News Report 23rd September 2012


Ifan Richards & Glyn Griffin wearing the red of Wales in Cumbria last weekend. Pictures by Esyllt Richards

There was international recognition for two athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club last weekend as they were chosen as part of the Welsh team in action at the Home Country International Uphill Running Championships which were held in Melmerby in Cumbria. Facing the competitors was a 10k course which included an overall 1,670 feet of climbing up to the peak of the Hartside Ridge. The Meirionnydd duo wearing the red of Wales were Ifan Richards of Brithdir, claiming an overall 25th spot finish within the international field of 48, in a time of 51.14mins and Welsh-debutant, Glyn Griffith of Llanfrothen, claiming an outstanding 28th spot finish in a time of 52.07mins. In the overall team standings, the Welsh squad ended up in the bronze medal position within the Senior Male category.

Another Meirionnydd athlete was also in action in Cumbria last weekend, on this occasion at the Great Langdale Half Marathon. The athlete in question was Barrie Jackson of Bala who completed the arduous 13.1 mile course in an overall time of 2hrs 38.12mins which also claimed victory within the Male Over-70 Category.

A further athlete affiliated to the Meirionnydd club also took on a classic race recently, namely the Peris Horseshoe Fell Race, a 17.5 mile event which included an overall 8,500 feet of climbing taking in the climbs of Elidir, Y Garn, Lliwedd, Y Wyddfa & Moel Cynghorion, an event considered by many to be one of the toughest races within the Welsh fell running calendar. The athlete in question was Mark Atherton of Ffestiniog who claimed a tremendous 9th placed finish at the event in an overall time of 4hrs 12.27mins.

Elsewhere recently, ex-Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete, Rebecca Dallimore, claimed an excellent finishing time of 1hr 46.54mins at Great North Run Half Marathon whilst Huw Brassington of Bontddu claimed an impressive 3rd place finish at the Anglesey Sandman Sprint Triathlon, covering the course which included a 400 metre sea swim, an 18k bike leg and 5k run in a cumulative time of 1hr 06.47mins.

There is local action this coming Sunday as Penmaenpool will play host to the Trailworks / Garthyfog Log Cabins Penmaenpool 10 Mile Trail Race. The main event is due off at 12.00 Noon with the affiliated 2 mile fun run following at 12.05pm. Further details relating to the event are available on http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/