Archif 2011 Archive

17/12/11. Aberystwyth 10k.
Ricky Francis, Arfon Hughes and Glyn Rowlands competed in this race. Ricky was the first of the three home, in 43 mins 10secs, followed by Arfon, setting a new club M40 record of 45mins 10secs, and Glyn in 45mins 25secs.

14/12/11. Welsh inter-region and masters cross-country - Builth Wells.
A number of club members travelled south for this event. Having studied the fiendishly complicated results (I think I glimpsed the Higgs Boson in there somewhere) I found the following. (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
In the senior mens race, Ifan Richards came in 24th in 38mins 46secs, followed by Huw Brassington, 33rd in 40mins 26secs.
In the under 17 mens race, Alex Lanz came in 15th in 19mins 54 secs and Jamie Evans, 27th, in 21mins 25secs.
In the mens Masters race, Kevin Jones came in 14th in the O40 category in 33mins 33secs, Mark Atherton was 19th in the O40 category in 34mins 29secs and Clive Edgington was 17th in the O50 category in 36mins 04secs.
In the Womens Masters race, Andrea Vaughan came in 20th in 24mins 31secs and Juliet Edwards 34th in 25mins 37secs.

06/12/11. Helena Tipping 10k.
Three Meirionnydd runners headed to Wrexham for this popular 10k road race. With a full field of 300 athletes and some top names in road racing the pace was high. Chester Tri club provided the winner in a time of 00:32:36.
First in for Meirionnydd in 15th position in a PB and new club record was Ifan Richards in a time of 00:36:08. Very close behind in 17th came Huw Brassington in a time of 00:36:17. Finally for Meirionnydd was Glyn Griffin, crossing in a excellent time of 00:37:00 and 28th overall. This was Glyn's first ever road race and 10k distance. His time and position proving there is a lot to come from him.
Sheila Symonds put in a fine performance to win her age category, finishing in 81mins 24secs.

02/12/11. Congratulations to the men's cross-country team on winning the Meirionnydd Sports Council "Team of the Year" award.
team of the year 2011
From further afield Tony Hodgson and his son Sam completed the Swaziland Adventure Race. A mere 70km of biking, canyoning and canoeing. A full report is in the newsletter which went out today.

20/11/11. Dyfi 8.
Meirionnydd runners dominated the proceedings at this trail run near Pantperthog, organised by Cerist Triathlon Club. Ifan Richards was 1st overall in 50mins 30secs, in 2nd place was Dylan Jones in 51mins 35secs, 3rd was Glyn Griffin in 53mins 12secs and 4th (and 1st vet) was Mark Atherton in 53mins 53secs. These were followed up by Phil Morgan in 63mins 43secs, John Smith in 67mins 40secs and Sheila Symonds in 2hrs 10mins. Click here, for photos byEss Richards.

13/11/11. Rhobell Fawr.
Near perfect weather conditions for this years race saw an excellent turnout from Meirionnydd with 16 entrants which included the overall race winner as well as 3 of the first 5 finishers to win the team prize. The overall winner was Ifan Richards in 52.03mins. Eryri took the next 2 places with Martin Cliffe finishing in 54.32mins and Matthew Fortes in 55.15mins. In the ladies race Andrea Rowlands of Eryri was first in 62.20mins, followed by Joanne Moore of Eryri in 69.28mins and Louise Barker of Aberystwyth AC in 71.38mins.
Dylan Jones was 4th overall in 57.20mins with Glyn Griffin 5th in 59.36mins. Jamie & Dylan Evans were next for the club in respective times of 1hr 03.53mins setting a course record for juniors) & 1hr 07.13mins. Phil Morgan followed in 1hr 07.51mins, ahead of Tony Hodgson in 1hr 10.46mins and the trio of Arfon Hughes, Pete Nicholls & Ricky Francis in respective times of 1hr 11.53mins, 1hr 13.35mins & 1hr 13.38mins. Then came Kevin Evans and Nich Bradley in times of 1hr 18.50mins & 1hr 20.20mins. The first lady runner for the club was Catherine Raine in a time of 1hr 28.17mins. Jude Evans followed in 1hr 41.01mins then Emma Davies in 1hr 45.22mins & Chris Owen 2hrs 06.33mins.
Click here for results.
Click here, for photos by Alastair Tye.
Click here, for photos byEss Richards.
Click here, for photos by Gareth Roberts.

12/11/11. North Wales Cross-Country League - Northop.
Another excellent club performances with 21 runners taking part, around one-third of our membership! The men's team consolidated their second position, still behind Eryri but pulling away from Telford. On the day the men came 3rd in the male masters competition behind Shrewsbury and Oswestry. The ladies remain 7th in Division 2. In the men's race Ifan Richards was 15th, Kevin Jones 24th, Dylan Jones 25th, Glyn Griffin 31st, Mark Atherton 45th, Adam Preston 53rd, Clive Edgington 68th, Dylan Evans 99th, Ricky Francis 103rd, Dave Seabourne 112th, Arfon Hughes 140th, John Smith 146th and Frankie Vaughan 148th.
In the ladies race Andrea Vaughan was 25th, Jan Preston 65th, Katharine Raine 69th, Jude Evans76th and Emma Davies 82nd.
Barrie Jackson came in 5th in the M70 race.
In the U17 race Alex Lanz was 5th and Jamie Evans was 8th.

09/11/11. Abergele 5.

Barrie Jackson and Emma Davies represented the club in this race, Emma finishing in 44mins 22secs and Barrie in 48mins 00secs.

31/10/11. Snowdonia Marathon.
An excellent performance in the customary grim conditions saw 9 club members finish in the Marathon. First home was Ifan Richards in 3hrs 8mins 15secs, he was followed by Adam Preston in 3hrs 12mins 1sec and Kevin Jones, 4th in the M45 category and knocking an amazing 79mins off the club M45 record, in 3hrs 16mins 50secs. Then came Mark Atherton, setting a M40 club record, in 3hrs 38mins 56secs, Dylan Evans in 3hrs 51mins 34secs, Tony Hodgson, 7th in the M60 category, in 3hrs 58mins 14secs, Juliet Edwards, 11th in the F45 category and beating her own club F45 record, in 4hrs 1min 49secs, Kevin Evans in 4hrs 49mins 12secs and Pete Nicholls in 4hrs 51mins 5secs.

