News Report 12th May 2013

Mark Atherton on his way to a 10th placed finish at the recent Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Locally affiliated athletes have been in action at a total of six events recently, predominantly of an off-road nature.

A quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club made the journey to Denbighshire, their chosen event being the Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race, a 4.7 mile challenge which included an overall 1,750 feet of climbing. The race drew a quality field as it also incorporated the 2nd event within the 2013 Welsh Fell Runners Open Championship as well as the North Wales Series. Leading home the Meirionnydd contingent on the day was a resurgent Mark Atherton, the Ffestiniog based athlete claiming an overall 10th spot finish in a time of 43.28mins. Fellow Ffestiniog athlete, Alan Jones, followed in 47.45mins with the Dolgellau based duo of Arfon Hughes and Juliet Edwards following in times of 50.26mins & 56.05mins, the latter claiming a runners up spot within the Female Over-50 age category.

Locally affiliated athletes were also very much to the fore at the recent Red Kite Challenge weekend held at Nant Yr Arian, 12 miles to the east of Aberystwyth. The weekend consisted of two trail running challenges, namely the Red Kite Challenge Half Marathon and the longer Ras Y Diafol measuring 17.5 miles. Over the longer distance, there was an outstanding performance from Eifion Roberts of Harlech, the Bro Dysynni athlete covering the 17.5 mile course in a time of 2hrs 19.35mins to claim an overall 8th placed finish at the event. Over the 13.1 mile Red Kite Challenge, Glyn Rowlands of Arthog was the first of the two locally affiliated finishers, the Meirionnydd athlete home in a time of 1hr 59.03mins. Also in action was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 2hrs 36.31mins to claim victory in the UK Trail Running Association Championships within the Female Over-70 age category. Also in action at Nant Yr Arian was Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd runner claiming 2nd spot within the affiliated junior race in a time of 33.52mins.

Two further Meirionnydd athletes were also in half marathon action recently, their chosen event being the Snowdonia Half Marathon held in the vicinity of Llanrwst and Betws Y Coed. Forming part of a field of over 500 were Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen, claiming an outstanding 8th placed finish in a time of 1hr 24.49mins, and Ashley Charlwood of Dolgellau, the 34th finisher in an excellent time of 1hr 35.04mins.

Gavin Griffiths of Bro Dysynni A.C. continues to fly the club flag in events held in and around South Wales, the ex-resident of Tywyn having another outing recently, this time at the 7 mile Pentyrch Hill Race in Cardiff, an event completed in a pleasing time of 1hr 11.18mins.

Heading further afield recently was Meirionnydd R.C. athlete Sandra Williams who ventured to the Lake District for the Hawkshead 17k Trail Race. In an event which included the stunning scenery of Lake Windermere & the Coniston Hills, the Dolgellau based athlete completed the course in a terrific time of 1hr 46.35mins.

Meanwhile, there was a pleasing sight closer to home recently, as Ifan Richards of Arthog returned to competitive action at the Moel Y Gest Fell Race near Porthmadog, the 5th event of the season within the Eryri Harriers Tuesday Night Fell Running Series. It proved to be a pleasing return for the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete who claimed an overall 2nd spot at the event in a time of 35.20mins.

A number of the athletes highlighted above will be in Eldon Square this coming Saturday lunchtime as Dolgellau will play host to the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Ras Y Gader / Cader Idris Mountain Race as well as the affiliated junior races sponsored by JGS Electrical. The junior races are due to commence at 11.00am with the main event, the 3,000 feet, 10.5 mile Ras Y Gader due off from Eldon Square at 1.00pm. Further details relating to the day can be found on with the race also having its own page on Facebook.