News Report 10th September 2007


 Local athletes took to the road this week, as they tackled three road races over the classic racing distances of 10k, Half-Marathon and Full-Marathon.


A quartet of local athletes tackled the shortest distance as they travelled to Caernarfon to compete in the 14th Peak Caernarfon 10k Challenge. In a race won by Gwyn Owen (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 31.59mins, the first of the local contingent home was Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli in 43.07mins. The next local finisher was Frankie Vaughan, the Meironnydd Running Club athlete crossing the finishing line in 45.14mins. The third local finisher was Sheila Jones of Pwllheli in a time of 50.46mins whilst her Bro Dysynni team-mate, Brenda Jones followed in 54.47mins, a time which also ensured category victory in the female over-65 section.


Whilst most athletes would put their feet up to rest after a race, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was back in action, on this occasion as part of a trio of Bro Dysynni's exceptionally strong female veteran section at the ASICS Severn Trent Water Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. A time of 1hr 55.28mins ensured category victory for the Llanelltyd-based athlete in the female over-65 section. Team-mate Marj Griffiths followed in a time of 2hrs 07.17mins, to claim 4th place in the female over-60 section whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau continued her prolific racing season as she completed the event in 2hrs 41.09mins to claim 2nd place in the female over-70 section.


The local athlete tackling the longest event was Rebecca Dalimore, formerly of Dolgellau. She tackled her inaugural full marathon at the Moray Marathon, a 26.1 mile race based in-and-around the town of Elgin in the Scottish Highlands. An undulating course demanded high stamina levels with the former Bro Dysynni A.C. member showing great character to complete the event in an impressive time of 4hrs 42.39mins.