Holyhead Breakwater Race 2018

Wet and windy conditions greeted the 71 runners for the 2018 Holyhead Breakwater Race,

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Ryan Davies led for the 1st mile but was passed by Ryan Roberts who hung on to win in 28:20.  Hannah Jones of Betsi Runaways led the ladies from start to finish, coming 10th overall and claiming the ladies title in 33:13. The first Cybi was Andy Savage finishing 4th in 31:22, claiming 1st V40. Irfon Rowlands finished in 32:11 taking the MV50 and Nigel Holmes finished in 37:34 taking MV60

1st Cybi Lady in 37:10 was Rhi Willmot, taking second place in the Ladies Race. Rhian Harper Owen had an impressive run to claim FV40  in 42:50, with Ruth Harvey finishing in 46:04 and 1st FV50. Diane Holmes completed the impressive list of Cybi winners finishing in 44:10 and taking FV60.

Click on the results picture to see all the results

Big thank you to Magnox for the trophies and Thomas Hanson Flooring and Cameron Brookes for the goodie bags, and all the Marshals and helpers who ensured we had a great race.

see everyone in 2019

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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 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!


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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.

 

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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!

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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…

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…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 justgiving.com if you would like to donate (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-aslett7). 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!

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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…

Club Championship Update after 12 Races

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

9 points currently separate the top three of Division 1.

There is a gap of 98 points between first and second in the second division, with the third placed individual being another 107 now being 8 points 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 position in division three are again being tightly contested, with only 5 points between first and second position.  Again I expect this to become more intense as the season progresses.

Only two 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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Well done all, what a great start to 2018!

2017 Club Review

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!


January

 

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.

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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.

 

Twin Piers

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.


February

 

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.

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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.


March

 

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!

 

Barcelona Marathon

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.

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Wrexham Marathon

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.


April

 

Manchester Marathon

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.

 

Denbigh 5k

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.

 

London Marathon

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.

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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.

 

Bolton 10k

On the same day as the London Marathon, Gethin Jones finished an impressive 4th in the Bolton 10k.


May

 

Rhostryfan 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.

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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.


June

 

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.

 

Abersock 10k

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.

 

Llandegfan 5k

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.

 

Welsh Championships

Gethin Jones also showed his form on the track, finishing the Welsh 5000m champs in 4th place.

 

Deiniolen 10K

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.

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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

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Sue Jones completed the Salomon Trail Half Marathon, and Russell Williams the Tatton Park 10k.


July

 

Snowdon Race

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.

 

Llanfairpwll 5K

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.

 

Bontnewydd

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

Some of the Cybi Team at Holyhead Breakwater Race


August

 

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.

 

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.

 

Caernarfon 5k

On the same evening, there was a also a good turnout of Cybi’s for this fast 5k.


September

 

Caernarfon 10k

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!


October

 

Chester Marathon

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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.

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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.

Team Photo

 

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.

 

Cardiff Half

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!”

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Snowdon Marathon

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

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November

 

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

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December

 

Club Championships

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

 


Also happened:

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!

 

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).

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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.

 

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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

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Wales Male

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Wales Female

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Male Team

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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

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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.
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Division 1 tables after 8 Events

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Division 2 tables after 8 Events

Division 3 tables after 8 Events

Division 3 tables after 8 Events

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Division 4 tables after 8 Events