welsh 1000m. 8th, Yr Aran, Rhyd Ddu (evg), 12th, Foel Fras. 19th, Moel Hebog. 22nd, 3 Hills, Pen (evg). 29th, Llanberis (evg).
10 July, Tal y Fan. 17 July, Moel Siabod. 24 July, Ras Yr Wyddfa.
14 Aug, Y Garn. 21 Aug, Elidir. 24 Aug, Tryfan Dash. 25 Aug, Ras y Mynydd. 29 Aug, Cnicht. 30 Aug, Moel Famau.
4 Sept, Ras Llanfest. 11 Sept, Peris.
3 Oct, Arenig Fawr.

Eryri Harriers annual club membership runs from the end of March. If you would like to join, re-join or renew, please contact:

Menai Track & Field, weekday training at Treborth

Weekend weather
Saturday: Dry and sunny, with a gentle south or southeasterly breeze. A touch of ground frost first thing but pleasantly warm by the afternoon.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a mix of sunny intervals and scattered showers. Becoming rather misty with hill fog in the west of the Park. A brisk southwesterly wind.

Wrekin Streak

Eryri's Matt Ward was among the 108 competitors in the 2.75mile Wrekin Streak race on Wednesday 21st April (The first race of the Shropshire Summer Fell Race Series) where Matt finished 14th overall (3rd MV/40) in a time of 20.39. Steven Cale (Shrewsbury AC) won the race in 18.05 while club colleague Anna Bartlett was the first female finisher in 21.53.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Great Arete Race #3 Mynydd Mawr

The 3rd race in the Great Arete midweek series took place on Mynydd Mawr on Tuesday and saw a third consecutive win for Eryri's Math Roberts in 30.58 ahead of Rob Samuel in 31.10, with an outstanding run by Henri Williams to take third in 33.05 and 1st under 18. Carnethy's Bruce Smith on holiday from Scotland won the vet 40's in 34.20 while other category winners were SPJ in the vet 50's and Prestatyn's Steve Hatfield first vet 60. In the ladies Andrea Rowlands took her second win in a time of 38.32 while Jenny Hemming's superior descending saw her hold off a fast closing Becky Law to take 2nd in 39.30 with Becky finishing in 40.03. Other category winners in the ladies were Ali Thomas in the vet 40's, Bridget Ripley in the vet 50's, Maggie Oliver in the vet 60's whilst first local went to Pauline Williams knocking 12 minutes off last year's time. In the Caernarfon tyres series first under 16 boys was Owain James with John Spill taking the under 14's, Bronwen Jenks taking the girls under 14's and Michael Spill and Caitlin Forrest taking the under 8's.

Report by MB

Next race is Pen Dinas starting at Nant Peris next tuesday - a classic steep and short with a superbly steep descent.

Caernarfon Tyres Junior Tuesday Evening Series Race #3 Mynydd Mawr Results

Under 8's

1. Michael Spill
2. Ben Davies
3. Caitlin Forrest
4. Guto Whiteside-Thomas
5. Ruby Wood

Under 10 / 12 / 14

1. Joh Spill 7.55 Menai U12
2. Rhys James 8.25 Menai U14
3. Aron Roberts 8.50 Bro Dysynni U14
4. Mabon Llyr 9.05 Eryri U14
5. Kieran Forrest 9.08 U/A U/A
6. Bronwen Jenks 9.44 Eryri U14
7. Kes Thomas 10.25 Menai U10
8. Llywelyn Lloyd 10.37 U/A U10
9. Zoe Wood 10.50 Eryri U10
10. Anna Whiteside-Thomas 13.35 U/A U10
11. Alana Owen 16.02 U/A U12
12. Caradog Llew 17.04 U/A U10
13. Emma Louise 17.04 U/A U10

Under 16's

1. Owain James 21.28 Menai
2. Morgan Evans 22.57 Menai
3. Dion Roberts 23.42 Bro Dysynni
4. Robin Owen 28.28 U/A
5. Taliesin Cai 30.33 Eryri
6. Ieuan Evans 33.44. U/A
7. Claire Donnelly 36.52 Eryri

