2017 was a busy year for members of the club, with some new faces completing their first 5 or 10 k runs, and others running marathons and beyond.
Below you will find some highlights from the past 12 months, including Parkruns, the Borders League, Cross Country, road and fell events and of course our Monday night training sessions, and Wednesday club runs. Well done to everyone, and we look forward to another successful year in 2018!
The year started with Michaela Owen completing her 38th full marathon at the end of December in her bid to raise money for Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Special Care Baby Unit. She covered a huge 995.6 miles during her challenge and smashed the £500 total she had set as a target, eventually raising £1,882.24.
4 Villages Half Marathon
Dave and Sian Ellis had a strong start to 2017 and recorded good runs at a windy 4 Villages Half Marathon in Helsby. Dave finished in 1.31.37 and Sian in 1.45.44.
Gethin Jones won a challenging Twin Piers 10k race, battling a tough wind from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay. Rhys Owen was also among the prize winners, finishing in 2nd in the mens over 35 category. Other Cybi runners: Chris Thomas, Peter Jones, David Ellis, Nigel Holmes, Simon Franks, Edith Gruber, Sion Roberts and Sian Ellis.
Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon
Alun and Sue Jones ran the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon with Sue finishing in 2.30.28 and Alun in 2.53.55.
Borders League Connahs Quay
The Cybi ladies team enjoyed good results at the January Borders League fixture at Connah’s Quay, finishing in 3rd place. In the men’s race, Andy Savage recorded another good Borders League result in placing 34th overall and Sion Williams recorded an impressive 62nd place overall, and 4th in the under 20 category.
North Wales Cross Country Championship
Ryan Roberts represented Cybi Striders at Rhug, Corwen, finishing in a strong 7th position.
North Wales Cross Country League
Cybi’s Cross Country power couple, Nigel and Di Holmes travelled to Oswestry for the North Wales Cross Country, with Nigel finishing 118th and Di 77th after battling through the mud.
Nick Beer 10k
3 Cybi runners were selected to represent the North Wales team for this event, which also forms the Wales Inter-Region 10k. The course runs over the Great Orme, with a fast return sprint into Llandudno. Competitors faced a particularly strong wind, with Ryan Roberts finishing an impressive 7th in a high-quality field, and Gethin Jones and Micheala Owen completing in 36.25 and 47.40 respectively. Other Cybi runners: James Hooton, Nigel Holmes, Edith Gruber, Sion Roberts, Kevin Clark, David Thomas, Ieuan Davies, Di Holmes and Alun Rowlands
Village Bakery Half
Good times were recorded by the Cybi trio who travelled to Wrexham for the Village Bakery Half Marathon on the 19th Feb. Dave Ellis finished in 1.30.53, Edith Gruber in 1.42.29 and Sian Ellis in 1.48.35.
The Rhyl 10 mile
Success all around for three Cybi runners who took part in the Rhyl 10-miler, with Sue Jones winning her age category and Alun T Jones narrowly missing out on his own category win. Jason Thomas also made a triumphant return to racing.
Anglesey Half Marathon / 10k
March kicked off with the Anglesey Half Marathon and 10K. There was a good showing from the club at both these races, with members coming away with a number of individual prizes. In the 10k out-and-back race, Gethin Jones finished 3rd. Dewi Williams completed his preparation for the Barcelona Marathon with a fine run to finish in 49.10 and Chris Williams ventured away from Penrhyn Parkrun to push the buggy around a slightly longer course in 1.00.19.
As for the half marathon, Ryan Roberts achieved a podium position in 3rd place, a result of some hard training as part of preparation towards the London Marathon. There was then a closely-fought battle for the next Cybi over the line between Peter Jones, Chris Thomas and Jason Thomas. Not much separated them coming out of Beaumaris, but Peter finished strong to eventually place above Chris and Jason. Impressive times were also recorded by Dyfnallt Huws and Rhi Willmot. It was also a good day for the Holmes household with both Diane and Nigel finishing in the top 3 in their respective categories.
Half marathon runners: Ryan Roberts, Peter Jones, Chris Thomas, Jason Thomas, Dave Ellis, James Hooton, David Billington, Nigel Holmes, Dyfnallt Huws, Rhi Willmot, Kevin Clark, Diane Holmes, Ieuan Davies
Rhyader Round the Lakes 20
With a limited number of 20 mile races available, Sue and Alun Jones took a trip to Rhayader for this event. We’re 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!
