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Our next race: 27 January 2018, Tarren Hendre (Race 2, Winters series).

Tarren Hendre fell race

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, Nr.Tywyn (OS 124, SH677069)
Age group course records, (Established 2004 – new course 2005):

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Tuesday, Club Runs.

NOTE: 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

First run of each Month is the Tal y Waen loop, a timed lap to help individuals judge their progress over the past month.


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Newyddion / News.

4/11/17 Rhobell Fawr.

Rhobell fawr flag 2017

The 15th running of this opener to the Meirionnydd Winter Series took place on Saturday November 4th with the first snow forecast for that evening. After a very wet night conditions improved from 9 am and the race was run in lovely if cool autumn sunshine. 61 contenders took up the challenge no doubt all dreaming of the whole Aran Lamb to be shared by the series winners in March (this might be true if there wasn’t a record of many of the winners being vegetarian!). Going underfoot was from wet to treacherous and there were many fallers but no injuries. The men’s race honours were shared amongst the masters. Achille Rattis’ Mark Palmer took the lead just after the stile at Bwlch Goriwared on the ascent and held it to take a win in 54:20 just under 2 minutes outside his 2015 M50 course record. M40 Jez Brown (Buckley) followed him in 54:45 and Mathew Fortes (Eryri) also M40 was third in 54:55, some 12 seconds ahead of the first senior Tristan Evans of organisers Meirionnydd RC.



Cader Sports Photos: and

The 2017 Winner was Mark Palmer, Achille Ratti in a time of 54:20 and the first lady was Katie Beecher from Les Croupier who finished in 1:04:37.

rhobell 2017 winner mark palmer
rhobell 2017 katie beecher 1st lady

In the women’s race Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers was first in 1:04:37, followed by Hayley Evans of Buckley (1:05:58) and Katie Cole running for No-mad Running in 1:10:20. Masters prizes went to Richard Price (Sedgly Striders) 1:09:24; Dyfed Thomas (Eryri) 57:51; Louise Barker (Aberystwyth AC) 1:16:47; Dave Powell also of Aberystwyth AC (1:06:47; Iwan Edgar (Eryri) 1:07:49 and Amanda Purves of the Mysteries in 1:24:16. Buckley scooped the team prize. There was one retirement who was able to descend without assistance so there are 60 runners in with a chance of the Series prize. The next race is Tarrenhendre on Jan 27th with its three super steep climbs and terrific boggy forest descent, after which its not over....

A big thank you to Nich Bradley (the Race Organiser) and to all the volunteers, landowners and Mountain Rescue for making it possible to hold the race.
Also shouldn't forget a thank you to the runners for turning up.

Meirionnydd runners were:
Tristan Evans 55:07.
Jimmy Carter 1:1:19
Adam Preston 1:08:02
Dave Whittey 1:12:06
Ben Wells 1:13:52


Glyn Rowlands 1:19:11
Graeme Stringer 1:20:32
Pete Nicholls 1:22:48
Justin Pilkington 1:22:58
Allanah Fenwick and Mat Fenwick 1:31:39

rhobell 2017 tristan evans
rhobell 2017 jimmy carter
rhobell 2017 adam preston
rhobell 2017 dave whittey
rhobell 2017 ben wells
rhobell 2017 glyn rowlands
rhobell 2017 graeme stringer
rhobell 2017 pete nicholls
rhobell 2017 justin pilkington
rhobell 2017 fenwicks

29/10/17 Exmoor trail - Cani cross.
Haydn and Jaqueline Fowler and their running buddies, Buster and Eli, ran in the Exmoor trail cani cross. They said "The race has exhausted us all! We tackled marshland, bogs, wooded and riverside trails and coastal paths over 1,445 metres of ascent.
Verdict: tough but we had fun en route with Eli stopping for sausage and a kiss and Buster took a dip in muddiest puddle he could find.
Final mile consisted of sticky gel, a hobble, cramp and a lot of grumbling by me. Now enjoying recovery. Prosecco!! They finished the race in 4hours and 8 minutes.

