Rhayader Round the Lakes 20

There are not that many 20 mile races around but these are ideal preparation for a marathon. Sue and Alun Jones traveled to Rhayader for this race yesterday. Not sure if the race is as  ‘ pleasant ‘  as the title suggests as the scenic course has been reported to be quite tough and demanding ! Sue finished in 3.25.54 with Alun in 3.45.37.

Facts about the Club Championship

With the club championship nearing completion, here are some some facts about the 2017 championship races, which I hope will be interesting to our members.

A total of 39 club members have raced at least one race out of the 20 races which were selected to be included in the club championships this year.  Over the 20 championship races this averages out at just under 9 runners per race.

With only four races remaining, it look like the only race where there will be no club representation will be the Wrexham Marathon on the 12th March 2017.


The club championship races have ranged in distance from 5k/3miles (m) to 42k/26m, and a breakdown of the races are below (number of participants in brackets):

  • 5k/3m – Rhyl (5), Llanfair PG (12), Race the Train (15), Penrhyn Parkrun (16) and the ladies XC race in Bangor (1).
  • 8k/5m – Breakwater race (15), Abergele 5m race (6).
  • 9k/5.5m – Borders League – Birkenhead (10), mens XC race in Bangor (8).
  • 10k/6m – Rhostryfan (12), Deiniolen (9), Faenol (12), Caernarfon (9), Twin Piers (10) and Nick Beer (12).
  • 11k – Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race (2).
  • 16k/10m Penmaenmawr Fell race (5), Rhyl 10m race (2).
  • 21k/13m Village Bakery half marathon (3), Anglesey half marathon (12).
  • 42k/26m – Wrexham marathon (0)

The championship included weekend and evening races with a mixture of road and trail/XC surfaces, and a breakdown of the races are below:

  • Evening – Rhostryfan, Deiniolen, Faenol, Llanfair PG, Race the Train.
  • All other races were weekend races.
  • Trail/XC – Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race, Penmaenmawr Fell race, XC in Bangor.
  • All other races were road races.

Apart from the Wrexham marathon (no entries), the races with the least club entries are the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race and Rhyl 10m race with 2 club members.

The races with the most club entries were the Race the Train and Breakwater race with 15 club members.

The Penrhyn Parkrun attracted 16 club members, however as members had the whole of December to complete the run, I have not included it, due to that fact that the race was not run on a single day.

If individuals ran the minimum 7 races as part of the championship the shortest distance they would have covered would be 41k/25.5m for the ladies and 45k/28m for the men (difference due to XC ladies and men’s course lengths).  The longest distance would be 137k/85m.

The projected total distance covered by club members in championship races will be 1664k/1034m (if nobody withdraws from the remaining races).

Penmaenmawr Fell Race

The annual curtain raiser to the local fell running season is the Penmaenmawr fell race which took place on the 19.11.16. This is a well established race which covers 10 tough miles and gave Cybi’s mountain runners one more blast of fell running until the spring ! Irfon Rowlands finished in 21st place in 1.28.24 followed by yet another new member, Dyfnallt Huws who came in 63rd place in 1.47.57. There wasn’t much then between Elen Jones,Alun Jones and Sue Jones who completed the course in 2.03.23,2.07.45 and 2.11.22 respectively.

The fell running season starts again in the spring so keep a look out at the race calendar page for further info !

Penrhyn Parkrun 5.11.16

A number of Cybi’s made the journey to Penrhyn castle for the parkrun on the 5.11.16. New member  Joshua White completed his 1st parkrun in 21.50 to finish in 14th place. Well done Joshua and welcome !

Other results : 15th Dave Ellis 21.54,37th Kevin Clark 24.50,40th Sian Ellis 25.04,70th Sue Jones 27.46,71st Alun Jones,91st Chris Williams and buggy 30.45.


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

Snowdonia Marathon,Porth Eirias 10k,Abergele 5,Parkrun

Congratulations to Edith Gruber who finished in 3rd place and picked up the bronze medal in her category at the Welsh Marathon Championships which was part of the Snowdonia Marathon on the 29.10.16. Edith also took 25 minutes off her course personal best to finish in 3.52.19. Jason Thomas was the 1st Cybi to finish showing his recovery from a tough time at the recent Chester marathon is going well, Jason finished in 3.42.25. Nigel Holmes completed his 1st marathon on Welsh soil to finish in a fantastic time of 3.53.31. Michaela Owen completed yet another marathon this year in 4.13.18 and Alun T Jones finished in 5.10.32. Well done to all !

Also on the 29.10.16 Russell Williams finished in 8th place at the relatively flat Porth Eirias 10k at Colwyn Bay in a seasons best time of 40.32.

On the Sunday, a few members took part in the Abergele 5 which also incorporated the North Wales 5 miles championships. It was good to see Cybi amongst the medals there  continuing its good record at regional championships. Russell Williams won the North Wales Championships at the male 45 category in a time of  32.14 and Edith Gruber showing she is not one to rest after a marathon picked up her second regional medal of the weekend in finishing 2nd in her category in a time of 43.32. Other Cybi times : Chris Thomas 32.56, Dave Ellis 34.00,Sian Ellis 38.37,Sion Roberts 38.48.

Andy Savage was 3rd at the Penrhyn parkrun in a time of 18.14. Other Cybi times : Kevin Clark 24.04,Paul Maitland 26.02,Chris Williams 27.02,Sion Roberts 27.26

Penrhyn Parkrun 22.10.16

It was a case of another Parkrun another PB for Paul Maitland who got his 2nd Parkrun PB in 2 weeks yesterday. Paul reduced his PB to 24.59 !

Andy Savage finished in 3rd place in the race in 18.14. Other Cybi results : 18th Dave Ellis 21.33,45th Kevin Clark 24.02,109th Chris Williams and buggy 29.46

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 !

Penrhyn parkrun 15.10.16

4 Cybi’s took part in this weekend’s parkrun. Andy Savage finished in 4th place in 18.30 ,Kevin Clark who is returning from injury was in 48th position in 24.42 . It was PB time for Paul Maitland who finished in 25.36 for 57th place – well done Paul ! Chris Williams pushed the buggy around the course in 30.10.

Weekend round up 8th/9th October

It was a good Bangor Half Marathon for the club with Ryan Roberts winning in 1.13.22. This was both a personal best for Ryan and a new course record. Ryan ran the majority of the race alone and finished well ahead of the 2nd place runner suggesting that Ryan could run quicker over this distance in a more competitive race. New member Andy Savage also recorded another impressive run to finish in 3rd place in 1.21.31.

There was also a 10k race in Bangor on the day. Russell Williams was 10th in this race in 41.01 and was also 1st in the over 45 category. Paul Maitland finished in 52.29 and Chris Williams enjoyed a rare run without the buggy to finish in 55.58.

Moving away from road running and even daylight running the Petzl Night Trail Wales race gives an opportunity to see how far you can run in the dark over the trails of Coed y Brenin. Head-torches are therefore essential and Andy Edwards was 16th in this race with Michaela Owen and Sue Jones gaining awards in their respective categories.