News Report 28th November 2000


It was very much a case of sun, sea and sweat for the 12 Bro Dysynni athletes who recently took part in a club visit to compete in the Lanzarote Challenge in the Canary Isles.


A total of eight local Bro Dysynni athletes completed the whole of the challenge, which consisted of a total of over 31 miles of racing spread over four consecutive days. The races, which were all run in hot and sunny conditions, were a 10k road race, a 13k volcano ridge run, a 5k soft sand beach run and finally a 23k trans-island run through the islands lava fields.


The overall event winner was English international athlete, Guy Amos, who completed the challenge in 2hrs 45.00mins. The first Bro Dysynni finisher was Graeme Stringer in 3hrs 51.36mins (108th male), he was followed by Keith Allday in 3hrs 58.07mins (123rd male), Andrea Goode in 4hrs 04.25mins (27th female), Colin Evans in 4hrs 07.41mins (141st male), Andy Unwin in 4hrs 41.04mins (192nd male), Brenda Jones in 4hrs 46.40mins (79th female), Roy Peel [2nd male vet. over-70] in 5hrs 04.47mins (200th male) and Gill Allday in 6hrs 26.11mins (116th female).


Also competing in the 10k and 5k races was Huw Harrison, delighted with his combined time of 1hr 20.05mins, whereas Mike Stevens finished the 10k race in 57.30mins and Marian Evans (42.14mins) and Liz Bradley (42.15mins) both completed the 5k soft sand beach races.


Two runners who competed in the Lanzarote Challenge were back in action last weekend, and it appears that both athletes may have left their running legs in the Canary Isles!


Firstly, Colin Evans of Dolgellau completed the Stockport 10 mile race in a slower than usual time of 1hr 18.17mins, someway behind the race winner - Bashir Hussain (Stockport) who came home in 51.27mins.


Secondly, Andy Unwin of Harlech, paid for an over-exuberant start at the undulating Keyworth Half Marathon in Notts, and struggled through the latter stages of the race to eventually finish in 1hr 59.58mins.


Also running last weekend, this time in a Border League meeting, was Glenda Davies of Corwen, who completed the 6.3 mile race in Tattenhall, Chester in 45.05mins, which in turn was good enough to win the female over-35 section of the race.


This weekend sees 10k races in both Aberystwyth and Telford, as well as two fell races in Shropshire. Also this weekend, Welsh international, Adrian Bailey heads for Brussels to represent his country in the Belgian Cross-Cup.