News Report 6th August 2006


Course records were broken in the male and female sections at the 6th running over the amended course of the Abergynolwyn 3 Mile Trail Race recently.


Another balmy Summer evening made for uncomfortable running conditions for the field of 39 competitors of all ages who gathered for the race which forms an integral part of the Abergynolwyn Carnival activities. The race went very much to form as Steve Gilliland of Tywyn led home the field in a course record time of 15.52mins. He was followed by the first female finisher as Amanda Wright of Birchfield Harriers followed up her recent success at the Dolgellau 5 Mile Race by claiming another female course record, on this occasion in a time of 16.53mins. This was just enough to pip Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog into third place by one second. In fourth place was promising Rhoslefain youngster, Gerwyn Pugh, in 18.23mins with Jos Jones of Tywyn following in 18.23mins.


Veteran athlete, Richard Griffiths of Tywyn, was the 4th of the 15 Bro Dysynni A.C. finishers in the race as he romped to victory in the Male Veteran Over-55 category in 20.33mins, with fellow age group category athlete, Alban Jones, also of Tywyn, hot on his heels in 20.54mins. Another Tywyn veteran, Chris Lewis, claimed victory in the Male Veteran Over-50 section in a time of 21.01mins with Dylan Jones of Tywyn following in 21.40mins. 


In a rare race outing, Rebecca Dallimore of Dolgellau was the second female finisher in 24.24mins with Llanelltyd veteran, Brenda Jones, following a mere 16 seconds behind. The Veteran Over-40 category produced surprise victors as Annette Beeby of Tywyn claimed the female category in 27.00mins with a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech claiming his inaugural age group category victory in 29.16mins. Amongst the other age group victors on the evening were Marj Griffiths, 1st Female Veteran Over-60, in 31.17mins, Roy Peel of Llanelltyd, 1st Male Veteran Over-60 in 32.11mins and Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, 1st Female Veteran Over-70, in 33.23mins.


It is also worth mentioning that 16 of the 39 finishers were juniors, which augers well for the future of this race as well as local athletics in general.