(Last update 26/5/19)
Fun Run / Rhedeg a sbri.
Please note: unfortunateley we are unable to hold a Fun run/children's race this year.
25/5/19 Ras y Moelwyn, inc Welsh Fell Championship.
Five Meirionnydd runners ran in Ras y Moelwyn which this year was a counter in the British fell Championship series and was also the Welsh Fell running Championship race.First home was Tristan Evans in 1:35:26 then Mat Fenwick in 1:50:20 and Dylan Evans in 2:03:20 to claim 3rd M50 in the Welsh Championship. Next in were Shane Griffith 2:25:09 and Allanah Fenwick 2:26:52.
Allanah Fenwick said "So today I completed my first Moelwyn fell race. I have spent all week stressing about it but in the end it went really well. Only fell over once and it was a soft landing. I didn't take any photos today but I did take one on Monday when out walking the dog that shows part of the race route and a rather lovely grey stallion in the for ground. Thanks to sportspictures cymru for the photo of me."
Dylan said "Big turnout of top Fell runners for Ras y Moelwyn today , a counter for British and Welsh Championships . Such a community race , great organisation, fantastic support and so well Marshalled. And to top it off got 3rd M50 in the Welsh Champ."
18/5/19 Ras y Gader.
This years Ras y Gader was won by Mark Hopkinson, form Mynydd Du Mountain Runners in a time of 1:23:57 and the first woman home was Mel Price from Mercia Fell Running Club in 1:46:49. Seventeen Meirionnydd Runners ran the main race:
2018/19 Shropshire fell running Winter Series.
Congratulations to Jeremy Randell on finishing 2nd M55 in the Shropshire fell running Winter Series 2018/19
12/5/19 Newtown 10k.
Tomos Slattery ran in the Newtown 10k finishing in a time of 52:43.
12/5/19 Preseli Beast.
Dylan said "If anybody fancies slaying a Beast , the Preseli Beast is for you , the Beast Bach is 11 miles , the Beast is 24 miles with over 4500 ft of elevation and if that’s not enough there is the Beast Ultra 32 miles!
Great race so well organised with friendly and supportive Marshals all the way , well stocked feed stations. Am I selling it yet?
The only down side is it’s not easy , lots of long climbs but the views were stunning. I got round the Beast, 24 miles, in 4:22:59"
11/5/19 Malhamdale Trail Challenge half marathon.
Richard Hankinson took on a new demanding half marathon, with approx. 1650ft of ascent, takes in landmarks such as Pikedaw, Malham Tarn, Goredale Scar and Janet's Foss - voted one of the Top 10 Secret Trails of The National Trust. Richard finished in 2:25:35.
Richard said “This was the first time the Malhamdale half has been run and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone who fancies a change of scene. The pie and cakes waiting at the finish would have persuaded me even without the scenery! Happy days”
9/5/19 Rhostryfan 10k.
Gwion Roberts ran in the Rhostryfan 10k. Gwion finished 1st in 36:17.
5/5/19 Cardiff race for victory 5k, incorporate the Welsh 5km Road Running Championships.
Congratulations to Jeff Davies who ran in the Cardiff Race for Victory 5k finishing with a time of 24:13 and claiming Welsh Athletics' 1st M70 Welsh Champion.
5/5/19 Llangollen trail 10k.
Two meirionnydd runners ran in the Llangollen trail 10k. First home was Ross Welsh in 3rd place with a time of 37:51, next in was Sarah Harris in 52:01 followed by Tomos Slattery in 55:30. Tomos said "It was a course of mixed terrain with some lovely sections along the canal path along with some tricky soft fields with foot high grass, Tough going! David Edwards put in a superb run to finish 5th overall in 39.44 (we're working on him to join the club!)."
4/5/19 Red kite trail Challenge.
This year the races incled in the West Wales and Welsh Championships for all junior age groups, while for the under 17s, the race was a trial for the WMRA International Youth Cup. The seniors’ half marathon was a championship race for the West Wales and Welsh Championships.
Congratulation to Tom Roberts and Alun Williams at todays Red Kite Trail Challenge Half Marathon. Tom 1st overall and claimed the Gold Medal Welsh Trail Championship in a time of 1:28:25 and Alun Williams finished 3rd overall and claimed the Gold Medal M35 Welsh Trail Championship. Two Welsh Champions for Meirionnydd.
Euros Evans ran in the U17 6k race and finished 2nd with a time of 21:31.
28/4/19 London Marathon.
