6 Miles with 1900’Ascent. Race Grade: AM & LK/PM/NS
The first 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.
Entry limit 250.
All competitors must carry wind/waterproof full body cover, map, compass and whistle.
Sorry, no Dogs.
Start 12.00. Registration in village hall, Llanfachreth, Nr Dolgellau (SH 756225)
28/7/18 Dolgellau 5.
After months of bright sunshire and drought conditions the forecast today was for strong winds and rain. Luckily, appart from a five minute squall, the weather held off and the day was enjoyed in bright summer sunshine.
One hundered and four runners competed in the race.
This years race was won by Owen Roberts from Rhedwyr Hebog Running club with a time of 26:25 and the first woman was Nicola Davis from Maldwyn Harriers in 33:26.
Short race 2 miles Results.
In the Fun Run, 1 mile: The winner was Chardonnay Morgan from Welshpool in 10:49.
Meirionnydd running club had sixteen runners competing and one sweeper, well done everyone:
Thank you to everyone who participated to make the day so special. In particular thank you to the following three clubs for supporting our race, namely Maldwyn Harriers who entered eighteen runnners; Aberystwyth AC with ten and Prestatyn Running Club with Nine runners.
A big thank you to Tom Roberts who organised the Main race; Sue Barnes from for organising the Fun run, short race and making the medals; Sarah Roberts for the BBQ and each and every one of the kind hearted volunteers that help to make the day so special. Diolch yn fawr.
21/7/18 Snowdon International.
Ten Meirionnydd runners ran in the Snowdon race, a race from the centre of Llanberis up to the top of Snowdon and back.
The race was won by Italian International, Alberto Vender in a time of 1:06:41. The First Meirionnydd runner in and running for Wales was Tom Roberts who finished in 1:14:21. Next in for Meirionnydd were:
In the 2018 Jewson International Snowdon Mountain Race - Male Club competition, Meirionnydd were Fifth out of 25 club with our counters Tristan Evans, Gwion Roberts, Jimmy Carter. No mean feat considering the other UK clubs in competition.
18/7/18 Caernarfon race the train.
Gwion Roberts ran the Caernarfon race the train 5k finishing in 15:49. The race was won by Matt Roberts in a time of 14:51.
17/7/18 Gwastedyn Hill Race.
The race was won by Andrew Davies in a time of 23:13 the sole Meirionnydd runner was Jimmy Carter who finished 8th in a time of 28:51.
15/7/18 Scott Snowdonia Trail.
20/6/18 Red Moss Kips race, Scotland.
Our own Nich Bradley travelled North of the border to compete and finished the race in 1:04:47. Eoin Lennon from Carnethy Hill running club won the race in 41:04.
7/7/18 Dawn to Dusk.
Meirionnydd Running Clubs Dawn to Dusk at Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau. Run or walk a 1 mile loop as many times as you like between 7am and 7pm.
Last year Steffan organised and ran the Dawn till Dusk trailathon at Coed y Brenin raisisng over £3,000 for Brain Tumour Charity (The). Steffan Owen, Father of four has been battling with a brain cancer for years but now has been rocked by diagnosis of acute myeloid leukaemia. He is currently recieving treatment in hospital and all funds will go towards helping the family with costs of supporting Steffan.
Also Thank you to Co-op Dolgellau for supporting the event by donating drinking water for the runners. Co-op.
On a glorious sunny day in addition to the Academi runners a host of friends turned out to run or walk the route. Total milage for the day was 427.6 miles. Thank you to Tristan and Elinor for pulling it all together, everyone who participated in the run/walk and everyone who kindly donated.
We all send our best wishes to Steffan and his family.
Diolch pawb am helpu. Thank you everyone for helping.
6/7/18 Newtown BBQ 5k.
The club put on a minibus to take runners to this years Newtown BBQ 5k.
The race was won by Tom Iverson from Builth and District RC with a time of 16:46 and the firt woman was Ffion Price from Cardiff in 17:29.
There were nine Meirionnydd runners. The first Meirionnydd runner finishing was Justin Pilkington in 22:10 followed by Richard Hankinson claiming 1st M55 in 22:58; Juliet Edwards claining 1st F55 in 23:40; Pete Nicholls in 24:57; Nia Davies in 26:51; Sioned Jones in 26:53; Naomi Redman in 27:01; Chloe Evans in 28:42 and claiming 1st F80 Sheila Symonds in 48:04.
1/7/18 Fairy Freckled cow incorporating North Wales Trail Championship.
