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Our next Race: 28 January 2017, Tarren Hendre.

Tarren Hendre fell race

6 miles with 2000ft ascent. Race Grade: AM, LK/PM/ER

This year the race is a counter in WFRA's North Wales Series details here.

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)

Tuesday, Club Runs.
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 here.

Thursday, Run Coed y Brenin.
Runs commence from the running shop on a Thursday night at 6:30pm.
During the lighter evenings in the spring and summer months the runs go up to 2 hours in length for those that want that little longer mid-week run and visit some of the more technical and challenging routes, oh and we keep the Strava theme in there to help you gauge your progress throughout the year.
During winter runs require a good head torch and kit that is suitable for the weather and conditions. Typically these runs are of around 6 miles, stay to the well defined tracks, and every now and again are hill or speed sessions.
Details here: Here.

Saturday, Dolgellau Parkrun.
Parkrun every Saturday at 9am.
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; everone is welcome to come along.
Details here: Here.

Meirionnydd Running Club organised races:
Tarren Hendre in 28 January 2017.
Ras yr Aran in 18 March 2017.
Dolgellau 5 in July 2017.
Rhobell fawr 4 November 2017.
For further details click: here.

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Newyddion / News.

The North Wales road running championships for 2017 are as follows:
5km: Ffrith, Prestatyn, date t.b.c.;
5 Miles: Abergele, Sunday 5th November;
10km: Caernarfon, date t.b.c.;
10 Miles, Wrexham, Saturday 29th April;
Half marathon: Village Bakery, Wrexham, Sunday 19th February;
Marathon: Run Wales, Wrexham, Sunday 12th March.

November Parkrun.
Link to Club results for all Parkruns.

26/11/16 Colby #129: Jeff Davies 23:07.

Chipping Sodbury #138:
Jeff Davies 21:42.
Root 44 #183: Nich Bradley 23:45.
Dolgellau #40: Arfon Hughes 21:35, Clive Edgington 22:30.

Greenpoint #163:
Nich Bradley 22:27.
Dolgellau #39: Arfon Hughes 21:10, Sioned Mair Jones 27:48.

Swindon #325:
Jeff Davies 21:54.
Dolgellau #38: Dai Rice 28:15.

26/11/2016 Bangor North Wales Cross Country League.

steff owen bangor xc 2016

At the third race in the Cross country season. Again one short of a full team withon five meirionnydd runners turning up.
Their respective placings were:

tom roberts bangor xc 2016 jeremy randell bangor xc 2016 arfon hughes bangor xc 2016
clive edgington bangor xc 2016    
    After three race the league rankings in division 1 are as follows:
  1. Shrewsbury 257
  2. Oswestry 545
  3. Eryri 782
  4. Buckley 869
  5. Gog Tri 1,268
  6. Colwyn Bay 1,320
  7. Meirionnydd 1,925
  8. Tattenhall 2,196

20/11/2016 Conwy Half Marathon.

Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Conwy Half Marathon. First home and claiming 3rd M50 was Jeremy Randell in a time of 1:28:21. He was followed home by Gwion Roberts 1:33:36 and Tom Roberts 1:36:32.

jeremy randell conwy half 2016 gwion roberts conwy half 2016 tom roberts conwy half 2016

12/11/2016 Betws trail, Canicross 10k.

Jacqueline Fowler and Buster finished in 1:06:33 to claim 3rd F50 in the Betws trail, Canicross 10k.

cannicross betws trail 2016

5/11/2016 Rhobell fawr.

Rhobell fawr

The winner of this years Rhobell fawr Fell race was Gareth Wyn Hughes from Mercia Fell Runners who finished in a time of 51:37. To complete the double the first woman was Sarah Ridgeway again from Mercia Fell Runners who finished in 1:01:47.

Results here.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who help to make this race possible. Thank you.

