News Report 6th April 2014

Keith Williams of Bontddu in action at the Cheshire 10k.

The slopes of Slieve Donard in County Down, Northern Ireland recently played host to the 1st race of the 2014 British Fell Running Championships, the event attracting one athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club. The athlete in question, Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog, claimed an overall 142nd place finish at the 4.7 mile race which included an overall 2,789 feet of climbing in a time of 1 hr 40.04 mins in an event which attracted the very best of the current crop of British fell runners.

Attention for the Ffestiniog based athlete then switched to Coed Y Brenin, the venue for the inaugural running of the Mawddach Goldrush Trail Race held last Saturday afternoon. Overall victory at the 9 mile event went to Steffan Sayer (Menai Track and Field) in a time of 1 hr 00.22 mins, just over three minutes clear of Dafydd Roberts, 2nd overall in a time of 1 hr 03.36 mins. On this occasion Alan Jones claimed a 6th spot finish in a time of 1 hr 05.24 mins with club colleague Nikki Rees of Arthog following, victorious within the Female Over-40 section in an excellent time of 1 hr 30.54 mins. The Meirionnydd contingent in action at Coed Y Brenin was completed by Jacqueline Fowler, the Trawsfynydd athlete competing in the cani-cross race, home in a time of 1 hr 43.00 mins, a time which also claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-50 age category.

One athlete showing remarkable consistency recently has been Ricky Francis, the Talyllyn based athlete completing two 10k race in the Wrexham area with a mere 5 seconds separating his two finishing times. First up for the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete was the Helena Tipping 10k Race, completed in 44.55 mins, this was followed by the Nightingale House Wrexham Road Runners 10k, completed in a time of 45.00 mins.

Also in action for Meirionnydd over the 10k distance was Keith Williams of Bontddu, his chosen event being the Cheshire 10k Road Race held in the Arley region of Cheshire, an event completed in a personal best time of 47.53 mins.

Finally, also in the Cheshire area, Dolgellau based athlete Christine Owen was in action last weekend at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completing the 26.2 mile challenge in a pleasing time of 5 hrs 21.43 mins