Bro Dysynni A.C. News 30th July 2006


Despite attracting slightly fewer competitors than has become the norm, the standard of athletics was still high at last Saturdays Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race as no fewer than 5 age category records were broken on the day as indeed was the overall female record time for the race.


The event, now in its fifth year, was won by Gwyn Owen of Eryri Harriers who led home the 88 competitors in 25.04mins, the third fastest ever time set in the event, with Steven Crowe of Ellesmere Port claiming the runners up spot in 25.54mins. The first local athlete home was a resurgent Alun Llyr Williams of Barmouth, now based in Cardiff and running for the Les Croupiers Club, as he claimed a sixth placed finish in a time of 26.19mins. The Mawddach runner was followed home shortly afterwards by the first female finisher as Amanda Wright of Birchfield Harriers repeated her 2005 success in this race by reducing the female course record by 27 seconds as she came home in an outstanding time of 26.48mins. She was followed home by Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog who, for the third consecutive time in the event, recorded an identical finishing time of 28.11mins. Next local finishing was Bro Dysynni athlete Walter Marsh, the Tywyn based athlete satisfied with his finishing time of 31.29mins which was just enough to pip Tom Roberts of Meirionnydd Running Club who had the satisfaction of being the first 'Junior Male' home in 31.30mins. His Meirionnydd Running Club colleague, Kate Bailey followed in 32.47mins to claim a podium finish in the female event as Iori Jones of Dolgellau followed in 33.20mins, ahead of Bob Chilton of Hermon in 35.06mins.


Many other local athletes followed, too numerous to mention, but amongst the local age category winners were Sheila Jones (first female over-45) of Pwllheli in 36.56mins, Brenda Jones (first female over-65) of Llanelltyd setting an age category record in 38.29mins, Arthur Roberts (first male over-65) of Rhoslefain in 40.25mins, Marj Griffiths (first female over-60) in 46.36mins and the evergreen Sheila Symonds (first female over-70) in an age category record time of 56.20mins.


As ever, the race organisers from Meirionnydd Running Club offered a large vote of confidence to all those, to numerous to mention, who assisted in making the event one of the premier 5 mile road running events in North Wales, paying particular thanks to the main race sponsor, namely Nigel Evans (Plasterer) of Dolgellau.


A further four local athletes were also in action recently at the Caernarfon Race The Train 5k event. On this occasion, the quartet were led home by Bob Chilton in 21.02mins with Brenda Jones claiming age category success in the female over-65 section in 23.34mins. Stepping up his comeback campaign after recent injury frustrations was Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth, home in 24.33mins, whilst Marit Evans of Dolgellau completed the local turnout as she finished in 26.55mins.


There is further local action this evening (Thursday) with the Abergynolwyn 3 Mile Multi-Terrain Event. The event, which is due off at 6.00pm from outside the Railway Inn, will, as ever, be taking entries on the evening.


Running and beer what more can you want!!!.


Andy Unwin