News Report 13th August 2006
Although not out in vast numbers, local athletes have recently returned from competition with two seperate victories and one individual runners-up slot.
The first of the victories was attained by local favourite, Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, who continued his terrific season by claiming a comfortable victory in the Moel Hebog Fell Race in Beddgelert. In a 4 mile race which included a severe climb of 2,400 feet, the Dysynni athlete pulled away from a strong field to gain victory by over two minutes in a time of 49.56mins.
Also gaining success, and proving to be very much on the comeback trail after 4 years away from competitive action, was Alun Llyr Williams of Barmouth, now based in Cardiff and running for Les Croupiers A.C. Running in the final race of the Rose Inn 4 Mile Challenge quartet of races in Magor near Newport, the Mawddach runner gained a morale boosting victory by crossing the line in 21.30mins which should stand him in good stead for the 10k race in the Race The Train event in Tywyn this coming Saturday.
There was another fine performance from Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Adam Haynes of Rhyd, as he claimed the runners up spot at 'Y Garn' fell race in Rhyd Ddu, a race which was also the third race in the six race series of the 2006 Welsh Fell Running Association Championships. Using his local knowledge in difficult running conditions, a time of 32.22mins earned a useful runners up spot which augers well for the overall Championships.
Also running well recently was Barrie Jackson of Bala claiming runners up spot in the Male Veteran Over-65 section of the Gobowen 4 Mile Race in Shropshire in a time of 29.35mins.
To complete the quintet of local competitors, Jos Jones of Tywyn, turned in a useful performance at the Brecon 10 Mile Road Race as he finished in 1hr 09.13mins which claimed an impressive 49th position out of the 355 finishers on the day.