Archif 2012 Archive

30/12/12. Jubilee Plunge.
Seventy five hardy runners travelled to LLangynhafal to race down from the top of Moel Fammau.
A strong Meirionnydd team entered with all three Meirionnydd Runners finishing in the top ten. Leading the way was Ifan Richards, who despite a long rest due to injury and concerns over his waist line, crossed the line in first place in 11:44, followed by Dylan Jones 7th 12:12 and Dave Parker 9th in 12:19.

MRC Runners - Jubilee Plundge 2012.
Ifan richards Jubilee plunge 2012 Dylan Jones Jubilee plunge 2012 Dave Parker Jubilee plunge 2012

16/12/12. Cordon classic fell race.
David Elliot ran the Cordon classic on Sunday coming in 26th in a time of 57:10.

9/12/12. Aberystwyth Charity 10k.
David Elliot was the sole MRC runner on the day completing the race 75th, in 43:31.

8/12/12. Welsh inter-Regional & Masters XC champs.
Well done to the two Meirionnydd runners who ran a very muddy course down at Builth. Clive Edgington finished 2nd in M55 in 37:07 min and in the Senior David Parker came in 22nd with a time of 41:37 min.

4/12/12. Wrexham, North Wales Cross-country league.
Five club members ran in the recent event at Wrexham. Alex Lanz was first home for the club in 27th position. He was followed by Dave Parker, 30th, Clive Edgington, 72nd, Alan Jones, 78th and Arfon Hughes, 90th. We incured penalty point for not fielding a ful team of 6, this meant that the club came in 7th in Division 1 on the day but held on in 5th position in the league

17/11/12. Conwy Half-Marathon.
Sandra Williams and Jacqueline Fowler ran at Conwy. Sandra finished in 1 hour 55 mins 11 secs and Jacqueline in 1 hour 56 mins 29 secs to set a new F45 club record.

11/11/12. Rhobell Fawr.
Eighty three runners took part in the race from Llanfachreth in the autumn sunshine. No less than 14 members of Mercia Fell Runners made the journey and duly claimed the first 2 places, with Tim Davies winning in 51 mins 27 secs quickly followed by Paul Jones in 51mins 32 secs. Third was Jez Brown of Buckley Runners in 53mins 45 secs.
Lauren Jeska of Aberystwyth AC won the women's race in 61mins 14 secs, followed by Andrea Rowlands of Eryri in 65mins 17secs and Louise Barker of Aberystwyth AC in 66mins 36secs.
Seven Meirionnydd runners took part, with Dave Parker leading them home, 4th overall, in 53mins 56secs, followed by Alan Jones in 64mins 40secs, Dave Elliot in 64mins 54secs, Arfon Hughes in 66mins 50secs, Juliet Edwards in 75mins 31secs, Kevin Evans in 82mins 43secs and Dai Rice in 90mins 24secs. Juliet's time was a club F50 record. which is almost 3mins faster than her club F40 record.
Click here for the full results.
Click here for photo's by Ess' Richards.

Following the Rhobell race on Saturday, the WFRA held their presentation ceremony for the overall Welsh Champions and N. Wales Champions. A very good day for Meirionnydd RC, and a good season with consistent racing over the year and regular top 3 & 5 placings in the counting races.
Dave Parker capped off a tremendous first season for the club by claiming 2nd overall in the Welsh Championships behind Welsh & GB international Tim Davies. Very satisfying was the next award for the N. Wales Championships as Meirionnydd took a clean sweep, with Ifan Richards defending his N. Wales Championship trophy for the 3rd year in sucession. It didn't end there as Dave Parker took the 2nd place & Glyn Griffin 3rd on the N. Wales podium after a very strong season.

31/10/12. Snowdonia Marathon.
Congratulations to 4 club members who completed the marathon at the weekend. First home was Mark Atherton in 3 hours 26mins, followed by Sandra Williams in 4 hours 22mins, Jacqueline Fowler in 5 hours 10mins and Chris Owen in 5 hours 36mins.

21/10/12. Dyfi 8.
Two members ran in the recent Dyfi 8 trail race. Ashley Charlwood finished in 62mins 15secs and Glyn Rowlands followed in 63mins 25secs.

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14/10/12. Aberystwyth Twin Peaks.
Three members ran here, with Dave Elliot leading them home in 56mins 17secs, followed by Ricky Francis in 58mins 28secs and Graeme Stringer in 63mins 21secs.

MRC Runners - International mountain race in Italy 2012.

