News Report 14th May 2006


For local athletes, the next few months offer a wide spread of events, both local, national and international, a matter highlighted by the fact that local athletes have been active in 8 events recently.


Furthest afield was Tywyn Super Veteran, Alan Morton, who completed the Yakima River Marathon, run between the towns of Ellensberg and Selah in Washington State, United States in 6hrs 28.34mins to claim 2nd place in the over-75 age group category.


Also crossing water to compete was Steve Gilliland, again of Tywyn, who was selected as part of the 8 strong Wales team competing in the P& O Knockdhu Classic fell race held in Larne, Northern Ireland. The tough 4.7mile course which included 1470feet of climbing suited the Bro Dysynni athlete, who finished  4th Welshman home in an overall 17th place out of 88 starters in a time of 39.44mins.


Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli was another traveller as he continued his preparations for the forthcoming Three Peaks Yacht Race as he headed to Stair in the Lake District to compete in the 12.5mile Anniversary Waltz fell race which included 4000feet of climbing. A sturdy performance saw the Llyn based athlete finish well in 2hrs 18.35mins which augurs well for the Three Peaks race in June.


Moving closer to home, two Bro Dysynni athletes were recently crowned age group category winners at the North Wales 10 Mile Road Running Championships, held in Wrexham. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd dominated the female over-60 category as she finished in 1hr 20.39mins, whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau was equally as dominant in the female veteran over-70 category as she finished in 2hrs 04.54mins.


Meirionnydd Running Club were well represented at the Mynydd Mawr Fell Race held in Beddgelert. Leading home the Meirionnydd contingent was a resurgent Iori Jones of Dolgellau, finishing in 44.20mins, a little over a minute clear of club mate Graeme Stringer of Arthog, finishing in 45.29mins. Next Meirionnydd runner home was Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 46.57mins while the sole Bro Dysynni competitor on the evening, Bob Chilton of Hermon came home in 48.26mins.


Jos Jones of Tywyn, continued his return to form as he finished the Teifi 10 mile road race, run between Lampeter and Teifi in a time of 1hr 05.05mins, whilst running over the same distance, except over a course in Ellesmere, Shropshire were Nigel Evans of Dolgellau and Bob Chilton, who finished in respective times of 1hr 09.57mins and 1hr 14.22mins, the latter time earning the Hermon based athlete a third place finish in the male over-55 category.


Finally, a special mention and congratulations must be given to the Dysynni based contingent of Eirlys Griffiths, Helen and Kate Williams, Marj Griffiths, Ann Lewis, Kay Langston and Carys Jones who all completed the Aberystwyth Race For Life 5k, raising much needed funds for a much needed charity.