Archif 2013 Archive

Club position in Championships and leagues.

Inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships 2013.

Welsh Fell Runners Assoc, WFRA North Wales Series 2013.

North Wales 10Km Road Race Championship.
2013 - Carenarfon 10km

Wales Trail Running Championship

North Wales 10 Mile Road Race Championship.
2013 - Wrexham.

North Wales 5km Road Race Championship.
2013 - Rhyl.

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North Wales Cross Country Championship.
2013 at Rhug.

North Wales Cross Country League 2012/13.
The club finished in 5th position in Division 1 and podium places:

31/12/2013, Ynys Maengwyn, Tywyn 10km & 5km.

Thank to Bro Dysynni for providing the details: "A total of 46 athletes took on the challenge of either a 5k or a 10k run along the banks of the Dysynni river in Tywyn on New Year's Eve, an event organised with the emphasis on raising funds for the cancer charity 'Odyssey'. On the day, a total of £370 was raised for a most worthwhile cause with athletes both young and old taken on a soggy course as well as a strong headwind.In the 10k event, victory was claimed by Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completing the challenge in a time of 38.19 mins."
A further three Meirionnydd runners took on the 10k Jamie Evans 45:50, Dylan Evans 47:49 and Ricky Francis 48:26.
Dave Seabourne was the sole club representative in the 5k race, finishing 2nd in 28:36.
Ynys maengwyn 10k 2013

29/12/2013, Jubilee Plunge, LLangynhafal.

Two Meirionnydd Runners travelled to LLangynhafal in the Vale of Clwyd to take part in the Jubilee Plunge a 2miles/-1500ft run down from Jubilee tower to the Golden Lion pub in LLangynhafal. Ifan Richards won the race in 10:45 and Alan Jones finished 6th in 11:58.
Photos by Esyllt Richards here.

jubilee plunge Ifan Richards 2013 jubilee plunge Alan Jones 2013

27/12/2013, Aberystwyth Park Run.

Ricky Francis ran in the Aberystwyth 5k Park run finishing in 21:15.

Aber parkrun 5k Ricky Francis 2013

14/12/2013, Welsh Inter-Regional & Masters' Championships.

Alex Lanz ran, in the U20s category, representing North Wales in the Welsh Inter-Regional & Masters' Championships at Builth finishing in 12th place in 25:16.

Photos by Gwynfor Sport Pictures.

Welsh Inter regions XC Alex Lanz 2013

8/12/2013, Aberystwyth 10km.

Five Meirionnydd runners ran the Cambrian News Aberystwyth 10k.
Photos taken by Gareth Roberts.

  1. Tom Roberts 35:47 (9th overall) & New Senior Club Record
  2. Arfon Hughes 41:52 PB & New M40 Club Record
  3. Glyn Rowlands 46:27
  4. Graeme Stringer 47:10
  5. Keith Williams 49:50
Aber 10km Tom Roberts 2013 Aber 10km Arfon Hughes 2013 Aber 10km Glyn Rowlands 2013
Aber 10km Graeme Stringer 2013 Aber 10km Keith Williams 2013  

8/12/2013, Andy Reading 10km, Bicaster.

Jeff Davies ran in the Andy Reading 10km finishing in 43:17 to claim 2nd V60.

Andy reading 10k Jeff Davies 2013

30/11/2013, Aberystwyth Park Run.

Alison Smedley ran in the Aberystwyth 5k Park run finishing in 25:30 a New PB & 1st F40.

24-27th/11/2013, 25th Club La Santa, Lanzarote International Running Challenge 2013.

A classic event that has risen in popularity over the last twenty years to become a firm favorite, with many competitors taking part. The Challenge is comprised of four races taking place on four consecutive days, over various terrains and distances. The event attracts international sports enthusiasts sharing the common purpose of competition and enjoyment.
Website: here.

club la santa team 2013
    Overall Results:
  1. Tom Roberts 22nd & 2nd age cat
  2. Adam Preston 104th & 15th age cat
    10km Road Race:
  1. Tom Roberts 37:41 (2nd age cat)
  2. Adam Preston 44:47
  3. Graeme Stringer 49:02
  4. Robert Thomas 1:01:56
    13km Ridge Run:
  1. Tom Roberts 48:03 (2nd age cat)
  2. Adam Preston 58:20
  3. Graeme Stringer 1:03:29
  4. Robert Thomas 1:25:26
    5km Beach Run:
  1. Tom Roberts 20:35 (2nd age cat)
  2. Adam Preston 24:41
  3. Graeme Stringer 30:00
    1/2 Marathon - Vuelta a Tinajo:
  1. Tom Roberts 1:17:28 (2nd age cat)
  2. Adam Preston 1:34:08

24/11/13, Conwy Half Marathon.

Six from the club travelled to Conwy for the Half Marathon: Nicola Rees finished in 1:57:42, Heidi Roden 1:57:50, Jaqueline Fowler 2:03:08, Christine Owen 2:21:46, Haydn Fowler 2:29:53 and Lucie Llewellyn 2:40:09.
Photos by Mick Hall here.

Conwy half marathon Jaqueline Fowler 2013 Conwy half marathon Heidi Roden 2013 Conwy half marathon Christene Owen 2013
Conwy half marathon Lucie LLewellyn 2013 Conwy half marathon Nicola Rees 2013  

23/11/13, North Wales Cross Country League, Wrecsam.

Three of our Junior men represented the club at Saturday's 3rd round of the North Wales Junior Cross Country.
On the pan flat course, conditions were ideal at 6 degrees, no wind and very firm underfoot. The conditions produced a fast race.
The three ran in the U13's 2mile boys race. First over the line was Foster Evans in a time of 16:54. Next was Kurtis Hilton in a time of 17:09 followed by Josh Edwards in a time of 17:20.
Big well done to the three.

Another Seven runners took part in the senior race, helping Meirionnydd to nudge up from 5th to 4th place in Div 1: Deeside 404, Shrewsbury 639, Telford 778, Meirionnydd 900, Tattenhall 1,097, Eryri 1,163, Oswestry 1,244, Wrexham 1,781.
Note the scores have been adjusted following disqualification of Eryri second claim runner at the LLandudno Race. Remember only First Claim runners can race for the club in XC.
Results: here

  1. Ifan Richards 24th
  2. Alex Lanz 27th
  3. Dave Parker 33rd
  4. Alan Jones 58th
  5. Arfon Hughes 85th
  6. Elfyn Hughes 90th
  7. Ricky Francis 109th (Welcome back - First Race back after injury)
NWXC wercsam 2013
NWXC wercsam Ifan Richards 2013 NWXC wercsam Alex Lanz 2013 NWXC wercsam Dave Parker 2013
NWXC wercsam Alan Jones 2013 NWXC wercsam Arfon Hughes 2013 NWXC wercsam Elfyn Hughes 2013
NWXC wercsam Ricky Francis 2013

Photos courtesy of Harri Hughes & The old Vicarage.


17/11/13, Swindon 10k.

Jeff Davies ran in the Swindon 10k. Jeff said "Well, I did the Swindon 10K last Sunday and on a perfect [if murky] day for running, I did it in 42.09 with which I was very pleased. However, it only got me 5th M60 which says something about quality of the field. 1st M60 finished in, wait for it, 36.39 with the 2nd in 37.15. Must be something in the water down here. Personally, I’ll stick to beer."
Good effort Jeff, sounds like really stiff competition down there.

16/11/13, Likeys Brecon Beacons Ultra.

Ashley Charlwood took part in his first Ultra finishing in 8:12:23 to gain 26th position out of 152.
Read his write up on his blog here
From the website "The Beacons Ultra is a mere 46ish mile mixed trail/mountain/canal/road run around the magnificent Brecon Beacons in the middle of November, when climatic conditions can vary quite considerably. In the events 5 year history the race has taken place in everything from sparkling Sunshine through to minus 8 degrees, with obligatory rain and mist thrown in to remind the athletes that they are running in Wales in all its glory."
Beacons Ultra website here.

Ashley Charlwood Beacons ultra 2013

16/11/13, British and Irish Masters Cross Country International.

Congratulations to Ifan Richards on winning another cap for Wales in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International down in Cardiff. In what looks like a very fast race Ifan finished in 27:21.
Ifan said "Quality fields are what brings you on and in my case a big eye opener I was in a field of 35-45yr olds at the British & Irish XC champs last weekend and I completed the distance for the race a tad over 8k (5 miles) in a PB for the distance 27:20 and that's on the Country (new club record?) not road and it got me 74th out of 90!
It's insane the quality of these runners, the field was riddled with 800, 1000, 1500, 3000, 5000mtr track champions, 30 to 32min 10k'ers.
Full results here.

ifan Richards Cardiff International XC 2013

10/11/13, LLyn y Fan Fell Race & Inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Fell Championships 2013.

