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)
18/11 Conwy Half Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runner can in the Conwy Half. First home was Andrew Ellis in 1:38:47; followed by Justin Pilkington 1:40:36 and Allanah Fenwick 1:50:49.
17/11/18 Rhaeadr 10.
One lone Meirionnydd runner at the Rhaeadr 10 mile race. Jimmy Carter finished in 1:06:37.
10/11/18 Wrexham cross country.
As usual the Wrexham race was fast and flat.
The racing started with the women and junior runners.
In the U17 Euros Evans in 12th place.
Great result for the women following todays race up they are up three places to 10th in DIV 2 league table.
Men team finished 2nd in division.
10/11/18 Pen llyn ultra.
Three Meirionnydd runners took on the Pen LLyn Ultra (winter edition). First home was Ben Wells in 9:11:13; followed by Dylan Evans 9:54:31 and Jude Evans 9:54:24.
30/10/18 to 4/11/18 Eurafrica.
A 5 days, 3 countries, 3 races, 2 camps, 1 Intercontinental Adventure.
Two Meirionnydd runners took on the challenge Pete Barnes & Andrew Ellis. No idea how they got on as can’t find the results.
Andrew said “Three stages over four days, Gibraltar Vertical Challenge, 27k Alcornocales (Spain) and 25k Belyounech (Morocco) so we had to climb both Pillars of Hercules - the Rock of Gibraltar and sacred Jbel Musa - plus a run through beautiful national park near Algeciras in between.
The weather was atrocious when we arrived and our flight was diverted to Malaga from Gib. When we arrived at Camp Europa it was being repaired after a bad storm the night before so we had to sleep in a local sports centre!
Stage 1 in Gibraltar saw more rough weather, and the camp back in Spain was totally destroyed and virtually underwater so camping was not an option! Despite the noise (and very hard floor) in the sports centre we kept our spirits up and mingled well with the other competitors.
Stage 2 in Alcornocales National Park was very hilly and technical, still slick and muddy from the rain and with mean and gnarly scrub grabbing as we ran through narrow, rocky channels. Kam almost slipped into a ravine but luckily made a Tarzan-style grab on his way down - we didn't leave him dangling for too long!
We caught the ferry from Tarifa to Tangier on Friday and had a short tour around the bustling city. The two hour drive to Belyounech was stopped short when the bus drivers refused to drive down to the village in case they couldn't get back up, so we had to walk with luggage on back the rest of the way. The storms had affected Belyounech too and so we had to sleep in school classrooms close to the race HQ - a very interesting experience as were the toilets!
Stage 3 on Jbel Musa was the hardest running I've ever done but the mountain and the views were absolutely breath-taking. The climb to the summit then the 1k straight down descent was VERY steep and slippery, and there was one serious injury half way down. A slog along the coast path then finally through the streets of Belyounech to the finish line saw lots of locals cheering, and I was happy to just finish the race - I crossed waving the Welsh flag and with high fives and shouts of 'Gareth Bale' from the local kids!
Despite the challenges thrown at the organisers they stayed positive and dealt well with every situation, and the volunteers were absolutely superb. The 'refugee' spirit added to the whole experience and we were welcomed with open arms by all - they were proud that 'Team Gales' had come over to do their race, and were very interested and friendly towards us. In Morocco too we received a similar welcome, and the whole village turned out to watch the medal ceremony! The lads all ran really well and were great company - I don't think I stopped laughing all week and there was never a cranky moment! The food was great too. The whole trip was such a humbling and heart-warming experience that I would recommend to anyone who loves running and would relish a tough challenge.”
4/11/18 Leeds Abbey Dash 10k.
Team Meirionnydd at Leeds abbey dash 10k this morning. Results: Tom Roberts 31:50 Alex Lanz 32:06 Gwion Bobo Roberts 35:20. unfortunately Alun Williams has had a nasty bug all week and didn’t manage to finish.
4/11/18 Abergele 5 miles incorporating North Wales Championship.
Four Meirionnydd Runners ran in the Abergele 5 mile road race incorporating the North Wales 5 mile road championship race. First home was Euros Evans in 30:20 claiming 1st u17 and 2nd U20 North wales Championship; followed by Sioned Jones 42:34; Jeff Davies 42:50 2nd M70 in Championship and Sheila Symonds 53:36 1st F80 North Wales Champion.
3/11/18 Rhobell Fawr.
The Meirionnydd winter series kicked off today with Rhobell Fawr a 10k run up this 734m hill through autumnal fields and woodland and open rocky fell side. 73 runners turned up for the adult race and one junior did the short run. Jack Bristow (Worcester AC) though unopposed, put in a sterling effort and finished the 3k/130m climb in fine style iand a creditable 18:32.
