6 miles with 2000’ ascent. Race Grade: AM & LK/PM/ER
The second race in the Meirionnydd - Winter Race Series. The lower reaches of the race are run on a mixture of well marked tracks and footpaths, but the open fells above are unmarked. The high mountain terrain can be featureless and is susceptible to varied and often adverse weather conditions. Navigational skills may be necessary.
Minimum age 16 years, and the Entry limit is 250. All competitors must carry wind/waterproof full body cover, map, compass and whistle. Sorry, no Dogs.
Start at 12.00. Registration is in Abergynolwyn, Nr.Tywyn (OS 124, SH677069)
Age group course records, (Established 2004 – new course 2005):
NOTE: We are now into the winter training period, so all Tuesday night runs will start from the Dolgellau leisure Centre. Start 6:30pm. Map to the leisure centre
First run of each Month is the Tal y Waen loop, a timed lap to help individuals judge their progress over the past month.
NOTE: Website under construction.
4/11/17 Rhobell Fawr.
The 15th running of this opener to the Meirionnydd Winter Series took place on Saturday November 4th with the first snow forecast for that evening. After a very wet night conditions improved from 9 am and the race was run in lovely if cool autumn sunshine. 61 contenders took up the challenge no doubt all dreaming of the whole Aran Lamb to be shared by the series winners in March (this might be true if there wasn’t a record of many of the winners being vegetarian!). Going underfoot was from wet to treacherous and there were many fallers but no injuries. The men’s race honours were shared amongst the masters. Achille Rattis’ Mark Palmer took the lead just after the stile at Bwlch Goriwared on the ascent and held it to take a win in 54:20 just under 2 minutes outside his 2015 M50 course record. M40 Jez Brown (Buckley) followed him in 54:45 and Mathew Fortes (Eryri) also M40 was third in 54:55, some 12 seconds ahead of the first senior Tristan Evans of organisers Meirionnydd RC.
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The 2017 Winner was Mark Palmer, Achille Ratti in a time of 54:20 and the first lady was Katie Beecher from Les Croupier who finished in 1:04:37.
In the women’s race Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers was first in 1:04:37, followed by Hayley Evans of Buckley (1:05:58) and Katie Cole running for No-mad Running in 1:10:20. Masters prizes went to Richard Price (Sedgly Striders) 1:09:24; Dyfed Thomas (Eryri) 57:51; Louise Barker (Aberystwyth AC) 1:16:47; Dave Powell also of Aberystwyth AC (1:06:47; Iwan Edgar (Eryri) 1:07:49 and Amanda Purves of the Mysteries in 1:24:16. Buckley scooped the team prize. There was one retirement who was able to descend without assistance so there are 60 runners in with a chance of the Series prize. The next race is Tarrenhendre on Jan 27th with its three super steep climbs and terrific boggy forest descent, after which its not over....
A big thank you to Nich Bradley (the Race Organiser) and to all the volunteers, landowners and Mountain Rescue for making it possible to hold the race.
Also shouldn't forget a thank you to the runners for turning up.
Meirionnydd runners were:
Tristan Evans 55:07.
Jimmy Carter 1:1:19
Adam Preston 1:08:02
Dave Whittey 1:12:06
Ben Wells 1:13:52
Glyn Rowlands 1:19:11
Graeme Stringer 1:20:32
Pete Nicholls 1:22:48
Justin Pilkington 1:22:58
Allanah Fenwick and Mat Fenwick 1:31:39
29/10/17 Exmoor trail - Cani cross.
Haydn and Jaqueline Fowler and their running buddies, Buster and Eli, ran in the Exmoor trail cani cross. They said "The race has exhausted us all! We tackled marshland, bogs, wooded and riverside trails and coastal paths over 1,445 metres of ascent.
Verdict: tough but we had fun en route with Eli stopping for sausage and a kiss and Buster took a dip in muddiest puddle he could find.
