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March 2024.

27/1/2024 Ras tarren hendre.

After two years of glorious sunshine on race day we were due a bad one – and, boy, did mother nature deliver! Saturday brought heavy snow showers, a harsh westerly wind with 45 mph gusts, poor visibility and the occasional hail storm. Unfortunately we decided it simply wasn’t safe or sensible to send runners to the summit so we created a turnaround at the foot of the final Aran Benllyn scramble, making a total race distance of 11.5 km. Ninety four runners set off and all returned safely.
First runner home was Tom Wood (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 53:28. Clubmate Gareth Wyn Hughes was next in 54:18 with Jack Agnew (Mercia Fell Runners) exactly two minutes behind in third place.

In the women’s event, Suzie Richards (Eryri) was first in 1:07:35, Nicola Richards (Mercia) was second in 1:09:41 with Mynydd Du’s Rhian Probert third in 1:11:03.
The men’s club prize, not surprisingly, went to Eryri with Mercia second and hosts Meirionnydd Running Club third. Eryri also won the women’s club prize with Meirionnydd’s women second.

Ras yr Aran is the final leg of CRMRC’s Winter Series with Rhobell Fawr in November and Tarren Hendre in January being the other two qualifying races. In the men’s competition this year, Rhys Jones (Rhedwyr Hebog Runners) was a clear winner (2:42:27) with Joel Gomes (Mercia) nearly four minutes behind in 2:46:55). Third was Jez Brown (Buckley Runners) in 3:05:22). The women’s competition went down to the wire with just 29 seconds separating first placed Nicola Richards (3:25:38) and Rhian Probert (3:26:07). Third was Sarah Cordingley (Maldwyn Harriers) in 3:59:43. Many thanks to our sponsor Aran Lamb for their generous donation towards the prizes.

Trophies awarded to local winners in memory of Aran landowner and long-term supporter of the race Margaret Thomas went to CRMRC’s Tristan Evans and Elly Blackwell.

As always, there are so many people who help make a successful race and we thank them all. This year, more than ever, we are grateful for advice and reassuring presence on the hill of Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team members. Dozens of CRMRC’s members contributed valuable help including our intrepid marshals on the hill, the finish line and registration teams, the kitchen crew and the soup makers and cake bakers.

Finally thank you to all the local landowners, Eryri National Park, Llanuwchllyn Council, O M Edwards School, the cemetery committee and all the Llanuwchllyn villagers.
Nick Leeming, Race Director

Meirionnydd runners participating included:
01:01:31 Evans, Tristan
01:09:54 Ap Dyfrig, Rhodri
01:13:05 Jones, Geraint
01:19:25 Alexander, Mike
01:20:57 Blackwell, Elly
01:22:24 Whittey, Dave
01:24:52 Hirsch, Mark
01:32:34 Rowlands, Glyn
01:36:40 Grant, Neil
01:36:42 Ashley, Jean
01:43:26 Hirsch, Christine


February 2024.

17/02/2024 Coed y Brenin, Winter Trail Wales.
Three ran in the Coed yBrenin Winter trail:
Richard Hankinson 1:10:39, 2nd M60 Age Category
Lois Smithies 1:11:15
Jean Ashley 1.18.45, 3rd F65 Age Category.


04/02/2024 British Masters 10km Championship 10 Km.
Luke Earnshaw ran in the British Masters 10km Championship ay Goodwood Motor Circuit finishing in 40:36 and 119th place.


January 2024.

28/01/2024 Sbrint 'Stiniog Race 5 km.
Luke Earnshaw finished the race in 25:40 claining 1st M45 Age Category and 5th Overall.


10/2/2024 Oswestry cross country, final race os the season.

Final Results of the season
Senior Men Division 1:

  1. Shrewsbury 411
  2. Meirionnydd 422
  3. Aberystwyth Uni 590
  4. Oswestry 804
  5. Buckley 1,087
  6. Denbigh Harriers 1,520
  7. Deeside AC 1,816
  8. West Cheshire 2,422

Senior Women Division 1:

  1. Deeside AC 171
  2. Eryri 209
  3. Oswestry 381
  4. Aberystwyth Uni 680
  5. Meirionnydd 599
  6. Shrewsbury AC 695
  7. Buckley 996
  8. West Cheshire 1,039

Male Master:

  1. Eryri Harriers 170
  2. Meirionnydd 183
  3. Shrewsbury AC 194
  4. Buckley RC 199
  5. Oswestry Olympians 296
  6. Denbigh Harriers 301
  7. West Cheshire 416
  8. Deeside AC 445
  9. Aberystwyth AC 498
  10. Colwyn Bay 711
  11. Shropshire Shufflers 845
  12. Wrexham AC N/A

Women Masters:

  1. Eryri Harriers 144
  2. Oswestry Olympians 164
  3. Denbigh Harriers 178
  4. Meirionnydd 230
  5. Shropshire Shufflers 296
  6. Buckley RC 349
  7. GOG Tri Club 346
  8. Dolly Mixtures 540
  9. Colwyn Bay 656
  10. Aberystwyth AC 700
  11. West Cheshire AC N/A
  12. Shrewsbury AC N/A
  13. Deestriders N/A

Male over 65

  • 1. Eryri Harriers 73
  • 2 Shropshire Shufflers 140 =2
  • 2 Meirionnydd 140 =2
  • Prestatyn RC N/A

North Wales Cross country Leagey 2023/24:
OVERALL 2nd Rhodri Owen
SENIOR 2nd Rhodri Owen, Meirionydd
M40 3rd Russell Bentley, Meirionydd
F45 2nd Charlene Jacobs-Conrade.
F55 Joint 1st Debbie Catermole

The club won the Tudor Friendly Shield awarded to the combined men and womens teams in Division 1.

