News Report 8th
A Friday night race in Newtown
attracted the attention of 9 local athletes last weekend as they headed south
to take part in the Newtown Carnival 5k Race. Of the 9 competing, 8 wore the
red & green of Bro Dysynni whilst 1 wore the blue of Meirionnydd Running
Club. However, it was the sole Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, namely Frankie
Vaughan of Corris, who led home the local contingent as he crossed the
finishing line in a pleasing time of 21.37mins. The first of the Dysynni
contingent home was Richard Griffiths of Tywyn, whose time of 22.24mins also
achieved age category success in the Male Over-55 section. Malcolm Taylor of
Criccieth followed in a time of 25.33mins just ahead of Huw Harrison of
Fairboune, delighted to finish in a time of 25.38mins in his 1st competitive
outing of 2008. There was further age category success for Brenda Jones of
Llanelltyd, as a time of 26.06mins ensured victory in the Female Over-65
section with Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth following in a time of 28.58mins.
Next home was a beaming Andy Unwin
of Harlech in a weight-induced finishing time of 32.03mins whilst the remaining
2 local athletes came home together in a time of 42.19mins as Eirlys Griffiths of Tywyn and Sheila Symonds of
Dolgellau could not be seperated, the latter however having the added
satisfaction of age category success in the Female Over-70 section.
Much further afield, one ex-local athlete was in action, on this
occasion on the South Island of New Zealand. The athlete in question was
Alun Llyr Williams, formerly of Barmouth, but now based in Queenstown on the South Island. His chosen event was the SBS Christchurch
Half-Marathon and a finishing time of 1hr 14.02mins achieved an excellent 16th
place finish out of the 1,867 athletes who completed the 13.1 mile event.
Finally, one local athlete, namely Nich
Bradley of Dolgellau, chose to take part in the 6th race of
the Eryri Harriers Great Arete Tuesday Night Series, the location on this
occasion being Cefn Drum near Llanberis. A finishing time of 44.38mins achieved
a more that satisfactory outcome for the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete in
the tough midweek series.