Juliet Edwards was our sole representative in the final race of the Inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Fell Championships 2013 series at the LLyn y Fan (5.5 miles/2000 feet) in the Brecon Beacons. Juliet finished as the 2nd F50 in a time of 1:05:46 to claim 2nd place in the Championship and Mark Atherton finished in 6th place in the Championship.

Juliet Edwards said "I know that Rhobell is one of the best middle distance fell races on the planet , even from the viewpoint of a hailstone beaten summit marshal.
However ,if you ever get the chance to do the Llyn y Fan fell race , just go for it.
Only 80+ miles to a quiet corner of the Black mountains, I somehow managed to find the start-despite a moody sat-nav which tried to get me to drive through an overflowing ford.
The setting is wonderful, views stunning with a great route (5 mile 2000ft) including steady climb , undulating ridge route followed by bum sliding drop then a slightly tussocky 1+ mile charge to the finish.
The only thing they did not mention in the essential kit check was sunglasses. Brilliant!

Juliet Edwards

9/11/13, Ras Rhobell fawr fell race.

This was the 11th Rhobell Fawr fell race and once again it was a cracker.
Apart from a brief hail shower the weather held out, visibility was excellent giving today's race photographers Ifan Richards and Ieuan Jones an opportunity to take some great shots.
Ifan's photos ascending. / descending.
Ieuan's photos forest ride.

Meirionnydd Ladies team Rhobell fawr 2013

Seven Meirionnydd runners took on the challenges on the day.
Congratulations to Shane Jones on coming home 1st in the Junior Race.

Shane Jones Junior race winner Rhobell fawr 2013

Six ran in the Rhobell race: Arfon Hughes 1:06:53, Graeme Stringer 1:18:24, Kevin Evans 1:24:33, Nicola Rees 1:27:42, Heidi Roden 1:32:06 & Christine Owen 1:55:55.
Congratulations to the Ladies team on coming in 1st,2nd & 3rd in F40: Nicola Rees 1st, Heidi Roden 2nd & Christine Owen 3rd.
Post race there were a selection of tasty soups and wonderful cakes to warm and cheer runners and volunteers alike.

Our thanks go to all who helped on the day including all the Marshals, Rotary club Marshals, Snowdonia National park wardens, Nannau estate, and the registration and kitchen volunteers.

Arfon Hughes Rhobell fawr 2013 Graeme Stringer rhobell fawr 2013
Kevin Evans Rhobell fawr 2013 Nicola Rees Rhobell fawr 2013 Heidi Roden Rhobell fawr 2011
Christine Owen Rhobell fawr 2013    
Rhobell fawr rotary club
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9/11/13, Betws y Coed Trail Race.

One Meirionnydd Runner ran in the 1st Betws y Coed Trail Race. A 10k trail around some of the most beautiful forest tracks in Snowdonia.

Alan Jones came in 13th in 44:43.

betws y coed trail Alan Jones 2013

3/11/13 Clwydian hills.

In the final race in the WFRA North Wales Fell Championship series Juliet Edwards ran in a time of 105:45 & Alan Jones in 89:42.
Congratulations to Juliet on wining the F50 WFRA North Wales Championship and Alan Jones on coming 6th in the series in the mens senior races.
The overall winners of the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series were Martin Cliffe of Eryri and Lauren Jeska of Aberystwyth.
Other category prizewinners -
Male : U/23 1. Huw Davies (Mercia),
U/40 1. Karl Steinegger (Ambleside), 2. Adair Broughton (Helsby),
O/40 1. Martin Cliffe (Eryri), 2. Jez Brown (Buckley), 3. John Hunt (Dark Peak),
O/50 1. Paul Jeggo (Springfield), 2. Ian Lancaster (Tattenhall), 3. Glen Davies (Mercia),
O/60 1. Martin Cortvriend (Denbigh), 2. Alan Duncan (Bowland), 3. John Morris (Buckley).
Female : U/40 1.Lauren Jeska (Aberystwyth), 2. Jayne Joy (Helsby), 3. Louise Barker (Aberystwyth),
O/40 Mel Price (Mercia), 2. Joanne Moore (Eryri),
O/50 1.Juliet Edwards (Meirionnydd), 2. Ellie Salisbury (Eryri),
O/60 1. Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

Juliet Edwards F50 Champ

3/11/13, Tewkesbury AC Guy Fawkes 5

Jeff Davies ran in the Tewkesbury AC Guy Fawkes 5 miles race finishing in 34:02 to claim 1st M65.

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3/11/13 Abergele 5miles.

Seven runners travelled to race in the Abergele Harriers 5 Mile, which this year incorporated the WA North Wales Championship 5 miles. In the Team race Meirionnydd Finished 3rd.

  1. Tom Roberts, 29:37,10th & 3rd Senior.
  2. Alex Lanz, 29:38, 1st U20 & 2nd Junior North Wales Championship.
  3. Clive Edginton, 32:38, 2nd M55 & 2nd M55 North Wales Championship.
  4. Arfon Hughes, 34:15, M40 Club Record.
  5. Graeme Stringer, 36:59.
  6. Ieuan Jones, 41:10.
  7. Alison Smedley, 42:53.
Tom Roberts & Alex Lanz Abergele 5
Clive Edginton Abergele 5 Arfon Hughes Abergele 5 Graeme Stringer Abergele 5
Ieuan Jones Alison Smedley  

26 & 27/10/13 Original Mountain Marathon OMM.

Ashley Charlwood spent the weekend running the OMM in the Brecon Beacons. Tricky navigation and hard running, but great fun. Ashley and and his team mate Jeremy Brett finished in a total time of 7:51:13.

Read more here....

OMM Ashley Charlwood 2013

26/10/13 Snowdonia Marathon.

Sandra Williams ran in the Snowdonia Marathon finishing in 4:20:34.

sandra williams marathon eryri 2013
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20/10/2013, Fell Relay Championship, LLanberis.

A belated but big thank you to my team mates for a great day at the fell running relay championships.
Not having raced for 18 months I was beginning to see the long downhill looming but training for this has got me going again and the day rewarded in spades. The long leg had a couple of miles run in to the hill bottom apparently madly swinging over to the Snowdon railway line where a nice (ie downhill) cart track actually leads straight to the base of Moel Cyngorion - think second steep bit of Tarren Hendre for 2000'!

Then a brilliant roller coaster with winds so strong that at one point we were bent double, leaning into it and forcing ourselves DOWNHILL!! Truly blinding rain showers and just a hint of total nervous and physical exhaustion suggested the new waterproof top might be better on than in my bag just before the top of Moel Eilio where we started the superb wind driven downhill swoop to the top of the quarries. There it all got a bit technical and muddy (ask Kev Jones how muddy) and a gentle bit of tarmac ramp to allow a respectable run in to pass the batton to Dylan and Kev Evans.

A great team day out, Clive set us up nicely in 11th place (over 50s) on leg one and I just managed to keep sight of Juliet's back so we lost just one place. Dylan and Kev E devoted huge time and effort to locating their checkpoints on the nav leg, and arrived back with Kev's shoe dying of a nasty hernia of most of the insole through the sidewall! Kev J's very brief trip up Moel Eilo direct, and his heroic go at downhill bog snorkling ensured we weren't last so honour was satisfied. Again a big thanks to the team especially Juliet for seeing me safe round and to Clive for organising.
Also thanks to Eryri for some seriously good organisation of a huge event in serious weather - it ran like clockwork.
Nich Bradley.

Provisional results:
By class.
By individual leg.
Race report by Matt Ward, the event commentator.
Mud, Sweat & Tears Matt Ward's website race report
Website for British Fell relay

Meirionnydd's V50 Team combined time 7:02:03 hrs.

Clive Edgington Fell relay LLanberis 2013 Kevin Jones Fell relay LLanberis 2013

20/10/2013, BUPA Birmingham Half Marathon.

Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the BUPA Birmingham Half marathon Jacqueline Fowler finished in 2:05:20 and Lucy LLewellyn in 2:34:15.

Lucie LLewellyn lucie lewellyn Birmingham Half marathon 2013 Jacqueline Fowler (Pale Blue top)Jacqueline Fowler Birmingham Half marathon 2013

19/10/13 LLandudno, North Wales Cross Country League.

Our newest Junior members represented Meirionnydd in the second fixture of the North Wales Junior Cross Country league at Llandudno. A 3 strong Bala contingent of the club ran well in their age groups. In the 2 mile U13 boys race, Dafydd Huw Foster Evans of Llandderfel crossed the line in a time of 17:13 and 13th overall. He was followed by Josh Edwards of Llanfor in a time of 20:57 and 16th overall. And in the 2.5 mile U15 boys race, Jason Weaver also of Llanfor crossed the line ina time of 18:18 and 11th overall.
Fantastic runs by the lads in their debut for Meirionnydd Junior boys.

The next fixture in the North Wales Junior League is at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd Wrexham (LL13 9NG) which will be held on Saturday 23rd of November. Registration opens for the races at 9:30am with the first starting at 10:30am

Seven Senior runners took part in the Cross Country in LLandudno.
Meirionnydd currently 5th in div1.
Division 1: Eryri 252, Deeside 254, Telford 471, Shrewsbury 538, Meirionnydd 583, Tattenhall 765, Oswestry 883, Wrexham 1,510.

