31/12/17 Odyssey Charity 10k.
The race race of the 2017 with club members participating was the Odyssey Charity 10k held at Ynys Maengwyn Tywyn. I can't find the results but runners included: Tom Roberts, Gwion Roberts, Jimmy Carter, Linzi Cooper, Dylan Evans and Sandra Williams.
27/12/17 Sunrise to Sunset Challenge.
The Annual Sunrise to Sunset Challenge, Run as far as you can between Sunrise and Sunset – be it a 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, or Ultra, get your lap card stamped every lap and have fun.
Elly Dee participated and said "So chuffed with today. It was really good fun. The tarmac didn't bother me much at all, I just kept it steady. Took me a good 5k to warm up...legs still had a bit of Helvellyn in them. Lasted until 30k before I needed a pee, but then my legs seized up. By 34k I had to hobble, then stopped at 35 to have a really good stretch. Walked another lap then felt tip top again. Had a walk break up the tiny incline each lap from then on until 50k then bimbled along until Denz said one more lap...ran that obvs. Good tunes, constant snacks and nothing to carry. Lovely people, lots of encouragement as you pass back and forth round the loop. Proper enjoyed it. Whether my legs will tomorrow is a whole different story.
33 and a bit mile."
16/12/17 Tour de Helvellyn.
Elly Dee and Sandra Williams took on the Tour de Helvellyn 2018.
Elly said: "I've wanted to do this race since I heard about it a few years ago. Most of that time I've been too scared to enter, thinking it's a bit hardcore for me. However (and of course, in stories like these, there's always a however) after Lakeland 50 this summer, I had that dangerous post-race smug feeling of 'I can do anything', combined with the old chestnut...'what now?' So I entered Tour de Helvellyn, made Sandra sign up too and bought a better waterproof!
The next few months were filled with reminding myself that I can navigate if I need to (I'm lazy, I don't do it if I don't have to), making sure I had enough warm and waterproof kit and telling anyone who'd listen that I hoped it was going to snow.
We weren't able to get up to the Lake District much to recce - we're both pretty busy so we had to settle for a lot of talking to people who'd done it before and a little jolly to do the Ullswater Challenge in October, which covered some of the route (and was fab!) This helped with seeing a couple of bits that may be tricky in darkness.
Anyway, as usual I didn't manage to really train much and I managed to leave most of my required kit in Shropshire with no time to go back to collect it. So my race prep was the usual scrabbling around finding bits of kit. Thanks Sandra, Fiona and Olly (although he doesn't know it yet!) for sorting me out with a few extras.
Of course none of this helped the inevitable pre-race nerves. The night before a race that I know will be somewhat challenging I always get the jitters. Lying awake wondering what the heck I am doing, it's a long way, it's going to be hard and how much easier it would be to stay home and spend time with my lovely family. They're so supportive of my running adventures but I know they'd rather I stayed home sometimes.
Anyway...the actual race. San picked me up from work on Friday and drove us up to the Lake District in her van (KFC for pre-race meal). Camped in the van in the car park after registering, and before I knew it, the 6am alarm was going off.
What felt like million layers of running gear but was actually injinji socks, Dexshell waterproof socks, two pairs of tights (one thermal), base layer, mid layer, fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, waterproof hat, Santa hat and a buff around my neck, I looked like Staypuff man - surprised I could move. Porridge and tea in the van and we were pretty much ready to go. My vest pack was fuller than it's ever been (mainly with food).
You know it's going to be a good day when you go into the loo that Nicky Spinks comes out off obviously never saw her for the rest of the day.
For ages, I'd hoped for snow and I got my wish. As we headed up Askham fell it was snowing, pretty icy too so yaktraks were put on almost immediately. It was so wonderful up on the fell in light snow as the sun rose around us. We made a few observations that would help us later on our return (although this was actually unnecessary this year!) and continued down to the CP in Martindale.
Climbing up Boredale was a slog. It had stopped snowing, we didn't see any of the famous red deer but due to the staggered start, were passed by the better runners who had started after us. Many were really friendly, and Katie (who I believe finished first lady) complimented me on my jacket - same as hers! I love how many really good runners always make time to be friendly to the minions at the back.
On completing the climb, we were rewarded with a beautiful white vista of the surrounding mountain tops. This is what I'd come for I struggled a bit down the other side, I'm not a confident downhill runner, especially on fells with lots of rubble-like obstacles on the paths. Eventually I made it in to Patterdale for a much appreciated cup of tea and a checkpoint buffet of crisps, malt loaf, Kendal Mint Cake and some 'real food' nibbles.
Then followed the familiar climb up from Helvellyn base camp to Greensticks mine. I felt good and confident at this point, even knowing some of the epic climb ahead before we even reached the parts we hadn't yet experienced.
When we got to the youth hostel and started up the zigzags we hit the snow line and put our yaktraks back on. I was very glad I had these, they really made me feel a lot more secure in the conditions (and I managed all day without slipping or tripping, both of which are pretty standard running behaviour for me). I also felt a lot better as lots of people were trudging up the zig zags with skis and snowboards strapped to their backs, we felt like goats with our little packs. I never knew there was a ski lift on Raise until yesterday. How excitingly awesome!
Once we got to Stu at the bridge, he was a welcome sight, as we knew there'd be a bit of a break from slogging uphill and actually got to run a bit. It was great to see their friendly faces and get another CP done. Those guys had the best, but undoubtedly the coldest marshal point of the day, fair play all of the marshals are pretty damn awesome.
After a bit of an amazing run through the snow, we started to climb again up to Sticks Pass. It really felt like we were climbing Everest or something. We could just see mini-figures of people in front of us in the mist, winding their way up and up, still just about making out how much higher they were than us. It was cold and visibility was pretty low, but it was almost ethereal up there and not the sort of conditions you'd even contemplate stopping for a rest in.
Every so often we kept thinking we could hear voices, but couldn't see anyone. I'm sure at one point Sandra thought she was going crazy. Once we heard the distinct carving sound of skis, we started to level out. It became like running through a ski resort, with people snowboarding and skiing above and around us, and others carrying their equipment back up as we started, finally, to descend.
The descent was tougher than the climb. The snow was easier than the slippy grass and mud that came once the snow was left behind. However, the yaktraks were still on and stopped us slipping down the last bit of hill to the checkpoint.
Next came a typically muddy and boggy Lake District path, with a slight detour (lazy with the map) resulting in a extra climb back up to a bridge. The next checkpoint, with more tea, Kendal Mint Cake and friendly faces was lovely to see, as was the completely white, ice-rink that was Swirls car park. Fair play to the marshals and supporters who parked there, skills needed, no doubt. Here we finally joined forces with Lou, Lynsay and Denise, who we'd planned to start with but lost them in the Community Centre
We continued on the undulating track through the forest before starting the climb up to Grisedale Tarn. This climb was the toughest part of the day by far. Still in good spirits and anticipating the white beauty that awaited at the top, we slogged our way up icy steps for what seemed like an eternity. At one point, I thought I was hallucinating when I thought I could see Father Christmas up ahead. A little bit closer and I realised it was the lovely John in his Santa suit, taking photos of our climbing efforts. Again, so uplifting to see a friendly face out on the hill when the going is about as tough as it gets. Also a little mood-warming were the constant familiar running-shoe footprints in the ice and snow on the paths, like a reassuring guiding light.
Eventually we stopped climbing, and were able to run a little bit more (more of a march by this stage really). We'd realised, having seen the time that making the cut-off at Patterdale was not going to happen, so trudged on as fast as we could manage, knowing it would soon be dark and people would be waiting for us so they could stand down.
Grisedale Tarn was indeed as stunning as I imagined in the snow. It looked distinctly black against the white of the peaks around. The sunset as we stood at the top of the valley we were about to descend was stunning, pink and purple.
The descent was tough. Headtorch and fairy lights on, carefully making our way down a choice between deep snow and the icy path. We finally made it past the snow line and spirits rose a bit (along with a ham roll - eating always helps).
As we trudged tiredly down what was now a pretty decent track we saw headlights in front of us...a knight in shining armour in the form of Steve, to zip us back down the last bit of road to Patterdale.
Once we arrived, we were checked in/timed out, the marshals closed the checkpoint (after giving us whatever we needed of the remaining food) and Stu drove us back through the fog to the finish. This was undoubtedly the funniest part of the day, this man is an absolute legend.
Lovely soup and chatting to other runners about their experience, feeling a tiny little bit gutted we didn't finish but proud of what we'd achieved in such conditions. Definitely got what I came for in bucketloads! The toughest race I've ever done for many many reasons, but also one of the most rewarding running experiences I have ever had.
I now know (for definite) that I can do the conditions, the navigation, the distance (albeit not that much today) but need to work on getting quicker on this terrain and as always, the mental toughness/dealing with the mind games that inevitably occur in these challenges needs working on some more.
All in all, a flipping good day out. Thanks to all who shared, contributed and supported."
3/12/17 Aberystwyth 10k.
On the annual club outing to Abersytwyth the club paid for the minibus to take the runners and their supporters to the event. It was a great race and well organised by Aber AC. It's well worth doing as the suppot at the start and finish has a great atmosphere. Note for next year, the race sells out very quickly so if we intend on doing a club day out,we need to book our places ASAP.
25/11/17 Bangor Cross Country.
Mud, Mud and more mud. On field at Treborth the going was soft, hard going and energy sapping. Linzi Cooper was the sole ladies team representative who succesfully kept the team in the competition.
In the Mens team first home was Tom roberts in 3rd place followed by:
Tristan Evans 14
Jimmy Carter 27
Gwion Roberts 56
Arfon Hughes 102
Richard Hankinson 144
The Men's team are currently top of Division 2 with two races to go in the New Year.
19/11/17 Conwy half marathon.
Andrew Ellis ran in the Conwy Half finishing in a time of 1:35:52. Andrew said "Tight hamstring in the first mile, had to stop twice to stretch, obviously would have won it otherwise lovely route, I would highly recommend."
