News Report 1st July 2007
Torrential rain ensured only the hardiest competitor ventured to Ganllwyd last Saturday afternoon to take part in the Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Race. However, whilst the quantity of competitor may have been slightly less than hoped for, the quality was still out in force as excellent performances were produced by many, despite the inclement conditions.
Continuing to dominate the race as he claimed his third Tyn-Y-Groes title on the trot was Bro Dysynni athlete, Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, who completed the 2.1 mile course, which included a severe 700 feet of climbing, in a time of 17.32mins. Following on were a number of Meirionnydd Running Club competitiors, led home by Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, 3rd overall in 19.58mins. Making an all-to-rare competitive appearance was Tristan Evans of Dolgellau, 4th overall in 20.33mins, whilst fellow Dolgellau athlete, Frankie Vaughan, followed in 21.40mins. Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth was the next local to finish in 24.24mins, with Barrie Jackson of Bala a little under a minute behind in 25.17mins. Further down the field, Andy Unwin of Harlech came home beaming in the rain in 38.59mins, first junior, Daniel Hughes of Ganllwyd, followed in 40.00mins whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau was the sole female competitor on the day, finishing in an excellent 40.04mins.
The previous weekend, a quartet of local athletes had travelled to Bethesda to take part in the 10-mile Carneddau Fell Race, an event which also included 4,600 feet of climbing. The race also attracted an extremely high calibre of athlete as it represented the 4th race out of 6 in the 2007 British Fell Running Championships. Once again, leading home the local contingent was Steve Gilliland whose time of 2hrs 00.27mins claimed an excellent 46th place finish in some highly illustrious company. Bro Dysynni team-mate, Owen Rees, followed in 2hrs 10.55mins whilst the Meirionnydd Running Club duo in action were Tony Hodgson, home in 2hrs 35.16mins and Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, finishing in 2hrs 46.51mins.
Perhaps the busiest Bro Dysynni athlete recently has been Barrie Jackson of Bala who, prior to the Tyn-Y-Groes event, was in action at the Craig Y Rhiw Hill Run in Rhydycroesau, near Oswestry as well as the Riverbank 10k race in Prestatyn. In the former race, a time of 38.46mins ensured victory in the male over-65 category whilst a time of 48.44mins ensured 2nd place in the same category in the latter event.
This Saturday afternoon sees another local hill race as Bryncrug will host the annual Foel Gocyn Hill Race. The race forms part of the carnival day festivities and is due to start from the carnival field at 3.00pm with the first of the competitors due back around half an hour later.
The pictures are of the the male and female victors, Steve Gilliland of Tywyn and Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau.