There was a successful return to competitive action for Ifan Richards of Brithdir recently, as the Meirionnydd
Running Club athlete claimed victory, as well as the establishment of a new course record, at the Half Pedol
Fell Race held in the Llanberis area. Victory over the 8.5mile course, which included a severe 4,500 feet of
climbing was achieved in a time of 1hr 49.38mins, 52 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. The second of
the three Meirionnydd athletes in action at the event was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, achieving an
excellent 4th placed finish in a time of 1hr 57.00mins, with Nich Bradley of Dolgellau completing the
trio as he came home in a time of 2hrs 37.53mins.
A trio of locally affiliated athletes were also in road running action recently, their chosen event being the Caernarfon 10k Road Race. Leading home the trio was Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd, home in a time of 54.44mins with club colleague, Barrie Jackson of Bala, following in 59.39mins. The trio were completed by Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, the Bro Dysynni athlete victorious in the Female Over-75 cateogory in an excellent time of 1hr 27.27mins.
One Meirionnydd Running Club athlete travelling further afield recently was Arfon Hughes who headed to the Preseli Mountains to take part in the 5 mile multi-terrained Ras Beca. In a race established to commemorate the 19th Century Rebecca Riots, the Dolgellau based athlete was pleased with his finishing time of 47.42mins.
Finally, Bro Dysynni athlete, Dewi Roberts made his annual pilgrimage to Llandygai near Bangor to take part in the 4.5 mile Ras Y Mynydd Fell Race, an event which also included around 700 feet of climbing. Using the race as part of his ongoing preparations for two Autumn marathons, the Blaenau Ffestiniog-based athlete claimed a fine 6th placed finish in a time of 31.50mins.