News Report 25th August 2007


A relatively quiet month of August has continued with small groups of local athletes competing at five seperate events recently.


A trio of Bro Dysynni athletes headed to the Montgomery Showgrounds to compete in the 4.5 mile off-road Neil Howells Memorial Race. The trio were led home by Barrie Jackson of Bala in 39.06mins, followed by Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth in 40.50mins with Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau completing the trio as she claimed victory in the female over-70 class in an outstanding time of 58.06mins.


Two of the three who competed in Montgomery were back in action in Oswestry shortly afterwards, on this occasion at the Chariots of Fire 5k Road Race. Barrie Jackson was again the first home, as he claimed 2nd place in the male over-65 class in 23.11mins with Malcolm Taylor following, on this occasion in a time of 25.14mins.


It was left to a duo of Meirionnydd Running Club members to fly the local flag at the Leg End Fell Race, a 9 mile event held at Dwygyfylchi near Penmaenmawr. In a race which included 2,700feet of climbing, Will Haynes of Rhyd claimed victory in the male under-23 class as he finished in 1hr 33.59mins, whilst sunny conditions saw Adam Haynes following home in his shadow, finishing in 1hr 34.00mins.


Bro Dysynni's Bob Chilton was the sole local competitor at the 4 mile Ponderosa Hill Race held at the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen. The Hermon-based athlete adapted well to the tough course, finishing in a highly respectable time of 39.17mins.


Furthest afield, in the North of Scotland, Rebecca Dalimore formerly of Dolgellau was in action at the Nairn Half Marathon. In her fifth race over the distance, a finishing time of 1hr 51.48mins saw a further steady improvement as well as a satisfying personal best.