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9/6/18 Market Harborough Half Marathon
Ben wells ran in the Market Harborough Half marathon at the Market Harborough Carnival of running. Ben said Bit of a change doing a relatively flat half marathon on tarmac. After all the races of recent weeks and especially after the Welsh 1000s I opted for a steady fun run running around a 155bpm heart rate hoping to just enjoy the day and soak the atmosphere up. I ended up taking 9 mins off my half marathon pb 1hr 41min 56 seconds so at race pace I’m thinking under 1:40 now for Cardiff. Was great to chat and be relaxed while running round.

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6/6/18 Ras Llanrug 5k.
Tom Roberts won the race in 16:03 closely followed by Gwion Roberts claiming 3rd place in 17:58.

3/6/18 Gregynog trail
The race was won by Joe Murray u.a in 29:50. Our sole representative at the race was Jimmy Carter who claimed 1st M40 with a time of 32:24.

gregynog trail jimmy carter 2018

2/6/18 Welsh 1000, Long Fell Race.
The long course route starts at sea level near at Abergwyngregyn, near the foreshore of Conwy Bay, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd and Glyder Fawr, Pen- y- Pass Youth Hostel, the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon, 1,085m) that is, the ascent of the five 1000 metre peaks of Snowdonia. Ben Wells finished with a time of 6.28:46

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2/6/18 Sedbergh, Inter Countries Mountain Running Championships.
Race was won by Andy Douglas from Inverclyde and Scotland in 46:55. Meirionnydd’s Tom Roberts running for Wales finished 25th in 54:23.

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2/6/18 Abersoch 10k.
Sole Meirionnydd runner at this years Abersoch 10k was Peter Barnes who finished in 1:00:55.

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28/5/18 Moel Eilio inc WA North Wales Mountain championship.
Ras wych heddiw ar Moel Eilio, Llanberis. 5ed, a 3ydd yn pencampwriaeth rasio mynydd rhanbarth gogledd athletau cymru anghofio faint o galad oedd y blydi ras yma diolch Jude Evans am y llynia a da iawn rhedwyr Meirionnydd Six Meirionnydd runners ran in Moel eilio race wich incorporated Welsh Athletics North Wales Mountain Running Championships. Race winner was Matt Roberts from Calder Valley in 1:06:32. First Meirionnydd runner Ifan Richards in 1:11:08 and 5th place claiming 3rd Senior in the WA NW Mountain Running Championship. Next in was Tristan Evans in 1:12:56; Eilir Evans 1:18:18; Jimmy Carter 1:20:47; Dylan Evans 1:32:09 and Ben Wells 2:02:13.

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moel eilio 2018 jimmy carter
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moel eilio ben wells 2018

20/5/18 Ravenscar half marathon.
A 13.1 mile challenging off road half marathon starting from Ravenscar Village Hall situated 700 feet above sea level, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park and midway between Whitby and Scarborough, the route then gently descends the beautiful coastal path along the dramatic sea cliffs, with panoramic views down the coast line towards Scarborough, on reaching Petard point its through Staintondale via open fields, woodland and the disused railway line until you reach Cloughton Wyke, then its back to Ravenscar all the way on the coastal footpath via the via the picturesque roller coastal of Hayburn Wyke (that’s a nice way of saying a killer of a down and uphill section that will make your legs and lungs burn). Then back to Ravenscar for those stunning sea cliff views (though you will still be sweating from the last bit and hoping for the sea wind not to blow).
Richard Hankinson finished in 2:27:54

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19/5/18 Ras y Gader.
Fourteen Meirionnydd runners took o the local challenge Ras y Gader 2018. The race was won my Commonwealth Athlete Andrew Davies of Stockport Harriers AC by reaching the sunmmit in 51:45 min and finishing in 1:29:17. The first lady was Helen Brown from Mynydd Du runners who reached the summit in 1:06:59 and finished in 1:52:40.

