News Report 3rd May 2009
Amongst the many thousands of competitors who recently lined up for 29th running of the Flora London Marathon were six athletes affiliated to either Meirionnydd Running Club or Bro Dysynni A.C.
Leading home the local contingent after completing the arduous 26.2 mile course was Kevin Evans of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completing the event in an excellent time of 4hrs 35.33mins. Next locally affiliated finisher was Marit Evans of Dolgellau, showing remarkable consistency as she finished the race within 2 minutes of her 2008 time, the Bro Dysynni athlete crossing the line in a time of 4hrs 55.53mins. Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth was the next finisher in a time of 5hrs 00.43mins, albeit the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completed the last 7 miles of the event struggling with injury. Having seen her mother, Sue, and brother, Kevin, complete the event in 2008, this year it was the turn of Katie Woods of Llanfachreth (but now based in Chester) to take on the challenge, the challenge being more than met as she came home in a pleasing time of 5hrs 46.04mins. Another Meirionnydd Running Club athlete followed, as Nia Ellis-Brown of Dolgellau completed her inaugural marathon challenge in a time of 6hrs 05.56mins. The final locally affiliated finisher, and perhaps the most deserving of plaudits, was 76 year old Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, setting an astonishing finishing time of 6hrs 45.26mins, a time which earnt a 3rd place overall finish in the Female Over-75 category, the Dysynni athlete also being the 2nd British finisher and 1st Welsh finisher within this age section.
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