News Report 24th November 2008


One current and one past member of Bro Dysynni A.C. donned international vests recently, one wearing the red of Wales, the other in the all-black of New Zealand.


Representing the Principality was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd who was chosen as one of the three strong Welsh Female Over-65's Team at the British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF) British & Irish Cross-Country Championships which were held at Singleton Park, Swansea. A time of 34.45mins over the undulating course saw the Dysynni athlete lead home the Welsh trio and in doing so, ensured a Silver Medal for Wales within the Home Nations Championships.


Proudly wearing the 'Silver Fern' of New Zealand was Adrian Bailey, formerly of Barmouth but now firmly esconsed in Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. Having now achieved New Zealand citizenship, the former Bro Dysynni athlete was chosen to represent his adopted country at the 'Ultramaraton Degli Etruschi', a 100k (62 miles) event held between Tuscania and Tarquina within the Lazio region of Italy. The race also constituted the International Athletics Union (IAU) 100k World Championships. Months of training saw the Mawddach man well placed in 23rd position after 80k's in a time of 5hrs 43mins, but then an injury to his left foot, left him with no option but to retire prematurely from the event.


On the domestic front, two locally affiliated athletes took to the hills recently at the 11 mile Penmaenmawr Fell Race, an event which also included 1,500 feet of climbing. Using the race as part of the build up for his annual pilgrimage to the La Santa Challenge in Lanzarote was Bob Chilton of Hermon, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the Penmaenmawr event in 1hr 57.49mins whilst his Meirionnydd Running Club counter-part, Victor Gretton, followed in a time of 2hrs 08.22mins.A.Unwin