Archif 2015 Archive
26/12/15 Devils Chair dash.
Andrew Yates ran in the Mercia's Devils Chair dash on boxing day and finishing in 30:46.
20/12/15 Cordon Classsic.
Andrew Yates ran in the Cordon Classic fell race finishing in 57:07.
Andrew said "A Wet course today at Corndon fell race , strong winds on peaks but happy with the feelings and 1min 37 quicker than last year, so good indicator that winter base building is on target so far."
7/12/15 Aberystwyth 10km.
Eight meirionnydd runners took part in the Aberystwyth 10K. First home was Tom Roberts in 4th place overall and 1st Senior in 33:54 followed by Arfon Hughes 44:31, Nich Bradley 1st M60 44:37, Dylan Evans 45:28, Juliet Edwards 49:50, Peter Barnes 52:48, Mpho Bogatsu 55:10 and Elly Downing in 1:00:58.
Pictures by Gareth Roberts.
Jeff Davies ran in the Swindon parkrun #283 on the 26th finishing in 21:53.
Jeff Davies ran in the Newbury parkrun #209 on the 19th finishing in 22:26
Ricky Francis ran in the Aberystwyth parkrun #174 on the 19th finishing in 20:03 a new PB.
Jeff Davies ran in the Swindon parkrun #280 on the 5th finishing in 21:57.
28/11/15 North Wales Cross Country League 2015/16, Mold.
Seven meirionnydd runners travelled for the third race of the 2015/16 NWXC league at Alun High school, Mold. The conditions were exceptionally soft, muddy and wet.
First home was Tom Roberts 9th 32:57 followed by Jeremy Randell 36:25; Ricky Francis 38:30; Andrew Yates 40:18; Clive Edgington 41:44; Arfon Hughes 41:57 and Nich Bradley 42:03.
The updated scores for Division One are as follows:
- Shrewsbury AAC 406
- Eryri Harriers, 514
- Oswestry Olympians AAC, 577
- Bangor University AAC, 579
- Buckley RC, 778
- Meirionnydd RC, 1,245
- Deeside AAC, 1,282
- Tattenhall Runners, 1,727
22/11/15 Colwyn bay half marathon.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran in the Colwyn bay half marathon. First home was Jeremy Randell in 1:25:59 with a New M50 club record. followed by Peter Barnes in 2:05:23, Jude Evans 2:14:45 and Lucie Llewellyn in 2:44:05.
Pictures by Mick Hall.
15/11/2015 Wrekin wrecker.
Two meirionnydd runners ran in the Wrekin Wrecker. Fist home was Jeremy Randell in 1:14:19 followed home by Andrew Yates in 1:23:12.
Pictures from Plastcrule, Colin Williamson.
Jeff Davies ran in the Ponphery Hill #162 on the 7th finishing 1st M65 in 23:00.
the Colby #75 Parkrun on the 14th finishing 1st M65 in 22:45
and the Wyre Forest parkrun # 14 on the 28th finishing 1st M65 in 22:45.
Nich Bradley ran in the Edinburugh Parkrun on 10th October and the 14th November finishing in 21:28 PB and 21:47 respectively
7/11/15 Rhobell Fawr.
Saturday morning had wind heavy rain and cloud down to 500 ft. 64 runners turned up to battle the elements, and there was just a hint of disappointment as just before the start the top came out of the cloud and the rain stopped and pre race notices were delivered with the promise of sunshine! The wise don’t trust in promises and before the first checkpoint the weather was closing in rapidly offering heavy rain high winds and very restricted visibility.
Most runners hugged the wall up and down. Gareth Wyn Hughes was first man back in 51:17, over a minute ahead of Mynydd Ddu’s Mark Palmer who in 52:23 took Edward Davies’ (Mercia) 2006 over 50 record 55:01. Third place went to last years Meirionnydd Winter Series winner Karl Steinegger of Ambleside AC in 57:06.
The Women’s competition was won by Katie Beecher of Mynydd Ddu in 59:08 with Sarah Ridgeway second in 1:01:55 with rising star of Eryri Bronwen Jenkinson taking third place in1:06:29, taking the Junior Woman record of 1:07:43 from Beckie Taylor (Bangor UAC).
Everyone reported the conditions on the summit as pretty wild - refreshing was one description- and there was much gratitude for the volunteers, and delight in the soup and cakes in the village hall after.
We look forward to the second race at Tarren Hendre with its 3 steep climbs and mad forest descent on Jan 30th. NB.
Results 2015: here.
Photos by Arfon Hughes: Facebook.
Photos by Dan Wyre.
Meirionnydd runners who ran in the race included:
- Tristan Evans 1:00:21.
- Alan Jones 1:01:36.
- Andrew Yates 1:07:02.
- Adam Preston 1:07:24.
- Dylan Evans 1:09:10.
- Glyn Rowlands 1:17:04.
- Kevin Owen 1:24:13.
- Kevin Evans 1:27:23.
- Dai Rice 1:28:53.
7/11/15 Betws-y-Coed Trail Challenge & Canicross.
Three meirionnydd runners ran in the Betws-y-Coed Trail Challenge. First home was Sharon Lewis Griffin in 1:06:33 who was followed home by Jude Evans 1:12:30 and Haydn Fowler in 1:10:26.
Pictures from Sport Pictures Cymru.
In the Canicross, a race with 72 runners and dogs Jaqcueline Fowler and Buster finished in 1:08:08.
Youtube video here.
1/11/15 Abergele 5.
Five Meirionnydd runners ran in the Abergele 5. The race incorporated the North Wales 5 mile championship. Congratulations to the three champions who came home with medals.
- Tom Roberts 28:44
- Jeremy Randell, 3rd M50 in 31:38 a New Club record and 2nd North Wales championship.
- Jeff Davies 1st M60 in 36:08 and 1st North Wales Championship
- Sioned Mair Jones 47:11
- Sheila Symonds 1st F80 in 79:31 and 1st F80 North Wales Championship
Pictures by Gareth Roberts.
25/10/15 Flintshire 10K.
24/10/2015 Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri.
Six Meirionnydd runners ran in the 2015 Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri. First home was Racheal Bateman in 4:32:21, followed by Niki Rees who claimed 2nd F45 in the N. Wales marathon championships finishing in 4:55:00. Next in was Peter Barnes 4:58:55, Sharon Griffin 5:38:52, Jude Evans 5:38:53 and Elly Dee 6:03:37.
Pictures from Sport Pictures Cymru.
18/10/15 Twin peaks Aberystwyth.
18/10/15 palma half marathon, Mallorca.
This is the happy look of two meirionnydd runners who completed the palma half marathon. Jacqueline Fowler finished in 2:19:02 and Haydn in 2:24:09.
17/10/15 North Wales Cross Country League, Llandudno.
Excellent turnout today with nine Meirionnydd runners running in the second race in this year’s cross country league. At St Davids college Llandudno. Well done everyone fantastic effort.
First home was Tom Roberts in 37:37 followed by Jeremy Randell 40:11 2nd M50, Ricky Francis 42:26, Andrew Yates 43:02, Elfyn Hughes 43:35, Clive Edgington 45:32, Arfon Hughes 46:58, Keith Williams 49:25 and Rob Thomas 1:13:52.
Photo by Gareth Roberts & Jessica Randell.
