Cybi Race Report Feb/March ‘18

The Forecast Might Be Freezing,
But The Cybis Are On Fire!


Run report February ’18 + bumper Anglesey Half Edition.

This month has brought some of the most brutal conditions of the winter season. Despite guest appearances from Storm Emma and The Beast from the East, the club powered through some chilly Monday night sessions and wet Wednesday runs, seeing many members rewarded with PBs over the course of the month. This report features the last XC of the year, three half marathons, two 10ks and a giant circley ultra-marathon! The club has also had some great success with the C25K course introducing over 60 newcomers to the world of running, and seen a number of members achieve new PBs at Penrhyn Parkrun.

Well done to everyone who has run, raced and supported – check out the details of these adventures below!


Cross Country Oswestry

The last event of the cross-country season, this race was not designed for those averse to mud! Featuring hills, streams and a few stiles chucked in for good measure, the Oswestry course delivers the true cross-country experience.


XC power couple Nigel and Di Holmes both took part, with Nigel placing 98th in a time of 50.13 over a 5 mile course in the men’s race, and Di taking 69th in a time of 33.47 over the ladies 3 miles. Kevin Clark and Rhi Willmot also ran, with times and positions of 47.42 & 85th, and 27.30 & 28th respectively. Ian Mulligan ran for Colwyn Bay, and despite changing his shoes half-way around the course still came in at 117th with a time of 53.00 minutes.


So, whilst it’s time to say good bye to cross-country for now, we are sure to see more good muddy fun next season!

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Arc of Attrition 

At the other end of the UK, a Cybi who is a well-known fan of the longer distance event decided to take on the Arc of Attrition. This race is hosted in Porthowan, Cornwall, and features 100 miles of stunning coastal trail. A self-navigation event designed for experienced ultrarunners, Ian Ferguson was undoubtedly in for a tough challenge! After running for a mind-boggling 32 hours, 1 minute and 38 seconds, Ian completed this epic challenge, and was somehow still able to smile at the end. Super running Ian!











Nick Beer


As if running up the Orme isn’t challenging enough, competitors in this race also faced strong winds and freezing temperatures! A solid representation from club Cybi, this event saw high placings for members across multiple categories, including Ryan Roberts who came 4th in the MSeniors and 12th overall in a time of 36:47, Peter Jones who took 10th in the M35s in a time of 41:22, Rhi Willmot who came 10th in the FSenior category (46:31), Nigel Holmes who came 9th in the M55 (46:31) and Sue Jones, Di Holmes and Michelle Hibbs who placed 7th, 8th and 9th in the F55 category (54:35, 55:33, 55:45) respectively.


Other runners were James Hooton, Kevin Clark, Sion Roberts, Sian Ellis, Ieuan Davies, AT Jones, Alun Rowlands and Darren and Sal Seeny. Fantastic job all!



Helsby Half

Intrepid Dave and Sian Ellis were greeted with sheets of rain on the morning of Helsby Half. After battling through the rain for just under two hours, Sian pipped Dave to the post, with a time of 1:48:32, with Dave hot on her heels in at 1:49:29!

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Borders League Caernarfon


Race number 4 of the Borders League Inter-club competition was hosted in Caernarfon, and saw a solid Cybi turnout. First home and 5th M45 was Andy savage in a time of 37:36:00, shortly followed by Kevin Clark who set a brilliant new 10K PB at 40:31:00, and achieved 6th in the M50 category. Sian Ellis also put in a strong performance, returning home in 49:09:00 as 7th F35 and Sam Ferguson gave her borders league debut in a great time of 53:06:00, earning her 19th place in the Senior Female category.


Other runners were Peter Jones, Irfon Rowlands, Chris Thomas, James Hooton, Ian Mulligan, Sion Roberts, Paul Maitland, Dewi Williams and Jason Burke. Fantastic job all who ran!


team borders league caernarfon


 Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon

 As the old saying goes, “Never enter a race that delivers just a medal, when you can enter a race that delivers a medal AND a scone instead!”. With this in mind, two Cybis travelled to Wrexham to take part in the Village Bakery Half Marathon. Sian Ellis ran a cracking time and personal best of 1:44:30, and Irfon Rowlands also had a strong race finishing in 1:28:00 and 15th in the V50 category.