exmoor trail cani cross fowlers 2017

28/10/17 Brooks Snowdonia Marathon.
Dylan Evans was the only Meirionnydd runnner who ran in the 2017 Brooks Snowdonia Marathon finishing in a time of 3:58:02

snowdonia marathon 2017 dylan evans

22/10/17 Flintshire 5k.
Naomi Parry ran in the Flintshire 5k. Naomi finished in 23:23 a New Club Record.

flintshire 5k naomi parry 2017

21/10/17 Llandudno Cross country.
Tweleve Meirionnydd runners turned out in appalling conditions for the second race in the North Wales Cross Country League held at St David's College, Llandudno. Storm Brian hit the race brining strong winds, heavy rain leading to quite a challenging event. Despite the conditions the Men team finished 1st overall and retain 2nd place after 2 races. The ladies had a fantastic turnout, the best for several years and managed to improve from 14th to 9th place. Positions were as follows:

Tom Roberts 5th
Tristan Evans 15
Gwion Roberts 34
Jimmy Carter 41
Jeremy Randell 74
Arfon Hughes 100
Richard 149

Juliet Edwatds 51st
Nia Davies 69
Linzi cooper 83
Sioned Jones 100
Naomi Parry (suffered cramp and had to retire)

llandudno xc 2017  tom roberts
llandudno xc 2017  tristan evans
llandudno xc 2017  gwion roberts
llandudno xc 2017  juliet edwards
llandudno xc 2017  nia davies
llandudno xc 2017  linzie
llandudno xc 2017  sioned jones
llandudno xc 2017 jimmy carter
llandudno xc 2017 jeremy randell
llandudno xc 2017  richard hankinson
llandudno xc 2017  arfon hughes
 

15/10/17 British Fell Relay.
This years British Fell Relay was organised by Eryri Harriers and the venue was Glyn Ronwy, Llanberis.
Meirionnydd fielded two teams Meirionnyd A & B. Joining another 186 teams from throughout the UK. Each team consisted of 6 runners running 4 legs in relay.
Leg 1: Sole run over 8.9km, with 707m climb.
Leg 2: Pairs run over 14.9km, 900m
Leg 3: Pairs Navigation leg, where the map issued right at start of leg.
Leg 4: Sole marked run over 8.35km, 512m.

british fell relay 2017

Running for: Meirionnydd A, finished in 74th position in a combined time of: 5:46:15.
Leg 1. Tristan Evans, 57:11.
Leg 2. (Pairs) Jeremy Randell/Jimmy Carter, 1:44:15.
Leg 3.(navigation)Dylan Evans/Adam Preston, 2:07:59.
Leg 4.(solo) Arfon Hughes, 56:50.

Running for: Meirionnydd B, finished in 175th position in a combined time of: 8:22:01.
Leg 1. David Whittey, 1:16:28.
Leg 2. Kevin Evans/Peter Nicholls, 2:27:19.
Leg 3. Richard Hankinson/Andrew Ellis, 3:32:59.
Leg 4. Juliet Edwards, 1:05:15.

british fell relay tristan evans 2017
british fell relay jeremy and jimmy 2017
british fell relay dylan evans 2017
british fell relay adam preston 2017
british fell relay arfon hughes 2017
british fell relay dave whittey 2017
british fell relay kevin evans 2017
british fell relay pete nicholls 2017
british fell relay juliet edwards 2017
british fell relay andrew and richard 2017

15/10/17 Palma half marathon.
Jaqueline and Haydn Fowler ran in the Palma half marathon 2017.
Jaqueline finished in 2:19:26 and Haydn in 2:25:16.

palma half marathon 2017 fowler

8/10/17 Breidden hills fell race.

