News Report 17th December 1998


Bro Dysynni A.C. veteran, Brenda Jones added to her amazing years' tally of gold medals with a superb first at the Welsh Veteran Cross Country Championships at Brecon last Saturday.


Finishing in 31st place overall in the veterans race, Brenda won the female over-55 category having mastered the testing course made worse by heavy overnight rain, making it very muddy and slippery. Brenda was also competing as part of the North Wales team, alongside club-mate, Marj Griffiths, in the inaugural inter-regional competition.


Marj finished the race in 42nd place, well to the fore in her age group (female over-50).


The improving Nigel Evans, making his first appearance on the country for his area, fully justified the selectors decision with a fine 39th placing in a big field of 101.


In the Senior Mens race over 11.4k, Adrian Bailey threw away the crutches he had been using the previous week with a badly sprained ankle, to return a brilliant 8th position, in a competitive race against tough South Walian opposition. Bailey just failed to pass Welsh International, Steve Brace, on the run-in.


A great day at Brecon for Bro Dysynni who had half their selected members ill or injured.


Brenda Jones, on a high from Saturday, decided to go along to the Mortimer Forest 10 Mile race at Ludlow on Sunday. Club members were led home by Tom Lewis in 1hr 21mins, followed by Richard Griffiths in 1hr 24mins, Graeme Stringer in 1hr 35mins, Paul Gwynne in 1hr 36mins and Brenda Jones in 1hr 50mins. On this occasion, Brenda just missed out on the female over-50 prize, but was pleased to beat many other good veterans.


Elsewhere, other club members preferred to stick to the road, travelling to the West Midlands for the 10 mile race in Bloxwich. A field of 600 lined up for the race through the streets, main roads and country lanes around the area that took in a mile long hill at seven miles. Nigel Evans was as surprised as anyone to finish 2nd male over-40 in such a big field, with a time of 1hr 00.24mins reflecting his efforts of the previous day at Brecon. Colin Evans, determined to improve on the 2nd place in the Club Championship for 1998, ran a good 1hr 09.50mins, followed by Andy Unwin in 1hr 14.22mins. All members praised the organisation, going away with spot prizes, medals and Christmas Puddings for their efforts.


Next week, the club's perpetual racers travel to the Telford 10k on Sunday, 20th December.