The first Meirionnydd runner home was Ifan Richards in 5th, summit time 00:58:17; finished 01:31:45.
Followed by:

Tristan Evans summit 00:59:29; finished 01:38:13
Eilir Evans, summit 01:02:19; finished 01:42:07
Jimmy Carter M40 3rd summit 01:01:54; finished 01:45:43
Gwion Bobo Roberts summit 01:04:10; finished 01:46:53
Jeremy Randell summit 01:07:07; finished 01:53:26
Dylan Evans, summit 01:13:43; finished 02:03:24
Ben Wells, summit 01:15:00; finished 02:04:04
Arfon Hughes, summit 01:17:32; finished 02:09:56
Iwan Evans, summit 01:23:59; finished 02:13:51
Justin Pilkington, summit 01:24:37; finished 02:22:18
Peter Nicholls, summit 01:32:18; finished 02:32:55
Mpho Bogatsu. summit 01:46:23; finished 02:54:59
Nia Davies,summit 01:47:18; finished 02:58:17.

andrew davies wineer 2018
helen brown first woman 2018
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ras y gader 2018 tristan evans
ras y gader 2018 eilir evans
ras y gader 2018 jimmy carter
ras y gader gwion roberts 2018
ras y gader 2018 jeremy randell
ras y gader 2018 dylan evans
ras y gader 2018 ben wells
ras y gader 2018 arfon hughes
ras y gader 2018 iwan evans
ras y gader 2018 justin pilkington
ras y gader 2018 pete nicholls
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ras y gader 2018 nia davies

Well done everyone.

13/5/18 Ffrith 5k inc North Wales championship.
Ona a sunny Sunday three Meirionnydd runners travelled to Prestatyn for the Ffrith 5k, The race was won by Stephen Skates of Prestatyn Runners in a time of 16:09. First Meirionnydd runner was Arfon Hughes in 20:33 followed by Dave Whittey claiming North Wales champs Gold in M60 category with 21:33 and Sheila Symonds claiming another North Wales champ Gold in F85 in 48:57.

13/5/18 Excalibur half marathon.
The race was won by Rob Grantham from Pensby Runners in a time of 1:40:34. One Meirionnydd participated Andrew Ellis who finished in 2:16:36 4th M50.

excalibur half andrew ellis 2018

12/5/18 Preseli beast.
The overall distance of the Beast is approx 24 off-road miles, with approx 4,700 ft. (1420 m) of assents. That’s nearly one and a half times the height of Snowdon! There is a mixture of trail, fell, wooded paths, the odd boggy bit!, some steep climbs. The race was won by Daniel Mutlow from Tower Ham AC in 3:34:02. Meirionnydd’s Sandra Williams ran this tough race in 6:16:13.

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9/5/18 Dinas Bran.
Race report by Ifan Richards: Eilir Evans, Megan Parry and myself headed to Llangollen for the 4.2 mile 1100ft Dinas Bran fell race. A fast, tough course that climbs the steep hillside to Dinas Bran Castle twice before the super steep leg basher back down to Llangollen.
This was Eilir Evans first ever running race last year where he finished 18th overall in a time of 38:12 which was excellent for his first go at fell running. I told him back then, we are coming back next year and your going to smash that time.
Last night I crossed the line 3rd in a time of 30:33 (2nd in 2017 in 30:50) so happy with 18sec faster. And Eilir crossed the line in 5th position and in a time of 32:06! 6min 6sec faster than last year! Massive improvement.
This was Megan's first go at this race and with a very competitive female field. Megan ran a fantastic race and worked hard to push home in 4th in the womens race in a great time of 41:56 for the tough course. Meg will now have to make her return trip next year to smash her time.Da iawn Eil a Meg.

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9/5/18 Rhostryfan 10k.
Tom Roberts won the race in 34:09 and Gwion Roberts 7th in 39:09.

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8/5/18 Moel y Gest TNS.
Race was won by Russell Bentley of Eryri in 35:16. The sole Meirionnydd runner was Gethin Davies finishing in 40:16 claiming 10th place.

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6/5/18 Shobdon Wood Race.
The Shobdon Wood race is a completely off-road race organised by Croft Ambrey Running Club. It takes place in Shobdon Wood, just one mile out of the North Herefordshire village of Shobdon, which is on the B4362 between Leominster and Presteigne. The race will be signposted from the Mortimers Cross entrance to the North of the village and from the approach from Presteigne.The winner was Andy Salt of Croft Ambrey Running Club in a time of 34.43. Olly Downing was the sole Meirionnydd runner finishing in a time of 56:22.

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6/5/18 2 Lake trail Half marathon.
The 2 LAKES TRAIL HALF MARATHON & 10k events are based high up on the Denbigh Moors, taking in the reservoirs of Alwen and Llyn Brenig. The routes stay well above the 300m contour throughout and take in lakeside tracks, more technical woodland sections, moorland paths and some fast dirt track and minor road. Eilir Evans headed over to Llyn Brenig today for the Two lakes 10k trail race. A fast course with a tough climb to the finish straight. Eilir took the win with a great time of 40:39.

5/5/18 Ras y Moelwyn.