Dewi Williams became the latest club member to take part in the Barcelona marathon. He completed the course in 4.30. Not only did he thoroughly enjoy the race and experience, but Dewi also raised over a huge £1000 for 2 worthy charities, Alzheimer’s Society and Awyr Las.
Edith Gruber made a last-minute decision to enter the Wrexham Marathon and used the race as a training run for the London Marathon. Edith’s spontaneous choice turned out brilliantly, with a strong performance winning a silver medal in the North Wales Championships.
It was a great day at the Manchester Marathon for team Cybi. Andy Savage achieved his target of sub 3 hours finishing in 2.58.50, with Peter Jones hot on his heels finishing in 3.03.10. Dave Ellis also accomplished his fastest marathon time for a number of years, finishing in 3.20.51, and Sian Ellis earned a great new personal best at 3.51.17.
Borders Legue – New Brighton
One of his final runs before the London Marathon, Ryan Roberts finished this event in 9th place. Andy Savage achieved 25th position, placing him in 3rd in the men 45 category with 1 fixture remaining. Peter Jones finished in 64th position, with Kevin Clark in 189th. In the female race Rhi Willmot had a great run to finish in 33rd place with Edith Gruber in 59th.
Gethin Jones travelled to Denbigh for this event. The race was worth the trip with Gethin bringing home the win on a very tough course.
4 Cybi runners took to the streets of London for the Marathon.
Despite suffering from the dreaded stich mid race, Ryan Roberts battled through to recover, and was rewarded with a personal best time of 2.36.12.
Dave Billington made his London Marathon debut, and covered the course in 4.06.25, whilst experienced marathoners Edith Gruber and Sue Jones finished in 3.48.48 and 4.47.59 respectively.
On the same day as the London Marathon, Gethin Jones finished an impressive 4th in the Bolton 10k.
The first race in the club championship brought sun and 13 Cybi’s into Rhostryfan for a challenging event. Gethin achieved a podium place finishing 3rd in the mens open, with Andy Savage close behind in 5th. Elen Jones was 1st Cybi Lady home.
Chester half Marathon
9 Cybi Striders travelled to Chester for the Essar Chester Half Marathon. The day brought perfect sunny but cool weather conditions, to suit nearly 6000 runners. The course involves passing through the finish line at the end of the first mile, before heading out into the country and returning to finish in front of the Town Hall.
Geth Jones was 1st Cybi home and 6th overall, with Andy Savage next in 22nd place and 1st in the mens over 45 category. Dewi Williams and Paul Maitland both achieved their first sub-2 hour half-marathon times.
Other Cybi Runners: Geth Jones, Andy Savage, Andy Edwards, Jason Thomas, Chris Thomas, Peter Jones, Kevin Clark, Dewi Williams, Paul Maitland, Pam Lewis
Liverpool Rock & Roll
Ryan Roberts returned to racing after the London Marathon and finished an impressive 4th at the Liverpool Rock’n Roll Half Marathon. Rhi Willmot finished her first Marathon in 4 hours exactly, and Josie Rhisiart gave an impressive performance to finish in 4:50.
Gethin Jones continued to race with good form, by winning the Burnley 10k. This was the latest in an impressive hatrick of victories, following recent wins at the Deganwy 5 and Blackpool 10 mile races.
This is a popular race with a great atmosphere. Jason Thomas was the first Cybi home, with David Ellis next in, followed by Kevin Clark and Dewi Williams.
Snowdon Twilight Race
The Snowdon Twilight Race sees a field of intrepid competitors’ race to the summit of our most famous mountain, to be well rewarded with a panad at the top. Dyfnallt Huws was 1st Cybi to the top, in a time of 1.05.13. followed by Ian Mulligan. Other Cybi runners: David Ellis, David Billington, Sian Ellis, Sue Jones.
Gethin Jones smashed this event in a time of 16.18. Other Cybi runners: Jason Thomas, Chris Thomas, James Hooton, Dave Ellis, Dyfnallt Huws, Kevin Clark, Sian Ellis, Josie Rhisiart, Chris Williams, Dave Kirkham.
Gethin Jones also showed his form on the track, finishing the Welsh 5000m champs in 4th place.
Gethin Jones won the Deiniolen 10k, recording an impressive time of 34.23 over this tough course. Jason Thomas was next Cybi in. Other Cybi runners: Irfon Rowlands, Chris Thomas, Peter Jones, Dyfnallt Huws, Dave Ellis, Nigel Holmes, David Billington, Edith Gruber, Dewi Williams, Sian Ellis, Elen Jones, Rhi Wilmot, Diane Holmes.