25/10/12. International mountain race in Italy.
Ifan Richards - International Cap representing Wales.
Last weekend Ifan headed off to north Italy as part of the Welsh team to race in the prestigious Trofeo Vanoni Mountain relay race. The race takes place in the town of Morbegno in north Italy, not far from the Swiss border and twinned with Llanberis, the Vanoni race is also twinned with the Snowdon international race.
This years race was also the final round of the Italian mountain running championships. As well as the International teams, (including the Swiss, French, Slovenian, Finish, and Danish), the finest clubs from Italy were there to battle it out.
The race started at 2pm in the centre of Morbegno with 134 runners ready for leg 1 of the relay, with the main street was closed off for the event. The entire course of 4.2 miles with 1600ft of ascent was lined with 4000 screaming fanatical Italian and European mountain running fans. The Welsh team consisted of Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers), Ifan Richards (Meirionnydd RC) and Alun Vaughan (Eryri Harriers) and it was in this order that the Welsh took on the race.
After a race-long battle the Welsh lads finished a very impressive 15th out of the 134 teams, beating the Czechs, Finns, Danes and Portuguese, in a time of 01:41:12. Ifan ran his leg in 00:34:39 with a fantastic 9th place split time of 00:9:19 for the 1.2 mile 1600ft technical descent. A fantastic race and experience and a big eye opener as to how big and popular mountain running is in mainland Europe.

22/10/12. St Davids College, LLandudno. North Wales Cross-country league.
Another strong turnout for MRC at the Llandudno event. Glyn Griffin was first home for the club in 21st place, followed by Alex Lanz 25th, Dylan Jones 46th, Kevin Jones 49th, Jamie Evans 61st, Clive Edgington 65th, Alan Jones 72nd, Dave Whittey 83rd, Arfon Hughes 90th, Ricky Francis 105th, D Hughes 108th, Dave Seabourne 121st, A Steadman 147th, Dai Rice 152nd.
This gave Meirionnydd 267 points, 5th on the day but holding on to 2nd in the league with 438 points, behind Eryri with 213 and ahead of Deeside with 495.

22/10/12. Birmingham half-marathon.
Ricky Francis and Martin King took part in the 18,000 field at the Birmingham half-marathon. Ricky finished in a PB of 1hour 34mins 44secs, followed by Martin in 1hour 43mins 44secs, setting a club M40 record.

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19/10/12. Treborth, Bangor. North Wales Cross-country league.
The club put in a fine team performance at the first league event of the season at Bangor. Ifan Richards came in 13th, Glyn Griffin 25th, Dave Parker 26th, Alex Lanz 28th, Kevin Jones 36th, Dylan Jones 43rd, Clive Edgington 58th, Alan Jones 71st, Jamie Evans 75th, Dave Whittey 80th, Ricky Francis 90th, Arfon Hughes 115th, A Steadman 136th and Dai Rice 137th.
This put Meirionnydd in 2nd place with 171 points, behind Eryri with 84 points and ahead of Telford with 233.

14/10/12. National Fell Running Relays.
An excellent day out in the sunshine at Church Stretton for the relays organised by Mercia Fell Runners.
In a world-class field the Meirionnydd senior team finished in 43rd position out of 151 finishers. Dave Parker ran a brilliant first solo leg to finish in 11th place, Kevin Jones and Mark Atherton then ran the pairs leg to finish in 53rd place, Arfon Hughes and Alan Jones then ran the navigation leg finishing in 86th place, Ifan Richards then ran the last solo leg to storm home in 13th place. The club over 50's team comprised Clive Edgington for the first solo leg, Kevin Evans and Dave Seabourne for the pairs, Dai Rice and John Smith for the navigation, and Dylan Evans for the final solo leg.
Many thanks to Ifan and Ess for providing the hospitality tent. Mercia's organisation was very impressive and we are now looking forward to next years event which is to be organised by Eryri and takes place in the Llanberis Pass.

MRC Runners - National Fell Running Relays 2012.
2012 team fell relay 2012 Dave Parker fell relay 2012 kevin & Mark fell relay
2012 Alan & arfon fell relay 2012 John & dai fell relay 2012 Kevin & Dave fell relay
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10/10/12. Chester Marathon.
Juliet Edwards completed the race in 3hours 52 mins to set a club F50 record.

7/10/12. Arenig Fawr fell race.
Less than 24hrs after racing the N. Wales XC league at Bangor, Dave Parker and Ifan Richards took to the fells for the Arenig race. The 7mile 2000ft race was the penultimate round of the N. Wales fell running champs so a good run was needed by both to stay in the top 2 places, with Ifan leading and Dave second, also Glyn Griffin third!!!!!! (Meirionnydd dominating the N. Wales fells!).
It was a good day for the race with no wind and a nice dry afternoon. Dave produced a storming run and a very strong ascent to claim a excellent third place in a time of 01:00:43 and cemented his place in the top 2 with only Rhobell Fawr as the final round of the series. Ifan started strongly and was 3rd to the summit but some serious nutritional issues quickly put a spanner in the works and he faded in the last 3.5 miles to crawl over the line in 37th. Dave and Ifan remain top 2 in the champs but not sure as of yet if Dave has overhauled Ifan. So exciting prospects for the Rhobell Fawr race, with Dave in a strong position to take the title and Ifan with it all to do!
As well as being the final round of the N. Wales champs Rhobell is also the final round of the WFRA Welsh champs and the Welsh Athletics mountain champs so should produce a quality field. All eyes will be on Dave and Ifan to see who will prevail, and also if Glyn can hold on to his 3rd spot. The N. Wales title will definitely be staying home in Meirionnydd, which will be great for the club.