The race winner was Gareth Hughes from Mercia Fell runners in a time of 1:23:30. First Meirionnydd runner in was Ifan Richards in 4th place in a time of 1:30:04; followed by Tristan Evans 1:31:03; Eilir Evans 1:39:44: Mat Fenwick 1:46:52; Jeremy Randell 1:50:08; Dylan Evans 2:03:11; Ben Wells 2:04:24 and Arfon Hughes in 2:07:49.

moelwyn 2018 ifan richards
moelwyn 2018 tristan evans
moelwyn 2018 eilir evans
moelwyn 2018 mat fenwick
moelwyn 2018 jeremy randell
moelwyn 2018 dylan evans
moelwyn 2018 ben wells
moelwyn 2018 arfon hughes

5/5/18 Red Kite Challenge inc Welsh Trail Championships.
The half marathon race was won by Rob Samuel from Eryri Harriers in a time of 1:27:59. First Meirionnydd runner in was Jimmy carter 1:50:38, 3rd m40; followed by Ieuan Pugh Jones in 2:02:53 and Andrew Ellis in 2:12:01 to claim 3rd m50.

6/5/18 Llangollen 10k trail.

Mpho Bogatsu ran in Llangollen 10k trail finishing in a time of 59:51.

Photo by Laurence Clark photos:

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29/4/18 Newport Marathon.

Well done Gwion Roberts on finishing under 3 hours in the Newport Marathon. Gwion finished in 30th position in a time of 2:55:11.

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29/4/18 Chester Half Marathon.
Nia Davies ran in the Chester Half Marathon finishing in a time of 2:50:17.

28/4/18 LLangynhafal loop.

Four Meirionnydd runners took to the start line of the Llangynhafal Loop fell race which was the second round of the WFRA N.Wales champs. At 4.7 miles and 1750ft of ascent this race is as tough as they come in a short.
First in for Meirionnydd was Ifan Richards in 4th place in 39:38. Not far behind in 8th was Eilir Evans enjoying his fell running and consistently placing in the top 10 now. Gethin Davies was next in a fantastic 10th place overall and 1st in the Male U23 category, running very well and a star for the future. Jeremy Randell crossed the line in a time of 45:45 . Meirionnydd also were 1st team with the 3 top 10 finishers.

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28/4/18 Aberaeron to Lampeter 21 mile.
Dylan and Jude Evans completed the Aberaeron to Lampeter 21 mile, Jude finished as 1st woman.

28/4/18 Enlli Marathon.
Sandra Williams ran in the inaugural Enlli Marathon, completing the course in 7:04:03.

27/4/18 Mid cheshire 5k series, Kingsley, incorporating the English Athletics 5k Road Championships.

Tom roberts ran in the Mid cheshire 5k series, Kingsley 5k, incorporating the English Athletics 5k Road Championships. Against a strong field Tom finished in 15:22 and 39th place. The race was won by Richard Allen from Aldershot and Farnham District in a time of 14:07. It is worth noting that the first 25 runners came in under 15 minutes and the first 80 runners under 16 minutes. Well done Tom.

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22/4/18 London Marathon.

Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the London Marathon. Andre Bright finished in 5:13:25 and Elly Dee in 5:57:17.
Andre Bright said "London Marathon completed! Boiling hot all day really took it out of me! Broken mentally & physically but managed to finish in 5:14 - although the fact I finished was a huge plus. Thank you to everyone who supported me with their donations throughout this journey and a big thank you to Team Victa for their support & for letting me run for your wonderful charity!".

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21/4/18 Goldrush, Coed y Brenin.
Rob Samuel from Eryri Harriers won the race in 53:38 and first woman was Elliw Haf in 1:12:27. Tom Roberts 3rd in 58:34; Tristan Evans 1:00:00; Ifan Richards 1:03:05; Gethin Davies 1:03:19; Mat Fenwick 1:07:59; Jimmy Carter 2nd M40 in 1:09:42; Ben Wells 1:14:53; Dylan Evans 1:18:43; Megan Parry 1:22:48; Glyn Rowlands 1:22:59; Karl Cooper 1:24:02; Andrea Vaughan 2nd F40 in 1:26:32; Graeme Stringer 1:32:58; Richard Hankinson 1:35:21; Linzi Cooper 1:38:24 and Jude Evans the Sweeper.

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goldrush tristan evans 2018
goldrush ifan richards 2018
goldrush gethin davies 2018
goldrush mat fenwick 2018
goldrush jimmy carter 2018
goldrush ben wells 2018
goldrush dylan evans 2018
goldrush megan parry 2018
goldrush glyn rowlands 2018
goldrush karl cooper 2018
goldrush andrea vaughan 2018
goldrush graeme stringer 2018
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17/4/18 St Davids, Tuesday Night Series.

