Dolgellau Park Run

Park Runs have recently become the focal point for athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC, with the last fortnight seeing club members in action at Dolgellau, Aberystwyth & Hanley.

The 5th and 6th Dolgellau Park Runs saw the following in action;

Park Run #5 (12/3/16) - Brenda Jones home in 28.56 mins (PB) and Marit Evans home in 35.53 mins
Park Run #6 (19/3/16) - Brenda Jones home in 29.06 mins, Marit Evans home in 33.32 mins (PB) and Andy Unwin home in 33.58 mins (PB)

The 187th Aberystwyth Park Run on 19th March saw Marj Griffiths home in 31.51 mins

The 235th Hanley Park Run saw the following in action;

John Nolan home in 25.21 mins & Yolanda Marconi Nolan home in 33.46 mins

As at 20th March, 2016, appearances at Park Runs stand as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 70 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Brenda Jones - 6 Park Runs with a PB of 28.56 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Andy Unwin - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.58 mins

Lets home more club runners register and take part in future Park Runs!!   
Pictured are the Nolan clan at Hanley #235

Dolgellau Park Run

A lost chip whilst out on the course meant an approximate timing of around 50 mins for Gavin Griffiths at the Pontypool Home Run 10k recently.

Also, an update of the latest Park Run results;

- The 2nd Dolgellau Park Run held on 20th February saw Brenda Jones complete the course in a time of 31.15 mins.

- The 3rd Dolgellau Park Run held on 27th February saw Brenda Jones complete the course in a time of 29.22 mins and Marit Evans in 33.54 mins.

- The 4th Dolgellau Park Run held on 5th March saw Brenda Jones complete the course in a time of 29.16 mins and Andy Unwin in 35.39 mins.

After 4 events, Brenda is still the age graded record holder at Dolgellau on 81.38% for the time set in the 4th Park Run.

Also, well done to Marj Griffiths with times of 31.47 mins and 31.30 mins at the Aberystwyth Park Runs held on 20th and 27th February respectively.

A total of 549 athletes recently completed the Rhyl 10 Mile Road Race, an event which also constituted the 2016 Welsh 10 Mile Road Race Championships.

Amongst those finishing was our own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, as a chip time of 1 hr 42.20 mins claimed Welsh Championship Gold within the Female Over-70 age category.

Another fantastic effort from Brenda and yet another national honour!

Dolgellau Park Run

Dolgellau held it's inaugural park run on the morning of 13th February, 2016 with the 1st event attracting an excellent field of 62 competitors, many competing in their 1st ever park run event.

Amongst the field were two athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni, namely Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, completing the 5k course in a time of 30.48 mins, a time which also claimed the best age grading of the day, namely 77.33% as well as victory within the Female 70-74 age category. The second athlete (!) in action was Andy Unwin of Harlech, with a sloth-like performance culminating in a finishing time of 35.22 mins, albeit this did claim 2nd spot within the Male 50-54 age category which attracted two entrants.

Whilst on the subject of park runs, congratulations to Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth who, at the time of writing (14/2/16), has now clocked up a magnificent 67 appearances at the Aberystwyth park run which also includes a total of 8 age group category victories within that time.

We will update the website regularly with park run news.

Oswestry Cross Country

Marches School in Oswestry played host to the fifth and final fixture on the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League on 6th February, 2016, the event attracting the usual stoic quartet of Bro Dysynni female competitors eager to gain a coating of Shropshire mud!

The quartet were led home by Brenda Jones (also a decent gymnast judging from the photograph below) of Llanelltyd, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 36.22 mins with Yolanda Marconi-Nolan following in 37.39 mins to claim 4th spot within the Female Over-65 category. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was the third Dysynni finisher in a time of 39.13 mins with Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completing the Dysynni quartet as a time of 43.11 mins also claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-70 age category.

As the event was the final fixture of the 2015-16 season, the overall standings produce some interesting reading. From a team perspective, our ladies have climbed one spot from last season, claiming an overall 8th spot within Division 2, whilst on an individual basis, Brenda & Marj

claimed a superb '1,2' within the Female Over-70 age category.Pictured are our athletes in action in Oswestry as well as a group photo.Well done ladies!!!

   

   

Warm congratulations to our very own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, recently crowned as North Wales Cross Country Champion for 2015-16 within the Female Over-70 age category.

This accolade was achieved at the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country Championships, organised by Prestatyn Running Club and held at the Rhug Estate in Corwen on 30th January, 2016.

Brenda won her age group category by completing the demanding course in a time of 35.58 mins.

2016 Fixtures list is now online.     2016 Fixtures
Two of our most regular competitors were in action recently covering the 10k distance between the Cenotaph in Llandudno and the pier in Colwyn Bay, the start and finish points of the Twin Piers 10k.

The duo were led home by the effervescent Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, claiming age category success in the event by claiming victory within the Female Over-70 age category in a time 57.47 mins. Club colleague Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth followed in an impressive time of 66.41 mins which also completed a Bro Dysynni 'one-two' within the Female Over-70 age category at the event.

Impressive stuff Brenda & Marj!

We had two runners in action on 23rd January, 2016 as Tom & Rhian Jones headed from Aberdyfi to Coed y Brenin, their chosen event being the Buff Winter Trail Wales Half Marathon competed over the Trail Marathon Wales 13.1 mile route.

Tom claimed an excellent 6th spot within the Male Over-50 age category, completing the tough course in a time of 1 hr 52.11 mins with Rhian following in an equally impressive time of 2 hrs 38.23 mins.

Llongyfarchiadau i Tom a Rhian....cadw fflag Dysynni yn fflio!


Tom Buff

Cross Country Date

A cross country date in January which no doubt will be of interest to our cross country runners;

- January 30th, the 2016 North Wales Cross Country Championships. Entry form

Dolgellau Park Run

The inaugural Dolgellau Park Run will take place at 9am on Saturday, 13th February and will then take place at the same time and over the same course each Saturday. Starting at the Marian, the two lap event will head up the Mawddach Trail Cycle Path, turning back at the picnic table which is pretty adjacent to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. As with all other Park Runs, the event will be free of charge, those interested just need to register and print off the bar code via the attached link. Each week, there will also be a post-race coffee at TH Roberts Coffee Shop in Dolgellau.

As stated race start will be on the Marian, lets hope to see a good splattering of red and green supporting the event!

The relevant link is Dolgellau Parkrun

Cross Country

A muddy Walford College in Baschurch, Shropshire was the venue recently for the fourth and penultimate fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, the fixture being hosted by Shrewsbury Athletic Club.

The event attracted a hardened quartet of Bro Dysynni ladies not put off by the adverse course or weather conditions.

The quartet were led home by Adele Powl Jones of Bryncrug, 62nd overall in a time of 30.52 mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd produced another sterling performance, a time of 36.32 mins claiming victory within the Female Over-70 category with Yolanda Marconi Nolan following a little over a minute behind as a time of 37.52 mins claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 category. The quartet was completed by Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, claiming 2nd spot behind Brenda within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 43.38 mins. The quartet were well rewarded within the league table after their efforts which saw the Bro Dysynni ladies team climb two spots to eighth position within Division 2 of the female teams ahead of the likes of Telford AC.

Marches School in Oswestry (SY11 2AP) will host the final league fixture on Saturday, 6th February......Can our ladies hold on the eighth....maybe even climb higher? Having finished in 9th in 2014-15, an improvement looks likely!!

  

  

Aberystwyth 10k


Doris on her way to 2nd spot within her age category

A quartet of Bro Dysynni athletes were amongst the 401 competitors who completed the 17th running of the Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth 10k Race, held on 6th December.

Leading home the Dysynni quartet as well as claiming age category victory within the Male 50-54 section was Eifion Roberts, the Ardudwy athlete home in a storming time of 41.02 mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was next home, 3rd finisher within the Female 70-74 age group in a time of 55.55 mins with Doris O'Keefe of Tywyn following as a time of 60.53 mins claimed 2nd spot within the Female 65-69 category. Prolific competitor Marj Griffiths completed the Dysynni turn out, 4th home within the Female 70-74 section in a time of 67.55 mins with the added bonus of having the shortest journey home on the day!

   

   
The Dysynni 4 in action at Aberystwyth

Some diary dates for 2016 with North Wales Championship Races over various distances recently announced;

5K - To be hosted by Prestatyn Running Club sometime in May (date tbc).
5 Miles - Abergele 5 Miles, Sunday, October 30th
10k - Caernarfon 10k, Sunday, September 4th
Half Marathon - Wrexham Half Marathon, February 14th
Marathon - Wrexham Marathon, March 6th

Cross Country League

Our best club turn out for a fair while on 28th November saw 7 competitors in action over a muddy, wet and windy course, as Mold Alun School played host to the third fixture within the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

Of the seven, six were in action in the ladies race which saw cross country debutante Adele Powl-Jones of Bryncrug lead home the Dysynni contingent alongside Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi, the duo both home in a time of 35.52 mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 39.50 mins with Yolanda Marconi-Nolan following in 41.49 mins. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was our fifth finisher in 45.01 mins whilst Marj Griffiths was the 2nd finisher within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 46.17 mins. Despite such an excellent turn out, the ladies still slipped one spot in Division 2 from 9th to 10th, but a mere 10 points separate 8th to 10th spot in a tight division and with two more league fixtures still to go, we do hope to see the ladies climb a spot or two before the season ends in February next year!

Tom Jones of Aberdyfi was our sole competitor in the men's race and in his cross country debut, Tom completed the leg-sapping course in a time of 39.10 mins which saw the Dysynni men's team sit in 12th spot in Division 2 after three fixtures.

A warm well done to all in action....various race pictures appearing below.

   

   

   

   

It was very pleasing to see the name of two Bro Dysynni athletes on the result list for the recent Elan Valley 10 Mile Road Race, an event which completed a large loop of the Elan Valley situated to the west of Rhayadar in Powys in an area known as the 'Welsh Lake District'.

Leading home the duo was Eifion Roberts of Harlech, completing the undulating course in an excellent time of 1 hr 11.15 mins.
The 2nd Dysynni athlete in action was Marj Griffiths, our Aberystwyth based member continuing an exceptionally busy racing period by completing this particular event in a time of 2 hrs 04.02 mins.
Hearty congratulations to the duo for their sterling performances.

Congratulations to Dylan Jones, winner of our club place at the 2016 London Marathon.....Pob hwyl Dylan!
Snowdonia Marathon 24th October

Pictured have come to light of Marj Griffiths at the recent 33rd running of the Brooks sponsored Snowdonia Marathon Eryri.

Marj looks as fresh as a daisy as she crosses the finish line!!!!A report relating to the race is available by scrolling down a little.......

2015 Masters Cross Country Internationals

A rainy day in the Republic of Ireland greeted our very own Brenda Jones who recently crossed the Irish Sea as part of the Welsh team in action at the 2015 Masters Cross Country Internationals being held in Sentry Park in the fair city of Dublin. In a very competitive Female Over-70 age category, Brenda came home in a time of 35.57 mins, claiming 11th spot within the category as well as being the 2nd Welsh 'counter' within the Championships for those competing within the Female Over-70 section. As ever, a very warm congratulations to Brenda on yet another stellar performance.

Snowdonia Marathon 24th October

Ice cold winds greeted the 2,500 or so competitors who lined up in Llanberis for the start of the 33rd annual running of the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri held on 24th October.

Amongst those taking on the 26.2 mile challenge, which included a staggering 1685 metres of ascent, was our very own Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth.

Preparation paid off for Marj, completing the event in a magnificent time of 5 hrs 54.59 mins (with a halfway split of 2 hrs 43.10 mins). To top it all off. Marj was also victorious within the Female Over-70 age group category at the event.

Massive respect Marj from all at Bro Dysynni AC!

Abergele 5 Mile

Two club members were in action in early November, their chosen event being the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management sponsored Abergele 5 Mile Road Race, an event which also hosted the 2015 North Wales 5 Mile Championships.

The race also hosted an inter-regional event and, as such, one of our runners, Gwen Jones of Tywyn, swapped the red and green of Dysynni for the green and orange of North Wales for the very first time, a fantastic achievement Gwen! The extra pressure of regional representations spurred Gwen on to a finishing time of 34.53 mins, a time good enough to claim 3rd place within the 'Senior Ladies' category.

Also in action was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete home in a time of 46.16 mins, a time which also claimed North Wales Championship gold within the Female Over-70 age category.

Pictured at the event are Gwen taking the final corner of the race at an angle of 45 degrees and Brenda out on the course with Roy Peel trying to be incognito in the background! Many thanks to Gar at Cader Sports Photos for the pictures and well done to Gwen and Brenda for representing the club and region to such a high standard.

Bro Dysynni AC has been allocated 1 club entry for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. If you wish to be considered for this place you must meet the following criteria. Have entered and been rejected this year for the 2016 race. Be a fully paid up member of Welsh athletics and Bro Dysynni AC (ie affiliated). Athletes need to make Eirlys Griffiths aware of their request. Please let her have your full name ,address, registration number, email address and phone number before 10th November 2015. We are aware of only two athletes who wish to be considered at present. After the 10/11/2015 a draw will take place to decide who gets the place. Good luck everyone.
Snowdonia Marathon

Ice cold winds greeted the 2,500 or so competitors who lined up in Llanberis for the start of the 33rd annual running of the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri held on 24th October.

Amongst those taking on the 26.2 mile challenge, which included a staggering 1685 metres of ascent, was our very own Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth.

Preparation paid off for Marj, completing the event in a magnificent time of 5 hrs 54.59 mins (with a halfway split of 2 hrs 43.10 mins). To top it all off. Marj was also victorious within the Female Over-70 age group category at the event.

Massive respect Marj from all at Bro Dysynni AC!

It was great to see a quartet of our female members in action at the second fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League recently, with all four making their mark within the overall results as well as within their respective age categories.