2024 oswestry men senior 2024 oswestry women 2024 oswestry men master

27/1/2024 Ras tarren hendre.

The 20th running of Tarrenhendre was pleased to open this year’s WFRA Welsh Championship and North Wales Series. This guaranteed a large entry, restricted by limits set by NRW. NRW also asked our risk assessment to show evidence of biosecurity measures so this year we were asking runners to wash their shoes before entering the forest! 108 people arrived at the start line with a good number from over the border as well as the south. Weather was good for running with a cool breeze on the top and no cloud or rain. The climbs were good underfoot but the descent as boggy as ever.

The men’s race settled very quickly with a strong performance from Daniel Connolly (Mercia) who won in 49:35 from Ras Rhobell Fawr winner Rhys Jones (Hebog) in 51:08 and Jack Agnew also of Mercia in 52:10. Connolly was in front by the first checkpoint and stayed there throughout. Joanne Henderson (Denbigh) won the female class, just missing the hour at 60:17 but over 4 minutes ahead of Mercia’s Nicola Richards and Eryri’s Miranda Grant just 28 seconds behind her. Again that was the race order throughout but hides strong performances, Henderson holding a 12th place overall throughout the race and both Richards and Grant overtaking several men on the way round from checkpoint one.

2024 tarren hendre climb

Course records fell to Rhian Probert (F50 Mynydd Du) who took over a minute of Eryri’s Jenny Hemings record only minted last year -she stormed over the tops gaining 7 places before getting back to the trail; John Neil Owen (Run Free Fell Runners) took over 3 mins off Tony Hodgson’s 2020 M70 record in a time of 1:16:26.

The M23 winner Tom Black (Eryri) was in 4th place after the second climb but lost 3 places by the time he left the forest to finish in 7th overall. Joel Gomes swapped places with him to finish 4th overall and 1st M40. He remains close on the heels of Jones in the Meirionnydd Winter Series. The women’s podium was entirely F40 runners so the F40 prize went to Jaclyn Miller (Eryri) in 1:10:19 who also climbed 7 places on the men after the first checkpoint. Buckley’s Jez Brown took the M50 award in under the hour (59:54) and was 11th overall. Mark Pearson (Mercia) was first M60 in 1:12:58 30 seconds from team mate John Langton, and Emma Collins (Denbigh) took F60 in 1:19:01 and Maggie Oliver F70 in 2:03:49. Buckley veteran John Morris inaugurated the M80 record in 1:35:11 well inside the top 100 finishers.

We were grateful for the use of excellent Abergynolwyn village hall and enjoyed warming up with soup and some excellent home baking of club members and friends whose help in preparation and volunteering on the day make this event possible. Especial thanks to Aberdyfi MSRT for turning out again and, above the call of duty, driving round the mountain to recover one runner who descended the wrong side of the mountain. We look forward to the last of the Winter Series races Ras yr Aran on March 23rd.

CRMRC
We had a great entry from members for this race, unfortunately several had to drop out with injury but we still had 13 goats on the start (and at the finish!) Every one who dropped out offered to marshal. This year I was inundated with offers for help, thank you all so much, it makes life much easier! Rhodri led us home in 29th place, a good finish in such a strong field with Jack 6 places behind with Mike Brian & Rhys coming in at minute intervals. Elen was first woman ahead of Elly and Juliet who was second F60. We were all back in in under 1:35.

Over a third of the club were involved in the race on the day and we gave 107 people a great experience, with many compliments on the quality of the course, the marshalling and especially the soup and cakes. Perhaps we need to start a parallel Bake Off competition! Going on to the annual dinner in the evening made it a great day, I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as the runners and I did. Diolch yn fawr!
Nich Bradley Race Organiser.

Club runners were:
01:06:06 ap Dyfrig, Rhodri
01:08:11 Iffla, Jack
01:09:42 Alexander, Mike
01:10:45 Johnson, Brian
01:11:37 Davies, Rhys
01:14:10 Evans, Elen
01:18:23 Blackwell, Elly
01:19:57 Edwards, Juliet 2nd F60
01:26:05 Rowlands, Glyn
01:29:06 Skipton-Carter, Andy
01:32:02 Ashley, Jean
01:33:27 Hirsch, Christine
01:34:36 Grant, Neil

2024 crmrc tarren hendre

20/01/2024 Dolgellau N Wales Cross country league.


20/01/2024 North Wales 60m Indoor Championships.

Luke Earnshaw ran in the North Wales 60m Indoor Championships 60m Indoor at Deeside finishing in 9:11s to claim 1stM45 and 4th Overall.


13/01/2024 Twin piers 10km inc North Wales 10k Championship.