MRC Runners - Snowdonia Marathon 2011 (Photos by Alastair Tye).
IfanR Snowdonia Marathon 2011 Juliet Snowdonia Marathon 2011 KevinE Snowdonia Marathon 2011
Mark Snowdonia Marathon 2011 Dylan Snowdonia Marathon 2011 Tony Snowdonia Marathon 2011
Adam Snowdonia Marathon 2011 KevinJ Snowdonia Marathon 2011  

22/10/11. North Wales Cross-Country League - Llandudno.
Another strong performance with 17 club runners in action saw our men's team maintain their second position in Division 1 at the event at Llandudno, behind Eryri but in front of Telford. Ifan Richards was first club member home in 19th position, followed by Huw Brassington 26th, Dylan Jones 29th, Glyn Griffin 36th, Kevin Jones 37th, Adam Preston 38th, Mark Atherton 49th, Clive Edgington 73rd, Ricky Francis 106th, Dylan Evans 107th, Dave Seabourne 111th and John Smith 157th (although mysteriously absent from the official results?).
In the U17 race Alex Lanz came in 7th. And in the ladies race Andrea Vaughan was 25th, Juliet Edwards 38th, Jude Evans 87th, Chris Owen 98th which brought the club up to 6th in Division 2.
Click here, for photos by Neale Lewis Jones.

16/10/11. Cardiff Half Marathon.
4 club runners travelled to Cardiff for recent half-marathon. First member home was Sandra Williams in a new club F40 record time of 1hr 50mins 43secs. She was followed by Jacqueline Fowler in 1hr 59mins 15secs, Heidi Roden in 2hrs 13mins 29secs and Haydn Fowler in 2hrs 22mins 47secs.

??/??/11. BUPA Great Yorkshire Run.
Tony Hodgson and daughter Rose travelled to Sheffield for this event. Tony finished 3rd in the M60 category in 43mins 20secs and Rose came home in 62mins 52secs.

27/10/11. Coed y Brenin Off Road Duathlon.
Having competed in the cross country at Llandudno on saturday Ifan Richards and Dylan Jones competed in the tough Coed y Brenin Off Road Duathlon on Sunday. Both represented Cerist Tri due to the event being multisport and the generous help and coaching from Cerist's BTF coach Kevin Hamilton. The event involving a tough 3k run, 18k toughest-ever mountain bike course the event has put on, followed by the second 3k run which even saw some of the front athletes reduced to a walk on the main climb!
Ifan finished 3rd overall in a time of 01:24:27 (run1 00:12:21, 1st. Bike 00:58:11, 4th. Run2 00:13:55, 3rd). He was closely followed by Dylan in 4th overall in a time of 01:25:07 (run1 00:12:48, 4th. Bike 00:58:34, 7th. Run2 00:13:45,4th)
A very tough event that we encourage anyone to give a go.

13/10/11. Pen 10.
41 competitors braved the rain and wind for this years Penmaenpool 10. Their spirits were not dampened however as a number of course and club records were broken. Click here for the results.
Overall winner was Dylan Jones of Eryri in 60mins 8secs, followed by Stefan Sayer of Menai track and field in 60mins 26secs and Adam Preston in 63mins 23secs. In the womens race Emma Collins of Denbigh Harriers finished in a new course F45 record time of 68mins 49secs, Phoebe Webster of Aberystwyth in 72mins 42secs and Anna Auchterlonie in 80mins 12secs.
Meirionnydd won the mens and ladies team prizes with some fine individual performances. Following Adam's 3rd place which set new M35 club course and 10mile records were Jamie Evans (5th overall, first junior and new junior course record and new club course and 10mile records) in 65mins 54 secs, his father Dylan 8th and first M45 setting a new club 10mile record in 70mins 04secs and Ricky Francis 9th in 71mins 00secs. Then came Pete Nicholls, first M60 and a new M60 course record in 73mins 53secs, Kevin Evans in 80mins 23secs, Jacqueline Fowler in 89mins 43secs, Heidi Roden in 92mins 44secs, Jude Evans in 96mins 33secs and Jon Lloyd in 101mins 21secs.
Click here for photos by Esyllt Richards
Click here for photos by Alastair Tye.

11/10/11. Breidden hills.
Ifan wins North Wales Fell Running Champioships for a second year. Ifan Richards and Mark Atherton travelled to Criggion for the Breidden hills fell race. This was the final counter in the WFRA North Wales championships and attracted a quality field. The course was a fast one and measured 7.2 mile and 2300ft. Ifan finished 4th overall in 59mins 43secs which gave him his win in the Championships for the second year in succession. Mark crossed the line in 74mins 01secs in 37th position, (after a slight detour due to a course marker being moved), enough to place him second in the V40 category for the series, a fine achievement considering the back injury that kept him out for 12 months.
Click here for photos by Alastair Tye.

01/10/11. North Wales Cross-Country League - Bangor, Treborth.
Meirionnydd mens' team finished second to Eryri in Division 1 at the Treboth meeting. Ifan Richards came in 15th, Huw Brassington 19th, Kevin Jones 26th, Adam Preston 33rd, Glyn Griffin 44th, Mark Atherton 54th and Ricky Francis 92nd. Barrie Jackson came in 4th in the M70 category.
In the under 17 race, Alec Lanz was 4th and Jamie Evans 8th. And in the Senior ladies race Andrea Vaughan was 21st, Jan Preston 56th and Heidi Roden 72nd.
Click here for photos by Gwynfor James.

04/10/11. Commonwealth Mountain & Ultra Distance Races.
Congratulations to Vic Gretton who represented the club in three races in three days as part of the Commonwealth Mountain & Ultra Distance Races. Vic completed the mountain race held in Llanberis in 1hr 38mins 41secs (claiming 3rd spot in the M60 category), the 10k trail race held in Newborough in 1hr 0mins 31secs & the 5k race in Llandudno in 26mins 21secs.

23/09/11. World Masters Mountain Running Championships.
Four club members travelled to Paluzza in Italy for this competition. Andrea Vaughan came in an excellent 21st position in the W40 category 11k race in a time of 1hr 16mins 4secs, Pete Nicholls came home in 56mins 57 secs in the 9k M60 race and Nich Bradley came home in 58mins 33secs in the 9k M55 race.

18/09/11. Source of the Severn race.
Ifan Richards raced the Source of the Severn race which was the first round of the Mid wales winter fell race series at Hafren forest. Measuring in 9.2 miles and only 1300ft of ascent the race was going to be a fast affair. Conditions was quite wet underfoot and a few squally showers to keep cool. Ifan crossed the line in second place in a time of 00:57:32.

