News Report 21st February 2010
One locally affiliated athlete who has started 2010 in fine form is Kate Bailey, formerly of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming 3 victories in the female section of events, all run over the fells, within 7 weeks of the start of the new year.
First up was victory in the female category of the Kymin Winter Race held in Monmouth, the Meirionnydd Running Club member covering the 4 mile distance in a time of 38.52mins, a time which also claimed an overall 7th placed finish at the event.
Maintaining her excellent form, two consecutive victories at races held in Shropshire followed. The first of these was the relatively short Titterstone Clee Fell Race, held over a 2.5 mile course which included an overall 750 feet of climbing, a time of 24.25mins ensuring victory in the female category. This was followed by a much longer event, namely the 11 mile Long Mynd Valley Fell Race and in an event which also included 4,500 feet of climbing, a time of 2hrs 02.08mins ensured a hat-trick of victories for the in-form Bailey.
The Marches School in Oswestry was recently the venue for the final fixture of the 2009-10 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, and following on from the pattern set at previous events, athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club provided both quality and quantity at the meeting. In the Male section, a 7 strong Meirionnydd team were led home by Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, 21st overall in a time of 37.40mins. Next home was Ifan Richards of Brithdir in a time of 38.28mins, he in turn was followed by the Dolgellau-based duo of Kevin Jones & Adam Preston, home in respective times of 38.41mins & 39.14mins. On his cross country debut, there was a pleasing finishing time of 44.30mins for Talyllyn-based Ricky Francis with the Meirionnydd team being completed by stalwarts Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd & Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in times of 46.45mins & 52.58mins. In the end of season's league table, Meironnydd fared well, finishing in an overall 3rd place in Division 2, whilst Bro Dysynni continue to struggle, finishing in a lowly 16th in the same division.
In the Female section, the 5 strong Meirionnydd contingent were led home by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd in a time of 24.26mins, she was followed by the Dolgellau-based duo of Juliet Edwards & Andrea Edwards in times of 26.19mins & 28.43mins whilst Sioned Jones of Brithdir & Gaenor Smith of Dolgellau completed the Meirionnydd turn-out in times of 29.07mins & 29.12mins. The sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action at the Oswestry event was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, her time of 29.50mins ensured age group success in the Female Over-65 Class not just on the day, but also over the course of the 2009-2010 season. In the final league standings for the female event, Meironnydd Running Club finished in 5th spot in Division 2, their Bro Dysynni counterparts following in an overall 10th place finish.