Croeso / Welcome.
Our next race: 29 July 2017, Dolgellau 5 miles.
Dolgellau 5 or Dol 5 which includes a Team challenge.
Distance: 5 miles (measured)
Start time: 13:00
Registration at Dolgellau Rugby club.
Entry: £10 and £12 (2016)
Route: Race Map
More information on our races page: here.
Fun Run / Rhedeg a sbri.
Distance: 1 miles
Start time: 12:30
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Tuesday, Club Runs.
Summer season. Runs will start from various locations around Meirionnydd. Link has details of meeting place & times: Timetable here.
Newyddion / News.
10-11/6/17 Welsh Castles relay.
Our Captain Tom Roberts' Race report
"Last week I was really stressed out with it all and was slightly worried about things possibly going wrong or runners dropping out last minute. But it just couldn't have gone any better.
I'll start by thanking all the 20 runners who turned and smashed every stage. Not one dropped out and everyone crossed that finish line with a big smile. The conditions on Saturday were pretty horrendous, especially for Glyn Rowlands on stage 2, 10mile run into that strong wind and rain did not look like much fun!
The dedication was amazing, new member Mark Davies travelled from work in Somerset to take part as we were a bit short on numbers. Jeremy travelled from Mold to run stage 10, Jeff Davies travelled from Swindon and Adam had started down to Newtown 5:30 Sunday morning for a 7:00 start.
Jimmy and Dave both had injuries before the weekend and weren't sure if they were going to be able to take part. That would of given us big problems then to try and replace but they turned up and both ran extremely well.
But this weekend wasn't all about the runners, we just couldn't have done it without the support we had. Mary Bradley had driven over 400miles, in the 2 days, making sure everyone was at their start in good time. Elinor Jones and my Dad put in long shifts on the Saturday and Sunday picking people up as they finished.
Huge thanks to all the Marshals that turned up to Barmouth, again in awful weather, this took a lot of pressure of us in the minibus as we could just carry on traveling through and give support.
Thanks also to Juliet, my Mum, Elly and Llio who weren't even running but turned up to give support.
The support I had on my stage was unreal! I've never been so excited to start a race before, everyone shouting at me on the start line then along the route, it deffo helped me to get over that bwlch!
Pretty much every member of the club had taken some part in this weekend, either running, marshling or supporting. Which proves this was a club effort not just done by individuals.
We have proven we can compete in team events, we finished 43rd overall and in the mountain stages we finished in an impressive 23rd (above Eryri)!
Ive had 2 messages today from members from Prestatyn, saying thanks for the support we also gave them over the weekend.
Our barmy army fans are the best! And my last thanks goes to Arfon, Nich, and Greame who in the last couple of weeks have just kept me calm!
It really is a pleasure to be the captain to such a great club.
I'm sorry if I've missed anyone out
Dates for next years race 9/10 of June 2018!
Diolch yn fawr iawn."
Results are up on les croups website: Results.
Overall Team result for Meirionnydd: 43rd in 25:25:41.
Mountain Kings 23rd in 7:39:18.
1 Caernarfon Castle to Penygroes 9.1 miles Steffan Owen in 01:10:08.
2 Penygroes to Criccieth Castle 10.7 miles Glyn Rowlands in 1:23:31.
3 Criccieth Castle to Maentwrog 12.3 miles Gwion Roberts in 1:19:39.
4 Maentwrog to Harlech Castle 9.5 miles Pete Nicholls in 1:20:51.
5 Harlech Castle to Barmouth 9.6 miles Mark Davies in 1:05:06.
6 Barmouth to Dolgellau 10.7 miles Dylan Evans in 1:16:36.
6 Barmouth to Dolgellau 10.7 miles Nia Davies in 1:31:26, Running for Natural Resources Wales.
7 Dolgellau to Dinas Mawddwy 9.5 Tom Roberts 2nd in 55:47.
8 Dinas Mawddwy to Foel 10.8 miles Nich Bradley in 1:25:33.
9 Foel to Llanfair Caereinion 8.5 miles Kevin Evans in 1:14:37.
10 Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown 13.1 miles Jeremy Randell in 1:28:39.
11 Newtown to Llanbadarn Fynydd 12.3 miles Adam Preston in 1:29:53.
12 Llanbadarn Fynydd to Crossgates 11.2 miles Jimmy Carter in 1:16:54.
13 Crossgates to Builth Wells 10.6 miles Andrew Ellis in 1:11:18.
14 Builth Wells to Drovers Arms 10.8 miles Tristan Evans in 1:13:22.
15 Epynt Visitor Centre to Brecon 12.8 miles Dave Whittey in 1:33:47.
16 Brecon to Beacons Reservoir 8.8 miles Justin Pilkington in 1:11:58.
17 Beacons Reservoir to Cyfarthfa Castle 9.2 miles Jeff Davies in 1:10:03.
18 Merthyr Tydfil (Rhyd-y-Car Centre) to Abercynon (Navigation Park) 9.1 miles Sandra Williams in 1:19:47.
19 Abercynon (Navigation Park) to Nantgarw 7.7 miles Mpho Bogatsu in 1:08:29.
20 Caerphilly Castle to Cardiff Castle 10.1 miles Arfon Hughes in 1:09:43.
What a fantastic weekend!