Leading home the quartet in a magnificent seventh place overall was Gwen Jones of Tywyn who completed the tough course set in the grounds of St. Davids College in Llandudno in an excellent time of 22.03 mins. Further plaudits followed for Gwen with her selection to represent the North Wales team in action at the Abergele 5 Mile event being held on 1st November...very well done Gwen! The second Dysynni finisher in Llandudno was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 31.04 mins. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan claimed 4th spot within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 34.16 mins with Marj Griffiths completing the quartet, our Aberystwyth based athlete claiming 2nd spot (behind Brenda) within the Female Over-70 age group in a time of 38.53 mins.

The slight surprise with the above came when the league tables were published, as our Female team remain in 9th spot in Division 2 of the league, despite improving our points total from 257 to 173 from the 1st to the 2nd fixture. A mere 26 points separate the four teams placed between 6th and 9th in this division ahead of the third fixture scheduled to be held in Mold on 28th November.....another good turnout would surely see us climb at leasta couple of places!

Pictured below are our female team in action at Llandudno...............well done ladies!

Brodysynni AGM

Please find the agenda for the AGM to be held on Friday 23rd October 2015 at The Kings Cafe Talyllyn Railway Station Tywyn 7:00pm. Please bring a copy with you if you can print off.

There is a return to cross country action this coming Saturday (17th October) as Colwyn Bay AAC play host to the 2nd fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, the venue chosen being the grounds of St. David's College in Llandudno (LL30 1RD). The host club have requested competitors park in the places provided and not on the drive leading up to the school.

Thanks to the sterling efforts of Brenda & Marit at Bangor, the Senior Ladies team find themselves in 9th position in Division 2 of their section with a total of 257 points after the first league fixture. The five teams immediately ahead of Bro Dysynni in this division are no more than 53 points ahead....a good club turnout could see us overtaking some of them!

Good luck to all those who are venturing up to St. David's College!

Cardiff Half Marathon and other News

The weekend of the 3rd and 4th of October was a busy one for Bro Dysynni A.C. with 5 athletes in action at the Lloyd Bank Half Marathon in Cardiff with a further two taking in the first cross country fixture of the season, held in Bangor.

The five Dysynni athletes in action in Cardiff were led home by Tom Jones of Aberdyfi in an excellent time of 1 hr 29.19 mins. Gwen Jones of Tywyn followed in 1 hr 39.36 mins with Gavin Griffiths next home in 1 hr 43.47 mins. Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi broke the two hour mark with a time of 1 hr 59.25 mins with the majestic Marj Griffiths completing the Dysynni turn out in a time of 2 hrs 35.49 mins which will also act as excellent preparation for the Snowdonia Marathon which is being held on 24th October, 2015.

Meanwhile, Brenda Jones and Marit Evans flew the flag at Treborth near Bangor, the venue for the first fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. Brenda was the first of the two to finish, a time of 29.14 mins claiming age category victory within the Female Over-70 section with Marit following with a gritty performance, home in a time of 34.34 mins.

A great weekend....well done to our 'Magnificent 7'!

Trailffest

A challenging course starting at Tanygrisiau and heading towards the coast in Porthmadog via Tan y Bwlch, Rhiw Goch Farm & Minffordd was the challenge which greeted the 150 or so competitors who lined up at the start of the 13.1 mile Trailffest course on a bright, sunny September morning.

Amongst those lining up were one current and one previous member of Bro Dysynni, with both featuring prominently in the overall results. So much so, that overall race victory went to a past member of the club, namely Alun Williams, who has hit a rich vein of form since his return to Barmouth on holiday from his New Zealand base, Al achieving victory on this occasion by 1 minute and 49 seconds as he crossed the finish line on the Cob embankment in a startling time of 1 hr 32.31 mins.

With Al claiming overall victory, it was also great to see our own recent World Masters (Female Over-70) Mountain Running Champion, namely Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, dominating her age category, Brenda victorious within the Female Over-70 section in a remarkable time of 2 hrs 45.29 mins.

Once again, great to see Bro Dysynni prominent in a local race.....well done to Al & Brenda!

Just a couple of dates for your diary during the month of October;

10th October - 30th anniversary of the formation of Bro Dysynni AC celebratory dinner being held at The Propergander Restaurant in Tywyn.

23rd October - Club AGM being held at The Kings Cafe at Talyllyn Railway Station to start at 7pm.

2016 North Wales Cross Country League

The onset of Autumn and then Winter is almost upon us, meaning that the North Wales Cross Country League will also start. Will we maintain our mid-table position in Division 2 of both the male and female leagues, or will their be a promotion surge in either?!

First fixture is now nearly upon, Tregarth Track in Bangor on 3rd October....hoping for a decent club turn out!

Men's Start 2:45pm. Ladies Start 2pm. (Venues will be confirmed asap. Please check back here).

3 October Treborth Track, Bangor, LL57 2RQ
17 October St David’s College, Llandudno (LL30 1RD)
28 November Mold Alun School, Mold, CH7 1EP
16 January Baschurch, Shrewsbury (Postcode to follow)
30 January Rhug Estate, Corwen
6 February Marches School, Oswestry, SY11 2AP

Ras Y Cob

Stunned onlookers witnessed the sight of two Bro Dysynni athletes in action at the Ras y Cob 5k race held recently in Porthmadog. One eyewitness who wished to remain nameless allegedly quoted that seeing the two in action served as a timely reminder that 'Antiques Roadshow' was on TV later that day.

The duo were led home by Alan 'Gas' Jones of Barmouth, great to see Al back in competitive action completing the course based around the Cob area of Porthmadog in a time of 30.32 mins. Just under two minutes behind Al was our own Club Chairman, Huge Harrison, delighted as he crossed the finishing line (on his way the kebab shop) in a time of 32.18 mins.

Joking aside, great to see Al and Huw in action...well done to the two of you!

Congratulations to two club members who recently saw competitive action over the 13.1 mile half marathon distance.

For Doris O'Keefe, the 13.1 mile course was from Newcastle to South Shields as she joined around 57,000 other competitors in the 2015 Morrisons Great North Run. An admirable performance saw Doris complete the course in a time of 2 hrs 31.13 mins.

Meanwhile, Marj Griffiths took on the 13.1 mile course which constitutes the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in Mid Wales. In a performance which displayed true gumption, Marj came home in a time of 2 hrs 32.19 mins.

Two remarkably similar times for Doris and Marj over the same racing distance, albeit in markedly different locations...

One name missed out in our recent report of the Caernarfon 10k Road Race, an event which also incorporated the 2015 North Wales 10k Championships, was Gavin Ebrey, completing his first race in Bro Dysynni club colours in a time of 51.49 mins. Well done Gavin, here's hoping it is the first race of many in the red and green of Dysynni.

Athletes from a total of 29 countries were in action in and around Betws y Coed on Saturday, 12th September, the venue chosen to host the 2015 World Masters Mountain Running Championships (to be followed on September 19th by the World Mountain Running Championships).

The event on the 12th was open to athletes within the 35 - 79 age category and attracted one current and one past member of Bro Dysynni, both of whom achieved startling results as well as World Championship success within the Female Over-70 age category. It will come as no surprise to know that the gold was claimed by Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming victory within her age category over the 8.7k course in a time of 1 hr 07.15 mins. This was good enough to see off opposition from both Norway and England within the Female Over-70 section to claim a deserved place at the top of the victory podium within the section.


Brenda on her way to victory in the Female Over-70 category

Also in action was Alun Williams currently home in Barmouth from New Zealand and seeing plenty of race action whilst back in the Principality.Having claimed 3rd spot recently at the North Wales 10k Road Running Championships held in Caernarfon, Alun claimed 10thspot within the Male Over-35 age category in Betws y Coed, covering the 10.6k course in a time of 45.59 mins.

Fantastic efforts by both Brenda and Alun, watch out for highlights on S4C in the not to distant future.


Alun on his way to 10th within the Male Over-35 section

A quick advert for a local event being held on Sunday. 20th September. The event in question is the Ras y Cob 5k Race (and fun run) being held in Porthmadog.

The race has its own website for further information, namely www.ras-y-cob.co.uk

A time of 54.57 mins secured another North Wales Championship victory for our own Brenda Jones recently, Brenda claiming success within the Female Over-70 age category at the 2015 North Wales 10k Championships, which were incorporated within the Caernarfon 10k Road Race. Another excellent performance from Brenda....would be interesting to know exactly how many regional and national championship races Brenda has claimed age category success in over the years!

Brenda and Marit Evans were also in action at the Fairbourne Annual Race the Train (F.A.R.T.) 5k event. In what was mainly a charitable event, finishing times were secondary, well done however to Brenda and Marit for flying the Dysynni flag at the event.

The next Bro Dysynni A.C. committee meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, 23rd September. The venue will be 'The Whitehall' in Tywyn.

Amongst items being discussed will be the club dinner arranged as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations. The proposed date for the dinner is Saturday, 10th October with the venue being the Proper Gander Restaurant in Tywyn. Further details to follow.

Race the Train      Results




Yo, Richard, John, Gwen, Gavin, Hugo and Brenda are seen pictured in action at Race the Train.

What a great day for the club at the Race the Train day on Saturday. Great performances all around from members including some past members who have moved to other areas. The morning 10k Quarry Challenge race provided a field of 7 BDAC members from the 360 finishers none beating the train but great efforts all round. Dylan Jones first home in 54:17, John Nolan 4th V65 in 56:03, Alan Jones V55 56:25, Richard Griffiths V65 56:55,( I just managed to hold Alan & Dick off) Adele Powl-Jones F45 60:12, Susan Griffith F50 64:34 & Yolanda Marconi Nolan 2nd F65 76:42. The race was won by former member, home on hols from NZ, Alun Llyr Williams in 37:43 with another "local" now in Telford Lee Rudd 4th. Lee went on to run in the main race also. Also running in the morning this time in the Dolgoch 5 mile We had Gwenan Roberts F50 finishing in 50:20 (I struggled to pass Gwenan through Wintertons she was going really well) Becca Powl-Jones 53:46 and Chairman Hugh Harrison V60 58:40. The Main afternoon race The Rotary Challenge was the final race in the British Trail running championships and provided an international field. The race was won by Mike Kallenberg from Cardiff 1:19:26 & Sarah Hill from Farnham 1:32:57. Not to be put off by the high standards our Gwen Jones pushed herself to the limits coming through strong in the second half of the race finishing an incredible 13th Lady and 3rd Female Under-35 in 1:48:45. Gwen finished only 1 min behind selected Welsh runners!!! We then had Hugo Iffla V60 in 2:08:52 followed by Gavin Griffiths, making his big race debut, in 2:10:34. Our evergreen vet Brenda Jones F70 2:28:31 and Richard Vroom after a steady start pulling through to finish in a time of 2:48:19. Full race results available on here

Murder Mile

Wattsville near Newbridge in South Wales was the venue recently for the 'Murder Mile', a one mile event made up of severe climbs over an uphill course. Bro Dysynni were represented as ever at this event by Gavin Griffiths, who continued his steady improvement of finishing times at this particular race. In 2013, Gav came home in 13.51 mins, 2014 saw a finishing time of 13.38 mins and 2015 saw another improvement as Gavin came home in 13.30 mins. The question is now whether Gavin will go below 13.30 mins in 2016?????

Ras Glyndwr

A busy start to the month of August continued with a good Dysynni turnout amongst the 44 competitors in action at Ras Glyndwr in Machynlleth.

In a challenging 3.2 mile race which took in the ascent of Glyndwr Way in the hills of Llynlloedd above Machynlleth, overall race victory was claimed by former Bro Dysynni athlete, Alun Williams, home on a break from New Zealand, the previous resident of Barmouth crossing the finishing line in a time of 22.29 mins, a clear 25 seconds ahead of the next finisher. Also in action at the event were the Bryncrug based clan of Alan Jones, Adele Powl-Jones and Becca Powl-Jones, home in respective times of 33.21 mins, 38.06 mins and 44.11 mins. A busy Alison Sayes also saw competitive action for the 2nd time in less than a week, completing the Glyndwr course in a pleasing time of 44.37 mins.

Intrepid Dysynni athlete, Andy Unwin of Harlech, saw running action recently in South East Asia, the event chosen being the R399 6k Road Race held in Cebu City in the Philippines. A 5am start to avoid the heat and humidity of the day saw the Ardudwy-based rocket complete the course in a steady if not spectacular time of 42.40 mins. This is the 2nd time he has undertaken this particular race, having also competed in 2013, and on both occasions, had the honour of being the 1st Welsh finisher.......as well as the only Welsh finisher!

Hendre Wallog       Results

A total of 42 athletes took on the challenging 3 mile course presented by Ras Hendrewallog in Abergynolwyn recently and it was most pleasing to see competitors both young and not so young in action!

Overall race victory went to our very own Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog who, in an all to rare race outing, came home in victorious in a time of 18.56 mins. There was a good Dysynni turnout at the event and amongst other race finishers were the following; Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, 3rd overall in a time of 20.25 mins, Rhys Roberts, 4th overall and 1st Senior Male in a time of 20.25 mins, Alan Jones of Bryncrug in 25.22 mins, 11 seconds clear of old adversary Richard Griffiths, following in 25.33 mins. Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi was the 1st female race finisher in a time of 26.53 mins with Sue Griffith following, 1st Female Over-50 in a time of 27.12 mins. Next came Gwenan Roberts in 28.55 mins with Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claiming victory in the Female Over-70 category in a time of 29.23 mins. Beccy Powl-Jones produced a good performance, coming home in 30.29 mins with the Dysynni contingent being completed by Alison Sayes, home in an excellent time of 31.08 mins.

As ever, a well organised event, thanks to Eirlys Giffiths and her team of helpers!

Another Bro Dysynni A.C. age category victory to report, on this occasion achieved by Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth within the Female Over-65 section at the Borth 10k event held on the 2nd of August.

Over a 10k course run in its entirety on a sandy beach surface stretching from Borth to Ynyslas and back, Marj came home in an outstanding time of 74.28 mins to claim yet another age category success for the club!

Good going Marj!!!!


Bro Dysynni A.C. - Celebrating three decades of athletic excellence......and Huw Harrison.

