News Report 15th September 2012

The busy Alan Jones seen in action at the recent Moel Hebog Fell Race

The first half of September has proven to be a busy time for local athletes competing in both off-road and on-road events.

The largest turnout was at the Moel Wnion Fell Race in Abergwyngregyn where competitiors faced a 4.7 mile challenge which included a severe 1,700 feet of climbing. A quality field assembled at this event, as the race was also a counter for the British Fell Running Championships as well as the inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and the WFRA North Wales Series (sponsored by Planet Fear). A total of five Meirionnydd R.C. athletes were in action, the five being led home by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based athlete placing 11th overall in a finishing time of 39.00mins. Dave Parker was the 2nd Meironnydd finisher, 18th overall in 40.21mins with Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen following as a time of 41.13mins claimed an overall 22nd placed finish. The Meirionnydd team were completed by Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog in a time of 50.27mins and Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, home in a time of 56.07mins.

A quartet of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. were in road running action recently, their chosen event being the Ceir Cymru Caernarfon 10k. The quartet were led home by John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog in a pleasing time of 53.00mins, ahead of club colleague, John Butler, the Tywyn-based athlete home in 1hr 03.34mins. Two Dolgellau-based athletes completed the quartet, firstly Marit Evans crossed the line in a time of 1hr 09.33mins before Sheila Symonds produced another vintage performance as a time of 1hr 30.10mins claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 category.

A pair of Dysynni athletes also formed part of a large field at the picturesque Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon recently. Tackling the 13.1 mile course which took in the large loop around Lake Vyrnwy were Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, a time of 2hrs 35.05mins claiming 3rd place within the Female Over-65 category, and the remarkable Sheila Symonds, once again claiming age category success within the Female Over-75 category, on this occasion in a time of 3hrs 15.54mins.

A further pair of athletes, on this occasion affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. were also in action last Saturday, on this occasion at the 9 mile Llyn Brenig Trail Race held near Cerrigydrudion. On this occasion, Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog claimed 14th spot in a time of 1hr 03.09mins with club colleague, John Smith of Dolgellau, following home in a time of 1hr .13.36mins which also claimed 3rd spot within the Male Over-60 category.

Certainly the busiest local athlete recently has been Alan Jones, as the Ffestiniog based athlete also took on the challenge presented by Ras Moel Hebog Fell Race in Beddgelert. On this occasion the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completed the 4.2 mile course which included an arduous 2,460 feet of climbing in a strong time of 1hr 13.51mins. Finally there was an inaugural road race recently for Geraint Evans of Porthmadog who completed the Cardiff 10k Road Race in a pleasing time of 58.07mins to continue a strong family sporting tradition.