6 Miles with 1900’Ascent. Race Grade: AM & LK/PM/NS
The first race in the Meirionnydd - Winter Race Series.
The lower reaches of the race are run on a mixture of well marked tracks and footpaths, but the open fells above are unmarked. The high mountain terrain can be featureless and is susceptible to varied and often adverse weather conditions. Navigational skills may be necessary.
Minimum age 16 years.
Entry limit 100 .
All competitors must carry wind/waterproof full body cover, map, compass and whistle.
Sorry, no Dogs.
Start 12.00. Village hall, Llanfachreth, Nr Dolgellau (SH 756225)
Meirionnydd - Winter Race Series.
Second race in series: 29th January 2022, Tarren Hendre. TBC
Third and final race in series: 26th March 2022, Ras yr Aran. TBC
Summer season. Runs from various locations around Meirionnydd. Please note we will be operating under strict COVID Guidance from Welsh Government and Welsh Athletics. You will need to work with the leaders to follow the guidance to ensure yours and other participants' safety. Please be kind a patient with us.
Detail here or on the Club's Facebook Group page:
Last Updated: 3 October 2021.
NORTH WALES CROSS COUNTRY SEASON 2021/22.
CROSS COUNTRY's back for the 2021/22 season.
The north wales cross country championships WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY 8TH JANUARY AT YSGOL MORGAN LLWYD, WREXHAM.
Further details are available on the North Wales Cross Country website:
17th - Flintshire 10k, Mold inc North Wales championship race.
Four Meirionnydd Runners ran in the Flintshire 10k. First home to win the race was Rhodri Owen in 33:02 also claiming gold in the 10k North Wales Championship (NWC). He was followed home by Geraint Pugh in 36:19 claiming Senior Bronze in NWC; Richard Hankinson in 47:39 M60 Silver in Nwc and Nich Bradley 50:11 M65 Bronze in NWC.
10th - Kilham multi terrain 10k.
Richard Hankinson ranin the KIlham Muilti terrain 10k finishing 2nd M60 in 49:07.
Richard said: "Kilham multi terrain 10k also not far from the town, run on a mix of small roads, hills, farm tracks and paths including the “tunnel” that was the subject of some of David Hockney’s paintings. Happy with 49:07 38/203 and 2nd in my age category for this one but gutted (yes really) not to get the bag of potatoes for 1st. Everything was made ok on the way back though - we were following a tractor towing a trailer full of them and just as we were about to turn off one fell off the trailer. So i got my prize anyway."
3rd - Chester Marathon.
Tom Roberts ran the Chester Marathon finishing 3rd in 2:33:45.
Tom said: "15weeks ago my running mojo was well and truly gone, 16months of no racing and some weeks barely running. I needed a target to get me out of the rut so decided to give Chester Marathon a go. Few weeks of base training then a 10 week block. To start off with there was no set target just to see how things went. But I’m usually good at getting my fitness back and I believed I was in sub 2:30:00 shape by race day. It was going great up to mile 22 on schedule to run the plan A target, but then some cramp started kicking in and it was a slog to the finish line in a time of 2:33:45 3rd place. Not at all disappointed with the run or time, marathon racing takes a long time to get that perfect run and I can’t wait for the next one. London 2022."
2nd - Abersoch 10k.
Three ran in the Abersoch 10k. First home was Richard Hankinson 2nd M60 in 50:12 followed by Nia Evans in 53:17 and Helen Wyn Jones in 55:35.
2nd - NWXC league race 1, Wrecsam.
We had 5 runners running n the senior race in Division 1. Scoring a total of 349 with 3rd place for Rhodri Owen; 15 Ifan Richards; 24 Geraint Pugh; 26 Euros Evans and 139 Kyle Watts and a penalty of 142 for not having a 6th runner giving the club 6th place in Division after 1 race. This is only 10 points between us and Denbigh in the second relegation spot.
In the Senior Women race Juliet Edwards was our only runner and finished in 35th position.