  1. Ifan Richards 11th
  2. Alex Lanz 21nd
  3. Dave Parker 23rd
  4. Glyn Griffin 25th
  5. Alan Jones 62nd
  6. Clive Edington 72nd (3rd M55)
  7. Elfyn Hughes 89th

13/10/2013, Flintshire 10k.

Graeme Stringer ran in Flintshire 10K finishing in 48:00.

13/10/2013, Breidden hills.

Four Meirionnydd Runners travelled across to the Welsh border to race in Merica Fell Runners' Breidden hills Fell Race. A category AM fell race over 11km/690m or 7miles/2300ft. First Home was Alan Jones in 1:07:48, followed by Dave Elliot 1:10:30, Arfon Hughes 1:13:08 and Juliet Edwards in 1:23:27.
Juliet won a spot prize at the start of the race for a free Massage from Coed y Gwynt website here.
Map of the race here.. juliet Edwards massage 2013

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12/10/2013, Aberystwyth Park Run.

Alison Smedley ran in Saturday's Aberystwyth Park Run finishing in 25:55.

6/10/13, Chester Marathon.

Jacqueline Fowler ran in the Chester Marathon finishing in 4:45:38.

6/10/13, Cricklade Half Marathon.

Jeff Davies ran in the Cricklade Half Marathon finishing in a seasons best of 1:38:39.

6/10/13, Cardiff Half Marathon.

Two Meirionnydd Runners ran in the Cardiff Half Marathon.
Nicola Rees finished in 2:00:44 and Heidi Roden close behind in 2:00:47.

cardiff half marathon 2013

6/10/13, Twin Peaks, Aberystwyth.

Two Meirionnydd Runners ran in the Aberystwyth Twin Peaks. Dave Elliot finished in 57:43 and Graeme Stringer 1:05:50.

Dave Elliot Aberystwyth twin peaks 2013 greame stringer Aberystwyth twin peaks 2013

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5/10/13 Red Bull Steeplechase .

Dave Parker took on what looks a very challenging race with a twist!
The Red Bull Steeple chase in the Peak district, a four part race, and if not quick enough over the terrain the runner is ELIMINATED!

The race was won by 6 times Snowdon race winner Andi Jones. Dave however produced a stormer and completed the course and race in 4th position overall.

Knockout 1 Knockout 2 Knockout 3 Knockout 4 Total
1:09:43 0:32:39 0:50:22 0:22:56 2:55:38

"The race format of Red Bull Steeplechase is a unique knock out format. Competitors are split into two categories, male and female. All runners in each category are set off together making it a head to head race against the rest of the field where race position is important not time.
There are four steeples to reach and at each of the first three the slowest section of the field will be eliminated. Only 40 runners will reach the final steeple at Castleton.
This makes this race a unique format and will challenge runners both physically and mentally as they have to pace themselves not only to cover the distance and challenging terrain but to ensure they stay in a race position that prevents them from being eliminated."
Website link here.
Results link here.

5/10/13 Treborth Bangor, North Wales Cross Country League.

Nine runners took part in the first race in this seasons Cross country league. Shane Jones started off the day in the Juniors race (result TBC) followed by Juliet Edwards our sole representative in the ladies race who finished in 41st in 25:21. Ladies team are 10th in Div 2.
Seven Meirionnydd runners ran in the men's race. Unfortunately Ieuan Jones had to pull out due to a calf injury. The Men's team are in 6th place in Div 1. Results: here.

  1. Ifan Richards 9th
  2. Alex Lanz 22nd
  3. Alan Jones 54th
  4. Arfon Hughes 83rd
  5. Elfyn Hughes 87th
  6. Daniel Jones 114th

5/10/13 Abersoch Half Marathon.

Glyn Griffin ran in the first Abersoch Half Marathon finishing 3rd in 1:23:19.

glyn griffin Abersoch half marathon 2013

29/9/13 Arenig fawr.

Two Meirionnydd Runners participated in the extended Arenig Fawr Fell race. A race over 8 miles and 3300ft on Arenig Fawr and the adjoining mountain of Moel LLyfnant. Quote from Race organiser "The race is tough and NOT suitable for novices and requires good navigational skills." Mark Atherton on finished 3rd in a time of 1:34:40 and Dave Elliot in 2:00:12.
For more information on the race and maps etc visit here.

29/9/13 Island Trail Race 10K.

Ieuan Jones entered the Island Trail Race 10K on Anglesey finishing in 54:23.

28/9/2013, Aberystwyth Park Run.

Glyn Griffin race in Saturday's Aberystwyth Park Run finishing 1st in 17:44.

22/9/13 Ras y Cob.

Tracey Hamer ran in the 3 mile race along the Cob in Porthmadog, finishing in 22:30 the 2nd woman and 1st F45.

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22/9/13 Swansea 10k.

Ifan Richards ran, representing North Wales, in the Swansea 10k. The race incorporates the Welsh 10km Road Race Championships, Welsh Inter-Regional 10km Championships, the 11th fixture in the Run Wales Series and the fourth fixture in the Runbritain Series.
Ifan finished in 34:38 a new PB and a New M35 Club record.

Swansea 10k Ifan Richards

22/9/13 Ras 4 LLyn.

Sandra Williams ran in the Four Lakes 30km race, the preparation race for the Snowdon Marathon, finishing in 3:02:42.

Ras 4 llyn 2013 sandra Williams

21/9/13 Newbury Park run.

Jeff Davies ran in the Newbury park run finishing in 20:32 to claim 1st M65.

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21/9/13 Pen Trail Races.

Well done and thank you to everyone who helped out at today's race. Despite the weather all the runners had a good race.

Junior Race.
The junior race winner Lucy Gaul from Aberystwyth in 14:04 and the 1st boy was her brother George Gaul.

3 Mile Short Race.
Only Five runners ran the short race. The Winners was James Raymond in 0:33:03. Results here.

Two Meirionnydd Runners completed the Short race. As its a new race there are quite a few club records:

  1. Nich Bradley 1st M50 0:35:44,    New M55 club record.
  2. Pete Nicholls 1st M60 0:36:47,   New M60 club record.

9 Mile Long Race.
There were 45 runner participating in the 9 mile race. Results here.
The Winners were Gancho Slavov, Aberystwyth AC in 0:58:26 for the men and Tanya Barnes, Warrington Road Runners 1:15:19 for the women.

Fourteen Meirionnydd Runners completed the Long race. As its a new race there are quite a few club records:

  1. Alan Jones 1:06:49,    New Senior club record.
  2. Clive Edginton 1st M50 1:08:52,   New M55 club record.
  3. Ashley Charlwood 1:10:37,    New M35 club record.
  4. Arfon Hughes 1:12:15,      New M40 club record.
  5. David Elliot 1:12:30,
  6. Glyn Rowlands 1:17:53,
  7. Graeme Stringer 1:22:28,    New M45 club record.
  8. David Seabourne 1:24:28,    New M60 club record.
  9. Nicola Rees 1st F40 1:32:03,    New F40 club record.
  10. Dai Rice 1:33:19,    New M65 club record.
  11. Heidi Roden 1:33:55,
  12. Sioned Mair Jones 1:40:26,    New F35 club record.
  13. Lucie LLewellyn 1:46:40,
  14. Christine Owen 1:46:40,

18/9/13 Wednesday night training.

Ten runners met up at LLaneltyd for the Wednesday night training run. We split up into two groups one group running 5 miles round the back of llanfachreth across heather clad hills, down the river and through woodland. The other group ran a scenic 5 miles from LLaneltyd up the Mawddach valley.
Another great evening out.

wednesday sept 2013 LLaneltyd

New 15/9/13 Bristol Half Marathon.

Jacqueline Fowler ran in the Bristol Half Marathon finishing in 1:54:02.

15/9/2013, Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon.

Glyn Griffin ran in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon finishing in 01:21:07 (TBC).

Photos by Esyllt: here.
Photos by Mick Hall: here.

lake vyrnwy Glyn Griffin 2013

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14/9/2013, Pedol Peris horseshoe & Half Peris.

Dave Parker and Mark Atherton took on the fearsome Pedol Peris a 17.5miles/8500ft fell race from LLanberis over Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder fawr, LLiwed, Wyddfa and Moel Cynghorion.

This year it was a counter in the WFRA's North Wales, the Open Welsh Championship as well as the FRA British Fell Running Championship.

With stiff competition from the UK's best Fell runners Dave Parker finished in 22 place in 03:43:39. Nine runners including Mark and Tim Davies (Mercia) didn't finish with a further 18 who didn't start.
Alan Jones took on the Half Peris, finishing in 2:14:52.
Well done to all who took part.

