|Ras Y Wyddfa
A total of nine locally affiliated athletes were amongst the 487 competitors who completed the 36th running of the Snowdon International Race last Saturday afternoon. The 10 mile race started and finished in the centre of Llanberis with competitors facing the challenge of reaching the 3,560 foot summit of Snowdon before the sharp descent back into Llanberis.
With the overall race being won for the fifth occasion by English international runner, Andi Jones, in a time of 1hr 05.57mins, the first of the local contingent home, in 72nd position, was Adam Preston of Dolgellau, the first of seven Meirionnydd Running Club members to finish, in a time of 1hr 25.00mins. Two more Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog & Kevin Jones of Dolgellau in respective times of 1hr 26.14mins & 1hr 29.31mins, with the first of two Bro Dysynni A.C. runners following, as Tom Jones of Aberdyfi crossed the line in a time of 1hr 33.59mins. Perhaps the best local performance on the day came from Lesley Harris of Dolgellau, as the Meirionnydd runner was the 21st female to cross the line in an excellent time of 1hr 38.03mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed, Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth leading home Kevin Evans of Brithdir in respective times of 1hr 46.20mins & 1hr 52.56mins. Gavin Griffiths, originally of Tywyn, was the 2nd Bro Dysynni finisher in a time of 2hrs 01.16mins with Victor Gretton completing the locally affiliated turn-out, as the Meirionnydd runner crossed the finishing line in Llanberis in a time of 2hrs 11.29mins.
Also recently, a team of seven locally affiliated athletes braved monsoon-like conditions as they headed to Newtown for the Newtown BBQ 5k Race. It proved to be a profitable venture as six of the seven returned home having achieved success within their respective age categories. Of the seven, two were affiliated to Meirionnydd and it was they who were the first of the local contingent to complete the event as the Ganllwyd-based duo of Frankie & Andrea Vaughan came home on times of 21.52mins & 22.01mins to claim respective category victories in the Male Over-55 & Female Over-40 sections. The five Bro Dysynni runners were led home by Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-70 category in a time of 27.27mins. The only local athlete to miss out on age category success was Hugh Harrison of Fairbourne who was still delighted with his finishing time of 29.42mins. Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth was the next Dysynni finisher, victorious in the Female Over-65 section with Andy Unwin of Harlech claiming a rare success, beaming as he crossed the line in a time of 34.33mins, which claimed victory in the Male Over-45 category. The seven were completed by Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau athlete turning out yet another vintage performance as she claimed victory in the Female Over-75 category, on this occasion in a time of 47.23mins.
Also competing over the 5k distance were a further trio of locally affiliated athletes, their chosen event being the Caernarfon Race The Train 5k. Leading home the trio and claiming 2nd place in the Male Over-40 category was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 17.00mins. Ricky Francis was the sole Meirionnydd competitor at the event, the Talyllyn-based athlete home in a time 19.13mins whilst Dion Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog was the 2nd Dysynni finisher, producing a strong finish to cross the line in a time of 21.54mins.
There are two local races being held in quick succession over the next few days. Firstly, Abergynolwyn will play host to the annual Ras Hendre Wallog this coming Thursday evening (28th July). The event is due off at 6.30pm from outside the Community Centre. Meanwhile, Saturday (30th July) will see Dolgellau play host to the W.D. Pugh & Sons sponsored Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race. The race is due off at 1.30pm with the affiliated fun run due off at 12.30pm. Entries for both will be accepted on the day. Race headquarters will be at the Dolgellau Rugby Club. Further details relating to the event are available at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk