Bro Dysynni News 17th December 2006          


A dozen local athletes were amongst the 238 finishers at the recent Aberystwyth 10k race.


Awful conditions greeted those who had travelled to the seaside town but the rain and wind didn't seem to affect the race victor as Andres Jones of Cardiff AAC cruised to victory in a time of 33.10mins. The first of the local finishers, swapping his favoured hills for the roads of Aberystwyth, was Meirionnydd Running Clubs' Dave Whittey, the Llanelltyd athlete returning a finishing time of 41.33mins. Kevin Hamilton of Machynlleth followed in 41.46mins whilst Mike Palmer of Tywyn led home the Bro Dysynni contingent in a time of 42.20mins. Llanelltyd based Tony Hodgson continued his busy racing schedule as he came home in 43.28mins whilst Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd continued his recent good form by finishing strongly in 44.24mins. Kevin Evans of Dolgellau was the next of an excellent turnout from Meirionnydd Running Club as he finished in 45.36mins, whilst Margaret Roberts, also of Dolgellau, was the first local female finisher in 53.44mins. Continuing the Dolgellau theme were Jaspa Wynne-Williams and Ann Styles in respective times of 58.38mins and 59.28mins whilst Bro Dysynni stalwart Marj Griffiths followed in 60.53mins. The evergreen Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau followed in 76.11mins whilst Simon Cook completed the local turnout as the Meirionnydd Club runner came home in 83.20mins.


At the same time as the Aberystwyth race, two local athletes were tackling the muddy, off road conditions which form an integral part of the Mortimer Forest Hill Race. Travelling to Ludlow to take part in the 10 mile event which includes 1800 feet of climbing were Walter Marsh of Bro Dysynni who finished in 1hr 28.39mins whilst John Marsh of Tarren Hendre followed in 1hr 32.06mins, claiming 2nd place in the male over-60 category in the process.


An event with a difference was also recently held, namely the 'Dash in the Dark' race held off-road in Llandegla. As the name suggests, the 4 mile race which included 750 feet of climbing was run in the dark, making life extremely difficult for those taking part. Adapting well to the conditions was Will Haynes of Rhyd who finished in a terrific 2nd place in 34.43mins which also resulted in victory in the junior male category. Despite slight navigational hiccups, there were also good performances from Tom & Adam Haynes who crossed the line together in a time of 45.00mins.


Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd continued her amazing year of success recently as she claimed victory in the female over-65 category at the Welsh Masters Cross-Country Championships which were held in Singleton Park, Swansea. The result provided the Bro Dysynni veteran with her 8th Championship gold medal during the last 6 months.


Finally, athletes are being provided with an opportunity to burn off the Christmas excess at the Tyn-y-Groes Hill Run on Boxing Day. The Ganllwyd based event takes in a climb of Mynydd Penrhos before finishing conveniently near the Tyn-y-Groes Hotel. The 2.5 mile event includes 700 feet of climbing. The event is aimed at those over 14 years of age who may be serious, or not so serious runners as the event also includes a fancy dress section. The race is due off at 12.00 Noon on Boxing Day, further details are available on





Andy Unwin