Five members took part at the Fairy Freckle Cow race around Llyn Alwen Tom Roberts was 1st overall ,Gwion Roberts 6th David Whittey 1st over 60 and well done Sandra Williams and Elly Downing. This race was also the North Wales Championship Tom Roberts the championship Gold, Gwion Bobo Roberts Bronze and David Whittey Gold in the M60.
Tom Roberts won the race in 38:22 followed by Gwion Roberts in 44:33; Dave Whittey 54:62 1st M60 and Elly Downing and Sandra Williams in 77:29.
30/6/18 Abersoch triple crown, stage 2 Triathlon.
After completing the 10k Peter Barnes took part in the second event of the Abersoch Triplecrown, the Sprint triathalon finishing in a time of 1:00:59.
30/6/18 Vegan Welsh 3,000 V3K Ultra.
Ben wells said "Amazing day yesterday completing my first Ultra Mountain Marathon Race, the V3K. Effectively covering the Welsh 3000s (15 peaks) 35 miles and 4500m. The Vegan 3k requires you to be vegan for the course of the race. Completing the race in 12hr 46. The real challenge was the heat. Starting at 5am from Nant Gwyn Nant the temperature was already 20deg and by the time I hit the summit of Snowdon. By the time I crossed Crib Goch attention turned to how I could effectively take fluids on without running out. We were required to carry 2 litres between aid stations but this really wasn’t enough. Amazing day as many have said before the mental battle is the hardest. I had one low moment coming off Y Elen I looked across to Tryfan and then across to the Carneddau which seemed miles and miles away (they were actually) and I thought I just can’t be doing with this today. I soon came through that by looking back and seeing how far I’d come. I was soon on Tryfan and as with Crib Goch this was my territory and started to pass lots of people that gave me a lift, in-fact I was able to guide a few competitors up the grade one scramble and down the West gully. Having left Ogwen check point I felt fantastic having some Vegan food (jam sandwich and coffee) and a 15 min break , change of socks and knowing it was only 16 miles ahead with just one big climb onto the Carneddau. I soon caught my good mate Andrew Holt who was suffering bad with his core temperature through the roof , he’s clocked me on the online tracker and saw I wasn’t far behind deciding to wait and make the decision if he would carry on or not. After a quick chat , he decided to carry on with me at my slightly slower pace , which got him back feeling ok again. It was great to do the last 15 miles with someone for encouragement as well."
29/6/18 Inov8 Snowdon Twilight Uphill Race.
Tristan Evans ran the Snowdon twilight race. Finished 17th overall and reached the summit in 50:36 minutes
24/6/18 Moel y Gamelin.
Three meirionnydd runners ran Moel y Gamelin. Tom Roberts Won the race in 1:12:01 and claiming 3rd Tristan Evans in 1:18:27 followed by Gwion Roberts in 1:29:13
15-16/6/18 Trail Marathon Wales.
Three club runners completed the Full Marathon first home was Justin Pilkington in 4:42:53 followed by Christopher Anagnostopoulos in 5:44:18 and Richard Hankinson in 6:38:09.
Four club runners ran in the Half marathon and the first home was Dylan Evans in 1:56:53 followed by Martin Skelton in 2:09:33; Linzi Cooper in 2:24:12 and Helen Jones in 2:52:09. Jude Evans swept the half route.
In his first race in club colours Euros Evans won the Friday Night 5k in 22:39.
9-10/6/18 Welsh Castles Relay.
I’ve put some stats together from this year’s race and compared them to last year. This year we finished finished 43rd position, same as 2017, with combined time of 26:37:52. In the king of the mountains, we were 18th in the Mountains Leaderboard after 6 Mountainous Stages, 23rd in 2017. Four finished in the top 20; Two in the top 10. Nine new runners that hadn’t taken part last time and best of all we had more ladies running.
Just to give you an idea of how big some of the clubs were. I was chatting to someone from team Bath, and they have over 700 members. We just about have 50 first claim! So this was a brilliant achievement to compete against some of the biggest clubs in Britain.
Thank you:There’s so many people to thank, Arfon Hughes was a big help with the registering. Thanks to the marshals that popped to Barmouth. Elinor Jones, Gareth Roberts and Elly Downing made sure everyone was delivered and picked up from their stages and did a fantastic job. And the last massive thank you goes to the fun bus driver Alan Williams. I had such a good laugh on the bus yesterday.
Watching Graeme Stringer bringing the team home in Cardiff was such a proud feeling. Knowing that we had completed all 20 stages, and I think everyone had a good time. I know a few of us have niggles or have an injury, the last couple of months have been hectic with races, and I really appreciate the effort you all put in. Everyone deserves a nice break and enjoy a rest!
Shall we do it all again next year?