Race won by Max Dunford Unaffiliated in a time of 24:34. First Meirionnydd to finish was Gethin Davies 25:19 claiming 2nd U23. Second Meirionnydd runner in was Richard Hankinson in 38:43.

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15/4/18 Vale of York 10 mile.
Richard Hankinson ran in the Vale of York 10 mile finishing in a time of 1:22:16.

10/4/18 Foel LLus, Tuesday Night series.

The race winner was Mike Spill from Menai Field and Track in a time of 23:37. First Meirionnydd runner home was Gethin Davies 26:08 claiming 3rd U23 followed by Jeremy Randell in 29:43 3rd M50.

foel llus gethin davies 2018
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7/4/18 Sugar loaf.

Meirionnydd’s Tom Roberts who ran in the South Wales Fell race on Sugar loaf near Abergyfenni finishing in 52:11.
Tom said “A challenging 7mile race with a bit of everything thrown in! Struggled on the climbs, was 6th on the summit but battled hard to take 3rd.
Mark Hopkinson from Mynydd Du runners won the race in 52:03.

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3/4/18 Aber dash Tuesday Night Series race 2.

Two Meirionnydd runners travelled to Abergwyngregyn fro the secomd race in the Tuesday Night Series Aber dash 5 miles/1150ft ascent. The race winner was Russell Bentley from Eryri with a time of 29:53.
Our first runner in was Tom Roberts in 30:36 to claim 3rd place. Our second runners, out on his first outing for Meirionnydd was Gethin Davies who finished in 32:21 to claim 1st Under 18.

Photos by SJ Photography.

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1/4/18 Teifi 10 miles.
Gwion Roberts ran the Teifi 10. The race winner was Rob Johnson from Aberystwyth AC with a time of 56:40 and Gwion finishing in 9th place in a time of 1:00:39.
Photo Steven Wride Photography.

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1/4/18 Club run up Cader Idris.
A group of MRC ran up Cader to burn off some of the Easter calories.

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30/3/18 Salford 10k.

Tom Roberts ran in the Salford 10k finishing 11th in a time of 32:06. The race winner was John Ashcroft from Liverpool Harriers who finisheed in 30:17.

Left to right with Tom are North Wales runners, Owen Roberts, Russell Bentley, Elli Haf (Eryri) and Tom Roberts.

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30/3/18 Chocoholics 5k, Newtown.

Two Meirionnydd runners travelled to Newtown to run in Maldwyn Harriers Chocoholics 5k. Race winner was Thomas Wilde from Oswestry Olympians with a time of 17:20. First Meirionnydd runner back was Arfon Hughes in 20:49 followed by Sheila Symonds claiming 1st F80 in 40:55.

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27/3/18 Tuesday Night series, Llanrwst.

In the first race of the Tuesday Night Fell series held at Llanrwst, three meirionnydd runners ran the short but fast 1.9 mile route.
Race winner was Eryri's Rob Samuel in a time of 12:28. The first Meirionnydd runner was Ifan Richards in 14:18 followed by Arfon Hughes in 17:41 and Megan Parry in 17:57.

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25/3/18 Mortimer Forest Trail race.

Elly and Olly Downing took part in the Mortimers Forest Trail Run a tough, muddy course, over 9 miles and 1200feet of climbing make this a tough challenge.
Elly said "This race was rescheduled from that first dumping of snow before Christmas. Today’s weather couldn’t have been any more different - blue sky, with a strange warm glowy thing in, shorts and vests in abundance. The course was varied in terrain (grass, woodland, mud, forest road, stony trail) and gradient. There were some proper challenging ups, especially Poison Bank (rated at least one F), the Big Dippers - particularly the last one (almost an F, had it not been for the lovely, encouraging marshal at the top) and the final push up part of the Climbing Jack trail, before the awesome downhill through the woods to the finish. The downs were pretty good too, fallen trees to duck under (very well marked, thank you Colin!), the slippy, grassy descents of the Big Dippers and some proper lovely trails through the woods.
It was lovely to run into finish to lots of cheers from the Clwb Rhedeg Meirionnydd Running Club crew (Olly...who had an awesome run and had been finished ages) and the Maldwyn crew. If anyone fancies a trip to Ludlow in December, this little race is well worth a go. We’ll definitely be back. Love a good local race.
Got that nice ‘have worked a bit’ ache in my legs, a smile on my face and an all-filled-up soul. Love running

Phots by Mark Berbezier

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24/3/18 Llantysilio Fell race.

Three meirionnydd runners ran the Llantysilio fell race at Rhewl near llangollen. First home was eilir Evans claiming 3rd place overall with a time of 1:00:16, he was followed by Jeremy Randell claiming 3rd M50 in 1:07:18 and Megan Parry in 1:19:13.

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llantysilio megan parry 2018

17/3/18 Ras Yr Aran and Meirionnydd Winter Series.

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Race Winner: Dylan Lewis, Sarn Helen Running Club

First Lady: Melanie Price, Mercia Fell Runners.

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aran 2018 mel price first lady

The resurgent storm the “Beast From The East” dominated this years, fifteenth running of this, the last race in the Meirionnydd Winter Series. Sixty five determined runners turned up to meet a race team equally determined that they should get a race despite forecast snow showers winds gusting 65 mph not the ridge and a windchill factor of -21C. Thanks to a very experienced team of Michelin Man-like volunteers, and close support from South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team a fast and exciting race was possible. The turning point was the first checkpoint of the full course -Moel Fenigl- at 600m a 5.5 mile out and back route with slight change at the bottom avoiding a defunct stile.

With the wind behind them, runners made good progress through the very wet lower reaches, and the cold only really struck in the last 100m of ascent when the ground became icy and they had to turn to face the elements. The race leader at the top Dylan Lewis (Sarn Helen) who successfully maintained his lead to win the race in a time of 43:38. At the top just behind Dylan was teammate Felipe Jones and Gavin Roberts was next up followed by Jez Brown (Buckley) lying in second place in the series - just 10 seconds behind them was Tristan Evans (Meirionnydd RC), series leader. He was closely followed by teammate Ifan Richards lying in third place in the series with 28 seconds to make up.

Ifan with his eye on a second Series win, flew down the hill, overtaking Jones, Roberts, Brown and Evans to finish 20 seconds behind a victorious Dylan Lewis. Felipe Jones took third in 44:08 and Tristan Evans finished fourth but his time of 44:16 was good enough to ward off Richards' challenge and Tristan took Winter Series title by 20 seconds with a combined time for all three races of 2:34:24. Jez Brown was 6th in 45:44 and got a consolation M40 category prize. Junior Men category was taken by Jack Agnew (Mercia Fell Runners) in 47:55. The M50 age group went to Barry Wilkinson (Borrowdale Fell Runners) in 50:26 and Nicholas Holmes (Tattenhall RC) was first M60 in 57:09.

Amongst the women the order at the top was maintained to the finish with Melanie Price (Mercia Fell Runners) winning in 52:14 followed by Dee Jolly (Sarn Helen) in 53:11. A strong 57:34 run from Katie Cole (No-Mad Running) from Dolgellau got her third place and ensured her Meirionnydd Winter Series Women’s Champion title was truly earned. Laura Banham-Hughes (Helsby RC) finished fourth in 59:18taking the F40 award and Carole Morrison (Pensby Runners) was first F50 in 72:11.

Meirionnydd RC took the Mens team prize (Tristan Evans, Ifs Richards and first local runner from Llanuwchllyn (47:26) Eilir Evans -completing his first Series). Mercia took the women’s team prize (Melanie Price, Kate Whitfield and Nicola Richards)

The home club had a second team, Mat Fenwick and Graeme Stringer completing their first Series and Glyn Rowlands his second. The real heroes of this race however were the marshals and timekeepers who withstood fearful conditions to see the runners get their race. Their vote of thanks at the presentations got the most heartfelt support from all.

This concludes a memorable 15th series which started with a cool bright but wet run up Rhobell Fawr in November, followed by the soaking mud-fest of Tarrenhendre in January. A further 15 runners joined the select band of runners who have ever competed the series. Obviously due to the shortened course no records were broken so Richard Roberts’ (Eryri Harriers) 3:04:49 and Anna Bartlett’s (Shrewsbury AC) 3:42:27 records both from 2009 still stand. Will we see them go on their 10th anniversary.

Ras yr Aran 2018:

Winter Series 2017/18 results:

Winter Series Hall of fame:

Meirionnydd Running Club would like to thank Aran lamb for their support for Ras yr Aran and for supplying fantastic prizes for the Winter Series winners.

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    Meirionnydd Runners times:
  • Ifan Richards 43:58.
  • Tristan Evans 44:16.
  • Eilir Evans 47:26.
  • Mat Fenwick 52:02.
  • Glyn Rowlands 1:05:11.
  • Greame Stringer 1:07:57.
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17/3/18 Grindleford Gallop.
Hannah Johns ran in the 21 mile Grindleford Gallop in the Peak District. Hannah said "a very tough going due to whiteout blizzards and hail, managed time of 5:12:12."

