18/5/19 Ras y Gader.
This years Ras y Gader was won by Mark Hopkinson, form Mynydd Du Mountain Runners in a time of 1:23:57 and the first woman home was Mel Price from Mercia Fell Running Club in 1:46:49. Seventeen Meirionnydd Runners ran the main race:
2018/19 Shropshire fell running Winter Series.
Congratulations to Jeremy Randell on finishing 2nd M55 in the Shropshire fell running Winter Series 2018/19
12/5/19 Newtown 10k.
Tomos Slattery ran in the Newtown 10k finishing in a time of 52:43.
12/5/19 Preseli Beast.
Dylan said "If anybody fancies slaying a Beast , the Preseli Beast is for you , the Beast Bach is 11 miles , the Beast is 24 miles with over 4500 ft of elevation and if that’s not enough there is the Beast Ultra 32 miles!
Great race so well organised with friendly and supportive Marshals all the way , well stocked feed stations. Am I selling it yet?
The only down side is it’s not easy , lots of long climbs but the views were stunning. I got round the Beast, 24 miles, in 4:22:59"
11/5/19 Malhamdale Trail Challenge half marathon.
Richard Hankinson took on a new demanding half marathon, with approx. 1650ft of ascent, takes in landmarks such as Pikedaw, Malham Tarn, Goredale Scar and Janet's Foss - voted one of the Top 10 Secret Trails of The National Trust. Richard finished in 2:25:35.
Richard said “This was the first time the Malhamdale half has been run and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone who fancies a change of scene. The pie and cakes waiting at the finish would have persuaded me even without the scenery! Happy days”
9/5/19 Rhostryfan 10k.
Gwion Roberts ran in the Rhostryfan 10k. Gwion finished 1st in 36:17.
5/5/19 Cardiff race for victory 5k, incorporate the Welsh 5km Road Running Championships.
Congratulations to Jeff Davies who ran in the Cardiff Race for Victory 5k finishing with a time of 24:13 and claiming Welsh Athletics' 1st M70 Welsh Champion.
5/5/19 Llangollen trail 10k.
Two meirionnydd runners ran in the Llangollen trail 10k. First home was Ross Welsh in 3rd place with a time of 37:51, next in was Sarah Harris in 52:01 followed by Tomos Slattery in 55:30. Tomos said "It was a course of mixed terrain with some lovely sections along the canal path along with some tricky soft fields with foot high grass, Tough going! David Edwards put in a superb run to finish 5th overall in 39.44 (we're working on him to join the club!)."
4/5/19 Red kite trail Challenge.
This year the races incled in the West Wales and Welsh Championships for all junior age groups, while for the under 17s, the race was a trial for the WMRA International Youth Cup. The seniors’ half marathon was a championship race for the West Wales and Welsh Championships.
Congratulation to Tom Roberts and Alun Williams at todays Red Kite Trail Challenge Half Marathon. Tom 1st overall and claimed the Gold Medal Welsh Trail Championship in a time of 1:28:25 and Alun Williams finished 3rd overall and claimed the Gold Medal M35 Welsh Trail Championship. Two Welsh Champions for Meirionnydd.
Euros Evans ran in the U17 6k race and finished 2nd with a time of 21:31.
28/4/19 London Marathon.
Two Meirionnydd Runners ra n in the London Marathon, first home was Gwion Roberts in 2:49:13 and Justin Pilkington in 4:01:39.
