Races Entered & Results

 

It is nice to be able to congratulate Club members on their achievements!

Especially when finishing is quite often the reward you aim for.

 

So as members of the club enter races individually or as a group we will report on them.

 

The Press Secretaries are John Jones and Danny Snelson

Please forward your results to both

John; 07767360476 or e-mail johnjonesuk@btinternet.com

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Telford 10k ~ 09/12/2018
 

The Telford 10k also Sunday bright but blustery conditions throughout the race, two Abergele Harriers took part, 335th Darren Blazier completed the race in 37:52; 483rd Rachel Shipley 41:20; and a new PB; a great end of year race for Rachel who has consistently run well all season with fantastic times in many races.

 
Llandudno Santa Dash ~ 08/12/2018
 

A wash of nearly 300 Red Santa’s in Llandudno on Saturday 8th December with the Annual Llandudno Santa 5k Dash in aid of local charity St. David’s Hospice, three Abergele Harriers took part, running times were not the order of the day it was all part of the Christmas spirit, John Jones 28:00 was joined by Nick Foden 27:00 and Lorraine Nesbitt 32:00, all completing the course for a wonderful experience in the local festive spirit.

 
Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Chanpionships, Mens V55 ~ 08/12/2018
 

Saturday 8th was the Welsh Inter-regional Cross Country Championships at a new venue in Llandrindod Wells. Tim Cahill competed in the 10k course in 44:15, 96th overall and 11th V55. The course was muddy and cut up easily, with some part becoming atrocious including the exit from the large lap, where it ended up being a water jump, around 600 runners from across Wales took part.

 
Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Chanpionships, Senior Ladies ~ 08/12/2018
 

Saturday 8th was the Welsh Inter-regional Cross Country Championships at a new venue in Llandrindod Wells. Julie Martin competing for the first time for North Wales, completed the 6k course in 31:45, 43rd overall and 22nd senior female,

 
Club La Santa Short Half Marathon ~ 27/11/2018
 

Completing his training in the sun, Darren Blazier in the Lanzarote Running Challenge competed in the Ridge Run running up and down the Volcano near La Santa, proving to be a tough run for Darren this year completing the 8.4 miles 36th place in 57:02. The following day Darren competed in the 5k beach run finishing in 25th place 18:57 and 3rd in MV45 category. The final race was the short half marathon 12.5 miles, finishing in 80:43. For the whole race challenge of 3 races Darren finished in 24th place and 3rd in MV45 with a total time of 3 hours 14 minutes, conditions over the week were very hot with light winds

 
Kyaninga Lodge 10k ~ 01/12/2018
 

For another Abergele Harrier Steven McCormack, travelling the world this time to Uganda to run with a fellow work colleague in the Kyaninga Lodge 10k Race, which is a very tough race through stunning countryside, running the Rift races is to raise funds for the Kyaninga Child Development Centre, they provide support for children with disabilities and their families in and around Fort Portal.
Founded in 2015 the KCDC now has a team of 12 specialist therapists and has treated almost 900 children (as of Nov 2017). They provide a vital service, one that just doesn't exist otherwise and the races plays an important role in raising funds and awareness. Every year David Emong, silver medal Paralympian and gold medal Para World Champ, joins us for the event. The message he gives to the children and their families about disability not being an inability is so important for them to hear and see from somebody as well known and admired as David.
Steven McCormack completed the 10k finishing in 1:12:19.


 
Oulton Park Running Grand Prix Half Marathon ~ 02/12/2018
 

Sunday, 2nd December was the Oulton Park Running Grand Prix Half and Full Marathon, which uses the famous track, which contains several significant hills, Sean McCormack running very well after a tough year of distance races completed the half marathon 5 laps of the track in 17th place 1:30:40 (chip) 1st MV55 a total of 269 took apart.

 
Vince Regan Memorial Classic 10k ~ 24/11/2018
 

For one Abergele Harriers running in the warmth of Lanzarote was a great decision for this past week, with temperatures in the mid 20’s, Darren Blazier was taking part in the annual Vince Regan Memorial Classic 10k, the race starts and finishes in Stadium, Club La Santa, 3 loops around the La Santa lagoon, mostly on road surface, Darren finished 21st 37:19, 3rd V45 in warm and humid conditions, 370 runners took part.

 
British & Irish Masters Cross Country International, Singleton Park, Ladies ~ 18/11/2018
 

Abergele Harrier Chris Birch ran for Wales in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships held this year at Singleton Park in Swansea.
Chris finished 3rd overall in her FV70 age-group in 30-53.

 
Conwy Half Marathon ~ 18/11/2018
 

Sunday, 18th November was the 10th Anniversary of one of the major Half Marathons in the local racing calendar, Susan Calvert of Abergele Harriers has competed in all previous 9 and was proud to complete this years race, and one of the few who have done all ten races finishing in 2:44:33, 2552nd place. Earlier in the race, first home was Alan Ilsley 250th 1:32:52; 262nd Gareth Evans 1:33:21; 704th Mark Mayers 1:44:54, Mark was also the 1.45 pacer for the race, providing encouragement and support throughout the race for the many runners; 731st Paula Maguire 1:45:17; 754th John Jones 1:45:38; 860th Danny Snelson 1:47:46; 1023rd Alan Taylor 1:50:50; 1293rd Anthony Howe 1:55:19; 1802nd Lorraine Nesbitt 2:04:10; 2640th Margaret Williams 2:28:31, 1st FV80 The setting for the race was perfect and the stunning Conwy Castle backdrop, and near perfect running conditions made the 10th Anniversary race a great success.



 
Penmaenmawr Fell Race ~ 17/11/2018
 

Saturday, 17th November was the annual Penmaenmawr Fell Race, this is one if the highlights of the off road season and the race attracts runners from across the country, three Abergele Harriers took part, which is a 10.5 mile route from Dwygyfylchi, around Tal y Fan mountain and back down into Dwygyfylchi, a fresh sunny day made the route a change from wet and cold conditions of previous years. Ben Lightowler 8th overall 1:20:35; Tim Cahill 21st and 3rd in V50, 1:29:36; James Salt 77th 1:46:19.

 
Cheshire 10k ~ 10/11/2018
 

On Saturday, 10th November, there was an 9.30am start for the Arley Hall 10k in Cheshire. This is the winter running of this fast course, Lorraine Nesbitt who is running well at the moment was seconds of her PB time finishing in 790th 54.55 (chip time) in lovely sunny conditions in the Cheshire Countryside.

 
Abergele 5, 2018 ~ 04/11/2018
 

The Annual Abergele 5 Mile race which incorporates the North Wales Athletics 5 mile Championships, took place on Pensarn promenade Sunday, 4th November, the autumnal colours on the mountain backdrop, matched the varied coloured vests from runners from across North Wales and the UK, 200 runners took part on the day, with near perfect conditions, runners set out on the route along the cycle path to Llanddulas with a return in to Beach Road and loop in Tan yr Ogof Caravan Park then just under 2 miles back to the start in Pensarn. Daniel Kashi from Sale Harriers, Manchester was the overall winner in 25:47, 1st Senior Male; 2nd Stephen Skates, 26:47, Prestatyn RC, 1st V40; 3rd Mike Robert 26:53, Deestriders RC; 1st Lady in 23rd place was Hannah Cowley, 29:48, Helsby RC, 1st Senior Lady and the new female course record holder; 2nd lady in 26th place was Sarah Livett 30:18, Menai Track and Field; 3rd lady in 29th place was Carol Parsons 30:25, Ellesmere Part RC.
Abergele Harriers have a difficult task competiting in their own race as most members are required to do essential marshalling and organising duties, four members took part, 47th Rachel Shipley 33.23 PB and 3rd Senior Felale in the North Wales Championships; 72nd Amy Owen-Jones 35:26; 84th Daniel Snelson 36:48; 114th Chris Birch 39:51 1st V70 in the open race and the Championships.
Race and Course Director Sean McCormack, personally thanked the main sponsors Spillane & Co. Wealth Management for their continued support of this popular race, together with the many local business in the Abergele Area,
the race also is a credit to the members of Abergele Harriers and their friends and family, who work hard on the day to ensure this race is a success from the very important marshalling, to the early morning crew who put the main signs into position, the club is also grateful to family club members who work in the background on the day to ensure the race is a continued success.



 
Dublin Marathon 2018 ~ 28/10/2018
 

Over at the Dublin Marathon, two Abergele Harriers competed in excellent times running virtually in tandem, the conditions were perfect and the autumnal Irish countryside looked amazing as they headed out of the city toward Phoenix Park then return back toward the city of Dublin for a grand finish. Steven McCormack was 1820th in 3:21:16 Sean McCormack was 1821st in 3:21:16 both father an son finishing together.
It was also a special return for Sean to Dublin as 20 years ago he did his first ever marathon, with many marathons since, this years race will always stand out in his memory, running with family as Team Hari in honour of Hari Ingman, who the family lost to meningitis a year ago at the very young age of 2 and half, a united family and friends running proud in his memory.


 
Snowdon Marathon 2018 ~ 27/10/2018
 

On Saturday, 27th October was the Snowdonia Eryri Marathon, the grandeur of the Welsh countryside in its amazing autumnal colours lined the route around Snowdon for this annual marathon that is a test for any athlete, Meinir Huws was Abergele Harriers entrant and she had a very respectable time of 4:48:24 Chip time and 5th in her age group FV60 and 1376 position, 2197 completed the course. This also gave Meinir the Bronze medal in the Welsh Athletics for Masters FV60 Championships.

 
Flintshire 10k ~ 21/10/2018
 

Sunday 22nd was the Run Wales 2018 Flintshire 10k in Mold; good running conditions on the two loop course, with a breezy headwind on the outward climb on both loops, in an exciting race to the finish, two Harriers Danny and Darren fought for 13th place with Danny Williams winning in 39:04, holding off Darren Blazier 39:05 and 14th place, 1st V45; 37th Rachel Shipley 43:02 3rd lady, 1st female 21-34; 80th John Jones 46:48 3rd V60; 492 took part.

 
Loggerheads 5 mile off road race ~ 20/10/2018
 

On Saturday morning at Loggerheads 3 Harriers took part in a tough off road course running through the woods and farmland around Mold, the weather was perfect and the stunning North Wales countryside looked its autumnal best. In 10th overall and first in the V50 category was Darren Battersby 42:38; 21st John Jones 46:00 also winning the V60; 48th was Lorraine Nesbitt finishing in an excellent 53:29.

 
Simplyhealth Birmingham Half Marathon ~ 14/10/2018
 

In Birmingham was the Simplyhealth Half Marathon, Martyn Barnaby had an excellent run finishing 1360th 1:43:53, this year the route was different starting in Broad Street before taking runners to Highfield Road in Edgbaston and down the hill of Lee Bank Middleway, once a challenging incline near the end of the half marathon, runners then did a lap of Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium before turned back to the city centre after they reached Bournville.

 
Manchester Half Marathon ~ 14/10/2018
 

In Manchester the Half Marathon was taking place with Danny Snelson finishing in 2606th 1:47:34 (chip time) and great run by him.

 
Farndon 10k ~ 14/10/2018
 

Danny Williams was taking part in the Bartletts Farndon 10k just outside Crewe, running on rural roads around Cheshire, finishing in 20th place in an brilliant time of 38:33, Danny is running brilliant this season, 656 runners took part.

 
Chicago Marathon 2018 ~ 07/10/2018
 

On the other side of the pond in the USA, the Chicago Marathon was taking place, this was 5th Marathon in the Abbott World Marathon Majors for Sean and Steven McCormack, racing together throughout the course both finished in an excellent 3.22.01 a fantastic time in very wet running conditions. The scene was set as they joined 40,000 runners including Mo Farah who went on to win the race, great support throughout the city make Chicago a great Marathon city, The McCormack’s have another marathon in Dublin in a few weeks time.

 
Cardiff Half Marathon ~ 07/10/2018
 

Also on Sunday was the 15th Annual Cardiff University Half Marathon, in perfect weather conditions Alan Taylor along with his daughter Stef - Alan finished in 1.49:14 11th in the MV65 category while Stef ran a PB in 1.46.

 
Chester Marathon 2018 ~ 07/10/2018
 

Sunday, 7th October was the Chester Marathon, two Abergele Harriers travelled to the ancient Roman City of Chester, runners leave the racecourse and head into the City centre passing the Town Hall, Cathedral, split level Middle Ages "Rows", Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre and through the Roman Walls before heading out of the City across the Old Dee Bridge. The route then leaves Chester past the Duke of Westminster's estate, through Pulford, before crossing the border into Wales and the villages of Lavister and Rossett. Keeping to the rural lanes runners complete a small loop before entering the historic village of Holt. Then crossing the ancient Roman bridge at Farndon to return to England and the home stretch running through Churton, Aldford and Huntington. On re-entering the City, runners pass the River Dee along the Groves and Castle Drive before a triumphant finish at the racecourse! Simon Bonfield completed the course in 3:40:36 chip time and 796th place, Alan Newell ran a new PB time of 3.53.12, 1291st place an excellent result from both Harriers.

 
Bangor Half Marathon ~ 07/10/2018
 

Saturday 7th October was the start of a busy weekend of running for many Abergele Harriers, the third medal in the Run Wales Castles series was up for grabs in the University City of Bangor, starting in the main high street, the Half Marathon and 10k race set off together heading toward Bangor Pier or its official name Garth Pier which is a Grade Two listed structure, under at the moment major renovation was opened for the day for runners to run the length and back before heading into the surrounding countryside of Bangor, on a winding course through covered woodland and country lanes, before entering into stunning grounds of Penrhyn Castle for a loop around the grounds then heading back into Bangor for a sprint finish in the main high street, the weather was perfect cool sunny conditions, ensured runners had a great race and enjoy if they can the stunning Welsh countryside and Bangor’s historical skyline. Three Harriers were in the Half Marathon, John Jones was first home in 50th place 1:46:51; 151st Lorraine Nesbitt 2:05:41 and 212th Susan Calvert in 2.21:19.

 
Southport Seaside 10k ~ 23/09/2018
 

Sunday 23rd September was the Southport Seaside 10k, a two-lap course that is run on smooth tarmac through and around the pier. Taking in the famous Southport Pier, which is not only Britain’s oldest iron pier but the second longest, taking part was Amy Owen-Jones on her second run of the weekend, finishing in 3rd place Senior Lady in 44.30, 128th place, chip time, and 128th place, Amy was running for Alzheimer’s Research.

 
Meerbrook 15k ~ 22/09/2018
 

On Saturday 22nd September, Amy Owen-Jones took part in the Meerbrook 15k as part of the North Wales Team; this was her first race in the team and was a full Inter County race within the main race, finishing in an excellent time of 1:10:58, 2nd lady home for the North Wales Team.

 
Carneddau 12k trail race ~ 17/09/2018
 

On the 17th September, Julie Martin took part in the 2018 Carneddau Trail 12k, 2nd lady and 14th overall in a time of 1:12:45, starting from Llanfairfechan the Gateway to Snowdonia on a truly and stunning course, which is tough in parts with steep assents and inclines along the course and heading up Garreg Fawr mountain, runners will see the old Roman road once at the top, and the most breath taking views of Anglesey and the surrounding area, and maybe catch a glimpse of the famous wild Carneddau ponies, who have lived along the mountains for hundreds of years.

 
Great North Run, 2018 ~ 09/09/2018
 

At the largest half marathon in the world, the Great North Run, a father and daughter team took on the 13.1 miles. Sarah Edwards finished in 19,982nd position in 2.21.14, almost 10 mins faster than her time from last year. Her father David Edwards followed shortly after in 24,153rd position in 2.28.06.

 
Beaumaris Run Fest 10K ~ 09/09/2018
 

In the inaugural Beaumaris Run Fest 10K saw Danny Williams finish in just 40.39 for 4th place.

 
Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon, 2018 ~ 09/09/2018
 

A brand new Abergele Harriers club record was set this weekend at the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. With 1342 finishers in total, Darren Blazier placed 156th in 1.30.55. He was closely followed by Rachel Shipley in 157th place in 1.30.56 for 22nd lady. This time was almost 7 minutes faster than her previous half marathon PB and was a brand-new club ladies record, taking over a minute and a half of the previous record and adding to the 5k club record she achieved just a few weeks back.


 
New Forest Half Marathon ~ 09/09/2018
 

Paula Maguire was the only club representative in this years New Forest Half Marathon and ran a superb race to finish in a new PB time of 1:43:13 (chip)for 327th overall out of almost 2,000 finishers.

 
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In the inaugural Beaumaris Run Fest 10K saw Danny Williams finish in just 40.39 for 4th place.

 
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At the largest half marathon in the world, the Great North Run, a father and daughter team took on the 13.1 miles. Sarah Edwards finished in 19,982nd position in 2.21.14, almost 10 mins faster than her time from last year. Her father David Edwards followed shortly after in 24,153rd position in 2.28.06.

 
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A brand new Abergele Harriers club record was set this weekend at the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. With 1342 finishers in total, Darren Blazier placed 156th in 1.30.55. He was closely followed by Rachel Shipley in 157th place in 1.30.56 for 22nd lady. This time was almost 7 minutes faster than her previous half marathon PB and was a brand-new club ladies record, taking over a minute and a half of the previous record and adding to the 5k club record she achieved just a few weeks back.

 
Wuanfawr 5k ~ 29/08/2018
 

On Wednesday in the Waunfawr 5k (featuring 400ft of climbing), Darren Blazier finished in 19:55 for 2nd place overall.

 
Caernarfon 10k, 2018 ~ 02/09/2018
 

A spectacular race for the Abergele Harriers at the Caernarfon 10k, with six taking part and all of them taking home medals from the North Wales Championships.
Darren Blazier, 8th place overall, 1st male 45-49 took home gold in the North Wales Championship medal for his category in 36:56 (36:55 chip). Darren Battersby, 25th place overall was 3rd male 50-54. This earned him gold in his North Wales Championship category in 42:47 (42:45 chip). Rachel Shipley, 27th place overall, was 2nd female overall in 42:50 (42:49 chip). Her time also made her the North Wales female champion. John Jones, 41st place, was 3rd male 60-64 winning him a bronze North Wales Championship medal in his category with a time of 45:22 (45:20 chip). Chris Birch, 86th place overall, 1st female 70-74, which also made her first place North Wales Champion in that age group with her time of 50:43 (50:40 chip). Sue Calvert, 127th place overall in 1:00:34 (1:00:29 chip) was 3rd female 55-59, earning herself a bronze North Wales Championship medal.


 
Canterbury Half Marathon ~ 27/08/2018
 

On Bank Holiday Monday, Alan Newall travelled to Canterbury to do the annual half marathon. Alan finished in a time of 2:00:44 (2:00:38 chip) for 221st position out of 486 finishers.

 
Plas Menai 5k, 2018 ~ 22/08/2018
 

As the evening sun shone over the Menai Straits, great conditions for the annual Caernarfon 5k
which took place on Wednesday, 22nd of August with registration at Plas Menai Felinheli. The
route starts from near the car park in Plas Menai, Felinheli, and finishes near Y Galeri, in
Caernarfon, with 90 entrants took part. Three Abergele Harriers took part with Rachel having a
great race, 1st lady and a new PB.
Darren Blazier 3rd, 17:48, Rachel Shipley 17th (1st lady) 19:42(pb), Simon Bonfield 18th 19:47.

 
Birchwood 10k ~ 19/08/2018
 

The Birchwood 10k is a fast 10k road race over closed or partially-closed roads and paths in a picturesque corner of Warrington, runners from all over the region come back year after year to take up the Birchwood 10k challenge, the course is flat and is a great opportunity for runners to achieve a personal best. Amy Owen-Jones and Rachel Shipley were selection to compete in the Birchwood 10k race as part of the North Wales Development Team, Abergele Harriers also had Darren Blazier competing, he finished 46th 37:56 gun, 37:54 chip, 115th Rachel Shipley 42:09 gun, 42:06 chip, 173rd Amy Owen-Jones 44:29 gun, 44:23 chip.

 
Trentham 10k ~ 05/08/2018
 

Chris Birch took part in the Trentham 10k which is the British Masters 10k Road Championships for 2018. On Sunday 5th August 2018 formerly the John Oultram - is one of the oldest races in the area, and 2018 was be the 44th year for the race which since 2016 has been run as a 10K race. Chris had a very respectable time of 54.45 (Gun time) and finished 3rd in the V70 category.
The race started in the village of Tittensor and was a 1 lap course that follows the road uphill past Beech Caves, before joining the main road for a short time and then turning left, back towards Tittensor.
Despite the hilly course, the race is scenic, very popular and regularly attracts around 300 runners.


 
Helena Tipping 10k, 2018 ~ 29/07/2018
 

A weekend not seen in a long time, heavy rain, greeted runners in the annual Helena Tipping race in Wrexham, for one Abergele Harrier Margaret Williams it was her first race aged 80 and what a terrific time despite the conditions finishing in a very respectable time of 66:32 (chip time) and first in her age group V80 but also 3rd overall in the V70+ group. 1st home was Darren Blazier 33rd 38:18; 102nd Rachel Shipley 43:34; 155th John Jones 46:39 (his second race of the weekend); 239th Christine Birch 50:44 1st V70; 370th Lorraine Nesbitt 57:16; 593 finished the race, despite being a sellout the race had many non starters due to the weather, the race is in memory of Wrexham AAC member Helena Tipping and in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

 
Aintree 10k, 2018 ~ 29/07/2018
 

Sunday 29th was the Run Aintree event 5k, 10k and Half Marathon in the 10k Paula Maguire was the only Harrier finishing 74th, 3rd in age group 47:27 (47:19 chip).

 
Llanfair Th Mountain Race, 2018 ~ 28/07/2018
 

It was quality rather than quantity at today's Llanfair Th Mountain Race with Steven McCormack winning the race in a time of 41mins 19secs, 16 years after he first ran the race as a 13 year old. This was also his first victory in an open road race beating his previous best position in the race, which was 3rd in 2007. Also improving his previous position was John Jones, who finished in an excellent 51mins 7secs for second position, an improvement on last years 3rd. First lady home was Helen Cronnin in an excellent 56mins 38secs.

 
Short, Caernarfon Race the Train ~ 18/07/2018
 

On Wednesday 18th was the Annual Race the Train in Caernarfon, this year the course was slightly shorter at 2.96 miles due to road works but this did not deter many runners to brave the evening heat and run in a very enjoyable race through stunning countryside back into Caernarfon from Dinas. First home in 11th place was Darren Blazier 16.21 1st V40; 20th Simeon Fawcett 16.56; 41st Rachel Shipley 18.09 5th Lady; 45th Simon Bonfield 18.22; 138th Chris Birch 22.52 1st FV70; 142nd Grahame Shone 23.01; 269 finishers.

 
Snowdon International Fell Race ~ 21/07/2018
 

Snowdonia was a busy place to be this week with three major races taking place with Abergele Harriers members taking part in two, Saturday 21st was the 43rd Jewson International Snowdon Race, regarded as one of the toughest races in the UK it attracts over 600 participants with runners starting from Padarn Park, Llanberis on leaving the starting area, towards Capel Curig and turn right opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel. Continue over the cattle grid and up the tarmac road and then join the main Llanberis to Snowdon footpath. Following the well defined path under the Half Way and Clogwyn bridges and continue to the summit of Snowdon Mountain, following the same route back to Llanberis, by the Royal Victoria Hotel and along the main road to the finish line, Gareth Evans from Rhyl was the only Harrier to take on the challenge and finished in a very respectable time 1:34:07 with an overall position of 159th, with cooler conditions and mist on the summit the race lived up to all its usual expectations.

 
Let's Rock Conwy 10k ~ 07/07/2018
 

Starting with the belated results from last week’s new local running event ‘Let’s Rock Conwy’, the Abergele Harriers had hot, sunny conditions to battle with on the 10k course. Alan Isley was first across the line for the club in 13th place out of 183 runners in 42:53 (chip 42:50) making him 3rd male 21-34. Darren Battersby was 21st with 45:18 (chip 45:16) and was 1st V50. Amy Owen-Jones came 22nd with her result of 45:21 (chip 45:19) and was 2nd female overall. Emma Cavey came 38th in 50:19 (chip 50:14). Paula Maguire for 78th in 57:23 (chip 57:18). Lorraine Nesbitt finished in 79th place with 57:23 (chip 57:16).



 
Snowdonia Trail Marathon ~ 15/07/2018
 

Over at Snowdonia Trail Marathon, a challenging course that ascends 1,685 metres over 26 miles of iconic and spectacular trails, Alan Newell completed it in 7:54:39 for 571st place out of 698 runners.

 
Feliniheli 10K ~ 04/07/2018
 

On Wednesday evening a lot of Abergele Harriers traded in their usual 10k training run with the club for the Felinheli 10k, with 312 runners overall taking part. Darren Blazier finished first for the club in 5th place, 3rd MV40 in 37:28. Simon Bonfield was next in 37th place in 41:55. Rachel Shipley was 47th place in 43:00. Gareth Evans came in 62nd in 44:34. Martyn Barnaby was 94th place in 47:39. Christine Birch was 1st FV70 to finish in 52:23 for 157th place overall. Susan Calvert finished in 1:00:17 for 249th place.

 
Fairy Freckled Cow Trail race ~ 01/07/2018
 

A hot and sunny week for races, with the Fairy Freckled Cow 11k trail race at Llyn Alwen Reservoir having 8 Abergele Harriers compete with 137 there in total. Darren Blazier was first to finish for the club in 5th place, 43:48, 1st M40 and earned a gold medal in the North Wales Trail Championships. Simon Bonfield was next in 49:11, 18th place. Rachel Shipley was the 4th lady back overall in 22nd place, 51:47. Danny Williams next for 30th, 54:16. Martyn Barnaby finished in 58:39 for 47th. Julie Martin followed with 60:31, 56th. Chris Birch next in 63:31 for 66th place and was 1st F70, earning herself a gold North Wales Trail Championship medal. Susan Calvert completed in 82:23 despite falling during the race, for 117th place.

 
Alderley Edge Bypass 10k ~ 01/07/2018
 

Gareth Evans ran the Alderley Edge Bypass 10k with 1,718 other runners taking part in the event. He managed an impressive 43:24 gun time (43:15 chip time) making him 130th male, 141st place overall and V40 28th position.

 
Stone 10k ~ 24/06/2018
 

Sunday 24th June in high heat was the St. Michaels 10k in Stone, The Stone 10K is a two laps, flat course through the popular town of Stone in Staffordshire. The race incorporates St Michael’s First School Summer Fayre making it a great day out for all the family. The North Wales Development Squad was also taking part, Abergele Harriers had two excellent runners who are running very well Rachel Shipley and Amy Owen-Jones, the development squad is a initiative by NWRAC to encourage young runners across the North Wales area to run as a team and develop their competitive skills, Rachel Shipley was first home for the club in a club record of 41:24 and 1st lady, Amy Owen-Jones was 2nd lady home and a PB in 43.29 a great success for the club by both ladies. Darren Blazer also ran and finished in 34th 37:21.

 
Rhyl Half Marathon ~ 23/06/2018
 

RunWales had its second race event of 2018 in Rhyl this weekend, the annual Rhyl Runfest attracting runners from across North Wales and the UK together with visitors on holiday, the weather made the Rhyl seafront took wonderful in the glistening sun and high temperatures, with a touch of a breeze on the return leg back to sunny Rhyl. In the Half Marathon Simon Bonfield was 23rd in 1:33:32; 40th Alan Ilsley 1:40:43; 172 runner ran

 
Rhyl 10k ~ 23/06/2018
 

RunWales had its second race event of 2018 in Rhyl this weekend, the annual Rhyl Runfest attracting runners from across North Wales and the UK together with visitors on holiday, the weather made the Rhyl seafront took wonderful in the glistening sun and high temperatures, with a touch of a breeze on the return leg back to sunny Rhyl, Abergele Harriers had runners in the 10k and Half Marathon races, in the 10k race Danny Williams finished 10th in 39:40; 54th Paula Maquire 47:53 2nd in FV35; 78th Chris Birch 51:35, 1st in the FV70; 104th Lorraine Nesbitt 55:04 PB 2nd in the FV50 this was Lorraine’s 1st anniversary race as an Abergele Harrier beating her time from last year by 6:39 minutes a great achievement; 158th Sarah Edwards 60:22; 199th Margaret Williams 66:00 1st in the FV75; 246 runners ran.

 
Deganwy Dash 5 mile ~ 01/06/2018
 

Friday 1st of June was a different story for most local runners and runner from afield on holiday, on a day when the skies pored with rain all afternoon and massive claps of thunder the 2018 Deganwy 5 mile Dash was going to be a race with all the elements for a summer run in the sun, heat and rain, the Deganwy Dash is one of those friendly races you enjoy regardless of the weather it always has a great turn out and everyone has a smile from start to finish, as the rain subsided for the start this fast race Abergele Harrier Darren Blazier was first home in 7th place 30:00; 17th Nick Foden 31:33; 28th Danny Williams 33:21; 30th James Salt 33:30; 32nd Simon Bonfield 33:54; 35th Rachel Shipley 34:01 3rd Prize in Senior Ladies; 56th John Jones 36:04 1st prize V60; 61st Julie Martin 36:10; 76th Martin Barnaby 37:29; 93rd Paula Maguire38:45; 103rd Emma Cavey 39:32; 124th Chris Birch 40:48 1st V70 female. 227 finished the race everyone soaking covered in mud but loving the experience.

 
Welsh Masters 5,000m Championships, 2018 ~ 03/06/2018
 

At the Welsh Masters Track and Field Championships in Nuneaton on Sunday 3rd June, its was a terrific return for Sean McCormack of Abergele Harriers. In 2008 when the competition was held in Newtown at the aged of 45 he won the MV45 5000m title. this weekend he returned and now in the V55 category he won with a great time of 19.28 to regain the gold medal in 25 degree, boiling hot conditions, this is a tremendous achievement, and Sean was pleased to running at this years track event.

 
Folkstone Coastal 10k ~ 27/05/2018
 

Alan Newell on which seems to be a weekly travel around the country, this week, Sunday 27th, he was in Folkestone to take part in the Folkestone Coastal 10k a race which has a race limit of 1000 runners, the 10 kilometre run will start from Folkestone seafront, head towards Hythe and then return, whilst taking in the beautiful coastal scenery that the area has to offer. This is a flat promenade route, traffic free and a great race for those who are relatively new to running, but also for those more experienced runners looking for a personal best, Alan completed the 10 in 49:03 (chip) 49:34 (gun.

 
Hackney Half Maraathon ~ 20/05/2018
 

Over in Hackney, London, Alan Newell took part in the Hackney Half Marathon finishing in 7154th place 1:52;16, over 15000 took part.

 
Snowdonia Half Marathon ~ 20/05/2018
 

On Sunday 20th May was the Snowdonia Half Marathon, A scenic but tough half marathon set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, starting and finishing in the village of Llanrwst, which played host to the World Trail Running Championships in 2013. The park is a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers, still glacial lakes and deep forests, finishing via Gwydyr Castle. Abergele Harriers had five runners taking part, first home in an excellent time for this mountainous course was Nick Foden 19th place and 1:39:06 (gun); 108th John Jones 1:54:38 and 1st in his new category V60; 208th Danny Snelson 2:02:05; 452nd Lorraine Nesbitt 2:24:10; 555th Susan Calvert 2:41:46

 
Christleton 5k, 2018 ~ 18/05/2018
 

It was a busy weekend for Abergele Harriers with four runners travelling over to Chester for the Christleton 5k evening race on Friday 18th May, first home was Tim Cahill in 169th place 18:36 (chip time); 19th Darren Blazier 19:08; 221st Simon Bonfield 19:27 PB; 256th Rachel Shipley 20:21 a total of 425 took part.

 
Ffrith 5k, 2018 ~ 13/05/2018
 

There was a larger Abergele Harriers turnout in Prestatyn for the Ffrith 5k on Sunday. Battling against the sun and wind were 12 Harriers out of the 128 runners, with 3 Harriers earning themselves a North Wales Championship medal and 3 earning new PBs. First home for the club was Jodi Waters earning himself 8th place with a fantastic time of 17:34, a brand new PB for him and 4th V40. Darren Blazier was next in 18:11 making him the North Wales Championships Silver place v45 and 11th place overall. Nick Foden worked for a great result of 18:39, 4th place senior overall. Tim Cahill was next and earned himself a bronze North Wales Champs medal for V55 in 18:45. Simon Bonfield was determined to come in at sub 20 mins and did so in just 19:40, claiming a bronze North Wales Champs V45 medal and a brand new PB! Alan Ilsley followed in 20:09, one of his first runs for the club as a new member. Rachel Shipley was the first lady home for the club just 10 seconds later in 20:19 making her 2nd senior female. Amy Owen-Jones earned the 3rd place senior female with her new PB time of 21:01. Daniel Snelson just missed out on a PB by seconds with 21:12. Martyn Barnaby chased him to finish in an impressive 21:49. Chris Birch’s result of 24:32 earned her the 1st V70 gold medal. Lorraine Nesbitt, her first 5k for the club, impressed with a time of 26:28 also making her 5th female V50.

 
Rhostryfan 10k ~ 09/05/2018
 

It was an amazing race week for the Abergele Harriers which began midweek over in Rhostryfan, though unfortunately in awful windy and wet conditions. Despite this around 40 runners braved the 10k, which included Darren Blazier, coming in at 5th place with his time of 38:16 making him 3rd V40. Rachel Shipley followed him to a fantastic 17th place in 43:08 and 2nd female overall.

 
North Wales Track and Field Championships
 

On Sunday Sean and Steven McCormack travelled to the North Wales Track and Field Championships in Deeside. Despite not running on the track for several years they had a very successful day. Steven regained the Senior Men's Steeplechase title which he last won in 2009 with a personal best time over the 3,000m distance of 11m48s. Sean also regained a title he last won in 2009 by winning the gold in the Masters Men 1,500m in a time of 5m23s. Both then entered the 3,000m at the end of the meeting with Steven winning an excellent bronze in the Senior Men's race in 10:46, while Sean won Silver in the Masters Men's event.

 
Peckham 10k ~ 05/05/2018
 

Alan Newell travelled to Delboy’s London to take part in the Peckham 10k. With very hot conditions Alan managed to get a new pb finishing in 50.37 for 67th position out of 214 finishers over the 3 loop course.

 
Big Rock 10k, 2018 ~ 05/05/2018
 

The Run Wales Big Rock 10k race in Penmaenmawr took place on Saturday. This is a great family day with three races to suit everyone, glorious sunny weather making north Wales look even more spectacular three Abergele Harriers took part in this fabulous race with a mainly out and back course along the seafront at Penmaenmawr. It is a great day with a 5k colour run, 1 mile fun run and a beer run other events on the day! All of this is topped off with free entry into the Big Rock Reggae Festival after the 10k.
The weather conditions were ideal although the heat did build up throughout the day. All three Harriers improved on their times at the Big Rock 10k from last year. Simon Bonfield was first home in 31st place for 41:53 (chip), followed by Susan Calvert 59:04 in 178th and Sarah Edwards also running a sub 60 minutes for 59:36 in 184th place.


 
Bradford 10k ~ 29/04/2018
 

Sunday saw the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k, which was rearranged from 18th March due to snow. Again with excellent conditions for a 10k city centre road race through the heart of Bradford, West Yorkshire. Starting and finishing in Centenary Square, the event is a local favourite with beginners and those in search of their personal best. Abergele Harriers had two runners, 26th Darren Blazier 37.33 4th V40; 128th Rachel Shipley 42.06 PB 10th Lady 5th Senior Female. An undulating course on a cold breezy day. Rearranged from March because of heavy snow. 1894 finishers.

 
Chester Half Marathon 2018 ~ 29/04/2018
 

The road racing world was shocked last week when Masterchef semi finalist Matt Campbell who collapsed and died with 3.7 miles to go in the London Marathon, races across the country on Sunday 29th April all pledged support to the runner, Chester Half Marathon was not exception with a minutes silence and the race dedicated the last 3.7 miles to his memory. Chester Half Marathon is one of the best races in the area, the route is lined with many cheering families and lots of musicians all helping runners achieve their goal, and with near perfect conditions and spring like conditions, this year was no exception first home was Nick Foden 90th place 1:24:13 (chip time); 207th James Salt 1:29:46; 484th Amy Owen-Jones 1:36:27 PB; 626th John Jones 1:38:40; 977th Danny Snelson 1:44:41; 1195th Anthony Howe 1:47:25; 1781st Andrea Cody 1:52:54; 3003rd Lorraine Nesbitt 2:05:20; 4990 completed to course.

 
Clonliffe 2 ~ 26/04/2018
 

Once again while in Ireland Abergele Harriers Sean McCormack decides to race. As his first race in his new V55 category Sean appropriately picked the oldest road race in Ireland and the Club road race in the world, the Clonliffe 2, in its 127th year. Interestingly it was also the shortest road race Sean has ever raced and he completed the 2 mile race in 12mins 17secs for 55th overall out of 168 finishers.

 
London Marathon 2018 ~ 22/04/2018
 

John Jones of Abergele Harriers proudly wore the Official Club number on Sunday as he lined up with the a record number of starters for the 38th London Marathon, which this year was run in record high temperatures averaging at 23 degrees Centigrade. Starting at the Blue Start John ran an excellent race handling the conditions very well and going through the first half in 1h47m12s. Like most others in the race including new British record holder Mo Farah, John slowed a little over the second half but still managed to finish in a superb 3h49m54s for 7,540 position overall and an extremely creditable 244th MV55. The only other Harrier to brave the heat in London this year was Margaret Williams who finished in 6:04:06 for 34,764th position overall and a truly amazing 29th in the FV70 category and just missing out by 4 minutes on a good for age entry for next year.

 
Jo Brown midweek trial series, St. David's College ~ 17/04/2018
 

Tuesday, 17th April was the Joe Brown Fell Race at St. David’s College, Llandudno, which was the first to be held there, The race comes in at 7km with a good 300m of ascent, comprising a lap of the small rugby field, to spacen out field before hitting the trails. Two steep and short climbs with two fast and short descents and an uphill finish onto the school battlements. Four Abergele Harriers took part, 37th James Salt 30:51; 41st Gareth Evans 31:33; 52nd Ben Garnett 32:42; 121st Menir Huws 47:58; 125 took part.



 
Mersey Tunnell 10k ~ 15/04/2018
 

Sunday 15th April was the BTR The Mersey Tunnel 10K which continues to attract runners keen to experience the rare and unique opportunity to run through the Kingsway Tunnel and under the River Mersey. There’s always such a great atmosphere on the day, with runners emerging from the tunnel with a big smile on their faces. This year’s race will be particularly poignant sharing the date of the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. We are asking runners to come together, stand side by side, and join in a minute’s applause shortly before the race starts at 9.30am as we pay our respects to The 96, their families and the survivors.” Gareth Evans one of Abergele Harrier’s dedicated Liverpool FC supports hardly ever missing at match was running he finished 41:11; Nick Foden was also running his first race since Wrexham Half Marathon and finished in a respectable 38:11, just outside his PB time.

 
Cheshire Spring 5 ~ 11/04/2018
 

Once again the never ending winter weather was playing havoc with running events, the Annual Cheshire Spring 5 on Wednesday, 11th April is always a PB hungry course, this year due to very heavy rain a few days before, runners were advised of flooded lanes and slippy grass at the run to the finish, the weather had played havoc in the country lanes, that look like farmers herds had created a mud bath and the smell of a “under kind” was evident at every turn, this did not deter seven runners from Abergele Harriers in a race which had 388 finishers, first home was James Salt still recovering from the Manchester Marathon he was not going to let 5 points slip in the club grand prix; 65th place and chip time of 32:04; 89th Simon Bonfield 33.26 PB; 127th John Jones 35:24; 131st Amy Owen-Jones 35:44; 134th Danny Snelson 35:46 PB; 220th Emma Cavey 38:39 PB; Lorraine Nesbitt 297th 43:14 PB; four club members achieve new PB’s.

 
Manchester Marathon 2018 ~ 08/04/2018
 

Over in Manchester the annual ASICS Manchester Marathon was taking place and again in near perfect conditions two Harriers were taking part, first home was James Salt in 1650th place 3:27:48; 5441st place was Alan Newell in 4:46:54, some 9337 runners finished the race in what was a busy weekend for Manchester in sport.

 
Llandudno Easter 5k Promenade Dash ~ 31/03/2018
 

For most people Easter is a time to gorge on Easter eggs or even a mad dash to find some in a some stately home, no this year the annual Llandudno Easter 5k Dash took place on the wind swept promenade cold winds and wet lyrca was the order of the day but three Abergele Harriers out of 230 finishers were brave to try the elements first to dash to the finish line was Simon Bonfield in 29th place at Chip time of 20.17, followed by 66th Emma Cavey 23.23; Chris Birch was 77th in 23.48 she won the V60 category despite being entered into the wrong section being a V70 she out paced all of them. Following the race there was a mad dash to keep warm in everyone’s cars.

 
RaceID: 1430
 

Under the bright spring morning sun it what must feel like a very early 9am start as the clocks went forward on Sunday 25th March, 5500 runner started out on the 25th anniversary BTR Liverpool Half Marathon, Lorraine Nesbitt have a great race and this was her only 2nd competitive half marathon finishing in a time of 1:58:14 and 2274th place. As well as the 13.1-mile half marathon, the event also includes the third annual BTR 10 Mile Road Race. Both races start and finish under the gaze of the Liver Birds at Pier Head Liverpool, an iconic backdrop to showcase the city set against the Three Graces – the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building, and Port Of Liverpool Building. The course features some of Liverpool’s most famous sights including Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Princes Park, Sefton Park, Otterspool Promenade, Albert Dock Liverpool, and Museum Of Liverpool. Runners then cross the finish line at the waterfront, where they will collect their bespoke commemorative finishers’ medal and T-shirt, specially designed to mark 25 years of the race from 1994 to 2018. Bill Sergeant, Jim Ross and Ronnie Hart – the trio behind the original Liverpool International Half Marathon in 1994, will officially start the race.

 
Denbigh 10K, 2018 ~ 25/03/2018
 

On Sunday in Denbigh, The annual 5k & 10k Denbighshire races took place on Sunday, 25th March, bright sunshine making the local Welsh countryside look for welcoming after the cold snow of the past month, despite the sun, the crisp spring air kept the many runners on their toes for good finishing times, three Abergele Harriers took part in the thee 10k race, first home was Ben Garnett in 19th place 43:28; 23rd Simon Bonfield 44:38 and 53rd Chris Birch 52.07, 4th lady overall and winning the V70 category, 168 runner took part.

 
Surrey Half Marathon ~ 11/03/2018
 

One Harriers Martyn Barnaby decided to travel to Surrey to run their half Marathon despite have a few foot niggles he had a very respectable time of 1:44:15 (chip) and 900 place out of 3437.

 
Wrexham 20, 2018 ~ 11/03/2018
 

Sunday 11th March, mother’s day for many, for the running world it was the annual Wrexham Running Festival, which comprises a Half and Full Marathon plus a 20-mile race. Many use this festival for training for Manchester and London Marathons, with a slightly different course this year, which took the runners into the countryside lined with daffodils and snowdrop and a flock of geese at one point flying over the runner, together with a flood in the road just after 8 miles, ran through twice for the full marathon runners, thankfully the warmer spring air helped James Salt and Susan Calvert in the 20 mile with James having a chip time of 2:26:08 52nd place and Susan 4:05:00.

 
Wrexham Marathon, 2018 ~ 11/03/2018
 

Sunday 11th March, mother’s day for many, for the running world it was the annual Wrexham Running Festival, which comprises a Half and Full Marathon plus a 20-mile race. Many use this festival for training for Manchester and London Marathons, with a slightly different course this year, which took the runners into the countryside lined with daffodils and snowdrop and a flock of geese at one point flying over the runner, together with a flood in the road just after 8 miles, ran through twice for the full marathon runners, thankfully the warmer spring air helped. John Jones was the only entrant from the club in the full Marathon he finished in a slight slower than last time of 3:44.41 66th place and won the Silver Medal in the North Wales Athletics Marathon Championships.

 
Clwydian Sheeptracks ~ 25/02/2018
 

Taking place on Sunday 25th was the inaugural Clwydian Sheeptracks race. A 17 mile fell race, that takes in about 3500 feet of vertical ascent; Snowdon and a bit, to put it into context. Navigational ability was very important because the most of the checkpoints were unmanned and hidden in remote spots. Everyone had their own ideas for the best lines to take and it was very amusing to see runners approaching and leaving checkpoints from all directions. It was a fantastic event, Robert Armstrong was our only runner and completed in 3:45:28.

 
Wrexham Half Marathon, 2018 ~ 25/02/2018
 

Sunday 25th February the annual Village Bakery Half Marathon, with clear blue skies and near freezing conditions, know for its PB course, again this year great success for many of the Harriers together with a strong field of 14 runners with 11 gaining a new PB which is a fantastic result, out of 2287 of which 1874 completed the course, with so many runner its was a slow start at the beginning, first home was 84th Jodi Waters 1:21:38 (chip times); 95th Nick Foden 1:22:22 PB; 161st Danny Williams 1:26:10 PB; 170th James Salt 1:26:48; 325th Laurence Parry 1:32:35 PB; 352nd Simon Bonfield 1:33:42 PB; 462nd Martyn Barnaby 1:37:06 PB; 475th John Jones 1:37:35; 514th Amy Owen-Jones 1:38:16 PB; 622nd Julie Martin 1:41:55 PB; 649th Danny Snelson 1:41:35 PB; 686th Andrea Cody 1:43:23 PB; 915th Emma Cavey 1:49:38 PB; 1248th Lorraine Nesbitt 1:59:24 PB.

 
Rhyl 10 Mile, 2018 ~ 24/02/2018
 

The Rhyl 10 mile race today included the British Masters 10 mile championships and was held in very cold but almost perfect conditions, attracting Britain's top Veteran runners. Five Harriers took part lead home by Tim Cahill in a fantastic time of 1:02:48 (1:02:44 chip) for 35th overall and 6th MV55. Sean and Steven McCormack ran together to finish in 1:05:56 (1:05:51 chip), 48th and 49th overall and 6th MV50 and 3rd Senior Men respectively. Fourth Harrier home was Haydn Jones, running very well to finish in 1:21:37 (1:21:23 chip) for181st overall and 16th MV50, while Sue Calvert also ran superbly to finish in 1:39:00 (1:38:21 chip) for 361st overall and 7th F55.

 
Nick Beer 10k ~ 11/02/2018
 

The club has 2 new Welsh Champions, with Darren Blazier and Chris Birch both wining their age categories in the Welsh Championships which were held withing the Nick Beer 10k road race on the Great Orme on Sunday.
In the annual Nick Beer 10k Race, the stage was set, the snow kept off, but cold winds and gusts that nearly knock you over hit The Great Orme, Llandudno, it was going to be a classic, runners vs. the elements, while most runners were cold waiting for the race to start, we should remember the background to the race, Nick Beer was a popular and active member of North Wales Road Runners, and loved road running. He suffered from hydrocephalus, and sadly passed away in 1991 shortly after the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. The Nick Beer 10k Race was started by NWRR in 1993 in memory of Nick. It starts on the promenade in Llandudno and follows Marine Drive around the scenic Great Orme, before returning to the promenade and finishing opposite Venue Cymru. This year 639 runners took part and 17 were Harriers, first home was 27th Darren Blazier 38:58 (chip times) and first in the MV45; 51st Nick Foden 41:20; 58th Danny Williams 41:46; 67th Rob Armstrong 42:23; 82nd Simon Bonfield 43:40; 126th Martyn Barnaby 46:01; 134th John Jones 46:10; 134th Amy Owen-Jones; 148th Darren Battersby 47:12; 201st Danny Snelson 49:16; 203rd Andrea Cody 49:25; 231st Anthony Howe 50:58; 253rd Chris Birch 51:32, 1st in FV70; 267th Alan Newell 51:59; 371st Lorraine Nesbitt 56:50; 513th Susan Calvert 63:50; 529th Sarah Edwards 65:03.

 
Trim 10 Mile Road Race ~ 04/02/2018
 

Sunday, 4th February over in Trim, County Meath, one of Ireland's heritage towns, Trim is situated on the River Boyne. It once had the oldest and largest religious settlements in the country. The town is dominated by the medieval Trim Castle, which was built by Hugh de Lacy in 1173. The largest Norman castle in Europe, sections of the epic film Braveheart was filmed, over 1300 runners descend on town which took the population to over 10,000 for the day for the annual 10 mile Road Race, two Abergele Harriers who are flying at the moment Sean 160th and Steven 161st McCormack’s both 65:35, a great joint father and son finish.

 
Trail Marathon Wales Half Marathon, 2018 ~ 20/01/2018
 

Saturday 20th January, 2018, the fourth annual Buff Winter Trail Wales took the Trail Marathon Wales half marathon route across the same stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin Forest Park in the Snowdonia National Park, snow, ice and boggy conditions greeted the 500 plus runners for this epic race of the new year season, Ben Lightowler finished in an impressive 10th place with time of 1:37:26 and only 5 minutes off the lead winner, the cold wind and tough conditions make this a tough race for anyone, its also a credit to the marshals along the route that make the event a success.

 
Twin Piers 10k, 2018 ~ 13/01/2018
 

Saturday 13th January the first big race of the 2018 season, the Annual Twin Piers Race stage by Colwyn Bay Athletics Club, the cold January air greets the runners for this 10k run towards Colwyn Bay Pier, run this year to finish along the newly developed Colwyn Bay Promenade. With almost 400 runners taking part Abergele Harriers fielded thirteen runner which taking in the wonderful views towards the little Orme past the new Lifeboat Station around Penrhyn Bay and then onto the prom at Rhos-on-Sea, first home for the club was Sean McCormack in 35th place and a sub 40 minute time of 39:44 and 1st Place in the MV50 Category, this was Sean’s first sub 40 10k race since 2014 and his fastest since 2009, just a second behind him was his son Steven McCormack 36th 39:45; James Salt 46th 40:44; Mark Mayers 54th 41:26; John Jones 99th 45:31; Martyn Barnaby 45:37; Danny Snelson 120th 47:16; Chris Birch 157th 49:28 and 1st in the V70 Category; Keith Tewkesbury 215th 53:51; Anthony Howe 231st 55:10; Sue Calvert 271st 58:28; Margaret Williams 354th 68:31. Paul Maguire had to retire from the race due feeling unwell to continue safely.

 
Wirral Trail Half MarathoN ~ 07/01/2018
 

On Sunday 7th was the 2018 Wirral Trail Half Marathon, icy conditions greeted the runners for this tough race with wonderful scenery and clear blue skies many frozen puddles and frosty gates along the Wirral Circular Trail, Sue Calvert was the only Harrier with 410 runners taking part. Sue finished in 301st place in 2:16:03.

 
North Wales Cross Country Championships 2018 ~ 06/01/2018
 

On Saturday 6th January the annual North Wales Cross Country Championships are held at Rhug Estate, near Corwen, cool weather did not deter teams from all over north Wales to take part, Abergele Harriers had two runners; in the ladies event Chris Birch was in the V70 section, and James Salt finished in the Senior Men’s section in 44:11.

 
Telford 10k ~ 07/01/2018
 

On Sunday was the re-scheduled Telford 10k Race again in tough icy conditions for all the runners, Darren Blazier was the only male Harrier 164th in 39:54, Rachel Shipley ran for the North Wales Team and finished 278th 44:19.

 
Lanzarote Half Marathon, November 2017 ~ 29/11/2017
 

Most Abergele Harriers would have loved to be in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands off the west of coast of Africa for the annual running event Darren Blazier made his yearly trip to take part in a number of races, Day 1 Vince Regan Memorial 10k in Lanzarote, 331 runners took part in very windy and hot conditions 16th overall and a time of 37:05 2nd in V45. Day 2 Monday, 27th November in the 13k ridge run up and down a Volcano in very hot and windy conditions Darren was 11th in 54:18, 2nd V45, 256 runners took part. Day 3, Tuesday, 28th November the 5k Beach Run again very hot conditions Darren was 23rd 20:53 3rd V45; Day 4 Half Marathon (slightly shorter it was reported) 17th Darren 1:21:20, 3rd V45. After all 4 challenges Darren was 14th Overall and 3rd in V45, which is excellent in very tough warm running conditions.

 
Vince Regan Memorial 10k, Lanzarote ~ 26/11/2017
 

In warm conditions Darren Blazier competed in the Vince Regan Memorial 10k in Lanzarote, 331 runner took part in very windy and hot conditions 16th overall and a time of 37:05 2nd in V45.


 
Wilmslow 10k ~ 26/11/2017
 

Sunday 26th November was the annual Wilmslow 10k race which this year had a record 2479 number of runners starting the race from the centre of Wilmslow, a slow start with so many runners in bright sunny conditions for what is know as a fast course. Abergele Harriers had seven runners in this chip timed race; first home was Nick Foden trying to improve on his previous 10k result! finishing in an excellent time 37:29 77th place; 172nd Mark Mayers 40:07 (PB); 238th Darren Battersby 41:43; 349th Amy Owen-Jones 43:29; 363rd Martyn Barnaby 43:37 PB (a time he had been training hard for all year) 369th John Jones 43:41; 1204th Lorraine Nesbitt 54:10 PB (2 minutes faster on her previous chip time).


 
British and Irish Masters Cross Country International, Derry, 2017 ~ 18/11/2017
 

On Saturday 18th November Abergele Harrier Chris Birch ran for Wales in the FV 70 section of the British and Irish Vets Cross Country Championships at Gransha Park, Derry,Northern Ireland.
On the undulating and very wet 3 lap course Chris finished 2nd in her age group to Angela Copson in a time of 33-02.
The race was followed by an evening reception and prize giving at the Everglades Hotel which was much enjoyed by all.

 
Pen Fell Race, 2017 ~ 18/11/2017
 

In Penmaenmawr we also had a sole Harrier finishing another race. Tim Cahill completed the Penmaenmawr fell race in a time of just 1:28:30 for a speedy 23rd place and was also 2nd v50.

 
Conwy Half Marathon, 2017 ~ 19/11/2017
 

Over in Conwy, thirteen Abergele Harriers completed the local Conwy Half Marathon, with over 2500 runners in total attending. Jodi Waters was first home for the club in a time of 1:23:40 (chip 1:23:36) for 29th place overall and the 6th male 40-44, this being his best time in over 2 years. James Salt was next, earning himself the 15th male 40-44 place with a time of 1:28:59 (chip 1:28:55) and was 82nd position overall. The first Harrier lady across the line was Amy Owen-Jones, being the 14th female 21-34 in a time of 1:43:27 (chip 1:42:10) making her 429th place overall. A brand new PB was claimed by Andrea Cody, making her 22nd female 21-34 to finish in a time of 1:46:06 (chip 1:44:11), 560th place overall. Mark Mayers was next to finish as he was the 1:45 pacer for the race and finished in an almost perfect 1:45:16. Paula Maguire was next to finish for the club as 16th female 35-39. She finished in 1:48:35 (chip 1:47:18) for 644th place and earning herself a new PB too. Anthony Howe was the 116th male 40-44 to finish in just 1:50:22 (chip 1:48:33) for 711th place overall. Haydn Jones, this his first half marathon in over 3 years was 79th male 50-54 with his time of 1:54:32 (chip 1:53:40) and came in at 895th place overall. Keith Tewkesbury ran an incredible 1:56:45 (chip 1:54:04) to become the 5th male 70-74 to finish the race and 990th overall, also earning himself a new PB. Alan Newell, who wanted a sub 2 hour half marathon, completed his goal with a time of 1:58:23 (chip 1:56:36) for 1084th place and making him 156th male 45-49 to finish. Vincent Wickham, 181st male 45-49, finished in 2:05:23 (chip 2:03:06) and earned himself 1414th place overall. Susan Calvert, the 22nd female 55-59, finished in a fantastic time of 2:17:10 (chip 2:14:40), over 20 minutes faster than her result from last year, placing her 1879th overall. To finish this year’s strong results, Margaret Williams was the 1st place female 75-79 with her quick time of 2:36:36 (chip 2:31:25) in 2338th place overall.

 
Abergele 5 ~ 05/11/2017
 

You would never have thought four hours earlier as the sun started to shine on the 11am start of the Abergele 5 Mile Race, hardy volunteers battled to put up signage, mile markers, even humble toilet signs, the elements of the sea and sky raged down with terrific force, some parts of the course suffered from one of the worst night storms in years, but this was not going to stop the start of the new course for this amazing race in the North Wales calendar. The Spillane & Co. Wealth Management Abergele 5 Mile Race held this year on Abergele Pensarn promenade heading towards Llanddulas on the cycle track and back, the race was also going to the Chip Timed supplied by NiftyEntries.com. The North Wales Championship for 5 Miles was also incorporated into the race. It was an honour to have a former club member start the race, Robert Spotswood who was a Social Secretary for the Harriers for several years, Robert has Motor Neuron Disease, he and his wife came to start the new Abergele 5 Course, the club and fellow runners appreciate the time he has given today and to raise awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. The main overall results are 1st Gareth Williams, Deestriders RC 25:59; 2nd Steven Skates, Prestatyn RC 26.37; 3rd Chris Williams, Vale Royal AC 26.51; 1st lady home was Carol Parsons, Ellesemere Port RC 30.50, (29th overall); 2nd Emma Crowe, Wrexham AC 31.07 (31st); 3rd Amie Bagnall, Prestatyn RC 31.28 (39th). Abergele Harriers has two ladies in the North Wales Development Squad Rachel Shipley 82nd 35:11 PB, 11th overall, 2nd Senior Lady and 3rd counter in the North Wales Development Team. Making her debut into the North Wales team was Amy Owen-Jones 35:57 93rd, 16th lady and 3rd Senior Lady. The only male runner was John Jones 95th 36.11, 10th V55.

 
Arley Hall 10k ~ 04/11/2017
 

On Saturday 4th November was the winter Arley Hall 10k Race, James Salt was the only Harrier 68th 38:52.

 
Snowdonia Marathon 2017 ~ 28/10/2017
 

For most people New Year’s Eve is spent enjoying the welcoming in of the new year, for more than 2000 runners the strike of midnight 2016 meant the lines open to book your place in the 2017 Brooks Snowdonia Eryri Marathon 2017 within a few hours the race is full and the challenge starts for this amazing and very challenging Marathon like know other in the UK. Gareth Evans who lives in Rhyl and a Abergele Harrier, this was going to be his second successful try at this race, he had an excellent time in 2015 and his training for this year marathon took into account what he had learned from 2015 and the time and many miles of careful training you need to do to improve, and he achieved more than a major result on his time finishing 116th in 3:25:28; 36:07 minutes improvement and a marathon PB, finishing just outside the first 100 is quite an achievement, a total of 2220 took part in this years race. The inaugural Snowdonia Marathon was held in 1982, and was conceived as a dramatic alternative to the numerous city and town races becoming so popular. The demanding and spectacular route, encircling Snowdon, Wales’ and England’s highest peak, has given the event a unique place in the annual marathon calendar ever since, it draws first class runners from across the Globe.

 
Stroud Half Marathon ~ 22/10/2017
 

Over in Stroud on Sunday 22nd October, in one of the countries longest established half marathons in the UK, Jodi Waters made an impressive 41st place 1:23:53 (Chip).

 
Flintshire 10k ~ 22/10/2017
 

The weather was much calmer on Sunday but there were still strong winds but thankfully no heavy rain for the Run Wales Flintshire 10k in Mold. First home was Darren Blazier 37:53 and 1st V45. He was followed by Rachel Shipley 45th and 1st in the senior ladies category in 44:29, 416 runners took part.

 
Manchester Half Marathon ~ 15/10/2017
 

Over in Manchester the annual Asics Half Marathon took place with three Abergele Harriers taking part, first home was Laurence Parry 1:33:22; Alan Newell again running his 3rd Half Marathon in 14 days finished 1:54:29; Nick Foden also ran in Manchester, he was pacing his sister in the race and finished in 1:55:32.

 
Blackpool Autumn Breaker 10k ~ 15/10/2017
 

With high autumnal temperatures also affecting racing conditions here in the UK, Mark Mayers travelled to Blackpool Autumn Breaker 10k, he finished in 15th place 41:01:48 his best 10k time for over two years, 376 runner took part.

 
Palma Half Marathon ~ 15/10/2017
 

Paul Maguire travelled to Palma Mallorca, Spain to take part in the annual Half Marathon, the race is set in the unique scenery of the beautiful city of Palma runners enjoy a course along the breathtaking promenade with views over the bay and the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea, towards the cathedral with its sandstones colours, and into the historic old town, high temperatures of 27 degrees affecting conditions, due to the hurricane Ophelia near the Azores, Paula had an excellent race just outside her PB with a time of 1:54:00.

 
Cheshire Half Marathon ~ 09/10/2017
 

On Sunday 8th October over in Cheshire was the Cheshire Half Marathon; Darren Blazier was 15th out of 400 runners and 1st V45 in a time of 1:25:21.

 
Bangor Half Marathon ~ 07/10/2017
 

On Saturday 7th October was the Bangor Half Marathon, new club member Andrea Cody had a PB and 54th place 1:45:35 (chip) and 2nd in her age category SF; also running the race was Alan Newell 87th 1:51:23, Alan certainly has set himself a great challenge with a race virtually every weekend.

 
Bangor Half Marathon ~ 07/10/2017
 

First races of the weekend was the Bangor 10k on Saturday 7th October. In the 10k race Lorraine Nesbitt finished in 128th place 58:19 (Chip); Susan Calvert was 2nd in her age group V55, 152nd 60:36.


 
Cardiff Half Marathon ~ 01/10/2017
 

The Cardiff Half Marathon is an annual half marathon race held in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff, Alan Newell completed the race in 1:54:37 which was 22 minutes better than last years time.


 
Berlin Marathon, 2017 ~ 24/09/2017
 

Over in Germany, two Abergele Harriers came even closer to achieving their goal of finishing all six World Marathon Majors. On Sunday they completed their fourth race out of the six, the Berlin Marathon. Sean McCormack was the first to cross the line for the club in a time of 3:28:33 for 5958th place out of over 40,000 runners. This comes in at over 4 minutes faster than his London Marathon time from earlier in the year, which is also one of the six World Marathon Majors. His son, Steven McCormack finished shortly after him with a incredible result of 3:30:02 for 6426th place, almost 20 minutes faster than his London Marathon result, and his fastest marathon time in over 4 years.

 
English 10k, 2017 ~ 17/09/2017
 

Paula Maguire, represented the club in the English 10k in Warrington and earned herself an impressive new PB, with a result of 45:55.

 
English Half Marathon ~ 17/09/2017
 

In the English half marathon in Warrington, Mark Mayers finished for the club in a time of just 1:28:06, his fastest half marathon time in over 6 years

 
Llanddoged 12.5k, 2017 ~ 17/09/2017
 

at the Ras Fawr Llanddoged 12.5k near Llanrwst there was a single Abergele Harrier finishing for the club. Darren Blazier tackled the challenging course and came in at a fantastic 3rd place with a time of just 51:14, almost 2 minutes faster than his result from last year.

 
Great North Run, 2017 ~ 10/09/2017
 

Four Harriers tackled the biggest half marathon in the world on Sunday, The Great North Run in Newcastle. Alan Newell was home first for the club in 1:48:51 for 6059th position, demonstrating his continued improvement and rising status in the ranks of the club. Martyn Barnaby was next to finish, not so much racing for a PB time, but still managing to finish in an impressive 1:50:34 for 6872nd place. Sarah Edwards ran her third Great North Run in 2:30:32, taking off almost 3 minutes from her time last year. Finally, after nursing a recent injury, Danny Snelson decided to give the race a try regardless and also helped pace a friend. He finished in 2:53:58 to finish up this year’s results.



 
Caernarfon 10k, 2017 ~ 03/09/2017
 

Using the Caernarfon Borders League course this is always going to be a challenge of a race, and the weather always plays an important part, which has two start options east to west or vice versa, today with strong rain and high winds it was west to east with the backdrop of the magnificent Caernarfon Castle and harbour to the left. Hosted by Club Rhedwyr Eryri Harriers and incorporating the North Wales 10k Road Running Championships, and organised by Run GBR, heavy rain greeted runners in the pre-race warm-up, thankfully this stopped for the duration of the race and the strong winds did not materialise. A strong team eighteen Harriers took part, with seven Abergele Harriers in the top 50 places this was excellent turnout, and the club achieved many PB’s and Championship medals, Julie Martin and Chris Birch won their age categories in the Open Race with Darren Blazier, bronze v45; Tim Cahill, silver V55; John Jones, bronze V55; Julie Martin V35, gold; Paula Maguire V35, silver; Sue Calvert V55, bronze; Chris Birch V70 – gold. Competition between club members was high which results in excellent close fought times, results in full (Chip times): 6th Darren Blazier 36:05; 17th Tim Cahill 38:37; 33rd Darren Battersby 41:26 ; 35th Simon Bonfield 41:44 PB; 40th Ben Garnett 43:10; 46th John Jones 44:25; 50th Julie Martin 44:36 PB; 53rd Nick Foden 44:58; 54th Martyn Barnaby 45:30 PB; 63rd Andrea Cody 46:55 PB; 73rd Paula Maguire 47:40; 74th Mark Mayers 47:45; 86th Amy Owen-Jones 49:37; 90th Chris Birch 49:02; 113th Lorraine Nesbitt 56:18 PB; 129th Susan Calvert 59:46; 143rd Gary Howgate 67:13; 144th Sarah Edwards 68:30.

 
Mid Cheshire 5k ~ 24/08/2017
 

Thursday 24th August, Chris Birth was the only Harrier to take part in the Mid Cheshire 5k at Christleton which has become a very popular race with 658 finishers this year, Chris finished 367th overall, 75th out of out of 209 ladies and 1st FV 70 in 23-20.

 
Caernarfon 5k ~ 23/08/2017
 

The annual Caernarfon to Plas Menai 5k race took place on Wednesday, 23rd August, on a warm summers evening two Abergele Harriers took part, Darren Blazier finished 6th overall, 17:30 (gun time) 2nd in age category, narrowly missed first by 2 seconds; Simon Bonfield who joined the Harriers earlier this year has been chasing his 5k PB time and finally he achieved an excellent new time of 20:06, 24th and 3rd in age category, 121 runners took part.

 
Ellesmere Port 5k ~ 16/08/2017
 

One of the highlights of the summer racing calendar is the Annual Ellesmere Pork 5k which this year took place on Wednesday, 15th August, the course is know for its fast and flat one lap course on rural lanes around the village of Capenhurst, Cheshire, this race is in memory of Ellesmere Port RC athlete Neil Lavery. It attracts many runners from across the north west and north Wales. This year Steven and Sean McCormack together with Tim Cahill represented Abergele Harriers. The results was the fastest 5k in eleven years for Steven with a time of 17:21 (gun 17:22) 30th place; Sean 66th 18:55 (gun 18:58) which again was Sean’s fastest 5k in eight years, it was a great solid run for Tim Cahill who finished 55th 18:38 (gun 18:40).

 
Hellana Tipping 10k, 2017 ~ 30/07/2017
 

Sunday 30th July was the annual Helena Tipping 10k in Wrexham, in 23rd place was Darren Blazier in 38.30, and enjoying her running at the moment in 208th was Chris Birch 49.03 and a first in the V70 section, 572 runners took part.

 
Llanfair Th 10k ~ 29/07/2017
 

With the school holidays in full flow Llanfair TH on the outskirts of Abergele, the annual Village Sports and Fun Day took place on Saturday, 29th July. The weather was fine, the ducks set for race down the river, and the field was set for a great afternoon of sport and fun events, amongst these events is a 10k mountain race. This is no ordinary mountain race, with a climb of over nearly 1000ft, it takes many a runner by surprise. With Abergele Harriers’ community support hat on we sent a team to run the race, as the sun shone we could all have done with a hat on and despite a small field of runners the Harriers had a 1,2,3 win in the men’s section with Mark Mayers 1st in 46.13, closely followed by Darren Battersby in 46.54, John Jones was 3rd in 49.09; with Warren Brown 4th 50.22; 2nd placed lady was Paula Maguire 52.10 and Lorraine Nesbitt was a very proud 3rd lady in 65.12, this was Lorraine’s only 2nd 10k race; Gary Howgate had a fantastic time of 66.57. The race was well organised and thanks to Mark for helping the town organising the race by ensuring the route with its marshalling and water stations all in place. And a special thanks to Susan Calvert for starting the race.

 
Blaney 10 mile road race ~ 29/07/2017
 

Sean and Steven McCormack took part in the Blaney 10, a 10 mile road race on an undulating course around Lough Muckno in County Monaghan, while holidaying in Ireland. In a field of over 400 runners they finished together in a time of 1:07:41 for 39th and 40th position, a time that was identical to Sean's first ever road race the Caernarfon 10 miler in May 1998.

 
Caernarfon Race the Train ~ 19/07/2017
 

Despite the worst rainstorm in years that hit Abergele and Rhyl on Wednesday, 19th July, five Abergele Harriers braved the weather to take part in the annual Caernarfon Race the Train, it’s a fantastic race which is fast on a sight downhill incline, the runners are taken to the start in Dinas by the wonderful train from the Welsh Highland Railway. 249 runners took part; 12th place Darren Blazier 17.07, 3rd V40; 47th Ben Garnett 19.26; 57th Rachel Shipley 20.01; 84th Grahame Shone 21.21, 2nd V60; 126th Chris Birch 23.02, 1st LV70 plus a LV70 course record.

 
Richmond Riverside 10k ~ 22/07/2017
 

On Saturday 22nd Paula Maguire traveled to take part in the Richmond Riverside 10k race, with a time 48.17, which was 7 minutes faster than her time last year.

 
Snowdon Trail Marathon ~ 23/07/2017
 

Sunday 23rd was the Annual Always Aim Higher – Snowdon Trail Marathon and Half Marathon, recovering from the Snowdon Summit Race last weekend, James Salt ran the Marathon, despite very tough terrain and a route to ensure all the runners had a lot to think about, he finished in 6:36:37 and 309th place.

 
Snowdon International Fell Race ~ 15/07/2017
 

Saturday, 15th July, 2017, the 42nd Jewson International Snowdon Race, one of Europe’s toughest endurance challenges, the 10-mile race involves running from the edge of Lake Padarn in the village of Llanberis to the highest summit in Wales and England and back down. The first ever race was held on 19th July, 1976 after Ken Jones, a native of Llanberis put forward the idea to the village’s Carnival Committee. Eighty-six runners turned up for the race and it was won by Dave Francis from Bristol who completed the course in 1 hour 12 minutes 05 seconds. This year, 41 years later more than 568 runners took to the challenge from all over the world, in damp conditions the runners face a headwind on the ascent to the summit, Abergele Harrier and all rounder, and great athlete, James Salt took on the challenge, he completed the course in chip time of 1:42:53, with a summit time of 1:06:52 completing the race in 250th place, which is a great achievement.

 
Tatton Park 10k ~ 09/07/2017
 

Over at Tatton Park 10k in Cheshire, we had a lone Harrier, Paula Maguire to finish off our run of amazing results. Completing it in a time of 47:39 (47:32 chip) she secured herself a new 10k PB in 81st place and 17th female out of 353 runners to finish.

 
Chirk Half Marathon ~ 09/07/2017
 

An impressive set of results came from the Run Wales Chirk Half Marathon on Sunday, despite the hills and hot weather, with five Harriers attending. For 3rd place overall and 1st place in his age category MV45-49 came Darren Blazier in 1:25:26 (chip 1:25:25) out of 307 runners. Next up was Sean Mc Cormack running an excellent 1:35:00 (chip 1:34:59) for 12th place overall and third in his age category MV50-54. His son Steven Mc Cormack joined him at the finish with a close time of 1:35:01 (chip 1:34:59) to come 13th place and 4th senior male. Next up was Simon Bonfield, running in just 1:46:31(1:46:27) for 6th place in his age category MV45-49. Finally, Alan Newell finished for the Harriers in 1:50:32 (chip 1:50:30), 9th place in his age category of MV45-49.

 
Ruthin 5k, 2017 ~ 05/07/2017
 

On Wednesday at the Ruthin Evening 5k, Emma Williams finished in a fantastic time of 23:32.

 
Llanfairpwll 5k ~ 05/07/2017
 

On Wednesday, two Harriers ran the Llanfairpwll 5k. Simon Bonfield was first home for the club in just 20:29 for 20th position, 9th in his age category MV40. However, Grahame Shone who finished next in a time of 23:04, came first place in his age category MV60.

 
Pen Y Bryn, 5k 2017 ~ 07/07/2017
 

Two Harriers travelled to Colwyn Heights for the hilly Pen Y Bryn 5k on Friday. Darren Blazier was first home of the club in 3rd place overall with a time of 18:38. Jodi Waters arrived next, shortly afterwards, in 19:00 for 4th place.

 
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Over at the Alwen Reservoir on Sunday, five Harriers ran the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail race. Darren Blazier ran it in just 45:32 for 16th place overall out of 130 runners and 7th in his age category MV40. This comes just a few days after his strong performance at the Felinheli 10k earlier in the week. Tim Cahill was next for the club in 45:51 for 18th place overall and ranking 2nd place in his age category MV50. Simon Bonfield, this being his third race in less than a week, ran a fantastic 48:18 for 24th place overall and 10th in his age category MV40. Much like Simon, also on his third race of the week, Ben Garnett finished in 49:30 and came 8th in his age category. To finish, Emma Williams was the final Harrier to cross the line in 59:10, making her an amazing 4th place in her age category.

 
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Eight Harriers set aside their usual club run on a Wednesday to instead attend the Felinheli 10k in the evening. Conditions weren't the best with rain and mud, however there were still fantastic performances. Darren Blazier was first home for the club in just 38:14, coming 12th place overall out of the 337 runners and 3rd in his age category MV40. Gareth Evans was the next Harrier home, running it in just 41:41 for 45th place overall and 14th place in his age category MV40. Not too long after, Simon Bonfield arrived in 42:21, coming in at 53rd overall and 15th in his age category MV40. This result being almost 2 minutes faster than his last 10k in April. Ben Garnett finished in an impressive 43:20 for 64th place overall and hot on his heels was Rachel Shipley, who was the first lady to finish for the club in 43:35. Her superb time means she was the 4th female to finish the race. Next up for the club was Paula Maguire, 40th lady to finish and doing so in just 49:35. Chris Birch had an incredible run with her time of 50:18. Although she was the only one to run her age category FV70, she still beat all her younger rivals in the FV60 category by over 6 minutes. Finally, Sue Calvert finished our results with her time of 57:21, coming in at 9th place FV50.

 
Swansea Half Marathon ~ 25/06/2017
 

On Sunday, Alan Newell travelled to Swansea to complete his second half-marathon in as many days. Again Alan ran excellently only a couple of minutes slower than the previous day finishing in 1:46:40 (chip 1:44:20) for 879th position out of 4,867 finishers.

 
Stone St. Michael's 10k ~ 25/06/2017
 

Two Harriers travelled to Stafford for the Stone St. Michael's 10k race on Sunday. Rachel Shipley was part of the North Wales Development team and produced a Personal Best performance of 43mins 14secs for 103rd overall and 5th Senior Female. Darren Blazier finished in a fine time of 37mins 31secs for 24th overall and 1st MV45.

 
Runfest Rhyl Half-Marathon ~ 24/06/2017
 

Two Harriers took part in the Runfest Rhyl Half-Marathon and took first and second position in the MV45 age category. Simon Bonfield was 1st home in an excellent time of 1:36:28 (chip 1:36:26) for 15th overall and 1st MV45, while Alan Newell, not only took almost 14 minutes off his Personal Best time, but was almost an hour faster than his Half-Marathon time of 11 months ago. Alan finished in a superb 1:44:05 (chip 1:43:51) for 24th overall and 2nd MV45.

 
Runfest Rhyl 10k ~ 24/06/2017
 

Nine Harriers took part in the Runfest Rhyl 10k, taking home 3 age-category victories and a number of personal best times as well. However the highlight for the club was the performances of the two race debutantes, Garry Howgate and Lorraine Nesbitt. Garry, a member of the club for several years, had never before raced and recorded an excellent 1:01:32 (chip 1:01:05)for 159th position overall out of 233 finishers. He was accompanied all the way by the Leader of the Club's Improvers Group, Paula Maguire. Just behind them was another on Paula's group, again running her first ever race, Lorraine Nesbitt who finished in 1:02:10 (chip 1:01:43)for 172nd overall and again accompanied all the way by one of Paula's helpers Sue Calvert. At the front Steven McCormack recorded his fastest 10k time for 10 years with a superb 38:41 (chip 38:39) for 8th overall with his dad Sean next Harrier home in 40:57 (chip 40:56) for 13th overall and 1st MV50. Warren Brown had another amazing run finishing in 44:58 (chip 44:52) for 27th, while Emma Williams' Personal Best time of 49:55 (chip 49:48) gained her 49th overall and was rewarded with 1st prize in the Senior Female Category. Chris Birch, thriving in her new age category, once again ran fantastically for a time of 51:40 (chip 51:37) for 58th position and first FV70, and is the 5th fastest time by a FV50 in Britain this year for the distance.

 
Horwich 5k ~ 18/06/2017
 

On Sunday 18th June, Christine Birch ran in the British Vets 5k Championships, which is held as part of the annual Horwich Festival of Running. The route is a hilly three laps of the town centre and Chris won the Female V70 section with a time of 24:29, to become British Female V70 5k Champion.

 
Trail Marathon Wales, Half-Marathon ~ 17/06/2017
 

Taking place on Saturday the 17th June, 2017, the Salomon Trail Marathon Wales had full (26 mile / 42km) and half (13mile / 21 km) marathon race routes in the stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park. This unique marathon is already established as one of Wales’ finest trail marathons taking in fully marked trail single track, forest roads and paths in some of the most stunning forestry and heath land in the UK. In very tough hot weather conditions in the half-marathon Ben Lightowler finished in time 01:39:52, Position 6th overall, 5th male open. Chip time 01:39:49.

 
Trail Marathon Wales, Marathon ~ 17/06/2017
 

Taking place on Saturday the 17th June, 2017, the Salomon Trail Marathon Wales had full (26 mile / 42km) and half (13mile / 21 km) marathon race routes in the stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park. This unique marathon is already established as one of Wales’ finest trail marathons taking in fully marked trail single track, forest roads and paths in some of the most stunning forestry and heath land in the UK. In very tough hot weather conditions James Salt ran the full marathon finishing Position 89th overall, 33rd male open, gun time 04:56:05; chip time 04:55:54.

 
Deganwy Dash 5m ~ 02/06/2017
 

The Deganwy Dash 5 mile race took place on Friday night and for the first time was chip timed. It drew 166 runners on a fantastic warm Friday evening. Abergele Harriers fielded six runners with two new members Simon Bonfield and Emma Williams all running very well for the Harriers. First home was Darren Blazier in 7th place 30:16; 12th Steven McCormack 31.25; 17th Sean McCormack 32:35; 25th Simon Bonfield 33:57; 37th Rachel Shipley 35:12; 81st Emma Williams 40:39 and a PB.

 
Rock and Roll Liverpool Marathon ~ 28/05/2017
 

Last year Alan Newell decided to join Abergele Harriers, Alan wanted to get fit, loose weight, and running is one of the best forms of weight loss exercises, through careful training by himself and with the Harriers he has improved week on week and this weekend he finally broke the four hour marathon time with 3:59:55 at the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon which is a fantastic achievement and for Alan, it was a personal goal and a great result for his dedicated training and charity fund raising.

 
Cader Idris Fell Race ~ 21/05/2017
 

Sunday 21st May also had the 25th Cader Idris Fell Race (10.5 miles approx.); Ben Lightowler was the only Harrier in the race with 35th place and a chip time of 1:45:20.

 
Snowdonia Half Marathon ~ 21/05/2017
 

Over in Snowdonia in the beautiful town and countryside of Llanrwst with north Wales looking amazing, in the warm May weather was the Run Wales 2017 Snowdonia Half Marathon. Always a tough race, Abergele Harriers had four runners; (gun tines) 3rd in race was our very own Darren Blazier 1:28:51; Mark Mayers 1:47:09; Warren Brown 1:51:35; Alan Newell 2:06:18.

 
Chester Half Marathon ~ 21/05/2017
 

One of the highlights of the running calendar in the north west of England is the Essar 2017 Chester Half Marathon. This years race was no exception with the magnificent history of Chester on view as runners start from the Racecourse into the surrounding countryside then back for a great finish at Chester Cathedral. With near perfect conditions, Abergele Harriers had eight runners in a field of 4,800; (chip timing), first home was Nick Foden 1:26:43; John Jones 1:37:56; Amy Owen-Jones 1:40:06; Ben Garnett 1:41:48 PB; Danny Snelson 1:48:20; Emma Williams 1:52:34, PB; Anthony Howe 1:52:34; Paula Maguire 1:53:03.

 
Christleton 5k, 2017 ~ 19/05/2017
 

At the start of a very busy weekend for the Harriiers,, Friday 19th had the Christleton 5k race. Three Harriers competed; Darren Blazier 17:21 (gun times); Tim Cahill 18:39; Rachel Shipley 20.14 with an excellent new PB

 
Leeds Half Marathon ~ 14/05/2017
 

Sunday 14th May further north in Leeds was the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon, Abergele Harrier Paul Quinton finished in a time of 2:12.36 (Chip), which is an excellent time in warm sunny conditions.