Ben Harding 33:03 2nd M35
Gwion Roberts 33:08 Silver SM NWales champs.
Siwan Elenid 41:16 1st F35 and Gold F35 NWales champs.
Richard flutter 42:08
Richard Hankinson 42:51
Luke Earnshaw 44:40
Trevor Jones 44:54
David Wright 44:55
Aranli Thomas 46:28
Debbie cattermole 46:31 1st F55 and Gold F55 NWales champs.


December 2023.

10/12/2023 Aberystwyth 10k.

Twelve Meirionnydd runners ran in the Abwrystwyth 10k.
First home: Rhodri Ap Dyfrig 2nd M45 39:16
Siwan Elenid 1st F35 42:10
Trevor Jones 43:49
Aranli Thomas 45:36
Elen Evans 3rd F35 45:51
Mike Geary 50:01
Lois Smithies 50:57
Jean Ashley 1st F65 52:20
Jake Metcalfe 52:40
Naomi Parry 53:50
Helen Jones 55:46
Anna Hughes 56:43


10/12/2023 Sea2Summit Trail Half Marathon.

In his first race runing for Meirionnydd Luke Earnshaw ran in the Sea2Summit Trail Half Marathon finishing the trail race in 2:37:21 claiming 1st M45.


November 2023.

25/11/2023 Shrewsbury Cross country.


12/11/2023 Dyfi 8.

Two races organised by Cerist tri:
In the 8k race winner Elen Evans 1st in 43:05 followed by Juliet Edwards 1st F60 & 2nd oversall 46:23; Elen Williams 57:15; Gwenno Pugh 1:04:04 and Rachel Richardson-Wright 3rd F60 1:07:24.

In the 8 mile race the winner was Tom Roberts MS Meirionnydd Running Club 1st 46:14 followed by Alun Williams 1st M40 and 2nd overall in 49:46; Gwion Roberts 3rd 52:19;Jack Iffla 56:09; and David Wright M60 in 1:06:19.


11/11/2023 Pen Llŷn Winter Ultra 60km.

Eleanor Davies ran in the 60km Ultra finishing in 8:19:47.


4/11/23 Rhobell fawr.

It was wet on Saturday though the clouds were above the top - until the race began. This is pretty typical for this first race in the Meirionnydd Winter Series sponsored as always by Aran Lamb. While there were more leaves on the trees now than when the race started 21 years ago there was a chill in the air especially in the thick cloud on the summit. 70 runners started and fairly soon settled into an order that would remain to the finish. The race winner, Rhys Jones (Hebog) was back in 54:06 exactly 2 minutes ahead of Joel Gomez of Run Free with Eryri’s Sion Edwards in third in 57:27. These were the only athletes to get sub 1 hour times in these conditions. Local Meirionnydd runner Tristan Evans made 4th in 60:22 and first man over 50 Jez Brown (Buckley) was 5th in 60:34. Other age cat wins went to Mike Frost M40 (Mercia) in 64:02, Dave Powell M60 (Aberystwyth AC) in 76:19 JM under23 was Malach Bromham (Bangor Uni) in 83:49, and Pete Nicholls of Meirionnydd was 1st M70 in 99:11.

In the female race the race leader throughout was disqualified after failing a kit check. The race winner was Rhian Probert ( Mynydd Du) in 67:20 followed by Jackie Lee (Eryri) 69:39 and Ella Leonard of Bangor Uni in 70:42. Nicola Richards (Mercia) got the F40 prize in 71:42, Dwynwen Pennant (Hebog was first F50 and Vanessa Price of Meirionnydd F60 in 89:50. The Eryri team of Jackie Lee Louise Beetlestone and Eli Salisbury won the female team prize and Meironnydd’s team of Tristan Evans, David Edwards and Rhodri Ap Dyfrig took the Men’s team prize.

Runners, marshals and Mountain Rescue were appreciative of the warm atmosphere in the hall after the race and enjoyed the amazing range of soups and cakes provided by club volunteers and local friends.We are grateful for the efforts all made to sharing transport (there is no public transport), thanks to Nannau estates and other landowners and the village hall committee.
Nich Bradley, Race Director.

Eighteen Meirionnydd Runners ran in the race:
01:00:22 Evans, Tristan 3rd SenM
01:05:46 Edwards, David
01:06:57 Ap Dyfrig, Rhodri
01:10:57 Iffla, Jack
01:11:36 Llwyd-Davies, Rhys
01:17:31 Alexander, Micheal
01:18:50 Whittey, Dave 3rd M60
01:20:07 Davies, Ellen
01:25:03 Thomas, Aranli
01:29:50 Price,Vanessa 1st F60
01:30:53 Grant, Neil
01:30:58 Liddle, Paul
01:31:28 Skipton-Carter, Andy
01:35:11 Ashley, Jean 3rd W60
01:37:12 Geary, Mike
01:37:22 Hirsch, Christine
01:37:56 Evans, Kevin
01:39:11 Nicholls, Peter 1st M70

2023 rhobell mrc

October 2023.

14/10/23 Charlton Park Cani-Cross (2 Day).

Anna Buckingham + Diego took part in the Charlton cani-cross, Wiltshire 34:30 (over 2 races)3rd overall.


14/10/23 Bangor cross country.