18/11/17 Rhayader 10 mile.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Rhayader 10 mile road race today in a time of 64.52 to claim 3rd M40.
11/11/17 Betws y coed trail challenge.
Eight Meirionnydd runners ran in the Betwe Y coed Trail Challenge.
Three ran in the Cani-cross. First home was Mat Fenwick who claimed 3rd overall in 43:41 who was followed by Jacqueline Fowler 1:02:02 and Haydn Fowler in 1:09:34.
Sport Pictures Cymru:
Dylan Evans 10k 48:40 3rd M55
Allanah Allanah Julia Fenwick 10k 54:35
Linzi Cooper 10k 58:07
Helen Wyn Jones 10k 1:04:28
Jude Evans 10k 1:09:16
5/11/17 Leeds abbey dash 10k.
Tom Roberts Ran a personal Best of 31:43 at the Leeds abbey dash 10k this morning and former Meirionnydd runner Alex Lanz ran 32:48.
5/11/17 Abergele 5.
Four meirionnydd runners ran in the Abergele 5. A new route along the seashore with salt water water jump. Great race. Congratulations to Sheila Symonds on claiming 1st F80 and North Wales 5 mile Gold F80 in 1:23:38. Gwion Roberts was the first MRC to finish in 30:15, followed by Arfon Hughes 34:02 and Sioned Jones in 44:23.
4/11/17 Rhobell Fawr.
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.
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
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.
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
22/10/17 Flintshire 5k.
Naomi Parry ran in the Flintshire 5k. Naomi finished in 23:23 a New Club Record.
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
Juliet Edwatds 51st
Nia Davies 69
Linzi cooper 83
Sioned Jones 100
Naomi Parry (suffered cramp and had to retire)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8/10/17 Yorkshire Marathon.
Richard Hankinson ran in the Yorkshire Marathon finishing in a time of 4:55:50.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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."
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.
10/9/17 Cyrn y Brain.
Tristan Evans ran in the Cyrn Y brain fell race finishing in a time of 49:33.
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.
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.
2/9/17 Ben Nevis.
Tristan Evans travelled to Scotland to race in the Ben Nevis race. Tristan finished in 2:02:33.
Tristan was the sole Meirionnydd runner in the Cnicht fell race. Tristan finished 3rd in a time of 42:07.
23/8/17 caernarfon 5k.
Team Meirionnydd at Caernarfon 5K. Well done all. Tom Roberts won the race in 15:51; Graeme Stringer claimed 1st M50 in 23:17; Nich Bradley claimed 1st M60 in 22:16; Gwion Bobo Roberts finished in 18:13 and Arfon Hughes in 20:35.
Photos by Cader Sports Photos.
20/8/17 Borth beach 10k.
Andrew Ellis and Afon Hughes ran in the Borth 10k along with 114 finishers. Andrew finished in 43.54 and Arfon in 47.25
19/8/17 Race the train, Tywyn.
Rotary Challenge 14 miles:
Steve Loveluck 1:57:54
Annelise Loveluck 1:57:54
Dylan Evans 2:10:18
Ben wells 2:13:18.
Olly Downing 2:35:23.
Ben said "Thanks for all the support today at Tywyn. Brilliant event and I was going well until around mile 8 where I imploded with cramps in both legs , calfs , quads managed to get to the finish line with a limp , walk run style in 2hr 13 having to walk the up on the way back to Tywyn. Totally different ground for me soft mud over fields and at race pace I'm just not used to it. So my Strava head line is "Derailed at Race the Train" I'll be back next year hopefully and will train specific. All in all it's a great 14 miles.
When the organisers know your fire and rescue 999." (Ben's race number was 999.)
Olly said "Loved Race the Train today, that bog was horrific this year...."
Photos by: Mick Hall Photograpy
Quarry Challenge 10k:
Naomi Parry 55:38.
Pete Barnes 59:26
Peter said "Race the Train - Well, what a muddy little run that was - and windy too (blowing the wrong of course!) somehow still managed to knock over a minute off my previous time. Every time I do the (morning) Race the Train I'm really taken by how the distances merging brings together everyone from 'serious' runners going for a 10k pb to youngsters to people for whom just completing the shortest distance will be a huge challenge.
This year I was also really struck by how many people were coming to Wales to do the run as their main event of the year and how excited they were to be doing something which they saw as different and dramatic. It made me see what is our biggest local event in a different way and how lucky we are living here.
15/8/17 Club run.
Ty Nant up Cader Idris.
10/8/17 Murton Pike fell race.
Tom Roberts came 1st at the Murton pike fell race at the Appleby show up in the Lake District. Tom said "A nice low-key race but with a very challenging course. What was meant to be a 10k ended up being a 7.5mile race after getting slightly lost at one point! Nice finish to our camping holiday."
3/8/17 Hendre Wallog, Abergynolwyn.
Tom Roberts Won the race in a new course record of 15:05 and Gwion Roberts finished in 18:48.
1/8/17 Club Run.
LLanfachreth Presepice walk time trial.
31/7/17 Lakeland 50 miles.
Ellie Dee said "I've spent the last few weeks swaying between being really excited about this race and absolute panic! Actually, who am I kidding? I've been like this since I entered last September - it's just got more intense the closer it got. I barely slept on Thursday night, trying to make camping plans (why do I always leave everything to the last minute and just hope things work out?) and mentally packing my running vest with compulsory kit and things to make it as comfortable as possible.
Friday morning was set over for last minute preparations...the important task of having special sparkly Dapper nails to remind me to be myself and who is supporting me (and kicking my backside if required). I also needed a few bits of compulsory kit...my compass has gone awol so had to get a replacement, and I needed cup for checkpoint drinks...never needed one for a race before so never got around to getting one.
We got to Coniston in good time to see the start of the Lakeland 100. Legends in the making. I managed to see a couple of friends doing the 100 before they started, and yell at some others as they ran past.
Back on the camping field, more hugs and chatting to friends who were running the 50 too, or off to marshal at various points. Then it was time for registration. I grabbed my vest and joined the back of a very long queue. Up and down the marquee even before getting to the queuing barriers. Almost like waiting for a ride at a theme park - but with lots of lovely running kit on sale to keep us amused on the way (in case we failed the kit check!!).
Everyone I spoke to was lovely, chatting in the queue with people...always something along the lines of 'have you done this before? How many times? Anything like it?' etc. The four different marshals I engaged with in the registration/kit check were lovely, which really helped settle my nerves down. On the registration table was Debra (who I just met last week) and her girls, so that was a nice, easy and friendly start. For compulsory kit check, I met Jonathan, and laughed when he asked me if I was doing the 100 or 50 (bless him, he'd been doing registration for both all day). I said I'd be a bit late if I was doing the 100, as they'd already started! Thankfully, I passed the kit check. All that last minute running around was worth it, and whilst I was queuing I'd seen a couple of people fail this part of the check. Getting my 'dibber' for tracking and then getting weighed didn't take long, so we finally managed to get out to the pub and eat! I didn't sleep too well. It was windy and raining. I was thinking a lot about those running the 100 out in the night, and hoping it wouldn't be the same for us.
In the morning, we crammed into the marquee for the race briefing and got on the coach to the start. I wasn't nervous at all through any of this, just excited to get started. Of course, it was raining. I had put my waterproofs on to start with because I did not want to be wet to start with. These did come off again before the end of the first four mile loop around Dalemain, as the clouds had cleared and the sun made a more confident appearance. It was great to get hugs from both Sian and Dave coming back through the start area, hear how Michael and Gary were doing in the 100, and even see some of the 100 runners starting to pass through.
Soon we were through the fields and villages and up onto the first climb. A nice, leisurely pace, chatting to different people of the way...gleaning tips and information that may be of use, practically or mentally, along the way. I was running on my own at this point, but conscious that I would prefer to find people to run with for the latter part of the race, when I would be tired and hurty and it would be dark. I knew this would be a tough time for me mentally, it always is, but the dark would make it much worse. After appreciating the amazing views of Ullswater below, I toddled steadily down to Checkpoint 10 (our first checkpoint...as the 50 is the last half of the 100, the first 9 checkpoints are only used by the 100 runners.
I didn't spend long here, and soon started on the big long climb of the next section, following Fusedale Beck up to High Kop. It was lovely to see a big long line of runners (although there wasn't a whole lot of running going on during this bit) snaking up the hill. I ran most of this section with the lovely Joanne, Donald and Paul who had run it a few times before, and knew what they were doing. We talked loads about all parts of the race, this was so helpful. We also had a good laugh too. The climb was long, with at least two false summits, and once on the top, it was still difficult to run much as it was so boggy.
Once we got down, the path along Haweswater was fun and runable. Along here I got separated from Joanne etc, as there was a bit of a bottleneck. I soon met the lovely Fiona, who also knew the race well. We stuck together almost all the way to Ambleside, and I learnt a lot from her. Although I felt strong on the uphills, I was starting to struggle on the downhills, whereas Fiona was totally the opposite. I was just starting to feel a little low when we got to checkpoint 12 at Kentmere. I had forgotten that I had friends marshalling here, and nearly cried when I saw Denise's smiling face (in her sheep hat!) outside the door. Hugs ensued, and even more when I spotted Lou inside. That (and the pasta that was thrust into my hand) really lifted my spirits.
Fiona and I made it to the top of Garburn Pass whilst it was still light, this gave us some amazing views. On the way down to Ambleside, after a small climb up from Troutbeck, I started to really struggle. Coming down through the woods, I was concerned about the terrain in the dark on tired legs, that I was holding Fiona back, but I didn't want to be on my own. By the time I got to Ambleside, I was a mess. Fiona had carried on ahead, but my saviours, Sarah and Chris, when I explained why I was crying like a baby, offered to stick with me through the night. I still wasn't convinced, though. I think I'd pretty much made up my mind that I couldn't do it. However, a cup of tea, really supportive marshalls, kind and encouraging words from Fiona, Chris, Sarah, Sian and a few other random participants, as well as a 'you can do it' text from Sandra (I'd taken advantage of a rare bit of 3G to get a much-needed kick up the backside) encouraged me to pull up my big girl pants, have a word with myself and get the heck on with it. So I did.