Gwion Roberts said “I really enjoyed the experience of my first London Marathon. I set off for time of 2:45 and managed to keep the pace until mile 18 where I started to feel dizzy and sick! A quick stop to refuel and I was happy to finish in 2:49:13. The crowds were amazing and the support on every mile was brilliant. Thank you for all the messages of support from before and after the race.“
Justin Pilkington said “My first London Marathon was an unbelievable experience. I have tried to enter through the ballot 3 years running but missed out on a place. I was lucky enough to get the meirionnydd club place this year. Going to London for the race turned out to be a 4 day family adventure, visiting the marathon expo, sightseeing, watching the lion king musical and visiting the Harry Potter studio tour. The race was amazing! From start to finish the streets were full of supporters which gives you a real buzz and keeps you going. I only saw one celebrity which was Chris Evans at around mile 3. I felt good and comfortable until I hit the wall and my knee decided to start playing up at 21 miles. As I got to 23 miles I spotted Gareth and Sarah Roberts so it was a quick stop for some photos and they gave me the running club flag (thank you!) Between running and some walking my pace dropped badly. I crossed the finish line in 4.01.39 which was 16 minutes slower than I wanted but I guess you can’t pick when you have a bad race. The whole day was unbelievable, to think I ran with 42000 people with such a special atmosphere is crazy! Thank you all for the support and good luck messages.”
27/4/19 Endurance life Ultra Pembrokeshire.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the 34.6 miles Endurance life Ultra Pembrokeshire, Christopher Anagnostopoulos finished in 7:06:21 and Andre Bright right behind in 7:06:23.
27/4/19 Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Ben Wells said "I ran n the 65th Annual Three Peaks Fell Race in the Yorkshire Dales. Its often called the Marathon with Mountains although its 2 miles short of an official marathon but with 5500ft accent and over mountain terrain it provides a serious challenge. Its a Fell Race steeped in history and the quality of runners is top notch.
I’d had my eye on the race for a while but I hadn't particularly trained for this specific event , that perhaps was mistake number one.
Weather forecasts for the day weren't great and mandatory kit had to be carried with race organisers recommending additional items. I’d been told that the race doesn't really start until Whernside (around 14 miles) and to take it easy over the first 10 miles or so. I was happy and was running within myself for this time. Watching the elite runners coming down Pen y Ghent was incredible Carl Bell , Ricky Lightfoot wow!
Eventually we reached the foot of Whernside and its an incredible pull onto the top some people on their hands and knees crawling up , it was here I felt a slight twinge of cramp in my right quad, gutting I knew that would only get worse. Soon on the summit of Whernside I knew I had to look after my legs and take it easy for a while, I passed a poor chap who had taken a nasty fall , broken cheek bone I now hear, hope he makes a speedy recovery.
I made my way gentle down Whernside with the odd cramping in my calf and quads, at this point I was gutted as a quick glance at my watch saw my heart rate at 130bpm I could and should have been flying but the legs said no. I’d hit all my hydration and nutrition as planned but I knew Ingleborough was gonna be a tough test now so decided to walk anything up and jog along the flats, the path onto Ingleborough is steep and very rocky (the stuff I'm best at I can power walk this stuff all day long) I had thoughts now of DNF in my head as my quads were like iron but if I gently pressed on I was making progress at least and looking round others were the same, I managed to get on to the plateau and a high cadence jog saw the cramp clear.
The weather well we’d had four seasons in the day but a north east wind with hail stone battering my legs wasn't exactly relief. Ah the summit of Ingleborough all I had to do now was jog down to the finish. Descending off Ingleborough wasn't pretty and it was still 10k to the finish over a path like the Moon (Ive not actually been to the Moon but you get me) full of rocks and mud.
I just had to keep going, an hour tops and id be home and dry, I had Joss Naylors voice in my head “ u just got to put pain to back o mind like, u know! I crossed the line 4hr 50 I’m not gonna lie I was gutted 500 runners in front of me.
I know Im a better runner than this but its what it is, no excuses I cant blame the mountain fires , the chest injection last week , I just wasn't good enough on the day but I finished and take some positives from that. It gives me a good indication I need to get some longer mountain runs in now over the next few months. Its a fantastic event the marshals , race organisers , mountain rescue team thanks to all of them. I’ll have another go next year or the year after?
20/4/19 Llandudno 5k Easter Dash.
Gwion Roberts ran the 5k finishing with a new PB in a time of 16:32.
19/4/19 Newtown Chocoholics 5k.
