News Report 14th March 2010


Eight local athletes recently headed to the Wrexham area to take part in the Farndon 10k road race, with 4 of the 8 returning home having gained victory in their respective age categories.


In a race won by Stephen Crowe (Ellesmere Port Running Club) in a time of 33.50mins, the local contingent were led home by Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, claiming a top 10 finish, as well as setting a new Meirionnydd Running Club record for the distance, as he crossed the line in a time of 36.20mins.


Next local athlete home was Ffestyn Williams, originally of Llanbedr, but now based in Chester, crossing the line on 45.30mins with Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd hot on his heels, the Merionnydd R.C. athlete finishing in a time of 46.09mins.


The first of the quartet claiming age category success was John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete victorious in the Male Over-60 category, crossing the line in a time of 49.39mins. Club-mate, Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth followed in a time of 52.00mins, before Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd became the 2nd Dysynni age category winner on the day, successful in the Female Over-65 section in a time of 53.05mins. Barrie Jackson of Bala followed, the Meirionnydd runner victorious in the Male Over-70 category in a time of 57.17mins whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau completed the age category victories, the Bro Dysynni athlete winning the Female Over-75 section in a time of 90.44mins.


Local athletes were also in action at Machynlleth recently, their chosen venue being the Bro Dyfi leisure centre for the 3rd race in the 2010 Earlybird Winter Aquathlon Series. Claiming overall victory at the event, as well as the relay section of the race, were Donna Cartwright of Dolgellau & Ifan Richards (Meirionnydd R.C.) of Brithdir, the former completing the 400 metre swimming leg in a time of 6.38mins, the latter completing the 5k running leg in 16.41mins to produce a cumulative winning time of 23.19mins.


Claiming an overall 3rd placed finish as well as 2nd place in the relay section were Kevin Hamilton (Cerist Tri) & Dylan Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in a cumulative time of 23.50mins, whilst the Meirionnydd Running Club duo of Huw Brassington & Ffion Griffiths came home in a pleasing 32.05mins.


There is local action this coming Saturday as Llanuwchllyn will play host to the Organic Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran. The 10 mile event which includes 2,500 feet of climbing is due off at 1.00pm with the shorter 2 mile Ras Garth Fawr aimed at runners aged 10 + due off at 1.15pm. The race headquarters for the event will be the Eagles Inn in Llanuwchllyn. Further details relating to the race, which is also the final event of the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series, are available from