The scores for Division One after two races are as follows:
- Shrewsbury 280,
- Eryri 391,
- Bangor Uni 448,
- Oswestry 473,
- Buckley 535,
- Meirionnydd 802,
- Deeside 830,
- Tattenhall 1,424.
11/10/15 Breidden hills fell race.
Alan Jones was the only Meirionnydd runner in the final counter in both of WFRA’s North Wales Fell running championship and the Wales Fell running Championship. Alan finished in 1:09:04.
WFRA NORTH WALES SERIES 2015 Congratulations Dave Parker, previously Meirionnydd now Wrexham, on getting 3rd place and Well done Alan Jones, 4th place, only 2.59 points behind Dave Parker.
10/10/15 Petzl Night Trail Wales.
Six Meirionnydd runners ran in the First Petzl Night Trail Wales held at Coed Y brenin. The results:
- Tristan Evans, 3:03:42, Kevin Owen, 2:12:47 & Mpho Momsrun, 2:14:26. 1st Mixed team.
- Elly Dee, 3:14:55. 3rd F40.
- Christine Owen, 2:53:52.
- Jacqueline Fowler, 2:41:14. 1st F50.
Photos by Gareth Roberts.
4/10/15 Cardiff half Marathon.
Keith Williams was the sole Meirionnydd runner taking part in the Cardiff Half marathon.
Keith finished in 1:49:00.
3/10/15 North Wales Cross Country League 2015/16, Bangor.
Seven meirionnydd runners travelled for the first race of the 2015/16 NWXC league at Treboth, Bangor. Conditions were good and the race was run in warm dry conditions. First home was Alex Lanz in 7th overall position in 31:38, followed by Tom Roberts 32:49, Jeremy Randell 36:31, Andrew Yates 38:13, Ricky Francis 38:45, returning from injury Clive Edgington in 41:21 and Arfon hughes 44:09.
Photo by Gareth Roberts.
The scores for Division One are as follows:
- Eryri Harriers, 63
- Bangor University AAC, 170
- Shrewsbury AAC 194
- Buckley RC, 274
- Oswestry Olympians AAC, 298
- Deeside AAC, 339
- Meirionnydd RC, 354
- Tattenhall Runners, 696
3/10/15 Hanney 5.
27/9/15, Cheltenham half marathon .
Haydn and Jacqueline Fowler ran in the Cheltenham half marathon. Haydn finished in 2:15:08 and Jacqueline in 2:21:43.
26/9/15 Trail ffest Half marathon.
Six Meirionnydd runners ran in the Trail ffest.First MRC to finish was Dylan Evans 2:10:44 followed by Kevin Owen 2:42:25, Sharon Griffin 3:00:17 Jude Evans 3:08:12, Christine Owen 3:25:36 and Rob Thomas 4:01:50.
25/9/15, Aberystwyth parkrun.
Tom Roberts ran in the Aberystwyth parkrun #162 and finished 2nd in 17:33.
20/9/2015 Ston 15km Croatia.
Nich Bradley had another age win and was a bit gobsmacked to be 4th overall in 1:21:16 (New M60 club record. Juliet Edwards was 3rd overall in 1:31:55 and Graeme was 2 places behind her in 18th 1:32:44.
Nich said "Its a fun race, as hard to categorise as the twin peaks, with a kilometre of fast tarmac then 3 miles over the hill on the top of a narrow medieval stone wall, with a very low parapet, followed by brief trip through town and then a 10 k first across salt pans then along the shore and then a few hundred feet of climbing before the turnaround.
It was pretty hot despitee the 7-30 !! kickoff. (thats a.m.). The variety made it very interesting. The field was pretty international, 27 Croats out of 68 runners, 20 from Pasadena, and South Africans, Taiwanese and a Ghanaan as well as 2 other brits. We were made very welcome and the seafood risotto made it worth running, as well as a day glow tee. They had an interesting chip system, in the number but read on an iPhone at the finish and fed instantly to a laptop display."
20/9/15 Swansea Bay 10k.
13/9/15 Apperley quarter marathon.
13/9/15 Lake Vyrnwy half Marathon.
9/9/15, Club Run, Morfa mawddach, Fairbourne.
Wednesday night Club run:
Sea wall to fairbourne.
Running on the beach.
Barmouth behind the runners.
6/9/15 Caernarfon 10k, incorporating North Wales 10km Road Championship.
Results as follows:
- Sheila Symonds 1:41:02, F80 Gold medal, Welsh Athletics North Wales Championship.
- Jeremy Randell 38:59, M50 Silver medal, Welsh Athletics North Wales Championship.
- Sioned Mair Jones 55:58, F35 Bronze medal, Welsh Athletics North Wales Championship.
- Elfyn Hughes 40:06.
- Arfon Hughes 43:53.
6/9/15, Elidir fawr.
Nich Bradley was the only Meirionnydd runner at the Elidir Fawr fell race. Nich said "Only 14 runners for a cracking day. Had a good run the climb seems to go on for ever but the views were lovely and a gentle tail wind propelled along the contour path. Sadly I remembered one side of the fence was better than the other and chose to go Right - Wrong! Didn’t lose any places but certainly time dithering among the rocks." Nich finished 1st M60. time TBC.
3/9/15, Race the train, Fairbourne.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran the Fairbourne Race the Train races: Nich Bradley, Keith Williams and Jacqueline Fowler with buster the dog.
31/8/15, Moel fammau.
Alan Jones was the sole meirionnydd runner in the Moel fammau fell race starting from Cilcain village show. It included the 8th race in the Welsh Fell runners North Wales Championship. Alan finished in 40:00 and is currently placed 3rd in the senior championship.
Video of the race filmed by drone here.
30/8/15 Headington 10k, Oxfordshire.
Jeff Davies ran in the Headington 5 miles finishing in 37:54.
30/8/2015, Ellesmere 10k.
Keith Williams ran and finished in 46:02.
August 2015, Edinburugh Park run.
Nich Bradley ran twice in the Edinburugh. On the 15th Nich finished in 22:13 and on the 22nd in 21:50.
22/8/15, British Mountain Running Championship, Betws y coed.
One Meirionnydd Runner ran in the British Mountain Running Championship final race at Betws y coed. This was also the trials for selection of the GB & Ireland team for the World Mountain Running Championships later in the Autumn. Alex Lanz ran representing Wales, his second Welsh cap and finished his race in 58:07.
15/8/15, Race the train, Tywyn.
Eleven Meirionnydd runners ran the Tywyn Race the Train races:
Tyn LLwyn Hen Challenge 3.5 miles.
Lucie LLewellyn 36:10.
Quarry Challenge 10k.
Andrew Yates 48:33
Kevin Owen 56:24
Peter Barnes 1:00:33
Mpho Bogatum 1:04:28.
Rotary Challenge 14 miles.
Alex Lanz 1:27:31
Jamie Evans 1:53:23
Ricky Francis 1:56:14
Dylan Evans 1:59L40
Jude Evans 2:38:45.
Elly Dee 2:54:00
Photos by Mick Hall am. & pm.
8/8/15, Ras Glyndwr.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran the Ras Glyndwr, described as "a challenging 3.2 mile fell race starting and finishing (by kind permission) on the Fenwick family’s private land of Llynlloedd, ascending to the Glyndwr Way and taking in the hills of Llynlloedd above Machynlleth".
