News Report 18th March 1999


Farndon near Wrexham provided the venue for the Alfred Platt Memorial 10k and, for a change, the travelling Bro Dysynni runners were greeted with a beautiful Spring-like day for the Mothers Day run, with over 100 athletes taking part.


The race, over an out and back course, along a quiet country road with just a few gentle ups and downs, proved to be a fast one for a few of the Bro Dysynni club.


Personal bests and a club record broken made the journey worthwhile for the Bro Dysynni athletes. Tom Lewis led the club home in 37.52mins. It has taken Tom quite a while to get there, but he hopes to keep improving now in readiness for the club's own race, the Bird Rock Half Marathon on 2nd May, which also includes the Welsh Championships.


Just over a minute behind Tom was Malcolm Taylor, putting in yet another superb run to finish in 39.17mins, breaking the old club male over-55 record for the distance by 20 seconds as well as winning his age group in the race. Richard Griffiths came home next in 40.09mins, Richard only deciding to run at the last minute because of a back injury, but came through the race well.


Colin Evans, pulled along by Richard for a while, at last progressed with a personal best for himself, stopping the clock at 41.38mins.


John Nolan in 42.28mins, Barrie Jackson in 42.50mins and Andy Unwin in 42.52mins had a see-saw race, each taking it in turns to try and drop the other two. First Andy, then Barrie was away until John pounced with a mile to go, just holding on by the skin of his teeth. Andy Unwin making the best of the battle to produce a personal best for himself.


The mens team finished second to Telford on the day.


For once the ladies were short of numbers to complete a team, with a lot of the girls getting long runs in for their marathon training.


Nevertheless, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan had her best run for sometime, with a season's best 53.09mins and Eirlys Griffiths taking part in her first race this year, finishing in 66.42mins.


The club handicap was won by Andy Unwin, followed by Malcolm Taylor and Colin Evans.


The mens race was won by Steve Hope (Tipton Harriers) in 31.43mins and the ladies race was won by Jane Riley (Wigan) in 37.27mins.


The previous day, Bro Dysynni athlete Adrian Bailey took part in the prestigious English Cross Country National Championships, held in Newark. Adrian finished the race in 140th position out of a field of over 2,000 of Britain's top athletes. This was 22 places better than last year and, but for a stitch after 3 mile, could have been a top 100 place. Adrian's time of 43.01mins for the tough 12k course that included the usual hills and mud as well as a long stretch of ploughed field on each lap. The race was won by Justin Pugsley (Birchfield Harriers) in 38.32mins.


Next week, marathon preparations continue with the Rhayadar 20 mile or 5 mile race for the lesser of us on Saturday.