Bro Dysynni News 17th October 2005            (as submitted to the Cambrian News)


A total of 14 athletes from Bro Dysynni A.C. were in action last weekend, at 3 different racing venues.


The largest turnout was in Bangor where 7 members represented their club at the seasons second fixture of the Majestic Travel North Wales Cross Country League. The ladies team continued their promotion drive as the team of 4 all turned in impressive displays. Leading the way was experienced campaigner, Rosie Naish, who in her first cross country race of the campaign, claimed a 17th placed finish in 18.28mins. Sheila Jones of Pwllheli was next home in 20.23mins with Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd finishing strongly in 21.55mins. The quartet was completed by club stalwart, Marjorie Griffiths, who despite now being based in Aberystwyth, made the long journey north to finish in 26.06mins.


The mens team of 3 were led home by Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli in 38.11mins, he was followed by Bob Chilton of Hermon in 40.15mins and Barrie Jackson of Bala in 43.45mins.


Early season indications suggest that the ladies team will be pushing for promotion from the second division whilst the mens team will be looking at a season of consolidation in the same division, albeit in the male category.


Six athletes chose to run in the David Lloyd Leisure 10k, based nearby to the Cheshire Oaks shopping complex. Understandably bemused shoppers looked on as over 300 athletes took on the challenge, and the first of these to finish in the green and red of Dysynni, claiming 15th position overall, was Nigel Evans of Dolgellau in 39.17mins. He was followed by recent adversary, Jos Jones of Tywyn, in 40.12mins whilst Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd put in another storming finish to cross the line in 41.32mins. Criccieth veteran, Malcolm Taylor, claimed victory in the male over-60 category in 45.06mins whilst, for once, Dolgellau athlete Frankie Vaughan didn't set a personal best as he finished in 47.24mins. One athlete who continues to go from strength to strength is Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd, knocking a minute of his previous 10k time, as he came home in 51.24mins. The strong team turnout ensured that Bro Dysynni claimed an excellent 3rd place in the mens team event.


The other Dysynni athlete in action was Tywyn super veteran Alan Morton who joined over 16,500 other athletes competing in the 10 mile Great South Run held in Portsmouth. The race proved to be ideal preparation for a trip to America to compete in back-to-back weekend marathons as the Tywyn veteran showed well to finish in 2hrs 12.14mins.


This coming Saturday sees the third annual running of the ultra-tough 14.3mile Rhinog Horseshoe Fell Race. The race, which includes 5060 feet of climbing is due to start outside the Victoria Inn in Llanbedr at 10.00a.m. Entries will be taken on the day with further details available on the series website at



Andy Unwin