16/09/11. Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon.
A good turn out of club members on Saturday saw Ifan Richards lead the group home in a new club record time of 1hr 20mins 31secs. He was followed by Mark Atherton in 1hr 25mins 33secs, Ricky Francis in 1hr 37mins 15secs, Pete Nicholls in 1hr 39mins 32secs, Glyn Rowlands in 1hr 41mins 33secs, Kevin Evans in 1hr 48mins 43secs, Heidi Roden and Mandy Price in 2hrs 20mins 9secs.

MRC Runners - Vyrnwy Half Marathon (photos by John Caine).
Ifan Richards Vyrnwy 2011 Mark Atherton Vyrnwy 2011 Pete Nicjolls Vyrnwy 2011

10/09/11. Bristol half-marathon.
Jacqueline Fowler took in the Bristol half and finished in 2hrs 2mins 45secs.

3/09/11. Caernarfon 10k.
Two club members took part, Rob Thomas finishing in 54mins 44secs and Barrie Jackson in 59mins 39secs.

07/09/11. Peris Horseshoe.
Mark Atherton, Nick Bradley and Ifan Richards raced the Half Peris Horseshoe fell race which was the 8th round of the WFRA series last saturday (racing the full would have lost them counting in the Wfra series!) The race was run in atrocious conditions and was very exposed on the high summits of Elidir Fawr, Y Garn and Glyder. With 8.5mile and 4500ft the half was quite a race. Ifan claimed victory in the race in a time of 1:48:02 and set a new course record. Mark Atherton followed in a strong 4th and 2nd in the V40 cat in a time of 01:52:34. Nich came home in 2hrs 37mins 53secs.

28/08/11. Ellesmere 10k.
Barrie Jackson represented the club at Ellesmere and came first in the M70 category in a time of 61mins 20secs.

14/08/11. Gladstone fell race.
Two members travelled to Penmaenmawr for this event, Mark Atherton came home in 8th position in a time of 1hr 22mins 55secs and Juliet Edwards followed in 1hr 53mins 56secs.

30/08/11. Ras Beca.
Arfon Hughes and family travelled to Pembrokeshire for this race which Arfon completed in 47mins 42secs.

23/08/11. Tywyn Race the Train.
In the 14mile Rotary Challenge Adam Preston was first home for the club in 1hr 36mins 12secs followed by Kevin Jones in 1hr 38mins 21secs. Both Adam and Kevin beat the train. Dylan Evans was next in 1hr 51mins 11secs, with Ricky Francis in 1hr 51mins 40 secs, Tony Hodgson in 1hr 58mins 27secs, Glyn Rowlands in 2hrs 01mins 07secs, Jeff Davies in 2hrs 8mins 04secs, Sandra Williams in 2hrs 17mins 29secs and Jacqueline Fowler in 2hrs 34mins 45secs.
In the 10k Quarry Challenge Chris Owen flew the flag for the club and finished in 1hr 16mins 40secs.
The 5.5mile Dolgoch Challenge saw excellent performances and fierce competition with Huw Brassington coming in 2nd overall in 31mins 11 secs, closely followed in 3rd overall by Jamie Evans in 33mins 25secs and 5th overall Tim Chesworth in 36mins 21secs.

10/08/11. Ponderosa Fell Race.
Ifan Richards travelled to the Horseshoe pass above Llangollen on Wednesday evening for the Ponderosa 4 mile fell race with 1000ft ascent. Very, very wet underfoot and the torrential rain and wind made very difficult conditions. A field of 67 hardy souls lined up for the start. Ifan crossed the line in 3rd overall in a good time of 00:26:45.

9/08/11. Gobowen 5.
Frankie Vaughan, Barrie Jackson and Ifan Richards travelled to Gobowen on friday evening for the annual Gobowen 5 mile road race. A quality field of 72 runners saw a winning time of 00:24:37!!!! by GB U23 athlete Matthew Clowes. First over the line for Meirionnydd on returning from injury was Ifan in 9th position overall in a time of 00:28:31 setting a new club record for the distance. Next in was Frankie crossing in 34th in a time of 00:36:50 and claiming 2nd in the V55. Barrie followed crossing in a time of 00:46:42 breaking his own V70 club record by 7 seconds. Well done Barrie.

6/08/11. Y Garn.
On the Fells, the in-form Mark Atherton turned in a sterling performance at the short sharp Y Garn Fell race at Rhyd Ddu. Mark Crossed the line in a time of 00:33:36 enough to claim a excellent 2nd overall and victory in the V40 category.

4/08/11. Borth 10k.
Three members travelled to Borth to compete in the 10k Beach Run. First home for the club and winning the under 20 prize was Jamie Evans in 41mins 24secs, he was followed by father Dylan in 44mins 23secs and Ricky Francis in 47mins 24secs.

30/07/11. Dolgellau 5.
Rather warm and sticky weather welcomed 71 runners to the Dolgellau 5 on Saturday. Overall winner was Tim Davies of Maldwyn Harriers in a time of 26mins 39secs. Second was Jamie Loxam of Stockport Harriers in 27mins 06 secs. Third was Alex Lanz of Meirionnydd Running Club, setting a new club record for 5 miles, for the Dolgellau course and a new junior record in an excellent 29mins 05secs.
In the Ladies race first home was Jay Jennions of Deestriders in 31mins 51secs, she was followed by Louise Barker of Aberystwyth AC in a new F35 course record time of 33mins 47secs and Susan Davies of Ambrey in a new F45 course record of 34mins 17secs.
Apart from Alex, Louise and Susan new course records were also set by Edward Davies of Maldwyn Harriers with 30mins 55secs in the M55 category and Marjorie Griffiths of Bro Dysynni with 52mins 49secs in the F65 category.
Also competing for Meirionnydd Running Club, Tomos Roberts came home in 30mins 06 secs, Jamie Evans in 32mins 41secs, Arfon Hughes in 34mins 34secs (a new M40 club course record and club M40 5mile record), Dylan Evans in 34mins 36secs, Ricky Francis in 34mins 59secs, Glyn Rowlands in 35mins 31secs, Pete Nicholls in 35mins 55secs (a new M60 club course record), Nich Bradley in 37mins 56secs, Kevin Evans in 38mins 51secs, Danny Evans in 40mins 42secs, Barrie Jackson in 47mins 27secs and Haydn Fowler in 49mins 47secs.
It was very nice to see two father and son combinations running.
Click here for the results.
Click here for the race records.
Click here for photos by Gwynfor James.
Click here for photos by Ess Richards

29/07/11. Ras Hendre Wallog.
Ricky Francis represented Meirionnydd R.C. in his local race finishing in 4th position overall in 20mins 03secs.
Click here for photos by Ess Richards

8/07/11. Newtown BBQ 5K.
Frankie and Andrea Vaughan competed in this very wet race. Frankie came home in 21mins 52secs, winning the M55 category, followed by Andrea in 22mins 01secs, winning the F40 category.

