News Report 16th April 2012

The village of Fron, near Caernarfon, recently played host to two fell races in quick succession. At the Fron Four Fell Race, Meirionnydd Running Club were represented by Llan Ffestiniog based athlete Mark Atherton who completed the 7.1 mile course, which included an overall climb of some 2,350 feet, in an impressive time of 1hr 17.22mins, a time which was the 7th fastest on the day as well as the fastest within the Male Over-40 category.

The second event held at Fron was the Moel Tryfan Fell Race, the 1st of 10 races which constitute the 2012 Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series affiliated to Eryri Harriers. The race attracted three athletes affiliated to local clubs, they were led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete claiming a 4th placed finish in an excellent time of 18.38mins. Hot on his heels was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, on this occasion representing Cerist Tri, 8th overall in 18.49mins. The trio were completed by the busy Mark Atherton, on this occasion home in 11th spot in a time of 20.10mins.

Further afield, Meirionnydd R.C. athlete Jeff Davies finished strongly in a time of 21.01mins at the Swindon Park Run 5k held at Lydiard Park.

Finally the results of the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series have recently been released. The results are based on the cumulative times of three Winter fell races, namely Rhobell Fawr held in Llanfachreth, Tarren Hendre held in Abergynolwyn & Ras Yr Aran held in Llanuwchllyn. Overall series victory was claimed by Martin Cliffe of Eryri Harriers in a cumulative time of 3hrs 27.07mins. In his first full running season, Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth claimed an outstanding runners up spot in the series, as well as leading home the six strong Meirionnydd contingent who completed the three events, in an overall time of 3hrs 37.45mins. The Meirionnydd contingent were completed by Phil Morgan of Machynlleth in 4hrs 23.47mins, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, 1st male within the Over-60 category, in an overall 4hrs 28.44mins, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in 4hrs 31.24mins, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 4hrs 53.43mins & Kevin Evans of Brithdir 5hrs 12.38mins.

Mark Atherton seen taking on the snowy ascent of the Fron Four Fell Race recently.