First home was Nich Bradley in 30:39, followed by Kevin Owen 33:26 and Graeme Stronger 34:02.
Main photo by Jo Gilbert and runners by Pete and Sue Barnes.
Racing in the Ponderosa fell race representing the club for the first time was Trystan Evans. Trystan finished 15th out of 82 in a time of 30:36.
26/7/15, Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon.
"The Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon is a challenge in the true sense of the word! Ascending 1685m over 26 miles of iconic and spectacular trails this epic race will circumnavigate and eventually climb Wales' highest peak, Snowdon. The route explores the stunning trails, spectacular panoramic views, and tough climbs that make the Snowdonia National Park such a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Visiting Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, Pen y Pass and Snowdon itself there surely can't be a more striking trail marathon route in the UK."
John Taylor was the sole Meirionnydd runner in this tough race, John finished in 6:18:14.
Route map & profile.
25/7/15, Dol 5.
The Sun shone on the 73 runners that gathered in Dolgellau for the Dol 5 road race. Today's winner was Alex Lanz of Meirionnydd who finished in 27:42 and the first woman was Eleanor Mayne from Colchester Harriers in 34:11.
Photos by Dan Wyre here.
Alex Lanz and Eleanor Mayne receiving their prizes from Race sponsors The Old Rectory, Tal y llyn.
|Race and Age category winners.|
- Ten Meirionnydd runners ran the race:
- Alex Lanz, 27:42.
- Elfyn Hughes 33:13.
- Arfon Hughes 34:36.
- Nich Bradley 37:13. 2nd M60.
- Ricky Francis 38:30.
- Kevin Owen 40:56.
- Kevin Evans 41:57. 3rd M50.
- Sioned Jones 46:30. 1st F35.
- Haydn Fowler 47:49.
- Jaqueline Fowler TBC.
A big thank you to the race organisers, sponsors, marshals, volunteers, all 16 Maldwyn Harriers and the runners from Colchester for travelling so far, thank you.
18/7/15, Snowdon International Mountain.
Six Meirionnydd runners ran in the 2015 Snowdon International Mountain, "One of Europe’s toughest endurance challenges, the 10-mile race involves running from the edge of Lake Padarn in the village of Llanberis to the highest summit in Wales and England and back down."
- Runners times:
Jeremy Randell 1:39:06.
Elfyn Hughes 1:40:04.
Dylan Evans 1:49:24.
Rachael Bateman 2:02:07.
Niki Rees 2:14:06.
Kevin Evans 2:17:54.
Photos by Gareth Roberts.
12/7/15, Chirk Half Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Chirk Half Marathon.
- Runners times:
Sharon Lewis Griffin 2:21:16.
Jude Evans 2:21:19.
Lucie LLewellyn 2:40:44.
11/7/15, Tal y fan.
8/7/14, Yeovilton 5k.
Jeff Davies ran in the Yeovilton 5k, finishing in 20:37.
8/6/15, Club Run, Barmouth.
Wednesday night Club run, from Barmouth leisure centre round the hill behind the town.
Along the prom.
Looking down on Fairbourne.
Looking up the Mawddach estuary.
Nich taking a well earned rest, enjoying the view of Cadair Idris
(Preparation for Saturday's Tal y Fan fell race).
4/7/15, Moel Siabod.
Nich Bradley was the sole Meirionnydd runner in the Moel Siabod fell race. Nich finished in 1:14:51.
Message from the Club Chair.
There are some important matters to bring to your attention from the last committee meeting.
First and foremost, Pete and Sue Nicholls have asked to leave the committee, which between them they have served for more than 15 years. This is for family and personal reasons and they will continue as active members, and as organisers of the Dol 5 (on JULY 25th!). We have known of their intention for some time now and it is good to know that they are still about to help with the transition. They have made a huge contribution to the setting up and development of the club, and both have been inspirational in their running development. I am sure you will want to join me in a huge vote of thanks to them both and in sending them both our best wishes for the future.
New committee member
This leads to the second point. The committee was feeling a bit stretched before Sue and Pete’s decision and we really need some new blood to join us. Graeme Stringer has kindly agreed to be coopted back onto the committee, and will act as secretary for now, but we would really like at least 2 more new members. Essential requirements are an enthusiasm for the club and for promoting running in Meirionnydd and a commitment to get to a monthly evening meeting. For a trial period we are moving these to a Wednesday after the club run so this might only occupy one evening of your week for 10 or 11 months of the year. PLEASE get in touch with me via email or on a Wednesday night if you would like to give it a try. New members and social members are as welcome as our most successful runners. Most of the existing committee are, or nearly are, founder members and we really need to be getting a new generation if the club is to thrive in future.
With great regret we have decided not to hold the Pen Trail race this year. We had selected an early October date to avoid clashes with a growing number of alternative trails, but then discovered this was to be the opening meeting for the cross country league. September is compromised by the World MastersMountain Running Championship in Bettws and by many of the usual organisers going to the Ston Marathon. To go later conflicts with Rhobell. It seems better to cancel than to run a poorly attended event or one not organised to the high standard the club has set over the years. There is no reason why it can’t return in future.
I hope as summer arrives you are all running well and training towards the Dol 5! To that end the club is organising a bus to the Newtown 5k race on Friday 3rd July, More details to follow but we will need to leave Dolgellau pretty close to 5 pm so think how you might arrange this and come along, watch FaceBook for more detail.
Nich, Chair MRC.
3/7/15, Newtown BBQ 5k.
For the second year the club provided a minibus for runners to attend the race. Seven runners participated with a troop of supporters in tow.
- Runners times:
Tom Roberts 17:12, 2nd Senior Men
Arfon Hughes 21:07.
Nich Bradley 22:44.
Graeme Stringer 24:34.
Peter Nicholls 25:45.
Kevin Evans 26:06.
Sheila Symonds 55:10, 1st F80.
Photos by Cader Sports Photos (Gareth Roberts).
28/6/15, Runfest, Rhyl.
"A festival of running for people of all abilities and distances, fun runners, club runners, you are sure to have a good time, RunFest Wales has been set up with one thing in mind, to help you achieve your personal best in a number of distances whilst having fun along the way, all routes are flat and fast."
Comprising of 3 events in one day: 5k, 10k & half marathon.
- Running in the 5k were:
Andrew Yates 20:54, 1st M50.
Keith Williams 23:02, 1st M55.
Sheila Symonds TBC.
Photos with Copyright by Mick Hall.
27/6/15, Cumnor Legion 5K (NAD).
Jeff Davies ran in the Cumnor Legion 5K, finishing in 21:23.
26/6/15, Snowdon Twilight.
23/6/15, Mid week series, LLanberis.
Nich Bradley ran in the final race of the Joe Brown Mid week Fell race series. Nich finished in 18:48 to claim 2nd M60 for the race and 2nd M60 for the series.
20/6/15, Pedol Pennant.
20/6/15, Trail Marathon Wales.
Fourteen Meirionnydd runners ran in the full and the half marathon:
Sandra Willimas 4:33:50.
John Taylor 4:45:10.
Rachael Bateman 4:48:11.
Niki Rees 5:42:06.
- Half Marathon:
Andrew Yates 1:57:05.
