News Report 16th June 2013

The first half of the month of June has seen locally affiliated athletes in action at a variety of destinations over a variety of differing terrain.

Arfon Hughes reaching the summit of Moel Hebog on his way to a finishing time of 1hr 08.23mins.

The largest turnout of local runners was in Beddgelert as a team of five athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club competed at the Moel Hebog Fell Race, an event measuring 4.2 miles in distance with a total ascent of 2,460 feet. The race proved to be a triumph for Ifan Richards of Brithdir, continuing his recent fine form as he claimed overall race victory in an excellent time of 50.18mins. Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog was the next Meirionnydd finisher, claiming 3rd place overall within the Male Over-40 age category in a time of 54.18mins, with fellow Ffestiniog athlete, Alan Jones, following in 1hr 03.38mins. Two Dolgellau based athletes completed the Meirionnydd contingent, as Arfon Hughes crossed the finishing line in a time of 1hr 08.23mins with Juliet Edwards following in 1hr 15.48mins, a time which also claimed age category success within the Female Over-50 section.

A quartet of locally affiliated athletes also saw competitive action last Saturday morning at the Gregynog Trail Race held in Tregynon, 4 miles north west of Newtown. The quartet were led home by Meirionnydd runner, Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen, the Welsh international claiming a fine 2nd spot finish at the event in a time of 30.15mins. A rejuvenated Graeme Stringer followed, the Llanelltyd based athlete the 2nd Meirionnydd runner home in 43.07mins. Marit Evans of Dolgellau followed, the 1st of two Bro Dysynni athletes in action, home in a time of 56.38mins, with Sheila Symonds, also of Dolgellau, claiming a time of 55.00mins over the slightly shorter affiliated course.

Perhaps the toughest race held recently has been the Welsh 1000 Metres Peak Race, a 32k event inclusive of 8,000 feet of climbing over the peaks of Garnedd Llewelyn, Dafydd and Ugain, Glyder Fawr before finishing on the peak of Y Wyddfa. In a race which present a true challenge, two Meirionnydd athletes in action met the challenge full on, Dave Parker finishing in 9th spot in a time of 4hrs 35.46mins with Mark Atherton of Blaenau Ffestiniog following in 18th spot with a finishing time of 4hrs 54.31mins.

Prior to claiming 2nd spot at the Gregynog Trail Race, Glyn Griffing had also been in action at Llandegla, the venue of the Big Welsh Trail 10k Race. Once again showing fine form, the Llanfrothen based athlete claimed an excellent 3rd spot finish on this occasion, in a time of 40.53mins.

Bro Dysynni A.C. were recently represented at the Bangor 10k by Geraint Evans, with the Porthmadog based athlete claiming a huge personal best for the distance, crossing the line in an excellent time of 53.32mins.

Meirionnydd R.C were represented by a busy Dave Parker at the 'Up The Beast Trail Race' held at Maeshafn, near Mold. In a race measuring 4.5 miles and including 1,500 feet of climbing, the Wrexham based athlete claimed an overall 6th spot finish in a time of 36.15mins.

Finally, Meirionnydd were also represented at the Poole 10k recently as Jeff Davies completed the event held in the Dorset town in a fine time of 44.05mins.