A big thank you to the Support team:
Juliet Edwards; Juliet said "How did I experience the relay? From the delux rust bucket minibus scampering to the best support spots on the route.
Great to support our club and anyone faster than our runners. Interesting to see the range of the competition and the lead runners slightly bemused expressions when they encountered our enthusiastic noisy supporters.
I would love to be involved somehow again."
Elly Dee, Elli said "It was a fantastic experience, I loved being involved and seeing everyone have such a great time together. I wasn't fast enough to run this year, and not being a big fan of training or racing fast or on roads, I'm not sure I'll ever be (you never know...) but just being there has really inspired me to shout about how great it is to be part of a great running club like ours."
Thank you Drivers
Elinor Jones, Mary Bradley and Gareth Roberts
Thank you Cakes.
Sarah Roberts and Sandra Williams
Thank you Marshals
Jude Evans, Sioned Mair Jones, Arthur and Sheila Symonds.
and last buy by no means least Thank you to all Reserve runners.
10/6/17 Dysynni 15k.
Jacqueline Fowler ran in the Dysynni 15k. Jacqueline said "A muddy affair today. Eli (the dog) loved the boggy sections and succeeded in tangling me face first in the warning tape/signage in the boggiest bit whilst he continued to prance about smiling! As well as his mischievousness on the trail, he's developed a desire to swim and I was constantly being dragged to the estuary water. At 1hr 26mins, we skipped over the finish line, very wet, very muddy, very smiley.
10/6/17 Market Harborough Half Marathon.
9/6/17 Blaydon Race.
Description of the Race.
The 1862 Blaydon Races Song is the National Anthem of Tyneside. The words of the song are used as a basis for everything in the race where possible. For example the event takes place every “Ninth of June” in accord with the song’s first line:- “Aa went to Blaydon Races t’was on the Ninth of June”
The runners assemble at the public house “Balmbras” in central Newcastle (just as the travellers to see the Blaydon Horse races did in 1862) and are started on their run with the actual handbell mentioned in the song, which is brought out specially, under guard, from The Discovery Museum, Newcastle and “away they gan alang Collingwood Street” on their way to Scotswood Road and Scotswood Bridge to finish in Blaydon itself . The race itself has been instrumental in maintaining interest in local traditions in general and in the Blaydon Races song in particular. The large crowd in Blaydon Shopping Precinct car park welcomes the runners who receive local food and beer and the all important tee-shirt along with their goody bags and certificate. Not all of the tired finishers are tempted by the black pudding, tripe and pickled onions always on offer! The race welcomes all over 16 years and even provides the Kiddars’ Fun Run at Blaydon before the senior race for 9 to 16 year-old local schoolchildren.
The Road Race has been organised annually by Blaydon H & AC since 9th June 1981 and seeks to incorporate much local tradition in an annual run for all, to include top-rank athletes and humble joggers all “Gannin Alang the Scotswood Road”. From just 212 competitors in the inaugural Race the field has grown to 4400 runners who tackle the 5.6 mile course between Newcastle and Blaydon.
Graeme Stringer ran in the Blaydon race. Graeme said "running alang the Scotswood Road in 43.19 with 4600 other runners, including me brother and 2 nephews, on a blazing Summer evening!"
Tyneside Anthem here.
7/6/17 Llanrug 5k.
Brother Tom and Gwion were in action at the Llanrug 5k. Tom Roberts won the race claiming 1st in a time of 17:47 and Gwion Bobo Roberts claimed 3rd in a time of 19:19.
3/6/17 Welsh 1000, Long Challenge race.
Ben Wells and Dylan Evans Welsh 1000 Challenge race.
Ben said “Well that was an experience and a half. Welsh 1000 peaks fell race. Over 20 miles with nearly 10k feet of climbing. Starting on the north wales coast and finishing on Snowdon. Thanks to Dylan Evans and Andrew Holt for the support.”
Dylan Evans finished in 06:36:43 closely followed by Ben Wells in 6:36:56.
3/6/17 Abersoch 10k.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Abersoch 10k.
Juliet said "Just done Abersoch 10 k, 840+ runners dashing round the back roads , trying to find some shade,then the last km on the beach felt soooo long."
First home was Mark Davies 41:03 followed by Juliet Edwards claiming 1st F50 49:30 and Sioned Mair Jones 58:18.
27/5/17 EMF Edinburgh Marathon.