Photos by Al Tye: here.

pedol peris Mark atherton & Dave Parker 2013 half peris Alan Jones 2013

14/9/2013, Aberystwyth Park Run.

Alison Smedley travelled to race in Saturday's Aberystwyth Park Run finishing in 26:37.

12/9/2013, Fairbourne Race the train.

Club members Clive Edgington, Graeme Stringer, Nicol Rees and Alison Smedley took part in the Annual Fairbourne Race the train. Results to follow.
Also running was Tom Roberts a welcome return after recent injuries.

fairbourne Race the train 2013
fairbourne Race the train  clive 2013 fairbourne Race the train  Graeme 2013 fairbourne Race the train Nicola rees 2013
fairbourne Race the train  alison 2013 fairbourne Race the train tom 2013  

7/9/2013, Aberystwyth Park Run.

Glyn Griffin and Sharon Lewis ran in the Aberystwyth 5k Park run finishing in 17:58 and 28:32

Peter Douglas

We are sad to announce that Peter Douglas (photographer) has died after a short illness. Meirionnydd Running Club would like to pass on their condolences to all his family and friends.
Here's the link to his website with photos & videos of the races he covered:

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4/9/13 Wednesday night training.

Thirteen runners met up at LLanfachreth for the Wednesday night training run. Taking the tracks up towards Rhobell fawr, through the forestry above hermon and back using a section of the Trail Marathon Wales route.
It was a glorious evening with spectacular views of the Rhiniogydd mountain range to the West.
And no midges!

rhiniogydd 2013

1/9/2013, Kent Coastal Half Marathon.

Jeff Davies ran in the Kent Coastal Half Marathon completing the race in 1:52:47.

kent half Jeff Davies 2013

1/9/2013, Caernarfon 10k.

Ten Meirionnydd Running club members travelled to Caernarfon to join 211 others racing in the Eryri Harriers' 10k Road Race (incorporating The North Wales 10k Road Champs).
Four came away with age category medals, congratulations to: Ifan Richards M35 NW 10k Champion 1st, Sioned Jones F35 NW 10k Champion 1st, Nicola Rees F45 NW championship 3rd and Clive Edgington M55 NW championship 3rd.

Runners times were: Ifan Richards 36:09, Glyn Griffin 36:46, Alan Jones 39:27, Clive Edgington 39:45, Ricky Francis 43:00, Arfon Hughes 44:57, Graeme Stringer 47:16, Nicola Rees 54:41, Sioned Jones 54:55 and Alison Smedley 54:56.
Further details of the race and results on the North Wales Athletics site here.
Photo's by Esyllt: Going out here. & return here.

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caernarfon Clive Edgington 2013 caernarfon Ricky Francis 2013 caernarfon Arfon Hughes 2013
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24/8/2013, Aberystwyth Park Run.

Glyn Griffin and Sharon Lewis ran in the Aberystwyth 5k Park run finishing in 17:37 and 28:45

25/8/2013, Ras Cnicht.

"A total of 50 runners competed on a glorious sunny day. There was a disappointing turnout of local runners. No record times but the winner, Lloyd Taggart, just managed to beat the ladies record! An enjoyable swim in the pool and a nice (free) cold beer in the local pub finished off a great day for all." (Dei Jones WFRA site.)

The sole Meirionnydd runner was Mark Atherton. Congratulations on finishing 3rd in 41:44.

Photo's by Esyllt: here.
Photos by Al Tye: here.

Ras Cnicht Mark Atherton 2013

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17/8/2013, Race the train, Tywyn.

Eleven Meirionnydd runners took part in this years Race the train. In the:

Rotary challenge.
Seven ran the 14 miles to try and beat the train back. Dave Elliot the first back narrowly missed beating the train by just over a minute to finished in 1:48:34 followed by Jamie Evans 1:50:58, Ricky Francis 1:54:06, Dylan Evans 1:54:53, Glyn Rowlands 1:59:20, Sandra Williams 2:15:54 and Christine Owen 2:42:31.

Quarry Challenge.
Four runners took on the 10km Quarry challenge first to finish and beating the train was Alan Jones 43:01 followed by Gareth Evans 54:38, Dave Rice 57:42 and finishing her first race for Meirionnydd Lucie LLewellyn in 01:12:12.
I Tried to find photos of everyone but i think a few of you were too fast!

Photo's by Mick hall here (morning race) and here (afternoon race).

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17/8/2013, Nant y moch.

Two MRC runners took part in resurrected Nant y Moch Skyline Fell Race, last ran in 2005. It counted as the 6th Race in the WFRA North Wales series and the 4th in the Welsh Open Championship. After running round the Nant y moch reservoir on a wet and windy afternoon Mark Atherton finished in 2:33:58 and Juliet Edwards in 3:26:38 to be the 2nd F50.
Following this race Juliet is currently in 3rd F50 in the Welsh Open championship and 1st F50 in the North Wales Championship.
Mark is in 5th M40 in the Welsh Open championship and 4th M40 in the North Wales Championship.

Nant y moch mark atherton  2013 Nant y moch Juliet Edwards 2013

14/8/2013, Plas Menai – Caernarfon 5k.

David Raybone was our sole representative at the Plas Menai – Caernarfon 5k.
A flat 4k from Plas Menai into Caernarfon along the cycle path, followed by a 1K loop around the Victroria Dock area. A good course for anyone looking for a PB 5k and a good finish for spectators.

There were 126 runners David finished in 23:31.

Photo's by Gwynfor's here.

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10/8/2013, Swindon parkrun 5K, Event 168.

Jeff Davies ran in the Swindon parkrun 5K, Event 168 coming in as first M65 in 20:19.

10/8/2013, Ras Glyndwr, Machynlleth.

Fifty runners including seven Meirionnydd Running club runners ran the Second Ras Glyndwr race from Machynlleth.
First MRC home to claim 5th place was David Parker in 22:46 followed by David Elliot 26:06, Graeme Stringer 30:48, Nick Bradley 33:16, Gareth Evans 34:10, Nicola Rees 35:05 and Sandra Williams 35:50.
Photos by Al Tye: here.
Congratulations to Ifan Richards who ran for Cread MTB team for coming 3rd in 21:51.

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7/08/2013, Ponderosa.

Dave Parker ran in the 4miles/950ft ascent Ponderosa Hill race, starting from the Ponderosa café on the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen. He finished in 4th place in 27:58.

3/8/2013, World Long-Distance Mountain-Running Championship in Szlarska Poreba, Poland.

Meirionnydd's Glyn Griffin won another Cap for Wales at the World Long-Distance Mountain-Running Championship in Szlarska Poreba, Poland. Out of 564 International runners participating Glyn came in 40th finishing in 3:58:01.
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And the team relaxing: poland Glyn Griffion and Welsh team 2013
More details at here.
Full results: here.

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1/8/2013, Ras Hendrewallog race, Abergynolwyn.

Clive Edington was the sole club representative at his local race the Ras Hendrewallog. He Came in second in 19m 20sec, and claimed 1st Vet prize.

27/7/2013, Dol 5.

Congratulations to Meirionnydd's Alex Lanz on winning the Dol 5. Dol5 Alex 2013
Sorry about the delay we have had problems with the race computer programme, results are here. If there area any problems please Click to E-mail.
Photo's by Gwynfor's here.
Thirteen Meirionnydd Runners completed the race:

  1. Alex Lanz 29:12,
  2. Clive Edginton 32:15 (ahead of his son Stephen 33:38),
  3. Jeff Davies 1st M65 in 36:10, New M65 club 5 mile record.
  4. Glyn Rowlands 36:53
  5. Danny Evans 39:07
  6. Tracey Hamer 40:41, New F45 club 5 mile record.
  7. Gareth Evans 42:26
  8. Jacqueline Fowler 43:40, New F50 club 5 mile record.
  9. Dai Rice 44:13
  10. Nicola Rees 45:39
  11. Heidi Roden 46:10
  12. Sioned Mair Jones 47:01
  13. Esyllt Richards 1:29:32
  14. Sheila Symonds 1:29:32, New F80 Dol5 record.
Dol5 Clive 2013 Dol5 Jeff 2013 Dol5 Glyn 2013
Dol5 Danny 2013 Dol5 Tracey Hamer 2013 Dol5 Gareth 2013
Dol5 Jaqueline fowler 2013 Dol5 Dai 2013 Dol5 nicola rees 2013
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24/7/2013, Race the Train 5km, Caernarfon.

Ricky Francis was the sole MRC runner at this years Caernarfon Race the train 5k. He finished the race in 19:22 a new PB.

Photo's by Gwynfor's here.

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20/7/2013, Banstead Woods parkrun 5K, London.

Clive Edgington ran in the Banstead parkrun finishing 12th in 19:45, son Steve Edgington came in 24th in 20:45.

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20/7/2013, Snowdon International Mountain Race and Snowdon Super Cup.