 
Dukeries 40 mile trail race ~ 13/05/2017
 

Robin Hood may have conquered Sherwood Forest, but Abergele Harrier’s Jeni Richards took on the task of running the Hobo Pace UK’s Dukeries 40 mile Trail Race on Saturday 13th May, which takes in some of the most beautiful and undiscovered sandstone villages and historical sites in England. The race starts in the heart of Sherwood Forest and keep mostly to forest trails and footpaths. The route passes charming lodges, through Cresswell Crags and skirts the Welbeck Estate. It then crosses Clumber Park and through peaceful farm land before looping back to pass by the Thoresby Estate before returning to Sherwood Forest and The Major Oak. Trail racing is not for the faint hearted its takes lots of training and stamina, Jeni finished in an excellent time of 7:24:40, 14th lady, 47th place out of 111 runners, this was also Jeni’s second distance race within a few weeks.

 
Ffrith 5k ~ 07/05/2017
 

Fantastic sunny and warm weather drew over 100 runners to this annual North Wales Championship 5k race at the Ffrith Gardens, Prestatyn organised by Prestatyn Running Club, perhaps not the Famous Five but Abergele Harriers fielded five excellent runners for the race, Darren Blazier 18.03, MV40 Bronze; Tim Cahill 19.04; John Jones 20.37, MV55 Bronze, Simon Bonfield 20.53, Chris Birch 24.16 FV70 Gold. The course know for its fast times was hampered by a off shore headwind on the return leg of the race, its still produced some excellent times, the event also highlights local younger runners in 1k and 2k events for boys and girls, again excellent organisation by Prestatyn RC.

 
Two Lakes Trail Half Marathon ~ 07/05/2017
 

The beauty and grandeur of the north Wales countryside was on show also on Sunday for the Two Lakes Trail Half Marathon at Llyn Brenig, organised by Outfit, James Salt was the only Harrier and ran an excellent time of 1.41.30.

 
Spring City Liverpool 5k ~ 06/05/2017
 

On Saturday, 6th May the start of this magnificent sunny weekend was the Spring City Liverpool 5k Race at Sefton Mark, Gareth Evans was 11th and at time of 19.30.

 
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Darren Blazier and Rachel Shipley competed in the Ras 10k Rhostryfan race on Wednesday 3rd May and in excellent conditions, Darren was 4th overall and a time of 37.48; Rachel also had another brilliant time of 45.07 and 24th place a tough course.

 
Reeth 20k ~ 30/04/2017
 

The Reeth 20k Trail took place on Sunday in scenic Swaledale in Yorkshire, Jeni Richards finished in 1.57.20, 6th lady and 31st overall a great time for a tough hilly race.

 
Big Rock 10k ~ 29/04/2017
 

Run Wales launched their new event Big Rock Festival in Penmaenmawr which also took place on Saturday attracting many runners from far and wide. In the Big Rock 10k event Simon Bonfield was 41st in 44.05 for his first race as an Abergele Harrier; Chris Birch 93rd, 49.05 and 1st in her age group. Chris running very well at the moment she would have been 2nd in the FV40 category and would have won all the age categories above; Alan Newell fresh from the London Marathon 137th 52.09 PB; Susan Calvert 217th 57.10 and Sarah Edwards 318th 1.03.03 PB.

 
Wrexham 10 Mile ~ 29/04/2017
 

The 55th Annual North Wales 10 Mile Championships (Incorporating Wrexham Open 10) took place on Saturday afternoon with Abergele Harriers men’s team trying to capitalise on their Gold success from last year. This year they took silver in the Men’s Team as well as silver in the Men’s Vet Team competition. Heading the team was James Salt 1.08.21; Mark Myers 1.09.53; John Jones 1.11.44 PB John also took Silver in the men’s M55, Darren Battersby 1.11.49 PB with Warren Brown receiving his first North Wales Championships Gold Medal for M40 1.15.07 and a new PB. Amy Owen-Jones was our only lady runner and in a time of 1.14.58 another PB this season for Amy.

 
London Marathon, 2017 ~ 23/04/2017
 

Abergele Harriers show a wide and diverse range in this year’s Virgin London Marathon, some running personal achievement and others for amazing charities they support. London is full of stories and the first Abergele Harrier over the finish line was Sean McCormack (3.33.15, 6,874th place) followed by his son Steven McCormack (3.49.44, 10,410th place). They have both set themselves an amazing challenge to run the six major marathons, already completed last year Boston and New York, today saw the completion of London with Berlin in September, followed by Chicago in 2018 and Tokyo in 2019. Danny Snelson (4.15.44, 16,962nd) a new PB for him, he was also the Harriers club entry and was running for Mind. Vince Wickham (4.23.50, 18,993rd); Keith Tewkesbury our 70+ runner also running for his charity (5.10.05, 29,825); Margaret Owen Williams was our lady 70+ runner (5.12.43, 30,283rd) London always bring the best out in people and this year new Abergele Harrier member Alan Newell is our Superhero he set himself a task to run three marathons in six weeks in memory of his late wife, he finished in a great time of 5.14.57 and 30,670th place, Alan was running for a great charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

 
Llandudno 5K dash ~ 15/04/2017
 

Easter Saturday was the popular Llandudno 5k Dash which is becoming a great Easter event on a fast course along the promenade, for one Abergele Harrier, Chris Birch in her birthday week, and her first race as V70, Chris Birth has become the current fastest 70 year old lady in the UK with a time of 24.17.

 
Chester Spring 5, 2017 ~ 12/04/2017
 

The popular annual 5 mile race organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club took place mid week and seven improving and PB hungry members from Abergele Harriers took part with another great set of PB chip times, first home in 85th place was James Salt with 31.34; 105th Gareth Evans 32.27; 121st Ben Garnett 33.16; 122nd Darren Battersby 33.19; 138th John Jones 33.59; 165th Julie Martin 34.45 and 170th Amy Owen-Jones 35.01. With a field of just over 400 runners, this race is big draw for many PB hungry runners across north Wales, Cheshire and beyond, and the cool early evening conditions set the race for perfect conditions.

 
Denbigh 10k ~ 09/04/2017
 

This weekend saw the Denbighshire 10k Race, organised by Bespoke Fitness. Abergele Harriers had three runners, first home in 11th place Ben Garnett 44.49; 62nd Emma Williams 53.46 which was her first race for Abergele Harriers, 142nd Sarah Edwards 1.08.24.



 
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On Sunday morning in Manchester the 2017 Asics Greater Manchester Marathon took place and two club members ran, first home was Anthony Howe in 4103rd place in a time of 4.14.03. Anthony's only previous marathon was the same race in 2014 which was later declared short.He was followed by Alan Newell in his 2nd marathon in space of a few weeks with a time of 4.55.53 and 5395th place, a PB.


 
Liverpool Half Marathon, 2017 ~ 02/04/2017
 

Sunday morning and early start for the 2017 Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon, Gareth Evans was the only Harrier running, finishing 226th with a time 1.29.01 chip, and another PB, taking over 2 minutes off his time for the same race 12 months ago.

 
Marsh Tracks 5k, March 2017 ~ 31/03/2017
 

The longer evenings have started and in a busy week of running events, Abergele Harriers supported the excellent Marsh Tracks Adults 5k event on Friday evening organised by Prestatyn Running Club, this event encourages young runners to get experience in running with a Junior 1k race before the seniors. Abergele Harriers fielded 10 runners, first home was Ben Lightowler with 16.57 in 4th place, followed by 7th Darren Blazier 17.39; 17th Tim Cahill 19.9; 19th Ben Garnett 19.24 with a 2nd PB in a week; 22nd Darren Battersby 19.33 and a 2nd PB of the week; 29th John Jones 20.36; 30th Martyn Barnaby a new PB with 20.47, followed by 32nd Rachael Shipley 21.04 (her fastest time for the distance apart form the Caernarfon Race the Train); 35th Julie Martin with her first race for Abergele Harriers and 1st place in her age group 21.14; 41st Graham Shone 22.32, again an excellent time.

 
Cheshire 10k ~ 26/03/2017
 

Eight Abergele Harriers were among the 1298 finishers in the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall near Warrington on Sunday. Seven Harriers came away with personal bests on the fast, flat, traffic free course.
Darren Blazier led the Harriers home in 38:11 (chip 38:11) for 59th position overall. James Salt dipped under 39 minutes for the first time to finish in a PB of 38:57 (chip 38:57) for 75th position. Darren Battersby ran an excellent PB of 41:16 (chip 41:06) for 109th followed by Ben Garnett slashing his PB by a massive 5 minutes to finish in 41:33 (chip 41:22) for 115th. John Jones ran a PB of 42:26 (chip 42:16) for 132nd taking 35 seconds of his previous time for the distance. Amy Owen-Jones took almost 2 minutes of her PB to lead the Harrier ladies home in 43:38 (chip 43:08) for 160th overall and 18th lady. Rachel Shipley was hot on her heels finishing just behind in a PB by 23 seconds of 43:39 (chip 42:54) for 161st overall and 19th lady. Paula Maguire took 49 second off her 10k time to cross the line in a PB of 49:04 (48:23) for 338th overall and 62nd lady.


 
Vale of Clwyd 10k, 2017 ~ 19/03/2017
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 57 runners taking part in the Vale of Clwyd 10k in Llandyrnog on Sunday. Darren Blazier was first Harrier home in 38:36 for 4th overall and 1st V40. Rachel Shipley had an excellent run to finish in 45:13 for 12th overall and 2nd lady. Graham Shone finished in 47:57 for 19th position with Carol Willgoose crossing the line in 48:06 for 20th overall and 1st FV50.

 
Wrexham 20 Miles ~ 12/03/2017
 

The Wrexham 20 mile race saw 264 finishers. James Salt was the first Harrier to cross the line in 2:34:56 (chip 2:34:53) for 52nd overall further extending his lead in the Club Grand Prix. Anthony Howe finished in 2:55:59 (chip 2:55:26) for 117th overall closely followed by Danny Snelson running 2:58:02 (chip 2:57:01) 124th position.




 
Wrexham Marathon ~ 12/03/2017
 

166 runners took part in the Wrexham Marathon on Sunday, run in warm conditions and incorporating the North Wales Marathon Championship. Sean McCormack ran 3:21:15 (chip 3:21:11) for 26th overall, 3rd MV50 and 1st MV50 in the North Wales championship. Alan Newell, taking on the marathon distance for the first time, finished in 5:05:23 (chip 5:04:11) for 151st overall.

 
Brighton Half Marathon ~ 26/02/2017
 

Danny Snelson, the recipient of the Abergele Harriers London marathon place, joined over 8000 runners to take part in the Brighton half marathon on Sunday. Danny proved his training is going well with an excellent run of 1:45:44 (chip 1:44:30) for 1544th overall.



 
Ruthin 10k ~ 26/02/2017
 

Alan Newell, running his second race of the weekend as part of his training for the upcoming Wrexham Marathon, completed the Ruthin 10k on Sunday finishing in 59:14 for 115th overall.

 
Ruthin 5k ~ 26/02/2017
 

On Sunday Richie Wilyman of Abergele Harriers raced to victory in the Ruthin 5k. In difficult conditions against top opposition he completed the course in an excellent 17:36, finishing well clear of second place to record his first ever race victory for the club.

 
Rhyl 10 mile ~ 25/02/2017
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the 308 runners braving the wind and rain on Saturday to take part in the Rhyl 10 mile race on a fast, flat course along the seafront from Rhyl towards Prestatyn and back. James Salt led the trio home in 1:08:31 (chip 1:08:29) for 21st overall and 3rd M35. Alan Newell crossed the line in 1:36:30 (chip 1:35:55) for 185th overall followed by Sue Calvert finishing in 1:41:38 (chip 1:41:21) for 217th overall, 64th female and 3rd F55.

 
Village Bakery Half Marathon ~ 19/02/2017
 

Eight Abergele Harriers were among the 1420 runners taking part in the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon on Sunday. The fast and flat road race incorporates the North Wales Half Marathon Championship.
James Salt was first Harrier home in 1:27:30 (chip 1:27:26) for 182nd overall. Mark Mayer finished in 1:35:05 (chip 1:34:38) for 330th position. Darren Battersby improved his personal best for the distance by over two and a half minutes, finishing in 1:37:01 (chip 1:36:33) for 377th position. John Jones was hot on his heels crossing the line in 1:37:33 (chip 1:37:06) for 386th overall and 3rd V55 in the North Wales Championship. Martyn Barnaby took over five and a half minutes off his previous half marathon time to finish in a personal best of 1:42:47 (chip 1:42:19) for 491st position. Amy Owen-Jones completed the distance in 1:45:49 (chip 1:45:21) for 562nd overall and 86th female. Paula Maguire ran 1:57:45 (chip 1:57:12) for 858th overall, 207th female. Alan Newell set out to beat the two hour mark and achieved a personal best by over three minutes of 1:57:53 (chip 1:57:13) for 860th overall.


 
Parbold Hill Race, 2017 ~ 11/02/2017
 

Alan Taylor ran the 47th Parbold Hill Race in West Lancashire on Saturday 11th Feb. The 7 mile course is renowned as a complete mud fest across open farmland with steep, slippery climbs and descents over Parbold and Harrock hills. Many competitors, including Alan, lost their shoes in the mud and were up to their elbows in cow slurry retrieving them! Alan finished in 66:51 and despite the conditions underfoot, bitterly cold weather, wind and sleet he describes the race, one he has completed many times, as tough and fun in equal measure.

 
Nick Beer 10k , 2017 ~ 12/02/2017
 

Fourteen Abergele Harriers were in Llandudno on Sunday to take part in the 25th Nick Beer 10k road race. 675 runners faced very cold and windy conditions as they set off from the prom to follow Marine Drive around the scenic Great Orme. This year the race incorporated the Welsh 10k Road Running Championship and Inter Region match. Results are as follows with chip times in brackets.
Rich Wilyman was first home for the club in 37:08 (37:06) for 27th overall. Darren Blazier ran 38:48 (38:47) for 46th followed by James Salt finishing in 40:45 (40:42) for 68th and Gareth Evans running 42:14 (42:11) for 91st. Mark Mayers crossed the line in 43:28 (43:20) for 110th just ahead of Darren Battersby running 43:40 (43:36) for 116th. John Jones took Welsh V55 Bronze finishing in 45:20 (45:12) for 140th overall, 7th V55 in the open race and 3rd V55 in the Championship. Martyn Barnaby ran a personal best of 45:39 (45:31) for 147th followed by Anthony Howe clocking 48:13 (48:04) for 214th. Chris Birch once again put in an amazing performance to win the Welsh FV65 10k Championship title. Chris finished in an excellent time of 49:49 (49:38) for 266th overall, 63rd lady and 1st FV65 in both the open race and the Championship. Paula Maguire clocked 51:07 (50:58) for 299th, Diane Jones finished in 58:58 (58:43) for 475th, Sue Calvert ran 60:08 (59:35) and Sarah Edwards crossed the line in 64:05 (63:32) for 578th.


 
Coed y Brenin Winter Trail Half ~ 21/01/2017
 

Meinir Huws, was among the 509 runners taking part in the Coed y Brenin Winter Trail half on Saturday 21st Jan. Meinir completed the course in 2:37:18 (chip 2:36:48) for 384th overall.

 
North Wales Cross Country Championships ~ 28/01/2017
 

James Salt was the only Harrier taking part in the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country Championships at the Rhug Estate in Corwen on Saturday. James ran 42:26 for 34th overall.

 
Twin Piers 10k, 2017 ~ 21/01/2017
 

Thirteen Abergele Harriers took part in the Twin Piers 10k on Saturday. Conditions were bright and sunny but very cold with the 420 competitors running into a headwind as they made their way from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay along the sea front.
James Salt led the Harriers home in 41:29 for 27th overall. Nick Foden and Darren Battersby crossed the line together to finish in 43:51 (66th) and 43:52 (67th) respectively. John Jones ran 45:35 (97th) just ahead of Martyn Barnaby finishing in 45:50 (100th). Ben Garnett achieved a personal best for the distance of 46:31 (108th). Anthony Howe finishing in 48:09 (133rd) with Amy Owen-Jones hot on his heels finishing in 48:25 (138th)
Alan Newell ran 53:28 (204th) with Sue Williams clocking 55:55 (243rd) in her first race with the club. Keith Tewkesbury had an excellent run crossing the line in 58:10 (268th) to take 2nd V70. Sue Calvert ran 59:37 (291st) followed by
Diane Jones finishing in 1:09:02 (393rd)



 
Worden Park 10k ~ 26/12/2016
 

Ben Garnett was among the 374 runners taking part in the Boxing Day 10k at Worden Park, Leyland on 26th December. Ben had an excellent run finishing in a personal best of 46:47 for 111th position overall.


 
Brecon, Inter regional cross country, 2016, ladies ~ 10/12/2016
 

Abergele Harrier Chris Birch (FV65) ran for the North Wales FV55 team in the Welsh Inter Regional Cross Country Championships at Penlan Arena, Brecon on Saturday 10th December. On a very muddy course Chris finished in 30-45 for 96th overall and 8th FV55.

 
Wilmslow 10k ~ 04/12/2016
 

On Sunday, Nick Foden, was among the 1240 runners taking part in the Wilmslow 10k. Nick too advantage of the fast course to finish his season in style with yet another personal best time. On this occasion he took a massive 38 seconds off his already excellent pb by finishing in a time of 36:47 (chip 36:46) for 50th position overall. Brilliant finish to an amazing season, bearing in mind that his 10k pb at the start of the year was over 3 minutes slower than todays time.

 
Vince Regan Memorial 10k ~ 28/11/2016
 

Darren Blazier took part in the Vince Regan Memorial 10k in Lanzarote on the 28th November finishing in 38:35 for 40th position in a field of 350 runners.


 
Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon, 2016 ~ 27/11/2016
 

Alan Newell ran the scenic Vale of Clwyd Half marathon from Llandyrnog on Sunday in 2:01:09.



 
Pen Fell Race 2016 ~ 19/11/2016
 

Three Harriers were among the 157 runners who took part in the 10 mile Pen Fell race from Dwygyfylchi on 19th November.
Ben Lightowler was first Harrier home in 1:21:42 for 11th overall. Tim Cahill ran 1:31:52 for 30th position followed by Pete Mould finishing in 1:34:32 for 36th overall.



 
Conwy Half Marathon 2016 ~ 20/11/2016
 

On Sunday 20th November twelve Abergele Harriers were amongst 2408 runners who took part in this year's Conwy Half Marathon. The first Harrier to cross the finish line was Jodi Waters in 56th place in a time of 1:26:08 (chip time: 1:25:25). He was followed by John Jones in 1:43:23 (chip time: 1:42:37) for 405th place. Nick Foden and Mark Meyes were official 1:45 pacers for the race and did a fantastic job finishing in a time of 1:45:32 (chip time: 1:44:48) and 1:45:41 (chip time: 1:44:58) respectively. Alan Taylor completed the course in 1:48:23 (chip time: 1:47:13) and was placed 616th. Danny Snelson was 697th in 1:50:26 (chip time: 1:46:47). Anthony Howe and Paula Maguire both crossed the line in a time of 1:52:11 (chip times: 1:51:05) and were placed 763rd and 764th respectively. They were just ahead of Ben Garnett in 1:52:36 (chip time: 1:51:29) who was 783rd. Vince Wickham finished 969th in 1:56:56 (chip time: 1:54:06) and Alan Newell was 1535th in 2:09:34 (chip time: 2:08:03). Finally Sue Calvert, despite recovering from a cold, completed the race in 2:41:11 (chip time: 2:37:21).


 
Betws Y Coed 5k Trail Challenge ~ 12/11/2016
 

Nick Foden was among the 52 runners taking part in the Betws-y-Coed Trail Challenge 5k on Saturday. Nick finished in 24:29 for 6th overall.

 
New York City Marathon, 2016 ~ 06/11/2016
 

Sean and Steven McCormack traveled to "The Big Apple" to take on the iconic New York City Marathon which this year was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the "five borough race". The race starts on Staten Island before moving through Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronyx and Manhattan, and finishes in Central Park. Sean finished in 3h 43m 52s for 7,546th position and Steven finished in 4h 20m 38s for 21,125th out of over 50,000 finishers.

 
Abergele 5 ~ 30/10/2016
 

Abergele Harriers, celebrating their 30 year Anniversary this year, held their 30th race on Sunday the 30th October. Over 200 runners took part in the Spillane and Co. Wealth Management Abergele 5 road race, incorporating the North Wales 5 mile road race championship.
The top three men all beat the previous course record with John Ashcroft of Liverpool Harriers setting a new course record of 24:21. Philip Sesemann of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers ran 24:36 and Rob Samuel of Eryri Harriers finished in 24:41. First female, Lucy Holt of Notts AC, retained her title from last year running 29:22 to be one of only four ladies ever to run the course under 30 minutes. Mandy Vernon and Debbie Thomas, both from Trentham, finished 2nd and 3rd female in 30:34 and 32:03 respectively.
Buckley (Male) and Prestatyn (Female) took the team prizes with North Wales Police winning the corporate Challenge.
Seven Abergele Harriers took part in the race with Ben Lightowler leading the club home in 28:53 for 15th overall. Nick Foden ran 30:38 for 33rd followed by Darren Battersby finishing in 35:32 for 87th. John Jones ran 36:02 for 96th overall and M55 silver in the championship. Ben Garnett finished in 37:01 for 105th followed by Chris Birch running 38:41 for 125th overall and winning the FV65 category in both the open race and the championship. Alan Newell finished in 56:40 for 201st position.
The club would like to thank Spillane & Co. Wealth Management, Abergele Town Council, Woods Motorcycles and the many local firms who once again supported the race and helped to make it such a success.


 
Porth Eirias 10k ~ 29/10/2016
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the Porth Eirias 10k on Saturday. Danny Snelson ran 45:45 (chip 45:44) for 19th overall and 3rd M20+ closely followed by Martyn Barnaby finishing in 46:16 (chip 46:15) for 22nd overall.

 
Snowdonia Marathon ~ 29/10/2016
 

Meinir Huws was the only Abergele Harrier among the 2062 competitors running Snowdonia Marathon Eryri on Saturday. Meinir crossed the line in 4:49:37 (chip 4:46:24) for 1362nd overall, 268th lady and 8th F55.

 
Flintshire 10k, 2016 ~ 23/10/2016
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 566 runners taking part in the Flintshire 10k on Sunday 23rd October. Gareth Evans was first harrier home finishing in an excellent personal best of 40:36 (chip 40:34) for 21st overall. John Jones ran 45:31 (chip 45:19) for 79th overall and 3rd MV55 closely followed by Danny Snelson crossing the line in 45:32 (45:20) for 81st position. Chris Birch finished in 48:02 (chip 47:56) for 130th overall, 15th lady and 1st FV65.

 
Bangor Half Marathon ~ 08/10/2016
 

Danny Snelson ran the Bangor Half Marathon finishing in a superb time of 1:47:20 (chip 1:47:15) for 42nd position overall of 169 finishers.

 
Hell up North, Delamere ~ 16/10/2016
 

On Sunday 16th October Harrier Anthony Howe travelled to the Delamere Forest to compete in this years “Hell Up North” half marathon. Anthony completed the hilly and very muddy course in a time of 3:15:30 to finish in 479th place.

 
Royal Parks Half Maraton ~ 09/10/2016
 

On Sunday, Harrier Martyn Barnaby travelled to London to compete in the 2016 Royal Parks Half Marathon. Martyn finished the route, which includes sections through Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens, in a time of 1:49:34 for 3748th place in a field of 15,980 runners.



 
Bangor 10k ~ 08/10/2016
 

Diane Jones competed in the Bangor 10km road race. Diane finished in a time of 54:34 (chip time: 54:22) and was 135th of 320 runners.

 
Cardiff Half Marathon ~ 02/10/2016
 

Alan Taylor travelled down to Cardiff to compete in this years Cardiff Half Marathon. Alan finished in a time of 1:46:20, continuing his return to racing.

 
Chester Metric Marathon ~ 02/10/2016
 

Harrier Diane Jones competed in the Chester Metric Marathon finishing the 26.2 km course in a time of 3:13:42 (chip time: 3:12:35).

 
Ras 4 Llyn ~ 02/10/2016
 

Three Harriers traveled to Rhosgadfan to take part in the Ras Pedwar Llyn, and managed to take home both V50 titles. The race over a tough hilly, but very scenic course, was run in beautiful sunny conditions. First home for the club was Sean McCormack in 2:22:46 for 9th overall and 1st MV50, with Jeni Richards taking the equivalent female title in 2:31:39 for 17th overall, 4th female and 1st FV50. Steven McCormack also ran a great race finishing in 2:50:56 for a very creditable 27th position.

 
Llyn Alwen Trail race ~ 25/09/2016
 

On Sunday, Harrier Diane Jones competed in the 11.5 km Llyn Alwen Trail Run finishing in a time of 1:06:56.

 
Pembrokeshire Half Marathon ~ 25/09/2016
 

Jeni Richards, while on holidays, took the opportunity to run the Pembrokeshire Half Marathon, over a hilly course on a windy day. Jeni ran an excellent time of 1:40:37 for 20th overall out of about 100 runners, 5th female and 1st "Supervet" (FV50-59).

 
English Half Marathone, 2016 ~ 18/09/2016
 

Mark Mayers once again ran the English Half Marathon in Warrington, finishing in a time of 1:38:44 (1:38:08 chip) for 290th position out of 2,072 finishers.

 
English 10k ~ 18/09/2016
 

Two Harriers took part in the English 10k in Warrington both getting Personal best times for the distance. Nick Foden took over two minutes off his personal best time for 10k, running a magnificent race in Warrington in the English 10k. Nick finished in 12th position out of 779 finishers in a superb time of 37 minutes 36 seconds. Paula Maguire smashed the 50 minute barrier for the first time ever with a brilliant 49m 53s (48:42 chip). Well done to both.

 
Llandogged 12.5k, 2016 ~ 18/09/2016
 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 43 runners in this years Llandogged 12.5k race, a tough, hilly road course. Four time race winner Darren Brazier was 4th in 53.08 & picked up the 1st M40 prize, while John Jones, just home form 3 weeks holidays, ran an excellent tome of 1:04:01 for 26th position overall.

 
Cardiff 10k ~ 11/09/2016
 

Two Harriers competed alongside 4532 runners in the Cardiff 10k on Sunday. The race incorporated the Welsh Inter Region 10k Championships. Darren Blazier finished in 39:39 (chip 39:19) for 223rd overall. Rachel Shipley, running for North Wales, finished in 46:27 (chip 46:21) for 595th overall.

 
Great North Run 2016 ~ 11/09/2016
 

Five Abergele Harriers joined over 40,000 runners taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday.
Nick Foden was first home for the club finishing in an excellent personal best of 1:23:05 for 271st overall. Danny Williams ran 1:35:51 for 1468th position. Ben Garnett crossed the line in 1:55:37 for 8453rd overall just ahead of Martyn Barnaby finishing in 1:55:53 for 8614th position. Sarah Edwards ran 2:33:30 for 28808th overall.



 
Clwydian 30 ~ 04/09/2016
 

Pete Mould took part in the Clwydian 30 on Sunday. This trail race with over 5600ft of ascent starts and finishes in the village of Llangynhafal and follows a challenging circular route in the Clwydian hills. Pete completed the course in 6h 36m 31m for 12th position.

 
Caernarfon 10k, 2016 ~ 04/09/2016
 

Seven Abergele Harriers took part in the Caernarfon 10k on Sunday. The race incorporates the North Wales 10k road championship. Darren Blazier led the club home in 39:18 for 20th overall. Darren Battersby took North Wales Championship V50 silver running 44:39 for 59th overall. Rachel Shipley finished in 46:06 for 71st position just ahead of Grahame Shone running 46:19 for 72nd overall and 1st V65 in both the open race and the Championship. Chris Birch also won Championship gold in her category finishing in 48:01 for 89th overall and 1st FV65. Paula Maquire crossed the line in 50:19 for 102nd overall with Diane Jones finishing in 53:46 for 122nd.


 
Ellesmere 10k, 2016 ~ 28/08/2016
 

Chris Birch took part in the Ellesmere 10k on Sunday 28th on a scenic route of country lanes along the edge of Mere, with a section along the canal towpath, Chris finished 162nd overall, 22nd lady and was 1st FV65 in a time of 48.37minutes.



 
Mid Cheshire 5k ~ 25/08/2016
 

On Thursday 25th August on a very wet evening Chris Birch ran in the Mid Cheshire 5k at Kingsley, held on a mainly flat course round country lanes,finishing 35th female out of 93,and 1st FV65 in 23-14.

 
Race the Train, Tywyn, 2016 ~ 20/08/2016
 

Alan Taylor was another Harrier racing in heavy rain and high winds this weekend. Alan was among the 834 competitors lined up to Race the Train over 14 multi-terrain miles from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and back on Saturday. Alan finished in 2:19:17 (chip 2:18:49) for 532nd overall and described the challenging conditions as muddy fun!

 
Birchwood 10k ~ 21/08/2016
 

Two harriers joined a field of over 1000 runners to take part in the Birchwood 10k in Warrington on Sunday. Darren Blazier finished in 38:53 (chip 38:52) for 57th overall. Rachel Shipley, running in the North Wales development squad, finished in 46:08 (46:02) for 257th overall and 34th lady.

 
Run to the Castle Ultra ~ 20/08/2016
 

Sean McCormack braved the wet and windy Welsh weather on Saturday to take part in the Run to the Castle Ultra. The 42 mile race starts in the village of Aberdyfi and follows the coastal path through Towyn, Fairbourne and Barmouth to finish in Harlech. Despite having pulled out at 32 miles in the Pen Llyn Ultra just 2 weeks ago after injuring his ankle, he safely negotiated the 42 miles in 8h 31m 37s for 11th position overall.

 
Ellesmereport 5k, 2016 ~ 17/08/2016
 

Five Abergele Harriers were among the 262 runners taking part in the Ellesmere Port RC 5k on the evening of Wednesday 17th August. Nick Foden led the club home in a personal best of 18:15 (chip 18:11) for 52nd overall. Darren Blazier ran 21:42 (chip 21:34) for 143rd overall just ahead of Rachel Shipley finishing in 21:43 (chip 21:34) for 145th overall and 18th female. Chris Birch crossed the line in 23:05 (chip 22:55) for 180th overall, 26th female and 1st FV65 closely followed by Grahame Shone running 23:11 (chip 23:11) for 182nd overall and 4th V65.

 
Vale of Clwyd 5k ~ 07/08/2016
 

Seven Abergele Harriers took part in the Vale of Clwyd 5k on Sunday. Darren Blazier led the club home in 19:00 exactly for 8th overall. Nick Foden ran 19:10 for 9th overall and 3rd SM with John Jones finishing in 21:02 for 2nd MV55. Rachel Shipley finished in 22:04 overall and 3rd lady, 2nd Senior Female, followed by Grahame Shone running 23:04, second in his age category. Chris Birch won the FV65 category in 23:47 and Diane Jones crossed the line in 26:10.


 
Helena Tipping 10k, 2016 ~ 31/07/2016
 

Chris Birch was among the 409 runners taking part in the Helena Tipping 10k at Wrexham on Sunday. Chris ran 48:15 for 143rd overall, 16th lady and 1st FV65.

 
North Wales Half Marathon ~ 30/07/2016
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 358 runners taking part in the North Wales Half Marathon on Saturday. Danny Snelson led the team home in an excellent 1:58:11 (chip 1:57:39) for 116th overall. Keith Tewkesbury ran 2:04:38 (chip 2:04:33) for 167th overall and 2nd MV70. Diane Jones finished in 2:15:39 (chip 2:15:20) for 241st overall with Alan Newell running 2:45:05 (chip 2:44:46) for 345th position.


 
Llanfair TH Mountain run ~ 30/07/2016
 

Well done to Jodi Waters today on winning the Llanfair TH Mountain Run in a time of 40:52, his best time for the course, and Paula Maguire, first lady home in 56:10.
1st Jodi Waters 40:52 (Abergele Harriers)
2nd Leon Davies 46:38 (NWRRC)
3rd Matthew Davies 46:55
4th Darren Battersby 50:51 (Abergele Harriers)
5th Paula Maguire 56:10 (Abergele Harriers)
6th Brian Robinson 1:02:59 (Clayton Harriers)
7th Ceri Hughes 1:03:15
8th Peter Barraclough 1:03:16
9th Iorwerth Roberts 1:10:59 (Eryri Harriers)
10th Ruth Robinson 1:14:34 (Clayton Harriers)
I have been assured the race will take place again next year on the last Saturday in July and we may even have it in our club Grand Prix. :-)

 
Snowdonia Trail 10k ~ 24/07/2016
 

Ben Lightowler was among the 65 runners taking part in the Scott Snowdonia Trail 10k on Sunday. Ben had an excellent run finishing in 49:14 (chip 49.13) for 3rd place overall.

 
Richmond Riverside 10k ~ 23/07/2016
 

Paula Maguire travelled down to London to take part in the Richmond Riverside 10k on Saturday. In a field of 368 runners Paula finished in 55:27 (chip 54:22) for 92nd overall and 29th lady.



 
Race the Train, Caernarfon, 2016 ~ 20/07/2016
 

Eight Abergele Harriers were among the 266 runners taking part in the 5k Race the Train from Dinas to Caernarfon on Wed 20th July. Darren Blazier led the club home in 17:50 for 26th overall. John Jones crossed the line in 20:13 for 74th position just ahead of Rachel Shipley running 20:15 for 77th position. Danny Snelson ran 20:30 for 82nd overall followed by Ben Garnett finishing in 21:47 for 110th position. Grahame Shone ran 22:13 for 118th overall and 2nd M65 with Chris Birch hot on his heels running 22:37 for 128th overall and 1st FV65. Diane Jones finished in 24:22 for 157th overall.



 
Inter area Masters Match Solihull ~ 17/07/2016
 

Chris Birch ran for the Welsh vets team in the Masters Inter Area Challenge at Solihull on Sunday 17th July,finishing third in the W60 800m in 3-17.5. She was also selected to run in the 4x100 relay!! but one of the other team member's knee injury worsened and Wales were unable to field a team.

 
Llanfair PG 5k ~ 06/07/2016
 

Abergele Harrier Grahame Shone was among the 105 runners taking part in the Llanfair PG 5k on Wednesday evening 6th July. Grahame completed the undulating course in 23m 11s.

 
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On Sunday 10th July, six Harriers took part in the “We Love Manchester 10K” in a field of 2020 runners. First Harrier to finish was Jodi Waters in a time of 38:30 (chip time: 38:28) for 31st place, closely followed by Richard Wilyman in 38:46 (chip time: 38:44) for 38th place. Laurence Parry completed the course in 40:12 (chip time: 40:09) and was 69th. Nick Foden was 71st in a time of 40:25 (chip time: 40:21), Daniel Williams was 82nd in 40:44 (chip time: 40:42) and Paula Maguire finished in 53:37 (chip time: 53:17) for 659th place.

 
Pen Y Bryn 5k ~ 08/07/2016
 

On the evening of Friday 8th July Abergele Harriers Ben Lightowler and Darren Blazier competed in this years Pen Y Bryn 5k. Ben was 2nd in a time of 17:58 and Darren was placed 4th in 19:31.

 
Fairy Freckled Cow Trail race 2016 ~ 03/07/2016
 

The “Fairy Freckled Cow”, an 11 km trail race which includes 177 metres of ascent, was held at the Alwen Resevoir on Sunday 3rd July. First Harrier to finish was Mark Mayers who finished in 48:56 for 21st position. He was followed by Darren Battersby who completed the course in a time of 53:03 for 39th and Anthony Howe in 53:18 for 41st. Amy Owen-Jones finished in 56:44 for 59th place, with Chris Birch not far behind in 57:59 for first FV60. Diane Jones finished in 1:03:37 for 93rd place and Sonja Griffiths in 1:15:33 for 123rd.

 
Southport 10k ~ 03/07/2016
 

Harrier Nick Foden competed in the Southport 10k. Nick finished in a time of 40:26 (chip time 40:23) for 13th place in a field of 299 competitors.

 
Ultimate Trails 55k, 2016 ~ 02/07/2016
 

On Saturday 2nd July Jeni Richards travelled to Ambleside in the Lake District to compete against 448 other runners in this year's Ultimate Trails 55k race. The route includes 1763 metres of ascent and descent and route diversions following Storm Desmond meant that the course was extended to 58 km. Jeni finished in an impressive time of 7:57:02 for 80th place overall, 12th lady and 2nd in her FV50 category.

 
Moel Y Gamelin Fell race ~ 27/06/2016
 

Tim Cahill took part in the Moel-y-Gamelin fell race on Sunday. The 10 mile race with a total ascent of 2879ft starts from the Ponderosa café on the Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen. Tim finished in 1:37 for 20th overall and 3rd V50.

 
Run Fest Wales 10k ~ 25/06/2016
 

Six Harriers were among the 220 runners taking part in the Run Fest Wales 10k. Laurence Parry led the club home in 41:26 (chip 41:12) for 18th overall and 3rd MV35. Darren Battersby finished in 45:21 (chip 44:57) for 31st overall and 3rd MV50 just ahead of Danny Snelson running a personal best of 45:25 (chip 45:11) for 32nd overall. Chris Birch ran 49:36 (chip 49:32) for 55th overall, 6th lady and 1st FV65. Paula Maguire crossed the line in 52:28 (chip 51:59) for 75th overall and 13th lady followed by Diane Jones finishing in a personal best of 53:21 (chip 53:01) for 80th overall and 15th lady.



 
Run Fest Wales Half Marathon ~ 25/06/2016
 

Mark Mayers was the only Harrier among the 134 runners lining up for the Run Fest Wales Half Marathon. Mark finished in 1:36:30 (chip 1:36:14) for 19th overall and 3rd MV45.

 
Horwich 5k, British Masters Championships ~ 19/06/2016
 

Chris Birch has once again proved herself to be one of the best in Britain on the road by winning a silver medal in the British Masters 5k Road Championships in Horwich. The race was held as part of the Horwich Festival of Racing on a traffic free hilly town centre course. Chris finished in 24:14 to secure the silver medal in the FV65 category.

 
Stone 10k ~ 19/06/2016
 

Abergele Harriers, Darren Blazier and Rachel Shipley, ran for the North Wales Development team in the Stone 10k road race on Sunday. Darren finished in 39:48 for 48th overall and Rachel ran 44:24 for 103rd overall and 16th lady.

 
Trail Marathon Wales Half Marathon, 2016 ~ 18/06/2016
 

Two Harriers joined over 500 runners taking part in the Trail Marathon Wales Half Marathon at Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau, on Saturday. Ben Lightowler ran 1:38:41 (chip 1:38:29) for 23rd overall with Meinir Huws finishing in 2:29:41 (chip 2:28:25) for 293rd overall.



 
Deiniolen 10k ~ 15/06/2016
 

Darren Blazier was among the 95 runners taking part in the Deiniolen 10k road race on Wednesday evening 15th June.
Darren ran the hilly route in 39:52 for 7th overall and 2nd V40.

 
Beddgelert 10k ~ 05/06/2016
 

On Sunday, Abergele Harrier Diane Jones competed in the Beddgelert 10k finishing in a time of 59:38.

 
Edinburgh Half Marathon ~ 30/05/2016
 

On Sunday 29th May, Abergele Harrier Paul Quinton was amongst 8604 runners who traveled to Edinburgh to compete in the Edinburgh Half Marathon which was held as part of the Edinburgh Running Festival. This was Paul's first half marathon in three years and he finished in a superb time of 1:45:53 (chip time:1:42:54).

 
Ffrith 5k, 2016 ~ 21/05/2016
 

On Saturday 21st May eleven Abergele Harriers were amongst 93 finishers in the Ffrith 5k which incorprorated the North Wales 5k championships. First Harrier to finish was Jodi Waters in 17:54 for 6th place overall and gold in the MV35 category. He was followed by Nick Foden in a time of 18:19 for 9th place and Danny Williams in 18:44 who was placed 11th. Anthony Howe finished in 19:59 (25th), John Jones in 20:46 (37th), Darren Battersby in 20:57 (39th) and Daniel Snelson in 21:07 (40th). Graeme Shone finished 45th overall and won gold in the MV65 category in a time of 21:25 , Chris Birch's time of 23:37 gained her gold in the FV65 category and 60th place overall. Diane Jones was 72nd in a personal best time of 25:57 and Sonja Griffiths finished in 31:50 for 90th place.



 
Christleton 5k, 2016 ~ 20/05/2016
 

On Friday 20th May four Abergele Harriers took part in the Christleton 5k road race. First Harrier to finish was Richard Wilyman in a personal best time of 16:54 (chip time 16:51). He was followed by Tim Cahill in 19:11 (chip time:19:07), Darren Blazier in 21:15 (chip time 20:59) and Rachel Shipley who also achieved a personal best time of 21:16 (chip time: 21:00).



 
North Wales Track and Field Championships, 2016
 

On Saturday 14th march Darren Battersby competed in the North Wales Track and Field Championships held in Wrexham. Darren was awarded Silver in both the Masters 400m in a time of 1:06 and the Masters 800m in 2:39.



 
Chester Half Marathon, 2016 ~ 15/05/2016
 

On Sunday 15th March twelve Abergele Harriers travelled to Chester to compete in this years Chester Half Marathon. First Harrier to finish was Nick Foden in a time of 1:24:06 (chip 1:23:27) for 84th place. He was closely followed by Danny Williams in a personal best time of 1:27:43 (chip 1:27:03) for 139th position. Laurence Parry finished in a time of 1:34:17 (chip 1:33:33) in his first race at this distance since joining the club. Mark Mayers and John Jones had a very close race with both finishing in a time of 1:36:04 (chip 1:35:21 and 1:35:22) for 449th and 450th places respectively. Similarly Warren Brown and Amy Owen-Jones ran a close race with Warren finishing in 1:41:38 (chip 1:40:55) and Amy finishing in 1:41:42 (chip 1:40:57). Vince Wickham also achieved a personal best time at this distance finishing in a time of 1:44:16 (chip 1:43:00) for 977th place. Danny Snelson took over seven minutes off his personal best time for this distance to finish in 1:45:13 (chip 1:44:28) for 1057th place. Anthony Howe finished in 1:53:05 (chip 1:52:24) for 1726th place, Diane Jones in a personal best time of 2:00:01 (chip 1:56:07) for 2364th place and Steve McCarten in 2:06:20 (chip 2:00:48) for 3046th place.


 
Two Lakes Off Road Half Marathon ~ 08/05/2016
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the 2 Lakes Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. The tough route starts and finishes at the Brenig Visitor Centre and takes runners on a scenic trail around the Brenig and Alwen reservoirs, and was run in very hot conditions. Jeni Richards ran 1:51:16 for 10th overall, 4th lady and 1st FV50. Diane Jones finished in 2:16:23 for 49th overall.


 
Rhostryfan 10k ~ 04/05/2016
 

Abergele Harrier Darren Blazier was among the 50 runners taking part in the Rhostryfan 10k last Wednesday evening. Darren finished in 39:12 for 6th overall.

 
Wrexham 10 miles, 2016 ~ 30/04/2016
 

Four Abergele Harriers took part in the Grand Prix Express North Wales 10 mile Championship, incorporating the Wrexham open 10, on Saturday.
Nick Foden was first harrier home in an excellent 65:19 for 10th overall. Mark Mayers ran 69:10 for 16th overall and 3rd MV45 in the open race taking MV45 silver in the championship. John Jones also took North Wales category silver running a personal best of 72:13 for 19th overall and 2nd MV55 in both the open race and the Championship. Darren Battersby came away with his first North Wales title winning MV50 gold in the Championship running 72:56 for 19th overall and 1st in his category in both the open race and championship.
The three veterans, Mark, John and Darren, won the Vets team title and along with Nick Foden also combined for silver in the Senior Men's team category.



 
Chester Spring 5, 2016 ~ 13/04/2016
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 300 runners taking part in the Chester Spring 5 on Wednesday 13th April. Danny Williams was first Harrier home in an excellent personal best of 31:11 (chip 31:02) for 61st overall with Tim Cahill finishing in 32:00 (chip 31:56) for 71st position. John Jones ran 34:48 (34:37) for 116th overall followed by Martyn Barnaby crossing the line in 38:10 (37:57) for 161st overall.



 
Manchester Marathon 2016 ~ 10/04/2016
 

Abergele Harrier Danny Snelson ran the Manchester Marathon on Sunday. Danny completed his first marathon in an excellent 4:27:44 for 6220th overall.

 
Cheshire 10k ~ 10/04/2016
 

On Sunday, four Harriers were among the 1115 competitors taking part in the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall near Warrington.
Mark Mayers led the club home in 42:43 (chip 41:57) for 157th overall followed by Darren Battersby finishing in 44:54 (chip 44:09) for 199th position. Warren Brown ran 45:28 (44:43) for 213th position with Amy Owen-Jones crossing the line in 50:12 (chip 49:27) for 380th overall.


 
Rhug Estate Trail races
 

On Sunday, three Harriers travelled to the Rhug Estate near Corwen for the second race in the Up Hill Down Dale trail series, again run over a tough challenging course. Chris Birch ran the 10k race finishing in a time of 1:01:03 for 23rd position overall, 6th female and first in the FV60 category. Sean and Steven McCormack ran the 20k race with Sean finishing in 1:48:56, 8th overall, 2nd Vet and 1st MV50, while Steven ran a superb negative split to finish in 1:56:54 for 13th position overall.

 
Mijas Costa 10k ~ 03/04/2016
 

Grahame Shone lined up with the 350 competitors running the Mijas Costa 10k near Malaga on Sunday. Grahame finished in 45m 50s for 81st overall and 1st M65+.

 
Wilmslow Half Marathon ~ 03/04/2016
 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 3550 runners taking part in the Waters Wilmslow Half Marathon on Sunday. Danny Williams ran 1h 30m 53s (chip 1:30:15) for 317th overall with Martyn Barnaby finishing in 1h 48m 35s (chip 1:47:24) for 1166th position.

 
Llandudno Easter Promenade Dash ~ 26/03/2016
 

On Saturday Harrier Chris Birch ran in the Llandudno Easter Promenade Dash 5k,finishing 54th overall,12th lady and 1st in her FV65 category in a time of 23:13.

 
Cardiff Half Marathon, 2016 ~ 26/03/2016
 

On Saturday 26th March, Abergele Harriers Nick Foden and Alan Taylor travelled down to Cardiff to compete, alongside over 12,000 other runners, in this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon, which incorporated the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Despite the poor weather conditions, Nick finished in a time of 1:28:18 (chip 1:28:12) to finish 703rd while Alan completed the course in 1:53:57 (chip 1:51:59) for 3763rd place.

 
Vale of Clwyd 10k ~ 20/03/2016
 

On Sunday, Harrier Diane Jones competed in the Vale of Clwyd 10k race finishing in a time of 53:28.

 
Staffordshire 20 relay ~ 13/03/2016
 

Rachel Shipley competed, as part of the North Wales women's team, in the Staffordshire 20 relay held over an undulating course at Knighton in Staffordshire. Rachel completed her 6 2/3 mile leg of the race in a time of 47:14 helping the team to first place overall.

 
Liverpool Half Marathon ~ 13/03/2016
 

Gareth Evans competed in the Liverpool Half Marathon, finishing in a personal best time of 1:32:01 (chip time 1:31:49) to finish 326th overall in a field of 4787 runners.

 
Logerheads 10k Trail race ~ 12/03/2016
 

Jeni Richards, was among the 168 runners taking part in the tough Loggerheads 10k trail race on Saturday 12th March. Jeni ran a time of 54:34 for 36th overall, 7th lady and 1st FV50.

 
Brynkinalt Estate 20k ~ 13/03/2016
 

On Sunday Sean and Steven McCormack ran the inaugural race in the Up Hill Down Dale trail series, the Brynkinalt Estate 20k, over a beautiful but challenging trail course consisting of two laps around the estate. Sean finished in 1h 35m 7secs for 6th position overall while Steven completed in 1h 47m 52secs for 13th.

 
Anglesey Half Marathon ~ 06/03/2016
 

On Sunday, four Harriers competed in the Anglesey Half Marathon. Nick Foden was the first to complete the 13.1 mile course in an impressive 1:23:28 (chip time:1:23:26) taking over four minutes off his previous personal best to finish 29th overall. Next Harrier in was James Salt who finished in 1:32:13 (chip time 1:32:10) for 72nd place. Megan New finished in 2:21:16 (chip time 2:19:53) and Sarah Edwards in 2:35:13 (chip time: 2:34:26).



 
Wrexham Marathon ~ 06/03/2016
 

On Sunday 14th February, Harriers John Jones and Vernon Pownall travelled to Wrexham to compete in this years Wrexham Marathon which also incorporated the North Wales Championships. Both had terrific runs. John finishing in a personal best time of 3:36:01 (chip time: 3:35:51) for 35th overall, second in the MV55 category and Gold in the North Wales championships. Vernon completed the course in 3:58:03 (chip time 3.57.57) for 60th place overall but first in the MV60 category which also earned him a Gold in the North Wales Championships.


 
Ruthin 10k ~ 28/02/2016
 

Danny Williams was among the 106 competitors taking part in the Ruthin 10k on Sunday. Danny had an excellent run finishing in 39m 12s for 5th overall.

 
Welsh Cross Country Championships ~ 27/02/2016
 

Abergele Harrier Chris Birch took part in the Welsh Cross Country Championships, incorporating the Welsh Masters Cross Country Championships, at Singleton Park in Swansea on Saturday 27th February.
The Senior Women and all Female Veteran age groups ran together over a very hilly, muddy course. In a field of 113 runners Chris finished in a fantastic time of 36m 06s for 57th overall 1st FV65.


 
Rhyl 10 miles ~ 21/02/2016
 

Ten Abergele Harriers took part in the Rhyl 10 Mile on Sunday. The race, incorporating the Welsh 10 mile road running championship, was held in very windy but dry conditions over a fast, flat course. The Harriers all ran well with seven club members awarded Welsh medals. Darren Blazier was first Harrier home in 1:04:43 (1:04:42) for 21st overall, 3rd MV40 and Welsh MV40 bronze medallist in the championship. James Salt finished in 1:09:21 (1:09:19) for 61st position followed by Mark Mayers running 1:12:33 (1:12:24) for 81st overall and Welsh MV45 silver medallist. John Jones ran a personal best of 1:13:27 (1:13:17) for 93rd overall and 3rd MV55 to win Welsh MV55 gold. Rachel Shipley had an excellent run taking just under four minutes off her previous best time for the distance to finish in a personal best of 1:14:04 (1:14:00) for 106th overall and taking senior bronze in the championship. Warren Brown ran 1:17:49 (1:17:40) for 149th followed by Danny Snelson crossing the line in 1:18:23 (1:18:00) for 154thposition.
Vernon Pownall finished in 1:20:25 (1:20:20) for 174th overall to take Welsh MV60 silver. Diane Jones improved her personal best by over three minutes and her run of 1:34:42 (1:34:29) for 332nd overall was rewarded with the FV40 Welsh bronze medal. Susan Calvert ran 1:36:49 (1:36:21) for 360th overall and was awarded FV55 Welsh silver.


 
Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon ~ 14/02/2016
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 800 runners taking part in the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon on Sunday.
Nick Foden led the Harriers home in a fantastic personal best of 1h 27m 44m (chip 1:27:31) for 148th overall. Danny Williams finished in an excellent 1h 29m 04s (chip 1:28:51) for 177th position. John Jones took MV55 gold in the North Wales Championship running over 4 minutes faster than his previous time for the distance to finish in a personal best of 1h 34m 01s (chip 1:33:48) for 240th position overall. He was followed by Vernon Pownall crossing the line in 1h 44m 37s (chip 1:44:19) for 388th overall.


 
Nick Beer 10k, 2016 ~ 07/02/2016
 

Seventeen Abergele Harriers were among the 623 runners taking part in the Nick Beer 10k road race around the Great Orme in Llandudno on Sunday in very windy conditions. Results are as follows with chip times given in brackets.
Richard Wilyman was first Harrier home in 37m 04s (37:03) for 8th overall followed by Darren Blazier running 37m 54s (37:53) for 11th overall and 2nd M40. Jodi Waters ran 41m 10s (41:09) for 40th with Danny Williams finishing in 41m 36s (41:22) for 45th. Nick Foden ran 42m 21s (42:18) for 56th followed by Mark Mayers running 42m 34s (42:24) for 59th and Gareth Evans finishing in 42m 37s (42:36) for 61st. Anthony Howe ran 45m 12s (45:00) for 117th, John Jones 45m 26s (45:15) for 120th and Darren Battersby 46m 09s (45:59) for 142nd. Warren Brown crossed the line in 47m 48s (47:38) for 174th just ahead of Grahame Shone running 47m 51s (47m 37s) for 176th overall and 3rd M65. Chris Birch, having competed at cross country the previous day, secured her second category win of the weekend with a fantastic run of 48m 04s (47:48) for 180th overall and 1st F65. Diane Jones ran 55m 53s (55:30) 388th with Megan New finishing in 57m 41s (57:19) for 423rd, Sue Calvert running 59m 00s (58:45) for 452nd and Sonja Griffiths crossing the line in 64m 27s (64:02) 531st.



 
North Wales Corss Country Championships
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the North Wales Cross Country Championships held on Saturday at the Rhug Estate near Corwen. Chris Birch ran the 3.25 mile course in 27m 43s to win the FV65 category. The men ran 6.25 miles with James Salt finishing in 46m 25s to win the MV35 category and John Jones crossing the line in 49m 49s.



 
Winter Trail Half Marathon ~ 23/01/2016
 

Meinir Huws took part in the Winter Trail half marathon at Coed y Brenin on Saturday. Meinir ran the tough muddy course in 2h 34m 39s (chip 2: 34.10m) for 363rd overall and 99th lady.



 
Twin Piers 10k ~ 23/01/2016
 

Twelve Abergele Harriers joined the 439 competitors running from Llandudno pier to Colwyn Bay pier in the Twin Piers 10k on Saturday. Nick Foden led the Harriers home in 39m 51s for 37th overall followed by Danny Williams, running his first race as a Harrier, finishing in 41m 35s for 54th position. John Jones ran 43m 21s for 69th overall and 3rd MV55 with Danny Snelson finishing in 46m 50s for 118th position. Chris Birch finished in 47m 16m for 127th overall and 1st FV65 ahead of Vernon Pownall running 47m 37s for 138th overall. Keith Tewkesbury and Susan Calvert finished just two seconds apart in 53m 40s for 240th and 53m 42s for 241st respectively. Martyn Barnaby ran 54m 21s for 247th position. Diane Jones and Megan New crossed the line together in 56m 27s for 291st and 292nd positions with Sonja Griffiths finishing in 67m 55s for 397th overall.



 
Telford 10k ~ 13/12/2015
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 906 runners taking part in the Telford 10k on Sunday. Rich Wilyman was first home in 36m 10s for 143rd overall followed by Darren Blazier running 37m 31s for 184th position. Mark Mayers ran an excellent personal best of 40m 16s for 238th position with Rachel Shipley crossing the line in 47m 19s for 414th overall.

 
Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon 2015 ~ 06/12/2015
 

Nick Foden and Diane Jones took part in the Vale of Clwyd half marathon in Llandyrnog on Sunday. Nick ran the hilly course in 1h 31m 34s for 113th overall, with Diane finishing in 2h 08m 27s for 81st position.



 
Conwy Half Marathon 2015 ~ 22/11/2015
 

On Sunday 22nd November, despite poor weather conditions, 17 Harriers were amongst the 2458 runners who competed in this year's Conwy Half Marathon. This included Mark Meyers who was the official sub 1:45 pacer, who actally helped several of the Harriers to achieve personal bests on the day. First Harrier to finish was Nick Foden in a new personal best time of 1:31:03 (chip time: 1:30:56) for 148th place. He was closely followed by Jodi Waters in 1:33:48 (chip time: 1:33:41, 192nd), James Salt in 1:34:21 (chip time: 1:34:14, 205th) and Gareth Evans in 1:37:52 (chip time: 1:37:24) who also achieved a personal best for the distance. Rachel Shipley was the first female Harrier to finish in a personal best time of 1:38:20 (chip: 1:37:53) for 314th place overall and 7th in the Female Senior category. She was closely followed by John Jones in 1:38:26 (chip: 1:37:51, 318th and 8th in the MV55 category) , Darren Battersby in 1:39:45 (chip:1:39:11, 351st) and Martyn Barnaby in 1:48:23 (chip: 1:47:54, 673rd) all of whom achieved personal best times for the distance. Daniel Snelson took over 10 minutes off his previous best time to finish in 1:52:48 (chip: 1:51:14, 862nd place), Vince Wickham finished in 1:55:03 (chip 1:53:18, 981st ), Anthony Howe in 1:57:17 (chip 1:53:23, 1084th ) and Sue Calvert in 2:08:48 (chip 2:04:55) for 1581st and 10th in her FV55 category). Diane Jones completed the course in 2:12:09 (chip 2:08:25, 1715th), Andrea Baron in 2:15:00 (chip 2:10:59, 1808th), Megan New in 2:22:08 (chip 2:17:22, 2025th ) and Andy MacDonald in 2:51:25 (chip: 2:47:24) was 2379th.


 
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The previous day, Saturday 21st, Harrier Tim Cahill competed over an 11 mile course in the annual Pen Fell Race, finishing despite the wet and windy conditions in a time of 1:36



 
British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships ~ 14/11/2015
 

On Saturday Abergele Harrier Chris Birch ran for the Welsh Cross Country team at this year's British and Irish Masters International Cross Country Championships held in Dublin. On an undulating 6 km parkland course Chris finished 5th in the 65-69 yrs category in a time of 28:49 and lead the Welsh ladies team home in this section to win bronze medals.



 
Porth Eirias 10k ~ 31/10/2015
 

On Saturday 31st October two Harriers competed in the Porth Eirias 10k race at Colwyn Bay. Sue Calvert completed the race in a time of 53:53 and was followed by Diane Jones in 56:35.

 
Abergele 5 ~ 01/11/2015
 

Abergele Harriers held the annual Abergele 5 Mile road race on Sunday. This is the 29th time the race has been held and, for the second year running, sunshine and blue skies greeted the 198 runners competing for individual, team and corporate prizes. The race was also an inter-regional competition. The men's race was won by Mark Dalkins from Cheadle Running Club in a time of 26:43. Lucy Holt from the City of Stoke Athletics Club won the ladies race in a superb 29:39 and became only the seventh woman to beat the 30 minute barrier in the history of the race. Eryri Harriers retained the men’s team trophy with North Wales Road Runners Club securing the ladies team prize. North Wales won the men's inter-regional competition whilst Staffordshire were winners in the women's competition. The Spillane & Co Wealth Management Corporate Team Challenge was won by the Kinmel Arms St George. Five Abergele Harriers took part in the race with Nick Foden first harrier home in a time of 33:10 for 42nd overall. Rachel Shipley finished in a time of 35:47 for 70th place overall and was followed by Martyn Barnaby in a time of 37:26 and 89th place. Chris Birch completed the course in a time of 38:11 for 99th place overall winning first place in the FV65 category. Hilary Powell ran her debut race as a member of the Harriers finishing in a time of 43:08 for 148th place. The club would like to thank Spillane & Co. Wealth Management, Abergele Town Council, Woods Motorcycles and the many local firms who once again financially supported the race and helped to make it such a success.


 
Flintshire 10k ~ 25/10/2015
 

Five Abergele Harriers lined up with the 460 runners taking part in the Flintshire 10k in Mold on Sunday. Nick Foden was first Harrier home in 40:38 (chip 40:29) for 29th overall. Mark Mayers finished in 41:17 (chip 41:09) for 37th followed by Rachel Shipley running 44m 57s (chip 44:52) for 84th overall, 9th lady and 2nd Fsenior. Martyn Barnaby took well over a minute off his previous time for the distance to finish in a personal best of 46:28 (chip 46:19) for 104th position. Chris Birch ran 47:08 (chip 47:07) for 120th overall, 11th lady and 1st FV65.



 
Snowdonia Marathon 2015 ~ 24/10/2015
 

Five Abergele Harriers were among the 1845 runners completing the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri on Saturday in very wet conditions. This tough race starts and finishes in Llanberis with competitors taking on almost 2500ft of total ascent as they circle around Snowdon. The race incorporates both the Welsh Masters and North Wales championships.
James Salt led the Harriers home in 3:49:17 (chip 3:48:51) for 393rd overall.
Gareth Evans, running his first marathon, finished in 3:51:42 (chip 3:50:25) for 427th overall followed by John Jones, also taking on the distance for the first time, finishing in 4:04:59 (chip 4:03:42) for 644th position. Darren Battersby ran 4:16:48 (chip4:15:31) for 820th with Meinir Huws crossing the line in 4:38:02 (chip 4:34:34) for 1150th overall and 194th lady. Two Harriers came away with championship medals. Meinir Huws took the FV55 category bronze in the Welsh Masters and won gold in the FV55 North Wales championships while John Jones took M55 silver in the North Wales Championships.






 
Bangor 10k ~ 17/10/2015
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the 317 runners taking part in the Bangor 10k on Saturday morning. Nick Foden ran his first sub 40 minute 10k finishing in a fantastic personal best of 39m 51s (chip 39:50) for 11th overall. Megan New ran 56m 01s (chip 55:44) for 131st position followed by Diane Jones crossing the line in a personal best 57m 06s (chip 56:34) for 150th overall.


 
Hell up North ~ 17/10/2015
 

Anthony Howe joined 1540 competitors enjoying the seriously muddy Hell up North half marathon at Delamere Forest. Anthony finished in 2h 35m 30s (chip 2:34:25) for 224th position overall.

 
Four Lakes Race, 2015 ~ 04/10/2015
 

James Salt was among a small field of runners taking part in the scenic 30k Four Lakes race in the Eryri National Park. The race starts and finishes in Rhosgadfan near Caernarvon and passes the lakes of Nantlle, Gadair, Dywarchen & Cwellyn; James finished in 2h 22m.

 
Chester Marathon 2015 ~ 04/10/2015
 

Two Harriers joined the 2354 competitors running Chester Marathon on Sunday. Dave Edwards ran 4h 44m 03s (chip 4:41:24) for 1789th overall with
Margaret Williams completing the distance in 5h 14m 31s (chip 5:10:43) for 2105th overall and 1st FV75.



 
Chester Metric Marathon ~ 04/10/2015
 

Diane Jones took part in the Chester Metric Marathon on Sunday. 887 runners completed the 26.2k (16.3 mile) course with Diane finishing in 2h 45m 34s (chip 2:44:09) for 578th position.

 
Cardiff Half Marathon ~ 04/10/2015
 

Six Harriers were among the 15985 runners taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday. Nick Foden was first Harrier home in 1h 32m 22s (chip 1:32:10) for 859th position. Amy Owen-Jones finished in 1h 43m 14s (chip 1:41:53) for 2215th overall followed by Mike Powell running 1h 47m 08s (chip 1:46:57) for 2809th position. Alan Taylor ran 2h 00m 32s (chip 1:55:56) for 5249th position just ahead of Hilary Roderick finishing in 2h 02m 56s (chip 1:58:44) for 5811th position. Andy MacDonald, running to raise money for Diabetes UK, crossed the line in 2h 59m 58s (2:50:58) for 14662th overall.

 
Hell in the Chilts ~ 19/09/2015
 

Anthony Howe travelled to West Wycombe to compete in “Hell in the Chilts”, part of the Hellrunner series of events. Anthony completed the arduous 10 mile course in a time of 1:51:20 to finish 63rd out of 184 competitors.

 
English Half Marathon, 2015 ~ 20/09/2015
 

Three Harriers travelled to Warrington to compete in this years “English Half Marathon”. The first to finish the course was Nick Foden in a personal best time of 1:31:14 (chip time: 1:31:01). He was immediately followed by Mark Mayers who also received a time of 1:31:14 (chip time: 1:31:02) and was 3rd in his age category. Dave Edwards completed the course in a time of 2:01:42 (chip time: 2:00:46)



 
Swansea Bay 10k ~ 20/09/2015
 

On Sunday 20th September Abergele Harriers Darren Blazier and Rachel Shipley travelled down to Swansea along with 3428 other athletes for this years Swansea Bay 10k road race which took place along the promenade. Darren, running for the North Wales Veterans ran the course in a time of 38:06 for 110th place overall and 31st in the M40 category. Rachel, making her debut for North Wales ladies finished in a time of 44:19, a personal best time for this distance, to finish 418th overall and 26th in the Senior Female category.

 
Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon ~ 13/09/2015
 

On the same day as the Great North Run, Club Captain Darren Blazier was the clubs only representative in the, much closer to home half marathon, at Lake Vyrnwy. Darren completed in 1:35:50 (chip 1:35:48) for 219th position out of 1,385 finishers.

 
Ras Fawr, Llanddoged ~ 13/09/2015
 

Three Harriers were amongst the 38 runners who competing in this years Ras Fawr , a tough hilly eight mile road race starting and finishing in Llanddoged near Llanrwst. First Harrier home was John Jones who finished in a time of 1:01:19 for 20th place. He was followed by Darren Battersby in a time 1:03:44 for 23rd position. Sue Calvert finished the tough course in a time of 1:14:14 for 32nd place overall and first in her L55 age group.



 
Great North Run, 2015 ~ 13/09/2015
 

On Sunday 13th September Harriers Alan Taylor, Martyn Barnaby and Dave Edwards traveled to the northeast to compete in this years Great North Run. Alan finished in an excellent 1:53:50 for 7894th position, his first race back with the club for several years. Martyn completed the course in a commendable time of 1:54:05 to finish 8,020th and Dave finished in 2:08:34 for 16,334th place in a field of approximately 57,000 runners.

 
Cilcain Mountain Race ~ 31/08/2015
 

On Monday 31st August Darren Battersby competed in the Cilcain Mountain Race at Moel Fammau. Darren completed the course of just over 8 km in a time of 47:58 for 92nd place in a field of 150 runners

 
Brenig Trail Race ~ 05/09/2015
 

On Saturday 5th September prolific racer Diane Jones, along with fellow Harrier Nick Foden competed in the Brenig Trail Race. Nick finished the course in 1:03:03 to finish 11th overall and 2nd in the Senior Male category. Diane finished in a time of 1:29:41 for 58th place.

 
Caernarfon 10k ~ 06/09/2015
 

On Sunday 6th September six Harriers were amongst the 135 runners competing in this years Caernarfon 10km race. First Harrier to finish was Mark Mayers who completed the course in a time of 41:47 for 38th place overall. Darren Battersby finished in a time of 44:48 for 57th place and was closely followed by Rachel Shipley in a time of 45:08 for 60 position and first Senior female. Grahame Shone completed the course in a time of 46 minutes exactly for 66th place and was placed first in the North Wales championships V65 category. He was followed by Martyn Barnaby in a personal best time of 47:44 for 75th place and a silver in his age category in the the North Wales championships. Diane Jones also achieved a personal best time for this distance finishing the course in 57:41 for 119th place.



 
Capenhurst 5k ~ 19/08/2015
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the 223 runners taking part in the Capenhurst 5k last Wednesday evening. Darren Blazier finished in 21m 54s (chip 21:50) for 131st overall with Rachel Shipley running 21m 55s (chip 21:50) for 132nd position. Grahame Shone ran 22m 36s (chip22:31) for 144th overall and 2nd V65.


 
Two Hillforts Fell Race ~ 16/08/2015
 

Abergele Harrier Pete Mould took part in the Two Hillforts race from Llandyrnog on Sunday. The 9.1 mile multi-terrain race with 2071ft total ascent takes in the hillforts of Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur in the Clwydian Range. Pete ran 1h 21m for 16th overall.



 
Gladstone 9 Fell race ~ 09/08/2015
 

Abergele Harrier Pete Mould took part in the Gladstone 9 fell race from Dwygyfylchi near Penmaenmawr on Sunday. Pete ran the 9 mile route with 2800ft of ascent in 1h 51m 09s.

 
Vale of Clwyd 5k, 2015 ~ 09/08/2015
 

Eight Abergele Harriers were among the 75 competitors taking part in the Vale of Clwyd 5k at Llandyrnog on Sunday.
Richard Wilyman led the Harriers home in his second fastest time over the distance (only beaten by the 2013 Race the Train, Caernarfon) of 17m 10s for 5th position overall. Darren Blazier ran 18m 33s for 6th position followed by Mark Mayers finishing in 20m 24s. Darren Battersby finished in 21m 14s just ahead of John Jones running 21m 22s. Rachel Shipley ran 22m 17s followed by Grahame Shone finishing in 22m 57s and Diane Jones crossing the line in 28m 12s.


 
North Wales Half Marathon ~ 26/07/2015
 

Six Harriers were among the 375 runners taking part in the North Wales Half Marathon on Sunday. The hilly route starts and finishes on the beach near the Mulberry Marina near Conway and takes runners on a scenic route up the Sychnant pass and over Conwy Mountain. Darren Blazier was first Harrier home in 1h 31m 56s (chip 1:31:56) for 11th position. Pete Mould ran 1h 40m 31s (chip 1:40:24) for 47th just ahead of Nick Foden finishing in 1h 40m 38s (chip 1:40: 32) for 49th. James Salt crossed the line in 1h 44m 54s (chip 1:44:47) for 69th followed by Martyn Barnaby running 1h 59m 20s (chip 1:59:09) for 174th and Diane Jones finishing in 2h 26m 12s (chip 2:25:27) for 312th.

 
Solihull Inter Area Match
 

Abergele Harrier Chris Birch ran for the Welsh team in the British Masters Inter Area Match at the Solihull track on July 19th. Chris ran the Mile race in 7m13.9s for 3rd position and the 3000m in 13m 54.7s for 2nd position helping the Welsh ladies to finish 4th out of 8 teams.



 
Race the Train, Caernarfon 2015 ~ 22/07/2015
 

Ten Abergele Harriers took part in the 5k Race the Train from Dinas to Caernarfon on Wed 22nd July. Darren Blazier led the Harriers home in 17m10s for 18th overall. Anthony Howe had a fantastic race, finishing in 19m 25s for 61st position just seconds ahead of Mark Mayers running 19m 29s for 62nd position. Darren Battersby crossed the line in 19m 40s for 69th with John Jones hot on his heels finishing in 19m 50s for 74th. Martyn Barnaby ran 20m 54s for 96th with Grahame Shone, the only prize winner of the evening, finishing in 20m57s for 98th position overall and 1st M65. Rachel Shipley led the ladies home in 21m 17s for 109th overall and 13th lady. Megan New and Diane Jones completed the Harriers line up finishing in 26m 19s for 217th
and 26m 24s for 221st respectively.



 
Lakeland 50 ~ 25/07/2015
 

Sean McCormack ran the Montane Lakeland 50 on Saturday as part of his training for the 3 day 135 mile Ring-of-Fire Ultra in September. The tough 50 mile trail route, with almost 10,000ft total ascent, requires runners to navigate from the Northern end of Ullswater through Kentmere, Ambleside and Langdale to the finish at Coniston. With a start time of 11.30am competitors use head torches to complete the later stages in the dark. Sean crossed the finish line just before midnight in an excellent time of 12h 25m 58s for 182nd overall from 585 finishers

 
Ruthin 5k ~ 08/07/2015
 

Diane Jones joined 50 runners taking part in the Ruthin 5k on Wednesday evening. Diane finished in 28m 18s for 35th position overall.

 
Pen Y Bryn 5k ~ 10/07/2015
 

Six Abergele Harriers joined the 57 runners taking part in the Pen-y-Bryn 5k on Friday evening. Ben Lightowler won the race in 17m 55s. Rich Wilyman finished in 18m 27s for 3rd overall followed by Darren Blazier running 18m 57s for 4th position and Jodi Waters crossing the line in 19m 10s for 5th position. Rachel Shipley ran 23m 11s for 1st lady overall with Diane Jones finishing in 29m 39s.

 
Love Manchester 10k ~ 12/07/2015
 

Nick Foden ran the Love MCR 10K on Sunday in 41m 49s (chip 41:40) for 121st position from 2284 runners.

 
Llanfair PG 5K ~ 09/07/2015
 

Grahame Shone was among the 122 finishers at the Lanfair PG 5km last Wednesday. On the eve of his 65th birthday Grahame had an excellent run finishing in 23m 32s for 55th overall and 1st M60+.

 
Fairy Freckled Cow 11k, 2015 ~ 05/07/2015
 

On Sunday six Harriers competed in the “Fairy Freckled Cow”, an 11 km trail race held at the Alwen resevoir. Despite poor weather conditions Darren Blazier finished in a time of 45:03 for 8th place. He was closely followed by Jodi Waters who finished in 45:30 for 9th place and Darren Battersby who finished in a time of exactly 52 minutes for 34th place. Rachel Shipley was 47th with a time of 55:25. Chris Birch had another good run finishing in 55:50 for 52nd overall but 1st in her FV60 category and Diane Jones completed the line up with a time of 68:04 for 95th place."


 
Felinheli 10k ~ 01/07/2015
 

Four Abergele Harriers competed in the Felinheli 10k in Vaynol Park on the evening of Wednesday 1st July. This race is a mixture of road and track in Vaynol Country Park and Park Menai and is part of the annual Felinheli Festival. Darrren Blazier lead the Harriers home in 17th place overall and 5th M40 in 39:07. Chris Birch was 113th overall and 1st FV60 in 47:50, followed by Sue Calvert, 225th overall and 5th FV50 in a time of 57:08. Megan New came in 257th overall and 19th FV40 in 1:00:18.



 
Southport Half Marathon, 2015 ~ 05/07/2015
 

Sean took time out from Ultra training for some "short sprint work" and did the Southport Half Marathon (his first "half" since 2008!) and finished in 1:27:19 (chip 1:27:16)for 44th position overall from 961 finishers and 6th V50.

 
Lake District Ultimate Trails "55k" ~ 27/06/2015
 

On Saturday 27th June Abergele Harriers Vice Captain Jeni Richards travelled to the Lake District to compete in this year's Ultimate Trails Challenge. The race is a a 55.47 km ultra marathon starting and finishing in Ambleside. It is run along well marked and marshalled footpaths with very steep ascents and difficult rocky descents, sections of bog, grass, stony paths and tarmac and bridleways and has a total ascent of 1763m. Despite all these challenges Jeni completed the course in a time of 7:54:46 to be the 5th women finisher and a fantastic 41st overall out of 311 finishers.


 
Run Fest Rhyl
 

On Sunday 28th three Harriers competed in RunFest Wales held in Rhyl in sunny but very blustery conditions. Diane Jones had an excellent run in the Half Marathon finishing in a time of 2:10:30 (chip 2:10:15) for 23rd lady overall and third in the FV40 category. Martyn Barnaby competed in the10km race finishing in a time of 47:55 (chip 46:46) to finish 35th male overall and 8th in the MV40 category. Chris Birch won her FV65 category, and was 4th lady overall, in the 5km race in a time of 23:17 (chip:23:16).


 
Trail Wales Half Marathon, 2015 ~ 20/06/2015
 

On Saturday 20th, Meinir Huws ran the Trail Marathon Wales half marathon, held at Coed y Brenin, in a time of 2:33:50 (chip 2:32:55) to finish 346th overall and 17th FV50

 
Sport in the Port, 10k, 2015 ~ 21/06/2015
 

On Sunday 21st June, three Harries traveled to Ellesmere Port for 2015 “Sport in the Port” 10km road race. First Harrier to finish was Nick Foden in 105th position overall and 47th senior male in a personal best time of 41:16 (chip: 41:07). He was closely followed by Gareth Evans who completed the course in 43:05 (chip: 42:54) for 157th place (68th senior male) and John Jones who finished 190th overall and 10th in his MV55 category in a personal best time of 44:22 (chip: 44:12).

 
Denbigh 5k ~ 17/06/2015
 

On Wednesday 17th, Diane Jones competed in the Denbigh 5km road race, finishing in a time of 29:59 for 35th place.



 
British Masters 5K Road Champonships, Horwich 2015. ~ 21/06/2015
 

On Sunday Chris Birch represented the Harriers in the British Masters 5k Road Running Championships and ran fantastically well over the hilly town centre course finishing in 23mins 35secs, to win the Silver medal in the British FV65 Championships.


 
Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon/Half Marathon
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon/Half Marathon on Sunday.
In the marathon Sean McCormack ran the tough undulating course in an excellent 3h 15m 36s for 12th V50 and 155th overall, followed by Dave Edwards finishing in 4h 58m 06s. Amy Owen-Jones ran the half marathon in 1h 42m 15s.



 
Mersey Tunnel 10k ~ 07/06/2015
 

Gareth Evans was among the 2725 runners taking part in the Mersey Tunnel 10k on Sunday. Gareth finished in 43m 45s (chip 43:32) for an excellent 125th overall.

 
Snowdonia Half Marathon ~ 31/05/2015
 

On Sunday 31st May, the Snowdonia Half Marathon took place over a hilly course. Starting and finishing in Llanrwst, the route took includes a climb up the 1:7 hill up to Llyn Geirionydd. Harrier Keith Tewkesbury finished in an impressive 2:02:06 and Sue Calvert in 2:18:08. Unfortunately, due to marshaling issues, Club Captain Darren Blazier was one of a number of runners who ended up running considerably longer so didn't get an official finishing time.

 
Deganwy Dash 2015 ~ 29/05/2015
 

This year's “Deganwy Dash” took place on the evening of Friday 29th May over a scenic 5 mile course from Degany to Conwy Castle and back again. Harrier Jodi Waters completed the course in a time of 30:16 to finish in 6th place overall. He was followed by Diane Jones who completed the course in a time of 46:19 and Sonia Wignall in 48:57 for 136th place.

 
North Wales Track and Field Championships
 

Two Harriers were in Bangor on Saturday taking part in the North Wales Track and Field Championships.
Darren Battersby competed in the 100m (14:23) taking silver; the 200m (29:73) taking bronze and the 400m (64:70) taking silver.Mark Mayers competed in the 3000m (11:41:50) for 4th overall and the 1500m (5:29:64) taking silver.



 
Rhyl 5k 2015 ~ 20/05/2015
 

Twelve Abergele Harriers were among the 104 runners taking part in the Taste Academy 5k (incorporating the North Wales 5k Championships) held at Rhyl on Wednesday 20th May. Seven harriers came away with category prizes in the North Wales Championships; 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.
Jodi Waters led the Harriers home in 17m 59s for 7th overall and 1st V35 to take NW category gold. Darren Blazier ran 18m 29s for 11th position, 3rd V40 and NW category bronze followed by Rob Armstrong finishing in 19m 16s for 17th overall, 3rd V35 and NW category silver. James Salt finished in 19m 27s for 19th followed by Mark Mayers running 20m 26s for 27th to take NW V45 bronze. Darren Battersby crossed the line in 21m 07s for 38th just ahead of Gareth Evans finishing in 21m 17s for 40th. Amy Owen Jones earned her first North Wales medal running 21m 35s for 44th overall, 2nd senior lady and gold in the under 23 category. John Jones ran 22m 09s for 55th followed by Chris Birch finishing in 23m 01s for 67th, 1st FV65 and NW category gold. Keith Tewkesbury finished in 26m 11s for 85th, 2nd V70 and NW category silver with Diane Jones crossing the line in 28m 27s for 92nd overall.


 
Chester Half Marathon 2015 ~ 17/05/2015
 

On Sunday 17th May fourteen Harrier took part in this years Chester Half Marathon. First male Harrier to finish was Nick Foden in an excellent personal best time of 1:33:31 (chip: 1:32:54) for 418th place. He was followed by the first female Harrier finisher, Amy Owen-Jones who finished in a time of 1:40:08 (chip: 1:39:31) and 828th position. Less than a minute behind Amy was John Jones who finished in 1:40:52 (chip: 1:40:15) finishing in 897th place whilst taking 12 minutes off his time from last year. Darren Blazier finished in a time of 1:49:24 (chip: 1:47:16 , 1618th place), Martyn Barnaby in 1:50:59 (chip: 1:48:45, 1751st) and Dave Edwards in 1:51:16 (chip: 1:49:19, 1799th). Vince Wickham ran a personal best time of 1:52:10 (chip:1:49:18, 1856th) and Daniel Snelson 2.03.27 (chip 1.59.12, 3049th). Megan New completed the course in a personal best time of 2:11:53 (chip: 2:04:55, 3818th), Diane Jones in 2:16:36 (chip: 2:09:36, 4201st), Andrea Baron in 2.25.07 (chip 2.18.06, 4727th) , Barry Thomas in 2:32:05 (chip: 2:25:06, 5014th) and Sonja Griffiths in 2:33:22 (chip:2:26:22, 5061st). Andy Macdonald returned to distance running after a period of injury to complete the course in 2:37:54 (chip: 2:30:54) for 5221st place.


 
Christleton 5k ~ 15/05/2015
 

On the evening of Friday 15th May two Abergele Harriers competed in the Christleton 5k, run on a flat course round country lanes. Darren Blazier finished 145th overall, in a time of 18:11. Chris Birch finished 267th overall, 42nd lady and 1st FV65 in 22:22.



 
Rhostryfan 10k ~ 06/05/2015
 

On Wednesday 6th May, Darren Blazier was one of 47 runners who competed in the Rhostryfan 10k race. The race was run over a hilly course which includes over 700 feet of climb. Darren put in an excellent performance to finish in 38mins 2secs for 6th overall and first in the V40 category.

 
Liverpool Spring 10k ~ 03/05/2015
 

Abergele Harrier, Darren Blazier, was among the 3400 runners taking part in the Liverpool Spring 10k at Sefton Park on Sunday. Darren finished in 37m 20s (chip 37:18) for 40th position overall.