In the M65 race Frankie Vaughan finished in 6th place.
26th - Farndon 10K.
Gwion Roberts ran in the Farndon 10k he finished 10th in a time of 34:38.
19th - Caernarfon Half Marathon.
Rhodri Owen Won the race in a time of 1:14:23.
12th - Snowdonia Epic Trai 10k, Betws y Coed.
Aranli Thomas competed in the First Tough Runners UK held Snowdonia Epic Trail 10k and finished in a time of 1.00.33.
8th - Ruthin 5k
Three Meirionnydd runners ran the race. First home was Gwion Roberts claiming 3rd in 16:35. He was followed home by Aranli Thomas 26th in 23.22 and Gerald Cooper 40th in 28.22 .
4th - Trail 10k.
First home was Rhodri Owen claiming 2nd Male Overall in a time of 38:17; he was followed by Ifan Richards 1st M40 in 41:36; Euros Evans 43:37; Rhodri Ap Dyfrig 3rd M40 44:42; Anna Buckingham 2nd Female Overall 49:33; Richard Hankinson 3rd M60 55:31; Nia Evans 1:02:06; Helen Jones 1:04:34; Margaret Roberts 1:08:07; Kyle Watts 1:13:45 and Nia Wyn Evans 1:20:07.
4th - Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon.
Gwion and Tom Roberts ran in the Half marathon. Tom finished in 20th place in a time of 01:12:26 claiming GOLD in SM North Wales Championship. And Gwion was close behind in 45th place with a time of 01:16:50 to claim the BRONZE.
27th - Mid Cheshire 5k
Two Meirionnydd runners were in action at this fast 5k, a favourite for PB chasers across the North West and in 2017 and again in 2018 hosted the England Athletics 5k championships. The current course records are 13.45 and 15.38. Tom Roberts finished in 42nd place with a time of 15:20 and Rhodri Owen in 15:31
22nd - Birchwood 10k.
Gwion and Tom Roberts ran the Birchwood 10k. Tom was 2nd in 33:48 and Gwion came in 3rd in 35:37.
8th - Preseli Beast Bach, 11 miles.
Rhodri ap Dyfrig finished 5th in a time of 01:30:43. Rhodri said "It was not a mass start race, but a timed race with everyone starting within a half hour slot. It was my first time on the course, which was challenging, a proper steep climb and suitably rapid steep descent from Foel Cwmcerwyn".
1st - 2021 Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race, Alwen Reservoir.
Tom Roberts Won the race and claimed the GOLD medal in the North Wales Trail Championship.
25th - Helena Tipping 10k Wrexham.
Richard Hankinson raced guiding his blind friend Louise. She finished in 56:34, which was close to her pb.
24th - Arenig Fawr Fell race.
Four club runners ran the race, First home of the four was Rhodri ap Dyfrig in 1:54:54, followed by Rhys Davies 2:08:01; Dylan Evans 2:19:21; Adam Preston 2:19:23.
18th - Chester Aldi 10k.
Aranli Thomas ran the race finishing in 54.27.
18th - Nick Beer 10K Llandudno.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran the 10k with the first home Tom Roberts in 35:51 followed by Gwion Roberts 36:45; Geraint Pugh 38:51 and Gerald Cooper 1:00:39.
17th - Welsh 1000.
At the 50th running of the Welsh 1000s Ben Wells took part in the Long Fell Race. Ben reached Ogwen in 02:47 and at 04:47 was at Pen y Pass and finished in 06:25:34.
10th - Piece of Cake half-marathon.
Olly Downing ran the race in 2:36:39.
5th - Dyfi ultra 50 miles.
Richard Hankinson completed the race in 17 and a half hours.
27 April re-start Tuesday Night runs.
Lockdown rule relaxed and the Club's first Tuesday night run of 2021 was George III.
January 2021 Tarren Hendre.
Due to the ongoing Pandemic and Covid 19 Restrictions the Tarren Hendre race has been cancelled.