Sheila Symonds was tghe sole Meirionnydd runner at this years Newtown 5k Chocohilics. Sheila finished in 52:26 claiming 1st F80.
16/4/19 Foel Lus – Tuesday night series.
Tom Roberts finished in 2nd place with a time of 23:31.
13/4/19 Longtown-Llanthony Race.
Tristan Evans ran representing North Wales in the Welsh inter regional championships. Tristan finished 7th in 1:06:52 and the North Wales team won 3rd in the Welsh Champs.
13/4/19 Coed y Brenin, Goldrush Trail and Canicross.
Fifteen club runners participated in the Goldrush Trail and another Two in the Canicross race.
In the Canicross
Tom Roberts and dog Neli 1st.
Mat Fenwick and dog Jas 2nd.
7/4/19 Druridge Bay half marathon.
Richard Hankinson travelled North of Newcastle for this half marathon. Richard said "Really chuffed with this one which was a mixed surface run on trails, beach and road - new pb by a minute (1:43:57) and came 19th out of 123 finishers. Good to feel I’m still making progress. Really laid back sort of run with 2 laps of the same course round the nature reserve."
30/3/19 Ras yr Aran.
Moving the race back to its original last weekend in March paid off handsomely with a superb day and summit marshals bemoaning the lack of deck chairs! Eighty three (83) runners took part, enjoying excellent conditions underfoot and no navigational challenges.
Math Roberts (Calder Valley) took an early lead but was overtaken before the top by race winner Gareth Wyn Hughes (Mercia), completing in 1:26:57 with Math 25 seconds behind and Michael Corrales (Dark Peak) third in 1:30:07.
In the Women’s race there was much excitement as Sara Willhoit (Mercia) and Miranda Grant (Eryri) were both in for the Aran Lamb Winter Series competition with Sarah having a challengeable 3 minute lead at the start of the race. Sara was just ahead at the summit but in a fast descent Miranda gained ground to finish 5 seconds ahead in 1:41:28. Sarah Ridgeway (Mercia) took 3rd in 1:50:21.
Richard Roberts (Eryri) established a new M40 course record of 1:30:22 and Lois Lee (St David’s) and Maggie Oliver (Eryri) both set first records in the Junior Women and F70 categories. Other Age Cat wins went to: Jacob Winfield (Buxton) Junior men; Richard Roberts (Eryri) M40; Sian Williams (Hebog) F40; John Hunt (Dark Peak) M50; Juliet Edwards (Meirionnydd) F50; Russel Owen (Eryri) M60; and Richard Marland (Rugeley) M70.
The winner of the Meirionnydd Winter Series was Tristan Evans (Meirionnydd) with a total time of 3:20:48, over 10 minutes ahead of Adrian Williams (Eryri). Separating them both though were Sara Willhoit and Miranda Grant, and Sara took Anna Bartlett’s (Shrewsbury) 2009 series record in a time of 3:37:10 to win the ladies half of the lamb, 2:48 ahead of Miranda with them overall in 2nd and 3rd places. In total 16 runners completed the Rhobell Fawr, Tarrenhendre and Aran series with Maggie Oliver being the first F70 to do it.
A sad footnote is two competitors reported seeing a runner without kit during the race. When approached, he immediately admitted his error and made a full apology. In line with race rules he has been disqualified from the results and reported to the WFRA.
Race Winner: Gareth Hughes, Mercia.
First Lady: Miranda Grant, Eryri.
Winter Series 2018/19 results:
Winter series winner: Tristan Evans, Meirionnydd.
Winter series First Lady: Sarah Willhort, Mercia.
24/3/19 Forest of Dean Spring Half Marathon .
One Meirionnydd runner competing. Richard Hankinson said "It's a well organised event on nice smooth trails with a few hills but nothing too steep. Felt fairly good so decided to push on the flats and downhills and see how it went - didn't look at the watch apart from seeing how far I'd gone to try and balance the effort. Also didn't drink or eat on the run, I've been training myself for that to save time. Really pleased with 1:45:59, my 2nd fastest half by a minute and I've run plenty of flatter road ones! Finished 423rd out of 1900 finishers and happy with 17th MV55 in the Trail Running Assoc short distance championship race that was part of the event. I'd recommend this or the autumn version to anyone, it's a bit of a trek down there but nice surroundings and well supported by spectators."