Dylan Evans 2:02:14.
Keith Williams 2:07:53.
Kevin Evans 2:31:45.
Kevin Owen 2:31:45.
Jude Evans 2:41:58.
Mpho Bogatsu 2:41:31.
Sharon Lewis Griffin 2:54:30.
Haydn Fowler 3:27:48.
Jacqueline Fowler in 3:28:54.
- 5k Race:
Andrew Yates finished in 23:14 and 1st M50.
- 10k Race:
Ricky Francis finished in 43:40.
- 15k Race:
Sandra Williams in 1:09:43.
Sharon Lewis Griffin in 1:23:48.
Jude Evans in 1:23:50.
Jacqueline Fowler in 1:24:06.
Haydn Fowler in 1:24:35.
- Jeremy Randell 1:46:50.
- Dylan Evans 2:01:56.
- Arfon hughes 2:02:43.
- Alex Lanz 2:02:59; 3rd U23.
- Andrew Yates 2:04:03.
- Ricky Francis2:08:27.
- Steffan Edwards 2:10:49.
- Glyn Rowlands 2:14:41.
- Rachael Bateman 2:26:54.
- Peter Barnes 2:39:21.
- Mark Atherton, 1:32:36, & 1st Local runner.
- Alan Jones, 1:40:52.
- Elfyn Hughes, 1:47:01.
- Arfon Hughes, 2:01:14.
- Nich Bradley, 2:09:46.
- Andrew Yates, 1:13:30, 1st M50
- Ricky Francis, 1:15:13.
- Glyn Rowlands, 1:21:16.
- Sharon Lewis Griffin, 1:42:01.
- Jude Evans, 1:47:56.
- Hayden fowler, 2:00:13.
- Jacqueline fowler ran in the cannicross finishing in 1:39:28, 2nd F50.
- Andrew Yates, 33:47, 2nd M50
- Ricky Francis, 35:06.
- Dave Raybone, 31:39.
- Sharon Lewis Griffin, 44:37.
- Jude Evans, 48:09.
- Sheila Symonds, 1:17:32, 1st M80.
- Dave Parker 1:36:26.
- Mark Atherton 1:44:15.
- Elfyn Hughes 1:57:54.
- Jeremy Randell 2:00:38.
- Alan Jones 2:01:21.
- Arfon Hughes 2:10:15.
- Adam Preston 2:12:23.
- Ricky Francis 2:13:25.
- John Taylor 2:21:42.
Photos by SportPicturesCymru
19/6/15, 9bar9 Trail race.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the prelude to this years Trail Marathon Wales the 9k 9bar9 in Coed y Brenin.
Tom Roberts & Mark Atherton.
Photos by Gareth Roberts.
17/6/15, Hot foot up Moel Fammau.
Jeremy ran in the Hot foot up Moel Fammau fell race, Jeremy finished 2nd M50 in 41:23.
17/6/15, Club Run, Cregennan.
Wednesday night Club run, short run in Cregennan.
Nich Said "The hardy folk of the Wednesday nights split into two tonight at a misty Cregennan; a low level round the lake group and an over the hill and far away group."
Photo of mist by Nich.
16/6/15, Tal y mignedd.
Round 11 Joe Brown midweek series
Nich Bradley was the sole Meirionnydd runner finishing in a time of 49:36.
14/6/15, Liverpool Rockn Roll Half Marathon.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in Liverpool today.
Lucie LLewellyn, making a welcome return to running said "Just got back from LIverpool Rock N Roll Half marathon and feel massively chuffed with myself. Was looking at a time of about 3 hours based on recent training runs. Had to take the inhaler 3 times during the race and struggled with the breathing at times but overall felt ok and didn't take any walk breaks at all - not even when taking in water or gels. Was so chuffed to cross the finish line in a much quicker than anticipated 2hrs30 which I am SO pleased with despite the circumstances. Fab race and really enjoyed running around Liverpool and its beautiful parks and along the docks to the finish."
Lucie finished the half in 2:32:45
Elly Dee took on the Marathon and said "With only 8 weeks since Manchester and busy at work. I ran in those 8 weeks, but not often enough or far enough and I struggled with fitting runs in as well as a general lack of energy too (not surprising really). Didn't run at all in the two weeks leading up to the race.
As a result of this, so I'd already decided I would not stress about times and just enjoy it.
So many people I know were running, or were in Liverpool today, so it was always going to be a social occasion. I knew it would be awesome to run: the fact that it's an amazing city, there were lots of live bands playing around the whole course, and of course, I got to run past Anfield (and Goodison Park too).
It was awesome to run. I met up with running friends old and new. The weather was perfect. The organisation was perfect, by Lucie in booking our hotel pretty much on the start and finish line (as well as bagging a late checkout, which meant I could lie in the bath whilst she made be cups of tea and brought me bananas!!) and by the Rock n Roll team. We didn't queue to pick up my number yesterday, we didn't queue to pick up our t-shirts yesterday, or even for the toilets right before the race! Never before have I not had to queue for anything at a race.
The route was lovely, the marshals, the St John team (didn't need them today, thank goodness) and the water/gel station teams were all so efficient, helpful and supportive.
I absolutely loved the bands all the way round too, they were awesome and really helped lift spirits when needed in the middle. I would recommend Rock n Roll events to anyone and hope to do more in the future. Oh and the medals are flippin' amazing!
Awesome race experience"
Elly finished in 5:11:06.
13/6/15, Dysynni Trail Festival 5k, 10K & 15K.
Seven Meirionnydd runners ran in the 1st Dysynni Trail Festival.
Photos by Dan Wyre.
10/6/15, Trail Race up the Beast.
Jeremy said ""A great little race that starts in Masehafn. Through the woods up over Bryn Alyn, round the base and scramble up and over again before the run back through the wood to the finish - and the Miners' Arms!"
Last year we had thunderstorms but this year the conditions were ideal and apparently 96 runners completed the course - a first in the race's history
Jeremy Randell finished in 41:09 1st M50.
6/6/15, Welsh 1000.
Mark Atherton and Nich Bradley were out on this challenging race described on the website as "... a gruelling event, even in fine weather and is the supreme test of fitness, endurance and navigational skills amongst some of Britain’s finest mountain terrain. The long Fell Race is considered to be one of the most arduous events in the UK fell running calendar."
Mark finished in 05:01:16 and Nich in 06:39:03.
Nich said of the week: What a week!
Sunday: Matt Ward's Anna Frost 10k trail race - great route and a fine battle with Jayne Angilley from Cornwall AC all the way back from the bridge.
Tuesday night Mike Blakes 3miles Penmaenmawr 3 hills - 45 minutes climbing vertical gorse-bring your gloves!
Wednesday night a night the tourist board couldn't have bettered - club run in a Corris so beautiful you couldn't believe, Lovely relaxing run and a good pint in the Slater's Arms afterwards.
