News Report 18th March 2012

A veteran athlete affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. continues to prove that age need not be a barrier within the field of competitive running. That runner is Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau based athlete recently crowned Welsh 5k Road Running Champion within the Female Over-75 category having completed the championship course in Bute Park, Cardiff in a tremendous time of 43.38mins.

Another Dolgellau based athlete in action recently was Alex Lanz, swapping his Meirionnydd R.C. club vest for that of the North Wales region, having been selected as part of the Male Under-17 team to represent the region at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships which were held at Cofton Park in Birmingham. In a quality field, the Dolgellau youngster more than held his own, as a time of 21.13mins claimed a 146th placed finish within his section.

A further quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. were also in action recently, as they formed part of a field of 359 athletes who took on the 20 mile Rhayadar Round the Lakes challenge. Leading home the quartet was Tony Hodgson, choosing the event as part of his training regime for next month's Virgin London Marathon, the Llanelltyd-based athlete home in a time of 2hrs 39.23mins. Glyn Rowlands of Arthog was the next Meirionnydd finisher, in a time of 3hrs 07.56mins, with the Dolgellau-based duo of Sandra Williams & Margaret Roberts completing the quartet, home in respective times of 3hrs 08.14mins & 3hrs 17.51mins.

One further athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. headed to West Wales recently, the athlete in question being Dai Rice of Dolgellau, who completed the Llanelli Waterside Half-Marathon in an excellent time of 2hrs 01.26mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon (24th) as Llanuwchllyn will play host to the Organic Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran Fell Race. The 10 mile event which includes an overall 3,100 feet of climbing, is also the final race within the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series and is due off at 1.00pm. At 1.15pm there will also be an additional event on the day, in the guise of the 2 mile Ras Garth Fawr, the 500 feet climb aimed at testing the younger fraternity as well as those new to the sport of fell running.
Further details relating to the above are available at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk