Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi on his way to a fine 5th paced finish at Ras Foel Lus.
Months of hard training and preparation paid dividends recently for five athletes affiliated to
Meirionnydd Running Club who headed to London to take part in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.
Repeating his success of 2010 was Adam Preston, the first of four Dolgellau-based finishers, as he came home in a Meirionnydd Running Club record time for the marathon distance, covering the 26.2mile course in a time of 2hrs 57.00mins, just under 12 minutes quicker than the time he set in 2010. London Marathon regular, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd then followed in a time of 3hrs 10.01mins, which claimed an outstanding 7th placed finish in the Male Over-60 Category. The Dolgellau trio of Nich Bradley, Janet Preston & Sandra Williams followed in respective times of 3hrs 56.03mins, 4hrs 10.23mins & 4hrs 20.53mins. Another London finisher with strong local connections was Joe Jeffs of Barmouth who crossed the line in a time of 4hrs 32.54mins.
Four local athletes also formed part of a field of 96 at the recent Llantysylio Fell Race, a 6.2mile event which included an overall 2,400 feet of climbing. Showing his liking for the race based in Rhewl near Llangollen was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, as the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete repeated his race victory of 2010 as he came home victorious in a time of 52.07mins. One athlete showing excellent form recently has been Dylan Jones of Cerist Tri / Bro Dysynni AC. On this occasion the Aberdyfil based athlete claimed a 12th placed finishing spot as he crossed the line in a time of 58.57mins, a mere 8 seconds ahead of Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, the Meirionnydd RC athlete home in 59.05mins. Also in action at the Llantysylio event was Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, home in a pleasing time of 66.11mins.
Two of the four in action at Rhewl were also in action soon after at Dwygyfylchi for the Foel Lus Fell Race, the 3.1mile event which included 1,300 feet of climbing also being the 2nd counter within the 10 race Joe Brown 18th Midweek Race Series. On this occasion, Ifan Richards claimed a 3rd placed finish in a time of 22.52mins with Dylan Jones following in 5th spot in a time of 23.57mins which also claimed victory within the Under-23 Category within the event.