 
Conwy 5k Run for Fun ~ 26/04/2015
 

On the same day as the London Marathon, Diane Jones ran the "slightly different" distance of 5k and completed the Conwy 5k Run for Fun in an excellent time of 28 minutes 2 seconds.

 
London Marthon 2015 ~ 26/04/2015
 

Four Harriers ran the London Marathon on Sunday. Jodi Waters had a fantastic run, taking more than eight minutes off his time for the course last year, to run a personal best of 2h 50m 16s. James Salt, opting to run despite recent injury, and still managed a superb 3h 26m 48s. Sonia Wignall and Christobelle Pownall, recipients of the club numbers and both running their first ever marathon, did the Harriers proud by running together and finishing in 5h 22m 58s and 5h 23m 55s respectively.


 
Wrexham 10 Mile , 2015 ~ 25/04/2015
 

Three Harriers were among the 55 competitors in the Wrexham 10 (incorporating the North Wales 10 mile Championships) on Saturday. Mark Mayers was first Harrier home in 70m 14s for 26th overall followed by Darren Battersby finishing in 72m 41s for 28th position. Amy Owen-Jones ran 77m 18s for 33rd overall, 6th lady and 3rd Senior Woman in the North Wales Champs.



 
RaceID: 1076
 

Four Harriers took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday. Sean McCormack took a break from his ‘Ring of Fire’ ultra training to hit the tarmac and lead the club home in 3h 16m 28s (chip 3:15:59) for 1133rd position. Nick Foden took twenty minutes of his previous time for the distance to finish in a fantastic 3h 41m 23s (chip 3:37:46) for 2497thoverall. Dave Edwards set out to run 4h 15m and paced himself well to finish in 4h 14m 01s (chip 4:05:49) for 4820th position. Vinny Wickham, running his first ever marathon, crossed the line in 4h 24m 32s (chip 4:22:10) for 5387th place.

 
Chester Spring 5, 2015 ~ 15/04/2015
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 312 runners taking part in the Chester Spring 5 on Wednesday evening 15th April. Darren Blazier was first Harrier home in 30m 14s (30:12 chip) for 41st overall. Mark Mayers finished in 33m 03s (32:57 chip) for 96th position followed by Darren Battersby running a personal best of 34m 41s (34:34 chip) for 131st. The second personal best of the evening came from Rachel Shipley finishing in 36m 10s (36:04 chip) for 157th just ahead of John Jones crossing the line in 36m 34s (36:26 chip) for 167th overall.

 
Vale of Clwyd 10k ~ 29/03/2015
 

Diane Jones was among the 87 runners taking part in the Vale of Clwyd 10k at Llandyrnog on Sunday March 30th.
Diane ran 59m 12s for 53rd position overall.


 
Llandudno Easter 5k ~ 04/04/2015
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the Llandudno Easter 5k Promenade Dash on Saturday
Diane Jones ran 28m 18s (chip 28m 07s) for 104th overall with Barry Thomas finishing in 32m 51s (chip 32m 41s) for 146th position.

 
Helena Tipping 10k ~ 29/03/2015
 

Four Abergele Harriers ran in the Helena Tipping 10k on Sunday 29th March at The Club House on Wrexham Trading Estate.
In wet and blustery conditions Mark Mayers finished 41st male and 8th vet 45 in 43:41,followed by Darren Battersby,48th male and 12th V45 in 44:35. Rachel Shipley had a great run for 9th lady overall and 4th in age group in 46:56 followed by Chris Birch,11th lady and 1st FV65 in 48:18.

 
Liverpool Half Marathon ~ 29/03/2015
 

Two Abergele Harriers ran in todays Liverpool Half Marathon, both producing excellent results. First home was Jodi Waters in a fantastic 1:20:20 (1:20:10 chip), a personal best time, and 50th position overall. James Salt also ran very well finishing in 1:27:24 (1:27:14 chip) for 198th position overall.

 
Llandudno Running Festival 10k ~ 15/03/2015
 

Six Abergele Harriers were among the 171 finishers in the first Llandudno Running Festival 10k. First home was Club Captain, Darren Blazier in a time of 37mins 57secs for 7th position overall. Next home was Gareth Evans in 26th position finishing in 42mins 46secs, just ahead of Darren Battersby in 42mins 52secs for 28th position and 3rd MV45, with both athletes achieving Personal Best times for the distance. Next home was Amy Owen-Jones making her debut over the distance finishing in the excellent time of 45mins 28secs for 40th position overall and second senior lady. Third senior lady on the day was Rachel Shipley just behind in 47mins 13secs in 43rd in a time of 47mins 13secs. Mark Mayers finished in 47mins 42secs for 5th MV45 and 46th overall.

 
British Masters Cross Country Championships ~ 14/03/2015
 

On Saturday 14th March, Christine Birch comperted in the British Masters Cross Country Championship held over a very muddy course on Ruthin School playing fields and the adjoining fields. Chris completed the course in 30:55 to finish 66th lady overall and 5th in her FV65 category.

 
Wrexham Run Wales Marathon ~ 08/03/2015
 

Margaret Williams lined up with 190 competitors to run the Wrexham marathon in very wet conditions on Sunday. Margaret crossed the line in 5h 23m 42s (chip 5:23:22) for 175th overall, 32nd lady and 1st F65.

 
Rhayader Round the Lakes 20 ~ 07/03/2015
 

Meinir Huws was among the 364 runners taking part in the Rhayader ‘Around the Lake’ race on Saturday. The hilly 20 mile road race in Mid Wales was run in very windy conditions. Meinir finished in 3h 21m 25s for 273rd overall.

 
Wrexham Run Wales Half Marathon, 2015 ~ 08/03/2015
 

Diane Jones was among the 426 runners taking part in the Wrexham Half marathon on Sunday. Diane finished in a personal best for the distance of 2h 10m 17s (chip 2:09:28) for 314th overall.

 
Cheadle 5 Mile road race ~ 01/03/2015
 

Darren Blazier took part in the Cheadle 5 mile road race on Sunday. In a field of 175 Darren ran the undulating course in 30m 21s for 13th overall and 1st V40.

 
Anglesey Half Marathon 2015 ~ 01/03/2015
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 1429 competitors taking part in the Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday.
Rich Wilyman led the Harriers home in 1h 24m 26s (chip 1:23:23) for 34th Diane Jones ran a personal best of 2h 12m 35s (chip 2:10:15) for 1083rd overall closely followed by Megan New, also running a personal best, finishing in 2h 13m 20s (chip 2:11:34) for 1106th position. Sonia Wignall, currently training for her first marathon in 8 weeks time, ran 2h 23m 48s (chip 2:21:29) for 1242nd position.



 
Rhyl 10 mile, 2015 ~ 22/02/2015
 

Twelve Abergele Harriers were among the 466 runners taking part in the Rhyl 10 mile on Sunday. James Salt led the Harriers home in a personal best of 1h 06m 55s (chip 1:06:53) for 36th overall followed by Mark Mayers running 1h 08m 46s (chip 1:08:27) for 48th position. Gareth Evans ran 1h 12m 24s (chip1:12:05) for 91st position just ahead of Darren Battersby finishing in 1h 12m 47s (chip 1:12:29) for 98th overall. John Jones finished in 1h 15m 54s (chip 1:15:36) for 122nd overall and 4th M55+ with Amy Owen-Jones running 1h 16m 38s (chip 1:16:18) for 133rd overall, 14th lady and 2nd FJun. Rachel Shipley ran 1h 18m 18s (chip 1:17:58) for 150th followed by Martyn Barnaby running 1h 23m 41s (chip 1:23:41) for 209th overall. Megan New ran 1h 34m 29s (chip 1:33:39) for 323rd with Diane Jones finishing in 1h 37m 55s (chip 1:37:05). Sonja Griffiths and Sharon Hughes crossed the line together in 1h 49m 59s (chip 1:49:07) for 420th and 421st respectively.

 
Wrexham Half Marathon, 2015 ~ 15/02/2015
 

Three Harriers were among the 657 finishers at the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday. Meinir Huws led the ladies home in 1h 54m 18s (chip 1:53:42) for 379th overall. Sue Calvert ran 2h 06m 30s (chip 2:06:04) for 457th position with Sonia Wignall crossing the line in 2h 20m 07s (chip 2:19:40) for 506th position



 
Moel Y Ci Fell Race ~ 14/02/2015
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the Moel y Ci fell race on Saturday. The 5 mile race starts and finishes at the Moel y Ci environmental centre in Tregarth near Bangor with runners testing their speed, agility and confidence over varied terrain that takes in 950ft of climb. In a field of 165 runners Richie Lee led the trio home in 49m 28s for 60th overall. Mark Mayers ran 54m 04s for 102nd overall with Darren Battersby finishing in 55m 47s for 112th position.

 
Nick Beer 10k, 2015 ~ 08/02/2015
 

Nine Abergele Harriers were among the 627 runners taking part in the Nick Beer 10k around the Orme in Llandudno on Sunday.
Jodi Waters led the Harriers home in 37m 52s (chip 37:52) for 20th overall.
Mark Mayers ran 41m 56s (chip 41:48) for 79th position with Gareth Evans finishing in 42m 58s (chip 42:53) for 109th position. Nick Foden crossed the line in a personal best of 43m 18s (chip 43:11) for 117th just ahead of Darren Battersby running 43m 37s (chip 43:29) for 122nd. John Jones, running in the Harrier vest for the first time, finished in 46m 50s (chip 46:38) for 198th followed closely by Chris Birch, who ran the cross country the previous day, running 47m 05s (chip 47:03) for 210th overall and 1st F65. Anthony Howe crossed the line in 51m 28s (chip 51:16) for 308th with Diane Jones finishing in 1h 01m 13s (chip 1:00:30) for 514th position.


 
Dash in Dark 3, 2014.15 ~ 23/01/2015
 

Rob Armstrong was among the 191 runners taking part in the 3rd race of the Dash in the Dark series at Llandegla on Friday 23rd January. The course was covered in snow and ice and despite slipping and taking a tumble before the race Rob completed the 6k route in 33m 51s for 27th overall.

 
Las Palmas 10k ~ 25/01/2015
 

On Sunday 25th January Harrier Grahame Shone competed in the Las Palmas 10km race in Gran Canaria finishing in a time of 45:42.

 
North Wales Cross Country Championships ~ 24/01/2015
 

On Saturday 24th January three Abergele Harriers competed in the North Wales Cross Country Championships held at Glyndwr University in Northop. This was the 60th time that the men's North Wales Cross Country Championships had been held and the 39th running of the ladies championship. In glorious sunshine the ladies ran one small and two large laps of the undulating course with Chris Birch winning the ladies FV65 section in a time of 29:08. The men had to tackle 4 large laps and Mark Mayers ran strongly to finish in a time of 38:27, whilst Darren Battersby ran a splendid 41:46.


 
Trail Wales Half Marathon ~ 24/01/2015
 

On Saturday, Harrier Dave Edwards ran the Buff Winter Trail Wales Half Marathon across the trails and tracks of Coed y Brenin in the Snowdonia National Park. Dave completed the course in a time of 2:40:09 (chip time: 2:39:41) to finish in 275th position.

 
Twin Piers 2015 ~ 17/01/2015
 

Full results now available at https://www.abergeleharriers.co.uk/TP-2K15/

On Saturday 17th January, 19 Abergele Harriers were amongst the 355 runners to compete in this years Twin Piers race. This annual event is a 10km road race on a course starting at Llandudno Pier and ending at the pier in Colwyn Bay.
First Harrier to finish was Jodi Waters in a time of 37:33 to secure 20th place. He was followed by Mark Mayers in 40:25 (50th). Nick Foden completed the course in a time of 43:48 to finish in 88th place. Rob Armstrong finished in 45:40 (108th) and Christine Birch in 46:32 to secure first place in the FV65 category. John Jones, who only recently started running with the Harriers ran 46:37 (119th). Vince Wickham finished in 47:05 (124th) and Rachel Shipley in 48:51 (156th). Martyn Barnaby finished in 49:28 (166th), just ahead of Anthony Howe in 50:12 (178th). Sue Calvert completed the distance in 53:19 (215th) and finished runner up in the FV55 category. Keith Tewkesbury finished in 53:33 (219th). Megan New achieved a personal best time for this distance with a time of 55:32 (246th) as did Diane jones in exactly 59 minutes (285th). Sarah Rowlands finished in 59:28 (290th), Sonja Griffiths in a personal best time of 59:56 (296th), Gary Howgate in 1:01:12 (306th), Vicky Jones was another runner to achieve a personal best time in 1:01:38 (313th). Margaret Jones completed the course in 1:07:27 (344th) and was first in the FV75 category.



 
Telford 10k ~ 14/12/2014
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the 860 runners taking part in the Telford 10k on Sunday. Darren Blazier ran 37m 14s (chip 37:08) for 145th overall followed by Mark Mayers finishing in 42m 12s (chip 42:08) for 272nd position. Darren Battersby took more than thirty seconds off his previous time for the distance to run a fantastic personal best of 43m 35s (chip 43:30) for 309th position.


 
Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon ~ 07/12/2014
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the 97 runners taking part in the Vale of Clwyd half marathon in Llandyrnog on Sunday.
Dave Edwards finished in 1h 51m 57s for 47th overall. Andy Mac Donald and Vince Wickham, running with friend Rebecca Williams, were raising money for the North Wales NHS charity Awyr Las and crossed the line together in 2h 30m 10s.



 
Penmaenmawr Fell Race 2014 ~ 22/11/2014
 

On Saturday, Harrier Tim Cahill competed in the Pen Fell Race, a 10 mile course over 1950 feet, finishing in a time of 1:34. This was the 40th running of the race which is the longest continually running fell race in Wales.

 
Conwy Half Marathon 2014 ~ 23/11/2014
 

On Sunday 23rd November 11 Harriers were amongst the 2365 finishers in this years Conwy Half Marathon. First Harrier to finish was James Salt who finished in a time of 1:30:11 (chip time 1:29:41) for 126th place. Next to finish was Ben Garnett who completed the course in a time of 1:50:43 (chip time 1:49:41) for 828th place. Ben was closely followed by Dave Edwards who finished in 1:52:55 (chip time 1:49:54) for 952nd place. Anthony Howe finished in 2:01:22 (chip time 1:57:31) and was followed by Susan Calvert in 2:05:01 (chip time 2:01:09) and Graham Arden in a personal best time of 2:08:21 (chip time 2:04:38). Next to finish were two Harriers, both of whom were competing in their first race at this distance. Diane Jones completed the distance in 2:14:05 (chip time 2:11:34) and was closely follwed by Megan New in a time of 2:16:24 (chip time 2:11:28). Sonia Wignall also achieved a personal best ime of 2:23:19 (chip time 2:20:31) and Andy MacDonald completed the course in 2:26:29 (chip time 2:22:32). Margaret Williams ran 2h 29m 05s (chip 2:26:34) for 2162nd overall, 649th lady and 1st FV70



 
British and Irish Masters Cross Country Internatonal, Wollaton Park ~ 22/11/2014
 

On Saturday 22nd November Abergele Harrier Chris Birch competed for Wales in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International at Wollaton Park,Nottingham. Warning notices about the 'Stag Rutting Season' were seen on arrival but said stags soon moved away to a quieter part of the park! The ladies race was held over a 6k undulating course and Chris finished 6th in the FV65 category. Ann James,Pat Gallagher and Sheila Adkins completed the Welsh FV65 team which took 3rd place .


 
Penrhyn Bangor Parkrun ~ 15/11/2014
 

On Saturday 15th November, the first Parkrun to be held in North Wales took part in the grounds of Penrhyn Castle in Bangor. Ten Abergele Harrier took part in a field of 178 runners.
The first Harrier to complete the 5km course was James Salt in a time of 20:01 for 15th place. He was closely followed by Rob Armstrong in a time of 20:31 and 22nd place. Next to finish was Vinny Wickham in 26:07 (81st), followed by Sarah Rowlands in 27:54 (101st), Diane Jones in 29:22 (115th), Kelly Price in 29:31 (115th), Vicky Jones in 30:30 (123rd), Andy MacDonald in 30:31 (124th), Sonja Griffiths in 34:12 (147th) and Sharon Hughes in 34:13 (148th).


 
Dash in Dark 1, 2014.15 ~ 07/11/2014
 

Rob Armstrong was among the 61 runners taking part in the first of a series of three Dash in the Dark races held in Llandegla forest over the winter. The torch lit race last Friday evening was held over a rough and boggy course of approximately 3.4 miles with a total ascent of 400 feet. Despite a fall on a steep descent Rob finished in 30m 25s for 4th overall.


 
Christleton Borders League 2014 ~ 09/11/2014
 

Ten men and four ladies represented Abergele Harriers in the first Borders Road Running League race of the 2014/2015 season. The race was held in Christleton near Chester on Remembrance Sunday with runners observing a two minute silence at 11am before the start. Over 350 runners from 17 clubs across North Wales, the Wirral and West Cheshire completed the 5.75 mile undulating course. After one race the men are 5th in Division 1 and the ladies 3rd in Division 2. For a full report please go to the Borders League page.

 
Betws Trail Challenge ~ 08/11/2014
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the Betws Trail Challenge 10k on Saturday. The 233 runners followed a tough muddy course up to Llyn Elsi and around Betws-y-Coed. Tim Cahill had an excellent run to finish in 44m 21s (chip 44:19) for 18th overall and 1st M50. Andy Mac Donald crossed the line 1h 16m 18s (chip 1:16:02) for 191st overall.


 
Hell up North ~ 01/11/2014
 

Anthony Howe and Ben Garnett took part in ‘Hell up North’ on Saturday. Opting to race through freezing water, slimy bogs and muddy fields in their cricket whites was probably not a wise decision but they both finished well in 3h 06m 58s (chip 3:06:16) for 838th and 839th position from 1893 runners.

 
Abergele 5 ~ 02/11/2014
 

Abergele Harriers held their annual Abergele 5 Mile road race on Sunday. This year the race incorporated the North Wales 5 mile championships and the North Wales, Cheshire and Staffs inter-county team competition. Sunshine and blue skies greeted the 195 runners competing for individual, team, regional and corporate prizes.
Welsh International, Andrew Davies from Stockport Harriers set a new race record to win in a fantastic 24m 56s. Birchfield Harrier Georgina Outten won the ladies race in a superb 28m 41s beating her own race record by over a minute. The first three women broke the 30 minute barrier, doubling the number of women who have ever beaten 30 in the history of the race.
North Wales men and Staffordshire’s ladies won the inter-county team competition.
Eryri Harriers retained the men’s team trophy with Prestatyn securing the ladies team prize.
The Spillane & Co Wealth Management Corporate Team Challenge was won by the Kinmel Arms St George.
Eight Abergele Harriers took part in the race with Chris Birch first harrier home in 37m 59s for 90th overall, 1st FV65 and North Wales FV65 champion. Sue Calvert ran 42m 49s for 134th overall, 3rd FV55 and silver medalist in the North Wales Championship. Sarah Rowlands again ran superbly to finish in 44mins 16 seconds for 141st overall. Diane Jones won her first regional medal securing FV35 bronze in the North Wales Champions with a run of 47m 08s for 161st overall. Sonja Griffiths ran 47m 59s for 166th followed by Vicky Jones finishing in 50m 51s for 176th and Barry Thomas running 50m 59s for 177th position. Margaret Williams crossed the line in 54m 32s for 1st FV75.
Abergele Harriers finished 3rd in the ladies team competition.
The club would like to thank Spillane & Co. Wealth Management, Abergele Town Council, Woods Motorcycles and the many local firms who once again financially supported the race and helped to make it such a success.


 
Snowdonia Marathon Eryri, 2014 ~ 25/10/2014
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the 1761 runners taking part in the 32nd Snowdonia Marathon Eryri in Llanberis on Saturday. The challenging road race takes in almost 2500ft of ascent and rewards runners with spectacular views of the National Park as it circles around Snowdon. This year the race incorporated the Welsh Masters Championship and the North Wales Championship.
Jeni Richards was first harrier home in 3h 46m exactly (chip 3:45:51) for 348th overall and 36th lady. Jeni was 3rd North Wales lady to finish taking overall bronze and FV50 gold in the North Wales Championship. Meinir Huws, running her third Snowdonia Marathon, crossed the line in an excellent personal best for the course of 4h 35m 59s (chip 4:34:52) for 1114th overall and 200th lady. Graham Arden chose this tough event for his marathon debut and had a great run finishing in 5h 13m 23s (chip 5:11:22) for 1507th overall.

 
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Mark Mayers and Darren Battersby lined up with almost three hundred runners competing in the Farndon 10k near Chester on Sunday. Mark ran 41m 45s (chip 41:40) for 38th position with Darren finishing in 45m 35s (chip 45:30) for 88th overall.

 
Bangor 10k ~ 18/10/2014
 

Ten Abergele Harriers were among the 542 runners taking part in the Bangor 10k on Saturday. Six of the Harriers, including two new members, ran personal bests for the distance.
Grahame Shone led the Harriers home in an excellent 45m 59s (chip 45:57) for 82nd position overall and 1st M60. Anthony Howe ran 47m 23s (chip 47:12) for 97th just ahead of Ben Garnett making his debut for the club with a run of 47m 38s (chip 47:26 PB) for 104th overall. Sarah Rowlands ran 55m 52s (chip 55:12 PB) for 236th followed by Megan New finishing in 57m 59s (chip 57:19 PB) for 282nd and Diane Jones crossing the line in 60m 53s (chip 60:12 PB) for 362nd position. Sonja Griffiths finished in 65m 25 (chip 64:43) for 416th with Vicky Jones hot on her heels running 65m 43s (chip 65:01 PB) for425th. Andy MacDonald ran 66m 29s (chip 65:48) for 432nd with Barry Thomas in his first race as a Harrier finishing in 67m 04s (chip 66:23 PB) for 443rd.


 
Blackpool Autumn Breaker 10k ~ 12/10/2014
 

Mark Mayers had a fantastic run in the Blackpool “Autumn Breaker” 10k on Sunday. The race was held over a 2 lap course around Stanley Park with the 343 competitors enjoying near perfect conditions. Mark finished in a personal best of 40m 39s for 25th overall.



 
Flintshire 10k ~ 12/10/2014
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the 354 runners taking part in the hilly Flintshire 10k in Mold on Sunday.
Darren Blazier ran an excellent 37m 04s (chip 37:03) for 2nd overall and 2nd M40. Chris Birch ran 50m 25s (chip 50:23) for 88th overall, 7th lady and 1st FV65 followed by Megan New finishing in a personal best of 59m 16s (chip 59:03) for 216th overall and 47th lady.

 
Chester Marathon 2014 ~ 05/10/2014
 

Jodi Waters was the only Harrier to run in the Chester Marathon on Sunday, and ran an excellently paced race finishing in 2:59:44 (2:59:33 chip time), having completed the first half in a very steady 1:29:14. Following his 2:58:24 in London earlier this year, Jodi became the first Harrier in ten years to achieve two sub three hour marathons in the one calendar year.

 
Littleborough 10k ~ 28/09/2014
 

Darren Battersby was among the 113 runners taking part in the Littleborough 10k near Rochdale on Sunday. Darren beat his previous 10k time by 38 seconds to run a fantastic personal best of 44m 13s for 33rd overall and 2nd V45.

 
Warrington Half Marathon ~ 21/09/2014
 

On Sunday 21st September Abergele Harriers Mark Mayers and Dave Edwards travelled to Warrington for this year's “English Half Marathon”. Mark completed the course in a time of 1:33:25 and was followed by Dave, who completed his fifth half marathon this year in a time of 1:56:51.


 
Lake Vernyw Half-Marathon ~ 14/09/2014
 

On Sunday 14th September Abergele Harriers Darren Blazier and Graham Arden travelled to Llanwddyn to compete in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Darren completed the course in a time of 77:54 (chip time 77:53) for an impressive 24th place in a field of 1501 runners. Graham finshed in a personal best time of 2:12:36 (chip time 2:09:45) for 1150th place.


 
Erddig 10k ~ 14/09/2014
 

On Sunday, two Harriers too part in the Erddyg 10k. Chris Birch ran brilliantly to finish 41st overall and 7th lady in a great time of 51:48. Andy MacDonald also ran very well, finishing in a time of 1:05:18 (chip time 1:05:06) for 90th place in a field of 130 runners.

 
Great North Run ~ 07/09/2014
 

Two Abergele Harriers joined over 41500 competitors taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday. Gareth Evans ran 1h 38m 51s for 2361st overall with Dave Edwards crossing the line in 1h 58m 46s for 11172nd position.

 
Ras Fawr, Llanddoged ~ 07/09/2014
 

Five Harriers were among the 36 runners competing at Ras Fawr Llanddoged, a tough hilly 8 mile road race near Llanrwst, on Sunday. Darren Blazier led the team home in 50m 13s for 4th overall and 1st V40. Jodi Waters ran 51m 45s for 5th position ahead of Mark Mayers finishing in 57m 12s for 11th. Darren Battersby finished in 59m 06s for 18th followed by Graham Arden running 79m 50s for 34th overall. The strong performance by the Harriers men secured the overall team prize.



 
Awyr Las ~ 06/09/2014
 

Abergele Harrier Graham Shone was among the 218 runners taking part in the Awyr Las 5km on Sat. Awyr Las is a North Wales healthcare charity that funds equipment, facilities, training, research and special projects that benefit patients and their families across North Wales. The race was held over an undulating course in the grounds of Plas Newydd in Anglesey. Graham ran 23m 31s (chip 23:28) for 34th overall and 1st MV60.



 
Caernarfon 10k ~ 31/08/2014
 

Eleven Harriers joined the 203 runners competing in the Caernarfon 10k road race, incorporating the North Wales 10k Championships, on Sunday, six of whom were graduates from the clubs’s Beginners Group in January showing how amazingly they have all progressed.
Although there are still some issues with the official results, Mark Mayers led the team home in 41m 40s for 33rd position overall, a time that will give him 3rd MV45 taking category bronze in the Championship. Darren Battersby ran an excellent personal best of 44m 51s for 65th overall followed by Anthony Howe finishing in 45m 31s for 71st position. Lucy Curtis led the Harrier ladies home in 50m 14s for 113th overall and 14th lady with Sue Calvert running 55m 21s for 155th overall and 32nd lady. Sarah Rowlands and Diane Jones both recorded personal bests running 58m 54s for 171st and 61m 09s for 180th respectively. Kelly Price finished in 62m 12s for 185th overall just ahead of Megan New running 62m 45s for 186th. Two more personal bests came from Sharon Hughes and Vicky Jones crossing the line together in 68m 37s and 68m 38s for 196th and 197th overall.


 
Moel Famau Fell Race (Cilcain Mountaain Run) ~ 25/08/2014
 

Anthony Howe continued his Fell Running career at the weekend completing the tough Moel Famau Mountain race in a time of 50mins 20secs for 107th position out of 156 finishers. John Edward Morris who runs with the Harriers but whos transfer hasn't come through yet also ran (as a Denbigh Harrier) finishing in 37mins 29secs for 8th overall.

 
Ellesmere 10k ~ 24/08/2014
 

Chris Birch ran the Ellesmere 10k on Sunday. The race is held over varied terrain including road, grass and the canal towpath. Chris finished in a fantastic 47m 36s for 14th lady overall and 1st FV65.

 
Capenhurst 5k ~ 20/08/2014
 

Grahame Shone was among the 238 runners taking part in the Capenhurst 5k on wed 20th August. Grahame ran 21m 37s (chip time 21m 33s) for 134th overall and 3rd V60.


 
Race the Train, Tywyn ~ 16/08/2014
 

Abergele Harrier, Meinir Huws, joined 768 runners in Tywyn, mid Wales to Race the Train. The course follows the route taken by the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back with runners negotiating very mixed terrain from public roads, lanes, tracks and narrow footpaths to agricultural land and rough grazing pastures. Meinir finished the tough 14 mile course in 2h 21m 56s (chip 2:20:57) for 585th position overall.

 
Birchwood 10k ~ 17/08/2014
 

Abergele Harrier, Chris Birch, was among the 900 competitors taking part in the 31st Birchwood 10k at Warrington on Sunday. Chris ran an excellent 47m 47s to finish 325th overall, 42nd lady and 1st FV60.



 
Vale of Clwyd 5k ~ 10/08/2014
 

Five Abergele Harriers were among the 135 runners taking part in the Vale of Clwyd 5k at Llandyrnog on Sunday.
Darren Blazier led the team home in 17m 37s for 3rd overall. Jodi Waters finished in 18m 33s for 6th position overall, further extending his lead at the top of the Male Grand Prix table, followed by Grahame Shone running 22m 37s for 25th. Chris Birch ran 23m 18s for 3rd lady just ahead of Anthony Howe finishing in 23m 28s for 28th overall.

 
North Wales Half Marathon ~ 03/08/2014
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the North Wales Half Marathon on Sunday. The route starts and finishes on the Beach at Morfa Conwy and takes runners up the Sychnant Pass and over Conwy Mountain. Darren Blazier finished in 1h 29mins 1sec (chip 1:29:00) for 10th overall and 2nd M40 while Andy Simpson came home in 1h 49mins 4secs (chip 1:48:59) for an excellent 97th overall.

 
Race the Train, Caernarfon, 2014 ~ 23/07/2014
 

On Wednesday 23rd July, on an evening when the temperature reached 29 degrees, nine Harriers competed in the annual “Race The Train”, a 5km race from Dinas to Caernarfon. First Harrier to finish was Darren Blazier in a time of 16:42 for seventh overall and first in the M40 category. He was closely followed by Jodi Waters in a time of 17:13 for 12th place (7th senior male), Rob Armstrong in 18:10 for 18th (23rd senior male) and Anthony Howe in 20:07 for 46th (23rd senior male). Graham Shone was one of four Harriers to finish first in their category, finishing in 21:17 for first place in the M60 category (83rd overall). He was closely followed by Chris Birch in 21:47 for first FV65 (97th overall) and Lucy Curtis in 22:40 (120th, 6th FV35). Sue Calvert also won her category in a time of 24:32 for first FV55 (164th overall) and was followed by Christobelle Pownall in 26:50 for 17th FV45 (208th overall). In total there were 261 finishers.



 
Llanfair TH Mountain Race ~ 26/07/2014
 

Twenty Five runners competed in this year’s Llanfair TH Mountain run which is organised by the Llanfair TH Sport and Recreation Association in conjunction with Abergele Harriers, but what it lacked in numbers it certainly didn’t lack in quality. The race was run in blisteringly hot conditions this year, making the already tough course, even tougher. Eight of the starters were Abergele Harriers, bolstered by the fact that the race was in this year’s Club Grand Prix. The race was won in a course record time by Dean Longley of Prestatyn RC in a brilliant time of 36mins 50secs, ahead of David Alexander of West Cheshire AC in 39:19 and Adrian Williams of Eryri Harriers in 42:17. Prestatyn RC also won the ladies race with Abbie Cheetham finishing in 49mins 30secs just fifteen seconds ahead of club mate Sian Beck in 49:45. The only Harrier to get on the podium was Chris Birch who finished in 52mins 49secs for 3rd female overall. First Harrier on the day was Jodi Waters, who finished a strong 4th in 42mins 41secs, just ahead of John Edward Morris in 43:06 for 5th and Rob Armstrong, returning from injury, in 44:04 for 6th overall. Mark Mayers also ran extremely well finishing in 44mins 19 for 8th with Darren Battersby managing to beat the fifty minute barrier with a very strong run of 49mins 51secs for 15th overall. With Chris Birch 3rd lady in 17th overall, Lucy Curtis was 4th in 56mins 15secs, while Sue Calvert completed an excellent day for the Harriers with a time or 63mins 44secs for 5th lady overall. The club would also like to wish Brian Robinson who became unwell running into the field, a speedy return to running. Full results on the Llanfair TH page.

 
Masters Inter Area Track and Field Challange ~ 19/07/2014
 

On Sunday, Chris Birch travelled to Solihull, following her selection as part of the Welsh team for the Masters Inter Area Track and Field Challenge. Chris competed in the 3000 metres, securing third place in the Ladies V60 category in a time of 13:29. She then went on to compete as part of the Ladies Vet 60 team who were placed third in the 4 x 100 metre relay. These results helped the Welsh team to secure a third place overall.



 
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Abergele Harriers Ultra runners Jeni Richards and Sean McCormack traveled to Belfast on Friday to take part in the overnight Energia Belfast 12 Hour Race. The race took place on the Mary Peters Track in Belfast, and was Sean’s second time to do the race but Jeni’s fist over such a long distance and only her second Ultra. Despite relative inexperience Jeni had a brilliant run covering a distance of 57.1 miles in the allotted time for second female overall. Sean ran 66.6 miles for forth man overall. The result jumps Jeni to the top of the Clubs Ladies Grand Prix Table. Thanks also to Steven who acted as Support Team for both of them and whose help was absolutely invaluable.

 
Garry Speed 10k ~ 13/07/2014
 

Sunday 13th July saw a number of Abergele Harriers joining a field of 350 runners for the inaugural Gary Speed Memorial 10k fun run, organised by Colwyn Bay Football Club. Darren Blazier added to an already succesful season by winning the event in a time of 37:37. He was followed in second place by fellow Harrier Jodi Waters in a time of 38:20. Vernon Pownall also competed finishing in a time of 49 minutes. Another Harrier adding to her impressive season was Chris Birch who was first woman home in a time of 49:48. Susan Calvert also added another good time to this seasons tally by finishing in 55 minutes. Harriers Vicky Jones, Diane Jones and Sharon Hughes also competed


 
Pen Y Bryn 5k ~ 11/07/2014
 

On Friday 11th July, Darren Blazier won the Pen Y Bryn 5k race in a time of 18:15, closely followed by fellow Harrier Ben Lightowler in 18:20 to secure second place. Approximately 30 runners competed over a hilly course.



 
Llanfairpwell 5k ~ 09/07/2014
 

Grahame Shone ran the LLanfairpwll 5km over a hilly course on Wednesday 9th July in a time of 23:14 (Chip time: 23:08) to finish 49th of 189 runners and securing 3rd place in over M60 category.

 
Fairy Freckled Cow 11K Trail Race ~ 06/07/2014
 

On Sunday 6th July, eight Harriers joined 75 other runners for this years Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race run over a distance of 6.9 miles. The race was won by Darren Blazier, who had previously won it in 2008 and 2009, and is currently right back on form, improving on his 2013 time by 53 seconds, for an excellent 42mins 30secs. He was closely followed by Jodi Waters 45:26 for 3rd place and Mark Mayers 46:37 who secured 5th position, making it 3 Harriers in the top 5 for the first time in the History of the race. Anthony Howe was next Harrier to finish in a time of 55:25. Chris Birch completed the course in a time of 56:32, 29 seconds faster than last year, to again secure 1st place in the FV60 category. She was followed by Susan Calvert in 1:03:54, Christobelle Pownell in 1:08:53 and Sonia Wignall in a time of 1:13:27



 
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Felinheli 10k ~ 02/07/2014
 

Six Abergele Harriers competed in the Felinheli 10k on the evening of July 2nd. The race which is a mixture of road and track in Vaynol Country Park and Parc Menai started and finished by the Sailing Club. First Harrier in was Darren Blazier in a time of 37:15 for 4th place overall and 2nd in the M40 category. He was followed by Chris Birch who added to her already impressive record this year by coming 1st in the FV60 category in a time of 48.50. Next Harrier to finish was Lucy Curtis who was 21st lady in a time of 51.47, followed by Susan Calvert who was 4th FV 50 in 55.38. Christobelle Pownall finished in a time of 58:59 for 10th in the FV50 category and Sonia Wignall was 53rd in the FV35 category in a time of 1:04.18.


 
Carrigallen 10k ~ 05/07/2014
 

While on Holidays in Ireland, Sean, Shane and Steven McCormack ran the Carrigallen 10k. This was the first time ever the father and sons trio had ever competed in the same race together. Sean, just two weeks out from the Belfast 12 hour race showed he still has some speed as well as endurance by finishing in 39mins 52secs for 4th overall, with Steven not far behind in 43mins 4secs for 6th position. Shane also ran an excellent race finishing in 1h 5mins 58secs.

 
Run Fest Wales 5k, Welsh Championships ~ 29/06/2014
 

The Run Fest Wales series of events took place in Rhyl on Sunday consisting of a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 km and 5 km road races with the 5k race incorporating the Welsh 5k Road Running Championships.
In the 5km race, first Harrier home was Jodi Waters 18:08 (18:06 chip) for 26th place overall, followed by Mark Mayers in 22:32 (22:28 chip) for 55th place. The performance of the day though once again came from British Masters 5k Road Race Champion Chris Birch who finished in 22:59 (22:57 chip) and 57th place overall, to win the FV65 Welsh title to add to her list of achievements this year.


 
Run Fest Wales 10k ~ 29/06/2014
 

Six Harriers were amongst 253 runners who took part in the 10 km race, with Darren Battersby first to finish in 46:02 (45:42 chip) for 48th place. Next was Grahame Shone, who won his MV60 Category with a superb time of 47:50 (47:45 chip). He was followed by Sarah Rowlands in 58:59 (58:34 chip) and 137th place. Diane Jones completed the distance in 1:03:50 (1:03:21 chip) for 171st place and Sharon Hughes in 1:09:11 (1:08:41 chip) and 209th position.



 
Run Fest Wales Half Marathon ~ 29/06/2014
 

Five Harriers achieved excellent times in the half marathon with Richard Wilyman the first Harrier to finish in a time of 1:25:06 (1:25:04 chip) for 12th place overall, closely followed by Andy Simpson also in a time of 1:34:27 (1:34:15 chip) for 35th place. Brian Williams was next in a personal best time of 1:50:58 (1:50:46 chip) and 128th position, narrowly ahead of Dave Edwards in 1:51:28 (1:50:59 chip) for 132nd place. Susan Calvert also achieved a great time of 2:06:20 (2:05:59 chip) for 229th place, and an excellent second place in the FV55 category.

 
Caerphilly 10k ~ 22/06/2014
 

Two Harriers represented North Wales in the Caerphilly 10k on Sunday. The event hosted the Welsh 10k Road Championships, was the 8th fixture in the Run Wales Series and incorporated the Welsh Inter-Regional Championships. Darren Blazier ran 36mins 53secs for 54th overall while Jodi Waters finished in 38mins 14secs for 75th position.

 
Trail Half Marathon Wales 2014 ~ 21/06/2014
 

Three Abergele Harriers lined up with the 390 runners taking part in the Trail Marathon Wales Half Marathon on Sunday. The race follows a tough course on single track paths through Coed y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park. Dave Edwards finished in 2h 23m 57s (chip 2:23:40) for 197th overall followed by Meinir Huws finishing in 2h 31m exactly (chip 2:30:28) for 223rd position. Andy McDonald, competing in his first trail event, missed a marker and ran a total of 15.7 miles, crossing the line in 3h 49m 30s (chip 3:48:54).



 
Deiniolen 10k ~ 18/06/2014
 

Darren Blazier was the only Abergele Harrier among the 108 runners taking part in the Deiniolen 10k road race near Caernarfon on Wednesday 18th June. Darren ran the hilly course in an excellent 37m 45s for 3rd overall and 2nd V40.

 
British Masters 5k Road Race 2014, Horwich ~ 15/06/2014
 

Chris Birch,became the British Masters 5k FV65 Road Race Champion with an amazing win in Horwich. The race is held over a hilly three lap town centre course and Chris finished in a fantastic 22m 43s for 1st FV65. The time was only 4 seconds slower than 2 years ago when Chris also won the title, an outstanding result beating several women many years her junior. Once again Chris is one of only a handful of Welsh Athletes to win a British title.


 
Big Welsh 10k trail race ~ 07/06/2014
 

Chris Birch was the only Abergele Harrier taking part in the Big Welsh Trail 10K at Llandegla on Saturday 7th June.
The off road race is based at the One Planet Visitor Centre and follows a varied and hilly course. Chris ran 57m 22s for 8th lady overall and 1st FV60.



 
Deeside off-road series race 1, 2014 ~ 05/06/2014
 

Abergele Harrier Graham Shone was among the 64 runners taking part in the first of four races in the Deeside off road Grand Prix on Thursday evening 5th June. Grahame completed the 4.5 mile course in 36m 05s for 43rd overall and 3rd MV60.

 
Deganwy Dash 5 mile ~ 30/05/2014
 

Three of the Harriers newest members made their club debut in the Deganwy Dash 5 Mile race on Friday night, all recording excellent times. Sarah Rowlands, Diane Jones and Vicky Jones, joined long time Harrier Sonia Wignall in the race, along with three other runners who had completed the recent Harriers Beginners Course. Sarah was first home in a superb 44mins 30secs, with Diane also ran very well finishing in 48mins 42secs. Veteran Harrier Sonia Wignall, who had helped with the recent Beginners Group, finished in 49mins 22secs, while Vicky completed the race in an equally impressive 50 mins 52secs. Well done to all four.

 
Plas Menai Baton Relay 5k ~ 29/05/2014
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the Plas Menai to Caernarfon 5k on Thursday evening, which coincided with the Commonwealth Queens Baton Relay. Darren Blazier ran 17m 04s for 1st V40, Jodi Waters ran a personal best of 17m 37s, and Carol Willgoose finishing in 22m 17s to win the FV55 category.

 
Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon ~ 25/05/2014
 

Sean and Steven McCormack completed the Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon on Sunday, less than five weeks after the Boston Marathon, and easily got Steven a "C" qualifying time for next years Two Oceans Ultra in South Africa, with a perfectly paced 3:41:25.

 
Great Orm Fell Run ~ 20/05/2014
 

Five Harriers went to Llandudno on Tuesday to take part in the Great Orme fell race. Rob Armstrong was first Harrier home in 17th place in a time of 40:24. Anthony Howe came next in 59th place in 52:13. Finally Sonia Wignall, Christobelle Pownall and Sue Clavert crossed the line together and smiling in a time of 83:21 for 69th, 70th and 71st respectively. The race is 4.2 - 4.7 miles long depending on the route you take (more on that in a second) and has around 1,100 feet of ascent, mostly on grass and nice, runnable trail. Tuesday evening was a bit miserable weather-wise, but in my opinion it was perfect for a fell race.
Marshalling mishaps are becoming ever more common these days and this race was no exception. The marshal positioned at the top of the Monk's path did nothing to prevent the entire field from going the wrong way, so everyone seemed to make the steep descent to Marine Drive using a slightly different route, some longer than others. However, that is the nature of fell running and there were laughs aplenty at the end. A frequently heard comment was, "well, I knew they were going the wrong way, but I followed them anyway."


 
Christleton 5k ~ 23/05/2014
 

Two Abergele Harriers joined the 330 runners taking part in the Christleton 5k near Chester on Friday evening. Darren Blazier ran 16m 51s (chip 16:46) for 63rd overall. Chris Birch finished in 22m 59s (chip 22:38) for 282nd overall and 1st FV65.

 
Sun Centre 5k, 2014 ~ 21/05/2014
 

10 Abergele Harriers turned out on a fine but blustery evening on Wed 21st May for the Sun Centre 5K incorporating the North Wales Championship and 8 of these Harriers won awards in their age-group.


Name Position Overall Age Group Time

Darren Blazier 7th 1st V40 17-12

Ben Lightowler 8th 6th SM 17-17

Jodi Waters 13th 2nd V35 18-09

Rob Armstrong 16th 3rdV35 18-41

Mark Mayers 21st 2ndV45 19-44

Anthony Howe 53rd 8th V35 22-35

Carol Willgoose 56th 1stFV55 22-57

Chris Birch 61st 1stFV65 23-42

Sue Calvert 81st 2nd FV55 26-50

Christabelle Pownall 82nd 2ndFV50 27-54



 
Copenhagen Marathon ~ 18/05/2014
 

Also this weekend, Andy Simpson travelled to Denmark to compete in Sunday's Copenhagen Marathon. Andy completed the course in a time of 3:52:04

 
Chester Half Marathon, 2014 ~ 18/05/2014
 

On Sunday 18th May, seven Harriers completed the Chester Half Marathon. First Harrier in was Ben Lightowler in a very impressive time of 1:24:11 for 50th position, closely followed by Richard Wilyman in 1:25:35 and 65th place. Next in was Mark Mayers in 196th place in a time of 1:31:36. Dave Edwards was 1502nd in a time 1:54:16. Next Harrier in was Vince Wickham, unfortunately due to a timing chip problem his time of 1:55 was not recorded. Brian Williams was the next Harrier to finish in a time of 1:57:09 and 1781st place. He was followed by Andy MacDonald who a achieved a personal best time of 2:23:46 for 3929th place.



 
Moel Eilio Fell race ~ 10/05/2014
 

Tim Cahill was among the 51 runners taking part in the Moel Eilio fell race near Llanberis on Saturday. The 8 mile race, with a total ascent of 3000 ft, was held in atrocious conditions with runners facing strong winds, rain and hail. Tim finished in 1h 38m 30s for 35th overall.

 
Wrexham 10mile ~ 26/04/2014
 

Jodi extended his lead in the clubs Grand Prix this weekend by entering the Wrexham 10 mile race. Jodi finished in 1:04:00, but as the only Harrier running he extended his lead over Rob.

 
Hell in the middle ~ 26/04/2014
 

Anthony Howe took part in ‘Hell in the Middle’ at Belvoir Castle, Leicester on Saturday. Anthony completed the 9.5 mile muddy multi-terrain course in 1h 54m.



 
Boston Marathon 2014 ~ 21/04/2014
 

Sean and Steven McCormack took part in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, a race that was supported by over one million people on the streets to "claim back their city" after last years tragic events at the finish line. In an absolutely amazing atmosphere, Sean finished in 3:20:55, with almost perfect splits of 1:20:16 and 1:20:39, for 6684th position out of 31,931 finishers (having been seeded 8485th), while Steven finished in 4:05:06 for 19,125th position , having started at the very back of the field, meaning he passed over 10,000 runners along the way. The overall experience of the day was one never to be forgotten.

 
Chester Spring 5 ~ 16/04/2014
 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 334 runners taking part in the Chester Spring 5 last Wednesday evening. Jodi Waters finished in 29m 15s for 30th overall with Rob Armstrong running a personal best of 29m 45s for 40th overall.

 
London Marathon 2014 ~ 13/04/2014
 

Three Abergele Harriers were among the thirty six thousand runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. Jodi Waters beat the 3 hour mark to run an excellent 2h 58m 24s for 1107th male. Tracey Roberts dipped under 5 hours to finish in 4h 57m 44s for 7677th female with Sharon Kynaston crossing the line in 5h 21m 25s for 9540th female.

 
Marsh Tracks 3, 2014 ~ 11/04/2014
 

Grahame Shone was the only Abergele Harrier competing in the 3rd and final race in the latest Marsh Tracks 5k series.
Grahame finished in an excellent time of 22m 7s, taking 1m 30s off the time he ran in the first race in March.
Prizes were awarded for the best 2 from 3 races with Darren Blazier, despite missing the last race, winning the V40 category for the series.



 
Snowdonia Half Marathon ~ 06/04/2014
 

Five Harriers ran the tough but scenic Snowdonia Half Marathon from Llanrwst on Sunday in very wet conditions. Haydn Jones led the Harriers home in 1h 51m 57s for 88th overall. Vince Wickham, making his debut for the club, finished in 2h 08m 32s for 51st followed by Sue Calvert running 2h 25m 08s for 366th and 2nd FV55. Andy MacDonald, also running in the Harriers vest for the first time finished in 2h 28m 53s for 390th with Graham Arden crossing the line in 2h 29m 48s for 398th.



 
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Five Abergele Harriers were among the 7000 runners taking part in the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday morning.
Anthony Howe, competing in his first (and last he says) marathon finished in an excellent 3h 44m 40s (chip 3.42.30) just ahead of Andy Simpson finishing in 3h 44m 57s (chip 3.44.19). Jeni Richards ran a personal best for the distance of 3h 51m 48s (chip 3.50.22). Darren Battersby, also running his first marathon, ran 4h 16m 31s (chip 4.15.05) with Dave Edwards competing in his 14th marathon, crossing the line in 4h 27m 22s (chip 4.24.25)



 
Helena Tipping 2014 ~ 30/03/2014
 

Two Abergele Harriers ran in the Helena Tipping 10k at Wrexham today.Jodie Waters had an excellent run to finish 7th out of 124 men and 2nd V35 in 36-11 . Chris Birch was 13th female out of 48 and 1st FV65 in 48-25.


 
Wimslow Half Marathon ~ 23/03/2014
 

On Sunday 23rd, two Harriers competed in this years Wllmslow Half Marathon. James Salt completed the course in a personal best time of 1:25:12 with Christbelle Pownall finishing in a time of 2:08:56



 
March Tracks 5k ~ 21/03/2014
 

On Friday 21st March three Abergele Harriers competed in the second of three 5km races at the Marsh Tracks organised by Prestatyn Running Club. First Harrier in was Ben Lightowler in 17:15. He was closely follwoed by Richard Wilyman in a time of 17:31 and Darren Blazier in 17:49.



 
Trimpbell 20 ~ 16/03/2014
 

Dave Edwards travelled to the city of Lancaster for the Trimpbell 20 mile race, jut 8 days after completing the Rahayder 20, in preparation for the upcoming Manchester Marathon in 3 weeks time. Dave had a much better run the the previous week finishing in 2:59:15.

 
March Tracks 5k ~ 07/03/2014
 

On Friday 7th March four Abergele Harriers competed in the first of three 5km races at the Marsh Tracks organised by Prestatyn Running Club. Overall positions for the series will be determined from the best combined times from each runners fastest two of the three races. First Harrier in was Richard Wilyman in a time of 17:31 who was closely followed by Darren Blazier in 17:34 and Ben Lightowler in 17:37. They were followed by Graeme Shone who finished in a time of 23:37. The other two races in the series will be held on 21st March and 11th April.



 
Rhyl 10mile ~ 23/02/2014
 

Six Abergele Harriers joined a field of 515 runners taking part in the inaugural Rhyl 10 mile road race on Sunday. Competitors hoping for personal bests on the fast and flat course along the seafront between Rhyl and Prestatyn faced very difficult conditions with a tough headwind in the final 3 miles. Jodi Waters led the Harriers home in a personal best of 1h 2m 11s for 15th overall. Darren Blazier ran 1h 7m 14s for 38th position followed by James Salt finishing in 1h 7m 23s for 41st and Rob Armstrong running 1h 8m 34s for 46th. Sue Calvert crossed the line in 1h 32m 46s for 345th with Deedee Pamplerova completing her first 10mile race in 1h 47m 35s for 461st overall.



 
Moel Y Ci Fell race ~ 22/02/2014
 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 115 runners taking part in the Moel y Ci race from Tregarth near Bangor on Saturday.
The 5 mile race over fell, road, forest trail and rocky paths, has a total ascent of 950 feet. Ben Lightowler had an excellent race finishing in 42m 20s for 8th overall and 3rd senior male. Rob Armstrong, also racing the following day, ran 48m 16s for 27th overall.



 
Wrexham "13.7" Half Marathn 2014 ~ 16/02/2014
 

Five Abergele Harriers took part in the Village Bakery Half Marathon at Wrexham on Sunday. The recent wet and windy weather made way for clear skies and sunshine but runners hoping to make the most of the good conditions were left frustrated by organisational problems. The start came early without warning then misdirection within 200m of the start sent most of the field the wrong way adding well over half a mile to the intended 13.1 mile course. Unofficial times for the 13.7 mile route are as follows: Jodi Waters 1h 24m 05s, Rob Armstrong 1h 32m 47s, Mark Mayers 1h 36m, Vernon Pownall 1h 49m and Dave Edwards 2h 01m 23s.

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Nick Beer 10k, 2014 ~ 09/02/2014
 

10 Abergele Harriers joined over 600 runners facing very windy conditions to compete in the Nick Beer 10k around the Orme in Llandudno on Sunday. Jodi Waters led the Harriers home in 37m 49s (Chip 37:48)for 16th overall and 3rd M35.
Ben Lightowler ran 39m 08s(39:04) for 29th position with Tim Cahill finishing in 40m 36s (40:34) for 45th overall and 4th M50. Andrew Mercer crossed the line in 41m 33s (41:28) for 57th followed by Rob Armstrong in 42m 02s (41:58)for 63rd and Mark Mayers in 42m 36s (42:32) for 72nd. Carol Willgoose was first lady home for the club finishing in 47m 40s (47:35) for 179th overall, 18th lady and 1st FV55. Anthony Howe ran 48m 53s (48:35) for 210th with Sue Calvert running 55m 09s (54:49) for 360th overall, 77th lady and 4th F55. Meinir Huws completed the Harriers line up with a run of 56m 38s (56:19) for 396th overall and 95th lady.





 
Oswestry Cross Country 2014 ~ 08/02/2014
 

Rob Armstrong was the only Abergele Harrier to take part in the final fixture of the North Wales Cross Country League held over an extremely muddy course in Oswestry on Saturday, but as this race was in the club's Grand Prix series, Rob was well rewards for the journey, which combined with the Nick Beer 10k the following day, moved him into second position overall. In wet and windy conditions Rob ran 46m 08s to finish in 69th position in the senior men’s race. Chris Birch was unable to run due to injury but with 4 of the 5 races to count won the FV65 section for the 2013-2014 season.

 
North Wales Cross Country Championships 2014 ~ 25/01/2014
 

Only two Abergele Harriers traveled to Northop on Saturday for the North Wales Cross Country Championships but both ran very well in difficult conditions. Over a six mile course Tim Cahill was first home in a very good time of 45mins 44secs for 60th overall and 5th MV50. Rob Armstrong finished about one minute behind for 62nd position.

 
4 Villages Half Marathon ~ 19/01/2014
 

James Salt ran a Half Marathon PB of 1:27:28 at Helsby today in the tough Four Villages Half-Marathon.


 
Twin Piers 10k ~ 11/01/2014
 

On Saturday 11th January eleven Abergele Harriers took part in the 'Twin Piers' race. This annual event is a 10km road race on a course starting at Llandudno Pier and ending at the pier in Colwyn Bay. First Harrier home was Jodi Waters who secured 14th place in a time of 36:56. He was followed by James Salt in a time of 39:33 for 39th place. Andrew Mercer secured 54th position in a personal best time of 41:32 and was closely followed by Mark Mayers in a time of 41:38 for 55th place. Next was Anthony Howe in a time of 44:29 and 86th place. The next two Harriers to finish both secured first place in their respective categories. Carol Willgoose was first in the FV55 category with a time of 45:16 and 105th overall. She was followed by Chris Birch who was first in the FV65 category in 45:50 (115th overall). Next Harrier to finish was Susan Calvert in 52:37 for 211th place, followed by Keith Tewkesbury in 53:17 for 218th place, Meinir Huws in 54:35 for 233rd and Sonia Wignall in a personal best time of 1:00:27 for 286th place.
This race was the first of 25 races in the Clubs 2014 Grand Prix Series.
Full results available at http://www.abergeleharriers.co.uk/TP-2K14/

 
Hot Toddy ~ 29/12/2013
 

Carol Willgoose took part in the 'Hot Toddy' in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, on 29th December.
Carol ran the tough, hilly 5.8 mile Pennine road race in 42m 18s for 2nd LV55.

 
Hell Down South ~ 04/01/2014
 

On Saturday 4th January Anthony Howe travelled down to Longmoor Camp, Hampshire to compete in "Hell Down South", a challenging off road race. Anthony was placed 607th out of 1774 in a time of 2hr 7min 21sec (chip time 2:07:02).

 
Welsh Intra-Regional and Masters Cross Country Championships, 2013 ~ 14/12/2013
 

Chris Birch travelled to Builth Wells on Saturday to compete in the Welsh Masters Cross Country Championships at the Royal Welsh Showground. Chris ran the 5150m course, which included several hills and a woodland section, in 27m 14s to win the FV65 category.

 
Conwy Half Marathon ~ 24/11/2013
 

Sunday saw 10 Harriers competing, along side 2216 other runners, in this year Conwy Half Marathon. First Harrier to finish was Jodi Waters in a time of 1:22:50 for 43rd place, taking over three minutes of his time for last year. He was followed by Mark Mayers who also ran of personal best time for this course of 1:31:50 to achieve 155th place. Mark was closely followed by James Salt who ran a time of 1:31:59 for 158th place. Vernon Pownall ran a time of 1:39:30 for 351st place and was followed by Anthony Howe in 1:40:55 (376th) and Tom Bancroft in 1:47:10 (626th), also running a personal best for this course. First lady Harrier in was Lucy Curtis in a personal best time of 1:51:38 (830th ), followed by Susan Calvert in a time of 2:10:08 (1592nd), Christobelle Pownall in 2:10:52 (1613th ) and Sonia Wignall in 2:28:29 for 1999th position.


 
Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon
 

Jeni Richards traveled to Llandyrnog to take part in the inaugural Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon and proved she is right back to form with a magnificent time of 1:39:00, finishing 4th female overall and 1st FV50.

 
British and Irish Masters Cross Country International , 2013 ~ 16/11/2013
 

On Saturday 16th April Chris Birch travelled to Cardiff to compete in the British and Irish Cross Country International at Blackweir Bute Park. Chris achieved second place in the FV65 category in a time of 28:01 over a 6km grass and woodland course. Chris was part of the Welsh FV65 team, along with Shelagh Adkins, Maggie Oliver and Brenda Jones which was placed third overall.

 
Penmaenmawr Fell Race 2013 ~ 16/11/2013
 

On Saturday, competed in this year's Pen Fell Race finishing as 5th MV50 in a time of 1:26:45, run this year in almost perfect conditions.

 
Abergele 5 ~ 03/11/2013
 

Abergele Harriers held their 27th Annual road race on Sunday and despite weather warnings, 186 out of 198 runners finished the race. The race was won by the inform Iolo Hughes on Menai Track & Field in a time of 26mins 51secs, a superb time for the 17 year old. Runner up was Brendan Rothery of Eryri Harriers who went one better than last year with a time of 27mins 8secs, while Jordan Evans, also of Eryri Harriers was third in 27mins 29secs. The ladies race was won with a course record by three seconds, by Georgia Garnier of Colwyn Bay AC with a fantastic time of 29mins 44secs, winning the race by almost a minute from team mate Isobel Redfern in 30:42 but with the consolation of first FV40. Third place female on the day was Lynne Wright from Wrexham AC in 31mins 52secs. Other noteworthy male results came from Lee Jones of Deeside AAC who was 4th overall and 1st MV40 in 27:35, while the winner of the first every Abergele race 27 years ago Arwel Lewis of Eryri Harriers proved he’s still fast very competitive by winning the MV55 category in 31mins 29secs. For the ladies, one of the highlights of the day was Chris Birch from the host club who won the FV65 category in 37mins 29secs, a time that would have also won her the FV55, FV50, and Senior Female categories. Other Abergele Harriers among the prizes were Richie Lee who was second MV50 in 32mins 26secs (35th overall) and James Salt, who finished in 33mins 14secs for 3rd MV35 (41st overall). Andy Simpson also ran very well finishing in 35mins 52secs for 68 position Andy Simpson also ran very well finishing in 35mins 52secs for 68 position, with DeeDee Plamperova also running brilliantly to finish in 47mins 22secs for 175th overall. The race also incorporated the North Wales 5 mile Championships and Chris Birch and Richie Lee both won Golds in the Championships, while James Salt also had a podium finish. The overall mens’ team winners were Eryri Harriers, with the Ladies of Colwyn Bay AC taking the ladies title. The Spillane & Co Wealth Management Corporate Team Challenge which is also held within the race was won by a team representing CGG.
The club would like to thank Spillane & Co. Wealth Management, Abergele Town Council and the many local firms who once again financially supported the race and helped to make it such a success.


 
Stroud Half Marathon ~ 27/10/2013
 

Jodi Waters travelled to Gloucestershire to take part in the Stroud Half Marathon on Sunday. In a field of 1250 Jodi ran 1h 24m 01s (1.23.56 chip) for 52nd overall.



 
Newcastle Town Moor Marathon ~ 27/10/2013
 

Sean McCormack was up in the North East on Sunday competing in the Newcastle Town Moor Marathon incorporating the British Masters' Championships. The flat and twisting 5 lap course over footpaths through and around the city centre’s historic Town Moor was run in very wet and windy conditions. Sean finished in an excellent 3h 14m 16s for 21st position overall and taking bronze in the British Masters V50 category.

 
Snowdonia Marathon
 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 1554 competitors crossing the finish line in Llanberis at this year’s Snowdon Marathon. Runners set off on this tough and challenging race in relatively calm conditions but faced very strong winds and lashing rain on the second half of the course. James Salt ran 3h 39m 19s (3.38.53 chip) for 250th overall with Andy Simpson finishing in 4h 28m 21s (4.26.10 chip) for 953rd position.



 
Wirral 10k ~ 13/10/2013
 

Brian Williams made his racing debut for Abergele Harriers at the Wirral 10k on Sunday. Brian finished in 49m exactly (chip 48.37) for 82nd overall and 3rd M60 in a field of 800 runners.



 
Wirral Harf Marathon ~ 13/10/2013
 

Three Harriers lined up with just over 1400 runners to take part in the Wirral Half Marathon on Sunday.
Vernon Pownall led the trio home in 1h 38m 39s (chip 1.37.47) for 203rd overall and 4th M55.
Sue Calvert ran 2h 06m 37s (chip 2.02.18) for 942nd overall with Christobelle Pownall finishing in 2h 10m 14s (chip 2.05.56) for 1027th overall.


 
Flintshire 10k, 2013 ~ 13/10/2013
 

Three Abergele Harriers were amongst the 500 competitors taking part in the Flintshire 10k on Sunday, running the tough hilly course in wet and windy conditions.
Jodi Waters had an excellent race finishing in 39m 51s for 21st position.
Carol Willgoose ran 48m 39s for 129th overall, 14th lady and 1st FV55 with Chris Birch finishing in 50m 04s for 156th overall, 19th lady and 1st FV65.


 
Chester Marathon, 2013 ~ 06/10/2013
 

Natalie Rushton took part in the Chester Marathon on Sunday running an excellent personal best of 4h 15m 20s.

 
Cardiff Half Marathon ~ 06/10/2013
 

Darren Blazier was among the 14,400 runners taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday. Darren finished in 1h 20m 40s for 172nd position overall.

 
Marsh Tracks September 5k ~ 25/09/2013
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the Marsh Track 5k last Wednesday evening.
Darren Blazier led the trio home in 16m 51s for 5th overall. Jodi Waters ran 17m 51s for 10th overall with Richard Lee finishing in 19m 07s for 14th overall.


 
Newborough Forest 10k ~ 29/09/2013
 

Chris Birch took part in the Anglesey 10k Trail Race on Sunday. Chris ran the tough undulating course around Llanddwyn Island and through Newborough Forest in 56m 48s to win the FV60 category.



 
Swansea Bay 10k ~ 22/09/2013
 

Abergele Harriers Club Captain Darren Blazier was on representative duty on Sunday as part of the North Wales squad that traveled to the Swansea Bay 10k. Darren, whose recent excellent form earned him a promotion into the Senior team from the Veteran team, ran a fantastic race finishing in 35mins 34secs, finishing ahead of many of those who had originally be selected ahead of him.

 
Hoylake 10k ~ 15/09/2013
 

On Sunday Chris Birch ran in the Hoylake 10k which is an out and back course,and was into a very very strong wind on the way out. Chris ran superbly finishing 11th female overall out of 128 and 1st FV65 in 48mins 20secs.


 
Llanddoged Ras Fawr ~ 08/09/2013
 

On Sunday, four Harriers competed in the annual 12.5 km Ras Fawr in Llanddoged. Harrier Darren Blazier was this year winner in a time of 47:03. Vernon Pownall was 32nd in 62:43, Susan Calvert was 51st in a time of 74:43 and Alan Lucas achieved a time of 79:51 for 53rd place.

 
Warrington English Half Marathon ~ 08/09/2013
 

On Sunday 8th September Abergele Harriers Mark Mayers and Peter Hardy traveled to Warrington to compete in this year's English Half Marathon. Mark finished in a time of 1:30:41, taking over 6 minutes off his previous time for this course and earning 107th place. Peter, returning after a long period of injury, managed an impressive time of 2:17:02 for 1288th place in a field of 1537 runners.

 
Caernarfon 10k ~ 01/09/2013
 

Eleven Abergele Harriers were among the 210 runners taking part in the Caernarfon 10k on Sunday. The race incorporates the North Wales 10k road race championships. Four Harriers came away with championship medals with another three Harriers achieving personal bests for the distance.
Darren Blazier led the Harriers home in 35m 49s for 6th overall and 1st V40 taking V40 NW Championship gold. Tim Cahill had a superb run finishing in 38m 09s for 21st overall and 1st V50 also taking NW Championship gold in his category. Mark Mayers, returning to form, ran 41m 40s for 45th overall followed by Darren Battersby finishing in a fantastic personal best of 45m 41s for 80th position. Chris Birch ran 47m 56s for 108th overall to win her age group and take FV65 NW Championship gold with Rachel Shipley crossing the line in 48m 55s for 121st overall. Paula Maguire ran a personal best of 51m 20s for 142nd position with Sue Calvert taking FV50 silver in the NW Championship with a run of 53m 43s for 156th overall. Dave Edwards and Deede Plamperova ran together to finish in 58m 07s and 58m 10s for 183rd and 184th positions respectively with Deede running the third personal best of the day. Shane McCormack rounded off an excellent team performance with a run of 61m 31s for 198th overall.


 
Longford Marathon ~ 25/08/2013
 

Abergele Harrier Sean McCormack was over in Ireland at the weekend taking part in the Longford Marathon.
There were 234 finishers with Sean running a fantastic time of 3h 11m 29s for 22nd position overall and 3rd V50.



 
Ellesmere Port 10k ~ 25/08/2013
 

Chris Birch took part in the Ellesmere 10k on Sunday running the undulating course in 48m 06s to win the FV65 category.

 
Stockholm Midnattsloppet 10k ~ 18/08/2013
 

Jodi Waters was in Sweden over the weekend taking part in the Stockholm Midnattsloppet 10k. Jodi finished in 39m 57s for 287th position out of 36000 runners.

 
Plas Menai 5k ~ 15/08/2013
 

Two Abergele Harriers joined the 126 runners taking part in the Plas Menai to Caernarfon 5k on Wednesday 14th August.
Darren Blazier ran 16m 58s for 5th overall and 1st V40 with Richard Wilyman finishing in 17m 29s for 10th position.


 
Gladstone Fell Race ~ 11/08/2013
 

Rob Armstrong took to the hills again on Sunday to run the Gladstone 9 fell race. 59 competitors lined up for the 9 mile race from Dwygyfylchi that takes in 2800 feet of climb to the top of Tal y Fan and back. Rob ran 1h 32m 19s for 16th overall.

 
Vale of Clwyd 5k ~ 11/08/2013
 

Four Abergele Harriers joined over 100 runners taking part in the Vale of Clwyd 5k road race in Llandyrnog on Sunday.
Darren Blazierhad an excellent run and won the race in 17m 27s with Mark Mayers putting in a strong performance to finish in 20m 16s for 10th position. Graham Shone ran 22m 38s for 2nd V60 with Chris Birch crossing the line in 23m 33s to win the FV60 category.


 
North Wales Half Marathon ~ 04/08/2013
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the North Wales Half Marathon on Sunday. The 13.1 mile route from Morfa Conwy takes runners along the beach towards Penmaenmawr, up the Sychnant pass and off road over Conway mountain. Darren Blazier finished well in 1h 27m 22s for 10th overall with Rob Armstrong running a fantastic personal best of 1h 30m 52s for 17th position. James Salt, who has recently started training with the club, crossed the line in 1h 39m 18s for 38th position.




 
Elidir Fawr Fell race ~ 28/07/2013
 

Tim Cahill was among the 41 runners tackling the Elidir Fawr fell race last Sunday. The tough 5 mile race takes in over 2800ft of ascent. Tim finished in 1h 19m 18s for 20th position overall.


 
Green Green Grass of Home Fell Race ~ 24/07/2013
 

Two Abergele Harriers headed for the Clwydian hills on Wednesday evening to run the Green Green Grass of Home Fell race from Llangynhafal. The 4.5 mile race takes in 1500ft of ascent and despite the recent hot weather is fairly boggy in parts. Rob Armstrong finished in 51m 17s for 13th overall with Mark Mayers, taking part in his first fell race, running 58m 48s for 42nd position.

 
Dolgellau 5 mile, 2013 ~ 27/07/2013
 

Andy Simpson took part in the Dolgellau 5 mile on Saturday and finished in 35mins 55sec.

 
Caernarfon Race the Train ~ 24/07/2013
 

Five Abergele Harriers were among the 266 runners racing the highland train in the 16th Race the Train 5k road race from Dinas to Caernarvon on Wednesday evening 24th July. All five beat the train with three runners achieving personal bests for the distance.Rich Wilyman led the harriers home in an impressive 16m 53s (PB) for 10th position overall. Darren Blazier, despite almost losing his shoe at the start, ran 17m 08s for 12th position. Darren Battersby put in a fantastic performance to finish in 19m 38s (PB) for 56th overall. Chris Birch ran 21m 32s for 104th overall and 1st FV65 with Natalie Rushton crossing the line in 22m 55s (PB) for 139th position.

 
Llanfair TH 10K ~ 27/07/2013
 

Six Abergele Harriers were among the 31 runners in this years Llanfair TH Mountain Race. First home was Richie Wilyman in an excellent time of 41:12, for third male overall, followed closely by Rob Armstrong in 43:21 for 7th overall. Next home in 10th position was Mark Mayers in 46:55. Chris Birch also had a excellent run, finishing as third female overall in a brilliant time of 53:05 while Sue Calvert and Graham Arden were 28th and 29th respectively in wonderful times of 62:23 and 65:50.

 
British Masters Inter-Area Championships ~ 21/07/2013
 

Chris Birch represented the Welsh Masters in the 3000m race at the British Masters Inter Area Outdoor Track & Field Challenge held at Solihull on Sunday. Chris proved she is as talented on the track as she is on road and cross country, running a fantastic 13m 12s for 2nd FV60+.



 
Fairy Freckled Cow 11k ~ 07/07/2013
 

On Sunday, Darren Blazier and Carol Wilgoose ran in the “Fairy Freckled Cow” an 11k trail race held at the Alwen Resevoir. Darren was 7th in a time of 43:23 and Carol finished in 57:01 for 61st position in a field of 143 competitors.



 
Pen Y Bryn Anniversary 5k ~ 04/07/2013
 

Darren Blazier, just 24 hours after running the Vaynol Park 5k, he went on to win the Pen Y Bryn Anniversary 5k, held at Colwyn Heights in a time of 18:00. The were approximately 40 runners.

 
Vaynol Park 10k, 2013 ~ 03/07/2013
 

On Wednesday 3rd July four Abergele Harriers joined a field of 299 runners competing in the vaynol Park 10k race in Felinheli. Darren Blazier was placed 13th with a time of 38:31. Next in was Lucy Curtis in a time of 51:19 for 141st place. Sarah Manfredi finished in 56:38 and 197th place and was closely followed by Susan Calvert in 58:02 for 215th .

 
Ras Foel Fras ~ 29/06/2013
 

On Saturday Abergele Harrier Rob Armstrong tackled the Ras Foel Fras, a 12 mile fell race with 3100 feet of climb via the peaks of Drum, Foel Fras, Carnedd Gwenllian and Moel Wnion. On a sunny but breezy day Rob achieved a time of 2:07:33 for 16th place of the 58 finishers.


 
Hotfoot up Famau Fell race ~ 19/06/2013
 

Two Harriers were among the 104 runners that took part in the Hotfoot up Famau fell race on Wednesday evening.
The race up to the top of Moel Famau from Llanbedr-DC is 3.5 miles long with a 1200 foot ascent.
Ben Lightowler ran 40m 41s for 14th overall with Rob Armstrong finishing in 41m 50s for 17th position.

 
Deiniolen 10k ~ 19/06/2013
 

Darren Blazier and Carol Willgoose headed towards Caernarvon to join the 127 competitors taking part in the Deiniolen 10K road race on Wednesday. Darren crossed the line in 37m 13s for 4th overall and 2nd M40. Carol finished in 50m exactly for 72nd overall, 5th lady and 1st F50.

 
Freckleton Half Marathon ~ 16/06/2013
 

Sharon Kynaston joined over 620 runners taking part in the Freckleton half marathon near Preston on Sunday.
Sharon finished in 2h 3m 24s for 425th overall.


 
Horwich British Masters 5k ~ 16/06/2013
 

Tim Cahill took part in the British Masters 5k in Horwich, Lancashire, on Sunday. Tim finished in 17m 44s for 11th V50.

 
Ellesmere Port 10k ~ 16/06/2013
 

Grahame Shone joined the 623 competitors taking part in the Ellesmere Port 10km on Sunday.
Grahame ran 45m 11s for 152nd overall and 2nd V60.


 
Bangor 10k ~ 02/06/2013
 

Two Harriers joined the 290 runners at the Rheddeg Cymru/RunWales Bangor 10k on Sunday. Darren Blazier ran 35m 47s for 2nd overall and 1st V40 with Sarah Manfredi finishing in 57m 09s for 198th position



 
Comrades "up", 2013 ~ 02/06/2013
 

Father and son, Sean and Steven McCormack were in South Africa taking part in the Comrades Ultra-Marathon on Sunday, the worlds oldest and biggest ultra race. This years race had 18,000 entries but only just over 14,000 make it to the start-line, and of those, almost 4,000 were unable to finish before the strict 12 hour cut off. This years race was an "up" race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and was run in the hottest conditions for over 20 years, peaking for several hours at 31 degrees. This was combined with howling winds in the runners faces for a lot of the second half of the race. Sean, running the Comrades for the second year in succession, finished in a fantastic 8h 47m 58s, for 1317th position and 70th V50. Steven, making his ultra debut, crossed the line in a superb 10h 12m 01s, for 3,609th position and 357th in his age category. Nine runners who entered the race declared themselves as "Welsh" and of those , only 7 started and only 5 finished. Of these Sean was first "Welsh" home and Steven second.


 
Big Welsh Trail Half-Marathon ~ 01/06/2013
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the Big WelshTrail races held at Llandegla Forest near Wrexham on Saturday. Tim Cahill, in a field of 127, ran the half marathon in 1h 37m 56s for 6th overall and 1st V50-59.

 
Big Welsh Trail 10k ~ 01/06/2013
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the Big WelshTrail races held at Llandegla Forest near Wrexham on Saturday.
Chris Birch was among the 155 runners competing in the Trail 10k. Chris finished in 57m 38s for 41st overall, 7th lady and 1st FV 60-69.


 
Suncentre 5k, 2013 ~ 29/05/2013
 

Seven Abergele Harriers took part in the Suncentre 5k, incorporating the 5k North Wales Championships, on Wednesday evening.
Darren Blazier led the team home in 17m exactly for 2nd overall and 1st V40 to take overall silver and category gold in the North Wales Championships.
Richard Wilyman ran 17m 43s for 6th overall and 3rd SM. Tim Cahill took North Wales gold in his category running 17m 43s for 7th overall and 1st V50. Jodi Waters finished in 18m 12s for 8th overall and 3rd V35 to take category bronze, his first North Wales medal. Darren Batterby crossed the line in a fantastic personal best of 20m 43s for 34th overall. Grahame Shone ran 21m 26s for 44th overall taking category bronze in the championship as 3rd V60.
Chris Birch finished in 22m 48s for 60th overall, 17th lady and 1st FV65 taking North Wales category gold.


 
Great Manchester 10k ~ 26/05/2013
 

Three Harriers were among the 40,000 runners taking part in the Bupa Great Manchester 10k run on Sunday.
Jodi Waters ran 38m 50s for 251st position with Natalie Rushton, in her first race back with the club, finishing in 52m 32s for 6586th overall. Alan Lucas also ran superbly finishing in 59mins 17sec.



 
Orme Fell Race 2013 ~ 21/05/2013
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the sixth race in the Joe Brown Midweek Series of fell races on the Great Orme last Tuesday evening. Tim Cahill set a new V50 course record running 36m 02s for 15th overall and 1st V50.
Darren Blazier, in his first fell race of the season, was hot on heels finishing in 36m 08s for 17th position.


 
Port Sunlight 10k ~ 19/05/2013
 

Grahame Shone was among the 1500 starters in this years Port Sunlight 10k, run in hot conditions. Grahame finished in a great time of 43mins 32secs.

 
Christleton 5k, 2013 ~ 17/05/2013
 

Tim Cahill and Chris Birch ran in the Christleton 5K road race on Friday evening 17th May. The course is mainly flat on narrow winding country lanes,and this year was run on a dry but cool evening.Tim was 71st man overall and 4th MV50 in a time of 17:15, his fastest time for the distance since 2009. Chris was 46th lady overall and 1st FV65 in an outstanding time of 22:22.

 
Chester Half-Marathon ~ 12/05/2013
 

Seven Abergele Harriers took part in this years Chester Half Marathon. The team was lead home by Richard Wilyman in a fantastic Personal Best time of 1:22:10 (chip) for 54th position overall in a highly competitive field (gun time 1:22:16). Jodi Waters also ran brilliantly finishing in 1:23:44 (chip, with 1:23:49 gun) for 70th overall. Darren Blazier, still recovering from a recent illness, finished in 1:24:10 (chip, 1:24:14 gun) for 78th position just behind Jodi. Mark Mayers, proved he is right back on form with a superb 1:32:51 (chip, 1:33:30 gun) for 343rd. Kim Westell smashed her previous PB ending just outside 2h, with a 2:03:54 (chip, 2:09:38 gun)3156th, while Deede Plamperova, racing the distance for the first time, finished in 2:11:45 (chip, 2:17:30 gun) for 3707th. Stephanie Wynne was the third Harrier to achieve a PB time with a brilliant 2:21:01 (chip, 2:26:46 gun) for 4145th position over 4 minutes faster than last year.

 
Llangynhafal Loop fell race ~ 04/05/2013
 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 140 runners taking part in the Llangynhafal Loop fell race on Saturday. The 4.7 mile course with 1750 ft of ascent takes in the steep west side of Moel Famau. Tim Cahill was first home for the club in 48m 02s for 33rd position with Rob Armstrong finishing in 48m 43s for 41st overall. Tim also won a spot prize for being the only person present who ran the first Llangynhafal loop race back in 2000. The race was a counter in the North Wales series of fell races and attracted a quality field. It was won by three times Snowdon race winner Tim Davies of Mercia. The 2012 ladies British fell running champion, Lauren Jeska of Todmorden Harriers, won the ladies title.




 
Snowdonia Half Marathon ~ 28/04/2013
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the Snowdonia Half Marathon on Sunday. The 13.1 mile course through the National Park takes in a tough 1 in 7 hill with an extra medal awarded to competitors who run the hill without stopping. Darren Blazier led the trio home in 1h 26m 24s for 9th overall. Jeni Richards ran 1h 43m 04s for 96th overall, 5th lady and 1st FV45. Sue Calvert crossed the line in 2h 14m.




 
London Marathon 2013 ~ 21/04/2013
 

Four Abergele Harriers were on the start line for this years London Marathon, all running superbly. First home, in a fantastic personal best time, was Andy Simpson, finishing in 3:33:32. Carol Willgoose ran her usual very steady excellent race finishing in 3:48:52 while Dave Edwards once again ran very well to finish in 4:15:25. Alan Lucas returned to London following a few years away, and completed in a very satisfactory 4:35:59. Well done to all.

 
Foel Lus fell race ~ 09/04/2013
 

Rob Armstrong ran this excellent fell race which was very difficult underfoot because of recent weather conditions. Rob finished in 29mins 30secs for 33rd position out of 119 finishers. The race was 3.3 miles long and the total ascent was around 890 feet. The race started and finished in Capelulo, and was essentially a summit and back race.
There were large snowdrifts in place, which meant slower finishing times than previous years. It also meant that overtaking was prohibited in certain places along the Jubilee path due to the high risk of sliding down the hill.
A fun race as always.



 
Blackpool Marathon 2013 ~ 07/04/2013
 

Steven McCormack achieved his qualifying time for the Comrades in the Blackpool marathon on Sunday. Steven needed to run a sub 3h 40m marathon by the end of this month to secure a C start in his first ultra, the tough 56 mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa in 8 weeks time. Steven ran the marathon with his dad Sean with father and son crossing the line together in 3h 26m 30s for 97th and 98th position overall. Sean has qualified for an elite start in the Comrades following his silver medal win in the race last year.





 
Great Wrexham Road Runner 10k ~ 07/04/2013
 

Chris Birch ran the Great Wrexham Road Runner 10k on Sunday finishing in 45m 23s for 6th lady overall and 1st FV65.

 
Chester Spring 5, 2013 ~ 03/04/2013
 

Tim Cahill was among the 295 runners taking part in the Chester ‘Spring 5’ 5 mile road race on Wednesday 3rd April.

Tim finished in an excellent 29m 26s for 34th overall and 2nd MV50.

 
Teifi 10 ~ 31/03/2013
 

On Sunday 31st March Darren Blazier competed in the 'Teifi 10', a 10 mile road race starting from Lampeter Rugby Club which was also the Welsh championship race for this distance. Darren was placed 16th with a time 61:17.

 
Llandudno 5k Easter Dash ~ 30/03/2013
 

On Saturday 30th March, 160 runners turned out for the Llandudno 5K Easter Promenade Dash. Abergele Harrier Jodi Waters had an excellent run to finish 8th overall in a time of 18:16. He was followed by Chris Birch who finished 4th lady overall and 1st FV65 in a time of 22:38.

