What’s on in September

What’s on in September –
whatsoninseptFor those racers raring to go after a quiet August, there’s an event every weekend in September! Probably the most popular race of the month for Cybi members is right at the start, on the 3rd, for the classic Caernarfon 10k. This race is part of the Club champs and involves a circuit of the Foryd and Llanfaglan. The race has been run both clockwise and anti-clockwise over the years, and whilst by no means is it a hilly route, but there’s definitely enough inclines in there to make it a testing course. Being so close to the sea, the weather also plays a big part in how fast the times are on the day. The course records currently stand at 31:02 by Cardiff AC’s Michael Johnson in 2008 and 36:26 by Lizzy Hawker in 2007.


The full event listing for the month is –
3rd Caernarfon 10k, Y Foryd, Caernarfonrungbr.com
3rd Trail 10k, Coed Y Brenin, Dolgellauruncoedybrenin.com
9th Pedal Peris, Llanberis eryriharriers.org.uk
10th Llyn Vyrnwy Half Marathon, Abertridwrlakevyrnwyhalfmarathon.com
10th Wirral Half Marathon, Birkenheadbtrliverpool.com
16th Abersoch Half Marathon, Abersochabersochtriplecrown.com
17th Bala Trail uphilldowndale.com
23rd Ras Elidir, Nant Perishttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1756436544601278/
24th Llyn Alwen 11.5k, Near Cerrigydrudionbespokefitnessandevents.co.uk

The Cybi social run schedule for the month is Bryngwran (6th), Llangefni (13th), Holyhead (20th) and Menai Bridge (27th) and as usual, every Monday at 6:30 the Club’s structured training session will be held at Llangefni High School.

Caernarfon 10k

Saturday 2nd of September was a nice sunny summers day, unfortunately Sunday 3rd was more like winter, wind and rain. Luckily most Cybi’s running the Caernarfon 10k have had plenty of practice in these conditions during the summer. Arriving at the start, it is hard to see Anglesey, but by the time all the runners were ready to start at 11:00 the rain had eased to a light drizzle.

The route went clockwise this year with the runners heading towards the Castle from the start, this also meant that what little hills there were appeared in the first few kilometres. Then it was back along the seafront to the finish. Andy Savage had a good run winning his category in the race and also taking gold in the North Wales Championships. Peter Jones took silver, Chris Thomas Bronze in their age group for the North Wales Champs, With Diane Holmes also gaining silver in her age group. Other club members who had good runs were, Nigel Holmes, Kevin Clark, Rhi Willmot and Dewi Williams.
Caernarfon 10k

What’s on in August:

1QY6R1501629116After a busy few months, August is a relatively quiet month for racing, but there’s still a good mixture of events in the area, from super quick road races, to long runs in the hills.

The first local race is a tough 10 miler, the Maesgwm Muddle, on Saturday the 12th. This is a longer version of the Moel Eilio Race, and in reverse. It is a British Champs race so is sure to feature some very good local runners as well as those from further afield. Next up on the 19th of August at Towyn, is the 34th running of the classic Race the Train, a 14 mile cross country race against the Talyllyn train. In addition to the main race, there are three other shorter distances to choose from, and the atmosphere in Towyn takes on a festival feel as hundreds of runners descend on the South Gwynedd seaside town.

One of my favourite races of the summer is back on the 23rd after a year off, and I’d recommend everyone give the community organised Ras Y Mynydd a go. Starting from the Mynydd Llandygai Community Centre, the race circles Moel Y Ci over an undulating 4.5 miles on a mixture of trail and road. Afterwards there’s the opportunity to grab a cup of tea and a cake in the Community Centre. What more could you want from a race!?

Unfortunately on the same day as Ras Y Mynydd, there’s a clash with what looks like being one of the month’s most popular events – the Plas Menai / Caernarfon 5k, a super quick dash along the flat cycle track on the banks of the Menai. A great race for PB chasers, there will no doubt be a good turnout from Cybi Striders at this one, but be careful you don’t miss out, as it’s sure to sell out quickly!

