News Report 26th July 1997
Television presenter turned top class distance runner Angharad Mair chose the Dolgellau Dyffryn Wnion road race on Saturday as final preparation before flying out to represent Great Britain in the World Athletics Championships in Greece this week.
Angharad, aged 36, representing Newport Athletic Club, surprised race organisers and fellow athletes alike by turning-up for the race.
But the tough ten-mile Dolgellau course proved the ideal sharpener for her before she tackles the gruelling marathon in the baking heat of Athens.
Keeping a low profile before the race she was soon spotted as it started, mainly because she was the only person able to chase the fast-starting local star, Adrian Bailey from Bro Dysynni AC.
The course took the athletes out of town and along the beautiful quiet undulating lanes above the river Wnion and below the picturesque Precipice Walk. A tough course which gave the athletes no rest on the return journey with an added face wind.
Bailey, on reaching the half way turn point realised that no records were going to be broken on the course that day but was not able to relax because Angharad was only 20 metres behind him.
With two mile to go Angharad decided to attack Adrian's lead and see if she could break him. She could only get a 10 metre advantage, and this proved not enough and Adrian kept his composure gradually pulling her back before pushing on to win by 15 seconds, in 55.01mins. This was not without many glances over his shoulder to see if Angharad (55.16mins) was able to attack again, such was his admiration of the superb quality of the athlete he had just beaten.
Angharad was full of praise for the small locally supported well organised event and said she enjoyed the course even though it was tough.
Second in the mens race was Martin Lee from Bury in 56.46mins, with Aberystwyth's Martin Jenkins third in 57.56mins.
The ladies race was another chance for Liz Clarke of Les Croupiers and Maggie Thompson, Potteries Marathon Club to battle against each other with Liz just winning out this time in 67.07mins to Maggie's 67.12mins.
Tywyn runner Walter Marsh was first male over-45 in 62.48mins.
Bro Dysynni AC times: Alun Williams, 1st Under-18 in 60.59mins, Andrew Sanderson in 63.23mins, Tom Lewis in 65.07mins, John Nolan O/45 in 71.11mins, Arthur Roberts O/55 in 73.22mins, Andy Unwin in 79.23mins, Barrie Jackson O/55 in 81.16mins, Rick Kelly O/45 in 81.29nins, Glenda Davies O/35 in 81.40mins, Brenda Jones 1st O/55 in 82.29mins, Tom Evans 1st O/75 in 83.44mins, Marjorie Griffiths O/50 in 92.16mins, Sheila Symonds O/60 in 117.33mins.