Fun Run / Rhedeg a sbri.
Distance: 1 miles
Start time: 12:30
Entry: On the day.
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.
9/6/18 Market Harborough Half Marathon
Ben wells ran in the Market Harborough Half marathon at the Market Harborough Carnival of running. Ben said Bit of a change doing a relatively flat half marathon on tarmac. After all the races of recent weeks and especially after the Welsh 1000s I opted for a steady fun run running around a 155bpm heart rate hoping to just enjoy the day and soak the atmosphere up. I ended up taking 9 mins off my half marathon pb 1hr 41min 56 seconds so at race pace I’m thinking under 1:40 now for Cardiff. Was great to chat and be relaxed while running round.
6/6/18 Ras Llanrug 5k.
Tom Roberts won the race in 16:03 closely followed by Gwion Roberts claiming 3rd place in 17:58.
3/6/18 Gregynog trail
The race was won by Joe Murray u.a in 29:50. Our sole representative at the race was Jimmy Carter who claimed 1st M40 with a time of 32:24.
2/6/18 Welsh 1000, Long Fell Race.
The long course route starts at sea level near at Abergwyngregyn, near the foreshore of Conwy Bay, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd and Glyder Fawr, Pen- y- Pass Youth Hostel, the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon, 1,085m) that is, the ascent of the five 1000 metre peaks of Snowdonia. Ben Wells finished with a time of 6.28:46
2/6/18 Sedbergh, Inter Countries Mountain Running Championships.
Race was won by Andy Douglas from Inverclyde and Scotland in 46:55. Meirionnydd’s Tom Roberts running for Wales finished 25th in 54:23.
2/6/18 Abersoch 10k.
Sole Meirionnydd runner at this years Abersoch 10k was Peter Barnes who finished in 1:00:55.
28/5/18 Moel Eilio inc WA North Wales Mountain championship.
Ras wych heddiw ar Moel Eilio, Llanberis. 5ed, a 3ydd yn pencampwriaeth rasio mynydd rhanbarth gogledd athletau cymru anghofio faint o galad oedd y blydi ras yma diolch Jude Evans am y llynia a da iawn rhedwyr Meirionnydd Six Meirionnydd runners ran in Moel eilio race wich incorporated Welsh Athletics North Wales Mountain Running Championships. Race winner was Matt Roberts from Calder Valley in 1:06:32. First Meirionnydd runner Ifan Richards in 1:11:08 and 5th place claiming 3rd Senior in the WA NW Mountain Running Championship. Next in was Tristan Evans in 1:12:56; Eilir Evans 1:18:18; Jimmy Carter 1:20:47; Dylan Evans 1:32:09 and Ben Wells 2:02:13.
20/5/18 Ravenscar half marathon.
A 13.1 mile challenging off road half marathon starting from Ravenscar Village Hall situated 700 feet above sea level, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park and midway between Whitby and Scarborough, the route then gently descends the beautiful coastal path along the dramatic sea cliffs, with panoramic views down the coast line towards Scarborough, on reaching Petard point its through Staintondale via open fields, woodland and the disused railway line until you reach Cloughton Wyke, then its back to Ravenscar all the way on the coastal footpath via the via the picturesque roller coastal of Hayburn Wyke (that’s a nice way of saying a killer of a down and uphill section that will make your legs and lungs burn). Then back to Ravenscar for those stunning sea cliff views (though you will still be sweating from the last bit and hoping for the sea wind not to blow).
Richard Hankinson finished in 2:27:54
19/5/18 Ras y Gader.
Fourteen Meirionnydd runners took o the local challenge Ras y Gader 2018. The race was won my Commonwealth Athlete Andrew Davies of Stockport Harriers AC by reaching the sunmmit in 51:45 min and finishing in 1:29:17. The first lady was Helen Brown from Mynydd Du runners who reached the summit in 1:06:59 and finished in 1:52:40.
The first Meirionnydd runner home was Ifan Richards in 5th, summit time 00:58:17; finished 01:31:45.
Tristan Evans summit 00:59:29; finished 01:38:13
Eilir Evans, summit 01:02:19; finished 01:42:07
Jimmy Carter M40 3rd summit 01:01:54; finished 01:45:43
Gwion Bobo Roberts summit 01:04:10; finished 01:46:53
Jeremy Randell summit 01:07:07; finished 01:53:26
Dylan Evans, summit 01:13:43; finished 02:03:24
Ben Wells, summit 01:15:00; finished 02:04:04
Arfon Hughes, summit 01:17:32; finished 02:09:56
Iwan Evans, summit 01:23:59; finished 02:13:51
Justin Pilkington, summit 01:24:37; finished 02:22:18
Peter Nicholls, summit 01:32:18; finished 02:32:55
Mpho Bogatsu. summit 01:46:23; finished 02:54:59
Nia Davies,summit 01:47:18; finished 02:58:17.