Anglesey Half Marathon


The beginning of March brought us a match made in weather-hell, with Storm Emma and the Beast from the East wreaking havoc together across the entire UK. The week leading up to the Anglesey Half-Marathon and 10k saw storm-force winds, freezing temperatures and icey pavements, making a nice cup of tea in the warm a much more appealing option than squeezing in some last-minute training!



Yet thankfully by the morning of the race the wind had dropped, temperatures creeped into the plus figures, and the sun even made a brief appearance whilst runners flocked to the start line on Menai Bridge, including a fantastic turnout of 34 Cybis. Such conditions and a (relatively) flat course made for PB’s galore, with 12 Cybi’s across the half and 10k posting new record times.


Cybis featured on both the male and female podiums for the half, with Andy Savage winning the M40 category and placing 4th overall male with a PB time of 1:18:01, and Rhi Willmot with a PB time of 1:32:04, finishing as 3rd in the FOPEN category and 4th overall female after a tightly contested last mile.




In the 10k, more great performances were posted by Nia Wright Morgan who brought home the win in the F40 category as well as placing 3rd overall female (45:20, PB), Sian Ellis who came 5th in the FOPEN category (48:48) and 7th overall, and Elen Jones who came 7th in the FOPEN category and 9th overall (49:33), meaning the ladies team prize was also awarded to Cybi – well done girls!

Other impressive placings were recorded by Jason Thomas who came 2nd in the 10K M40 category (42:12) and Kevin Clark who came 6th in the M50 category (1:32:03, PB). Another half-marathon personal best was recorded by Alan Radbourne (1:30:31) who also hosted a lovely BBQ and cake fest after the race…


…and Manchester Marathon training is paying off for Josie Rhisiart Paul Maitland, with PBs of 1:47:40 and 1:50:35 respectively. Yet more great PB times well in under the 2 Hour mark for Di Holmes (1:53:52), Ceridwen Evans (1:54:59) and Sion Roberts (1:56:28), fantastic half-marathon debuts for race team Angharad Rhisiart (2:09:57) and Sarah Parry (2:09:57), and yet another PB was achieved by Allison Parry at 2:19:03.

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Helen Aslett also did a fantastic job not only running the 10k but also fundraising for Mummy’s Star, a charity dedicated to supporting women diagnosed with cancer through pregnancy and beyond. Anglesey was the first race in Helen’s bid to support Mummy’s Star and so far she has raised £387.00, so do check out her story on if you would like to donate ( Well done Helen!


Other runners were Ian Ferguson, Peter Jones, Chris Thomas, James Hooton, Edith Gruber, Nigel Holmes, Daren Seeney, Ieuan Glyn Davies, Michelle Hildos, Samantha Ferguson, Sue Jones, Robin Parry, AT Jones in the half, and David Ellis, Dewi Williams, Jason Burke and Chris Williams (with buggy!) in the 10K.


What a fantastic turnout, with brilliant support from more Cybi’s in the crowd. Well done to all!



So that’s it for this month’s run report. Stay tuned for more adventures in March which will feature the end of the C25K course and celebratory Cybi-takeover Parkrun, amongst more races, speed sessions, club runs, and most importantly our egg and chips on a Holyhead Wednesday…

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



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…




…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!

Club Championship Update after 10 Races

Ten races have now been completed in this years revised club championships, with another 5 races remaining.

Currently we have two members on the same points at the top of Division 1.  However due to one member having competed in more championship races, that are in first position, due to their overall point total being greater than the other member.  This should ensure that we don’t have a tie for first place in the championships.

There is a gap of 97 points between first and second in the second division, with the third placed individual being another 107 points further adrift.  The points difference between first, second and third place is down to the number of races the second (6 races) and third (5 races) have completed.  I expect this to change as the season progresses and hope it will develop into a tight tussle for first place.

The top two positions in division three are again being tightly contested, with only 9 points between first and second position.  Again I expect this to become more intense as the season progresses.

Only four individuals have a chance of collecting the trophy for division four.  This is due to the fact that runners will need to complete a minimum of seven races to be eligible to receive a trophy for winning their division.  However the winner of the division is by no means clear cut, as the current leader can easily be caught by any of the others in the division.


