News 8th October 2011


 Having secured promotion to the top flight of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League last season, the male athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club began their 2011-12 campaign in fine style at the season opener held at Treborth, Bangor recently.


Strength in depth was the key to the Meirionnydd club achieving a fine 2nd place within the inaugural league standings, as 6 athletes were placed within the first 55 finishers. Leading home the Meirionnydd contingent was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, 15th overall in a time of 31.08mins. Taking a break from his triathlon activities was Huw Brassington of Bontddu, the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher, 19th overall in a time of 31.47mins with Kevin Jones of Dolgellau following, a time of 32.47mins claiming an overall 26th placed finish, as well as 2nd place within the Male Over-45 category. Adam Preston of Dolgellau followed in a time of 33.10mins, 22 seconds ahead of Meirionnydd debutant Glyn Griffin, the Penrhyndeudraeth based athlete crossing the line in an excellent 33.32mins. Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 34.35mins with Ricky Francis of Talyllyn completing the Meirionnydd turnout, crossing the line in a pleasing time of 38.31mins. The end result saw Meirionnydd lay in 2nd spot behind Eryri Harriers after the 1st of the season's five fixtures. The Meirionnydd club will go into their next fixture in Colwyn Bay on 22nd October hoping to narrow the gap on their near neighbours.


Meirionnydd also had two athletes in action in the Under-17's race in Bangor, Alex Lanz of Dolgellau claiming 4th place after a strong finish in a time of 17.57mins with Jamie Evans of Bryncrug following in 8th spot in a time of 19.54mins. Barrie Jackson of Bala also represented Meirionnydd in the Male Over-70's category, claiming a fine 4th placed finish in a time of 29.29mins.


A quartet of locally affiliated females were in action in the 'Senior Ladies' race and they were led home by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd, the Meirionnydd athlete claiming a 21st place finish in a time of 22.28mins. Club colleague, Janet Preston of Dolgellau, followed in a time of 26.35mins whilst Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action on the day, claimed victory within the Female Over-70 category as she came home in 28.00mins. The local quartet in action was completed by Heidi Roden of Arthog, the 3rd Meirionnydd finisher, in a time of 28.28mins. After the 1st fixture within the female section, Meirionnydd lay in 7th place within Division 2, ahead of Bro Dysynni in 12th.


Three further athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. have also been in action recently at three seperate events. Travelling the furthest was Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau who headed to Devon to take part in the Exmouth 10k, a race which also played host to the British Masters Athletics Federation 10k Championships. Undaunted by the long journey south, the Bro Dysynni athlete once again turned back the clock, claiming victory and British Championship status within the Female Over-75 category as she completed the course in an outstanding time of 1hr 28.10mins. Closer to home, John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog headed to Cerrigydrudion for his chosen event, the 9 mile Llyn Brenig Trail Race, an event he completed in a pleasing time of 1hr 21.49mins. The final Dysynni athlete in action was Gavin Griffiths, his chosen event being the Fan Fawr Fell Race held at Storey Arms in the Brecon Beacons. Although measuring only 2 miles in length, the course also included a severe 1,000 feet of climbing in a race the athlete with strong Tywyn connections completed in a time of 29.00mins.