Great Arete Tuesday evening series Race #3 : Mynydd Mawr FINAL RESULTS

Saf. / Pos Amser / Time Enw / Name Clwb / Club Cat 1 00:30:58 Math Roberts Eryri SM 2 00:31:10 Rob Samuel Eryri SM 3 00:33:05 Henri Williams Eryri U/18 4 00:33:25 Arthur Connell Eryri SM 5 00:33:35 Sam Smith Eryri SM 6 00:34:00 Saul Lovatt Eryri SM 7 00:34:20 Bruce Smith Carnethy M40 8 00:34:41 Llyr Pierce Eryri SM 9 00:35:29 Jordan Evans Eryri SM 10 00:35:38 Dylan W Jones Eryri SM 11 00:35:55 Gwyn Williams Eryri SM 12 00:36:12 Steffan Sayer Menai SM 13 00:36:35 Alun Vaughan Eryri SM 14 00:36:38 Hefin Jones Meirionnydd SM 15 00:37:00 Craig Jones Eryri M40 16 00:37:14 Steve P Jones Eryri M50 17 00:37:25 Ed Harmer Eryri M40 18 00:37:28 Jonathan Pleming Eryri SM 19 00:37:34 Arwel Lewis Eryri M50 20 00:37:40 Jim Kelly Eryri M40 21 00:38:03 Emlyn Roberts Eryri M50 22 00:38:13 Olli Way U/A SM 23 00:38:17 Adrian Williams Eryri SM 24 00:38:22 Chris Evans Eryri SM 25 00:38:24 John Willacy Eryri M40 26 00:38:29 Ivan Holroyd U/A M40 27 00:38:32 Andrea Rowlands Eryri SF 28 00:38:36 Iwan Edgar Eryri M50 29 00:38:52 Rhys Owen U/A SM 30 00:38:54 Gary Porter Jones Eryri M40 31 00:39:02 Dyfed Whiteside-Thomas U/A SM 32 00:39:23 Bryn Humphries Meirionnydd SM 33 00:39:30 Jenny Hemming Eryri SF 34 00:39:41 Ross Powell WFRA M50 35 00:39:46 Dave Whittey Meirionnydd M50 36 00:40:03 Becky Law Eryri SF 37 00:40:06 Barrie Wells NWRRC M50 38 00:40:12 Hugh Trainor Eryri SM 39 00:40:28 Andy Jones NWRRC SM 40 00:40:39 Neil Elias Eryri M40 41 00:40:40 John Harold Eryri M40 42 00:40:57 Kat Spinney Eryri SF 43 00:41:51 Des Rothery Cybi SM 44 00:42:03 Gareth Buckley Eryri SM 45 00:42:09 David Jones U/A M40 46 00:42:13 Graham Stringer Meirionnydd M40 47 00:42:17 Gethin Dwyfor U/A SM 48 00:42:22 Steve Farrar Cybi M40 49 00:42:26 Peter Smith U/A M40 50 00:42:30 Louise Emery Eryri SF 51 00:42:32 Daffyd Jones Eryri SM 52 00:42:36 Steve Barnard Eryri M40 53 00:42:41 Phil Tan Jones Eryri M50 54 00:42:47 Shane Price U/A SM 55 00:42:52 David Livesey U/A M50 56 00:43:11 Ali Thomas Eryri F40 57 00:43:48 Nick Jones Eryri M 58 00:44:09 Rod Rogers Eryri M50 59 00:44:13 Richard Evans U/A M40 60 00:44:27 Keith Williams U/A M40 61 00:45:02 Barry Griffith U/A M40 62 00:45:19 Jeremy Williams Eryri M50 63 00:45:21 Maldwyn Evans Eryri M40 64 00:45:23 Ian Rothery Cybi M50 65 00:45:26 Jay Grigson U/A SM 66 00:45:31 Dei Jones Eryri M50 67 00:45:41 Bridget Ripley Eryri F50 68 00:45:54 Miranda Grant Eryri SF 69 00:46:37 Ian Williams Cybi M50 70 00:46:44 Jenny Wells NWRRC SF 71 00:47:20 Ellie Salisbury Eryri F40 72 00:47:38 Dylan Roberts U/A M40 73 00:47:45 Rob Ward U/A SM 74 00:47:53 Steve Hatfield Prestatyn M60 75 00:48:22 Mei Gwilym U/A SM 76 00:49:00 Helen Morgan U/A SF 77 00:49:15 Stephen Pall Jones U/A M50 78 00:49:27 Jenny Williamson Eryri SF 79 00:50:16 Hefin Hughes U/A SM 80 00:50:31 Alan Parry Eryri SM 81 00:50:45 David Say U/A M60 82 00:51:35 Stell Farrar Eryri F50 83 00:51:41 David Hughes U/A M40 84 00:51:51 Richard Clark Eryri SM 85 00:53:08 Steve Hurdman NWRRC M50 86 00:53:24 Maggie Oliver Eryri F60 87 00:53:53 Susan Ridings Clwydian RR F50 88 00:55:59 Graham Rogers U/A M50 89 00:55:59 Kevin Castleton U/A M40 90 01:00:33 Pauline Williams Fron SF 91 DNF Callum Musket Eryri U/18 92 DNF Matt Fortes Eryri SM

