News Report 21st November 2010



There was further international recognition recently for Llanelltyd-based athlete, Brenda Jones, as she chosen as part of the Welsh squad for the 23rd staging of the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International Championships.


The venue for 2010 was Santry Demesne in Dublin with the Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete chosen as one of the quartet of Welsh athletes in action in the Female 65-69 age group.


The four strong team performed admirably on the day to clinch an overall bronze medal within their category, the Dysynni athlete being the 2nd Welsh finisher, as well as claiming an overall 7th placed finish within the section, in a time of 33.11mins.


Prior to heading to Dublin, the Bro Dysynni stalwart was also in action in Abergele, the venue chosen for the 2010 North Wales 5 Mile Road Running Championships, the championship race being incorporated within the Slaters 5 event. Leading home the local contingent in action on the day was John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 42.20mins. Gaenor Smith of Dolgellau was the 1st of the three Meirionnydd RC competitors home in a pleasing time of 42.29mins. Brenda Jones followed, the 1st of the three local athletes to claim North Wales championship age category victory on the day as a time of 43.08mins ensured victory within the Female Over-65 section. Also claiming North Wales championship gold was Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth, the Meirionnydd RC athlete successful in the Male Over-65 section in a time of 45.44mins. Team-mate Barrie Jackson of Bala followed in a time of 48.03mins, before Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau claimed the 3rd North Wales championship gold, this time within the Female Over-75 category in an excellent time of 69.17mins for the Bro Dysynni athlete.



                                  Dylan Jones on his descent at the Clwydian Hills Fell Race.


Finally, Cilcain near Mold was the venue recently for the Clwydian Hills Fell Race, with the 10 mile event, which also incuded an overall 3,100 feet of climbing, being the final counter within the 9 race WFRA North Wales Championships. The event attracted the interest of 6 local athletes, the 1st of whom to finish was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd RC athlete finishing in 5th position on the day in a time of 1hr 15.12mins, a position which also guaranteed WFRA North Wales Championship Gold after a stunning fell running season. Also finishing well on the day was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, the Bro Dysynni athlete claiming an overall 24th placed finish in a time of 1hr 24.01mins. A quartet of Meirionnydd RC athletes followed, namely the Dolgellau duo of Adam Preston and Kevin Evans in respective times of 1hr 29.38mins & 1hr 29.39mins, with the Ganllwyd based duo of Andrea & Frankie Vaughan crossing the line together in 1hr 50.03mins.