The next section was awesome. Chris and Sarah were wonderful company, and we had a good time. I put on my flashing #RMR band to remind me of the support I had, and when I ran, I could hear the little bell from the 'You can do it' Angel that Sandra got me jingling in my vest pocket. I was also reminded that the next checkpoint was the one I was most looking forward to...MEAT STEW!
After this checkpoint (number 13 at Chapel Stile), it started to rain. This continued for longer than I care to remember, throughout what was possibly the hardest part of the whole race. Bog after bog, my headtorch running out (must have been on in my bag, need to find Lloyd's newly-learnt method of avoiding this) so nervously on to back-up headtorch so early on...I had visions of that one going too and not being able to continue. I got the feeling that this section would be beautiful...in daylight and drier conditions, but it was flippin' horrible climbing up Side Pike, down past Blea Tarmac and then climbing (or wading) up to the unmanned (which was manned...so nice to see a friendly face here) checkpoint at Wrynose. Struggling through the bog really wore me down, and I had visions of climbing into the car right there.
However, I was so pleasantly surprised to be at the checkpoint, and seeing there was a cheeky bit of tarmac, that I was instantly buoyed. We actually ran down the hill and although the climb up to High Tilberthwaite was like a river, it was actually pretty awesome. Still dark at this point, I passed really close to what I thought was a huge rock at the side of the path. It wasn't until I was within touching distance that I realised it had massive great horns...it was a cow! Nearly had a heart attack! The laughing added to the positive attitude I was feeling at the time. I was now back to believing I was actually going to finish this thing!!
As we came down the lane to the final checkpoint, it was light enough to turn off my headtorch. I was pretty pleased about this, as I'd had visions of having to stop at this point if it had still been dark. I was so pleased that it was light for the last section. Beautiful mists rising from the ravine on our right as we climbed. It was a tough climb, but I loved it. Pretty boggy on top and although the steep downhill was challenging, it wasn't quite as bad as I thought. I also got to meet the amazing Sarah as she sped past me like a gazelle, well on her way to finishing the 100!
Once on the tarmac, there was only one thing to do...run!!! I even managed a (very little) jump for the photographer at the bottom. Once I hit the village and saw supporters, the tears started to flow again. I felt like I was flying down the lane to the finish. I crossed the line smiling, of course, and promptly burst into tears when I saw Olly waiting just inside the marquee.
I only went and did it! The toughest race I've ever done. Challenged me to the absolute limit and taught me that I can bring myself back from being the closest to quitting I've ever come. Absolutely epic. An experience I will never forget and an achievement I am so proud of. To think I only entered because I thought there was no way I'd get in...that'll teach meAgain? Yes please.
29/7/17 Magor 10k.
The Magor 10k is probably the flattest and fastest road 10k in Wales. If you're looking for a 10k PB this is the place to get it! The course is all on scenic country lanes and suits both experienced and beginner runners alike. Jeff Davies ran it in 46:18 claiming 1st M65.
29/7/17 Dolgellau 5 miles sponsored by Guthrie Jones and Jones.
What a relief yesterdays appalling weather had blown through during the night and on race day the sun came out for the 113 runners who entered this years Dolgellau 5 mile road race.
The race was won by Dean Longley from Prestatyn Running club in a time of 27:21, second and third places went to Aberystwyth AC's Aled Hughes in 27:31 and Rob Johnson in 27:43. Fist woman to finish was Amanda Wright-Smith from Birchfield Harriers who finished in 31:54, second place went to Janet Owens from Knowsley Harriers with a time of 35:52 and third place to Rhian Griffiths-Jones from Denbigh Harriers who finished in 36:10.
In the junior race the first boy was Aron Jones from Hebog in 31:30 and first girl was Jenna Bagnall Prestatyn RC in 37:38.
Record times for each age category:
Thank you to all the runners for turning out. And a special thank you to Prestatyn Running Club, Maldwyn Harriers and Aberystwyth AC for bringing so many competitors to the race.
Thank you to Guthrie Jones and Jones. for sponsering the race and to Dolgellau rugby club for allowing us to use their facilities.
Thank you to Tom Roberts for organising a fantastic race.
Thank you to Sarah and Gareth Roberts for sorting out the BBQ the profit went to the Dementia Unit at Dolgellau Hospital, £120.00 was donated to Wyn Roberts to boost his sponsorship for Dementia. Well done Wyn for taking on the Dolgellau 5 and finishing in a great time.
Thank you to Sue Barnes from Dipsy Dragon for making the medals and winner's awards.
Thank you for all supporting the BBQ and buying cakes at the Dolgellau 5 yesterday. Thanks to Hillary and Chris for their help serving the food. The profit was going to the Dementia Unit at Dolgellau Hospital. Myself and some very close Friends have had and have Relatives suffering with this awful illness. I'm pleased to say £120.00 was donated to Wyn Roberts to boost his sponsorship for Dementia. Well done Wyn for taking on the Dolgellau 5 and finishing in a great time.
And last but by no means least a massive thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the race possible, it wouldn't happen without you.
Meirionnydd team getting ready at the start line:
Some of the runners en-route:
23/7/17 Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon.
Three Meirionnydd runners took part in the SCOTT Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon. First home was Analise Loveluck in 2:28:58, followed by Steve Loveluck in 2:32:19 and Mpho Bogatsu in 3:32:02.
15/7/17 Methyr Mawr Trail running festival: Rabbit Run.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Merthyr Mawr Trail Running festival Rabbit run. The Rabbit Run is over 7.3 mile of hills, valleys, sand dunes and a river crossing to get your feet wet before crossing the finish line. Steve loveluck finished in 1:02:40 to claim 2nd M45 and Annelise Loveluck 1:05:15 to claim 1st F45.
Race details on
15/7/17 Race To The Stones Ultra.
Jude Evans said "I AM AN ULTRA MARATHON RUNNER! I've blistered bleeding toes and painful knees but it was worth it! Finish time of 7:17:56.
Andrew Ellis said "Got to 50k in 5:58:46 hrs, next 50 will take me at least 10 hrs as I'm bloody knackered, got to decide whether to carry on or not"
15/7/17 Snowdon International.
Five Meirionnydd runners ran in the Snowdon race from LLanberis up to the summit and back. First home was Tom Roberts 1:16:18 Welsh cap. Following him were Tristan Evans in 1:25:04; Gwion Roberts 1:32:26; Kevin Evans 2:18:30 and Elly Downing 2:30:31.
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Elly said "To be honest, I thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew with this one. My thinking, back in deepest, darkest winter, was that if I could do this, it would help me believe I might actually have a chance at completing Lakeland 50 at the end of the month.
As they have both drawn closer, I have started to doubt myself. I've done some short fell races over in Shropshire, some longer training runs and of course, the wonderful Trail Marathon Wales. These have really helped boost my confidence, as has the amazing support from my running (and non-running) friends, club, RMR and DDMT (my online, and often real life, support network).
Family in tow, I made it to Llanberis this morning, becoming more and more excited about this amazing and special place I was about to have the pleasure of running in again (even though we couldn't really see a lot through the rainy mist at that point...but I know what's there well enough!) As soon as we parked there were familiar faces at every turn. My nerves practically disappeared chatting to everyone, it was brilliant! Before I knew it, we were off. My family didn't see me pass them along the start funnel, so are convinced I sneaked off to get the train up I did not!
I found the first bit tough (maybe I should warm up....) especially the tarmac climb...so steep so early! Soon the juniors were passing us, so that distracted me nicely whilst I cheered them, in total awe.
I was happy to see the trail begin, a few nice words from familiar faces on the way up and I found a comfortable rhythm...mostly marching but running where I could. It felt good. Tough but good.
Just before halfway up, I found Ruth. She knows the mountain better than me, and we worked well together, keeping each other company and willing each other on. We got each other through the tough bits, laughing and swearing in equal measure. The weather was s..t, to be fair. We were soaked to the skin and could hardly see ahead of us for a large part of the top half (not necessarily a bad thing!)
We were pretty chuffed that we'd got further than we thought before the leaders started coming back down. Once they did, it was awesome. Soooo good. It was great to spot people I knew and support them as they threw themselves down the mountain crazy fast!! The higher we got, the more we could 'chat' in passing to friends coming down. It was fantastic to see friendly faces supporting and marshalling (particularly San and Rhys, Lorraine, Mark, the club crew, Graeme, Nia, Sarah, Llio, Tracey, and seeing the Maldwyn crew at the top).
The top took a long time coming, but we were getting more excited the closer we got, we were both so pleased to make it up those steps! This is where we felt like we had done it...just to get down safely!
I was doubtful about the descent, it was wet and I was tired, and downhill isn't my strong point...I'm a chicken! However, I totally surprised myself on the downhill, got into a good rhythm and smiled all the way. I absolutely loved it! I felt like I danced all the way down (although I'm well aware this was probably not the case).
Running back through Llanberis was awesome, lots of shouts and cheers and high fives from my boys on the run in. It doesn't get much better than that. Another 'every year' race.I am ready for Lakeland 50.
Thank you so much to everyone who made this what it was organisers, marshals, supporters, those that kicked my arse when it needed it, friends and family (but particularly Ruth and San). Awesome."
12/7/17 Stiperstones Fell Race.
Elly Dee said "My second Shropshire Summer Series Fell Race. These races are tough little buggers, but I have enjoyed both of them sooo much. Very near the back, but just happy to be there at all.
The first climb was a tough one, but loved the steps, and the steady climb along the top. The beginning of the final downhill was a bit out of my league (such a chicken...need to work on those steep, technical downhills) but as soon as I got back on the track it was full pelt to the finish. Awesome!
Love these hills.
Elly finished in 54:55.
11/7/17 Tuesday Night club run, Barmouth.