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30/09/12. Penmaenpool 10.
37 runners took part in Sundays race, with the weather fine at the start but getting wetter and windier as the race progressed. Overall winner was Dave Parker of MRC in an excellent time of 61mins 34 secs, second and third went to Aberystwyth AC runners Gethin Holland in 64mins 05secs and Ian Evans in 64mins 26secs.
The ladies race was won by Shelley Thomas 89mins 33secs with Anne Kelsaoo of Aldridge running club second in 91mins 20secs and Sian Jones third in 95mins 35secs.
The golden oldies of Meirionnydd performed excellently setting 3 new club course and 10mile records: Clive Edgington's time of 67mins 32secs was a new M55 record, Jeff Davies' 71mins 34secs was a new M60 record and Dai Rice's 86mins 26secs was a new M65 record. It was also good to see Bob Chilton back in action.
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28/09/12. Langdale half-marathon.
Barrie Jackson travelled to the Lake District for the Great Langdale Half Marathon and completed the arduous course in 2hrs 38mins 12secs to win the M70 Category.

23/09/12. Peris Horseshoe.
Mark Atherton ran the full horseshoe, (17.5m, 8,500ft), finishing an excellent 9th overall in a time of 4hrs 12mins.

22/9/12. Home Countries International & UK athletics mountain champs.
A great day for Meirionnydd as two of our senior men runners, Ifan Richards and Glyn Griffin, making his well-deserved Welsh debut, were in action representing Wales in the Home Countries International mountain race & UK athletics mountain running champs.
The race started in the Cumbrian village of Melmerby and finished on the summit of Hartside Pass. A course of 6.2 mile up-hill only with 1700ft of ascent faced the 72 starters on the line.
The pace was frantic from the gun due to the high quality international field with the first mile on tarmac and track before hitting the open fells, with most of the climbing covered in the first 3.5 miles it was time to stretch the legs on the open ridge for the remaining 2.6 miles to the finish.
Ifan crossed the line in 25th overall in a time of 51mins 14secs and 5th welsh counter and Glyn was very close behind in 28th overall in a time of 52mins 07secs and 6th welsh counter out of the 7 man team.
Wales finished 3rd in the team placings.

MRC Runners - Home Countries International & UK athletics mountain champs 2012.
Ifan in Welsh Top Glyn in Welsh Top  

16/09/12. Bala Triathlon.
Another excellent performance by Andrea Vaughan, (1500m swim in 32min 25sec, 40km bike in 1 hr 07min 23sec and 10k run in 44min 54 sec), qualified her for the GB team in the European age group championships in June 2013 in Alanya, Turkey.
This follows her selection for the Tri in Auckland NZ - if anyone wants to sponsor her toward Air Ambulance there are forms up in the Leisure centre, White Hut and Parliament House.
Andrea's 10k time at Bala was also a club age group record.

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15/09/12. Llyn Brenig trail race.
Alan Jones and John Smith joined 68 other runners in the sunshine on the Hiraethog Moors for this lovely 9mile race around the reservoir.
Alan finished in 63mins 9secs and John in 73mins 16secs to take 3rd place on the M60 category.

14/09/12. Moel Wnion Fell race.
Abergwyngregyn was the venue for the final counter and the Welsh leg of the 2012 British fell running champs, incorporating the 7th round of the N.Wales fell running champs.
A real sea shore to summit type of race packed in 1800ft of vertical gain in the 4.5 miles. Conditions were tough as the heat again soared as a field of 102 lined up for the 2pm start.
Five Meirionnydd runners formed a team for the event as teams were counted in the British champs (5 to count). With a top quality field from all over the U.K. and N.Ireland the pace matched the weather, HOT!!
The race was won by 2011 British champion (and Aran record holder) Morgan Donnelly of Borrowdale Fell runners in a new course record time of 34mins 57secs.
First in for Meirionnydd was Ifan Richards claiming a excellent 11th place finish in 39mins 00secs. Dave Parker continued to impress and crossed in 18th in a time of 40mins 21secs, Glyn Griffin quickly followed with a very strong performance claiming 22nd place in 41mins 13secs. Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog and Arfon Hughes completed the club turn out with strong runs to cross in respective times of 50mins 27secs and 56mins 07secs.
A great team showing in the British Champs.

07/09/12. Ras Moel Hebog.
Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog took on the 4.5 mile 2500ft of Moel Hebog. Classed as one of the toughest short races on the Welsh fell calender it attracted a strong northern contingent from Calder Valley fell runners down for the weekend to recce Moel Wnion, next weekend's British Championships race and North wales series counter. The race was won by Karl Gray of Calder Valley (3rd at Cader 2011) in a time of 48mins 13secs Alan took the race by the scruff of the neck in his first outing on the race and despite a slight detour from the summit, put in a sterling performance to cross the line in a time of 73mins 51secs.