Holyhead Mountain Race
Irfon Rowlands completed the inaugural Holyhead Mountain race finishing in 7th position in a time of 1.02.50. Other Cybi runners: Peter Jones, Dyfnallt Huws, Geraint Williams
Sue Jones completed the Salomon Trail Half Marathon, and Russell Williams the Tatton Park 10k.
Cybi’s mountain runners were well represented at this year’s International Snowdon race. A challenging course brining in runners from all over Europe, Irfon Rowlands was the 1st Cybi up and down the mountain in 1.37.05. Other Cybi runners: Dyfnallt Huws, Ian Mulligan, Dave Billington, Dave Ellis, Sian Ellis, Elen Jones, Geraint Williams.
This event saw great results for the club, with Cybis taking both first and second place. Ryan Roberts won the race in 16.37 with Gethin Jones close by in 16.38. Andrew Savage was next in 5th with Jason Thomas and Chris Thomas also making the top 10. Other Cybi runners: Irfon Rowlands, Peter Jones, James Hooton, Ian Mulligan, Dyfnallt Huws, Nigel Holmes, Dewi Williams, Sion Roberts, Josie Rhisiart, Jason Burke, Elen Jones, Ieuan Davies, David Thomas, Paul Maitland, Diane Holmes, Geraint Williams, Sara Davies, Chris Williams, Ruth Harvey, David Kirkham, Alun Jones.
It was a successful day for the club at the Bontnewydd 5 and 10k races. Gethin Jones returned from the Island games to win the 10k in a new course record time with Jason Thomas also winning the 5k at the same event.
Race the Train
A large squad of Cybi runners made the trip over the bridge to Race the Train over 5k, from Dinas to Caernarfon. This was a fruitful trip with a number of members picking up prizes including Andy Savage who led the Cybi pack at a time of 16.42, and won the Men’s over 40 category. Di Holmes won the ladies over 55 category and Sion Rowlands was second in the under 18 category. Full Cybi runners: Andy Savage, Jason Thomas, Chris Thomas, Peter Jones, James Hooton, Dyfnallt Huws, Nigel Holmes, Nia Morgan, David Billington, Edith Gruber, Kevin Clark, Sion Roberts, Sion Rowlands, Elen Jones, Jose Rhisiart, Dewi Williams, Paul Maitland, Geraint Williams, Di Holmes, Ruth Harvey, Chris Williams, Donna Jones, David Kirkham.
Helena Tipping 10k
Jason Thomas and Russell Williams travelled to Wrexham for the popular Helena Tipping 10k. On a warm day Jason completed the course around the Wrexham Industrial Estate finishing in 31st place with Russell following in 49th position.
Holyhead Breakwater Race
This was the first year that the club fully arranged the race, with brilliant work from members to make the event a success. Although a little windy, the weather stayed fine, and the race kicked off with the firing of a canon at 13:00.
1st Male – Ryan Roberts (Cybi Striders) 28:17
1st Female – Gemma Morgans (Eryri Harriers)
1st Male Over 40 – Ruben Burford (Dartford Harriers)
1st Female Over 40 – Tammy Lewis Jones (Eryri Harriers)
1st Junior Male – Neil Gillard (Beaumaris Town Road Runners)
Thank you to our sponsor Thomas Hanson Flooring for providing stylish mugs for all of the runners, and Stena Line, The Valley Hotel, The Anchorage, Driftwood Restaurant, The Cheerful Mexican and KFC for providing excellent prizes for the winners
After a busy few months, August was a relatively quiet month for racing. However, we saw a new influx of runners to the club with the advent of the 5-10k Improvers course.
Elen Jones did a brilliant job leading this friendly course to help runners cover more miles than ever before, or revisit their former glory after time out from running. As the weeks went by, runners gradually covered a greater distance, with many participants either successfully completing half marathon events, and the Bangor 10k in October.
Ras Y Mynydd
After a year off, the community organised Ras Y Mynydd was great fun, and saw a strong turnout from Cybi. Starting from the Mynydd Llandygai Community Centre, the race circled Moel Y Ci to cover an undulating 4.5 miles on a mixture of trail and road. Afterwards there was great cake and a cup of tea.
On the same evening, there was a also a good turnout of Cybi’s for this fast 5k.
Andy Savage had a strong run, winning his age category and also achieving a gold medal in the North Wales Championships. Peter Jones and Chris Thomas took Silver and Bronze respectively in their age group for the North Wales Champs, and Diane Holmes also gained a silver medal in her age group. Cybi Runners: Nigel Holmes, Kevin Clark, Rhi Willmot and Dewi Williams.