Four club runners above Barmouth on a lovelly evening.
9/7/17 Penbedw 10k.
Steffan Owen ran in the Up Hill Down Dale Penbedw 10k race claiming 3rd in a time of 51:33.
7/7/17 Newtown 5k.
A fantastic night for all the runners and supporters!
Tom Roberts Won the race in 16.15. Next in was Adam Preston in 21.09 followed by Justin Pilckington 21.30; Graeme Stringer 23.36; Peter Nicholes 25.38 claiming 1st M65; Mpho Bogatsu 26.09 claiming 1st F45; Sioned Jones 27.14; Kevin Evans 27.45; Chloe Evans 29.26; Cara Evans 29.48 and Janet Preston in 30.00.
Well done Sarah Roberts for organising it all and Tracey Evans ( 3 wines my limit ) for the on coach entertainment.
1/7/17 Moel Siabod.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran, first home was Tristan Evans in 56:35; next Dylan Evans in 1:10:13 and Nich Bradley in 1:13:32 claiming 2nd M60.
25/6/17 Moel y Gamelin.
Tristan Evans finished to claim 3rd place in 1:17:28.
Nich Bradley was the Lone goat spotted on Moel Hebog. Nich said "Pretty good conditions if not for finding your way cos the cloud was pretty dense. However the marking and marshalling were excellent. Nice to see Ross Powell out again. I clearly demonstrated a lack of hill practice up and down - so rectifying that should be fun!" Nich finished in 1:19:18.
20/6/17 Tuesday Night series
Tom Roberts ran in the last race in the 2017 Tuesday night series. A roasting hot 1.8mile race! He finished 2nd and 2nd overall in the series, after completing 5 races. One 3rd, three 2nds, and one 1st. A nice £50 voucher to spend at joe brown.
18/6/17 Shrewsbury Half Marathon.
Gwion Roberts ran in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon finishing in a time of 1:32:44.
17/6/17 Trail Marathon Wales.
Ten Meirionnydd runners participated in races at Coed Y Brenin's Trail Marathon Wales. In the Marathon Four MRC runners were led home by Anneliese Loveluck claiming 1st F40 in 4:26:33. Following her home were Steve Loveluck in 4:48:11, Sandra Williams 7:35:00 and Elly Downing in 7:35:01.
A further six runners ran the half marathon. First home was Steffan Owen in 1:55:55 who was followed by Dylan Evans 1:59:32, Mpho Bogatsu 2:37:30, Jacqueline Fowler 3:06:00, Jude Evans 3:07:20 and Haydn Fowler 3:09:22.
14/6/17 Deiniolen 10k.
Three meirionnydd runners ran in the Deiniolen 10k. Tom Roberts claimed 2nd in 35:08 and was followed home by Gwion Roberts in 42:01 and Justin Pilkington in 46:47.
14/6/17 Park Hall 5K.
Nia Davies ran her first race in club colours at the Park Hall 5k. Nia finished in 23:23 claiming 3rd.
10-11/6/17 Welsh Castles relay.
Our Captain Tom Roberts' Race report: "Last week I was really stressed out with it all and was slightly worried about things possibly going wrong or runners dropping out last minute. But it just couldn't have gone any better.I'll start by thanking all the 20 runners who turned and smashed every stage. Not one dropped out and everyone crossed that finish line with a big smile. The conditions on Saturday were pretty horrendous, especially for Glyn Rowlands on stage 2, 10mile run into that strong wind and rain did not look like much fun! The dedication was amazing, new member Mark Davies travelled from work in Somerset to take part as we were a bit short on numbers. Jeremy travelled from Mold to run stage 10, Jeff Davies travelled from Swindon and Adam had started down to Newtown 5:30 Sunday morning for a 7:00 start.
Jimmy and Dave both had injuries before the weekend and weren't sure if they were going to be able to take part. That would of given us big problems then to try and replace but they turned up and both ran extremely well.
But this weekend wasn't all about the runners, we just couldn't have done it without the support we had. Mary Bradley had driven over 400miles, in the 2 days, making sure everyone was at their start in good time. Elinor Jones and my Dad put in long shifts on the Saturday and Sunday picking people up as they finished. Huge thanks to all the Marshals that turned up to Barmouth, again in awful weather, this took a lot of pressure of us in the minibus as we could just carry on traveling through and give support. Thanks also to Juliet, my Mum, Elly and Llio who weren't even running but turned up to give support.
The support I had on my stage was unreal! I've never been so excited to start a race before, everyone shouting at me on the start line then along the route, it deffo helped me to get over that bwlch!
Pretty much every member of the club had taken some part in this weekend, either running, marshling or supporting. Which proves this was a club effort not just done by individuals. We have proven we can compete in team events, we finished 43rd overall and in the mountain stages we finished in an impressive 23rd (above Eryri)!
Ive had 2 messages today from members from Prestatyn, saying thanks for the support we also gave them over the weekend. Our barmy army fans are the best! And my last thanks goes to Arfon, Nich, and Greame who in the last couple of weeks have just kept me calm! It really is a pleasure to be the captain to such a great club. I'm sorry if I've missed anyone out. Dates for next years race 9/10 of June 2018! Diolch yn fawr iawn."
Results are up on les croups website:
Overall Team result for Meirionnydd: 43rd in 25:25:41.
Mountain Kings 23rd in 7:39:18.
Stage:1 Caernarfon Castle to Penygroes 9.1 miles Steffan Owen in 01:10:08.
2 Penygroes to Criccieth Castle 10.7 miles Glyn Rowlands in 1:23:31.
3 Criccieth Castle to Maentwrog 12.3 miles Gwion Roberts in 1:19:39.
My experience of the castles relay was simply one to remember! The atmosphere and energy from the club was the same from being soaked watching Steffan start in caernarfon to watching Arfon finish it all off in the sun in Cardiff. My ears were ringing Sunday night from the noise of cow bells and horns but I can only see that as a positive because we were the loudest and best supporting/supported team!
As a runner it was one of the more difficult races I have done. It wasn't easy on the main road with so much water on one side of the road and a mansel Davies squeezing past on the other side, so there was no option but to get wet feet! The stage itself was fairly straight forward and fast until the last 5 miles and it became steep, slippery and slow. Luckily local knowledge and a recce the week before helped me to gain a few places on the hills. The finish was tough even though it was downhill it was nearly 20% combined with jelly legs and slippery roads meant you let the brakes off and just let momentum carry you down. The support going through Tremadog was what I needed at that time so thank you!
The good thing about running on Saturday is you could have the Sunday to be a supporter and follow the race hanging out of the 'rust bus' window blowing my horn as loud as possible!!!!!!! It wasn't just the meirionnydd runners that benefited from our support because a good number of other teams thanked us for the support through the event. I think next year the club should arrange for some louder horns and more bells and real life goat (or maybe a fancy dress)!
Thank you everyone who worked hard to arrange a perfect weekend."
4 Maentwrog to Harlech Castle 9.5 miles Pete Nicholls in 1:20:51.
5 Harlech Castle to Barmouth 9.6 miles Mark Davies in 1:05:06.
6 Barmouth to Dolgellau 10.7 miles Dylan Evans in 1:16:36.
6 Barmouth to Dolgellau 10.7 miles Nia Davies in 1:31:26, Running for Natural Resources Wales.
Nia said "A very wet and windy start at Barmouth running into the weather along the promenade and sideways wind coming over the bridge, I was not impressed that a young Denbigh Harrier was trying to use me as her wind shield on the bridge! Haha.
Once I was over the bridge the wind was behind me and the rain started to ease off. After Morfa Mawddach I could see the other runners in the distance in front and then the run became lonely. For 5 miles I was running alone with no marshals, no support to be seen. To be honest this was really hard to take in. At one point I was ready to give up.
On the approach to Penmaen Pool I started to hear the cheers and bells and as soon as I saw Owain and Will from NRW team cheering me on this gave me the energy and the determination that I needed to finish the race. I had no idea what my time was like and if I was going to make the cut off point of 1hr42min or not.
I was unbelievably happy to hear that not only did I make the cut off point, but I had 10 minute to spare. I would do the castle to castle relay again but maybe choose a stage that has more support on the way."
7 Dolgellau to Dinas Mawddwy 9.5 Tom Roberts 2nd in 55:47.
8 Dinas Mawddwy to Foel 10.8 miles Nich Bradley in 1:25:33.
Nich said "My first contribution to the Castles Relay was to introduce Rusty to the team. Lots of the big teams had their coaches with them during the relay but I think we are all agreed without Rusty, our instantly recognisable team coach, we we would never have got to Cardiff!
Hat off to Tom and Arfon, I was happy driving but to be honest I rarely had a clue where I was going or when I was supposed to be there or why. The boys did a great job getting their heads round the complexities of the logistics of 2 runners racing in different races all day with 3 end points all 10 miles or more apart. Especially on day 2 with tiredness following a brief kip in Newtown and the enthusiastic klaxon blowing by little brother at apparently every runner we saw, Tom did a great job keeping us en route.
In someways it was odd, here was a great "event" with lots of the club involved, and then your own time to shine on a stage, but afterwards you can't share your experiences of the stage with other team members because you are the only one to do that bit! There is a great pressure to do your best for the team, which was matched by fantastic support from the others whether the noisy herd of Goats on the bus, or the loads of goats and families driving past as they put in their individual bits.
The stages confirm that Wales is a hilly country with only Dave Whittey getting an easy downhill run throughout. My jog from the Red Lion in Dinas to Foel didn't even count as a mountain section, and indeed once warmed up and turning at the Brigands' the hill settled down to a very runnable if barely unrelenting slope. Topping out unfortunately wasn't converted to an increase in speed and the gains on the two runners in front at the top of the hill failed to develop into overtakes. I wish I'd been faster but I'm happy I gave it my best on the day and it was great to be welcomed in by Elinor and whisked on in comfort after all those hours in the bus. Super just to be in time to see Kevin finish the last flat bit of his race, sorry I didn't follow you up that hill to cheer you at the finish but my legs said I didn't have to!