Ras Hendre Wallog

There is local action this coming Thursday (30th July) as Abergynolwyn will play host to the annual Ras Hendrewallog. Starting at 6.30pm from outside the community centre, the off road race measures approximately 3 miles in distance, the majority being run off-road. Entries will be taken on the night only.

The event has grown in popularity over the last few years, and here's hoping for another healthy turnout this coming Thursday!

Mic Morris 10k

Gavin Griffiths recently represented Bro Dysynni AC at the Mic Morris 10k Road Race, described as a fast 10k road race held between Blaenafon and Pontypool Park. Ths proved to be the case for Gav, completing the event in a storming time of 43.22 mins. Gwych Gav!

Dolgellau 5      Sat 25th July


Dylan Jones

There was much Bro Dysynni AC interest at the Dolgellau 5 mile road race held on 25th July with impressive performances all-round. At the upper echelon of the event, there was overall race victory for local runner Alex Lanz, the Dolgellau based athlete and Meirionnydd Running Club competitor home in a time of 27.42 mins. A mere 9 seconds later, a former member of Bro Dysynni crossed the finishing line as Alun Williams, home for a break from New Zealand, came home in 2nd spot overall in a time of 27.51 mins. Claiming 2nd spot in the Female category was our very own Gwen Jones, the Tywyn based athlete home in an excellent time of 34.32 mins. Another Tywyn-based Jones followed, on this occasion in the guise of Dylan Jones, home in 39.29 mins, with the next Dysynni Jones home being Alan of Bryncrug in a time of 40.23 mins. Continuing the theme was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-70 category in a time of 45.49 mins with Becca Powl-Jones of Bryncrug completing the 'Keeping up with the Jones's' theme, crossing the finishing line in a pleasing 51.10 mins.


Gwen Jones and Arfon Hughes, many thanks to Dan Wyre for the quality photography.

CLUB 30 YEAR CELEBRATIONS.

We will be having a BBQ at Trefeddian Farm on Saturday 1st August 2015 @ 3.00pm. All members past & present welcome with families. Tom & Rhian have kindly allowed us the use of their farm. As we do not know numbers if you could all bring what you would like to eat/drink with you and a seat to sit on please, that would be great. Tom has cleared the barn in case of bad weather. If you would like a run or walk first there is plenty of land to do it. Please pass the word on to people who are not on FB. How do you find the Farm? Take the A493 Tywyn to Aberdyfi Road, pass the cemetery on your left and continue until you see the first row of houses on your left, Trefeddian terrace. At the Aberdyfi end of the terrace is the entrance to Trefeddian Hotel. Turn left in here go up the hotel drive over both ghastly speed ramps, and then take the left up the tarmac hill, follow the road around passing a stable and over another speed ramp and bear left off the tarmac and onto farm track. Please don't put address into sat nav- you'll end up over a cliff!!

Any probs give us a ring 01654 767206 Welwn ni chi mewn wythnos See you there

A special commemorative t-shirt has been produced. The t-shirt can be seen elsewhere on this site being worn by Dylan Jones at the Dolgellau 5 mile race as well as below, being worn by the Bro Dysynni circuit training group before their well deserved Summer break.
Here's to the next 30!!!!!!!

   

Two Bro Dysynni 'heavyweight' athletes recently formed part of the field of 97 competitors who lined up just outside Latham Park on a hot and humid Friday evening to take part in the Newtown BBQ 5k race.

In a race won by Welsh female international, Rhianwedd Price (Cardiff A.C.), in a time of 16.27 mins, the Dysynni duo were led home by Andy Unwin of Harlech, beaming as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 31.39 mins. Club colleague, Huge Harrison of Fairbourne followed, on this occasion not-so-delighted with his finishing time of 34.27 mins.

Many thanks to Cader Sports for the pictures. Intelligence reports suggest both pictures have been photoshopped to make the dynamic duo look fatter than what they actually are! Diolch Gar.

Coed y Brenin

    
Gwen and Richard seen in action at the half marathon in Coed y Brenin.

Well done to our two club members who recently saw action at Coed y Brenin, the venue chosen for the 2015 Salomon Trail Marathon Wales. The event consisted of a full marathon and half marathon, both race routes being run within the stunning trails and tracks of Coed y Brenin. With both Dysynni athletes in action over the half marathon distance, Gwen Jones was the first of the duo home, the Tywyn based athlete completing the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1 hr 58.02 mins, 9th finisher within the Female Open category and 11th female finisher overall. Also in action was a busy Richard Vroom, completing his third distance race within a month, on this occasion the Tywyn based athlete crossing the finishing line in a time of 3hrs 00.57 mins.

Also in action recently was Gavin Griifiths, erstwhile of Tywyn. Gav's chosen event was the Caerphilly 10k, an event completed in an excellent time of 46.31 mins.

Finally, the nationwide network of 5k Park Runs continue to prove popular with those affiliated to Bro Dysynni. Most recently, Marj Griffiths completed the Aberystwyth 5k Park Run in a time of 31.45 mins, whilst in the Potteries, John Nolan and Yolanda Marconi-Nolan completed the Hanley 5k Park Run in respective times of 23.09 mins and 33.10 mins.

Alun Williams

Well done once again to a former member of Bro Dysynni, namely Alun Williams, who recently achieved the latest in the long line of race victories achieved on the South Island of New Zealand.

However, on this occasion victory was achieved in the type of race you would not normally associate with long distance specialist Al, as it was achieved over the short distance of 1 mile! The race in question was the 'OtterBox Golden Mile', a short event run through the carnival parade route along the streets of Queenstown.

Whereas Al claimed victory his exact winning time has yet to come to hand.

Al is seen crossing the line to victory, running purists will note that he is also rapidly becoming a heel striker!         Da iawn Al!


The picture shows Andy, Roy Peel (recovering from injury), Brenda and Marit outside the Gregynog mansion.

The 13th & 14th June, 2015 proved to be a busy weekend for Dysynni with eight athletes in action over three different distances and, of the eight, three were victorious within their respective age category. On the Saturday (13th), five club athletes saw action at the inaugural running of the Dysynni Trail Fest Challenge, with races starting and finishing at Ynysmaengwyn Woodland Park in Tywyn, Within the 15k distance, Tom Jones of Aberdyfi claimed victory within the Male Over-50 category in a time of 57.05 mins. Gwen Jones of Tywyn followed, 3rd female overall in a time of 1 hr 03.34 mins, Richard Griffiths of Tywyn home in 1 hr 13.56 mins to claim 2nd spot within the Male Over-65 category with Richard Vroom of Tywyn completing the quartet who entered the 15k as a time of 1 hr 29.34 mins claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-60 category.

Within the 5k distance of the challenge, Alison Sayes claimed age category victory within the Female Over-50 section in a superb time of 26.41 mins.

The 14th saw a trio of Dysynni athletes head to Tregynon near Newtown for their chosen event, namely the 4.5 mile Gregynog Trail Race, a race starting and finishing nearby the impressive Gregynog mansion and grounds. On this occasion, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd led the trio home, claiming victory within the Female Over-70 section in a time 51.25 mins. The rotund Andy Unwin of Harlech followed in a time of 59.22 mins, whilst Marit Evans of Dolgellau decided to track the course with our past club president, Sheila Symonds, now competing for Meirionnydd Running Club. The duo returned in a time of 82.33 mins.


The two Richard's, Tom and Gwen at Ynysmaengwyn (apologies to Alison who is not in photograph)

Coed y Brenin

Another 'well done' to Gwen Jones of Tywyn who recently completed the Anna Frost 10k Trail Race which was held on the trails within Coed y Brenin.

In the race, which took place on the last day of May, Gwen completed the 10k course in a fantastic time of 48.42 mins, a time good enough to claim 3rd spot in the female section of the event and 15th spot overall.

Another fantastic effort Gwen, very well done!

Leiden Marathon

Very well done to Richard Vroom of Tywyn, who recently headed back to his native Holland to take part in the 25th running of the Leiden Marathon, a race Richard completed in a time of 5 hrs 32.43 mins.

A fantastic effort by Richard and was great to see the red and green of Bro Dysynni being worn in South Holland!

Former Bro Dysynni athlete, Alun Williams, once again topped the winners podium at a recent event in his now native New Zealand.

Having recently been granted New Zealand citizenship, Alun celebrated the occasion by claiming a comfortable victory at the Welcome Rock 27k Trail Race. The event took part on the 'Roaring Lion Trail' located above the Nevis Valley near Garston, situated one hour south of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand.

Alun completed the 27k course in a time of 2 hrs 01.24 mins to claim overall victory by a just over 4 minutes and is seen claiming his victory prize on a log made podium.
Da iawn Al!!!!!

Ras y Gader

Another excellent effort from Gwen Jones of Tywyn at the recent 24th running of Ras y Cader in Dolgellau. Gwen completed the 10.5 mile course which included just under 3,000 feet of climbing in a chip time of 1hr 58.06 mins. Gwen reached the summit in 1 hr 11.39 mins and then descended in 46.27 mins. It must have been some descent with Gwen picking up 11 places, to finish in 79th spot at the event. More impressively, Gwen was the 4th female finisher overall and was also 1st female under the age of 23 to finish. Whereas the club are regular winners within the older age categories, it is brilliant to see us also win a younger age category for a change!!!! Well done Gwen....doing the club proud.

It looks unlikely that the Foel Gocyn Hill Run will take place this year. The race, which forms an integral part of Bryncrug Carnival was originally planned for the 1st Saturday of July, but unfortunately, the land owner over whose land the race is run has decided not to allow runners onto his land this year, which is a great shame indeed.

On a more positive note, Ras Hendre Wallog in Abergynolwyn is all set to go ahead on Thursday, 30th July, we will confirm the race start time in due course. The race will also see the inaugural winners of the 'Tom Evans Memorial Trophies' to be handed to the 1st Male and 1st Female finishers. We are sure that the 'Old Codger' would be chuffed with this......

Unfortunately this weekends (Sun 17/05) Picnic Buffet at Brenda & Roys has had to be cancelled. Roy has had a fall and is in Aberystwyth hospital. His knee is very badly swollen and the hospital are waiting for this to go down so that they can assess the damage. Hopefully the picnic will be rearranged when Roy is home and well again. Thanks
Pentyrch Hill Race and other News

Our own Gavin Griffiths was recently in action as he competed in the 29th running of the Pentyrch Hill Race, a race run over a distance of approximately 7 miles which included around 1600 feet of climbing, the location of the event being on the western outskirts of Cardiff. Gav completed the event in a time of 71.31 mins, a remarkable show of consistency having completed the very same race in a time of 71.29 mins in 2014 and 71.18 mins in 2013! Gav is pictured below at the 2015 event.

The club also claimed two age category victories at the recent Ras Y Diafol 10k races which formed part of the Sialens y Barcud Coch weekend held at Ponterwyd, 12 miles inland from Aberystwyth. Part of weekend consisted of two 10k trail races held over different courses, Eifion Roberts of Harlech chose the Saturday version which he completed in a time of 55.51 mins to claim age category victory within the Male Over-50 section, whilst Brenda Jones chose the Sunday version, duly completed in a time of 79.03 mins which claimed victory within the Female Over-70 age category.

Very well done also to a resurgent Marj Griffiths who claimed 2nd place within the Female Over-70 age category at the recent Newtown 10k, the Aberystwyth based runner completing the Maldwyn Harriers arranged event in a time of 68.18 mins.

Well done to all concerned!

A busy weekend saw Dysynni members past and present in action both locally and further afield. Closest to home, two of our members were in action at the Mawddach Goldrush Trail Race. The course was set along the footpaths and tracks over the gold bearing grounds of Coed y Brenin and measured approximately 9 miles in distance. Once again, Gwen Jones of Tywyn was the 1st Dysynni athlete home, Gwen completing the course in a time of 1 hr 15.50 mins, a time which claimed overall victory in the Open Female category as well as being third female home overall. Also victorious in her age category was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete victorious in the Female 70+ category, Brenda home in an excellent time of 1 hr 45.57 mins.

Marj Griffiths continues to re-write the record book within the Female Over-70 category at the Aberystwyth Park Run, of which Marj is a regular competitor. Marj bettered her previous personal best over the 5k course again recently, on this occasion in a time of 31.22 mins.

Finally, a past member of Bro Dysynni, namely Lee Rudd, also saw action recently, on this occasion at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. Now representing Wrekin Road Runners, Lee completed the 26.2 mile course based in Trafford and finishing at Manchester United FC in a superb chip time of 3 hrs 12.09 mins.

We will be digging deep to attach pictures to the above in the near future!

Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running

        
Gwen in action in the Isle of Man in the club vest of Aberdeen University A.C.

Club member, Gwen Jones of Tywyn, has recently returned from the Isle of Man having taken part in two of the three races which form part of the Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running organised by Manx Harriers.

First up for Gwen was the Peel Hill Race held on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. Gwen completed the 3 mile course which started and finished in the fishing village of Peel in a time of 20.13 mins, a time which claimed an excellent 13th spot finish in the female race out of the 116 who completed the event.

As per tradition, Gwen then ran the 11 mile route back to Douglas in an unofficial running / pub crawl before lining up the following morning at the start of the 5k race which started and finished on Douglas promenade. On this occasion, Gwen completed the course in a time of 21.15 mins, claiming a 34th spot finish out of the 129 competitors within the female section of the race.

Next up for Gwen will be Ras y Cader in mid-May......maybe even running in a Dysynni vest?! Da iawn Gwen.

Good Friday saw the annual running of the Maldwyn Harriers Chocoholics 5k Race in Newtown. Representing Bro Dysynni at the event was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming 2nd spot within the Female Over-70 category at the event in a time of 28.06 mins.

Also in action at the event was previous club president, Sheila Symonds, Sheila victorious within the Female Over-80 category in an excellent time of 47.34 mins.

Club Members

Club member Alban Jones recently moved into a new age category, will this result in a long awaited comeback for the Tywyn based stalwart???