After a week of gorgeous weather with Rhobell displaying the magnificent views it is justly famous for, race day dawned grey and threatening with visibility down to 100m on the summit with an increasing gusty gale. However conditions underfoot were much better than average and the still air temp was 12C. Meirionnydd senior Tristan Evans put on the pressure and was first to the top but during the fell part of the descent the experience of race record holder Lloyd Taggert (Manx Fell Runners) and Paul Jones (Mercia Fell Runners) showed and by the Bwlch both were past him. The two vet40 runners fought it out on the lower slopes with Paul Jones pulling away and winning in 52:15 with Taggart in second place in 53:04 and Evans in 53:19 in third place. Club mate Ifan Richards came in next in 54:45 and two Ambleside AC runners, Karl Steinegger ( a previous series winner) and Chris Atherton took 5th and 6th in 56:02 and 56:29 respectively.
An exciting battle for the women’s race saw Sara Willhoit (Mercia Fell Runners) take the honours in 57:06 from Miranda Grant (Eryri Harriers), second in 57:31. Both women broke Jackie Lee’s 2006 57:54 course record, and finished 8th and 9th overall. Katie Cole of No-Mad Running was third woman in1:03:44 two minutes ahead of Buckley Runners’ Hayley Evans.
The under 23s showed a clean sweep for Aberystwyth University Harriers with Jack Westwood getting the men’s prize in 1:03:06 and Rhiannon Kamink took the women’s prize in 1:10:16. Ifan Richards took the M40 and Jackie Lee took consolation following the breaking of her course record with a first F40 place in 1:11:22. Paul Beeson (Maldwyn Harriers) was first M50 in 1:00:25 with Meirionnydd’s Juliet Edwards getting F50 in 1:14:48. Iwan Edgar (Eryri) was first M60 1:06:49. It was a worthwhile trip for the Olivers of Eryri as Alwyn finished in1:32:46 and Maggie smashed Sheila Symmonds’ 10 year old record of 2:15 by finishing in 1:46:31, the couple taking both the over 70s prizes.
The race finished just as the rain came on so for once the gods were with us. The next race in the series is Tarrenhendre on 26/1/19 with the final race, Yr Aran, on 30 March.
Nich Bradley Race Organiser.
Seventeen Meirionnydd runners in the race included:
28/10/18 Trofeo vanoni mountain relay, Italy .
Tom Roberts claimed another Welsh cap in the Trofeo vanoni International mountain relay race in Morbengo, Italy. Tom Said "Trofeo Vanoni is a mountain relay race held in Morbegno, an hour north of Milan. This is one of the last mountain races in the calendar and attracts international teams from across Europe. The course is 8km with two steep climbs before descending back down some lovely trails and cobbled streets and finishing in the heart of the village. Crowds cheer along the route and greeted you at the finish line, the atmosphere was amazing! France were the overall winners, Wales just missed out on a top 10 finish but still had an impressive 11th place overall. This was a great experience and one I’ll remember for a long time."
27/10/18 Snowdonia marathon.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran in the Snowdonia Marathon. First home was Dylan Evans 3:51:59; followed by Christopher Anagnostopoulos 4:52:34; Jude Evans 5:21:53 and Elly Downing 5:52:51.
27/10/10/18 Race to the sea 50k.
Starting-out in the small village of Llangurig in the Heart of the Cambrian Mountains the route of the Race to the Sea closely follows the River Ystwyth from one of its sources meandering its way West through the picturesque valleys and villages in the counties of Powys and Ceredigion to reach the Sea and the Finish in the coastal town of Aberystwyth.
Richard Hankinson took on the 50k Race.
21/10/18 Porto vecchio half marathon.
On the Meirionnydd running Club's Autumn holiday to Corsia several members participated in the Half marathon at Porto Vecchio. First home was Juliet in 1:54:35; followed by Nich Bradley 1:56:03; Pete Nocholls 2:04:03 and Kevin Evans 2:25:05.
21/10/18 Ron Skilton Half Marathon.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Ron Skilton Half Marathon finishing in a time of 1:42:21.
20/10/18 Fox hill, Colwyn Bay, North Wales Cross Country League, Race 2 of the season.
Well done everyone, great effort today and fantastic to see such a great turn out. Fox Hill was one tough race but thoroughly enjoyable (especially looking back at the experience). The raceing started with the women and junior runners.