Well done everyone.
13/5/18 Ffrith 5k inc North Wales championship.
Ona a sunny Sunday three Meirionnydd runners travelled to Prestatyn for the Ffrith 5k, The race was won by Stephen Skates of Prestatyn Runners in a time of 16:09. First Meirionnydd runner was Arfon Hughes in 20:33 followed by Dave Whittey claiming North Wales champs Gold in M60 category with 21:33 and Sheila Symonds claiming another North Wales champ Gold in F85 in 48:57.
13/5/18 Excalibur half marathon.
The race was won by Rob Grantham from Pensby Runners in a time of 1:40:34. One Meirionnydd participated Andrew Ellis who finished in 2:16:36 4th M50.
12/5/18 Preseli beast.
The overall distance of the Beast is approx 24 off-road miles, with approx 4,700 ft. (1420 m) of assents. That’s nearly one and a half times the height of Snowdon! There is a mixture of trail, fell, wooded paths, the odd boggy bit!, some steep climbs. The race was won by Daniel Mutlow from Tower Ham AC in 3:34:02. Meirionnydd’s Sandra Williams ran this tough race in 6:16:13.
9/5/18 Dinas Bran.
Race report by Ifan Richards: Eilir Evans, Megan Parry and myself headed to Llangollen for the 4.2 mile 1100ft Dinas Bran fell race. A fast, tough course that climbs the steep hillside to Dinas Bran Castle twice before the super steep leg basher back down to Llangollen.
This was Eilir Evans first ever running race last year where he finished 18th overall in a time of 38:12 which was excellent for his first go at fell running. I told him back then, we are coming back next year and your going to smash that time.
Last night I crossed the line 3rd in a time of 30:33 (2nd in 2017 in 30:50) so happy with 18sec faster. And Eilir crossed the line in 5th position and in a time of 32:06! 6min 6sec faster than last year! Massive improvement.
This was Megan's first go at this race and with a very competitive female field. Megan ran a fantastic race and worked hard to push home in 4th in the womens race in a great time of 41:56 for the tough course. Meg will now have to make her return trip next year to smash her time.Da iawn Eil a Meg.
9/5/18 Rhostryfan 10k.
Tom Roberts won the race in 34:09 and Gwion Roberts 7th in 39:09.
8/5/18 Moel y Gest TNS.
Race was won by Russell Bentley of Eryri in 35:16. The sole Meirionnydd runner was Gethin Davies finishing in 40:16 claiming 10th place.
6/5/18 Shobdon Wood Race.
The Shobdon Wood race is a completely off-road race organised by Croft Ambrey Running Club. It takes place in Shobdon Wood, just one mile out of the North Herefordshire village of Shobdon, which is on the B4362 between Leominster and Presteigne. The race will be signposted from the Mortimers Cross entrance to the North of the village and from the approach from Presteigne.The winner was Andy Salt of Croft Ambrey Running Club in a time of 34.43. Olly Downing was the sole Meirionnydd runner finishing in a time of 56:22.
6/5/18 2 Lake trail Half marathon.
The 2 LAKES TRAIL HALF MARATHON & 10k events are based high up on the Denbigh Moors, taking in the reservoirs of Alwen and Llyn Brenig. The routes stay well above the 300m contour throughout and take in lakeside tracks, more technical woodland sections, moorland paths and some fast dirt track and minor road. Eilir Evans headed over to Llyn Brenig today for the Two lakes 10k trail race. A fast course with a tough climb to the finish straight. Eilir took the win with a great time of 40:39.
5/5/18 Ras y Moelwyn.
The race winner was Gareth Hughes from Mercia Fell runners in a time of 1:23:30. First Meirionnydd runner in was Ifan Richards in 4th place in a time of 1:30:04; followed by Tristan Evans 1:31:03; Eilir Evans 1:39:44: Mat Fenwick 1:46:52; Jeremy Randell 1:50:08; Dylan Evans 2:03:11; Ben Wells 2:04:24 and Arfon Hughes in 2:07:49.
5/5/18 Red Kite Challenge inc Welsh Trail Championships.
The half marathon race was won by Rob Samuel from Eryri Harriers in a time of 1:27:59. First Meirionnydd runner in was Jimmy carter 1:50:38, 3rd m40; followed by Ieuan Pugh Jones in 2:02:53 and Andrew Ellis in 2:12:01 to claim 3rd m50.
