News Report 17th February 2012

Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth in action at the recent Tarren Hendre Fell Race

An athlete with Olympic experience was victorious at the Railway Inn sponsored Tarren Hendre Fell Race in Abergynolwyn recently, as Andres Jones of Aberystwyth A.C., who wore the GB vest in the 10,000 metres track event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, claimed a comfortable victory over a strong field.

Having placed 5th at the 2011 event, the Aberystwyth athlete returned and sliced just over 2 minutes off his previous time to claim race victory by 44 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers, who himself won this event back in 2009, their respective finishing times being 48.16mins & 49.00mins. Victory within the Female category was claimed by Lauren Jesker of Todmorden Harriers, the Lancastrian completing the event in 57.54mins. As ever, there was also strong local representation at the 6 mile event, held over a course which included 2,000 feet of climbing. The first locally affiliated athlete home and continuing his impressive start to 2012, was Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming a 7th placed finish in a time of 56.42mins. A mere 5 seconds later, Adam Preston of Dolgellau was the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 56.47mins. A further six athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd followed, led home by youngsters Alex Lanz of Dolgellau & Jamie Evans of Bryncrug who finished in times of 1hr 00.17mins & 1hr 02.25mins. The 2nd of the Bryncug-based Evans family to finish was father, Dylan, in a time of 1hr 06.22mins, with Phil Morgan of Machynlleth following in 1hr 07.21mins. Talyllyn-based athlete, Ricky Francis, followed in 1hr 08.18mins, ahead of Tony Hodgson, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming victory within the Male Over-60 category in a time of 1hr 11.17mins. An athlete with strong Bro Dysynni connections followed, in the guise of Glyn Lewis in a time of 1hr 12.14mins, clear of two further Dolgellau based members of Meirionnydd Running Club, namely Juliet Edwards, home in a time of 1hr 14.06mins and fellow GP, Nich Bradley, who followed home in 1hr 15.05mins. Tywyn-based Richard Griffiths flew the Bro Dysynni flag at the event as he came home in 1hr 15.50mins, ahead of two further Meirionnydd finishers, namely David Elliott of Fairbourne in 1hr 18.39mins & Kevin Evans of Brithdir in 1hr 20.53mins.

There was also a strong local turnout at the recent Nick Beer 10k Road Race in Llandudno, held over a gruelling course which took in the climb around the Great Orme. In addition to athletes affiliated to both Bro Dysynni & Meirionnydd, there was also a strong contingent of Barmouth based competitors at the event. It was two of these who led home the local runners as Bobby Griffith & Adam Morris swapped their football boots for running shoes to complete the course in respective times of 45.53mins & 47.15mins. Another Barmouth based athlete followed as Chris Stevens completed the event in 48.51mins, ahead of the first Bro Dysynni athlete home, namely John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, finishing in a time of 53.08mins. Rob Thomas was the sole Meirionnydd competitor in action at the event, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming a personal best time over the 10k distance as he finished in 54.03mins. Another Llanelltyd based athlete followed, as Brenda Jones was the 2nd Dysynni finisher, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 58.05mins. The Barmouth contingent was completed by Adam Hills & Christine Stevens in respective times of 1hr 02.22mis & 1hr 10.22mins before the effervescent Sheila Symonds completed the Dysynni turnout at the event, the Dolgellau based athlete finishing in 1hr 35.17mins.

Finally, there was also local representation at the recent Fearless MTB Duathlon which was held at the Llandegla Forest Trail near Wrexham. Facing the 182 competitors who tackled the event was a 5 mile trail run, an 11 mile mountain bike course followed by a final 3.5 mile trail run. There was overall victory at the event for Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete proving to be adept over the technical course as he claimed victory in an overall time of 1hr 34.39mins. Claiming an impressive 75th placed finish was a duathlete with strong Barmouth connections, as Ben Buxton completed the course in a time of 2hrs 05.50mins.