News Report 15th July 2012

There was an international feel to Ras Foel Gocyn held in Bryncrug last Saturday afternoon as the tough 4 mile hill race attracted the interest of a national from both the Czech. Republic as well as the Netherlands, albeit both now living and working locally. Indeed, in one of the closest ever finishes to the race, victory was claimed by Jakub Lexa of the Czech Republic, and now Talyllyn, as he pinched victory by a mere 1 second, ahead of Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, the two home in respective times of 32.55mins and 32.56mins. The top three podium was completed by youngster, George Richards of Tywyn, home in an excellent time of 35.56mins. The first of the 7 strong Bro Dysynni A.C. contingent home was John Paul Rowlands of Bryncrug in a time of 37.50mins with Ricky Francis of Talyllyn being the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 38.26mins. Youngsters, Huw Jones of Abergynolwyn and Aled Jones of Bryncrug finished in times of 38.32mins & 39.09mins ahead of the slightly more senior figures of theTywyn based duo of John Marsh of Tarren Hendre & Richard Groffiths of Bro Dysynni, completing the event in respective times of 39.17mins & 39.23mins. Another younger athlete, in the guise of Iwan Jones of Bryncrug, followed in 40.42mins ahead of Alan Jones of Bro Dysynni, the Bryncrug based athlete home in a time of 44.47mins. Dafydd Bryan of Abergynolwyn was the next youngster home, in a time of 45.37mins, clear of the 1st female finisher, as Adele Jones of Bryncrug, running the race as training for the forthcoming 10k event at Race The Train, claimed victory in the female section of the event, the Dysynni athlete crossing the line in a time of 49.55mins. The Dutch athlete in action was Richard Vroom, the Bro Dysynni member, now based in Tywyn, crossing the line in 50.53mins. A further three athletes took a slight detour in the last half mile of the race, resulting in a finishing time of 62.49mins for Gabi Greenwood of Bryncrug as well as the Bro Dysynni duo of Marit Evans of Dolgellau and a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech.

Local athletes have also been out and about recently at other events. At the Foel Fras Fell Race held around Abergwyngregyn, Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog covered the 12 mile course which included a total of 3,100 feet of climbing in a time of 2hrs 05.14mins, earning the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete an excellent 4th placed finish. The Felinheli 10k Road Race was the chosen event of John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the undulating course in a time of 54.41mins whilst Alan Jones was in action at the Cotswold Outdoor Moel Siabod Fell Race in Capel Curig, the Meirionnydd RC athlete completing the 5.4mile course which included an overall 2,300 feet of climbing in a time of 67.15mins, which claimed an overall 29th placed finish. Finally, one Meirionnydd RC was in triathlon action recently as Andrea Vaughan took on the Shropshire Standard Distance Triathlon in Ellesmere, a race which also incorporated the 2012 British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships. In a race made up of a 1.5k swim, a 40k cycle leg and a final 10k run, the Ganllwyd based athlete, on this occasion representing INTRtri, was more than happy with an excellent finishing time of 2hrs 33.41mins.

1st    - Jakub Lexa (Czech. Republic & Talyllyn) in 32.55mins
2nd   - Jamie Evans (Meirionnydd Running Club) in 32.56mins (1st Junior Male)
3rd    - George Richards (Tywyn) in 35.56mins
4th    - John Paul Rowlands (Bro Dysynni AC) in 37.50mins
5th    - Ricky Francis (Meirionnydd Running Club) in 38.26mins
6th    - Huw Jones (Abergynolwyn) in 38.3mins
7th    - Aled Jones (Bryncrug) in 39.09mins
8th    - John Marsh (Tarren Hendre) in 39.17nins
9th    - Richard Griffiths (Bro Dysynni AC) in 39.23mins
10th  - Iwan Jones (Bryncrug) in 40.42mins
11th  - Alan Jones (Bro Dysynni AC) in 44.47mins
12th  - Dafydd Bryan (Abergynolwyn) in 45.37mins
13th  - Adele Jones (Bro Dysynni AC) in 49.55mins (1st Female)
14th  - Richard Vroom (Netherlands & Bro Dysynni AC) in 50.53mins
=15th- Gabi Greenwood (Bryncrug) in 62.49mins (1st Junior Female)
=15th- Marit Evans (Bro Dysynni AC) in 62.49mins
=15th- Andy Unwin (Bro Dysynni AC) in 62.49mins