All the stages had their challenges, huge respect for everyone running in the vile weather in the morning. No one wanted to let the side down, and cos each race is individual everyone had something to go for.
Thanks to Arfon for sharing the driving and Elinor Gareth and Mary for dashing round picking folk up and to the wives and sweethearts who delivered and collected all the Goats who turned up for single stages, It would be really hard if the top to bottom team didn't get those breaks in the schedule.
Last look at Rusty at head office behind the fire engine, note the Auto Glym advert! and his twin with the side door mods; Actually an ideal hire for the event- When I took it back the chap just wanted to know how we had got on - no inspection no checking for "dings", come to think he didn't actually ask where I'd left it! Incidentally this morning they dis have a scattering of posh 12 seaters in good nick is I wouldn't discount them if you wanted something posh!"
9 Foel to Llanfair Caereinion 8.5 miles Kevin Evans in 1:14:37.
Kevin Evans said "What a great event we must do it again and thanks Tom for giving me a stage, enjoyed the hole experience as did everyone else from the comments. We might not have won the relay, but the club has definitely won in been the best to be a member of as shown with the fantastic support and fun all weekend. Thanks for sorting Tom you've done the club proud."
10 Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown 13.1 miles Jeremy Randell in 1:28:39.
11 Newtown to Llanbadarn Fynydd 12.3 miles Adam Preston in 1:29:53.
12 Llanbadarn Fynydd to Crossgates 11.2 miles Jimmy Carter in 1:16:54.
Jimmy Said "This was never going to be a fast run for me as I had torn the cartilage behind my left kneecap a fortnight previously and had not run since. My biggest worry was not being able to complete the section and letting the team down; however as soon as I started running I was borne along by the tremendous atmosphere of the event. The camaraderie and support was fantastic, particularly from the Goats who I could hear from about half a mile away (Best supported team by far!)
This was a humbling race for me (I was passed by a lot of people) but I made it to the end and I am happy with that. I am also extremely proud to belong to a club with as much heart as this one.
Thank you for making me so welcome, you guys are amazing!"
13 Crossgates to Builth Wells 10.6 miles Andrew Ellis in 1:11:18.
Andrew Ellis said "Thank you to Tom and everyone else who helped organise the team and logistics for this weekend's Welsh Castles Relay, it was a blast, thanks for allowing me to be a new goat in your first appearance in the race, looking forward to next year and working on my 5 minute mileing."
14 Builth Wells to Drovers Arms 10.8 miles Tristan Evans in 1:13:22.
15 Epynt Visitor Centre to Brecon 12.8 miles Dave Whittey in 1:33:47.
16 Brecon to Beacons Reservoir 8.8 miles Justin Pilkington in 1:11:58.
17 Beacons Reservoir to Cyfarthfa Castle 9.2 miles Jeff Davies in 1:10:03.
Jeff Davies said "Storey Arms was like Piccadilly Circus on a bad Friday. Mix of huge bike race and an unbelievable number going up Pen y Fan. Ah well. I think, taking it all in all, it was an awesome experience. I followed Day 1 on Twitter and felt a great feeling coming through despite the dreadful conditions.
And yes, when I got to start of Stage 17, the people! Parking at a premium and despite the wind and rain, terrific atmosphere. And as the start approached so in came typical Welsh low cloud and a heavy shower. And then this rather grumpy bloke did the roll call to which you heard the standard 'Yeah' or 'Here' until he got to Eryri and a female voice called 'Yma' to which he answered 'What?' and she replied even louder and more forcefully, 'Yma!'. And so, when he called Meirionnydd, you can be sure what I replied. Bloody cheek! What country does he think he's in?!
And so we went off and yours truly was about third from last. Don't panic! Sure enough, many went off too fast and eventually I was able to pick some off. Largely a downhill stage, apart from a nasty tweak at around 8.5 but running downhill isn't as easy as many seem to think and brings its own strain on the legs. Vans went past shouting, bells clanging, horns blowing – sorry if one of them was you and I took no notice. In the zone! I really didn't like the lack of mile markers, I wasn't expecting that and it meant you couldn't pace yourself properly. And it didn't help [for me] not having raced beyond 10K for a few years but going past Aberystwyth and then Eryri bucked me up a bit!
And then, oh boy, the finish. Hard to express my feelings here. Knowing that Stage 18 started about a mile away, I expected my wife and the dog to be the only ones waiting, but no! There was Tom and Gwion and [I think] Nick and Ellie and I found that really touching, especially later, reflecting on it. They didn’t have to be there but they were and it shows that feeling of companionship, of solidarity and, for me, of belonging that is, as they say, priceless. I know I live a long way away these days but I'm really glad I joined you guys. Bachgen o'r Bala hyd y diwedd.
Diolch o galon i chi gyd.
18 Merthyr Tydfil (Rhyd-y-Car Centre) to Abercynon (Navigation Park) 9.1 miles Sandra Williams in 1:19:47.
19 Abercynon (Navigation Park) to Nantgarw 7.7 miles Mpho Bogatsu in 1:08:29.
Mpho Said "My eighty year old neighbour Dafydd often tells me that the only thing that runs about him is his nose. He repeats this every time he sees me coming back from my runs. I know he is proud of me though, because I can see it in his eyes.I tell him joining Meirionydd running club was one of the best things I did for myself.
Castles Relay is an event that brings the running family together. It is one of the running events that somehow answers the question 'why do we run?' Why do we put our bodies through such pain? Why are we not cuddled up in bed on a Sunday morning reading a newspaper? Instead running up mountains in awful weather conditions? I was truly happy to be part of this event. The support from the club members was incredible; from providing home baked cakes, dropping and picking up runners, sharing 5 star tents and camper vans.
My stage 19 Abercynon to Nantgarw was one of the shortest stretch just under 8 miles. I got to the start line just in time to hear our club name called out. Five mins later the race started and I quickly realised that I was racing against 65+ good runners who probably were not just randomly selected by their clubs. Abercynon is a lovely stretch that takes one away from busy roads, rather through a beautiful woodland park. The first few miles takes you through the built up area with a bit of traffic but soon drops into lovely green wood land.
At mile 6 or so, I smiled and beamed with pride when I heard my very loud team in our rusty old minibus behind me, blowing away vuvuzelas and shouting my name. I ran fast, so fast my chest could explode with exhaustion and pride to finish in about 68mins. Would I take part again?
20 Caerphilly Castle to Cardiff Castle 10.1 miles Arfon Hughes in 1:09:43.
What a fantastic weekend!
A big thank you to the Support team:
Juliet Edwards; Juliet said "How did I experience the relay? From the delux rust bucket minibus scampering to the best support spots on the route.
Great to support our club and anyone faster than our runners. Interesting to see the range of the competition and the lead runners slightly bemused expressions when they encountered our enthusiastic noisy supporters.
I would love to be involved somehow again."
Elly Dee, Elli said "It was a fantastic experience, I loved being involved and seeing everyone have such a great time together. I wasn't fast enough to run this year, and not being a big fan of training or racing fast or on roads, I'm not sure I'll ever be (you never know...) but just being there has really inspired me to shout about how great it is to be part of a great running club like ours."Go to top
Thank you Drivers
Elinor Jones, Mary Bradley and Gareth Roberts
Thank you for the Cakes.
Sarah Roberts and Sandra Williams
10/6/17 Dysynni 15k.
Jacqueline Fowler ran in the Dysynni 15k. Jacqueline said "A muddy affair today. Eli (the dog) loved the boggy sections and succeeded in tangling me face first in the warning tape/signage in the boggiest bit whilst he continued to prance about smiling! As well as his mischievousness on the trail, he's developed a desire to swim and I was constantly being dragged to the estuary water. At 1hr 26mins, we skipped over the finish line, very wet, very muddy, very smiley.
10/6/17 Market Harborough Half Marathon.
Ben Wells ran in the Market Harborough finishing in 1:50:14.
9/6/17 Blaydon Race.
Description of the Race.
The 1862 Blaydon Races Song is the National Anthem of Tyneside. The words of the song are used as a basis for everything in the race where possible. For example the event takes place every “Ninth of June” in accord with the song’s first line:- “Aa went to Blaydon Races t’was on the Ninth of June”
The runners assemble at the public house “Balmbras” in central Newcastle (just as the travellers to see the Blaydon Horse races did in 1862) and are started on their run with the actual handbell mentioned in the song, which is brought out specially, under guard, from The Discovery Museum, Newcastle and “away they gan alang Collingwood Street” on their way to Scotswood Road and Scotswood Bridge to finish in Blaydon itself . The race itself has been instrumental in maintaining interest in local traditions in general and in the Blaydon Races song in particular. The large crowd in Blaydon Shopping Precinct car park welcomes the runners who receive local food and beer and the all important tee-shirt along with their goody bags and certificate. Not all of the tired finishers are tempted by the black pudding, tripe and pickled onions always on offer! The race welcomes all over 16 years and even provides the Kiddars’ Fun Run at Blaydon before the senior race for 9 to 16 year-old local schoolchildren.
The Road Race has been organised annually by Blaydon H & AC since 9th June 1981 and seeks to incorporate much local tradition in an annual run for all, to include top-rank athletes and humble joggers all “Gannin Alang the Scotswood Road”. From just 212 competitors in the inaugural Race the field has grown to 4400 runners who tackle the 5.6 mile course between Newcastle and Blaydon.
7/6/17 Llanrug 5k.
Brother Tom and Gwion were in action at the Llanrug 5k. Tom Roberts won the race claiming 1st in a time of 17:47 and Gwion Bobo Roberts claimed 3rd in a time of 19:19.
Elly dee ran in the Ludlow Runners Callow Race at Little Stretton. Ellie said “Spoilt for choice for races today...opted for the Callow race over Gregynog Trail...for the extra mile and few extra metres of elevation.