A quick check on the Wikipedia list of British bingo nicknames show that Alban has moved into the 'Over-Stopped Work' age category!

(explanation please..webmaster)

Another of the clubs newer members, Gwen Jones of Tywyn, recently completed the Oen Aran Lamb sponsored Ras yr Aran Fell Race, covering the 10 mile event which included an overall 3,100 feet of climbing in an excellent time of 2 hrs 10.47 mins. An excellent effort from the athlete previously affiliated to Aberdeen University A.C.

We won't mention her three hour wait for her lift home from Llanuwchllyn!!

(quicker to run home? ...webmaster)

Many congratulations to new club member, Doris O'Keefe, who recently completed the Vitality Bath Half Marathon in a time of 2 hrs 20.26 mins which claimed an overall 30th spot finish within the Female Over-60 age category.

Doris is an experienced running campaigner having completed numerous distance events prior to joining the club earlier this year.
Welcome to Bro Dysynni AC Doris!

Moke Lake 10k


Alun negotiates one of the obstacles at 'The Mule'.

A very well done to past Bro Dysynni athlete, Alun Williams, who recently claimed victory in a race with a difference.

The race in question was 'The Mule' a 10k event held around the Moke Lake area of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The event organisers describe the race as a terrain based obstacle course offering a combination of mud, river, multi terrain and hard core obstacles.

The obstacles proved insufficient to Alun who claimed victory in the individual 10k elite event in a time of 1 hr 01.49 mins.

Da iawn Al!!!

Red Kite Challenge 2nd/3rd May

Event Schedule

Cross Country

Pictured after the final cross country league fixture of the season held at Oswestry are our three end of season award winners receiving their age category recognition, namely;

Brenda Jones - 1st Female Over-70
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 3rd Female Over-65
John Nolan - 3rd Male Over-65
Excellent effort all round!

  

Cross Country Season Finish

The Marches School in Oswestry was the venue recently for the 5th and final fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. As is the norm for this particular course, conditions were extremely muddy and soft underfoot, making for ideal cross country conditions!

Bro Dysynni A.C. were represented by our three 'hard core' cross country athletes in the guise of Brenda Jones, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan and John Nolan. In the Senior Ladies race, Brenda came home in a time of 34.15 mins, claiming age category victory on the day within the Female Over-70 section whilst Yo followed in 36.02 mins, claiming 3rd spot on the day within the Female Over-65 category. In the Senior Mens race, John came home in an excellent time, considering the conditions, of 56.45 mins.

As this was the final league fixture, the end of season standings are now available. On an individual basis, Brenda claimed 1st position within the Female Over-70 section whilst Yo claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 section, as indeed did John, 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 section. From the team perspective, Bro Dysynni finished in 9th spot in Division 2 in the Women's league, a slip of four places from last seasons 5th spot, whilst the men claimed 12th spot in Division 2, an improvement on last season when we did not field competitors in certain races.

As ever, a very well done to our cross country runners who may be small in number but are certainly big in heart!

Pictured below are Brenda, Yo and John in action at Oswestry.

Nick Beer 10k

Eifion Roberts was the sole Dysynni athlete in action at the recent Nick Beer 10k event. The tough course started on the promenade in Llandudno before heading up the Great Orme and working its way back along the promenade before finishing opposite Venue Cymru. One of the tougher 10k events locally for sure.

Harlech-based athlete Eifion turned in an excellent performance, completing the event in a time of 41.56 mins, which also claimed a 9th spot finish within the Male Over-50 age category.

Also, another vote of thanks to Gareth Roberts for his usual high quality pictures!

Da iawn Eifion a llawer o ddiolch Gar.

Yo and John kept the Dysynni flag flying over the last weekend of January, 2015 with Yo in action on both Saturday and Sunday of that particular weekend.

First up was a trip from the Potteries to Lilleshall on the Saturday for the 4th (and penultimate) fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. A suspect weather forecast led to a smaller field than usual, those in attendance being greeted by wet and muddy conditions on a bright crisp Winter's day. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 age category, finishing in a time of 37.38 mins, whilst John Nolan claimed a terrific age category victory within the Male Over-65 category, John covering the 5.75 mile course in a time of 54.10 mins. Updated league standings will be posted when they appear on the North Wales Cross Country League website.

Sunday saw Yo take on a race closer to home, namely the Alsager 5 Mile Road Race. Once again Yo claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 category, on this occasion in a time of 51.16 mins.

Also well done to Marj Griffiths on another Aberystwyth Park Run, on this occasion finishing in a time of 31.54 mins.

The updated league tables are now online after the 4th fixture held at Lilleshall. It sees the Bro Dysynni ladies jump four places to eighth in Division 2 whilst the Men's team improve one spot, reaching 12th in their Division 2. The efforts of Yo and John were well rewarded within the league standings!!

Cross Country Results


Yo at Lilleshall


John at Lilleshall


Yo at Alsager

The latest race results to come to hand are those from the 2015 North Wales Cross Country Championships (supported by Grand Prix Express). At the event. held at the Glyndwr University grounds in Northop, Brenda Jones continued her domination of the Female Over-70 age category, on this occasion Brenda winning championship gold in the section in a time of 37.02 mins. As ever, very well done to Brenda!

Tom Coed y Brenin Winter Run

Sean Coed y Brenin Winter Run

Richard Vroom

It is turning out to be quite a busy January for our club athletes, and we still have a cross country fixture to fit in on the final day of January!

At the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon held at Coed Y Brenin on Saturday, 24th January, Sean Chambers came home in a time of 1 hr 50.48 mins, a mere 76 seconds ahead of club-mate Tom Jones who followed in 1 hr 52.04 mins. Ex-Dysynni member, Dylan Jones came home in an excellent time of 1 hr 48.22 mins whilst a torn calf muscle saw Paula Tunnadine put in an exceptionally brave performance to finish in a time of 2 hrs 36.44 mins. An excellent race as ever from Matt Ward and his team at 'Trail Marathon Wales'.

Richard Vroom of Tywyn was the sole club representative at the Tarren Hendre Fell Race in Abergynolwyn, Richard covering the 6 mile course which included an estimated 2,000 feet of climbing in a time 1 hr 51.07 mins,

The nationwide network of 'Park Runs' are growing in popularity and Dysynni continue to be represented. Marj Griffiths has become a regular at the Aberystwyth Park Run, Marj's last two times at the event being 32.28 mins and 31.44 mins. Meanwhile, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan recently completed the Hanley Park Run held in Stoke on Trent in a time of 31.14 mins...well done ladies!!!!

Here's hoping for another decent turn-out from Bro Dysynni at the penultimate fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League being held at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall, near Telford this coming Saturday (31st January).

Pictured are Tom and Sean in action at Coed Y Brenin and Richard at Tarren Hendre.

Well done to two club representatives, namely Brenda Jones and Marit Evans, who braved the Wintry conditions to take part in the Twin Piers 10k race held on 17th January, 2015. The 10k course which started at the Cenotaph in Llandudno and finished on Colwyn Bay pier attracted 355 competitors. Brenda came home in a superb time of 57.25 mins to claim age category success within the Female Over-70 section with Marit following in 65.50 mins. An excellent start to 2015 to the two training partners!

The overall race was won by Gwyn Owen of Eryri Harriers in a time of 33.00 mins whilst unattached athlete, Debbie Holl, was the 1st female finisher in a time of 40.39 mins.

Well done to Marj Griffiths for a strong running start to 2015. Marj has completed three Aberystwyth Park Runs with her time improving at each event. New Year's Day saw Marj complete the course in 32.23 mins, 3rd January saw this time drop to 31.35 mins and by the 10th January, Marj recorded a time of 31.18 mins. At this rate Marj should be completing the course in 26 mins by Easter!

There are Park Runs throughout the country and they are all free of charge events. Details of the Aberystwyth Park Run can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk/aberystwyth.

The chosen North Wales Road Running Championship Races for 2015 are as follows;

5km - Taste Academy 5k, RHYL on 20/5/15
5 Miles - Abergele 5, ABERGELE on 1/11/15
10km - Caernarfon 10k, CAERNARFON on 30/8/15 (tbc)
10 Miles - North Wales 10, WREXHAM on 25/4/15
Half Marathon - Village Bakery Half Marathon, WREXHAM on 15/2/2015
Marathon - Snowdonia Marathon, LLANBERIS on 24/10/2015

N.Wales road rankings 2014

Men         Cover         Women

From going through the rankings (attachments), it is good to see the initials BD (for Bro Dysynni A.C.) appearing at regular intervals. Dysynni athletes appear in the following rankings;

Brenda Jones; 2nd Masters Woman (Over-60) over 5 Miles - Abergele 5 in 46.16 mins
31st Woman over 5 Miles - Abergele 5 in 46.16 mins
2nd Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10k - Twin Piers in 57.46 mins
94th Woman over 10k - Twin Piers in 57.46 mins

Sheila Symonds; 1st Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10 Miles - Teifi 10 in 156.00 mins
5th Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10k - Twin Piers in 96.21 mins

Marj Griffiths; 4th Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10k - Aberystwyth 10k in 66.41 mins

Richard Griffiths;12th Masters Male (Over-60) over 5 Miles - Dolgellau 5 in 41.56 mins

Eifion Roberts; 33rd Male over 5 Miles - Abergele 5 in 33.35 mins

John Tee; 33rd Masters Male (Over-60) over 10k - Aberystwyth 10k in 60.14 mins

Marit Evans; 100th Woman over 10k - Twin Piers in 58.07 mins

I hope I got all the names from the attachments!!!

The cold weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of seven club runners, plus two 'guest runners' at the Fun Run for Odyssey 5k & 10k held at Ynysmaengwyn in Tywyn on Sunday, 4th January, 2015.

In no particular order, club runners in action were new member Sean Chambers (welcome to the club Sean!), Brenda Jones, a delighted Huge Harrison, Marit Evans, Rhian Jones, Richard Griffiths and Tom Jones whilst 'guesting' for Dysynni were Paula Tunnadine & Gwen Jones.

We hope to add race results of both the 5k and 10k in due course (Eirlys is contacting Hugo Iffla for these) and if and when received, they will be added to this report.

One other 'ceremony' took place at the event, namely the presentation of a silver salver to Sheila Symonds in recognition of 25 years of dedicated and loyal service (and fantastic cake making!) to Bro Dysynni A.C., a thoroughly well deserved accolade to our past Club President.

The pictures below this report hopefully capture the true spirit of the day when the real winner was the Odyssey charity. A huge thank you to all who supported this most worthwhile of events.
Many thanks to Gareth Roberts and Paula Tunnadine for the excellent pictures!


Sean


Brenda


Huw


Marit


Rhian


Rich


Tom


Paula


Gwen



Presentation

More pictures of the Odyssey Challenge from Dan Wyre can be viewed here.

www.dropbox.com/sh/pvejffrt9fxziv6/AAAZyoxPVkmLqw-S0ZMXLtlka?dl=0

There is a great chance to run of the Christmas excess as well as help raise money for a good cause being held in Tywyn early in 2015.
Runners have the opportunity to complete over either a 5k or a 10k run as part of the Fun Run for Odyssey being held at Ynysmaengwyn in Tywyn at 11am on Sunday, 4th January. All ages and abilities are welcome at the event being very ably arranged by Kathy and Hugo Iffla.
Further details relating to the Odyssey charity can be found at Odyssey
A trio of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC were amongst the 495 finishers at the recent 16th running of the Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth Charity 10k. Leading home the trio, claiming an overall 55th spot finish was Harlech based Eifion Roberts, his time of 41.40 mins also claiming 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category. Blaenau Ffestiniog based John Tee was the second Dysynni finisher in a time of 60.14 mins whilst Aberystwyth based Marj Griffiths used local knowledge to her advantage, Marj claiming a fantastic age category victory within the Female Over-65 section in an outstanding time of 66.41 mins. Well done to Eifion, John and Marj!!!
2014 Cross Country Results

Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham was the venue recently for the 3rd league fixture within the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, with 6 Dysynni athletes in action at the event hosted by Wrexham AC.

Five of the six were in action within the female category, the five being led home by cross country debutant, Bergitte Evans, the Dolgellau athlete home in a time of 28.35 mins, which in turn claimed an overall 79th spot finish as well as being the 5th female under-17 athlete home. Brenda Jones followed, the Llanelltyd veteran home in 30.12 mins to claim victory within the Female Over-70 category with Marit Evans following a mere 11 seconds later, the Dolgellau athlete home in 30.23 mins. The fourth Dysynni athlete home was Yolanda Marconi-Nolan, 3rd in the Female Over-65 category in 32.32 mins with the redoubtable Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completing the Dysynni female contingent, the Aberystwyth based athlete home in a time of 34.28 mins. Slightly surprisingly, despite another excellent turnout, the ladies slipped one position to 12th spot in Division 2 of the ladies league after the Wrexham fixture, as well as slipping one spot within the Female Masters Team section, from 9th spot to 10th spot.

Once again, John Nolan was the sole male representative in the men's section, a 43.12 mins finish claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 age category as well as 123rd placed finish overall. As a result of John's sterling efforts, Dysynni sit in 13th spot within Division 2 of the Senior Men's league.

The league now takes a break until 31st January, 2015 when Telford AC will host the 4th fixture, being held at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall (TF10 9AT).

The camera lens caught all six of our athletes in Wrexham who are pictured below.

An additional cross country date for December is Saturday, 13th December when the Royal Welsh Show Ground in Builth Wells will play host to the 2014 Welsh Inter-Regional & Masters Cross Country Championships.

Entries for the Masters events can be made online or via paper entry. Further details relating to the above can be found at www.welshathletics.org

Brodysynni AGM         AGM AGENDA


Eirlys Giffiths - El Presidente

The club AGM was held on the evening of 31st October, 2014. At the AGM, changes to the committee structure were made. We would like to thank outgoing club president, Sheila Symonds, for her unstinting work during her tenure in the role and also many thanks to Gwen and John Butler for carrying out a variety of duties over the years and to wish them all the very best in their move to live in Exeter in Devon.