Date. Caernarfon Race the Train 5k.
Ricky Francis took part here, finishing in 19mins 13secs.

26/07/11. Ras y Wyddfa.
Much finer weather for this years' International Snowdon Race saw Adam Preston coming in first for the club in a time of 1hour 25mins 00secs, he was quickly followed by Mark Atherton in 1hour 26mins 14secs and Kevin Jones in 1hour 29mins 31secs. Lesley Harris finished next in an excellent 1hour 38mins 02secs. She was followed by Pete Nicholls, 5th in the M60 category, in 1hour 46mins 20secs, Kevin Evans in 1hour 52mins 56secs and Vic Gretton in 2hours 11mins 29secs. Click here for photos by Alastair Tye.

9/7/11. Ras Foel Y Gocyn, Bryncrug.
Ricky Francis represented the club here, coming home second overall in a time of 34mins 49secs.

8/7/11. Kilburn Feast 7 Mile Road Race.
Frankie and Andrea Vaughan travelled to Thirsk in North Yorkshire for this race. Andrea came home in 53mins 24secs followed by Frankie at 56mins 09secs.

13/07/11. Didcot 5 mile.
Jeff Davies, the club's representative over the border, completed the Didcot 5mile in 32mins 54secs (first M60 and a club age-group record) and the Frampton-on-Severn 10k in 40mins 50secs (first M60 again and another club age-group record ). He hopes to meet other members at the Race the Train and at the Pen 10 so please keep a lookout for him.

11/07/11. Ras y Aran BFR Championships.
Graeme worked his magic with the weather again, glorious conditions for the BFR Championship race. Almost every course record was broken and 3 new club records were set. Click here for the results.
Click here for the race records.
Click here for the race report on the Mud Sweat and Tears website.
Ten MRC runners took part, Ifan Richards being first home in a new club record of 1hour 29mins 53 secs, he was followed by Mark Atherton in 1hour 44mins 27secs, a new M40 club record. Adam Preston was hot on his heels in 1hour 47mins 04secs, quickly followed by Kevin Jones in 1hour 50mins 28secs. Dylan Evans came home in 2hours 1min 50secs, then Dave Whittey in 2hours 5mins 04secs, Arfon Hughes in 2hours 9mins 41secs and Nich Bradley in 2hours 10mins 19secs. Juliet Edwards was next in 2hours 11mins 09secs, a new F40club record, followed by Kevin Evans, suffering from cramp, in 2hours23mins 15secs.
Click here for photos by John Smith.
Click here for photos by Graham Spencer.
Click here for photos by Alastair Tye.

06/07/11. Llyn Alwen Trail Race.
Frankie Vaughan and Barrie Jackson took part in this picturesque run on the Denbigh Moors. Frankie came home in 54mins 34secs, followed by Barrie (or Barrier as he is named in the results) in 74mins 54secs.

Date. Moel Eilio fell race.
Moel Eilio was the final race of the North Wales midweek fell series. A classic route of uphill running, a scramble and a fast flowing descent. 3.5 mile and 1350ft it was a short toughie! Ifan Richards won the race in a time of 25:02. The overall series was won by Math Roberts of Eryri by the slightest of margin in the scores, Ifan second and third went to Sam Smith of Eryri. A great 2011 series with some hard fought battles over the 10 races.

03/07/11. Moel Siabod fell race.
Three club members took part in this race from sunny Capel Curig. Ifan Richards came in 2nd overall in a time of 48mins 39secs, Arfon Hughes was next in 63mins 33secs, he was followed by Nich Bradley in 72mins 38secs.

27/06/11. Moel y Gamelin.
Moel Y Gamelin fell race was the 5th counter in the WFRA N.Wales series on Sunday. Measuring at 9.5 miles and 2795ft it was a tough race and with 28 degrees temperature to contend with. 102 athletes lined up for the start. Andres Jones (2000 Olympic games GB athlete 10k'er 28:11) of Aberystwyth AC claimed victory in a time of 01:12:36.
Having won the Tyn Y Groes race the previous day Ifan settled for 2nd place on this occasion in a time of 01:15:52. Mark Atherton continued his fine form crossing in 17th in a time of 01:28:02. Juliet Edwards followed with a strong run crossing in 68th in a time of 01:50:05 and claiming 2nd in the F45 cat.
For those interested - click here to link to Andres Jones's incredible list of race victories and results on the track, road, xc and fell.

25/06/11. Tyn y Groes Hill Race.
A good turn-out in Saturday's race saw Ifan Richards home first, just outside his club record, in 16mins 1sec; Dylan Jones of Bro Dysynni was second in 17mins 55secs, Jamie Evans came in an excellant 3rd in 20mins 25secs, setting a new club junior record for the course. He was followed by Arfon Hughes in 20mins 36secs, just outside Graeme Stringers M40 record. Then came Dylan Evans in 21mins 14secs, Ricky Francis in 21mins 42secs, pipping Tony Hodgson by 1 second. Nich Bradley came home in 22mins 58secs, followed by Kevin Evans in 23mins 29secs and Pete Nicholls in 24mins 15secs.

21/6/11. World long-distance mountain running championships.
Here is Ifan's report on his international debut.
Hi, a report of the BEAST this weekend!!!!!!
I travelled to Slovenia to represent Wales (and Meirionnydd of course) in the World championships of long distance mountain running at the weekend. The host country was Slovenia with the race start in the Alpine town of Petrovo Brdo at 807mtrs above sea level. 500 athletes from all over the world (19 international teams) lined up for the 8am and 24 degrees temperature race start. The course from the start ascended for 11k to a summit height of 1753mtrs, with stunning views and temperatures increasing to 30 degrees. There was then a long steep descent of 12k down to 361mtrs which tested the legs and technical skills of the runners, and a fast descent of this downhill put an end to many a athlete's race as what followed is probably the most brutal uphill I have ever taken on.
At 23k in to the 38.5k course I had arrived at the foot of the climb which is named "The hour of truth!" This was it, I started my assault on this WALL. 6k of hell! in that 6k, the ascent took the athletes from 361mtrs above sea level to 1610mtrs! 1261mtrs of ascent in 4 miles and the "hour of truth " turned out to be a tad longer "hour and sixteen minutes of truth" in my case, but still didn't let it break me, as it did to many european, US and Australian athletes! The closest thing to it around here I can compare it to is the steepest part of Tyn y Groes climb but solidly for 4 miles and after 13 miles of ascending and descending more than the height of Snowdon!! I reached the summit in pretty good condition and was faced with a 11k descent to the finish, that was a sort of welcome sight as normally I can rip descents apart (after 5-6 miles of climbing) but not this time!! still a good strong descent of hardpack trails and switchback corners saw me to the finish, to amazing crowds and screaming local mountain running fanatics.
I finished the race in a time of 4hrs 13mins 8secs in 43rd position with 8,200ft and 38.5km covered. All in all an awesome experience and would strongly recomend anyone to try this race as it's truly a spectacularly tough course and the Slovenian locals are amazing.

