News Report 15th April  2010


Local athletes have taken to the mountains in recent weeks, with representatives at 5 separate fell racing events.


Two local athletes ventured to the village of Priest Weston in Shropshire, their chosen event being the Corndon Three Peaks Classic Fell Race, a 7 mile event which included an overall 1,850 feet of climbing. Leading home the duo was prolific racer, Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming an overall 4th placed finish in a time of 44.17mins. Also finishing well in this event, in an overall 27th position was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 50.13mins.


Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog was the sole local representative at the Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race held on Moel Famau near Mold. The Bro Dysynni athlete performed well over the 4.75 mile course, which included 1,750 feet of climbing, to finish in an overall 18th position out of the 108 competitors in a time of 47.12mins.


Midweek races have also been very much to the fore recently with the start of the Eryri Harriers Great Arete Tuesday Evening series of fell races.


The 1st race of the series was held on Moel Tryfan in Rhosgadfan with seven local athletes taking on the challenge. Leading home the 'Magnificent Seven' was Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming a 4th place finish in a time 19.39mins. Three Ffestiniog based athletes followed as Hefin Jones (Meirionnydd Running Club) crossed the line alongside Dewi Roberts as they both finished in a time of 20.28mins with Bryn Humphries (Meirionnydd Running Club) following in a time of 21.51mins. Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd was the next finisher from the strong Meirionnydd turnout as he crossed the line in a time of 22.11mins with Dion Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog following, the Dysynni youngster home in an excellent time of 23.26mins. The seven were completed by a resurgent Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd who completed the Meirionnydd turnout in a time of 26.01mins.


The 2nd race in the series was the Foel Lus event held near Penmaenmawr. On this occasion the local contingent of 6 was led home by Ifan Richards, 3rd overall, in a time of 23.24mins. Dewi Roberts followed in 27.02mins with Dave Whittey and Graeme Stringer next home in respective times of 28.44mins & 31.03mins. Making a rare race outing was Andy Sanderson of Llanbedr, home in a time of 31.32mins, with Nich Bradley of Dolgellau completing the Meirionnydd-based turnout as he came home in 33.48mins.


The 3rd race was held at Mynydd Mawr near Caernarfon and on this occasion Hefin Jones led home the local quartet in a time of 36.38mins. He was followed by Bryn Humphries in 39.23mins, Dave Whittey in 39.36mins & Graeme Stringer in 42.13mins.


The sole road running event which has attracted local interest recently was the Chester Spring 5 Mile Road Race. Of the two local competitors in action on the evening, Nigel Evans (Bro Dysynni A.C.) of Dolgellau came home in an impressive time of 33.03mins with Ffestyn Williams, formerly of Llanbedr, following in 36.42mins.