Charlene Jacobs 3rd overall and 2nd F45.
Debbie Cattermole 2nd F55.
Nia Wyn Evans, Peter Nicholls, Emma Story, Helen Jones, Lois Smithies, Elen Evans.


7/10/23 Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon, Coed y Brenin,.

Eighteen Meirionnydd runners ran in the Winter Trail race at coed y brenin:
Ieuan Pugh-Jones 1:41:48
Ben Wells 1:51:49
Charlene Jacobs 3/190(F) and 1/77(F40+) 1:52:09
Jack Iffla 1:56:08
Brian Johnson 1:57:25
Anna Buckingham 2/77(F40+) 1:59:33
David Wright 2:11:58
Siwan Elenid 2:15:01
Richard Hankinson 2:15:19
Trevor Jones 2:17:14
Juliet Edwards 1/7(F60+) 2:18:23
Dylan Evans 2:22:29
Justin Pilkington 2:26:58
Sarah Edwards 2:28:07
Jean Ashley 2/7(F60+) 2:34:59
Lois Smithies 2:35:51
Nick Ratcliffe-Owen 2:50:02
Helen Jones 2:50:35


1/10/2023 Cardiff Half Marathon.

Siwan Elenid ran in the Cardiff Half Marathon claiming a new club record for the distance with a time of 1.35.44. Siwan said 'Enjoyed every second, great atmosphere, great course. 27 mins off my time when I ran it for the first time in 2018 and 5 mins off last year.'


September 2023.

24/09/2023 Glyndwr 7, Machynlleth.

One Meirionnydd runner ran in the Glyndwr 7 miles trail race at Machynlleth organised by Cerist Tri. Juliet Edwards finished in 1:10:23 claiming 1st F60.


24/09/2023 Farndon 10k.

Running for North Wales in the Farndon 10k were Tom Roberts who won the race in time of 32:25 and Gwion Roberts in 33:42. Running for Meirionnydd was Alun Williams finishing in 35:48.


23/09/2023 Trailffest Half Marathon .

Three Meirionnydd runners ran in the Trailffest Half Marathon from Blaenau to Porthmadog. First home was Brian Johnson and commented 'Great atmosphere, lovely team train ride up to the start - fantastic route and views with near perfect conditions, bit muddy, what's not to like?' Brian finished in 1:59:02. Followed by Richard Hankinson claiming 3rd M60 in 2:27:41 and Helen Jones 2:53:5.


10/09/2023 Caernarfon Half Half Marathon incorporating North Wales Championship.

Siwan Elenid finished the half marathon in 1:40:10 claiming 1st F35, Gold F35 North Wales championship and a New Club record.


10/09/2023 The Yorkshireman Marathon, Haworth..

Richard Hankinson completed the Yorkshireman Marathon in 6:20:14. Richard said 'A lovely route around Bronte country but it was ferociously hot so concentrated on keeping hydrated and getting to the finish in decent shape.'


10/09/2023 Great North Run, Half Marathon.

Brian Johnson said 'it was a Blistering hot morning followed by torrential rain, lightning thunder and floods post race! I was keeping my sister company for the first 12 miles but managed a 6:30 min last mile.' Brian finished in 2:06:21.


9/09/2023 Welsh Road Relay Championships, Pembrey Country Park.

Meirionnydd entered two teams in the Senior Men 4 x 5400m. Meirionnydd A team claiming 3rd place with a combined time of 1:11:25; John Davies 18:00; Alun Williams 16:02; Nick Owen 17:58 and Rhodri Owen 17:25.
Meirionnydd B Team finished in 11 with a combined time of 1:20:24; Russell Bentley 19:53; Tomos Roberts 19:51; Adam Jones 19:31 and Ieuan Pugh-Jones 21:09.


8/09/2023 Shrewsbury Half Marathon.

Richard Flutter completed the half marathon in 1.39.46 a new M55 club record.


8/09/2023 Great North Run, 5km.

Brian Johnson said he struggled in the heat but was happy with 3rd M55 in 20:37.


6/09/2023 Ruthin 5k.

Three club runners ran in the Rhuthin 5k road race. First home was Siwan Elenid in 23.23 claiming 1st overall. Who was followed by Brian Johnson who commented A tough race in warm conditions but pleased to knock 1min 10sec off last year's effort in 20:11. Then and Richard Hankinson in 20:57 claiming 1st M60.


August 2023.

30/08/2023 Newtown 3000m track race.

Richard Flutter enjoyed a windy evening with Maldwyn harriers on the track in Newtown finishing the 3000m in 12:18.


20/08/2023 Caernarfon 10k.

Richard Hankinson finished the 10k in 43:56 in 2nd M60 and claiming Silver in the North Wales 10k Road championship.


28/08/2023 Leominster 5km.

Richard Flutter ran this Lovely 5k race on undulating country lanes near Hereford finishing in 20:16 claiming 3rd overall.


25/08/2023 Mid Cheshire 5km.

Seven club runners ran in the 5k race in Kingsley near Warrington finishing in:
Rhodri Owen 14:43
Tomos Roberts 14:56
Russell Bentley 14:57 3rd M40
Gwion Roberts 15:29
John Davies 16:21
Richard Flutter 19:42
Trevor Jones 20:42
Debbie Cattermole 22:44 International Wales cap.

2023 mid Cheshire 5k

19/08/2023 Race the train, Tywyn.

