News Report 16th June 2012

Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Ifan Richards, swapped his club vest for the red of Wales last Sunday morning as the Brithdir based athlete was picked as part of the Welsh squad in action at the Karrimor Great Trail 10k Challenge held in Keswick in the Lake District. With teams representing all the Home Nations in action, Richards picked up an excellent 15th place finish in the 'Elite Race' in a time of 36.44mins.

Prior to heading up the M6, the Brithdir athlete was one of two Meirionnydd RC competitors who headed to Newtown for the 4 mile off-road Gregynog Run, on this occasion picking up a 2nd place finish in a time of 29.41mins. Also in action at the event was club colleague, Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, claiming a 3rd spot finish in 30.45mins.

Two further Meirionnydd athletes saw competitive action recently at the Welsh 1000 Metres Peaks Race, a race, which in normal conditions would have started at Abergwyngregyn on the shoreline of Conwy Bay, before taking in the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd as well as Glyder Fawr & Crib Y Ddysgl before finishing on the summit of Y Wyddfa, a total race distance of 32k which also included an overall 8,000 feet of climbing. However, horrific weather conditions saw the course shortened in places for safety reasons. The 1st of the two Meirionnydd athletes home was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, claiming an overall 15th place finish in a time of 3hrs 59.18mins with club colleague, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau, following in 70th spot in a time of 5hrs 16.52mins.

Prior to the Welsh 1000 Metres Race, Mark Atherton also saw competitive action at the Great Orme Race in Llandudno, the 6th event out of ten which constitute the Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series. On this occasion, the Llan Ffestiniog based athlete claimed a strong 5th place finish in a time of 40.25mins.

Finally, one further athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd RC headed to Trefonen near Oswestry recently for the 4 mile Mynydd Myfyr Hill Race which included 500 feet of climbing. The athlete in question was Barrie Jackson of Bala who claimed a fine 3rd place finish within the Male Over-70 section in a time of 39.40mins.

Coed Y Brenin will be a hive of activity this coming Saturday morning as over 700 athletes will descend upon the centre for the inaugural running of the Trail Marathon Wales event, an off road race taking in the trails and tracks around the area. The full 26.2 mile marathon is due off at 9am with the 13.1 mile half marathon due off at 9.30am. Due to the maximum number of entries having already been reached, there will be no entries accepted on the day. Further details relating to the event can be found at www.trailmarathonwales.com.