30/3/18 Salford 10k.
Tom Roberts ran in the Salford 10k finishing 11th in a time of 32:06. The race winner was John Ashcroft from Liverpool Harriers who finisheed in 30:17.
Left to right with Tom are North Wales runners, Owen Roberts, Russell Bentley, Elli Haf (Eryri) and Tom Roberts.
30/3/18 Chocoholics 5k, Newtown.
Two Meirionnydd runners travelled to Newtown to run in Maldwyn Harriers Chocoholics 5k. Race winner was Thomas Wilde from Oswestry Olympians with a time of 17:20. First Meirionnydd runner back was Arfon Hughes in 20:49 followed by Sheila Symonds claiming 1st F80 in 40:55.
27/3/18 Tuesday Night series, Llanrwst.
In the first race of the Tuesday Night Fell series held at Llanrwst, three meirionnydd runners ran the short but fast 1.9 mile route.
Race winner was Eryri's Rob Samuel in a time of 12:28. The first Meirionnydd runner was Ifan Richards in 14:18 followed by Arfon Hughes in 17:41 and Megan Parry in 17:57.
25/3/18 Mortimer Forest Trail race.
Elly and Olly Downing took part in the Mortimers Forest Trail Run a tough, muddy course, over 9 miles and 1200feet of climbing make this a tough challenge.
Elly said "This race was rescheduled from that first dumping of snow before Christmas. Today’s weather couldn’t have been any more different - blue sky, with a strange warm glowy thing in, shorts and vests in abundance. The course was varied in terrain (grass, woodland, mud, forest road, stony trail) and gradient. There were some proper challenging ups, especially Poison Bank (rated at least one F), the Big Dippers - particularly the last one (almost an F, had it not been for the lovely, encouraging marshal at the top) and the final push up part of the Climbing Jack trail, before the awesome downhill through the woods to the finish. The downs were pretty good too, fallen trees to duck under (very well marked, thank you Colin!), the slippy, grassy descents of the Big Dippers and some proper lovely trails through the woods.
It was lovely to run into finish to lots of cheers from the Clwb Rhedeg Meirionnydd Running Club crew (Olly...who had an awesome run and had been finished ages) and the Maldwyn crew. If anyone fancies a trip to Ludlow in December, this little race is well worth a go. We’ll definitely be back. Love a good local race.
Got that nice ‘have worked a bit’ ache in my legs, a smile on my face and an all-filled-up soul. Love running
Phots by Mark Berbezier
24/3/18 Llantysilio Fell race.
Three meirionnydd runners ran the Llantysilio fell race at Rhewl near llangollen. First home was eilir Evans claiming 3rd place overall with a time of 1:00:16, he was followed by Jeremy Randell claiming 3rd M50 in 1:07:18 and Megan Parry in 1:19:13.
17/3/18 Ras Yr Aran and Meirionnydd Winter Series.
Race Winner: Dylan Lewis, Sarn Helen Running Club
First Lady: Melanie Price, Mercia Fell Runners.
The resurgent storm the “Beast From The East” dominated this years, fifteenth running of this, the last race in the Meirionnydd Winter Series. Sixty five determined runners turned up to meet a race team equally determined that they should get a race despite forecast snow showers winds gusting 65 mph not the ridge and a windchill factor of -21C. Thanks to a very experienced team of Michelin Man-like volunteers, and close support from South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team a fast and exciting race was possible. The turning point was the first checkpoint of the full course -Moel Fenigl- at 600m a 5.5 mile out and back route with slight change at the bottom avoiding a defunct stile.
With the wind behind them, runners made good progress through the very wet lower reaches, and the cold only really struck in the last 100m of ascent when the ground became icy and they had to turn to face the elements. The race leader at the top Dylan Lewis (Sarn Helen) who successfully maintained his lead to win the race in a time of 43:38. At the top just behind Dylan was teammate Felipe Jones and Gavin Roberts was next up followed by Jez Brown (Buckley) lying in second place in the series - just 10 seconds behind them was Tristan Evans (Meirionnydd RC), series leader. He was closely followed by teammate Ifan Richards lying in third place in the series with 28 seconds to make up.
Ifan with his eye on a second Series win, flew down the hill, overtaking Jones, Roberts, Brown and Evans to finish 20 seconds behind a victorious Dylan Lewis. Felipe Jones took third in 44:08 and Tristan Evans finished fourth but his time of 44:16 was good enough to ward off Richards' challenge and Tristan took Winter Series title by 20 seconds with a combined time for all three races of 2:34:24. Jez Brown was 6th in 45:44 and got a consolation M40 category prize. Junior Men category was taken by Jack Agnew (Mercia Fell Runners) in 47:55. The M50 age group went to Barry Wilkinson (Borrowdale Fell Runners) in 50:26 and Nicholas Holmes (Tattenhall RC) was first M60 in 57:09.
