ABERGELE Harriers have had a busy few weeks on the North Wales running circuit.

Wednesday, June 29 was the Ras Gwyl Felinheli 10k, with the Harriers having three runners taking part, all of whom recorded excellent results (5th James Yarwood 34.06; 15th Darren Blazier 38:10 (1st V50); 29th Ben Garnett 41:10).

The race conditions were good despite the muddy underfoot after recent heavy rain.

Danny Snelson was taking part in the Media City 10k on Thursday, June 30, with an excellent time of 51:55.

Sunday, July 3 was the Fairy Freckle Cow trail race around the Alwen Reservoir. Organised by Denbigh Harriers, this is a popular event, with nearly 100 runners from across North Wales and the border counties.

Abergele Harrier James Yarwood won the race and achieved his first North Wales Welsh Athletics Gold Medal.


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In total, four Abergele Harriers took part (1st James Yarwood 40:21, gold medal senior male; 33rd John Jones 51:17, silver medal North Wales Athletics; just a few seconds behind his brother David Jones 34th 51:39 (5th MV45); 42nd Simon Bonfield 55:55 (7th MV50).

The weather conditions were good despite the sudden downpour, as the race started making the ground slippery.

Also running his second race of the week, Danny Snelson was taking part in the Chester Zoo 10k. Danny completed the race in 53:53; as more than 1,300 runners took part.

On Saturday July 2, Jeni Richards, a past member of Abergele Harriers was taking part in the Ham and Lyme 50k – 3,490ft of ascent over fields, woodland, farm tracks and roads with lots of stiles, nettles and cattle and a fair bit of rain and mud.

Jeni really enjoyed it and finished in six hours and 10 minutes, and still was able to have a big grin on her face.

The Wimslow 10k was taking place on Sunday, July 10 in extremely warm conditions.

Abergele Harriers had two runners taking part (109th Darren Blazier 37:18 gun 37:18 chip, 5th V50; 200th Rachel Shipley 39:50 gun 39:42 chip).

And at the Snowdonia 2022 Xterra Trail Marathon was previous club member Lona Roberts, who completed the tough trail in 192nd place in 6:53:54.

The Always Aim High Ultra Marathon was also taking place, and Gareth Evans recorded an impressive nine hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds, and 84th position.

Abergele Harriers had two runners at the Mulberry Half Marathon, with John Richard Jones finishing in 27th place 1:49:25 (first V60).

Anthony Howe unfortunately had a fall, but still completed in three hours and nine minutes.