In the 10 Km race Elen Evans finished 1st F35 in 55:42 followed by Lois Smithies in 1:01:16 claiming 2nd F35.


12/08/2023 Podium 5k Home Nations Male Race.

Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the race. First home was Gwion Roberts in 15:36 followed by Tom Roberts in 15:11.


12/08/2023 Run to the castle, Aberdyfi to Harlech, 42 Miles Ultra Marathon.

Brian Johnson said 'I was mentally and physically prepared for today but passing marathon distance knowing I had another 16 miles to go was SO tough! Massive thanks to all the Meirionnydd goats supporting, it really spurred me on and helped me get to that finish line. Another race distance ticked off my list.' Brian finished in 7:46:34.


2/08/2023 Middletown hill fell race.

Two club runners ran in the fell race first home was Richard flutter in 38:29 followed by Debbie Cattermole in 40:08 claiming 1st F55.


July 2023.

29/07/2023 Dolgellau 5 Mile Road race.

There were 78 keen runners (one without a number! - please don’t do that) lined up to race this year’s Dolgellau 5. The conditions were ideal although perhaps a little windy. There’d been rain overnight so some of our quiet country lanes may have been a little damp and slippery in places. Competitors were informed of a water feature close to the finish (the underpass was flooded with a couple of inches of rainwater), it all contributed to a memorable race day experience.

The race was won by Rhodri Owen of Meirionnydd Running Club with a New course record time of 26:00 minutes! The first female was Marisha De La Rouviere also of Merionnydd Running Club with another great time of 34:01. In fact the first five runners were all MRC members and all finished in under 28 minutes.

There were runners competing from 12 different running clubs illustrating the popularity of this lovely race with ages ranging from Juniors to over 75yrs.

We had one unfortunate faller and one runner pull out with a longstanding calf injury so there were 75 recorded finishers (excluding the disqualified runner without a number) – well done ALL and we will hopefully see you return next year.

Special thanks go to: Dolgellau Rugby Club, Gareth (the farmer), Dolgellau Co-op, Ashley Charlwood and his medical team at No-Mad, ALL the marshalls and helpers, Barry / Mary and Joy (timekeeping and results and finally the Dolgellau 5 organising team for putting on this fabulous event.
Brian Johnson, Race Director.

Meirionnydd runners; positions and times:
Rhodri Owen, 1st 26:00
Tom Roberts 2nd 26:46
Adam Jones 3rd 27:16
Russell Bentley, 1st M40 and 4th 27:42
Gwion Roberts, 5th 27:44
John Davies, 8th 29:41
Ieuan Pugh Jones, 10th 30:49
Marisha de la Rouviere, 1st Female and 19th 34:01
Siwan Elenid, 1st F35 and 24th 35:28
Trevor Francis Jones, 27th 36:12
Elen Evan, 3rd F35 and 30th 37:44
Justin Pilkington, 3rd M50 and 36 39:51
Andy Skipton-Carter, 1st M55 and 39th 40:30
Allanah Fenwick,2nd F40 and 40th 40:34
Paul Liddle, 3rd M60 and 42nd 41:22
Nicholas Bradley, 48th 42:28
Sarah Edwards, 49th 42:34
Lois Smithies, 50 43:00
Mike Geary, 53 43:55
Pete Nicholls, 2nd M70 and 58th 46:05
Sioned Mair Jones, 2nd F45 and 67 48:16


23/07/2023 Helena Tipping 10k.

Two club runners participated in the Helena Tipping 10k. First home was Gwion Roberts in 32:50 followed by Richard Hankinson 42:29.

2023 helena tipping 10k gwion roberts

19/07/2023 Caernarfon Race The Train 2023 5 km.

Tom Roberts finished 1st in 14:51, followed in by Gwion Roberts in 15:13 and John Davies in 16:26.


15/07/202 Piece of Cake Half Marathon, Church Stretton.

Olly Downing ran the half marathon in 2:41:13.


15/07/2023 Eryri, Castell Howell - Snowdon Mountain Race *Allt Moses due to weather.

First home was: Rhodri Owen Wales Rhodri Owen 21/347(M) 18/24(M-Elite) 43:31 followed by:
Ieuan Pugh-Jones 48/347(M) 13/98(MSEN) 48:25
Ben Wells 159/347(M) 17/38(M45+) 58:47
Dafydd Thomas 169/347(M) 61/98(MSEN) 59:38
Brian Johnson 182/347(M) 7/35(M55+) 1:00:52, Brian Johnson said 'Disappointed the race was shortened but the right decision on the day - I'll have to sign up again next year now though.
Dave Whittey 211/347(M) 1st/12(M65+) 1:03:31
James Owen 243/347(M) 82/98(MSEN) 1:05:35
Dylan Evans 267/347(M) 13/26(M60+) 1:07:01
Kevin Evans 312/347(M) 18/26(M60+) 1:14:13

2023 eryri rhodri owen

9/07/2023 Guilsfield show trail race.

Richard flutter ran the 3.3 miles race finishing in 26.25 to claim 2nd M55.


01/07/2023 Moel Siabod fell race.

Ieuan Pugh Jones finished 10th in 58:15 followed by Juliet Edwards 59th in 1:19:39.


June 2023.

