The town of Paluzza in the Carnia region of Northern Italy played host recently to the 2011 World Masters Mountain Running Championships, with three athletes from Meirionnydd Running Club amongst 1,015 competitors, all aged between 35 & 79, who lined up for the various age category races from the town laying just south of the Austrian border. Performance of the day for the Meirionnydd trio was produced by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd who claimed an excellent 21st placed finish within the Female Over-40 category as she covered the 11k course in a time of 1hr 16.04mins. In the Male Over-60 section, there was a fine 36th placed finishing spot for Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, who covered the 9k course in a time of 56.57mins, whilst Nich Bradley of Dolgellau claimed an overall 67th spot within the Male Over-55 section, covering the 9k course in 58.33mins.

Also in Masters action recently was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd who headed to Northumberland for the Tynedale 10 Mile Race, an event which also incorporated the 2011 British Veteran Athletics Federation 10 Mile Championships. In a race run between the towns of Hexham & Ovingham, the Bro Dysynni athlete continued her domination of the Female Over-70 section as she once again claimed British Championship gold within the category, completing the event in an excellent time of 1hr 30.27mins.

One Meirionnydd athlete also recently completed three races in three days as part of the Commonwealth Mountain & Ultra Distance Races held in North Wales. Competing in the 'open' races affiliated to the event was Victor Gretton who completed the mountain race held in Llanberis in 1hr 38.41mins (claiming 3rd spot in the Male Over-60 section in the process), the 10k trail race held in Newborough in Anglesey in a time of 1hr 00.31mins & the 5k race held in Llandudno in a time of 26.21mins.

Three further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes in action recently were Ifan Richards of Brithdir aswell as Jacqueline & Haydn Fowler of Trawsfynydd. The former claimed an excellent 2nd placed finish at the Source of the Severn Race held in the Hafren Forest around Llanidloes, covering the 9.2 mile course, which included an overall climb of 1,300 feet, in a time of 57.32mins, with the latter duo in action at the Bristol Half Marathon, Jacqueline Fowler home in 2hrs 02.45mins, Haydn Fowler following home in a time of 2hrs 27.00mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon in the shape of the 'Trailworks/Garthyfog Log Cabins' sponsored Penmaenpool 10 Mile Race. The main race is due off at 12.00 Noon with the affiliated 2 mile fun run due off at 12.05pm. Race headquarters on the day will be the National Park Signal Box in Penmaenpool with race entries being accepted on the day. Further details relating to the event are available on www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk