News Report 21st October 2012

Kevin Evans & Dave Seabourne running the pairs leg at the recent British Fell & Hill Relay Championships

A dozen athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club took on a challenge with a twist recently, as they formed two teams at the 24th running of the UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championships which were held at Church Stretton in Shropshire.

In an event which attracted a total of 151 teams of 6 athletes per team, the race was split into four relay sections, namely a solo leg, a pairs leg, a navigational pairs leg before a final solo leg. With the cream of UK fell running in attendance, the Meirionnydd Running Club Senior Team which consisted of Dave Parker, Kevin Jones (Dolgellau), Mark Atherton (Ffestiniog), Arfon Hughes (Dolgellau), Alan Jones (Ffestiniog) & Ifan Richards (Brithdir), performed admiralably on the day to claim an overall 43rd place team finish in a cumulative time of 4hrs 15.50mins. The Meirionnydd club also entered an Over-50's team at the event which consisted of Clive Edgington, Kevin Evans (Brithdir), Dave Seabourne (Dolgellau), Dai Rice (Dolgellau), John Smith (Dolgellau) & Dylan Evans (Bryncrug). Once again, the team put in a sterling effort to finish in an overall 141st spot in a cumulative time of 6hrs 02.51mins.

A further five locally affiliated athletes also recently formed part of a field of 97 athletes who took on the 7 mile challenge presented by the Twin Peaks Race held in Aberystwyth. With the race taking in the daunting climbs of both Pen Dinas & Constitution Hill, the local contingent were led home by Meirionnydd RC athlete, David Elliott who completed the event in a time of 56.17mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, home in 58.28mins, and a resurgent Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd, crossing the finish line in a time of 1hr 03.21mins. There was age category success for the two Bro Dysynni AC athletes in action as Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth claimed victory within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 1hr 35.32mins with the redoubtable Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau victorious within the Female Over-75 category in an excellent 2hrs 07.46mins.

A quartet of locally affiliated athletes also recently took on the 13.1 mile challenge presented by the Cardiff Half Marathon. The quartet were led home by Cerist Tri athlete Dylan Jones, the Aberdyfi-based runner completing the course in a time of 1hr 23.14mins. A trio of Bro Dysynni athletes then followed as Tom Jones of Aberdyfi came home in 1hr 27.22mins, Gavin Griffiths, formerly of Tywyn followed in 1hr 53.43mins, with Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi completing the family affair, coming home in a time of 2hrs 03.40mins.

Bro Dysynni AC were also represented recently at the Flint 10k Road Race by the evergreen Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd who claimed the Female Over-70 category award at the event in fine time 53.52mins.