News Report 28th April 2008


Wrexham played host to the North Wales 10 Mile Road Running Championships last Saturday afternoon, with five members of Bro Dysynni A.C. making the journey to participate in the ever-popular event.


In a race won by Gwyn Owen (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 55.35mins, the first of the Dysynni contingent to complete the event was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, whose finishing time of 1hr 01.45mins ensured an overall 11th placed finish as well as 2nd place within the Male Over-35 category within the North Wales Championships. Dysynni stalwarts, Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth and Barrie Jackson of Bala followed in respective times of 1hr 20.18mins and 1hr 25.45mins, before the remaining two Dysynni athletes both collected North Wales Championship victory within their respective age groups. The first of the duo to finish was Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth whose time of 1hr 39.41mins ensured age category victory within the Female Over-60 section whilst Sheila Symonda of Dolgellau turned in yet another impressive performance as a time of 2hrs 30.59mins ensured category victory within the Female Over-75 group.


Swapping the red and green of Dysynni for a Welsh International vest last weekend was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn who was chosen to represent Wales 'B' at the P & O Knock Dhu Mountain Race held near Larne in Northern Ireland. As ever, the Dysynni athlete performed well whilst wearing his international vest as a time of 41.01mins ensured a 15th place finish out of the 66 athletes competing in the Senior International race.


On a more local level, Meirionnydd Running Club have been represented at two regional fell races recently. At the Ras Foel Lus event held near Penmaenmawr, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau turned in a steady performance as he completed the event in 33.14mins whilst Victor Gretton, also representing Meirionnydd Running Club, completed the Llantysylio Fell Race, run over a course measuring 6.2 miles as well as climbing 2,100 feet, in a time of 1hr 32.44mins.