28/06/2023 Ras Gwyl Felinheli 10 Km.

Richard Hankinson ran the race in 48:09.


27/06/2023 Llandecwyn 5k.

10 goats ventured to Ras Llandecwyn tonight to participate:
Gwion Bobo Roberts 2nd 43.11.
David Edwards 3rd 43.23
Brian Johnson 52.29
Richard Flutter 53.36
David Whittey 54.27
Richard Hankinson 57.37
Frank Vaughan 1.00.52
Trevor Francis Jones 1.01.10
Sarah Edwards 1.02.12
Gerald Cooper 1.21.18
Great turn out and a very well done to all was a tough course.


24/06/2023 Ultra Wales, Dolgellau.

Ben Wells finished 21st ina time of 13:10:51.


23/06/2023 Snowdon twilight, 5m.

Rhedodd Ieuan Pugh Jones a Rhodri Owen. Daeth Rhodri yn 2ail mewn 31:38 a Ieuan yn 6ed mewn 34:11. Dywedodd Ieuan 'Ma rhaid deud efalla efalla os odd unrhyw synwyr genom fydda ni di mynd ir dafarn i gal beint yn lle redeg lan y fynydd mawr y y gwyntoedd cryfion ar glaw.'


17/06/2023 Trail Marathon Wales, Coed y Brenin.

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Brian Johnson ran the Marathon finishing 74th of 159 in a time of 4:50:49. Brian said 'My toughest race so far but delighted to achieve a sub 5hr and great to see so many Meirionnydd club members at the race as runners, marshalls and supporters.
In the half Marathon Helen Jones finished in 2:37:23.


10/06/2023 Barmouth 10k.

Gwion Roberts finished 5th in a time of 35:05. Gwion said 'Started off well and was comfortable in second place before suffering breathing problems. A quick stop and I was back on my way.' Following Gwion home were:
Alun Williams 2nd M40 36:35
Marisha de la Rouviere 2nd F 44:32
Siwan Elenid 1st F35 45:14
Trevor Jones 49:54
Allanah Fenwick 52:25
Helen Jones 57:12
Sioned Mair Jones 58:02
Neil Grant 59:32
Rachel Richardson Wright 1:15:15


07/06/2023 Llanrug 5k.

Quite a result for Meirionnydd at the LLanrug 5k incorporating the North Wales Championships 5K.
Gwion Roberts 16:36 3rd Bronze senior
Brian Johnson 20:29 2nd Silver M55
Richard Flutter 20:59 3rd Bronze M55
Gareth Jones 21:46
Richard Hankinson 21:50 3rd Bronze M60
Richard Hankinson 21:53 2ndBronze M60
Dave Whittey 21.53 1st Gold M65
Trevor Jones 21.55
Dave Wright 22:24 3rd Bronze M65

2023 llanrug 5k

10/06/2023 Dalby inferno, Ultra.

Richard hankinson said 'A great day yesterday at Dalby’s Inferno, a 50k ultra composed of 10 x 5k laps with an hour to do each before the next one starts. Massive thanks to Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team for organising and marshalling and supporting everyone. I love this race, it’s a joy to be part of. Finishing the first 9 laps allows you to run the last one and it’s your time on this that determines your finish position. Really happy with how it went, managed to save enough for a last lap of 29:30 (my fastest and over 10 minutes quicker than I did last year) which gave me a position of somewhere around 25th. Not sure of the number of entrants but perhaps 180ish. A mixture of the heat and 375ft of climbing per lap made it a tough day! The race is a fundraiser for Mountain Rescue and well worth having a go at, especially if you’ve been daunted by the thought of doing an ultra.

2023 dalby inferno richard hankinson

03/06/2023 Abersoch 10k.

Sioned Mair Jones finished 19th of 44 in age category and 342 of 575 overall in a time of 59:18.


03/06/2023 CadairX Half Marathon.

Two club runners ran the race Juliet Edwards finished in 3:00:51 and Richard Hankinson finished in a time of 3:08:51. Richard said 'This was a bit of a surprise, took over an hour off my recce time, this is a tough one! Beautiful race though.


May 2023.

21/05/2023 Newtown 10k.

Richard Hankinson finished 82nd in a time of 44:51 claiming 1st MV60. Richard commented about the race 'Good race with excellent parking. The race though not all on tarmac as there was about 800m of grass surface nearing the end. Thankfully a dry day!', And Elen Evans finished in 46.43.


21/05/2023 Great Manchester Run, Half Marathon.

Brian Johnson finished in 4058 place in a time of 2:14:05. Brian said 'My brother died of heart failure in 2020 age 46. One of his best friends (and mine) has been tracking my running progress and decided to run his first half marathon for the British Heart Foundation in his memory so I helped him finish. A proud day.


20/05/2023 Ras y Gader.

Eleven Meirionnydd runners ran in this years Ras y Gader:
Ieuan Pugh-Jones 1:47:32
Rhodri Ap Dyfrig 1:54:31
Dafydd Thomas 2:16:29
Juliet Edwards 2nd F60 2:24:05
James Owen 2:24:10
Justin Pilkington 2:34:15
Nick Leeming 2:37:45
Lissy Ellis 2:41:58
Helen Jones 2:44:10
Kevin Evans 2:46:03
Lois Smithies 2:46:55

 2023 ras y gader

14/05/2023 Rob Burrow Marathon, leeds.

