News Report 18th June 2006
For two athletes with local connections, last weekend provided a real sporting milestone as they both took part in, and completed, the Comrades Ultra-Marathon, a 90k (55 mile) road race held between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. Not only did the two complete the challenge, but their finishing times also far exceeded their initial expectations. The first of the duo home was Adrian Bailey of Barmouth, now based out of Queenstown, New Zealand. Although vastly experienced in the world of adventure racing, this event probably surpassed anything completed before as he finished the race in an extraordinary time of 6hrs 29.28mins to claim an overall 63rd place finish out of the 14,000 or so athletes who lined up at the start in Durban. The second local athlete competing was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd who seems to be getting quicker as he advances in years! Another magnificent effort saw the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claim a finishing time of 9hrs 28.37mins which also secured a finish amongst the first 25% of those who completed the event.
Also running overseas recently has been Tywyn super-veteran, Alan Morton, who continues to chalk up his number of marathon finishes. His latest efforts came in Canada where he finished the ING Ottawa Marathon in 4hrs 14.13mins and then onto Scotland for a 4hr 15.32mins finish in the Edinburgh Marathon.
Closer to home, a trio of Bro Dysynni athletes were in action at the Red Kite Trail Running Challenge in Ponterwyd, Ceredigion. In the 11 mile trail race, which this year also incorporated the Welsh Senior Trail Running Championships, there were excellent performances from the trio who were led home by Walter Marsh of Tywyn in a time of 1hr 41.30mins which claimed an overall 44th position in the event. Next home was Barrie Jackson of Bala who claimed a bronze medal in the male over-65 age group as he completed the event 2hrs 01.55mins whilst Bro Dysynni newcomer Peter Nightingale completed his first race in club colours in a promising time of 2hrs 03.07mins.
A trio of Dysynni runners were also in midweek action at the Park Hall 5k road race held in Oswestry. On this occasion, the trio were led home by Nigel Evans of Dolgellau, claiming 2nd place in the male over-50 category, with a 19.00mins finish. Next home was a busy Barrie Jackson, on this occasion settling for 3rd place in the male over-65 class, with a finishing time of 23.46mins. The trio were completed by Marit Evans of Dolgellau in a time of 26.35mins.
Walter Marsh (vet 0/55 Brodysynni) was in action again taking part in the Man vs Horse event at Llanwrtyd Wells on 10th June in boiling hot conditions completing the gruelling 22 mile cross country event in a time of 3 hours 33 mins. This year the event was won by the horse.
This coming Saturday afternoon sees the running of a short, sharp local fell race, namely the Tyn-Y-Groes fell race in Ganllwyd. The 2.1mile event, which includes 700 feet of climbing, has a 12.00noon start time and is open to anyone aged 14 or over. Entries will be taken on the morning of the event, with race headquarters being the Tyn-Y-Groes Hotel in Ganllwyd. Further details relating to the race, which is sure to attract strong local interest, are available from either www.brodysynniac.com or www.tynygroes.com.