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17/3/18 Nant yr Arian Silver Trail Marathon.
Jimmy Carter ran in the Nant Yr Arian Silver Trail Half marathon finishing in a time of 1:52:09.

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11/3/18 Edale skyline.
Ben Wells took on the challenge and finished in 4:14:31. Ben said "I was fortunate to be able to partake in the Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline Race, the opening round of the British Fell running championship. The route involved 21.5 miles with over 4500ft of elevation.

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The race had sold out within a few hours of tickets sales which resulted in over 400 starters, a popular fell race you could say.
Conditions under foot were very sodden with the recent snow melt meant that the typical Peak district bogs were lying in wait for all of us. The race started at 10:30 with a steep climb for around a mile that gets you up to around 500m, a steady start left me felling ok as I got onto some of the flatter sections. Due to the soil erosion there are many parts of the route that have been flagged which gave a welcome relief for a few miles along the route. One thing that really stood out was the amount of support from locals and I guess race enthusiasts lining the course with Haribos, sweets, drinks and one lady oranges which were all welcome.
I really enjoyed the race and felt comfortable even the crazy assent up Hope Bank (mile 14) where my nose was touching the grass it was so steep. On the out and back at Wins Hill I saw a couple of mates which was great to know I wasn't light years behind and gave me the encouragement to push on, that was until about mile 17/18 were I had to start making friends with pain lol.
I'd been suffering with cramps at anything over 10 miles in race situations and had been experimenting with salt tabs , well they seemed to work well and all I had was tired legs. I trotted over the line in 4hr 14 mins which I have to be pleased with. From cp1 to the finish I managed to pass approx 40 people. I was soon brought back to earth when i saw what the 250 people ahead had achieved, but what other sport can you part take in where you’re in the company of the sports greats."

11/3/18 Wrecsam Marathon Festival.
Gwion Bobo Roberts a Justin Pilkington ran in the Wrecsam marathon festival. Justin completed the marathon in 3:44:42 claiming 2nd M45 in the North Wales Half Marathon Championship and Gwion ran in the 20miller finishing in 2:12:44.

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11/3/18 Wrekin fell.
Eilir Evans ran in the Wrekin fell race finishing in a time of 44:55.

4/3/18 Anglesey Half marathon.
Four Meirionnydd runners ran in the Anglesey half Marathon. First home was Tom Roberts in 1:12:48 claiming 2nd overall and was followed by Gwion Roberts in 1:21:34; Allanah Fenwick 1:55:47 and Sharon Griffin 2:13:17.

Photos by Sports Picture Cymru:

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3/3/18 Pipe Dream.
Eilir Evans was the sole Meirionnydd runner at this years Pipe Dream in Dolgarrog. Eilir finished in 42:11.
Photos by SJ Photography:

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22/2/18 AGM 2018.
This years AGM was held at the Royals Ship Hotel in Dolgellau. The following officers were elected to the folowing posts for the next 12 months:

2017 Awards presented at this years club dinner, left to right:

  • Goat herder (Volunteer): Hilary Maylon.
  • Male runner: Tom Roberts.
  • Sheila Vaughan Award (New runner): Nia Davies.
  • Runners Runner: Gwion Roberts.
  • Lady Runner:Sheila Symonds (not in photo)
club winners 2018

11/2/18 Nick Beer 10k.
Mat and Allanah Fenwick ran in the Nick Beer 10k. Allanah said "It was a good race but very windy in places. We thought we might be late when the police were stopping people from going over the Chrimea because of the snow but we managed to blag our way through." Matt finished in 42:15 and Allanah Fenwick in 53:21.

Photos by Sports Picture Cymru:

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allanah fenwick nick beer 2018

4/2/18 Long Mynd valleys 18.5km

Two Meirionnydd runners ran in the Long Mynd Valleys race.

Jeremy Randell said “The prize today was actually finishing the Long Mynd Valleys Race in 2:10:45 a pb. I was completely knackered after yesterday and had a bit of a wobbler on the rather grim final climb of Yearlet! Jess caught me running in to the finish. I think Elly saw me at checkpoint 4/5. Please excuse me if I didn’t respond but I was suffering then! How did you do?”