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Ras Rhostryfan 10km Mercher 5ed Mai / Wednesday 5th May

Rhagrybudd o Ras ffordd Rhostryfan 10 cilomedr ar nos Fercher 5ed Mai. Ras clasurol sy’n cael ei adnabod fel un o’r rasys 10 cilomedr anoddach a mwy prydferth yng Ngogledd Cymru. Mae’r ras yn dechrau yn yr Ysgol yn Rhostryfan cyn dringo’n sydyn i fyny at bentref Rhosgadfan, unwaith yn Rhosgadfan mae’r trac yn mynd yn fwy gwastad am ryw filltir cyn mynd yn fwy tonnog cyn cyrraedd Y Fron. Yna o Fron i lawr yn sydun am Garmel a Chapel Bryn cyn mynd am Faes Tryfan ac yna’r pigiad yn y cynffon y ddringfa nol am Rhostryfan. Yn cynnwys ras hwyl 1.7 milltir i pawbb

Dewch i gefnogi’r ras arbennig leol yma.

Dydd Mercher 5ed Mai, dechrau am 1900hrs, elw i Ysgol Rhostryfan.

Advance notice of the Rhostryfan 10km road race which takes place on Wednesday 5th May. This classic race is known as one of the toughest but most scenic of North Wales 10km races. The race begins at the school in Rhostryfan before climbing quickly and steeply to the village of Rhosgadfan, once in Rhosgadfan the route becomes a little faster for a mile before becoming more undulating on the arrival to Y Fron. After Fron the race descends all the way to Carmel and Capel Bryn before visiting Maes Tryfan and finally the sting in the tail which is the climb back to Rhostryfan. Includes a 1.7 mile fun run for all.

Come and support this excellent local race.

Wednesday 5th May, starts at 1900hrs, profits to Ysgol Rhostryfan

Monday, 19 April 2010

Great Arete Tuesday evening series Race #3 : Mynydd Mawr preview

Advance notice of Tuesday's 3rd race in The Great Arete series and it's a return to Ysgol Bron y Foel in Fron for the running of the prodigious Ras Mynydd Mawr also the first race in this year's Eryri Mountain running championships, measuring in at 3.75 mile with 1500 ft of climb. This race is often spoken of as the best of the Tuesday evening races with a men's record of 30.14 set in 2008 when GB international Nick Swinburn destroyed Colin Jones' 1991 record by 23 seconds whereas the fastest female winning time in recent years was set by Andrea Rowlands in 2008 in a time of 37.55. The race route begins at the quarries in Fron before heading east along a fast road and track section, as the route hits Mynydd Mawr proper the route is a quick, steep but runnable 10 minute plus burst to the summit passing the Riebeckite Microgranite quarry shaft en-route and circling the impressive Cwm Du before a storming fast descent back down the same route and back to the start.

Race begins at 1915, remember to get their early to register at Bron y Foel school.

Saturday, 17 April 2010


Richard receiving his prize off local MP Elfyn Llwyd
Photo courtesy of Alistair Tye
Who said it always rains in Blaenau Ffestiniog! Yet again fabulous sunny weather greeted the 102 senior competitors for the annual "Ras Y Moelwyns" which this year incorporated the first race in the Welsh Athletics Mountain Running Championships. Warming up for next weeks London Marathon, Eryri's Richard Roberts was a clear winner in a very good time of 1:19:20 ahead of Ifan Richards (Meirionydd) 1:26:58 with Eryri's Martin Cliffe 3rd in 1:27:45. 4th Edward Loffill 1:30:50. 5th Jack Dugdale 1:31:07. 6th (1st MV/40) Roger Lamb 1:31:50. 7th Dave Wilcox 1:32:13. 8th (1st MV/50) Arwel Lewis 1:32:39. 2nd MV/40 Dewi Roberts 1:33:56. 3rd MV/40 Paul Jenkinson 1:34:31. 2nd MV/50 Dave Powell 1:37:58. 1st MV/60 Don Williams 1:44:56. 1st Senior Female Andrea Rowlands 1:38:05. 2nd S/F Becky Law 1:45:18. 3rd Joanne Moore. Full results are not yet in.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

W/e 'local' fell running, 17/18 April.