 
El Campello 10k ~ 29/03/2013
 

On Friday 29th March Grahame Shone from Abergele Harriers competed in the El Campello 10K race near Alcante, Costa Blanca. He was placed 248th in a field of 941 competitors and 4th in the over 60 category with a time of 44:21.



 
Mighty Deerstalker ~ 16/03/2013
 

Rob Armstrong headed up to Scotland on Saturday to join over 1460 adventurous runners tackling the Mighty Deerstalker. The 10k+ torch lit multi terrain race has competitors scrambling up steep scree slopes and wading up river in freezing water amongst other obstacles. Rob completed the event in 1h 49m 13s for 52nd position overall.

 
La Santa 10k ~ 16/03/2013
 

Darren Blazier swapped the cold Welsh weather for the sunshine of Lanzarote to compete in the La Santa 10k on Saturday. Darren won the race in 38m 56s.



 
Rhayader 20 ~ 16/03/2013
 

Dave Edwards was among the 273 runners taking part in the Rhayader 20 in mid-Wales on Saturday. Running through hail and a heavy snowfall Dave completed the course in 3h 05m 27s for 179th position overall.



 
St. Asaph Duathlon ~ 17/03/2013
 

Abergele Harrier Geran Hughes took part in the St Asaph Duathlon on Sunday and won the event, a 5k run followed by a10k bike ride, in 38m 57s.



 
Llandyrnog 10k ~ 17/03/2013
 

Patrick Botham took part in the Llandyrnog 10k on Sunday. In a field of 150 runners Patrick ran the undulating course in a personal best for the distance of 1h 3m 49s for 114th overall

 
Liverpool Half Marathon ~ 17/03/2013
 

Andy Simpson lined up with 6500 competitors to run the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday. Andy finished in 1h 34m 06s for 474th position overall.

 
British Masters Cross Country Championsips, 2013 ~ 16/03/2013
 

Chris Birch won the FV65 race in the British Cross Country Championships today held at Herrington Country Park near Sunderland .The ladies ran 3 laps totaling aprox 6k on a very fine day and although the course was muddy it wasn't knee deep.

 
Trafford 10k, March 2013 ~ 10/03/2013
 

Two Harriers were in Manchester on Sunday to compete in the fast and flat Trafford 10k. Despite the bitterly cold weather both men had superb runs and achieved personal bests for the distance. Richard Wilyman ran 35m 44s for 117th overall with Jodi Waters finishing in 36m 32s for 143rd overall.



 
Marsh Tracks 5k, March 2013 ~ 06/03/2013
 

Five Abergele Harriers took part in the Marsh Tracks 5k last Wednesday evening with 3 runners winning their age categories. Darren Blazier led the team home in 17m 05s for 6th overall and 1st M40. Richard Wilyman finished in 17m 25s for 9th position. Jodi Waters ran 17m 52s for 12th position and 1st M35 just ahead of Tim Cahill finishing in 18m 19s for 13th position and 1st M50. Grahame Shone crossed the line 21m 50s for 30th overall.

 
Uberfit Fearless Llandegla Duathlon ~ 17/02/2013
 

Geran Hughes did the Uberfit Fearless Llandegla Duathlon on 17 Feb (results have only come out). A 7k run through mud up to your knees, streams and ditches full of water, a technical 19k mountain bike ride on the Red route around Llandegla Forest, followed by another 7k run through more deep mud, streams and ditches as well as up steep muddy banks!!
Geran finished in 2 hours 11 mins 58secs for 24th out of 200 finishers.

 
Anglesey Half Marathon, 2013 ~ 03/03/2013
 

Jodi Waters was amongst the 700 competitors taking part in The Island Race Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday. The route was closed to traffic and took runners across the Menai Bridge and along the coast road to the Beaumaris Castle and back. Jodi took over 4 minutes off his previous time for the distance to run a fantastic personal best of 1h 21m 54s for 10th overall.

 
Pipe Dream Fell race, 2013 ~ 02/03/2013
 

Rob Armstrong joined the 57 runners taking part in the Pipe Dream fell race on Saturday. The 5m race with 1700 feet of ascent starts and finishes in Dolgarrog with the route running alongside the Dolgarrog hydroelectric power station pipes. Rob finished in 42m 24s for 15th overall.



 
Ras Moel Y Ci, 2013 ~ 23/02/2013
 

In the Moel Y Ci fell race, Rob Armstrong beat his previous years time by 30 seconds to finish in 26th position in a quality field of 131 finishers, over the grueling race which included a total ascent of 290 meters.

 
Barry 40, 2013 ~ 24/02/2013
 

On Sunday 24th February 2013, Abergele Harrier Jeni Richards made her Ultra distance debut at the 27th Annual Barry 40 Mile Track Race with a very impressive time of 6:08:09. The Barry 40, held at Jenner Park, Barry is organised by Les Croupiers Running Club from Cardiff and incorporates the Welsh Ultradistance Championships. It involves completing 161 laps of the running track and is now the longest running annual ultradistance event in the UK. Despite this, Jeni was the first North Wales female to complete the race ever and was a testament to over 6 months of dedicated training.
Jeni's time made her the third lady overall and secured a silver medal in the Welsh Championships.


 
Wrexham Half Marathon 2013 ~ 17/02/2013
 

Vernon Pownall was the only Abergele Harrier to take part in the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday finishing in 1h 45m for 257th position.

 
Gloucester Get up and Go 10k ~ 10/02/2013
 

Jodi Waters took part in the first Gloucester Get up and Go 10k on Sunday.
Over 600 competitors lined up to run the flat, rain soaked, city course.
Jodi finished in 37m 21s for 5th position overall.

 
Nick Beer 10k, 2013 ~ 10/02/2013
 

Nine Abergele Harriers were among the 615 runners taking part in the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno on Sunday.
Darren Blazier led the team home in 37m 12s for 15th overall and 4th MV40. Richard Wilyman ran 38m 11s for 23rd overall with Rob Armstrong finishing in 39m 22s for 40th. Anthony Howe crossed the line in 45m 19s for 125th just seconds ahead of Mark Mayers running 45m 25s for 129th. Chris Birch, having competed in the Cross Country Championships the previous afternoon, finished in 47m 32s for 189th overall, 16th lady and 1st FV65. Dave Edwards ran 48m 55s for 228th. Tracey Roberts took almost 3 minutes off her personal best for the distance to finish in 52m 54s for 343rd overall and 59th lady. Sue Calvert crossed the line in 54m 25s for 386th overall, 75th lady and 3rd FV50.



 
Twin Piers 10k ~ 19/01/2013
 

Ten Harriers competed in this years Twin Piers race organised by Colwyn Bay A.C. and run in bitterly cold weather. First Harrier home, in a PB by three seconds, was Jodi Waters in 38mins 45secs. Not far behind was Rob Armstrong in an excellent time of 40mins 39secs despite having run two races last weekend. Mark Mayers, continued his recovery from recent surgery with a time of 45mins 8secs, just ahead of Anthony Howe in 45:14. Chris Birch continued her unbeaten age group run with another victory in the FV65 category by finishing in 46mins 52secs, while Sarah Manfredi was the second Harrier to achieve a PB for the distance, with a time of 57mins 45secs. Dagmar Plamperova ("DeeDee")ran her first ever race finishing in a tremendous time of 58mins 31secs, while season campaigner Keith Tewkesbury finished in 61mins 11secs, just 32 seconds ahead of Sharon Kynaston,completing her first 10k race in 60mins 43secs. New member Patrick Botham also ran very well, finishing in 65mins 38secs.
Full results available at http://www.abergeleharriers.co.uk/TP-2K13/

 
Ellesemere Cold Turkey 5k ~ 30/12/2012
 

Abergele Harrier Chris Birch took part in the Ellesmere Cold Turkey 5K Trail Race on Sunday. The race was held along the banks of the Mere with the route following pathways, tarmac and grass. Chris finished in 23m 32s for 4th lady overall and 1st Veteran Lady.



 
Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships 2012
 

Chris Birch won the FV65 Welsh cross country title in Builth Wells on Saturday while running for North Wales in the Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships which incorporated the Welsh Masters Championships. Tim Cahill was also representing North Wales in the MV50+ team and also ran very well finishing in 36mins 26secs for a very tough 8k course.

 
Helena Tipping 10k ~ 02/12/2012
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the Helena Tipping Memorial 10K at Wrexham on Sunday.
Chris Birch led the Harriers home in 45m 22s to win the FV65 category.
Lucy Curtis took over 2 minutes off her personal best for the distance running 49m 32s.
Shane McCormack, competing in his first 10k, beat the hour to finish in 59m 17s.

 
Penmaenmawr Fell Race ~ 17/11/2012
 

On Saturday November 17th Abergele Harriers Tim Cahill and Dave Edwards competed in the annual Penmaenmawr fell race, now the oldest fell race in Wales, and one that traditionally marks the end of the fell season. Tim finished in an a time of 1:25:46, his best time for several years, while Dave finished in an excellent time of 1:57:57, just three weeks after completing the grueling Snowdonia Marathon. Tim's time earned him second position in the MV50 category.

 
Conwy Half Marathon ~ 18/11/2012
 

On Sunday November 18th fifteen Harriers joined 1576 runners competing in the Conwy half marathon. First harrier to finish was Jodi Waters who finished in a personal best time of 1:25:55 for 35th position and 6th in the M35 category. He was followed by Richard Wilyman in 1:26:45 and Anthony Howe again in a personal best time of 1:37:31 for 204th place. Natalie Rushton and Hayden Jones both crossed the line at 1:48:17 for 497th and 498th position, closely followed by Gary Dyson in 512th position in 1:48:37
Lucy Curtis completed her first half marathon in 1:54:43 for 719th position, followed by Elizabeth Vaughan in 1:56:21, again running her first race at this distance. They were closely followed by Tracey Roberts in a time of 2:00:57. Peter Hardy finished in 2:01:47 and Sue Calvert in 2:03:29. They were followed by Kim Westell in a time of 2:13:19 for 1237th and Sharon Kynaston in 2:16:52 for 1295th place. Following them were two more runners doing their first half marathons: Anna Burke in 2:31:33 and Vicky Dale in 2:35:25



 
Hellrunner ~ 03/11/2012
 

On Saturday eight Harriers travelled to the Delamere Forest to join a field of 2113 runners in the annnual Hellrunner, a 12 mile course over a tough terrain which included the 'Hills of Hell', the 'Bog of Doom' and a wade through a 200 metre long pond. First Harrier in was Rob Armstrong in a time of 1:39:45 for 10th position. He was followed by Vernon Pownall in 221st position in 2:04:10 and Anthony Howe in 462nd in a time of 2:18:43. Christobelle Pownall finished in 1595th with a time of 3:17:32, Sue Calvert was 1616th in 3:18:54, Sharon Kynaston 1618th in 3:19:00, Lucy Jones 1712th in 3:27:18 and Cheryl Richards finsihed 1713th in a time of 3:27:16


 
Abergele 5 ~ 04/11/2012
 

The 26th Abergele 5 took place on Sunday in lovely weather that helped to produce coarse records for both the Men’s and Ladies race.
Winner for the last two years Dave Mountford, of Liverpool Harriers produced a superb run, leading from start to finish with a course record 25mins 35secs, just over a minute ahead of Lee Jones his former teammate from Deeside AAC in 26mins 43secs. Brendan Rothery, a former runner up in the race, came home third on this occasion in 27 minutes exactly.
The ladies race also produced a fantastic Course record, with Welsh Senior International Sarah Livett, who in fact is an under 20, from Menai Track and Field, last year’s runner up, going one better this year with a time of 29mins47secs. Lat years ladies winner Emma Parry, was runner up on this occasion in 30mins 28secs, while Colwyn Bay under 17 runner Georgia Garner came home in a wonderful third position in 31mins 35secs.
The race also incorporated the North Wales 5 mile Championships and of course Dave and Sarah won their respective titles.
There were several other notable results, including the races’ original winner from 26 years ago Arwel Lewis finishing in 31mins 5secs for 27th overall and 1st mv50, Harvey Wharton of Cybi Striders producing the only Championship record of the day, to win the MV35 title in 28mins 7secs, and Abergele’s own Chris Birch who won the FV65 title in an amazing 36mins 41secs.
First Harrier on the day was Jodi Waters in a superb 31mins 10secs, followed by Anthony Howe in 36mins 13secs. Gary Dyson, making his debut for the club finished in 37mins 38secs, while Sarah Manfredi finished in 46mins 10secs.
The race was honored by the presence of Mr. Tim Rowlands, the Mayer of Abergele, and Businessman Chris Spillane of Spillane & Co Wealth Management, who have sponsored the race for the last five years. The club would also like to thanks the many other local businesses who support the race every year and make it the success it is.


 
Snowdonia Marathon 2012 ~ 27/10/2012
 

Seven Abergele Harriers were among the 1480 finishers at the 2012 Snowdonia Marathon on Saturday. Conditions were cool but thankfully dry for the 30th anniversary of “Britain’s toughest road Marathon” which this year incorporated the North Wales Road Running Championships. The team left the event with two new Champions, one of whom was a debutant at the distance, and a silver medalist.
Hayden Jones, running his 3rd Snowdonia marathon, took almost 5 minutes off his previous best for the course to lead the Harriers home in a fantastic 3h 50m 23secs for 330th position overall. Jeni Richards, running her first marathon, finished in 4h 02m 05s for 49th lady, 9th FV45 and 1st FV45 in the Championship. Andy Simpson, just 2 weeks after completing the Liverpool Marathon, finished in 4h 04m 16s. Carol Willgoose took almost 6 minutes off last year’s time to run 4h 09m 20s for 69th lady, 7th FV50 and 2nd FV50 in the Championship. Meinir Huws was exactly four minutes faster than last year crossing the line in 4h 42m 03s for 155th lady and 4th FV55 taking North Wales Championship gold in her category. Dave Edwards had a tough race but was able to power through in 4h 44m 33s. Dominique Jones, the second Harrier making her Marathon debut, smiled (and chatted) the whole way to finish in 5h 42m 08s for 288th lady overall.


 
Cardiff Half Marathon, 2012 ~ 14/10/2012
 

Dave Edwards joined a field of almost fourteen thousand runners to take part in the Cardiff half marathon on Sunday. Dave crossed the line in 1h 52m 35s for 3937th position overall.

 
Liverpool Marathon ~ 14/10/2012
 

Andy Simpson lined up with over 4750 runners taking part in the Liverpool marathon on Sunday.
Andy finished in 4h 1m 44s for 1175th overall.

 
Flintshire 10k ~ 14/10/2012
 

Chris Birch was the only Abergele Harrier competing in the Flintshire 10k on Sunday.
Over 400 runners took part in the race held over a 2 lap undulating course around Mold.
Chris ran 45m 55s for 102nd overall, 10th lady and 1st FV65.

 
Chester Marathon, 2012 ~ 07/10/2012
 

Three Harriers took part in the Chester Marathon on Sunday.
Jody Waters took 30 minutes off his previous time for the distance to finish in a personal best of 3h 09m 19s for 149th overall.
Tracey Roberts, competing in her 1st marathon ran 4h 14m 30s for 1329th overall with Natalie Rushton crossing the line in a personal best of 4h 26m 42s for 1524th overall.



 
Ras 4 Llyn, 30k ~ 07/10/2012
 

Dave Edwards took part in the ras 4 llyn 30k 4 lakes race in the Snowdonia National Park on Sunday as part of his preparation towards the Snowdon Marathon in 3 weeks time. The race starts and finishes at Rhosgadfan and follows a scenic hilly route passing lakes Nantlle, Gadair, Dywarthen and Cwellyn. Dave ran 3h 57m 07s for 43rd position overall.

 
Anglesey Trail Half Marathon ~ 30/09/2012
 

On Sunday 30th September Rob Armstrong completed the Island Trail Race Half Marathon, held at Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn on Anglesey, in an impressive time of 1:37:47 to achieve 18th place in a field of 124 runners.

 
Marsh Track 5k ~ 26/09/2012
 

The Marsh Tracks 5km race, held under floodlights on Wednesday 26th September, was won by Abergele Harrier Darren Blazier in a time of 16:50. Also competing was Harrier Matte Finnan who achieved a personal best for this distance of 24:18.

 
Great North Run, 2012 ~ 16/09/2012
 

Dave Edwards made his annual trip to Newcastle upon Tyne to join nearly 40,000 runners taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday. Dave achieved an excellent time of 1:47:07 to finish in 6,430th position.

 
Llandogged 12.5k ~ 09/09/2012
 

Darren Blazier completed the Llanddoged 12.5k race in a time of 47:56 to achieve 3rd place overall in a field of 50 runners.

 
English Half Marathon ~ 09/09/2012
 

Sunday 9th September saw Mark Mayers and Peter Hardy travelling to Warrington to run the “English Half Marathon” with both runners achieving impressive times. Mark finished in a time of 1:37:08, followed by Peter who finished in 2:06:23.

 
Caernarfon 10k ~ 02/09/2012
 

Eight Abergele Harriers were amonst 201 runners to compete in the Caernarfon 10km race held on Sunday 12th September. First Harrier in was Darren Blazier with a time of 37:45 to secure 21st position. Second home was Tim Cahill in an excellent time of 41mins 10secs for 55th position. He was followed by Mark Mayers in 69th position with a time of 43:22 and Graham Shone in 101st position in a time of 46:21.
Chris Birch achieved a time of 47:25 to secure a position of 109th, but achieved 1st position in the V65 category, 1st in the V65 Welsh Championships and 1st in the V65 North Wales Championships.
Rachel Shipley achieved a personal best of 47:55 for 112th position and secured 1st place in the Under 23 category for both the Welsh and North Wales Championships.
They were followed by Lucy Curtis in a personal best time of 51:57 for 146th position and Meinir Huws in 174th position with a time of 57:28.

Rachel and Chris

 
Cilcain Mountain Race ~ 27/08/2012
 

Rob Armstrong, joined 179 runners taking part in the Cilcain Mountain Race on Bank Holiday Monday.
The 4.6 mile race with 392 metres of ascent runs from the village of Cilcain to the top of Moel Famau and back.
Heavy rain over the weekend made the going tough but despite the muddy conditions Rob finished in 40m 26 for 30th overall.

 
Capenhurst 5k ~ 22/08/2012
 

Club Captain Darren Blazier proved he is well over his recent injuries, with an excellent run in the Capenhurst 5k. Darren finished in an excellent 16mins 49secs for 17th position overall and to win the 3rd V40 prize in this highly competitive category.

 
Race the Train, Tywyn ~ 18/08/2012
 



Abergele Harrier, Jodi Waters, was in Tywyn, Mid Wales on Saturday to take part in the 29th annual Race the Train. 851 runners started the 14 mile race against a steam train along the Talyllyn Railway to Abergynolwyn and back. The route follows the railway track through the Welsh countryside on a tough mutli-terrain course with muddy, wet and rocky sections.
Jodi beat the train by almost 3 minutes finishing in 1h 45m 30s for 79th overall.


 
Cross Border Challenge ~ 29/07/2012
 

Jeremy Appleton joined 398 runners taking part in the very first Cross Border Challenge on Sunday.
The Scotland to England 10k road race started in Gretna and finished on the northern outskirts of Carlisle.
Jeremy crossed the line in 50m 53s for 148th position.

 
Llanfair TH Mountain Race ~ 28/07/2012
 

Four Abergele Harriers were among the 24 runners taking part in the Llanfair TH 10k Mountain Race on Saturday. The tough road race is held each year as part of the Llanfair TH sports day.
Robert Chadwick of Eryri, runner up last year, won the race in 40m 42s.
Isabel Redfern of Colwyn Bay was first lady home for a successive year finishing 14s faster than last year in 42m 43s.
Jodi Waters led the Harriers home in an impressive 41m 10s for 2nd overall. Rob Armstrong ran 43m 16s for 5th overall with Vernon Pownall finishing in 49m 01s for 12th position. Chris Birch ran over 3 minutes faster than last year to cross the line in 49m 32s for 13th overall and 3rd lady.


 
Redwick Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k ~ 22/07/2012
 

Abergele Harriers International Ultra Distance runner Sean McCormack was wearing the red vest of Wales again on Sunday to take part, for the 3rd successive year, in the 100k Anglo-Celtic Plate. The International was held this year in the village of Redwick near Newport with runners competing over 31 laps of a two mile course. McCormack was part of a three man Welsh team; running against teams from England, Scotland and Ireland. McCormack ran 9h 18m 19s for 14th overall and second Welsh finisher, a time considerably slower than usual thanks to blisteringly hot conditions on the day.

 
Caernarfon Race the Train ~ 18/07/2012
 

Eight Abergele Harriers joined 240 runners taking part in the Caernarfon Race the Train 5k last Wednesday evening. Congratulations to Chris Birch who ran the distance over 30 seconds faster than the current 5k British age group record, held since 2003. Chris ran a fantastic 21m 04s for 83rd overall and 1st FV65.
Darren Blazier led the team home in 16m 30s for 8th overall and 1st MV40 closely followed by Jodi Waters running a personal best of 17m 01s for 12th overall. Darren Battersby ran a personal best of 20m 43s for 75th position with new member Jeremy Appleton finishing in 22m 44s for 124th overall. Graham Arden took well over 3 minutes off his previous time for the distance finish in a personal best of 25m 43s for 189th position. Shane McCormack and Alison Faulkner both made their race debuts for the club crossing the line in 26m 30s for 201st position and 27m 38s for 212th position respectively.


 
Vaynol Park 10k ~ 04/07/2012
 

On Wednesday July 4th nine Harriers competed in a field of 265 runners in the Vaynol Park 10K, arranged as part of the Felinheli Festival. The hilly course was a mixture of road and track around Vaynol Country Park and Parc Menai.
1st in the M40 category and 11th overall was Darren Blazier in a time of 37:19. He was followed by Andrew Mercer in 46th position in 43:14 achieving a personal best for the distance.
1st in the FV50 category was Carol Willgoose in 46:09 for 77th overall, whilst Chris Birch finished 1st in the FV65 category in 46:34 for 85th position overall.
Lucy Curtis was 175th in a time of 55:12 and was closely followed by Sue Calvert, 183rd position overall but 3rd in the FV50 category with a time of 56:19. They were followed by Dominique Jones in 200th position with a time of 57:37, Sarah Manfredi in 205th postion in 58:14, taking over 3 minutes off her personal best for the distance, and Sonia Wignall in 256th with a time of 1:06:57.



 
Fairy Freckled Cow 11k ~ 01/07/2012
 

On a cool and blustery Sunday five Harriers joined a field of 118 runners who took part in the 'Fairy Freckled Cow' trail race. The course was a single lap of approximately 11 km on woodland tracks around the Alwen resevoir and onto the moorland of Mynydd Hiraethog.
First Harrier home was Darren Blazier in a time of 43:38 for 2nd in the V40 category and 9th overall, He was followed by Jodi Waters in 45:40 for 13th position and Mark Mayers who came 39th overall in a time of 51:05 beating his personal best by over 2 minutes .
Chris Birch, running in a time of 53:32, came 1st in the FV65 category and 50th overall and was followed by Rob Spotswood who can 106th overall with a time of 66:46.


 
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Five Harriers took part in the Riverbank Run at Rhuddlan on Sunday, running approx 5.5 miles off road in very windy conditions.
Darren Blazier led the team home in 34m 03s for 2nd overall and 2nd V40. Tim Cahill ran 37m 04s for 8th overall and 1st V50 followed by Mark Mayers finishing in 38m 23s for 14th overall and 4th V40.
Both ladies won their age categories with Carol Willgoose running 42m 21s for 3rd lady overall and 1st FV50 and Chris Birch finishing in 43m 22s for 5th lady overall and 1st FV65.



 
Trail Half-Marathon Wales ~ 23/06/2012
 

Dominique Jones joined almost 300 runners taking part in the 2012 Trail Half Marathon Wales on Saturday.

The challenging course follows the forest tracks and trails through Coed y Brenin in the Snowdonia National Park.

Dominique took the hills and the mud in her stride to finish in 2h 55m 08s for 257th overall and 101st lady.



 
British Masters 5k, Horwich 2012 ~ 17/06/2012
 

Chris Birch ran in the British Masters 5K Championship at Horwich in Lancashire on Sunday 17th June. It was held on a hilly 3 lap town centre course in conjunction with the Horwich Festival of Racing. Chris became British Champion winning the FV65 section in a time of 22mins 39sec.

 
Llandudno 10 miles ~ 17/06/2012
 

11 Abergele Harriers joined the 600 runners taking part in the Llandudno 10 mile road race on Sunday. The race incorporates the Welsh 10 mile Championships, with two members taking Welsh Gold.

Darren Blazier led the team home in 1h 01m 05s for 35th overall in the open race and 1st MV40 in the welsh championships to secure category gold in his first race in this age group. Jodi Waters ran 1h 03m 04s for 51st overall followed by Mark Mayers finishing in a personal best of 1h 6m 49s for 98th overall. Jeni Richards took 4 minutes of her previous time for the distance to run a PB of 1h 09m 41s for 135th overall and 3rd FV45. Anthony Howe was hot on her heels taking a massive 7 minutes of his personal best to finish in 1h 10m 53s for 154th overall. Rachel Shipley took the U23 Welsh title running 1h 17m 53s for 288th and in her first ever 10 mile race. Dave Edwards ran 1h 18m 14s for 293rd followed by Paula Maguire finishing in 1h 24m 52s for 393rd and Lucy Curtis crossing the line 1h 25m 22s for 399th. Sue Calvert and Kim Westell completed the Harriers line up finishing in 1h 32m 34s for 495th and 1h 36m 28s for 522nd respectively.


 
Liverpool Tunnel 10k ~ 10/06/2012
 

While most of the club was involved in the Welsh Castles Relay, new member Jodi Waters made his club debut in the Liverpool Tunnel 10k, running an excellent time of 38mins 48secs, a personal best time for the distance, and a time that bodes very well for the future.

 
Abergwyngregyn Fell Race ~ 05/06/2012
 

Two Abergele Harriers joined 70 runners taking part in the midweek fell race at Abergwyngregyn on Tues 5th June. Darren Blazier ran 38m 37s for 19th position overall closely followed by Rob Armstrong finishing in 38m 58s for 22nd position overall.

 
Comrades Marathon ~ 03/06/2012
 

Abergele Harrier Sean Mc Cormack was amongst the 19000 runners taking part in the 2012 Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

The first Comrades Marathon was held in 1921 when 34 men ran from Pietermaritzburg to Durban to commemorate their "comrades" who had died in the Great War. The race is the oldest and biggest Ultra in the world and follows the original 1921 course over 89.28k (approx 56 miles) starting at 5.30am in temperatures of 2-3 degrees and finishing in temperatures of 25-30 degreees. The race alternates directions each year and this year was the "down race". There is a strict cut off time of 12 hours with medals awarded depending on finishing time. Bill Rowan won the first Comrades in 8h 59mins and Sean was hoping to win a ‘Bill Rowan’ medal which is presented to all those who finish between 7h 30m and 9h.

Sean put his 9 months training to the test to take on the hills and heat of South Africa and finished in a fantastic 7h 26m 58s for 588th overall and 145th male (40-49). Sean was awarded a Silver Medal for a sub 7h 30m finish and secured an elite start for next years race – a wonderful achievement and a proud moment for Sean and Abergele Harriers. Sean has been supported throughout his training by his son, Steven Mc Cormack, who travelled with him to South Africa to support him during the race.

In just 7 weeks time Sean will be competing for Wales as part of the four man team in the 100k Anglo-Celtic Plate.

 
Bangor 10k ~ 27/05/2012
 

Four Harriers joined over 300 runners to take part in the 1st ever Bangor 10k on Sunday. Anthony Howe led the team home in 46m 38s for 78th position overall with Chris Birch finishing in 47m 58s for 94th overall, 5th lady and 1st FV65. Sarah Manfredi, in her first race as a Harrier ran 61m 55s for 248th overall followed by Vicky Dale crossing the line in 70m 29s for 298th overall.

 
Sun Centre 5k, 2012 ~ 23/05/2012
 

Eight Abergele Harriers were among the 100 competitors taking part in the Sun Center 5k on Wednesday evening. The race incorporated the North Wales 5K Championships. 5 Harriers ran personal bests, all 3 ladies picked up prizes in the open race and 3 Harriers took North Wales Championship medals.
Darren Blazier led the team home in 18m 05s (11th) to take NW Championship silver in the V35 category. Mark Mayers took 25 seconds off last years time to finish in 19m 10s (26th). Jeni Richards ran a PB of 20m 24s (36th) for 3rd lady overall and 2nd FV45 in the open race and overall bronze in the NW Championships. Anthony Howe ran 20m 36s (38th) improving his PB by almost a minute. Rachel Shipley ran a PB of 21m 33s (45th) for 5th lady overall and 1st senior lady in the open race with Darren Batterby finishing just 1 second behind in a PB of 21m 34s (46th). Chris Birch ran a PB of 21m 53s (48th) for 1st FV65 in the open race and category gold in the NW championships. Steve McCarten crossed the line in 24m 32s (72nd) to complete the Harriers line up.





 
Cape Wrath Marathon, 2012 ~ 19/05/2012
 

Aeth Meininr Huws o Abergele Harriers traveilio i pentre Durness yn y Gogledd Alban i cymyd rhan yn yr Marathon Cape Wrath.
Mae rhedwyr yn mynd o'r pentre ar y bws i'r Kyle ac yno croesi ar y cwch i'r ochr pella
Mae'r ffordd yn mynd trwy gwlad hyfrydol tuag at y goleudy enwog Stevenson yn Cape Wrath ac yno yn troi yn ol cyfeiriad y cwch lle maer amser yn stoppio am y taith dros y dwr.
Mae cystadleuydd yn gorffen y ras yn rheddeg 4 milltir yn ol ir canolfan y pentre.
Aeth Meinir rhedeg 26.2 milltir mewn 4h 51m 22e am 66ed dros pawb i gyd a 16ed dynes

Abergele Harrier Meinir Huws travelled to the tiny village of Durness in North West Scotland to take part in the unique Cape Wrath Challenge Marathon.
Marathon runners are transported from the village by bus to the Kyle of Durness where they cross by ferry boat to the start of the run. The route takes runners through some of the most spectacular wilderness in the UK to the most North Westerly tip of mainland Britain and the famous Stevenson lighthouse at Cape Wrath. Turning at the lighthouse, runners head back towards the ferry where timing is stopped for the crossing and restarted as runners complete the final 4 mile stage back to Durness Village Hall. Meinir completed the 26.2 mile race that takes in 2500ft of climbing in 4h 51m 22s for 66th overall and 16th lady.

 
Great Manchester 10k, 2012 ~ 20/05/2012
 

John Dixon, ran the Great Manchester 10k today finishing in a fantastic time of 32mins 42secs, taking 10 seconds off the time he posted in the same race in 2010.

 
Christleton 5k, 2012 ~ 18/05/2012
 

Chris Birch lined up with 267 runners to take part in the 25th Christleton 5k on Friday evening.
Chris ran 22m 08s for 194th overall, 34th lady and 1st FV60.

 
Chester Half Marathon, 2012 ~ 13/05/2012
 

On Sunday, nine Abergele Harriers were among the 3,620 runners in the 2012 Chester Half Marathon. Mark Mayers was the first home with a time of 1h 29m 8s, taking nearly 3 minutes off his time for last year, and finishing 123rd overall. He was followed by Rachel Shipley at 1h 41m 12s and Darren Battersby at 1h 44m 33s, both of whom were competing in the first half marathon having only joined the club as part of the beginners group last July.
Next in were Dave Edwards at 1h 45m 20s, Peter Hardy at 1h 57m 27s and Stephen McCarten at 2h 01m 11s. Following these experienced runners where three others who also joined the beginners group last July: Graham Arden with a time of 2h 11m 30s taking an amazing 11 minutes off his personal best for the distance, Kim Westell with a time of 2h 14 6s, showing how well she had recovered since her 40 mile race a few weeks ago, and her sister Stephanie Wynne at 2h, 25m, 12s.



 
Port Sunlight 10k ~ 13/05/2012
 

On Sunday, Andy Simpson completed the inaugral Port Sunlight 10km road race with a time of 42m, 16s to secure 77th position in a field of 787 runners.

 
Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race ~ 05/05/2012
 

Two Abergele Harriers were out on the fells on Saturday to compete in Llangynhafal loop race. 72 runners lined up for the 4.7 mile race that takes in 1750 feet of ascent mainly on grass. Richie Lee finished in 49m 59s for 17th overall just ahead of Rob Armstrong running 50m 40s for 20th overall.

 
Great Manchester Marathon ~ 29/04/2012
 

Dave Edwards joined almost 5000 runners braving atrocious weather conditions to take part in the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday. Despite strong winds and heavy rain Dave completed the 26.2 mile course in 3h 50m 22s.



 
Wrexham 10 mile ~ 28/04/2012
 

Tim Cahill was the only Harrier in the 50th running of the Wrexham 10 mile race on Saturday. Tim has run the race many times over the last 30 years and shoowed all that experience with a fantastic time of 64mins 39 secs.

 
London Marathon, 2012 ~ 22/04/2012
 

Seven Abergele Harriers joined over 35 thousand runners to compete in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon.
Andy Simpson, running for MENCAP, was first home for the club in a personal best of 3h 46m 11s.
Mark Mayers, running his first ever marathon and raising money for Air Ambulance and St Kentigerns Hospice, finished in 3h 53m 50s. Peter Hardy, not long over foot surgery, ran an excellent time of 4h 37m 01s.
Lucy Jones and Cheryl Richards were the lucky recipients of this years club places. Lucy took over 24 minutes off her previous time for the distance to finish in a personal best of 4h 48m 32s and Cheryl, raising funds for Love, Hope, Strength Foundation crossed the line in 4h 58m 39s. Jane Roberts, who only took up running and came to the club about six months ago, running for a Heart Charity for very personal reasons, finished in an excellent 5h 14m 20s. Keith Tewkesbury, running for Action for Children, completed the distance in 5h 21m 14s.







 
Coventry Way Challenge ~ 15/04/2012
 

Kim Westell took on the 40 mile Coventry Way Challenge on Sunday to raise funds for local children’s hospices, Ty Gobaith and Hope House. Kim completed the distance in a fantastic 12 hours and 12 minutes.

 
North Wales 10,000m Champs ~ 14/04/2012
 

The first ever North Wales 10,000m track championships took place on Saturday in Deeside with two Harriers managing to get on the podium. After a three year break from the track, Sean and Steven McCormack took time out from Ultra-training to compete, with Sean finishing in 38mins 10secs for the silver medal in the Male Veteran category, while Steven finished in 39mins 16secs to take the Senior Men's bronze.

 
Llandudno 5k Easter Dash ~ 08/04/2012
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the Llandudno 5k Easter Prom Dash on Saturday. Chris Birch ran 23m 03s for 5th lady overall and 1st FV60. Matte Finnan, taking things steady following an injury in last weeks Borders League race, crossed the line in 26m 57s.

 
Betws Y Coed Half Marathon ~ 01/04/2012
 

Haydn Jones and Sue Calvert headed towards Snowdonia to take part in the first Betws-y-Coed half marathon on Sunday. Over a tough hilly course Haydn finished in 1h 45m for 65th out of 289 finishers while Sue finished in an excellent 2h 20m.

 
Vale of Clywd 10k ~ 24/03/2012
 

Chris Birch was the only Harrier in competitive action at the weekend as one of 200 starters in the first ever Vale of Clywd 10k. Despite feeling very unwell, Chris still won her age group in a very respectful 48mins 44secs.

 
Liverpool Half-Marathon ~ 18/03/2012
 

Two Harriers ran the Liverpool Half on Sunday, joining over 6000 runners. Andy Simpson ran 1h 38m 03s for 663rd overall while Sharon Kynaston took almost 6 minutes off her previous time for the distance to run a personal best of 1h 53m 48s for 2573rd overall.

 
Standard Chartered Stanley Marathon ~ 18/03/2012
 

Tim Cahill from Abergele Harriers and friend Jonathon Hughes of Eryri Harriers, who both served in the Falklands War, took part in the Standard Chartered Stanley Marathon on Sunday. The ex marines returned to the Falklands Islands, on the 30th anniversary of the conflict, to raise money for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Competing against very strong winds, Tim finished in 3h 38m with Jonathon completing the distance in 4h 55m.

 
Mighty Deerstalker ~ 17/03/2012
 

Rob Armstrong headed up to Scotland on Saturday to join over 1600 adventurous runners tackling the Mighty Deerstalker. The 10k+ torch lit multi terrain race has competitors scrambling up steep scree slopes and wading up river in freezing water amongst other obstacles. Rob completed the event in 1h 37m 55s for a fantastic 35th position overall.

 
Rhayader 20 ~ 18/03/2012
 

Two Abergele Harriers lined up with 360 runners to take part in the Rhayader 20 mile road race on Saturday 17th March. Dave Edwards ran 2h 53m 40s for 170th overall with Carol Willgoose finishing in 2h 58m 39s for 194th overall.

 
Marsh Tracks 5k, March 2012 ~ 02/03/2012
 

Three Abergele Harriers took part in the Marsh Tracks 5k at Rhyl on Friday evening. Richie Lee led the team home in 18m 26s for 10th overall and 1st MV45. Andrew Mercer finished in a personal best of 18m 41s for 14th overall with Darren Batterby running his first 5k in an excellent 21m 53s for 25th overall.

 
Ras Moel Y Cai ~ 25/02/2012
 

Rob Armstrong took to the fells on Saturday to join 155 runners taking part in Ras Moel y Ci from Tregarth near Bangor. Rob ran the 5mile race with 950ft ascent in 44m 52s for 27th overall.

 
Torrevieja Half Marathon ~ 26/02/2012
 

Grahame Shone lined up with 1300 runners to take part in the Torrevieja half marathon on the Costa Blanca on Sunday. Grahame ran 1h 38m 12s for 449th position overall and 3rd V60.



 
San Javier 10k ~ 19/02/2012
 

Grahame Shone left the wintery weather behind to take part in the San Javier 10k on the Costa Blanca. Grahame ran 43m 58s to win the V60 category and add to his haul of trophies from his racing in Spain.

 
Wrexham Half-Marathon ~ 19/02/2012
 

Five Abergele Harriers took part in the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday. Mark Mayers led the team home in 1h 34m 42s. Tom Bancroft ran 1h 43m 55s just seconds ahead of Andy Simpson finishing in 1h 43m 58s. Dave Edwards crossed the line in 1h 44m 04s with Peter Hardy completing the line up with a run of 2h 01m 39s. Unfortunately no age group categories were presented and the North Wales Championships were not presented because of issues with the course, with someone having changed some of the signs on the course.



 
Nick Beer 2012 ~ 12/02/2012
 

Eighteen Abergele Harriers took part in the 20th Nick Beer 10k race around the Great Orme at Llandudno on Sunday. Rob Armstrong led the Harriers home in 39m 35s for 48th overall with Richie Lee running 40m 24s for 60th position. Mark Mayers finished in 41m 54s for 92nd ahead of Jeni Richards running 42m 57s for 120th and Anthony Howe finishing in 45m 16s for 187th. Carol Willgoose ran 45m 36s for 197th and 2nd FV50 with Chris Birch crossing the line in 45m 44s for 199th and 1st FV 60. Dave Edwards ran 45m 56s for 208th followed by Darren Batterby finishing in 46m 58s for 231st and Tom Bancroft running 47m 22s for 243rd. Rachel Shipley ran 50m 57s for 348th; Paula Maguire ran 53m exactly for 415th and Sue Calvert finished in 55m 38s for 493rd.
Peter Hardy crossed the line in 57m 12s for 524th ahead of Dominique Jones running 57m 39s for 535th and Graham Arden finishing in 59m 15s for 572nd. Kim Westwell ran 59m 54s for 580th with Stephanie Wynne completing the Harriers line up running 67m 06s for 653rd.



 
North Wales Cross Country Championships, 2012, Corwen.
 

The Harriers proved that they are going in the right direction and can hopefully in the not too distant future. once again become a force to contend with in Cross Country. Ten Harriers turned out for the North Wales Championships which were run in the beautiful Rhug Estate near Corwen and two members won Championship titles and one other was a runner up in his category. Jeni Richards ran magnificantly to win the very competitive FV45 title in a time of 25mins 59secs, while Chris Birch retained her FV60 title with another inspiring run in 28mins 6secs. The ladies team was completeed by a very powerfulrun from Rachel Shipley finishing in 32mins 52secs. The men's team were lead home by Richie Lee in 44mins 55secs, who was rewarded with a runners up prize in the MV45 category, followed home by Sean and Steven McCormack who finished together in 47mins 19secs. Again an excellent overall team effort was completed by Mark Mayers and Dave Edwards who both finished in 52mins 37secs, with Hayden Jones and Tom Bancroft not far behind in 53mins 42secs and 55mins 48secs respectively.
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Four Villages Half Marathon, 2012 ~ 22/01/2012
 

Gareth Roberts was among the 1,700 runners in this years Four Villages Half Marathon which was run in very windy conditions. Gareth finished 49th overall in a time of 1:20:20, excellent considering the conditions.

 
Twin Piers 2012 ~ 21/01/2012
 

24 Abergele Harriers were among the 365 competitors lining up at the Pier in Llandudno to run the 2012 Twin Piers 10k along the seafront to Colwyn Bay. 8 harriers made their debut for the club, 7 harriers ran 10k personal bests and 4 harriers received category awards.
Richie Wilyman took almost 3 minutes off his previous time for the distance to lead the team home in 35m 55s (PB) for 18th position. Rob Armstrong improved his 10k time by almost 2 minutes to finish in 38m 18s (PB) for 33rd position with Richie Lee crossing the line in 39m 01s for 39th overall and 1st V45. Mark Mayers ran 40m 50s (PB) for 65th position followed by Andy Simpson finishing in 42m 06s for 91st. Jeni Richards led the harrier ladies home in 42m 13s (PB) for 94th overall, 7th lady and 1st FV45. Anthony Howe ran 43m 41s (PB) for 116th just ahead of Dave Edwards finishing in 43m 54s (PB) for 122nd. Carol Willgoose ran 43m 57s for 123rd overall, 12th lady and 2nd FV50 with Chris Birch running 44m 35s for 134th overall, 13th lady and 1st FV60. Tom Bancroft ran 46m 42s (PB) for 166th position, Rachel Shipley finished in 48m 44s for 200th overall and 31st lady and Sue Calvert crossed the line in 53m 30s for 262nd overall and 54th lady.
Graham Arden ran 55m 09s for 289th, Tracey Roberts 55m 40s for 293rd, Peter Hardy 55m 51s for 295th and Jane Roberts 57m 40s for 314th. Melissa Corner and Helen Ingram both finished in 61m 37s for 325th and 326th followed by Jan Garnett in 63m 12s for 335th and Julie Whitehouse in 63m 40s. Vicky Dale ran 65m 55s for 344th with Kim Westell and Stephanie Wynne completing a fantastic Harrier line up crossing the line together in 65m 56s for 345th and 346th.
Full results are available at: http://www.abergeleharriers.co.uk/TP-2K12/



 
Telford 10K ~ 18/12/2011
 

Darren Blazier was among the 550 runners in todays Telford 10k, and in very cold and icy conditions he completed the course in 36mins 12secs for 62nd position overall. Josh Dixon also started but unfortunately had to pull out after about 5k.

 
Stockport 10, 2011 ~ 11/12/2011
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts made their annual journey to the Stockport 10 mile race over its undulating course. Gareth ran very well to finish in an excellent time of 59mins 48 secs for 19th position overall and 2nd MV45, just 8 seconds behind the winner in the category. Dewi, who was carrying an injury, still ran superbly to finish just 5 seconds behind Gareth for 22nd overall and 3rd MV45 in 59mins 53secs.

 
Inter-Regional X-C, 2011 ~ 10/12/2011
 

Two Abergele Harriers were in Builth Wells on Saturday competing for the North Wales female masters team in the Welsh Inter Regional Cross Country Championships that incorporates the Welsh Masters Championships.
Jeni Richards completed the 3.4 mile course in 24m 48s for 25th overall, 11th over 45 and 3rd North Wales runner over 45 to help the team secure 2nd place overall.
Chris Birch finished in 28m 37s for 49th overall and 1st over 60 in the Welsh Masters race to take Welsh championship gold in her category.



 
Lisbon Marathon ~ 04/12/2011
 

Sean McCormack made a last minute decision to head off to Portugal at the weekend to compete in the Lisbon Marathon. Sean needed to run a sub 3h 20m marathon to qualify to start at the front in the Comrades Ultra in South Africa on 3rd June 2012. Sean ran the tough undulating course, with a 3 mile uphill finish, well within his target time to finish in a fantastic 3h 05m 53s, finishing in 100th position overall.

 
Helena Tipping 10k ~ 04/12/2011
 


Richie Lee was the only Abergele Harrier to line up with the 244 runners taking part in the Helena Tipping Memorial 10k at Wrexham on Sunday. Richie ran 40m 07s for 51st position overall.



 
Home International XC, 2011 ~ 27/11/2011
 

Chris Birch, despite not feeling well, competed for the FV60 Welsh Masters team in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships in Glasgow. Despite a total mix-up by the organisers with the start, Chris worked her way brilliantly through the field to finish is a superb time of 28mins 59secs for 97th overall and 9th FV60 in the high quality International field to help Wales to the Bronze team medal, only one point behind Ireland in silver, with England only marginally further ahead.


 
Marsh Tracks 5k ~ 23/11/2011
 

Five Harriers took part in a 5k race hosted by Prestatyn Running Club at the Marsh Tracks in Rhyl last Wednesday evening. The Harriers came in first, second and third overall with just 40 seconds separating Darren Blazier running 17m 31s, Simeon Fawcett finishing in 17m 59s and Richard Wilyman crossing the line in 18m 11s. Richie Lee ran 19m 31s and Graham Arden completed the line up finishing in 29m 06s.

 
Conwy Half Marathon, 2011 ~ 20/11/2011
 

Thirteen Abergele Harriers, including 5 Harriers attempting the distance for the first time, lined up with 1236 runners to take part in the 2011 Conwy Half Marathon. Club captain Darren Blazier led the team home in 1h 20m 21s for 18th position overall. Richard Wilyman, in his first half marathon, finished in 1h 25m 10s for 45th overall. Mark Mayers ran 1h 33m 22s for 120th with Anthony Howe finishing in 1h 39m 38s for 245th. Dave Edwards crossed the line in 1h 42m 41s for 314th with Tom Bancroft, the second Harrier running the distance for the first time, crossing the line in1h 46m 03s for 399th. Andrew Goodson and Peter Hardy, both returning from injury, ran 2h 07m 18s for 915th and 2h 09m 33s for 949th respectively. Sue Calvert led the ladies home in 2h 09m 47s for 956th closely followed by Sharon Kynaston finishing in 2h 10m 16s for 966th. Jonathon Perry finished in 2h 12m 49s for 1003rd, Graham Arden in 2h 22m 29s for 1120th and Helen Ingram in 2h 35m 51s for1197th , all completing a 13.1 mile half marathon for the first time.

 
Preston 10mile, 2011 ~ 20/11/2011
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts made their annual journey to the Preston 10 mile race on Sunday with amazing results. Making their "debut" as V45s Dewi win the category with a time of 58mins 8secs for 16th overall, while Gareth amazingly got a personal best for the distance of 58mins 23secs, for 20th overall and runner up in the new category.

 
Abergele 5, 2011 ~ 06/11/2011
 

Abergele Harriers held the Spillane & Co Wealth Management Abergele 5 road race, incorporating the North Wales 5 mile Road Race Championships, on Sunday 6th November. 263 competitors lined up in glorious sunshine to take part in the 25th Anniversary of this popular local race with the first 250 finishers receiving commemorative medals. Overall winner and 1st senior male in a course and championship record of 25m 43s was David Mountford of Deeside AAC. First lady home was Emma Parry of Wrexham AC finishing in 30m 30s for 22nd overall and 1st FV35.
The team competitions were won by Eryri Harriers men for the 6th year in succession and Prestatyn RC ladies for the first time in a few years having been runners up on a number of occaisions. A team of 5 men from the The Kinmel Arms at St George took 1st prize in the inaugural Corporate Challenge. Four Abergele Harriers took part with Richie Lee leading the men home in 32m 36s for 45th overall. Tom Bancroft ran 38m 11s for 125th with Graham Arden crossing the line in 47m 06s for 231st. Chris Birch represented the Harrier ladies finishing in a championship record of 36m 17s for 104th overall, 10th lady and 1st FV60.
Abergele Harriers would like to thank the main sponsor, Chris Spillane, who also took part in the race, for his continued support each year. Thanks also to Abergele Mayor John McClelland for attending the prize giving, Abergele Town Council and local businesses for kindly sponsoring the race and all the runners, supporters, helpers and marshals that made the day such a huge success.

 
Dublin Marathon, 2011 ~ 31/10/2011
 

Ed Reid joined almost 12 thousand runners lining up for the 2011 Dublin marathon on Monday 31st October.
Ed finished in 3h 44m29s for 2774th overall.

 
BUPA Great South Run ~ 30/10/2011
 

Josh Dixon lined up with over 16000 runners to compete in the 10 mile BUPA Great South Run in Portsmouth on Sunday. Josh, making his debut for the Welsh Senior team, finished in 54m 38s for 45th overall.

 
Snowdonia Marathon 2011 ~ 29/10/2011
 

Six Harriers took on the Snowdonia Marathon this year, all doing fantastically well. First home, making his debut at the distance, was Andy Simpson in a fantastic 3:51:51. Haydn Jones, again running amazingly well, narrowly missed out on the four hour barrier by an agonising eight seconds, while Carol Willgoose ran equally well to finish the very tough race in 4:15:02. John Cody ran a very powerful 4:16:59, while seasoned Marathoner Dave Edwards again put in an excellent performance with a 4:20:30. The team was completed by an equally impressive Meinir Huws who completed the course in 4:47:07.

 
Cardiff Half Marathon, 2011 ~ 16/10/2011
 

Andy Simpson lined up with over ten thousand runners to take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday.

Andy ran the 13.1 mile course in a personal best of 1h 34m 53s for 737th overall.

 
Liverpool Marathon ~ 09/10/2011
 

Sue Calvert lined up with over 9000 runners in Birkenhead Park on Sunday to take part in the Liverpool Marathon and raise money for the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.
Sue ran the 26 mile course around the city streets to cross the finish line at Liverpool's Pier Head in 5h 40m 52s.

 
Flintshire 10k, 2011 ~ 09/10/2011
 

Darren Blazier was the only Harrier competing in the Flintshire 10k on Sunday finishing in 35m 39s for 6th position overall.

 
Commonwealth 24h Championships ~ 23/09/2011
 

Abergele Harriers Welsh International Ultra-Distance runner Sean McCormack was on International duty at the weekend as part of the Welsh 24 hour team for the Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Championships held in North Wales this weekend. Wearing the red of Wales for the fourth time Sean had an inspired run covering 211.941k, that is 131miles 1,221.4 yards, the equivalent of just over 5 standard Marathons finishing 13th overall in the very high quality International field. More importantly, combined with John Pares, who lives in Switzerland but is still a member of Buckley RC (244.334k) and Jeremy Mower (207.968k) of Gloucester AC, the team won the overall team silver in the competition, less than 4k behind Gold Medalists England, and 3k ahead of New Zealand in the Bronze medal position, with Australia missing the Bronze by 549 meters after the 24 hours. Twenty of the forty six starters managed over 200k, clearly demonstrating the strength of Ultra Running throughout the Commonwealth but the highlight of the race was the fact that Lizzy Hawker of England, by winning the race overall with a distance of 247.076k, smashed the 24h World Record for a women on the road by 3.423k, a record set in 1993 by Germany’s Sigrid Lomsky who was at the event to see her record go. Sean would like to thank all the members of the Harriers, and many other local Running Clubs, as well os the staff of Abergele Surgery who came out in fourse to support him during the 24 hour race.

 
Macclesfield Half-Marathon ~ 25/09/2011
 

Mark Mayers and Peter Hardy ran the tough Macclesfield Half Marathon on sunday, both running very well, finishing in 1hr 32mins 55secs and 2hr 20mins respectively.

 
Warrington Half Marathon 2011 ~ 18/09/2011
 

On the same day as the Great North Run Mark Meyers raced over the same distance but much closer to home, completing this years Warrington Half Marathon in 1hr 29mins 31secs, over four minutes faster than last years race.

 
Great North Run, 2011 ~ 18/09/2011
 

Dave Edwards and John Cody travelled up to Newcastle for this years Great North Run with John producing a personal best for the distance by over fifteen minutes, finishing in 1 hour 51 minutes, while Dave produced his fastest Great North Run time, over a minute better than his previous fastest in 2008, with a time of 1 hour 45 minutes.

 
Robin Hood Marathon 2011 ~ 11/09/2011
 

Chris Bezington was in Nottingham on Sunday to take part in his first ever marathon. Chris completed the Robin Hood Marathon in 4h 25m.

 
Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon, 2011 ~ 11/09/2011
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts took part in this years Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon which was run in blustery conditions. Dewi finished in 1:17:30 for 22nd overall, while Gareth proved he is also back on form with an excellent 1:19:07 for 31st overall. Sharon Kynaston took over 7m off her time for the course last year to run a half marathon personal best of 1h 59m 52s.

 
Llanddoged 12.5k ~ 11/09/2011
 

Darren Blazier led the Harriers home at Ras Fawr Llanddoged on Sunday. He ran the tough 8 mile race in 48m 23s for 3rd overall. Mark Mayers took 2m 34s off his time for the course last year to finish in 55m 41s.
Paula Maguire, in her first race with the Harriers since 2009, crossed the line in 73m 20s.

 
Hell Up North ~ 10/09/2011
 

Three Abergele Harriers were in the Delamere Forest Park on Saturday taking part in the Brooks HellRunner ‘Hell up North’ run.

Cheryl Richards, Lucy Jones and Dominique Jones were delighted to completed the challenging course in 3h 3m covered in mud but without injury.

 
Caernarfon 10k 2011 ~ 04/09/2011
 

With several runners out due to injury only 2 Harriers took part in the Caernarvon 10k this year.

Darren Blazier ran 37m 04s for 10th overall while Paul Thomas finished in 44m 31s for 44th overall.

 
Blackpool 10k ~ 04/09/2011
 

Mark Mayers joined 251 runners to compete in the Blackpool Hilton Illuminations 10k on Saturday.

Running into a strong headwind Mark finished in 42m 44s for 28th overall and 4th V40.

 
Ellesmere 10k ~ 28/08/2011
 

Chris Birch lined up with 415 runners competing in the Ellesmere 10k in Shropshire on Sunday.

The course follows a scenic route including sections along the lakeside and canal.

Chris ran 47m 12s for 156th overall and 1st FV60.

 
Lletty Fell Race ~ 20/08/2011
 

Ed Reid joined 46 runners to take part in the Lletty fell race from Llangwyfan on the 20th August.

Ed ran the 9 mile course with a 2090 ft ascent in 1h 53m 26s for 29th overall.

 
Merthyr Police 10k ~ 14/08/2011
 

Darren Blazier was in South Wales this weekend competing in the Merthyr Police 10k road race incorporating the 10k Welsh Athletics Road Running Championship. Darren ran 35m 26s for 26th overall and together with Desi Damiani of Wrexham and Jez Brown of Buckley took gold for the North Wales masters team in the inter-regional championship.

 
Great Orme 15k ~ 14/08/2011
 

Mark Mayers was the only Harrier taking on the 15k Great Orme Challenge on Sunday. Mark took more than 4 minutes off his time for the course last year to finish in 66m 01s.

 
Gobowen 5 Mile ~ 05/08/2011
 

Chris Birch ran the Gobowen 5mile road race on Friday evening. The course is on undulating country lanes and she finished 1st LV60 and 3rd lady overall in an excellent time of 38-02.

 
Sale 10 ~ 07/08/2011
 

Three Abergele Harriers were in action in Sale on Sunday in Sale Harriers annual 10 mile road race. Dewi Roberts lead the trio home in 58mins 45secs for 25th position overall despite having to stop with cramp mid-race. Gareth Roberts, also running very well at present, was just ten positions further back, just finishing thirteen seconds the wrong side of the hour. Unfortunately Josh Dixon had to pull out after only two miles.

 
Belfast 12h Race ~ 22/07/2011
 

Welsh International ultra-distance runner Sean McCormack, as part of his preparation for the Commonwealth 24h Championships in September, traveled to Belfast on friday to take part in the Energia Belfast 12 Hour overnight track race. Despite treating the race very much as a training run Sean won the event with a distance of 68.8 miles, 1.4 miles ahead of the second placed athlete, with the third placed athlete a further 3 miles back. This will be Sean's final warm up event before the Commonwealth Championships, which for the first time are being held in North Wales at the end of September, with everyone hoping that the Welsh team could well "medal" with the benefit of home advantage.

 
Burton Wood 5 mile ~ 17/07/2011
 

Richie Lee ttok part in the Burton Wood 5 Mile road race on Sunday finishing in 30mins 50secs, his fastest time for the distance in four years.

 
Caernarfon Race the Train ~ 13/07/2011
 

Eight Abergele Harriers joined 266 runners to Race the Train over 5k from Dinas to Caernarvon on Wednesday 13th July. All 4 men beat the train and 2 men and 2 ladies went away with personal bests over the distance.
Josh Dixon was first Harrier home in a personal best of 15m 03s for 3rd position overall.
Darren Blazier ran 16m 27s for 11th position just ahead of Simeon Fawcett finishing in a personal best of 16m 46s and 15th position. Richie Lee crossed the line in 17m 45s for 37th overall.
Dominique Jones led the Harrier ladies home in a personal best of 26m 12s for 225th position. Sonia Wignall secured the 4th personal best of the evening running 27m 33s for 244th overall. The Harrier line up was completed by Wendy Jones crossing the line in 31m 52s for 258th and Annwen Begley finishing in 31m 52s for 262nd.

 
Deeside Off-Road Series ~ 07/07/2011
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in the Deeside off-road 5 mile race on Thursday evening.
Tim Cahill ran 32m 41s and Richie Lee finished in 33m 28s.


 
Penny Lane 10k, 2011 ~ 03/07/2011
 

Gareth and Dewi Roberts were in Liverpool on Sunday to compete in a field of 300 runners in the Penny Lane 10k. Over a new but much slower course, Dewi ran 36m 41s for 6th overall and 1st V40 while Gareth finished in 38m 20s for 18th overall and 3rd v40.

 
Fairy Freckled Cow 11k ~ 03/07/2011
 

Darren Blazier was the only Abergele Harrier amongst the 100 runners taking part in the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race on Sunday. Darren ran the 11k route around the Alwen reservoir in 44m 13s for 8th overall.

 
Vaynol Park 10k ~ 29/06/2011
 

Six Abergele Harriers lined up with 293 runners to take part in the Vaynol Park 10k at Felinhelli on Wednesday evening. Club captain Darren Blazier led the Harriers home in 36m 34s for 5th overall. Vernon Pownall, in a welcome return to racing following a 9 month absence, ran 48m 53s for 131st. Dominique Jones took more than 2 minutes off her previous time for the distance to finish 220th in a personal best of 56m 54s. Meinir Huws ran 57m 06s for 226th with Christobelle Pownall finishing in 57m 48s for 231st. Sonia Wignall recorded the second personal best of the evening by taking 46 seconds off her 10k time to cross the line in 60m 34s for 259th.

 
Lyme 5k ~ 25/06/2011
 

Richie Lee ran the Lyme 5k on Saturday, finishing in 18mins 45secs, taking over 40 seconds off the time he did for the Sun Centre 5k in Rhyl just a few weeks back.

 
Race for Life, Rhyl, 2011 ~ 05/06/2011
 

On Sunday Sian Hall joined the girls in Rhyl to ‘Race for Life’ and finished the 5k course in 23m 30s.

 
Suncentre 5k, 2011 ~ 25/05/2011
 

Ten Abergele Harriers joined 97 runners to take part in the Sun Center 5k on Wednesday 25th May 2011.
Simeon Fawcett led the team home in 17m 18s for 7th position overall. Darren Blazier finished in 17m 46s for 10th overall and 2nd MV35
Richard Wilyman ran 18m 46s for 18th followed by Richie Lee finishing in 19m 26s for 27th overall and 2nd MV45.
Andrew Mercer was just seconds behind finishing in 19m 33s (29th) just ahead of Mark Mayers in 19m 36s (30th) and Andy Simpson in 19m 48s (32nd)
Keith Tewkesbury ran 24m 47s (75th), Anthony Howe finished in 25m 16s (78th) and Sue Calvert, the only lady Harrier at the race, completed the line up in 25m 51s (82nd).

 
Llandudno 10 ~ 22/05/2011
 

Fourteen Abergele Harriers were among the 960 competitors running the Llandudno 10 mile road race in very windy conditions on Sunday. The race incorporated the 2011 Welsh 10 mile Championships with 3 Harriers picking up medals on the day. Dewi Roberts and Gareth Roberts took gold and silver respectively in the V40 category and Jeni Richards won gold in the FV45 category.
Dewi Roberts was first Harrier home in 58m 35s for 16th overall and 1st Welsh V40 followed by Gareth Roberts in 61m 43s for 39th overall and 2nd Welsh V40. Darren Blazier ran 65m 19s (69th) and Mark Mayers finished in 67m 46s (96th). Andy Simpson crossed the line in 70m 45s (150th) with Dave Edwards finishing in 73m 27s (216th). Jeni Richards led the ladies home in 73m 45s (225th) for 29th lady and 1st Welsh FV45. Anthony Howe ran 77m 44s (315th), Peter Hardy finished in 85m 38s (519th) and John Coady completed the distance in 89m 11s (621st). Four Harrier ladies finished within 5 minutes of each other; Sue Calvert in 90m 43s (647th), Lucy Jones in 93m 42s (701st), Cheryl Richards in 94m 59s (723rd) and Christobelle Pownall in 95m 04s.



 
Chester Half Marathon 2011 ~ 15/05/2011
 

Eight Abergele Harriers joined a field of 2,160 runners to take part in the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday with all the ladies running personal bests over the 13.1 mile course.
Dewi Roberts led the team home in a fantastic 1h 15m 49s for 11th position overall. Gareth Roberts, in his first race back for several months following an injury, ran 1h 19m 37s ( 21st) with Tim Cahill, another Harrier returning to the scene, finishing in 1h 23m 53s (48th).
Mark Mayers crossed the line in 1h 32m 01s (213th), while Jeni Richards, the first of the ladies home, ran a remarkable PB of 1h 37m 50s (404th). Dave Edwards, only a few weeks since achieving such a tremendous Marathon PB in London, finished in 1h 40m 52s (524th).
Dominique Jones took 10 minutes off last year’s time to complete the distance in a PB of 2h 11m 38s (1887th) and Sonia Wignall secured the third PB of the day finishing in 2h 23m 56s (2065th).

 
Great Manchester 10k ~ 15/05/2011
 

Three Harriers were in the field of 27,000 runners who took part in this years BUPA Great Manchester 10k. First home, just 5 seconds outside his PB for the distance, was Richard Wilyman in a fantastic 38mins 45secs for 262nd overall. Andrew Mercer, making his debut for the club, was next home in 42m 39s (979th) while another debutant, Adam Gabbetis completed an excellent day for the club finishing in 49mins 35sec for 5,357th position.

 
Llangynhalaf Loop race ~ 07/05/2011
 

Ed Reid once again tackeled the Llangynhalaf Loop race in the Clwydian Hills, which involves 1,750 of climbing over 4.75 miles and is part of the WFRA North Wales Championships. Ed finished in 1:00:56 just a little slower than last year.

 
Wrexham 10, 2011 ~ 30/04/2011
 

Dewi Roberts took part in the 2011 Wrexham 10 mile road race on Saturday. Running superbly as usual, Dewi finished 5th overall in a superb time of 59mins 7secs, particularly good considering the heat and wind on the day.

 
Cunit Half Marathon ~ 10/04/2011
 

Graham Shone managed to complete a half marathon in Cunit, near Barcelona, in1h 48m despite running in temperatures at 25 degrees. Alan Lucas, still recovering from injury, pulled out after about a mile because of the excessive heat.

 
Chester Spring 5, 2011 ~ 06/04/2011
 

Two Abergele Harriers joined 392 competitors to run the Chester Spring 5 mile road race on Wednesday 6th April.
Tim Cahill, who has run the race on very many occasions, showed he's right back on form to finish in 31m 58s for 60th overall while Chris Birch, making her debut in the race, finished in 39m11s for 217 overall and 1st FV60.

 
Barcelona 11k ~ 03/04/2011
 

Abergele Harriers Grahame Shone and Alan Lucas, both carrying injury, joined 59 thousand runners to compete in an 11k road race in Barcelona.
Grahame Shone crossed the line in 54mins while Alan Lucas completed the distance in 82 mins.

 
Celtic Plate 100k, Perth ~ 27/03/2011
 

Sean McCormack, on International duty for Wales on Sunday, took and amazing 1 hour 6 minutes off his personal best time for 100k in the Angle-Celtic Plate run over a 42 lap course in Perth, Scotland. Sean’s time of 7 hours 57 minutes and 10 seconds was also good enough to come home as first “Welsh” runner, from a team of 5 men and 2 ladies, and finish 11th overall, and 3rd Veteran, in a very strong International field of 48 runners.

 
Wilmslow Half Marathon ~ 27/03/2011
 

Josh Dixon continued his remarkable recent form finishing the Wilmslow Half Marathon in a personal best time of 70 minutes and 51 seconds for a brilliant 21st position overall. It is just a matter of time now as to when he breaks that magival 70 minute barrier.

 
Rhayader 20 ~ 20/03/2011
 

Abergele Harrier Dave Edwards took part in the Rhayader 20 mile road race on Saturday 19th March.
With delays on route he was late reaching the starting line and ran the first 4 miles on his own.
Despite giving the other 374 runners a 15 minute head start he still clocked 3h 09m 52s for 245th position overall.

 
Ironbridge Half Marathon ~ 13/03/2011
 

Dave Edwards continued his preparation for the London Marathon with another excellent performance completing the Ironbridge Half Marathon in 1h 41m 03s.

 
Trafford 10k, March 2011 ~ 13/03/2011
 

Josh Dixon put in another fantastic performance this weekend running a personal best of 32m 02s in the Trafford 10k. Dewi Roberts also ran very well finishing in an excellent 35mins 24secs.

 
Trimpell 20 ~ 06/03/2011
 

Dave Edwards, in training for the London marathon, completed the Trimpell 20 mile road race at Lancaster in 2h 40m 28s.

 
Bath Half Marathon ~ 06/03/2011
 

Josh Dixon took part in the 30th Anniversary Bath half marathon, running the 13.1 miles in 1h 10m 52s.

 
Wrexham Half Marathon ~ 27/02/2011
 

Six Abergele Harriers competed in the 16th Village Bakery Half Marathon in Wrexham on Sunday.
Over the flat rural course Darren Blazier led the Harriers home in 1h 22m 36s.
Mark Mayers improved his half marathon time by an impressive 4m 40s to run a personal best of 1hr 27m.
Grahame Shone completed the distance in 1h 32m 55s, winning the MV60 North Wales Championship title, again a superb run. Dave Edwards secured a personal best by taking almost 3m off his time for the same course 2 years ago, crossing the line in 1h 37m 09s.
Peter Hardy ran 1h 54s 08s and Alan Lucas finished in 2h 50m, both returning from injury.



 
Welsh Cross Country Championships 2011 ~ 19/02/2011
 

Josh Dixon was the only Harrier in action this week when he competed in the Welsh Cross Country Championships held at Northop this year. In good conditions over a tough 10.3k course Josh came home third in the Under 23 category behind Afan Humphries of Swansea and Cardiff's Jon Peters. His excellent time of 35mins 53secs also brought him home in 11th position overall in the senior race and ahead of Liverpool Harriers Ricky Challinor.



 
Nick Beer 10k, 2011 ~ 13/02/2011
 

Six Harriers competed in the Nick Beer 10k road race at Llandudno on Sunday. Anthony Howe was first Harrier home in 45m 52s for 167th overall. Andy Goodson ran 51m 22s for 330th and Sue Calvert finished in 54m 29s for 425th. Cheryl Richards ran 57m 08s, Lucy Jones 60m 35s and Sonia Wignall 1h 1m 20s.



 
Four Villages Half-Marathon 2011 ~ 23/01/2011
 

Darren Blazier was Abergele's only runner in Helsby for this years Four Villages Half Marathon, coming back from injury, finishing in 1hr 20mins 35mins.

 
Sagunto Half Marathon ~ 16/01/2011
 

Grahame Shone, still enjoying the Spanish sunshine, took part in the Sagunto half marathon near Valencia. He completed the undulating course in 1h 35m 5s.

 
Twin Piers 2011 ~ 15/01/2011
 

Ten Abergele Harriers were amongst the competitors facing very wet and windy conditions as they ran from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay in the 2011 Twin Piers 10k. Dewi Roberts was first Harrier home in 35m 50s for 5th overall and 1st V40 with Gareth Roberts running 37m 22s for 8th overall and 2nd V40.
Official times for the other Abergele Harriers are as follows; Andy Simpson 39m 31s (PB), Mark Mayers 41m 28s (PB), Anthony Howe 44m 52s, Dave Edwards 45m 37s, Andy Goodson 50m 2s, Keith Tewkesbury 51m 43s, Sue Calvert 53m 37s and Jonathon Perry 56m 42s.

The complete results can be found here

 
Valencia 10k ~ 09/01/2011
 

Abergele Harrier Grahame Shone left the cold weather behind to race in sunny Spain.
On Sunday, with the temperature at 21 degrees, he joined 4000 runners in Valencia to take part in a 10k road race. He completed the distance in 43m 05s for 3rd over 60.

 
Stockport 10miles ~ 12/12/2010
 

Two Abergele Harriers braved bitterly cold conditions to compete in the Stockport 10 mile road race on Sunday. Dewi Roberts ran 58m 06s for 12th overall and 1st V40 just 7 seconds slower than last year in much worse conditions. Gareth Roberts was also not far off last years time finishing in 60m 27s for 22nd overall and 3rd V40.

 
Lanzarote Training Week
 

Darren Blazier ran the 13k Ridge Run in 48m 31s for 13th position; the 5k Beach Run in 21m 02s for 19th position and the half marathon in 1h 21m 58s for 19th position.
He went on to win the Aquathon, a 200m swim followed by a 3k run, in 16m 03s.



 
Wrexham Cross Country 2010 ~ 27/11/2010
 

Six hardy Harriers braved the cold conditions to take part in the third round of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League in Wrexham. In the ladies race Carol Wilgoose came home first in 47th position with Chris Birch just behind in 49th. Sue Calvert completed the team in an excellent 90th overall.
In the mean's race Richie Lee was 'man of the match' coming home in a wonderful 47th position, while ever-reliable Ed Reid finished in 92nd in a time of 37mins 46 secs. Dave Edwards completed the men's team in 112nd.

 
Lanzarote International Challenge 10k ~ 21/11/2010
 

Club captain Darren Blazier took part in the Lanzarote International Challenge 10k on Sunday running 37m 17s for 24th position overall.

 
Conwy Half-Marathon 2010 ~ 20/11/2010
 

Nine Abergele Harriers lined up with 912 runners at the start of the 2010 Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday.
Mark Mayers was first Harrier home in a fantastic personal best time of 1h 31m 40s for 66th overall.
Anthony Howe completed his first half marathon in 1h 38m 33s for 159th. Dave Edwards finished in 1h 44m 52s for 264th with Andy Goodson running 1h 51m 05s for 391st. Sian Hall was first lady harrier home in a wonderful personal best of 1h 51m 53m for 408th while Peter Hardy crossed the line just a few seconds behind in 1h 52m 14s for 417th. A trio of Harrier girls completed the team with Meinir Huws running 2h 03m10s for 602nd, Sharon Kynaston finishing in 2h 06m 47s for 657th and Sue Calvert crossing the line in 2h 07m 46s for 674th.

 
Pen Fell Race 2010 ~ 20/11/2010
 

Three Harriers were part of the 234 finishers in this years Penmaenmawr Fell Race, which was run in cold and misty conditions. First Harrier home was Richie Lee who finished in 1hr 26mins 44secs, his best ever time for the race, finishing him in 35th position overall. Second Harrier was Tim Cahill, a veteran of many Pan Fell races, finishing this year in 1hr 32mins 25secs, for 63rd position, while "fell race" debutant Haydn Jones finished in 1hr 46mins 59secs for 143rd position overall.

 
Preston 10 Mile ~ 21/11/2010
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts travelled to Preston for the fourth year in a row to take part in the Preston 10 mile road race, both performing very well. In a field of over 400 runners Dewi came home eight overall and second V40 in a time of 57mins 45secs, his second fastest time for the distance ever and 14 seconds faster than 12 months ago. Gareth wasn't far behind, in 16th position overall in a personal best time of 59mins 10secs.

 
Ellesmere Port Border League ~ 14/11/2010
 

Fourteen Abergele Harriers took part in the second round of the Borders League at Capenhurst on Sunday 14th November. 10 men and 4 ladies joined a field of 307 competitors to run the 5.3mile course.
Darren Blazier led the Harriers home in 31m 01s for 26th position. Richard Wilyman ran 32m 58s (63rd ) Less than a minute separated the next 3 runners with Pete Mould finishing in 34m 10s (87th), Mark Mayers running 34m 45s (100th) and Andy Simpson crossing the line in 34m 57s (104th). Ed Reid ran 36m 08s (134th) with Grahame Shone just 8s behind at 36m 16s (137th) to secure1st V60. Dave Edwards finished in 38m 19s (177th) while Peter Hardy finished in 42m 17s (245th). John Essary rounded off a solid men’s team performance by running 45m 09s (273rd). Emma Collins led the ladies home in 36m 24s for 139th overall, 15th lady and 3rd LV45.
Jeni Richards finished in 38m 41s (185th overall - 25th lady). Christine Birch won 1st LV60 running 39m 08s (197th overall - 32nd lady). Sian Hall completed the ladies team performance with a run of 42m 37s (250th overall - 57th lady).
Thanks again to John Earlston for coming along to support and encourage the runners.









 
Hell Runner ~ 07/11/2010
 

Abergele Harriers Cheryl Richards and Lucy Jones took part in the Hell Runner at Delamere Forest on Sunday. Facing over 10 miles of muddy slopes, slimy bogs and chest deep freezing water the pair completed the course in just over 2 hours. Bruised and barely recognisable covered in mud they were asked if they would do it again….the answer came back… YES we can't wait!

 
Abergele 5 ~ 07/11/2010
 

Abergele Harriers held their annual 5 mile race, incorporating the North Wales 5 mile Road Race Championships, on Sunday 7th November. Over 200 competitors lined up to run the slightly altered course in near perfect conditions.
Overall winner and 1st U/20 in a course and championship record of 26m exactly was David Mountford of Deeside AAC. Mountford will represent Wales at senior level in Leeds in 2 weeks time. Brendan Rothery of Eryri Harriers ran 27m 07s for 2nd overall and 1st senior male. Matthew Rose of Buckley Runners finished in 3rd position overall and 2nd senior male.
First lady home, for the third year in succession, was Marilyn Kitching of Tattenhall Runners finishing in 29m 58s for 18th overall, 1st lady and 1st FV40. Jenny Brierley of Bangor University ran 31m 56s for 30th overall, 2nd lady and 1st senior female. Karrissa Hawitt, unattached, finished in 32m 15s for 32nd overall, 3rd lady and 2nd senior female.
The team competitions were won by Eryri Harriers (men) and Warrington AC (ladies)
Category winners were as follows
Male U/17 Nathan Jones (Colwyn Bay AC) 28m 09s - 5th overall
Male U/20 David Mountford (Deeside AAC) 26m 00s - 1st overall
Senior Male Brendan Rothery (Eryri Harriers) 27m 07s - 2nd overall
MV35 Martin Green (NW Road Runners) 29m 43s - 16th overall
MV40 Darren Jones (Wrexham AC) 28m 57s - 13th overall
MV45 Mike Robbins (Wrexham AC) 28m 47s - 8th overall
MV50 Arwel Lewis (Eryri Harriers) 30m 39s - 20th overall
MV55 Leslie Coathup (Buckley Runners) 31m 06s - 23rd overall
MV60 David Bewley (unattached) 32m 59s - 39th overall
MV65 Brian Beattie (West Cheshire AC) 39m 37s - 128th overall
MV70 Ron Birch (Denbigh Harriers) 43m 41s - 156th overall
MV75 Joe Park (Cheshire Tally-Ho) 42m 12s - 146th overall
Female U/17 Sarah Livett (Menai Track&Field) 33m 07s - 42nd overall - 6th lady
Female U/20 Rachel Jefferson (Warrington AC) 33m 00s - 40th overall - 5th lady
Senior Female Jenny Brierley (Bangor University) 31m 56s - 30th overall - 2nd lady
FV35 Dawn Urqhuart (Buckley Runners) 36m 25s - 87th overall - 12th lady
FV40 Marilyn Kitching (Tattenhall Runners) 29m 58s -18th overall - 1st lady
FV45 Kay Hatton (NW Road Runners) 37m 28s - 104th overall - 17th lady
FV50 Alison Whitelaw (Wrexham AC) 35m 05s - 66th overall - 8th lady
FV55 Julia Phillips (Unattached) 44m 12s - 158th overall - 35th lady
FV60 Chris Birch (Abergele Harriers) 36m 55s - 99th overall - 16th lady
FV65 Brenda Jones (Bro Dysynni AC) 43m 08s - 154th overall - 33rd lady
FV70 Margaret Williams (Unattached) 53m 54s - 195th overall - 45th lady
FV75 Sheila Symonds (Bro Dysynni AC) 69m 17s - 205th overall - 51st lady
5 Abergele Harriers were cheered on by club members on marshalling duty. Richard Wilyman was first Harrier home in 31m 31s for 27th position. Andy Simpson ran 33m 39s for 48th position and Grahame Shone 34m 53s for 63rd position. Chris Birch finished in 36m 55s for 99th overall, 16th lady and 1st FV60. Sonia Wignall completed the distance in 50m 46s for 191st overall and 41st lady.
Abergele Harriers would like to thank the main sponsor, Spillane and Co. Wealth Management; major sponsors Simon Lloyd - Fire and Security, Abergele Town Council and Slaters of Abergele; and also several small businesses within the town that help each year to support the race financially. Thanks also to Abergele Mayor Malcolm Medlicott for attending the prize giving, Abergele Leisure Center for the use of facilities, Radio Glan Clwyd and St Johns Ambulance for their support at the finish and to everyone who helped out on the day to make the race so enjoyable.

 
Bangor Cross Country
 

Seven Abergele Harriers were among the 236 runners facing rain, hail and very muddy conditions in the second round of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League at Bangor on Saturday.
With 108 competitors in the ladies race, Carol Willgoose finished 45th, Chris Birch 57th and Delyth Evans 90th in her first cross country.
Richard Lee led the men home in an excellent 41st position just ahead of Tim Cahill in 43rd. Ed Reid, only five days after running the Dublin Marathon was 112th, with Paul Thomas not far behind in 123rd.

 
Caernarfon BL 2010 ~ 24/10/2010
 

Fifteen Abergele Harriers competed in the opening round of the Borders League held at Caernarvon on Sunday 24th October. 231 runners completed the10k course with 6 Harriers achieving personal best times for the distance, three ladies winning their respective age groups and the ladies team topping the first division. The team of 9 men and 6 ladies included 2 new members making their debut for the club, Emma Collins and Delyth Evans.

Darren Blazier led the team home in 34m 43s for 14th position. Richard Wilyman ran 38m 40s (PB) for 50th with Richie Lee finishing in 40m 05s for 72nd. Pete Mould ran 41m 01s (PB) for 82nd while Mark Mayers finished in 41m 48s (PB) and 96th position. Andy Simpson ran 42m 17s for 102nd just 1 position ahead of Emma Collins finishing in 42m 21s (PB) for 103rd overall, 8th lady and 1st LV45. Grahame Shone completed the distance in 43m 06s for 112th and 1st MV60 with Jeni Richards running 44m 05s (PB) for 126th overall, 10th lady and 2nd LV45. Carol Willgoose finished in 45m exactly for 141st, 13th lady and first LV50 while Christine Birch also won her category finishing in 46m 07s (vet PB) for 152nd, 16th lady and 1st LV60. Sian Hall, despite illness, ran just outside her personal best to finish in 50m 31s for 190th and 35th lady. The team was completed by Peter Hardy running 51m 37s (198th), Delyth Evans running 53m 07s (211th - 49th lady) and John Essary finishing in 55m 08s (220th).



 
Dublin Marathon 2010 ~ 25/10/2010
 

Having trained together since Steven was eight years old, Abergele Harrier Father and Son “team” Sean and Steven McCormack finally realized their dream and ran the Dublin City Marathon together on Monday. For many years Steven was a well know figure around Abergele on his bicycle accompanying his father on his long runs, eventually being old enough to run the longer distances himself. The duo returned to the scene of Sean’s first marathon 13 years ago, for Steven’s first one, completing the 26.2 miles side by side, finishing in a very good time of 3h 8mins 8secs. Two further Harriers returned to Dublin, having competed there in the past, with Ed Reid finishing in 3h 33m 56s and Dave Edwards also finishing in an excelllent time of 3h 57m 29s a personal best time, taking over a minute off his previous best set in London in 2009.

