Sheila Symonds on her way to age category victory at the British Masters 10 event held in Goodrich, Wolverhampton recently.
The remarkable portfolio of medals gathered by Dolgellau veteran athlete, Sheila Symonds, continues to grow as she recently claimed her 4th consecutive annual gold medal within her age category at the British Masters Athletics Federation 10k Road Race which was hosted as part of the Goodrich 10k event in Wolverhampton. Now well into her 77th year, the Bro Dysynni athlete continued her punishing schedule by completing the event in a remarkable time of 86.51mins, a mere 7 days after completing a previous 10k much race closer to home.
That race was the Snowdonia Windows Caernarfon 10k, an event which also incorporated the North Wales Championships. On this occasion, the redoubtable Symonds completed the distance in a time of 87.45mins to become one of three local athletes who collected championship gold in their respective age categories on the day. Completing the trio were the ever-consistent Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the 2nd Dysynni age category victor, this time in the Female Over-65 section in a time of 54.54mins & Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete successful in the Male Over-65 category in a time of 57.56mins. Four further Meirionnydd Running Club members were also in action in Caernarfon, namely Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, 7th overall in a personal best time of 36.49mins, with fellow Dolgellau athletes Dave Seabourne & Dai Rice following in times of 43.28mins & 54.58mins respectively. The local contingent were completed by Barrie Jackson of Bala, 2nd in the Male Over-70 section in a time 62.51mins.
The Penllyn based athlete was also one of a trio of locally affiliated athletes who completed the 13.1mile loop of Lake Vyrnwy recently in the popular Mid Wales Half Marathon event. His time on this occasion was 2hrs 08.16mins, once again representing a time which claimed 2nd spot in the Male Over-70 category. Also in action at the event were the Bro Dysynni duo of Yolanda Marconi-Nolan and Aberystwyth-based Marj Griffiths, the former coming home in 2hrs 08.23mins, the latter in 2hrs 30.00mins to claim 2nd spot in the Female Over-65 section.
Finally recently, there was further success for Ifan Richards of Brithdir in an unusual event. The event in question was the Tryfan Downhill Dash, a 1k race taking in a steep 830 metres of descent. Throwing caution to the wind, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete added to his ever-growing list of race victories, winning the event in a time of 8.30mins.