17/3/19 Reading Half Marathon.
Tom Roberts and Alex Lanz the Reading Half Marathon. Both came away with big pb’s on an undulating course. Tom finished in 1:09:12 and Alex in 1:10:37.
Tom said "Usually after running a good race or achieving a PB I’m on a buzz for a few days and always look forward to get that recovery run in and think back to the race. But that’s not been possible this time. The last few days have been pretty rough and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to run the Reading half on the morning of the race.
Toothache started on the journey down to Reading on Saturday and didn’t think too much of it. The evening before the race I was in serious discomfort. With just 3 hours sleep and in more pain I thought I’d have no chance of racing. I was gutted and grumpy to think that the 7 week build up for this race was for nothing.
Drugged up on ibuprofen and paracetamol I tried a little warm up to see if it was ok to at least start the race. Adrenaline then started to kick in and all of a sudden I was pain free, so awe race is on!! Conditions were good, slight breeze but I’m used to that by now after training on the track in Treborth all winter! I wasn’t expecting the course to be as undulating than it was though. Managed to keep up with a group full of quality runners and training partner @callumrunner22 and crossed the line in 1:09:10 and 27th overall.
The finish at the Madejski Stadium was pretty cool with big crowds cheering you on. Since the race I just went from bad to worse. Ysbyty Gwynedd on Sunday night for antibiotics then bedbound for 2 days with a virus. The Infection was caused by a cracked tooth that gave the other tooth an infection on the root. Feel like crap and possibly going to lose two teeth but somehow I managed my target and finally broke 70minutes!"
17/3/19 Wrexham Marathon Festival.
Three Meirionnydd runners took part in the Wrexham Marathon Festival. In the Half marathon - Alun Williams finished in 1:15:49 claiming 2nd overall. In the 20 Mile race Gwion Bobo Roberts finished in 2:03:33 and in 6th place overall. And in the Full Marathon Justin Pilkington finished in 3:48:48, 36th overall and 2nd silver medal M45, North Wales Marathon Championship.
10/3/19 Chester 10k.
Congratulations to Tom Roberts on his Win in the Aldi Chester 10k with a time of 31:49. Also running today were Nia Evans finishing in 51:37 and Tomos Slattery in 52:13.
9/3/19 Pipe dream.
Tristan Evans was the sole Meirionnydd runner in the second counter in the WFRA’s North Wales Championship. The race was won by Michael Corrales from Dark Peak in 35:04 and Tristan finished 2nd in a time of 35:14.
3/3/19 Anglesey half marathon & 10k.
In the 10k race we had three runners. Congratulations to Gwion Roberts on his first race Win. Gwion finished in 32:23 and was followed by Allanah Fenwick who claimed 3rd F40 in 45:18 and Nia Evans in 50:46.
In the Half marathon we had another three Meirionnydd runners competing. First home was Jimmy Carter in 1:28:27 followed by Shane Griffiths 1:43:27; Shane Jones 1:52:19 and Elly Downing in 2:15:40.
Elly Downing said "Anglesey Half Marathon, I don’t think I’ve done a road half marathon for four years...since last time I did this one (and stormed it, setting a new PB). So wind the clock forward four years, I planned to try and smash that PB. However, I didn’t stick to the plan, didn’t do enough road runs, or speed work - just the fun stuff. I knew I wouldn’t get the PB - they don’t just happen on the day. I knew what I could do right now and that’s what I did.