Then Welsh 1000m peaks race. Am I too old? Am I carrying too much or not enough? Will I make the cut off? 2 13 milers , non climbing higher than Cader road is no preparation for this 20 mile tour of Snowdonia, and so much for tapering! Actually it was brilliant! Wild on the Carneddau gusts more like 80mph than the 50 forecast, risk of hypothermia and sunburn! Lovely swoop to Ogwen, no stopping straight on to the Gribin and a jog down the red spot to Pen y Pas. Then a walk up the PYG track - helpful walkers shouting "runners coming through" - well sort of! A sneaky gel on the zig-zags then managed to pull away from the two guys I had travelled so far with. Into the cold mist and wind , a dash up Disgle then the summit. MAGIC. Despite the weather at least 20 minutes off my PB. No prizes no sponsors but running can give sooo much happiness. ...cant move today!!!
Good race here.
6/6/15, Andover Park run #210.
Jeff Davies made a welcome return to the race scene by running in the Andover parkrun and despite being off with an injury for the past three months managed to finishing in a time of 22:05 and 1st M65.
6/6/15, Aberystwyth Park run #146.
Ricky Francis ran in the Aberystwyth Park run finishing in a time of 20:47.
3/6/15, Club Run, Corris.
Wednesday night Club run, short run in Corris.
2/6/15, 3 hills - Pen maen mawr, Mid week series.
Nich Bradley ran in this the 9th race in the Tuesday night Joe Brown Mid weeks series. Nich finished in a time of 44:42.
31/5/15 Excalibur Marathon.
John Taylor ran in this challenging marathon on the clwydian range. Described in the blurb as "Excalibur is the tough trail run that traverses the spectacular Clwydian Range of North Wales. With over 5,500 feet of steep ascent, Excalibur will take you to the edge. Excalibur tests the limits of each and every person who attempts to conquer it. Both a head for heights and a brave heart are needed to complete this challenge. Do you have what it takes?"
John finished in 05:51:18.
31/5/15 Snowdonia Half Marathon.
Rob Thomas was the only Meirionnydd runner in this years Snowdonia Half Marathon. Rob finished in 02:43:54.
31/5/15, Anna frost 10k.
A special weekend where the World famous, super runner Anna Frost came to Coed y Brenin. Talks and runs were arrange by Matt Ward's running shop. Several Meirionnydd runners ran in the 10k arrange for the end of the weekend. I haven't been able to find any times but in photo order we had Tom Roberts, Nich Bradley, Sandra Roberts (not sure if your still a member), Nichola Rees and Elly Dee.
Photos by Gareth Roberts.
New 30/5/15, Aberystwyth Park run #145.
Ricky Francis ran in the Aberystwyth Park run finishing in a time of 20:42 a new PB.
26/5/15, Great Orme, Mid week series.
23/5/15, Moel Eilio.
Three, possibly four Meirionnydd runners ran in the Moel Eilio Fell race, the 5th race in the WFRA North Wales Championship series. First Home was Dave Parker (U/A?) in 1:12:40 and 5th place; Mark Atherton finished in 1:18:38 (Sorry couldn't find a picture of you); Alan Jones in 1:24:33 and Elfyn Hughes in 1:24:04.
Photo by Sport picture Wales.
23/5/15, Aberystwyth Park run #144.
Ricky Francis ran in the Aberystwyth Park run finishing in a time of 20:33 a new PB.
20/5/15, Rhyl 5K.
20/5/15, Club Run, Ty nant.
Wednesday night Club run, short loop below Cader Idris.
18/5/15, Hogweed trot 10k.
Jacqueline Fowler ran in the Hogweed Trotters Running club's 10k finishing in a time of 54:55. A New F50 club record.
17/5/15, Bulmers Bash.
Haydn and Jacqueline Fowler ran in the Bulmers Bash an undulating 6.5 mile (approximate.) off-road course through the Bulmers orchards at Wichenford, Worcestershire.
Jacquelin finished in 1:01:36 and Haydn in 1:04:13.
17/5/15, Chester Half Marathon.
Kevin Owen ran in the Chester half finishing in a new Pb of 2:10:41.
17/5/15, Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival, Builth.
Dylan and Jude Evans ran in the first Royal Welsh Trail running Festival half marathon at Builth. Both finished in 2:31:18.
Photo by Sport picture Wales.
16/5/15, Ras y Gader.
The race was won by Felipe Jones from Aberystwyth AC in a time of 1:24:17, first lady was Lauren Jeska Eryri Harriers in a time of 1:39:03.
Ten club runners took on this years Ras y Gader. It was a gorgeous day with fantastic support along the route. This year for the first time, TDL provided the timing with split times taken at the summit, results below:
Photos by Andy Evans, Marian Fleece and Dan Wyre.
12/5/15, Moel y gest, Mid week series.
Mark Atherton was our representative in this race in the Tuesday night Joe Brown Mid weeks series. Mark finished in a time of 37:34.
10/5/15 Market Drayton 10k.
Keith Williams, Rob Thomas and Elly Downing represented the club at this years Market Drayton 10k.
Keith finished in 48:29, Rob in 59:34 and Elly in 1:01:11.
Photos by Racephotos.org.uk.
9/5/15 Stretton Six Summits.
6/5/15, Club Run on Diffwys.
Wednesday night Club run, a nice loop on the ridge behind Bont ddu.
3/5/15, Newtown 10k.
2/4/15, LLangynhafal loop.
Five Meirionnydd runners travelled to the vale of Clwyd to race in this tough little race on the Clwydian range.
First home was Jeremy Randell claiming 3rd M50 in a time of 50:23, next came Dylan Evans in 57:38, Nich Bradley claiming 3rd M60 with 58:29, Dai Rice in 67:30 and hot on his heels Kevin Evans finished in 68:11.
2/4/15, Red kite Challenge.
Ricky Francis ran in the Red Kite Half Marathon Challenge and finished in a time of 2:07:00.
28/4/15, Mynydd Mawr, Mid week series.
Elfyn Hughes and Nich Bradley were out on Tuesday night in the Joe Brown Mid weeks series. Elfyn finished in 41:25 and Nich finished 3rd M60 in a time of 48:06.
26/4/15, London Marathon.
25/4/15, Wrexham 10 miles inc North Wales Champs.
22/4/15, Wrekin Streak.
Ricky Francis was the only Meirionnydd runner in the Wrekin Streak. He finished in 25:55.
19/4/15, Manchester Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the ASICS Manchester marathon. First home was Dave Parker in 2:51:39, then Elly Dee in 4:34:19 and Mpho Bogatsu in 4:56:46.
18/4/15, Ras y Moelwyn.
This year Ras y Moelwyn hosted the FRA British Championship, WFRA Welsh Open Championship and the WFRA North Wales Champonship. On a glorious sunny day 362 runners participated with the 9 mile race won by Finlay Wild from Lochaber Athletics Club in 1:13:09. Five Meirionnydd runners participated with the three local Blaenau lads leading the way, da iawn pawb.
Photos by Gareth Roberts.
Congratulations to Mark Atherton winning 1st Local runner.
18/4/15, Goldrush trail, Coed y Brenin.
Seven Meirionnydd runners ran round the Coed y Brenin Gold rush trail:
14/4/15, Foel Lus, Mid week series.
Nich Bradley was our representative at the third race in the Tuesday night Joe Brown Mid weeks series. Nich finished 1st M60 in a time of 33:13.
11/4/15, 6th trail, Portmeirion.
Six Meirionnydd runners ran in the second running of the Portmeirion 6th trail, a 6k run around the gardens at the scenic Portmeirion village:
4/4/15, LLandudno Easter 5k.
