Bro Dysynni A.C. report 24/10/05
Five of the last Saturdays local competitors, from left to right - Bob Chilton, John Marsh, Steve Gilliland, Tony Hodgson and Adam Haynes.
A total of 48 athletes were attracted to Llanbedr last Saturday to take part in perhaps one of the most punishing fell races in the area, namely the Rhinog Horseshoe.
The race measures 15.5 miles in distance and includes a total of 5,200 feet of climbing of the 4 peaks in the race, namely Rhinog Fawr, Rhinog Fach, Y Llethr and Moelfre.
The tough challenge attracted fell runners from as far afield as the Lake District, Sheffield, Barnet, the Midlands as well as a good representation of local runners.
The race was won, in a course record time, by a runner from Shropshire, namely Pete Vale of Mercia Fell Runners who led from the off to cross the line victorious in 2hrs 58.20mins. There was a tie for second place as two Eryri Harriers athletes, Peter O'Brien and Adam Haynes, crossed the line together in 2hrs 59.11mins.
The next local runner home, claiming fifth place overall was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn in 3hrs 15.48mins whilst John Marsh, also of Tywyn, came home in a tremendous time of 3hrs 44.18mins to claim victory in the male veteran over-60 category. A little under a minute after came Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd in a time of 3hrs 45.15mins, claiming a creditable 2nd place finish in the male veteran over-50 category. Also running well, continuing to build fitness levels after a long injury lay-off was Bob Chilton of Hermon, home in 4hrs 32.38mins.
The ladies section of the race was dominated by Eryri Harrier, Ruth Metcalfe, a more than comfortable winner as she crossed the line in a terific time of 3hrs 35.00mins.
One other local athlete in action last weekend, on this occasion across the Atlantic, was veteran runner, Alan Morton of Tywyn, who completed the Niagara Falls International Marathon in 6hrs 27.23mins to claim a third place finish in the male veteran 70-74 category.