Glyn Griffin ran for Wales in the Inaugural uphill mountain race the Snowdon Super Cup. The Super Cup is limited to just 50 elite athletes who were invited to pit themselves against this giant of a mountain racing from the village of Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon. Glyn finished 13th and reached the sumit in 50:10.
The winner was Wegene Tafese running for Scotland/Ethiopia who finished in 40:53.

Snowdon super cup Glyn Griffin 2013

Watch the Film on S4C: here
Matt Wards write up on here
Photos by Al Tye: Super cup here / Snowdon international here
Photo's by Gwynfor's Up hill / down hill / Super cup.
Photo's by Neale Lewis-Jones: here

Five Meirionnydd Runners joined 533 runners to take part in the 38th Snowdon International Mountain Race.

Congratulations to Juliet Edwards for coming 1st in F50 category in 1:52:03.

The other runners included Alex Lanz 1:31:32 (He couldn't find his MRC top, hence the North Wales top), Alan Jones 1:37:54, Arfon Hughes 1:46:03 and Dylan Evans 1:50:22 (In T-shirt to avoid sun burn).

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Nicola Rees could you contact me? I can't confirm your race number/time or see you name on the entry list.
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Dave Elliot could you contact Esyllt, the membership secretary, to check your membership?
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17/7/2013, Stiperstones Fell Race.

Four Meirionnydd runners turned out for the 5.1km Stiperstones Fell Race. First MRC runner home was Ricky Francis in 37:49 (11th in cat), followed by Graeme Stringer 40:43 (11th in cat), Nicola Rees 46:53 (4th in cat) and Heidi Roden in 47:25 (4th in cat).

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17/7/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

Another sunny evening and eleven runners turned out for the 5.9 miles Diffwys ridge circuit.
Great views and a sundog (second photo - Sundog a phantom sun, an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun).

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Sundog, bright patch in the sky to right of the sun.

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13/7/2013, Tal y Fan fell race.

Blue sky greeted the 71 runners who set off on this race. Two Meirionnydd runners participated Mark Atherton finished 10th in 1:19:51 and Alan Jones 13th 1:25:46.

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13/7/2013, Paddle festival wales, Barmouth.

Meirionnydd runners took part in the Mawddach Rotary Paddle Wales race from Penmaenpool to Barmouth. We had three boats the first filled with our Baywatch team, second with Pirates and a third with the Professional team (they got the highest placing).
Baywatch got into difficulties caused by the giggles and ended up being towed onto a sandbank and eventually retiring out of the race.
The pirates were involved in several fights with other boats and lost focus on winning the main prize and came in next to last (13th). The Pros held up the good name of the club and raced to the finish coming in 7th overall.
Event website: here.
You tube video of the race: here.

10/7/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

On a blistreringly hot evening ten runners turned out for the traning run from Cregennan lakes. Two took the direct route to the pub, two took a low level route along the valleys and six climbed up to the top for the views.

mawddach from cregennan july 2013

7/7/2013, Didcot 5 (miles).

Jeff Davies ran the Didcot 5 on a hot Sunday. Jeff said "it was hot!, going well up to 3m but the heat got to me and i began to slow." Despite the heat Jeff finished in 34:27 to claim 2nd V60.

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7/7/2013, Wyre Forest Trail Half Marathon.

Our sole representative in the Wyre Forest Trail Half Marathon was Sandra Williams finishing in 2:09:57. Sandra commented "it's a great trail half race first two miles down hill then it's up and down for the rest of the way. Nothing as hilly as TMW though."
The winner of the race was Connor Carson from Mercia in 1:18:19 and first woman was Alison Carr (Unattached) in 1:38:00.

7/7/2013, Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race.

This event takes place annually at the Alwen Reservoir near Brenig resevoir, not be confused with the smaller Llyn Alwen. For more information on the legend of the cow go here.
On a scorcher of a day two Meirionnydd runners took part in the race, Clive Edgington finished in 48.46 and Graeme Stringer in 62.36.
The winner of the race and first woman both from Wilmslow Running club were Damian Nicholls in 38.52 and Dianne McVey in 44.50.

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6/7/2013, Moel Siabod Fell Race.

Among 90 runners, Mark Atherton was the sole Meirionnydd runner finishing 6th in 55:13.
The winner was Felipe Jones from Aberystwyth in 48:12 and the first woman was Anwen Darlington from Sheffield AC in 60:07.

A full race report can be found here on the Eryri website here.
"Under warm & sunny skies, and with a good turnout of 90 runners this classic race got underway at 14:00. From here-on however things did not go entirely to plan as less than 10 minutes later Ali Thomas came into view running back to us at the start line. It soon became clear that we had a major incident on our hands. Ross Powell, who had done such a good job all week in helping me take over the race organising from him, had collapsed less than a mile up the route and was in a serious condition. ....I am pleased to say that 2 days on Ross is reported as being home and in good health but facing some more tests as an Outpatient, ....".
The Club wishes Ross full and speedy recovery.

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6/7/2013, Ras Foel Gocyn.

Part of the Bryncrug Carnival celebrations is the Ras Foel Gocyn Hill Race, a 4 mile challenge. This year Three Meirionnydd runners took part. First home to claim Third place was Ricky Francis in 32.45, followed by Danny Evans 6th in 35.14 to claim 3rd Junior Male and chasing his son was Kevin Evans coming home in 39.09.

6/7/2013, Open 10km - Trail World Championships, Betws y coed.

Alan Jones was the sole Meirionnydd Runner running in this one off 10k race around the forests above Betws y Coed, finishing 38th in 45:07.
The winner was Andrew Davies of Maldwyn Harriers in 33:50 closely followed by Rob Samuel Eryri in 33:53, a tight finish. The first woman was Katie Walshaw for Holmfith in .

In the 77Km World Trail Running Championships the winner was Ricky Lightfoot of GB and Northern Ireland in 5:36:03, second Florian Neuschwander of Germany in 05:45:16 and third was Julien Rancon of France in 05:54:21.
The First Female was Nathalie Mauclair of France in 06:38:45, second Aurelia Truel (France) in 06:55:51 and third Maria Chiara Parigi of Italy in 07:00:30.

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3/7/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

Nine runners ran a route 4.5mile around Brithdir taking in the Torrent walk and a climb up to the "pimple".

26/6/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

On a gorgeous evening ten runners attended this training session, a distance of 5.5 miles with 1500ft ascent, starting from the Village of LLanfachreth up to the pass below Rhobell fawr, round along the forestry track above Hermon before descending along narrow forest trails and across farmland back into LLanfachreth.
Liberal application of Avon Skin-So-Soft managed to keep the midges away.

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23/6/2013, Moel Y gamelin fell race.

There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in both the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and the fourth race in the North Wales Series (sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor). The runners had to contend with gale force winds and driving rain on the outward leg along the ridge. Fortunately, the rain relented on the return (although the wind remained strong).
Three Meirionnydd Runners took part Mark Atherton finished in 1:21:42, Alan Jones in 1:28:19 and Juliet Edwards in second place F50 in 1:45:32.
LLoyd Taggart for Dark Peak won in 1:08:54 and first lady was Jackie Lee from Eryri in 1:23:20.

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22/6/2013, Trail Marathon Wales.

Welsh Athletics were once again using Trail Marathon Wales as a selection race for the Welsh team who will attend the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Poland this August.
With fourteen Club runners in both races it was an excellent turnout and great effort by all who took part and also those club members who helped to organise the event.
Thank you and well done everyone.

In the Marathon
Congratulations to the Glyn Griffin 3:22:39, Dave Parker 3:30:40 and Ashley Charlwood 4:05:35 on winning the Gold medal Team Prize in the Welsh Athletics Trail Championships (Long).
Read Ashley excellent write up on his Blogg here.

TMW Glyn Griffin 2013 TMW Dave Parker 2013 TMW Ashley 2013

Our sole Female representative showing her excellent stamina in the Marathon was Sandra Williams 05:18:38 she commented "What an fantastic day up at the Trail Marathon Wales. Hardest race I do but the BEST. Everyone is so so friendly, I love it and knocked 28 minutes off last year... roll on next year".

TMW Sandra Williams 2013

In the Half Marathon
Jude Evans commented "well I survived! Bit slower than last year but I've raised about £300 for Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team (ASaRT)."
Chris Owen commented "Trail Marathon 1/2, brilliant! But boy are my midgy bites itching."
Club times in the half: Ricky Francis 01:59:13, Dylan Evans 02:03:04, Adam Preston 02:03:22, Glyn Rowlands 2:05:53, David Seabourne 02:25:31, David Raybone 02:35:38, Kevin Evans 02:35:44, Heidi Roden 02:36:08, Jude Evans 02:55:22 and completing the list with a lovelly smile on her face at the finish Christine Owen 03:03:36

Photos by Al Tye: here
Photo's by Gwynfor's here

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19/6/2013, Deiniolen 10k.

