The first two weeks of 2018

Cybi Striders Race Report 15/01/18

 

Tour de Llyn Llydaw

 

9 Cybis welcomed in 2018 not with a bang, but with a splash at Llyn Llydaw. An event not for the faint hearted (or those feeling a little worse-for-wear…), this slightly soggy race saw competitors scramble though mud, rocks, and a conveniently placed bog.

 

First Cybi home was Irfon Rowlands, who also won the M50 category in a time of 53:38. Next through were Peter Jones who came second in the M35 in 56:54, followed by Dyfnallt Huws in 1:00:02, and Ian Mulligan in 1:08:06. Kevin Clark and Rhi Willmot were treated to Ian’s enthusiastic race commentary throughout the course, finishing in 1:08:07 and 1:08:05. AT Jones finished strong to take the win for the M60 category, followed by Ruth Harvey and Sue Jones who both took second place for their age categories (1:22:65 and 1:23:20 respectively).

 

On the same day, several Cybis also enjoyed a social run, topped off with some celebratory New Year’s cake!

New Years Day run and cake

 

Endurance Life Holyhead

 

The first event in a bumper weekend of racing was the Endurance Life Costal Trail, Holyhead. This race includes 10k, half-marathon, marathon and ultra-marathon distances. With blustery conditions and technical trails, competitors were in for a challenging journey along the beautiful clifftops of the Holyhead coastline.

 

Kevin and Rhi heading to South Stack

 

 

The half-marathon course runs for 14.7 miles, including over 2000ft of climb. The first Cybis to tackle the trails were Rhi Willmot and Kevin Clark, who arrived home in a time of 2:37:28. Rhi finished as first overall female, winning a lovely gold medal.  AT Jones also put in a strong performance to finish 2nd in the MV60 category, with a time of 3:22:52, and Sal Seeny made an incredibly impressive return to racing after being very poorly over the festive period, finishing in 5:35:09.

Rhi first lady in half marathonSal on one of the smaller climbs on the half

 

Marathon

In the marathon, Sue Jones took on even more miles (26.7) and even higher climbs (2,264ft) putting in a brilliant performance to finish in 6:22:16 and 2nd in the FV55 category…

 

 

Ultra

…and if those figures aren’t quite enough of a challenge, there is always the ultra distance! This course includes all of the muddy, traily, hily fun of the marathon and 10k combined, totalling a 33.5 mile distance and 3,549ft height (not to mention an early start whilst the sun is stillnrising). Ian Fergusson had a sterling race to finish 5th overall in 5:50:32, whilst Darren Seeny also battled over this epic distance to finish in 8:05:23.

 

Ian after the Utra

 

Twin Piers

 

Whilst some members were getting their fell shoes muddy, others donned their road trainers to take on the Twin Piers. Participants in this event are transported to Llandudno, racing back on a flat and fast 10k course along the promenade to Colwyn Bay. Some excellent club times were posted, with Ryan Roberts finishing in 5th overall and 3rd in the senior men’s category with a time of 34:28:00. Next in at position 11 was Andy Savage in 36:59:00, and taking the win for the men’s V45. More strong performances were given by Nigel Holmes who finished 4th in the V55 category in 44:50:00, Sian Ellis who took 19th overall female and 3rd in the V35 category with 49:02:00, and Di Holmes who achieved 4th in the V55 category with 53:19:00.

Peter Jones, Chris Thomas, David Ellis, Dewi Williams, Paul Maitland & Ieuan Davies also raced, so a very well done to all representing the club.

 

Di finishing Twin Piers

 

Borders League Abergele

 

It seems that Kevin Clark, Nigel and Diane Holmes had a lot of energy to burn off this weekend, featuring in more racing at the Borders League event in Abergele on Sunday. A beautifully sunny start to the day saw Kevin, Nigel and Di joined by a strong turnout from Cybi. Peter Jones was first home finishing in 31:16, followed by Chris Thomas in 32:55 and Kevin Clark in 33:05. Nigel Holmes shaved a little time off his course PB to finish in 35:13, followed by Sion Roberts in 38:29 and Diane Holmes who achieved a new 5M PB of 42:28.

 

Cybi Team at Abergele

 

Well done all, what a great start to 2018!

Early October Roundup

The first 2 weekends of October have seen runners from Cybi Striders covering some miles on the road and also in travelling to events.

Sunday 1st October

Cardiff Half

4 members travelled down to  Cardiff for the half marathon, which was also extra special as Izzy and Bradly from Alfies Army were running their first ever half marathon, and they have been training with us on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Both did really well finishing in 1:49 for Bradly and 2:06 for Izzy.