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27/08/12. Ras y Mynydd fell race.
Alan Jones made the journey to Llandygai on the outskirts of Bangor for this sharp 4.5mile 700ft race last Wednesday. Continuing his form after a strong run at Race the Train Alan produced another excellent run to claim 4th in a time 33:27. Da Iawn Alan.

26/08/12. Ras y Cnicht.
After a wet week the weather cleared on bank holiday Sunday for the annual welsh classic Ras Y Cnicht at Croesor above Llanfrothen. Three Meirionnydd mountain goats turned up for the race and again, as we've seen over the past couple of weeks the Meirionnydd men have dominated proceedings. Taking the lead from the gun Ifan Richards summited the mountain's 2 mile 1850ft ascent in 25:34 and made light work of the descent in a impressive 11:03 to take overall victory in 36:37 and fastest time since 2007 and second fastest descent in the race history. Dave Parker powered his way to the summit in 2nd position and kept his position to the line with a solid run to take runner up spot in a time of 39:24. Local man Glyn Griffin from Llanfrothen put in yet another strong performance to take 6th in a time of 41:24 and was over the moon to have run a race that he has spectated for years but had never thought of running.
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23/08/12. Ras Glyndwr.
A very successful first running of this race organised by Matt Ward (organiser of Trail Marathon Wales). After some heavy rain the course was very challenging underfoot, but didn't deter the 30 athletes that took on the 3.2mile course with 700ft ascent.
The race was won by Welsh international Andrew Davies of Mercia Fell Runners in a very fast time of 19mins 58secs which will be a tough course record to beat. Taking 2nd overall and first for Meirionnydd was Ifan Richards in a time of 21mins 40secs, completing the podium and taking 3rd was Glyn Griffin, the Meirionnydd man crossing in a time of 23mins 03secs.
The Meirionnydd machine kept rolling in with strong runs from Dave Whittey, 11th overall in 26mins 59secs and 2nd in the M50cat, followed by Arfon Hughes in 12th overall in 27mins 51secs and claiming victory in the M40 cat. 17th overall was Ricky Francis in 29mins 52secs closely followed by Graeme Stringer in his first race since his knee op' crossing in 30mins 06secs. Also back on the fells after injury was Frankie Vaughan, coming in 22nd in a time of 32mins 11esc.

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18/08/12. Race the Train.
Three club members took on the 14mile Rotary Challenge from Tywyn. First for Merionnydd was Phil Morgan in a time of 2hrs 0mins 58secs, he was followed by Sandra Williams in 2hrs 33mins 18secs and Jacqueline Fowler in 2hrs 46mins 04secs.
Meanwhile 5 members ran in the 10km Quarry Challenge. First here was Jamie Evans in 44mins dead, followed by Alan Jones, claiming victory in the M40 cat, in 44mins 47secs and Tim Chesworth in 48mins 07secs. Then came Dave Seabourne, back in action, in 51mins 04 secs and Dai Rice in 56mins 46secs. Jamie, Alan and Tim all beat the train. A great performance by Meirionnydd with 15 runners in action on the day.

08/08/12. Ponderosa fell race.
Following his strong 3rd place finish at Y Garn last weekend Dave Parker raced the Ponderosa fell race which is run from the Horseshoe Pass cafe and over the tops towards Minera mountain. Dave put in another sterling performance to finish 4th out of a 89 strong field, covering the 4.5 mile course with 950ft ascent in 27mins 30secs.

04/08/12. Y Garn fell race.
The 6th round of the WFRA N. Wales fell champs. Four Meirionnydd runners in the first 6, must be a record! A tough short up & down course race measuring in at 2.9 miles with a brutal 1,547ft of vertical gain in the 1.5 mile climb to the summit.
Taking the lead in the last quarter of the climb to the summit and storming to the finish for the win and the only runner to break the 30 minute barrier was Ifan Richards in a time of 29mins 41secs. Next for Meirionnydd with a strong performance was Dave Parker in 3rd in a time of 30mins 59secs. He was followed in quickly by Glyn Griffin finishing 5th, improving his descending skills every race, crossing in 32mins 10secs. Hot on his heels was Mark Atherton in 6th position continuing his very strong season and claiming victory in the MV40 category in a time of 33mins 10secs.

02/08/12. Ras Hendre Wallog.
The annual Hendre Wallog race at Abergynolwyn was held on Thursday evening. The race attracted a healthy field. Measuring at 3 miles and 375ft of ascent it is a tough little race with the first hill at 200mtrs at 1:3 gradient to test the legs from the gun. It was left to the Meirionnydd duo of Ifan Richards & Dylan Jones to battle it out over the distance. Ifan pulled away at the half mile mark to take the win in a time of 16mins 24secs with Dylan claiming second in a time of 17mins 25secs.

Wednesday training run.

