News Report 27th
Ifan Richards …the winner Pic by Alastair Tye
was the venue last Saturday lunchtime for the annual Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Race, an
event which can trace its original roots back to 1925 and beyond, with
records of past winners kept in the nearby Tyn-Y-Groes Hotel for the
sake of posterity. The 2009 edition attracted an enthusiastic field with the
local Meirionnydd Running Club being
particularly well represented. Indeed, it was they who provided the race winner
of the 2..1 mile event, which included 700 feet of
climbing, as Ifan Richards of Brithdir completed the course in an
excellent time of 17.16mins. Familiar faces followed, as Dafydd Roberts of
Dolgellau was 2nd home in 18.16mins with Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog being
the 2nd Meirionnydd Running Club
competitor home in a time of 18.44mins, a time good enough to claim an overall
3rd placed finish.
event was dominated by Sian Roberts of Dolgellau as a time of 21.07mins ensured
victory in the female section of the race as well as 6th placed position
overall. Next female home was Sioned Jones of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club member home in 29.36mins,
whilst the evergreen Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, one of only two Bro
Dysynni A.C. athletes in action on the day, claimed 3rd spot in a
time of 45.55mins.
Smith…pic by Jane Chilton with Peter Douglas camera!
the second outing of the week for the Dolgellau-based veteran, as the previous
weekend saw Sheila travel to Horwich in Lancashire,
to compete at the British Masters Athletics Federation 5k Championships.
On this occasion, the popular Dolgellau athlete had to settle for 2nd place in
her age category, as a time of 39.48mins claimed the runners-up spot in the
Female Over-75 section.
Symonds at the top of the hill…. pic by Jane Chilton with Peter Douglas
local veteran athletes travelled to Prestatyn recently to compete in the Riverbank
Run 10k event. Leading home the duo was Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in 44.28mins,
whilst Bro Dysynni A.C. counter-part, Barrie Jackson of Bala, followed, his
time of 49.36mins claiming runners-up spot in the Male Over-65 category.
sole local representation from Meirionnydd
Running Club's Arwyn Jones at 'The Druid' fell race held at Foel Fenlli in
Llanferres recently, the Penmachno-based athlete covering the 5 mile event,
which included 1,200 feet of climbing, in a time of 39.55mins.
athlete with strong local connections in action recently has been Rebecca
Dallimore, formerly of Dolgellau, now based in the Scottish Highlands. Her two
most recent outings have seen times of 49.20mins recorded at the Aberdeen
Beach Run 10k & 1hr 54.33mins at the Dundee Half Marathon.
two local off-road races being held this coming Saturday (4th July).
Firstly, Llanbedr will play host to the Rhinog Horseshoe Fell Race, a 15.5 mile
event which includes a staggering 5,200 feet of climbing. The race is due off
from outside the Victoria
Inn in Llanbedr at 11.00am, further details are available at www.rhinogfellraces.co.uk. Meanwhile, Bryncrug will host the considerably
shorter Foel Gocyn Hill Race, the 4 mile event due to start at 2.30pm from the
carnival field in Bryncrug. Further details relating to this event are
available from www.brodysynniac.co.uk.