29/4/18 Newport Marathon.
Well done Gwion Roberts on finishing under 3 hours in the Newport Marathon. Gwion finished in 30th position in a time of 2:55:11.
29/4/18 Chester Half Marathon.
Nia Davies ran in the Chester Half Marathon finishing in a time of 2:50:17.
28/4/18 LLangynhafal loop.
28/4/18 Aberaeron to Lampeter 21 mile.
Dylan and Jude Evans completed the Aberaeron to Lampeter 21 mile, Jude finished as 1st woman.
28/4/18 Enlli Marathon.
Sandra Williams ran in the inaugural Enlli Marathon, completing the course in 7:04:03.
27/4/18 Mid cheshire 5k series, Kingsley, incorporating the English Athletics 5k Road Championships.
Tom roberts ran in the Mid cheshire 5k series, Kingsley 5k, incorporating the English Athletics 5k Road Championships. Against a strong field Tom finished in 15:22 and 39th place. The race was won by Richard Allen from Aldershot and Farnham District in a time of 14:07. It is worth noting that the first 25 runners came in under 15 minutes and the first 80 runners under 16 minutes. Well done Tom.
22/4/18 London Marathon.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the London Marathon. Andre Bright finished in 5:13:25 and Elly Dee in 5:57:17.
Andre Bright said "London Marathon completed! Boiling hot all day really took it out of me! Broken mentally & physically but managed to finish in 5:14 - although the fact I finished was a huge plus. Thank you to everyone who supported me with their donations throughout this journey and a big thank you to Team Victa for their support & for letting me run for your wonderful charity!".
21/4/18 Goldrush, Coed y Brenin.
Rob Samuel from Eryri Harriers won the race in 53:38 and first woman was Elliw Haf in 1:12:27. Tom Roberts 3rd in 58:34; Tristan Evans 1:00:00; Ifan Richards 1:03:05; Gethin Davies 1:03:19; Mat Fenwick 1:07:59; Jimmy Carter 2nd M40 in 1:09:42; Ben Wells 1:14:53; Dylan Evans 1:18:43; Megan Parry 1:22:48; Glyn Rowlands 1:22:59; Karl Cooper 1:24:02; Andrea Vaughan 2nd F40 in 1:26:32; Graeme Stringer 1:32:58; Richard Hankinson 1:35:21; Linzi Cooper 1:38:24 and Jude Evans the Sweeper.
17/4/18 St Davids, Tuesday Night Series.
Race won by Max Dunford Unaffiliated in a time of 24:34. First Meirionnydd to finish was Gethin Davies 25:19 claiming 2nd U23. Second Meirionnydd runner in was Richard Hankinson in 38:43.
15/4/18 Vale of York 10 mile.
Richard Hankinson ran in the Vale of York 10 mile finishing in a time of 1:22:16.
10/4/18 Foel LLus, Tuesday Night series.
The race winner was Mike Spill from Menai Field and Track in a time of 23:37. First Meirionnydd runner home was Gethin Davies 26:08 claiming 3rd U23 followed by Jeremy Randell in 29:43 3rd M50.
7/4/18 Sugar loaf.
Meirionnydd’s Tom Roberts who ran in the South Wales Fell race on Sugar loaf near Abergyfenni finishing in 52:11.
Tom said “A challenging 7mile race with a bit of everything thrown in! Struggled on the climbs, was 6th on the summit but battled hard to take 3rd.”
Mark Hopkinson from Mynydd Du runners won the race in 52:03.
3/4/18 Aber dash Tuesday Night Series race 2.
Two Meirionnydd runners travelled to Abergwyngregyn fro the secomd race in the Tuesday Night Series Aber dash 5 miles/1150ft ascent. The race winner was Russell Bentley from Eryri with a time of 29:53.
Our first runner in was Tom Roberts in 30:36 to claim 3rd place. Our second runners, out on his first outing for Meirionnydd was Gethin Davies who finished in 32:21 to claim 1st Under 18.
Photos by SJ Photography.
1/4/18 Teifi 10 miles.
Gwion Roberts ran the Teifi 10. The race winner was Rob Johnson from Aberystwyth AC with a time of 56:40 and Gwion finishing in 9th place in a time of 1:00:39.
Photo Steven Wride Photography.
1/4/18 Club run up Cader Idris.
A group of MRC ran up Cader to burn off some of the Easter calories.
After one month the news will be transferred into Archive 2017 here.