Jeremy Randell was the sole meirionnydd runner at the Breidden hills fell race. Jeremy finished in 1:09:28.

breidden hills jeremy randell 2017

8/10/17 Twin peaks.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Aberystwyth Twin Peaks. First home for the club was Dave Whittey in 1:02:32 followed by Nich Bradley in 1:05:48 and Sheila Symonds claiming 1st F75 in 2:31:40.

twin peaks dave whittey 2017
twin peaks nich bradley 2017
twin peaks sheila symonds 2017

8/10/17 Yorkshire Marathon.

Richard Hankinson ran in the Yorkshire Marathon finishing in a time of 4:55:50.

yorkshire marathon richard hankinson 2017

7/10/17 Petzel night trail.
Twelve Meirionnydd runners took part in the Petzel Night Trail event at Coed y Brenin. Runners took on the race as individuals or as part of a relay team. Club runners included Matt Fenwick, Steve Loveluck, Anneliese Loveluck, Dylan Evans, Tom Roberts, Jimmy Carter, Andrew Ellis, Benjamin Wells, Jude Evans, Justin Pilkington, Graeme Stringer and Gwion Roberts.
Results on TDL site (sorry i struggle to work out who won).

petzel trail jude evans 2017

7/10/17 North Wales Cross Country League Race 1: Wrecsam.
First race of the North wales Cross Country league was held at Wrecsam.
Nia Davies was the sole Meirionnydd lady to race on the day, keeping the season alive for the team to gather later in the season. Nia Finished 81 position.
Following last years relegation from division 1, the men started the season well by finishing second in Division 2. Men Position:
Tom Roberts 6th
Tristan Evans 22
Gwion Roberts 39
Jimmy Carter 55
Jeremy Randell 57
Arfon Hughes 106.

wrecsam xc 2017

7/10/17 The Maverick inov-8 Original Powys 2017.
Jaqueline and Haydn Fowler ran in the Maverick Powys trail race. Jaqueline said "Today Eli and I took on the maverick inov-8 trail race of 22km in Llangorse. It was brutal with over 900 metres of climbing and rough terrain every step of the way. I also had a weight training challenge thrown in at 9-10 miles as I had to lift Eli over 3 narrow stiles. He weighs in at 30kg! Then a locked gate meant we had to navigate over a cattle grid together. He was great company for many hours and he stayed close to my side when my cramping legs meant we were hobbling the last couple of miles downhill to the finish where we got lots of cheers."
Finish time of for Jaqueline in the long race 22km was 4:26:00 and Haydn ran in the medium 14km race finishing in 2:40:57.

maverick fowler 2017

1/10/17 Brown Clee Burn 11k fell race.
Olly Downing ran in the The Brown Clee Burn a tough multi terrain run of approximately 11k (well, actually 11k and 60 metres) with something for everyone – steep technical climbs, long descents, amazing views and plenty of bonhomie! Plus water stations along the way and at the finish. And Brown Clee Burn website.
Olly finished in a time of 1:11:38.

brown clee burn olly downing 2017

1/10/17 Guardians of the CODRC Marathon.
Marathon prep...Elly style.
12.15 Finish making Rocky Road. Throw on some kit, make a sandwich and fill up soft bottles.
12.25 jump in car, drive an hour to start, stopping on way to pick up sweets and nuts for race fuel.
1.30 arrive at start/finish to see the winner finish the race
1.38 start running (almost forgot to start watch)...everyone else started at 10.
Ran less than two miles before I took a wrong turn (I'm blaming leaves and lack of concentration) which led to a rather long but interesting detour around some delightful parts of Madeley and Halesfield. Asked a nice old man walking his dog how to get back on path - sorted.
Another slight detour (up a hill!) when I lost concentration passing pedestrians at the station and missed a turn.
Advantage of running after race was finished was being able to work out when I could turn around to arrive at finish with correct number of miles. I got it pretty much spot on.
Ran last 5k in the dark (not my fastest marathon ever...) which was fine until the street lights stopped, then it was awesome!!! No headtorch, just me, the path and night noises (owls were really cool). Left the path just a tiny bit too soon, ran down a grassy something and climbed over a gate to jog up to my car.
Fab route (the proper one), great organisation (of course) and absolutely the best looking piece of bling I possess. Did I ever mention I love running?
Elly finished in 6:03:04.3