Graeme Stringer took on the New Deiniolen 10k. Commenting "Deiniolen....trying my best to keep my personal worst for a 10k under 50 minutes! The hardest 10k I have ever done, but well organised and stunning weather." Graeme finished in 49.54.
Race website on Gwynfor's here
Race photos by Al Tye: here

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19/6/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

Seventeen runners attended the wednsday night training run from the LLanfachreth Car park. The run took us on a 4.61 mile (1124ft ascent) route down to Glastir, through the old Copper mine processing plant, up the hill through the forest to join the precepice walk and round to LLyn cynwch before returning back to the carpark.
A great evenings run and nice to see some new faces.

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15/6/2013, Gregynog Trail Race.

Two Meirionnydd Runners travelled down to Gregynog, Powys to race in the Maldwyn Harriers' Gregynog Trail race. Glyn Griffin finished in 2nd place in 30:15 and Graeme Stringer finished in 43:07.

11/6/13, Up the Beast.

Dave Parker ran in this race (4.5M/1503ft) he finished in 6th place in 36:15. Athletics North Wales "Not only was the size of the field a record but both the men's and women's course records were set in the Up The Beast race at Maeshafn. Rob Grantham 34:17, took 63 seconds off his own record while Helsby's Jayne Joy took 1 minute 53 seconds off the women's best, improving her own time by over three minutes in the process."

10/6/13, Westonbirt National Arboretum 10K.

Jacqueline Fowler finished in 55:36.

8/6/2013, Moel Hebog mountain race.

Beddgelert saw the third race in the WFRA North Wales Championship, Moel Hebog run over 4.2mile with 2460ft ascent making a punishing 585ft/mile. The race is a straight forwad there and back.
It was a real scorcher, bright sun and no wind. The pull up to the top was really tough work. The down hill was great fun, rocks and scree at the top with a great ridge run before the killer flat to the finish.
On finishing the race a cool swim in the river helped the recovery process, followed by the free ice cream.

Congratulations go to Ifan Richards who pelted to the finish line to Win the race in 50:18, Mark Atherton came in next for the club to claim 3rd M40 in 54:18 and Juliette Edwards claimed 1st F50 1:15:48. Alan Jones in 1:03:38 and Arfon Hughes 1:08:23 completed the Meirionnydd runners competing on the day.

Photos from Al Tye, see Below and ( here.
More Photos from Pete Douglas ( here.

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2/6/2013, Poole 10k.

Jeff Davies represented Meirionnydd in the Poole Festival of Running by taking on the Poole 10k. A two lap circuit around Poole Harbour attracting 1000 runners. It was very hot and sunny day on the South coast and Jeff finished in 44:05.

1/6/2013, Big Welsh Trail 10k, LLandegla.

At the Big Welsh Trail at Llandegla on a route on some stunning and awe inspiring trails through the 650 hectares of this beautiful forest. Glyn Griffin raced 120 other male competitors in the Big Welsh Trail 10k and finished in 0:40:53 to win 3rd overall.
According to Glyn "it was a hard route with steep hill sections and hellishly muddy."

Photos at Gwynfor's Sport pictures here.

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1/6/2013, Welsh 1000 fell race.

Mark Atherton and Dave Parker ran in the tough Welsh 1000. Mark commented "The Welsh 1000m peak fell race...what a challenging race this is. 5 peaks all 1000m or over in snowdonia with 8500ft of climbing and just over 20 miles. The weather was cold and misty on tops, biting cold wind made it hard in the latter stages. The PYG track and Snowdon summit was more conjested than a cattle market."
Dave Parker finished 9th in 4:35:46 and Mark in 18th in 4:54:31.

Photos from Al Tye ( here.

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1/6/2013, Abersoch 10k.

Alan Jones travelled to the seaside to race in the Abersoch 10k finished 17th in 0:39:22. The route map here takes in some scenic countryside and finished along the beach.

26/5/2013, Rhyl Sun Center & North Wales Championship 5K.

Four Meirionnydd runners travelled from sunny Meirionnydd up to the sunshine coast of Rhyl only to find Rhyl clad in grey clouds and drizzle. Despite the weather there was an excellent turnout for the event.
First off was Harri Hughes in the 1k juniors race. With over 100 Junior runners participating, Harri completed his race in 3rd place.
In the 5k a total of 92 runners with the overall winner Ricky Challinor (Liverpool Running Club) setting a blistering pace to finish in 15:44. Clive Edgington, Arfon Hughes and Ricky Francis all finished in under 20 minutes.
Clive finished first, 15th in 19:08 to claim the championship title for 1st M55 and a new club record. Arfon finished 17th in 19:14 to claim 3rd in M40 a new PB and Ricky finished in 19:53 a new PB.

Rhyl sun center 1k Harri Hughes juniors 2013 Rhyl sun center 5k Champ Clive Edington 2013 Rhyl sun center 5k Ricky Francis Arfon Hughes 2013

29/5/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

Seven runners attended the wednsday night training run at Coed y Brenin to run the 5 mile route behind the visitor's center. It was a very gentle run and the weather was nice.

CYB wednesday night training end May 2013

26/5/2013, Edinburgh Marathon.

Sandra Williams travelled North to Scotland to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, a two day running festival which included 5k, 10k half and full marathon races. Sandra ran in the Marathon and crossed the finish line in 3:56:47.
Photos & Video clip of Sandra at bottom of page here.

25/5/2013, Skiddaw uphill Mountain race.

Ifan Richards and Glyn Griffin travelled to Keswick, Cumbria to run the slopes of Skiddaw over a distance of 11km with 1050m climb in an uphill only race. The race was the European Mountain Running Championships trial race with runners looking to secure places on the GB & NI team for the Championships in Bulgaria in July. Glyn Griffin ran for Wales, his second Cap, finishing the race in 1:05:21 while Ifan still recovering from his victory at Ras y Cader finished in 1:12:21.

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25/5/2013, Newbury Park run 5k.

At Newbury Park Run, Jeff Davies took to the field, believing it to be flatter than his regular in Swindon. It takes place on Greenham Common (the old Cruise Missile base) and crosses the runway where the B52s once operated and countless ladies demonstrated. The area is now very overgrown and used by dog-walkers and runners. Jeff finished in 20.48, 1st M65 and a new M65 course record for Newbury & New Club Record.

New video: Trail Running in Coed y Brenin by Ashley Charlwood .

Ashleys latest trail video of MRCrunners in Coed y Brenin here.

22/5/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

Seventeen runners attended this evening's training run up the last mountain on the Southern end of the Rhiniogydd, Diffwys. It was a wonderful bright evening but with a cold northerly wind.

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19/5/2013, Settle Hill Fell race.

At Sunday's Settle Fell race, incorporating the British Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship Glyn Griffin gained his first North Wales Cap and helped the team to win 2nd and a Silver medal by finishing in 55:03.

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19/5/13, Bulmers Bash 10K.

Jacqueline Fowler finished in 65:14.

18/5/2013, Ras y Gader.

Congratulations to Ifan Richards for winning the 2013 Ras y Gader. Ifan was fourth coming off the top of Cader with Martin Cliffe of Eryri holding a significant lead on him. Ifan must have flown down the pony track as he caught up with Martin at Ty Nant. The two then had a fight and a half to get to the finish line. Ifan crossed the line in 1:31:02 with Martin coming in second in 1:31:14.

Ifan Richards running down Cader, pony track.

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Martin and Ifan at the finish line, a brilliant race.

cader 2013 ifan winner & Martin 2nd

Juniors Congratulations to Harri Hughes for coming 2nd, Cai Johnson 3rd in the U14 race and Ela Johnson 2nd girl in u12.

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Meirionnydd had a good day with Mark Atherton 1:40:38, Alan Jones 1:48:18, Arfon Hughes 1:54:07, Adam Preston 1:59:24 and sole MRC lady in todays race was Christine Owen who fimished in 3:08:40.

Photos from Al Tye ( here.
Photos from Pete Douglas ( here.

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15/5/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

Thirteen runners turned out for the Wednesday night run on the hills behind LLanelltyd. After the rain and wind over the last week, we had a gorgeous evening for the run. The run took the runners through forests, along hill tracks above the Mawddach river, some of the best scenery in Wales.

LLanfachreth Training run may 2013
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12/5/2013, Newtown 10k.

Ricky Francis and Graeme Stringer raced in the Maldwyn Harriers' Newtown 10k on Sunday.
Ricky finished in 41:37 and Graeme in 47:18.

11/5/2013, Swindon 5k Parkrun.

Jeff Davies ran in the Swindon 5k Park run finishing in 21:25 a Seasons Best and 1st place in M65.

Jeff Davies Swindon parkrun 2013

8/5/2013, Wednesday Night Training.

Eleven Runners turned out to Ty Nant Car park for this evenings training run. It was a bright evening but with a strong South Westerly, this wind was particularly noticeable for the group that went up Cadair Idris.

May training night Cadair 2013

6/5/2013, Mid week series - Moel y Gest Fell race .

Congratulations to Ifan Richards on his success at Moel y Gest fell race. On a warm spring evening ifan started at the back of the pack and fought his way through to the front finishing the race in 2nd position.
Pictures by Esyllt here.