Sat 17 April, Ras y Moelwyn, 10.5 miles / 2800 feet (AM). Start 2pm, New football field on A496 Blaenau Ffestiniog, SH 695 460. EOD or pre-entry (+map) on website
£5. Changing rooms, showers, refreshments.

Tuesday 20 April, Midweek Fell Race Series #3, Mynydd Mawr. Register from 6.30pm, Bron y Foel school, Y Fron SH 508 548. Start 7.15pm. EOD £1.50, Junior race £1. Mike Blake 07778 145 144.

Always bring: bumbag, map, compass, whistle, wind/waterproof top & trousers, hat & gloves ...
E&OE, please make your own checks before travelling.

For the latest local running news, check this Eryri 'blog' and WFRA (

Vaynol 10K, Weds 30 June. Entries now open and limited to 300. Entry forms at

You may need to 'right-click' and 'Save' the PDF, print your email address very carefully.

Advance notices:
April: 24th, Llantysilio, Llangollen. 25th, Mynydd Swtan, Anglesey. 27th, Nant Peris (evg).
May: 8th, Carneddau. 11th, Moel y Gest (evg). 15th, Moel Eilio. 25th, Aber (evg). 29th, Cader Idris.
June: 5th, Welsh 1000m. 8th, Yr Aran, Rhyd Ddu (evg), 12th, Foel Fras. 19th, Moel Hebog. 22nd, 3 Hills, Pen (evg). 29th, Llanberis (evg).
10 July, Tal y Fan. 17 July, Moel Siabod. 24 July, Ras Yr Wyddfa.
14 Aug, Y Garn. 21 Aug, Elidir. 24 Aug, Tryfan Dash. 25 Aug, Ras y Mynydd. 29 Aug, Cnicht. 30 Aug, Moel Famau.
4 Sept, Ras Llanfest. 11 Sept, Peris.
3 Oct, Arenig Fawr.

Eryri Harriers annual club membership runs from the end of March. If you would like to join, re-join or renew, please contact:

Menai Track & Field, weekday training at Treborth

Weekend weather

Saturday: Valley fog at first, then dry with sunny spells. Light and variable winds at first, becoming a moderate northwesterly later.
Sunday: Cloudy with occasional light showers, as snow above ~ 700 metres. Drier in the afternoon. Wind, moderate northerly.

Great Arete Race #2 Ras Foel Lus

An excellent turnout of 98 runners at the second race in the Great Arete tuesday evening series ended with a second victory in the series for Eryri's Math Roberts, fresh from a relaxing training weekend in Northern Ireland in a time of 22.57. Hot on Math's heels with an excellent descent and run-in was Gwyn Owen in 23.17 with Meirionnydd mountain goat Ifan Richards in 3rd in 23.24 - just edging out another Northern Irish returnee Sam Smith. Eryri's Scott Butterworth was 1st vet 40 home in 25.32, Arwel Lewis 1st vet 50 in 26.24 and Dafydd Whiteside-Thomas 1st vet 60 in 29.02. In the ladies, fresh from her sprint in the weekends Llanbedr-Blaenafon race was Eryri's Andrea Rowlands in a rapid 27.22, with Ellie Salisbury 1st lady vet 40 in 33.01, Annie Williams with another storming win in the ladies vet 50's in 29.59 and 3rd lady overall, and Maggie Oliver (another returnee from the Northern Irish relaxed training weekend) 1st vet 60 in 35.18.

In the Caernarfon Tyres juniors Morgan Evans won the under 16's, Michael Spill the under 8's and John Spill thundering to another win in the under 14's/12's/10's and Bronwen Jenks the 1st girl home.

Big thanks again to all marshalls, Team Dolly, Ellie for organising after a rapid return from from the Highlander MM and finally Dils Dodo Rowlands for providing mid-race encouragment.

Next in the series is quite possibly the best in the series - Mynydd Mawr once again from the village of Fron and first counter in the Eryri Mountain championships - next tuesday.