Didn't really know anybody there, just knew that there'd be lots of amazing fell runners and I'd be at the back. I'm fine with that as long as I'm not holding up marshals etc, but nobody seemed to mind.
Didn't check the route before I got there, looked at the route map at registration and realised I may be out of my comfort zone. You know what though, I might not be fast but I can do it (at my own pace).
A proper challenge, great training for planned runs and races in the months ahead and any time spent in such an amazing place is pure joy for me. Scrambling up and down near vertical hills, often without paths, just straight through the heather and fern. I loved every second.
A couple of people knew who I was, from my Clwb Rhedeg Meirionnydd Running Club vest, and just general famousness, and said hi. Everyone was lovely, helpful and supportive, so all in all a really great race.
Walking back down the lane from the finish, the organiser told me to pop into the pub to pick up my prize...for 'final finisher' I thought, but no, I'd won my age category (obviously the only one in it, but you don't get anything if you don't turn up!)”
3/6/17 Welsh 1000, Long Challenge race.
Ben Wells and Dylan Evans Welsh 1000 Challenge race.
Ben said “Well that was an experience and a half. Welsh 1000 peaks fell race. Over 20 miles with nearly 10k feet of climbing. Starting on the north wales coast and finishing on Snowdon. Thanks to Dylan Evans and Andrew Holt for the support.”
Dylan Evans finished in 06:36:43 closely followed by Ben Wells in 6:36:56.
3/6/17 Abersoch 10k.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Abersoch 10k.
Juliet said "Just done Abersoch 10 k, 840+ runners dashing round the back roads , trying to find some shade,then the last km on the beach felt soooo long."
First home was Mark Davies 41:03 followed by Juliet Edwards claiming 1st F50 49:30 and Sioned Mair Jones 58:18.
27/5/17 EMF Edinburgh Marathon.
Sandra and Elli travelled North to run in the EMF Edinburgh Marathon. Elli said “Bit of an unknown...haven't trained for a road marathon, really just a training run to get a decent distance in. Totally didn't know what to expect, but didn't expect to crash and burn quite as spectacularly.
Excellent pre-race fun, meeting up with lovely RMR ladies and totally wanting to be running up Arthur's Seat than 26 miles of tarmac.
First two miles were pretty though...takes a while to get going nowadays. Nice route though with lots to see. Started to settle and feel comfortable, even felt I might have a PB in me after all. Knew that was off the cards when had to queue for ages at the loos about 6 miles in.
Got back on it, was feeling epic. Saw Rhys, Olly and my boys at about 10 miles, managed a bit more before the wheels began to fall off. Tight hamstrings were beginning to hamper my pace, so I stopped for water, gel and a good long stretch.
This seems to work for a while but I was really hurting so had to slow right down. Hard going until 20 miles, began to feel a little more positive and slogged to the end, with lots of help from Sandra and an amazing crowd.
Toughest marathon I've done in terms of how I felt, a harsh lesson in at least doing some relevant training. As I doubt I'll want to spend much time running on flat tarmac in training, I guess that's an end to flat, road marathons for me (no great loss!). It was hot and hard out there today, I totally flaked and cried afterwards but my boys ran over the line with me and I had another great day out with San so I'm calling that a win.”
Elly dee finished in 5:38:5 and Sandra Williams5:38:7
May 2017 Parkrun.
Link to Club results for all Parkruns.
Dolgellau #67: Jimmy Carter 18:48; Clive Edgington 21:19; Arfon Hughes 21:20; Sarah HARRIS 1st Lady 26:13 and Sioned Mair Jones 29:11.
Dolgellau #66: Clive Edgington 20:54 and Sarah HARRIS 33:52.
Dolgellau #65: Arfon Hughes 21:38; Sioned Mair Jones 28:09.
Dolgellau #64: Clive Edgington 25:31; Mpho Bogatsu 27:00.
Coventry #367: Sioned Mair Jones 28:32.
23/5/17 Club run llanfachreth
Club runners on the edge of Coed y Brenin near LLanfachreth.
23/5/17 Great orme, Tuesday night series
Tom Roberts finished 3rd in 32:03.
(Message from webmaster: I am struggling to follow the series this year as the results don't appear for a long time.)
20/5/17 Ras y Gader.
A fantastic turn out for the club at our local race. Sixteen runners took on the challange of running 10.5 miles from the town square in Dolgellau up to the top of Cader Idris and back. About an hour before the race we had torrential rain but by 1pm and the start of the race it was sunny with a light breeze. The wind kept the humidity down, nice weather for a mountain race.
14/5/17 Powis Trail 10k.
Jimmy Carter and Elli Downing ran in the the Powis Trail 10k this morning. Jimmy finished in a time of 43:01 for a 7th place finish and 3rd M35.
And Elli finished in 1:12:13.
10/5/17 Ras yr Hafod.
Jimmy Carter ran Ras yr Hafod, the results haven't been posted yet.
9/5/17 Club run.
Evening club run at Coed y Brenin.
7/5/17 Ffrith 5k.
Five Club runners travelled to Prestatyn to run in the Ffrith 5k which incorporated the North Wales 5k championship. First home was Gwion Roberts in 18:33; he was followed by Clive Edgington claiming Gold M60 in North wales champ 20:06; Arfon Hughes Bronze M45 NW champs 20:36; Jeff Davies Silver M65 North Wales champs 22:05 and Sheila Symonds Gold F80 NW champs in 50:20.
7/5/17 Newtown 10k.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Newtown 10k finishing in a time of 38:54 claiming 1st M35.
7/5/17 Market drayton 10k.
Tom Roberts finished 4th out of 2500 in a time of 33:40.
3/5/17 Rhostryfan 10k.
Results from a hilly and hot Rhostryfan 10k
Tom Roberts 1st 34:35 taking the course record by 4seconds.
Gwion Bobo Roberts 10th 41:47
Graeme Stringer 46th 51:58
These mid week races are well worth going to. They are ideal for a bit of speed work training
2/5/17 Club run.
Evening club run at precepice LLanfachreth.
April 2017 Parkrun.
Link to Club results for all Parkruns.
Dolgellau #63: Clive Edgington 20:57.
Chipping Sodbury #163: Jeff Davies 21:53.
Dolgellau #62: Clive Edgington 20:39; Arfon Hughes 21:12; Sioned Mair Jones 27:47 and Elly Downing31:37.
Dolgellau #61: Arfon Hughes 20:53; Dave Whittey 21:59; Nich Bradley 22:43 and Elly Downing 30:49.
Dolgellau #60: Clive Edgington 20:38; Steffan Owen 21:44 and Mpho Bogatsu 43:08.
Swindon #348: Jeff Davies 22:47.
Penrhyn #118: Tom Roberts 17:00.
Dolgellau #59: Clive Edgington 21:04 and Arfon Hughes 22:00.
29/4/17 Three Peaks fell race.
Jeremy Randell ran 23 miles in the 63rd Annual Three Peaks fell race finishing in a time of 4:30:26 (see certificate for the proof).
Link here for full race report.
29/4 Moel Wnion.
Tristan Evans ran in the Moel y Wnion fell race. He finished in 40:34, 3 min faster than last year.
29/4/17 Red kite challenge half marathon.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Red Kite Challenge half marathon at Devil's Bridge. He finished 2nd M40 in a time of 1:43:30.
29/4 Big rock 10k.
Sole Meirionnydd runner in the Big Rock 10k was Steffan Owen who finished in 43:19.
23/4/17 Goldrush Trail.
Nine Club runners ran in the Goldrush trail with another four in the Goldrush canicross.
In the trail race Meirionnydd's Tom Roberts Won in a time of 56:40. Close behind was his brother Gwion Bobo Roberts in 1:06:38; then Steffan Owen 1.11.42; Steve Loveluck 1.13.56; Dylan Evans 1.15.06; Anneliese Loveluck 1.16.17 to clain 1st age category F45; Ben Wells 1.19.15; Justin Pilkington 1.22.11 and Graeme Stringer in 1.27.20.
In the Goldrush Canicross Mat Fenwick finished in 2nd Sen category in 1.06.27; Peter Barnes 3nd M55 in 1.29.57; Jacqueline Fowler 1.49.01 and Haydn Fowler 1.56.44.
23/4/17 London Marathon.
This years Club representative in the Virgin London Marathon for 2017 was Mpho Bogatsu. Mpho finished the marathon in 4:38:17.
16/4/17 Teifi 10.
Tom Roberts said he was happy with his race in the Teifi 10. Tom finished in 2nd place in a time of 54:55.
14/4/17 Chocoholics 5k.
Two Meirionnydd runners took on the Maldwyn Harriers Chocoholics 5k in Newtown. First home was Graeme Stringer in 23:27 followed by Sheila Symonds to claim 1st F80 in 43:18.
9/4/17 Rhug 10k
Steffan Owen ran in the Up hill down dale Rhug 10k. Finishing in 51:48.
8/4/17 Ras y Moelwyn.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran Ras y Moelwyn in glorious spring sunshine. First home was Tristan Evans in 01:37:44 followed by Mat Fenwick 01:45:48; Arfon Hughes 02:02:22 and Nich Bradley 02:04:26.
Photos by Graham Spencer
March 2017 Parkrun.
Link to Club results for all Parkruns.
Dolgellau #58: Clive Edgington 20:48 and Sioned Mair Jones 28:30.
Holkam #63: Jeff Davies 22:47.
Dolgellau #57: Dave Whittey 22:47; Tony Hodgson 25:38 and Peter Barnes 41:00.
Dolgellau #56: Clive Edgington 20:32; Arfon Hughes 22:47; Dave Whittey 23:01; Ben Wells 25:17 and Tony Hodgson 36:32.
Penrhyn #115: Tom Roberts 16:58.
Dolgellau #55: Clive Edgington 2nd 20:53; Steffan Owen 3rd 21:09 and Arfon Hughes 22:21.
Chipping Sodbury #155: Jeff Davies 21:37.