5/11/2016 LLandudno North Wales Cross Country League.

llandudno xc 2016

At the second race in the Cross country season. We didn't have the full team, the five meirionnydd runners who turned up and their respective placings were:

    After two race the league rankings in division 1 are as follows:
  1. Shrewsbury 139
  2. Oswestry 396
  3. Eryri 574
  4. Buckley 590
  5. Colwyn Bay 724
  6. Gog Tri 845
  7. Meirionnydd 1,373
  8. Tattenhall 1,378

30/10/2016 Abergele 5.
The Abergele 5 mile road race was again this year the Welsh Athletics North Wales Championship 5 mile race. The club had six runners in the race and came away with four championship medals. First home was Tom Roberts 28:47 followed by Jeremy Rabdell 31:33, Gwion Roberts 34:29, Graeme Stringer 39:27, Sioned Mair Jones 45:39 and Sheila Symond 1:16:20.

tom roberts abergele 5 2016 jeremy randell abergele 5 2016 gwion roberts abergele 5 2016
greame stringer abergele 5 2016 sioned jones abergele 5 2016 sheila symonds abergele 5 2016

29/10/2016 Snowdon Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Brooks Snowdonia MArathon 2016. First to finish was Dylan Evans who finished in 3:52:03. He was followed home by Jude Evans finishing in 5:14:35 and big shout out of the day to Elly Downing who attempted a double marathon.

Pictures by Sports Pictures Wales.

dylan evans snowdon marathon 2016 jude evans snowdon marathon 2016 elly dee snowdon marathon 2016

Details below from Elly herself: Snowdonia Marathon Challenge 2016
Wow. What a weekend. Yesterday, at about 3.15am, waved off by the amazing Lisa, I set off on a reverse lap of the Eryri Marathon with Jilly, Gordon, Emma, Catherine and Jonny. On the way round, it was great to see the truly inspiring Duane in Waunfawr, and Trisha looking unbelievably comfortable at Nant Gwynant. Well done to these two and Karl on nailing the double, amazing people.
The reverse route seemed a little less challenging than the race route, but that didn't make the climb up to Pen y Pass from Nant Gwynant any easier (although easier than Snowdonia Trail route up that part).
Running down to Llanberis from Pen y Pass seemed to take forever, but it was fun seeing people's faces as the tried to work out what the heck we were doing! This was even more fun as we ran the opposite way through the start line and back into Llanberis as the keenest runners were getting ready to begin the race itself.

After only 2.5 hrs sleep on Friday night, I was more than ready to call it a day, have a shower and sleep in the back of the truck for a few hours. However, seeing so many familiar faces and getting so many supportive comments and friendly hellos really lifted my spirits and I had no doubt I'd carry on and give my tired legs more to complain about.
Jilly and I barely had time to change our clothes, restock our food and get the cup of tea we had been dreaming about for the last few miles. In fact, we were still in the cafe when the race started so made our way to the start line drinking our tea. We had to run for the start line as they were about to take up the timing mats, and we even had to chase the sweeper car. The sweeper soon realised what we were doing (and how slow we were) and went ahead of us to the 'next last'.
We plodded up Pen y Pass, joined by Sandra who had come to support us on the second lap. We particularly enjoyed comments from supporters asking if we'd been left behind, why we were late and why we were walking after only a few miles.
By the first drinks station, we realised that the vans clearing up and taking the mile markers down were just ahead of us. These guys became our saviours, waiting with water, gels and even packed lunches for us at regular intervals. We plodded on to Beddgelert, getting lots of support from passers by cheering and waving out of their car windows, and even some canoeists on the lake by the Copper Mine.
Although feeling quite positive through Beddgelert (pretty much the halfway point of our second lap), the long hill on the way out took its toll. Eventually, the mental battle was lost around Rhyd Ddu, when after a discussion with our clearing up crew, we admitted that at our painfully slow pace, we were likely to be up on the mountain in the dark (we'd left our headtorches in the car after the first lap) attempting a tough downhill on extremely tired legs. This was not a good idea, so we made the decision to bail out. We managed to plod on to about 19 miles before we got a chance phone signal and got whisked back to Llanberis by our knight in shining armour Ieuan.

So, no double marathon...but still...47 miles (second longest run) on a challenging route on 2.5 hrs sleep. It still feels like the DNF that it essentially is, but I'll take it and all the appreciation, inspiration, motivation and love it has brought. As ever, I wouldn't change a thing. Keep moving forward.

It was great to meet the lovely Andrea at breakfast this morning and get a selfie crossing the start line with SJ and Sandy (and my cup of tea!). Thanks to everyone who has posted and/or sent messages of support, clapped, waved, cheered, supported or spoke to us yesterday. Also a massive big up to the Eryri team, especially Matt Ward for everything you do, all the marshals, other volunteers and the wonderful clean-up team. Lastly thanks to Sandra, Ieuan, Mg, Tim and the girls for helping me recover in the best way possible."

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After one month the news will be transferred into Archive 2016 here.