We welcome Eirlys Griffiths into the role of Club President and also to Gwenan Roberts into the role of Club Treasurer. We also welcome on to the committee the trio of Adele Jones, Alun Jones and Mike Stevens.

An updated list of the new committee and other roles can be found by clicking the 'Committee' link on the left hand scroll bar.

British & Irish Masters Cross Country

Our very own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd recently swapped her Dysynni vest for the national vest of Wales having been chosen as part of the Welsh Ladies Over-70's squad competing at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country event which was held at Wollaton Park in Nottingham on 22nd November, 2014.

Brenda claimed a 10th spot finish within the age category, completing the course in a time of 34.45 mins. The final standings in this age category saw England victorious with 15 points, Wales claiming runners up spot with 23 points and the Republic of Ireland claiming 3rd spot with 29 points. Well done Brenda, we are all very proud of you!!!!

Abergele         2nd November 2014

  

Good to see a quartet of Dysynni members in action at the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management sponsored Abergele 5 Mile Road Race held on 2nd November, 2014, the race also incorporating the 2014 North Wales 5 Mile Championships. In a race won by Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) in a time of 24.56 mins, the Dysynni quartet were led home by Eifion Roberts. the Harlech based athlete claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-50 category as he completed the event in an excellent time of 33.35 mins. Brenda Jones followed, the Llanelltyd veteran winning the North Wales Championship within the Female Over-70 category, crossing the line in a time of 46.16 mins. It was pleasing to see John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog back in competitive action, John completing the course in a time of 50.45 mins, taking 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 category in the process. Marit Evans of Dolgellau followed, as a time of 51.08 mins claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-45 category. Well done to the four and we also picture Eifion and John at the event, apologies to Brenda and Marit as we cannot find pictures of them in action at the event!!

Cross Country Sat 25th October


Pictured is Rhian Jones in action at St. David's College

The grounds of St. David's College in Llandudno recently played host to the 2nd fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League with the ever-reliable ladies team turning out to keep the Dysynni flag flying!

It was great to see Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi making her cross country bow, leading home the quartet of Dysynni ladies in action, Rhian home in a time of 25.55 mins which claimed an overall 59th spot finish on the day. Brenda Jones followed, the Llanelltyd veteran finishing in a time of 29.57 mins, to claim victory within the Female Over-70 section. Marit Evans of Dolgellau turned in another quality performance to finish in a time of 30.12 mins whilst the busy Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completed the Dysynni quartet, home in 39.21 mins.

As a result of the above, the ladies team slipped one place, to 11th overall, in Division 2 whilst retaining their 9th spot within the Female Masters category.

The third fixture will be hosted by Wrexham AC, at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham (LL13 9NG) on Saturday, 29th November. Here's hoping for another decent turnout!

Aberystwyth Twin Peaks


Marj in action on the front in Aberystwyth

Well done to club member Marj Griffiths who recently took on the 6.5 mile Aberystwyth Twin Peaks Race, an event which took in the 900 feet of climbing up both Pen Dinas and Constitution Hill in the university town.

At the event, Marj claimed age category success within the Female Over-65 section, winning her age category in a time of 2 hrs 23.07 mins.

The race itself was won by Dolgellau athlete, Tom Roberts, the Meirionnydd R.C. member continuing his outstanding recent form, with victory being claimed in a time of 44.37 mins.
Well done to both Marj & Tom! Picture Caption -

Cross Country Bangor


Yo, Brenda, Marit and Marj pre-race at Treborth

The onset of Autumn marks the start of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, with the first of the five fixtures which constitute the 2014-15 season recently taking place at Treborth near Bangor.

Bro Dysynni were well represented in the Female Race, a familiar quartet in action on the soggy course, albeit in a race run in sunny conditions.

Marit Evans of Dolgellau led home the Dysynni contingent in an excellent time of 30.43 mins, a mere 4 seconds ahead of training partner, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, home in 30.47 mins, a time which also claimed victory within the Female Over-70 age category. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan was the third Dysynni finisher in 33.11 mins with the sprightly quartet being completed by Marj Griffiths, home in a time of 34.27 mins. After the first league fixture, the Dysynni ladies lay in 10th spot in Division 2 of the league as well as in 9th spot within the Female Masters section.

In the Male Race, John Nolan represented the club, finishing strongly in a time of 44.33 mins. As a result of John's efforts, Dysynni lay in 14th spot in Division 2 of the Men's League after the 1st event.

The second league fixture will be hosted by Colwyn Bay A.C. and will be held at St. Davids College, Llandudno on 18th October, here's hoping for another healthy Dysynni turnout!

Yo, Brenda, Marit and Marj pre-race at Treborth

Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon

  

Four Bro Dysynni athletes recently formed part of a field of 17,500 runners or so who lined up at the start line of the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon. In a race won by Kenyan athlete, Boniface Kongin, in a time of 62.02 mins, the Dysynni athletes in action over the 13.1 mile course were as follows;

Tom Jones home in 1 hr 30.21 mins
Gavin Griffiths home in 1 hr 42.46 mins
Rhian Jones home in 1 hr 52.30 mins
Sheila Symonds home in 3 hrs 34.52 (a time which also claimed victory within the Female Over-80 age category......Amazing stuff Sheila!)

With apologies to Rhian, above are pictured Tom, Gavin as well as Sheila alongside Tom Roberts of Meirionnydd Running Club. Tom incidentally claimed a fantastic 38th position in the race in a personal best time of 1 hr 12.11 mins.

Cross Country

Attention all runners. Next weekend sees the start of the Cross Country season. All BDAC affiliated runners are entered for the series of 5 races. (The club has paid). Races are as follows:-

4th October 2014 Treborth playingfields Bangor LL572RQ
18th October 2014 St Davids College Llandudno LL301RD
29th November 2014 Wrexham
31st January 2015 Lilleshall (Telford)
7th February 2015 Oswestry
Ladies race over 5k start 2.00pm.
Mens race over 10k start at 2.45pm
Club colours must be worn. Look forward to seeing old and new runners there.
More details from John Nolan or Brenda Jones

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon      Sun 28th September

A fantastic effort on Sunday. 28th September saw our very own Richard Vroom complete the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. Richard covered the 26.2 mile course which took in the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness and finished in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, in an outstanding chip time of 5hrs 32.04 mins. Very well done Richard from all at Bro Dysynni!

Pen Trail Race

    Good to see a couple of familiar faces with strong connections to Bro Dysynni A.C. at the recent Pen Trail Races, an event organised by our friends from Meirionnydd Running Club.

Past member Alun Wiilliams won the 9 mile off road event in a time of 59.00 mins, a time which was recorded by another familiar face, namely Barrie Jackson. Great to see both Alun and Barrie still 'in action'!

Ras Y Cob 5k         20th September 2014

A quartet of club members were in action at the Ras Y Cob 5k event held in Porthmadog. Leading home the Dysynni quartet was Eifion Roberts, the Harlech based athlete claiming an overall 7th spot finish in a time of 19.38 mins. A delighted Huge Harrison followed, our Fairbourne based Club Chairman finishing in 30.26 mins. Andy Unwin of Harlech crossed the line beaming in 33.00 mins with our very own Club President, Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, completing the quartet, crossing the finishing line in 47.15 mins.

Trailffest Half Marathon          20th September 2014

   

Two club runners took part in the inaugural running of the Trailffest Half Marathon.

In an event which included the 710 feet descent from Blaenau Ffestiniog down to sea level in Porthmadog (albeit this included many steep and energy sapping climbs), 164 competitors lined up at the start of their 13.1 mile challenge. The first athlete to complete the challenge was Jonathan Gilling (Wells City Harriers) in a time of 1 hr 37.48 mins. The 1st Dysynni finisher, in an excellent 7th placed overall position was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, home in a tremendous time of 1 hr 45.23 mins, a time was also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-40 age category. Going one spot better within her age category was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious within the Female Over-70 section in a time of 2 hrs 49.44 mins.

Excellent efforts from both Dewi and Brenda!

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon Sunday 14th September          Results

                 
Marj, Sheila and Sarah in action at Lake Vyrnwy.

Congratulations are extended to the three club competitors at the recent Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Taking in the loop of the lake were Marj Griffiths, home in a chip time of 2 hrs 36.51 mins (claiming a 6th placed spot in the Female Over-65 age group category), Sheila Symonds who completed approximately 10 miles of the course whilst supporting her niece compete in her first ever half marathon, Sheila covering her distance in a time of 2 hrs 42.52 mins and there was also an excellent effort from Sarah Hodgson who completed the 13.1 mile distance in a chip time of 2 hrs 45.14 mins. Well done to the Dysynni 'Golden Girls'!

Many congratulations to Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd who recently claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section of the 2014 North Wales 10k Road Running Championships which were incorporated within the popular Caernarfon 10k event, Brenda completing the course in an excellent time of 57.55 mins. Well done Brenda!

A busy Gavin Griffiths was in action again recently, on this occasion taking on the challenge presented by the Murder Mile Race, an event organised by the Islwyn Running Club. In a race which, in the past, has been highlighted in 'Runners World' magazine 'Top 10 Hardest Races' as well as being recognised as one of the toughest uphill races in the country, Gav completed the Wattsville based event in a time of 13.38 mins, 13 seconds quicker than last year..... the training is paying off for sure!

Also a warm welcome to three new club members, namely Rebeccah Powl-Jones, Sue Griffith & Jillian Henderson. Rebeccah was recently in action at the Race the Train event and we look forward to reporting on the racing exploits of Sue and Jillian in due course. Croeso i'r clwb!

There was a strong Bro Dysynni turnout on Saturday, 15th August for the 33rd annual running of Race the Train in Tywyn.
Bro Dysynni finishers as follows;

Dolgoch Challenge

Rhys Roberts in 38.21 mins (7th overall, da iawn Rhys!)
Gwenan Roberts in 49.34 mins
Rebeccah Powell-Jones in 53.34 mins
Susan Griffith 49.51 mins

Quarry Challenge

Alan Jones in 52.05 mins
Gavin Griffiths in 52.32 mins
Dylan Jones in 54.48 mins
Richard Griffiths in 56.45 mins
Adele Powell-Jones in 61.29 mins
Charlotte Webb in 70.27 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan in 76.21 mins

Rotary Challenge

Tom Jones in 1 hr 47.32 mins (beating the train by 46 seconds...gwych Tom!)
Brenda Jones in 2 hrs 33.57 mins
Richard Vroom in 2 hrs 44.37mins

Full race results are available on www.racethetrain.com

We hope we have all the names of the Dysynni competitors in action listed above, apologies to anybody we may have missed out!

Ras Hendre Wallog     Thursday 31st July           Results

Gwych roedd weld enw Dewi Roberts yn canlyniadau y Tenby 10k yn diweddar. It was great to see the name of Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Tenby 10k results recently.

In a race won by Richard Gardiner (Aberdare Valley) in a time of 32.23mins, Dysynni athlete Dewi came home in a time of 38.52mins which claimed an overall 23rd spot finish out of the 557 who completed the event.

Da iawn Dew, edrychwn ymlaen i weld dy enw mewn mwy o canlyniadau yn y dyfodol!

Dolgellau 5 Sat 26th July

  
Alan Jones                                                  Richard Griffiths

Two intrepid Bro Dysynni athletes took on the Dolgellau 5 recently, a race run on a swelteringly hot Summers day.
The duo were led home by Alan Jones, the Bryncrug based athlete claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-50 category in a time of 39.04mins.
Also running was Richard Griffiths of Tywyn, Richard missing out on age category victory within the Male Over-60 category by a mere 27 seconds, instead claiming 2nd spot in a time of 41.56mins.

Also in action recently was Geraint Evans of Porthmadog, Geraint completing the Caernarfon Race The Train 5k in a time of 23.26mins.

Also a final remainder that this Thursday sees the annual running of Ras Hendre Wallog in Abergynolwyn. Race starts at 6.30pm from outside the community centre.

Our intrepid traveller, Andy Unwin, recently represented the club at his adopted second home, namely the island of Cebu, part of the archipelago of the Philippines.

On this occasion, the challenge was presented by the Amazon Electro Run 5k, an event which had a 10pm start time on a rainy Cebu Saturday evening. Despite the rain, there was still immense humidity, which when coupled with an overweight runner, resulted in a finishing time of just over 36mins. This was enough however, to ensure that the Harlech runner was the 1st Welshman home in this prestigious race, which more than made up for the disappointment of recently being overlooked for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

  

Sgwennu hwn o Cebu lle dwi ar 5 wythnos o gwyliau fel yr arfer. Gobeithio rhedeg ras 5k am 10pm nos Sadwrn yma, mi wnai anfon adroddiad. Isod i'r wefen.

The club were recently represented at the 39th Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race by Tom Jones of Aberdyfi (see pictures). Due to the fear of torrential thunderstorms and lightning, the race did not go to the summit of Y Wyddfa and was routed via Clogwyn for the first time in its 39 year history. In a race won by Cesare Maestri of Italy in a time of 47.20 mins, Tom came home in an excellent gun time of 1hr 08.10mins which claimed an overall 202nd spot finish out of the 613 athletes who completed the event.

Also in action recently was Club El Presidento, Sheila Symonds. Sheila headed to Newtown for the ever-popular BBQ 5k Race and came away with age category victory within the Female Vet. Over-80 section in a brilliant time of 42.44mins

Saturday, 20th September is a date to mark in your diaries for one local event, this year joining forces with a new race, thus offering athletes a chance to compete over a variety of distances.

The existing event is the Porthmadog based (Ras Y Cob also on facebook 'Ras Y Cob') offering a variety of shorter races before the main 5k event run along the Cob embankment.

This race will coincide with a new event, namely ('Trailffest'), a 13.1 mile (half marathon) event starting in Blaenau Ffestiniog and dropping the 710 feet to sea level to finish in Porthmadog.

A good selection of races here, hopefully will ensure a good club turnout (which we had last year at Ras Y Cob).

