News Report 28th May 2007
Local athletes have been represented at three local fell races and one local road race in the last fortnight.
First up, two local athletes took on the challenge of the Foel Fras Fell Race, a tough 13.5 mile event which included 3,100 feet of climbing, based around the Abergwyngregyn area. Leading the duo home in 7th place out of the 58 athletes who completed the event was Adam Haynes of Rhyd whose time of 1hr 40.08mins ensured the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete led home Bro Dysynni's Steve Gilliland by one place, as the Tywyn based athlete finished in 8th position in a time of 1hr 40.40mins.
The previous week, Gilliland had again been in fell race action, this time in the Llanberis area at the Moel Eilio Fell Race. On this occasion, the race measured 8 miles and included 3,000 feet of climbing, with the Tywyn based athlete crossing the line in 1hr 12.33mins, which claimed an overall 3rd place finish as well as victory in the male over-40 category.
The 14th Peak Tuesday Evening Fell Race Series continued recently with Ras Moel Y Gest event being the fourth race in the eight race series. A busy Adam Haynes came 4th on this occasion in a time of 34.01mins with Meirionnydd Running Club team-mate, Frankie Vaughan of Dolgellau following in 42.50mins.
The sole road race, which attracted four local athletes, was the Rhyl Sun Centre 5k event, which also hosted the North Wales 5k Road Running Championships. Leading home the local quartet, claiming victory in the female over-65 section, was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, completing the event in 25.20mins. A mere 16 seconds behind was Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth whose time of 25.36mins claimed 3rd place in the male over-65 age category. A beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech followed in 30.18mins whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau completed the Bro Dysynni quartet as she claimed victory in the female over-70 category in a tremendous time of 34.24mins.