18/6/11. Moel Hebog fell race.
Mark Atherton produced an excellent performance to come in 5th overall in 57min 45secs with Nich Bradley, first in O50, in 73min 38secs.

17/6/11. Ras y Hafod.
Three club members ran in this very very wet 6 miler. Jamie Evans came home first for the club in 46mins 30secs in 7th overall and 1st U18, he was followed by Dylan Evans in 50mins 14secs and Tim Chesworth in 50mins 22secs.

16/06/11. Park Hall 5k.
Three club members competed at Park Hall, first home was Andrea Vaughan in a new club age-group record of 21mins 28secs, very closely followed by Frankie in 21mins 36secs. Barrie Jackson then finished in 27mins 49secs.

11/6/11. Foel Fras fell race.
Juliet Edwards took part in this 12mile 3,100ft climb event, finishing in 2hrs 28mins 48secs.

12/06/11. Newtown 5k.
Ifan and Heledd Richards travelled to Newtown on friday night. Heledd ran the Junior U10 1 mile race and finished 9th out of 17 in a time of 11:13. In the Senior 5k race Ifan tweaked his final preparations before heading to Slovenia for the World Long Distance Mountain champs next friday. First and second places were taken by his fellow Welsh team mates Andy Davies of Mercia in a winning time of 00:15:57 followed by Richard Roberts of Eryri in 00:16:22 and Ifan 3rd in 16:59.
All the best to Ifan representing Wales (and Meirionnydd RC) in Slovenia in his second Welsh international fixture.

25/5/11. Rhyl Sun Centre 5k.
Barrie Jackson travelled to sunny Rhyl for this race, finishing in 28mins 53secs.

07/06/11. Welsh 1,000metres fell race.
Mark Atherton and Nich Bradley undertook this challenge of 20miles and 8,000 ft in climbing all the 1,000metre peaks of Wales, Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd, Glyder Fawr, Garnedd Ugain and Yr Wyddfa . Mark finished in 5hrs 35mins 35secs followed by Nich in 7hrs 4mins 23secs.

05/06/11. BBQ.
Many thanks to Sue and Pete for hosting the barbie last wednesday and a special thanks to Bob Chilton for doing the cooking.

4/5/11. Abersoch 10k.
Five members travelled to what must have been a very hot 10k at Abersoch on Saturday. Jamie Evans was first club member home in 43mins 57secs, new member Tim Chesworth came in next in 45mins 16secs, followed by Dylan Evans in 45mins 17secs, Rob Thomas in 55mins 33secs and Jude Evans in 57mins 48secs.

29/05/11. Ras y Gader.
The organisers must have had a word with the correct authorities as the weather cleared just in time for the 21st running of the race on Saturday. The race was sponsored by The Royal Ship Hotel.
The conditions suited overall winner Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak who finished in 1hr 21mins 27secs just 9 seconds outside the course record set by Colin Donnelly in 1996. He was followed by Richard Roberts of Eryri in 1hr 23mins 20secs and Karl Gray of Calder Valley in 1hr 24mins 25secs.
In the ladies competition Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers came home first in 1hr 49mins 39secs, followed by Jackie Lee of Eryri in 1hr 50mins 53secs and Emma McWilliams of Mynydd Du in 1hr 51mins 09secs.
For Meirionnydd, Ifan Richards was first home in 6th overall position in a new club record time of 1hr 27mins 36secs. Mark Atherton and Adam Preston had a good battle with Mark winning in a club M40 record of 1hr 39mins 55secs and Adam gaining a PB in 1hr 41mins 16secs.
Tom Roberts was next in 1hr 48mins 04secs struggling with an injury. Another club tussle saw Dave Whittey finish in 1hr 58mins 14secs, Dylan Evans in 1hr 58mins 30secs and Arfon Hughes in 1hr 59mins 11secs.
Ricky Francis and Pete Nicholls also had a good battle with Ricky finishing in 2hr 5mins 24secs and Pete gaining a PB in 2hrs 5mins 31secs.
First lady for Meirionnydd was Jan Preston in an excellent 2hrs 19mins 15secs, she was followed by Alun Jones in 2hrs 36mins 56secs and Heidi Roden in 2hrs 44mins 59secs.
Click here, for full results of senior race on Ras y Gader website.
In the under 18 race the club gained a 1-2-3 with Alex Lanz finishing in 55mins 15secs, closely followed by Jamie Evans in 55mins 41secs and Tim Chesworth in 67mins 55secs.
Click here, for photos by Es Richards.
Click here, for photos by Alastair Tye.
Click here, for photos by John Smith.

26/05/11. Aber fell race.
Ifan Richards raced at Aber in the 6th round of the midweek series. A beautiful scenic route round Aber Falls in Abergwyngregyn, but a tough race at 4.5 mile and 1100ft of hard running. In a field of 82, Ifan claimed 2nd overall in a time of 32:29.

22/05/11. Edinburgh Marathon.
Jacqueline Fowler ran here, finishing in 4hrs 37mins 04secs.

15/05/11. Chester half marathon.
Three Meirionnydd ladies ran the Chester half, Amanda Price was first home in 1hr 52mins 52secs, followed by Gaenor Smith in 1hr 58mins 02secs and Heidi Roden in 2hrs 2mins 22secs, setting a new club age-group record.

21/05/11. Carneddau fell race.
Mark Atherton ran in this strenuous race of 9.2 miles with 4,200ft of ascent, finishing in 16th overall position in 2hrs 9mins 18secs.