4/5/2013, LLangynhafal Fell Race.

Four Meirionnydd Runners raced in the LLangynhafal Fell race, the second race in the Welsh Fell Runnerss Assoc (WFRA) North Wales Championship & the WFRA Wales Open Championship series. As a results there was an excellent turnout with 140 runners resulting in and a really competetive race over the 4.7 miles with 1750 ft ascent up and round Jubilee tower on Moel Fammau on the Clwydian Range. The weather was bright and sunny with great views along the Vale of Clwyd. The race was short and fast.

Mark came in 10th in 43:28, followed by Alan Jones in 47:45, Arfon Hughes 50:26 and Juliette Edwards in 56:05 to claim second place in F50.

Photos from Pete Douglas ( here.

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4/5/2013, Red kite challenge.

Alex Lanz and Glyn Rowlands raced in the Red kite Challenge. Glyn finished the half marathon distance in 1:59:03. Alex Lanz came 2nd in the U20 and won 1st in the Welsh Trail Running Championship - another Champion!

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1/5/2013, Wednesday Night training.

Venue: Coed y Brenin
Eleven runners met at the Coed y Brenin Car park to take a evening run on 5 miles of forest trails. The weather was FANTASTIC! Glorious sunshine. One fallow deer was flushed and jumped the trail right in front of some of the runners.

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28/4/2013, Snowdonia Half Marathon.

Glyn Griffin and Ashley Charlwood ran with 521 other runners in the Snowdonia Half Marathon, Glyn came in 8th in 1:24:49 and Ashley 34th 1:35:04.

Pictures courtesy of Esyllt Richards here.

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27/4/2013, Hawkhead 17K Trail Race.

Sandra Williams ran the 17k Hawkshead race today completing the race in 1.46.35
“It's a cracking race with two really tough climbs, the last of the steep climbs is called the coffin trail which made me chuckle as there are coffin 'cut outs' all the way up, skulls on the ground and a skeleton hanging from a tree! There are lots of lumps and bumps to run over I loved it."
"I entered this race as a taster for next year before I enter the eight race series next year, it has some stunning scenery and is really well organised. We all had a tech te shirt and Cartmel lemon drizzle pudding for our efforts.”

sandra 2013 hawkshead 17k
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27/4/2013, North Wales 10 mile road championships - Wrexham .

Two Meirionnydd Runners took to the road in Wrexham to run in the North Wales 10 mile road championships. A very flat uninspiring two lap course around Wrexham Industrial Estate, luckily the weather held out. Shortly after finishing the heavens opened briefly to give the slower runners a good soaking.
We have a champion! Jeff Davies ran a very commendable 71m 13s to win the M65 and also a new club record by some margin. Clive Edgington ran 67m 39s to gain second in the M55.

21/4/2013, Wednesday Night training.

Tweleve runners turned up for the evening run from Cregennan here. Two made a B line towards the Gwernan Lake Hotel to avail themselves of the refreshing selection of quality wines. The other ten ran a 6.1 mile route from the lakes around the mist shrouded foothills of Cadair Idris.

April wed training Cregennan 2013

21/4/2013, Virgin London Marathon today.

Tony Hodgson and Sheila Symonds ran the Virgin London Marathon today. Tony completed the race in 3:26:03, 24th in age category. Sheila finished in 07:36:29, 32nd F70. Great effort congratulations to you both.

20/4/2013, Ras Y moelwyn 2013.

Two Meirionnydd Runners ran in a gorgeous Spring sunshine in today's Ras Y Moelwyn. Mark Atherton finished in the Top 10 in 1:33:01 and Alan Jones finished in 1:41:38.
Video of the race by Huw Jenkins on You tube: here.
Pictures can now be seen via the following link below Courtesy of ClicClic / Esyllt. here.
And Pictures by Al Tye at : here. and Pictures by Gwynfor : here.

2013 mark Atherton Ras y moelwyn 2013 alan jones Ras y moelwyn  

17/4/13. Wednesday Night Training.

Twelve runners turned up to run the 5.5miles circuit round the back of LLanfachreth. Luckily the rain kept away but we did get the cobwebs blown away by the Gale Force wind. Sorry about the image quality, they were moving too fast for the camera.

Club training 17 April 2013

14/4/2013, Higworth 5.

Jeff Davies ran the Highworth 5 mile race near Swindon. He finished in 35:31, looks like he came 2nd M60.

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10/4/13. Wednesday Night Training.

Fourteen members turned up to run the hills below Cadair idris fron the Ty Nant carpark this evening. It was a wonderful evening and great run. A big welcome back to Pete Nicholls his first training night since his leg operation.

Club training 10 April 2013

7/4/2013, Forest of Dean Spring Trails Half Marathon.

Sandra Williams travelled down to race in the Forest of Dean Spring Half Marathon. It was re-scheduled to the 7th after snow cancelled the first attempt a few weeks ago. Sandra knocked 5 minutes off the last time she ran it to finish in 1.54.55.

Sandra Williams Forest of dean half Marathon 2013

7/4/2013, The Great Wrexham Road Runner – 10k.

Ricky Francis and Gareth Evans took part in the first ever Wrexham 10k Road Race. Ricky managed to finish in 41.08 and Gareth 51.09.
Ricky is training hard for this year’s Race the Train and is hoping to raise a good sum for the cancer charity Odyssey. He is doing this in memory of a great local friend who tragically died a couple of months ago. All his many laps round Tal y llyn must be paying off as today Ricky achieved a personal best in a 10k run! “I am just so pleased to get a PB and just hope I can continue to improve my performance before the gruelling 14 miles in August,” he said. If you wish to sponsor Ricky do contact him direct.

2013 Wrexham 10k Ricky Francis

3/4/13. Wednesday Night Training.

Twenty runners turned up for the Wednesday evening training run from Brithdir. We were welcomed by wonderful blue sky and bright sunshine but bitterly cold wind. The group split depending on ability and how they felt on the evening. The photos are of the group who went up to the top of Y Foel completing a 4 mile circuit around Brithdir.

Club training April 2013

2/4/13. Midweek Series 2013 - Moel Tryfan.

Graeme Stringer raced Moel Tryfan, the first of the Mid week series. It looks like it was a very cold evening. Glad to see he's still smiling.

moel tryfan Graeme 2013

31/3/2013. Pwllheli Triathlon.

Mark Atherton took part in his first Sprint triathlon in Pwllheli today. After three stages he finished 37th with a combined time of 1:19:49.

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31/3/2013. Teifi 10.

Jeff Davies raced in the Sarn Helen Running Club's Teifi 10. This race was a counter in the Welsh Athletics Run Wales Series 2013. Jeff finished in 75.42.

31/3/2013. Fron Four.

Alan Jones travelled to Caernarfon to race in the Fron four. A 7.1mile fell race with 2350ft ascent. 13 runners followed the leader, instead of the map and detailed instructions. Running the wrong way they missed out on a crucial checkpoint. Alan was in the group that went astray. Alan finished in 50.41.

Alan Jones Fron Four 2013

29/3/2013. Chocoholics 5k.

Four Meirionnydd Runners travelled to Newtown to race in the Maldwyn Harriers, Chocoholics 5k. It was a freezing cold day with snow covering the hills around Newtown, but the sun was warm. The big shock of the day was that Esyllt with a 5k PB 41.38, beating Ifan, we have photographic evidence see below: Esyllt beating Ifan choc 5k 2013
The other runners were Arfon Hughes with a PB in 19.22, Ricky Francis with a new PB 20.00 and still smiling at the finish Greame Stringer in 23.35.

Arfon choc 5k 2013 Ricky choc 5k 2013 Greame choc 5k 2013

20/3/13. Wednesday Night Training.

Tonight was the first of the summer seasons training runs. The Sheelagh Vaughan memorial run from the George III at Penmaenpool near Dolgellau. 11 runners attended, three ladies went down the railway line while the other eight ran up into the foothills of Cadair Idris. Unusually for a summer run we had to cross several snow drifts, over 2ft deep in places.
One lost goat, having a senior moment, turned up at the leisure centre, this was despite having written the summer programme himself.

23/3/2013. Ras yr Aran - MRC Winter Race series.

Due to severe weather, snow and high winds, and advice from mountain rescue Ras yr Aran Race was cancelled this year. The picture below wasn't taken on race day but a few weeks before. Met office were predicting -16C on top of Aran Benllyn. On the day we had Blizzards and freezing easterlies. All agree it was a good idea to cancel. Full results here.

Aran winter 2013
Winter Race Series result after two races:
Men. Women.
  1. Martin Cliffe, Eryri. 1:48:02.
  2. David Parker, Meirionnydd. 01:50:40
  3. Dylan Jones, Eryri. 01:52:02.
  1. Lauren Jeska, Aberystwyth AC. 02:00:40.
  2. Louise Barker, Aberystwyth AC. 02:12:46.
  3. Andrea Rowlands, Eryri. 02:16:32.
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20/3/13. Wednesday Night Training.

