News Report 23rd June 2013

Over 650 athletes were attracted to Coed Y Brenin last Saturday morning, the venue for the 3rd annual running of the Trail Marathon Wales festival, an event growing in popularity annually, consisting of a full 26.2 mile Marathon Trail Race as well as a 13.1 mile Half Marathon Trail Race.

The full marathon race, run exclusively within the trails and tracks of Coed Y Brenin was won comfortably by Andrew Siggers (Kenilworth Runners), over 7 minutes clear of the second placed runner, crossing the finishing line in an outstanding time of 3hrs 06.40mins. The full marathon race also attracted 4 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club who were all well placed amongst the 260 who completed the marathon course. Leading home the Meirionnydd quartet, as well as claiming an overall 5th placed finish, was Glyn Griffin, the Llanfrothen based athlete home in a terrific time of 3hrs 22.40mins. Also claiming a top 10 finish for Meirionnydd was Dave Parker, the athlete based in Wrexham claiming an overall 8th placed finishing spot in a time of 3hrs 30.42mins. The Meirionnydd contingent in action over the 26.2 mile course was completed by the Dolgellau-based duo of Ashley Charlwood, home in 4hrs 05.49mins, and Sandra Williams, putting in a supreme effort to complete the course in 5hrs 19.02mins.

Tom Jones of Aberdyfi in action at the Trail Wales Half Marathon Pic by Alastair Tye

The half marathon drew a larger field and, in a race won by Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers / Salomon UK) in a time of 1hr 21.37mins, a total of 12 locally affiliated athletes were amongst the 380 who completed the course. The dozen were led home by Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, the sole Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete in action at the event, claiming an exceptional 36th spot finish in a time of 1hr 54.12mins. There then followed a steady stream of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C., led home by Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in a time of 1hr 59.59mins. Dylan Evans of Bryncrug followed in 2hrs 03.31mins a mere 18 seconds ahead of Dolgellau based Adam Preston, home in 2hrs 03.49mins. Glyn Rowlands of Arthog was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 2hrs 06.21mins with Dave Seabourne of Dolgellau following in 2hrs 26.00mins. A mere 11 seconds separated the next three Meirionnydd finishers as Kevin Evans of Brithdir, Dave Raybone of Dyffryn Ardudwy and Heidi Roden of Arthog finished in respective times of 2hrs 36.11mins, 2hrs 36.16mins and 2hrs 36.22mins. A further trio of athletes completed an outstanding Meirionnydd turnout as Tracey Evans of Brithdir, Jude Evans of Bryncrug and Christine Owen of Dolgellau came home in times of 2hrs 39.41mins, 2hrs 55.31mins and 3hrs 04.14mins.

Away from Coed Y Brenin, two athletes with a strong affiliation to Bro Dysynni have also been in the news recently. For current member, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, there was national success as the Dysynni stalwart claimed age category gold within the Female Over-70 category at the British Masters Athletics Federation 5k Championship Race held in Horwich, Lancashire, success being claimed in a time of 27.29mins. For past member, Adrian Bailey, there was overall race victory at the Gloworm Tunnel Trail Race Half Marathon, an event held in Newnes in the Wolgan Valley in New South Wales in Australia, the athlete with strong Barmouth connections completing the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1hr 32.36mins.

Graeme Stringer cometing at the recent Deiniolen 10k Road Race Pic by Alastair Tye

Finally, much closer to home, Meirionnydd athlete Graeme Stringer was in action at the undulating Deiniolen 10k Road Race, the Llanelltyd based athlete content with his finishing time, a pleasing 49.54mins.