News 30th May 2008

Four local athletes were amongst the 254 finishers at the recent Moel Eilio Fell Race held in Llanberis. The 8 mile race, which included 3,000 feet of climbing, had added significance this year as it was a counter in both the British Fell Running Championships and the Welsh Championships. As such, the cream of British fell running gathered in Llanberis to take on the challenge.

 Leading the competitors home was Nick Swinburn (Northumberland FR) who completed the course in an outstanding time of 59.01mins whilst the first of the local finishers was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, a time of 1hr 11.23mins ensuring an overall 60th place finish for the Bro Dysynni athlete. Nich Bradley of Dolgellau was the next local finisher, the first of the three Meirionnydd Running Club competitors home, in a time of 1hr 38.48mins whilst newly-weds, Andrea & Frankie Vaughan of Corris proved inseperable, as they crossed the finishing line together in a time of 1hr 46.31mins. 

A further three local athletes headed to the Wrexham area to take part in the National Trust Erddig Multi-Terrain 5 Mile Race. On this occasion the local contingent were led home by Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, as the Bro Dysynni athlete came home in 30.00mins to claim an overall 8th place finish out of the 105 competitors in action. Next home was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the first of two Bro Dysynni age category victors, as a time of 43.52mins earnt success in the Female Over-65 section whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau followed in a time of 1hr 07.35mins, an excellent time which claimed victory in the Female Over-75 category.

Following on from her age category success at Erddig, Sheila headed up the North Wales coast to take part in the Rhyl 5k Road Race, an event which also affiliated the North Wales 5k Road Running Championships. As at Erddig, age category success duly followed as a time of 42.21mins claimed victory, on this occasion in the Female Over-70 category. Two Bro Dysynni team-mates were also in action in Rhyl as Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth crossed the line in 24.55mins with Barrie Jackson of Bala following in a time of 27.03mins.

A.Unwin