As has become part of his annual racing calendar, Gavin Griffiths was recently in action at the 'Scenic 7', a race organised by Islwyn Running Club and held within Cwmcarn Forest Drive, a seven mile scenic route run by Forestry Commission Wales, situated between Cwmbran and Abercarn in South Wales.

In a race which attracted 165 competitors, Gavin came home in a time of 57.25 mins to claim an overall 87th spot finish.

Good to see the club being represented so often in races in the south of the Principality!

Geraint Evans from Porthmadog was our sole representative at the recent Felinheli 10k which formed part of the Gwyl Y Felin festivities. Ger completed the tough course in a time 52.48 mins, over two minutes quicker than his time in the same race in 2013.....da iawn Ger!

Congratulations to our esteemed Club President, Sheila Symonds, on recently gaining Welsh Championship success over the 5k distance.

Dolgellau-based Sheila was crowned Welsh National Champion over 5k's within the Female Over-80 category after recently completing the Run Fest Wales 5k event held in Rhyl in an excellent time of 45.46 mins. With the event also hosting the Welsh 5k National Championships, Sheila was crowned National Champion within her age category for 2014.

Well done Sheila, we are all very proud of you!

Alan Jones & Adele Powell Jones have been active recently, the Bryncrug based couple taking in two off-road races.

First up was the Big Welsh Trail 10k, a 10k trail event held at Coed Llandegla near Wrexham. At the event, Alan came home on a time of 49.45 mins and Adele in 56.51 mins. Their attention then switched to Coed Y Brenin for the '9bar9' race, a 9k trail race which formed part of the recent Trail Marathon Weekend held at Coed Y Brenin. At this event, Alan came home on 1 hr 01.29 mins, with Adele following in 1 hr 08.23 mins.

One other Dysynni athlete in action recently was Gavin Griffiths. Gavin took part in the Caerphilly 10k Road Race, an event completed with a chip time of 49.20 mins. Da iawn Gav!

Tom Evans

It is with sadness that we report the passing of one of the great characters who have been affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C., namely Tom Evans who passed away on the 19th June, 2014 at the grand old age of 92.

Also known as 'The Old Codger', Tom took up running late in his life, but astounded all and sundry with his athletic feats. On top of that, Tom was a lovely gentleman, an inspiration to us all. Tom received recognition for his athletic achievements in 2011 when he received a 'Special Award' from the Meirionnydd Sports Council.

Rest In Peace Old Codger, from Bro Dysynni A.C. members past and present.

The 2014 Fixtures List is now accessible here or from the menu bar.
Maldwyn Harriers Gregynog Trail Race       Saturday 14th June 2014       Race Poster        Results

Well done to club runners Marit Evans and Sheila Symonds, both in action recently at the Gregynog Trail Race, a 4.5 mile event taking in the trails and woodlands around the picturesque setting of Gregynog, situated 4 miles North West of Newtown.

In an event superbly organised as always by Maldwyn Harriers, race victory in a time of 26.44 mins went to Tim Davies of Mercia Fell Runners. Marit came home in 50.15 mins with Sheila following in 58.44 mins to claim age category victory within the Female Over-80 section. Well done indeed to Marit and Sheila!!

One other Dysynni athlete in action recently has been Geraint Evans of Porthmadog who took part in the Plas Menai to Caernarfon 5k Race which also incorporated the Queens Baton Relay on its way to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (The race also featured on 'The One Show' on the BBC). Geraint completed the event in a solid time of 24.03 minutes to claim 8th place within the Male Over-50's section. Da iawn Ger!
Fairbourne Annual Race The Train Thursday 5th June

With a combined race day age of 192, three of our senior members recently saw action at the Fairbourne Annual Race the Train (F.A.R.T.) event held on a pleasant early June Thursday evening.
Completing the 5k event were Sheila Symonds, a delighted Huge Harrison and Andy Unwin. Results will be posted here as and when they become available.
Many thanks also to Gareth Roberts for supplying the pictures!

Ras Y Gader Sat 17th May

Eifion Roberts of Harlech was our sole representative at the recent Ras y Gader Mountain Race held in Dolgellau on 17th May, 2014. As well as finishing the 10.5 mile course, which included 2,927 feet of climbing, in an excellent time of 1hr 53.16 mins, Eifion had the added bonus of picking up a spot prize of a bottle of Cwrw Cader at the finish line. Da iawn chdi Eifion!

Andy's News          Ras y Diafol          Sat 3rd May


Eifion Roberts in action at Ras Y Diafol.

Our Club President continues to be probably our most regular competitor of 2014 to data as the redoubtable Sheila Symonds has recently notched up two further medals. At the Teifi Ten Race in Lampeter which was also the 2014 Welsh 10 Mile Road Race Championship event, Sheila claimed victory within the Female Over-80 category with a terrific finishing time of 2 hrs 36.00 mins.

Sheila then switched her attention to further north as Wrexham played host to the 2014 North Wales 10 Mile Road Race Championships. Once again, Sheila claimed championship gold within the Female Over-80 category, on this occasion in a time of 2 hrs 32.00 mins.

Eifion Roberts of Harlech was also in recent action, on this occasion at the Ras Y Diafol Half Marathon Race held as part of the Red Kite Challenge held this year at Devil's Bridge. For Eifion, the 13.1 mile multi terrain challenge commenced at the Woodlands Caravan site and took in the nearby forest roads, tracks and trails. In a test of endurance, Eifion came home in an overall time of 1 hr 49.47 mins which also claimed 3rd spot within the Male Over-50 age category.

Finally, Gavin Griffiths continues to be our South Wales representative! On this occasion, Gavin took part in the Pentyrch Hill Race on the western outskirts of Cardiff, a seven mile event which included 1600 feet of climbing. Another good performance from a member of the strong athletic Griffiths family saw Gav cross the line in a pleasing time of 1 hr 11.29 mins.

Letter from Andy Unwin

'After over 20 years of writing athletics reports for the Cambrian News, I have decided to take a break from these duties. When I first started writing these reports I was an active competitor so pretty much knew what was going on at races. However, over time, I have become a very infrequent competitor and most of my reports are based on information gathered online. I also feel that I don't know so many of the runners anymore.

Throughout my time, the reports have been written on a voluntary basis on a Sunday evening and there has never been any financial remuneration involved.

Should anyone wish to take over these duties, please contact Adam, the Sports Editor of the Cambrian News at sport@cambrian-news.co.uk.

Diolch

Andy Unwin

News Report 23rd April 2014

The red and green of Dysynni has been in action recently, the vest being worn in London as well as at events closer to home in Newtown and Portmeirion.

Firstly to London where Brenda Jones was in action at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon. In an excellent effort, Brenda placed 8th within the Female Over-70 category, completing the 26.2 mile course in a time of 4 hrs 55.26 mins.

Closer to home, two of our members were age category winners at the recent Chocoholics 5k event held in Newtown. Marj Griffiths won the Female Over-65 category in a time of 31.31 mins whilst Sheila Symonds won the Female Over-80 category in a time of 47.30 mins.

Three of our members also descended upon Portmeirion for the inaugural running of the 6th Trail Race, a 6k event run through the iconic Italianate village. Geraint Evans was the 1st Dysynni finisher in a time of 42.46 mins with a busier than ever Sheila Symonds finishing in 1 hr 22.54 mins. Disaster struck our third member as a dodgy knee led to the early retirement after 3k of Andy Unwin.

Chocaholics Good Friday Fun Run             Results

Thanks to all who supported the event on what turned out to be a great day weather-wise and well done to all on their performance.

Our next race in this year's series is the Newtown 10km on Sunday 4th May. Incidentally the next race in our club championship is the Shobdon Wood 6 on 27/4 so Guy may want to ensure he has enough doughnuts on order!        Many thanks       Ian

News Report 6th April 2014


Keith Williams of Bontddu in action at the Cheshire 10k.

The slopes of Slieve Donard in County Down, Northern Ireland recently played host to the 1st race of the 2014 British Fell Running Championships, the event attracting one athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club. The athlete in question, Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog, claimed an overall 142nd place finish at the 4.7 mile race which included an overall 2,789 feet of climbing in a time of 1 hr 40.04 mins in an event which attracted the very best of the current crop of British fell runners.

Attention for the Ffestiniog based athlete then switched to Coed Y Brenin, the venue for the inaugural running of the Mawddach Goldrush Trail Race held last Saturday afternoon. Overall victory at the 9 mile event went to Steffan Sayer (Menai Track and Field) in a time of 1 hr 00.22 mins, just over three minutes clear of Dafydd Roberts, 2nd overall in a time of 1 hr 03.36 mins. On this occasion Alan Jones claimed a 6th spot finish in a time of 1 hr 05.24 mins with club colleague Nikki Rees of Arthog following, victorious within the Female Over-40 section in an excellent time of 1 hr 30.54 mins. The Meirionnydd contingent in action at Coed Y Brenin was completed by Jacqueline Fowler, the Trawsfynydd athlete competing in the cani-cross race, home in a time of 1 hr 43.00 mins, a time which also claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-50 age category.

One athlete showing remarkable consistency recently has been Ricky Francis, the Talyllyn based athlete completing two 10k race in the Wrexham area with a mere 5 seconds separating his two finishing times. First up for the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete was the Helena Tipping 10k Race, completed in 44.55 mins, this was followed by the Nightingale House Wrexham Road Runners 10k, completed in a time of 45.00 mins.

Also in action for Meirionnydd over the 10k distance was Keith Williams of Bontddu, his chosen event being the Cheshire 10k Road Race held in the Arley region of Cheshire, an event completed in a personal best time of 47.53 mins.

Finally, also in the Cheshire area, Dolgellau based athlete Christine Owen was in action last weekend at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completing the 26.2 mile challenge in a pleasing time of 5 hrs 21.43 mins

News Report 30th March 2014

Alun finishing in 2nd place in Wanaka, encouragement being provided by another ex-Bro Dysynni athlete, Adrain Bailey (a.k.a. Golden Balls!) Rhewl near Llangollen was the venue recently for the Llantysilio Fell Race, the 6.2 mile event which included 2,100 feet of climbing also being chosen as the 1st counting race within the 2014 WFRA Cotswolds Outdoor North Wales Fell Running Championships. The race attracted 5 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club amongst the 117 competitors who lined up at the start. Leading home the Meirionnydd contingent on the day was Alan Jones, the Ffestiniog based athlete claiming a 26th spot finish in a time of 1 hr 02.10 mins. The remaining quartet followed in the guise of Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in 1 hr 08.12 mins, Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd in 1 hr 13.31 mins and the Dolgellau duo of Juliet Edwards and Nich Bradley in respective times of 1 hr 14.40 mins and 1 hr 17.44 mins.

Bro Dysynni A.C. were recently represented at the Ras Cors Caron Half Marathon in Tregaron by Eifion Roberts with the Harlech based athlete completing the 13.1 mile course in a fine time of 1 hr 35.14 mins to claim 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category at the event.

Two other athletes with strong local connections have also been in half marathon action recently,albeit in far sunnier climes. Firstly, Alun Williams, previously of Barmouth, was in action at the Southern Lakes Half Marathon held in Wanaka in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. The ex-Bro Dysynni athlete produced a sterling performance to claim an overall 2nd spot finish in a field of 260 in a time of 1 hr 11.54 mins. Meanwhile, Meirionnydd R.C. athlete Jeff Davies was in action in the heat of Portugal, his chosen event being the Lisbon Half Marathon, an event completed in a pleasing 1 hr 45.51 mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday with the inaugural running of the Mawddach Goldrush Trail Race. The route, which will measure approximately 9 miles in distance, will be run through the tracks and footpaths of Coed Y Brenin. The main race is due off at 12.30pm with the additional attraction of a Cani-Cross Race for dog owners due off at 1.00pm. Further details relating to the event are available from www.mawddachgoldrush.com

News Report 22nd March 2014 Ras yr Aran

The weather took a turn for the worse last Saturday lunchtime resulting in strong winds and snow to greet the 81 competitors who headed to Llanuwchllyn for the Organic Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran Fell Race, the third and final counter within the 2013-14 Meirionnydd Winter Race Series. The inclement weather ensured a slight alteration to the course, but even with this alteration the competitors were still met with 8 inches of snow at the turnaround point of Llyn Aran Penllyn. The race itself saw a relatively comfortable victory for Aberystwyth A.C. athlete, Felipe Jones, following up his 2nd place at the event in 2012 with victory in 2014 in a time of 1 hr 06.46 mins. Victory within the female category was claimed by Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers in a time of 1 hr 24.06 mins.

The local contingent in action were led home by Huw Brassington, the Bont Ddu based triathlete claiming an excellent 7th spot in a time of 1 hr 15.21 mins. Alex Lanz of Dolgellau continued his strong start to 2014, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming 2nd spot within the Junior Male category in a time of 1 hr 25.24 mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed, Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in a time of 1 hr 28.31 mins with Nicola Rees of Arthog following in 1 hr 52.03 mins. There was also Bro Dysynni A.C. representation at the event, with Tywyn based Richard Vroom completing the race in a pleasing time of 2 hrs 24.19 mins.

The final standings of the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series also made for interesting reading. The series, based on cumulative times for three local fell races, namely Rhobell Fawr, Tarren Hendre and Ras Yr Aran saw Huw Brassington victorious in an overall time of 2 hrs 55.54 mins. Arfon Hughes claimed 2nd spot in an overall 3 hrs 23.27 mins with Richard Vroom completing the podium, 3rd overall in a cumulative time of 5 hrs 16.24 mins. Victory within the female section of the series went to Nicola Rees in an overall time of 4 hrs 20.49 mins.

News Report 16th March 2014

There was regional recognition recently for Alex Lanz, as the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete was chosen as part of the North Wales Male Under-20's team in action at the British & Irish Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships which were held in Cofton Park in Birmingham. In a most competitive age category, which attracted a total of 182 competitors, the Dolgellau based athlete performed well on the day to come home in 130th position in a time of 29.49 mins.