 
Cardiff Half Marathon ~ 17/10/2010
 

Three Abergele Harriers travelled to the capital for this years Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday, one making his debut at the distance and the other two achieving outstanding personal best times. Dewi Roberts jumped up one place, to second, in the all-time Club rankings for the distance, by taking a further 42 seconds off the time he set at the Vyrnwy Half in September, with a tremendous time of 74 minutes 6 seconds. Not to be out-done twin brother Gareth took 2 minutes 27 seconds off his previous best set in Wilmslow in March, by finishing in 75 minutes 43 seconds also rocketing him up the club rankings to fifth all-time. Andy Simpson, tackling the distance for the first time, was also extremely please with his time of 1 hour 36mins 8secs, a tremendous debut time.

 
Warrington Half Marathon ~ 03/10/2010
 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 1,808 finishers in the New Balance English Half Marathon at Warrington on Sunday 3rd October. Mark Mayers took a massive 14 minutes off his previous time for the distance to run a personal best of 1h 33m 59s for 111th position. Peter Hardy, recovering from injury and returning to racing slowly, was pleased to come in under the 2 hour mark with a run of 1h 58m 52s for 915th position.

 
Flintshire 10k, 2010 ~ 03/10/2010
 

Rob Spotswood was the only runner representing Abergele Harriers at the Flintshire 10k in Mold on Sunday, finishing in 50m 53s in atrocious weather.

 
Anglesey Festival of Running
 

Nine Abergele Harriers took part in the Anglesey Festival of Running on Sunday 26th September with representatives in all four races; the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k.
Two Harriers joined 210 runners to tackle the marathon. Haydn Jones, running the distance to raise money for the Millie Rees cancer fund, ran a personal best of 3h 45m 45s for 53rd position overall. Mike Carrighan, running his first ever marathon, completed the distance in 3h 52m 55s for 65th position.
In a field of 280 runners, Jeni Richards ran a personal best half marathon of 1h 40m 36s for 49th overall, 4th lady and 1st FV45. Dave Edwards, having competed in the Great North Run last week ran his second half marathon in 8 days in 1h 50m 04s for 103rd position overall. Sian Hall produced another personal best to complete the 13.1 miles in 1h 51m 13s for 113th overall, 13th lady and 3rd FV 35.
Vernon Pownell completed the 10k in 44m 30s despite injury. Rob Spotswood ran the distance in 51m 34s. Christobelle Pownell ran a 10k personal best of 54m 56s.
Christine Birch was the only Harrier competing alongside 60 runners in the 5k race. Christine ran 22m 09s for 15th overall, 3rd lady and 1st FV55

 
Great North Run, 2010 ~ 19/09/2010
 

Two Abergele Harriers joined a field of over 40,000 runners to compete in the 30th Bupa Great North Run.

Dave Edwards ran the 13.1miles in 1h 52m 28s with John Cody completing the distance in 2h 06m 46s.



 
Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon, 2010 ~ 12/09/2010
 

Six Abergele Harriers joined a field of over 1200 runners to compete in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon on Sunday12th September. First Harrier home was Dewi Roberts taking a massive 1 minute 31seconds off his previous best for the distance, making him the third fastest Abergele Harrier of all time for the half-marathon, by finishing in 1h 14mins 48secs for 12th position overall in an extremely competitive field. Gareth Roberts, still recovering from injury, also had an excellent run finishing in 1h 18mins 56secs for 25th overall.
Lucy Jones ran 2h 03m 15s for 789th position (227th lady) while Christobelle Pownell ran a personal best of 2h 03m 57s for 798th position (230th lhady).Cheryl Richards and Sharon Kynaston ran 2h 07m 07s and 2h 07m 08s respectively for 865th and 866t positions overall (269th and 270th ladies).




 
Cardiff 10k ~ 12/09/2010
 

Darren Blazier, winner at Llanddoged for the last 3 years, was in Cardiff on Sunday representing North Wales in the Welsh 10k Championships. Darren ran 36m 01s to count in the North Wales Vets team.

 
Llandogged 12.5k, 2010 ~ 12/09/2010
 

Six Harriers took part in the annual Llanddoged 8mile road race on Sunday. Andy Simpson was first Harrier home in 57m 12s for 7th position overall with Mark Mayers hot on his heels running 58m 15s for 8th position. Jeni Richards ran 59m 59s for 15th position overall and 2nd lady to finish. Keith Elliot, despite injury, was 17th in a time of 61m16s. Sian Hall ran 67m 31s for 28th overall with Sue Calvert completing the team with a run of 72m 47s for 36th position. Abergele Harriers were rewarded for their combined efforts by taking the overall team prize.

 
Caernarfon 10k 2010 ~ 05/09/2010
 

7 Abergele Harriers joined a field of 180 runners to take part in the annual Caernarfon 10km road race on Sunday 5th September.The race incorporates The North Wales 10km Championships and the Harriers were rewarded with 5 championship medals.Jeni Richards took overall championship silver, Darren Blazier took overall championship bronze and category gold and both Grahame Shone and Christine Birch won category golds.
Darren Blazier was first Harrier home in 36m 25s for 4th position in the open race, 3rd overall in the Championships and 1st MV35 in both the open race and the Championships.
Andy Simpson ran a superb personal best of 41m 29s for 25th position overall and 3rd in the highly competitive MV40 category.Graham Shone finished in 42m 39s for 32nd position overall, 2nd MV60 in the open race and 1st MV60 in the championship. Mark Mayers ran a personal best of 43m 04s for 39th position overall.
Jeni Richards ran 44m 59s for 49th position, 3rd lady overall, 2nd lady in the championships and 2nd FV45 in the open race.Christine Birch ran 47m 15s for 71st overall and 1st FV60 in both the open race and the Championships.Anwen Begley completed the course in 1h 10m to round off another great day of running for the Harriers.

 
Llanrwst Triathlon ~ 05/09/2010
 

Geran Hughes returned to the Triathlon scene by competing in the Llanrwst Triathlon on Sunday. The race consisted of a 400m swim, 30k cycle and a 5k run completing the race in an excellent time of 1hr 34mins.

 
Capenhurst 5k 2010 ~ 25/08/2010
 

Darren Blazier joined 187 midweek runners in the fast and flat Capenhurst 5k completing the distance in 17m 15s for 17th position.

 
Harrock Hill Race, ~ 25/08/2010
 

On Wednesday 25th August Ed Reid took to the fells to compete in the Harrock Hill Race at Parbold in Lancashire. Ed ran the 5.3 mile race with a 900 ft ascent in just 42m 44s, finishing 78th out of a quality field of 169 runners.

 
Swansea Bay 5k, 2010 ~ 22/08/2010
 

Josh Dixon ran 15:44 for 4th position overall and 2nd u23 in the 5k Welsh Championships which were held in the Swansea Bay 5k on Sunday.

 
Llandudno Lions Club Great Orme Challlange 15k ~ 22/08/2010
 

Three Abergele Harriers joined 65 runners taking part in the Llandudno Lions Club 15k Great Orme Challenge on Sunday 22nd August. Darren Blazier beat the hour mark to finish in 57mins 18secs for 2nd position. Mark Mayers ran 70mins 28secs for 19th position with Sue Calvert completing this tough course in 88mins 18secs for 54th position overall.




 
Gabowen 5 ~ 06/08/2010
 

Christine Birch joined a field of 61 runners taking part in the Gobowen 5 mile road race on Friday evening. Chris had another fantastic run finishing 37th overall, 6th lady and 1st FV60 with a time of 38mins 9secs.

 
Sale 10, 2010 ~ 01/08/2010
 

Three Abergele Harriers ran in the Sale 10 mile race on Sunday, all running amazingly well. Josh Dixon took over seven minutes off his previous best for the distance, finishing in a fantastic 52 minutes 43 seconds for 4th position overall in a very high quality field. Dewi Roberts, coming back from injury, ran an outstanding race to achieve a personal best time by 44 seconds, finishing in 57mins 24secs for 2nd MV40. Gareth Roberts also on his way back from injury, ran very well, achieving an extremely good time of 59mins 59secs showing he has also well on the road to recovery.

 
Race the train, Caernarfon, 2010 ~ 21/07/2010
 

Ten Abergele Harriers joined a field of 227 runners in the annual 5k Race the Train from Dinas to Caernarvon. Club captain Darren Blazier led the team home in17:05 for 17th position. Less than a minute separated the next four men with Pete Mould finishing 34th in 18:20, Simon Grant 47th in 18:40, Mark Mayers in 18:41 in 49th and Keith Elliott 55th in 18:53. First lady harrier home with a superb run of 22:04 and 110th position was Christine Birch. Chris not only won the FV60 category but set a new record in her age group taking a massive 45seconds off the previous record. Alison Guilleman ran 26.31 for 190th just ahead of Dominique Jones running 27:25 for 198th. Anwen Begley and Wendy Davies finishing in 29:46 for 213th and 32:14 for 221st respectively rounding off a great team performance.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2010 ~ 13/07/2010
 

Just two days after running for Wales in the Blackburn 5k, Josh Dixon competed at Stretford in the Trafford AC Grand Prix, and achieved his second personal best of the week with a fantastic 8.52 in the 3,000m.



 
Blackburn 5k ~ 11/07/2010
 

Josh Dixon, representing Wales in the under 23 team, ran the Blackburn 5k in a personal best of 15.27 on Sunday 11th July.

 
Tal Y Fan Fell race, 2010 ~ 10/07/2010
 

Ed Reid tackled the tough 8mile Tal y Fan fell race on Saturday. Starting at Rowen with a 2400 ft ascent he completed the course in 1:37:07 for 32nd overall.

 
Fairy Freckled Cow 11k, 2010 ~ 04/07/2010
 

On Sunday five Harriers took part in the Fairy Freckled Cow 11k around Llyn Alwen in Denbigh. Darren Blazier, a former winner or the race, managed a very creditable 45mins 45secs for 15th position overall, just over a minute ahead of Keith Elliott, another Harrier returning from injury, who finished in 46mins 52secs for 18th position. Only two positions further back, again running well at present, was Tim Cahill, who finished in 47mins 10secs, for 20th, while Ed Reid completed the course in 49mins 46secs for 33rd. The run of the day however came from Andy Goodson, who took over five and a half minutes off his time for last year, by finishing in 54mins 13secs for 60th.

 
Faenol Park 10k 2009 ~ 30/06/2010
 

Two Abergele Harriers took part in this years Faenol Park 10k, including Darren Blazier who was returning to racing after several months from injury. Although clearly still not back to full fitness, Darren ran very well completing the course in 39mins 47secs, proving he is well on the way back. Meinir Huws also competed in the race finishing very well in just over 56 minutes.

 
Riverbank Run, 2010 ~ 20/06/2010
 

Three Harriers joined a field of 104 runners competing in this years Riverbank 10k on Sunday morning. Keith Elliott ran a personal best of 39m 39s for 14th position overall and 1st MV45. Ed Reid completed the distance in 42m 51s for 27th position. Mark Mayers produced the second personal best of the day finishing in 43m 49s for 40th position.

 
Boddington 100k ~ 19/06/2010
 

Abergele Harrier Veteran Sean McCormack made his debut for the Welsh Senior team on Saturday, having previously run for the Welsh Veteran team in 2008. Sean was part of the four man Welsh team taking on teams from Ireland, England and Scotland in the Anglo-Celtic Plate, the “Home International” 100k (62.1 miles) Championship. On a warm day, running 28 laps of 2.2 miles each, Sean was also making his debut at the distance and ran an excellent steady race covering the first 50k in just under 4 hours and the second 50k in just over 5 hours, giving an overall time on 9 hours 3 minutes 16 seconds, for third Welsh counter, and helping the Welsh team to second place, behind the English, and well ahead of Scotland and Ireland.

 
Deganwy Dash ~ 04/06/2010
 

Two harriers took part in the second Deganwy Dash on Friday night. Tim Cahill, racing on the road for the first time in several months, completed the 5 miles in an excellent 32mins 10secs for 16th position overall and 4th mv45. Meanwhile Anthony Howe completed the course in a fabulous personal best time of 34mins 56secs to finish in an excellent 32nd position overall.

 
Sun Centre 5k, 2010 ~ 26/05/2010
 

Five Abergele Harriers joined a field of 95 runners to compete in the Sun Centre 5k at Rhyl on Wednesday night. Mark Mayers led the Harriers home in a superb 20m 43s for 38th position overall. Anthony Howe put in a terrific performance to finish in 21m 31s for 48th position closely followed by Jeni Richards in 21m 58s for 51st position and 3rd FV45. Sue Calvert had a fantastic run, completing the distance in 25m 38s for 79th position and picking up 2nd prize in the FV50 category. Despite feeling unwell during the race Dominique Jones was able to finish in a fantastic 29m 45s for 92nd position and round off a great team performance.

 
Chester Half-Marathon 2010 ~ 16/05/2010
 

Ten Harriers joined a field of over 2200 runners to compete in the Chester half Marathon on Sunday. First Harrier home in 167th position was Matthew Ashton in a tremendous 1h 30m 28s. Vernon Pownell continued his recent fantastic form to finish in an impressive 1h 32m 58s for 207th position and 11th MV55. Jeni Richards, running her first half marathon, finished in 1h 43m 34s for 551st position with Dave Edwards hot on her heels in 587th position, taking nearly 4m off last years time, to finish in 1h 43m 47s. Alan Lucas finished in a tremendous 1h 51m 53s for 908th position and 2nd MV65 just ahead of Sian Hall who slashed an amazing 12mins off her previous half marathon time to run a personal best of 1h 52m 08s. Sue Calvert raced in for 1349th position and 11th in her age group in a fantastic 2h 10s while Christobelle Pownall improved on last years time by over 3mins to complete the course in 2h 5m 47s for 1577th position. Another 2 Harriers running their first half marathons were Bob Cotton, finishing in a tremendous 2h 6m 54s for 1632nd position and Dominique Jones running in for 2106th position in an excellent 2h 21m 58s and rounding off a wonderful Harriers performance.




 
BUPA Great Manchester 10k ~ 16/05/2010
 

Josh Dixon ran the BUPA Great Manchester 10k on Sunday running an outstanding 32mins 59secs for 44th position overall in a very high quality field that included Haile Gebrselassie winning the race in 28mins 2secs.

 
Moel Eilio Fell Race 2010 ~ 15/05/2010
 

On Saturday Tim Cahill returned to racing after a six month absence when he tackled the Moel Eilio Fell race, an eight mile race starting in Llanberis and with 3,000 feet of climbing. Tim showed he hadn't lost anything in that time with a superb run finishing in 1hr 36mins in very hot conditions. Ed Reid also ran the race again this year, again producing a great performance, improving on last years time by seven minutes, finishing in a wonderful 1hr 40mins 21secs.
Photos available at http://www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk/


 
Market Drayton 10k, 2010 ~ 09/05/2010
 

On Sunday Dewi Roberts ran his final race before the Edinburgh Marathon, competing in the Market Drayton 10k, finishing 12th overall out of 1,700 starters, in a superb time of 35mins 15secs to win the MV40 title.

 
North Wales Track & Field 3000m, 2010 ~ 08/05/2010
 

On Saturday Josh Dixon competed in the North Wales Track and Field Championships where he completed the 3000m race in a time of 9mins 12secs to win the Senior Male title for the first time.

 
Christleton 5K 2010 ~ 07/05/2010
 

Josh Dixon ran both on Friday and Saturday, starting the weekend off with a tremendous run at the Christleton 5k where he finished 6th overall in a fabulous time of 15mins 40secs.

 
Altafulla 5K ~ 01/05/2010
 

On Saturday Grahame Shone won his second trophy of the week near Salou in Spain. On this occasion he ran in the Altafulla 5K, which was run in 25 degree heat over an undulating two lap course. Grahame ran a tremendous 20mins 55secs, for 85th position out of 317 finishers, to gain second position in the MV55 category.

 
London Marathon 2010 ~ 25/04/2010
 

Seven members ran in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, including three members who made their debut over the distance. First Harrier home in London was Carol Willgoose who ran a magnificent time of 3hr 42mins 6secs, with almost perfect split times of 1:48:32 for the first 13.1 miles and 1:53:34 for the second. She also finished within the top 1,000 women overall and 53rd overall in her age category. Second home, once again this year showing his experience over the distance, with just over four minutes between halves, was Alan Lucas, who finished in an excellent 3hrs 56mins 29secs for 29th overall in the MV65 category. Dave Edwards also ran very well on the day, finishing in an excellent 4hrs 12mins 50secs, a little slower than last year but faster than 2007. Marathon debutant Cheryl Richards had arguably the race of the day, finishing in a tremendous time of 4hrs 52mins 33secs, demonstrating “experience” well beyond her years, running 2:23:54 for the first half and 2:28:39 for the second. Sue Calvert, who had one of the official Club places, and was again making her debut over the distance, just missed out on the five hour barrier, but was still extremely pleased with an excellent time of 5hrs and 23secs, for 409th in the FV50 age category. The other club place went to the third debutant of the day Lucy Jones, who like the others ran outstandingly well to finish in a superb time of 5hrs 11mins 58secs, for 450th in the same category. Rob Spotswood was the final Harrier home on the day, taking this one a bit easier than usual, but still finishing in a very creditable 5hrs 17mins.


 
Wrexham 10 2010 ~ 24/04/2010
 

On saturday two Harriers were in action in the Wrexham 10 mile race which once again incorporated the North Wales 10 mile championships. Dewi Roberts, who is currently training for the Edinburgh Marathon in a few weeks time, ran very well to complete the course in warm and breezy conditions in 60 minutes exactly, for eighth position overall and first in the MV40 category in both the open race and the Championships. Vernon Pownall, less than a week since completing the Lochaber Marathon, proved he had recovered very well, completing the ten miles in an excellent 70 minutes 58 seconds for 3rd position in the MV55 championship category.

 
Alwen 7 mile ~ 18/04/2010
 

On Sunday Ben Pugh made his club debut in the Alwen 7 mile off-road race, and produced a fantastic performance to complete the difficult course in 51mins 30secs, for 10th position overall.

 
Lochaber Marathon ~ 18/04/2010
 

Vernon Pownall travelled up to Fort William to take part in the 27th Lochaber Marathon which winds its way around 26.2 miles of beautiful but undulating countryside, and this year incorporated the British Masters Marathon Championships. Pownall maintained his recent superb form to finish in a tremendous time of 3hrs 25mins 22secs, taking almost ten minutes off the time he set in Anglesey to win the Welsh Masters title last year. On this occasion his time was good enough for fourth in the highly competitive MV55 category in the British Masters Championships.

 
Alwen 3 mile ~ 18/04/2010
 

On Sunday Haydn Jones was not only the only Abergele Harrier to take part in the Alwen 3 mile race , but in fact the only competitor in the race. Despite this Jones ran very well pushing himself all the way to “win” the race in a very creditable 21mins 17secs.

 
Rotterdam Marathon ~ 11/04/2010
 

Spring Marathon season has begun with Richie Lee travelling to Rotterdam to complete their annual event on Sunday. Lee ran well, and although he found the going difficult at about 22 miles, he still managed to complete the marathon in a very respectable 3hr 18mins 36secs.

 
Salford 10k ~ 02/04/2010
 

On Friday Josh Dixon had another fantastic run, finishing the Salford 10k in a tremendous time of 32mins 45secs, a personal best time for the distance despite running in very heavy trainers.

 
Crewe 10k, 2010 ~ 04/04/2010
 

Only two Abergele Harriers were in action over the Easter Weekend, both running fantastically again. Dewi and Gareth Roberts were among the 220 finishers in the Crewe 10k, which this year was run in very windy conditions. Dewi finished in 16th position overall, in a superb time of 35mins 21secs, rewarding him with the 2nd MV40 prize. Gareth also ran superbly just behind in 35mins 39secs for 19th position and 3rd in the MV40 category.



 
Wilmslow Half Marathon, 2010 ~ 28/03/2010
 

In Wilmslow Dewi and Gareth Roberts were among the 4,000 starters, in a very high quality field as the race incorporated the English Half-Marathon Championships. Despite the windy conditions Dewi still managed a magnificent 1hr 16mins 19secs, only six seconds off a personal best time, and finishing in a fabulous 57th overall and 10th in the MV40 category. Gareth also ran magnificently well, finishing in a personal best time of 1hr 18mins 10secs for 80th overall and 17th in the highly competitive MV40 category.

 
Liverpool Half 2010 ~ 28/03/2010
 

Five Harriers took part in the Liverpool Half-Marathon, including Sharon Kynaston, running her first race for the club, and finishing in an excellent 2hrs 12mins 37secs for 3,613th position out of a strong field on 4,497. First Harrier home in Liverpool, running fantastically well at present, was Vernon Pownall, in a tremendous time of 1hr 34mins 38secs for 396th overall and 4th in the MV55 category. Also running very well at the moment is Dave Edwards, who had an excellent race finishing in 1hr 44mins 8secs for 1,099th position. Cross Country Manager Sue Calvert proved just how well she can run on the road also, by achieving a personal best time for the distance by over three minutes, by finishing in 1hr 56mins 13secs for 2,320th position. Not far behind Christobelle Pownall sliced an even bigger amount off her previous best over the distance, with a superb time of 2hrs 4mins 38secs, for 3,096th, over four minutes better than her best achieved in Chester nearly twelve months ago.

 
Llangynhafal Loop, 2010 ~ 27/03/2010
 

The “fell” season has started again with Ed Reid taking part in the Llangynhafal Loop fell race on Saturday, run over 4.75 miles with 1,750 feet of climbing. Over the very tough terrain Reid finished in a very creditable 56mind 49secs for 65th position overall.

 
Trimpell 20 ~ 14/03/2010
 

Three Harriers ran in the Trimpell 20mile race in Lancaster. In a field of 400 runners Dewi Roberts ran a fantastic 2hours 29secs for 13th overall and 4th V40, running amazing 10 mile splits of 59 minutes plus and just over 60 minutes. Gareth Roberts ran an equally impressive 2hours 2mins 9secs for 21st overall and 7th V40, this time with splits of less than two minutes difference. Vernon Pownell completing the trio, also running fantastically well at present, in a superb 2hours 27mins 38secs.

 
Barry 40 ~ 14/03/2010
 

It was a day of triumph for Sean McCormack who ran the Barry 40 mile race on Sunday which incorporated the Welsh Ultra distance Championships, with Sean also running it to raise money for the Abergele Stroke Club “new ambulance fund”. As well as raising over £2,000 for the cause Sean, running his first ever "ultra", had a fantastic race, finishing in an excellent time of 4 hours 52 minutes 8 seconds, for third position overall in the open race, but more significantly he was first “Welsh” athlete home by 12 minutes, making him the Welsh Ultra distance Champion for 2010. The Championship title also almost certainly guarantees him selection for the Welsh team to take part in the Anglo-Celtic 100k (62.1 miles) Cup in June where he will be running against Ultra teams from Scotland, England and his native Ireland.
Sean’s son Steven was his official lap counter and helper on the day, and actually helped enormously during the five months of training, usually joining Sean for large portions of his long training runs in Eirias Park on Saturday mornings, as well as helping Sean strategically on the day.

 
Trafford 10k March 2010 ~ 07/03/2010
 

On Sunday Dewi and Gareth Roberts raced in the rescheduled Trafford 10k, which was cancelled because of snow recently, and in excellent conditions Dewi finished in a tremendous 34mins 33secs, a personal best time by fifteen seconds. Gareth also ran superbly, finishing in 35mins 23secs, a personal best for him by two seconds, both improving from times only set in January of this year at the Twin Piers 10k.

 
Nick Beer 2010 ~ 07/02/2010
 

On Sunday fifteen Harriers were part of 540 runners who took part in the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno, including two, Jeni Richards and Keith Elliott who had ran the Cross Country the previous day in Oswestry. Keith finished in a magnificent 40mins 21secs, a personal best time by a single second, for 47th position overall and 4th in his age category, while Jeni, with an outstanding time of 45mins 42secs, finished 15th female overall and 2nd in the highly competitive FV45 category. Three other members ended up on the winners’ rostrum including two category winners. Dewi Roberts continued his recent excellent form completing the course in 36mins 34secs, for 1st in the MV40 category, while Carol Willgoose proved she is also back on form with a 46mins 6secs time to win the FV50 category. Gareth Roberts also man magnificently well with a tremendous 36mins 44secs for second MV40 (11th overall), while Megan Pownall with a time of 58mins 4secs was third under 20 female. Michael Carrighan ran a very steady race finishing in 44min 34secs for 113th position, with Mark Mayers not far behind in 45:28 for 130th. Three further Harriers came in within two minutes of each other, lead home by Andrew Goodson in 50mins 30secs for 266th, followed by Peter Hardy in 51mins 43secs for 287th and Robert Spotswood in 52mins 35secs for 310th. Meinir Huws also had an excellent run finishing in 54mins 25secs for 357th overall and 9th in her age category, while Christobelle Pownall in 56mins 59secs, was a very creditable 17th in hers. Dominique Jones, one of only two non-veterans to run for the team on the day, finished in 63mins 22secs, while the team was completed by Sonia Wignall in 70mins 6secs who was 18th in the FV35 category.

 
North Wales Cross Country Championships, 2010
 

Three Abergele Harriers were in action in the North Wales Cross Country Championships held this year for the first time in Corwen, all three performing excellently. Over a hilly, but excellent course, Jeni competed in the two lap, 5.75k race, running superbly finishing in just over 26 minutes. Alan Lucas, competing in the “super-vets” race over 3 laps and 8.25k, also ran fantastically well, finishing in 44mins 44secs. Keith Elliott, running his first cross-country race since injury last year, proved he hadn’t lost the knack of running over fields, by competing in the 3lap 10.76k race, and completing the race in a tremendous time of 45mins 41secs.
Next week sees the last race of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League in Oswestry with all members urged to make themselves available to the Cross Country Manager Sue Calvert, while plans are at an advanced stage for the Borders League race the following week, hosted by the Harriers themselves on February 14th. All members are urged to either run on the day or help to marshal the race.


 
Twin Piers 2010 ~ 23/01/2010
 

Abergele Harriers were out in force at the weekend with twenty members completing the Twin Piers race organised by Colwyn Bay AC, ending up with numerous personal best times, as well as six individual prizes and one team prize. First home was Club Captain Darren Blazier in an excellent 34mins 23secs for 5th position overall and first in the MV35 age category. Just one position further back, slashing an amazing 48 seconds off his previous best for the distance, was Dewi Roberts, again winning his age category, the MV40 category. Not to be outdone, Gareth Roberts managed to take 51 seconds off his previous best, finishing in tenth position overall and second in the MV40 category. Richie Lee was the clubs third category winner of the day taking the MV45 category in an excellent 38mins 17secs, while Keith Elliott finished third in the same category, courtesy of a 42 second personal best time of 40mins 22secs. Grahame Shone was next Harrier home, just missing out on the prizes, with an excellent 41mins 50secs for 54th position, while Vernon Pownall improved his previous best time by 39 seconds, with a fantastic 43mins 1sec. Michael Carrighan running his first 10k, had a very satisfying 44mins 15secs for 95th just 5 seconds and 2 positions ahead of Mark Mayers, who was equally satisfied as he smashed his personal best tine for the distance by 42 seconds, with a time of 44mins 20secs for 97th. Jeni Richards continued her recent fantastic form, to not only win the FV45 category, but to do so with a personal best time by 47secs, of 44mins 24secs for 100th position. Peter Hardy also ran excellently finishing in 49mins 59sec for 176th, while Sian Hall took almost five minutes off the time she set for the distance in Llanfair TH last year, with 50mins 23secs for 185th. Andrew Goodson also ran very well, finishing in 50mins 50secs for 193rd, while Cheryl Richards had possibly the run of the day, taking 5minutes 34secs off her previous best for the distance, set over the same course 12 months ago, finishing in 52mins 3secs for 210th overall. Sue Calvert also ran excellently finishing in 52mins 23secs for 218th, with Meinir Huws just missed out on a “pb” with a superb 53mins 16secs. Christobelle Pownall by finishing in 55mins 31secs for 271st position beat her best by 57 seconds, with Jonathan Perry also running very well with a time of 56mins 3secs for 280th. The team was completed by Lucy Jones, another runner to smash her personal best time on the day, finishing in a wonderful time of 57mins 46secs for 295th slicing 1min 46secs off her previous best time. Overall the men won the male team prize by one point from Eryri Harriers, but demonstrated their strength in depth by also having a “second” team in eight position and a “third” team in twelfth out of fifteen teams, while the ladies team finished a very creditable third position behind Prestatyn RC and Eryri Harriers.

Full results are available here.

 
Malaga, Spain
 

Over the weekend Grahame Shone and Alan Lucas travelled to Spain to race on consecutive days just outside Malaga. On Saturday they competed in the 4.8k Cartama race with Shone finishing in a superb 19mins 52secs and Lucas in an equally impressive 22mins 50secs. On the following day they competed in the slightly shorter Benalmadena race over 4.7k with both men improving their times considerably. Shone finished in 16mins 52secs for fifth in his highly competitive category while Lucas finished in 19mins 49secs. This came less than two weeks since Lucas completed the difficult Norwich Half Marathon in an extremely impressive time of 1hr 46mins 56secs.

 
Cross Country Inter-Regional, Builth Wells
 

Three members were in representative duty for North Wales in the Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships. In the Men’s Veteran race over a tough 9.6k course Geran Hughes ran a superb race to finish 12th overall and 5th MV40 in a magnificent time of 36mins 16secs. In the ladies Veteran race Jeni Richards, making her debut for the region had a tremendous race, finishing in an amazing time of 25mins 17secs for 24th overall and first North Wales FV45+ home. Angie Hughes, running for the FV35-44 team, also ran very well, despite recent injury, to finish 32nd overall in an excellent time of 26mins 8secs.

 
Stockport 10 mile, 2009 ~ 13/12/2009
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts travelled to Stockport to take part in the annual 10 mile road race, a race they had targeted all year. Both produced arguably their best performances of the year with Dewi completing the difficult course in an outstanding time of 57mins 59secs for 15th position overall and second MV40, over two minutes faster than he achieved over the same course last year and equalling his personal best time for the distance, set over a less tough course in Preston. Gareth also ran magnificently, fining just three positions further back and third MV40, in a time of 59mins 17secs, over two and a half minutes faster than last year and only four seconds outside his personal best time set over the very flat and fast Sale course.

 
Helana Tipping 10k 2009 ~ 06/12/2009
 

A sixteen strong Harriers team in Wrexham was lead home by Dewi Roberts who continued his recent fantastic form with an excellent time of 35mins 48secs for twelfth position overall and second in the MV40 category, while Gareth Roberts achieved a magnificent personal best time of 36mins 16secs for third position in the same very competitive age category, and seventeenth overall. The second “PB” of the day came from Mark Mayers who ran a fantastic 45mins 3secs for 145th position overall, just ahead of Jeni Richards who not only achieved a personal best time of 45mins 11secs but also ended on the winners rostrum with an outstanding 45mins 11secs for 3rd position in the FV45 category. The final “PB” of the day came from Bob Cotton who took almost two minutes off his previous best for the distance, set just two months ago in Caernarfon, with an excellent time of 55mins 50secs. Third Harrier on the day was Geran Hughes who completed the course in 37mins 46secs (34th), while Richie Lee showed he had recovered from his recent Marathon exploits with a time of 39mins 1sec (52nd). Matthew Ashton also continued his recent superb form with a time of 39mins 31secs (57th), with Rob Batterbee not far behind in 40mins 11secs (66th). Keith Elliott continued his return from injury with a very creditable 41mins 30secs (89th), while Vernon Pownall also ran superbly finishing in 43mins 40secs. Angie Hughes, who along with husband Geran, and Jeni Richards will be on representative duty for North Wales next weekend, also ran very well finishing in 46mins 48secs for 5th in her age category. Peter Hardy completed the race despite injury, finishing alongside Alan Lucas in 49mins 55secs, a time that gave Lucas 6th position overall in his age category. Christobelle Pownall was only a matter of seconds off a personal best time with an excellent 56mins 33secs while Dominique Jones completed an excellent team performance, just missing out on the one hour mark, with a time of 60mins 8secs for 311th position in the very strong field.

 
Santa Run - Ty Gobaith 09
 

On Sunday a couple of hundred Santa's took time out from their busy Christmas schedule to run for Ty Gobaith. It was great to see so many supporting this worthy cause which generates quite a bit of sponsorship money.
Lightning Lucy (Jones), Sexy Sonia (Wignall), and Super Sue (Calvert) Santa took the challenge to raise funds. The weather was breezy with light showers but it did not deter the energetic Santa's from running the charity mile. The atmosphere was fabulous with Heart radio in attendance, jolly police persons joining in on the warm up and music to run to. Pictures can be found on the Ty Gobaith site".


 
Norwich Half Marathon, 2009 ~ 29/11/2009
 

Alan Lucas was part of a field of 2,934 runners in this years Norwich Half which was run over a gently undulating course in good conditions. Alan finished a fantastic 6th in his age category, 669th overall in an amazing time of 1hr 46mins 56secs.

 
Lanzarote Race Series November 2009
 

Club Captain Darren Blazier was the only Abergele Harrier in action this week, but he made up for everyone else with four races in less than a week. Darren was in Lanzarote for warm weather training, where after a week of training and racing he ended up 25th overall, and 7th in his age category, out of 330 International athletes. Blazier, who is still recovering from injury, started off with a 38mins 3secs for the 10k race, followed the next day with a 48mins 52secs for the eight mile Ridge Run. After this came the very difficult 5k Beech Run which Blazier completed in an excellent 20mins 41secs, while he completed the weeks challenge with a superb 1hr 20mins 58secs for the Half-Marathon, 25th in the race and 25th for the week. Also during the week Blazier won an Aquathlon (swim/run) and was part of a winning team in a mini-triathlon.

 
Preston 10mile Road Race, 2009 ~ 15/11/2009
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts were among the 365 runners in the Preston 10 mile race, with Dewi continuing his tremendous form, finishing 10th overall, and 2nd MV40 (although he won the first MV40 trophy) in a personal best time of 57mins 59secs, taking nine seconds off his previous best only set three months ago in Sale. Gareth, although just missing out on a person best, still managed to smash the hour barrier for the second time in a row, finishing in 59mins 25secs for 20th position overall and 7th MV40.

 
Conwy Half Marathon ~ 08/11/2009
 

Five Abergele Harriers took part in the inaugural Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday which was run in almost perfect conditions over a difficult but excellent course, while several other members helped to marshal the event.
Mark Mayers, running his second half marathon in five weeks again ran very well finishing in 1hr 50mins, while Peter Hardy similarly continued his excellent recent form, just 18 seconds further back, both nursing injuries at present. Sue Calvert, running her third “half” of the year, performed excellently as usual, and despite the difficulty of the course, still managed an excellent 2hrs 6secs. Andy Goodson made his debut at the distance completing the course in an excellent time, while Vernon Pownall running his fifth half marathon in nine months, also ran superbly to finish in a tremendous time of 1hr 38mins.


 
Cancer Research 10k, Rhyl ~ 25/10/2009
 

Alison Guillemin made a very welcome return to action completing the Rhyl Cancer Research 10k in an excellent time of 54mins 48secs. This was Alison's first race in 18 months and the club are delighted to see her back on the race circuit.

 
Snowdon Marathon 2009 ~ 24/10/2009
 

Alan Lucas ran his eighteenth Snowdon Marathon once again this year run in very difficult conditions. Alan completed the course in 5nrs 9mins 24secs for seventh position overall in the very competitive MV65 category.

 
Round Rotherham 50 ~ 17/10/2009
 

On the previous day however Hillary Jacques completed the Round Rotherham 50 mile trail race, which she completed in a fantastic time of 12 hours 42 minutes, made even more remarkable by the fact that, having got herself lost in the race, she actually completed 53 miles!

 
Cardiff Half-Marathon, 2009 ~ 18/10/2009
 

On Sunday Dewi and Gareth Roberts were among the 11,000 runners in the Cardiff Half Marathon which this year also included the Welsh Championships. Dewi came home in a magnificent 30th position overall in a time of 76mins 37secs for fourth position in the MV40 category, which had 770 runners in it, while Gareth also had a tremendous race, finishing in 78mins 24secs for 42nd overall and 8th position in the same very difficult and large category.

 
Carcassonne 12k ~ 10/10/2009
 

Grahame Shone travelled to France to race for the second time in only a matter of weeks. On this occasion he raced in the Carcassonne 12k in the south of the country and completed the course in an excellent time of 60 minutes.

 
New Balance English Half Marathon ~ 04/10/2009
 

Two Harriers travelled to Warrington to take part in the New Balance English Half Marathon both running excellently. Mark Meyers completed the course in an excellent 1hr 48mins 22secs, with Peter Hardy just over a minute behind in a fantastic 1hr 49mins 46secs.

 
Flintshire 10k, 2009 ~ 04/10/2009
 

Six Harriers took part in the Flintshire 10k road race, resulting in two category winners and one personal best time. The only PB of the day came from Rob Batterbee who took over 20 seconds off his previous best for the distance, with a fantastic 39mins 3secs. First Harrier home, in 12th position overall, out of a field of 360 runners was Dewi Roberts in a tremendous 36mins 9secs, to win the very competitive MV40 category. Gareth Roberts, also going superb at present, was only one position further back, in 36mins 38secs, for second in the same category. Carol Willgoose, just getting back to form following her serious ankle injury at the end of last year, won her age category also, with an outstanding 44mins 41secs, while Angie Hughes, also coming back from injury, was equally pleased with a very impressive 47mins 39secs. The team was completed by Rob Spotswood who also ran superbly, finishing in 49mins 2secs.

 
Oulton Park Duathlon ~ 04/10/2009
 

On Sunday Haydn Jones travelled to Oulton Park for a duathlon which consisted of twelve laps, each of 2.46 miles, with two laps of running, followed by nine laps of cycling, and finished off with another single lap of running. Jones overall time was excellent, with a total time of 2 hours 20 minutes.

 
Anglesey Half Marathon, 2009 ~ 20/09/2009
 

Sian Hall made her club debut at Anglesey and over this very difficult course, ran an amazing time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

 
Great North Run, 2009 ~ 20/09/2009
 

Three Harriers returned to Newcastle to run the Great North Run again this year, two running considerably faster than last year. Lucy Jones, took almost sixteen minutes off her 2008 time, and got a personal best time for the distance by almost twelve minutes, with a wonderful time of 2hrs 12mins 59secs. Cheryl Richards, although not getting a personal best time, was still over ten minutes faster than 2008, finishing in 2hrs 17mins 33secs, while Sonia Wignall also ran very well finishing in a very satisfactory 2hrs 39mins 50secs.

 
Anglesey Marathon, 2009 ~ 20/09/2009
 

Two Harriers raced in Anglesey but over the Marathon distance, both Welsh Masters titles. Vernon Pownall ran a fantastic time of 3hrs 35mins an amazing MV55 time, easily winning both the open race and Welsh Masters titles, while Ed Reid, although disappointed with his time of 4hrs and 7secs, still managed to win the MV45 Welsh Masters title.

 
Anglesey 10k, 2009 ~ 20/09/2009
 

Four other Harriers raced in the Anglesey 10k road race, all running excellently. Christobelle Pownall ran superbly completing the distance in just over 56 minutes while Dominique Jones broke the hour for the first time for the distance in a fantastic personal best time of 59mins 13secs. Jonathan Perry and Andy Goodson also completed the course in excellent times.

 
Shell Sutton 10k ~ 20/09/2009
 

In Sutton on Sunday, Club Captain Darren Blazier once again lead by example, recording a fantastic time of 34mins 1 sec in the annual 10k race, his best time for the distance in over eighteen months, and finishing in fifth position overall. Haydn Jones also returned to the race again this year, finishing in 41mins 23secs for 63rd position, over a minute and a half faster, and fifteen places better, than two years ago.

 
Llandogged 12.5k, 2009 ~ 13/09/2009
 

The highlight of the weekend came in Llandogged where Darren Blazier won the annual 12.5k race in a fantastic personal best time of 45mins 30secs to win the race by almost 40 seconds and beating his previous best time for the race by over a minute. Jeni Richards also ran superbly finishing in a time of 64mins 59secs to win the FV45 age category, while Rob Spotswood was just behind in 66mins 30secs. New Cross-Country Manager Sue Calvert also had an excellent race finishing in 74 minutes exactly.

 
Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon, 20090 ~ 13/09/2009
 

On Sunday a number of Harriers took part in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon which had a field of over 1800 and was run in warm but blustery conditions. Dewi Roberts ran magnificently again, with an amazing time of 76mins 31secs, just off his personal best for the distance, and good enough for 12th overall and the 1st MV40 prize. Gareth Roberts ran equally well finishing in 78mins 31secs for 25th position. Meinir Huws, running her third half marathon this year and finished in an excellent time of 2hrs 1min 22secs, while Claire Lloyd made her racing debut for the club, finishing in a fantastic time of 2hrs 5mins 50secs. Christobelle Pownall, running her second half marathon, also ran superbly finishing in 2hrs 13mins 14secs.

 
Hoylake 10k ~ 13/09/2009
 

Geran Hughes and Haydn Jones were in action over a mixed terrain in the Hoylake 10k, part of a field of over 600 runners. Geran, running excellently at present, finished in a magnificent 37mins 9secs for ninth position in this highly competitive race, while Haydn continued his recent great performances finishing in 41mins 3secs.

 
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Rob Baterbee was the club’s only representative in the Trafford 10k but managed an outstanding personal best for the distance of 39mins 28secs, continuing his charge up the club rankings, improving by two minutes on his previous best achieved only a few weeks ago in Caernarfon.

 
British Masters 10,000m, 2009 ~ 13/09/2009
 

Track specialist Sean McCormack, running for the Welsh Masters, travelled to Oxford for the British Masters 10,000m Championships, and completed the 25 lap race in a very satisfactory 35mins 24secs finishing fifth in the British MV45 category.

 
Moel Famau Fell race, 2009 ~ 31/08/2009
 

Four Harriers took part in this tough fell race from Cilcain to the summit of Moel Famau and back. The annual race is part of the Cilcain Show and the Penny Lane Multi-Terrain series. First home was Geran Hughes in a superb time of 34mins 4secs for 10th position overall and 2nd in the MV40-49 age category. Next home, also running superbly, was Ed Reid who finished in 41mins 51secs for 67th position overall. Haydn Jones, taking part in his first ever fell race, also ran very well, finishing in 46mins 37secs for 102nd, just ahead of Angie Hughes who ran an outstanding race to finish in 47mins 39secs for 117th position overall out of 166 finishers.

 
Caernarfon 10k 2009 ~ 30/08/2009
 

Seven Abergele Harriers braved very strong winds on Sunday to take part in this years Caernarfon 10k road race which once again this year incorporated the North Wales 10k championships. Highlight of the day was Club Captain Darren Blazier’s outstanding time of 34mins 52secs, rewarding him with fourth place overall, the bronze medal in the North Wales Championships overall, and the Champion title in the MV35 category to add to his Half Marathon and 5k titles won earlier in the year. Behind Darren came four Harriers separated by just over a minute, lead in by the ever-improving Keith Elliott, who recorded another personal best time with a superb 41mins 4secs for 25th position overall. Just behind Keith, in 29th position, was Rob Batterbee who also recorded a personal best time, finishing in 41mins 31secs for 29th position overall, in turn just ahead of Haydn Jones in an equally fantastic time of 41mins 57secs for 33rd position. The close quartet was completed by Simon Grant who recorded a time of 42mins 43secs, and although well off from his personal best, was still good enough to win the Under 23 Championship title. Jennie Richards was the only female Harrier competing on the day, but did the club proud, not only recording a personal best time of 47mins 35mins for 80th position out of 163 finishers, but also gaining the runners up spot in the FV45 category. An outstanding set of results overall for the club was completed by Bob Cotton who recoded a tremendous 57mins 40secs for 144th position overall.

 
International Matterhorn Race ~ 23/08/2009
 

Hillary Jaques travelled to Switzerland to take on two uphill mountain races on success days. On Saturday she completed the Schilthorn Half Marathon from Lauterbrunnen to the top of Schilthorn, a 7,200 foot ascent, in a magnificent time of 3hrs 44mins. She then travelled to Zermatt early the next morning, on the 5am train, to complete the International Matterhorn Race, which is a 12.49k race from Zermatt to Schwarzsee with just under 3,000 feet of climbing, in an outstanding time of 1hr 53mins.





 
Capenhurst 5k 2009 ~ 26/08/2009
 

On the previous Wednesday two Harriers took part in this years Capenhurst 5k race both running excellently. First home, in seventh place overall, was Club Captain, Darren Blazier who completed the course in an excellent time of 16mins 18secs. Not far behind was Haydn Jones who ran a superb time of 20mins 18secs, continuing his recent excellent form.

 
Birchwood 10k, 2009 ~ 23/08/2009
 

Four Abergele Harriers travelled to Birchwood on Sunday to take part in the very prestigious Birchwood 10k, and with 41 teams entering and over 900 finishers, the team produced excellent performances to finish as fourth team overall. Leading the team home was the very much in-form Josh Dixon, who completed the testing course in difficult conditions, in an excellent 33mins 52secs for 22nd position overall. Second home was club Captain Darren Blazier who finished in an extremely respectable 35mins 9secs for 33rd position. Dewi Roberts finished in a superb 36mins 29secs, for 47th position overall and seventh in the highly competitive MV40 category, with Gareth Roberts running equally well to finish in 36mins 59secs for 53rd overall and 10th in the same category.

 
Tywyn Race the Train, 2009 ~ 15/08/2009
 

On Saturday two Harriers were among the 959 finishers in the 26th running of the Tywyn Race the Train competition which again this year was run over a fourteen mile multi-terrain course in windy conditions. First Harrier home, in a tremendous time of 1hr 55mins 28secs was Haydn Jones, who finished in an excellent 244th position, once again just narrowly being beaten by steam power, with a total of 151 coming home before the train this year. Second Harrier home, doing the race for the first time, was Paul Thomas who just missed out on the two hour barrier.

 
Ponderosa 4 mile fell race, 2009 ~ 12/08/2009
 

Hillary Jacques took part in the Ponderosa Hill fell race, a four mile race with 950 feet of climbing from the Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen. She completed the difficult course in an excellent time of 40mins 7secs, winning the MV50 age category, almost two minutes faster than she did two years ago.

 
Gladstone 9 ~ 09/08/2009
 

Only one Abergele Harrier was in competitive action at the weekend, when Ed Reid took part in the Gladstone 9 fell race, a category AM race run over nine miles with 2,800 feet of climbing starting near Penmaenmawr. Ed finished in a fantastic 1hr 46mins 40secs, a full two minutes faster than he had done twelve months previously.

 
Welsh Masters 5000m, 2009 ~ 02/08/2009
 

Sean McCormack travelled down to Cardiff for the Welsh Masters Track & Field Championships and won the Silver Medal in the MV45 category in the 5000m, in a time of 17mins 13secs, only 11 seconds behind Rob Sheen for gold.

 
Sale 10, 2009 ~ 02/08/2009
 

Four Harriers were among the 300 starters in the Sale 10 mile road race, with all four managing personal bests for the distance, in good conditions over the very fast course. The quartet were lead home by Club Captain Darren Blazier who ran an amazing 56mins 12secs for 21st position overall, taking almost a minute off his previous best. Next home, running superbly at present, was Dewi Roberts, who finished in 58mins 8secs for 27th position overall and third in the highly competitive MV40 category, 20 seconds faster than twelve months ago. Just one position further back in the same category was Gareth Roberts, who also ran fantastically well to finish in 59mins 13secs for 32nd overall as well as fourth in the MV40 category. The quartet were completed by the ever improving Keith Elliott who took almost nine minutes off his previous best for the distance by finishing in 66mins 3secs for 89th overall.

 
Dolgellau 5, 2009 ~ 25/07/2009
 

On Saturday Meinir Huws competed in the Dolgellau 5 mile race, finishing in 44mins 17secs, for 72nd position out of 112 finishers and 2nd in the FV50 category.

 
Sefton Park 5 ~ 22/07/2009
 

On Wednesday Rob Batterbee completed the Sefton Park 5 mile road race and finished a magnificent 40th out of a very strong field of 226 with a personal best time of 31mins 55secs, taking over two minutes off his previous best for the distance. Haydn Jones also completed the course in an excellent 33mins 49secs for 71st position.

 
Race the train, Caernarfon, 2009 ~ 22/07/2009
 

On Wednesday night eight Abergele Harriers took on the might of steam power in the Caernarfon Race the Train 5k, with outstanding performances throughout. First home, in third position overall and in a personal best time for the distance, was Josh Dixon, in a phenomenal 15mins 23secs, only six seconds behind Gwyn Owen of Eryri Harriers in second. Only three days after winning the Great Orme 5k Darren Blazier proved he can master down hill running as well as up hill, by finishing just one position further back in 15mins 49secs, just nine seconds off the personal best time he set in the same race in 2007. Simon Grant, back in the area for the Summer, also ran extremely well, easily beating the train, in a time of 19mins 2secs. Mark Mayers was another Harrier with a tremendous time, taking almost three minutes off his previous best only set in June in Rhyl, when he finished in 20mins 8secs, while Peter Hardy’s time of just over 21 minutes was also a massive personal best achievement. Rob Spotswood, running his first 5k of the year did a very satisfactory 22mins 22secs, while Dominique Jones produced possibly the performance of the night, taking over ten minutes off her personal best time for the distance, again only set in June, by finishing in 26mins 38secs, just one position ahead of Meinir Huws who finished thee seconds further back in 26mins 41secs.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix, 6, 2009 ~ 21/07/2009
 

On Tuesday night, in wet conditions, Sean McCormack got a seasons best in the 3000m in the Trafford Grand Prix, finishing in 9mins 49secs, excellent preparation for the Welsh Masters Championships in less than 2 weeks time.

 
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Four Abergele Harriers were in action in Llandudno on Sunday with Club Captain Darren Blazier leading by example with an outstanding performance to win the Orme 5k by a staggering twenty four seconds from Eryri Harrier’s Brendan Rothery. Blazier won with a fantastic time of 19mins 21secs. Second Harrier home was the in-form Mark Mayers who completed the very difficult course to the top of the Orme in 25mins 46secs. Third Harrier home, again running superbly at present, was Peter Hardy in 27mins 20secs, while Hillary Jaques finished in 28mins 59secs to claim the second female Veteran prize.

 
Welsh Senior League (Track & Field), Newport
 

It was an extremely quiet weekend for Abergele Harriers with only two members in competitive action and they were actually running in the third round of the Welsh Senior Track and Field League for Newport. Steven McCormack produced an fantastic performance with a personal best time by almost fifteen seconds in the 3000m steeplechase, once again winning the Senior race in a time of 11mins 57secs, while Sean, running over the same distance but without the barriers, produced his second best time of the season, 9mins 54secs, to finish second Senior Male. Sean followed this up later in the day with a personal best time by seven seconds for the 1500m, when he finished in 4mins 48secs, again finishing as second Senior Male.



 
British Masters 5000m, 2009 ~ 05/07/2009
 

On Sunday Sean McCormack ran in the colours of the Welsh Masters to compete in the British Masters Track and Field Championships in the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Sean was 5th MV45 in the 5000m race finishing in a time of 16mins 59.05secs, one second faster than twelve months previously when he won the bronze medal in the same championships.

 
Fairy Freckled Cow 11k ~ 05/07/2009
 

Eight Harriers were part of the 106 finishers in this years Fairy Freckled Cow 11k, with Darren Blazier not only retaining the title, but on this occasion winning in a course record time of 39 minutes 57 seconds. Rob Battersby, making his debut for the club, was second Harrier home in an excellent time of 47 minutes, just twelve months after completing his first ever race. Haydn Jones also ran superbly completing the very difficult course in 50mins 47secs for 27th position overall, while Rob Spotswood returned to racing for the first time since the London Marathon, finishing in a very hard earned 56mins 6secs for 59th position. Mark Mayers produced a superb 53mins 14secs, while Peter Hardy was only two minutes further back in 55mins 20secs. Andy Goodson finished in just over the hour, with Jonathan Perry about four minutes behind him.

 
Faenol Park 10k 2009 ~ 01/07/2009
 

Three Abergele Harriers ran in the Faenol Park 10k on Wednesday, all three running superbly. First Harrier home was Darren Blazier who was a fantastic third overall in a wonderful time of 35mins 48mins. Meinir Huws was the second Harrier home in 55mins 27secs, a time good enough to win the second position in the very competitive FV50 category. Dominique Jones was competing in her first ever 10k race and completed the course in a tremendous time of 65mins 8secs, a superb time considering her 5k best time of almost 37 minutes.

 
3 Hills Fell Race ~ 23/06/2009
 

On Tuesday Geran Hughes competed once again in the Great Arete Mid Week Fell series, this time over an extremely testing course in Penmaenmawr. The "3 Hills Fell Race", although only three miles long, was extremely difficult, but Geran managed to master the conditions, finishing in a superb time of 34mins 19secs, for 10th position overall and 3rd Vet 40.

 
Rotary 10k, Wallasey ~ 28/06/2009
 

Three Harriers travelled to the Wirral to compete in the Wallasey Rotary 10k road race, which was run in extremely hot conditions, with all 220 finishers well down in time from what they would normally expect for the distance. Dewi Roberts continued his wonderful recent form finishing in 4th position overall, and first MV40, in a time of 37mins 6secs while Gareth ran equally impressively to finish in 38mins 10secs for 8th overall. Haydn Jones also had an excellent run in the conditions, finishing in just over 44 minutes.

 
Moel Y Gymelin Fell Race, 2009 ~ 28/06/2009
 

Three Harriers took to the fells at the weekend, competing in the Moel Y Gamelin fell race in Llangollen, an extremely tough 9.5 mile race run in very warn and clammy conditions. Hillary Jaques ran fantastically well finishing in just under two hours and won her age category, while Geran and Angie Hughes completed the course together in a time of 2hrs 4mins allegedly crossing the finishing line holding hands!

 
Aggies Staircase Fell Race ~ 25/06/2009
 

On Thursday Ed Reid was in action on the fells running in the Aggies Staircase fell race in Darwen, Lancashire, a very tough 3.8 mile race, which he completed in a fantastic time of 39mins 16secs.

 
Prestwold 10k ~ 28/06/2009
 

On Sunday Josh Dixon was in action in Leicestershire as one of the 700 competitors in the Prestwold 10k, finishing in 9th position overall in a magnificent time of 33mins 16secs, just outside his personal best for the distance, and in fact going through the 5 mile mark in a personal best time of 26mins 24secs.

 
Welsh Senior League (Track & Field) Round 2
 

On Sunday Abergele Harriers Sean and Steven McCormack travelled the length of Wales to represent Newport in the second round of the Welsh Track and Field League, with Sean completing the 5000m in 17mins 33secs for 3rd position, his highest League position all season, while Steven had arguably the run of the week, in the 2000m steeplechase where he took 24 seconds off his seasons best, by finishing in 7mins 35secs, just six seconds outside his personal best time.

 
Riverbank Run 2009 ~ 21/06/2009
 

First Harrier home in the Riverbank this year was last years winner Darren Blazier who, on this occasion, was fourth overall in an excellent time of 35mins 32secs, almost a minute faster than twelve months ago. Next home was the man of the moment, Keith Elliott, with a personal best time for the distance of 41mins 10secs, for 18th position overall, 2nd MV45 and almost three minutes faster than two years ago over the same course. Ed Reid also ran superbly, taking third position in the same category as Elliott, and 21st overall in a time of 41mins 57secs, while Mark Mayers was another Harrier to get a personal best on the day, finishing in 45mins 7secs, for 46th overall, taking a massive 51 seconds off his previous best. Andy Goodson, running his first 10k for the club, also had a day to remember, with an excellent 47mins 26secs for 62nd position, while Peter Hardy wasn’t far behind in 47mins 52secs for 66th overall. Katie Williams and Peter Smith made the long trip up from Poole worthwhile finishing in an excellent times of 50mins 6secs and 50mins 7secs respectively for 80th and 81st positions. Another pair to run together was Harrier Susan Calvert and her daughter Nicola (running her first ever race), finishing the course in a tremendous 55mins 15secs for 99th and 100th positions out of the very strong field of 118 finishers.

 
St Michaels 10k ~ 21/06/2009
 

On Sunday, Dewi and Gareth Roberts travelled towards Stoke to take part in the St Michaels 10k, which although advertised as an extremely fast course, proved not to be, with Dewi finishing in a time of 36mins 14secs for 20th and Gareth 36mins 56secs for 25th in an extremely competitive field of over 500 runners.

 
Capenhurst 10k, 2009 ~ 07/06/2009
 

Just four days after the Birkenhead race Darren Blazier was in action again, this time over 10k, when he took part in the annual Capenhurst race. On this occasion Darren once again ran superbly, finishing in a fantastic second position overall, in a wonderful time of 35mins 3secs.

 
Midlands League, Leamington ~ 07/06/2009
 

Abergele Harriers Sean and Steven McCormack continued their assault on the track for the summer (running for Newport Harriers), with Steven getting a personal best time for the 3000m steeplechase of 12mins 11secs, and Sean getting his second fastest time for the season of 9mins 55secs for the 3000m.

 
Birkenhead 5, 2009 ~ 03/06/2009
 

Four Abergele Harries travelled to Birkenhead on Wednesday to take part in the annual five mile road race in Birkenhead Park. The race was run in extremely hot conditions but Darren Blazier still managed to conquer them to come home in a superb 5th position overall out of a very strong field of 123 runners, in an excellent time of 27mins 17secs. Next home was Dewi Roberts whose time of 28mins 23secs was not only good enough for 12th position overall but also won him the 2nd position in the MV40 category. Just six seconds and one position further back, but with the consolation of winning his own age category, was Tim Cahill in 28mins 29secs, while Gareth Roberts also ran fantastically well finishing in 29mins 3secs, for 21st position overall and 3rd in the MV40 category.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix, 3, 2009 ~ 26/05/2009
 

Josh Dixon joined Sean McCormack at the Trafford Grand Prix and made his debut over 3000m. Despite a storm during the race Josh still managed a tremendous time of 9mins 19secs, and will surely dip under nine minutes before the season is out. By the time Sean ran in the B race the weather had settled again and Sean managed a seasons best of 9mins 51secs.

 
Sun Centre 5k, 2009 ~ 27/05/2009
 

Abergele Harriers can boast two new North Wales Champions after nine Harriers were among the 95 runners who took on the elements in this years Sun Centre 5k which once again incorporated the championships. First Harrier home was Club Captain Darren Blazier who finished fourth overall, and although just missing out on the prizes in the open race, was crowned North Wales V35 Champion and also won the bronze medal in the overall North Wales championships. The final two kilometers of the race were run straight into a gale so Darren’s time of 17mins 6secs was an excellent achievement. The club’s second champion of the night was Hilary Jacques who was 59th overall in a superb time of 23mins 11secs, and won the FV50 category in both the open and Championship race. Second home on the night, 7th overall, and second MV45 in the open and championship race, was Sean McCormack in 18 minutes exactly. Ed Reid was next, finishing in a very creditable 20mins 3secs, just missing out on the prizes as fourth MV45. Keith Elliott was next, and despite the conditions, proved how much he has come on this season by just missing out on another PB, with a superb time of 20mins 41secs for 41st position. Just one position further back and still recovering from injury, was Haydn Jones, making a welcome return to racing with equally fantastic time of 20mins 53secs. Mark Mayers had a baptism of fire running the distance for the first time but still managed an excellent run, finishing in 23mins 17secs for 62nd position on the night. Dominique Jones made her racing debut for the club and was helped all the way by the beginners group stalwart Jaime Ashton both finishing in a very creditable time of 36mins 56secs.

 
Sale 5, 2009 ~ 24/05/2009
 

Josh Dixon ran in the latest version of the Sale 5 mile road race which was run in very hot conditions on this occasion. Josh had another great run and completed the race in a fantastic 26mins 46secs.

 
Manchester Bupa Great 10k ~ 17/05/2009
 

Mark Mayers and Peter Hardy ran in the Manchester Bupa Great 10k run on Sunday as part of the huge International field. Mark achieved a magnificent time of 46mins 23secs while Peter finished in an equally impressive time of 47mins 21secs. They were both running on behalf of the Alzheimers Society and raised over £500.00.


 
Chester Half-Marathon 2009 ~ 17/05/2009
 

It was a super Sunday for Abergele Harriers, with twelve members among the 2,000 competitors in this year’s Chester Half Marathon, with five of the twelve producing personal best times. Despite far from ideal conditions, one of the Harriers of the moment Dewi Roberts produced another outstanding performance, arriving home as first Harrier in a fantastic time of 1hr 17mins 41secs, for 8th position overall and first in the MV40 category. Twin brother Gareth was second Harrier home, again running a tremendous race, finishing very strongly in 18th position overall and 3rd MV40 in his second quickest time ever for the distance of 1hr 19mins exactly. Just one position further back in 19th, and 3rd in the MV45 category was Tim Cahill, again in a superb time of 1hr 19mins 23secs. Not far behind came one of the performances of the day where Keith Elliott took an amazing six and a half minutes off his personal best time for the distance, set over the same course two years earlier, by finishing in 1hr 31mins 30secs. In-form Vernon Pownall wasn’t much further back producing another excellent performance finishing in 1hr 35mins while Dave Edwards, who like Elliott was running only a matter of a few weeks after setting a Marathon personal best time in London, also ran tremendously well finishing in 1hr 47mins 36secs. Six ladies also competed for the Harriers producing four of the day’s personal best times of the day. First lady home, clearly benefiting from her recent triathlon training, was Jo Lewis who took 28minutes off her previous best for the distance by finishing in two hours and seven seconds, while Sue Calvert, just returning from injury was just a matter of minutes away from her best, with a time of 2hrs 2mins 51secs. Cheryl Richards was the third Harrier to produce a personal best time on the day, taking almost twenty minutes off her time in the Great North Run last year, by finishing in a wonderful 2hrs 8mins 51secs, while Christobelle Pownall was running over the distance for the first time and also performed brilliantly finishing in 2hrs 9mins exactly. Sonia Wignall and Lucy Jones finished their only previous half marathon together in just over two hours twenty eight minutes, and on this occasion were also very close together, again both producing personal best times of 2hrs 24mins 35secs and 2hrs 24mins 43secs respectfully.

 
Moel Eilio Fell Race 2009 ~ 16/05/2009
 

On Saturday Ed Reid ran the Moel Eilio fell race, which was run over eight miles with 3,000 feet of climbing and this year was run in extremely poor weather conditions, finishing in a highly creditable 1hr 37mins 41secs.

 
Market Drayton 2009 ~ 10/05/2009
 

The performances of the weekend came on Sunday when five Harriers were among the 1,247 finishers in the Marker Drayton 10k in Shropshire, which was run over an undulating course in good conditions. First home was Darren Blazier who finished in an excellent 34mins 33secs, his best time for the distance this year, and 12th position overall. The star of the weekend however was Dewi Roberts who produced a personal best time for the distance of 35mins 36secs, breaking the 36 minute barrier for only the third time ever, and the first time since January 2008, a time good enough to also give him the first MV40 prize, and 23rd position overall. Not far behind was Gareth Roberts who missed out on a p.b. by only eight seconds, with his second fastest time ever, of 36mins 33secs for 31st position overall and 2nd MV40. Grahame Shone also ran superbly finishing in 40mins 32secs for 96th position and 4th in the very highly competitive MV55 category, while Alan Lucas, despite getting obstructed by the crowds at the start, still managed to finish 6th in his age category, 513th overall, in an equally impressive time of 49mins 48secs.

 
Foel Fras Fell Race, 2009 ~ 09/05/2009
 

Geran Hughes took part in the Foel Fras 12 mile fell race at Abergwyngregyn which involved 3,100 feet of climbing and this year was run in absolutely horrendous conditions. Geran ran a fantastic race finishing in 12th position overall and 5th MV40 in a wonderful time of 2hrs 11mins 37secs skillfully overcoming the conditions.

 
North Wales Track & Field Champuionships 2009
 

On Saturday Abergele Harriers Sean and Steven McCormack, running in terrible conditions, won North Wales titles on the track for Newport in Deeside, with Steven winning the Senior Men’s 2000m steeple-chase title in a season’s best time of 7mins 59.9secs, while Sean won the Veteran’s 1500m title in 4mins 55.2secs as well as getting the silver medal in the 3000m.

 
Christleton 5K 2009 ~ 08/05/2009
 

On Friday night two Harriers were part of a very high quality field taking part in this year’s Christleton 5k. First home was Darren Blazier, running the first of two races in three days, who finished in a fantastic time of 16mins 28secs, while Tim Cahill ran equally well finishing in 17mins 5secs.

 
Great Arete Midweek Series ~ 28/04/2009
 

Geran Hughes had completed the Great Arete Midweek fell race, which involved 1500ft of climbing over three miles, in 30mins 17secs, for 14th position overall and second MV40, while Angie Hughes, still recovering from injury treated the race as a training run, and finished in a time of 47mins 27secs.

 
Chirk Triathlon ~ 25/04/2009
 

At the weekend, Jo Lewis and Lucy Jones completed their first Triathlon, the Chirk Triathlon, consisting of a 400m swim, followed by a 28k cycle and then a 5k run. Jo completed in an excellent time of 1hr 35mins, while Lucy was just behind in 1hr 37mins despite having a wisdom tooth out a few days earlier. Jaime Ashton and Matthew Ashton also completed the triathlon running for their Tri Club, with Jamie finishing in a personal time. Photo available on the photos page.

 
Wrexham 10 2009 ~ 25/04/2009
 

On Saturday, seven Abergele Harriers travelled to a very windy Wrexham for the North Wales 10 mile Championships, all coming home with prizes, including four new North Wales Champions, three Runners up, the Male Vets team gold and the Senior Men’s team silver, making it the most successful North Wales Championship race in the clubs history. First home, running his first ever ten mile race, was Josh Dixon, who finished in 59mins 27secs for 7th position overall and the first of a quartet of Harriers in a row. Dixon’s time was also good enough to win him the North Wales Male Under 20 Championship. Just two seconds further back, in 59mins 29secs, was the in-form Dewi Roberts, winning the MV40 North Wales title for the first time ever, with a wonderful 8th position overall. In 9th position was Sean McCormack, who retained the MV45 North Wales title that he won twelve months ago, on this occasion in a time of 59mind 42secs. One position further back, in 60mins 49secs, was Tim Cahill, who was also runner up in the MV45 category and completed the gold medal winning Veterans Men’s team and silver medal winning Senior Men’s team. Gareth Roberts also had an amazing run, finishing in 61mins 38secs, for 12th position overall and runner up in the MV40 championships, while Steven McCormack finishing in 66mins 32secs, was runner up in the MU20 championships. The club’s fourth individual North Wales Champion of the day was the ever improving Grahame Shone, who ran an extremely powerful race, finishing in an excellent 66mins 51secs, completing the record making championships for the Harriers.

 
Welsh Senior League (Track & Field)
 

On Saturday, Sean and Steven McCormack of Abergele Harriers made their track debuts for Newport Harriers in the Welsh Senior League. In windy but very sunny conditions Sean ran the 3000m in 10mins 12secs and the 1,500m in 4mins 54secs and ran the first leg of the 4 x 100m and the third leg of the 4 x 400m (65.4sec). Meanwhile Steven completed his first 3000m steeplechase winning the race in a time of 12mins 23secs and later ran the third leg of 4 x 100m.

 
Crewe 10k, 2009 ~ 12/04/2009
 

Four Harriers travelled to Crewe on Easter Sunday to take part in the Airproducts 10k in a field of 320 starters. First Harrier home for the second time in five days was the in form Josh Dixon, on this occasion having to settle for fifth position overall, in a time of 33mins 53secs. Darren Blazier was next, clearly suffering from his exploits earlier in the week, finishing in 36mins 25secs for 25th overall, just managing to hold off the ever improving Dewi Roberts who finished just three seconds and one position further back for fourth MV40 on the day. Gareth Roberts was just slightly further back, in 35th position overall, and 5th MV40 in a time of 37mins 8secs.


 
Chester Spring 5, 2009 ~ 08/04/2009
 

Six Abergele Harriers travelled to Upton to take part in the Chester Spring 5, the first of the mid-week races of the “summer”. Josh Dixon continued his recent fantastic form finishing third overall in a very high quality field, in a superb time of 27 minutes exactly. Darren Blazier, who was with Dixon until about three miles, also ran extremely well finishing in 27mins 52secs for 8th position, while Sean McCormack proved he’s almost back to last seasons form with an excellent 28mins 33secs for 15th position, winning the MV45 category. Simon Grant, one of several Harriers training for the London Marathon, was running his first ever five mile race, finishing in a wonderful time of 31mins 31secs, while the run of the night came just behind where Keith Elliott completed the course in 32mins 32secs, taking almost 30 seconds off his previous best for the distance. The clubs team was completed by Hillary Jacques, another member who rarely races such short distances, but who once again performed fantastically well, finishing in 36mins 13secs. As well as third position overall and the first MV45 prizes won individually, the club also won the team competition for the second year running.

 
Blackpool Half-Marathon ~ 05/04/2009
 

Vernon Pownall was the club's only representative at the Blackpool Half-Marathon on Sunday, finishing 88th out of a field of 994 runners, and 3rd MV55, in an outstanding time of 1hr 34mins 20secs, taking nine seconds off the time he set in Wrexham in February.

 
Paris Marathon, 2009 ~ 05/04/2009
 

Dave Edwards ran the Paris Marathon at the weekend finishing in a personal best time of 4 hours and 24 seconds, and surely Dave is going to finally smash the four hour barrier in the near future, hopefully in London at the end of the month.

 
Chirk 10k, 2009 ~ 05/04/2009
 

Darren Blazier continued his tremendous recent form by finishing second in the Chirk 10k race on Sunday. Darren actually lead the race for several kilometers before having to settle for second place behind Tipton Harriers’ star Luke Northall, in a fantastic time of 35mins 40secs

 
Elche Half-Marathon ~ 29/03/2009
 

Grahame Shone and Alan Lucas were off on their travels again, running the Elche Half-Marathon in Alicante, Spain, as part of a field of 1,800 runners. Shone ran a magnificent 1hr 33mins 15secs for 481st position, 6th in his age category, while Lucas completed the course in 1hr 42mins 47secs for 1,029th position and 7th in his category.

 
Liverpool Half 2009 ~ 29/03/2009
 

Dave Edwards continued his London Marathon preparation by running the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday. Run in very nice conditions this year, Edwards managed a very satisfactory 1hr 53mins 10secs, well on target for his desired marathon time this year.

 
Llangynhafal Loop, 2009 ~ 28/03/2009
 

On Saturday three Harriers ran the Llangynhafal Loop fell race, run over 4.75 miles with 1,750 feet of climbing over the Clwydian Hills. Geran Hughes completed the very tough course in an excellent time of 46mins 19secs for 20th position overall , while Angie, making a return to racing after five months out with injury, ran equally well to finish in 1hr 9mins 34secs for 106th position on the day. Ed Reid, also back on the fells for the first time this year, also ran excellently finishing in 55mins 46secs.

 
Home Countries International, Faenol Park ~ 28/03/2009
 

Abergele Harriers’ top junior Josh Dixon ran for Wales on Saturday in the prestigious Aviva Home Countries International in Faenol Park. Running superbly at present Dixon completed the tough 7k course in a fantastic time of 26 minutes 30seconds for 30th position in the very high quality International field.

 
English Schools XC ~ 21/03/2009
 

On Saturday Josh Dixon ran in the English Schools Cross-Country Championships and finished a magnificent 48th position overall in a time of 24mins 55secs, in a quality field of over 300 juniors over a tough 7k course, coming home as second scorer in the very strong Leicestershire team.

 
Atlantic College 10k ~ 22/03/2009
 

On Sunday Darren Blazier and Sean McCormack were part of the North Wales Masters team that travelled to the Atlantic College 10k race at St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan which also incorporated the Welsh 10k Road Championships, and both came back north with Championship medals. Over a tough undulating course, run in almost perfect conditions, Club Captain Blazier finished in 35mins 25secs for 30th position overall and the silver medal in the MV35 Welsh Championships, just managing to hold off McCormack, who finished in 35mins 37secs, for 34th position overall and the bronze medal in the most competitive category of the day, the Welsh MV45 category.

 
Ironbridge Half Marathon 2009 ~ 22/03/2009
 

On Sunday two Harriers travelled to Telford for the Ironbridge Half-Marathon. Vernon Pownall produced an absolutely outstanding performance to complete the difficult course in a wonderful time of 1hr 36mins, while Meinir Huws also ran fantastically well finishing in 1hr 58mins.

 
BMAF XC Championships
 

On Saturday the club had only two members running in one of the prestigious races that North Wales has hosted for many years, the British Masters Athletic Federation Cross-Country Championships, hosted by Prestatyn Running Club in Ruthin. Run over a beautiful coarse in excellent conditions Alan Lucas competed in the 8k Masters 50-69 race, completing the course in 42mins 59secs for 111th position, while Geran Hughes ran over the same distance in the Masters 40-59 race, finishing in an equally impressive 32mins 2secs for 50th position overall.

 
Trafford 10k, March 2009 ~ 15/03/2009
 

On Sunday Dewi and Gareth Roberts travelled to the Trafford 10k, run in good conditions, and with a top quality field of over 500 runners. Dewi ran an excellent race finishing in 36mins 5secs for 84th position overall and 5th MV40. Gareth was equally impressive finishing in 36mins 41secs for 96th position and 8th MV40.

 
Moel Wnion 2009 ~ 14/03/2009
 

Geran Hughes continued hill Fell season, running the Moel Wnion race in Bethesda. The four mile race with climbing of 1600 feet was run in good conditions this year, and Hughes took full advantage finishing fifth overall and 1st MV40 in an excellent time of 37mins 52secs. See photos on the photos page.

 
Stafford 20, 2009 ~ 08/03/2009
 

Neil Brambles competed in the Stafford 20 mile road race in preparation for the London Marathon in April. Neil ran superbly to complete the course in 2hrs 17mins, which puts him well on target for an excellent time in London.

 
Oulton Park Half Marathon ~ 08/03/2009
 

Three Harriers took part in the Oulton Park Half-Marathon, which was run in atrocious conditions of sleet and wind this year. Darren Blazier mastered the conditions wonderfully to finish in an excellent 1hr 16mins 35secs for third position overall, while Haydn Jones achieved his second personal best time in successive weeks, by finishing in a superb 1hr 30mins 40secs, taking 33 seconds off his previous best time for the distance. The trio was completed by Alan Lucas who also ran extremely well finishing in 1hr 46mins.

 
Pipe Dream 2009 ~ 07/03/2009
 

Geran Hughes opened his “Fell” season in style, finishing fourth overall and second MV40 in the five mile Pipedream fell race from Dolgarrog. Hughes completed the course, which has 1,700 feet of climbing, in a fabulous time of 38mins 42secs. Justin McIlveen also made a welcome return to the fells completing the very difficult course in 43mins 2secs for 26th position overall.

 
Nottingham Cross Country Under 20, 2009 ~ 07/03/2009
 

On Saturday Josh Dixon was part of the North Wales Under 20 team that travelled to Wollaton Park in Nottingham for the UK Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships. Josh had another wonderful run finishing in a time of 28mins 40secs for the very difficult 8k course, and third North Wales finisher, 56th overall out of an extremely powerful field of 180 of Britain’s best juniors.

 
Farndon 10k 2009 ~ 01/03/2009
 

Haydn Jones was the only club member in competitive action at the weekend running in the Farndon 10k. Haydn had another fantastic performance achieving a personal best time for the distance of 40mins 14secs, taking almost a minute off his previous best achieved in Penny Lane last June.

 
Great North West Run, 2009 ~ 22/02/2009
 

Sue Calvert ran the Great North West Run on Sunday, which this year was held in Blackpool. Sue was one of 1500 runners who completed the course in windy conditions completing the course in a fantastic time of 2hrs 2mins.

 
Wrexham Half-Marathon 2009 ~ 15/02/2009
 

Abergele Harriers is celebrating its first two North Wales Champions of the year after the Village Bakery Half-Marathon in Wrexham which as usual incorporated the North Wales Half-Marathon championships. First Harrier home, in 20th position overall, was Darren Blazier in a superb time of 76mins 3secs to become the MV35 North Wales Champion, just sixteen seconds ahead of Dewi Roberts, who had the run of the day completing the course in windy conditions in an outstanding time of 76mins 19secs, just a few seconds off his personal best for the distance. The second North Wales Champion for the club was the ever improving Alan Lucas, who running his first championship race in his new age category, ran fantastically well finishing in 1hr 43mins 48secs to win the MV65 title. Third harrier on the day, again only missing out by a matter of seconds on a personal best time, was Gareth Roberts, who finished in 41st position overall in 1hr 19mins 9secs. Vernon Pownall, running his first ever half-marathon, also ran amazingly well to complete the course in 1hr 34mins 29secs for 176th position on the day. Dave Edwards, another Harrier running very well at present, finished in a tremendous 1hr 39mins 53secs for 248th position. Meinir Huws was the only female Harrier racing acquitting herself very well indeed to finish in 1hr 55mins 20secs for 414th position in the very strong field.

 
Tough Guy Challenge
 

Simon Grant completed the Tough Guy Challenge in Wolverhampton on February 1st. In atrocious conditions Simon was one of 7,000 starters but more impressively he was one of only 2,800 finishers, completing the challenge in 1hr 52mins for 308th position. Simon reports that this is the hardest thing he has ever done and not one he intends repeating!

 
Nick Beer 2009 ~ 08/02/2009
 

On Sunday, Haydn Jones and Dave Edwards turned out again less than 24 hours after running in the Cross-Country League, this time on the road in the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno, both running excellently, finishing in 43mins 21secs (113th) and 46:02 (180th) respectively. First Harrier home on the day was Simon Grant, deep into his London Marathon training, finishing in a very creditable 41mins 31secs for 77th position in a very strong field of 563 finishers. Patrick Lee-Browne, making his debut for the club marked the occasion with a tremendous time of 44mins 22secs, for third Harrier on the day and 139th overall. Mark Mayers was one of two Harriers to achieve personal best times for the distance with an amazing 45mins 58secs to finish 178th. Hillary Jacques, although not achieving a personal best on this occasion, still managed to win the FV50 by over six minutes, with a time of 47mins 33secs. Rob Spotswood also ran very well to finish in 48mins 33secs for 251st position. Cheryl Richards and Lucy Jones ran together finishing in 59mins 31secs and 59mins 32secs respectively, with Jones having most to celebrate, not only achieving a personal best time but also breaking the elusive one hour barrier for the first time. The team was completed by a very gallant run from Sonia Wignall, finishing in 538th position in 66mins 8secs.

 
Welsh Cross-Country Championships, 2009 Under 20 ~ 01/02/2009
 

Josh Dixon, hot from his victory just one week earlier on the roads in Colwyn Bay travelled to Builth Wells to take part in the Welsh Cross Country Championships. In an extremely high quality field Dixon was ninth overall almost certainly securing his selection for North Wales in the Inter-Counties in Nottingham in early March.

 
North Wales XC Championships, Masters Men. ~ 31/01/2009
 

Abergele Harriers retained their North Wales Veteran Cross Country title at the Championships in Northop on Saturday. Along with the gold in the Veterans competition, a six man team consisting entirely of veterans also won bronze in the Senior Men’s category. The two team prizes as well as three individual prizes made for a very successful day out for the Harriers. Leading the club home was the man in form at the moment, Tim Cahill, in a magnificent time of 37mins 57secs to win second prize in the MV45 category. Only ten seconds further back was Club Captain Geran Hughes, running his usual very calculated race, gradually working his way up the field over the tough 10k course. Just thirty seconds behind Hughes, was Sean McCormack, who had the consolation of not only helping the trio retain the Veteran title they won twelve months previously, but also, won individual bronze in the MV45 category. Next home in a tremendous time of 43mins 51secs was Keith Elliott who is currently well into his London Marathon training. Haydn Jones and Dave Edwards were “good Samaritans” on the day when they stopped to help a member of the Prestatyn RC team who collapsed during the race, staying with him until the ambulance arrived. They did however then restart and finished the race together insuring that the club had a full compliment of six members to complete a senior men’s team, a team that still managed bronze medals in the event. Steve McCarten was unlucky not to finish the race when he went over on his ankle in the very muddy forest section of the course. Over the shorter three lap, 7k course, Alan Lucas took full advantage of his entry into a new age category, running a superb race to win bronze in the MV65 category, being unlucky to be out-sprinted at the end for the silver medal. Steven McCormack also ran very well over the same distance in the Under 20 competition, finishing seventh in this highly competitive age category.

 
Menai Mini Marathon 2009 ~ 25/01/2009
 

Less than 24 hours after completing the Twin Piers 10k, Rob Spotswood was back in action, this time among the 80 starters in the Menai Bridge 10k. Run in horrendous conditions, Rob ran fantastically well to complete the distance in 49mins 58secs.

 
Dash in the Dark 5 mile ~ 24/01/2009
 

Geran and Angie Hughes took part in their first Dash in the Dark 5 Mile night race in Llandegla Forest, Ruthin. Geran completed the course in an excellent 29mins 30secs for fourth position overall and first MV40. Angie ran equally well finishing in 40mins 44secs for 27th position overall. The race was basically a tough cross country race run in the dark!

