News Report 23rd April 2006
Amongst the 30,000 or so runners pounding the streets of London last Sunday were a good number of local athletes who ventured down south to take part in a race which will live long in their memories.
Amongst the many who did participate, nine local athletes who raised excellent amounts for their chosen charities were Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd who finished the 26.1 mile course in a tremendous time of 3hrs 09.39mins. He was followed by Bryn Roberts of Harlech who finished in 3hrs 28.03mins, Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau in 4hrs 02.36mins with the first of a trio of Barmouth ladies, namely Joni Meadows following in 4hrs 56.46mins. Bro Dysynni athlete Kate Williams of Aberdyfi finished in 5hrs 02.19mins, ahead of Meirionnydd Running Club athlete Peter Nicholls of Llanfachreth, home in 5hrs 18.28mins. The Barmouth duo of Toni Britland and Yvonne Morris ran together to finish in 5hrs 37.53mins whilst Tywyn super-veteran Alan Morton, as ever, raised many thousands of pounds on the day, as he finished in 6hrs 25.30mins.
Shortly before the London event Alan Morton was in further marathon action across the Atlantic. On this occasion his chosen event was the Yakima River Marathon held between the towns of Ellensberg and Selah in Washington State. Showing remarkable consistency in his running, a finishing time of 6hrs 28.34mins gave the Tywyn athlete a podium finish as he claimed 2nd position in the male over-75 category.
One athlete was had remained fairly dormant over the Winter is Jos Jones of Tywyn. He made his first competitive appearance of the year in a Bro Dysynni vest recently as he completed the Teifi 10mile race, held between Lampeter and Teifi in a time of 1hr 05.05mins.
The race provided the Tywyn athlete with ideal preparation for this Sunday, which sees the 20th running of the Craig Yr Aderyn/Bird Rock Half Marathon in Tywyn. The main race is due off at 12.00noon with an affiliated 3 mile fun run due off shortly afterwards at 12.10pm. Entries for both events will be taken on the day with further details available from www.brodysynniac.co.uk.