MRC Runners - Photos from the run up Arenig Fawr 2012.
Club on top of Arenig fawr Club on top of Arenig fawr Club on top of Arenig fawr

30/07/12. Dolgellau 5.
55 runners took part in Saturday's race in very good conditions. Overall winner was Steffan Sayer of Menai Track and Field in a time of 28mins 44secs, he was followed by Gethin Holland of Aberystwyth AC in 31mins 10secs and Paul Johnson in 31mins 11secs.
The Ladies race was won by Julia Tello in 36mins 45secs, followed by Anita Worthing of Aberystwyth AC in 38mins 5secs and Alison Whitelaw of Wrexham in 38mins 14secs.
Two new course records were set, Jeff Davies claimed the M60 for Meirionnydd with 34mins 55secs and Jack Thomas the M70 for Buckley Runners with 44mins 03secs. Thirteen Meirionnydd runners took part, performances of note were by Clive Edgington who finished an excellent 4th overall in 31mins 36secs to set new club M55 records for the course and for 5miles, Jeff Davies who added the club M60 record to his course M60 and Dai Rice who finished in 41mins 23secs to set new club M65 records for the course and for 5miles. Click here for the full results.

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23/07/12. Ras y Wyddfa.
Nine club members took part in this years' Snowdon International Race. First home for the club was Ifan Richards in 1hr 17mins 21secs, following in quick succession were David Parker in 1hr 21mins 46secs, Glyn Griffin in 1hr 22mins 41secs and Mark Atherton in 1hr 27mins 18secs. Then came Dylan Evans in 1hr 42mins 12secs, Martin King in 1hr 46mins 15secs, Juliet Edwards in 1hr 49mins 56secs and Kevin Evans in 2hrs 5mins 56secs.

21/07/12. Pen y Fan.
New club member Dave Parker from Wrexham travelled south last weekend for the 3.5mile, 1,950ft Pen y Fan race. Dave came in an excellent 5th overall in 38mins 05secs.

2012. Caernarfon Race the Train 5k.
Ricky Francis ran in the Caernarfon race the train 5k, finishing in 20mins 27secs.

15/07/12. Oswestry 10k.
Arfon Hughes took part in the Oslympics 10k at the weekend, finishing in 43mins 07secs and setting a club M40 record.

2012. Ras Foel y Gocyn.
Success for Jamie Evans here, finishing 2nd overall and first junior male in 32mins 56secs. He was supported by Ricky Francis, 5th overall, in 38mins 26secs.

13//07/12. Wednesday training run.

MRC Runners - Photos from last wednesdays run from the Cregennan Lakes.
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07/07/12. Moel Siabod.
Alan Jones took part in the Cotswold Moel Siabod race, finishing in 67mins 15secs.

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30/06/12. Foel Fras.
Mark Atherton put in an excellent performance to finish 4th overall in 2hrs 5mins 14secs in the 12mile,3,100ft race in some wild weather.

2012. Mid-week fell running series.
Ifan Richards claimed 3rd place in the series with Mark Atherton 15th.

30/06/12. Ellesmere Triathlon.
Andrea Vaughan took part here and completed the 10k run in 45mins 10secs to set a club F40 record (that's after doing a 1500m swim!!).

23/06/12. Trail Marathon Wales TMW, Coed y Brenin, marathon and half-marathon.
The club put in an extremely strong showing in both events today with 20 finishers. Conditions were just about right, apart from the famous midges.
Click here for the club members times, (this saves you going through the multiple spellings of Meirionnydd on the tdl website).
Overall winner of the full marathon was Andrew Davies of Maldwyn Harriers in 3hrs 3mins 48secs with Angela Mudge of Carnethy first lady, 7th overall, in 3hrs 31mins 53secs.
Five club members completed the full marathon, highlighted by Ifan Richards finishing 4th overall, pursued by Glyn Griffin 5th overall. Sandra Williams finished for the ladies.
In the half marathon Rob Hope of Pudsey and Bramley won in 1hr 26mins 35secs, with Tammy Lewis-Jones first lady in 1hr 51mins 42secs. Fifteen club members completed the half-marathon, the men led home by Dylan Evans and Arfon Hughes and the ladies by Juliet Edwards and Nicola Rees.
The event was extremely well organised, many thanks to all concerned.

17/06/12. Ras y Berwyn.
Nich Bradley and Juliet Edwards travelled to Llandrillo for this 12.7mile 3,500ft event, Nich finishing in 2hrs 36mins 44secs and Juliet in 2hrs 39mins 30secs.

MRC Runners - Karimoor Great trail 10k home countries international 2012.

22/06/12. Karimoor Great trail 10k home countries international.
Ifan swapped his beloved Meirionnydd vest for the Wesh vest last weekend to race in the inaugural running of this event. All the home countries were represented, Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, N.Ireland and guest elite athletes. The course of 10k trail running and 270mtrs of ascent promised to provide fast racing, and that's what the healthy crowd got. The race was won in a super fast time of 31:57 by English Int and GB athlete Steve Vernon pipping fellow English Int, GB athlete and 5 time Snowdon winner Andi Jones.
Andy Davies of Wales (Maldwyn Harriers) came in 7th in 33:09 and Ifan followed in 15th crossing in 36:44.
A REAL eye opener as to the speed that's needed for this type of racing and terain. A great experience and event.

