News Report 6th October 2013         

Locally affiliated athletes continue to be active as the onset of Autumn sees a particularly busy racing calendar.

Three locally affiliated athletes recently crossed over the Menai Bridge into Anglesey to compete at the Anglesey Trail Half Marathon and 10k events. In the 13.1 mile Trail Half Marathon run within the confines of Newborough Forest, there was a finishing time of 2 hrs 20.09 mins for Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni athlete also claiming age category victory within the Female Over-70 section in the process. Also in action was club mate, Marit Evans, the Dolgellau based athlete home in a time of 2 hrs 27.47 mins. In the affiliated 10k Trail Race, Meirionnydd R.C. were represented by Ieuan Glyn Jones, the Ffestiniog athlete home in a time of 54.26 mins.

Two further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. recently took on the climb of the highest peak within the Arenig Range, namely the Arenig Fawr Fell Race, an 8.1 mile event which included an overall 3,281 feet of climbing. Claiming an excellent 3rd spot finish on the day was Mark Atherton of Blaenau Ffestiniog in a time of 1 hr 34.40 mins with club mate, Dave Elliott of Machynlleth, following in a time of 2 hrs 00.12 mins.

Also in long distance running action last weekend were two further locally affiliated athletes who headed up the Lleyn Peninsula to take part in the Chaparral Abersoch Half Marathon. In a race won by Alun Vaughan of Eryri Harriers in an excellent time of 1 hr 13.31 mins, Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen exceeded all expectations as the Meirionnydd athlete claimed an outstanding 3rd place finish in a time of 1 hr 23.19 mins. Also in action at the event was James Bradbury-Willis of Tywyn, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the challenge in a time of 1 hr 41.50 mins.

Another Bro Dysynni athlete doubled the distance run in Abersoch recently, on the occasion in the Scottish Highlands. The athlete in question was Richard Vroom, the race in question being the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, with the Tywyn based athlete covering the 26.2 mile distance in a time of 5 hrs 31.07 mins.

Finally, two further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. chose an event closer to home last weekend, namely the Aberystwyth Twin Peaks 7, an event taking in the two climbs of Pen Dinas and Constitution Hill before finishing on the Promenade in Aberystwyth. A busy Dave Elliott completed the event in an overall time of 57.43 mins with Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd following in 1 hr 05.50 mins.