 
Twin Piers 2009 ~ 24/01/2009
 

A club record 21 Abergele Harriers took part in this year’s Twin Piers 10k on Saturday, including three members of the one family, with the club also producing the overall winner for the second year in succession, as well as five other prize winners, and the overall Male Team award. On this occasion the up and coming Josh Dixon ran a magnificent race to win by ten seconds from Eryri Harriers Matthew Roberts, in a fantastic time of 33 minutes and 1 second, winning the race overall as well as the Male Under 20 category. Second Harrier home was last years winner Darren Blazier who came home in ninth position overall in a time of 35mins 21secs, coming home second in the MV35 category. Two positions further back in 35mins 40secs was Tim Cahill who also managed third position in the highly competitive MV45 category. Fourth Harrier home, winning the MV40 category in a superb time of 36mins 8secs, was Dewi Roberts, in 14th position overall. Four positions further back, in a time of 36mins 49secs was Gareth Roberts, winning 2nd position in the same category. The only female Harrier to win a prize on the day was Hilary Jaques who ran an outstanding race finishing in a personal best time of 45mins 54secs to win the FV50 category, finishing in 133rd overall. Three members of one family ran a race for the Harriers for the first time in its history, with the trio of Pownalls all running tremendously. First of the three home was Vernon in 42mins 59secs (84th) with Megan, making her debut for the club, finishing in 54mins 43secs (246th) and Christobelle a magnificent 56mins 28secs for 275th. Four other Harriers produced personal best times for the distance; Mark Mayers, 46mins 21secs (143rd); Cheryl Richards, 57mins 37secs (288th); Lucy Roberts, 61mins 43ses (324th) and Rachel Beattie, 75mins 20secs (364th). Other Harriers, all running excellent times were Keith Elliott, 41mins 53secs (67th); Haydn Jones, 42mins 51secs (80th); Dave Edwards, 44mins 50secs (106th); Rob Spotswood, 48mins 1sec (164th); Peter Hardy, 48mins 21secs (168th); Susan Calvert, 53mins 54secs (227th); Joanne Lewis, 55mins 57secs (265th) and Sonia Wignall, 65mins 22secs (339th). The club’s strength in this race was proven by the fact that the men not only won the overall Male Team prize, but had enough male members running to have a second team in eight position and a third in eleventh, while the ladies produced teams in third and fourth positions overall in the Ladies competition.

The full results are available here

 
Sale 5, 2008 ~ 28/12/2008
 

Two Abergele Harriers brushed off the effects of Christmas on Sunday by running the Sale 5 mile road race, both achieving excellent end of year performances. First home in a superb time of 26mins 33secs, finishing off the year in style , was Josh Dixon running superbly all the way. Not far behind and finishing the year where he started, with another fantastic performance, was Darren Blazier in 27mins 33secs, again running a very measured race.

 
Old Father Time 5 ~ 28/12/2008
 

Geran and Angie Hughes took part in the Old Father Time, Welsh Masters 5 mile road race in Cardiff, while down south for Christmas. Geran finished in 30mins 28secs for 3rd Welsh MV40, while Angie ran a magnificent 41mins 30mins, also finishing third in her age category.

 
Telford 10k 2008 ~ 21/12/2008
 

Two members travelled down to Telford to the annual 10k road race that normally produces some of the best times of the season. Unfortunately the course this year was battered by extremely strong winds with even the winner twenty seconds down on last year’s time. Unfortunately Gareth Roberts took a tumble at two miles and was unable to continue the race, while twin brother Dewi braved the elements to finish in 36mins 36secs, for 55th position overall, a considerably higher position than last year despite a slower time.

 
Welsh Inter Regional X-C Under 20, 2008 ~ 13/12/2008
 

In the Junior Men’s race Josh Dixon had another outstanding run finishing in a tremendous 5th position overall, while Steven McCormack also ran very well finishing 15th. Both runners helped the North's team to retain their Under 20 Inter-Regional title, winning Gold ahead of the South in Silver.

 
Welsh Inter Regional X-C Masters, 2008 ~ 13/12/2008
 

Abergele Harriers made history on Saturday by winning the Welsh Masters MV40-49 title in Wrexham, adding it to the Welsh 10K road title the club’s Veteran team won in September. Six club members were action representing North Wales as well as the Harriers, four in the MV40-49 team and two in the under 20s, helping both of these teams to Welsh titles also. The run of the day came in the Veteran race, where Dewi Roberts ran a magnificent race, finishing in 7th position overall, and 4th MV40 in a time of 33mins 46secs. Sean McCormack was next Harrier home in 34mins 18secs for 13th and 4th MV45, while Tim Cahill also ran superbly finishing in 35mins 3secs for 19th. Geran Hughes continued his return from injury finished in a very creditable 22nd position, in a time of 35mins 30secs.

 
Stockport 10 mile, 2008 ~ 07/12/2008
 

On Sunday, in seriously wintry conditions, three Harriers were among the 550 starters in the Stockport 10 mile race, run over a tough undulating course with two major hills to climb. Leading the trio home was the in-form Dewi Roberts in a fantastic time of 60mins 7secs, for 14th overall and 2nd in the tough MV40 category, giving him a real boost of confidence before he makes his North Wales debut in the Inter-Regional Cross-Country championships next weekend. Gareth Roberts, having beaten the hour mark for the distance for the first time recently, also found the conditions tough to handle but still managed an excellent 61mins 55secs for 25th overall, while Richie Lee completed the course in 64mins 37secs for 37th overall and 3rd MV45.




 
Helana Tipping 10k 2008 ~ 07/12/2008
 

On a bitterly cold December morning in very slippery conditions eight members took part in the Helena Tipping 10k in Wrexham, with the two female members present tackling the distance for the first time. Rachel Beattie, running her first ever race, was accompanied all the way by Saran Williams, whose previous longest race had been the Abergele 5, with both women finishing in a very creditable time of 77mins 25secs. First Harrier home on the day, and the only Harrier to get a PB time at the weekend, was Keith Elliott, who ran a superb race to finish in 41mins 22secs, pushed all the way by Haydn Jones who was running his first race since the Snowdon Marathon in October, finishing just thirty five seconds further back in 41mins 57secs. Dave Edwards continued his recent excellent form with a time of 45mins 47secs, while Rob Spotswood accompanied Alan Lucas around, as it was Lucas’ birthday and he was making his debut in the MV65 category. Both men finished in a tremendous time of 47mins 46sec, with Lucas taking the third prize in his new age category. Steve Ward completed an excellent team performance finishing in a very satisfactory 55mins 36secs.



 
Preston 10mile Road Race, 2008 ~ 16/11/2008
 

On Sunday three Harriers travelled to Preston for the Preston 10 mile road race, getting second in the team event thanks to the fact that all three managed to break the hour for the distance. Darren Blazier was first home running an excellent race to finish 9th overall in a time of 57mins 39secs. Dewi Roberts, running his forth ten miler this year, was just sixteen seconds off his personal best for the distance when he finished in 58mins 44secs for 15th position. The run of the day however came from Gareth Roberts who managed to beat the hour for the first time ever, by finishing in an amazing 59mins 55secs for 21st position.

 
Penmaenmawr Fell race, 2008 ~ 15/11/2008
 

Tim Cahill ran the Penmaenmawr Fell race running a fantastic personal best time of 1hr 24mins 21secs for a tremendous 12th position overall.

 
Swansea International Cross-Country ~ 15/11/2008
 

On Saturday Irish-born Sean McCormack represented Wales for the first time, running in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Swansea. Over a very muddy tough 8k course McCormack ran 32mins 51secs, 18th in his age category and 62nd out of the 83 International athletes in the MV35-49 race, in the process helping the Welsh MV45 team to third position behind England and Eire.

 
Salou Half-Marathon ~ 09/11/2008
 

On November the 9th when most of the Harriers were getting frozen and soaking wet in Hoylake, Grahame Shone ran the Salou Half Marathon in Spain, in 20 degrees of heat, finishing in a tremendous time of 1hr 30mins 9secs, to win his age category, continuing his unbeaten run in his age category in that country.

 
Abergele 5, 2008 ~ 02/11/2008
 

Abergele Harriers held their 22nd annual road race, The Spillane & Co. Wealth Management Abergele 5 on Sunday in almost perfect running conditions. There was an extremely strong field of 240 runners, and given the quality present it was no surprise that the course record was broken. First home, in a new course record of 25mins 21secs was Nick Swinburn of Bangor University. Second to finish, but with the consolation of winning the North Wales 5 mile championships, which were once again incorporated into the race, was Rob Samuel, formerly of Bangor University also, but now running for Eryri Harriers, in a time of 25mins 47secs. Third to finish, and winner of the Under 20 category, was Ricky Challinor in 26mins 7secs, followed home by two more under 20s David Mountford of Deeside AAC, in 27mins 19secs, and Josh Dixon of Abergele Harriers in 27mins 22secs. First Male 35 went to Andy Walling of Sale Harriers, while the MV40 title went to the very hard working Russ Godwin of Colwyn Bay AC. Mike Robins of Wrexham AC was the MV45 champion, while Prestatyn Runners took the MV50 and MV55 titles, with Gordon Jones (29mins 41secs) and George Nixon (30mins 30secs) respectively. The Male team trophy went back again to Eryri harriers with Rob Samuel, Brendan Rothery, Paul Wathan and Arwel Lewis retaining the title they won twelve months previously.
The ladies race was as equally exciting with last year’s third place woman, Marilyn Kitching of Tattenhall Runners, winning in a fantastic time of 31mins 30secs, also winning the North Wales overall, senior and FV40 titles in the process. Kitching just managed to hold off Isabel Redfern of Colwyn Bay AC, who won the race two years ago, and finished in 31mins 45secs, with Erika Schmid of Buckley Runners just a further seven seconds further back in third position in a time of 31mins 52secs. Redfern was first senior female in the open race and Isabel first FV35. Prestatyn Runners also did very well in the ladies race with Glenda Davies winning the FV45 category and Irene Taylor the FV55 title. Hazel Dirkson of Buckley Runners was champion at FV60, Brenda Jones of Bro Dysynni at FV65, and race favourite Sheila Symonds of Bro Dysynni won the FV75 title. The ladies team trophy was won by Colwyn Bay AC with a team of Isabel Redfern, Helen McArthur, Anwen Darlington and Vicky Ronald.
Two Abergele Harriers made their club debuts in the race, with Vernon and Christobelle Pownall both running superbly finishing in 36mins 46secs and 46mins 36secs respectively. Bob Cotton also ran fantastically well, improving on last years time by over 12 minutes.
The Harriers would like to thank all their sponsors especially Spillane & Co. Wealth Management, Simon Lloyd Fire, Security and Electrical Services as well as all those who helped to make the day such a success, particularly Wales and West Utilities, North Wales Police and Abergele Town Council.


 
Dublin City Marathon 2008 ~ 27/10/2008
 

Dave Edwards was one of two Harriers who took part in this year's Dublin City Marathon on Monday. Dave once again ran superbly but unfortunately just missed out on the elusive four hour barrier again.

 
Great South Run ~ 26/10/2008
 

Two Harriers took part in the Bupa Great South Run, Britain's leading 10-mile running event run over a fast, flat route in Southsea, Portsmouth. Peter Smith and Katie Williams ran together recording excellent times of 1hr 24mins 5secs.

 
Snowdon Marathon 2008 ~ 25/10/2008
 

Three Abergele Harriers took on this years Snowdon Marathon, one, Haydn Jones, tackling the distance for the first time. This year’s race was run in horrendous conditions, with gale force winds and spilling rain for most of the time. First home was Marathon debutant Jones, running a fantastic race, moving his way steadily up the field from the half-way mark, to finish in a tremendous 3 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds. Hillary Jaques, ran only very slightly slower than two years ago, finishing in 4hrs 40mins, an extremely respectable time, especially with the conditions on the day. Club Chairman Alan Lucas, in sharp contrast to Jones, was running his 17th Snowdon Marathon, and also ran superbly, to finish in a tremendous time of 4hrs 45mins.
See lots of photos of Haydn's first marathon on the photos page.

 
Cardiff Half-Marathon, 2008 ~ 19/10/2008
 

On Sunday, two Abergele Harriers were among the 7,500 runners in the Cardiff International Half-Marathon, both running fantastically well. The race this year, actually had small portions off-road, was run in windy conditions, but with ideal temperatures for the runners. First home was Dewi Roberts in an outstanding time of 1hr 19mins 5secs, for 33rd position overall and 4th in the highly competitive International V40 category. Twin brother Gareth also ran a tremendous race, finishing in 1hr 22mins 27secs for 80th overall.

 
Provence Luberon Marathon ~ 05/10/2008
 

The Abergele Harriers Running Club entered a team of 4 runners for the Provence Luberon Marathon and Half Marathon, near Marseille, to join their counterparts from the running clubs of Roissy from Paris and Barmstedt near Hamburg. This was the latest of many Twinning events, following the introduction of the 3 running clubs by the Colwyn Twinning Association in 2002.
The event was run over a spectacular and challenging, multi terrain and constantly undulating course in the Mediterranean heat.
Past and Present club chairmen Alan Taylor and Alan Lucas ran the marathon, finishing in 3 hours 49 minutes and 3 hours 56 minutes respectively, this being Alan Taylor’s first race in 12 months following prolonged injury, whilst Richie Lee and Rob Spotswood ran the Half Marathon finishing excellently in 1 hour 27 and 1 hour 49.



 
Great North Run, 2008 ~ 05/10/2008
 

Cheryl Richards, Lucy Jones, Sonia Wignall and Jo Lewis have trained together tirelessly for about twelve months for this event, with all four originally graduating from Vice Captain Jamie Ashton’s original “Beginners group” about two years ago. Having trained together for twelve months the quartet raced together finishing in an excellent time of 2 hours 28 minutes 5 seconds, finishing around middle of the field of 45,000 runners. Also running in the race was Dave Edwards, running his second half-marathon in fifteen days. Edwards finished in 1hr 46mins 23secs (5,011th position), taking an amazing sixteen minutes off his time for the race just twelve months ago, and missing out on a personal best time for the distance but a mere ten seconds, pretty astounding considering the number of runners involved in the race.

 
Llyn Penmaen ~ 04/10/2008
 

Meinir Huws was the clubs only representative in the Llyn Penmaen 10m race3, finishing in an excellent 84 minutes, a race that was run in very wet and windy conditions.

 
New Forest Marathon ~ 21/09/2008
 

Pete Smith and Katie Williams ran the New Forest Marathon on Sunday, despite having trained very little over the last few months. Despite this, and in very hot conditions, the pair finished in 4hrs 50mins and 10secs.

 
Anglesay 5K ~ 21/09/2008
 

Wendy Davies took part in the Anglesey 5k, which was part of the Anglesey Running Festival and on a very hot day, over a hilly course she completed the race in an excellent time of 31mins 10secs.

 
Anglesey Half Marathon, 2008 ~ 21/09/2008
 

Dave Edwards was the club's only representative in the Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday, which was run in excellent conditions. Dave ran a superb race, finishing in 1hr 52mins 43secs.

 
Flintshire 10k, 2008 ~ 21/09/2008
 

Five Abergele Harriers took part in the Flintshire 10k on Sunday which incorporated this year’s North Wales 10k Championships, with pride of place on the day going to Carol Willgoose who won the title in the FV50 age category. On a perfect day for racing Willgoose ran a fantastic 43mins 26secs, to not only win the FV50 North Wales title, but to actually win it in a championship best time, and win her category in the open race also. First Harrier home on the day, and eighth overall out of 350 finishers, was Darren Blazier in 35mins 39secs, second in the MV35 category. Dewi Roberts, recovering from a recent illness, ran a very satisfactory 37mins 3secs, for third in the MV40 open category and second in the North Wales Championships. Haydn Jones, deep into his Snowdon Marathon training, also ran very well, finishing in an excellent 41mins 38secs, for 46th overall and beating his last years time by over thirty seconds. Angie Hughes completed the team on the day, racing for the first time in several months following a back injury, and running superbly to finish in 49mins 10secs.

 
Joe Moran Memorial Meeting, 3000m ~ 17/09/2008
 

On Wednesday Sean McCormack travelled to Manchester to take part in the Joe Moran Memorial Masters Track and Field meeting in Sportcity. McCormack ran his seventh 3000m race of the summer season finishing in an excellent 9mins 45secs, to win the MV45 category and come in second overall.

 
Avignon 10k ~ 07/09/2008
 

Grahame Shone recently ran in the Avignon 10k in Provence, France. With temperatures of 18 degrees, times were always going to be a little slower than usual, but Grahame still managed an excellent 41mins 55secs to finish 108th out of a very strong field of 410 runners.

 
Llandogged 12.5k, 2008 ~ 14/09/2008
 

Darren Blazier of Abergele Harriers proved he is right back on form with a fantastic win in the Llandogged 12.5k road race at the weekend. Blazier retained the title he won last year, taking over the lead at about four kilometres and eventually running out the winner by about two minutes. His time of 47mins 23secs was slightly slower than last year but bore testament to the fact that he had little or no competition after the five kilometre mark. Susan Calvert also ran the race again this year finishing in an excellent 71mins 30secs, taking twenty seconds off the time she posted for the race last year.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2008, 10 ~ 09/09/2008
 

On Tuesday, Sean and Steven McCormack travelled to the final Grand Prix of the season in Trafford. Sean once again competed in the 3000m race finishing in an excellent 9mins 49secs, first Veteran on the night, while Steven decided to take on the sprinters for a change and recorded a personal best time of 28.04 seconds for 200 meters.

 
Trafford 10k, 2008 Sept ~ 07/09/2008
 

Only four Abergele Harriers were in competitive action at the weekend, with the quartet travelling to Partington for the Trafford 10k, which was run on Sunday in almost perfect conditions, despite the weather the previous day. Newly crowned Welsh MV45 Champion Sean McCormack continued where he left off last week, and improved his road 10k personal best time by a further twenty one seconds, finishing in a tremendous 34 minutes 45 seconds, to once again win the MV45 category in a very high quality field. Unfortunately Dewi Roberts just came down with a cold a few days before the race, but despite this, managed a very creditable time of 36mins 24secs for 31st position overall. Gareth Roberts, also running superbly at present, managed an excellent time of 37mins 8secs, seven seconds faster than in Birchwood three weeks earlier. Steven McCormack, having lost most of the summer through injury, still managed a great run, finishing in 37mins 47secs, very slightly slower than last week in Caernarfon.

 
Llanwrst Triathlon ~ 31/08/2008
 

On Sunday Matthew and Jaime Ashton took part in the Llanwrst Triathlon representing their triathlon club, with Matthew completing in 1hr 8mins 52secs and Jaime 1hr 57mins 24secs, both achieving personal best times for the swim, and Matthew one of four to beat the previous course record.

 
Caernarfon 10k 2008 ~ 31/08/2008
 

It was history in the making for Abergele Harriers with the club winning it’s first ever Welsh team gold medal, when the Men’s Veteran team of Sean McCormack, Darren Blazier and Geran Hughes took Male Veteran Team gold in the Caernarfon 10k on Sunday, which this year also incorporated the Welsh Championships and Welsh Inter-Regional Championships. Added to that Sean McCormack, Darren Blazier and Carol Willgoose all won individual Welsh Gold in their respective age groups, with Steven McCormack winning bronze in his. In addition McCormack senior won a third Welsh Gold medal as a counting member of the victorious North Wales Veteran team that won the Inter-Regional Championships.
In wet but almost ideal conditions, Sean McCormack was first Harrier home in a personal best time for the distance on the road of 35mins 6secs, for 12th position overall and also winning the 1st MV45 prize in the open race as well as the Championships. Darren Blazier was next Harrier home in 35mins 44secs for 14th overall and first in the MV35 age group, also in both the open and championship races. McCormack and Blazier were 2nd and 4th counters respectively in the North Wales Veteran team in the Inter-Regional Championships. Third Harrier, returning very well from his recent unfortunate injury, was Steven McCormack, in a time of 37mins 38secs, 31st overall and taking third place in the highly competitive Under 20 category in both the open and championship races. Next home, helping to secure the Veteran team title, was Geran Hughes in a time of 38mins 12secs for 37th overall but unfortunately just missing out on the other medals, as 4th MV40 on the day. Haydn Jones continued his Snowdon Marathon training with an excellent 42mins 3secs for 84th overall, while Paul Thomas made a very welcome return to the roads after a long lay off with injury, and ran an extremely pleasing 44mins 40secs for 114th.
Only two ladies ran for the Harriers but what was lacking in quantity certainly wasn’t lacking in quality. Carol Willgoose became the fifth Abergele Harrier, and first female club member, to win a Welsh title this year with a tremendous 44mins 54secs for 118th overall and first in the FV50 category in the Welsh Championships and the open race. Annwen Begley, ran an outstanding race, managing to take 1min 43secs off her previous best for the distance and an amazing eleven minutes off her time for the same course just two years ago, finishing in a fabulous time of 61mins 49secs for 202nd position overall.
Unfortunately Robert Spotswood injured himself at the start line and was unable to continue the race, but both himself and John Earlston, also injured at present, provided very much appreciated support on the day.


 
Capenhurst 5k 2008 ~ 20/08/2008
 

Three Harriers travelled to Capenhurst on Wednesday for a 5k road race including Haydn Jones and Robert Spotswood who were both completing their third race in five days. Josh Dixon however was first Harrier home, running an outstanding race, to finish in a time of 16mins 51secs for 5th position overall out of 116 finishers, and 1st in the Under 20 category. Haydn was next Harrier home in an excellent time of 20mins 27secs, finishing 43rd overall and seventh in the MV40 category. Not to be outdone Rob also finished seventh in his category (MV50) in an equally impressive time of 21mins 45secs, 66th overall.

 
Birchwood 10k, 2008 ~ 17/08/2008
 

Just one day after competing in Tywyn Haydn Jones and Robert Spotswood were again in action, along with Dewi and Gareth Roberts in the Birchwood 10k, which once again was run over a moderately tough course in mixed weather. Dewi Roberts was first of the Harriers home in 36mins 46secs, finishing 47th out of 720 finishers. Gareth wasn’t far behind, clocking a 37mins 15secs for 59th position. Haydn, less than 24 hours after completing the fourteen mile race in Tywyn, ran an excellent race finishing in 43mins 53secs, proving his Snowdon Marathon training is right on target. Rob also showed great strength finishing the race in an excellent time of 46mind 49secs.

 
Tywyn, Race the Train.
 

On Saturday two Harriers travelled to Tywyn to the Race the Train series of races against the Talyllyn steam train. In the morning 10k race Robert Spotswood had a magnificent race beating the train over the distance. Spotswood covered the distance in 52mins 29secs, finishing in 92nd position while the steam engine took 55 minutes to get home. Later in the day, in deteriorating conditions, Haydn Jones took it on over the longer course, and although Jones easily beat his last years time, he just missed out on beating the train, finishing the 14 mile course in 1hr 54mins 15secs, while the train managed it in 1hr 47mins. Jones finished in a very creditable 275th position out of 822 finishers.

 
Welsh 10,000 U20 Champs ~ 13/08/2008
 

Abergele Harriers added a third Welsh Champion to its ranks this season, once again on the track, when Steven McCormack won the Under 20 10,000m title in Neath. Steven ran a superb race to win the title in a tremendous time of 37mins 16.5secs, coming only six weeks after he broke both his arms while training for the Welsh steeple-chase championships. His father Sean, despite the fact that he was running in an age category ten years under his normal category, still managed a Welsh silver medal in the Senior Men’s race over the same distance in a fantastic personal best time of 34mins 23.6secs.

 
Warford 10 ~ 10/08/2008
 

Rob Spotswood travelled to Knutsford in Manchester to take part in the Warford 10 mile road race on Sunday. Rob was among the 300 runners who ran the 3 lap undulating course in changeable conditions. Rob finished in an excellent time of 1hr 22mins 46secs for 8th overall in the MV50 category.

 
Borth Beach 10k ~ 03/08/2008
 

Rob Spotswood travelled to Borth, near Aberystwyth, to do the Borth Beach 10k, which as the name implies is run almost entirely on the beach, while the tide is out. Rob ran an excellent time of 47mins 13secs to finish 26th overall out of 110 runners. Overall this was a very difficult race in parts over very soft sand and with multiple pot holes, an excellent time considering.

 
Sale 10, 2008 ~ 03/08/2008
 

Four Harriers took part in the Sale 10 mile road race, which this year was run in perfect conditions over a four lap course starting and finishing on the track. First Harrier home, taking 68 seconds off his personal best for the distance, was Sean McCormack, in a time of 56mins 39secs, the 8th fastest time in Britain this year for the distance by an MV45. Tim Cahill, another Harrier right on form at present, clocked 58mins 6secs, his fastest time for the distance for over eleven years and good enough for 3rd MV45 on the day. Dewi Roberts, with a personal best by 58 seconds, ran a fantastic race, finishing not far behind Cahill, in a tremendous time of 58mins 28secs, finishing 4th MV40. Gareth Roberts, managed to take 35 seconds off his best time, as he edged his way closer to the elusive 1 hour barrier, finishing agonisingly close in a time of 1hr and 11secs.

 
European Veteran Championships, 3000m steeplechase ~ 03/08/2008
 

Club Captain Geran Hughes represented Great Britain in the 16th European Veterans Championships in Ljubljana in Slovinia on Sunday. Running in blisteringly hot conditions of over 30 degrees, Hughes ran magnificently in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing in 10mins 58secs for 7th position overall and second British finisher. This was a fantastic result considering Hughes was seeded 10th going into the race from previous times in the last twelve months. For photos go to the photos page.

 
Gabowen 5 ~ 01/08/2008
 

On Friday night, Robert Spotswood was among the 200 runners to take part in the Gabowen 5 mile road race, which was run over an undulating course around country lanes and into a head wind most of the time. Rob ran an excellent time of 37mins 14secs.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2008, 7 ~ 29/07/2008
 

On Tuesday night three Harriers travelled again to the Trafford Grand Prix series running in the 3000m race. First Harrier home, winning the B race in very windy conditions, was Sean McCormack in an excellent time of 9mins 47.04secs. Tim Cahill, continuing his return to the track, finished in exactly ten 10:00.95 for 6th position, while Steven McCormack clocked 10:17.74, nineteen seconds faster than he had raced over the same distance in Deeside just two days earlier.

 
Under 20 League, 3000m ~ 27/07/2008
 

On Sunday Steven McCormack was part of the North Wales Track & Field team taking part in their last League outing of the season. McCormack ran the 3000m in scorching hot conditions in a respectable time of 10mins 36secs.The region has now won the Mersey division of the League and will now go on to compete in a play-off competition for promotion to the British Premier divisional system.

 
Llanfair TH 10k, 2008 ~ 26/07/2008
 

Steve Ward took part in the Llanfair TH 10k race, which for the first time in many years was an official Welsh Permitted race. Over the extremely difficult course Ward ran a very good time of 1hr 17mins 55secs. The race was won in a time of 41mins 48secs by Justin Everley, an unattached runner, while Russell Goodwin of Colwyn Bay AC was second again, this year in a time of 42mins 53secs. Vicky Ronald, also of Colwyn Bay AC, was first lady home in a very good time of 51mins 40secs.

 
Dolgellau 5, 2008 ~ 26/07/2008
 

On Saturday Rob Spotswood and Meinir Huws travelled to Dolgellau for their annual 5mile race. Again running in very hot conditions Spotswood ran a time of 35mins 44secs, his fastest time for the distance in almost three years. Huws also ran superbly finishing in 38mins 19secs in this her first five mile race. Although the times are always excellent on this race, it is not a "flat" race and in fact starts off at the bottom of a hill, so the times run by both were indeed excellent.

 
Snowdon International Race, 2008 ~ 26/07/2008
 

Hillary Jaques ran the Snowdon International Mountain race, a category AM fell race run over 10 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing. In this extremely prestigious race, Jaques ran a very impressive 2hr 1min 48secs to finish a tremendous 2nd in her age group in the International field, a time and position made all the more impressive by the fact that the race was run in very hot conditions this year.

 
Race the train, Caernarfon, 2008 ~ 23/07/2008
 

Ten Harriers travelled to Caernarfon to compete in the 11th Dinas to Caernarfon Race the Train event, a 5k race against the steam train over the distance. Once again this year, more than half the team actually beat the train, and almost all achieved personal best times for the distance. First Harrier home, but one of the few not to achieve a personal best, was Darren Blazier, finishing 5th overall in a magnificent time of 15mins 55secs. Just nine seconds and two positions further back was the in-form Sean McCormack, in his third race in eight days, and the only Harrier to win a prize on the night, finishing first Vet40-50 in a time of 16mins 4secs, taking 35 seconds off his previous best for the distance. Next home, 15th overall and 4th Vet40-50, taking an amazing 50 seconds off his previous best, was Dewi Roberts, followed just 20 seconds further back by his brother Gareth, who improved his best by 49 seconds with a superb time of 16mins 48seecs for 17th. Matthew Ashton continued to edge his way towards the 17 minute barrier, taking another 11 seconds off his best, to finish in 17mins 7secs for 23rd position, while Rob Spotswood, running his third race in five days, although slightly slower than last year, found his time of 20mins 43secs was still faster than “steam power” over the distance. Allison Guillemin also ran superbly finishing in 167th position on the night out of a very strong field of 263 finishers, while Annwen Begley took a staggering two and a half minutes off her best for the distance, smashing her way through the 30 minute barrier with a tremendous time of 28mins 4secs for 230th position overall. Wendy Davies was just outside her best by a few seconds, finishing very well in 257th position, in 31mins 6secs, while Jamie Ashton improved her last years time by almost three minutes, finishing in 34mins 48secs for 257th position, proving her recent triathlon training is really helping her running times to plummet. For photos of the event go to the photos page.



 
Oswestry Triathlon ~ 20/07/2008
 

Matthew and Jaime Ashton took part in the Oswestry Triathlon at the weekend, which involved a 400m swim, 16.5 mile bike ride, followed by a 5k run over the cross-country course there. The bike leg was extremely hilly and conditions were difficult on the day. Both had excellent times with the actual breakdown as follows; (note "transition" times are included into the previous discipline, ie the swim "time" includes the swim and the transition to bike); Jaime Swim 11:24, Bike 1:43:16, Run 37:46. Matthew Swim 7:10, Bike 53:12, Run 18:00.

 
Welsh Masters 1500m, 2008 ~ 20/07/2008
 

Geran Hughes once again proved his versatility by changing events, having won British bronze in the 3000m steeplechase, he ran the 1500m in the Welsh Masters Track and Field Championships in Newport. Hughes found the race a little too short for him but still managed to win gold in the MV40 age category with a very good time of 4mins 41secs.

 
Welsh Masters 5000m, 2008 ~ 20/07/2008
 

Sean McCormack took 17 seconds off the personal best time for 5000m that he had set in Birmingham just two weeks earlier by leading from gun to tape to win Gold in the Welsh Masters 5000m in the Welsh Masters Track and Field Championships in Newport in 16mins 43secs and in the process become the Welsh V45 5000m Champion.

 
High Wycome Half Marathon ~ 20/07/2008
 

On Sunday the widely travelled Steve Ward took on the High Wycombe Half Marathon completing the course in a superb time of 2hrs 18mins 33secs.

 
Great Orme Challenge 5K, 2008 ~ 20/07/2008
 

On Sunday six Harriers took on the Great Orme Challenge, probably one of the toughest 5k road races in Wales and this year run in very windy conditions. Jones’ persistent hill training got its just rewards when he got second in the MV40 category in a time of 25mins 2secs. Jones was pushed all the way by MV55 Grahame Shone who ran a tremendous time of 25mins 12secs. Hilary Jaques was the only Harrier to win her category in the event, running a very measured race, winning the FV45 category in a superb time of 27mins 55secs. First Harrier home, taking on the race for the first time, was Josh Dixon, who finished in a very satisfactory 9th overall in a time of 21mins 12secs, just managing to hold off the much more experienced Darren Blazier, who finished just two seconds and one position further back. The team was completed by Rob Spotswood, again racing for the second time in two days, who finished in an extremely respectable time of 28mins 11secs.

 
Burtonwood ~ 19/07/2008
 

On Saturday Haydn Jones and Rob Spotswood ran in Burtonwood over a tough country road course in very windy conditions. Despite the conditions Jones managed an outstanding 30mins 38secs for 51st position overall while Spotswood was equally impressive finishing in 33mins 41secs for 82nd out of a field of 133 runners.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2008, 6 ~ 15/07/2008
 

Three Harriers travelled to the 6th Trafford Grand Prix of the season to take part in the 300m race. Sean McCormack was using the race as a warm up for the Welsh Masters 5000m Championships in Newport at the weekend, and was extremely pleased with his time of 9mins 42.83secs, less than two seconds off his personal best for the distance. Tim Cahill, returning to the track after a fifteen year absence, ran a superbly paced race finishing in an excellent 9mins 59.59secs. Steven McCormack, returning after injury, and in fact racing with his right arm still in a cast, ran equally well finishing in 10mins 17.59secs, again less than three seconds from a personal best time, proving he has lost little or nothing from his enforced rest.

 
Welsh 1000m fell race, 2008 ~ 07/06/2008
 

Justin McIlveen took on this extremely tough challenge with over 8,000 feet of climbing over 22 miles. Justin ran a superb race but found the final climb to the top of Snowdon one peak too many, slipping down the field slightly during that last assent. However, despite this, Justin still finished a magnificent 15th overall in a tremendous time of 4hrs 40mins.

 
Maiden Castle Loop ~ 12/07/2008
 

Pete Smith and Katie Williams ran the Maiden Castle Loop race, over a 6.6 mile multi-terrain course. Once again they ran the race almost together with Pete finishing in 56mins 42secs for 116th while Katie finished very slightly further back in 56mins 53secs for 119th, out of a field of 220.

 
Tal Y Fan Fell race, 2008 ~ 12/07/2008
 

Justin McIlveen and Ed Reid took part in the tough Tal Y Fan fell race, a category AM race, run over eight miles with 2,400 feet of climbing from the Rowen Carnival field. McIlveen ran a magnificent race finishing in an outstanding time of 1hr 13mins for second position overall, just thirty seconds behind the winner. Reid also had an excellent run, finishing in a superb 1hr 26mins 34secs for 34th overall in this high quality field.

 
Moel Y Gymelin Fell Race, 2008 ~ 06/07/2008
 

Justin McIlveen ran this very tough AM fell race, that has 2,380 feet of climbing over 9.5miles from the Ponderosa Cafe on the Horseshoe pass.Justil finished in a superb time of 1hr 22mins for 8th overall.

 
Llyn Alwen Trail Race, 2008 ~ 06/07/2008
 

On Sunday five members raced the Llyn Alwen 11k Trail race in Denbigh which was won in a course record time by the very much in-form Darren Blazier in an outstanding time of 40mins 16secs. Matthew Ashton, who like Blazier was running his second race in five days, produced a superb 42mins 23secs for 8th overall, while Ed Reid once again got onto the rostrum with a wonderful time of 47mins 35secs for 20th overall and 2nd MV45. Haydn Jones was 39th in 51mins 3secs, almost identical to last years time, while Robert Spotswood, another runner running twice in a week, also produced an excellent time of 55mins 35secs for 63rd overall.

 
Portland 10 ~ 06/07/2008
 

Peter Smith and Kate Williams ran the Portland 10m in difficult conditions, finishing in 150th and 151st positions out of 240 runners in a time of 1hr 27mins 16secs.

 
British Masters 5000m, 2008 ~ 06/07/2008
 

On Sunday, Sean McCormack taking advice from the much more experienced Hughes also won a British Bronze, this time in the 5000m, which was actually run in a thunder storm. Again mastering the weather, Sean ran an extremely well disciplined race finishing in a personal best time of 17mins 0.77secs.

 
British Masters 3000m Steeplechase, 2008 ~ 05/07/2008
 

On Saturday, Geran Hughes led the club by example and produced a Captain’s performance to win a Bronze medal in the British Masters 3000m Steeple-Chase final in blustery conditions. Hughes judged the conditions perfectly, starting at the back and using the many years of experience he has had in the discipline, worked his way up through the field, to produce a phenomenal performance, finishing in 10mins 58secs, a performance that was justly rewarded with a British Bronze medal.

 
Faenol Park 10k 2008 ~ 02/07/2008
 

On Wednesday six Harriers took part in the Faenol park 10k race in Felinheli. Despite the fact that the race is run almost entirely off-road, road specialist Darren Blazier proved his adaptability by running a fantastic race, finishing 3rd overall in a tremendous time of 34 minutes 43 seconds. Steven Boyton continued his recent excellent form to finish as first Junior Male in an excellent time of 36mins 54secs, while Matthew Ashton, fresh from recent successes in Triathlon, also produced a superb time of 38mins 21secs. Robert Spotswood, running his fifteenth race of the year and his fifth 10k, again performed exceptionally well, finishing in 46mins 20secs. The performances of the day came however slightly further back when Jamie Ashton and Sara Cassidy-McIlveen made a welcome return to the racing scene, completing the race together in 1hr 22mins and 5secs, Sara competing for the first time since the birth of her son.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2008, 5 ~ 01/07/2008
 

In warm but very windy conditions on Tuesday night, Sean McCormack was the club's only representative at Trafford. With poor conditions times were down for everyone, with Sean finishing in 10:00.91, 20 seconds slower than his best. He was however 3rd in the B race, and 1st V45.

 
Riverbank Run 2008 ~ 22/06/2008
 

In the Riverbank Run in Rhuddlan, hosted by Prestatyn Running Club, Darren won his second race of the year in a tremendous time of 36mins 24secs, a time made all the more amazing by the very difficult terrain and the gale force winds. Just a minute and a half behind, again running superbly at present, was the up and coming Steven Boyton, whose time of 37mins 53secs was good enough for fourth overall and second under 20. Another Harrier in fantastic form at present is Matthew Ashton, who finished in 39mins 11secs for 11th overall, coming just four days after winning a “splash and dash” race for Caerneddau Triathlon Club. Ed Reid was next home, winning the MV45 category in a superb 41mins 29secs while Carol Willgoose was next winning her first race in her new category FV50, in an equally inspiring time of 46mins 44secs. Pete Smith and Kate Williams ran together finishing in a very good 51mins 33secs, while Su Calvert also ran very well finishing in 54mins 56secs. Alison Guillemin was the final Harrier to mount the podium, coming home third in the FV40 category in a wonderful 55mins 51secs. Steve Ward finished in a very good time of 64mins 17secs and Annwen Begley in an equally impressive 68mins 5secs completing a fantastic team performance within a strong field of 120 finishers.

 
Penny Lane 10k, 2008 ~ 22/06/2008
 

Three Harriers travelled to the Penny Lane Striders 10k, a 10k run over a very fast course normally, but on this occasion run in gale force winds along the Mersey. Despite the conditions John Earlston had an outstanding run finishing eight overall and second MV45 in an tremendous 35mins 35secs, while Geran Hughes was just twelve seconds and four positions further back in 35mins 47secs but with the consolation of winning the MV40 category. Haydn Jones however had one of the runs of the day, taking over 30 seconds off his previous personal best for the distance, by finishing in a phenomenal time of 41mins 7secs, just one week after running a mountain stage in the Welsh Castles Relay.

 
Parkhall 5k ~ 11/06/2008
 

On Wednesday two Harriers took part in the Parkhall 5k, run over a tough two lap course. First Harrier home, continuing his outstanding recent run of form, was Tim Cahill who finished in 17mins37secs for 7th position overall in a top class field and once again won the MV45 age Category. John Earlston made a very welcome return to racing, after several weeks out, and also ran very well, finishing in 17mins 45secs for 11th overall and 3rd MV45.

 
Birkenhead 5, 2008 ~ 04/06/2008
 

Three harriers took part in the Birkenhead Park 10k race, all achieving excellent times. First home, running superbly at present, was Darren Blazier, in 27mins 16secs, for 11th overall in a small but extremely strong field, and a 21 second improvement on his time twelve months previously. Not far behind, was Stephen Boyton, once again winning the under 20 category and 15th overall in a fantastic time of 28mins 39secs, just two seconds off a personal best time set on a much faster course. Third Harrier home was Haydn Jones, 41st overall, in a tremendous personal best time of 32mins 47secs, continuing his recent steady run of improvements.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2008, 3 ~ 03/06/2008
 

On Tuesday, three Harriers travelled to the Trafford AC Grand Prix to take on the 3000m race. Geran Hughes showed all his track experience coming home in 9mins 38.00secs, for second MV40, while Sean McCormack was one position and less than three seconds further back in 9mins 40.93secs, for second MV45, taking 27 seconds off the personal best he set for the distance only four weeks earlier in the North Wales Championships. Steven McCormack, despite not breaking the ten minute barrier, had the pleasure of knowing that he took even more off his previous best , finishing in a superb 10mins 14.2secs.

 
Carneddau Fell Race 2998 ~ 31/05/2008
 

Justin McIlveen continued his assault on the fells by running the very difficult Carneddau Fell Race, over 9.2miles , with 4000ft of climbing. Despite the blistering heat and deep bogs, Justin came home in a magnificent 8th overall in a time of 1hr 53mins 18secs, less than 12 minutes behind the winner, Iain Ridgway of Eryri Harriers.

 
Dam Buster Multi-Terrain 10k ~ 01/06/2008
 

On Sunday Angie Hughes ran her second race in Pembrokeshire during a so called weeks “holiday”. On this occasion she ran the Dam Buster multi-terrain 10k, over a very hilly course around Llys Y Fran reservoir. Hughes ran an outstanding 46mins 15secs for the extremely challenging course, proving she is right back on form.

 
Coventry 10k ~ 01/06/2008
 

Darren Blazier was part of a six man strong North Wales team to tackle the Coventry 10k which incorporated the Inter-Regional 10k championships. His excellent time of 34mins 28secs over a tough course brought him home as the third North Wales athlete on the day.

 
Rhyl 5k, 2008 ~ 28/05/2008
 

Seven Harriers took part in the Rhyl SunCentre 5k which again this year incorporated the North Wales 5k Road Championships, with two members taking home titles. Darren Blazier was first Harrier home in 7th position overall in a superb time of 16mins 56secs, despite the poor weather conditions, easily winning the MV35 title. Not far behind was Stephen Boyton, winning the first, of no doubt many, North Wales Under 17 titles in a tremendous 17mins 23secs. Matthew Ashton continued his recent excellent form, finishing in 13th overall in a time of 17mins 47secs, almost a minute faster than last year, and one of the very few runners in the race to beat their last years time. Ed Reid was the third Harrier to win a prize on the night, running an excellent 19mins 25secs for 33rd overall and 3rd MV45. Haydn Jones and Keith Elliott had another excellent battle, with Jones just coming out on top on this occasion, finishing in 20mins 18secs for 47th, to Elliott’s 20mins 25secs for 50th. Rob Spotswood completed a fabulous night out for the Harriers finishing in a highly satisfactory 22mins 21secs for 74th overall.

 
Dinas Head Multi Terrain Race ~ 25/05/2008
 

Geran and Angie Hughes took on the Dinas Head 4.5 mile multi-terrain race along a coastal path near Fishguard in Pembrokrshire. Over a very tough, hilly course Angie had a magnificent run finishing in 42mins 51secs, even passing Geran in the last 200m, to win the FV35-44 category. Geran, on the other hand, being on holidays decided to treat it as a training run and ran well within himself (except in the sprint to the finish!!)finishing in 42mins 59secs.

 
Chorley 10m 2008 ~ 25/05/2008
 

On Sunday a team of four travelled to Leyland to the Chorley 10 mile road race, and together proved the strength in depth the club has at the distance, getting their forth man home before any other team, but narrowly missed out on the team prize to Preston Harriers and Wigan Phoenix. In extremely windy conditions where personal best times were never an option, the team was lead home by Sean McCormack in an excellent 58mins 29secs, for 6th overall out of 219 finishers, and first in the highly competitive MV45 category. Dewi Roberts finished in 17th in a very impressive 61mins 7secs, for 5th MV40, while not far behind Steven McCormack and Gareth Roberts had an excellent personal battle finishing in 62mins 29secs and 62mins 46secs respectively for 21st and 22nd position, with Steven also first Junior Man home.

 
Edinburgh Marathon ~ 25/05/2008
 

In Scotland Dave Edwards got over the disappointment of missing out on this years’ London Marathon, by running the Edinburgh Marathon. Dave smashed his personal best time for the distance by over thirteen minutes, recording an amazing 4hrs 1min 16secs. Alison Guillemin, who was doing this one in addition to London, also ran very well, and despite feeling ill for a large part of the course still finished in a tremendous 4hrs 33mins.

 
Eiddig 5 ~ 25/05/2008
 

On Sunday two Harriers travelled to Wrexham to the Eiddig 5 Mile trail race, which in contrast was run in perfect conditions. Over a very tough undulating course Haydn Jones ran a superb race finishing in 33mins 12secs, for 19th overall out of 110 finishers and 4th MV40, while Robert Spotswood also ran extremely well finishing in 36mins 50secs for 42nd and 6th MV50.

 
Egdon 10k ~ 24/05/2008
 

On Saturday two Harriers were part of the field of 200 in the Egdon 10k road race. Pete Smith ran magnificently finishing in 46mins 47secs for 98th, while Katie Williams finished in an equally impressive 47mins 28secs for 111th.

 
Ras Cader Idris ~ 24/05/2008
 

On Saturday Justin McIlveen continued his excellent form on the fells running the Ras Cader Idris, which has 3,000 feet of climbing over 10.5miles. Justin finished in a magnificent 1hr 40mins 54secs for 13th overall out of 191 finishers.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2008, 2 ~ 20/05/2008
 

On Tuesday Night Geran Hughes again travelled to Trafford for the Trafford AC Grand Prix, running his best 3000m time for many years, with an outstanding 9mins 29secs, eleven seconds faster than two weeks ago. Running his usual extremely intelligent race, Geran ran a phenomenal 3 minutes 6 seconds for the final kilometre.

 
Moel Eilio Fell Race 2008 ~ 17/05/2008
 

Two Harriers took on the Moel Elio Fell race, a category AM race, over 8 miles and with 3000 feet of climbing. This year’s championship race attracted a huge International field and both runners ran superbly. Justin McIlveen finished in a fantastic 1hr 16mins 16secs for 94th position overall, while Ed Reid ran equally impressively, finishing in 1hr 27mins 49secs for 176th position.

 
Chester Half-Marathon 2008 ~ 18/05/2008
 

Tim Cahill, continued his recent run of superb form, to finish the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday in a phenomenal time of 1hr 19mins 9secs, two seconds faster than last year, and good enough to win the extremely competitive MV45 category in this International race. Also running in Chester was Sue Calvert who finished in an excellent 2hrs 10mins, hampered a little by the heat of the day.

 
Cape Wrath Half Marathon 2008 ~ 12/05/2008
 

On Monday, Meinir Huws once again ran the Cape Wrath Half-Marathon, this year run in very hot and windy conditions. Meinir finished a magnificent seven minutes faster than last year in a time of 1hr 55mins, all the more incredible given the conditions.

 
Market Drayton 2008 ~ 11/05/2008
 

On Sunday Darren Blazier and the Roberts twins were again in action, just two days after running the Christleton 5k, this time at twice the distance, in the Market Drayton Muller 10k, where Blazier ran another tremendous race, finishing 6th overall out of 734 runners, beating a number of Welsh Internationals on the way, in a time of 34mins 20secs. Dewi Roberts, despite going off course slightly at one stage, still managed an excellent 36mins 39secs for 16th overall and 4th MV40, while Gareth managed the conditions equally well, finishing in 37mins 25secs for 25th and 7th MV40. Grahame Shone, running his first 10k of the year, ran a fantastic 40mins 12secs for 52nd overall and 2nd in the highly competitive MV55 category, while Alan Lucas’s 49mins got him 267th and again a very high ranking in his category.

 
Christleton 5K 2008 ~ 09/05/2008
 

On Friday, six Harriers travelled to the Christleton 5k, which was again run in swelteringly hot conditions, with three of the six racing again two days later. On the night Darren Blazier was first Harrier home in a fantastic 16mins 7secs, a personal best by a massive 22 seconds. Not far behind, again showing his outstanding potential, was Steven Boyton who finished in an excellent 16mins 43secs, just ahead of Club Captain Geran Hughes, who was still feeling the effects of a 3000m track race a few days before, but still managed a very satisfactory 16mins 56secs. Tim Cahill was next in 17mins 10secs, almost exactly the same time as last year in much tougher conditions. It was a similar story for Dewi and Gareth Roberts, who both ran very similar to last year, and were very satisfied with times of 17mins 27secs and 17mins 50secs respectively.

 
North Wales Track & Field Champuionships 2008
 

On Saturday Sean McCormack came away from the North Wales Track and Field Championships in Deeside as a triple gold medallist, winning the North Wales Veteran titles at 400m, 800m and 3000m, while son Steven was an Under 20 silver medallist at 800m and the 2000m steeple-chase. Sean achieved personal best times in all three races with the highlight being a 62.9sec 400m where he won the title by one hundredth of a second. His 800m time was 2:24.6 and 3000m, 10:07.4, eleven seconds better than when he won theSenior Men's title two years ago. Steven managed a superb 2:27.2 for the 800m, a personal best by four seconds, and an outstanding 7:25.4 for the steeple-chase, where his was making his debut at the discipline.

 
Harlech Triathlon ~ 11/05/2008
 

On Sunday Jaime and Matthew Ashton competed in the Harlech Triathlon, which involved a 400m swim, 17 mile bike ride and a 4 mile extremely difficult beach run. In extremely hot conditions, Jaime finished in an excellent 2hrs 39mins and Matthew in an amazing 1hr 21mins for 6th overall and “Best Novice” in the 30-39 year old age Category.

 
Purbeck 10k ~ 07/05/2008
 

Pete Smith and Katie Williams ran the Purbeck 10k, a fairly flat 10k run in good but very warm conditions. Pete finished in an excellent 46mins 8secs for 131st, while Katie finished in an equally impressive 48mins for 170th out of a very strong field of over 300 runners.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix 2008 ~ 06/05/2008
 

On Tuesday Geran Hughes took to the track in the Trafford AC Grand Prix open meeting. Hughes ran a fantastic 3000m race, finishing 3rd in the “B” race, and first Veteran Man in a tremendous time of 9:40.11, six seconds ahead of the next veteran home and almost identical to last years time.

 
Wrexham 10 2008 ~ 26/04/2008
 

Five Abergele Harriers travelled to Wrexham for the Wrexham 10 Mile road race that once again incorporated the North Wales Championships, coming home with several prizes including team and individual titles. The team went one better than last year, winning both the North Wales Men’s and Veteran Men’s Championship titles, having been silver medallists in both categories twelve months previously with the exact same team.
On a deceptively breezy but warm day Sean McCormack took 35 seconds off his previous best for the distance, finishing 5th overall and 1st MV45 in the open race, adding the MV45 North Wales 10 Mile title to the MV40 Half Marathon title he won just two months ago, in this, his first race in his new category. With only five men breaking the hour on the day, Dewi Roberts was 6th home overall in an excellent 60mins 18secs, winning the MV40 prize in the open race and gaining 2nd position in the MV40 North Wales Championships. Steven McCormack proved he is right back on form, when despite only deciding to enter the race at the last minute, he still managed a superb 61mins 24secs, winning the prize for 5th man overall in the open race and second Under 20 in the Championships. Gareth Roberts beat his last year’s time by almost two and a half minutes, finishing in a tremendous 62mins 2secs for 3rd MV40 in the Championships. Haydn Jones, despite not getting among the individual prizes, had the consolation of taking the greatest amount off his personal best for the distance, by slicing a massive three minutes forty seconds off his last years time, to finish in an outstanding 67mins 51secs.


 
Foel Lus Fell Race ~ 15/04/2008
 

On Tuesday two Harriers took part in the latest Fell race in the Eryri Harriers Tuesday Night Series, the Foel Lus four mile race in Dwygyfylchi. Club Captain Geran Hughes ran a tremendous race to finish 7th overall in a time of 25mins 6secs, a time that also secured him the first Vet 40 prize. Justin McIlveen, who is more used to the longer fell races, also ran very well, finishing in a very respectful 26mins 54secs, again well up the field.

 
London Marathon 2008 ~ 13/04/2008
 

Five Abergele Harriers were in action in the Flora London Marathon, all achieving fantastic times. The first of the two Official Club places had gone to Simon Grant who was running the distance for the first time. Grant had a fantastic run, finishing in a tremendous time of 3hrs 12mins and 36secs, a time good enough for 6th M18 overall, an absolutely outstanding achievement in his first marathon. Carol Willgoose, running with the club’s second official number, ran a remarkable 3hrs 38mins 2secs, despite being injured for the last few weeks. Alan Lucas, a veteran of very many London Marathons, ran his usual extremely steady race, finishing in 3hrs 43mins 36secs, an almost identical time to two years ago, proving he is right back to form. Pete Smith, running London for the second time, took an astounding 25 minutes off his previous best for the distance; finishing in 3hrs 51mins 48secs well up in the top 25 per cent of finishers. Allison Guillemin also achieved a personal best time for the distance, by over four minutes, with a superb time of 4hrs 16mins 39secs, another wonderful time, especially considering the horrendous weather conditions on the day.

 
Chester Spring 5, 2008 ~ 02/04/2008
 

On Wednesday eleven Harriers travelled to Upton to the Chest Spring 5 race, with several excellent performances. First Harrier home, in his first ever road race, was Welsh International cross-country runner Josh Dixon in a fantastic time of 27mins 56secs to finish 12th overall out of 296 finishers, and first in the Under 20 age category. Pushing him all the way, running his last open race in the MV40 category, and finishing just one second and one position behind, was Sean McCormack, who had the consolation of winning his age category and achieving a personal best time for the distance of 27mins 57secs. Another fierce battle ensued not far behind with sixteen year old Stephen Boynton and MV40 Geran Hughes being given the same time of 28mins 37secs for 18th and 19th position, with Dewi Roberts just five seconds and one position further back, having just completed a half marathon three days previously. Hughes and Roberts were also 2nd and 3rd MV40 respectively. Less than a minute further back, like his brother only three days after running a half marathon, was Gareth Roberts, with an outstanding 29mins 28secs for 25th, with Steven McCormack, who had made a return journey of over 200 miles on the night to get to the race, finishing in a well deserved 29mins 49secs for 35th. Keith Elliot continued his relentless improvements with a tremendous 33mins 40secs for 97th position, 30 seconds faster than 12 months previously. Haydn Jones also had a superb run finishing just behind, in 33mins 54secs for 101st, with Robert Spotswood running his best five miles in almost 12 months, finishing in 36mins 56secs for 149th. The only female Harrier on the night was Angie Hughes, who despite not feeling well, ran a superb 37mins 11secs for 154th overall, and finished a wonderful 3rd in the FV40 category.The Harriers also won the male team award on the night with excellent times by all.



 
Wilmslow Half Marathon ~ 30/03/2008
 

A trio of Harriers travelled to the Wilmslow Half Marathon which this year attracted 3,500 entrants and was run in very blustery conditions. First Harrier home, running his second 75 minute Half Marathon of the year, was the in-form Darren Blazier, who was rewarded with 20th position overall in the International field, with an excellent time of 1hr 15mins 49secs. Second Harrier home, again running superbly at present, was Dewi Roberts, in 1hr 18mins 59secs, for 38th overall and 6th in the MV40 category. Less than two minutes further back was Gareth Roberts, finishing in 1hr 20mins 49secs for a fantastic 49th position.

 
Runcorn Bridge 5, 2008 ~ 23/03/2008
 

On Easter Sunday, Haydn Jones and Robert Spotswood ran the Runcorn Bridge 5 mile race, with Jones completing the course in an outstanding 37mins 12secs, a time that was made all the more amazing by the fact that he had to turn back early on and return to the start before setting off again. Spotswood ran a very steady race completing the course in 38mins 46secs.

 
Crewe 10k ~ 23/03/2008
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts ran the Crewe 10k, again achieving excellent times, with Dewi finishing in 36mins 18secs for 10th overall and 3rd MV40, and Gareth finishing in 36mins 52secs, for 12th overall and 4th MV40, another race that was run in very windy conditions, over a tough undulating course.

 
Fleet Half-Marathon ~ 16/03/2008
 

On Sunday Peter Smith continued his London Marathon training, when he ran the Fleet Pre-London Half-Marathon, finishing in an excellent 1hr 43mins 51secs.

 
Nottingham Cross Country Senior Men, 2008 ~ 15/03/2008
 

Three Abergele Harriers were on representative duty at the weekend for North Wales in the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships and World Cross-Country trials which were held in Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday. In the Senior Men’s race, Veteran Sean McCormack fully justified his selection for the seniors where he completed the very difficult 12k race in a fantastic time of 45mins 53secs, finishing as second North Wales runner home out of the team of five.

 
Nottingham Cross Country Under 20, 2008 ~ 15/03/2008
 

Three Abergele Harriers were on representative duty at the weekend for North Wales in the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships and World Cross-Country trials which were held in Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday. Two of the three man Under 20 North Wales team were in fact Harriers, with Josh Dixon, making his representative debut, having been running for less than a year, and producing an outstanding performance, completing the 8k course in 28mins 35secs. Dixon’s meteoric improvements have already been recognised nationally and he has been selected to represent Wales in the Home International Cross Country meeting in Dublin on Wednesday. Steven McCormack, making his fourth appearance for North Wales, also ran excellently, finishing in 31mins 20secs, an improvement of over a minute on last years time.

 
Moel Wnion 2008 ~ 15/03/2008
 

Two Harriers completed the very difficult Moel Wnion fell race, a category AS race, run over four miles with 1600 feet of climbing. Once again Angie Hughes ran superbly finishing in 54mins 4secs, for 4th place overall in the FV40 category, while Ed Reid also ran fantastically well finishing in 49mins 40secs over this extremely difficult course.

 
Lanzarote Trans Island Half-Marathon ~ 11/03/2008
 

On Tuesday, Darren Blazier achieved his second race victory in only a matter of days, when he won the Lanzarote Trans Island Half Marathon in an outstanding time of 1:17:43, one of his best times ever for the race. Dewi Roberts, running the race for the first time, was a magnificent third overall in 1hr 21mins 47secs, while Gareth Roberts still managed an excellent fourth position in a time of 1hr 24mins 4secs, despite going wrong on the course and running considerable further than necessary.

 
La Santa 10k ~ 08/03/2008
 

Darren Blazier won his second 10k race of the year, by winning the La Santa 10k in Lanzarote, which was run in very hot but windy conditions over a hilly course, in a superb 34mins 16secs. The club was very well represented in the race with Dewi Roberts finishing in a very well deserved 4th position overall in just over 36 minutes, twin brother Gareth, was just one minute and one position further back.

 
Farnden 10k 2008 ~ 02/03/2008
 

Haydn Jones and Robert Spotswood travelled to the Farndon 10k road race which is run over an undulating country course and on this occasion was run in windy but sunny conditions. Jones finished in an excellent 42mins 29secs; despite the conditions just 15seconds slower than last year, while Spotswood also ran very well finishing in 48mins 17secs, again well up the field of 150 runners.

 
Liverpool Half 2008 ~ 02/03/2008
 

On Sunday Dave Edwards continued his Marathon training with a visit to the Liverpool Half Marathon, where he completed the race in an outstanding 1hr 46mins 13secs, improving his personal best for the distance by 1 minute 18 seconds, despite some windy conditions on the course.

 
Pipe Dream 2008 ~ 01/03/2008
 

Geran and Angie Hughes continued their assault on the fells, by tackling the Pipe Dream fell race, a very tough Category AS fell race, run over 5 miles with 1700 feet of climbing. Geran ran a fantastic race finishing 5th overall and 2nd MV40 in a time of 38 minutes 5 seconds, almost three minutes faster than he has ever run the course before, and a time that would have been good enough to win the race just two years earlier. Not to be outdone, wife Angie, took 3mins 17secs off her previous best for the course, finishing in an outstanding 51mins 46secs, for 6th FV40, achieving a personal best time for the second time in successive weekends.



 
Welsh Cross-Country Championships Under 20 ~ 24/02/2008
 

Josh Dixon, running his first race for the club, had an extremely impressive debut, finished sixth in the U20 section of the Welsh Cross Country Championships on Sunday. Over the tough 6,585m course, he ran an excellent race finishing in a time of 26 minutes 49 seconds. His time was made all the more impressive by the fact that he had run a cross country race the previous day in Nottingham.

 
Moel Y Ci, 2008 ~ 23/02/2008
 

Three members were in action in the Moel Y Ci fell race on Saturday, which is run over four miles with 950 feet of climbing. The highlight of the day was a magnificent 55mins 1sec by Angie Hughes, which was 2mins 43secs faster than last year and earned her the fourth place in the FV40 category. Club Captain, Geran Hughes also ran magnificently, finishing in 40mins 52secs, for 9th overall and 2nd MV40. Ed Reid finished 30th overall in a tremendous time of 48mins 45secs, an improvement of 31 seconds on last year’s time.

 
Wrexham Half-Marathon 2008 ~ 17/02/2008
 

Abergele Harriers can boast two new North Wales Champions for 2008 with Darren Blazier and Sean McCormack both winning their age group titles for the Half Marathon distance, when they were part of a ten strong team that travelled to Wrexham for the Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday, on a day that saw personal best times for four of the ten. Blazier ran a superb race finishing in 1hr 15mins 11secs for 8th overall in the open race, earning him 1st MV35 and 3rd Senior Male in the North Wales Championships. McCormack managed to take a full minute off his previous best for the distance, finishing just two positions further back in 1hr 15mins 48secs, winning him the North Wales title in the MV40 category, a time good enough also for 10th overall and 2nd MV40 in the open race. Pushing him all the way, was Dewi Roberts, who smashed his personal best by 1min 37secs, finishing in a fantastic 1hr 16mins 13secs, for 15th overall and 3rd MV40 in the open race. Gareth Roberts also ran magnificently, finishing in 1hr 18mins 20secs for 28th overall, taking a superb 1min 10secs off his previous best, while John Earlston, who unfortunately hadn’t managed to get the distance training in since his injury before Christmas, still managed a very creditable 1hr 18mins 38secs for 30th position. Simon Grant, who is currently training for the London Marathon, proved his training is right on schedule, with a fantastic 1hr 30mins 52secs, over four minutes faster than he previously ran for the distance, and was rewards with the 3rd Junior Man prize in the open race and Silver Medal in the U23 category in the North Wales Championships. Haydn Jones, also training for a marathon later in the year, ran a very steady 1hr 32mins 45secs, for an excellent 189th overall out of the 525 finishers. Rob Spotswood, celebrated his last day in the MV45 category, with a fantastic time of 1hr 38mins 39secs, his best time for the distance since the Lake Vyrnwy Half four years ago. Pete Smith and Alan Lucas had their own personal battle finishing in excellent times of 1hr 40mins 37secs and 1hr 40mins 51secs respectively, with Lucas having the consolation that he had run his fastest Half Marathon since the Four Villages Half in 2003.

 
Nick Beer 2008 ~ 10/02/2008
 

Ten Harriers took part in the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno, including three members who had raced in Oswestry. On a bitterly cold, misty day, John Earlston ran an outstanding 35mins 11secs for the very difficult course, for 5th position overall and first in the MV45 category, while John Ford was only seventeen seconds further back in seventh position overall and first in the MV35 category. Keith Elliott also ran very well finishing in 42mins 55secs for 112th, almost a minute faster than last year, while Robert Spotswood despite an injury was one of those who raced for the club on consecutive days, and finished in an excellent 46mins 36secs for 197th. Philip Stevens, a relative new-comer to racing, finished in 202nd position in a very satisfactory 46mins 45secs, while Peter Smith again made the long journey to represent the club, finishing in 47mins 13secs for 216th. David Edwards finished in 48mins 12secs for 249th, while Allison Guillemin lead the ladies home in 54mins 35secs, again racing twice in two days. Julie Jones also followed up the previous days racing with a superb performance, finishing in 69mins 49secs while Annwen Begley completed an excellent weekend for the Harriers finishing in 71mins 19secs.

 
Tarren Hendre Fell Race ~ 02/02/2008
 

Justin McIlveen continued his assault on the fells with a tremendous run in the Tarren Hendre Fell Race, over six miles and with 2000 feet of climbing.Justin cam home a magnificent 4th overall in a time of 57mins 5secs, a superb time for such a tough course.

 
Menai Mini Marathon 2008 ~ 27/01/2008
 

Robert Spotswood took part in the Menai 10k, one of the toughest 10k races in North Wales, and finished an excellent 45mins 47secs, well up the field of 115 runners. The race was run again this year in good conditions.

 
North Wales Cross Country Championships
 

Saturday was one of the greatest days in the history of Abergele Harriers when the male cross-country team became both Veteran and Overall North Wales Cross-Country Champions at the championship meeting in Northop College. The victories proved the strength in depth of the cross country team, as they became overall and veteran champions, despite not winning a single individual prize. Over a very tough four lap course, run in perfect conditions, the men’s team was lead home by Club Captain Geran Hughes in a fantastic 37mins 42secs for eighth place overall and 4th MV40, shadowed all the way by Cross-Country Manager Sean McCormack, who finished just one position and nineteen seconds further back. The champion Veteran team was completed by Tim Cahill who, despite just returning from injury, managed a fantastic 39mins 47secs, just missing out on an individual category prize. Matthew Ashton followed very closely behind, also finishing very strongly in a superb time of 39mins 47secs with the six-man Overall champions’ team being completed by tremendous performances from Haydn Jones and Dave Edwards. While the Senior and Veteran men ran four laps, the under-20s and MV60s completed a three lap course, with Steven McCormack running very well finishing sixth in the highly competitive under 20 category. Alan Lucas, just one week after completing the Santa Pola Half-Marathon in Spain, also just missed out on individual honours, finishing his race in an outstanding 37mins 18secs. Unfortunately only one lady turned out on the day, but what was lacking in quantity certainly wasn’t lacking in quality, with Angie Hughes running a fantastic race, finishing in 26mins 42secs, for 4th in her age Category.

 
Santa Pola Half-Marathon ~ 20/01/2008
 

Two Harriers travelled to the Santa Pola Half-Marathon which took place about ten miles outside Alicante. In a field of 5,500 runners Grahame Shone once again proved himself best in his age group, winning the MV55 Category in a superb 1hr 27mins 59secs, a fantastic time, especially in temperatures of over 20 degrees centigrade. Alan Lucas also ran, doing the club proud with a tremendous 1hr 45mins, again well up his age category. This was Grahame's second victory on the continent.

 
Twin Piers 2008 ~ 19/01/2008
 

Darren Blazier had the greatest race triumph of his career by winning the 2008 Twin Piers race on Saturday, in an outstanding time of 33mins 13secs, 36 seconds clear of his nearest rival. Darren was one of thirteen Harriers in the race, five winning prizes. In excellent conditions, Darren ran a superb race easing ahead of all competition soon after half way. John Ford also ran a fantastic race, finishing in 35mins 20secs for ninth position overall and second MV35. Very close behind was the in-form Dewi Roberts, in a tremendous 35mins 43secs, for 12position overall and securing second position in the hotly contested MV40 category, just two positions ahead of twin brother Gareth, in 36mins 37secs, who was third in the same category. Richie Lee made a welcome return to racing finishing in a very satisfactory 38mins 42secs, for 24th position, while Keith Elliott, was just outside his personal best time for the distance, but had the consolation of knowing that his time of 42mins 48secs earned him third position in the MV45 category. Robert Spotswood ran eleven seconds faster than last year, finishing in an excellent 44mins 11secs, while Philip Stevens made his début for the club finishing if a fabulous 46mins 2secs for 91st position. Dave Edwards improved by over a minute on his last years time to finish in 47mins 32secs for 110th, while Sue Calvert went even better, not only beating her last years time by over three minutes, but also gets a personal best time for the distance by 25 seconds, with an outstanding 50mins 42secs for 151st position. Cheryl Richards, racing the distance for only the second time ever, managed to improve her previous best by over five minutes, finishing in 58mins 20secs for 206th, while Sonia Wignall beat her previous best by also exactly the same amount with a tremendous 61mins 29secs for 222nd. Stevie Ward, a veteran of hundreds of races, finished between the two ladies, just dipping under the hour, in 59mins 57secs, for 210th position. The men’s team missed out on the team prize by the narrowest of margins, finishing equal to Eryri Harriers on points, but 17secs behind in time. see photos on photos page.

Full results are available here

 
Milborne 10 ~ 13/01/2008
 

Pete Smith took part in the Milborne 10 mile road race, run in cold, wet and windy conditions over a very hilly course, but still managed a very reasonable time of 1hr 26mins 30secs, as he prepares for this years Flora London Marathon.

 
Sale 5, 2007 ~ 30/12/2007
 

Four Abergele Harriers finished off the year in style by travelling to the Sale 5 mile road race on Sunday, none more so than “Club Member of the Year” Darren Blazier, who justified his recent award, by producing probably the greatest race performance of his career to date, and possibly the best by a Harrier all year. In the race of a lifetime Blazier managed to destroy his previous personal best for the distance by over a minute, something almost unheard of at this level. Blazier’s time of 26mins 15secs was good enough for 21st overall out of 288 runners of exceptional standard, and crowned a phenomenal year for the Borders League Captain. Dewi Roberts also had an excellent run, finishing in 28mins 35secs, for 39th overall, 4th MV40 and his second best time ever for the distance. Gareth Roberts also produced his second best time ever, just ten seconds off a personal best, by finishing in a tremendous 29mins 11secs for 46th overall and 6th MV40. Richie Lee completed the quartet, and despite running only his third race of the year, was only 24 seconds down on last years time, by finishing in 30mins 37secs, for 64th overall and 10th MV40.

 
Llanberis Round the Lake Christmas Run ~ 23/12/2007
 

Rob Spotswood ran the 5.6k Llanberis Round the Lake race, a Christmas run organised by Eryri Harriers with many of the 100 participants dressed in fancy dress. A fun race, mainly off road and run over a very tough course by elves, reindeer and Santas, with Rob managing an excellent time of 47mins 44secs. Justin McIlveen, two days after being crowned "Most Improved Athlete", had obviously celebrated too much, finishing in 38mins 30 secs, a minute and a half slower than last year, despite leading the race after a mile!

 
Helana Tipping 10k 2007 ~ 16/12/2007
 

On the same day as Telford, five Harriers took the shorter journey to Wrexham for the Helena Tipping 10k with half of the contingent also running personal best times. First Harrier home, continuing his recent fantastic form, was Justin McIlveen, with a brilliant time of 37mins 10secs, for 20th position overall. Keith Elliott also ran very well in very cold conditions, finishing in 43mins 30secs, with Robert Spotswood less than a minute behind in 44mins 20secs, well up the field of 351 runners. The sixth and final personal best of the day came from Peter Smith, who finished in 44mins 41secs, again smashing his previous best for the distance. Carol Willgoose also managed a fantastic time of just over 42 minutes.

 
Telford 10k 2007 ~ 16/12/2007
 

Six Harriers travelled to Telford, running in perfect conditions, over a fast flat course. First home in a tremendous personal best time of 33mins 51secs was Darren Blazier for 43rd position overall in an extremely high quality field of over 500 runners. Geran Hughes proved he is right back on form, producing a time of 35mins 18secs, his fastest as a veteran and good enough for third V40 and 60th position overall. Not far behind, breaking the elusive 36 minute barrier for the first time, was Dewi Roberts, in 35mins 37secs for 6th V40 (69th overall), while brother Gareth also produced a personal best time, finishing in an outstanding 36mins 25secs for 8th V40 and 81st overall. Angie Hughes, the only female Harrier in action in Telford managed to find the biggest personal improvement of the day, slicing an amazing 49 seconds off her previous best for the distance, by finishing in 44 minutes 57 seconds for 4th Veteran Lady overall. John Earlston unfortunately had to pull out with injury after just a mile while in a very strong position.

 
Welsh Inter-Regional Cross-Country Championships, 2007.
 

Four Harriers travelled to Cardiff to represent North Wales in the Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships, all four Harriers acquitted themselves fantastically well with the highlight of the day coming in the 7.4k Under 20 race where Steven McCormack ran a tremendous race to finish in a time of 28mins 45secs for 9th overall, and 3rd counter for the region, in a highly competitive field, to help the North secure a memorable victory in the category. His father Sean, also ran very well, securing his highest ever position in the Inter-Regional Championships, with a time of 37mins 53secs for the 9.9k race, finishing 14th overall and 4th for the region, in the V40-50 race, and also finishing 5th in the Welsh Masters MV40 Category. Justin McIlveen, making his regional debut, also ran excellently, finishing in a superb time of 39mins 28th for 23rd overall and 7th in the MV35-40 category in the 9.9k race. Angie Hughes, also making her debut for the North, having previously represented the South, finished in an outstanding 24mins 19secs for the 5.5k course, and was rewarded with a 25th position overall, 15th Veteran and a fantastic 4th in the FV40 Welsh Masters Category. Thanks also to Club Captain Geran Hughes, who was also selected to run, and although unable to run on the day, still came down to support the quartet of Harriers.

 
Stockport 10 mile, 2007 ~ 09/12/2007
 

Three Harriers completed the difficult Stockport 10 mile road race, all producing excellent performances. Dewi Roberts finished in 60mins 18secs, for 17th overall, and 3rd MV40, out of a field of over 850 runners. Gareth Roberts was close behind in 61mins 38secs, for 24th overall and 6th MV40, while Richie Lee proved he hasn’t lost any of his speed, running 65mins for 49th position, all tremendous times for such a difficult course in very poor conditions.

 
Lanzarote Half-Marathon ~ 28/11/2007
 

Darren completed the 4th race in the Lanzarote series of races in a tremendous 1hr 14mins 45secs, his best time ever for the race, finishing in 8th position. This secured an 8th position overall for him but victory in his age category by over 10 minutes.

 
Lanzarote Beech Run ~ 27/11/2007
 

Darren completed the very difficult 5.6k Beech run in a fantastic 19mins 52secs, finishing 9th overall.

 
Lanzarote Ridge Run ~ 26/11/2007
 

Darren Blazier completed his second race in Lanzarote, the Ridge Run, completing the 13k course in 45mins 30secs, a pb for the course, a time that has put him into first position overall in his age group for the weeks races, with two more races to go in the series.

 
Lanzarote 10K, International Running Challange ~ 24/11/2007
 

Darren Blazier ran the highly competitive International Running Challenge 10k in Lanzarote coming home in 34mins 40secs for 10th position overall in the highly competitive International field. The race was particularly difficult this year as it was run in very high winds.

 
Preston 10mile Road Race ~ 18/11/2007
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts travelled to Preston for the Preston 10mile road race, each producing personal best times for the distance, over an undulating course in windy conditions. Dewi finished in 59mins 26secs, 22nd overall and 3rd MV40, beating his previous time by 20 seconds, while Gareth took 50seconds off his previous best with a superb 60mins 46secs for 32nd overall and 6th MV40, out of 400 starters

 
Home International X-C Race 2007 ~ 17/11/2007
 

Geran Hughes represented Wales in the Home International Cross Country meeting in Northern Ireland on Saturday. Geran ran an excellent 31mins 4secs over the very muddy 8k course, finishing 62nd overall in the International field. At the same meeting Angie Hughes ran in the ladies open 6k race and had one of her best races of the year, finishing in an extremely creditable 30mins 33secs for 10th place overall.

 
Penmaenmawr Fell race ~ 17/11/2007
 

Two Harriers took on the Penmaenmawr Fell race, a category B race, over 11 miles but with only 1500feet of climbing. Fell specialist Justin McIlveen continued his meteoric improvement this year with one of the outstanding runs of the weekend, by finishing in eight position overall in a tremendous time of 1hr 20mins 51secs, beating his previous best for the course by almost nine minutes. Richie Lee, running his first race this year, was also very pleased with his time of 1hr 29mins 40secs, almost identical to his time two years ago.

 
Rhobell Fawr Fell Race ~ 10/11/2007
 

Justin McIlveen continued his assault on the fells by tackling the Rhobell Fawr fell race on Saturday. The six mile fell race with 1900ft of climbing was won by Steven Guilliland of Bro Dysynni in 51mins 41secs. Justin came home in a magnificent 5th position overall in a time of 56mins 29secs.

 
Niagara Falls Marathon ~ 04/11/2007
 

Last weekend Robert Spotswood took part in the Niagara Falls Marathon in Canada, which was run in extremely cold conditions. Despite the conditions, Rob ran an excellent time of 4hrs 8mins to finish a very satisfactory 485th out of a field of over 1000 runners.

 
Rhinog Horseshoe fell race ~ 27/10/2007
 

Justin McIlveen completed the guiling 15 mile fell race, which had 5,200ft of climbing over four mountains. Low cloud made navigation extremely difficult and many runners, including Justin, went off course. One runner was in fact found by mountain rescue late in the evening, while the pre-race favourite also got lost and came home in a time of 3hrs 45mins. Justin, despite going off course, finished fifth overall, in a time of 3hrs 29mins, just 17mins behind the winner. This was the ninth and last race in the North Wales Fell Series, and thanks to a fantastic series of races, Justin, in his first full season on the fells, was 3rd Under 40 overall.

 
Abergele 5, 2007 ~ 04/11/2007
 

Abergele Harriers held their 21st, and most successful ever, five mile road race on Sunday, which once again contained the North Wales Championships for the distance. The race, which was over the usual very testing course, was run in perfect conditions, which also helped to boost the entries to a record 269. First home, in a fantastic time of 28mins 7secs, leading almost from gun to tape, was Clive West of Buckley Runners, who also went home with the North Wales overall, senior and V40 titles. Second, exactly 30 seconds behind was Stephen Guilliland of Bro Dysynni, who also won the MV45 title in the open race and the championships, while Brendan Rothery of Eryri Harriers was third in 27mins 46secs, but has the consolation of being first Senior Male in the open race, and third in the championships. First lady home, running outstandingly at present, was Emma Parry of Wrexham AC, in 29mins 56secs, closely followed by Tammy Lewis –Jones of the North Wales Road Runners in 30mins 23secs and Manlyn Kitching of Tattenhall Runners just a further fifteen seconds further back. The men’s team prize was retained by Eryri Harriers, while the ladies team prize was retained by Wrexham AC.
The Harriers themselves, despite having over 40 members helping on the day still managed to field 10 runners, and had a magnificent three home out of the first nine. Leading the club home, was club Captain Geran Hughes, in a fantastic time of 28mins 10secs, for 5th position overall, and 2nd MV40, just three seconds ahead of John Earlston, who was also second in his very competitive MV45 category both in the open and championship races. Third Harrier, but the club’s only North Wales Champion of the day, was John Ford, in an excellent 28mins 25secs, coming just eight days after he ran the Snowdonia Marathon. Haydn Jones was next home in a tremendous time of 33mins 28secs, bringing the team home in a very creditable third position overall. Peter Smith was next, making a welcome return to Abergele, finishing in 36mins 50secs, for 120th position overall, while Susan Calvert, first female Harrier home on the day, ran a superb 41mins 47secs, finishing 189th overall. Ever-improving Jonathan Perry was next in an excellent time of 42mins 28secs for 196th, with Stevie Ward running powerfully as always, finishing in 50mins 52secs. One of the highlights of the day for the Harriers came towards the back of the field, where father and daughter combination Robert Cotton and Sarah Williams finished together in 59mins 32secs.
The Harriers would like to thank all their sponsors, particularly Slaters of Abergele, GAP IT, the North Wales Police, Wales and West Utilities and the Abergele Town Council, and the many other local businesses who support the race, without whose help the race simply couldn’t continue. The club would also like to thank all its members and their friends who helped and the members of many other local clubs who also helped on the day, with special appreciation going to Club President Mike Nolan and Abergele Town Mayor Gwyneth Davies and Mayoress Sylvia Craycroft who helped with the presentations. Plays are already started for next years race which will once again contain the North Wales Championships.


 
Dublin City Marathon 2007 ~ 29/10/2007
 

Pete Smith travelled to Dublin to complete his second ever marathon, and on an almost perfect day for running, completer the so called "friendly marathon" in an excellent 4hrs 20mins 53secs.

 
Snowdon Marathon 2007 ~ 27/10/2007
 

Three Abergele Harriers took on the 25th Snowdon Marathon on Saturday, a marathon that is described by many as the hardest in Britain, with all three rising to the challenge admirably. John Ford, making his debut at the distance, had a fantastic run, and although a little disappointed himself with his time, still managed to finish in a highly respectable time of 3 hours 17 minutes. Ford, who was with the leading group over the first climb, found the second half more difficult, but still held on for an excellent finish. In contract to Ford, Club Chairman, Alan Lucas was completing his 16th Snowdon Marathon, and like Ford ran a tremendous race, finishing in a superb 4 hours 11mins 57secs, for 12th position overall in the highly competitive MV60 category. David Edwards, another debutante to Snowdon but completing his second Marathon of the year, also had a very impressive run, finishing in an extremely creditable 4hrs 46mins over this most difficult of courses.

 
Cardiff Half-Marathon ~ 14/10/2007
 

Alison Guillemin was among the 7,000 runners who took part in the Cardiff Half-Marathon, which was run over a very scenic, fast, flat course, finishing in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Guillemin took full advantage of the conditions, and despite a very crowded course, managed a personal best time for the distance, of 1hr 54mins 34secs, smashing her previous best time by three minutes.

 
Liverpool 10k ~ 07/10/2007
 

Alison Guillemin took part in the Liverpool 10k, which starts and finishes in Sefton Park. In extremely hot conditions Guillemin ran superbly well to finish in an excellent 52mins 36secs, in this her tenth 10k race of the year.

