|News Report 1st September 2013|
Two Meirionnydd R.C. athletes lined up recently at the Nant Y Moch Skyline Fell Race, a 13 mile event which included an overall 3,900 feet of climbing, the race being based around the Nant Y Moch dam near Ponterwyd. The event was also chosen as the fourth counter out of six of the 2013 Inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and, as such, attracted a high quality field. Mark Atherton of Ffestiniog was the first of the two Meirionnydd finishers, claiming an overall 15th spot in a time of 2 hrs 33.58 mins, whilst Juliet Edwards claimed age category success within the Female Over-50 section, the Dolgellau-based athlete completing the course in an excellent time of 3 hrs 26.38 mins.
The busy Atherton was back in action shortly afterwards, on this occasion on soil closer to home, claiming an overall 3rd place finish at Ras Cnicht Fell Race, covering the 4.5 mile Croesor based race, which included an overall 1,850 feet of climbing, in a time of 41.44 mins.
There was also local representation recently at the Parc Menai 5k event run on a course almost exclusively along the Lon Las Menai Cycle Path into Caernarfon. The two locally affiliated athletes in action were led home by Dave Raybone of Dyffryn Ardudwy, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in 23.31 mins whilst Bro Dysynni A.C. were well represented by Geraint Evans, the Porthmadog based athlete home in a time of 24.27 mins.
There has also been Bro Dysynni representation at two further events recently. The evergreen Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 section at the Neil Howells Memorial Race, a 4.5 mile event based around the town of Montgomery in a time of 75.18 mins, whilst Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth was the 2nd finisher within the Female Over-65 category at the Borth Beach Race, covering the 10k distance in a time of 71.00 mins.
Finally, Meirionnydd R.C. were also represented at the Swindon Park 5k event recently as Jeff Davies covered the course set in the Wiltshire town in a time of 20.19 mins, claiming victory in the Male Over-65 category in the process.