Bro Dysynni A.C.News 4th October 2005
The start of the cross country season is a sure sign of the arrival of Autumn, and that was the case last Saturday afternoon, with the first fixture of the season of the Majestic Travel North Wales Cross Country League. The season's opening fixture was at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay and a team of six athletes from Bro Dysynni were on hand to represent their club.
As has become the norm over recent seasons the female team outnumbered the men, on this occasion by a ratio of 4 to 2. The first of the 4 to finish in the ladies race was Andrea Goode of Arthog who claimed an overall 13th position in a time of 20.14mins. Claiming a solid 35th place was Sheila Jones of Pwllheli in 23.22mins whilst Brenda Jones and Marj Griffiths both placed well in the overall race as well as their respective age categories in respective times of 27.14mins and 30.06mins.
The first of the Dysynni male duo to finish was Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli in 41.18mins and he was followed by cross country stalwart Barrie Jackson of Bala in 50.26mins. With the next fixture being held in Bangor a week on Saturday(15th), it is hoped that the closest venue to the club will ensure a higher Dysynni turnout in both categories.
A team of 5 Dysynni athletes were also in action in Anglesey recently competing in the 5k road race which formed part of the racing package at the Anglesey Marathon event.The first of the Dysynni 5 to finish, in his first race of the year following a long-term injury was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog who claimed an excellent 3rd place finish in a time of 17.45mins. In 10th place was Nigel Evans of Dolgellau in 19.11mins whilst Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was next home in at 23.33mins. Occasaional competitor Andy Unwin of Harlech was beaming as he crossed the line in 25.34mins whilst the team were completed by the evergreen Roy Peel of Llanelltyd, home in 29.20mins.
Finally, Tywyn athlete Steve Gilliland of Tywyn followed up his victories in 2003 and 2004 to claim a hat-trick of successes at the tough 12.5k Ras Fawr Llanddoged event. The undulating course in the Conwy Valley proved no match for the Dysynni front runner as he romped home to finish a comfortable victor in a time of 47.32mins.