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08/06/12. Wednesday training run.
Photos from last wednesdays run below the cloudline on the slopes of Aran Fawddwy on this weeks run from Cwm Cywarch.

club run cwm cywarch

29/05/12. Ras y Gader.
Results are now on the Cader Race website. Click here. Race report will be updated shortly.

18/05/12. Wednesday training run.

MRC Runners - At last, a sunny wednesday night and the squad on Foel Ispri. 2012.
squad on Foel Ispri squad on Foel Ispri  

15/05/12. Market Drayton 10k.
Arfon Hughes ventured over the border for this race, finishing in 43mins 46secs to collect yogurts, pork pies and a new club M40 record.

13/05/12. Anglesey Half Marathon.
Alun Jones competed in the inaugural Island Race, finishing in 1hr 37mins 14secs.

09/05/12. Llangynhafal Loop.
Mark Atherton ran in this race, coming in an excellent 4th overall in a time of 44mins 44secs.

05/05/12. Red Kite Challenge.
A week on from the 3 peaks race Ifan Richards, Glyn Griffin and Alex Lanz took the Meirionnydd RC travelling show to Nant Yr Arian forest near Aberystwyth for the UK & Welsh trail running championships. It was ideal running conditions, dry and fast underfoot with a slight breeze. With a quality field of 132 athletes in the senior race the pace over the 11.5mile, 2000ft course was set from the gun.
Winning the race in a fast and course record time of 01:10:07 was Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers and claiming Gold in the championships. Running the 3 peaks out of his legs and claiming 5th position and first in for Meirionnydd, Ifan finished in a time of 01:15:12 and claimed the Silver medal in the Welsh championships.
Continuing his fine form, Glyn again produced a strong run to cover the course in a time of 01:20:58 and claimed 10th position. Representing Meirionnydd in the U18's race, Alex putting in a strong run to claim a impressive 5th position in a highly competitive category.

22/04/12. Ras Pendinas.
Alun Jones represented the club, finishing in 39mins 27secs.

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30/04/12. Yorkshire 3 Peaks.
Four hardy Meirionnydd athletes headed up to Yorkshire this weekend to take on the might of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, also known as The Marathon with Mountains. A very tough course that takes in 23.5 miles and 6000ft of ascent and the 3 highest peaks in the Yorkshire national park, Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
The 3 fells make tough going but it's also the hard cross-country sections between them that catch many out. The day started as it meant to go on, very very windy with a headwind for at least 80% of the route. The previous days' heavy rain made very heavy going underfoot and the famous bog at the foot of Whernside claimed many a victim.
The race got underway with the traditional 3 shotgun blasts and a quality field of 1000 athletes including some Britains' top fell runners. Fresh from his Moelwyn win last weekend Ifan Richards crossed the line first for Meirionnydd, covering the course in 3:23:05 to claim an excellent 23rd position. Run of the day for Meirionnydd was from Glyn Griffin. Only taking up the sport last October, and in his first long-distance event, he powered his way round in a perfectly judged pace to claim 65th place in a time of 3:43:16. Kevin Jones was next in for Meirionnydd on his first outing for the event, he crossed the line in a good time of 4:22:29 in 270th position. Nich Bradley followed and completed the quartet to finish strongly in a time of 5:15:05 in 603rd.
A big well done to all four on their performances and for completing this gruelling event.

2012. Wrexham 10mile North Wales championship race.
Jeff Davies came up north for this race, finishing 2nd in the M60 category in an excellent 70mins 31secs to set a new M60 club record.

23/04/12. London Marathon.
Well done to our 4 runners in London. First home for the club was Tony Hodgson in 3hrs 22mins 56secs, followed by Juliet Edwards, setting an F50 club record, in 4hrs 2mins 32secs, Margaret Roberts in 4hrs 31mins 32secs and an injured Rob Thomas in 5hrs 39mins 51secs.

21/04/12. Ras y Moelwyn.
Ifan Richards won in a time of 1hr 21mins 37secs, just 1sec ahead of Andrew Davies of Mercia. He was followed, in 5th place, by Glyn Griffin in 1hr 27mins 26secs, and Mark Atherton in 1hr 30mins 27secs. Next for Merionnydd was Alun Jones in 1hr 52mins 59secs, then Arfon Hughes in 1hr 54mins 14secs, Jamie Evans in 2hrs 00mins 40secs, Nich Bradley in 2hrs 6mins 8secs and Dylan Evans in 2hrs 27mins 45secs.
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03/04/12. Moel Tryfan.
Ifan Richards was 4th overall, finishing in 18mins 38secs, followed by Mark Atherton, 2nd M40, in 20mins 10secs.

10/04/12. Foel Lus.
Ifan Richards was 2nd overall in 23mins 20secs, followed by Glyn Griffin in 24mins 56secs and Mark Atherton, 2nd M40, in 26mins 18secs.

Swindon Park Run.
A rather more distant 5k saw Jeff Davies fly the flag, finishing in 21mins 01secs.

