Cross Country, Llandudno 21st October

Saturday October 21st saw the 2nd race in the 2017/18 Grand Prix Express Cross Country Championship at St Davids College, Llandudno.

The course is 3.3 miles for ladies and 5.6 for men, and with Storm Brian also in attendance it was going to be wet, windy and slightly muddy.

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Ladies Race

Rhi Willmot in her first cross country was first off in the ladies race and finished in a time of 27:58 and 46th place.


Mens Race

In the mens Race Ryan Roberts finished 7th and Kevin Clark 105th in 45:54.  Also running was Ian Mulligan for his other club.


The next event is on Saturday 25th November at Bangor, any  Club member can run, it doesn’t matter how fast you are it is great fun.


Comment from Rhi “I had a fantastic time – battling through the wind and mud with a guest appearance from Storm Brian made the whole event all the more fun. It was a great experience to try a different style of event, and brilliant to be out and about with the club!”


North Wales Cross Country League


Photos from the day

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
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
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
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




View Cross Country Results

What a great end to the season and even the weather was kind this year! A big thank you to Margaret Morris, and the rest of the team at Oswestry Olympians who put on a great day. As usual the club also provided us with a vast array of cakes for after the races.

Nigel Di

The day started with experience telling as Michelle Clarke, Telford, started off steady and worked her way to the front  to complete a great season with three victories in her four races as she beat another athlete experienced athlete into second place on the day and second place overall – Andrea Rowlands of Eryri. Under 17 Eryri athlete Annable McQueen had a great run to finish 8th overall and as usual super master (W60) Viv McConnell, Oswestry, finished in the top 15. Eryri were first team home in Division 1 and did enough to retain their title. Shrewsbury have had a great season and again on the day had four runners been scoring they would have done enough to beat Eryri but had to settle for winning Division 2 title and gaining promotion. There was one error on the day as Telford were omitted from the Masters results ( they had 1, 6, and 59), which would have been good enough to just pip Buckley for third place. We will ensure Telford get their medals and Buckley can retain theirs.


Ifan Oldfield had it all his own way and comfortably beat all of the women on the day and the Under 17 Men title. In the M70 Gareth Hughes, Prestatyn RC made a good comeback after injury just getting the better John Morris, Buckley in the last few hundred metres. An injured watching Emyr Davies had already done enough to secure the title.


The Men’s race was the best of the season and only settled as they turned the final corner with Paul Ward, Telford, just getting the better of Steve Skates, Prestatyn who has moved through from twenty-sixth place in the first fixture of the season to second in the final fixture. Shrewsbury dominated the team event, as they have done all season and Aberystwyth University’s decision to miss the BUCS Championships in Sheffield was rewarded as they secured promotion from Division 2.


The AGM will be held towards the end of April, date to be confirmed, but if you have any thoughts/ideas/changes you would like to be seen made, let me or David Alun Williams know through your Cross Country Secretaries/Captains.


Have a great summer.

Bernie Jones, Referee                 

North Wales Cross Country League – Treborth

Congratulations to Ryan Roberts who recorded Cybi’s best ever  placing at the North Wales Cross League when he finished in 3rd place on Saturday. Ryan completed the course in  31.56. It was good to see a number of senior men running with some cross country ‘debuts’ also being made. Rhys Owen finished in 34th place in 36.01, Irfon Rowlands was 49th in 37.31, Nigel Holmes was 104th in 42.03. Peter Jones made his cross country debut to finish in 106th place in 42.07. James Hooton overcame his recent injury problems to finish 115th in 43.12. Another cross country debut was made by Sion Roberts who finished in 148th place in 49.29 and Kevin Clark was 149th in 53.00.

Di Holmes was the lone Cybi in the female race and finished in 85th place in 29.05.

Full results can be seen at : north-wales-league-results-draft-bangor-26-11-16-1

The next Cross Country fixture is at Baschurch near Shrewsbury on the 14.1.2017.

Peter Jones and Kevin Clark ‘ doubled ‘ up and ran 2 races on Saturday. Both ran Penrhyn parkrun prior to the Cross Country. Peter was 5th in 20.19 and Kevin was 22nd in 24.25

North Wales Cross Country League – Llandudno

Ryan Roberts had an impressive debut to his cross country season in finishing 5th in the 2nd fixture of this seasons cross country league at Llandudno. Whilst the course was fairly dry and clear of mud it did provide a couple of tough climbs and was a challenging run !

Ryan covered the 5.5 miles course in 31.19. Rhys Owen had a strong run to finish in 34th place in 36.02. It was good to see Irfon Rowlands returning to racing after a quiet period and Irfon finished in 58th place in 37.52 with Russell Williams in 86th place in 39.28. On the day the men’s team finished in 2nd place in division 2 and currently stand in 3rd place overall after 2 fixtures.

Michaela Owen had a break from marathon running and completed the 3 miles course in 24.43 and Di Holmes completed her 2nd fixture of the cross country season in 29.49 to finish in 88th place. The female team are 14th in Division 2.

The next fixture of the Cross Country league will be at Treborth on the 26.11.16.

Full results can be seen at : north-wales-league-results-draft-llandudno-5-11-16

Cross Country League

On what was an ideal day for Cross Country with plenty of sunshine and  hardly any mud the season opener of the North Wales Cross Country League took place on the 15.10.16. The course was fairly flat with only 1 hill and consisted of laps of a loop of roughly a mile so allowed for an easy introduction to this season’s Cross Country !

Russell Williams finished in 94th place in 35.23 in the men’s race followed by Nigel Holmes in 140th place in  37.45. The Holmes household was also represented in the female race where Di Holmes finished in 88th place in 29.23.

The next Cross Country fixture is at Llandudno on the 5.11.16 and it would be great to see more Cybi runners there !