11/11/20 Club runs.
Club Runs re-start under Welsh Government and Welsh Athletics Covid Guidance.
Nov20 Rhobell Fawr.
Due to the ongoing Pandemic and Covid 19 Restrictions this year's Rhobell Fawr race has been cancelled.
27/10/20 Virtual 5K North Wales Championship.
Congratulations to Jeff Davies on winning Gold in the M70 category with a time of 23:49 in the North Wales Virtual 5k Championship.
21/10/20 Covid Restrictions.
Due to the Welsh Government's decision to place Wales in a Covid-19 'Fire Break Lockdown' from 6pm on Friday the 24th of October until 6pm on Monday the 9th of November there will be no Tuesday night runs until we are informed that we can start again. Please check back here for updates. Keep safe.
15/9/20 Tuesday Night club run.
1/9/20 Tuesday Night club run.
29-30/8/20, Spillane & Co. Wealth Management North Wales Virtual 5 Miles Championships
Unfortunately due to the present uncertainty around the Covid 19 Pandemic restrictions Abergele Harriers recently took the decision to cancel the Abergele 5's that were due to the place on Sunday 8th November. These races should have included the 2020 North Wales 5 mile road racing championships.
After discussion with the North Wales Regional Athletics Council and with the agreement of Welsh Athletics, Abergele Harriers have been authorised to hold Virtual North Wales 5 mile Championships with the usual 1st, 2nd and 3rd medals overall, and in all recognised age categories.
Congratulation to three club runners each winning Gold in the North Wales 5 miles Championship:
Nich Bradley Gold M65 in 38:41.
Jeff Davies Gold M70 in 39:35.
Sheila Symonds Gold F75 in 1:24:37.
27/8/20 Club runs.
Club Runs starting again under Welsh Government and Welsh Athletics Covid Guidance.
16/3/2020 Covid restrictions.
Due to the advice from the Government today we as a Committee feel that unfortunately we will have to cancel the Tuesday night Club runs until further notice
14/3/2020 Ras yr Aran, inc British Fell running Championship.
A difficult couple of days of viral uncertainty preceded this years Ras yr Aran, the first leg of the UKA Mountain and Fell Running Championship. We decided to follow government guidance and continue but wondered how many might chose not to attend. The weather dawned in gloomy harmony but lightened as the wind freshened. Nonetheless runners and marshals were condemned to poor visibility, driving rain and 40+ mph winds. It was very wet underfoot.
312 brave types started the full 10m 3000ft course and very rapid time was made to the first checkpoint; Rob Samuel (Eryri H) lead a pack of 12 runners through in <26 minutes - Ross Gollan (Shettleston H) second, Finlay Wild (Lochaber AC) in the middle, and Eoin Lennon (Carnethy HRC) a leisurely 16th. M40 Simon Bailey (Mercia) was fastest on the second half of the climb topping out in 52:04 4th behind Gollan (51:31) with Lennon getting into gear arriving in 6th place 5 seconds behind Wild. A surefooted descent saw Wild quickest by 1:19 back to Moel Ffenigl giving him a 27 second lead over Gollan and they finished Wild 1:25:22, Gollan 1:26:16 and Lennon 1:26:43
Despite the conditions Tom Wood (Eryri) took Karl Steinegger’s 2009 MU23 record in 1:32:07 and Bailey captured Richard Robert’s M40 record finishing 10th overall in 1:30:12.
Keswick AC’s Hannah Horsburgh led the women race throughout, reaching the top in 58:07 practically a minute ahead of V40 Victoria Wilkinson (Bingly H) and team mate Nichola Jackson also under the hour, and this was the finish order with Horsburgh having a 3:28 lead over Wilkinson who was 26 seconds clear of Jackson.
Horsburgh took Kate Bailey’s 2009 open course record by 5 minutes with a finish of 1:36:01. Wilkinson took the F40 record from Melanie Price (Mercia 2015) by 8 minutes in 1:39:29. Only just behind Jackson was Hannah Russel (Helm Hill) who smashed the FU23 record (Lois Lee -St Davids) by 30 minutes finishing in 1:41:44.