Diolch yn fawr iawn i pawb.
Tom Roberts, Men Captain.
Results: Day 1 - 9th June 2018
Stage 1 - Caernarfon Castle to Penygroes - 9.1 miles.
Nich Bradley 1:16:48.
Stage 2 - Penygroes to Criccieth Castle - 10.7 miles.
Eilir Evans 7th in 1:07:08.
Stage 3 - Criccieth Castle to Maentwrog - 12.3 miles.
Gwion Roberts 1:21:35; Tough day at the office, heat was a killer and thought my hamstrig was going to snap but lucky i managed to carry on! Finished two minutes slower than last year but 4 positions better in 17th! Thanks all for the support.
Stage 4 - Maentwrog to Harlech Castle - 9.5 miles.
Megan Parry 1:11:26.
Stage 5 - Harlech Castle to Barmouth - 9.6 miles.
Andre Bright 1:20:14.
Stage 6 - Barmouth to Dolgellau - 10.7 miles.
Glyn Rowlands 1:24:49.
Stage 7 - Dolgellau to Dinas Mawddwy - 10.1 miles.
Ifan Richards 1:12:29.
Stage 8 - Dinas Mawddwy to Foel - 10.8 miles.
Pete Nicholls 1:36:52.
Stage 9 - Foel to Llanfair Caereinion - 8.5 miles.
Nia Davies 1:13:21.
Stage 10 - Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown - 13.1 miles.
Tom Roberts 4th, 1:15:40. A race of two half’s last night!! Was flying and feeling great for 8 miles, then the legs unfortunately just couldn’t hang on!! But still finished with a smile on my face, and hard not to when you have brilliant support along the route and big crowds cheering you on at the end of a tough hilly half marathon rout.
Day 2 - 10th June 2018
Stage 11 - Newtown to Llanbadarn Fynydd - 12.3 miles.
Arfon Hughes 1:33:57.
Stage 12 - Llanbadarn Fynydd to Crossgates - 11.2 miles.
Justin Pilkington 1:20:00.
Stage 13 - Crossgates to Builth Wells - 10.6 miles.
Juliet Edwards 1:21:53.
Stage 14 - Builth Wells to Drovers Arms - 10.8 miles.
Tristan Evans 1:09:59.
Stage 15 - Epynt Visitor Centre to Brecon - 12.8 miles.
Dave Whittey 1:52:30.
Stage 16 - Brecon Canal Basin to Torpantau - 12.5 miles.
Andrew Ellis 1:38:48. Castles relay stage 16 mountain stage,the heat was the hardest part of it,beautiful route,i wish I wasn't so knackered so I could have taken more of it in.
Stage 17 - Taf Fechan Railway Station, Torpantau to Cyfarthfa Castle - 8.7 miles.
Mpho Bogatsu 1:16:47.
Stage 18 - Rhyd-y-Car Centre to Quakers Yard - 7.6 miles.
Richard Hankinson 55:30. Fantastic weekend with the Meirionnydd crew on the Welsh Castles Relay - 210 miles from Caernarfon to Cardiff and 20 runners each doing a stage. I'd spent a while working out if I wanted to be part of a running club and then wondering which to choose - really glad I went home and found such a fab bunch of people to share it with. Chuffed with my leg of the relay - 7.6 miles in 55:30, a pace that would have beaten my 10k pb by over a minute and left me half a parkrun still to do. I was so grateful of that wall at the finish! Thanks to everybody involved for the fun and support - what a brilliant event.
Stage 19 - Navigation Park to Nantgarw - 7.7 miles.
Naomi Parry 1:01:38
Stage 20 - Caerphilly Castle to Cardiff Castle - 10.1 miles.
Graeme Stringer 1:26:28. So proud to have been part of the Meirionnydd team this weekend in the Welsh Castles Relay. Awesome performances from the whole running crew and those who chauffeured us from point to point. So honoured to have been asked to run the last leg and carry the Club colours into Cardiff. Diolch yn Fawr. Cheers Tom Roberts for making it all happen.
Elly Downing said "Brilliant day crewing for Meirionnydd and Eryri at Welsh Castles Relay. Didn’t take many pics...too busy cheering" and Gareth Roberts said "Well that’s another Castle Relay over with for another year yesterday was a long day left here at 7:am got home at 10:20 pm had some interesting chats and met some very nice runners I’m glad I got everybody to there start with enough time where some of us saw some interesting sights it was rewarding to pick runners up who were all on a high and some had sore bodies we got to Cardiff in time to see Graeme bringing in the Meirionnydd flag." cheers Gareth
A huge Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. Diolch o galon.