Great North Run
3 Cybi striders travelled to the North East and were among the thousands who ran with Mo Farah in the Great North Run; Robin Parry, Allison Parry and Dewi Williams.
Abersoch Half Marathon
Kevin Clark and Rhi Willmot finished the Abersoch Half Marathon in 1.41.40 and 1:41:49 respectively, which sees runners complete the course along a sandy beach, before many choose to cool off with a dip in the sea.
Special congratulations also to Chris Williams who completed his 100th park run at the weekend!
Josie Rhisiart and Sue Jones represented the club in the MBNA Chester Marathon, Josie narrowly missed out on a good-for-age place London Marathon qualification time by 1 minute 30 seconds.
Bangor 10k and Half Marathon
Ryan Roberts finished an impressive 3rd in the 10k. Another 3 Cybi Striders finished in the top 10, with Andy Savage winning his age category. Dylan Jones and Tracy Lock also ran in the 10k after receiving complimentary places for their efforts in the 5-10K Improvers course which had concluded the previous week.
The half marathon saw Ian Ferguson represent the club for the first time, putting in a strong performance to finish 6th overall win his age category. Rhi Willmot also ran an impressive race, just missing out on a sub 1:40 time but finishing as 6th lady and 1st in the female open category.
Cross Country – Wrexham
The first event in the 2017-18 cross county calendar was held in Wrexham. Unfortunately, the club turnout was low, however Kevin had a full day of racing and went on to represent the club after running in the Bangor half in the morning.
Borders League – Capenhurst
9 members made the trip to Capenhurst for the first race of the 2017-18 series, which saw record attendance of 386 athletes taking part. This is a fast flat 5-mile course consisting of 2 loops, making for likely personal best territory. Andy Savage was first Cybi home in the Mens race taking 26th place and Rhi Willmot first Lady in 33rd place, with a new PB for 5 miles at 37:29. It was also nice to see a new face on the team, with Dewi competing in his first Borders League event.
Mersey Tunnel 10k
Peter Jones travelled to Merseyside for the Tunnel 10k, an interesting race which involves running through the tunnel from Liverpool to Birkenhead, before meeting the crowds to be cheered down the river into New Brighton. A relatively flat course, apart from the climb out of the Tunnel.
4 club members travelled down to Cardiff for this race. This was an extra special event, as Izzy and Bradly were running their first ever half marathon, as part of a place in television series ‘Alfie’s Armie’. Izzy and Bradly attended club training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and both did extremely well to finish in
1:49 (Bradly) and 2:06 (Izzy). Runners, Irfon Rowlands, Dyfnallt Huws, Elen Jones, Josi Rhisiart
Cross Country, Llandudno
This course is 3.3 miles for ladies and 5.6 for men, and with Storm Brian also in attendance it was to be wet, windy and muddy.
Running her first cross country, Rhi Willmot finished the ladies race in 46th place, whilst in the mens event Ryan Roberts finished 7th and Kevin Clark 105th.
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!”
A misty grey morning welcomed nearly 2800 runners to Llanberis for the 35th Brooks Snowdonia Marathon. The club was well represented by 5 runners: Jason Thomas, Kevin Clark, Sian Ellis, Dyfnallt Huws and Sue Jones
Penmaenmawr Fell Race
3 club runners joined 199 others to take on the annual Penmaenmawr Fell Race, over 11 miles in the hills above the village. Runners Rhys Brwynog, Alun Jones, Sue Jones
Conwy half Marathon
2500 runners gathered on Conwy Quay for the 9thConwy Half Marathon. 6 club members ran, with Andy Savage 1st home in 17th position and 3rdin his age category. Andy also won in his Welsh age group category.
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, the Cybi mens team finished 9th out of 49 clubs, with some excellent running by all. Runners: Andy Savage, Peter Jones, Kevin Clark, Rhi Willmot, Paul Maitland, Josie Rhisiart,
Escape from Meriden
Ian Ferguson decided that he fancied something a little more challenging and so not only entered a 36-hour event, but also chained himself to a friend. They manged 105 miles overall. That is some going, well done Ian!
Picture from Sam Ferguson, 32 miles in pot noodles and Hot Chocolate. Only 28 hours to go
Ten races have now been completed in this years revised club championships, with another 5 races remaining.
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
Elen ran a very successful improvers course, finishing with the Bangor 10k
Sian arranged a great Christmas party
Monday nights have seen an increase in participants and Wednesday night runs have all been well attended
Looking forward to a great 2018!