Final mile consisted of sticky gel, a hobble, cramp and a lot of grumbling by me. Now enjoying recovery. Prosecco!! They finished the race in 4hours and 8 minutes.
28/10/17 Brooks Snowdonia Marathon.
Dylan Evans was the only Meirionnydd runnner who ran in the 2017 Brooks Snowdonia Marathon finishing in a time of 3:58:02
22/10/17 Flintshire 5k.
Naomi Parry ran in the Flintshire 5k. Naomi finished in 23:23 a New Club Record.
21/10/17 Llandudno Cross country.
Tweleve Meirionnydd runners turned out in appalling conditions for the second race in the North Wales Cross Country League held at St David's College, Llandudno. Storm Brian hit the race brining strong winds, heavy rain leading to quite a challenging event. Despite the conditions the Men team finished 1st overall and retain 2nd place after 2 races. The ladies had a fantastic turnout, the best for several years and managed to improve from 14th to 9th place. Positions were as follows:
Tom Roberts 5th
Tristan Evans 15
Gwion Roberts 34
Jimmy Carter 41
Jeremy Randell 74
Arfon Hughes 100
Juliet Edwatds 51st
Nia Davies 69
Linzi cooper 83
Sioned Jones 100
Naomi Parry (suffered cramp and had to retire)
15/10/17 British Fell Relay.
This years British Fell Relay was organised by Eryri Harriers and the venue was Glyn Ronwy, Llanberis.
Meirionnydd fielded two teams Meirionnyd A & B. Joining another 186 teams from throughout the UK. Each team consisted of 6 runners running 4 legs in relay.
Leg 1: Sole run over 8.9km, with 707m climb.
Leg 2: Pairs run over 14.9km, 900m
Leg 3: Pairs Navigation leg, where the map issued right at start of leg.
Leg 4: Sole marked run over 8.35km, 512m.
Running for: Meirionnydd A, finished in 74th position in a combined time of: 5:46:15.
Leg 1. Tristan Evans, 57:11.
Leg 2. (Pairs) Jeremy Randell/Jimmy Carter, 1:44:15.
Leg 3.(navigation)Dylan Evans/Adam Preston, 2:07:59.
Leg 4.(solo) Arfon Hughes, 56:50.
Running for: Meirionnydd B, finished in 175th position in a combined time of: 8:22:01.
Leg 1. David Whittey, 1:16:28.
Leg 2. Kevin Evans/Peter Nicholls, 2:27:19.
Leg 3. Richard Hankinson/Andrew Ellis, 3:32:59.
Leg 4. Juliet Edwards, 1:05:15.
15/10/17 Palma half marathon.
Jaqueline and Haydn Fowler ran in the Palma half marathon 2017.
Jaqueline finished in 2:19:26 and Haydn in 2:25:16.
8/10/17 Breidden hills fell race.
Jeremy Randell was the sole meirionnydd runner at the Breidden hills fell race. Jeremy finished in 1:09:28.
8/10/17 Twin peaks.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Aberystwyth Twin Peaks. First home for the club was Dave Whittey in 1:02:32 followed by Nich Bradley in 1:05:48 and Sheila Symonds claiming 1st F75 in 2:31:40.
8/10/17 Yorkshire Marathon.
Richard Hankinson ran in the Yorkshire Marathon finishing in a time of 4:55:50.
7/10/17 Petzel night trail.
Twelve Meirionnydd runners took part in the Petzel Night Trail event at Coed y Brenin. Runners took on the race as individuals or as part of a relay team. Club runners included Matt Fenwick, Steve Loveluck, Anneliese Loveluck, Dylan Evans, Tom Roberts, Jimmy Carter, Andrew Ellis, Benjamin Wells, Jude Evans, Justin Pilkington, Graeme Stringer and Gwion Roberts.
Results on TDL site (sorry i struggle to work out who won).