309 runners completed. 3 DNF with 135 DNS.
As well as the Champs this is the third and final of the Meirionnydd Winter Series of races which was won by Richard Roberts (Eryri) in a total time of 3:26:39 and Alice Forster (Black Comb) in 4:02:10. The junior race winner was Oliver Bailey (Mercia), in 19:19. One to watch!
10/3/2020 The Freedom 20 miles.
In the all-time NWRAC rankings for the distance, Meirionnydd's Marisha De la Rouviere enters the women's lists at 7th with 2:24:02. Francois de La Rouviere finished in 3:02:23.
7/3/2020 Nick Beer 10k
A changed course due to a landslide on the orme but was no easier due to the windy conditions. Gwion Roberts finished 7th in 36:12 and Steffan Owen 117th in 47:23.
7/3/2020 UK Inter Counties Cross Country Champs’ at Loughborough-
Euros Evans (centre) was selected to represent North Wales in the U20’s category at the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Champs’ at Loughborough.
1/3/2020 Chester 10km
Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Chester 10k first home was Richard Hankinson in 43.59 followed by Peter Barnes in 1:01:52
29/2/2020 Anglesey half marathon & 10k
Good day for the three goats at the Anglesey half marathon and 10k today.
In the 10k Gwion Roberts finished 3rd overall in 36:51 and Richard Hankinson 36th overall and 2nd M55 in 45:23.
23/2/2020 Seville Marathon
Marisha De la Rouviere ran in the Seville Marathon. Marisha said "What happens when a mountain Goat takes on the flattest Gold Label marathon in Europe?. Pure magic! maratonsevilla was everything I dreamed it would be. Average HR 156. Aerobic marathon PB by a whole 5 mins and that at the end of a 100km week. Thanks so much to the amazing group of guys with whom I ran in an Ineos sub 2 type huddle for most of the way. I don't know who you are, but running with you was an honor. I loved every second of that.
Marisha De la Rouviere real time 3:08:08 official time 3:08:32. (not sure which to take)
22/2/2020 Rhyl 10 mile & North Wales champs.
Euros Evans ran in the Rhyl 10 Miles Meirionnydd 1st U20M in 62.06 and claiming Gold U20M in the North Wales 10 mile Championship
15/2/2020 Conwy Fell Race.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Conwy Mountain fell race finishing in 53:40.
1/2/2020 Oswestry North Wales Cross Country League.
At the final race of the season eight Meirionnydd runners represented the men at Oswestry. First home was Jamie Evans in 11th place followed by Gwion Roberts 25th; Jimmy Carter 65; Jeremy Randell 70; Dylan Evans 106; Andrew Ellis 114; Justin Pilkington 135; Richard Hankinson 137. Meirionnydd finished in 5th place in Division one and avoided relegation to Div 2.
25/1/2020 Club Dinner & Prize evening.
The annual Dinner was held at the Ship Hotel in Dolgellau and following the meal the Prizes for the 2019 year were awarded to:
25/1/20 Tarren hendre.
The second of this year’s Winter Series races took place on Tarrenhendre last Saturday. The weather was better than expected with no wind in the valley and the clouds waited for the start before enveloping the hill. No rain for a week meant good conditions underfoot. 17 Goats were in the line up of 83 starters which included a strong Eryri contingent and runners from as far afield as the Isle of Man, Derbyshire and Solihull. We reduced marshal points by 4, replacing them with signs - only to have the last sign changed round by some idiot before the race start, this lost some runners some time and places.
Tristan managed 3rd place behind Chris McLean of Cerist Tri, both beaten by an on form Gareth Wyn Hughes who finished in 10:50. Tristan was 18 seconds ahead of Eryri’s Richard Roberts who is now just over a minute ahead as they go to the Aran and Tris’ attempt to be the first runner to win the series 3 years running (no pressure!).
after two races, just Aran to go.