Two Meirionnydd Runners ra n in the London Marathon, first home was Gwion Roberts in 2:49:13 and Justin Pilkington in 4:01:39.
Gwion Roberts said “I really enjoyed the experience of my first London Marathon. I set off for time of 2:45 and managed to keep the pace until mile 18 where I started to feel dizzy and sick! A quick stop to refuel and I was happy to finish in 2:49:13. The crowds were amazing and the support on every mile was brilliant. Thank you for all the messages of support from before and after the race.“
Justin Pilkington said “My first London Marathon was an unbelievable experience. I have tried to enter through the ballot 3 years running but missed out on a place. I was lucky enough to get the meirionnydd club place this year. Going to London for the race turned out to be a 4 day family adventure, visiting the marathon expo, sightseeing, watching the lion king musical and visiting the Harry Potter studio tour. The race was amazing! From start to finish the streets were full of supporters which gives you a real buzz and keeps you going. I only saw one celebrity which was Chris Evans at around mile 3. I felt good and comfortable until I hit the wall and my knee decided to start playing up at 21 miles. As I got to 23 miles I spotted Gareth and Sarah Roberts so it was a quick stop for some photos and they gave me the running club flag (thank you!) Between running and some walking my pace dropped badly. I crossed the finish line in 4.01.39 which was 16 minutes slower than I wanted but I guess you can’t pick when you have a bad race. The whole day was unbelievable, to think I ran with 42000 people with such a special atmosphere is crazy! Thank you all for the support and good luck messages.”
27/4/19 Endurance life Ultra Pembrokeshire.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the 34.6 miles Endurance life Ultra Pembrokeshire, Christopher Anagnostopoulos finished in 7:06:21 and Andre Bright right behind in 7:06:23.
27/4/19 Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Ben Wells said "I ran n the 65th Annual Three Peaks Fell Race in the Yorkshire Dales. Its often called the Marathon with Mountains although its 2 miles short of an official marathon but with 5500ft accent and over mountain terrain it provides a serious challenge. Its a Fell Race steeped in history and the quality of runners is top notch.
I’d had my eye on the race for a while but I hadn't particularly trained for this specific event , that perhaps was mistake number one.
Weather forecasts for the day weren't great and mandatory kit had to be carried with race organisers recommending additional items. I’d been told that the race doesn't really start until Whernside (around 14 miles) and to take it easy over the first 10 miles or so. I was happy and was running within myself for this time. Watching the elite runners coming down Pen y Ghent was incredible Carl Bell , Ricky Lightfoot wow!
Eventually we reached the foot of Whernside and its an incredible pull onto the top some people on their hands and knees crawling up , it was here I felt a slight twinge of cramp in my right quad, gutting I knew that would only get worse. Soon on the summit of Whernside I knew I had to look after my legs and take it easy for a while, I passed a poor chap who had taken a nasty fall , broken cheek bone I now hear, hope he makes a speedy recovery.
I made my way gentle down Whernside with the odd cramping in my calf and quads, at this point I was gutted as a quick glance at my watch saw my heart rate at 130bpm I could and should have been flying but the legs said no. I’d hit all my hydration and nutrition as planned but I knew Ingleborough was gonna be a tough test now so decided to walk anything up and jog along the flats, the path onto Ingleborough is steep and very rocky (the stuff I'm best at I can power walk this stuff all day long) I had thoughts now of DNF in my head as my quads were like iron but if I gently pressed on I was making progress at least and looking round others were the same, I managed to get on to the plateau and a high cadence jog saw the cramp clear.
The weather well we’d had four seasons in the day but a north east wind with hail stone battering my legs wasn't exactly relief. Ah the summit of Ingleborough all I had to do now was jog down to the finish. Descending off Ingleborough wasn't pretty and it was still 10k to the finish over a path like the Moon (Ive not actually been to the Moon but you get me) full of rocks and mud.
I just had to keep going, an hour tops and id be home and dry, I had Joss Naylors voice in my head “ u just got to put pain to back o mind like, u know! I crossed the line 4hr 50 I’m not gonna lie I was gutted 500 runners in front of me.
I know Im a better runner than this but its what it is, no excuses I cant blame the mountain fires , the chest injection last week , I just wasn't good enough on the day but I finished and take some positives from that. It gives me a good indication I need to get some longer mountain runs in now over the next few months. Its a fantastic event the marshals , race organisers , mountain rescue team thanks to all of them. I’ll have another go next year or the year after?