Llandudno 10.
Rather foul conditions resulted in a 25mins delay to the start of this race, however this did not deter Jeff Davies who finished in a new age-group record time of 73mins 3secs. He was followed by Chris Owen in 111mins 49secs and Sheila Symonds in 145mins 48secs.

21/05/11. Paddlesport Festival canoe race.
A spectacular performance by 3 teams from MRC saw the "Billies" finish 3rd in a hotly (well wetly) contested race.
Click here, for photos by Gareth Roberts.

18/05/11. Ifan selected for Wales.
Congratulations to Ifan Richards, following his strong performance at the 3 Peaks fell race he has been selected to represent Wales in the World long distance mountain running championships in Slovenia on 18th of June. The race is a 24 mile mountain marathon with 7500+ft of ascent. Welsh Team -: Iain Ridgway, Richard Roberts (Eryri Harriers) Ifan Richards (Meirionnydd RC) Tim Davies, Andrew Davies (Mercia Fell Runners/Maldwyn Harriers).

10/05/11. Moel y Gest fell race.
Nich Bradley flew the flag for Merionnydd finishing in 45mins 38secs. Dylan Jones of Cerist Tri put in an excellent performance to finish 2nd in 32mins 16secs.

Sarn Helen race.
Glyn Rowlands travelled to Lampeter to run in this 16.5 mile hill race, finishing in 2hrs 29mins 03secs.

12/05/11. Newtown 10k.
Ricky Francis represented the club at the Newtown race and finished 18th overall in 43mins 42secs.

09/05/11. Llangynhafal fell race.
Four Meirionnydd athletes raced the Llangynhafal Loop fell race on saturday. The race was 5 miles with 1850ft of ascent and featured the famous super steep "The Gully" and was the 3rd round of the WFRA series and 1st round of the WFRA welsh champs series. 103 runners lined up. The race was won by 2010 British fell champion and welsh international Tim Davies of Mercia in a time of 00:37:48. Ifan Richards crossed the line in 2nd place in a time of 00:39:39. Next in was Mark Atherton in a time of 00:46:24 claiming 16th overall. Nich Bradley was next in the battle of the Docs' in a time of 00:56:14, followed by Juliet Edwards in 00:57:48 and 76th overall, claimng 3rd in the LV40 cat.
Next year there's talk of a opposite direction run of the race which would see runners decending the gully!!! should be very interesting!

05/05/11. BBQ.
Many thanks to Dylan, Jude and Jamie for hosting wednesday nights' barbecue,

03/05/11. Chalgrove 10k.
Jeff Davies, a new member and Meirionnydd exile who now lives in the south of England, ran this race and set a new M60 club record of 43mins 10secs.

02/05/11. 3 Peaks Race.
Ifan Richards travelled to Yorkshire to take part in this gruelling mountain marathon, the 3 peaks Fell race with 6000ft+ of ascent. 900 athletes lined up for the start from all over the UK and from abroad. Excellent conditions for the race with clear views of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough fells made the full course visible and gave the competitors views of what lay ahead.
Ifan crossed the line in a time of 03:25:04 to claim a very impressive 28th place overall and 3rd Welshman which puts him in strong contention for the Welsh squad for the World Long Distance championships in Slovenia in June for which this race was the trial.

Red Kite Challenge.
Blue skies but with a strong blustery wind greeted competitors in this 11mile 2,500ft trail race. First home for Meirionnydd was Adam Preston in 1hr 30mins 47secs followed by Dylan Evans in 1hr 43mins 6secs. John Smith was next in 1hr 47mins 00secs, retaining his Welsh Athletics gold medal position in the M60 age group. Jan Preston came home in 2hrs 7mins 14secs to win 2 bronze medals for 3rd overall in the W35 and 3rd W35 Welsh Lady.
In the junior race Alex Lanz came in 4th in his age group in 25mins 34secs followed by Jamie Evans in 29mins 33secs. Adam also ran in Sunday's race, the 17mile Ras y Diafol at Devils Bridge, finishing in 2hrs 23mins 27secs to achieve an excellent overall 7th place in the 2 races.
Click here, for photos by Alastair Tye.

27/04/11. Pen Dinas fell race.
It was a double win for Meirionnydd as 68 athletes lined up for this brutal Pen Dinas race, 2.2 miles and 2000ft of ascent! a good race developed as Sam Smith of Eryri reached the summit with a 37 second lead on 3rd to the summit Ifan Richards. Again the descent proved descisive as Ifan overhauled and closed the 37 second gap and won the race by 4 seconds!! In a time of 00:25:07 Breaking and setting a new course record and a new descent record! Also taking part and claiming a very impressive M70 victory was Victor Gretton, very nice to see him taking a break from his vacation to race.

Fron Four fell race.
Mark Atherton ran in this race, finishing in 7th overall position in a time of 79mins 00secs.

25/04/11. Chocaholics 5k Newtown.
A total of 87 athletes lined up for the first race in the Maldwyn Harriers road race summer series. In the 1 mile kids U10 race Heledd Richards crossed the line in 11th position in a time of 11:03. In the main race Ifan Richards finished 2nd overall in a time of 17:04. Ricky Francis followed, crossing in 29th position in a time of 21:01.

21/04/11. Brighton Marathon.
Jude Evans took on her first marathon at Brighton and finished in 5hrs 5mins 15secs.

19/4/11. Mynydd Mawr fell race.
The third race in the tuesday night series saw 96 athletes competing. Ifan Richards won again, in a time of 32mins 4secs. Dylan Jones came home 3rd in 34mins 30secs.

18/04/11. London Marathon.
Excellent performances by club members on Sunday with Adam Preston setting a new club record time of 2hrs 57mins 00secs, 12mins faster than last year. Tony Hodgson followed in 3hrs 10mins 1sec, he was 7th in the M60 age category, setting a new club age group record, 6mins faster than last year. Nich Bradley came home in 3hrs 56mins 3 secs followed by Jan Preston, knocking an amazing 20mins of last years time in 4hrs 10mins 23secs and Sandra Williams in 4hrs 20mins 53secs. Well done everyone.

16/4/11. Moelwyn Fell race.
Ifan Richards continued his return to winning ways on saturday finishing in 1hr 24mins 9secs, 5 minutes clear of the second runner. Mark Atherton was next for Meirionnydd, finishing in 9th place in a time of 1hr 32mins 53secs and claiming first place in the fiercely contested local runner competition. Juliet Edwards finished second in the F50 category in a time of 2hrs 10mins 16secs.

