News Report 1st April 2007
Glorious conditions greeted the record field of 101 competitors at the 4th running of the 'Organic Aran Lamb' sponsored Ras Yr Aran Fell Race held in Llanuwchllyn recently.
In only it's 4th ever running the 10 mile race, which includes 2,500 feet of climbing, has gathered momentum and is now considered one of the top fell races within the Principality, a fact confirmed by the first ever 3 figure number of race finishers. The 2007 event even had a couple of New Zealand based runners competing, making the race more cosmopolitan than ever.
The 2007 event was won by Chris Waters (Ambleside A.C.) in a time of 1hr 31.54mins, a mere 28 seconds outside the existing course record. The first of a relatively small number of local finishers was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, whose finishing time of 1hr 35.05mins marked an 11 minute improvement on his time for the corresponding event in 2006. It also ensured a 4th place finish overall and victory in the male over-40 category.
The ladies race was won by Eryri Harrier' Andrea Roberts in 1hr 50.29mins whilst Llanelltyd-based Dave Whittey was the 2nd local finisher, following home in 2hrs 03.11mins. His Meirionnydd Running Club team-mate, Kate Bailey followed in 2hrs 09.06mins whilst Kevin Evans of Dolgellau continued his busy recent racing schedule, finishing in 2hrs 15.31mins. The local contingent was completed by Nich Bradley of Dolgellau who, in his his first competitive action of 2007, came home in 2hrs 20.34mins.
As ever, the race organisers were extremely grateful to the race sponsors as well as to the local landowners over whose land the race was run.
Taking on a fell race of greater distance recently was Owen Rees of Bro Dysynni. He chose to head to Gwent to compete in the Llanbedr to Blaenavon Fell Race. The event, measuring 15 miles and covering some 4,500 feet of climbing was a true test of endurance with the Dysynni athlete showing the necessary stamina to finish in a time of 2hrs 31.46mins to claim an outstanding 10th place finish.
Finally, on the road, Dolgellau's Rebecca Dallimore broke the elusive 2 hour barrier at the ASICS Reading Half Marathon, finishing in 1hr 59.40mins and setting a personal best over the distance at the same time.