06/04/12. Newtown Chocoholics 5k.
Five members took part here. Ifan Richards came home in 4th place overall in 16mins 33secs, followed by Dylan Jones in 16mins 51secs, Glyn Griffin in 17mins 44secs, Ricky Francis in 20mins 45secs and Sheila Symonds, winning the O75 group, in 44mins 06secs.
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04/04/12. Winter Race Series.
Final placings are now available Click here.....
Winner was Martin Cliffe of Eryri, closely followed by Glyn Griffin of MRC and Dave Powell of Aberystwyth. Joanne Moore of Eryri took the ladies title.
Other MRC runners to complete all 3 races were Phil Morgan, Tony Hodgson, Ricky Francis, Nich Bradley and Kevin Evans. Well done everyone!
Many thanks to all who helped at Ras y Aran, particularly those involved in the emergencies. Both runners who retired with illness / injury are well.

03/04/12. Llantysilio fell race.
Four club members completed this race at Rhewl near Llangollen. Ifan Richards was the first home, in 4th overall position, in a time of 49mins 11secs. He was followed by Glyn Griffin in 52mins 33secs, Arfon Hughes in 66mins 14secs and Nich Bradley in 72mins 27secs.
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01/04/12.Snowdonia half marathon, Betws y coed.
Sandra Williams represented the club here, finishing in 1hr 55mins 11secs.

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April 2012 1st Wednesday training run.
22 members turned out for the training run from Penmaenpool in beautiful conditions. Here are some of the party catching the last of the sun above Abergwynant. wednesday in april

28/03/12. Ras y Aran.
Results are now available Click here......
Another triumph of weather arrangements saw 100 runners complete the course in brilliant sunshine. Overall winner was Andres Jones of Aberystwyth AC in a time of 1hr 25mins 22secs. He was followed by Aberystwyth team-mate Felipe Jones in 1hr 27mins 1sec and Mark Roberts of Borrowdale, setting a new M50 course record, in 1hr 29mins 31secs.
In the ladies race Helen Fines of Vegan Runners was first in 1hr 47mins 09 secs, followed by Hazel Robinson of Ambleside AC in 1hr 48mins 08secs and Andrea Rowlands of Eryri in 1hr 48mins 55secs. Fourth lady was Jean Brown of Clayton-le-Moors who set a new F40 course record of 1hr 56mins 00secs.
The first Meirionnydd runners were Glyn Griffin, 10th overall, in 1hr 41mins 27secs, pursued by Mark Atherton, setting a new club M40 record, 11th overall, in 1hr 42mins 19secs. Kevin Jones was next in 1hr 50mins 11secs, followed by Adam Preston in 1hr 53mins 35secs, Tony Hodgson in 2hrs 6mins 41secs, Phil Morgan in 2hrs 8mins 35secs, Ricky Francis in 2hrs 9mins 28secs, Nich Bradley in 2hrs 18mins 18secs and Kevin Evans in 2hrs 32mins 55secs.
Graeme reports that the runner who was taken to hospital is home safe and well and sends his thanks to all the marshals and volunteers who looked after him.
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21/03/12. Rhayader 20.
Four members took part in the race round the lakes. Tony Hodgson was first home setting an age-group record in 2hrs 39mins 23secs. He was followed by Glyn Rowlands in 3hrs 7mins 56secs. Sandra Williams was next, knocking 1 minute off her time from last year in another age-group record time of 3hrs 8mins 14secs, followed by Margaret Roberts in 3hrs 17mins 51secs.

05/03/12. Llanelli Half Marathon.
Dai Rice travelled to the deep south to represent the club, finishing in 2hrs 1min.

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03/03/12. Pipe Dream fell race.
Glyn Griffin and Mark Atherton put in excellent performances at the race above Dolgarrog. Glyn came in 4th overall in 38mins 33secs with Mark not far behind in 7th place in 39mins 2secs.

27/02/12. Ras Moel y Ci.
Saturday saw the annual running of the Moel y Ci fell race at Tregarth near Bangor. At 5.1 miles and 1057ft the race was the first round of the WFRA fell running championships. Seven hardy Meirionnydd athletes made the journey to tackle the race. The race was won by welsh international fell runner Richard Roberts (Eryri) in a course record breaking time of 00:35:10. The record was previously held by english fell running champion LLoyd Taggart with 00:35:21.
The second and third tier of the podium were also taken up by welsh internationals in the shape of Math Roberts (Eryri) in a time of 00:35:45 and Ifan Richards 3rd and first Meirionnydd in a time of 00:36:59.
Next over the line and a battle royale over the course between the two was Glyn Griffin ever improving in a time of 00:41:00 and hot on his heels Dylan Jones crossing in 00:41:21. A fine run saw Glen Davies home in a time of 00:47:23 followed by Arfon Hughes in 00:50:06. Nich Bradley having a strong run finished in a time of 00:55:56 followed by Adrian Jones in a time of 00:58:44.
A very good day's racing by our runners and a strong turn out. Photo's by Ess Richards.