7/10/17 North Wales Cross Country League Race 1: Wrecsam.
First race of the North wales Cross Country league was held at Wrecsam.
Nia Davies was the sole Meirionnydd lady to race on the day, keeping the season alive for the team to gather later in the season. Nia Finished 81 position.
Following last years relegation from division 1, the men started the season well by finishing second in Division 2. Men Position:
Tom Roberts 6th
Tristan Evans 22
Gwion Roberts 39
Jimmy Carter 55
Jeremy Randell 57
Arfon Hughes 106.
7/10/17 The Maverick inov-8 Original Powys 2017.
Jaqueline and Haydn Fowler ran in the Maverick Powys trail race. Jaqueline said "Today Eli and I took on the maverick inov-8 trail race of 22km in Llangorse. It was brutal with over 900 metres of climbing and rough terrain every step of the way. I also had a weight training challenge thrown in at 9-10 miles as I had to lift Eli over 3 narrow stiles. He weighs in at 30kg! Then a locked gate meant we had to navigate over a cattle grid together. He was great company for many hours and he stayed close to my side when my cramping legs meant we were hobbling the last couple of miles downhill to the finish where we got lots of cheers."
Finish time of for Jaqueline in the long race 22km was 4:26:00 and Haydn ran in the medium 14km race finishing in 2:40:57.
1/10/17 Brown Clee Burn 11k fell race.
Olly Downing ran in the The Brown Clee Burn a tough multi terrain run of approximately 11k (well, actually 11k and 60 metres) with something for everyone – steep technical climbs, long descents, amazing views and plenty of bonhomie! Plus water stations along the way and at the finish. And Brown Clee Burn website.
Olly finished in a time of 1:11:38.
1/10/17 Guardians of the CODRC Marathon.
Marathon prep...Elly style.
12.15 Finish making Rocky Road. Throw on some kit, make a sandwich and fill up soft bottles.
12.25 jump in car, drive an hour to start, stopping on way to pick up sweets and nuts for race fuel.
1.30 arrive at start/finish to see the winner finish the race
1.38 start running (almost forgot to start watch)...everyone else started at 10.
Ran less than two miles before I took a wrong turn (I'm blaming leaves and lack of concentration) which led to a rather long but interesting detour around some delightful parts of Madeley and Halesfield. Asked a nice old man walking his dog how to get back on path - sorted.
Another slight detour (up a hill!) when I lost concentration passing pedestrians at the station and missed a turn.
Advantage of running after race was finished was being able to work out when I could turn around to arrive at finish with correct number of miles. I got it pretty much spot on.
Ran last 5k in the dark (not my fastest marathon ever...) which was fine until the street lights stopped, then it was awesome!!! No headtorch, just me, the path and night noises (owls were really cool). Left the path just a tiny bit too soon, ran down a grassy something and climbed over a gate to jog up to my car.
Fab route (the proper one), great organisation (of course) and absolutely the best looking piece of bling I possess. Did I ever mention I love running?
Elly finished in 6:03:04.3
1/10/17 Cardiff Half Marathon.
Nine Meirionnydd runners ran in the Cardiff Half Marathon:
24/9/17 Forest of dean autumn half marathon.
Elly Dee was the ran in this half marathon finishing in a time of 2:21:34.
Elly said "I only signed up for this on Tuesday. I was originally going to do Bury Ditches Hill Race but the lovely Jan wanted a travel buddy - how could I not offer (once I'd seen the location and the bling to join her? I hadn't run all week, due to a tummy bug and then laziness, but sometimes a bit of rest is good - earlier this month I had got a decent run of something about as near to actual training as I get.
The organisation was fantastic, loads of parking marshals, parking in the same field as the start/finish so no long walks to register and back to the car. There was even a toilet Marshall. It was a lovely atmosphere, the loopiness of the course meant that marshals and drink distributors (Scouts and Air Cadets, who were ace) were recognised from earlier. There was quite a bit of support around the course too, which was lovely.
