The Hiraethog Moors near Cerrigydrudion formed the backdrop recently for the 11k Llyn Alwen Trail Race, an event which drew the interest of 9 local athletes.

In a race which attracted a field of 131 competitors, Ifan Richards of Brithdir continued his recent startling form as he claimed another comfortable race victory, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete just missing out on the existing course record, as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 40.36mins. Two Dolgellau-based Meirionnydd R.C. colleagues also finished strongly, Kevin Jones claiming an 8th placed finish in a time of 43.14mins with Adam Preston following in 12th place, his time being 44.17mins. The sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action on the day followed, as Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog claimed a 14th placed finish in a time of 45.41mins. Five further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. completed the local turn-out, as Llanelltyd's Dave Whittey came home in 49.45mins ahead of the Dolgellau-based trio of Dave Seabourne, John Smith & Juliet Edwards, home in respective finishing times of 52.23mins, 54.35mins & 58.52mins. The final Meirionnydd finisher was Barrie Jackson of Bala who also claimed category victory in the Male Over-70 section as he crossed the line in a pleasing time of 59.01mins.

A further 9 local athletes headed to Newtown recently for the annual Friday night running of the Newtown BBQ 5k race. Taking a break from the mountains in order to undertake some speed training was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, still claiming a highly creditable 3rd place finish in a time of 17.23mins, in an event not really geared to his mountain running strength and stamina. One athlete very much 'on the up' is Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete finishing a mere 9 seconds behind his club colleague, as a time of 17.32mins ensured a 4th placed finish on the evening.

Gaenor Smith & Emma Davies followed, the Dolgellau-based duo being the 3rd & 4th Meirionnydd R.C. finishers at the event, in respective times of 25.21mins & 26.22mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd led home the quartet of Bro Dysynni athletes in action on the evening as a time of 27.17mins ensured victory in the Female Over-65 category. Bro Dysynni colleague Hugh Harrison of Fairbourne followed, delighted with his finishing time of 28.23mins, a little over a minute ahead of Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in a time of 29.32mins. The local contingent were completed by another two athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni with a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech home in a pedestrian time of 33.45mins, with Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau putting in another tremendous performance, as a time of 42.28mins ensured category victory in the Female Over-75 section.

In the affiliated Junior Fun Run, Heledd Roberts of Brithdir emulated her father, who came 3rd in the Senior Race, as she drew large cheers, crossing the finishing line in a magnificent time of 7.31mins.