Elly Downing said “I am so lucky living in two amazing places. I love the amazing places I get to run, things I never thought I would do, constantly challenging me and making me smile. I didn't think I could do Long Mynd Valleys Race. It's notoriously tough. I had to be 'encouraged' to enter, and in turn 'encouraged' the amazing Tracey Hughes to enter too. She stuck with me all the way, even though she could have left me on just about every downhill!! I think she's under the impression I know where I'm going.
What an amazing race! Fantastic weather (sun and snow in equal measure, lots of mud too), challenging climbs, exploring some alternate descents (and seeing the faster runners show us how and where to do it properly). New paths to add to the route-planning in our Shropshire playground, I just can't get enough. It took us a while, grateful for the early start option so we didn't keep anyone waiting and felt part of the race. Confident that next year will be faster now we know where the paths actually go!! Loved every minute, even the pain of Yearlet. Thank you to all who make days like today possible, and support and encourage too. Did I ever tell you that I love running?”

Jeremy finished in 2:10:45 and Elly in 4:07:20.

jeremy randell long mynd 2018
elly downing long mynd 2018

3/2/18 Oswestry Cross country final race in North Wales Championship.
The final race of the season at Oswestry was a muddy affair. Following an excellent season the club retained am unassailable lead at the top of Division 2 and succeed in gaining promotion to Division 1 next season. Well done to the Cross country team and the team Captain for leading us to victory. Message from Tom our Captain "Well done to the lads who ran at Oswestry today to secure the divisio 2 title. I was gutted I wasn’t fit to race today, But I managed to finish 3rd overall and Jeremy Randell claimed 3rd M50. The commitment has been brilliant this year, most of the races ran in awful conditions and just want to say thank you to everyone who has turned up."

  • 1 Meirionnydd 551 Promoted
  • 2 Denbigh Harriers 748 Promoted
  • 3 Wrexham AC 784
  • 4 West Cheshire 1110
  • 5 Whitchurch Whippets 1482
  • 6 Abergele 1949
  • 7 Telford AC 2002
  • 8 Hebog 2063
  • 9 Deestriders AAC 2073
  • 10 Wrekin Road Runners 2152
    Meirionnydd Runners positions at Oswestry:
  • Tristan Evans 19th
  • Gwion Roberts 33rd
  • Jimmy Carter 47th
  • Jeremy Randell 54th
  • Arfon Hughes 112th
  • Richard Hamkinson 140th.
jimmy carter oswestry xc 2018
tom roberts 3rd xc overall 2018
tristan evans oswestry xc 2018
gwion roberts oswestry xc 2018
jeremy randell oswestry xc 2018
arfon hughes oswestry xc 2018
richard hankinson oswestry xc 2018

27/1/18 Tarren hendre.

With a cloud-base of less than a hundred metres and driving rain all morning this year’s Tarrenhendre race was less of a spectator sport than it might be but the runners at the end certainly provided a spectacle! The rain eased up shortly after the start but the going which had been soft the day before was decidedly sloppy especially on the steep peaty descent through the forest. Of the 82 runners those who sank to their knees stayed upright, the rest skidded backwards or managed spectacular face-plants.

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tarren winner 2018 gareth jones

Not a day for records but Gareth Wyn Jones (Mercia) had a fine battle with local hero Tom Roberts (Meirionnydd RC) finishing in 53:15 just 13 seconds ahead with Russel Bentley, third, in 54:23. This was the second battle of the day for the trio who were the first three home in the Dolgellau Parkrun earlier in the day!

tarren 2018 miranda grant fst lady
The women’s race was won by Eryri’s Miranda Grant in 63:06 from Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) 64:53 and Sian Williams of Rhedwyr Hebog in 65:57.

Jez Brown of Buckley took M40 honours, Mark Palmer of Acille Ratti was 9th overall and first M50. Stephen Jones (Eryri) again took M60 (19th overall) and Gary Gunner represented the M70s. 16 year old Gethin Davies (Menai Track & Field) was first under M23 in 67:44, and had something of a wait before being joined by his Dad Barry(Eryri) a bit lower down the order. Sarah Ridgeway was the first woman vet in 67:28. Alice Bedwell of Mynydd Du at 75:35 was the nearest to a course record -1 minute off second V50 Juliet Edward’s (Meirionnydd) 2012 time but over 4 minutes ahead of Edward’s on the day. Maggie Oliver’s 2008 F60 record was unchallenged and this year she became the first F70 to compete finishing 79th in 108:55, and setting another benchmark. For the first time, organising club Meirionnydd took the men’s team prize ( Tom Roberts, Tristan Evans, Ifan Richards) and Eryri’s Miranda Grant, Ruth Metcalfe and Maggie Oliver the women’s team prize.

