This race is run in mid winter to heights over 2000ft.
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If you enter this race know that we will publish your name, age, running club if any, and your finishing time and position, to anyone who may have an interest, eg our own club, national athletics organisations and social and newsprint media. We will store this data for historic and comparison purposes. Contact data will be destroyed after the results are officially confirmed. The race organisers do not provide an official photography service.
23/11/19 Cross Country Dolgellau.
For the first time Dolgellau was the venue for a counter in the North Wales Cross Country League. Meirionnydd's Tom Roberts did an excellent job or organising the event and huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers and marshalls that made the day possible.
Fantastic turnout by club runners in both the men and women races. The men team finished first on the day to take us up the third place for the season.
This was the third race in the winter Cross country season.
17/11/19 Conwy Half Marathon.
In the Conwy half marathon three Meirionnydd Runners participated. Tom Roberts finished 3rd overall in 1:12:32; followed by Gwion Roberts in 1:19:09 and Justin Pilkington in 1:41:17.
16/11/19 British & Irish Masters' International Cross Country at Aintree.
Congratulations to Jeremy Randell on achieving his first Welsh Cap at the British & Irish Masters' International. Jeremy finished in 31:36.
16/11/19 Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships, Brecon.
Congratulations to Jimmy Carter on getting his first North Wales Cap at the Welsh Inter Regional XC in Brecon. Jimmy finished in 42:13.
10/11/19 Zurrieq half marathon and 10km, Malta.
This year’s Running Club Holiday was to Malta’s Zurrieq half marathon and 10km. We had three runners in the Half Marathon, first home was Juliet Edwards claiming 1st F55 in 1:45:23 followed by Pete Nicholls in 1:56:58 and Kevin Evans in 2:23:52.
A further five Meirionnydd runners participated in the 10k race. Fist home was Nich Bradley 3rd M65 50:41, Sioned M Jones 57:30, Jan Preston 1:18:38, Sue Nicholls 1:18:38; Tracey Evans 1:18:38 closely pursued in walk by Mary Bradley 1:39:18; Sue Thomas 1:39:18 and Aled Thomas in 1:35:37.
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.