I got out of the car (nearly didn’t). I got to the start. I ran. I kept running. I smiled a bit. I liked the hills, and the snippets of water and mountain views that the weather allowed. It felt good, I was breathing hard in places. I only looked at my watch once. It was cold and wet, and everything hurt from mile 10 onwards. Fab few minutes running with my race angel near the end - thanks lovely, it was great to see you. 10 mins slower than 4 years ago, but at least I know where I’m at. And of course, I know what I need to do. Lots of positives from today - I beat the pre-race demons, I ran all the way, I ran my own race and seeing my club mates and running friends is just the best."
2/3/19 Rhayader 30k.
Richard Hankinson ran the Rhayader 30k finishing in a time of 2:55:31.
Richard Hankinson said "Rhayader 30k round the dams last Saturday. I entered this in the days when I was doing more road running (last year was cancelled due to snow and ice), so curious to see how it would go. Fairly happy with 2:55 in the circumstances - it was windy out there and the legs weren't too keen! Really heartened to have a sprint finish left in me at the end of that. For anyone thinking of doing the run, it's a good one with nice views and a fair bit of ascent early on - great practice for anybody thinking of doing a marathon later in the year.
Rhayader 30k round the dams last Saturday. I entered this in the days when I was doing more road running (last year was cancelled due to snow and ice), so curious to see how it would go. Fairly happy with 2:55 in the circumstances - it was windy out there and the legs weren't too keen! Really heartened to have a sprint finish left in me at the end of that. For anyone thinking of doing the run, it's a good one with nice views and a fair bit of ascent early on - great practice for anybody thinking of doing a marathon later in the year."
2/3/19 Dewi Sant Half Marathon & Marathon.
Dylan Evans ran in the Full Marathon and finished 1st M50 in 4:40:39 and Jude Evans ran in the half marathon finishing in 2:40:45. Jude said "Today I ran my 21st half marathon on the stunning Pembrokeshire coastal path. Ras Dewi Sant certainly ticked all the boxes, well organised and marshalled and if you dared to look up from the slippery, rocky path the views were amazing!"
2/3/19 Cading canter.
Jeremy Randell was the sole Meirionnydd runner at the Carding canter. Jeremy finished in a time of 52:47 to claim 3rd M55.
Phot thanks to Colin Williamson (Flickr - Plasticsrule)
Sheeptracks is a challenging 27km distance race introduced in 2018. With unmarked trails throughout, the course traverses the east & west flanks of the Clwydian Range visiting checkpoints positioned to offer a wide scope of route choice. The most efficient racing line has been designed to follow the wonderful natural lines created by the master path builders, our wonderful welsh mountain sheep. The course changes every year to keep the race from growing stale.
Tristan Evans was the sole Meirionnydd runner he claimed 3rd Senior in a time of 2:53:56.
23/2/19 Slaithwaite slog, Half Marathon.
Richard Hankinson ran in the Slaithwaite slog Half marathon finishing in 1:51:13.
23/2/19 Rhyl 10 miles.
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Rhyl 10 Miles. First home was Nia Evans in 1:31:34 followed by Helen Wyn Jones 1:38:22.
17/2/19 Village Bakery Half marathon and North Wales Championship.
Well done Tom Roberts 4th overall and 1st North Wales champion in 1:10:11; Alun Williams 1:14:11 19th and Gwion Bobo Roberts 1:15:51 33rd. P.B. for Tom and Gwion
10/2/19 Nick Beer 10k, Llandudno.
Gwion Roberts was really happy with 4th position in 35:56 in one of the toughest 10k courses in North Wales. Tomos Slattery made his debut in blue smashing it under 1 hour in 57:11 and Sheila Symonds 2nd F75 in 1:58:57.
9-10/2/19 Titterstone Clee & Longmynd Valleys.
Jeremy Randell Did the double this weekend; Titterstone Clee finishing in 25:29 to claim 2nd M55 on Saturday in a howling gales with a smattering of sleet and on the Sunday the Longmynd Valleys. Wich Jeremy finished in 2:20:16 with interesting conditions underfoot (one step forward and two back on the steepest climbs). No PBs but a fun weekend!
2/2/19 North wales Cross country League, Oswestry.