14/04/11. Llantysilio fell race.
Hot conditions greeted 96 athletes to the Llantysilio fell race at Rhewl nr Llangollen on saturday. The course measuring at 6.2 miles with 2100ft. Ifan Richards returning to winning ways after his injury won in a time of 52mins 07secs, repeating last years victory. He was followed by Dylan Jones(Cerist Tri) crossing the line in 12th in 58mins 57secs and 2nd U23. Mark Atherton closely followed in 59mins 05secs and Arfon Hughes in 66mins 11secs.

Foel Lus, Joe Browns midweek series round 2.
Ifan and Dylan made the journey up to Dwygyfylchi on Tuesday evening to race the 2nd round of the midweek series. The Foel Lus race measuring in 3.1 miles with 1300ft of ascent proved a short sharp challenge to the large field of 107 athletes. A great race unfolded as only 15 seconds seperated the top 4 (Welsh Internationals) at the finish. Ifan crossed the line in 3rd just behind Sam Smith and Math Roberts of Eryri in a time of 00:22:52. Dylan followed with an excellent run to finish 5th in a time of 00:23:57 claiming 1st U23.

07/04/11. Moel Tryfan fell race.
This Tuesday saw the first round of the newly sponsored Joe Browns midweek fell race series at Y Fron for the Moel Tryfan fell race measuring 3 miles and 340ft ascent. A good field of 96 athletes lined up on a wet, windy and nearly zero visibility start line. The Race was won by Math Roberts of Eryri in a time of 18:10. Ifan Richards crossed the line 4th in 19:04 after a 7 week lay off due to a knee injury, followed by Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi in 5th place with an excellent time of 19:16.

04/04/11. Cartmel Trail Race.
12 club members travelled to Cumbria at the weekend for the 18km Cartmel Trail Race. After a rainy night the sun shone to give perfect weather for running the challenging and very muddy course. An extra complication was provided by a poorly marshalled path junction where many of the 301 runners went the wrong way, some of them for a LONG time. Despite all this Adam Preston put in a strong performance to finish in 8th position in a time of 1hr 21mins 27secs, he was followed by Jamie Evans in 14th place overall and first U18 in a time of 1hr 26mins 56secs. John Smith was next home in 1hr 48mins 9secs, 3rd in the O60's category. Then came Jan Preston in 1hr 55mins 27secs, Kevin Evans in 1hr 57mins 5secs, Gaenor Smith in 1hr 57mins 9secs, Heidi Roden and Amanda Price in 2hrs 20mins 17secs and Alun Jones in 2hrs 31mins 40secs. In the associated Cartmel Challenge, over the same course but starting an hour earlier than the main race, Margaret Roberts finished in 2hrs 3mins 53secs, Jonathan Lloyd in 2hrs 15mins 17secs and Tracey Evans in 2hrs 46mins 3 secs.
Overall it was a very enjoyable weekend.

Jonathen LLoyd on cartmel challenge

21/03/11. Winter Race Series.
The series results are now compiled, click here.
A full house for Eryri with Richard Roberts, Matthew Fortes and Martin Cliffe claiming the first 3 places. Joanne Moore was first lady. Tony Hodgson was the best placed Meirionnydd runner in 7th position overall and claiming first in the over 60 category. He was followed, after a closely fought contest, by Nich Bradley, John D Smith and Kevin Evans.

20/03/11. Ras y Aran.
The weather was perfect at Llanuwchllyn on Saturday for the Ras y Aran, sponsored by Aran Organic Lamb.
99 runners completed the tough course of 10 miles with 3,100ft of climbing. Overall winner was Richard Roberts of Eryri in a time of 1hr 26mins 46secs, followed by Steven Cale of Mercia Fell Runners in 1hr 27mins and Mark Roberts of Borrowdale in 1hr 32mins 29secs. Melanie Price of Mercia Fell Runners was first Lady home in 1hr 46mins 33secs, followed by Andrea Rowlands of Eryri in 1hr 49mins 28secs and Lou Roberts of Kendal AC in 1hr 52mins 32secs. Hedd Evans was once again the first local runner home in 2hrs 4mins 10secs. An Outstanding run by Ben Grant of Harrogate Harriers saw him set a new men's over 60's record in a time of 1hr 46mins 01 secs. The first Meirionnydd Running Club member home was Mark Atherton, continuing his return to fitness, in a time of 1hr 46mins 32secs, followed by Tony Hodgson in 2hrs 0mins 15secs and Dave Whittey in 2hrs 1min 12secs. Mark, Tony and Dave all set new club age-group records. Nich Bradley came next in 2hrs 9mins 42secs, then Ricky Francis in 2hrs 11mins 5secs, Pete Nichols in 2hrs 16mins 32secs, John D Smith in 2hrs 20mins 28secs and Kevin Evans in 2hrs 24mins 19secs.
The club wishes to thank Aran Organic Lamb for their sponsorship and The Eagles, Llanuwchllyn, for their hospitality.
Click here for the full results.
Click here for Gareth Roberts' photos.

Rhayader 20.
Meanwhile down south Adam and Jan Preston, Sandra Williams and Glyn Rowlands represented the club in the Rhayader 20 mile race round the lakes. Adam finished in and excellent 2hrs 16mins 35secs, followed by Glyn in 2hrs 52mins 57secs, Sandra in 3hrs 9mins 10secs and Jan in 3hrs 9mins 22secs. All these are new club age-group records and Adam's time is a new overall club record.

14/03/11. Moel Wnion Fell Race.
Well done Victor Gretton , flying the flag for Meirionnydd and finishing the course in 67mins 06secs. Photo by Alastair Tye.

Vic at Moel wnion

11/03/11. Pipe Dream Fell Race.
91 runners raced at Dolgarrog last Saturday for the annual Pipe Dream fell race which included 5 miles and 1700ft of climb and was the second round of the W.F.R.A. North Wales series.
Dry and clear, provided for fast times and it was MRC's day as Ifan Richards romped the course in a time of 00:35:03 to finish 1st and smashed the course record set in 2008 by his fellow Welsh International Math Roberts of Eryri. Next over the line, with a fine run was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi (Cerist Tri) puting his MRC training runs to good use claiming 5th in a time of 00:37:39 and claiming 1st U23. Next for Meirionnydd was Marc Atherton getting better with each outing claiming 14th overall in a time of 00:40:32. The two Doc's followed with Nick Bradley finishing in a time of 00:49:20 giving him 61st overall and Juliet Edwards in a time of 00:50:36 in 67th and 3rd in the F40 category.

