News Report 14th December 1998
Bro Dysynni Athletics club held their prize presentation evening last week.
Club Chairman, Mike Stevens, thanked people for their support throughout a very successful year for the club, and hoped that the trend would continue into 1999. He said that the big push was on at present to make the Bird Rock Half Marathon to be more successful than ever. Again, the club has been awarded the Welsh Championships for the 2nd May event.
Mike made awards for the support and efforts of John Schofield and David & Helen Williams. A special award was made to stalwart committee member, Eirlys Griffiths, for 10 years' service on the committee.
Club President, Dr. Roger Bishton, presented the main awards of the evening to the various category winners. John Nolan, Club Secretary and Statistician, gave a break-down of the year's performances, the best of which received their due reward.
Best Female Level Performance of the year went to Rosie Naish for her run at the Welsh 10k Championships, achieving 80.41%. Hard pushed all the season by Welsh Female Half-Marathon Champion, Paula Jeffs, it was Rosie who came into good form towards the end of the year.
In the male section, it was a battle between 77 year-old, Tom Evans, and 22 year-old, Adrian Bailey, it was the youngster who eventually took the top award. As John Nolan, the club statistician, works athletic times and handicaps on an age basis, everyone has an equal chance.
Tom Evans recorded a stunning 84.35% when breaking the UK all-time record for his age-group when finishing in 77.06 minutes at the Wrexham 10 Mile Race. Injury then cut Tom's season but he is determined to back for 1999. This left Adrian Bailey to fight for the rest of the season to get to that level. This he achieved in the final race of the season, the Chester Zoo 10k event, stopping the clock at 31.54mins, an 84.56% performance to win this year's trophy.
Cross-country awards were presented to the two top peformers using the handicap system, which meant that they needed to keep improving throughout the season. These awards were made to Rosie Naish and Adrian Bailey. The awards came on the day that 8 club members had been selected to run for North Wales at the Regional Championships in Brecon on Saturday. A great achievement for a small club to add to the 4 internationals selected this year, Adrian Bailey at Under-23 level, Alun Llyr Williams at Under-20 level, Rosie Naish and Brenda Jones at Veteran levels.
The Club's main Handicap Championship this year took in 33 races, with 48 club members taking part at some level. The season started in January and finished only last week. All these races were handicapped based on athletes current form and points awarded for each event, with athletes best 10 races of 33 counting towards this award. This year it was really well contested with anyone from 15 athletes all in with a shout. It is thought the person who ran and continued to improve over the season would win, and this is how it turned out.
In 3rd place was Richard Griffiths with 177 points. In second place, Colin Evans on 189 points, having run more races than anyone to try to get to the top spot.
This year's champion though went to one of the club's lady veterans, having worked very hard throughout the year to record one of her best years yet. The year also saw her win selection for North Wales - the 1998 winner, Glenda Davies.