News Report 30th April 2010

Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Ifan Richards of Brithdir, claimed a notable victory recently as he led home the field of 104 competitors at the 6.2 mile Llantysylio Mountain Race held in Rhewl near Llangollen, an event which also included a total of 2,400 feet of climbing. The race was also the 3rd fixture within the Welsh Fell Running Association North Wales Series, making victory in a time of 51.17mins all the sweeter. Also in action on the day were two Meirionnydd R.C. club-mates, with Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd claiming 2nd spot in the Female Over-40 category in a time of 1hr 10.34mins with Barrie Jackson of Bala claiming victory in the Male Over-70 section in a time of 1hr 28.16mins.


Andrea Vaughan on her way to finishing 2nd in the Female Over-40 category at the recent Llantysylio Mountain Race.
As ever, a number of locally affiliated athletes also took on the challenge presented by the 26.2 mile Virgin London Marathon recently. Leading home the locally affiliated contingent was Adam Preston of Dolgellau, setting a new Meirionnydd Running Club record for the distance as he crossed the finishing line in an outstanding time of 3hrs 08.55mins. London Marathon regular, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd followed, the 2nd Meirionnydd competitor home in a time of 3hrs 16.48mins with former Dolgellau-based Bro Dysynni athlete, Rebecca Dallimore following, as her inaugural attempt at the event resulted in a finishing time of 4hrs 28.48mins. Less than 30 seconds later, Janet Preston of Dolgellau was the 3rd Meirionnydd R.C. finisher in a time of 4hrs 29.16mins with Tracey Evans of Brithdir completing the Meirionnydd quartet as she came home in a time of 5hrs 15.12mins.

Two Bro Dysynni athletes were also in road running action recently, their chosen venue being Wrexham for the Wrexham 10 Mile Road Race, an event which was also chosen to host the Grand Prix Express North Wales 10 Mile Championships. The duo were led home by John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, 2nd in the Male Over-60 category in a time of 1hr 26.42mins whilst Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed victory in the Female Over-65 section in a time of 1hr 31.20mins.