Long Mynd Valleys
This years Long Mynd Valleys was included as one of the English Champs races. Jeremy Randell was the sole Meirionnydd runner particpiated witht the otheer 400 runners in the 11.5 mile fell race from Carding mill, Church Stretton. Jeremy finished in a time of 2:11:30.
19/3/17 Brynkinalt 10k
Steffan Owen won the Up hill down dale Brynkinalt 10k. Steff finished 1st in a time of 45:59.
19/3/17 Forest of dean Spring Half marathon.
Jaqueline Fowler ran in the half marathon and said 'got 2:55:05 as we held hands and made a "rushed hobble" to the finishing line. Lol! Lots of friendly marshals. Plenty of photo opportunities. Loads of water at drinks stations and just a brilliant race experience!'
Race photos by SJPhotpgraphy
More from Nigel 50 at 50: and
A big thank you to Oen Aran lamb for sponsoring the winter series.
This Saturday saw the thirteenth running of the Ras yr Aran and we certainly weren’t lucky with the weather. The foot of the mountain was warm with light drizzle but with cloud base low on the Garth visibility by the summit plateau was down to 25m with winds gusting to gale force giving a wind chill approaching -10.
The race was the third counter in the North Wales series and a quality field of 86 hardy souls took up the challenge. Due to conditions the organiser slashed the Moel Fenigl cut off time to 50 minutes and all competitors made that time. Deteriorating weather forced 3 retirements above the checkpoint and everyone had a hard battle to the turnaround, the route being terminated short below the final summit rocks climb.
The first runners home were Gareth Wyn Hughes of Mercia in 1:34:38, 12 seconds ahead of last years winner Ambleside’s Karl Steinegger with Lawrence Eccles of Penny Lane Striders a minute and a half behind.
In the Women’s race was won by Zoe Barber also from Mercia in 1:50:50 followed less than a minute later by Sian Williams of Rhedwyr Hebog.
Buckley had a good day with Jez Brown 4th overall and he, Steve Toogood, and John Morris took age category wins. John got very chilled on the descent and in the true spirit of fell running was supported by two Pensby runners and after rewarming was able to pick up his prize.
Women category prizes went to Ruth Metcalfe, and Ellie Salisbury with Elsi.
One female competitor developed signs of hypothermia on the return across the plateau and was assisted by members of the Mountain Rescue and she was able to walk down in their company. The race organisers are very grateful for the support of the rescue team, who are out on the fells for us at all of our races, fortunately rarely are they required to intervene but their presence is a great service to all runners at all races, which is truly appreciated.
Gareth Hughes also claimed the Male Winter series with a combined time of 3:19:24 and the Ladies Winter series was won by Sian Williams from Rhedwyr Hebog in a combined time of 3:55:14.
In the Winter series hall of fame you will find details of all winners and runners who have completed the series:
2016/17 Winter Series results:
Four Meirionnydd runners completed Ras yr Aran 2017:
A big thank you to everyone who made this race possible.
18/3/17 6th Trail at Portmeirion
Four Meirionnydd runners ran in the 6th trail race at Portmeirion. 1st home and winning the race was Tom Roberts in a time of 27:26. He was followed by Gwion Roberts in 31:34, Steffan Owen 33:45 and Ben Wells 38:10.
12/3/17 Wrexham Marathon Festival, Half Marathon.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Wrexham Marathon festival.
In the full Marathon incorporating the North Wales Half Marathon Championship Justin Pilkington finished in 3:46:35 claiming 3rd M40 in the Championship.
In the Half marathon Steffan Owen finished in 1:35:54.
11/3/17 Conwy mountain fell race
Tristan Evans was the sole Meirionnyd runner in the first running of the Conwy mountain race. He finished in 3rd in a time of 47:37.
Photo by Sports pictures Cymru.
5/3/2017 Anglesey Half Marathon.
Four meirionnydd runners ran in the Anglesey half marathon.
First home was Gwion Roberts in 01:26:12 followed by Dylan Evans 01:36:29; Peter Barnes 01:59:09 and Jude Evans 02:22:18.
4/3/17 Pipe dream.
Two club members ran in the Dolgarrog Pipe dream. First home was Nich Bradley in 49:43 follwed by Sioned Mair Jones who claimed the bag of potatoes in a time of 68.08.
4/3/17 Bwlch maesgwm
Tom Roberts and Arfon Hughes ran in the bwlch maesgwm race from LLanberis. Tom won the race.
For the second year I can't find the results.
4/6/17 Round the Lakes 20 mile
February 2017 Parkrun.
Link to Club results for all Parkruns.
Dolgellau #54: Arfon Hughes 22:01; Ben Wells 26:58 and Elly Downing 31:11.
Swansea Bay #68: Jeff Davies 21:29.
Dolgellau #53: Clive Edgington 20:51; Steffan Owen 21:26; Arfon Hughes 22:09; Nich Bradley 22:37; Mpho Bogatsu 26:08 and Sioned Mair Jones 27:51.
Penrhyn #113: Tom Roberts 16:47.
Dolgellau #52: Clive Edgington 20:49; Steffan Owen 22:34; Rob Whittey 22:45; Ricky Francis 23:05; Sioned Mair Jones 28:28
Swindon #340: Jeff Davies 21:56
Dolgellau Parkrun #51: Arfon Hughes 24:48 and Sioned Mair Jones 29:07
Nich Edinburgh #380: Nich Bradley 22:14.
Chipping Sodbury parkrun #151: Jeff Davies 21:14
Shrewsbury parkrun #159: Ricky Francis 22:18.
26/2/17 Rhuthin 10k
Mat Fenwick ran in the Rhuthin 10k. Mat said "Although I was sent the wrong way by a marshal and did 13k, they took my 10k split for the official result posted, 40:34."
25/2/17 Rhyl 10 miles.
25/2/17 Swansea Welsh Cross Country Championship.
Clive Edgington made the long trip down to Singleton Park, Swansea to compete in the Welsh National XC Champs which also incorporated the Welsh Masters XC Champs. Conditions were very testing, with heavy rain and a very muddy course. This made for a tough tiring race. Clive brought home the Bronze medal in the M60 category finishing in 3rd place and 88th in the National.
23/2/2017 AGM, Ship hotel.
Chair report 2017
Another year (2016) has passed and it is time for another chair’s review. This year again has been thin in terms of international success, but that does not mean that nothing much has happened, nor does it mean we don't have the prospect of doing well in regional, or even national success in future. More it reflects that we are a very small club, with, unless we open membership to sheep, a small catchment population. We must expect cycles in what we achieve collectively as we do in our personal running. Nonetheless If this was a leaner year than some we have things to celebrate.
Tom Roberts, returning from his injury of 2015 represented North Wales at the 10k in Telford, as did Jeremy Randell in the interregional cross country cross country at Brecon.
In the North Wales Championships Clive Edgington also back from injury got a Masters Gold in the Rhyl 5k. Tom had the Silver medal 10 mile at Wrexham, but our best haul was at the Abergele 5 miles with Bronze for Tom and Masters Gold for Sheila Symmonds and Masters Bronze for Clive and Sioned Jones. In individual races Tom had wins at 5k in Caernarfon and 10k wins in Deiniolen, Rhos Tryfan and Abersoch. Age category wins fell to Sheila, Jeff Davies, Clive and Nich Bradley at various distances.
Lots of half marathons were done but the goat award should go to Pete Nicholls who did Chester in 2:25, missing a sub 2 hours cos he stopped to talk to his wife!! Pete I have to tell you most of us run so we can avoid talking to ….! Pete was our sole London marathoner though Haydon Fowler did his first marathon with Jaqueline in Paris later that month in the rain and 3 runners did the Snowdonia with Dylan Evans getting a sub 3:55 finish. Elly Dowling who completed an ultra in August (Run to the Castle 42M) had a valiant attempt at back to back marathons!
This year we are very excited to have entered the ballot for the Castles relay on June 10th for which we will need team of over 20 runners with 10 mile legs on them and a significant back up team to ferry people between stages. Lets hope we get a place, it should make for a great weekend
Dolgellau PR has seen steady attention and members help to marshal. We also run around this country and abroad and altogether members completed 141 runs in the year, only 19 of the club have done a run in Dolgellau yet though so plenty of us are missing the opportunity. Lots of runners have been fastest in class but Parkruns are not races so we will pass over them, I was going to quote who'd had PBs in the year in Dolgellau but as its the first year we all have!
Last year we survived in the first division and Tom won 3rd place overall, The 2016-17 season didn't start so well and we never fielded a full team of 6. Tom managed to improve his position though to 2nd and Jeremy got 3rd M60. We are down to Division 2 next season but that reduces the team size minimum to 5 and we are quite hopeful that we could bounce back up. How about a ladies team?
On the trails Jeremy got a class win in the Maesgwm 10k in March; 11 Goats did the Goldrush and 2 the full Welsh Trail Marathon in June and 6 did the half. Steffan Owen took a second place and Steve & Anneliese Loveluck class wins at the Dysynni Trail Festival 10k and Sheila a class win at Cregennog.
We had 8 runners on the Compressport 10 k and Tom picked up a second place at the Trailfest Half. Elly did the Snowdonia trail marathon, Anneliese and Steve did the half. In the Petzl Night Trail we had 10 runners and the Golden Goats Team got 4th place overall and Steve and Annelise both won their age cats. Lets not forget Canni-cross, with Jaqueline and Buster representing the club and gaining age category places.
Trail continues to grow and more club members are competing. Its a shame we have dropped our trail races, which was ’cos of clashes in the Autumn. Perhaps we should think of restarting it in August which has a fairly quiet calendar?
Jeremy was the hillbilly of the year by a fair margin coming second in the fiercely contested WFRA North Wales M50 class and 3rd in the Wales Open Championship. Your Chair achieved similar rewards for the North Wales M60 class which was less fiercely contested (no-one else did the minimum 6 races!). But I did run and enjoy all 9 races of the series and picked up a few class wins some of which were contested! Both Jeremy and I picked up some class places and firsts. Apart from me only a couple of goats made any of the Tuesday Night Series this year, it would be good to have company! They are a distance away after work, perhaps we should look to organising a short series of summer evening simple hill races nearer home?
