News Report 9th March 2008


Five local athletes headed to the Wrexham area recently to take part in the Farndon 10k road race, and of the five, three won their respective age categories.


Leading home the local contingent was Andrea Goode of Corris, who claimed victory in the Female Over-35 age category in a pleasing time of 44.46mins. A mere 16 seconds behind was her Meirionnydd Running Club team-mate, Frankie Vaughan, also of Corris, who crossed the finishing line in 45.02mins. Two Bro Dysynni A.C. members followed, dominating the Male Over-65 age category, as Barrie Jackson of Bala won the class in 48.44mins with team-mate Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth claiming runners up spot within the category, in a time of 49.09mins. Completing the local turn-out and claiming her customary victory in the Female Over-65 section was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Dysynni athlete finishing in a time of 51.26mins.


Adam Haynes of Rhyd was the sole local competitor at the Pipe Dream Fell Race held in Dolgarrog. In a race measuring 5 miles and covering 1,700 feet of climbing, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete was pleased with a finishing time of 38.16mins, which claimed an overall 6th place finish out of a field of 72, as well as being 3rd placed within the Male Over-40 age category.


Another Meirionnydd Running Club member who has taken to the hills recently has been Kate Bailey, taking in two fell races and claiming victory in the Female category of one of these. The victory was claimed at the Ras Moel Y Ci Fell Race held in Tregarth, with the Meirionnydd R.C. member covering the 4 mile course which included 950 feet of climbing in a time of 45.20mins, a time good enough to win the female category as well as claiming a 19th place finish overall.


Following on from this victory, a trip to Shropshire ensued to take part in the 4 mile Carding Mill Canter Fell Race. On this occasion the Meirionnydd runner had to settle for an overall 3rd place position in the female category as she covered the distance, which included 1,800 feet of climbing, in a time of 51.09mins.