The first miles were gently downhill, which always throws me a bit, being used to (if one ever gets used to) the tough starts at Coed y Brenin. I found a decent rhythm (commented on in the last few miles by one of the supporters) although the pace seemed worryingly faster than I'd expected. I do so few half marathons, and most of them are on completely different hilly or trail routes, I'm never quite sure how to pace it. I run to how I feel but I'm always conscious of giving too much too soon as I know I'm rarely fit enough to keep certain paces up for that distance. I'm also still trying to get out of the habit of walkbreaks when I'm not running silly distances!
In general, the route wasn't particularly hilly. There was one very very long hill, it wasn't steep but it went on for what felt at the time like forever and was tough in the heat. I walked a bit, took on some water and jelly babies and had a toilet break so lost a bit of time I didn't really feel I should have had to lose. I chatted to a few nice ladies on these bits, and we all felt the same. On a welcome bit of downhill I got back into my rhythm again but struggled with a sore tummy for a few miles in the middle. I got chatting to a lovely lady called Lucy and these miles started to fly by, we'd found quite a steady pace that we were both happy with, and that certainly pulled me through until my tummy ache had gone. At the (very welcome) 10 mile marker, I was ready to push on, and kept quite a good pace to finish strong (gentle downhill for the final couple of miles was quite helpful!)
Good day, lovely race, would definitely do it again (especially as I'm pretty sure I could do it faster)
23/9/17 Trail Ffest.
Four Meirionnydd runners took on this year's Trail Ffest race. Catching the train from Porthmadog up to Blaenau then running back along the forest trails:
17/9/17 Guilden Sutton 10k.
Celebrating a win at the Guilden Sutton 10k was Tom Roberts who won the race in a time of 32:30.
Bala Trail Running Festival, Up hill down dale
In the 10k race Tristan Evans finished 2nd in a time of 41:06.
Ras y cob, Porthmadog.
Gwion Roberts claimed 2nd place in the 5k race with a time of 17:29.
Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon.
Jaqueline Fowler ran in the Bristol Half marathon finishing in 2:11:30. Jaqueline said "I missed my four legged running buddies a lot so I'll be doing less city road races in future."
16/9/17 Abersoch Half Marathon
Juliet Edward ran in the Abersoch Half Marathon. She said "How do they do it, the sun always shines on race day? Great route including last few hundred metres of leg numbing beach run." Juliet finished in 1:48:52.
10/9/17 Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runners travelled to Llanwddyn to race in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. First home was Richard Hankinson in 1:48:52; followed by Naomi Parry in 1:49:22 a New Club Record and claiming 1st F80 Sheila Symonds in 3:30:18.
Naomi said "Very soggy day today at lake Vyrnwy half! Managed to get cramp in the last few miles so not thrilled with my time. Was so lovely to see a few other Meirionnydd runners though well done to all who took part." And Richard said "Same happened to me, quads seized up around 8-9 miles because of the wet, that slowed me down a bit."
Photos by : Mick Hall.
10/9/17 Cyrn y Brain.
Tristan Evans ran in the Cyrn Y brain fell race finishing in a time of 49:33.
3/9/17 Caernarfon 10k incorporating North Wales 10k Championship.
Eight Meirionnydd runners ran in the North Wales 10k Championship. Tom Roberts convincingly won the race and claimed the Championship.
3/9/17 Trail 10k Wales, Coed y Brenin.
12 Meirionnydd runners took part in the Trail 10k Wales at Coed y brenin.
Most photos by Steph Owen.
2/9/17 Ben Nevis.
Tristan Evans travelled to Scotland to race in the Ben Nevis race. Tristan finished in 2:02:33.
Tristan was the sole Meirionnydd runner in the Cnicht fell race. Tristan finished 3rd in a time of 42:07.
After one month the news will be transferred into Archive 2017 here.