Two further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd, both based in Arthog, were also in competitive action recently, their chosen event being the Rhayadar Round the Lakes 20 Mile Race. In a particularly gruelling event, there were excellent respective finishing times of 3 hrs 20.19 mins and 3 hrs 23.43 mins for Heidi Roden and Nicola Rees.

There is local action this coming Saturday lunchtime as Llanuwchllyn will play host to the Ras Yr Aran Fell Race. The 10 mile event which also includes an overall 3,100 feet of climbing is the third and final counter within the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series. The main event is due off at 1.00 pm with an additional attraction being the Ras Garth Fawr due off at 1.15 pm. The second event measures two miles and includes 500 feet of climbing and is seen as an ideal introduction to fell running for all ages over the age of 10 years. Details relating to both events are available from www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk

News Report 8th March 2014

An athlete were strong local connections to the Barmouth area claimed a notable race victory recently on the other side of the world.

The athlete in question was Alun Williams, the past member of Bro Dysynni A.C. claiming victory at the Motatapu Miners Trail 15k event held in Arrowtown in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. In a race which attracted a field of just under 600 athletes and was run along historic gold mining trails, the proud Welshman claimed victory in a course record time of 1 hr 16.29 mins, over two and a half minutes clear of his nearest competitor.

Closer to home, Meirionnydd Running Club were recently represented by three athletes at two separate events. Two of the three were in action in the Conwy Valley, their chosen event being the Dolgarrog Pipe Dream, a 5 mile fell race which included an overall 1,700 feet of climbing. The duo were led home by a resurgent Graeme Stringer, the Llanelltyd based athlete home in a time of 53.25 mins with club colleague, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau, following in 58.35 mins.

Meirionnydd were also represented at The Island Race - Anglesey Half Marathon. Representation was provided by Jude Evans, the Bryncrug based athlete duly covering the 13.1 mile course in an overall time of 2 hrs 13.05 mins.

News Report 18th February 2014

Both Meirionnydd R.C. & Bro Dysynni A.C. have been represented at half marathon events recently. Representing Meirionnydd over the 13.1 mile distance was Sandra Williams, the Dolgellau based athlete travelling to Tregaron to complete the Ras Cors Caron event in an excellent time of 2 hrs 02.11 mins. Meanwhile, Bro Dysynni representation was provided by Brenda Jones, who headed to Wrexham to compete at the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon. Due to a marshalling error, a number of competitors ran an additional half mile above the allocated distance resulting in the Llanelltyd based athlete coming home in a time of 2 hrs 10.43 mins, which also claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section of the North Wales Half Marathon Championships which were incorporated within the event.

The 2013-14 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League also came to a conclusion recently as The Marches School in Oswestry played host to the fifth and final fixture of the season. In a low key event, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the sole male representative from Meirionnydd R.C., completing his race in a time of 53.52 mins whilst Yolanda Marconi-Nolan was the sole female Bro Dysynni athlete in action, completing her course in a time of 37.53 mins. As a result of the above, the final league standings saw Meirionnydd finishing in 7th spot in the Male 1st Division, narrowly avoiding relegation after a bright start to the season, whilst Bro Dysynni claimed a 5th spot finish with the Ladies 2nd Division thanks to the ongoing efforts of a small but dedicated group of athletes.

News Report 9th February 2014


Tom Roberts pictured at the start of the climb up the Great Orme.

Windy conditions greeted over 600 competitors who gathered on the promenade in Llandudno last Sunday lunchtime, their challenge being to complete the Nick Beer 10k Road Race, an event starting on the promenade before following Marine Drive and a steep climb up the Great Orme, then a return along the promenade with a flat finish opposite Venue Cymru. Pre-race favourite Rob Samuel of Eryri Harriers lived up to his billing, claiming a comfortable victory in a time of 31.48 mins. The four locally affiliated athletes in action were led home by Tom Roberts of Meirionnydd R.C., the Dolgellau based athlete claiming a tremendous 7th place finish in a time of 35.23 mins. Club colleagues, Elfyn Hughes of Blaenau Ffestiniog and Keith Williams of Bont Ddu followed in respective times of 42.19 mins and 49.35 mins. There was also Bro Dysynni representation at the event, with Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau turning in another exceptional performance to complete the event in a time of 96.21 mins.

Elsewhere recently, the Meirionnydd club were also represented at an event based in and around the outskirts of Newport in Gwent. The event was the Lliswerry 8 Mile Road Race, completed by Jeff Davies in a time of 58.35 mins which also claimed overall age category victory within the Male Over-65 section.

Both Meirionnydd R.C. & Bro Dysynni A.C. have been represented at half marathon events recently. Representing Meirionnydd over the 13.1 mile distance was Sandra Williams, the Dolgellau based athlete travelling to Tregaron to complete the Ras Cors Caron event in an excellent time of 2 hrs 02.11 mins. Meanwhile, Bro Dysynni representation was provided by Brenda Jones, who headed to Wrexham to compete at the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon. Due to a marshalling error, a number of competitors ran an additional half mile above the allocated distance resulting in the Llanelltyd based athlete coming home in a time of 2 hrs 10.43 mins, which also claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section of the North Wales Half Marathon Championships which were incorporated within the event. The 2013-14 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League also came to a conclusion recently as The Marches School in Oswestry played host to the fifth and final fixture of the season. In a low key event, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the sole male representative from Meirionnydd R.C., completing his race in a time of 53.52 mins whilst Yolanda Marconi-Nolan was the sole female Bro Dysynni athlete in action, completing her course in a time of 37.53 mins. As a result of the above, the final league standings saw Meirionnydd finishing in 7th spot in the Male 1st Division, narrowly avoiding relegation after a bright start to the season, whilst Bro Dysynni claimed a 5th spot finish with the Ladies 2nd Division thanks to the ongoing efforts of a small but dedicated group of athletes.
Tarren Hendre Sat 1st February 2014


Felipe Jones on his way to victory at the Tarren Hendre event.                 5th placed Huw Brassington of Bontddu.

The high winds of last weekend left the race organisation team with little alternative but to run last Saturday's Tarren Hendre Fell Race over an alternative, shorter course in order to cut out the top ridge section of the race, deemed dangerous on the day by the mountain rescue service. This change did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the field of 49 who had gathered in Abergynolwyn for the start of the Railway Inn sponsored event.


John Marsh, victorious within the Male Over-70 section at Tarren Hendre

The race itself proved that persistence will eventually pay as, having claimed 4th place in 2011, 3rd place in 2012, Aberystwyth A.C. athlete, Felipe Jones, claimed a relatively comfortable victory within the 2014 race, finishing a little over 2 minutes clear of his nearest competitor, home in a time of 37.36 mins. Aberystwyth A.C. claimed a notable double at the event, with Louise Barker claiming victory within the female section of the race in time of 47.47 mins. As ever, the event also attracted a number of locally affiliated athletes, these being led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, on this occasion representing the CREAD Mountain Bike Team, claiming 4th overall in a time of 41.42 mins. Bontddu based triathlete, Huw Brassington, showed great fortitude to claim an overall 5th spot finish in a time of 42.00 mins, with Alex Lanz following, the Dolgellau based athlete being the first Meirionnydd R.C. finisher, as well being the first junior male home, in 6th spot overall in a time of 42.10 mins. A further quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. then followed, led home by the Dolgellau based duo of Arfon Hughes and Adam Preston, home in respective times of 48.03 mins and 51.33 mins. Dylan Evans of Aberdyfi followed in a time of 52.40 mins with Arthog based Glyn Rowlands completing the quartet in a time of 53.04 mins. One of the performances of the day came from Tywyn based John Marsh, running for Tarren Hendre, utilising his local knowledge to claim victory within the Male Over-70 section in a tremendous time of 56.48 mins. The first of the two Bro Dysynni athletes in action followed as Richard Griffiths of Tywyn crossed the finishing line in a time of 59.34 mins, a minute and a half clear of the final Meirionnydd R.C. competitor, namely Nicola Rees of Arthog, home in 1 hr 01.04 mins. The locally affiliated contingent was completed by Richard Vroom of Tywyn, the 2nd Dysynni finisher in a time of 1 hr 15.29 mins.

    
A tranquil Richard Griffiths                  A well wrapped up Richard Vroom

News Report 26th January 2014


Yo and Marj flying the Bro Dysynni flag at Lilleshall
The National Sports Centre in Lilleshall, Shropshire was the venue recently for the fourth of the five fixtures which constitute the 2013-14 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, with the long distance geographical location resulting in a lower that usual locally affiliated turnout.

In the Senior Men's event, Meirionnydd Running Club were represented by a trio of athletes, the three being led home by Alex Lanz, the Dolgellau based athlete claiming a 36th spot finish in a time of 40.22 mins. Another Dolgellau based athlete followed in the guise of Arfon Hughes in a time of 45.15 mins with Clive Edgington of Friog completing the Meirionnydd contingent in an injury hampered time of 46.06 mins. The aftermath of the smaller than usual turnout saw the Meirionnydd team slip from 4th to 6th position within Division 1 of the Senior Men's League.

Bro Dysynni A.C. were represented by two club stalwarts within the Senior Ladies Race, both of whom claimed placings within their respective age categories. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-60 category in a time of 39.27 mins whilst Marj Griffiths went one better, the Aberystwyth based athlete claiming 2nd spot within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 42.08 mins. Their efforts were well rewarded as Bro Dysynni remained in 6th spot within the 2nd tier of the Senior Ladies League after the completion of the 4th event.

There is local action for the first time in 2014 this coming Saturday as Abergynolwyn will play host to the Railway Inn sponsored Ras Tarren Hendre. The 6 mile fell race which includes an overall 2,000 feet of climbing is also the 2nd counter within the 2013-14 Meirionnydd Winter Race Series. Further details relating to the event which is due to start at 12.00 Noon can be found on www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk.

Ysmaengwyn 5k Results        Ysmaengwyn 10k Results

News Report 19th January 2014

A trio of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. recently undertook their first competitive outing of 2014, the event chosen being the Twin Piers 10k Race, an event which took the competitors from Llandudno Pier, along the coastal road to the race finish situated in Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay.

The race winner, from a field of 338 athletes was Brendan Rothery, the Eryri Harrier home in a time of 33.26 mins. Leading home the Dysynni trio, as well as claiming age category victory within the Female Over-70 section was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete covering the course in an excellent time of 57.46 mins. A further 23 seconds elapsed before the 2nd Dysynni finisher crossed the line, namely Marit Evans, the Dogellau based athlete home in a time of 58.07 mins. The Dysynni contingent was completed by the redoubtable Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based athlete home in 64.28 mins.

One other local athlete in action at the start of 2014 was Huw Brassington, who took on the 26.2 mile challenge presented by the Anglesey Coastal Trail Marathon. In an event which attracted 112 starters, the Bont Ddu based triathlete claimed an excellent 5th placed finish in the multi-terrained event in an overall time of 4 hrs 34.34 mins.


Race winners Tom Roberts (number 4) and Noel Neeson (number 41) pictured after the Odyssey event held at Ynysmaengwyn in Tywyn.

A total of 46 athletes took on the challenge of either a 5k or a 10k run along the banks of the Dysynni river in Tywyn on New Year's Eve, an event organised with the emphasis on raising funds for the cancer charity 'Odyssey'. On the day, a total of £370 was raised for a most worthwhile cause with athletes both young and old taken on a soggy course as well as a strong headwind. In the 10k event, victory was claimed by Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completing the challenge in a time of 38.19 mins. Victory within the female section of the 10k event was claimed by Gwen Jones of Tywyn in an excellent time of 48.31 mins. Victory within the 5k event was claimed by Noel Neeson of Lympstone in Devon in a time of 24.13 mins with Sharon Pugh of Tywyn victorious in the female section in a time of 30.00 mins.

Also over the festive season, two athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club headed to Llangynhafal in the Vale of Clwyd, where they faced the unusual challenge presented by the Jubilee Plunge, a 2 mile race which descended sharply over a total of 1,500 feet. Overall victory at the event was claimed by one of the two travelling athletes, as Ifan Richards of Brithdir took on the descent at break neck speed to cross the finishing line victorious in a time of 10.45 mins. Club colleague Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog followed in 6th spot in a time of 11.58 mins. p> In the lead up to Christmas, one local athlete, namely Alex Lanz of Dolgellau was chosen as part of the North Wales Under-20's squad in action at the Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships held in Builth Wells.The Meirionnydd R.C. athlete turned in a sound performance for his region, claiming an overall 12th place finish within his age category in a time of 25.16 mins.

Finally, two locally affiliated athletes took part in ever popular park races around the festive season. At the Aberystwyth Park 5k, Meirionnydd R.C. were represented by Ricky Francis, the Talyllyn based athlete completing the course in a time of 21.15 mins whilst Bro Dysynni athlete, Gavin Griffiths, took on the Tredegar House Park run in Newport, with the athlete with strong Tywyn connections coming home in a time of 24.00 mins.


A selection of Dysynni athletes in action in Ynysmaengwyn


The Dysynni contingent in action at the Odyssey Run held on New Year's Eve.


A cold Winters morning greeted the 60 or so competitors in action over either 5k or 10k


And they're off, with number 5 leaving number 18 behind.....for the first 200 metres!


Race Winners.....Number 4 being Tom Roberts of Dolgellau who won the 10k and number 41 being a Scottish athlete now based in Devon who won the 5k

News Report 15th December 2013

 


Eifion Roberts and Brenda Jones, on their way to age category at the Aberystwyth Charity 10k. Pics by Sarah Roberts

A total of ten locally affiliated athletes recently formed part of the field of over 500 competitors who completed the Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth Charity 10k Race. In a race won by Cardiff A.A.C. athlete, Carwyn Jones, in a time of 32.43 mins, the local contingent were led home by Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, finishing in 9th spot overall in a time of 35.47 mins, a time which also set a new club record for the distance for athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club. There was a terrific performance from Eifion Roberts of Harlech as the Bro Dysynni athlete claimed victory in a very competitive Male Over-50 age category in a time of 40.11 mins, just under two minutes clear of Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 41.52 mins, a time which also incidentally set a new club record over the 10k distance for Meirionnydd R.C. within the Male Over-40 age section. Three further Meirionnydd athletes then followed in the guise of Glyn Rowlands of Arthog, Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd & Keith Williams of Bont Ddu who produced respective finishing times of 46.27 mins, 47.10 mins and 49.50 mins. They, in turn, were followed by a quartet of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni. The quartet were led home by Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious within the Female Over-70 age category in a time of 56.54 mins. Alison Sayes of Aberdyfi followed in 57.04 mins, ahead of Marit Evans, the Dolgellau based athlete crossing the finish line in a time of 59.45 mins. The Dysynni contingent was completed by Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, claiming 2nd spot within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 64.57 mins.

