News Report 19th May 2006


Bro Dysynni A.C. were well represented at the recent Newtown 10k riverbank race as a dozen local athletes headed into Powys to compete.


The first of the dozen to cross the finishing line was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog in a time of 39.53mins. He was followed by Jos Jones of Tywyn in 40.25mins with Nigel Evans of Dolgellau, continuing his return to full fitness by completing the challenge in 41.53mins. Next home was Tywyn veteran, Richard Griffiths, in 44.56mins with Marit Evans of Dolgellau and Kate Williams of Aberdyfi following in respective times of 55.13mins and 55.47mins. Guesting for Bro Dysynni was Gillian Merriman of Canada, taking a break from her teaching duties at Ysgol Gynradd Tywyn to complete the tough challenge in 56.56mins whilst Marj Griffiths claimed a tremendous victory in the female over-60 category, finishing with her usual panache in 58.49mins. Also finishing with his usual beam was Andy Unwin of Harlech whose first 10k race for over 2 years proved to be an arduous affair as he finished in 63.40mins. There was an outstanding performance from Eirlys Griffiths of Tywyn, claiming age group category success in the female over-50 class in 72.17mins whilst training partner, Helen Williams of Aberdyfi followed in 76.17mins. Completing an excellent turnout on the day was Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau who claimed Dysynni's 3rd age group category success, on this occasion in the female over-70 class, in a time of 76.49mins.


Five local athletes were also in action at the Moel Eilio fell race held in Llanberis. In the 8 mile event which included 3000feet of climbing, Steve Gilliland of Tywyn led home the local contingent as he claimed an overall 9th place finish as well as 2nd finisher in the male over-40 category in 1hr 11.16mins. He was followed by Owen Rees of Dysynni, 23rd overall in 1hr 18.52mins, with Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd being the first Meirionnydd Running Club finisher, crossing the finishing line in 1hr 35.14mins. He was followed by Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 1hr 40.11mins whilst the local turnout was completed by Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, claiming 3rd place in the female over-40 category in a time of 1hr 46.18mins.


This coming Saturday, Dolgellau will welcome fell runners from across the country for the annual running of the Cader Idris Fell Race. Entries will be taken on the day for the event as well as the many accompaning junior races. Full details of the days events are on the race website at