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Inclement weather conditions did little to deter the enthusiasm of more than 300 athletes, both young and old, who descended upon Dolgellau last Saturday to take part in the various races which constituted the 20th running of the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Ras Y Gader.

The majority of the competitors had gathered to take part in the 10.5 mile Ras Y Gader, leaving Eldon Square to climb the 2,927 feet to the peak of Cader Idris before the descent back into Dolgellau. Having finished in 2nd place at the 2008 event, Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers) went one better in 2010 as he led home the 214 finishers, completing the course in a victorious time of 1hr 28.29mins. There was much popular acclaim for the next finisher, as Ifan Richards of Brithdir claimed runners up spot, leading home the 14 strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent taking part in the race, in a time of 1hr 31.09mins, an amazing 15 minutes quicker than his finishing time of 2009. There were also loud cheers in Eldon Square as Dolgellau resident, Tom Roberts, was the second Meirionnydd finisher, claiming an overall 15th placed finish in a time of 1hr 40.42mins. The first female finisher followed as Helen Fines (Vegan Runners) followed up her runners up spot in the ladies race in 2009 by claiming victory in 2010 in a time of 1hr 42.18mins. Four further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes then followed as Adam Preston of Dolgellau came home in 1hr 43.30mins, Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd in 1hr 49.49mins, Tony Hodgson, also of Llanelltyd, having the added bonus of victory in the Male Over-60 category, in a time of 1hr 52.02mins whilst Ricky Francis of Dolgellau came home in 2hrs 01.26mins.

Picture - Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd on his way to victory in the Male Over-60 section at Ras Y Gader
Photo by Peter Douglas

Swapping his rugby boots for fell running shoes for the occasion was Cedri Williams of Dolgellau Rugby Club & Llanbedr, home in 2hrs 02.27mins before a further 3 Meirionnydd finishers crossed the line, namely Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth in 2hrs 11.09mins and the Dolgellau-based duo of Juliet Edwards and John Smith, home in respective times of 2hrs 13.39mins & 2hrs 16.48mins. The Tywyn-based Bro Dysynni AC father and son partnership of Richard & Gavin Griffiths followed in times of 2hrs 18.52mins & 2hrs 27.05mins, the pair being split by Meirionnydd athlete Kevin Evans of Brithdir, home in 2hrs 26.15mins. The locally affiliated contingent in action were completed by a further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes as Alison Price of Fairbourne crossed the finishing line in 2hrs 27.20mins with the Dolgellau-based trio of Gaenor Smith, Kevin Owen & Christine Owen completing the tough event in times of 2hrs 42.31mins, 2hrs 46.21mins & 3hrs 16.06mins.

There was also local success in the various 'Y Sospan' sponsored junior races held on the day. In the Junior Fun Run, the 1st boy home was Carwyn Lloyd Davies of Trawsfynydd and 1st girl home was Llio Roberts of Rhosygwalia. There was success for Mael Evans of Bala & Kate Bailey in the Under-12's race whilst promising Dolgellau youngster, Alex Lanz, claimed a comfortable victory in the Male Under-16's section.

Picture - Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, '1st local' finisher at Ras Y Gader Photo by Peter Douglas

Picture - Ifan Richards of Brithdir, runner-up at the 2010 Ras Y Cader

Llongyfarchiadau i Richard & Gavin Griffiths am cwblhau Ras Y Cader yn diweddar. Warmest congratulations to the father & son duo of Richard & Gavin Griffiths of Tywyn who recently completed Ras Y Cader making Eirlys a proud wife & mother!