News Report 31st August 2012

Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen on his way to a 6th placed finish at the recent Ras Y Cnicht.

Machynlleth recently played host to the inaugural running of Ras Glyndwr, a 3.2 mile fell race which included 700 feet of climbing within the Llynoedd hills overlooking the town.

With the race being dominated by Mercia Fell Runners athlete, Andy Davies, who claimed victory in an overall time of 19.58mins, it was left to Ifan Richards to lead home the seven strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent at the event, the Brithdir based athlete claiming a runners up spot in the race in a time of 21.40mins. Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen continued to impress, finishing in 3rd spot in a time of 23.03mins with Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd claiming 11th place in an all to rare racing appearance, as a time of 26.59mins also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category. Going one better within his age category was Arfon Hughes, the Dolgellau based athlete claiming victory within the Male Over-40 age section, as well as 12th place overall in a time of 27.51mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the 5th Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 29.52mins ahead of Graeme Stringer, the Llanelltyd based athlete returning from a long term knee injury to complete the course in a pleasing time of 30.06mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by another athlete making an all to rare competitive appearance as Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd came home in a time of 32.11mins.

Two of the three Meirionnydd athletes in action at Machynlleth also formed part of a highly successful trio in action recently at the Ras Y Cnicht Fell Race held around Croesor, near Porthmadog. Race victory at the 4.5 mile event which included an energy sapping climb of around 1,850 feet was claimed by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based athlete claiming the fastest race victory time at the event since 2007 in an outstanding time 36.37mins. With Wrexham-based club colleague, Dave Parker, claiming the runners up spot in a time of 39.13mins, the Meirionnydd club ended up with three athletes finishing within the top six at the event, as Glyn Griffin crossed the finishing line in an excellent time of 41.23mins.

A pair of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC took to the road recently, their chosen event being the Ellesmere 10k Road Race held in Shropshire. The first of the Dysynni duo home was John Tee, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete home in a time of 55.13mins, with club colleague Brenda Jones following, as a time of 56.47mins also claimed age category success within the Female Over-70 section for the Llanelltyd based veteran.

Elsewhere recently, Sheila Symonds turned in another excellent performance as the Bro Dysynni AC stalwart claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 category at the Neil Howells Memorial Race held in Montgomery, the Dolgellau based athlete covering the 4.5 mile course in a tremendous time of 70.25mins.

Finally, Alan Jones was the sole representative of Meirionnydd Running Club in action at the Ras Y Mynydd event held at Llandygai near Bangor. In a 4.5 mile off-road event which included 700 feet of climbing, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete claimed an excellent 4th placed finish in a time of 33.27mins.