In the U17 Euros Evans 7th
In the women race Meirionnydd finished 13th so dropped down one place to 12th in the DIV 2 league table.
Men team finished 1st in division 1 first on the day pulling away from Buckley and threatening Shrewsbury’s place at the top.
14/10/18 Farndon 10k
Meirionnydd won first team. Tom Roberts 3rd 33:26, Alun Williams 5th 33:50 and Gwion Bobo Roberts 7th 35:23.
14/10/18 Breidden hills fell race
In the last race of the WFRA Wales Championship Jeremy Randell finished in 1:10:27 claiming 2nd M55 in the race. Jeremy has already won 2nd place in this years WFRA North Wales Championship.
13/10/18 Petzel night race
Imagine a runnable 3-4km route, not too technical, with enough elevation to sort out the runners. Imagine a race that starts in the dusk of an Autumn Saturday evening, and ends in full darkness. Imagine an event with a real party atmosphere, with a DJ, bar, hot food and a race arena lit up with flood lights.
The race will be determined by those runners who complete the most number of laps in 3 hours.
Team race: Looking good in blue Team comprising of Justin Pilkington, Shane Jones and Karl Cooper completed 10 Laps in 3:08:13.
7/10/18 Brown clee burn.
The Brown Clee Burn is 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! Meirionnydd’s sole runner was Olly Downing who finished in 1:07:34.
7/10/18 Kielder Marathon.
Very interesting run last Sunday at the Kielder Marathon. Lovely trails round the reservoir and I really enjoyed it. Not quite sure what to take from the run though - had a good start then slowed down (a lot) after half way and somehow found a massive burst of speed at the end. 4hrs 52.44 doesn't really explain or make sense of it. The only conclusion I can come to is that even when it feels like there's nothing left, the body has reserves that can be tapped into if you really want them.
7/10/18 Cardiff half marathon.
Six Meirionnydd runners were in action at the Cardiff Half Marathon. Jack Rayner Unaffiliated won the race in 1:01:01 and the first woman was Juliet Chekwel in 1:09:45. Meirionnydd’s first runner in was Dylan Evans in 1:35:30 followed by Ben Wells 1:40:41; Naomi Parry 1:51:51; Jude Evans 2:10:25; Helen Jones 2:20:52 and Sheila Symonds 3:51:24.
7/10/18 Chester Marathon.
Peter Barnes finished the Chester Marathon in 4:42:00.
6/10/18 Baschurch North Wales Cross Country League.
Excellent turn out in the first of this years Cross country races with over 180 runners starting . The first race started with the women and junior runners.
In the U17 Euros Evans 9th
In the women race Meirionnydd finished 11th but there is a cluster of clubs very close on points which will lead to an interesting match at the next fixture in Colwyn bay in two weeks time.
Men team finished 2nd in division 1 with Buckley snapping at our heels just three points behind.
30/9/18 Groovy Kinder Love.
Jeremy said This is a new 16 mile race by Hayfield fell runners with quite a few hills (over 4900 ft of climbing) over rough terrain which made it quite tough going at times. I ran around with a friend from work and it turned out to be quite a pleasant day out! I reckon I might just race this one next year.
Race was won by Jack Wood from Ilkely in 2:22:24. Jeremy finished in 3:48:29.
30/9/18 Powis Arms Bury Ditches Hill Race.
Race winner was Jack Agnew, Mercia Fell runners in a time of 37.16. Sole Meirionnydd runner was Josh Jones who finished in a time of 47:01.
The Trailffest half marathon is one of the most scenic you could hope to run,with dramatic changes of scenery and terrain all the way to the finish line. With the start 710 feet up in the Moelwynion mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park and the finish down at sea level it may sound easy - but don't be fooled,there are some very steep and challenging climbs along the way. Your adventure starts in the rugged slate town Blaenau Ffestiniog and finishes in the pretty harbour town of Porthmadog. The route takes you past the industrial slate quarries then down through the beautiful vale of Ffestiniog.You will pass through open countryside into the wooded lower slopes then on into the forestry plantations. After a short ( and by then welcome ) section on a small tarmac road you end your race along the Cob embankment with stunning views of the mountain range you have just come from on your right and the sea on your left.
This year’s winner of Trailffest was Meirionnydd’s Alun Williams who won in a time of 1:22:25 following Alun home for Meirionnydd was Dylan Evans who finished in 1:47:44.
22/9/18 Elidir Fawr.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Elidir Fawr fell race. First home was Josh Jones 1:21:28 and following was Nia Davies in 2:00:00.
