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 Community Centre, Nr.Tywyn.
(This will be updated closer to race day.)
2/11/19 Rhobell fawr.
Despite the dubiously rival attractions of the rugby world cup final, 51 runners turned out for this years Rhobel Fawr fell race.We had less rain than forecast, probably because most of it had fallen overnight! And apart from the last 300m at the summit, conditions were pretty reasonable. The summit marshals were in the blasting wind throughout and the cloud base was well down.
Richard Roberts (Eryri) took an early lead and he gained time gained on the descent to win in 52:56, 1:24 ahead of Meirionnydd’s Tristan Evans. Mathew Fortes (Eryri) was third in 56:32. 5th overall, Jez Brown (Buckley) took the M40 prize, followed 4 seconds later by Eden Potter also of Eryri securing the team prize for them. Jeremy Randell (Meirionnydd) took M50 in 1:05:51, Andrew Smith (WFRA) 1st M60 in 1:17:59 and Gary Gunner was 1st M70 in 1:29:00.
Eight women competed and winner (17th overall) in 1:04:07 was Alice Foster (Black Combe), Eleanor Davies was second in 1:13:02 and Sarah Cordingley (Maldwyn Harriers) third in 1:19:53. Kate Potter took the F50 prize in 1:26:07.
We had a larger than usual team of marshals from the club and supporters, as we were trialling a new communication system. Thanks go to them all. Once again a great race, best described as cosy, despite the weather because of the warm atmosphere and the superb range of soups and cakes available afterwards. All the runners were very appreciative of the caterers efforts! We are grateful to South Snowdonia Mountain rescue for turning out again for us, fortunately they were not needed!
The next race in the series is the Tarrenhendre race starting at 12:00 on Saturday January 25th, and the last will be the Ras yr Aran on 14th March (Note Ais earlier this year with an earlier than usual start time 12 noon.)
Ten Meirionnydd runners ran, first home was Tristan Evans in 2nd place with 54:22 followed by Gwion Roberts 1:01:01; Jeremy Randell 1:05:51; Dylan Evans 1:14:38; Glyn Rowlands 1:19:07; Pete Nicholls 1:30:34; Sarah Harris 1:30:49: Tomos Slattery 1:32:33; Kevin Evans and Adam Preston in 1:36:59.
26/10/19 Snowdonia Marathon Eryri.
Ten Meirionnydd runners ran in the Snowdonia Marathon first home was Tom Roberts finishing 4th overall and 3rd Senior in 2:45:59. Tom was followed by Matt Fenwick in 3:27:01; Dylan Evans 3:49:11; Ben Wells 3:58:54; Allanah Fenwick 4:15:09; Carla Lauder 4:20:36; Shane Griffith 4:37:49; Richard Hankinson 5:13:50; Christopher Anagnostopoulos 5:20:50 and Jude Evans in 5:20:59.
20/10/19 Flint 10k.
Tom And Gwion Roberts represented North Wales in the Flint 10k. Tom Finished 2nd in 31:51 and Gwion finished in 34:53. North Wales Beat Shropshire.
19/10/19 Cross Country Colwyn Bay.
The second race in the winter Cross country season was held at Fox Hill Colwyn Bay. Meirionnydd currently 8th at the bottom of Div 2.
Men positions: 4 Ross Welsh; 9 Alun Williams; 20 Euros Evans; 65 Jeremy Randell; 142 Justin Pilkington; 146 Arfon Hughes and 147 Richard Hsnkinson
13/10/19 Breidden hills
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Breidden fell race today . Tristan Evans finished 3rd senior in 1:01:00 and finished 2nd in this years North wales championship and 2nd in Welsh fell running championship.
Jeremy Randell claimed 2nd M55 1:10:19.
13/10/19 Aberystwyth Twin Peaks.
Sole Meirionnydd runner was Nich Bradley claiming 2nd M60 with 1:07:52.
Nich said Well next weeks Cambrian likely will have a write up of the Aber Twin Peaks race but its not likely to be headlined "Bradley bursts back!". Still it was my first race of the year and it went ok. After such a long layoff it was an interesting return.
First the shall I/shan't I? It was a bit soon, about my top distance to date and involves steep climbs and descents -will it set my recovery back? Then the what shoes? Its mostly road but the descent off Pen Cau is a muddy path-dont know the answer especially yesterday, lacking speedcrosses I went for roads and minced down Pen Cau. Then it chucked it down prior to the start ? jacket? long sleeves? go home?? Right choice of vest made as it stayed dry for the whole race. As usual there was a strong gusty wind in our faces down the prom, but a pleasant surprise awaited with a superb new path surface up Pen Cau. Despite the mince down I managed to catch up on the party ahead on the descent with a couple of overtakes then try to reset mind for the long haul up the prom to constitution hill. I passed one more chap but could hear him all the way up the the bottom gear climb, and he was past me just above the bridge. The great thing is not to think its all over as you top out by the station, the next 600m is still steady climbing, but matey still pulled away a bit and by starting the downhill first got 150m ahead.
