The grounds of the Marches School in Oswestry was recently the
venue for the fifth and final fixture of the 2011-12 Grand Prix
Express North Wales Cross Country League, a fixture which was the
culmination of an excellent first season in the top division of the
league for the men's team affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club.
On this occasion, a total of nine senior male athletes from
Meirionnydd were in action, the nine being led home by Welsh
international runner, Ifan Richards of Brithdir, claiming an overall
13th placed finish in a time of 34.44mins. Ever improving club
colleague, Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth, followed in a time of
36.17mins, clear of club colleagues Adam Preston of Dolgellau &
Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, finishing in respective times of
37.43mins & 38.10mins. Clive Edgington of Arthog followed,
completing an impressive 1st season for Meirionnydd as he finished
in a time of 39.14mins. The quartet of Dylan Evans of Bryncrug,
Ricky Francis of Talyllyn and the Dolgellau duo of Arfon Hughes
& John Smith completed the Meirionnydd turn-out, home in
respective times of 41.32mins, 42.51mins, 43.43mins & 47.13mins.
In the Male Under-17 section, solid performances were produced by
Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, 4th overall in a time of 19.27mins, and
Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, claiming a 6th placed finish in 20.35mins.
A further quartet of athletes affiliated to Meionnydd were also
in action within the Senior Female event. Leading home the quartet
was Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd in a time of 23.29mins, with just
under 2 minutes seperating the remaining trio, namely Janet Peston
of Dolgellau, home in 27.55mins, Jude Evans of Bryncrug, home in
28.55mins & Emma Davies of Dolgellau, in a rare cross country
outing, home in 29.54mins.
As the dust settles on the 2011-12 season, the final standings
make for impressive reading, particularly from a Meirionnydd Running
Club perspective. Within the Senior Male Team category, Meirionnydd
claimed 2nd spot within Division 1, with Bro Dysynni claiming a tie
for 16th spot in Division 2. Within the Senior Ladies Team category,
Meirionnydd claimed 4th spot in Division 2, ahead of Bro Dysynni,
who claimed an overall 10th spot within the same division.
There were also some noteworthy individual performances within
the final standings from local athletes, not least from Bro
Dysynni's Brenda Jones, claiming overall age category victory over
the course of the season within the Female Over-70 section. For
Meirionnydd, John Smith claimed an overall 2nd spot within the Male
Over-60 category, with Kevin Jones of Dolgellau claiming a tie for
2nd spot within the Male Over-45 section. Two further athletes at
the opposite ends of the age spectrum also claimed 3rd spot within
their respective categories, namely Alex Lanz within the Male
Under-17 section & Clive Edgington in the Male Over-55 category.