News Report 30th March 2013

Freezing conditions greeted the ten locally affiliated athletes who headed south to Newtown on Good Friday, their chosen event being the ever popular Maldwyn Harriers Chocoholic 5k Road Race.

The field of 91 who gathered in Newtown were led home by Jimmy Kershaw, the Oswestry Olympian claiming an impressive victory in a time of 16.18mins. The first three locally affiliated athletes home were all members of Meirionnydd Running Club, as Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau and Ricky Francis of Talyllyn both claimed personal best times over the distance, as they came home in respective times of 19.22 mins & 22.00 mins, with Llanelltyd based Graeme Stringer following in a time 23.35 mins. A succession of Bro Dysynni athletes then followed, being led home by club debutant, Geraint Evans, the Porthmadog based athlete claiming a personal best time over the 5k distance to finish in a pleasing 25.16 mins. There was a terrific tussle between the next two Dysynni finishers who were eventually led home by Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd athlete victorious within the Female Over-70 category, home in a time of 27.34 mins, a mere four seconds ahead of a slim-line Huw Harrison, the Fairbourne based athlete delighted with his finishing time of 27.38 mins. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was the next Dysynni finisher, home in a time of 29.59 mins with a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech following in 31.54 mins. The final two locally affiliated athletes came in together, as Es Richards of Brithdir flew the Meirionnydd flag as she crossed the line in 41.38 mins alongside Dolgellau based Sheila Symonds, the Bro Dysynni athlete crossing the line in the same time to claim age category victory within the Female Over-75 section.

Two further athletes with strong Bro Dysynni connections have also been in competitive action recently. Firstly, Alun Williams claimed race victory at the recent 10k Multi Terrain Race, which formed part of the Lake Hayes Triathlon activities. The athlete with strong Barmouth connections claiming victory at the event, based in the Wakatipu Basin in Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand, in a time of 35.35mins. Secondly, Rebecca Dallimore, previously of Dolgellau, put in a strong performance at the recent Global Energy Group Inverness Half Marathon, the former Bro Dysynni athlete completing the 13.1 mile course in an excellent time of 1hr 43.15 mins.