It’s been a good season for the men we battled hard to try and push for a top 3 finish. We just missed out on second and settled for 3rd overall in our first year back in division 1. We had some individual awards for the season, Tom Roberts was 2nd SM and 2nd overall, Alun Williams 1st M35, Jeremy Randell 2nd M55.
But the biggest achievement and most positive feeling is that we had a full ladies team for every fixture. Nia Ty Du has done an amazing job and it’s nice to see the girls supporting her and actually enjoying the races.
Tom and Nia and really appreciate the effort throughout the season. Diolch yn fawr i pawb ddaru cymrud rhan.
26/1/19 Club Dinner & Prize evening.
The evening after the Tarren Hendre race we held our annual Dinner at the Ship in Dolgellau. There was an excellent turnout and great evening enjoyed by all.
26/1/19 Tarren Hendre, race 2 in Winter series.
January 26th saw the 16th Ras Tarrenhendre. The weather was typical for this race, not cold in the forest but blowing over 50mph and visibility down to 50m on the tops. 75 runners turned out, locals, winter series regulars and visitors from Derbyshire and even as far as Harwich. Local knowledge proved useful as several runners chose, despite the weather, to abandon the clear running line along the fence for the quicker southern route and came badly adrift by missing the awkward turn off in the cloud.
Race winner was the home club’s Tristan Evans taking his first outright win on a fell race with strong performance, leading throughout and winning in 52:44, 2:30 ahead of Eryri’s Richard Roberts with Karl Steinegger (Ambleside) taking third place. Women’s race winner Sara Willhoit (Mercia) took 8th place overall with time of 58:31 beating Eryri’s Miranda Grant by 2:30 mins, with Hebog’s Sian Williams coming third in 1:02:41.
Junior Jack Westwood of Aberystwyth University was in 19th place at checkpoint 1 but was reeled in by Maldwyn Harrier Gruffydd Martin who from 37th rose through the field to win the category 23rd overall in a time of 1:04:05 with Jack 30th in 1:05:45.
The M40 category went to Eryri’s Mathew Fortes in 56:52 and team mate Stephen Jones took the M60in 1:03:38 a little outside his own course record but just ahead of Victor Belsham of Denbigh Harriers first M50 in 1:03:59. Garry Gunner (Croft Ambrey) finished 57th to take the M70 prize in 1:29:34 a comfortable 5 minutes ahead of Alwyn Oliver of Eryri.
Aberystwyth University Junior Rhiannon Kamink was in a clutch of runners who missed their way on the tops and dropped 40 minutes from an excellent 38th place to finish with the tail enders in 1:50:50. Louise Barker (F40) from Aberystwyth AC ran a very steady race maintaining her 46th position to win her class in 1:12:24, Meirionnydd’s own Juliet Edwards gained 8 places from the first checkpoint to take the F50 prize and Maggie Oliver of Eryri knocked a cool 5 minutes off her own F70 course record finishing 64th in 1:43:54
Thanks to Aberdovey Search and Rescue team, and all marshals and helpers.
19/1/19 Buff Winter Trail, Coed y Brenin.
Seventeen Club runners ran in the Buff Winter Half Marathon at Coed y Brenin.
12/1/19 North Wales Cross Country League Northop.
Eleven runners took part in the penultimate event in the North Wales League at Northop. The men Finished third on 700 points with Buckley in second place and Shrewsbury in the lead with 397. The women had another great turnout and finished in 5th place with 1033 points.
5/1/19 North Wales Cross Country Championships.
Seven club runners ran the North Wales Cross Country champs at Rhug. The ladies fielded a full team with Nia Ty Du, club debutant Nia PenRhiw and Helen Wyn Jones all having great runs.
The men’s race was fast and a shock to the system after the Christmas break! Tom Roberts managed to hold on to 3rd overall and 2nd SM. Alun Williams was 5th and took gold in the M35 category, Gwion Bobo Roberts finished inside the top 10, and Gerald Cooper rounded off a good day for the goats.