1/10/17 Cardiff Half Marathon.
Nine Meirionnydd runners ran in the Cardiff Half Marathon:

    First home was
  • Tom Roberts in 1:10:27.
  • Gwion Roberts 1:21:05.
  • Mpho Bogatsu 1:57:34
  • Peter Nicholls 1:58:56
  • Sioned Mair Jones 2:04:56
  • Nia Davies 2:05:00
  • Kevin Evans 2:05:03
  • Cara Evans 2:24:08
  • Sheila Symonds 3:52:06 3rd F75
cardiff half kevin and cara evans 2017
cardiff half nia davies 2017
cardiff half sioned jones 2017
cardiff half tom and gwion roberts 2017
cardiff half pete nicholls 2017
cardiff half mpho bogatsu 2017

24/9/17 Forest of dean autumn half marathon.
Elly Dee was the ran in this half marathon finishing in a time of 2:21:34.

Elly said "I only signed up for this on Tuesday. I was originally going to do Bury Ditches Hill Race but the lovely Jan wanted a travel buddy - how could I not offer (once I'd seen the location and the bling to join her? I hadn't run all week, due to a tummy bug and then laziness, but sometimes a bit of rest is good - earlier this month I had got a decent run of something about as near to actual training as I get.

The organisation was fantastic, loads of parking marshals, parking in the same field as the start/finish so no long walks to register and back to the car. There was even a toilet Marshall. It was a lovely atmosphere, the loopiness of the course meant that marshals and drink distributors (Scouts and Air Cadets, who were ace) were recognised from earlier. There was quite a bit of support around the course too, which was lovely.

The first miles were gently downhill, which always throws me a bit, being used to (if one ever gets used to) the tough starts at Coed y Brenin. I found a decent rhythm (commented on in the last few miles by one of the supporters) although the pace seemed worryingly faster than I'd expected. I do so few half marathons, and most of them are on completely different hilly or trail routes, I'm never quite sure how to pace it. I run to how I feel but I'm always conscious of giving too much too soon as I know I'm rarely fit enough to keep certain paces up for that distance. I'm also still trying to get out of the habit of walkbreaks when I'm not running silly distances!

In general, the route wasn't particularly hilly. There was one very very long hill, it wasn't steep but it went on for what felt at the time like forever and was tough in the heat. I walked a bit, took on some water and jelly babies and had a toilet break so lost a bit of time I didn't really feel I should have had to lose. I chatted to a few nice ladies on these bits, and we all felt the same. On a welcome bit of downhill I got back into my rhythm again but struggled with a sore tummy for a few miles in the middle. I got chatting to a lovely lady called Lucy and these miles started to fly by, we'd found quite a steady pace that we were both happy with, and that certainly pulled me through until my tummy ache had gone. At the (very welcome) 10 mile marker, I was ready to push on, and kept quite a good pace to finish strong (gentle downhill for the final couple of miles was quite helpful!)

Good day, lovely race, would definitely do it again (especially as I'm pretty sure I could do it faster)

23/9/17 Trail Ffest.
Four Meirionnydd runners took on this year's Trail Ffest race. Catching the train from Porthmadog up to Blaenau then running back along the forest trails:

    First home was:
  • Andrew Ellis 2:1:13
  • Dylan Evans 2:05:42
  • Allanah Fenwick 2:38:02
  • Sandra Williams 2:47:08
trailffest alanna fenwick 2017
trailffest andrew ellis 2017
trailffest dylan evans 2017
trailffest sandra williams 2017

17/9/17 Guilden Sutton 10k.
Celebrating a win at the Guilden Sutton 10k was Tom Roberts who won the race in a time of 32:30.

Bala Trail Running Festival, Up hill down dale
In the 10k race Tristan Evans finished 2nd in a time of 41:06.

