News Report 27th August 2012

Machynlleth recently played host to the inaugural running of Ras Glyndwr, a 3.2 mile fell race which included 700 feet of climbing within the Llynoedd hills overlooking the town.

With the race being dominated by Mercia Fell Runners athlete, Andy Davies, who claimed victory in an overall time of 19.58mins, it was left to Ifan Richards to lead home the seven strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent at the event, the Brithdir based athlete claiming a runners up spot in the race in a time of 21.40mins. Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen continued to impress, finishing in 3rd spot in Machynlleth in a time of 23.03mins with Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd claiming 11th place in an all to rare racing appearance, as a time of 26.59mins also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category. Going one better within his age category was Arfon Hughes, the Dolgellau based athlete claiming victory within the Male Over-40 age section as well as 12th place overall in a time of 27.51mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the 5th Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 29.52mins ahead of Graeme Stringer, the Llanelltyd based athlete returning from a long term knee injury to complete the course in a pleasing time of 30.06mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by another athlete making an all to rare competitive appearance as Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd came home in a time of 32.11mins.

Elsewhere recently, Sheila Symonds turned in another excellent performance as the Bro Dysynni AC stalwart claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 category at the Neil Howells Memorial Race held in Montgomery, the Dolgellau based athlete covering the 4.5 mile course in a tremendous time of 70.25mins.