News Report 04-12-11

Athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club were dominant at the recent Dyfi8 Trail Race, providing the first four finishers at the tough 8 mile event held in the Dyfi Forest in and around Pantperthog.

Sheila Symonds                        John Smith                         Richard Griffiths

Pre-race favourite Ifan Richards claimed a comfortable victory, the Brithdir-based athlete home in a time of 50.30mins, a little over a minute clear of club colleague, Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, who followed in a time of 51.35mins. Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth completed the podium as a time of 53.12mins was good enough to pip Mark Atherton into 4th place, the Llan Ffestiniog athlete home in 53.53mins. Two athletes affiliated to host club Cerist Tri followed in the guise of Glyn Lewis and Kevin Hamilton home in respective times of 1hr 02.06mins & 1hr 02.18mins, with the Meirionnydd duo of Phil Morgan of Tywyn & John Smith of Dolgellau following in respective times of 1hr 03.43mins & 1hr 07.40mins. A trio of Bro Dysynni athletes were also in action at the event, they were led home by Richard Griffiths of Tywyn in 1hr 08.20mins, with fellow Tywyn resident, Richard Vroom, following in 1hr 23.46mins. The Dysynni turnout was completed by veteran athlete Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, producing another amazing performance as she came home in a time of 2hrs 10.30mins.

Another Dysynni veteran in action recently, this time on the international front, was Brenda Jones, chosen as the one of the trio of Welsh athletes who competed within the Female Over-65 category at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International held at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. In near quagmire conditions, the Llanelltyd based athlete led home her team-mates within their age category in a time of 35.15mins, on this occasion the Welsh team just missing out on a podium finish.

Finally, John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog was the sole locally affiliated athlete in action at the recent Conwy Half-Marathon with the Bro Dysynni athlete crossing the finishing line in a pleasing time of 2hrs 00.38mins.