News Report 21st December 2009


 The lead up to the festive season has been a busy one for local athletes, with local club vests being seen at 4 seperate events.


Six local athletes headed to Builth Wells for the high profile Welsh Inter-Regional Cross-Country Championships recently. Pride of place amongst the six must be given to Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd as the Bro Dysynni athlete claimed victory in the Female Over-65 category in a time of 29.48mins. Also well placed in his age category was club-mate, Barrie Jackson of Bala, claiming 4th spot in the Male Over-70 section in a time of 32.32mins.


In the Senior Men's race, a trio of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club took on the 10.2k course, and excellent grouping saw the three finish within a minute of each other. Leading home the trio was Ifan Richards of Brithdir in a time of 37.55mins, which claimed an overall 17th placed finish, he was duly followed by team-mates Darren Cole of Dinas Mawddwy in 38.07mins and Huw Brassington of Ganllwyd in a time of 38.53mins.


Completing the local contingent of athletes in action at Builth Wells was Alex Lantz of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete finishing well in the Men's Under-17 race, completing the 5.3k course in a time of 20.27mins.


Two 10k road races have also attracted the attention of local athletes recently, the largest turnout being in Aberystwyth as 10 local athletes took on the Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth 10k. Leading home the local contingent on the day was Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, the first of the 5 Meirionnydd runners home in a time of 37.18mins. Leading home the Bro Dysynni contingent was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi in a time of 41.01mins. He was followed by two Meirionnydd Running Club debutants, as Ricky Francis came home in 42.25mins with team-mate Glyn Rowlands following in 44.29mins. There was an impressive performance from Bro Dysynni's Richard Griffiths, the Tywyn-based athlete home in 45.35mins with Nich Bradley of Dolgellau following, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in 49.23mins. Bro Dysynni stalwart Malcolm Taylor followed, the Criccieth-based athlete home in 51.47mins with the first local female competitor following as Gaenor Smith of Dolgellau crossed the line in 54.17mins to complete the Meirionnydd contingent in action on the day. Two further Bro Dysynni athetes followed as Sheila Jones of Criccieth, in an all-to-rare race outing, came home in a pleasing 54.56mins with the effervescent Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth following in 63.08mins.


A trio of local athletes also took on the same distance at the Helena Tipping 10k held in Wrexham. The first of the two Meirionnydd Running Club athletes home on the day was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd in a time of 42.51mins with team-mate Graeme Stringer, also of Llanelltyd, following in a time of 50.35mins. There was age category success for the sole Bro Dysynni competitor, as Barrie Jackson claimed victory in the Male Over-70 section in a time of 60.27mins.


Finally, one local competitor headed to Shropshire recently to take on the challenge presented by the Cardington Cracker, a 9 mile fell race which included an overall 2,600 feet of climbing. The athlete in question was John Marsh of Tywyn, the Tarren Hendre athlete claiming victory in the Male Over-65 category in a time of 1hr 41.43mins.


There is local action this coming Saturday (26th) as Ganllwyd will play host to the Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Race. With the emphasis very much on fun, competitors are invited to take on the challenge in fancy dress costume or otherwise. The 2.5mile event which includes a stiff 700 foot climb is due off at 12.00 Noon. Further details are available from