Jos said First race in my big comeback today at the Elidir Fawr fell race. Not got the climbing legs yet but that will come. Joining me today was Nia. I think she enjoyed it. I also missed a style towards the end and ended up having an argument with some barbed wire.
22/9/18 Chaparral Abersoch Half Marathon.
Pete Barnes completed the Abersoch Triple crown by completing the Chaparral Abersoch half marathon in 1:58:38. By combining his time from the previous 10k, Sprint Swim and T1 and the half marathon he finished the triple in 3:28:25.
22/9/18 North Wales Junior Mountain Running Championships 2018.
After the week of high winds and rain, it was an overcast but fine day for the 12th NWJMRC on the Great Orme, Llandudno. 70 children took part in the event, with 6 races covering the age groups under 9 to under 19.
Euros Evans claimed 3rd in the U17's category.
16/9/18 45th BMW Berlin Marathon.
Eliud Kipchoge crowned the 45th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON with a fantastic world record in 2:01:39. The 33-year-old Kenyan led from the start, following his own schedule and was never challenged for the lead. When he crossed the finish line he had obliterated the world record of 2:02:57, set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto four years ago in Berlin, taking the huge margin of one minute, 18 seconds off that time. It is the biggest advance in the men’s marathon world record for over 50 years since the Australian Derek Clayton ran 2:09:36 in Fukuoka in 1967, slicing two-and-a-half minutes from the record. It is also the eleventh world record in the history of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.
Meirionnydd’s man on the scene was Andre Bright, who kept the pressure on Kipchoge, finishing in a time of 4:48:43.
16/9/18 Carneddau 12k.
Peter Barnes finished in 1:31:25.
16/9/18 Ras y Cob.
Gwion Roberts finished 2nd 16.56.
15/9/18 Bala Festival Half marathon
Andrew Ellis was the only Meirionnydd runner at the Up Hill and Down Dale Bala Festival. Andrew finished in 1:56:44 to claim 2nd M50.
12/9/18 Yeovilton 5k.
Great news from Jeff Davies. After donating one of his Kidneys to his son Huw this Spring, Jeff messaged to say:
My son Huw and I went to Yeovilton to do the 5K. It was his first race for nearly 4 years and just under 6 months since the transplant. We were both a bit apprehensive before the start. It was quite an emotional moment. Anyway, results. Huw finished in 20.23 and I finished in 22.24. We were both ecstatic!
Great news, Congratulations to you both.
9/9/18 Cyrn y brain.
The race was won by Eryri Harrier’s Tom Wood in a time of 48:27. Meirionnydd’s Jeremy Randell claimed 1st M55 in a time of 56:10.
9/9/18 Beaumaris Run fest Half marathon.
Tom Roberts (in Yellow) won the inaugural Beaumaris Run from Coast to Castle in a time of 1:15:47. The inaugural Beaumaris RunFest has secured one of the most stunning course locations in the UK for this beautiful festival of running on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. Setting off to the sound of cannon fire from the picturesque seafront in the stunning seaside town of Beaumaris on the banks of the Menai Straits, the routes enjoy stunning views of the mountains of Snowdonia and the spectacular Menai Straits whilst the Half takes runners out to Penmon Point and its famous lighthouse. With a few challenging climbs en route (the half marathon is quite hilly!) the races finish, along with the Fun Run, at Beaumaris Castle which is steeped in history.
9/9/18 Vyrnwy Half Marathon.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Vyrnwy Half marathon. First home was Jimmy Carter in 1:30:15 followed by Richard Hankinson in 1:50:19.
1/9/18 Random Acts of Kindness ultra
A 30 miles ultra on two cycle paths near Llanelli. Richard Hankinson finished 28th in 6:07:30.
2/9/18 Trail 10k, Coed y Brenin.
Excellent turnout for meirionnydd at the Trail 10k in Coed y Brenin. The race winner was our own Tom Roberts 1st in 37:58 and first lady was Elliw Haf from Eryri harriers in 46:39.
Next in for meirionnydd were:
2/9/18 Caernarfon 10k.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran in the Caernarfon 10k incorporating the North Wales 10k Championship. First home was Arfon Hughes in 46:52; followed by Jeff Davies claiming NW Champ 1st M70 in 50:25; Sioned Mair Jones claiming NW Champ 2nd F40 in 53:31 and Sheila Symonds claiming NW Championship 1st F80 in a time of 1:42:49.
Gwion Roberts and Tristan Evans ran in Ras Cnicht. The race was cut short due to strong wind and rain. Tristan finished 2nd overall in 33:48 and Gwion was 3rd overall in 38:12.
25/8/18 Ultra Trail Wales UTW.