 
Arenig Fawr fell race ~ 30/09/2007
 

Justin McIlveen ran the Arenig Fawr fell race, over 6.7 miles, with 1900 feet of climbing, finishing 10th overall in an excellent 63mins 45secs, making it a record 28 individual Harriers in competitive action over one weekend.Justin was just seven minutes behind winner Richard Roberts once again proving how well suited he is to this particular discipline.

 
Great North Run ~ 30/09/2007
 

Three Harriers completed the great North Run, two tackling the distance for the first time. Dave Edwards lead the trio home in 2hrs 2mins, while daughter Sarah made her competitive debut for the club with a tremendous 2hrs 15mins. Julie Jones, a seasoned campaigner, but never before at this distance, also ran fantastically well finishing in 2hrs 28mins.

 
Flintshire 10k ~ 30/09/2007
 

Five Harriers were among the 320 finishers in the Flintshire 10k, and produced three personal best times and two prize winners. John Earlston continued his magnificent season finishing third overall, and first MV45, in a phenomenal 33mins 54secs, probably his best performance in an already outstanding year. Darren Blazier finished 8th in 35mins 22secs, while Dewi Roberts took eleven seconds off his personal best time for the distance but still finished just outside the elusive 36 minute barrier, in 36.04, but with the consolation of the runners up position in the MV40 category. Gareth Roberts, also got a personal best time finally breaking the 37 minute barrier, in 36mins 57secs, for 19th overall, while Robert Spotswood returned from injury to finish in an excellent 46 minutes. The Harriers once again easily won the team prize.

 
Llanwrst Triathlon
 

Matthew Ashton finished a magnificent 15th in this his first Triathlon. The "sprint" distance triathlon was held in windy conditions on Sunday 2nd September but despite this Matthew's times were excellent. He completed the 400m pool swim in 6mins 58secs, following that up with a superb 47mins 39secs for the 25k cycle. He completed the race with an outstanding 20mins 19secs for the 5k run.

 
Anglesey Marathon, 2007 ~ 23/09/2007
 

Ed Rein took part in the Anglesey Marathon, and despite a very difficult course, produced one of his best Marathon times for many years. Ed finished in a tremendous 3 hours 17 minutes exactly, proving once again his quality over the distance.

 
Shell Sutton Six ~ 23/09/2007
 

Five Harriers took part in the Shell Sutton Six 10k road race, a difficult 10k in Chester. Darren Blazier continued his recent good form leading the quintet home in an excellent 35mins 25secs for 15th position overall, with Club Captain Geran Hughes hot on his heels the whole way, finishing just seven seconds and one position further back, for his best time for the distance this year. Haydn Jones, despite by his own admission going off a little too fast, still produced an excellent performance of 42mins 12secs, for 77th position overall. Grahame Shone, running his first 10k of the year, also ran tremendously well, finishing in a time of 42mins 53secs for 87th overall and 5th MV55. Angie Hughes, made a very welcome return to racing, posting a fantastic 47mins 50secs, for 141st overall and a very creditable 4th in the highly competitive FV40 category.

 
Bala Triathlon
 

This years Bala "Olympic distance" Triathlon was severely hampered by the weather on Sunday with the swim leg having to be reduced from 1.5k to 1k because of the height of the waves. Added to this the 40k cycle was almost entirely into the prevailing wind making a hard day all round. Richie Lee managed to calm the conditions, finishing in 2hrs 13mins 28sec, completing the 10k run in 40mins 29secs following excellent swim and bike legs. Gaerth Roberts on the other hand finished in 2hrs 16mins 8secs following superb swim , cycle and run legs, doing the 10k in 39min 23sec. Dewi Roberts struggled a little with the swim and cycle, but followed it up with an outstanding run of 38mins 10secs, to finish just 5 secs behind Gareth overall. All three did very well to even finish as several athletes pulled out because of the conditions, finishing in 208th, 257th and 258th positions respectfully.

 
Ras Fawr Llanddoged 12.5k ~ 16/09/2007
 

Darren Blazier achieved his greatest triumph ever on Sunday when he won the Ras Fawr Llanddoged in outstanding style winning out of an extremely high quality field. Blazier ran the race of his life to finish in a personal best time for the course of 46mins 40 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Abergele’s Simon Shiels who once again proved that he is right back on form with another fabulous performance. Local runner John Ford, another Abergele Harrier, narrowly missed out on third position overall, finishing in a very impressive 47mins 35secs for fourth, while Justin McIlveen, finishing in a tremendous eight overall in 50mins 47secs, insured that the Harriers won the team prize for the first time ever, just beating the highly fancied Eryri Harriers contingent. Haydn Jones, another Harrier in excellent form at present was next home in a superb 57 minutes, while Jonathan Perry also triumphed over the very difficult course, finishing in 68 minutes. Susan Calvert, the Harriers only female representative on the day, took almost a minute off the time she set twelve months ago, finishing in a tremendous time of 71mins 50secs.

 
Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon ~ 09/09/2007
 

It was another record Sunday for Abergele Harriers, with five Harriers among the 1,335 finishers in the Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon, and four managing to smash the 1hr 20min barrier, making it a club record six members to have achieved that fete this year so far, with at least four others well capable of it who simply haven’t raced the distance this year. First home was the on-form Darren Blazier, in a very impressive time of 1hr 16mins 25secs, for a fantastic 15th position overall, running his sixth half of the year, with his second fastest time. Next home, in a personal best time by almost a minute, and breaking the 1hr20 barrier for the third time this year, was Dewi Roberts in a tremendous 1hr 17mions 50secs for 20th position overall and second MV40. Tim Cahill, another runner in outstanding form at present, finished in 1hr 19mins 25secs for a superb 29th overall and again second in his age category, this time the MV45 category. Gareth Roberts was rewarded for his persistence, running his third Half-Marathon of the year and finally managed to beat the elusive 1hr20 barrier at his sixth attempt, with a phenomenal 1hr 19mins 30secs for 31st overall and 4th MV40. Rob Spotswood also ran well but unfortunately pulled a muscle at about the six mile mark, but still managed to get home in a very respectful 1hr 44mins 48secs, only just four minutes off his best of the season for the distance. Hillary Jacques, the only female Harrier in competitive action all weekend, did herself proud running a fine race and finishing in an excellent time of 1hr 50mins 20secs.

 
Dorset Demon ~ 09/09/2007
 

Pete Smith travelled to Dorset to be among the small, but brave, field of runners to take on the Dorset Demon 16 mile race in Swanage. The race is entirely off road over an extremely undulating course, and this year was run in very hot conditions. Pete’s time of 2hrs 53mins was a testament to the severity of the course and was rewarded with an excellent tenth position overall.

 
Caernarfon 10k 2007 ~ 02/09/2007
 

Abergele Harriers can boast three new North Wales Champions following the Caernarfon 10k road race on Sunday, which incorporated this years championships. In windy conditions the course was reversed, but this didn’t stop Harriers dominating the proceedings with three home in the first five overall. John Earlston produced his greatest 10k run for many years, finishing in an outstanding 34mins 20secs, to not only easily win the MV45 title, his fourth North Wales title of the year, but also finish third overall, and third “senior male” in the Championships. Hot on Earlston’s heels was Darren Blazier, who finished fourth overall, in a superb time of 34mins 33secs, his best time for the distance in almost two years, and good enough for to win Blazier his first ever North Wales Championship title, in the newly formed MV35 category. Only ten seconds and one position further back, just recovering from a knee injury, was Simon Shiels, whose time of 34mins 43secs won him his first MV40 North Wales title, to add to the very many senior men’s titles he has won in the past, and no doubt the first of many Veteran titles. Club Captain Geran Hughes also ran extremely well, improving on last years time by over two minutes, finishing in 36mins 8secs, coming home as second MV40 on the day. Justin McIlveen, who was running his third race in six days, showed no signs of tiredness, still managing a tremendous 38mins 22secs, while Haydn Jones ran outstandingly well to produce a personal best time for the distance of 41mins 33secs. Robert Spotswood completed the Harriers team, in a fine time of 46mins 42secs, coming just one week after the first race victory of his career.

 
Llyn Brenig 2007 ~ 01/09/2007
 

Justin McIlveen ran his second of three races in six days completing the Llyn Brenig trail race on Saturday. Justin's fantastic time of 58mins 24secs was rewarded with sixth position overall, less than four minutes behind the winner.

 
Moel Famau Fell race ~ 27/08/2007
 

Two Harriers took part in the Moel Fammau fell race on Monday 27th August over 4 miles and with 1,237 feet of climbing. Justin continued his excellent form over the fells finishing in 15th position in a time of 33mins 50secs, while Ed also ran superbly finishing in 36minsm 7secs for 30th overall.

 
Crewe 7.5k ~ 26/08/2007
 

Robert Spotswood, running his 17th race of the year, produced one of his best ever performances, to achieve his first ever race victory, by winning the Crewe 7.5 k race on Sunday 26th of August. Over a very undulating course and in very hot conditions, Rob beat all the opposition with a fantastic performance of controlled running.

 
Birchwood 10k, 2007 ~ 19/08/2007
 

Six Harriers took part in the very popular Birchwood 10k race, as part of a field of 980 runners, again running in poor conditions. First home, running splendidly at present, was Tim Cahill in a fantastic 36mins 34secs, finishing in 44th position overall. Dewi Roberts just came out second best in a fierce battle with Cahill, finishing just seven seconds further back, in 36mins 41secs for 47th position. Gareth Roberts, despite the conditions, was just over 30 seconds from a personal best time, finishing in 37mins 29secs for 60th position. Alison Guillemin, running her 9th 10k race of the year, also ran very well, finishing in 52mins 47secs, while Julie Jones, again running excellently at present, ran a highly satisfying 63mins 30secs. Annwen Begley, another runner who appears to have developed a liking for 10k races, finished this, her 6th 10k of the year, in a tremendous 72mins 37secs, to complete a very successful and enjoyable weekend for the Harriers.



 
Race the train, Rotary Challenge ~ 18/08/2007
 

Haydn Jones took on the Rotary Challenge 14.6 mile race against the Talyllyn Steam train , when the conditions had deteriorated further from earlier in the day, and although he didn’t manage to get the better of the train, he still had a magnificent run, this being his longest race to date. Haydn finished in a very respectful 2hrs 7mins 50secs finishing 226th male out of 545 male finishers, 288th overall of 687 finishers, with several runners pulling out as a result of the conditions.

 
Race the train, Quarry Challenge ~ 18/08/2007
 

Steven McCormack of Abergele Harriers proved that man power can get the better of steam power, when he was one of two Harriers who took on the Talyllyn Steam train in Tywyn on Saturday. Steven competed in the Quarry Challenge 10k race, and in atrocious conditions over the extremely difficult multi-terrain course, Steven came home 9th overall, 7th Senior Man, out of a field of 328 finishers. Steven’s time of 43mins 13secs, beat the train by almost twelve minutes, and also had the pleasure of beating his father’s time of two years ago by 62 seconds. Interestingly, Steven had also beaten the train six years earlier in the associated Junior race over a much shorter distance, but on that occasion, because of the “foot and mouth” scare at the time, the race was held on road rather than the traditional hilly off road course, making him one of a small number who have beaten the train both on and off road.

 
Leg End Fell race 2007 ~ 12/08/2007
 

Justin McIlveen of Abergele Harriers, became the latest club member to win a race, by winning the Leg End fell race in Dwygyfylchi, near Penmaenmawr, on Sunday. McIlveen, who has been fell racing for less than a year, triumphed in this most prestigious race, winning by just five seconds from seasoned campaigner James McQueen of Eryri Harriers. The race, which is over nine miles and with 2890 feet of climbing, was won by McIlveen in a time of 1hr 21mins, just 99 seconds off the course record, proving once again what a fantastic fell runner he is. Abergele’s Ed Reid, another member who regularly takes to the mountains, also had a fantastic run, finishing in 1hr 38mins 6secs. Hilary Jaques was the third Harrier to complete the course, also finishing among the prizes, with an excellent 2hrs 15mins, to finish third in her very competitive age category.

 
Ponderosa 4 mile fell race ~ 08/08/2007
 

Hilary Jacques completed the Ponderosa fell race, which takes place over the Horseshoe Pass, near Llangollen, where she completed the 4 mile, 951 feet of climbing, in just under 42 minutes.

 
Antwerp Half Ironman ~ 05/08/2007
 

Richie Lee completed his second Half-Ironman at the weekend in a fantastic 5 hours 22 minutes. The swim, which was 1900m took him 33 minutes, which was followed by a 90k cycle, which he completed in 2hrs 40mins. After this he had to complete a very tough Half-Marathon, in swelteringly hot conditions of over 30 degrees, which he completed in a very respectful 1hr 59mins.

 
Sale 10, 2007 ~ 05/08/2007
 

In the Sale 10 mile race, Simon Shiels proved that after only four races back, he is once again a force to be reckoned with, by finishing in a fantastic 55 minutes 59 seconds to finish 12th overall in this highly prestigious race, and second MV40 on the day, a time that also just gets him into the top twenty in his age group in Britain this year. John Earlston, another Harrier in outstanding form at present, finished in 57mins 9secs, his best time for the distance in very many years, 69 seconds faster than last year, and 12th fastest by a MV45 in Britain this year. The time was also good enough for 15th overall, but for the first time this year, he was narrowly beaten into second position in his age category. The third Harrier to complete the race was Dewi Roberts, who finished in 60mis 50secs, six seconds faster than last year, and 32nd overall. Unfortunately the day was extremely hot and humid, and as a result Gareth Roberts pulled out early, to save himself for upcoming races over the next few weeks.

 
Gabowen 4 ~ 03/08/2007
 

Tim Cahill ran the Gabowen 4, part on the Pentathlon series, and finished in 13th position in a very good time of 23mins 19secs. Cahill is rapidly getting used to once again finishing on the winners rostrum, and this was no exception, as the time was good enough to earn him the second MV45 prize on the night.

 
British Masters 3000m Steeplechase ~ 29/07/2007
 

Club Captain Geran Hughes took part in the British Masters Track and Field Championships in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium. Ex-Welsh Steeplechase International, Hughes, ran in the 3000m steeplechase which took place in very blustery conditions. Hughes finished in a magnificent 4th place overall, in a time of 10mins 52secs, an outstanding performance in such a prestigious event, doing the club proud at this National level.

 
Snowdon International Race, 2007 ~ 28/07/2007
 

Hillary Jaques took part in the Snowdon International Fell race, and despite intense competition, finished 3rd position in her age category, in an outstanding time of 2 hours and 1 minute, almost identical to last years result.

 
Dolgellau 5, 2007 ~ 28/07/2007
 

Four Harriers travelled to the Dolgellau 5 mile race, considered one of the fastest five mile races in the Welsh Calendar, coming home with two individual prizes, as well as the overall team prize for the second year in succession. Ever improving Simon Shiels was first Harrier home in an excellent time of 26mins 20secs, finishing third overall, proving he is well back on target to start re-winning races in the very near future. Tim Cahill, again running extremely well at present, was eight overall, and in the process winning the MV45 category, finishing in 28 minutes exactly. Dewi Roberts was just seventeen seconds and two positions further back, beating his previous personal best time for the distance by 21 seconds, while Gareth Roberts was just three seconds outside his personal best, with a tremendous 29mins 1sec, helping to secure the fantastic team victory.

 
Green, green grass of Home Fell race ~ 25/07/2007
 

On Wednesday, Justin McIlveen completed the Green, Green, Grass of Home fell race in Llangynhafal, Denbigh, with a total climb of 1,300 feet of climbing. Justin finished a magnificent eight in a field of 66 runners, with a time of 48mins 23secs.

 
Nantwich 5k ~ 22/07/2007
 

Rob Spotswood was among a field of fifty runners to tackle the Nantwich 5k, having competed over the same distance in Caernarfon just four days earlier. Here, Rob finished in a magnificent 5th position overall, in a wonderful time of 20mins 57secs, just outside the personal best time he had set earlier in the week.

 
Caernarfon Race the Train 2007 ~ 18/07/2007
 

On Wednesday eleven Harriers took on the power of steam to run the Caernarfon Race the Train 5k race, which was made even faster this year by the course having been resurfaced. A record six Harriers actually beat it this year, lead home by the in-form Darren Blazier who ran a magnificent 15mins 40secs to finish in third position overall. Next home, also completing his second race in four days, was Simon Shiels who proved he is coming back strongly, with a time of 16mins 8secs to easily win the MV40 category. Third Harrier, again running fantastically well at present, was Tim Cahill, in 16mins 56secs, with Matthew Ashton not at all far behind in a personal best time of 17mins 18secs for 18th position overall. Justin McIlveen, taking time out from the fells, also ran very well, finishing in a personal best time of 17mins39secs.Rob Spotswood, who has run this race several times before, not only got a personal best time of 20mins 31secs, but was delighted to actually beat the train down for the first time ever, despite the very hot conditions on the day. Alison Guillemin also had an excellent run, equaling her previous personal best time for the distance, finishing in 23mins 5secs, while Julie Jones also ran fantastically well in 27mins 58secs. Annwen Begley, a prolific racer recently, was another Harrier to achieve a personal best time, with a superb 30mins 34secs for the course. Jamie Ashton, running along side one of her “beginners group” members Caroline Hockton, ran superbly also, finishing just outside her personal best in a time of 37mins 40secs.

 
Great Orme Challenge 5K, 2007 ~ 15/07/2007
 

Twelve Harriers took part in the Great Orme Challenge in Llandudno, where they made up over a quarter of the field and took home all three male under 40 trophies, all three male over 40 trophies as well as taking 3rd in the MV45 category with an MV55! In fact out of the first ten runners’ home, seven were Abergele Harriers, including a clean sweep at the front, with the Abergele Men’s team taking eight of the eleven male trophies available on the day. Winning the race by 23 seconds, and almost a minute ahead of last years winning time, making his debut for the Harriers, was Barry McGuire, in an outstanding 19mins 18secs. Second home, and 1st V40, running fantastically well at present, was Geran Hughes, in 19mins 41secs, with Darren Blazier just six seconds further back in 19mins 47secs for third overall and second under 40. John Ford, another runner making his debut for the club, ran an excellent time of 19mins 57secs, finishing forth overall and 3rd under 40. Simon Shiels made a very welcome return to racing, and considering his time out, returned in style, with a very good time of 20mins 9secs, for 6th overall and 2nd MV40, while father and son, Sean and Steven McCormack ran the race together finishing in 20mins 47secs, for joint 9th position, with Sean winning the 3rd MV40 trophy. Matthew Ashton and Justin McIlveen continued their personal duel, with Matthew coming out on top on this occasion by nine seconds, in a time of 21mins 44secs, to Justin’s 21:53. Grahame Shone also ran superbly, finishing in 24mins 23secs, for 3rd M45, despite actually being a MV55, with Haydn Jones also having a tremendous run, to finish in 25mins 25secs. Hilary Jaques, was the only female representative at the race, but managed a tremendous time of 29mins 20secs, this coming just 24 hours after running the Tal Y Fan fell race.

 
Winston Ladies 5 k ~ 15/07/2007
 

Three of the ladies team took on the Winston Ladies 5k in Wythenshawe Park, all running extremely well. Alison Guillemin lead the team home in 24mins 10secs for an amazing 14th position, in a field of over 100. Julie Jones, running her fastest time this year for the distance, finished in 30mins 41secs, while Annwen Begley, running her forth 5k race in eight weeks, also ran particularly well, finishing in 34mins 34secs.

 
Tal Y Fan Fell race ~ 14/07/2007
 

Hillary Jacques was one of two Harriers who took part in the Tal Y Fan fell race, over 8 miles and 2400 feet of climbing, finishing in 2 hours 5 minutes. Twenty-four hours later she ran the Great Orme Challenge! Ed Reid also ran the fell race, finishing in a very strong 15th position in 1hr 25mins.

 
Capenhurst 5k 2007 ~ 11/07/2007
 

On Wednesday Robert Spotswood ran in Capenhurst 5k, first in a series over the same distance, finishing in an excellent 21mins 35secs.

 
Penny Lane 10k ~ 08/07/2007
 

In Pennylane, the men missed out on the team prize by just one point, from Liverpool Running Club, but the quintet of Harriers present still managed three personal bests and one individual prize. In a field of 570 runners Darren Blazier finished in 8th position overall in an excellent time of 34mins 59secs just 11 seconds and one position ahead of Sean McCormack who had the consolation of winning the 1st MV40 prize and a personal best time for the distance of 35mins 10secs, in this most prestigious race. Third harrier on the day, again in a personal best time, was Dewi Roberts who finished 17th overall in an outstanding time of 36mins 15secs. Gareth Roberts also ran extremely well finishing in 37mins 10secs for 24th position. Alison Guillemin, the sole ladies representative at the race, ran fantastically well, again achieving a personal best time for the distance of 49mins 32secs.

 
Lytham St. Annes 5k ~ 08/07/2007
 

Grahame Shone was among the 149 runners in the Lytham St. Annes 5k finishing in a tremendous time of 19mins 51secs for 2nd position in the MV55 category and 31st overall doing the club proud and completing an extremely successful week for the Harriers.



 
Llyn Alwen Trail Race ~ 08/07/2007
 

In Denbigh, in the Llyn Alwen 11k Trail race Justin McIlveen continued his recent outstanding form finishing 10th overall in a field of 124 in a time of 44mins 24secs. Not far behind was arch-rival Matthew Ashton in a time of 44mins 51secs for 12th. Ed Reid continued his recent improvements with an excellent 45mins 45secs just three positions further back, coming second place in the MV40 category. Haydn Jones, one of a number of Harriers running their third race in a week, had a very pleasing 50mins 58secs to bring him home in 44th. Carol Willgoose easily won her age category in a fantastic 51mins 37secs, while John Hickman ran equally well, finishing just behind, in 51mins 59secs, for 2nd position in the MV65 category.

 
Moel Y Gymelin Fell Race ~ 01/07/2007
 

Justin McIlveen continued his assault on the fells in the Moel Y Gymelin Fell race, run over a very difficult 9.5mile course with 2,380 feet of climbing. Justin finished in a magnificent 1hr 22mins 22secs, for 11th position overall in a quality field of 783 runners, and less than 12 minutes behind the winner who won the race in a new course record time of 1hr 10mins 45secs.

 
Faenol Park 10k 2007 ~ 04/07/2007
 

Seven Harriers traveled to the Faenol Park 10k race with Darren Blazier leading the group home with an outstanding 35mins 36secs, for fourth position overall. Not far behind, and running amazingly well at present, was Justin McIlveen, in 39mins 4secs, finishing in 20th position overall. Just over a minute further back, was Matthew Ashton, in 40mins 19secs, for a well deserved 28th position, while fresh from his recent success in Buckley, Haydn Jones finished strongly in 43mins 37secs, for 56th overall. Robert Spotswood, another Harrier going very well at present, was next in 44mins 56secs, while Alison Guillemin also ran superbly, finishing in 51mins 22secs, 11th in her very competitive age category of F35-45. An excellent overall team performance was completed by Annwen Begley, who finished in a tremendous 69mins 42secs, a superb time given the very heavy conditions underfoot.

 
Ellesmere 10k, 2007 ~ 01/07/2007
 

On Sunday Alison Guillemin was the only club representative among the field of 179 runners that took part in the Ellesmere 10k, one of the toughest 10k races in the area. Alison had a fantastic race, finishing in 52mins 1sec, a tremendous time considering the difficulty of the course, ending in 96th position.

 
Buckley 5, 2007 ~ 29/06/2007
 

Sean McCormack and Haydn Jones were among the small field of runners who took part in Celyn 5 mile trail race in Northop, organized by Buckley Runners. Sean won the race comfortably by almost two minutes, in a time of 32mins 18secs, while Haydn Jones was rewarded with his first ever individual trophy, coming home in a magnificent 38mins 58secs, to win the V40-50 age category. The course was a tough 2 lap off road course, particularly wet in places but both runners handled the conditions expertly.

 
Riverbank Run 2007 ~ 24/06/2007
 

In the Riverbank 10k eighteen Harriers ran, taking home a magnificent 11 prizes, including several firsts. Winner of the race was Barry McGuire, who, although running for East Antrim Harriers, now trains with Abergele, and won the race comfortably in 34mins 57secs, also taking the 1st Senior Male title. Second on the day, and first MV45, still unbeaten in his age category this year, was John Earlston, in a fantastic 35mins 45secs, again a major highlight of the weekend. Third Harrier, sixth overall, and first U20, was Steven McCormack, in an excellent 37mins 44secs. Ed Reid, continued his excellent return to form, finishing in 39mins 17secs, to finish as 2nd V45, his first prize in a category he has just moved into. The overall winner of the ladies race was also an Abergele Harrier, Carol Willgoose, who ran a superb 44mins 1 sec, to win the race by over three minutes from her nearest challenger, and obviously easily won the FV45 category too. John Hickman, with a tremendous time of 44mins 46secs, again easily won the MV65 category, and in fact was well ahead of the MV60 winner, while Cheryl Richards, making her debut for the club, was also a category winner, winning the Senior Lady title in 63mins 31secs. Alison Guillemin, finishing in a fantastic 50mins 54secs, was just squeezed out into second place in the FV40 category by less than a minute. Matthew Ashton was also well back on form, finishing 13th overall, in 39mins 45secs, with Haydn Jones, another Harrier running very well at present, finishing in 43mins 11secs for 23rd, and Keith Elliott less than a minute further back, in 44mins 6secs, for 28th. Jonathan Perry ran an excellent 51mins 58secs, just ahead of Susan Calvert who finished in 52mins 2secs, her best 10k time in eighteen months, while Annette Jones and Lucy Jones, in their first ever 10k race, did tremendously well finishing in 63mins 41secs and 63mins 57secs respectfully. Rebecca Smith, another debutante at the distance, and the youngest person in the race, ran an excellent 65mins 51secs, accompanied by dad, Peter along the way, while Julie Jones completed an outstanding day for the Harriers, finishing in 68mins 25secs.

 
Carneddau 10 mile Fell Race ~ 24/06/2007
 

Justin McIlveen continued his assault on the fells, in the Carneddau 10 mile, 4,200ft race, finishing 63rd in 2hrs 7mins 47secs, despite getting lost along the way. According to Justin this was easily the toughest race he has ever done, but he's looking forward to the next challenge.

 
Chester Triathlon ~ 24/06/2007
 

Twins Dewi and Gareth Roberts tackled the Chester Olympic Distance Triathlon, both finishing almost together in just over 2hrs 22mins, completing the final 10k run section in 39mins, proving that they are both formidable talents at the discipline.

 
Horwich British Masters ~ 24/06/2007
 

In Horwich, in the British Masters 5k championships, Club Captain Geran Hughes ran an excellent 16mins 43secs for 32nd overall , while wife Angie ran a superb 23mins 4secs for 6th FV40 in the open race. The race was run over a very challenging three lap course, each lap containing two testing hills.

 
Humber Half Marathon ~ 24/06/2007
 

In the Humber Bridge Half Marathon, which incorporated the British Inter-Counties Championships, Sean McCormack, representing North Wales, did an outstanding 77mins 28secs for the extremely challenging course, finishing in 21st position overall, 2nd V40, and second North Wales home, only eleven seconds and one position behind their first counter. Team Captain Darren Blazier suffered early on from a knee injury but still managed to finish in a very respectful 83mins 11secs for 41st overall.

 
Freckleton Half Marathon ~ 17/06/2007
 

On Sunday Peter Smith travelled to Preston, Lancashire, for the 43rd Classic Freckleton Half-Marathon, only one week after completing a stage in the Welsh Castles Relay, and proved that he is still on top form at present, with a fantastic time of 1hr 46mins 32secs for the one lap rural course.

 
Park Hall 5k ~ 13/06/2007
 

On Wednesday evening three Harriers braved the extremely wet conditions to run the Park Hall 5k in Oswestry and all ran extremely well. Matthew Ashton was first home, only four days after running in the Castles relay, and finished in an extremely good time of 18mins 50secs. The other two Harriers were ladies and were running their fourth race in just over three weeks and their third 5k race, and despite the conditions were not far from their personal bests. Alison Guillemin finished in an excellent 24mins 26secs, while Annwen Begley ran an equally impressive 34mins 18secs.

 
Birkenhead 5 ~ 06/06/2007
 

Darren Blazier ran the Birkenhead 5 mile race on Wednesday night in preparation for the Castles Relay. Run over a new course, Darren ran a fantastic 27mins 37secs to finish 12th overall in a very high class field.

 
Welsh 1000m fell race ~ 03/06/2007
 

Justin McIlveen conquered the Snowdon race in the Welsh 1000M races on Saturday, finishing in an outstanding time of 1hr 49mins 27secs, finishing second in the race, which involved 4000ft of climbing over 8 miles.

 
Trafford AC Grand Prix ~ 29/05/2007
 

Club Captain Geran Hughes made a very successful return to track racing when he took part in the Trafford AC Grand Prix on Tuesday night. Geran took part in the 3000m race finishing in a tremendous 9:39.18, finishing as 3rd Vet overall in an extremely competitive meeting.

 
Tunnel 10k 2007 ~ 03/06/2007
 

Two Harriers took part in the Tunnel 10k which goes through the Kingsway Mersey Tunnel in Liverpool and was run in very warm conditions on Sunday. Alison Guillemin was first of the pair home in a time of 50mins 46secs, while Annwen Begley also ran fantastically well to finish in 73mins 19secs.



 
Stranraer Half Marathon ~ 02/06/2007
 

On Saturday, one of the Harriers most enthusiastic recent recruits, Haydn Jones, travelled to Scotland to be part of 195 participants in the Stranraer Half-Marathon. Over a hilly course in very breezy conditions Haydn had a fantastic race, finishing in 61st position in an outstanding time of 1hr 37mins.


 
Chorley 10m 2007 ~ 27/05/2007
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts were among 280 runners who took part in the Chorley 10 mile road race on Sunday. In very wet conditions, both produced personal best times with Dewi finishing in a magnificent 59mins 46secs for 29th position, and Gareth not far behind in 61mins 36secs. Their times secured them the 6th and 7th MV40 positions respectfully.

 
Sun Centre 5k 2007 ~ 23/05/2007
 

Abergele Harriers made up over quarter of the field in the Sun Centre 5k on Wednesday, and took home an even higher proportion of the prizes, including three North Wales Championships, three North Wales silver medals, and seven prizes in the open race, yet the stars of the night were Jaime Ashton’s "beginners group" graduates, many of whom were tackling the distance for the second time in four days. Added to this, the club had a record five runners home out of the first nine finishers. With so many Harriers racing it was hard to single out individual performances, but Club Captain Geran Hughes’ forth position overall, in an outstanding time of 16mins 40secs, to easily win his first North Wales title, was certainly one of the major highlights. From the ladies point of view Carol Willgoose’s debut performance for the club, finishing in 20mins 29secs, to not only easily win the FV45 category, but also finish 4th lady and 1st female veteran overall, will also be one to remember for many years. John Hickman, making a return to the racing scene after many years out, proved he means business, with a tremendous run, finishing in 21mins 46secs to win both the open and championship MV65 titles. Darren Blazier was 2nd Harrier home, in 5th position overall, to win the 1st Senior Male prize in the open race, in a time of 16mins 50secs, while John Earlston (6th), by finishing in 17mins 2secs, continued his remarkable unbeaten run this year in his age category. Only two seconds further back was Steven McCormack (7th) who won the silver medal in the Under 23 championships, while dad Sean was a further three seconds back (9th) finishing 3rd in the MV40 category. Simon Grant, two minutes further back, in 19mins 7secs, and Becky Smith 29mins 31secss, in her first ever race for the club, were also North Wales silver medallists, in the MU20 and FU17 categories respectfully. Angie Hughes, like husband Geran, ran a fantastic race, finishing in a personal best time of 22mins 21secs, for a very well deserved 3rd position in the FV40 category. Other personal best times on the night came form Robert Spotswood in 21mins 28secs, and Peter Smith in 20mins 45secs, while several other Harriers were tackling this very difficult distance for the first time, including Haydn Jones in 20mins 4secs, Dave Edwards in 21mins 11secs and Jonathan Perry in 23mins 41secs, all of whom ran superbly. Other more seasoned campaigners with excellent performances included Ed Reid in 18mins 23secs, Matthew Ashton in 18mins 44secs, Alison Guillemin in 23mins 49secs and Susan Calvert in 25mins 2secs. The future of the club however was there for all to see, thanks to Club Vice-Captain and Coach, Jaime Ashton, with five “graduates” from her first and subsequent “beginners” groups in action, proving that any person, of any ability, can race and still really enjoy themselves with Abergele Harriers. Annette Jones lead the quintet home in 31mins 38secs, closely followed by Wendy Davies in 31mins 51secs and Lucy Jones and Sonia Wignall, just one second further back. Annwen Begley was just behind beating her Race for Life time by 30 seconds, finishing in an excellent 33mins 30secs. With several other Harriers in attendance on the night to support, and Keith Elliott starting, but having to pull out with an injury, it seemed like an Abergele invasion of Rhyl and it’s now full steam ahead for the Club invasion, the Welsh Castles Relay in two weeks time.

 
Foel Fras Fell Race ~ 19/05/2007
 

On Saturday two Harriers took part in the Foel Fras fell race, a 13.5 mile race with 3,100 feet of climbing. Justin McIlveen continued his fantastic form on the fells with a wonderful time of 1hr 40mins 4secs for 10th position overall, while Ed Reid also ran excellently, finishing in 2hrs 5mins 5secs for 33rd position.

 
Chester Half-Marathon 2007 ~ 20/05/2007
 

The club produced one of its greatest team performances ever to win the overall team prize in the highly acclaimed Chester Half-Marathon, while also taking home three individual honours. In a high quality, international field, Darren Blazier lead the team home in an incredible 1hr 17mins 47secs for a superb 11th position overall. Tim Cahill, who is at present running as well as he ever has, was only three positions further back in 1hr 19mins 12secs, finishing 2nd in the highly competitive MV45 category. Hot on Cahill’s heels was Dewi Roberts, only four seconds and two positions further back, again finishing second in his age category. Gareth Roberts unfortunately suffered a fall during the race when he and another runner clashed together, but despite this, he finished in a very respectful 1hr 22mins 40secs, to help the team clinch the ultimate prize. Keith Elliott continued his fantastic recent form, completing the race in a personal best time of 1hr 38mins 4secs for 300th position overall, while Peter Smith also ran fantastically well, finishing in 1hr 41mins 33secs for 424th. It was the second time in the club’s history that it won the team prize in Chester, with Darren Blazier the sole survivor from the winning team in 2004.

 
Rhyl Race for Life 2007 ~ 20/05/2007
 

Eight ladies ran the Rhyl Race for Life, including several from Jaime Ashton’s most recent “beginners group”. In the morning race Alison Guillemin was first Harrier home in an outstanding time of 23mins 5secs to finish an amazing10th out of a field of 1800 runners. Annwen Begley also ran incredibly well to finish in 34 minutes, while Julie Jones, despite a recent illness which forced her to walk some of the way, still finished in 45 minutes. In the afternoon race Sonia Wignall and Wendy Davies ran together, finishing in an excellent 31moins 2secs, with Lucy Jones just ahead of them in a tremendous time of just over 30 minutes. Jaime herself ran an excellent 38mins 58secs, accompanied all the way by Julia Lawrence making her racing debut, having just “graduated” from the “beginners group”.

 
Cape Wrath Half Marathon ~ 14/05/2007
 

On Monday 14th May Meinir Huws raced around Loch Eriboll in Scotland in the Cape Wrath Half-Marathon, finishing in a 2hrs 2mins, a superb time over a difficult hilly course.

 
Market Drayton 2007 ~ 13/05/2007
 

On Sunday Darren Blazier was back in action for his fourth race in ten days, as one of four harriers who braved very wet conditions, to complete the very testing Market Drayton 10k. Once again Blazier conquered the conditions, finishing in a seasons best time of 34mins 42secs to finish 12th in a field of over 900 runners. Second Harrier home was Robert Spotswood in a superb 44mins 9secs, taking 43 seconds of last years time. Alison Guillemin was next, proving that she had recovered fully from her recent exploits in London, by finishing in 51mins 9secs, her best time for the distance in over fourteen months, while Annwen Begley also ran fantastically well finishing in 69mins 21secs.

 
Moel Eilio Fell Race ~ 12/05/2007
 

Three Harriers took part in the Moel Eilio 8 mile fell race, which involved 3000ft of climbing, in terrible weather conditions. Welsh International Geran Hughes once again proved his outstanding talent in the discipline by finishing in 1hr 15mins, for 7th place overall and 2nd veteran man. With high winds and driving rain Angie Hughes and Hilary Jacques finished together in a time of 1hr 47mins, an amazing nineteen minutes faster than two years ago.

 
Christleton 5K 2007 ~ 11/05/2007
 

Five Harriers travelled to the highly rated Christleton 5K road race, with three ending in rostrum positions. At the front Darren Blazier and Steven McCormack rekindled their personal battle from seven days previously, with Blazier again coming out top in a time of 16mins 34secs, just edging out McCormack, whose time of 16mins 43secs was a personal best for the distance by 53 seconds and took a staggering 3mins 22secs off his time for the race just twelve months previously. His time was also good enough for 22nd overall and 3rd junior male. Third Harrier home, just missing out on the 17 minute barrier, was ever-improving Tim Cahill, with a fantastic 17mins 4secs, for 32nd overall and 2nd place in the highly competitive MV45 category. Not far behind was Dewi Roberts in a personal best time of 17mins 18secs, for 39th overall and 3rd MV40, with twin brother Gareth also achieving a personal best time, finishing in17mins 37secs and 51st overall in the extremely high quality field of 241 finishers.

 
Bird Rock Half Marathon 2007 ~ 06/05/2007
 

Less than 48 hours after finishing as first Harrier in the final round of the Borders League Darren Blazier was again in action, this time over the half-marathon distance when he finished a fantastic 4th overall in the Bird Rock race in an exceptional time for the course and conditions, of 1hr 18mins 48secs. Alan Taylor also ran the race for the Harriers in a time of 1hr 32mins 52secs, a superb time, coming just two weeks after the London Marathon.

 
Croxteth Park 10k ~ 29/04/2007
 

In-form Darren Blazier travelled to the Croxteth Park 10k in Liverpool on Sunday, a very difficult three lap race, again run in very hot conditions. In an extremely high quality field, Blazier finished in a superb time of 35mins 49secs for 9th position overall.

 
Wrexham 10 2007 ~ 28/04/2007
 

In blistering heat, six Harriers took part in the Wrexham 10 mile road race which incorporated the North Wales 10 mile championships, with major successes both collectively and individually. John Earlston remained unbeaten in the MV45 category this year, finishing in a very satisfying 59mins 23secs, winning both the North Wales and open titles. First Harrier home however was Sean McCormack, in a personal best time of 58mins 23secs, a time that was rewarded with 5th place overall and 2nd MV40 in the open race and 3rd Overall Male and 2nd MV40 in the North Wales Championships. Just over a minute behind McCormack senior, and hot on the heels of Earlston, was Steven McCormack, tackling the distance for the first time, and finishing in an outstanding time of 59mins 45secs, but again like his father had to be satisfied with the runners up prize in his age category in both the open race and the North Wales Championships. Fourth Harrier home, running very well at present, was Dewi Roberts, finishing in 61mins 43secs, while twin brother Gareth suffered more than most in the heat, but still managed to finish in a time of 64mins 29secs. Ever-improving Haydn Jones, another Harrier racing over the distance for the first time, judged his race perfectly and finished in a very satisfying time of 71mins 31secs. As well as the individual trophies won, the Harriers were silver medallists in both the Overall Men’s and Veteran Men’s team races making for an extremely successful day all round.

 
Knock Dhu ~ 28/04/2007
 

For the second year in a row Geran Hughes represented Wales in the Home International fell race in Knock Dhu in Northern Ireland on Saturday; however this year Hughes was un-injured and able to run to his true potential. Over a very testing course in extreme heat Hughes finished a magnificent 21st overall, 4th Vet and first Welsh Vet home, in an outstanding time of 40mins 20secs. Wife Angie also ran, again finishing as 4th Vet in a tremendous 58mins 30secs, taking seven minutes off the time she recorded twelve months previously.
See photos of the day on the photos page.

 
London Marathon 2007 ~ 22/04/2007
 

Several Harriers travelled to the capital for the Annual London Marathon with a number were tackling the distance for the first time. First Harrier home in his first ever marathon, was Keith Elliott in a fantastic time of 4 hours and 37 seconds, an outstanding debut time considering the temperatures on the day. Finishing along-side Keith, was Austin Bell, whose official time was given as 4:00:38, again a fantastic time. Next home was seasoned campaigner Robert Spotswood, completing the course in 4hrs 7mins 22secs. Dave Edwards, running with one of the Club's two guaranteed places, had an outstanding run, finishing in a wonderful 4hrs 14mins 21secs, not far ahead of another debutant Peter Smith, who ran an equally impressive 4hrs 16mins 17secs, again superb times given the conditions. Alison Guillemin, running with the club's second guaranteed place, this year dressed as a schoolgirl, bur still managed an extremely respectful time of 4hrs 39mins 46secs.

 
Boston Marathon ~ 16/04/2007
 

Hilary Jaques ran the 111th Boston Marathon on Monday, which is not only the oldest Marathon in the World, but also the only Marathon where everyone must get a qualifying time in order to run it. Hilary qualified with her outstanding time of 3hrs 43 mins in last years London Marathon. On this occasion Hilary took things a little easier and ran a very commendable 4hrs 36mins 32secs, running all the way with her sister-in-law.

 
Isle On Man Easter Festival of Athletics
 

Last weekend, in fabulous weather, 5 Abergele Harriers, 4 Eryri Harriers and 1 Les Croupiers Running Club member travelled together to the Isle of Man for the Easter Athletics Festival 2007 – 3 races in 3 days. The Harrier’s team consisted of Geran Hughes, Angella Hughes, Hilary Jacques, Melanie Williams and Stephen McCarten. They were joined by Maggie Oliver – Eryri Harriers, Alwyn Oliver – Eryri Harriers (who completed the 31 mile Mountain Marathon), Jim Bennell - Eryri Harriers, Sheila Bennell - Eryri Harriers and Clare Johnson – Les Croupiers Running Club.

On Friday evening, a bus took all the athletes and supporters from Douglas to Port Erin on the other side of the island to race an undulating but very scenic 10km. With over 260 runners competing, the field was a magnificent sight as it wound its way along Port Erin promenade and out of the village on a circuit that includes Gansey and Port St Mary. Despite the long day’s travelling and being very tired, the 3 female Harriers ran PB’s. Angella Hughes 45:21, Hilary Jacques 45:57 and Melanie Williams 49:03 with Geran Hughes 40:55 and Stephen McCarten 48:36 also running.
On Saturday, the sun shone again for the famous Peel Hill Race - 3 mile (ladies), 4 mile (men) hill race - with ground conditions being amongst the firmest for years, the castle as ever providing a magnificent back-drop for the lung-bursting first climb. Ladies results: Hilary Jacques brought the Harriers home finishing (3rd LV) in 22:48, Angella Hughes 22.55, and Melanie Williams 25:11 Men: Geran Hughes 28:19, Stephen McCarten 35:58
From here a few Harriers also managed the cross-island pub crawl – 9 miles, 9 pubs all the way back to Douglas!

Sunday morning, our legs hurting even more, the action moved to Douglas Promenade for races over a 5k out and back course. Again there was a decent sized crowd adding to the race atmosphere. Ladies: Angella Hughes not only brought the Harriers home finishing 3rd LV in 22:48 but also managed a PB and Melanie Williams also running very well (the day after the pub crawl!) finishing 23:55. The final event of the day was the 4 x 5k road relay (men). In a mixed team including Preston and Eryri Harriers runners Geran Hughes ran 18:29 and Stephen McCarten ran 23:24 for the 5k distance (also after the pub crawl!).

The Festival concluded with the infamous prize presentation and party at Paramount City where Hilary and Angella picked up their 3rd place prizes for the Hill and 5k race respectively. Angella also picked up 3rd LV for the overall weekend results.
See photographs on photo page.

 
Runcorn Bridge 5, 2007 ~ 08/04/2007
 

Robert Spotswood was the Club's only representative at the Runcorn Bridge 5 mile road race on Easter Sunday. The race starts on the bridge and takes a fast, flat road to the small village of Hale. This year it was run in perfect sunny conditions although a little breezy. With over 300 runners, Robert ran a superb 36mins 18secs, over eight minutes faster than last year.

 
Chester Spring 5, 2007 ~ 04/04/2007
 

Nine Abergele Harriers travelled to Upton on Wednesday night for the popular Chester Spring 5 road race, coming home with two category winners and three personal best times for the distance. The performance of the night, and without a doubt his best ever road performance, came from Steven McCormack, who lead home the Harriers with an inspirational run, completing the five mile course in an outstanding 27 minutes 46 seconds, taking almost two minutes off his personal best time, finishing 11th overall in a field of almost three hundred, and easily winning the Male Under 20 category. Just nine seconds behind, and still remaining unbeaten in his age group this season, was John Earlston in 27mins 55secs, for 15th position, a time once again good enough to win the MV45 category, chased all the way by Sean McCormack, who finished just three seconds, and one position further back, in 27mins 58secs, for 3rd place in the MV40 age category and 16th overall. Dewi Roberts paid heavily for going off very fast in the first two miles, but still managed an excellent 28mins 57secs , for 37th, with Tim Cahill, continuing his excellent recent form, just ten seconds and four positions further back, improving on last years time by almost thirty seconds. Gareth Roberts made it six Harriers under the thirty minute barrier, with a superb 29mins 26secs, for 50th position overall. Matthew Ashton made a welcome return to racing with a very satisfying 31mins 11secs, while Keith Elliott, just two weeks away from his Marathon debut, ran an equally pleasing 34mins 10secs. Peter Smith, another Harrier going for his Marathon debut in London in a couple of weeks, was the third Harrier to achieve a personal best time, with a fantastic 35min 44secs, a time that will surely give him great confidence going into the big event. The team finished a superb third overall behind Wilmslow and Wrexham AC.

 
Lanzarote Half-Marathon ~ 27/03/2007
 

Darren Blazier recorded a memorable vistory in Lanzarote in this weeks Club LaSanta Half Marathon with a fantastic time of 1hr 19mins 50secs for the very tough course. The race was run over a tough course in warm but windy conditions, with Darren winning by over 5 minutes from his closest rival in a field of 65 runners. The previous week the Harriers were also well represented in the race with Dewi Roberts coming home second, just two seconds behind the winner, and twin brother Gareth in third, less than a minute further back.

 
Liverpool Half 2007 ~ 25/03/2007
 

Six Abergele Harriers took part in this years Liverpool Half Marathon which was run in very warm conditions. First Harrier home , in a superb time of 1hr 38mins 29secs, was Keith Elliott, well on target with his London Marathon training. Next home, just off a personal best time , was Debie Clift in an excellent 1hr 39mins 23secs. Peter Smith, another Harrier looking forward to London, ran a fantastic 1hr 40mins 2secs, finishing just three seconds ahead of Ossie Bell in 1hr 40mins 5secs. Dave Edwards, also continued his excellent recent form, finishing in 1hr 47mins 31secs, while Sue Calvert completed a very satisfactory day for the Harriers in just over 2 hours.

 
Coniston 14 2007 ~ 24/03/2007
 

Sean McCormack travelled up to Cumbria on Saturday to take part in the 25th Coniston 14 mile race, a gruelling race run over a very undulating course around Coniston Lake. McCormack was running along with a group of other Health Professions to raise funds for the Hossana Hospital in Ethiopia which is “linked” to our own Glan Clwyd Hospital, but although helping the charity came first, McCormack ran a very serious race and finished in a fantastic 1hr 26mins 9secs for 20th position overall in a field of 1600 runners, a position that got him on the prize winners podium in this very prestigious race.

 
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Two ladies travelled to Telford for the Ironbridge Half-Marathon, both running superbly at present, and both rewarded with podium positions. Pam Grant finished in 1hr 46mins 58secs, taking over three minutes off last years time, despite more difficult conditions, and being rewarded with the 2nd FV45 prize. Melanie Williams, running the race for the first time, took almost thirty seconds off the time she ran in the Wrexham Half-Marathon just four weeks earlier, finishing in a fabulous 1hr 50mins 7secs, wining 3rd FV45 in the process.

 
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Sunday Simon Grant represented Eryri Schools in the Welsh Schools Cross-Country Championships in Brecon, and, in both difficult weather and conditions, finished in a very satisfying 34th position in the senior boys race, just 15 seconds slower than last year when the race was run in much better conditions.



 
Ras Moel Wnion
 

Harriers Captain, Geran Hughes once again proved his International credentials on the fells on Sunday by finishing a magnificent fifth overall and first MV40 in the Ras Moel Wnion, which was a selection race for the Welsh team to travel to Knockdu, in Northern Ireland on the 28th April. This will be the second year in a row that Hughes has earned a Welsh vest for the international event in Ireland. Hughes ran a fantastic race, only slowing down very slightly at the end when he came to the point in the race that he had a serious accident only twelve months previously, an injury that threatened to end his fell running career. On this occasion he managed to stay upright and finished in the leading pack with a time only 35seconds behind that of the winners. In fact it was a day to remember for the Hughes, with wife Angie also running superbly, finishing in a time of 53mins 22secs, taking a whole six minutes off her last years time and ending on the podium as second FV40 on the day. The Harriers had further reasons to celebrate when recent convert to the fells Justin McIlveen also finished the race in a personal best time of 40mins 42secs, an amazing time for such a difficult course.

 
Ultrafit St Annes 10 ~ 04/03/2007
 

The worst conditions of the day were reserved for the Ultrafit St Annes 10 mile road race where Keith Elliot and Peter Smith continued their London Marathon build up, racing in howling gales and spilling rain, but both still managed extremely creditable times of 74mins 52secs and 76mins 24secs respectfully for 128th and 145th positions. The extreme difficulty of the conditions was confirmed when even the winner didn't manage to break the 55 minute barrier, showing just how much Keith and Pete have progressed over the last few months.

 
Trafford 10k 2007 ~ 04/03/2007
 

Six Harriers were among a field of 362 finishers, and veteran John Earlston continued his fantastic recent form and still remains unbeaten in his age category at any race this year. The strength in depth of the club was further demonstrated when all six Harriers were home in 37 minutes, four recording personal best times, and three ending on the winners rostrum, in what is now regarded as one of the most prestigious 10k races on the calendar. First Harrier home, in a personal best time of 34mins 39secs, despite the blustery conditions, was the recently unbeatable John Earlston, once again easily winning his age category at a major race. Second home, in his fastest time for over two years, was Sean McCormack, in 35mins 48secs, finishing as 3rd V40, and managing to just hold off son Steven, who finished in a personal best time of 36mins 1secs. McCormack junior, despite just missing out on the 36 minute barrier, had the consolation of finishing 3rd Junior Male overall. Dewi Roberts ran the race of his life, easily beating his personal best time for the distance, finishing in 36mins 35secs and 5th V40 on the day. Darren Blazier was recovering from illness all week, but still ran the race, finishing in a very respectful 36mins 54secs, a superb time considering the week he’d had. Sixth Harrier home, once again smashing his personal best time for the distance, was Gareth Roberts in a tremendous 37mins 4secs, with the Harriers finishing as fourth team in this highly competitive race.

 
Farnden 10k 2007 ~ 04/03/2007
 

Because the Trafford 10K race had reached its limit, Haydn Jones represented the club over the same distance, but in Farndon. Haydn, racing the distance for the first time, did the club proud, with an excellent time of 42mins 14secs, despite worse weather conditions than Trafford.

 
Pipe Dream 2007 ~ 04/03/2007
 

Geran and Angie Hughes took to the fells and were the clubs sole representatives at the Pipe dream Fell race, with Geran leading the club home in a time of 43mins 17secs over a testing course, taking home the 2nd V40 prize. Angie, also running very well at present, finished in just under an hour.

 
Barcelona Marathon 2007 ~ 04/03/2007
 

0n Sunday, Robert Spotswood went abroad to represent the club in the Barcelona Marathon, which, in contrast to the home races, was run in 25 degree heat and under clear blue skies, making for slower times by most. However despite this, Spotswood ran an outstanding time of 3hrs 59mins 22secs, finishing well up the field of 20,000 runners.

 
Ras Moel Y Ci ~ 24/02/2007
 

Four Harriers took part in the Ras Moel y Ci, near Bangor, a fell race on 5.2miles with over 950 feet of climbing. Club Captain Geran Hughes led by example finishing the race in a superb time of 39mins 35secs for 4th position overall and 2nd Vet. Justin McIlveen continued with his progress in the discipline, coming home in 10th position overall in an extremely creditable time of 42mins 27secs. Seasoned fell runner Ed Reid was next in 31st position with a very satisfying 49mins 16secs, while Ladies Cross-Country Captain, Angie Hughes also demonstrated her skills on the fells, finishing in a time of 57mins 44secs for 59th position overall.

 
Nottingham Cross Country ~ 24/02/2007
 

Steven McCormack was on representative duty for the North Wales Counties team that travelled to Wollaton Park in Nottingham for the UK Inter-counties Cross Country Championships, which this year also included the world junior trials. Over the very tough 8000m course McCormack had a fantastic run in the highly competitive under 20’s race, finishing in an outstanding 32mins 25secs, to finish mid-pack in a world class field.
See photos on photos page.

 
Wrexham Half-Marathon 2007 ~ 18/02/2007
 

John Earlston and Pam Grant both became V45 North Wales champions by running superb personal best times for the Wrexham Half Marathon on Sunday, which incorporated this year’s championships. Fourteen Harriers were among the very high quality field of over 600, and running in perfect conditions, eight achieved personal best times. First Harrier home in a V45 championship best time of 74mins 14secs, was John Earlston, taking over a minute off the previous V45 championship record, and in the process won the V45 open race, the V45 championships and second senior male in the championships. Pam Grant, sprinted to a 1hr 41min 23secs, a personal best time by over three minutes, and was also rewarded with the V45 title in the championships, but narrowly missed out on a prize position in the open race. Not far behind Earlston was Darren Blazier, in a time of 75mins 35secs, for third senior male in the championships. Third Harrier was Sean McCormack in 76mins 51secs, for 3rd V40 in the open race and 2nd V40 in the championships. Dewi Roberts smashed his personal best time and the 80 minute barrier with a fantastic run, coming home in a phenomenal 78mins 43secs, while twin brother Gareth, again finished in a superb personal best time of 80mins 18secs. Grahame Shone only decided to run the race at the last minute, and despite running in a barrowed pair of runners, still managed a very respectful 86mins 56secs. Hayden Jones, running his first ever half-marathon, has an amazing run, finishing in 1hr 31mins 13secs, while Peter Smith remained well on target with his “London” training, finishing in a personal best time of 1hr 38mins 51secs. First lady home, running superbly at present, was Debbie Clift in 1hr 40mins 8secs, while Robert Spotswood was awarded the exact same time, but finished one position further back. Keith Elliott, who ran despite a heavy cold, also proved his “London” training is going very well, with a personal best time of 1hr 41mins 2secs, while Melanie Williams was equally pleased with a very creditable 1hr 50mins 34secs. Sue Calvert was the final Harrier to get a personal best time, making her debut at the distance with a tremendous 1hr 59mins 21secs.
See photos on the photos page.

 
Welsh Cross Country Championships 2007
 

Geran and Angie Hughes were the clubs sole representatives at the Welsh Cross Country Championships in Ruthin. Club Captain Geran ran a fantastic race, finishing 14th in a very high quality field, in a time of 45mins 41secs for the extremely testing 11.15k course. Ladies cross country captain Angie, also ran fantastically, and despite having her left arm in a sling following an accident in a recent fell race, she still completed the 5.9k course in a fantastic 33mins 36secs for 17th position.



 
Nick Beer 2007 ~ 11/02/2007
 

Thirteen Abergele Harriers ran the Nick Beer 10k around the Great Orme in Llandudno on Sunday, which this year was run in good conditions despite the previous week’s weather. First Harrier home, in 9th position overall, was in-form John Earlston in an excellent 35mins 42secs to win the MV45 category. Just two positions further back, was Cross-Country Captain Sean McCormack, who, like many others took advantage of the cancellation the previous day of the final round of the Majestic Travel Cross-Country League race in Oswestry due to snow, to win the MV40 category in a superb time of 36mins 49secs. Son Steven, again a cross-country team member, was next in a fantastic 37mins 43secs, 16th overall, and 3rd Under 20, with Earlston and the McCormack due making up the men’s team that finished runners-up to Eryri Harriers in the team competition. Simon Grant, another junior member of the club, was next in 41mins 2secs, for 43rd overall and 5th in the Under 20 age group, while Keith Elliott, right back on form, finished in an outstanding 43mins 58secs. Robert Spotswood ran a very satisfactory 45mins 31secs, while Peter Smith completed the male contingent in 47 minutes exactly. First lady home, just missing out on a prize, was Debbie Clift, who finished in 47mins 22secs for 4th FV40, while Pam Grant was another Harriers to miss out on the prizes by just one position, as she finished as 4th FV45 in a time of 48mins 56secs. Her consolation, however, was that she had run a “course best” time. Melanie Williams was next, with an excellent 50mins 23secs, finishing 7th in her age category, while Alison Guillemin was 8th in hers, with a wonderful time of 53mins 17secs. Clift, Grant and Williams combined to finish 3rd in the ladies team race. Tracey Wright, like many others, currently training for the London Marathon finished in a very satisfactory 60mins 33secs, while Annwen Begley was rewarded with her second fastest 10k time ever, as she finished the tough course in 66mins 45secs. See photographs on the "photos" page.

 
Alsager 5 2007 ~ 04/02/2007
 

Laura Williams ran her first race as a Harrier, completing the Alsager 5 in a very satisfying time of 55mins 4secs. Laura's only previous race was last year's Race for Life.

 
Ras Tarren Hendre ~ 03/02/2007
 

Justin McIlveen and Angie Hughes both survived falls in the Ras Tarren Hendre completing the 6mile/2000ft fell race in outstanding times of 1hr 1min 12secs (19th) and 1hr 22mins 16secs (84th)respectfully.

 
Menai Mini Marathon 2007 ~ 28/01/2007
 

Three Harriers were among the 150 competitors that took on the Menai 10k, which was run in perfect conditions over a tough undulating course. First Harrier home was John Earlston in his best time for several years, finishing fourth overall and first in the V40-50 category, in an outstanding 35mins 18secs. Darren Blazier was next, just under a minute behind, in 36mins 15secs, while Robert Spotswood ran an excellent 45mins 40secs.

 
North Wales Cross Country Championships
 

On Saturday in Northup, in the North Wales Championships, Steven McCormack continued his recent excellent form, completing a gruelling 8k course in a fantastic 29mins 3secs to become the Under 20 North Wales Cross Country Champion, only 24 hours after winning the Conwy Schools Senior Boys Cross Country Championships, while running for Ysgol Bryn Elian in Eirias Park. Another Harrier, Simon Grant, running for Eirias High School, was a superb third in that same race on Friday. Grahame Shone, running the longer distance of 10.6k was the second Champion of the day, winning the very competitive MV55 category, finishing in a fantastic 44mins 2secs. First Harrier home in the senior race was Cross-Country Captain Sean McCormack, in a superb 39mins 14secs to take second place in the MV40 category, and combined with Dewi Roberts (41mins 3secs) and Gareth Roberts (41mins 36secs) to take the bronze medals in the Male Veteran Team race. Justin McIlveen had another superbly powerful run, finishing not far behind Gareth, dipping just under 42 minutes. Paul Thomas was next Harrier home, again running really well, while Haydn Jones made an extremely impressive debut for the club, finishing not far behind. Dave Edwards continued his London Marathon training in style, completed a superb male team performance, narrowly missing out on a senior men’s team prize. Unfortunately only one lady was available to run the Championships, but what the club missed in quantity it certainly didn’t miss in quality, with Ladies Cross-Country Captain Angie Hughes producing an outstanding performance, finishing her 5.8k race in an excellent time of 28mins 51secs.
See photos of all the races of the day on the Photos Page.

 
Four Villages Half 2007 ~ 21/01/2007
 

Six Harriers completed the Four Villages Half-Marathon in Helsby, two completing the distance for the first time, with four personal best times being achieved. First Harriers home was Dewi Roberts in an excellent 1hr 22mins with twin brother Gareth just behind in 1hr 23mins 10secs, very similar times to twelve months ago. Austin Bell was the first of the Harriers to achieve a person best time, completing the tough course in difficult conditions, in a superb time of 1hr 42mins 41secs, while Peter Smith and Keith Elliott, who were both making their debut at the distance in preparation for the London Marathon, finished in 1hr 45mins 8secs and 1hr 45mins 24secs respectively. Melanie Williams ran the race of the day however, finishing in 1hr 49mins 32secs, almost five minutes faster than last year, and taking over two minutes off her previous best for the distance, achieved over a much flatter course eleven months previously.



 
Twin Piers 2007 ~ 13/01/2007
 

Fourteen Harriers took on the Twin Piers race bringing home six individual prizes, as well as scooping both the Men’s and Ladies team titles. First home, running a fantastic race, was John Earlston, in a time of 35mins 27secs, finishing 4th place overall, as well as winning the first MV45 prize. Twins Dewi and Gareth Roberts proved that they are going to be forces to be reckoned with in the V40 category this year by winning 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the category, with excellent times of 37mins 47secs and 38mins 29secs (9th and 14th overall). Simon Grant, in 40mins 56secs (28th overall), was 2nd MU/20, and combined with Earlston and the Roberts’ twins to win the Men’s team title 22 points ahead of the North Wales Road Runners Club. Robert Spotswood finished a very satisfying 68th overall in a time of 44mins 22secs, just ahead of Peter Smith who finished in a personal best time of 45mins 48secs beating his previous best by 22secs and continuing his superb build up to the London Marathon in April. David Edwards, again training for London, also had a wonderful race, finishing in 48mins 36secs for 95th position overall.
First lady home for the Harriers was Deborah Clift who ran an outstanding 46mins 42secs in 78th place overall, coming second in the highly competitive FV40 category, where 33 seconds separated the three prize winners. Also running tremendously at present was Pam Grant, whose time of 47mins 39secs won her the FV45 category, with equally impressive Melanie Williams, in a time of 49mins 13secs, taking second place in the same category. Susan Calvert, in 54 minutes exactly, completed the ladies quartet that also won the team title making it a clean sweep for the Harriers. Alison Guillemin was just 32 seconds further back, coming in 155th overall while ever improving Julie Jones finished in a superb 63mins 21secs with Annwen Begley just eleven seconds and one place further back in 63mins 32secs, a personal best time for the distance by over three minutes. Julie's husband Dave, not a member of the club, also ran the race, his first ever 10k race, and finished in an extreamly satisfying 56mins 24secs.

Female Team Results
Male Team Results
Overall Results
Prizes

 
Telford 10k ~ 17/12/2006
 

Husband and wife team Geran and Angie Hughes did the recent Telfors 10k and both achieved excellent results. Geran finished in a seasons best of 35mins 31secs to win the 2nd MV40 prize while Angie went even better gaining a life-time best time for the distance of 46mins 1 second.

 
Sale ~ 31/12/2006
 

Dewi and Gareth Roberts, along with Richie Lee, were among the 390 starters in the Sale 5mile race on New Years Eve. Dewi clocked a fantastic 29mins 15secs for 46th position overall, with Gareth less than a minute behind in 29mins 52secs for 62nd. Lee just missed out on the 30 minute barrier, when he finished in 30mins 13secs for an excellent 67th, but all three can now look forward to a superb 2007.

 
Welsh Inter-Regional Cross-Country Championships
 

The McCormack father and son duo travelled to Swansea to represent North Wales in the Welsh Inter-Regional Cross-Country Championships and both produced excellent performances. In horrendous conditions of high winds and driving rain Steven, running for the Under 20 team, came home second from North Wales and 10th overall in a time of 30mins 57secs over a 7.8k course, while Sean, running for the V40-50 team, was 4th North Wales counter, in a time of 36mins 41secs over a 9.2k course. Unfortunately Geran Hughes, Angie Hughes and Hillary Jaques all of whome were also selected, were unable to compete due to illness and injury.Go to the photos page to see the conditions on the day!

 
Stockport 10 ~ 10/12/2006
 

Three Harriers were among the field of 600 runners in the Stockport 10 mile road race, a two lap raqce run in terrible weather this year. Dewi Roberts was first of the trio in 62mins 22secs for 34th overall, while twin-brother Gareth was just behind in 63mins 35secs for (48th), and Richie Lee less than 30 seconds further back in 64mins 1sec for 53rd.

 
Helana Tipping 10k ~ 03/12/2006
 

A record seventeen Harriers braved horrendous conditions, including floods and gale force winds, to complete the Helena Tipping 10k race on Sunday. Sonia Wignall and Shirley Royles were running their first ever race and ran fantastic times of 66mins 15secs and 67mins 53secs respectfully. Despite the conditions, two other Harriers managed personal best times Peter Smith, in 46mins 10secs and Anwen Begley, in 68mins 44secs. First Harrier home on the day, continuing his excellent recent form, was Sean McCormack in 36mins 11secs, for 6th overall and first Veteran home. Thirty seven seconds further back was John Earlston, in 36mins 48secs for 7th overall and 1st V45. The third Harrier to win a category was Angella Hughes, finishing in an outstanding 47mins 1 sec to win the FV40 category, while in the same category Debbie Clift was 3rd in a superb time of 47mins 56secs. The final prize winner for the Harriers on the day was Pam Grant who finished in a tremendous 48mins 59secs, for 3rd FV45. Third Harrier home overall was Dewi Roberts in a hard fought for 38mins 30secs, not far ahead of twin brother Gareth in 39mins 1sec. Richie Lee was next in 40mins 20secs, while Keith Elliott in 44mins 15secs, managed to hold off Robert Spotswood who finished in a fantastic 45mins 27secs. Despite the floods and gales Melanie Williams, in 50:07, Ossie Bell, in 47:02 and Julie Jones , in 67:02, all managed to also finish not far off their personal best times for the distance, which bodes well for all next year.

Photos on photos page.

 
Lanzarote Race Series ~ 24/11/06 - 29/11/06
 

Darren Blazier had an extremely successful weeks racing in Lanzarote finishing a fantastic 7th overall after the four race series, out of over 300 runners. Darren was 7th in the 13k Ridge Run in a time of 46mins 30secs, 13th in the 10.2 race on 36mins 30secs, 15th in the 5k Beech Race in 20mins 21secs and an outstanding 8th in the Trans Island Half-Marathon in a seasons best 1hr 16mins 22secs.

 
Jersey Half Marathon ~ 19/11/2006
 

Stevie Ward continued his travels last weekend by competing in the Jersey Half Marathon. Stevie was part of a strong field of over 300 runners and completed the testing course in an excellent 1hr 59mins 3secs.

 
Gill Pimblott Memorial 5k Trail Race ~ 19/11/2006
 

Two Harriers ran the Gill Pimblott Memorial 5K Trail race in Tyldesley, near Manchester. Keith Elliott was first home in a fantastic 20mins 21secs for 21st position overall, closely followed by Peter Smith in 21mins 27secs for 35th.

 
Pen Fell ~ 18/11/2006
 

Three Harriers ran in the Pen Fell race, with the performance of the weekend coming from Justin McIlveen who completed the course in 1hr 29mins 42secs, for 19th position overall, one of the highest positions ever by a Harrier in the race. Tim Cahill also ran excellently in cold and windy conditions, finishing in 1hr 38mins, almost identical to last year’s time. Paul Ross made up the trio also running very well.

 
Home International X-C Open Race ~ 18/11/2006
 

Abergele Harriers Captain Geran Hughes was on International duty on Saturday, as a travelling reserve in the Welsh Masters team that took part in the Home International Cross-Country Championships in Falkirk, in Scotland. Geran finished a superb 16th overall in the open race, with a time of 31 minutes, over the very challenging 8k course. Wife, Angie, ran the 6k open race finishing in an excellent 29mins 51secs.

 
Abergele 5 ~ 05/11/2006
 

Abergele Harriers held its 20th annual Slaters 5 Mile road race on Sunday, which was once again a massive success with well over 200 runners, and again this year included the North Wales 5 mile road running championships. The race was won by last year’s runner up Luke Northall of Tipton Harriers, in a superb 26mins 4secs, in the process also winning the North Wales, Under 23, Senior Male and overall titles. Just twelve seconds behind was Gwyn Owen of Eryri Harriers, with Harry Jones of Colwyn Bay AC third in 27mins 24secs, also taking the North Wales Under 20 title. Rob Samuel of Bangor University was next in 27mins 28secs, taking the third senior male prize in the race, just seven days after completing the Snowdon Marathon in under three hours. First Harrier Home in an outstanding time of 29mins 31secs was Steven McCormack, twelfth overall, and taking the bronze medal in the North Wales U20 Championships, beating his time for the race of two years ago by over eight minutes. Second Harrier was Matthew Ashton in 30mins 7secs, 17th overall and a personal best for the distance by almost two minutes. Keith Elliott and Peter Smith made the débuts for the club and both had excellent runs finishing in 34mins 46secs (72nd) and 38mins 25secs respectively, while Stephen Ward, one of the clubs longest term members also finished in an extremely pleasing 44mins 17secs.
First Lady home, again in a fantastic time, was Isabel Redfern of Colwyn Bay, in 31mins 27secs, taking the North Wales title in front of Emma Parry of Wrexham, who finished not far behind, in 31mins 59secs. Helen Davies was third lady home in 32mins 44secs, also winning the North Wales FV40 title. Susan Calvert was first female Harrier home in 40mins 27secs, a time that made her the North Wales 5 mile Champion in the FV45 category. The male team title went to the Eryri Harriers team of Gwyn Owen (2nd), Brendan Rothery (5th), Paul Watham (6th) and Arwel Lewis (19th), while the ladies title went to the Wrexham team of Emma Parry (2nd), Helen Davies (3rd), Catherine Hewitt (5th) and Ruth Hetherington (8th). Other category winners were; MV40 Gary Rees Williams, MV45 Paul Aird, MV50 Stephen Bellis, MV55 David Bewley, MV60 Ron Elliott, MV65 Jack Thomas, MV70 Joe Park, FV35 Andrea Goode, FV40 Helen Davies, FV45 Judith Jones, FV50 Gill Brandrick, FV55 Hazel Dirkson, FV60 Jane Molloy, FV65 Margaret Williams, and FV70 Sheila Symonds.
Abergele Harriers would like to thank the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Abergele who presented the trophies, and all their sponsors, especially Slaters of Abergele, The North Wales Police and Abergele Town Council, all those who helped on the day and all the runners who took part, and look forward to seeing them all again next year.



 
Dublin City Marathon ~ 30/10/2006
 

Alison Guillemin was among the 10,000 plus starters in this years Adidas Dublin City Marathon. Alison ran a superb 4hrs 20mins 13secs, finishing a very creditable 4,168th.

 
Snowdon Marathon ~ 29/10/2006
 

This years Snowdon Marathon was run in perfect conditions, with only a small contingent of Harriers takling part. First home wasMelanie Williams is a superb 4hrs 27mins 23secs followed closely by Club Ultra specialist Hilary Jaques in a fantastic 4hrs 35mins.

 
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Alan Taylor joined 15 runners from the Roissy club in Paris to compete in the Vannes Marathon in Brittany on Sunday 15th October 2006, just 3 weeks after the Berlin Marathon. He ran a virtually identical time in both marathons, being 3 hours 35 minutes, putting him in 3rd placed in the joint Roissy / Abergele team. Berlin was crowded and flat, but temperatures in the 80s slowed him down on the day. The Vannes marathon, by contrast, was over 2 laps of varied terrain from Road, Cycle track, Cross country, Cobbled streets and took in the Harbours, Marinas, Bays and the historic city centre of Vannes. The course was tough and hilly, with very strong gales blowing in from the sea. It was hot too, with temperatures in the mid 70s. It was also difficult to find a consistent pace, because the race comprised a half marathon and also relay teams for the Marathon.
Alan feels this was one of the best marathons he has run, scenic, well supported and very varied and would certainly do it again and would highly recommend it to potential overseas marathoners.

 
Southport 10k ~ 22/10/2006
 

Richie Lee ran the Southport 10k, finishing in a very respectful 38mins 30secs over the difficult three lap couse. Richies time earned him 35th position out of a strong field of about 500 runners.

 
Leckwith 10.2k XC ~ 15/10/2006
 

Club Captain Geran Hughes made a guest appearance in the Gwent Cross-Country League, running the Leckwith fixture. Hughes finished the 10.2k course in a very creditable 40mins 11secs, for 59th position in a very strong field of 300 runners.

 
Capenhurst 10k ~ 15/10/2006
 

Three Harriers were part of a field of 250 runners who completed the Capenhurst 10k, which was run in perfect conditions. First home, over the two lap course, was Robert Spotswood in an excellent 46mins 26secs, completing his 25th race of the year. Alison Guillemin was next, finishing in 51mins 16secs, her second fastest 10k of seven 10k races completed by her this year. The tri was completed by Anwen Begley, who narrowly missed out on a personal best time, finishing in 67mins 20secs.

 
Henley Half ~ 08/10/2006
 

Stevie Ward was the only Clun representative in the Henley Half-Marathon but did the club proud finishing in an excellent 2hrs 6mins 30secs.

 
Sefton Park 10k ~ 08/10/2006
 

Four Harriers were among the 5000 runners taking part in the Liverpool 10k in Sefton Park. First home was Robert Spotswood in 43mins 40secs, with Ossie Bell just behind, finishing in a personal best time of 44mins 49secs. Melanie Williams also recorded a personal best of 47mins 59secs, while Dave Edwards completed the quartet in 49mins 3secs.

 
Flintshire 10k ~ 01/10/2006
 

Pam Grant and Robert Spotswood were part of a field of 500 starters for the Flintshire 10k in Mold, again running in very hot conditions. Grant finished in an excellent 47mins 50secs, while Spotswood, running his second race in successive days, finished in a very creditable 49mins 14secs.

 
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Three Harriers took part in the Great North Run, which was run in very hot conditions. Austin Bell, in preparation for the New York Marathon in five weeks time, ran a superb 1hr 50mins 13secs, while Melanie Williams also ran superbly finishing in 1hr 56mins 3secs. David Edwards also finished the race very well.

 
Anglesey Marathon ~ 24/09/2006
 

Four Harriers took part in the Anglesey Marathon, with excellent results from all, over the very testing course. First Harrier home was Mike Hobday in an excellent 3hrs 35mins 21secs closely followed by Ed Reid in a very satisfactory 3hrs 39mins 57secs. Jeramy Bright also ran excellently finishing in 3hrs 46mins and 8secs, while Tracy Wright was just 3 minutes outside her London time of earlier this year, an excellent performance given the difficulty of the course.

 
Berlin ~ 24/09/2006
 

An impressive team of five Harriers travelled to Berlin to take part in the Berlin Marathon with sound performances recorded by all. Debutants at the distance Dewi and Gareth Roberts completed the course in very respectable 3hrs 29mins 13secs and 3hrs 34mins 29secs respectively, while experienced marathoner Alan Taylor was just behind in 3hrs 35mins 40secs. Unfortunately Richie Lee had an illness earlier in the week, and was unable to complete the course, while Robert Spotswood completed the quintet with a very impressive 3hrs 55mins 17secs.The race was run in extremely hot conditions of over 80 degrees, resulting in slower than expected times all round.

 
Crewe 5k ~ 24/09/2006
 

Alison Guillemin and Anwen Begley took part in the Crewe 5k, a multi-terrain race, run in very wet conditions. Alison ran a magnificent 25mins 49secs, finishing as third female overall, while Anwen continued her rise to fame, with a superb 31mins 30secs in her first ever race over the distance.



 
Llandogged 12.5k ~ 17/09/2006
 

Five Harriers travelled to the Llanddoged 12.5k race, with the quintet lead home by ever-improving Matthew Ashton, who finished in an outstanding 6th position overall in 51mins 28secs. Arch-rival Justin McIlveen, who was with Ashton until about 8k when he had to stop with stomach cramps, still managed to finish in a very creditable 52mins 30secs, 80 seconds faster than last year’s time. Rob Spotswood also ran very well, finishing in 65mins 50secs, with Susan Calvert, not far behind, in 72mins 38secs. Sara McIlveen completes the team, with an excellent 82mins exactly.

 
Erddig 10k ~ 17/09/2006
 

Six Harriers were in action in the Erddig 10k, with Club Captain Geran Hughes leading by example by finishing in a fantastic second overall and first V40 in a field of 135 at Wrexham. Captain Geran, who is peaking at just the right time with the league season rapidly approaching, ran a calculated race, gradually working his way up from 5th to 2nd, finishing in 36mins 35secs for the very testing, multi-terrain course. Second Harrier home was wife Angie, in a personal best time for the distance of 46mins 32secs, for 45th position in a strong field of 135 runners, and in the process helped the ladies to take home the team prize. Melanie Williams was next, in her second race in three days, finishing in an excellent 50 minutes exactly, for 65th position. Ladies Captain, Alison Guillemin also ran excellently, finishing in 51mins 56secs for 78th, with Julie Jones in 62mins 12secs (126th) and Anwen Begley, in 66mins 55secs (134th) completing a superb day for the ladies. Melanie’s husband, Llewelyn also made a guest appearance completing the race in 56mins 32secs for 105th position.

 
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Two Harriers travelled to Southampton to the Police Sport UK annual 10 mile road race, and acquitted themselves very well. Over the two lap course around the Broadlands Estate in Romsey, Hampshire, Pam Grant was first of the pair home in a superb 81mins 28secs, finishing 41st out of a high quality field of 79 ladies. Melanie Williams was only three seconds and one position further back finishing in an outstanding 81mins 31secs.



 
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Ossie Bell ran the very difficult Mersey Tunnel 10k on Sunday, as part of his preparation for the New York Marathon and finished in a fantastic 45mins 30secs, taking 55 seconds off his previous personal best for the distance.

 
Trafford 10k ~ 10/09/2006
 

Four Harriers took part in the Trafford 10k, three in preparation for the Berlin Marathon later this month. First Home was Dewi Roberts, taking almost four minutes off his best for the distance, finishing in an amazing 36mins 50secs, in a race that was run in very hot conditions. Also going very well at present, was Richie Lee, who finished in 37mins 13secs, his best time for the distance this year, by over a minute. Third home, again with a personal best by nearly four minutes, was Gareth Roberts in a superb 37mins30secs, while Emyr Evans completed the quartet in a very respectful 40mins 30secs, again a seasons best by several minutes.

 

 

Llyn Brenig Multi-terrain race ~ 2/9/2006

 

One of the many highlights of a busy weekend for the Harriers saw the very welcome return of Simon Shields to the racing scene after almost twelve months out with injury. Shields returned with a bang, coming home an excellent seventh overall in a very high class field in the Llyn Brenig multi-terrain race, where he finished just outside 60 minutes. Tim Cahill also performed exceedingly well finishing in 62mins 29secs for 14th overall, setting out clearly his intensions for the upcoming league season. Dave Edwards also ran superbly, finishing in 1hr 26mins, a fantastic time considering the very blustery conditions.

 

 

Caernarfon 10K ~ 3/9/2006

 

Thirteen Harriers took part in the Caernarfon 10k, which incorporated the North Wales 10k championships, and was run into gale force winds for the first 4k. Unusually, the club came away with no champions, but Steven McCormack, made up for that by taking the silver medal in the MU23 category, his first North Wales Road Racing Championship medal. His time of 39mins 53secs, a personal best by over a minute, also brought him home 16th overall, and 2nd Under 20 in the open race. Steven was one of six prize winners in the open race, where the club had an amazing seven runners home in the first sixteen places. First home, 6th overall and 3rd senior male, was the in-form Darren Blazier in an excellent time of 36mins 21secs, very closely followed by John Earlston in 36mins 26secs, 7th overall and 3rd MV45. Sean McCormack was just two positions further back in 9th, in a time of 36mins 56secs, for 2nd MV40, with Geran Hughes, in 38mins 35secs (12th) 3rd in the same category. Matthew Ashton and Justin McIlveen continued their intense rivalry, finishing in 13th and 14th respectively, in times of 39.21 and 39.27. Ossie Bell, who is currently training for the New York marathon, ran superbly to finish in 48mins 12secs (67th), with Melanie Williams next in a fantastic time of 51mins 16secs, a time rewarded with the 3rd FV40 prize. Ladies team captain Alison Guillemin was next in a superb 54.55 for 99th, while Sara Cassidy-McIlveen’s time of 57mins 32secs (107th), gave her one of only two personal bests on the day, by 3 seconds, a fantastic achievement given the windy conditions. Julie Jones, making a very welcome return to the racing scene, just in time for the league season, was next in a very creditable 64mins 40secs, while club newcomer Anwen Begley made an excellent race debut, finishing 123rd in 72mins 49secs.

 

Llanwrst “Triathlon” ~ 3/9/2006

 

three Harriers took part in the Llanwrst Triathlon, which unfortunately was reduced to a 400 meter swim and 15mile bike ride because of a flooded car-park. Robert Spotswood, making his debut at the multi-disciplinary events, was first Harrier in 1hr 8mins 27secs, with Simon Grant finishing in an excellent 1hr 21mins 53secs, finishing almost exactly ten minutes ahead of mum, Pam, who finished the event in 1hr 31mins 55secs. Former Harrier Anna Evans finished in an outstanding 1.04.01 while Emyr Evans, representing Carneddau on this occasion, also had an excellent event.