Remember that your best performance from any Penrhyn parkrun during December will count towards the club championship.  Therefore you have 4 chances remaining to obtain that personal best performance which might make all the difference to your position in the club championship division you are in.


The remaining club championship races are:


Twin Piers – Llandudno, 1pm, Saturday 13th January 2018

Nick Beer – Llandudno, 12 noon, Sunday 11th February 2018

Borders League – Caernarfon, 11:00am, Sunday 18th February 2018

Anglesey Half – Menai Bridge, 9:00, Sunday 4th March 2018

If you notice any errors or omissions in the division tables can you let Sion know and he will address the issue.

An error has been highlighted within Division 1 of the club champs.

This has resulted in Chris Thomas replacing Peter Jones as the leader in Division by 1 point.

 This goes to show that it is important for individuals to review the division tables as errors and omissions can be made (after all I am human).





Conwy Half and Penmaenmawr Fell Race

Weekend round up


Saturday 18th November started with 4 Cybi Striders running at the weekly Penrhyn parkrun, Sion Roberts 23:43, Ieuan Davies 25:08, Helen Aslett, 30.02 Chris Williams (Buggy) 36:17


Later in the day 3 runners from the club joined 199 others to take on the annual Penmaenmawr Fell Race, over 11 miles in the hills above the village.



Sunday 19th over 2500 runners gathered on Conwy Quay for the 9th Conwy Half Marathon, conditions couldn’t have been better, cool, dry and no wind. As always there was great support out on the course.

Six club members ran, with Andy Savage 1st home in 17th position and 3rd in his age category in a time of 01:20:39. Andy was 1st in his age group out of all the Welsh runners.

1st lady was Rhi Willmot in 1:36:31, 14th lady and 5th in her age category, smashing her previous PB by 4 minutes. Rhi was also first Welsh lady home in her age category.

In the Club competition Cybi’s men finished 9th out of 49 clubs, with some excellent running by all, results for all Cybi Striders below

Overall Positions


Wales Male


Wales Female


Male Team



While some club members were doing what most would class fairly long races at the weekend, one of our runners Ian Ferguson decided that he fancied something a little more challenging and so competed in the Escape from Meriden 36 hour chained event. They manged 105 miles and as a chained pair got 60 miles away from Meriden, in horrendous weather conditions but unfortunately had to pull out at 5:30 am on the Sunday morning. Thant is still some going, well done Ian

Picture From Sam Ferguson, 32 miles in pot noodles and Hot Chocolate. Only 28 hours to go


Club Championship Update

Here is the belated update on the club championships.
There have now been 8 races in the club championship series, with the Caernafron 10k race being the latest in the series.
The top places in the first three divisions are all being keenly contested, with only a few points difference between the top places.
This will remain the position until the final race of the championships, as from now on only the top 8 results will be counted in the results, so every result will be crucial for members to maintain or improve their position in the championships.
For individuals who wish to improve their position the next race in the club championships is the Abergele 5 Mile race on the 5th November at 11:00am.
Division 1 tables after 8 Events

Division 1 tables after 8 Events

Division 2 tables after 8 Events

Division 2 tables after 8 Events

Division 3 tables after 8 Events

Division 3 tables after 8 Events

Division 4 tables after 8 Events

Division 4 tables after 8 Events

Marathon Eryri 2017

Saturday 28th October 2017

A misty grey morning greeted nearly 2800 runners to Llanberis for the 35th Brooks Snowdonia Marathon. The winner was Daniel Jones with Hayley Munn winning the women’s race in a New Course record. The club was represented by 5 runners, places and pictures below

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Race Number First Name Surname Gender Gender Position Pen-y-Pass 14Miles 23Miles Overall Position Chip Time Chip Position
1930 Jason Thomas Male 197 00:34:52 01:40:30 03:00:41 212 03:36:43 214
403 Kevin Clark Male 544 00:42:24 01:57:19 03:24:56 610 04:05:43 620
2515 Sian Ellis Female 117 00:45:16 02:07:23 03:42:52 844 04:19:36 858
1032 Dyfnallt Huws Male 847 00:44:22 02:08:58 03:50:43 1007 04:26:59 1022
2696 Susan Jones Female 465 00:50:41 02:33.09 03:50:43 1827 05:18:00 1814

if you are interested in running next year the entry opens on 1st December 2017, full race report available here

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.

Xc course

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