Gwion was the second club runner home beating the hour at his first attempt at the race and finishing in 9th place. Jimmy was in 17th, just behind Bro Dysynni’s Darren Helston in their M40s battle, and Jeremy Randell just managed to hold off new Goat Rhys Davies in the M50s 1:05:31 and 45 respectively. Ben was a couple of places behind them minute ahead of Dylan and 6 places ahead of Adam - out training for his London marathon.
First MRC woman was new Goat Eleanor Davies 3rd F40 and 40th overall. Evergreen Juliet took the F50 prize in 1:16:57 with Glyn a couple of minutes behind her. Also training for London and reviving his racing career in style was Old Goat Tony Hodgson who knocked 3.5 minutes of Phil Jones’ (Prestayn) M70 record which has stood for 7 years. Nia Penrhiw in her fell debut easily beat the 90 minutes some way ahead of Pete and Neil who finished in 69th and 70th a few places ahead of Helen and Sandra, both doing the race for the first time.too.
Kevin sacrificed his run to play sweeper bringing up the rear...oops Kevin you’ve missed a couple of bits! After last years spectacular departure from the race route on the bwlch which ended in Machynlleth station this year’s attempt at navigational excellence, this time by Goats Steffan and Francois was more mild. Pete reported that after arriving together at the top Steffan shot off downhill following the fast disappearing blue of Francois. Unfortunately it was also Francois first time on the hill and together they managed quite a few Kms Pennal-ward before Francois tells me he noticed how far he had deviated from the route on his GPS watch. Wisely they retraced their steps together and rang Tom to get a message to Race control that they were still on the go. Time having moved on considerably by the time they got to checkpoint 3 they were recorded as DNF and offered a lift down! Goats should note that use of GPS for navigation in the race would result in disqualification, but is perfectly acceptable to get you home once you have abandoned hope!
The first woman, in 11th place overall was Sophie Horrocks (Rossendale Harriers) in 59:46; Alice Forster (Black Combe Runners) was hot on her heels in 59:50 with Eryri Harrier’s Miranda Grant ensuring all three women beat the hour (59:58).
Rhys Jones also got under the hour (59:48) to take the Junior Men’s prize. Mathew Fortes of Eryri was 4th overall and first M40 (54:21), with Michael Reynolds of Mercia taking M50 in 1:03:54 and Stephen Jones (Eryri) was first M60 in 1:03:04.
Sarah Ridgeway was first F40 in 1:04:3 and Maggie Oliver (Eryri) F70 in 1:45:04. A strong Eryri presence took both team prizes, from MRC.
Catering by Goats do Soup & Cakes was as usual much appreciated, many thanks to Sarah and her kitchen team (and Gareth for peeling everything). Course marking and marshalling were again superb with HQ always knowing the whereabouts -approximately- of all runners. Registration and timekeeping again achieved a flawless performance. A huge thanks to all, and not forgetting Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team for being there and NRW for letting us play in their woods ( and tidying them up specially for us! Finally thanks to the WFRA for the loan of the radios -oh and lets not forget Billy-no-mates Arfon, our sainted Chairman who again spent the whole race on a completely different mountain, coordinating the whole show over the radio relay! Seriously again great team effort a flawless event.
25/1/20 Buff Winter trail Half marathon.
18/1/20 Twin Piers 10k & NW 10k Champs.
Three Meirionnydd runners ran nin the Colwyn Bay Twin Piers 10k first home in 4th place was Tom roberts in 33:09 claimingNW Champs 2nd Overall Silver overall. He was followed by Richard Hankinson in 43:25 and Nich Bradely in 48:34 claiming NW Champs M65 2nd Silver.
11/1/20 Cross country Shrewsbury.
8/12/19 Aberystwyth 10km.
1/12/19 Valencia marathon.
Marisha De la Rouviere ran a New club record in 3.13.39.