News Report 19th June 2011

Locally affiliated athletes have been in action in shorter races recently, namely two 5k Road Race events, one held in Newtown, the other in Oswestry.

The larger turnout was in Newtown, which saw a total of five locally affiliated athletes in action at the Newtown Carnival 5k. Leading home the local contingent in action on this occasion was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, putting in some last minute speed training before his forthcoming trip to Slovenia as part of the Welsh team in action at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. With the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete having a preference for longer fell running races, he was well satisfied with the 3rd position achieved over the shorter distance in Newtown in a time of 17.02mins. There then followed a quartet of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC, led home by Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-65 category in a time of 27.20mins. Making his first competitive outing of 2011 was Huw Harrison of Fairbourne, delighted with his finishing time of 29.04mins with Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth following in 32.28mins. The quartet were completed by the remarkable Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau-based athlete victorious in the Female Over-75 category in a tremendous time of 42.27mins.

Well done to all four athletes in action at the recent Newtown 5k event. Many thanks to Es Richards for the attached pictures of Brenda Jones, Marj Griffiths and Huge Harrison in action at the race.

Also in action in Newtown, on this occasion in the Under-10's Fun Run, held over a distance of one mile, was Heledd Richards of Brithdir, very much following in her father's footsteps as she completed the course in an excellent time of 11.13mins.

A trio of Meirionnydd RC athletes headed to Oswestry recently, their chosen event being the Park Hall 5k. Leading home the trio in action was Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd, setting a new Meirionnydd RC record in the Female Over-40 category over the 5k distance in a time of 21.28mins. Hanging on to her coat-tails was husband, Frankie Vaughan, home in 21.36mins with the trio being completed by Barrie Jackson of Bala, crossing the finishing line in a pleasing time of 27.49mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon, as Ganllwyd will play host to the short, sharp Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Run. The 2.1 mile race which includes a steep 700 feet of climbing is due off at 12.00 Noon. Entries will be accepted on the day, further details relating to the event are available from