Amongst the women the order at the top was maintained to the finish with Melanie Price (Mercia Fell Runners) winning in 52:14 followed by Dee Jolly (Sarn Helen) in 53:11. A strong 57:34 run from Katie Cole (No-Mad Running) from Dolgellau got her third place and ensured her Meirionnydd Winter Series Women’s Champion title was truly earned. Laura Banham-Hughes (Helsby RC) finished fourth in 59:18taking the F40 award and Carole Morrison (Pensby Runners) was first F50 in 72:11.Meirionnydd RC took the Mens team prize (Tristan Evans, Ifs Richards and first local runner from Llanuwchllyn (47:26) Eilir Evans -completing his first Series). Mercia took the women’s team prize (Melanie Price, Kate Whitfield and Nicola Richards)
The home club had a second team, Mat Fenwick and Graeme Stringer completing their first Series and Glyn Rowlands his second. The real heroes of this race however were the marshals and timekeepers who withstood fearful conditions to see the runners get their race. Their vote of thanks at the presentations got the most heartfelt support from all.
This concludes a memorable 15th series which started with a cool bright but wet run up Rhobell Fawr in November, followed by the soaking mud-fest of Tarrenhendre in January. A further 15 runners joined the select band of runners who have ever competed the series. Obviously due to the shortened course no records were broken so Richard Roberts’ (Eryri Harriers) 3:04:49 and Anna Bartlett’s (Shrewsbury AC) 3:42:27 records both from 2009 still stand. Will we see them go on their 10th anniversary.
Ras yr Aran 2018:
Winter Series 2017/18 results:
Winter Series Hall of fame:
Meirionnydd Running Club would like to thank Aran lamb for their support for Ras yr Aran and for supplying fantastic prizes for the Winter Series winners.
17/3/18 Grindleford Gallop.
Hannah Johns ran in the 21 mile Grindleford Gallop in the Peak District. Hannah said "a very tough going due to whiteout blizzards and hail, managed time of 5:12:12."
17/3/18 Nant yr Arian Silver Trail Marathon.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Nant Yr Arian Silver Trail Half marathon finishing in a time of 1:52:09.
11/3/18 Edale skyline.
Ben Wells took on the challenge and finished in 4:14:31. Ben said "I was fortunate to be able to partake in the Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline Race, the opening round of the British Fell running championship. The route involved 21.5 miles with over 4500ft of elevation.
The race had sold out within a few hours of tickets sales which resulted in over 400 starters, a popular fell race you could say.
Conditions under foot were very sodden with the recent snow melt meant that the typical Peak district bogs were lying in wait for all of us. The race started at 10:30 with a steep climb for around a mile that gets you up to around 500m, a steady start left me felling ok as I got onto some of the flatter sections. Due to the soil erosion there are many parts of the route that have been flagged which gave a welcome relief for a few miles along the route. One thing that really stood out was the amount of support from locals and I guess race enthusiasts lining the course with Haribos, sweets, drinks and one lady oranges which were all welcome.
I really enjoyed the race and felt comfortable even the crazy assent up Hope Bank (mile 14) where my nose was touching the grass it was so steep. On the out and back at Wins Hill I saw a couple of mates which was great to know I wasn't light years behind and gave me the encouragement to push on, that was until about mile 17/18 were I had to start making friends with pain lol.
I'd been suffering with cramps at anything over 10 miles in race situations and had been experimenting with salt tabs , well they seemed to work well and all I had was tired legs. I trotted over the line in 4hr 14 mins which I have to be pleased with. From cp1 to the finish I managed to pass approx 40 people. I was soon brought back to earth when i saw what the 250 people ahead had achieved, but what other sport can you part take in where you’re in the company of the sports greats."
11/3/18 Wrecsam Marathon Festival.
Gwion Bobo Roberts a Justin Pilkington ran in the Wrecsam marathon festival. Justin completed the marathon in 3:44:42 claiming 2nd M45 in the North Wales Half Marathon Championship and Gwion ran in the 20miller finishing in 2:12:44.
11/3/18 Wrekin fell.
Eilir Evans ran in the Wrekin fell race finishing in a time of 44:55.
22/2/18 AGM 2018.
This years AGM was held at the Royals Ship Hotel in Dolgellau. The following officers were elected to the folowing posts for the next 12 months:
2017 Awards presented at this years club dinner, left to right:
11/2/18 Nick Beer 10k.
Mat and Allanah Fenwick ran in the Nick Beer 10k. Allanah said "It was a good race but very windy in places. We thought we might be late when the police were stopping people from going over the Chrimea because of the snow but we managed to blag our way through." Matt finished in 42:15 and Allanah Fenwick in 53:21.
Photos by Sports Picture Cymru:
4/2/18 Long Mynd valleys 18.5km
3/2/18 Oswestry Cross country final race in North Wales Championship.
The final race of the season at Oswestry was a muddy affair. Following an excellent season the club retained am unassailable lead at the top of Division 2 and succeed in gaining promotion to Division 1 next season. Well done to the Cross country team and the team Captain for leading us to victory. Message from Tom our Captain "Well done to the lads who ran at Oswestry today to secure the divisio 2 title. I was gutted I wasn’t fit to race today, But I managed to finish 3rd overall and Jeremy Randell claimed 3rd M50. The commitment has been brilliant this year, most of the races ran in awful conditions and just want to say thank you to everyone who has turned up."
27/1/18 Tarren hendre.
With a cloud-base of less than a hundred metres and driving rain all morning this year’s Tarrenhendre race was less of a spectator sport than it might be but the runners at the end certainly provided a spectacle! The rain eased up shortly after the start but the going which had been soft the day before was decidedly sloppy especially on the steep peaty descent through the forest. Of the 82 runners those who sank to their knees stayed upright, the rest skidded backwards or managed spectacular face-plants.
Not a day for records but Gareth Wyn Jones (Mercia) had a fine battle with local hero Tom Roberts (Meirionnydd RC) finishing in 53:15 just 13 seconds ahead with Russel Bentley, third, in 54:23. This was the second battle of the day for the trio who were the first three home in the Dolgellau Parkrun earlier in the day!
Jez Brown of Buckley took M40 honours, Mark Palmer of Acille Ratti was 9th overall and first M50. Stephen Jones (Eryri) again took M60 (19th overall) and Gary Gunner represented the M70s. 16 year old Gethin Davies (Menai Track & Field) was first under M23 in 67:44, and had something of a wait before being joined by his Dad Barry(Eryri) a bit lower down the order. Sarah Ridgeway was the first woman vet in 67:28. Alice Bedwell of Mynydd Du at 75:35 was the nearest to a course record -1 minute off second V50 Juliet Edward’s (Meirionnydd) 2012 time but over 4 minutes ahead of Edward’s on the day. Maggie Oliver’s 2008 F60 record was unchallenged and this year she became the first F70 to compete finishing 79th in 108:55, and setting another benchmark. For the first time, organising club Meirionnydd took the men’s team prize ( Tom Roberts, Tristan Evans, Ifan Richards) and Eryri’s Miranda Grant, Ruth Metcalfe and Maggie Oliver the women’s team prize.
The Meirionnydd Winter series is thus finely balanced with Tristan Evans at 1:58:08 just 36 seconds ahead of Ifan Richards, with Mark Palmer less than a minute behind him and Dyfed Thomas (Eryri) not out of the race at less than 7 minutes behind. Katie Beecher has a 5 minute lead on Hayley Evans of Buckley for the women’s prize and no less than 30 runners have the chance to complete the series. The final race - the Aran Lamb sponsored Ras yr Aran on 17th March should be as exciting to watch as it is gruelling to complete with record times of 1:23:26 (2009 Tim Davies, Mercia) and 1:41:14 (Kate Bailey, Meirionnydd) to be challenged. Last year’s race was run in appalling wind and rain, twice the race has been shortened by snow and once cancelled due to blocked roads - but we have also had sunburn cases in its 15 year history. Its a magical place on a spring day so finger’s crossed!
Rain, fog and deep mud as one of the runners commented "Who needs Tough Mudders when you can come to Tarren Hendre."
Winter Series results:
Cader Sports Photos:
On the mountain (Arfon Hughes):
Fourteen Meirionnydd runners ran this years including:
The Club would like to thank everyone who made the race possible, volunteers, landowners, mountain rescue and of course the runners. Diolch o galon.
20/1/18 Baschurch Cross country.
Five Meirionnydd runners turned out in appalling conditions for the penultimate race in the North Wales Cross Country League held at Walford College, Baschurch near Shrewsbury. Despite the conditions the Men team finished 1st overall and currently lead Division Two as we go into the final race of the season.
Tom Roberts 3rd.
Tristan Evans 16th
Jimmy Carter 26th
Gwion Roberts 36
Jeremy Randell 59
21/1/18 Conwy fell race.
Two Meirionnydd runners participated in the Conwy fell race. Tristan Evans finished in 47:49 to claim 3rd place overall and Jimmy Carter finished in 51:47 3rd M40.
20/1/18 Buff Winter trail, Coed y Brenin.
In the Winter Trail Half Marathon at Coed y Brenin Tweleve Meirionnydd runners participated in atmospheric wintry conditions. First home was Mat Fenwick in 1:45:18 followed by Andrew Ellis 1:59:15; Dylan Evans 2:00:08; Ben Wells 2:12:46; Justin Pilkington 2:13:02; Allanah Fenwick 2:24:12; Pete Nicholls 2:33:24; Richard Hankinson 2:34:32; Mpho Bogatsu 2:42:15; Kevin Evans 2:42:34; Jaqueline Fowler 3:11:18. Jude Evans was the race sweeper.
13/1/18 Twin Piers 10k.
Jeremy Randell was our only representative this year he claimed 2nd M50 in a time of 39:52.
7/1/18 Telford 10k.
Two Meirionnydd Runners participated in the Telford 10k. Tom Roberts representing North Wales finished with a PB and New Club record of 31:26 and Matt Fenwick a PB in 39:53.
6/1/18 North Wales Cross Country Championships, Rhug.
Two Meirionnydd runners participated this year Gwion Roberts finished in 41:21 and Arfon Hughes in 47:24.