4/4/15, Fron 4.
3/4/15, Chocoholics 5k, Newtown.
Three Meirionnydd runners travelled to Newton to run in Maldwyn Harrier's Good Friday Chocoholics 5k.
First home was Ricky Francis in 20:40 followed by Alison Smedley in 25:28 and taking 1st F80 Sheila Symonds in 47:34.
31/3/15, Moel tryfan, Mid week series.
Nich Bradley was our representative at the first race in the Tuesday night Joe Brown Mid weeks series. Nich finished 3nd M60 in a time of 27:32.
29/3/15, Helen Tipping 10k, Wrexham.
28/3/15, LLantysilio Fell race .
Nich Bradley ran in the LLantysilio fell race was the sole MRC in the race finishing in a time of 1:19:25.
21/3/15, Amager Strandpark #152.
21/3/15, Oen Aran Lamb - Ras Yr Aran race.
A big thank you for the support and the delicious burgers to Oen Aran lamb.
What a difference a year makes no snow but glorious Sunshine. Those runners that prepared for the cold had to stop to take off thermals on the way up. And at Aran Benllyn, the start of the plateau, visibility was crystal clear with Aran Mawddwy looking a long way off. At the trig point on Aran Mawddwy the new Meirionnydd flag greeted the runners and signalled the return leg.
This year's winner was Richard Roberts from Eryri Harriers finishing in a time of 1:29:22 and the first woman was Mel Price from Mercia Fell Runners who broke the F40 course record by finishing in a time of 1:47:39.
We also saw the M70 course record broken by Geoffrey Fielding from Clwydian Range Runners who finished in a time of 02:36:26.
Full results: here.
Nine Meirionnydd Runners took part. Dave Parker finishing joint 3rd with Martin Cliffe from Eryri Harriers.
Winter race series final results:
- Karl Steingegger, Ambleside AC M25 03:38:05
- Anthony Powell, U/A M41 03:54:38
- Vic Belshaw, Denbigh Harriers M54 04:05:29
- Jeremy Randell, Meirionnydd M51 04:07:17
- Neil Hindle, Fell Running Association M57 04:27:04
Picture of race day by Dan Wyre Photography.
A big thank you to all the organisers, Marshalls and volunteers who helped make the day such a great event, Diolch yn fawr.
15/3/15, LLandudno Running Festival 10k.
14/3/15, Bwlch Maesgwm Fell race.
Elfyn Hughes ran in the Bwlch Maesgwm fell race, finishing in a time of 53:15.
7/3/15, Moel Tryfan Fell race.
Nich Bradley ran 4.5 mile, 650ft ascent fell race, finishing in a time of 45:24 to claim 2nd M60.
7/3/15, Aberystwyth Park run #133.
Ricky Francis ran in the Aberystwyth Park run finishing in a time of 20:47 to claim 2nd M35.
5/3/15, Annual General Meeting AGM.
The AGM was held on 5th March at the Leisure Centre in Dolgellau.
Nich Bradley gave the Chairman’s report 2014:
The Club is now entering its 10th year. It has remained active and is still punching above its weight in competitions across all disciplines within Wales. Without stealing the thunder of my colleagues who will report next, we remain financially viable and membership has been stable over the last couple of years with a steady turnover and new blood replacing those who drop away. For some years there seemed to be a permanent in the top runners in the club with Ifan regularly winning the Billy goat trophy. Refreshingly this is no longer the case and it seems that each year produces new talent and success comes to runners it has eluded in the past and PBs crop up for all of us from time to time. Overall excluding the cross country league competitions club runners competed in 295 races in 2014 approximately 50% on the road, 30% on the fell, and 20% on trails. Ultra races are increasing in popularity with 7 last year, 3 of 50 miles 2 of 42 and 2 of 50k.
Tom Roberts had his first Welsh Cap at the Betws Trail Championships, and captained the victorious North Wales team at the Abergele 5 Road running championship at Abergele.
Jeremy Randell and Alex Lanz joined Tom in gaining North Wales caps at the Welsh Cross Country championship.
Tom won the North Wales Road running championships at 5k and 10k.
In M45 category Arfon Hughes took first in the North Wales 5 mile championship, 3rd at 5k in both the North Wales and the All Wales Championships.
Sioned Jones took the second place in the F35 category in the North Wales 5 Mile race.
Jeremy Randal finished 3rd M50 in the North Wales Fell Running Championship.
Tom finished a close 4th in the WA Run Wales road race series, the only North Wales athlete in the top 10, and was third overall in the 4 race La Santa championship in Lanzarote. Overall he had 9 outright wins.
Sandra Williams, in her first ever ultra the 50 mile Wye One Way, won the women's competition in 11:58.
Nicola Rees took the Aran Lamb Winter Fell race women’s prize maintaining the tradition of the half lamb prize being won by vegetarians!
In August Rachael Bateman, in her first outing for the club, won the Ponderosa Fell race
Clive Edgington in a year dogged by injury took a win in the short Pen Trail race.
Time stops me going through age category wins, but in general the rest of us have been pretty active and 44 of us have recorded at least one race.
On the Fell
Alan Jones, and Jeremy Randell were the most active on the fells, Jeremy achieving many O50 placings on his way to his overall 3rd place. Injury put paid to Juliet Edward’s year after picking up a 3rd place F50 at Llantisilio, and Nicola Rees turned out regularly but otherwise it has been a quiet year for the women on the hill.
The women also were unable to produce a team for the cross country league but, led by Clive, ten men did manage despite injury to compete throughout and keep us up in the first division again. Cross Country is accepted as good winter training and the committee does intend to re-enter next year. It costs the club to enter but running is free so if you don't go you are subsidising someone else! The distance we are from most of the venues does make it amazing that we compete at all. If demand was there thought club could organise transport.
Trail running continues to grow in the area with more and more commercial races appearing with good advertising and usually very good organisation. This has caused us some grief with clashes with our 3 last races, but as more events appear this is going to be inevitable and the good news is it gives us all more choice. Most of us seem to have done some trails over the year, with a few age category placings but no major wins coming our way. The committee is keen t work with other organisers locally to promote running to locals and encourage visitors to our races.
10 and 5 races have been the most popular (45) with halves a little less so (31). Apart from the championships I have mentioned we have had lots of age placings, with Jeff Davies storming around the country picking up 9 M65 firsts and several placings along with a number of club records, in his 19 races, the second highest total. Keith Williams saw his PB drop in 3 consecutive 10ks over the summer, Ricky Francis picked up a first M35 at Newtown 10k and Sioned had a first in the same age group at the Dol5. It has been good to see Graeme Stringer have a good year with very respectable times on all surfaces and managing no fewer than 18 races in the year.
Parkruns are beginning to appear in our activity despite the nearest being Aberystwyth and I believe a new one in Bangor. These 5k runs are held all over the country on Saturday mornings usually 9 am and are free and, after on line registration, very easy; you just turn up someone says go and you do a 5 k at your pace, there are usually a few brisk walkers and always prams and dogs. After the race you can just disappear and get on with your day and in the afternoon your result is emailed to you, Simples! If you are able to get to Penrhyn castle or Aber I would recommend it, if not but you are going away, sneak at a look for one near you and consider letting the family have a lazy breakfast wile you get your fix.
