News Report 17th September 2008


Sunday, September 14th saw the 1st running of the Bro Dysynni AC's 'Dyfi 8' which is an 8 mile trail race using forest roads to gain access onto the ridges and valleys below the summit of Tarrn Gesail, north of Machynlleth.


After days and days of rain and low grey cloud, the runners were treated to brilliant sunshine with magnificent views across the hills as far as Pumlumon.


The first man home was local Bro Dysynni runner Steve Gilliland in an excellent time of 54.51mins. He was followed nearly a minute later by Anthony Haycock of Stafford in 55.46mins and then Clifford Evans of Aberystwyth University in 57.16mins. Both Anthony and Clifford are over 50 which indicated the strength of veteran runners today.


The 1st lady, Joanne Stokes of Oswestry Olympians was also 4th overall in an impressive time of 59.12mins. The 2nd and 3rd ladies were Alison Cook of Hereford Couriers and Dawn Kenwright of Sarn Helen Club, Lampeter in respective times of 1hr 02.28mins and 1hr 06.21mins. These two again demonstrate the strength of running in the veteran class.


Such is the interest and commitment in running amongst veteran runners (over 35 years of age) that we had an interesting situation that despite being a small race, there was at least one runner in every veteran age category for both male and female in the 5 year age bands from 35 to 65.


Local runners were amongst the category winners: Walter Marsh of Bro Dysynni AC was 1st man over 55 in a time of 1hr 03.30mins and John Smith of Meirionnydd RC 1st over-60 in 1hr 05.57mins. Alison Price of Friog claimed 1st female over-40 in 1hr 12.40mins followed by over-50 Alison Sayers of Bro Dysynni running strongly in her first race for a long time in 1hr 26.00mins. Over-60 Marjorie Griffiths of Bro Dysynni running as consistently as ever crossed the line in 1hr 33.45mins holding hands with a fellow runner. This was a friendly race Marj, but not that friendly!


This turned out to be a very friendly, happy occasion in the true spirit of sport and we hope it can be repeated next year. However with increased legislation and its escalating costs it would be impossible to put on such events without the generous support of local businesses and individuals who have made donations. So finally from Bro Dysynni AC, a big thank you to our sponsors for their continued support.