Brian Johnson finished the Marathon in a time of 3:55:40.


14/05/2023 Utlac 30k Lecco Italy.

this is a 30k Mountain Race in Italy. Ben Wells finished 90th in a time of 4hr 17min.


14/05/2023 North Wales track championships Wrexham.

In the 3000m race Richard Flutter finished in 12.14 1st M55 and in the 1500m Richard finished in 5:54 1st M55.


10/05/2023 Elan Valley 5km.

Richard flutter finished in 20.58 claiming 1st M50 on a windy,chilly evening.


07/05/2023 Llangollen 10k Trail.

Siwan Elenid finished in 2nd Female in a time of 46:32.


03/05/2023 Rhostryfan 10k

Gwion Roberts claimed 1st place in a time of 35:46 and Alun Williams finished in 3rd in 36:26.


April 2023.

29/04/2023 Yorkshire 3 peaks fell race

Ben Wells finished in position 252 in a time of 4hrs 35min.

2023 ben wells 3 peaks

22/04/0023 Coed y brenin goldrush.

First Meirionnydd runner home was James Owen in 1:16:11 followed by Gareth jones 1:17:08; Brian Johnson 22nd 3rd MV50 in 1:17:41;Dave Whittey 1st M60 1:18:21; Siwan Elenid 1:21:07; Glyn Rowlands 1:26:20; Allanah Fenwick 1:26:47; Richard Hankinson 1:29:22; Lois Smithies 1:32:43; Raechelle Williams 1:35:04; Helen Jones 01:35:40 and Gudrun Jones 2nd F60 in 2:06:13.


19/04/2023 Ras Hwyrnos y Barcud Coch - Nant yr Arian.

First reace of three. Distance 5 miles. Rhodri ap Dyfrig finished 13th and 1st M45 in 35:18. He was followd in by Ieuan Pugh Jones who was 10th ina a time of 35:06.


16/04/0023 Rhyl 10k.

Gareth jones finishe in a rtime of 45:30.


9/04/2023 Teifi10 LLanbedr Pont Steffan 10m.

Alun Williams finished the 10 mile race 3rd overall in 57.16.


6/04/2023 Chocoholics 5km, Newtown.

Richard flutter finished in 21.03 2nd M55 and Debbie Cattermole 22.39 1st F55 and a new Meirionnydd running club record vet female 55 road 5km.


1/4/2023 Ras yr Aran.

A surprisingly calm and somewhat pleasant afternoon greeted the 100 runners and volunteers at this year's Ras yr Aran, the third race in Meirionnydd Running Club’s fell race Winter Series.

As this was the first race for the new committee under the guidance of Race Director Nick Leeming, the favourable weather conditions were a blessing.
The race was won by Tom Haynes (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes and 19 seconds which was quick enough to secure first place in the Winter Series. In second place, just under four minutes behind Tom was Jack Agnew (Mercia Fell Runners) with Ifan Oldfield (Wrexham AAC) coming home in third place.

First female to finish and also securing the Winter Series female title, making it a great day for Eryri Harriers was Jackie Lee in a time of 1 hour 56 minutes. Jules Toone (Mercia Fell Runners) and Jenny Heming (Eryri Harriers) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Ras yr aran helen jones

Other notable finishes for Meirionnydd RC were Rhodri Ap Dyfrig who was the first Goat to finish and broke the course record for the fastest local runner in a time of 1 hour 51 minutes 41 seconds. Whilst Juliet Edwards was first female in the over 60 category with Debbie Cattermole finishing as the first local female. A special mention goes to fell running legend Margaret Oliver (Eryri Harriers) who had an outstanding race finishing in 3 hours 29 minutes at the tender age of 75.

The winter series was once again generously supported by Emyli and the team at Aran Lamb who also fed and watered all the volunteers free of charge. We would also like to thank all the local landowners who gave permission to run on their land, Llanuwchllyn school and the local council for parking facilities and use of the village hall and to Kevin Williams Ltd. for supplying water for all the runners.

We were once again grateful to the fabulous volunteers from Aberdyfi Mountain Search and Rescue team for being in attendance and finally a massive thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their Saturday to ensure this awesome event took place.
Race Director Nick Leeming.

Club runners included:
Rhodri ap Dyfrig 3rd M40 in 1:51:41 / Winter Series 04:03:51.
Ieuan Pugh-Jones, 1:55:41 / Winter Series 04:04:14
Mat Fenwick, 2:02:26
James Owen, 2:05:25
Brian Johnson finished 54th in 2:16:31.
Juliet Edwards, 1st F60 2:28:43 / Winter Series 05:07:38
Debbie Cattermole, 2:30:41
Glyn Rowlands, 2:44:49 / Winter Series 05:28:25
Helen Jones 2:49:03 / Winter Series 05:51:06.
Kevin Evans 2:54:27 / Winter Series 05:57:16.

Ras yr aran MRC

March 2023.

26/03/2023 Sheffield Half Marathon.

Tony Hodgson finished 2821 in 1.58.20.


26/03/2023 Welshpool 10k.

Siwan Elenid, 5th Female in 44.22.


19/03/2023 Colwyn Bay Metric Marathon.