Ras y cob, Porthmadog.
Gwion Roberts claimed 2nd place in the 5k race with a time of 17:29.

Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon.
Jaqueline Fowler ran in the Bristol Half marathon finishing in 2:11:30. Jaqueline said "I missed my four legged running buddies a lot so I'll be doing less city road races in future."

tom gwion tristan 2017
bristol half marathon 2017 j fowler

16/9/17 Abersoch Half Marathon
Juliet Edward ran in the Abersoch Half Marathon. She said "How do they do it, the sun always shines on race day? Great route including last few hundred metres of leg numbing beach run." Juliet finished in 1:48:52.


10/9/17 Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runners travelled to Llanwddyn to race in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. First home was Richard Hankinson in 1:48:52; followed by Naomi Parry in 1:49:22 a New Club Record and claiming 1st F80 Sheila Symonds in 3:30:18.

Naomi said "Very soggy day today at lake Vyrnwy half! Managed to get cramp in the last few miles so not thrilled with my time. Was so lovely to see a few other Meirionnydd runners though well done to all who took part." And Richard said "Same happened to me, quads seized up around 8-9 miles because of the wet, that slowed me down a bit."

Photos by : Mick Hall.

richard hankinson vyrnwy 2017
naomi parry vyrnwy half 2017
sheila symonds vyrnwy half 2017

10/9/17 Cyrn y Brain.
Tristan Evans ran in the Cyrn Y brain fell race finishing in a time of 49:33.

cyrn y brain tristan evans 2017

3/9/17 Caernarfon 10k incorporating North Wales 10k Championship.
Eight Meirionnydd runners ran in the North Wales 10k Championship. Tom Roberts convincingly won the race and claimed the Championship.

  • Tom Roberts 1st in 32:41 and Gold North Wales 10k Champion 2017.
  • Gwion Roberts 38:33.
  • Jeremy Randell 39:28.
  • Arfon Hughes 43:54.
  • Nich Bradley 46:00 Gold medal M60 North Wales Champ
  • Richard Haskinson 47:56.
  • Sioned Jones 55:36.
  • Sheila Symonds 1:40:00 Gold medal F80 North Wales Champ
caernarfon 2017 tom roberts
caernarfon 2017 gwion roberts
caernarfon 2017 jeremy randell
caernarfon 2017 arfon hughes
caernarfon 2017 nich bradley
caernarfon 2017 richard haskinson
caernarfon 2017 arfon hughes
caernarfon 2017 sheila symonds

3/9/17 Trail 10k Wales, Coed y Brenin.
12 Meirionnydd runners took part in the Trail 10k Wales at Coed y brenin.
Most photos by Steph Owen.

trail wales 2017
  • Jimmy Carter 47:25
  • Steve Loveluck 47:29
  • Andrew Ellis 49:59
  • Anneliese Loveluck 51:04
  • Allanah Fenwick 59:10
  • Peter Barnes 1:02:20
  • Nia Davies 1:02:44
  • Olly Downing 1:03:18
  • Elly Downing 1:08:12
  • Jacqueline Fowler 1:08:42
  • Haydn Fowler 1:11:14
  • Jude Evans 1:19:34
trail 10k wales 2017 jimmy carter
trail 10k wales 2017 steve loveluck
trail 10k wales 2017 annelise loveluck
trail 10k wales 2017 olly dee
trail 10k wales 2017 elyy dee
trail 10k wales 2017 peter barnes
trail 10k wales 2017 nia davies
trail 10k wales 2017 jaqueline fowler
trail 10k wales 2017 haydn fowler

2/9/17 Ben Nevis.
Tristan Evans travelled to Scotland to race in the Ben Nevis race. Tristan finished in 2:02:33.

ben nevis tristan evans 2017

27/8/17 Cnicht.
Tristan was the sole Meirionnydd runner in the Cnicht fell race. Tristan finished 3rd in a time of 42:07.

cnicht tristan evans 2017

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