Training wise, this month the Club will be in Menai Bridge on the 2nd, Llangefni on the 9th, Bryngwran on the 16th, Holyhead on the 23rd and back to Menai on the 30th. All at 7:00pm. As usual, the Club Speed / Tempo session will be on every Monday at 6:30pm, save for the 28th which is a Bank Holiday.

Holyhead Breakwater Race

The weather stayed fine, though a little bit windy for the 2017 Breakwater Race.

The race was started by the firing of a canon at 13:00, which set the runners of on this flat course.

The route took the runners along Beach Road, before turning left and heading towards the Breakwater Park, at about the 3/4 mile point they turned right and ran towards the start of the breakwater with the wind helping them along. From just beyond the 1 mile point the runners were on the breakwater (running on the top section) heading to the lighthouse at the end, which can be seen from almost every part of the route. As they turned at the 1/2 way point the wind, that had been at their backs up to now, became an energy sapping  head wind for the next mile and 1/2. Turning left after the coming off the breakwater the runners head out of the County Park and back down Beach Road to the Finish

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)

Results Holyhead Breakwater Results

Some photos from today

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Thank you to our sponsor Thomas Hanson Flooring for providing mugs for all 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 the Cybi Team

Some of the Cybi Team at Holyhead Breakwater Race


Helena Tipping 10k

Jason Thomas and Russell Williams traveled to Wrexham for the popular Helena Tipping 10k  on the 30.7.17. On a warm day Jason completed the course around the Wrexham Industrial Estate in 38.58 and finishing in 31st place with Russell following in 49th position in a time of 40.36.
Parkrun results : Dyfnallt Huws 21.19,Josie Rhisiart 34.21,Chris Williams 42.09

Race the Train results

A large squad of Cybi runners  made the trip over the bridge for the Race the Train 5k race from Dinas to Caernarfon and it was good to see a number of prizes being picked up also. Andy Savage led in the Cybi runners  in a time of  16.42 and he was also the winner of the Men’s 40 category.  Di Holmes won the ladies 55 category and Sion Rowlands was second in the under 18 category. Full Cybi results : Andy Savage 16.42,Jason Thomas 17.42,Chris Thomas 17.44,Peter Jones 18.17, James Hooton 18.49,Dyfnallt Huws 19.47,Nigel Holmes 20.21,Nia Morgan 20.41,David Billingtom 20.51.Edith Gruber 21.28.Kevin Clark 21.30.Sion Roberts 21.35.Sion Rowlands 21.36,Elen Jones 21.53,Jose Rhisiart 22.07,Dewi Williams 22.18,Paul Maitland 23.08,Geraint Williams 23.29,Di Holmes 23.59.Ruth Harvey 24.22.Chris Williams 24.58,Donna Jones 25.08.David Kirkham 27.38.

Penrhyn parkrun results
Congratulations to Peter Jones who got a parkrun  PB on the 22.7.17 in a time of 19.17 and to  Karen Jones who completed her 1st parkrun in a time of 35.39. Other results : Kevin Clark 23.23,Josie Rhisiart 24.18,Ieuan Davies 25.03

