News Report 5th September 2008


Eryri Harriers recently played host to the Welsh 10k Road Running Championships as the Caernarfon 10k event also incorporated the 2008 National Championships. As such, a larger than usual field of 211 athletes gathered to take on the 6.1 mile challenge, starting and finishing on the Aber Foreshore in Caernarfon. Leading home the field was Michael Johnson (Cardiff AAC) in a time of 31.02mins, whilst he, in turn, was followed by 6 competitors with local affinity to either Bro Dysynni A.C. or Meirionnydd Running Club. The first of these six to finish was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Dysynni athlete claiming an impressive 19th place finish in a time of 36.16mins. Next home was the sole Meirionnydd Running Club competitor, as Frankie Vaughan of Corris came home in 43.18mins. The ever-consistent Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth followed in a time of 49.28mins whilst there was an intriguing race long battle between Dysynni team-mates Barrie Jackson of Bala and Brenda Jones (1st Female Over-65) of Llanelltyd, the former finishing in 51.30mins, the latter in 51.58mins. Completing the local turn-out was the ever-green Sheila Symonds (1st Female Over-75) of Dolgellau who crossed the finishing line in a pleasing time of 1hr 18.05mins.


There was also excellent age category results for 3 Bro Dysynni athletes at the culmination of the 4 race series which make up the Maldwyn Harriers 4 Race Summer Series based in and around the Newtown area. Claiming victory in the Female Over-60 category was Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, claiming 27 out of the 28 points on offer. There was similar success for Sheila Symonds within the Female Over-75 category, claiming the maximum 28 points whilst 26 points was enough to secure victory for Malcolm Taylor in the Male Over-65 section.


One other athlete with local connections has also been in action recently. That athlete was Rebecca Dallimore, originally based in Dolgellau, now having moved to the far North-East of Scotland. The ex-Bro Dysynni athlete was in action at the Peterhead 10k race whereby she achieved a pleasing finishing time of 53.01mins.


There is local action this coming Sunday (14th) morning as Pantperthog will play host to the inaugural running of the Dyfi8 'off tarmac' event. The 8 mile event is due off at 11.00am from the Tan Y Coed picnic site. Entries will be accepted on the day, further details relating to the event can be found on