This tarmac descent gives a new meaning to "green road" as it wends down a gully back to the prom. It gets so slippery Dave Whittey swears he went down on all fours last time (despite beating me by 2 mins!). With the fresh rain I was wishing I has ski poles, but actually it wasn't bad and by the bottom I'd got to within 20m of my target. Sadly back into wind, although I kept going up the prom the younger man seemed to have better legs and was a comfortable 13s ahead. I love this idiosyncratic race, as the race director said its not a road race, fell race or trail race - its a challenge! Age cats also are idiosyncratic - 10 years but 30/40/50 for men but 35/45/55 for women. I was pleased with my time in the condition but was amazed to see my victor from the second half was actually first M60- had I realised surely I could have found 13 seconds? No!
It doesn't pay to take offence as a runner. I was chewing my banana when another old git staggered over the line gasping, grey and sweating, generally reminding me of some of the worse cases from my days on coronary care. His run carried him straight to me and he gasped with a pleading look "Are you over 70 yet?" Perhaps my reply was a bit cheerful cos with his last gasp he spat out "Well you f******g look like you are!" before he fell into the bandstand to die. Actually the banana must have resuscitated him too cos he was looking quite young and chipper when he picked up his M70 at the prize giving! Great day, glad to be back.
13/10/19 Oswestry 10k
Nia Evans (Penrhiw) ran in the Oswestry 10k finishing in 56:11.
12/10/19 Petzel Night race
Quite a number of runners ran in the Petzel Night race.
6/10/19 Cardiff Half Marathon.
Six Meirionnydd runners participated first home was Alun Williams in 01:16:09 followed by Gwion Roberts 01:21:12; Euros Evans 01:25:12; Sioned Mair Jones 02:03:38; Helen Jones 02:21:58: Nia Evans (Penrhiw) 2:07:55 and Sheila Symonds 04:04:53
6/10/19 Chester Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Chester Half Maratho. First home was Justin Pilkington in 3:44:05 followed by Andre Bright 4:45:48 and Pete Barnes 5:06:38
6/10/19 Shrewsbury Half marathon.
Tom Roberts was Chuffed to break 70minutes for the third time this year. Tom said "It certainly wasn’t planned today at the Shrewsbury half. A lovely route with plenty of sharp climbs thrown in, finished in 69:54 and 1st place."
5/10/19 Cross Country Wrexham.
The first race in the winter Cross country season was held at Wrexham.
8/9/19 Vyrnwy Half Marathon.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran in the Vyrnwy Half marathon. First home was Tom Roberts in 1:09:58 followed by Gwion Roberts in 1:17:59; Tomos Slattery in 1:56:31 and Sheila Symonds in 4:14:10.
7/9/19 Ben Nevis.
Two Meirionnydd Runners travelled North to Fort Williams to compete in the Ben Nevis Fell Race. The race was won By Finlay Wild of Lochaber AC in a time of 1:32:05 and the first Meirionnydd runner Tristan Evans finished in 1:57:57 and Ben Wells in 2:45:53.
1/9/19 Trail 10k Coed Y Brenin.
Twenty Meirionnydd runners participated in the Coed y Brenin Trail 10k. First in for the club was Ross Welsh 3rd overall in 41:10 followed by Gethin Davies 41:36; Euros Evans 42:32; Mat Fenwick 2nd M40 44:20; Elis Smith 47:55 ; Ben Wells 49:16; Dave Whittey 2nd M60 51:01; Shane Griffith 51:45; Glyn Rowlands 52:31; Allanah Julia Fenwick 58:09; Tomos Slattery 58:33; Barry Davies 58:32; Sarah Harris 1:00:38; Nia Evans 1:00:43; Gerald Cooper 1:02:38; Peter Barnes 1:05:10; Helen Jones 1:07:46; Steffan Owen 1:23:08; Richard Hankinson 1:23:09 and Shane Jones in 1:23:13.
1/9/19 Cardiff 10k.
Tom Roberts was the sole Meirionnydd runner at the Cardiff 10k finishing in a time of 32:07.
10/8/19 Ultra Trail Wales UTW.
Due to severe weather the route was modified to ensure the safety of participants. Two Meirionnydd teams participated and several solo attempts:
7/8/19 Caernarfon 10k.
This year the Caernarfon 10k was a month earlier than usual and didn’t incorporate the 10k Championship. One Meirionnydd Runner participated, Tom Roberts finished 3rd overall in a time of 33:38.
1/8/19 Ras hendre Wallog.
31/7/19 Ponderosa Fell race.
Tristan Evans finished in 2nd place in 26:40.