Eleven runners ran the 4.5 miles Tal y waen loop from the Dolgellau Leisure Centre and back.

17/3/13, Reading Half Marathon.

Jacqueline Fowler finished in 1:52:41.

16/3/2013. Rhayader 20 mile Road Race.

Two Meirionnydd Runners travelled down to run the Rhayader 20 mile Road Race. Tony Hodgson came 5th in M60 in 02:51:44 and Sandra Williams 10th in F40 in 03:20:08.

Sandra Rhayader 20 miles

13/3/13. Wednesday Night Training.

Thirteen runners turned up and ran the Dolgellau 5 mile race route clockwise. Nice fresh evening, starry sky and a sliver of moonlight. Great run.

10/3/2013. City of Salisbury 10 mile race - Spring time challenge

Jeff Davies ran the Salisbury 10 today, a 10m race. Despite cold wind, a couple of tricky hills and lots of fast boys up from the South Coast he finished 4th M60 in 1:11:31.


Congratulations to Sandra on her second place position, F40, in the NORTH WALES MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012, SNOWDONIA.

9/03/13. McCains UK Inter Counties & UK Cross Challenge Final - Birmingham.

Alex Lanz travelled to Birmingham, as part of the North Wales team, to run in the McCains Inter Counties Cross Country final. Against strong competition he finished 140th out of 354 in 28:57.

6/3/13. Wednesday Night Training.

Twenty club runners ran 4.2 miles, from the leisure centre in Dolgellau, up Cader Road then right at Rhyd wen and along the flat to the dam. Completing the loop by coming down Hospital drive to base.

3/3/13. Tour of Torpantau.

Dave Parker started his attempt at the 2013 Welsh Open Fell Running Championship at the Tour of Torpantau.
Quite a few had navigation issues on the race including the 13 runners who didn't finish DNF.
Dave commented: "Back in one piece, although it wasn't looking so good at times. A group of us went off course early in the race but doubled back to CP1. Myself and Karl Steinegger later went off course for a second time in the mist. Heavens knows how many miles we covered!
It was a nightmare to be honest, as people were going in all directions and saying different things which was really confusing. I managed to get all the check points and finish but I was just glad to get down as I was frozen solid at the finish."
Looking at the results it appears a lot of the usual leaders also struggled and despite the difficulties, Dave managed to complete the race and came 45th in 1:35:51.

2013 Dave Parker tour of torpantiau
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24/02/13. Calne SMaRTT Smasher 10k.

Jeff Davies our South Coast Ambassador ran in the Calne SMaRTT Smasher a flat multi-terrain traffic free 10k run along the picturesque national cycle train from Calne to Stanley on Sunday. He completed the 10K in 45:08 to get a 3rd M60 place only 12 seconds behind 2nd.

23/02/13. Moel Y Ci Fell Race.

Alan Jones raced at Moel y Ci coming in 34th out of 135 runners in 44:47.

22/02/13. AGM, Dolgellau Rugby Club.

A very successful AGM was held in the Rugby Club on friday night. The evening started with a fascinating talk from Alastair Tye from on how he selects positions to take shots of the runners.
Trophies were awarded as follows:-
Billy goat trophy for male runner of the year - Ifan Richards.
Nanny goat trophy for female runner of the year - Juliet Edwards.
Kid Goat Traphy for Junior Runner of the year - Alex Lanz.
Goatherd trophy for volunteer of the year - Esyllt Richards.
Sheilah Vaughan trophy for best new runner - Glyn Griffin.
Runners runner trophy - Christine Owen.
Following the presentations an excellent Buffet was laid on with rolling pictures from Alistar Tye of MRC runners in action on the fells. Many thanks to the Rugby Club for the use of their room and the chefs.

MRC 2012 Trophies were awarded to the following:
Billy Goat. Nanny Goat. Goat Herder.
2012 Ifan Richards billy goat male runner 2012 juliete nanny goat female runner 2012 esylltr goat herder volunteer of the year
Sheilah Vaughan Trophy. Runners runner. Kid Goat.
2012 Glyn Griffin Sheila vaugh trophy New runner 2012 christine Owen Runners Runner Alex Lanz Tarren hendre 2013
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16/02/13. Welsh National XC Championships, Glan Usk.

Clive Edington travelled the 110 mile journey down to Glan Usk yesterday for the Welsh National XC Champs. A really good venue with good weather. The course was fairly dry with a couple of streams to run across on each of the three big laps. A couple of small hills to contend with but generally quite a flat course. Clive came in 54th in 42:39. Full results: here.

9/02/13. North Wales Cross Country championship Rhug.

Away from the fells, at the North Wales Cross Country championship Rhug near Corwen, the weather was good and conditions were ideal for a good cross country race. On the very wet and muddy fields the two Meirionnydd Runners present both had a successful day. Clive won the M55 category and Barry Jackson came second in the M70.

9/02/13. Tarren hendre.

Tarren hendre produced another great race and an excellent challenge for all who took part. With three steep challenging climbs, immediately followed by difficult navigation in the mist on the slopes off the main hill. Several runners strayed away from the fence line and attempted the faster route along the contoured track but only to fall too far down and struggle to regain their positions. Two runners ended up in Pennal, luckily they were given a lift back to race HQ.

Congratulations to:
Men: 1.Martin Cliffe, 53:36, Eryri. 2.Rob Grantham, 56:41, Chester tri. 3.David Parker 56:44, Meirionnydd
Ladies: 1.Lauren Jeska, 59:26, Aberystwyth AC. 2.Jayne Joy, 1:05:06, Helsby. 3.Louise Barker, 1:06:10, Aberystwyth AC.

New course records:
Men Junior 57.19, Huw Davies, Mercia, 2013.
M70 83.22 Philip Jones, Prestatyn, 2013.

Meirionnydd had a good day with eight runners led by Dave parker 3rd in 56:44; Ifan Richards 6th 57:22; Alex Lanz 9th 58:27; Jamie Evans 27th 1:06:07 and Arfon Hughes 29th 1:06:22. Congratulations to Juliet Edwards who came in 50th in 1:14:55 to take 1st F50. Close behind in 51st was Tony Hodgson 1:15:22. Kevin Evans finished 66th in 1:23:04 shepherding the strays. Alan Jones DNF after taking a wrong turn on the hill and ending up in Pennal with a Cerist tri runner.
Results here (Provisional).

Esyllt Richards pictures Clic ascending and descending.
Pete Douglas pictures here.

WRFA North Wales Fell Running Championship - Tarran hendre 2013.
Dave Parker Tarren hendre 2013 Ifan Richards Tarren hendre 2013 Alex Lanz Tarren hendre 2013
Jamie Evans Tarren hendre 2013 Arfon Hughes Tarren hendre 2013 Juliet Edwards Tarren hendre 2013
Tony Tarren hendre 2013 Kevin Evans Tarren hendre 2013 Alan Jones Tarren hendre 2013

2/02/13. Oswestry. North Wales Cross-country league.

At the last race day of the 2012/13 season in the North Wales Cross Country league. Five MRC runners travelled to Oswestry. Barrie Jackson ran in the first race, which was fortunate as he was able to give the later racers a briefing on the ground conditions. He was asked to join our team for the second race, he declined. The second race was as Barrie had said, the frost had thawed and the ground was very soft in places. However the sun shone, it was almost a Spring day.
Leading the team home Dave Parker came in 18th closely followed by Alex Lanz 23rd, Clive Edgington 57th and finally Arfon Hughes in 71st.
Congratulations, for end of season podium places, to Clive Edgington 2nd in M55 and Alex Lanz 3rd in the U20.
Final season scores for the Men's team in Division 1:

  1. Eryri 783,
  2. Shrewsbury 1,273,
  3. Telford 1,275,
  4. Deeside 1,309,
  5. Meirionnydd 1,633,
  6. Wrexham 1,705,
  7. Tattenhall 1,874,
  8. Colwyn Bay 2,002 (relegated to Division 2)

12/01/13. Telford, Lilleshall. North Wales Cross-country league.

Five runners travelled to Lilleshall to race in the fourth race in the North Wales Cross Country League. The weather was fine, but with a cold wind and sodden ground made for some hard running. Despite this the club runners put in a good effort with Dave Parker leading the pack coming in 20th, Ifan Richards, returning from injury, in 30th. Hot on his heals Dylan Jones in 33rd, Clive Edgington in 54th and and finally Arfon Hughes in 67th. Congratulations Clive for coming 2nd in the M55 on the day. Meirionnydd team were fourth in Division 1 on the day. Aggregate after 4 races: Men:

  1. Eryri 674,
  2. Deeside 1,071,
  3. Telford 1,102,
  4. Shrewsbury 1,104,
  5. Meirionnydd 1,214,
  6. Wrexham 1,392,
  7. Tattenhall 1581,
  8. Colwyn Bay 1,648.
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