 

 

Capenhurst 5k ~ 23/8/2006

 

Eight Harriers travelled to the Capenhurst 5k organised by Ellesmere Port Running Club. In a night of many highlights, the performance of the night came from up and coming junior, Steven McCormack who passed several more Harriers on his rise up the club ranks, finishing as third Harrier on the night, just ten seconds behind his father, and first under 20 in a lifetime best time of 17mins 36secs. Steven’s recent irrepressible improvements are emphasised by the fact that he finished four minutes and seven seconds faster than the same race just twelve months ago. Another outstanding performance on the night came from Darren Blazier, who achieved a personal best time by thirteen seconds, with a time of 16mins 29secs, to finish 9th overall in a very high quality field. Second Harrier home and third MV40 was Sean McCormack in 17mins 26secs. Matthew Ashton also produced a fantastic performance, taking 45 seconds off his personal best for the distance, finishing in 17mins 54secs and 25th overall. Where Ashton is, Justin McIlveen will not be far away, but on this occasion the infamous pair was split by Tim Cahill who finished in 18mins 9secs, 4th in the MV40 category. McIlveen was just three positions further back, finishing in a very satisfying 18mins 25secs, just thirteen seconds outside his best for the distance. Sara McIlveen also ran fantastically, accompanied all the way by Robert Spotswood, who was recovering from a recent injury, with the pair finishing in a superb 26mins 30secs.

 

Ras Y Mynydd Hill Race ~ 23/8/2006

 

Club Captain Geran Hughes made a welcome return to the fells, when he, and wife Angie, ran the Ras Y Mynydd hill race in Bethesda. Geran finished the difficult 4.6mile course in 29mins 51secs, finishing as 6th overall and 2nd MV40. Angie, running better than she has done for several years, was rewarded with a tremendous 39mins 33secs for 3rd FV40.

 

 

Birchwood 10k ~ 20/8/2006

 

Five Harriers travelled to Cheshire for the Birchwood 10k, which as usual attracted a very large high quality field. First home, in excellent form at present, was Darren Blazier, in a very satisfactory 35mins 21secs, a little outside his seasons best, and finishing him in 28th position overall. Once again, behind Darren came the most eagerly watched intra-Harrier battle for supremacy at present, between Matthew Ashton and Justin McIlveen. On this occasion Ashton was victorious finishing in 72nd position, in a time of 38mins 5secs, 32 seconds ahead of McIlveen,, who finished in 38mins 37secs for 88th position. Both runners were, however, rewarded with personal best times for the distance. In there wives “competition” the positions were reversed with Sara McIlveen finishing in a personal best time of 57mins 54secs and Jaime Ashton, just a matter of second outside hers, in a time of 71mins.

 

Wolverhampton Olympic Distance Triathlon ~ 20/8/2006

 

Three Harriers travelled to the Wolverhampton Triathlon, including two making their debut at the discipline. Richie Lee, now an experienced Tri-athlete, was first to finish in a superb 2 hours 27 minutes for the Olympic distance event (1500m swim, 40k cycle, 10k run). Dewi Roberts was next in 2hrs 31, a fantastic time for a first-timer, including a 41min 17sec 10k run. Twin brother Gareth was just behind in 2hrs 32mins, doing 42mins 10secs for the run. Overall this was a very good training session for the trio as they continue their training for the upcoming Berlin marathon.

 

 

Leg End 9 mile fell race ~ 13/8/2006

 

Ed Reid completed the Dwygyfylchi nine mile, category A, fell race in a very respectable 1hr 35mins 20secs, three minutes faster than he completed the race in last year. The race has a climb of 2890 feet.

 

 

Sale 10 mile Road Race.~ 6/8/2006

 

On Sunday a record number of twelve Harriers took part in the prestigious Sale 10 mile road race with nine of those finishing in less than 65 minutes. First home, in an outstanding time of 57 minutes 47 seconds, was the in-form Darren Blazier, for 23rd position overall, in the International-class field. Not far behind, in his first race for several months, was John Earlston, in 58mins 17secs, finishing as third MV45 and 27th overall. The next three Harriers home were the trio training for the Berlin Marathon in September, with Dewi Roberts finishing in a fantastic 1hr 56secs, twin-brother Gareth in 1hr 2mins 34secs (53rd), and Richie Lee 55th in 1hr 3mins 55secs. Next home, taking just over a minute off his previous best for the distance, was Matthew Ashton, in an amazing 1hr 3mins 55secs for 69th position, just one position ahead of Tim Cahill who finished in a very satisfying 1:04:09. Justin McIlveen, just back from holidays was also very pleased with his time of 1hr 4mins 35secs for 74th while Grahame Shone, proving the strength in depth of the club at present, ran an outstanding 1hr 5mins 27secs, for 77th overall and ninth Harrier home. Ladies Captain, Alison Guillemin led home the female contingent in a marvellous time of 1 hour 29mins 37secs (302nd), while Sara Cassidy-McIlveen, in her first ever 10 mile race was extremely satisfied with her time of 1 hour 39mins and 34secs. The performance of the weekend however came just behind from Ladies Borders League Captain Jaime Ashton, who took an amazing 13minutes off her personal best for the distance, finishing in an unbelievable time of 1hr 58mins 39secs. 

 

Carlingford 5k Road Race ~ 4/8/2006

 

Sean and Steven McCormack, while on holiday in Ireland, ran the Carlingford 5k road race. Sean finished in a satisfactory 17mins 41secs for the tough four lap course, while Steven, continued his meteoric rise up the club ranks, finishing just 41 seconds behind in an outstanding 18mins 22secs.

 

 

Swiss Alpine Ultra (78K) ~ 30/7/2006

 

Hilary Jaques ran the infamous Swiss Alpine Ultra, a 78k race over the Swiss Alps, in a time of 11 hours 29 minutes and 41 seconds, proving her strength over the longer distances, while producing one the best performances ever by an Abergele Athlete.

 

Dolgellau 5 Mile road race ~ 30/7/2006

 

For the first time ever in a single race, three Abergele Harriers got under 29 minutes for 5 miles. The successful trio raced the Dolgellau 5 mile race, with Dewi Roberts finishing in 28mins 38secs, Richie Lee in 28mins 56secs and Gareth Roberts in 28mins 58secs.

 

Snowdon International Mountain Race ~ 22/7/2006

 

Hilary Jaques, proved once again that she is one of the top off-road runners in the country, as she produced an outstanding run to finish the Snowdon International Mountain Race in an amazing 2 hours 1 minute and 7 seconds, for third position overall in her extremely competitive age-category.

 

 

Caernarfon Race the train ~ 19/7/2006

 

Five Harriers travelled to Caernarfon on Wednesday night to the annual Race the Train 5k, and despite the record high temperatures, four of the quintet managed to beat the "steamer" convincingly. First home, 6th overall and first Veteran across the line, was Sean McCormack in a personal best time for the distance by almost a minute, finishing the course in a phenomenal 16 minutes 39 seconds. Second home, the only member of the team not to have raced the Great Orme Challenge just three days previously, was Tim Cahill, returning to form, with an excellent 17mins 45secs, proving he is still a force to be reckoned with. Behind Cahill, Justin McIlveen and Steven McCormack resumed their rivalry from the previous Sunday, with McCormack junior reversing the previous days result, coming home in 17mins 59secs and McIlveen just 13seconds further back in 18mins 12secs, both being rewarded with personal best times for the distance. Sara Cassidy-McIlveen, fresh from her success in the previous weekend, once again proved her competitiveness in this race, finishing particularly strong, passing five runners in the sprint to the line, and being rewards with an excellent personal best time of 24 minutes for the distance.

 

Great Orme 5k Challenge ~ 16/7/2006

 

A team of nine Abergele Harriers tackled the Great Orme Challenge on Sunday, a 5k road race from the bottom to the top of the Great Orme, with five of the team returning home with trophies. First Harrier home, in third position overall, and second under 40, was Darren Blazier, who ran a superb race to finish in 20mins 31secs, just fifteen seconds behind the winner. Only seven seconds further back, in 20mins 38secs, was Sean McCormack, in fourth position overall and first in the MV40 (first Veteran overall) category. Geran Hughes, gradually getting back to form, finished in 21mins 19secs for second position in the MV40 category. The next three Harriers home had a tremendous battle with less than 30 seconds separating them at the finish. Winning the spoils today was Matthew Ashton, in 22mins 6secs, while Justin McIlveen was a further 20 seconds back in 22.26 and ever-improving Steven McCormack just nine seconds behind that, in 22mins 35secs (2nd home under 18). Unfortunately there were a number of mix-ups in the official time-keeping and results but once all was sorted, next Harrier home, Deborah Clift, was delighted to receive the 2nd Female over 35 trophy. Steve Jeffery, also had a superb race, finishing in an excellent 26mins 45secs. The highlight of the day however, came a little further back, with Sara Cassidy-McIlveen rewarded for a superb run of 35mins 15secs, by finishing as third Female under 35, winning her first ever running trophy, and hopefully starting her collection for the future.

Photos available on the photos page.

 

 

Ellesmere 10k ~ 2/7/2006

 

On the same day as the Denbigh race and in equally hot conditions, the club showed its strength in depth, when three more Harriers took part in the Ellesmere 10k. Because of the intense heat, times were never going to be good, with the overall winner not managing to beat the 36 minute barrier. Despite this , Dewi Roberts, Richie Lee and Gareth Roberts, all ran excellently finishing in 40.51, 41.29 and 43.49 respectively.

 

 

Denbigh 10k ~ 2/7/2006

 

On Sunday thirteen Harriers ran in blisteringly hot conditions in the Denbigh 10k, with Harriers making up over quarter of the field, and taking home eight prizes. Despite the conditions Darren Blazier produced probably his best performance of the year, winning his first race for several years in an outstanding 37mins 31secs, turning the tide on several runners who had beaten him five days previously. John Earlston was 4th home overall in an splendid time of 39mins 12secs, for first MV45, while Geran Hughes proved that he will soon be back to full fitness, finishing just seventeen seconds further back, in 5th position overall and becoming the third Harrier to be first in a MV40 category in five days. On this occasion Justin McIlveen and Matthew Ashton couldn’t be separated, finishing in joint 6th position, in 41mins 1sec, while Ed Reid wasn’t far behind them, in 42.22, for 12th. Stephen Jeffrey, got back to his winning ways of old, finishing in 46mins 52secs to win the MV55 category, while Melanie Williams, in 54.02, and Angella Hughes, in 54.50 were also category winners, winning the FV40 and FV35 respectively. Ahead of both of these was, Debbie Clift, who ran fantastically well, coming home as second lady overall, in 51.16, and Pam Grant, 3rd lady overall, in 52.34. The fantastic club performances were completed by Sara Cassidy-McIlveen in 67.10 and Jaime Ashton in 87.07.

 

Buckley Multi-terrain 5mile ~ 30/6/2006

 

On Friday, father and son duo Sean and Steven McCormack were the clubs sole representatives at the inaugural Buckley 5mile multi-terrain race. Over a very hilly, mainly off-road race, McCormack senior, continued his recent excellent form, finishing 4th overall in 31mins 13secs, while McCormack junior, having just turned 17 the day before, was 2nd under 20 and 14th overall, in an tremendous 34mins 41secs.

 

 

Ras Y Faenol 10k ~ 28/6/2006

 

On Wednesday ten Harriers took part in the tough Ras Y Faenol 10k, with excellent performances by all. First Harrier home in 37mins 13secs was Darren Blazier, who despite recent injury, still finished in an excellent 9th overall. Just one minute further back, in 14th position, was the ever-improving Trim Cahill, who was rewarded for his superb efforts with first position in the Over 40 category. Over the tough course, personal best times were always going to be scarce, but next Harrier home, Matthew Ashton managed one, in 38mins 30secs. Arch-rival, Justin McIlveen, had to settle for second-best on this occasion, finishing 25th overall, in 39mins 23secs, his best time for the distance this year. Alan Taylor, making a rare appearance over the shorter distances, finished in an excellent 43mins 16secs for 63rd, while Steven Jeffrey, continuing his outstanding recent comeback to the sport, finished in a tremendous 43mins 52secs for 72nd. First Lady Harrier was Pam Grant, in 47mins 45secs, giving her second position in the Ladies Over 45 category, while Deborah Clift was just three positions overall further back in 47mins 58secs. Alison Guilemin, running her third race in five days, ran an outstanding 54mins 9secs, while Jaime Ashton finished in an extremely satisfying 74mins 24secs.

 

 

South Cheshire 5 and 10k ~ 25/6/2006

 

Alison Guillemin ran the South Cheshire 5k, and took over two minutes off her previous day’s time, finishing in an outstanding 25mins 20secs, again over quite an undulating course. The superb time was rewarded with a 4th place overall and first place in her age category. Meanwhile Sonia Griffiths, one of several new ladies running for the club, made her club debut in the South Cheshire 10k race and recorded an excellent 64mins 23secs.

 

Lymm 5k ~ 24/6/2006

 

Alison Guillemin and Robert Spotswood were part of the 150 strong field that took part in the Lymm 5k, which was run in very hot conditions over an undulating scenic country course. Guillemin ran an excellent race, finishing in a superb 27 minutes 35 seconds, while Spotswood, still suffering from a recent injury, ran mainly to test the injury out, but still managed a very creditable 27mins 37secs.

 

 

Riverbank Run 10k ~ 18/6/2006

 

The Harriers had a record twenty runners in this years Riverbank Run 10k, organised very successfully by Prestatyn RC, taking home a magnificent ten individual prizes. First Harrier home, second overall, first MV45 and just ten seconds behind the winner, was John Earlston, running a superb 36mins 20secs, despite a recent lay off. Just nine seconds further back, in third place overall, and 1st MV40, was, in-form, Sean McCormack, finishing in 36mins 29secs. Club Captain Geran Hughes, still recovering from a serious knee injury, also ran excellently, to finish in eight position overall, and second MV40, in 38mins 4secs, while Darren Blazier, not fully recovered from the Castles Relay seven days earlier, made it four Harriers in the top ten positions, by finishing in 38mins 25secs for tenth overall. Next home, again running superbly at present, was Matthew Ashton, in 39mins 12secs (15th), not far ahead of arch-rival Justin McIlveen, in 40mins 1sec for 21st overall. Steven McCormack, continued his recent run of personal best times, finishing in 40mins 59secs, 27th overall and 2nd male under 20, taking seven minutes off his previous best for the distance. Simon Grant was 3rd MU20, also running excellently, in 41mins 52secs, while between the two junior club members, was veteran club runner Grahame Shone, in a tremendous 41mions 24secs, 32nd overall, and 3rd MV55. Roy Evans, still recovering from injury, was next in 44mins 1sec (42nd), with Stephen Jeffrey, continuing his welcome return to the local running scene, finishing just behind, in 44mins 13secs, for 45th. Austin Bell, next finisher in 46mins 25secs, continued his recent improvements, beating his most recent 10k time by over two minutes. Deborah Clift was first of the ladies home in 46mins 47secs, a time that deservedly won her the second FV40 prize, while Pam Grant in an equally inspiring 47mins 33secs was second FV45. Just seven seconds further back, was Maurice Parry, returning to form in 47.40, coming home as 2nd MV60, while just behind Melanie Williams and Angie Hughes had a fantastic battle, finishing in 49.11 and 49.27 respectfully, with Angie getting the consolation of finishing 3rd in the FV35 category. Alison Guillemin also had a tremendous race, finishing in 55mins 3secs, while newly-wed Sara Cassidy-McIlveen came home very satisfied with her 1hr 1min 9secs time. Jaime Ashton completed a fantastic day out for the Harriers, just missing out on a p.b. by two seconds with a highly satisfactory 1hr 10mins 58secs.

For photos of the event please see the photos page.

 

Wauth’s Well Fell Race ~ 13/6/2006

 

Fell specialist Ed Reid ran the Wauth’s Well fell race on Tuesday, a four mile race with 1000m of climbing (Category SC), in an excellent 42mins 21secs, to finish in a very creditable 61st position overall.

 

 

Man versus Horse ~ 11/6/2006

 

Three Harriers did the club proud coming home as 3rd team overall in the famous Man versus Horse race in south Wales. This 22 mile, off road race, was run in blisteringly hot conditions, with Dewi Roberts coming home first of the trio in 3hrs 9mins, followed by Gareth Roberts in 3hrs 20mins and Richie Lee just another 30seconds further back.

 

Welsh 1000m fell race ~ 3/6/2006

 

Four Harriers very successfully completed the Welsh 1000m fell race, all in superb times. First home, taking a massive 25 minutes off his time last year, was Peter Lester-Owen, in an outstanding 6hrs 54mins. Just ten minutes further back, in his first attempt at the race, was Jeremy Bright, in an equally impressive 7hrs 4mins, with Andy Roberts just slightly further back in 7hrs 15mins. Hilary Jacques, who last year completed the shorter race, completed the full race this time in a very impressive 8hrs 15mins.

 

 

Rhyl Race for Life ~ 4/6/2006 

 

Three Harriers were among the 3,600 runners who took part in the Rhyl race for life. Alison Guillemin, despite a call of nature along the way, managed a fantastic 26mins 30secs, while Julie Jones produced an outstanding personal best time, taking over a minute off the time she posted for almost the identical course four days earlier, by finishing in 27mins 50secs. Pam Grant also ran the race.

 

Rhyl SunCentre 5k ~ 31/5/2006

 

Seventeen Abergele Harriers took part in the Rhyl SunCentre 5k, which incorporated the North Wales 5k Championships, taking home six individual prizes in the open race and producing two Champions. First Harrier home, winning his third North Wales MV40 road title of the year, as well as the MV40 title in the open race, was Sean McCormack in an excellent 17mins 46secs, while Pam Grant, in 22mins 52secs, retained the FV45 titles that she won twelve months previously in the same race. Second Harrier home, in a personal best time by nineteen seconds, was Matthew Ashton, in a superb 18mins 38secs, while the performance of the nigh came just behind him, where Steven McCormack took a further one minute of a personal best that was only set four weeks earlier. McCormack juniors time of 19mins 4secs was set despite the very blustery conditions. Pam Grant’s son Simon, continued the family tradition in the club, coming in just behind Steven, in 19mins 16secs, to collect the third place medal in the North Wales U/20 Championships, to add to his third U/17 twelve months previously. Ed Reid, returning to some of his previous form, ran superbly, finishing next in 19min 23secs, for third MV40 in the open race. Paul Ross, in 21mins 2secs and Robert Spotswood in 22mins 7secs were both extremely pleased with their times, while just behind, in 22mins 26secs, was Stephen Jeffery, one of the original founders of the club 20 years ago, making a very welcome return to racing, and being rewarded with third position in the open MV55 category. Deborah Clift, in 22mins 35secs, was third in the FV40 category while Susan Calvert, in a fantastic 24mins 6secs, was equally please to come home second in the open FV45 age group. Sandwiched between the two of them was Maurice Parry, in 22mins 54secs, Austin Bell, in 22mins 59secs, and Melanie Williams, in 23mins 47seconds, the latter two achieving outstanding personal bests, while new Ladies Captain, Alison Guillemin was equally impressive in 26mins 54secs. Julie Jones, winner of last seasons Cross Country Captains award, proved she can also do it on the road, with an excellent 29mins 11secs, while Jamie Ashton, continued her sequence of personal best times, finishing in 34mins 17secs, taking almost 2 minutes off her previous best for the distance.

 

 

Granada, Costa Del Sol, 10k ~ 28/5/2006

 

Grahame Shone, while on holidays in the Costa Del Sol, ran the Granada 10k, which was run over a very hilly course, on cobbled streets and in very hot conditions (28 deg), and still managed the fantastic time of 39mins 31secs, to win the MV55 category. See his triumph on the photos page.

 

Mynydd Myfyr Hill Race ~ 29/5/2006

 

Four Harriers raced in the Mynydd Myfyr Hill Race in Oswestry and won the men’s team event. First Harrier home, making his debut at the discipline, was Sean McCormack in a time of 24mins 14secs for the four mile course, coming home 9th overall and 2nd MV40. New Club Captain Geran Hughes, still recovering from a serious knee injury incurred on the fells eight weeks ago, made a very welcome return to fell running, finishing very strongly just seven seconds further back, in 11th position and 3rd MV40. The third member of the winning male team, like his father, making his debut on the fells,  was Steven McCormack, whose fantastic time of 26mins 45secs won him the second Junior Male prize (34th overall) and secured a fell team winners prize for the first time in the clubs 20 year history. It was a real family day out, as Club Captain Geran’s wife, Angie, was the fourth Harrier running, and ran a superb race to finish an extremely respectable 72nd overall in a record size field, in a time of 32mins 14secs.

 

Chester Half-Marathon ~ 21/5/2006

 

Eight Harriers travelled to the Chester Half-Marathon, run in terrible weather, with the performances of the day going to the Ashton’s, with Matthew taking an incredible six minutes off his personal best for the distance with a superb 1hr 23mins 23secs, and wife Jaime managing to smash her personal best by eight minutes, in producing a 2hr 48min finish. Tim Cahill continued his excellent recent form, coning home as first Harrier in a fantastic 1hr 20mins 21secs, while Dewi Roberts was next in 1hr 22mins 50secs. Twin brother Gareth was only 90 seconds further back in 1:24:24, with Alan Lucas running his usual very consistent race, finishing in 1:40:46. Pam Grant’s excellent time of 1:45:13 and Anna Evans’ 1:55:56, came just seven days after the two ladies competed very successfully in the Liverpool ladies 10k, and completed a very successful day out in Chester for the club.

 

BUPA Great Manchester Run ~ 21/5/2006

 

Four Harriers were among 25,000 who ran the Manchester 10k which started on Oxford street, passes Old Trafford and Salford Quays and finished on Deansgate. The race, which was run in terrible conditions, was started by Alex Ferguson, Dennis Law and “Vera Duckworth”. Rob Spotswood ran the course twice but finished officially with an excellent 45mins 55secs with Alison Guillemin finishing in an excellent 63mins. Ossie Bell, making his debut for the club, also ran the race excellently, while Melanie Williams ran a superb personal best for the distance finishing in 49mins 8secs, taking nine seconds off the personal best she set just seven days earlier in Liverpool.

 

South Cheshire 20 ~ 21/5/2006

 

Richie Lee and Alan Taylor, both training for the Berlin Marathon later in the year, travelled to Crewe for the South Cheshire 20 (formerly known as the “Pre-Potteries 20”), with Richie proving he is still on target for a sub-3hr marathon, finishing the difficult course in 2hrs 19mins 30secs. Alan Taylor showed his training is also well on target with an equally impressive 2hrs 28mins 38secs. This race was also run in driving rain, making an already tough course even tougher.

 

 

North Wales Track and Field Championships, Deeside ~ 20/5/2006

 

On Saturday, Harriers Sean and Steven McCormack made their debuts on the track, for second-claim club Colwyn Bay AC, in the North Wales Track and Field Championships, both becoming 3000 meter Champions as Senior Male and Under 20 respectively, in excellent times of 10mins 18secs and 11mins 4secs.Their races were held in horrendous weather conditions making Steven’s time of 11.04, a personal best for the distance by over 30 seconds, even more impressive, while giving him his first North Wales title. 

 

 

Liverpool Ladies 10k ~ 14/5/2006

 

Four ladies took part in the prestigious Liverpool Ladies 10k, with two achieving personal bests and all achieving seasons bests. First Harrier home was Debbie Clift, running her fastest 10k of the year, in an excellent 46 minutes exactly, a fantastic time considering the large numbers of runners present. Pam Grant was next, finishing in 47mins 15secs, 1 minute 40 seconds better than her last run over the distance. Melanie Williams, another lady in top form at present, took almost 2 minutes for her personal best with a magnificent 49mins 17secs, while club debutant Emma Evans started her career at the club as she means to continue, with a superb 52mins 42secs.

 

Christleton 5k ~ 12/5/2006

 

A quintet of runners took part in the Christleton 5k race on Friday night with Tim Cahill once again in magnificent form, finishing as first Harrier in17mins 26secs, his best time for the distance since his prime of 20 years ago. Still just a few weeks since running the Paris marathon, Richie Lee proved his worth at the shorter distances too, with an excellent 17mins 48secs. Dewi Roberts, tackling the distance for the first ever time, also ran superbly, finishing just 15 seconds further back, while twin-brother Gareth, another debutant at the distance, recorded a very satisfying 18mins 29secs. The performance of the weekend came just behind however, with sixteen year old Steven McCormack, in his second race for the club in seven days, taking an amazing 1 minute 38 seconds off his personal best for the distance, finishing in a tremendous 20mins 5secs.

 

 

Bird Rock Half Marathon ~ 30/4/2006

 

Five Harriers started the Bird Rock Half marathon. Richie Lee, just four weeks after the Paris Marathon, was seventh, finishing in 1hr 23mins 32secs, an excellent time for such a hard race, with Alan Taylor not far behind in 23rd position in a time of 1hr 31mins 47secs. Alan Lucas, just one week after completing his 60th Marathon was next in 1hr 46mins 54secs (66th) with Dave Edwards also running superbly to finish in 1hr 54mins 27secs. The Harriers were joined by teams from Roissy En Brie and Barmstedt. A fuller report of the weekend can be found on the “overseas” page.

 

 

Wrexham 10 mile ~ 29/4/2006

 

Of the eight Harriers to race in Wrexham, six achieved personal best times for the distance. The highlight of the day was Sean McCormack’s 58 minutes 26 seconds, which took 32 seconds off his previous best, and won him the MV40 North Wales title, completing a trio of North Wales titles won by the Irishman in the last six months. The time was also good enough to win the MV40 open race and McCormack also lead the team home to bronze medals in the team event. Second Harrier home was Tim Cahill who is gradually returning to his former glory days, with a 61min 14sec time, a p.b. time as a veteran, rewarded with a third place trophy in the championships. The strength in depth at present in the club was demonstrated as the next four runners finished within three minutes of each other and all once again achieved personal best times. The quartet was lead by Justin McIlveen who proved his strength by gradually working his way up the field from the half way mark, finishing in an excellent 62mins 1sec. Just eleven seconds behind was Dewi Roberts in a superb 62mins12secs, while twin brother Gareth finished in an equally impressive 63mins 43secs. Matthew Ashton also smashed his previous best for the distance by 38 seconds with a fabulous 64mins 55secs. The ladies were lead home by Kristy Stephenson who proved what high standards she sets for herself by being disappointed with her time of 75mins12secs, despite achieving 3rd place overall in both the open and championship races and 2nd place in the FV40 category in the championships. Second lady, running a very brave race, finishing like her husband Matthew with a personal best time, was Jaime Ashton in a hard earned 2hrs 12mins 2secs.

Photos on the “photos page”

 

Knockddu Fell Race ~ 29/4/2006

 

Geran Hughes’ returned to racing only six weeks after his horrendous knee injury, when he pulled on a Welsh vest in the Knockddu fell race in Ireland. Despite the injury Geran represented his country with honour, finishing in 61st position in a time of 48mins 19secs. Wife Angie also ran superbly finishing in 65mins 29secs, proving that married life hasn’t slowed her down!

 

 

Hamburg Marathon ~ 23/4/2006

 

Three Abergele Harriers this year took part in the Hamburg Marathon on the same day as its London equivalent. All three produced personal best times; Dave Jones 3hr 18mins, Jeremy Bright 3hrs 25mins and Pete Lester-Owen 3hrs 54mins. Well done to all and to Garry Tann who, despite not being able to run himself due to injury, still went over for support.

 

Whitehead 5 ~ 17/4/2006

 

Sean McCormack travelled to Whitehead in Northern Ireland for their Annual Easter Monday 5 mile road race. Reputedly the oldest road race in Ireland (going since 1924), Sean ran the 3 lap undulating coarse in an excellent 28mins 18secs, to finish 7th overall and 3rd MV40.

 

Runcorn Bridge 5 ~ 16/4/2006

 

Allison Guillemin and Robert Spotswood ran their final race before London in Runcorn, on a very wet day. Both ran together and finished in a very respectable 44minutes 39 seconds, a perfect warm-up for London.

 

 

Paris Marathon ~ 9/4/2006

 

Five Harriers competed in the Paris Marathon. Allison Guillemin, making her first attempt at the distance, had a fantastic run in excellent conditions, finishing in 4hrs 34mins 17secs, with Robert Spotswood finishing in the exact same time. Spotswood, who is also doing the London Marathon in two weeks time, used the race as a warm-up for the latter event. The times for Richie Lee, Alan Taylor and Alan Lucas were not available at the time of writing.

 

Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race ~ 8/4/2006

 

Ed Reid took part in the Llangynhafal Loop fell race finishing the very tough course in 49mins 27secs, slightly down on last years time.

 

Chester Spring 5 ~ 5/4/2006

 

Tim Cahill produced one of the performances of the season finishing the Chester Spring 5 mile road race in a fantastic 29 minutes 30 seconds, his fastest time for the distance for many years.

 

 

Ackworth Half-Marathon ~ 2/4/2006

 

Sean McCormack and Kristy Stephenson were among a team of nine who represented North Wales in the U.K. CAU Inter Counties Half-Marathon Championships in Ackworth in Yorkshire. Despite the long journey, and on a very undulating and difficult course, on a day when many runners produced “personal worst” performances, McCormack bucked the trend and produced a superb performance, finishing in 1hr 18mins 54secs, for 7th MV40 and 47th overall out of 700 finishers. Unfortunately Stephenson hadn’t recovered from her recent 20 mile race in Rhayader and was among those who were disappointed with their times, but still produced a very creditable 1hr 41mins 47secs for 12th LV40 and 312th overall.

Photos of the whole team on the photos page.

 

Chirk 10k ~ 2/4/2006

 

Eight Harriers took part in the very challenging Chirk 10k, with Richie Lee, just one week before the Paris Marathon, producing an excellent performance, finishing 7th overall in a time of 40mins exactly. Ever improving Matthew Ashton was less than a minute behind in 40mins 40secs with Gareth Roberts, enjoying the terrain more than his twin brother, running a fabulous race finishing just 26 seconds further back. Justin McIlveen, in his first race back following an injury on the fells, showed he’s right back on form with a superb 41mins 20secs with Dewi Roberts just 26 seconds further back. Jamie Ashton, in only her second race of the year, once again ran very well, finishing very strongly in 1hr 22mins 20secs, with Melanie Williams also running superbly finishing in 55mins 47secs. Dave Edwards continued his recent improvements finishing in a very creditable 52mins 18secs.

 

Photos available on the photos page courtesy of Neale Lewis-Jones, Colwyn Bay.

 

 

Ironbridge Half-Marathon ~ 26/3/2006

 

The performance of the weekend came in Telford, in the Ironbridge Half-Marathon, where seventeen year old Simon Grant made his first attempt at the distance and completed the mainly off-road course in a phenomenal 1hr 35mins, just 24 hours after achieving a 31st position overall in the Welsh Schools under-20 cross-country championships in Brecon. Grant junior was one of six Harriers to tackle the Ironbridge race, in a field of about 1000 runners, with his mother Pam, second Harrier home in 1hr 50mins. Dave Edwards was next in an excellent 2hrs 2mins, while Rob Spotswood and Alison Guillemin finished together in 2hrs 5mins 36secs despite both just missing the start of the race. Tracy Wright, running her second half-marathon in eight days, improved on her Liverpool time by three minutes, producing a stunning 2hrs 10mins

 

 

Rhayader 20 ~ 19/3/2006

 

Ten Harriers travelled to mid-Wales to the Rhayader 20 mile race which, as well as being an extremely hilly course, was made more challenging this year by icy conditions under-foot for the 300 starters. First Harrier home, in a personal best time, was Mike Hobday in a fantastic 2hrs 37mins 18secs, a superb pre-London work-out. Alan Taylor, preparing for Berlin, was just behind in 2:38:18. Davie Jones, again running excellently at present, was next in 2:41:21, while Garry Tann , just returning form a long spell of injury, proved he’s right back to form, with a fabulous 2hrs 48mins 21secs. Kristy Stephenson, recently crowned North Wales Half-Marathon champion, showed her credentials with a fantastic 2hr 48mins 59secs, with Debbie Clift just behind, in 2:49:50. Alan Lucas, also ran very well, finishing in 2:56:40, with Judith Jones not far behind in a personal best time on 3hrs 1min 11secs, just five seconds ahead of training partner and club Captain, John Humphries. Andy Roberts, another Harrier just recovering from injury but still hoping for a successful run in London, put in a superb effort, finishing in a very pleasing 3:09:25, a personal best for the distance.

 

Liverpool Half-Marathon ~ 19/3/2006

 

A number of Harriers took part in the Liverpool Half-Marathon, which by contrast, was run in glorious conditions. First home was Ian Roberts in a superb time of 1hr 36mins 10secs, with first lady Melanie Williams in a tremendous 2 hours and 39seconds. Tracy Wright was next in an excellent 2hrs 3mins, with Jane Seas, not far behind, in an equally creditable 2hrs 13mins.

 

Stafford 20 ~ 12/3/2006

 

Three Harriers travelled to the Stafford 20 mile road race in preparation for the forthcoming Paris and Berlin marathons. Newly transferred twins Dewi and Gareth Roberts had a superb battle finishing in 2:14:02 and 2:14:03 respectively, with Richie Lee not far behind, finishing in a very creditable 2:16:18.

 

Moel Wnion 4mile fell-race ~ 11/3/2006

 

Geran Hughes experienced the highs and lows of fell running within seconds of each other, when he finished a fantastic 5th in the Moel Wnion four mile fell face, in 37mins 18secs, and was automatically selected for Wales for a forthcoming International race in Ireland, only to then realise that a fall 400 meters from the finish had not only cost him 4th position, but had fractured his knee cap and will put him out for several weeks, thus making him miss the international. The club wishes Geran a speedy recovery back to his recent superb form. Angie Hughes completed the very tricky course in 59mins 2secs for 3rd FV35.

 

 

Pipe Dream 5 mile Fell Race. ~ 5/3/2006

 

Honours for bravery (or stupidity!) this week go to the trio who raced the Pipe Dream fell race on Sunday, with the course covered by over one foot of snow in places. Geran Hughes continued his recent superb form, to finish the five mile course in third position, in an outstanding time of 40 minutes 45 seconds, unbelievably quick given the conditions of the mountain. Not to be outdone, Geran’s partner, Angie Davidson, ran equally well to finish as third FV35, in 55mins 3secs, superb results among the very high calibre of fell runners. Unfortunately Justin McIlveen, running his first ever fell race, came to grief on the way down, losing his footing in the deep snow, and was injured, and had to be withdrawn from the race. The club wishes him a speedy recovery back to full fitness.

 

Farnden 10k ~ 5/3/2006

 

Darren Blazier and Tim Cahill were among the 250 runners in the Farnden 10K, which was also run in horrendous conditions, with Blazier, just recovering from illness, clocking 37mins 41secs, while Cahill, continued his recent run of excellent results, by finishing a mere nineteen seconds further back.

 

Trafford 10k ~ 5/3/2006

 

On the same day that others were wading through feet of snow, but in perfect ice-free conditions, Rob Spotswood and Alison Guilemin competed, along with 500 others, in the Trafford 10k. Spotswood ran a very steady 46mins12secs to finish in 169th, while Guilemin also well very well, finishing in 53mins 22secs, for 211th.

 

 

Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon ~ 19/2/2006

 

Abergele Harriers have two new North Wales Champions as twelve Harriers travelled to Wrexham for the Village Bakery Half-Marathon, which once again incorporated the North Wales Half Marathon Championships. First Harrier home was Sean McCormack in an excellent 1hr 18mins exactly, a time good enough to crown him North Wales MV40 champion, while Kristy Stephenson, in an equally inspiring 1hr 35mins 36secs, captured the corresponding female title. Also among the prizes was Pam Grant, whose superb time of 1hr 46mins made her 3rd FV45 in the open race. Second Harrier on the day, in his best time for the distance for several years, was back-to-form Richie Lee, in 1:20:37, over three minutes faster than he managed in Helsby just four weeks earlier. Newly transferred twins Dewi and Gareth Roberts, who as of yet are not able to run in Abergele vests, were next, both achieved personal best times for the distance, of 1:21:19 and 1:21:59 respectively. The twins were just ahead of Justin McIlveen, who was running his first ever half-marathon, and finished in an outstanding time of 1hr 22mins 35secs. Ian Roberts, who was just returning from a long spell of illness, acquitted himself very well not far behind. Melanie Williams, another Harrier tackling the distance for the first time, had a tremendous race, finishing in 1hr 52mins 37secs, while the intra-club rivalry for the day was provided on this occasion by Stevie Ward and Meinir Huws whose sprint finish was unable to separate them, the pair finishing in 1hr 53mins 20secs. Alison Guilemin, running her second half marathon in two weeks, finished very strongly, in 2hrs and 2 minutes, taking almost thirteen minutes off her time on that occasion. Rob Spotswood, who was injured, still managed to complete the 4.25 mile “fun run” in a very creditable time of 31mins 31secs.

Photos from the event can be viewed on the “photos” page.

 

 

Nick Beer 10K ~ 12/2/2006

 

Twenty-six Abergele Harriers were among the 451 finishers in this years Nick Beer 10k road race in Llandudno, with the ladies in particular shining, retaining their team title and taking home three individual prizes. First lady home, in a superb time of 44mins 5secs, was Kristy Stephenson, to win the FV40 category by almost three minutes. Second ‘Gele lady, again running superbly, was Angie Davidson in 48mins 3secs, finishing as 3rd FV35, just ahead of Debbie Clift, in 48mins 21secs and 3rd FV40. Lucy Sumner was next lady in a time of 50mins 28secs with Melanie Williams exactly one minute further back. Susan Calvert, in 52mins 10secs, just missed out on a prize, finishing as 4th FV45, with Meinir Huws, in 53.06 just one place further back in the same category. Julie Jones and Tracey Wright also ran superbly, both unlucky to just miss out on the one hour mark, finishing in 1hr 17secs and 1hr 40secs respectively. The ladies, with a combined score of 32 won the team trophy by 12 points from Vale Royal. The men just missed out this year finishing second to Eryri Harriers and one point ahead of Colwyn Bay. First Harrier home, in an outstanding time for the course, was the in-form Darren Blazier, in 34mins 59secs, finishing in 6th place overall. Second home, in one of his best performances to date for the Harriers, was Geran Hughes, in 36mins 6secs (13th), just ahead of John Earlston in 36.28 (16th). Earlston was the only male Harrier to take home a prize, finishing as 2nd V45. Sean McCormack was just behind, in 36.54 (19th), with Tim Cahill producing one of the performances of the day to finish in 38.27 (35th) just nine seconds and two places ahead of Richie Lee. Matthew Ashton and Justin McIlveen continued their recent rivalry with Ashton winning on this occasion in 39mins 5secs to McIlveen’s 39.24.

Roy Evans, returning very quickly after injury, ran a very pleasing 41mins 30secs, while Ifan Hughes returning after six months from a serious back problem, was equally please with his time on 50mins 47secs. Other excellent times were; David Jones 43mins 57secs (128th), Jeramy Bright 43mins 57secs (129th), Emyr Evans 44mins 11secs (134th), Rob Spotswood 45mins 10secs, Peter Lester-Owen 47mins 54secs (199th), David Edwards 48mins 27secs (213th) and Stevie Salt 51mins 25secs (278th).

 

Woking Half Marathon ~ 12/2/2006

 

Stevie Ward ran the Woking Half Marathon, finishing in a very creditable 1hr 54mins 2secs.

 

35th Parbold Hill Race ~ 11/2/2006

 

Alan Taylor ran the 35th Parbold Hill race on Saturday, a race he first ran 20 years ago, finishing in an exceptional time of 55mins 41secs taking over three minutes off his last years time for the very difficult off road seven mile course.

 

 

Torremolinos Half Marathon ~ 5/2/2006

 

The Harriers had spectacular success abroad when Grahame Shone won the MV55 category of the Torremolinos Half Marathon in a time of 1hr 24mins 44secs for 70th position overall out of 1,250 runners. Shone was joined for the race by Alan Lucas who finished in 1hr 44mins 45secs for 4th in the MV60 category, while Robert Spotswood and Alison Guilemin ran together, finishing in 2hrs 15mins 23secs, with Alison ending as 13th FV35 in the prestigious International race. For photos of the event see the photos page.

 

 

Alsager 5 ~ 5/2/2006

 

Kristy Stephenson was joined by the in-form Darren Blazier to do the Alsager 5. Stephenson, still recovering from the previous day’s exploits, finished in 35mins 4secs, while Blazier secured a personal best time for the distance, of 27 minutes 22 seconds, taking eleven seconds off his previous best for the distance.

 

 

Menai Mini-Marathon ~ 29/1/2006

 

Two Abergele Harriers were among the 115 runners in this years “mini-marathon” which was run in bitterly cold conditions. Rob Spotswood, only 24 hours after running in the North Wales Cross-Country Championships, completed the course in an excellent 44minutes and 2 seconds, while Tracy Wright, running her first race for the club, ran an excellent 55minutes and 50 seconds.

 

 

Four Villages Half Marathon ~ 22/1/2006

 

Nine Harriers took part in the Four Villages Half Marathon in Helsby, with four achieving personal best times. Performance of the day came from Melanie Williams who took six minutes off her previous best for the distance, finishing in 1hr 54mins 29secs. Mike Hobday also achieved a superb p.b. finishing in 1hr 27mins 36secs, with Davie Jones in 1.33.53 and Jeramy Bright in 1.34.11 the other two to achieve personal triumphs. First Harrier home on the day was Richie Lee in 1hr 24mins, while Roy Evans, less than 24 hours after competing for the cross-country team, finished in an excellent 1hr 30mins 38secs. Alan Taylor was once again unlucky to pick up an injury, but showed his true character by still finishing the race in a very creditable 1hr 36mins 21secs. Alan Lucas, another Harrier doing the double over the weekend, ran superbly to finish in 1hr 47mins 15secs, while Stevie Ward completed a very successful weekend for the Harriers, finishing in 1hr 55mins 44secs.

 

 

Belview Stockport-Manchester Off-Road Trail Race ~ 15/1/2006

 

Just 24 hours after completing the Twin Piers race Rob Spotswood showed his versatility by running the Belview Stockport Manchester Off-Road Trail race, running a superb 37mins 34secs, but Alison Guilemin produced another remarkable performance to complete the very difficult course in 44mins 35secs to win the FV34 ladies title.

 

 

Twin Piers 10k ~ 14/1/2006

 

Seventeen Abergele Harriers were among the304 finishers in this years Twin Piers 10k race with five individuals and the ladies team all winning prizes. Darren Blazier produced arguable the best performance of his career to complete the course, in glorious conditions, in an outstanding 34 minutes and 8 seconds, for second position, only seven seconds behind the winner. Second Harrier home, also winning his age category, was Grahame Shone, in a fabulous 38 minutes 18 seconds, just one second and position ahead of Richie Lee, who was third Under 45. Matthew Ashton, in 39mins 21secs, for 35th overall, completed the men’s team, who finished as second team overall, just behind Eryri Harriers. Just one position behind Ashton, was Justin McIlveen in 39mins 26secs, with Simon Grant in 40mins 50secs, finishing 42nd overall and 4th under 20. Another tremendous performance came from Kristy Stephenson, whose time of 43mins 13secs, was good enough for 5th lady overall and first in the Female Under 45 category.  Second lady for the Harriers was Deborah Clift, in 47mins 8secs, with club debutant, Lucy Sumner producing an excellent 48mins 36secs. Pam Grant, in 48mins 55secs, not only came third in the category, but completed the quartet that won the ladies team prize by a massive 85 points from runners-up Buckley. The ladies proved their strength in depth with the next quartet of Harriers of Melanie Williams (51.03), Susan Calvert (51.07), Meinir Huws (51.21) and Jamie Ashton (74.56) actually coming home as fourth team overall. Other superb performances were produced by Robert Spotswood in 44mins 58secs (105th), John Essary in 46mins 38secs (125th), and David Edwards in 50mins 17secs (170th).

 

Female Team Results

Male Team Results

Overall Results

Prizes

 

Hale Village 5 Mile Road Race. ~ 11/12/2005

 

Rob Spotswood and Alison Guillemin ran the Hale Village 5 mile road race, the first in a series of three races, run near Runcorn. Spotswood ran an excellent 34mins 45secs, while Guillemin ran equally well, finishing in 41mins 51secs, both finishing well up in the field of 300.

 

Aberystwyth 10k. ~ 11/12/2005

 

Justin McIlveen ran an outstanding race in the Aberystwyth 10k, finishing in 19th position out of over 300, in a personal best time of 38mins 40secs.

 

Brecon, Welsh Inter-Regional Cross-Country Championships. ~ 11/12/2005

 

Three Harriers were on representative duty in Brecon, running for North Wales in the Inter-Regional Championships. Sean McCormack ran very well to finish 32nd in the Masters race in a time of 37 minutes 48 seconds for the 9.7k course, a race that was made all the more difficult for all by the fact that the start was delayed by an hour, with the runners all lined up for the off. Hilary Jacques, making her regional cross-country debut, ran excellently to finish 27th in her 5k race in a superb time. Owen Roberts was the clubs third representative, running in the Boys Under 15 race, over 4.25k, again running superbly to finish 16th overall. 

 

Santa Run ~ 10/12/2005

 

On Saturday a group of Harriers all dressed up as Santa's ran from Abergele Leisure Centre to Llandudno, stopping at all the big shopping centres and many other places too with buckets collecting money in aid of the Daniel Cleverly trust (Dan’s Den) after around 4 hours  they ended up in Llandudno with very heavy buckets, not sure at this moment how much we collected, because donations are still coming in.

 

The Harriers would like to thank all the people that gave money along the route and for all the support from passing cars, busses and trucks.

 

 

Helena Tipping 10k ~ 3/12/2005

 

Eight Abergele Harriers completed the Helena Tipping 10k Road Race in Wrexham on Sunday, with half of them achieving personal bests for the distance. Unfortunately John Earlston had to pull out of the race very early on with an injury, leaving Darren Blazier unopposed as first Harrier home in 36minutes 48seconds. The performance of the day came just behind, with man of the moment, Roy Evans, finishing in an outstanding 37mins 59secs, a personal best by over two minutes. Justin McIlveen, a new member, fast making a name for himself, was next in an excellent 39mins 54secs, for 56th position out of a field of over 300.  Rob Spotswood completed the male contingent finishing in 42mins 45secs. The ladies team was lead home by Melanie Williams in a superb personal best time of 50mins 16secs, with Alison Guillemin not far behind in 52mins 15secs. Julie Jones was next in 62mins 20secs, taking an excellent 40 seconds off her time from her only previous performance over the distance, while Jamie Smith, in 70mins 57secs, took over three minutes off her previous best for the distance.

 

 

Gill Plimbolt 5k Memorial Race ~ 20/11/2005

 

Rob Spotswood and Alison Guillemin were part of the 100 plus runners taking part in the Gill Plimbolt 5k Memorial race in Manchester with both returning home with prizes. The 5k race was run mainly over forest trails in bitterly cold conditions with Spotswood finishing in 20mins 29secs (PB) for 3rd placed MV40, and Guillemin in 25mins 14secs for 1st LV35.

 

 

Penmaenmawr Fell Race ~ 19/11/2005

 

Thirteen Harriers were part of the field of 227 runners for the Penmaenmawr Fell Race which was run in cold, bur perfect conditions. First Harrier home, in a personal best time for the course, was Richie Lee in 1hr 27mins, finishing in 26th position overall and 9th MV40. Second Harrier, in his first fell race, was newcomer Justin McIlveen in a superb time of 1hr 30mins 36secs, for 41st position. Returning to form, Tim Cahill was next home in 1hr 38mins 49secs (76th) with Jeramy Bright, again running excellently, just behind in 1.40.55 (85th). Andy Roberts was next in 1.43.02 (101st), almost 2 minutes up on last years time, with Emyr Evans just behind in 1.43.27 (107th). Club Captain John Humphries, in 112th position, managed to take a massive seventeen minutes off his last years time, finishing in a fantastic 1hr 46mins 24ssecs. Hilary Jacques was next, taking over twelve minutes off her previous best for the course, with a time of 1hr 51mins 18secs, rewarding her with a well deserved 3rd position in the FV50 category. Peter Lester-Owen finished in 1.51.40 (151st), again an improvement on last year by over two minutes, while Judith Jones and Delyth Bryan were both returning after long injuries and could both be very well pleased with their times of 1.56.30 and 2.08.13 respectively. Eleri Bacon was just behind in 2.08.20 (196th) making her the second placed “local” female finisher, with JJ Green, just two weeks after running the Dublin and New York Marathons, finishing in 2.32.17.

 

 

Llandudno 10 ~ 13/11/2005

 

Twenty One Abergele Harriers and sever guests from French Club Roissy En Brie were part of the 1300 runners in this years Llandudno 10 mile road race, which was run in perfect conditions over a fast course. Two Harriers and one of the French were among the prize winners in this most prestigious of races. First Harrier home was Darren Blazier in an excellent time of 58 minutes 36 seconds for 38th position overall. Second on the day, in a lifetime best time, was Grahame Shone, in 61mins 14secs, to collect the 3rd MV55 prize. Tim Cahill, who is just returning to form again, ran an excellent 62mins 37secs for 108th overall, while the performance of the day went to ever improving Roy Evans, who took over 5 minutes off his personal best for the distance, by finishing in a superb 62mins 56secs. Mike Hobday, again running fantastically at present, also ran a personal best time of 64mins 49secs (172nd) as did Matthew Ashton, not far behind in 65mins 34secs (188th). Club newcomers Ed Nash and Justin McIlveen were next, running 65mins 43secs (196th) and 67mins 17secs (247th) respectively, just ahead of Rob Spotswood in 68mins 14secs (284th), again a personal best time. Unfortunately soon after Rob the race times went slightly astray  but first female Harrier of the day was Kristy Stephenson, just behind Rob in 296th position overall. Second female Harrier and second prize winner of the day was Hilary Jaques 528th overall and second FV50. Other club finishing positions were as follows with several more personal bests, Alan Taylor 375th, Ian Roberts 506th, Garry Tann 598th, Pam Grant 623rd, Eleri Bacon 754th, Stevie Ward 799th, Dave Edwards 805th, Susan Calvert 844th, Meinir Huws 864th, Julie Jones 1169th.

 

 

Snowdon Marathon ~ 30/10/2005

 

Nine Abergele Harriers took on the challenge of “Europe’s toughest marathon” on Sunday, and all acquitted themselves with honour. The nine brave Harriers were part of the 1400 participants in this year’s Snowdon Marathon which started off in horrendous conditions and only slightly improved as the race went on. Despite the wind and water on the course excellent times were produced by all, with pride of place on the day going to Roy Evans who was first Harrier home in an excellent 3hrs 41mins 26secs. Just behind Evans, and again running superbly, was Jeramy Bright in a superb 3hrs 46mins 20secs, a massive eighteen minutes faster than last year, and the biggest individual improvement by a Harrier this time around. Dave Jones was next in 3hrs 54mins 10secs, almost identical to last years time, with Club Captain John Humphries also managing to break the four hour barrier, with a tremendous 3hrs 58mins 20secs. First lady home, with the second greatest improvement of the day, was Kristy Stephenson, in 4hrs 12mins 20secs, fourteen minutes faster than twelve months ago, while Hillary Jacques was just behind in 4hrs 16mins 1sec, again an improvement on last time out. Andy Roberts was finished superbly just one minute further back while Peter Lester-Owen ran an excellent 4hrs 26mins. Delyth Bryant, still recovering from a long term injury, finished in 4hrs 39mins 10secs, completing a very satisfactory day all round for the Harriers.

 

 

Southport 10k. ~ 23/10/2005

 

Rob Spotswood and Alison Guillemin were among the 400 participants in the Southport 10k, which was run in atrocious conditions, with Rob finishing in 44mins 3secs and Alison an equally impressive 52mins 18secs.

 

 

Capenhurst 10k ~ 16/10/2005

 

On Sunday, three Harriers raced in the Capenhurst 10k. A field of 271 athletes raced in excellent conditions over a fast, flat course, with Rob Spotswood first home in 44mins 2secs for 65th overall and 11th in his age category. Next in was Alison Guilemin in 52mins 38secs for 7th in her age category, while Julie Jones, in her first ever road-race, ran superbly, finishing in an excellent 63minutes. All three had raced in the cross-country league in Bangor less than 24 hours earlier.

 

 

Liverpool 10k ~ 9/10/2005

 

Alison Guillemin and Rob Spotswood travelled to the Liverpool 10k which this year attracted 5000 entries and was run over a new and challenging course. In excellent weather, they ran together finishing in a time of 52mins 43secs, Alison’s best time for the distance for twelve months.

 

 

Flint 10k ~ 2/10/2005

 

Eleven Harriers were in Flint as part of a field of 314 for the Flint 10k road race that was run in excellent conditions. Rob Spotswood, Roy Evans and Alison Guillemin all proved their versatility by turning out for the club just 24hours after competing in the cross country league. All three ran superbly with Evans finishing in 41mins 41secs, Spotswood in 42mins 27secs and Guillemin in 53mins 27secs. First Harriers home, just back from a three month lay-off, was John Earlston, in 35mins 53secs, for 3rd MV45, with Darren Blazier just behind in 36mins 29secs. Matthew Ashton was next in a fantastic personal best time of 38mins 53secs, with Simon Grant just behind in 39mins 39secs, again a personal best time, and good enough for first in the Junior Male category. His mother, Pam, maintained the family supremacy by winning her category, FV45, in an outstanding 47mins 43secs, while Meinir Hughes and Sue Calvert fought tooth and nail with each other throughout the race, both achieving personal best times of 51mins 20secs and 51mins 42secs respectively. Jamie Smith continued her superb recent form to finish in 74 minutes, completing an excellent weekend for the Harriers

 

 

Anglesey Marathon ~ 25/9/2005

 

Four Harriers travelled to the second Anglesey Marathon, which this year was run over a new tougher course in hot, but very windy conditions. They were among only a hand-full of North Wales runners in the 250 strong field. Pride of place went to John Humphries, running his second Marathon in seven days, finishing in an excellent 3hr 52mins 2secs. First Harrier home was Alan Taylor, finishing in a superb 3hrs 30mins 45secs, for 26th overall and second in his very difficult age-category (40-55). His time was particularly pleasing in that it came after a lay off following an injury just three weeks ago while racing in Paris. David Jones also ran very well finishing in 3hrs 43mins for 37th overall, while Roy Evans finished in an equally impressive 3:49:07 for 49th.

 

 

Llanddoged 12.5k. ~ 25/9/2005

 

Ten Harriers took part in the very tough Llanddoged 12.5k road race. Unfortunately Simon Shields had to pull out after 4k with a hamstring injury, but first Harrier home in a superb time of 50mins 12secs, was Geran Hughes for 5th position overall in a highly competitive field. Not far behind was Darren Blazier in 51mins and 1sec, while Matthew Ashton continued him meteoric rise up the ranks, with a fantastic 53mins 56secs for 16th. Chris Ashton, in his penultimate race for the club before emigrating to New Zealand, also ran very well to finish in 56mins 32secs for 26th. The men’s team finished second overall. Kristy Stephenson was 31st overall in a time of 59mins 23secs, a time good enough to come first in her age category, with Hillary Jacques following suit in her age category, winning it in a time of 64.12 (44th overall). Debbie Clift ran well to finish in 67.04 (48th), with ever-improving Angie Davidson finishing in 71.05 for 56th. Jamie Smith, still recovering from her first ever half-marathon just two weeks ago, also ran a tremendous race finishing in 107.58.

 

 

Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon ~ 18/9/2005

 

Four of Abergele Harriers’ long-distance off-road specialists were in action on Sunday in one of Britain’s hardest multi-terrain marathons. The quartet was among the field of 100 runners for the Yorkshireman off-road Marathon, an event that is run mainly over tracks and woodland paths. First Harrier home was Club-Captain, John Humphries in an excellent time of 4 hours 44 minutes. Just 13 minutes behind, also running excellently, was Peter Lester-Owen and Andy Roberts, who both finished in 4 hours 55 minutes. Judith Jones, the sole female representative from the club, also had a superb race, coming home tired, but very well satisfied, with a time of 5 hours and 3 minutes

 

 

Lake Vernyw Half-Marathon ~ 11/9/2005

 

Four Harriers were in action in the Lake Vernyw Half-Marathon, with superb times by all. The 2000 competitors raced in almost perfect conditions around this most picturesque course. The highlight of the day was the personal battle between Matthew Ashton and Mike Hobday, with Ashton just pulling away in the last mile, finishing in a personal best time of 1hr 29mins 45secs. Hobday was very close behind, finishing in 1hr 30mins 19secs, just 4 seconds outside his personal best time for the distance. Robert Spotswood was also very close, finishing in 1.32.23, again quite close to his personal best. A second highlight came with Jamie Smith completing the distance for the first time in a very creditable 2hrs 57mins.

 

Roissy en Brie 10k ~ 11/9/2005

 

Three Harriers continued the club tradition of racing in the Roissy en Brie 10k in France, which this year attracted over 800 athletes from all over Europe. The Harriers once again acquitted themselves very well, with Alan Taylor first Harrier home this year in an excellent time of 42 minutes 22 seconds, 3 seconds faster than last year, for 26th position in his very competitive age category. Alan Lucas, who, like Taylor, was running the race for the fourth time, came home in 47mis 24secs for 8th in his age category. Alison Guillemin, running in Roissy for the second time, also ran a superb race, finishing in 55mins 46secs, and by coincidence, like Taylor, came in 26th in her category. The club looks forward to welcoming the Roissy team back to Wales in the near future.

 

 

Llyn Brenig Multi-Terrain Race ~ 3/9/2005

 

The results for the Llyn Brenig Multi-Terrain race became available this week with Abergele Harriers finishing as follows Geran Hughes 61mins 54secs (16th), Jeramy Bright 67mins 45secs (39th), Kristy Stephenson 67mins 51secs (1st LV40), Deborah Clift 78mins 10secs (4th LV35) and Angie Davidson 82mins 58secs (6th LV35)

 

 

Caernarfon 10k ~ 4/9/2005

 

A team of 10 Harriers were part of the 170 strong field that took part the Caernarfon 10k road race, which this year was run in very hot conditions, and incorporated the North Wales Championships. First Harrier home, 5th overall, 1st MV40 and winning his first North Wales title (mv40) was Sean McCormack in 36 minutes 24 seconds. Second Harrier home was Darren Blazier, finishing well in 37mins 55secs. Grahame Shone also ran a superb race finishing in 40mins 47secs, coming second in the highly competitive MV55 category, but was rewarded for his excellent effort by winning the MV55 North Wales title to add to his MV50 titles of the previous two years. Hillary Jacques finished in an outstanding 48mins 31secs to get first in the FV50 category but, due to an unfortunate omission on her race application, missed out on the Championship title. The third North Wales title of the day however went to Pam Grant, who ran a fabulous 51mins 30secs to finish 1st FV45 and North Wales Champion. Pam’s son Simon also ran excellently, finishing in 44mins 7secs, a time that earned him the Bronze medal in the U23 Championships. Rob Spotswood was not far behind Simon in a time of 45mins 10secs while Chris Arnold and Matthew Ashton continued the close rivalry just in front, with Arnold needing a season’s best time of 41mins 20secs to beat the ever-improving Ashton by just 8 seconds. Allison Guillemin completed the team with a fine performance, finishing in 60mins 14secs.

 

 

Deeside Off-Road Grand Prix, Race4. ~ 2/9/2005

 

Chris Arnold, Sean McCormack and Steven McCormack ran the fourth and final race in the Deeside Off-road Grand Prix series with again great success by all. McCormack senior ran a very tactical race to leapfrog from 5th to a prize-winning 4th position overall in the Series (MV40), finishing in 29mins 12secs (16th on the night). Son, Steven went one better, running 37mins 16secs (66th on the night) to finish third Junior Male. However the highlight of the night was a personal best time for the course of 32mins 24secs by Arnold, that was 39secs faster than his previous best time.

 

 

Capenhurst 5k ~ 24/8/2005

 

Five Abergele Harriers travelled to the Capenhurst 5k road race on Wednesday with excellent times by all concerned. Pride of place on the day went to Steven McCormack who ran a superb personal best time for the distance of 21 minutes 43 seconds, to take the first place prize in the MU20 category, a massive 57 seconds faster than he raced just 8 days previously. His father Sean, running his third race in 8 days, also ran a personal best time of 17mins 32secs. First Harrier home on the day however, was Darren Blazier in an excellent time of 17mins 12secs, for 13th position overall out of a field of 130. Matthew Ashton, making his debut at the distance, ran fantastically well, finishing in 18mins 57secs, while partner Jamie Smith also ran brilliantly finishing in 36mins 9secs.

 

 

Birchwood 10k ~ 21/8/2005

 

On Sunday, Rob Spotswood was part of almost 1,000 runners in the Birchwood 10k in Warrington. Over a flat course, but run in very hot conditions, Spotswood finished very well in a time of 43mins 37secs.

 

Race the Train, Tywyn. (10.57k) ~ 20/8/2005

 

On Saturday Sean McCormack proved once again that man can be faster than machine in the 22nd Annual Race the Train along the Talyllyn railway in Tywyn. McCormack’s superb time of 44mins 15secs gained him 9th position overall and 2nd MV40, out of over 450 competitors, in the “10k” version of the multi-terrain race, mainly run up and down the fields along the side of the valley.

 

Chariots of Fire 5k, Oswestry. ~ 17/8/2005

 

Sean McCormack finished 3rd MV40 in the Chariots of Fire 5k road race in Oswestry in a time of 17mins 50secs, with son Steven, also getting third in his age category (MU18) in and excellent 22mins 40secs. Pride of place on that evening however went to Chris Arnold who had a fantastic race finishing in 19mins 47secs, for 44th position out of 145 finishers, his fastest time for the distance for several years. Rob Spotswood also ran tremendously well, finishing in 21mins 4secs, not far from his personal best.

 

Leg End 9 mile fell race ~ 13/8/2005

 

Six Abergele Harriers were in action off road on Saturday, as they were part of a field of 75 that took on the “Leg End” nine mile fell race. The race, which is run over a very tough course, while run in very good conditions, was made slightly tougher by the presence of heave rain not long before the start. Two of the six won their age categories. Judith Jones, who ran an excellent 1hr 59mins, was first FV40, while Hilary Jacques was only 5 seconds behind, and won the FV50 category. First home on the day was Ed Reid in an superb 1hr 38mins 21secs, for 18th position overall and 4th MV40, while not far behind , and also running fantastically at present, was Andy Roberts in 1hr 45mins 14secs. Club Captain and Chairman John Humphries also ran very well finishing just behind Jones and Jacques for a very good 1hr 59mins 10secs.

 

 

Sale 10mile road race ~ 7/8/2005

 

Four Harriers raced in the Sale 10 mile road race on Sunday, all producing outstanding results. The race, which was run in good conditions over a fast course, attracted a very large, high class field. The highlight of the day was Kristy Stephenson’s 69mins 19secs, not only a personal best for the distance, but also a time good enough to earn 3rd position in the FV40 category (7th lady overall) a tremendous result in such an elite race. Also producing a personal best time, was ever-improving Matthew Ashton in 67mins 31secs, while Darren Blazier proved he’s back to top form by producing his best time for the distance since November 2002, by finishing in 58mins 15secs, for 22nd position overall. Grahame Shone also ran a fantastic race finishing in 53rd position overall, in 63mins 40secs, his best time since April 2003

 

 

Deeside Off-Road Grand Prix, Race 3. ~ 4/8/2005

 

Four Abergele Harriers travelled to Deeside on Thursday night, for the third race in the Summer Off-Road Grand Prix with some superb results. Pride of place went to Steven McCormack who took one and a half minutes off his time in the previous round, finishing in an outstanding 36 minutes 2 seconds, to consolidate his third position overall in the series, in the under 20 category. Also running superbly was Chris Arnold, with his best time for the series so far, beating his previous best by 30 seconds, finishing in 33mins 3secs. In contract, Sean McCormack, obviously still suffering from his exploits five days previously in winning the Llanfair race, was first Harrier home on the night, but in a relatively disappointing time of 29mins 15secs, his slowest for the series so far, and 6th in his age category on the night. Ed Reid continued his recent return to form, running his first race in the series, finishing in a very good time of 30mins 42secs, 33rd finisher on the night.

 

 

Dolgellau 5 ~ 30/7/2005

 

Grahame Shone was the sole Harrier representative in the Dolgellau 5 mile road race, run on Saturday, performing heroically well in very wet conditions. Grahame produced his best time ever for the distance, finishing in 29 minutes 45 seconds, finishing as second MV50 in a very high class field of 119.

 

Harrock Hill Fell Race ~ 27/7/2005

 

Ed Reid ran superbly when he finished 36th out of a field of 137 in the Harrock Hill 5.3 mile fell race, finishing 15 seconds faster than his last race over the same course.

 

 

Snowdon International Race ~ 23/7/2005

 

Arguably the greatest race result of the year by a club member came in the Snowdon International Race on Saturday when Hilary Jacques, raced superbly to complete the course from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon and back, in 1hr 55mions 2secs for second position in the FV50 category, in this internationally renowned race. Three other Harriers races in Snowdon; Geran Hughes, 1hr 37mins 17secs, Arwel Jones 1hr 57mins 43secs, and Angie Davidson 2hr 17mins 27secs.

 

Caernarfon Race the Train ~ 20/7/2005

 

Kristy proved that she can race downhill just as well as uphill, by completing the Caernarfon Race the Train race three days later in 19mins 49secs, a personal best time for the distance. Rob Spotswood also ran in Caernarfon, finishing in an excellent 20mins 25secs.

 

Great Orme 5k ~ 17/7/2005

 

Three Harriers ran the Great Orme 5k race, all producing tremendous times. Kristy Stephenson won the ladies overall race in a time of 25mins 25secs, while Darren Blazier was 3rd overall in the men’s race in 20mins 20secs, 19 seconds faster than last year, over this most testing of uphill courses. Grahame Shone was 13th overall out of a quality field of 56 runners in a time of 23mins 6secs.

 

Calgary Marathon ~ 10/7/2005

 

Hilary Jacques completed the Calgary Marathon in a fabulous 4hr 36mins.

 

 

Deeside Off-Road Grand Prix Race 2 ~ 7/7/2005

 

Chris Arnold, and father and son, Sean and Steven McCormack, travelled to Deeside on Thursday for the second race in the Deestriders summer off-road Grand Prix, with Sean and Chris gaining improved positions from race one, while Steven made a successful debut in the competition. McCormack senior was 14 seconds faster on this occasion than race one, over the same multi-terrain 5 mile course, finishing in 28mins 45secs for 11th overall on the day. Arnold ran well for an almost identical time to race one, 33mins 43secs, for 49th position, an improvement by 2 positions on race one. McCormack junior ran a very steady race, finishing in an excellent time of 37mins 33secs for 70th position overall and second in his age-category. The next race in the series is on Thursday 4th August.

 

 

Faenol Park 10k. ~ 29/6/2005

 

Six Harriers travelled to the Faenol Park 10k, which is a mainly off-road race, what was run in nice conditions. Three of the contingent came home with prizes from this prestigious race that had almost 300 finishers. First Harrier home, in sixth position overall and 2nd V40, was John Earlston, in a seasons best time of 35mins 25secs. Not far behind, in eight position, was Darren Blazier in a very creditable 35mins 53secs. Third Harrier, in a personal best time, was ever improving Simon Grant, who finished in 40mins 15secs, 41st overall and 4th in the highly competitive under-18 age group. Robert Spotswood also had an excellent run, finishing in 44mins 2secs for 92nd, while Hilary Jaques and Pam Grant both came home in 47mins 55secs, both achieving excellent second positions in their respective age categories.

 

Denbigh 10k ~ 3/7/2005

 

Eight Harriers were part of a field of 56 for the Denbigh 10k, with five gaining prize-winning positions. First Harrier home, in a fabulous second position overall, was Darren Blazier, in a time of 37mins 30secs, considerable faster than last year (37:47) and the year before (38:02). Second Harrier home, and third position overall, winning surely his first of many prizes as a Harrier, was Geran Hughes in 38mins 13secs. Back to form, Ed Reid was next, sixth overall and second V40 in a superb time of 40mins 34secs. Ed, only 1 week earlier had run in the Aggies Staircase 4.1mile fell race, finishing in 34mins 44secs, for 26th overall in a very strong field. Matthew Ashton was next to finish in Denbigh in a time of 41mins16secs, with Simon Grant not far behind in 43mins 20secs, an outstanding performance, only 5 days after achieving his personal best at the distance. Roy Evans also ran very well, finishing in 45mins 17secs, while Pam Grant crowned a tremendous week for the Grant Household, by winning the FV45 category in a time of 50mins 19secs. Angie Davidson, once again out-did partner Geran Hughes, by winning her age category (FV35) an excellent time of 51mins 56secs.

 

 

Chester Olympic Tri ~ 3/7/2005

 

Richie Lee took part in his first triathlon of the season, the Chester Olympic Distance Tri (1,500m swim, 25k cycle, 10k run) and completed it in a personal best time of 2hrs 21mins 50secs, superb preparation for his upcoming half-ironman.

 

 

Penny Lane Striders 10k ~ 26/6/2005

 

Sunday two Harriers travelled to Liverpool for the Penny Lane Striders10k road race, which was run over a fast, scenic, mainly traffic-free course, in perfect conditions. Sean McCormack achieved a personal best test for the distance, of 35 minutes 28 seconds, while Debbie Clift also ran superbly, finishing in 46mins 37secs.

 

Capenhurst 5m Road Race ~ 25/6/2005

 

Richie Lee was the clubs sole representative at the Capenhurst 5 Mile road race on Saturday, running a steady race in a time of 30mins 12secs, excellent preparation for his upcoming triathlons.

 

 

Riverbank Run, 10k. ~ 19/6/2005

 

Thirteen Abergele Harriers took part in the Riverbank run on Sunday, and took home thirteen prizes between them. Pride of place went to Simon Shiels and Kristy Stephenson who each won three. Shiels, on his way back from injury, was third overall in 35mins 38secs, but also won the third senior male prize and first “local” man. Kristy, in a superb time of 43mins 53secs was first FV40, first “local” woman and second female overall. The club showed its strength with five Harriers finishing in the first nine overall, over the 10k multi-terrain course, which was run in blisteringly hot conditions. Fourth overall, and first MV40, was John Earlston in 36mins 22secs, with Sean McCormack second MV40 and eight overall in 37mins 40secs. Sandwiched between the two, was Geran Hughes, again racing superbly at present, finishing in 37mins 7secs, in sixth. Darren Blazier was ninth overall in 38mins 8secs. Slightly further down the field, the intra-club rivalry was just as intense with Matthew Ashton, Simon Grant and Chris Arnold all finishing within a minute of each other. Ashton just out-sprinted Grant to finish in 41mins 12secs (22nd overall), while Grant who was just two seconds and one position behind, was second MU20. Arnold finished well for 30th position overall in a time of 42mins 4secs. Steve Jeffrey continued his recent return to the racing circuit, with an excellent time of 46mins 4secs to take the third MV55 prize, with Terry Miles, in 48mins 16secs, winning the MV65 category (55th overall). Pam Grant, again running excellently at present, went one better than son Simon, and won her age category, in a fabulous time of 49mins 28secs, while Angie Davidson became the ninth Harrier to pick up a prize on the day, by winning third place in the FV35 category, in a superb time of 51mins 55secs.

 

 

Snowdon Up Hill fell race ~ 19/6/2005

 

Ed Reid took part in the Snowdon Up Hill fell race and acquitted himself very well, coming home in 25th position in an elite field, in a time of 1hr 15mins 44secs.

 

Microsoft Challenge. ~ 8/6/2005, 9/6/2005, 10/6/2005, 11/6/2005, 12/6/2005

 

Angie Davidson competed in the Microsoft Challenge in Aberystwyth, a four day race involving running, cycling, kayaking and night navigation, competing in a team of six representing the WDA, finishing sixth mixed team out of 36 and 44th team overall out of 125.

 

 

Edinburgh Marathon ~ 12/6/2005

 

On Sunday Jeremy Bright and Garry Tann travelled to Scotland for the Edinburgh Marathon, which is now the second largest in Britain. Bright produced the performance of the week, taking over eight minutes off his previous best for the distance, with an outstanding time of 3hrs 31mins and 26secs. Tann once again ran an excellent race, finishing in 3hrs 33mins 32secs, almost identical to his London time just eight weeks earlier, and on this occasion, run in wet and windy conditions.

 

Deestriders Grand Prix (Race 1) ~ 9/6/2005

 

Sean McCormack and Chris Arnold, fresh from their successes on the roads in Buckley four days earlier, went off-road on Thursday night, to take part in the first race of the Deestriders off-road Grand Prix. McCormack ran a fabulous time of 28minutes 59 seconds for the 5 mile multi-terrain course, for 12th position overall, with Arnold also running excellently for 33 minutes 33 seconds.

 

 

Buckley 5 mile road race. ~ 5/6/2005

 

Seven Harriers took part in the Buckley 5 mile road race, winning several prizes, including a clean sweep in the Vet. 40 categories. First Harrier home, in a personal best time of 28 minutes and 8 seconds, was in-form Sean McCormack, a time that was good enough for 3rd position overall and first in the MV40 category. Second Harrier home, in one of his few short distance outings of the season, was Richie Lee in 30mins 8secs, to claim the 2nd MV40 prize, with Grahame Shone very close behind in 30mins 37secs. Chris Arnold also had a superb run, finishing as next Harrier in 31mins 45secs, a time which won him the 3rd MV40 prize. Matthew Ashton proved that he is back to full fitness, coming in just 2 seconds behind Arnold, in a personal best time of 31mins 47secs. Rob Spotswood, just back from injury, ran excellently, finishing in 34mins 43secs. Kristy Stephenson was the sole female Harrier on the day, but she also ran outstandingly well, finishing in 34mins 12secs, for 2nd female overall and completed the Harrier dominance of the age group by also winning the FV40 category.

 

 

35th Welsh 1000m Peaks Race ~ 4/6/2005

 

Five of the clubs off-road long-distance specialists were in action in the 35th Welsh 1000m Peaks race, a 22 mile fell race, running up the 11 highest peaks in Wales and finishing on the summit of Snowdon. This year’s race was run in atrocious conditions of gale force winds, zero visibility and torrential rain, but despite this the group ran as a team throughout, finishing within 5 minutes of each other, and all achieving personal best times. The finishing order was Peter Lester-Owen 7hr 19mins, Andy Roberts 7hr 20mins, Judith Jones 7hrs 22mins, John Humphries 7hrs 22mins, Dave Jones 7hrs 24mins. Hillary Jacques also ran the second half of the race from Ogwen in a superb time of 3 hours 1 minute.

 

 

Erddig Park 10k ~ 29/5/2005

 

Three Harriers took part in the Erddig Park 10k, a mainly off-road race, again run in very hot conditions. Darren Blazier, despite suffering from his exploits in Rhyl two days earlier, still managed an excellent time of 38mins 22secs, while Kristy Stephenson appeared back on the race circuit with a superb 43mins 54secs. Allison Guillemin completed the trio in 54mins 36secs.

 

Rhyl SunCentre 5k ~ 27/5/2005

 

Abergele Harriers can boast three new North Wales Champions in their ranks following the inaugural North Wales 5k road race championships in Rhyl on Friday. The race, hosted by Prestatyn RC, was run in blisteringly hot and breezy conditions.

The club fielded a very strong contingent of 12 runners in a high quality field of 120, with the greatest performances of the day going to the Grant family, with mum Pam wining the FV45 title in a superb time of 23mins 23secs, while son Simon won the bronze medal in the hotly contested under 17 category in an excellent 19mins 31secs (44th overall). First Harrier on the day, just winning the intra-Harrier sprint to the line, was Darren Blazier, in 17mins 30secs, with John Earlston one second behind, Geran Hughes two seconds behind him and Sean McCormack just ten seconds behind them. The overall positions were 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th respectively, but consolation for Earlston was that he was first MV40 overall and North Wales Champion, while McCormack was second MV40 in the championships, and 3rd overall. Not far behind them was Ed Reid in 18mins 18secs for 26th position, with Tim Cahill just eighteen seconds and one position further back. Competition behind the leading group was just as fierce, with Grahame Shone in 19mins 45secs (47th) just holding off Chris Arnold in 19mins 55secs for 49th. Terry Myles won the third title of the night, winning the MV65 category in a fabulous time of 23mins 13secs. Angie Davidson also ran extremely well finishing in a very creditable 24mins 14secs.

 

 

Harrock Hill 5.3m Fell Race ~ 24/5/2005

 

Ed Reid was in action over the fells in the Harrock Hill 5.3 mile fell race, where he continued his good form in the discipline by coming home in 38mins 48secs for 31st position in a field of 115.

 

 

Chester Half Marathon. ~ 22/5/2005

 

Ten Harriers took part in the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday with some outstanding performances which produced four personal best times. First Harrier home, continuing his superb comeback, was Tim Cahill, in a well deserved 1hr 22mins 29secs, a huge improvement on last years time. Jeramy Bright was next with a superb personal best time of 1hr 35mins 18secs, with Garry Tann now far behind in 1hr 36mins 56secs. Michelle Jones, still recovering from a stress fracture in her foot, ran excellently to finish in 1:37:45, with Arwel Jones just a little way behind. Hillary Jaques, only one week after completing the very tough Moel Eilio Fell Race in just over 2 hours, ran outstandingly well, to produce a personal best time of 1hr 43mins 26secs. Pam Grant was very close behind in 1hr 44mins23secs, with Eleri Bacon hot on her heels, just 2 seconds behind, for the third personal best of the day. Stevie McCarten also ran very well to finish in 1;49:10, while Kiela Young, making her debut for the club, produced the final personal best of the day in a fabulous 1he 55mins 56secs.

 

 

Elidir Fawr Fell Race. ~ 21/5/2005

 

 Fell running specialists Geran Hughes and Angie Davidson were in action in the very tough Elidir Fawr Fell race on Saturday. Geran Improved by one position on the previous week’s fell race, with a tremendous 1hr 6mins for 6th, while Angie came home in 41st position, in an excellent 1hr 35mins, both superb times for this very tough race.

 

 

Ofah’s Dyke Challenge ~ 21/5/2005

 

Eight Harriers took part in the Ofah’s Dyke Challenge, over a mountainous course from Clwyd Gate, in Mold, to the Nova Centre, in Prestatyn. For the second time in three years, Alan Taylor was first to complete the course in a fantastic time of 4hr 21mins 55secs, 55 minutes faster than two years ago. Judith Jones, John Humphries and Andy Roberts ran the course together, coming home next, just over an hour behind Alan, in 5hrs 29mins 38secs, again all running faster than two years ago. Peter Lester-Owen and Dave Jones were next in 5:35:20, with Ifan Hughes in 6:02:10 and Allison Guillemin not far behind.

 

 

Liverpool Ladies 10k ~ 15/5/2005

 

Pam Grant ran the Liverpool Ladies 10k, and in a huge field of 4,000 runners, still managed to get a personal best time of 46 minutes 43 seconds, an outstanding time especially considering the number of competitors.

 

 

Moel Eilio Fell Race ~ 14/5/2005

 

Three Harriers took part in the 8 mile Moel Eilio fell race, with superb times by all. Geran Hughes had an outstanding run to finish 7th overall in a time of 1hr 14mins. The race was run in very warm but very windy conditions and Angie Davidson and Hilary Jacques also ran superbly to finish in 2hrs 6mins.

 

 

Christleton 5k ~ 13/5/2005

 

Three Harriers travelled to the Christleton 5k on Friday night. Darren Blazier lead the trio home in a very impressive time of 16 minutes 54 seconds, placing him very high up in the field of 400. Second home , continuing his superb comeback, was Tim Cahill in an outstanding 17 minutes 49 seconds, with Grahame Shone not far behind in an excellent 18 minutes 43 seconds.

 

 

Oswestry 10 mile race ~ 8/5/2005

 

Tim Cahill and Robert Spotswood took part in the Oswestry 10 mile race, with Cahill demonstrating that he is well on the way back to his former glory-days, with a superb 63 minutes and 6 seconds for the distance. Spotswood also ran excellently, finishing in 76mins 12secs for 69th position in a highly competitive field.

 

Race for Life, Rhyl ~ 8/5/2005

 

Deborah Cliff and Allison Guillemin both ran the Race for Life in Rhyl, with Deborah finishing 5th overall in a time of just over 21minutes, while Alison was 34th in a time of 24mins 35secs, out of a field of 2,000 runners.

 

 

Bird Rock Half Marathon ~ 1/5/2005

 

In very hot conditions, two Harriers travelled to Tywyn for the Bird Rock half-Marathon. Simon Shiels, still recovering from injury and in his first race for several months, was too good for the opposition, and returned to his winning ways, winning the race in a time of 1hr 15mins and 24secs. Darren Blazier, still only 2 weeks since completing the London Marathon, managed an excellent 1hr 21mins 4secs, to come home 4th overall and 1st senior male.

 

 

Wrexham 10 mile ~ 30/4/2005

 

three Harriers travelled to Wrexham for the North Wales 10 mile Championships, with Sean McCormack first home in a fabulous 59 minutes 19 seconds, his first time under the hour for the distance in four years. McCormack’s time gained him 2nd MV40 in the championships and 1st MV40 in the Wrexham “open” race. Hillary Jacques also ran a tremendous race in very hot conditions, finishing in 79mins 46secs and was first LV50 home. Meinir Huws, racing the distance for the first time, finished in 91.50 and 2nd FV45 to finish.

 

 

Hamburg Marathon ~ 24/4/2005