Sandra and Elli travelled North to run in the EMF Edinburgh Marathon. Elli said “Bit of an unknown...haven't trained for a road marathon, really just a training run to get a decent distance in. Totally didn't know what to expect, but didn't expect to crash and burn quite as spectacularly.
Excellent pre-race fun, meeting up with lovely RMR ladies and totally wanting to be running up Arthur's Seat than 26 miles of tarmac.
First two miles were pretty though...takes a while to get going nowadays. Nice route though with lots to see. Started to settle and feel comfortable, even felt I might have a PB in me after all. Knew that was off the cards when had to queue for ages at the loos about 6 miles in.
Got back on it, was feeling epic. Saw Rhys, Olly and my boys at about 10 miles, managed a bit more before the wheels began to fall off. Tight hamstrings were beginning to hamper my pace, so I stopped for water, gel and a good long stretch.
This seems to work for a while but I was really hurting so had to slow right down. Hard going until 20 miles, began to feel a little more positive and slogged to the end, with lots of help from Sandra and an amazing crowd.
Toughest marathon I've done in terms of how I felt, a harsh lesson in at least doing some relevant training. As I doubt I'll want to spend much time running on flat tarmac in training, I guess that's an end to flat, road marathons for me (no great loss!). It was hot and hard out there today, I totally flaked and cried afterwards but my boys ran over the line with me and I had another great day out with San so I'm calling that a win.”
Elly dee finished in 5:38:5 and Sandra Williams5:38:7
May 2017 Parkrun.
Link to Club results for all Parkruns.
Dolgellau #67: Jimmy Carter 18:48; Clive Edgington 21:19; Arfon Hughes 21:20; Sarah HARRIS 1st Lady 26:13 and Sioned Mair Jones 29:11.
Dolgellau #66: Clive Edgington 20:54 and Sarah HARRIS 33:52.
Dolgellau #65: Arfon Hughes 21:38; Sioned Mair Jones 28:09.
Dolgellau #64: Clive Edgington 25:31; Mpho Bogatsu 27:00.
Coventry #367: Sioned Mair Jones 28:32.
23/5/17 Club run llanfachreth
Club runners on the edge of Coed y Brenin near LLanfachreth.
23/5/17 Great orme, Tuesday night series
Tom Roberts finished 3rd in 32:03.
(Message from webmaster: I am struggling to follow the series this year as the results don't appear for a long time.)
20/5/17 Ras y Gader.
A fantastic turn out for the club at our local race. Sixteen runners took on the challange of running 10.5 miles from the town square in Dolgellau up to the top of Cader Idris and back. About an hour before the race we had torrential rain but by 1pm and the start of the race it was sunny with a light breeze. The wind kept the humidity down, nice weather for a mountain race.
Club times were:
Tristan Evans 1:37:48
Jimmy Carter 1:45:01
Mat Fenwick 1:46:45
Jeremy Randell 1:48:50
Gwion Roberts 1:49:12
Arfon Hughes 2:01:40
Dave Whittey 2:05:31
Steve Lovelock 2:05:45
Steffan Owen 2:05:57
Anneliese Lovelock 2:09:37
Ben Wells 2:12:19
Rob Whittey 2:13:34
Glyn Rowlands 2:16:09
Justin Pilkington 2:16:57
Kevin Evans 2:46:16
Mpho Bogatsu 2:47:33
14/5/17 Powis Trail 10k.
10/5/17 Ras yr Hafod.
Jimmy Carter ran Ras yr Hafod, the results haven't been posted yet.
9/5/17 Club run.
Evening club run at Coed y Brenin.
7/5/17 Newtown 10k.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Newtown 10k finishing in a time of 38:54 claiming 1st M35.
7/5/17 Ffrith 5k.
Five Club runners travelled to Prestatyn to run in the Ffrith 5k which incorporated the North Wales 5k championship. First home was Gwion Roberts in 18:33; he was followed by Clive Edgington claiming Gold M60 in North wales champ 20:06; Arfon Hughes Bronze M45 NW champs 20:36; Jeff Davies Silver M65 North Wales champs 22:05 and Sheila Symonds Gold F80 NW champs in 50:20.
7/5/17 Market drayton 10k.
3/5/17 Rhostryfan 10k.
Results from a hilly and hot Rhostryfan 10k
Tom Roberts 1st 34:35 taking the course record by 4seconds.
Gwion Bobo Roberts 10th 41:47
Graeme Stringer 46th 51:58
These mid week races are well worth going to. They are ideal for a bit of speed work training
2/5/17 Club run.
Evening club run at precepice LLanfachreth.
After one month the news will be transferred into Archive 2017 here.
The North Wales road running championships for 2017 are as follows:
5km: Ffrith, Prestatyn, 7th May 2017.;
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.
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 on 28 January 2017.
Ras yr Aran on 18 March 2017.
Dolgellau 5 on 29 July 2017.
Rhobell fawr on 4 November 2017.
For further details click: here.