News Report 28th October 2012

Alun Williams (left) on his way to victory at the Cromwell Half Marathon

Ifan Richards in action at the recent Trefeo Vanoni Relays in Montbegno in Italy

Locally affiliated athletes have been running long distance events far and wide recently in a total of 4 seperate nations.

The largest locally affiliated turnout saw a total of 7 athletes form part of the field of over 1,500 competitors who gathered in Llanberis last Saturday morning for the Snowdonia Marathon. The gruelling 26.2 mile race started and finished in Llanberis, taking in a long loop around Snowdon. The seven locally affiliated athletes were led home by Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in a tremendous time of 3hrs 26.38mins. Continuing his busy Autumn running schedule was Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, the Bro Dysynni athlete finishing in a superb 3hrs 44.30mins whilst Sandra Williams of Dolgellau produced a storming performance, the Meirionnydd runner home in 4hrs 22.08mins. Two Bro Dysynni athletes followed, as Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi came home in 4hrs 34.58mins whilst Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section in a startling time of 4hrs 43.55mins. The 'Magnificent Seven' were completed by the Meirionnydd duo of Jacqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd, home in 5hrs 10.08mins, and Christine Owen of Dolgellau, home in 5hrs 36.30mins.

Two further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes were also in action recently, their chosen event being the BUPA Great Birmingham Run. Completing the 13.1 mile course were Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in a time of 1hr 34.15mins & Martin King of Dolgellau in 1hr 43.44mins.

On the international front, two athletes with strong local connections produced outstanding performances recently. In Otago on the South Island of New Zealand, Alun Williams of Llanaber claimed victory at the Cromwell Half Marathon for the second time on three years. Having won the event in 2010, the ex-Bro Dysynni member repeated this performance in 2012, claiming victory in a time of 1hr 15.54mins. Meanwhile, there was further international recognition for Ifan Richards, as the Meirionnydd runner was chosen as part of the Welsh Senior Team at the 55th running of the Trefeo Vanoni Relays held in Montbegno in the Lombardy region of Italy. The Welsh team claimed a 16th placed finish out of the 133 three men relay teams in action, in an overall time of 1hr 41.24mins with the Brithdir based athlete completing his leg in a time of 34.39mins.

Elsewhere recently, Eifion Roberts claimed a tremendous 4th placed finish at the Ron Skilton Memorial Half Marathon Race in Llanwrtyd Wells, the Harlech based athlete completing the off-road 13.1 mile race in a time of 1hr 48.54mins.

Completing the local turnout recently was David Elliott, who headed to Criggion near Welshpool for the Breidden Hills Fell Race, a tough 7 mile event which included an overall 2,300 feet of climbing. The Meirionnydd Running Club produced a strong performance to finish in an overall time of 1hr 14.24mins.