Name Time
Irfon Rowlands 01:32:02
Dyfnallt Huws 01:48:38
Elen Jones 01:51:38
Josie Rhisiart 02:49:56

 

Mersey Tunnel 10k

Peter Jones was in Merseyside for the Mersey Tunnel 10k, an interesting race where you get the chance to run through the tunnel from Liverpool to Birkenhead, and then down the river to New Brighton, a relatively flat course apart from the climb out of the Tunnel

Name Time
Peter Jones 00:39:37

 

 

Borders League

Team Photo

9 members made the trip to Capenhurst for the first race of the 2017-18 series, which saw a course record attendance of 386 athletes taking part. This is a fast flat 5-mile course consisting of 2 loops, definite PB route. Andy Savage was first Cybi home in the Mens race in 26th place and Rhi Willmot first Lady in 33rd place, with a new PB for 5 miles of 37:29. Nice to see a new face on the team, with Dewi competing in his first Borders League event

Individual placings
Overall Male Rank Female Rank Name Time Category Category
Position
26 26 Andy SAVAGE 28:52:00 MV45 5
83 80 Chris THOMAS 31:39:00 SM 38
180 163 Nigel HOLMES 35:28:00 MV55 11
195 174 Kevin CLARK 36:01:00 MV50 15
226 33 Rhi WILLMOT 37:29:00 SF 6
273 222 Sion ROBERTS 39:29:00 MV40 42
279 227 Dewi WILLIAMS 39:45:00 MV45 39
315 246 Paul MAITLAND 42:02:00 MV45 42
324 77 Ruth HARVEY 43:02:00 FV50 11

 

Team Placings

Division 2 Mens Team Results

 

Rank Club 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  Total
Score
1 Prestatyn RC 4 15 25 40 50 68 71 273
2 Deestriders RC 2 13 18 19 81 153 154 440
3 Ellesmere Port RC 11 20 58 73 98 110 144 514
4 Abergele Harriers 22 53 83 86 91 100 108 543
5 Wrecsam TC 35 51 111 172 182 208 223 982
6 Cybi Striders 26 80 163 174 222 227 246 1138
7 Birkenhead AC 67 95 176 196 226 232 253 1245
8 Eryri Harriers 44 120 131 164 242 500 500 1701
9 Deeside AAC 7 66 139 500 500 500 500 2212
10 Tattenhall Runners 146 184 205 500 500 500 500 2535

 

Division 2 Womens Team Results

 

Rank Club 1st  2nd  3rd  Total
Score
1 Chester TC 1 11 16 28
2 Prestatyn RC 5 14 27 46
3 Abergele Harriers 23 37 52 112
4 Eryri Harriers 31 32 87 150
5 Wrexham AAC 66 69 93 228
6 Cybi Striders 33 77 150 260
7 Wrecsam TC 19 109 150 278
8 Deeside AAC 2 150 150 302
9 Tattenhall Runners 75 106 150 331
10 Birkenhead AC 88 98 150 336

 

 

Saturday 7th October

Bangor 10k and half marathon

10 am saw the start of the Bangor 10k and half Marathon from the clock tower in the City Centre, you head 1st Senior Ladyout and down to the pier, this is great as you get the chance to see the leaders and other runners as you head to the end of the pier and back. After the pier, everyone heads up the cycle path that follows the old Penrhyn railway, just before the 4 mile point the half marathon runners head off towards Penrhyn Castle before going through Llandegai and the Castle grounds on their way back to the City Centre. The 10k continues up the path for a short distance before rounding a cone and heading back to the finish by the clock tower.

Dylan Jones and Tracy Lock were also running the 10k after winning their places at the Improvers course held by the club that finished the previous week.

Ryan Roberts finished 3rd in the 10k with another 3 Cybi Striders finishing in the top 10, with Andy Savage winning his age category. In the half marathon Ian Ferguson finished 6th overall on his first time out representing he club and also won his age category. Rhi Willmot ran an impressive race just missing out on a sub 1:40 but finishing 6th lady and 1st senior lady

10K Results
Name Time Position
Ryan Roberts 0:34:37 3
Andrew Savage 0:36:12 5
Peter Jones 0:39:49 9
Chris Thomas 0:39:59 10
Paul Maitland 0:52:23 78
Chris Williams 0:55:17 103
Hilary Jaques 0:56:56 116
Dylan Jones 0:59:49 144
Tracy Lock 1:08:43 211

 

Half Marathon Results
Name Position Time
Ian Ferguson 5 1:30:42
Rhi Willmot 33 1:41:27
Kevin Clark 34 1:41:27
Dyfnallt Huws 62 1:47:36

 

Cross Country

The first event in the 2017-18 cross county calendar was held in Wrexham, on a flat course, unfortunately our club turnout was low with only Kevin representing the club after also running in the Bangor half in the morning. The next event is in Llandudno on the 21st October

 

Ian Mulligan (Colwyn Bay) 37:52
Kevin Clark 41:42

 

Sunday 8th October

Josia Rhisiart and Sue Jones represented the club in the MBNA Chester Marathon, with Josie finishing in a very respectable time of 3:51:30, unfortunately missing out on a good for age place in London by 1 minute 30 secondsJosie at the start area for the MBNA Marathon

Josie Rhsiarti 03:51:30
Sue Jones 04:53:42

 

Well done everyone

 

 

Borders League 2017-18

The 2017-18 Borders league is about to start in a couple of weeks time, the league consists of  7 races between October and April and any members of Cybi Striders are welcome to come along and compete.

