News Report 18th February 1999

 

Bro Dysynni runners travelled to Llandudno to take part in the North Wales Road Runners organised Twin Piers 10k.

 

A field of almost 250 runners included a party of 17 from the Bro Dysynni club, and their attendance was well appreciated by the race organisers.

 

The course, a tough 10k, started by the Llandudno Pier and gradually climbed up the Great Orme, a climb of over 4k before plunging downwards towards the West Shore with a long run-in after passing the mountain railway, along the promenade to the finish.

 

The men's race was easily won by Midlands invader, Nick Jones from Tipton in 31.20mins. But Nick's club-mate, Caroline Cunningham, did not have the same fortune in the ladies race.

 

Tipton were looking for a club double, but this was spoiled by Bro Dysynni's Rosie Naish (female over-40), winning the race and retaining the title she won last year in a time of 40.21mins, 12 seconds in front of the Tipton runner.

 

There were good runs all round for the Bro Dysynni athletes. Nigel Evans was 16th overall in 38.31mins, just getting away from team-mate Tom Lewis, 39.11mins, after a long 'cat & mouse' battle. These two were closely followed by Richard Griffiths, second male over-45, in 39.46mins.

 

Keith Allday continued to improve his form with a time of 40.46mins just staying ahead of Malcolm Taylor (3rd male over-50) in 40.58mins. Grame Stringer was next home in 42.35mins, followed by Colin Evans in 43.05mins and Barrie Jackson in 43.11mins. The three had all tried throughout the race to break each other, with Barrie having the last charge, but it was the 'cannie' Northener who won out. John Nolan, having his first race for some time completed the course in 44.29mins quickly followed by Andy Unwin in 45.16mins.

 

Brenda Jones had another great run, settling for 2nd in the female over-55 class in 48.20mins having been beaten by the country's best within the category, namely Mary Meredith. Brenda made up for it though as part of the winning Bro Dysynni ladies team. The team consisted of Rosie and Brenda along with Yolanda Marconi-Nolan in 55.12mins and Gill Allday in 56.27mins.

 

Roy Peel continued his comeback trail in 53.04mins with Christine Stevens also having a good run in 57.28mins.

 

Club veteran Sheila Symonds had to plough a lonely furrow at the rear of the field, after missing the start by some 6 minutes, but all credit to her as she completed the course to start her comeback trail after an enforced 'rest'.

 

Machynlleth based triathlete Hilary Roderick picked up the award for first female over-35 in 44.06mins.

 

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A.Unwin