News Report 23/10/11



Criggion near Welshpool was the venue recently for the Breidden Hills Fell Race, with the 7 mile event, which included an overall 2,300 feet of climbing, also constituting the final race within both the 2011 Welsh Open Fell Running Championships as well as the North Wales Open Series. The race attracted the interest of two seasoned campaigners affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club who both figured prominantly in the overall North Wales Series for 2011. Leading the duo home, in an overall 4th place on the day, was Ifan Richards in a time of 59.43mins. This placing proved sufficient for the Brithdir-based athlete to retain the North Wales Fell Running Championship for 2011, repeating his success of 2010. Club colleague, Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, came home in 1hr 14.01mins and claimed a fine 2nd spot within the Male Over-40 category of the overall 2011 North Wales series.


Locally affiliated athletes have also figured prominantly in 3 large city road races recently. The biggest turnout was at the Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon where 8 locally affiliated athletes formed part of a field numbering around the 15,000 mark. The eight were led home by a trio of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. as Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, Gavin Griffiths, erstwhile of Tywyn, and Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi came home in respective times of 1hr 26.11mins, 1hr 46.48mins & 1hr 58.06mins. The Meirionnydd Running Club quartet in action were led home by Sandra Williams of Dolgellau in a time of 1hr 50.43mins with club colleagues Jacqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd, Heidi Roden of Arthog and Haydn Fowler, also of Trawsfynydd, following in respective times of 1hr 59.15mins, 2hrs 13.29mins & 2hrs 22.47mins. The locally affiliated turnout was completed by the effervescent Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, the Bro Dysynni veteran completing the course in an excellent time of 3hrs 17.26mins.


Two further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club headed to Sheffield in South Yorkshire recently to form part of a field of thousands in action at the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run. In a race measuring 10k, the Llanelltyd 'father and daughter duo' of Tony & Rose Hodgson came home in respective times of 43.20mins (3rd Male Over-60) & 1hr 02.52mins.


One athlete with strong local connections also took on her inaugural first full marathon recently. The athlete in question was Jo Ayling of Harlech, taking part in the Run Liverpool Marathon, completing the 26.2 mile course in an outstanding time of 4hrs 43.14mins.