07/03/11. Village Bakery Half Marathon.
Five MRC runners took part in this race at Wrexham. First home for the club was Adam Preston in 81mins 32secs. He was followed by Tony Hodgson in 89mins 02secs, claiming 1st place in the O60 category, Dylan Evans in 96mins 56secs, Jan Preston in 109mins 15secs and Jude Evans in 119mins 04secs. Adam, Tony and Jude all set new club age-group records. This may sound a bit like one of Gary Lineker's interesting statistics but Adam and Jan both came 12th in their age categories.

26/02/11. Moel y Ci fell race.
Two athletes from Meirionnydd raced the Moel y Ci fell race on Saturday. The 5.2 mile course with 950ft of climbing was quite a tough one with the overnight rain making it slippery underfoot. Ifan Richards was first in for Meirionnydd, crossing the line in 4th position overall in a time of 00:38:10.
Mark Atherton had another strong run to mark his return after a lengthy spell with injury crossing the line in 19th overall and 4th V40 in a time of 00:44:30.

AGM 2011
A successful AGM was held at The Ship on friday evening. Sue Nicholls stood down as Chair at the end of her 4 year term, Gareth Roberts was unanimously elected as the new Chairman. Annual awards were presented as follows:-
Junior athlete of the year - Alex Lanz
Male athlete of the year - Ifan Richards.
Female athlete of the year - Juliet Edwards.
Volunteer of the year - Joy Parkinson.
Runners Runner of the year - Jan Preston.
Sheilagh Vaughan Trophy - Heidi Roden.
Lanzarote "Slug Trophy" - Juliet Edwards.
Many thanks to the management and staff of The Ship for their excellent buffet.

23/02/11. Welsh National Cross Country Championships at Northop.
Athletes from all over wales gathered for the annual Welsh XC championship at Northop. The event gathered the best of the cross country runners of wales to battle it out over a tough 10km course.
In the 5km U17 mens race Meirionnydd were represented by Alex Lanz and Jamie Evans. Alex running a strong race in a tough field to finish 10th. Jamie followed building on his improving cross country running finishing 18th. Next was the Senior Mens race, a very talented and competitive field due to the race also being the welsh selection race for the Home Counties race in Ireland. The pace was high from the gun. Crossing the line first for Meirionnydd was Ifan Richards in a strong 20th overall and 4th N.Walian, which could earn him a late call up to the N.Wales team for the UK intercounties held in Birmingham. Next in was Tom Roberts, having a good race to finish 36th which earned him 7th in his U23 category.

14/02/11. North Wales Cross Country League.
The final results have now appeared. Click here for the Oswestry results and click here for the final league placings.
This shows the men's team finishing first in Division 2 with 1114 points, ahead of Oswestry and Prestatyn, (this would have placed us 3rd in Division 1), and the Ladies finishing in 6th place with 693 points behind Prestatyn and Deeside. An excellent performance all round.

Quiz Night.
There is a quiz night in the Cross Keys after running on Wednesday 23rd February (half term week). Dave Reece is doing the quiz and we are joining forces with the hospital gang (Joy has kindly liaised with Dave to organise it for us) and whoever else wants to take part. All proceeds from the evening will go to charity, so whether you want to take part of just come for a drink as usual after running, hope to see you there!

13/02/11. Tarren Hendre.
Great weather for running on Saturday, a cold wind on top but quite sunny with a good depth of mud in the forest.
Full results now available Click here.
16 club runners took part and 2 new club records were set, Ifan Richards improved on his Senior men's record in a time of 50mins 34secs and Jamie Evans set an excellent Junior men's record of 59mins 50secs. Adam and Jan Preston, Nich Bradley and Ricky Francis all set PB's. Click here for race report on Mud Sweat and Tears website.
Click here for Alastair Tye's photos of runners, marshalls and supporters.

09/02/11. 2010 fell-running season.
Click here for Essyllt's compilation of fell-running photos.

06/02/11. North Wales cross-country league, Oswestry.
Success for Meirionnydd.
The final event at a rainy, muddy and windswept Oswestry saw an excellent turnout of MRC runners. The men's team clinched promotion to Division 1, Kevin Jones gained 3rd place in the MV45 category and Ifan Richards gained 5th overall in the series. A great team effort! Click here for Gareth Roberts' photos of the runners and celebrations.

04/02/11. North Wales cross-country championships, Rhug.
Very cold conditions and a frozen, undulating course proved a challenge for the competitors in the N. Wales xc champs. St John's ambulance were kept busy throughout the day with various injuries. The club were represented by five athletes on the day. The first race was the Senior womens and U17 men, Alex Lanz turned out a sterling performance to secure 3rd place in 00:20:34 in the U17's and pocketed the N. Wales U17 men bronze medal. Andrea Vaughan followed in the Senior womens race she claimed 20th overall in 00:27:41 and 6th in the F40 cat. Leading the the trio of Senior men was Ifan Richards claiming a excellent 6th overall in 00:38:40. He was followed by Huw Brassington another fine run to claim 11th overall in 00:41:18 and Tom Roberts claiming 15th overall in 00:42:51.

27/01/11. Telford Cross-Country.
The MRC Men's team retained their first place in Division 2. Ifan Richards came in 11th position, Huw Brassington 37th, Tom Roberts 38th, Adam Preston 42nd, Dave Seabourne 83rd, Dylan Evans 93rd and John Smith 106th. This gave them 2nd position on the day behind Oswestry but they still lead them by 181 points overall.
In the Ladies race Jude Evans finished in 48th place and Sioned Mair Jones in 49th. This put the ladies in 8th place on the day and in 6th place overall. In the U17 race Alex Lanz finished in 3rd position with Jamie Evans in 6th.Click here for full results.
Photos that Ess' Richards took are on the Gallery page.

19/01/11. Aberystwyth 10k.
Three club runners took part in the Cambrian News 10k at Aberystwyth on Sunday. Jamie Evans was first member home in 41mins 18secs, followed by Dylan Evans in 45mins 23secs and Jude Evans in 54mins 30secs. Well done the Evans family.

Helena Tipping 10k.
Ifan Richards ran in the Helena Tipping 10k at Wrexham. In a field of 250+runners and some icy conditions. Ifan finished 9th overall in a PB time of 36mins 43secs.

MRC Runners - Ras y Mast (Photos by Esyllt Richards).

Ras y Mast
Glyn Rowlands ran the Ras y Mast 6.5 mile 1,250ft multiterrain race at Llanybydder.

Glyn Rowlands at Ras y Mast
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