Goats were spotted around the globe, Lisbon, Spain, and Lanzarote-of course,Telfes in Austria and widely in the UK from Edinburgh (where Sandra had a marathon PB) to Jersey -Elly’s marathon.
Tarren Hendre was threatened by bad weather for the week before and on the day pressure from Mountain Rescue forced us to change the route for the first time. The race was thus a trail rather than a fell, but the hardy souls who turned up were understanding and said it stood up as a good trail, however as a result we have now recede an alternative bad weather route that does have a section on the ridge, I just hope we never need it! Felipe Jones and Louise Barker (both AberystwythAC) won.
Aran also happened on a vile day with high winds and lying snow, the race was shortened to Benllyn, again without complaint from the runners. Felipe Jones and Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers won. Huw Brassington late of MRC took the male half of the Aran Lamb award.
The Dol 5 by comparison took place in great heat and the water station hose pipe shower was much appreciated. Tom Roberts provided a home win in 27:28. And Laura Shewbridge from Colchester Harriers made their teams’s journey up worthwhile with a 32:36 first place. Despite the heat there were new race records atM35 F35 and F60, and class wins for Sioned and Nikki.
The Trail Fest was badly hit by the first Porthmadog RTT trail choosing the same date in blissful ignorance of our dates. We decided to go ahead and aim at providing a simple low key - low cost race as alternative to the razzmatazz and significant cost of the RTT. In reality we were saved by a great showing from Newtown who came up to support us in response to our turning out for their evening races. There is a useful lesson for us there. Clive won the 3 miler which is surprisingly unpopular (the race not Clive’s win!) as its a cracking little course and we should be getting more novices on it. Katie Bailey had the women’s prize and in the 9 miler Alan Williams u/a 59 mins and Maldwyn women had the podium to themselves Hannah Owen 1:15:14 taking the top spot.
Rhobell was the final race in the Wales Open and North Wales Fell running championships and saw wins for Paul Jones (51:35 Mercia) and Caitlin Rice (58:21 Glossopdale). New course records were set for junior men F40 and F50.
Apart from racing the main activity the club is the Wednesday night runs. Attendance at these has been dropping this yea and feedback on what people want would be much appreciated. The social calendar has also been less active. There was an excellent trip to the Newtown BBQ 5k for which a minibus was organised and the Llew Goch at Dinas ensured it wasn't just Tom with a good time. We also would appreciate feedback on what social events people would like.
I sent out an email after Christmas inviting comments or suggestions for the future of the club. The overwhelming response suggests everyone is delighted with the current state of affairs, or petrified of being given a job! If thats not the case please tell us! We have managed to get 5 more people through LiRF courses and one is due to start a coaching course soon. We also arranged first aid training for 7 members. Dreams of a junior section are pretty well stalled at the moment, and without a group of people able to commit significant time to it likely to stay that way.
It remains for me to thank all my committee members for their support and diligence over the year and especially to Clive and Lucie who wish to stand down. Clive has a lot of experience in big clubs elsewhere and his insight advice has been much appreciated, as well as his work in organising mens teams over the years. Who said goat herding was easy! Lucie came on board as Welfare officer a role WA expects us to have one, and has done a lot of work behind the scenes in organising our procedures and paperwork. Her successor should have a much easier time as a result. A sincere thanks to both and we are grateful for your offers of continued support.
Nich Bradley, Club Chairman.
On the evening Tom Roberts was accepted as Club Captain and the post of Welfare officer remains vacant. All other posts were re-elected: Confirmed Committee details are:.
- Chair: Nich Bradley
- Vice Chair: Sue Nicholls
- Secretary: Pete Nicholls
- Treasurer & Women's captain: Juliet Edwards
- Membership: Gareth Roberts
- Welfare: Vacant
- Men's captain: Tom Roberts
- Course director: Kevin Evans
- Social secretary: Sarah Roberts
- Website: Arfon Hughes
Trophies were awarded as follows:-
- Billy goat trophy for male runner of the year - Tom Roberts.
- Nanny goat trophy for female runner of the year - Sioned Jones.
- Goatherd trophy for volunteer of the year - Sheila Symaonds.
- Sheilah Vaughan trophy for best new runner - Elly Downing (Dee).
- Runners runner trophy - Arfon Hughes.
- Kid Goat Traphy for Junior Runner of the year - Alex Lanz.
- Lanzarote Slug - Tom Roberts.
|MRC 2014 Trophies were awarded to the following:|
|Billy Goat & Lanzarote Slug.||Nanny Goat.||Goat Herder.|
|Sheila Symonds.||Sheilah Vaughan Trophy.||Runners runner.||Kid Goat.|
28/2/15, Pipe Dream.
In the Second race in the WFRA North Wales Championship and the First in the WFRA's Open Welsh Championship.
Dave Parker was the only Meirionnydd runner. Dave put in a fantastic performance in a race that saw Ifan Richard's 2011 course record broken by almost 2minutes. Dave finished 5th in a time of 36:28.
1/3/15, Anglesey Half Marathon.
Five Meirionnydd runners took part in the Anglesey Half marathon.
First home was Ricky Francis in a time of 1:39:34, followed by Peter Barnes in 2:03:59, Elly Dee in 2:06:57 a New PB, Kevin Owen 2:12:18 and Christine Owen in 2:37:15.
Photos by Sport Pictures Wales.
22/2/15, Neath Harriers 10 Mile road race.
22/2/15, Rhyl 10.
21/2/15, Wales Cross Country Championship.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Welsh Athletics Wales Cross Country Championship held in the grounds of Rhug estate. The race was a tough 10.5km against some of the best athletes in Wales.
First home was Jeremy Randell in 24th in a time of 43:56, followed by Arfon Hughes 35th in 47:12 and Ricky Francis 41st in 47:50.
Photos by Tom Roberts.
15/2/15, Village Bakery Half Marathon, Wrexham.
Jeremy Randell was the sole Meirionnydd runners in the half marathon.
Jeremy finished in 1:26:10 claiming 2nd M50 North Wales Championship and a New M50 club record.
14/2/15, Greenpoint parkrun.
Nich Bradley ran in the Greenpoint parkrun #81 and finished 1st M60 in 23:15 and a new PB.
14/2/15, Moel Y Ci.
Five Meirionnydd runners joined 167 other at the first race of WFRA's North Wales Fell running championship.
The race saw a welcomed return to fell running for Three Athletes returning from injury Dave, Mark and Alan.
First home was Dave Parker in 40:03, followed by Mark Atherton in 43:48, Alan Jones in 46:38, Elfyn Hughes in 48:10 and Arfon Hughes in 49:39.
Photos at Sports Pictures Wales. 1.5km / 7km / Summit.
14/2/15, Swindon parkrun.
Jeff Davies ran in the Swindon parkrun #243 and finished 2nd M65 in 21:21.
8/2/15, Nick Beer 10k.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Nick Beer 10km race around the great Orme, LLandudno.
First home was Elfyn Hughes in 41:21, followed by Keith Williams in 49:02 and Rob Thomas in 1:04:49.
Photos by Gareth Roberts and Sports Pictures Wales.
7/2/15, Greenpoint parkrun, South Africa.
Nich Bradley ran in the Greenpoint parkrun #80 and finished 1st M60 in 24:31.