Results round up

Cybi’s mountain runners well were represented at this years Snowdon race. Irfon Rowlands was the 1st Cybi up and down the mountain in 1.37.05. Other Cybi results were :  Dyfnallt Huws running his first Snowdon race in  1.44.06,Ian Mulligan 1.45.30,Dave Billington 1.50.53,Dave Ellis 1.56.14,Sian Ellis 2.03.52,  Elen Jones 2.06.03,Geraint Williams 2.08.25.
It was a Cybi 1-2 at the Llanfairpwll 5k on the 5.7.17. Ryan Roberts won the race in 16.37 with Gethin Jones close by in 16.38. Andrew Savage was 5th in 18.18 with Jason Thomas and Chris Thomas also making the top 10. Other Cybi results : Irfon Rowlands 19.33 , Peter Jones 19.51,James Hooton 20.19, Ian Mulligan 21.08,Dyfnallt Huws 21.30,Nigel Holmes 22.02,Dewi Williams  23.53,Sion Roberts 23.57,Josie Rhisiart 24.00,Jason Burke 24.09,Elen Jones 24.21, Ieuan Davies 24.30,David Thomas 24.36,Paul Maitland 24.58,Diane Holmes 26.31,Geraint Williams 26.49,Sara Davies 27.30, Chris Williams 28.32,Ruth Harvey 28.33,David Kirkham 29.54,Alun Jones 30.43.
It was a successful day for the club  at the Bontnewydd 5 and 10 k 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.
Kevin Clark finished in 33rd position in the Penrhyn parkrun in 23.26 .  Paul Maitland finished  in 25.55 and Chris Williams in 47.21.

Results round-up

Gethin Jones was the race winner at the Deiniolen 10k on the 15.6.17 ,recording an impressive time of  34.23 over this tough course. Jason Thomas was next Cybi in, just missing out on a sub 40 minute time in finishing in 40.06. Other Cybi results : Irfon Rowlands  42.20,Chris Thomas 42.23,Peter Jones 42.45,Dyfnallt Huws  45.54,Dave Ellis 46.10,Nigel Holmes,48.04,David Billington 48.38,Edith Gruber 48.51,Dewi Williams 51.00,Sian Ellis 51.41,Elen Jones 52.58,Rhi Wilmot 55.58,Diane Holmes 59.55.
Irfon Rowlands completed the inaugural Holyhead Mountain race on the 10.6.17 and finished in 7th position in a time of 1.02.50.Other Cybi results : Peter Jones 1.05.15,Dyfnallt Huws 1.10.40,Geraint Williams 1.23.27
Further afield Sue Jones completed the Salomon Trail Half Marathon in    2.54.51 and Russell Williams the Tatton Park 10k in 43.00.
Dyfnallt Huws equalled his course personal best in finishing the Penrhyn parkrun in 21.08 on the 24.6.17. Other Cybi runner :David Ellis 21.55,Josie Rhisiart 23.52,Ieuan Davies 25.09,Paul Maitland 26.07,Chris Williams 43.44.

Llandegfan 5k,Snowdon Twilight race, Welsh Championships results

It was a busy week on the road , fells and the track for Cybi this week. Cybi’s mountain men competed in the Snowdon twilight race, which is an uphill race up Snowdon. Dyfnallt Huws was 1st Cybi to the summit , in a time of 1.05.13. Ian Mulligan was next in a time of 1.09.45. Other Cybi results : David Ellis 1.14.06, David Billington 1.16.41, Sian Ellis 1.20.47, Sue Jones 1.25.12.

Gethin Jones series of wins continued when he won the Llandegfan 5k in a time of 16.18. Other Cybi results : Jason Thomas 18.59,Chris Thomas 19.55,James Hooton 20.43,Dave Ellis 21.18,Dyfnallt Huws21.42,Sian Ellis 23.47,Josie Rhisiart 24.20,Chris Williams 28.22,Dave Kirkham 29.07.
Gethin Jones showed his form on the track also on the 10.6.17 in finishing in 4th place in the Welsh 5000 championships.


Gethin Jones good form continued when he won the Burnley 10k today in 32.59. This completes an impressive hatrick of victories recently  with recent wins in the Deganwy 5 and the Blackpool 10 mile race.

The Abersoch 10k is a popular race with members and Jason Thomas was the first Cybi at yesterdays race in 40.50. David Ellis was next in a time of 44.42 followed then by Kevin Clark in 47.41 and Dewi Williams in 51.49.

Ryan Roberts returned to racing after the London Marathon and finished an impressive 4th at the Liverpool Rock’n Roll Half Marathon in a time of 1.14.00.

Penrhyn parkrun results 3.6.17

Jody Mceachern 24.07,Chris Williams 29.39,Josie Rhisiart 35.04