The Meirionnydd Winter series is thus finely balanced with Tristan Evans at 1:58:08 just 36 seconds ahead of Ifan Richards, with Mark Palmer less than a minute behind him and Dyfed Thomas (Eryri) not out of the race at less than 7 minutes behind. Katie Beecher has a 5 minute lead on Hayley Evans of Buckley for the women’s prize and no less than 30 runners have the chance to complete the series. The final race - the Aran Lamb sponsored Ras yr Aran on 17th March should be as exciting to watch as it is gruelling to complete with record times of 1:23:26 (2009 Tim Davies, Mercia) and 1:41:14 (Kate Bailey, Meirionnydd) to be challenged. Last year’s race was run in appalling wind and rain, twice the race has been shortened by snow and once cancelled due to blocked roads - but we have also had sunburn cases in its 15 year history. Its a magical place on a spring day so finger’s crossed!

Rain, fog and deep mud as one of the runners commented "Who needs Tough Mudders when you can come to Tarren Hendre."

Winter Series results:

Cader Sports Photos:
On the mountain (Arfon Hughes):

Fourteen Meirionnydd runners ran this years including:

  • Tom Roberts 53:28
  • Tristan Evans 55:01
  • Ifan Richards 55:26
  • Jimmy Carter 1:00:31
  • Eilir Evans 1:00:34
  • Mat Fenwick 1:07:31
  • Dylan Evans 1:10:48
  • Adam Preston 1:11:45
  • Ben Wells 1:16:55
  • Juliet Edwards 1:19:49
  • Glyn Rowlands 1:21:07
  • Graeme Stringer 1:26:00
  • Justin Pilkington 1:35:15
  • Kevin Evans 1:25:35
tarren tom roberts 2018
tarren tristan evans 2018
tarren ifan richards 2018
tarren jimmy carter 2018
tarren eilir evans 2018
tarren mat fenwick 2018
tarren jimmy carter 2018
tarren adam preston 2018
tarren ben wells 2018
tarren juliet edwards 2018
tarren glyn rowlands 2018
tarren graeme stringer 2018
tarren justin pilkington 2018
tarren kevin evans 2018

The Club would like to thank everyone who made the race possible, volunteers, landowners, mountain rescue and of course the runners. Diolch o galon.

20/1/18 Baschurch Cross country.
Five Meirionnydd runners turned out in appalling conditions for the penultimate race in the North Wales Cross Country League held at Walford College, Baschurch near Shrewsbury. Despite the conditions the Men team finished 1st overall and currently lead Division Two as we go into the final race of the season.

Tom Roberts 3rd.
Tristan Evans 16th
Jimmy Carter 26th
Gwion Roberts 36
Jeremy Randell 59

baschurch xc 2018 tom roberts
baschurch xc 2018 tristan evans
baschurch xc 2018 gwion roberts
baschurch xc 2018  jeremy randell
baschurch xc 2018 jimmy carter

Cader Sports Photos: and the wall jump

21/1/18 Conwy fell race.
Two Meirionnydd runners participated in the Conwy fell race. Tristan Evans finished in 47:49 to claim 3rd place overall and Jimmy Carter finished in 51:47 3rd M40.

20/1/18 Buff Winter trail, Coed y Brenin.

In the Winter Trail Half Marathon at Coed y Brenin Tweleve Meirionnydd runners participated in atmospheric wintry conditions. First home was Mat Fenwick in 1:45:18 followed by Andrew Ellis 1:59:15; Dylan Evans 2:00:08; Ben Wells 2:12:46; Justin Pilkington 2:13:02; Allanah Fenwick 2:24:12; Pete Nicholls 2:33:24; Richard Hankinson 2:34:32; Mpho Bogatsu 2:42:15; Kevin Evans 2:42:34; Jaqueline Fowler 3:11:18. Jude Evans was the race sweeper.

Sports pictures Wales:

buff winter trail 2018

13/1/18 Twin Piers 10k.
Jeremy Randell was our only representative this year he claimed 2nd M50 in a time of 39:52.

twin piers 2018 jeremy randell

7/1/18 Telford 10k.
Two Meirionnydd Runners participated in the Telford 10k. Tom Roberts representing North Wales finished with a PB and New Club record of 31:26 and Matt Fenwick a PB in 39:53.

telford 10k tom roberts 2018
telford 10k matt fenwick 2018

6/1/18 North Wales Cross Country Championships, Rhug.
Two Meirionnydd runners participated this year Gwion Roberts finished in 41:21 and Arfon Hughes in 47:24.

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