7/2/15, Oswestry Cross Country.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran in the last race in the North Wales Cross Country League at Marshes School, Oswestry.
First home was Dave Parker in 18th place in 39:09; followed by Jeremy Randell claiming 3rd M50 in 41.25; then Arfon Hughes 45:40 and Rick Francis in 47:20.
End of season result:
Congratulations to Jeremy Randell 3rd M50.
We avoided relegation for another year, but it was close, Telford go down.
Teams. Division 1: Bangor University 742, Eryri 785, Shrewsbury 1,001, Oswestry 1,103, Deeside 1,163, Tattenhall 1,748, Meirionnydd 2,467, Telford 3,221.
Photos by Leanne Hughes .
7/2/15, Greenpoint parkrun, South Africa.
Nich Bradley ran in the Greenpoint parkrun #80 and finished 1st M60 in 24:31.
31/1/15, Telford Cross Country.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the penultimate race in the North Wales Cross Country League at Lilleshall Telford.
The going was very soft with deep mud and water in places. First home was Dave Parker in 18th Place followed by Jeremy Randell 45th and lapped by the winner Arfon Hughes 83rd.
We might avoid relegation for another year, but it will be close: Division 1: Bangor University 640, Eryri 670, Shrewsbury 900, Deeside 909, Oswestry 988, Tattenhall 1,319, Meirionnydd 2,007, Telford 2,530.
Photos By Andrew Yates.
31/1/15, Bolton parkrun #202.
Today Ricky Francis became a real Bolton Wanderer when he took part in the town's Park Run. He started impressively and then made a small navigation error which resulted in him attempting a third lap of part of the course. After going down the hill again he realised his mistake and retraced his steps. However this probably added a good minute and a half to his overall time of 23.42.
There were 267 other runners. Ricky was a tad disappointed with today's outcome. Maybe Ricky's thoughts were on the afternoon's Manchester United Game, hopefully his team will not loose their way against Leicester City!
24/1/15, Gran Canaria 10K.
In distinctly warmer conditions Jeff Davies ran the Gran Canaria 10K in Las Palmas finishing in 44.16 and 2nd MV65.
Jeff Said "At around 1K with the field beginning to sort itself, I heard a voice from behind saying “Hello Meirionnydd” – it was this guy from Abergele Harriers. Can’t go anywhere can you?
Sadly, I wasn’t first UK finisher - a blonde woman called Radcliffe beat me. OK, only by 10 minutes....
24/1/15, Warrington Park run.
24/1/15, Tarren Hendre.
The race was convincingly won by Felipe Jones, Aberystwyth AC, who finished in 50:49. First woman was Lauren Jeska running for Eryri who finished in a time of 59:06 to take the F40 Race record from Anna Bartlett (2011) by 2 seconds. The second course record was broken by Ryan Jenkins, Carmarthen Harriers who takes the Junior record by 9 seconds finishing in 57:10.
The junior trail race was won by Ella Preston in 13:20 and first boy was Ben Grantham 13:26.
- Winter Series after two races:
- Karl, Steingegger, Ambleside AC, M25, 1:51:00
- Dan Collister, Unattached, M38, 1:55:31
- Anthony Powell, Unattached, M41, 2:00:41
- Vic Belshaw, Denbigh Harriers, M54, 2:05:35
- Jeremy Randell, Meirionnydd Running Club, M51, 2:06:39
- Elfyn Hughes, Meirionnydd Running Club, M36, 2:15:48
- Neil Hindle, Fell Running Association, M57, 2:19:37
- Dylan Evans, Meirionnydd Running Club, M52, 2:25:46
- Glyn Rowlands, Meirionnydd Running Club, M56, 2:31:55
- Paul Challender, Pensby Runners, M35, 2:38:04
- Kevin Evans, Meirionnydd Running Club, M53, 02:50:06
Message from Nich our chairman "Goatherds of the Month award to Kevin, Dylan, Paul, Sue, Pete, Jaynie, Jude, Mary, Joy, Sheila, Wendy, Andrew, Michelle, Tony, Dave, Graeme, Arfon, Chris, Juliet, Clive and Aled the Tarren Hendre Team. Thanks people for giving everyone a great and safe race. I hope you are all thawing out!".
- Club runners times:
- Jeremy Randell 1:02:37.
- Elfyn Hughes 1:07:13.
- Dylan Evans 1:15:04.
- Gwyn Rowlands 1:16:56.
- Kevin Evans 1:25:31.
- Dai Rice 1:27:00.
24/1/15, Coed y Brenin Winter Trail Half Marathon.
Elly said "Absolutely awesome trail half this morning in my favourite place ever to run, Coed y Brenin. Never raced this route before, although I've run it and parts of it many times. I loved every single minute, great weather, great organisation (as expected) and was soooo pleased with my run. Really nice to see lots of friends too. Love love love trail running."
Christine said "Well it wasn't fast and it wasn't pretty but I did it winter trail Wales in 3.08. Strapping up my knee seems to of worked as feeling ok at the moment even though I felt like it was cutting off my circulation at times. And my whole leg seized up on the final muddy descent but all part of the fun right. Kevin did it in 2.38 woo hoo."
Pete Barnes (New member) said "I have to confess that my first run in a Meirionydd vest was something of a baptism of fire/embarrassment as a it quickly became obvious that three or four shortish runs after a long injury induced layoff are simply not enough for a Coed Y Brenin trail race. The uphill start was the hardest I've ever known, the uphill finish was also the hardest and pretty much everything in-between was as well. Added to that I had made the stupid beginner's mistake of forgetting the vaseline and not realising that a running vest (the sort with water bottles on - not the club one) can really, really rub the nipples (you get the idea - perhaps more detail than needed?) And don't even get me started on the serious hill at about mile 12 - whose sadistic idea is that! "
Photos by Dan Wyre here.
18/1/15, Cardiff Cross Challenge.
17/1/15, Colwyn Bay Twin Piers 10K.
17/1/15, Park run 5k.
Ricky Francis ran in the Aberystwyth parkrun #126 and finished in 21:43.
7/1/15, Wednesday Night run.
Our new group led by Christine Owen the Plodders had their first outing this evening: Christine said "Huge thank you to the gorgeous Susan Nicholls and wonderful newbie Branwen for turning up to the first Plodders run in the horrible weather tonight.
We did a lovely slow flat 2.5 mile out and back and have decided we will stick to this route and slowly build on this distance over the next few weeks."
Another nine runners participated in the longer run.
4/1/15, Ynys Maen gwyn 10k & 5k.
Five members ran in the Ynys Maen Gwyn 10k &5k near Tywyn.
The race is held to support Odyssey, a charity which draws on the majesty of the outdoor environment, the arts, and the stimulation of challenge, uncertainty and surprise to help adult cancer survivors overcome the emotional and physical devastation caused by their illness.
In the 10k race first club runner home in 1st place was Tom Roberts in 35:56, followed by Dylan Evans in 47:44, Dave Seabourne 49:50 and Dai Rice in 56:31.
Jude Evans was the sole club lady in the 5k finishing in 35:20.
Photos by Gareth Roberts Cader Sports photos.
Photos by Dan Wyre Photography here.
3/1/15, Park run 5k.
Nich Bradley ran in the Edinburgh parkrun #271 and finished in 23:57.