MRC Runners - Ras Moel y Ci 2012.
Ifan Moel y ci 2012 2 Glyn Moel y ci 2012 2 Dylan Moel y ci 2012 2
Arfon Moel y ci 2012 2 Nich Moel y ci 2012 2  

A very succesful AGM was held in the Rugby Club on friday night. Trophies were awarded as follows:-
Billygoat trophy for male runner of the year - Ifan Richards
Nannygoat trophy for female runner of the year - Juliet Edwards
Kidgoat trophy for junior runner of the year - Alex Lanz
Goatherd trophy for volunteer of the year - Sue Nicholls
Sheilah Vaughan trophy - Jude Evans
Runners runner trophy - Kevin Evans
Many thanks to the Rugby Club for the use of their room and to Sarah Roberts and Sue Thomas for providing the lovely snack.

13/02/12. Nick Beer 10k.
Congratulations to Rob Thomas for achieving a PB in the race round the Orme, finishing in 54mins 03secs.

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21/01/12. Twin Piers 10k.
Mark Atherton ran here, finishing in 38mins 00secs.

12/02/12. Ras Tarren Hendre.
58 runners took part in this years race. Overall winner was Andres Jones of Aberystwyth AC in 48mins 16secs. He was followed by Richard Roberts of Eryri in 49mins 00 secs and Felipe Jones, also of Aberystwyth AC, in 50mins 38secs.
First lady home was Lauren Jesker of Todmorden Harriers in 57mins 54secs, followed by Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury in 60mins 13secs and Lou Roberts of Kendal in 63mins 19secs.
For MRC Glyn Griffin came in first in 56mins 42secs, closely followed by Adam Preston in 56mins 47secs. Our 2 under 17 runners came in next , Alex Lanz in 60mins 17secs and Jamie Evans in 62mins 25secs. Dylan Evans was not far behind in 66mins 22 secs, then Phil Morgan in 67mins 21secs and Ricky Francis in 68mins 18secs. Tony Hodgson took the M60 prize with 71mins 17secs followed by first MRC lady, setting a new course and club age-group record, Juliet Edwards in 74mins 06secs. Nich Bradley was not far behind in 75mins 05secs, with David Elliot in 78mins 39secs and Kevin Evans in 80mins 53secs.
Many thanks to The Railway Hotel and all the marshalls and other helpers.

2011/12. North Wales cross-country league.
Our mens team clinched their second place in division 1 after another solid performance at Oswestry. Ifan Richards came in 13th, followed by Glyn Griffin 20th, Adam Preston 36th, Clive Edgington 58th, Dylan Evans 84th, Ricky Francis 93rd, Arfon Hughes 100th and John Smith 121st.
In the under 17 race, Alex Lanz was 4th and Jamie Evans was 6th.
In the ladies race Andrea Vaughan was 18th, Jan Preston 55th, Jude Evans 61st and Emma Davies 65th.
In the team placings the mens team finished 2nd in division 1 with 1042 points, behind Eryri with 595 points and ahead of Telford with 1422 points. The ladies team finished in 4th in division 2 with 688 points, behind Bangor University with 679 points and ahead of Deeside with 715 points.
In the individual placings MRC gained medals in 4 age groups, with Kevin Jones equal 2nd in the M45 group, Clive Edgington 3rd in the M55 group, John Smith 2nd in the M60 group and Alex Lanz 3rd in the U17 group.

01/02/12. North Wales Cross-Country Championships.
Lovely weather for running again, this time at Rhug near Corwen where MRC gained two medals. In the U17 race the club was represented by Alex Lanz who finished 5th and Jamie Evans who finished 7th. The senior ladies race Andrea Vaughan came in 14th, in the M70 race Barrie Jackson came in 4th.
In the senior men's race Ifan Richards was 10th, Glyn Griffin 14th and Clive Edgington 27th claiming third place in the M55 group. In the M60/65 race John Smith came in 5th claiming second place in the M60 group.

14/01/12. Telford, North Wales Cross-Country League.
Our teams put in another excellent performance at Telford. Conditions were perfect, in contrast to last years fog, with bright sunshine and quite dry underfoot. The men's team maintained their second place in Division 1, finishing second to Telford on the day but still well ahead of them overall and catching up some points on overall leaders Eryri.
The women's team came first in Division 2 on the day and climbed to 5th overall in the division, only 3 points behind Abergele Harriers. No pressure girls! In the mens race the 6 to count were Dylan Jones 25th, Ifan Richards 26th, Huw Brassington 33rd, Kevin Jones 40th, Adam Preston 45th and Clive Edgington 50th. These were followed by Dylan Evans 87th, Ricky Francis 97th, Arfon Hughes 105th and John Smith 116th. In the ladies race Andrea Vaughan was 16th, Juliet Edwards 29th and Jan Preston 51st.
In the under 17's race Alex Lanz was 4th and Jamie Evans was 7th.

03/01/12. Ynys Maengwyn Fun Run.
12 club members got the year off to a good start at this 10k fun run near Tywyn. On a slightly muddy and very windy riverside course Alec Lanz was the overall winner, quickly followed by Kevin Jones.

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