Last Saturday saw the 35th annual running of the Snowdon International Race, one of the toughest endurance
challenges within the Principality with the 10 mile race running from the edge of Llyn Padarn in Llanberis
to the highest summit in Wales before the return journey back into Llanberis.
Taking on the challenge which included 3559 feet of climbing were a team of six athletes affiliated to
Meirionnydd Running Club, albeit one of the six was wearing red for the race, as Ifan Richard was chosen
to represent Wales in the international section of the event.
It proved to be a debut to remember for the Brithdir athlete who met the challenge full-on as he completed
the event in an outstanding time of 1hr 16.13mins to claim an overall 18th placed finish in the race as
well as being the 3rd member of the Welsh team home. Also producing excellent performances were the
Dolgellau-based duo of Tom Roberts & Adam Preston, completing the event in respective times of 1hr
24.27mins & 1hr 28.23mins.
They were followed by another trio of Meirionnydd athletes as Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, John
D. Smith of Dolgellau & Kevin Evans of Brithdir came home in times of 1hr 52.33mins, 1hr 53.11mins
& 2hrs 05.24mins.
There had also been another strong Meirionnydd turn-out in the lead up to Ras Yr Wyddfa as
5 athletes headed to Caernarfon for the annual Race The Train 5k Race. Using the race as
final preparation for the Snowdon event, Tom Roberts led home his team-mates as a time of
16.25mins claimed an overall 6th placed finish. There was a personal best time over the
distance for Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in 18.28mins whilst a duo of Meirionnydd athletes
also collected age category awards. The first of these was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd
winning the Male Over-60 category, setting a club age category record in the process, as
he finished in a time of 18.42mins whilst Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth claimed victory i
n the Male Over-65 section in a time of 25.55mins. The Meirionnydd turnout was completed
by debutant, Krystyna Somkonicz of Llanelltyd, who completed the course in a time of