The winter series passed smoothly (despite the last minute venue change at Tarrenhendre) with 3 women and 8 men completing the series, 4 club members amongst them Miranda Grant (Eryri) and Karl Steinegger(Ambleside) took the Aran Lamb prizes. Thanks again to everyone who helps stage these events either before or on the day - 210 racers salute you!
Thanks to Tom’s recruitment and Peter Barnes setting up the on line pre registration the Dol 5 was well supported with 99 runners 9 from the club, the weather was kind and all had a good time Gary Wyn Davies from Aberystwyth and Amie Bagnall (Prestatyn) won. It was good to see big contingents from some of our neighbouring clubs, Lets support their races! Tom is going to take on the lead organiser role and take this race a step further with our support!
We had another great annual dinner in January with presentations of The Club awards, Billy Goat Tom Roberts; Nanny Goat Anneliese Loveluck ; Sheila Vaughan Trophy Gwion Roberts; Goatherd Sue Thomas; Most Improved Man Steffan Owen; Most improved Woman Mpho Bogatsu; and Runners Runner Dylan Evans. Well done them. Thanks to Sarah our Social secretary for arranging that and another great minibus trip to the Aber10k. We will organise more trips like this if runners come along, especially to championship races, but anything that enough people want to do together (No not the New York marathon!)
We are welcoming some new members to the club this year and as well as the Castles relay and the cross country competition we have hopes of getting a team for the Fell Running Relay in September, which is another great fun event. Reflecting on what the club has done just makes me want to get out there and do all of these events! I want to redo and improve on my favourites but there are many races Ive not done. Life gets in the way and stops you doing everything but can I recommend we all try to do the Welsh Championship road races and those of local clubs as well as Coed y Brenin and team events the club is able to enter.
I conclude by thanking my committee personally, and on behalf of the club, for their endeavours during the year. My especial thanks to those who have left or are about to leave, Sue and Pete Barnes, Keith Williams and Juliet who has done a sterling job as treasurer and I am confident will be leaving us with money in the bank still! The whole committee has worked supportively to promote the club and running locally.
And speaking purely for myself I will close by thanking the club as a whole, all of you, for your support and encouragement over the past years, not just in my role as chairman, but as a -not terribly good - runner. Whilst the club has many members who have enjoyed sport all their lives I know a significant number have come to running later on, I was well into my 40s. I remember how intimidating it was at first, yes the physical effort of any training but the thought of lining up for a race with “serious” athletes and being frightened of feeling or looking foolish in failure. But we all know running isn’t like that and all runners from Mo Farrer to me always try to train and race as best they can to their own particular goal, and will always try to support each other, applaud each other’s successes and commiserate when things don't go to plan. This club was setup to provide a local structure for running and races, but its ideal was and remains to be a group of friends enjoying each other’s company and encouraging each other to keep fit and active. Lets keep it that way.
Nich Bradley (chair)
Election of officers 2017:
Chair: Arfon Hughes
Vice Chair Dylan Evans
Secretary: Graeme Stringer
Treasurer: Sue Barnes
Membership: Mpho Bogatsu
Welfare: Juliet Edwards and Tristan Evans.
Mens Captain: Tom Roberts
Ladies captain: Juliet Edwards
Fell race co-ordinator: Nich Bradley
Change to constitution: TBC
19/2/17 Village Bakery half marathon, inc The North Wales road running championships
The only Meirionnydd runner was Jeremy Randell who finished in 1:26:28 to claim 2nd M50 in North Wales championships.
19/2/17 Brecon to Cardiff Ultra 70km.
Elly Dee and Sandra Williams ran in the Brecon to Cardiff Ultra 70k that was actually over 44 miles.
Elly said "First half was amazing, 6 miles or so along the canal to warm up, then 6 miles or so climbing (mainly gently) up through the forest on the Taff Trail past the reservoirs into the foggy drizzle...that unfortunately meant we couldn't see the true awesomeness of the surroundings in all their glory. However, those trails were amazing and we rocked them!
After halfway, the route took us through Merthyr and on to Aberfan, where I cried like a baby seeing the valley itself and then the cemetery.
The trail was pretty grim and pretty scary in places, both before and after dark, but mostly easy to find our way.
Fab medal and tech tshirt although we'd have done it just for the run. Lovely organising team and marshals, and we bagged a spot prize for being the most positive, smiley, friendly and generally nuts runners at the finish."
Time for both finishing was 11:31:01.
18/2/17 Hoka half trail marathon
Steve Loveluck and Annalise Loveluck ran in the Hokka One One half trail marathon in Margam Park, both had a finish time of 1hour.48min and Annalise won 3rd Female overall winning a slate trophy and pair of Hoka trainers.
12/2/17 Nick Beer 10k incorporating Welsh 10k championship
Five Meirionnydd runners ran in the Nick Beer 10 wich this year included the Welsh 10 Championship. First home was Jeremy Randell claiming 2nd M50 in 40:19 followed by Graeme Stringer 49:59; Peter Barnes 1:07:51; Sue Barnes 1:07:51 and Sheila Symonds who claimed 1st F80+ in 1:43:28.
4/2/17 North Wales Cross country League, Oswestry.
Five club runners ran in the final race in the North Wales Cross Country League.
Final results confirm that we have been relegated to second division, but consolation in the fact that Tom Roberts claimed 2nd Senior overall and Jeremy Randell 3rd M50. Great effort.
Next year lets see if we can get back into division one, we have a great chance, but we need at least 6 runners for each race.
Individual results were:
Photos by: NeeNee's Photos.
January 2017 Parkrun.
Link to Club results for all Parkruns.
Dolgellau #:50 Arfon Hughes 22:48.
Keswick #138: Ricky Francis 22:51.
Tamar lakes #119: Jeff Davies 22:06.
Dolgellau #48:Ricky Francis 23:15 and Sioned Mair Jones 29:19.
Colby #135: Jeff Davies 22:42.
28/1/17 Club Dinner & Award ceremony 2016
Meirionnydd running club celebrated another great year with a dinner and ceremony at the Royal Ship Hotel in Dolgellau. Awards were presented on the evening for the best performances in 2016 and the raffle money was donated towards Steffan Owens Dawn till dusk trailathon fund.
Steff is raising money towards Brain Tumour Charity (The) by running a trailathon at Coed y Brenin on the Saturday the 1st April. You can read his story about why he is doing this and how you can help on his event page on facebook Facebook. You can also donate through the Just giving page: Just giving.
MRC 2016 Trophies were awarded to the following:
Kid Goat Traphy for Junior Runner of the year - No Junior eligible this year.
Lanzarote Slug - Not Awarded as no-one attended.
A big thank you to all the runners and volunters for all your efforts and kindly donating your time over the year.
Photos above by Gareth Roberts & Arfon Hughes.
28/1/17 Tarren Hendre.
Tarren Hendre the second counter in Meirionnydd Running Club's Winter series and the first counter in WFRA' s north Wales championship. A total of 90 runners turned up for the race, 88 finished with 2 DNF.
The race was a hard fought race with the two lead runners Mathew and Gareth Wyn Hughes shoulder to shoulder at each check point. They almost made a catastrophic mistake on the final hill check point. The marshals saw the two cresting the ridge as they approached the checkpoint, but then they both disappeared as they decided to turn around and run away from the marshals. This was quickly corrected and they maintained a strong lead over those behind.
The winner was Mathew Roberts from Calder Valley Fell Runners (red above) in a time of 0:53:07 and two seconds behind Gareth Wyn Hughes from Mercia Fell Runners in 0:53:09. Third place went to Karl Steinegger from Ambleside AC who finished in 54:34.
The first woman home was Miranda Grant from Eryri Harriers in 58:20, in second place was Sian Williams from Rhedwyr Hebog in 1:00:32 and third place went to Anna Bartlett from Mercia Fell runners who finished in a time of 1:00:54.
A total of £107 was raised from Tea and cakes sales after the race and raffle held in the evening at the club dinner. This was donated towards Steffan Owens Dawn till dusk trailathon fund. Steff is raising money towards Brain Tumour Charity (The) by running a trailathon at Coed y Brenin on the Saturday the 1st April. You can read his story about why he is doing this and how you can help on his event page on facebook Facebook.
You can also donate through the Just giving page: Just giving.
Some Photos by Allanah Julia Fenwick and Arfon Hughes
and a Short video by Chris Laughton
Meirionnydd Running club would like to thank all the marshals, volunteers, landowner, runners and Mountain rescue for their helping to make the day such a success.
28/1/17 North Wales Cross Country championships.
Clive Edginton and Sioned Jones ran in the Cross country champs at Rhug today. Clive Edgington came away with gold for 1st in M60 category.
21/1/2017 Twin piers 10k.
Jeremy Randell was the sole Meirionnydd runner in Twin piers 10k. He finished in 41:14 to claim 2nd M50.
21/1/17 Buff Winter Trail half marathon, Coed y Brenin.
Eight Meirionnydd runner took part in the third annual Buff Winter Trail Wales onthe Trail Marathon Wales half marathon route across the same stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin Forest Park in the Snowdonia National Park.
This years race winner was our very own Tom Roberts finishing in 1st place in a time of 01:27:34. He was followed home by Gwion Roberts 1:47:35; Adam Preston 1:48:00; Steffan Owen 1:56:22; Dylan Evans 1:58:13; Anneliese Loveluck 1:59:43; Steve Loveluck 2:02:01; Justin Pilkington 2:09:11 and Jacqueline Fowler 3:10:03. Jude Evans was running as back marker.
14/1/17 North Wales Cross country League, Walford college.
Five club runners ran in the fourth race in the North Wales Cross Country League.
7/1/17 Recce of Tarren Hendre.
Tom Roberts organised a group of club and local runners to recce the Tarren hendre route. Looks like fun.