Brian Johnson finished 71st/425 (4th mv55/19) in 2:09:23. Brian said: "race up and down the sea front, didn't feel the wind on my back on the way out but 'boy' on the way back....."


18/03/0023 Nant y arian, Half Marathon.

Gareth jones position 22 time 2:16.


12/03/2023 Chester 10k.

Richard Hankinson 498th in 45:13; 16th/89 M60.


7/3/2023 North Wales Cross Country Championship, Wrecsam.

Rhodri Owen 2nd overall ?
Brian Johnson 59 2nd M55 Silver medal; Gareth Jones 61 and Trevor Jones 66th.


05/03/2023 Trafford 10k.

Geraint Pugh finished 46th in 1:12:39.


04/03/2023 Rhayader Round The Lakes 30km.

Tony Hodgson finished 2nd M70 ina time of 2:51:33


04/03/2023 Pipe dream fell race, Dolgarrog.

Juliet Edwards 96th in 52:41


February 2023.

19/02/2023 Ruthin 10km.

Elen Evans finished in 46.2 claiming 3rd overall.


19/02/2023 Rhyl 10 miles inc North Wales Championship.

Tom Roberts 2nd 49:41 Silver (running for North Wales); Alun Williams 55:05 SilverM40; Brian Johnson 1:06:42; NW champs Gold M55; Siwan Elenid 25th F in 1.09.52 and Helen Jones 01:26/37.


12/02/2023 Village Bakery Half Marathon, Wrecsam.

Gwion Roberts, 68th, 1:15:35.
Brian Johnson - 737/1349 in 01:48:18.


11/02/2023 North Wales Cross Country League, Oswestry.

Brian Johnson, 86/102. 3rd mv55 00:40:04. Nia Evans in 27:10.


January 2023.

28/1/2023 Tarren hendre.

Race 2 in the 2022/3 Meirionnydd Winter Series saw 75 runners coming to Abergynolwyn from all points of the compass. The weather on the day was certainly nothing like normal, with a regular comment from hardened Tarren runners at the finish being ‘I never realised there was a view from the summit!’. I’m glad to say everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was good to see them all back and socialising at the finish.
The winner of the mens race in 50:21 was Tom Haynes of Eryri, who led through all the checkpoints and came home two and a half minutes ahead of the second placed Joel Gomes of Wrexham who had also maintained his place throughout. Third was Sion Edwards of Eryri, who picked up two places over the mountain section and came in just less than two minutes behind Joel.
In the women’s race, first home in 1:04:21 was Jackie Lee of Eryri who maintained a strong lead throughout. She finished nearly four minutes ahead of Nicola Richards of Mercia, who picked up places over the mountain and on the forest descent, only just finishing ahead of Jenny Heming of Eryri by 15 seconds. Jenny also took Juliet Edwards over 50s race record by nearly 6 minutes with 1:08:19.

Ras tarren hendre Tony and Glyn

Category winners in the men’s race were Archie Peffers of Clwydian Range Runners in the Juniors, Dylan Lewis of Sarn Helen in the over 40s, Jez Brown of Buckley in the over 50s, Russell Owen of Eryri in the over 60s, and Tony Hodgson of Meirionnydd in the over 70s.
Women’s category prizes went to Sarah Cordingley of Maldwyn in the over 40s, Mandy Peffers of Clwydian Range Runners in the over 50s, Juliet Edwards of Meirionnydd in the over 60s, and Maggie Oliver of Eryri in the over 70s.

Eryri were first in both the men’s and women’s team races. First Meirionnydd runners home were Ieuan Pugh-Jones in 14th and Marisha De la Rouviere in 4th.
Thanks to all the runners for joining us and particularly our volunteers for helping things to go smoothly on the day and providing soup and hot drinks in the village hall afterwards. Aberdyfi Mountain Rescue Team attended which was much appreciated, it was good to know that they were there ready should anybody have encountered problems.

The final race in the Winter Series is Ras yr Aran, we look forward to seeing you at Llanuwchllyn for that on April 1st (yes, really!).
Richard Hankinson RO

Club runners included:
Ieuan Pugh Jones 1:01:46
James Owen 1:05:58
Rhodri ap Dyfrig 1:07:49
Michael Alexander 1:08:15
Rhys Davies 1:09:39

Marisha de la Rouviere 1:13:56
Gareth jones 1.18.07
Gareth Jones 1:18:07
Juliet Edwards 1:18:22
Dylan Evans 1:19:02
Debbie Cattermole 1:20:33

Tony Hodgson 1:20:56
Glyn Rowlands 1:21:22
Allanah Fenwick 1:26:00
Kevin Evans 1:30:02
Helen Jones 01:30:24.
Andy Skipton-Carter 1:36:07


21/01/2023 North Wales Cross country League, Colwyn bay.

Brian Johnson 94th
Gareth jones 98th. Helen Jones ?.


15/01/2023 Four Villages Half Marathon, Helsby Half Marathon.

Brian Johnson finished in 1:45:31.


7/1/23 North Wales Cross Country Championship, Wrecsam.

Rhodri Owen 30:34 SM 2nd Silver Brian Jonhson 41:03 M55 2nd Silver Gareth Jones 42:05
Trevor Jones 46:05