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, as  it is a great day out where you get to run with other runners from around the North West and North Wales in an individual and team event, with the cost to enter being £0, ZERO, NOTHING. The only stipulation is you need a club vest

Hopefully we will be arranging a minibus to go to most of the events, if not I am sure other runners will be happy to car share to help keep costs down.

If you are interested in running please let us know via Facebook or e-mail

Further information on borders league available here

Results round up

Ryan Roberts completed his racing ahead of the London Marathon in finishing in 9th position at the New Brighton Border League fixture on the 9.4.17. Ryan has trained hard for the marathon and will line up in the Championship start,mixing shoulders with the best British Marathon runners  at London. Andy Savage finished in 25th position and sits 3rd in the mens 45 category with 1 fixture remaining. Peter Jones recovery from the Manchester Marathon is going well and Peter finished in 64th position. Kevin Clark came in 189th. In the female race Rhi Willmot had a great run to finish in 33rd place with Edith Gruber in 59th.

Gethin Jones traveled to Denbigh for the Denbigh 5k on the 9.4.17. It was a worth while journey for Gethin as he won the race on what was a very tough course.

 

Parkrun results 15.4.17

8th Andy Savage 18.38,13th Peter Jones 19.24(PB),31st Dyfnallt Huws 21.25,44th Kevin Clark 23.08,45th Dewi Williams 23.11,73rd Sian Ellis 25.01.

Border League – Birkenhead

Both men and women’s team ran well at Birkenhead on the 4.12.16 which sees the men in 3rd place in Division 2 and the women in 4th place in their respective leagues.

Ryan Roberts followed up his recent fine showing at the North Wales Cross Country League to finish an equally impressive 3rd at Birkenhead and should get much confidence from mixing with the leaders in such high quality fields. Ryan was within touching distance of the winners so hopefully his 1st Border League victory is not far away.

The Birkenhead course  sees runners running 4 laps of the park totaling 5.5 miles.

Cybi results: Men – 3rd Ryan Roberts 28.50,32nd Andy Savage 31.45,62nd Irfon Rowlands 33.18,112nd Chris Thomas 35.26,133rd Peter Jones 36.05,151st Ian Mulligan 36.51,264th Kevin Clark 42.04,308th Paul Maitland 45.37

Women – 33rd Edith Gruber 40.01,61st Elen Jones 43.31,74th Sue Jones 44.59

The next fixture is at Deeside on the 22.1.17

Full results are available at : http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/results2016-17R3.html

Border League – Upton

It was a record turn out for a Border League fixture at the weekend and it was good to see a strong Cybi squad running.  On a cold and windy day both men and women’s team ran well over the 5 mile course.

Andy Savage had an excellent run to finish in 21st place overall and 2nd in the men’s 45 category. This led the Cybi men’s team to finish in 4th place on the day and moving the team up to 3rd place overall in division 2. It was good to see Gethin Jones making a recovery from his recent foot injury and Nigel Holmes back racing after his great run in the Snowdonia Marathon. Sion Roberts also ran well to set a  PB over this distance.

Edith Gruber was 1st Cybi in the female race, finishing in 32nd place in 36.19 and the remainder of the female team were well placed with Elen Jones in 68th place,Ruth Harvey in 92nd and Sue Jones in 99th.The female team sit in 4th place now in Division 2.

Cybi results : 21st Andy Savage 28.40,57th Andy Edwards 30.10,88th Gethin Jones 31.12,94th Irfon Rowlands 31.22,119th Chris Thomas 32.20,141st Ian Mulligan 33.08,210th Nigel Holmes 35.18,284th Sion Roberts 37.59,315th Kevin Clark 38.46,378th Alun Jones 42.49

Female race : 32nd Edith Gruber 36.19,68th Elen Jones 39.49,92nd Ruth Harvey 42.45,99th Sue Jones 43.25.

The next fixture is on the 4.12.16 at Birkenhead.

Full results can be seen here

The Team The Course

Border League – Caernarfon

It was a good start to the Border League season for both the male and female teams at the season opener in Caernarfon on the 9.10.16. The race is run on the Caernarfon 10k course, which was only run in September so was an useful guide to runners how their training was progressing. Rhys Owen was 1st Cybi in, finishing in 35th position in a time of 37.35 (beating his time in the Caernarfon 10k) closely followed by Andy Savage who was running in his 1st Border League fixture who finished in 38th position in 37.43. It was a busy weekend for Andy as he also finished 3rd in the Bangor Half Marathon the previous day. Other Cybi results : 88th Chris Thomas 40.35,111th Ian Mulligan 41.52,131st Dave Ellis 43.05,151st Nigel Holmes 43.55,185th David Billington 45.57,218th Sion Roberts 47.38 (and a personal best !).

In the female race Edith Gruber was 1st Cybi in, finishing in 28th place in a seasons best time of 45.30. Next in was Sian Ellis in 59th place in 50.35 closely followed by Diane Holmes in 64th in 51.52 and Ruth Harvey in 77th in 54.48.

Both teams sit in 4th place in Division 2 now.

The next fixture is on the 6.11.16 hosted by West Cheshire Athletics Club.