News Report 28th April 2013

It proved to be a very profitable day for the six locally affiliated athletes who headed to Wrexham last Saturday afternoon for the Wrexham 10 Mile Road Race, an event which also incorporated the 2013 North Wales 10 Mile Road Running Championships. Of the six athletes in action, three returned home with North Wales Championship gold to their name. The 'super six' were led home by Clive Edgington of Friog, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming 2nd spot within the Male Over-55 category, completing the course in a time of 1hr 07.39mins. Club colleague, Jeff Davies, went one better, claiming Championship gold within the Male Over-65 category in a time of 1hr 11.13mins. John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog then led home the quartet of Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes in action, as a time of 1hr 27.55mins claimed 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 category. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was the second local age category winner, as a time of 1hr 30.41mins claimed victory within the Female Over-70 section. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was the next Dysynni finisher in a time of 1hr 41.09mins before Sheila Symonds, also of Dolgellau, turned in yet another remarkable performance to claim age category victory within the Female Over-75 section in a finishing time of 2hrs 29.00mins. What made this time all the more remarkable was the fact that just 6 days prior to the Wrexham event, Symonds had completed the Virgin London Marathon, covering the 26.1 mile course in an outstanding time of 7hrs 36.29mins. The second locally affiliated athlete to complete the London event was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completing the course in a time of 3hrs 26.03mins which claimed an overall 24th spot within the Male 60-64 age category.

A familiar local name in local athletics circles recently made his 1st competitive appearance in over 12 months on the other side of the globe. The athlete in question was Adrian Bailey, formerly of Barmouth, the ex-Bro Dysynni athlete claiming a 3rd spot finish in a time of 45.33mins at the 12k Bobbin Head Trail Race, an event which formed part of the Sydney Trail Running Series in the Australian state of New South Wales.

Closer to home, Meirionnydd R.C. athlete, Graeme Stringer took on the challenge presented by Moel Tryfan in the North of Gwynedd, the chosen venue of the 1st fixture of the Tuesday Night Midweek Fell Running Series, now reaching its 20th year. On this occasion the Llanelltyd based athlete completed the course in a respectable time of 25.56mins.

Another Meirionnydd athlete taking to the hills recently was Alan Jones, his chosen event being the 7.1 mile Fron Four Fell Race, another event based in the North of Gwynedd. In a race which saw the majority of the leading athletes make navigational errors within the 2,350 foot ascent, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete completed the course in an encouraging time of 50.41mins.

Finally, one of the athletes competing at the Wrexham event highlighted above, was also in further action recently. The athlete in question, Jeff Davies, claiming a 2nd place spot within the Male Over-60 category at the recent Highworth 5 Mile event held near Swindon in a time of 35.31mins.