News Report 8th August 2010

Local athletes have been in action at three seperate venues recently, two relatively local and one much further afield.

The most local action took place in Abergynolwyn with the 10th annual running of the Ras Hendre Wallog Trail Race. The mainly local field was led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete repeating his victory in this race in 2009, by claiming overall victory in 2010 in a time of 16.32mins. Leading home a strong Bro Dysynni A.C. turnout, and claiming an overall runners-up spot was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, home in a time of 17.58mins. There was also an impressive array of local youngsters in action, all finishing strongly. Amongst the most impressive performances came from the trio of Iwan Pugh, Dewi Pugh & Rhys Roberts who came home in respective times of 20.00mins, 21.08mins & 21.52mins. Victory in the female section of the race was achieved by Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete crossing the finishing line in a time of 22.55mins.

A trio of Meirionnydd R.C. athletes were also in action in Borth recently for the Borth 10k Beach Race, an unusual event run entirely over a sand-based surface. Leading home the Meirionnydd trio was the ever-improving Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in a time of 42.52 mins with club colleagues, Jacqueline & Haydn Fowler of Trawsfynydd, finishing in respective times of 64.10 mins & 66.58 mins.

Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli in action at the Swiss
The athlete who has travelled the furthest to compete recently was Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli, his chosen destination being Davos in Switzerland, with the town playing host to the Swiss Alpine Mountain Marathon. With the event also being the highest high altitude marathon in Europe, the Pen Llyn based athlete faced a tough challenge covering the 42.2k course made up mainly of mountain trails and including an overall 1,890 metres of climbing. The experienced distance runner judged his performance to perfection, covering the course in a time of 5hrs 54.16mins to claim a creditable finishing position well within the top half of the field.

Alpine Mountain Marathon recently