Also in Aberystwyth, Dolgellau athlete Alison Smedley led home the Female Over-40 section in a recent Aberystwyth 5k Park Run, the Meirionnydd runner completing the event in 25.30 mins.

Finally, Meirionnydd R.C.'s Jeff Davies claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-60 category at the recent Andy Reading 10k, completing the event held in Bicester, Oxfordshire in a time of 43.17 mins.

News Report 8th December 2013


Tom Roberts tackling the 13k ridge run in Lanzarote.

A contingent of locally affiliated athletes, as well as a large group of supporters, recently made their annual trip to the Canary Island of Lanzarote which played host to the International Running Challenge, a four race event run over four consecutive days. Facing the athletes were the Clasica de Lanzarote (10k Road Race), a 13k Ridge Run, a 5k Beach Run before the final event, the 21k La vuelta de Tinajo. Two athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club completed all four events, namely Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, who also had the honour of age category victory within the Male 20-24 age group as he completed the challenge in an overall time of 3hrs 03.37 mins (37.31 mins for the 10k, 48.03 mins for the 13k, 20.35 mins for the 5k and 1 hr 17.28 mins for the 21k) and Adam Preston, also of Dolgellau, completing the challenge in an overall time of 3 hrs 41.55 mins. Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd succumbed to injury after completing three of the events, namely the 10k in 49.02 mins, the 13k in 1 hr 03.29 mins and the 5k in 30.00 mins. Fellow Meirionnydd athlete, Rob Thomas completed two events, the Llanelltyd runner finishing the 10k in 1hr 01.56 mins and the 13k in 1 hr 15.26 mins. Representing Bro Dysynni A.C. at the Challenge was Huw Harrsion, the Fairbourne based athlete delighted to finish the 10k event in a time of 1 hr 07.12 mins.

On the domestic front, Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham recently played host to the 3rd fixture within the 2013-14 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. As has become the norm this season, Meirionnydd were represented within the male fixture with Bro Dysynni following suit within the female fixture. In the Senior Men's event, a total of seven athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd were in action, the seven being led home by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based competitor claiming an overall 24th spot finish in a time of 32.07 mins. Alex Lanz of Dolgellau was the next Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 32.26 mins, 40 seconds clear of colleague, Dave Parker, who finished in 33.06 mins. Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog followed in 35.08 mins with the Meirionnydd contingent being completed by Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, Elfyn Hughes of Blaenau Ffestiniog and Ricky Francis of Talyllyn who finished in respective times of 37.47 mins, 38.01 mins and 39.59 mins. As a result of another solid team performance, Meironnydd climbed one place up to 4th place in Division 1 with two fixtures remaining.

In the Senior Ladies event, Bro Dysynni were represented by two of their stalwart performers. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed victory within the Female Over-70 category, finishing in a time of 29.20 mins, whilst Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-65 section, home in 32.30 mins. In a very congested 2nd Division, the above led to Bro Dysynni climbing 3 spots, from 9th up to 6th with two league fixtures remaining.

News Report 1st December 2013


Ifan Richards in action at the recent British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Cardiff

International recognition was recently bestowed upon two locally affiliated athletes chosen to represent Wales within their respective age category groups at the recent British and Irish Masters Cross Country International which was held at Blackweir Fields in Cardiff. Representing Wales within the Male 35 - 39 age group category was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete covering the 8k course in a time of 27.21 mins with Wales claiming an overall 2nd spot behind the Republic of Ireland within this age section. Representing Wales within the Female 65 and over age category was Bro Dysynni athlete, Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete covering her 6k course in a time of 32.32 mins to help Wales to an overall 3rd placed finish within this category behind England and the Republic of Ireland.

Ten local athletes were amongst over 2,220 competitors who recently took on the 13.1 mile challenge presented by the 5th running of the Conwy Half Marathon. Starting and finishing by Conwy Castle, the local contingent were led home by Gemma Jennings, the Harlech based athlete producing a sterling performance to finish in an overall time of 1 hr 38.55 mins. Bro Dysynni athlete, James Bradbury-Willis, was next home, the Tywyn based athlete covering the course in 1 hr 49.46 mins .Little seperated two Meirionnydd R.C. athletes as Nicola Rees and Heidi Roden, both of Arthog, came home in respective times of 1 hr 57.42 mins and 1 hr 57.50 mins. Another Meirionnydd athlete followed with Jacqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd crossing the finishing line in a time of 2 hrs 03.08 mins, just under 5 minutes clear of Geraint Evans of Porthmadog, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in 2 hrs 07.57 mins. Tesni Rowlands of Llan Ffestiniog and Sera Griffith of Harlech crossed the line together in times of 2 hrs 20.08 mins and 2 hrs 20.09 mins with Christine Owen of Dolgellau following, the 4th Meirionnydd finisher, in a time of 2 hrs 21.46 mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by Haydn Fowler of Trawsfynydd and Lucie Llewellyn of Dinas Mawddwy, home in times of 2 hrs 29.53 mins and 2 hrs 40.09 mins.

One athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. undertaking intense training recently is Ashley Charlwood, the Dolgellau based athlete preparing for the challenge of a lifetime as he will head out to Morocco next April to complete in the 156 mile Marathon des Sables, an event run over 6 days in the Sahara desert. His latest competitive preparation came at the Likeys Brecon Beacon Ultra Marathon, a 46 mile multi-terrained event which the Dolgellau athlete completed in a time of 8 hrs 12.23 mins.

Bontddu-based triathlete, Huw Brassington, continued to enjoy his forays into the sport of fell running as he recently completed the 10 mile Penmaenmawr Fell Race, which included an overall 1,950 feet of climbing, in a time of 1 hr 18.49 mins, a time good enough to claim a 7th placed finish on the day.

Finally, Meirionnydd R.C. were also recently represented at the Swindon 10k by Jeff Davies who completed the Wiltshire based challenge in a time of 42.09 mins.

News Report 17th November 2013         Rhobell Results


Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in action at the recent Rhobell Fawr Fell Race.

Matthew Fortes gained the plaudits at the recent 11th running of the Ras Rhobell Fawr Fell Race held in Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau, the Eryri Harrier completing the 6 mile course, which included an overall 1,900 feet of climbing, in a time of 56.42 mins to claim a relatively comfortable victory by almost 2 minutes. Second spot was claimed by locally based triathlete, Huw Brassington, producing a stellar performance to complete the testing course in a time of 58.33 mins. A total of eight locally affiliated athletes also saw action in Llanfachreth and they were led home by Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. runner completing the course in a time of 1 hr 06.53 mins. Club colleague Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd followed in 1 hr 18.24 mins with Richard Griffiths of Tywyn next home, the first of two Bro Dysynni athletes in action, finishing in a time of 1 hr 19.22 mins. A trio of Meirionnydd athletes then followed in the guise of Brithdir based Kevin Evans, home on 1 hr 24.33 mins, and the Arthog duo of Nicola Rees and Heidi Roden recording respective finishing times of 1 hr 27.42 mins and 1 hr 32.06 mins. Richard Vroom of Tywyn was the second Dysynni finisher in a time of 1 hr 36.36 mins whilst Christine Owen of Dolgellau completed the turnout of locally affiliated competitors, the Meirionnydd athlete home in a time of 1 hr 55.55 mins.

Llyn Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons recently played host to the sixth and final event of the 2013 Inov-8 / Welsh Fell Running Association Championships. The sole locally affiliated competitor in action at the race was Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd runner producing a gritty display to complete the 5.5 mile course, which included 1,200 feet of climbing, in a time of 1 hr 05.46 mins. Not only did this performance claim 2nd spot within the Female Over-50 category on the day, it also claimed 2nd spot within the category within the final Championship standings after the completion of the 6th and final event. Other Meirionnydd athletes to appear within the final standings were Dave Parker and Ffestiniog athlete, Alan Jones, 12th & 13th within the Senior Male category, Mark Atherton of Ffestiniog, 6th within the Male Over-40 category and Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, 43rd within the same section.

The aforementioned Alan Jones also saw competitive action recently, the Ffestiniog based athlete choosing the Betws Y Coed 10k Trail Race as his latest race outing, an outing whereby the Meirionnydd athlete claimed an overall 13th spot finish in a pleasing time of 44.43 mins.

 
Pictured are the two Richards in action at Rhobell, well done to Mr. Griffiths and Mr. Vroom!

News Report 10th November 2013         

St. David's College in Llandudno was the venue recently for the 2nd fixture of the 2013/14 North Wales Cross Country League with a total of ten locally affiliated athletes in action at the event.

In the Senior Men's Race, a total of seven athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club were in competitive action, the seven being led home by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based athlete claiming an overall 11th placed finish in a time of 34.13 mins. Alex Lanz of Dolgellau was the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher, 21st overall in a time of 35.19 mins with colleagues Dave Parker and Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen finishing in close proximity in respective times of 35.24 mins and 35.28 mins. Alan Jones of Ffestiniog turned in a respectable performance to come home in a time of 39.31 mins with Clive Edgington of Friog and Elfyn Hughes of Ffestiniog completing the Meirionnydd turnout in times of 40.30 mins and 42.03 mins. As a result of the above, Meirionnydd climbed one place to an overall 5th spot in Division 1 of the mens league with a further three fixtures remaining.

A trio of Bro Dysynni athletes saw action in the Senior Ladies event, the trio being led home by Marit Evans of Dolgellau in a time of 27.05 mins. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan was the 2nd Dysynni finisher in a time of 31.44 mins whilst the dependable Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completed the Dysynni turnout in a time of 32.48 mins. As a result of the above, Bro Dysynni slipped one spot to an overall 9th place in Division 2 of the ladies league, again with three fixtures remaining.


Tom Roberts (347) leading home club colleague Alex Lanz at the recent Abergele 5

A further 9 locally affiliated athletes took to the road recently, their chosen event being the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management Abergele 5 Mile Road Race, an event which also incorporated the North Wales Championships over the said distance. The first seven of the locally affiliated competitors all wore the vest of Meirionnydd R.C., with the Dolgellau duo of Tom Roberts and Alex Lanz leading home their club colleagues in respective times of 29.37 mins and 29.38 mins to claim overall 10th and 11th spot finishing positions, the former claiming 3rd Senior Male in the North Wales Championships, the latter claiming overall victory within the Male Under-20 category. A busy Clive Edgington followed, as a time of 32.38 mins claimed an overall 2nd spot within the Male Over-55 category, clear of colleagues Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd and Ieuan Jones who followed home in respective times of 34.15 mins, 36.59 mins and 41.10 mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by Alison Smedley, the Dolgellau-based athlete turning in a pleasing performance to complete the course in a time of 42.53 mins. Two Bro Dysynni athletes also saw competitive action in Abergele as John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog came home in 46.48 mins whilst the biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Sheila Symonds, the redoubtable Dolgellau based athlete claiming victory in the Female Over-80 age category in a time of 76.26 mins.

Two athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd also took to the hills recently as they headed to Cilcain, near Mold, the venue for the Clwydian Hills Fell Race, a 9 mile event which also included an overall 3,000 feet of elevation. Alan Jones of Ffestiniog led home the duo in action in a time of 1 hr 29.42 mins with Juliet Edwards following in a time of 1 hr 45.45 mins, a time good enough to not only claim age category victory on the day for the Dolgellau based athlete but, as the event was also the last fixture in the North Wales Fell Running Championships, overall victory in the series was also claimed within the Female Over-50 age group.

Bro Dysynni A.C. were represented recently at the Cwmbran Bog and Bryn Challenge held in South Wales as Gavin Griffiths, erstwhile of Tywyn, completed the 13 mile multi-terrain challenge in a time of 3 hrs 04.29 mins in an event which attracted a total of 183 competitors.

To complete a busy period, Jeff Davies of Meirionnydd R.C. was in action in Gloucestershire recently, completing the Tewkesbury Guy Fawkes 5 Mile Race in a time of 34.02 mins to claim age category victory within the Male Over-65 section.

News Report 28th October 2013         

Fell runners from throughout the United Kingdom descended upon Llanberis recently as Eryri Harriers played host to the 25th running of the UKA British Fell and Relay Championships. A total of 179 teams consisting of six athletes per team were in action, and amongst those were a team from Meirionnydd Running Club entered in the Over-50's age category. Leading off for Meirionnydd in the 1st leg of the event was Clive Edgington of Friog who covered his 7.4k leg which included 350 metres of climbing in a time of 51.51 mins. The 2nd leg was a pairs section whereby teams of two saw action over a 14.3k course which included an overall 990 metres of climbing. The Dolgellau duo of Juliet Edwards and Nich Bradley put in a pleasing performance to complete the section in a time of 2 hrs 04.24 mins. The 3rd leg was a navigational leg which Kevin Evans of Brithdir and Dylan Evans of Bryncrug completed in a time of 3 hrs 05.44 mins. The anchor led was completed by Kevin Jones of Dolgellau who completed his 8.4k section which included 610 metres of climbing in a time of 1 hr 00.04 mins. The combined time over the four legs for the Meirionnydd team was 7 hrs 02.03 mins which placed them in an overall 14th position within the Over-50 section at the event.


Sandra Williams in action at the Snowdonia Marathon

Also recently, a further quartet of locally affiliated athletes were also in Llanberis, their challenge being the 26.2 mile Snowdonia Marathon, an event starting and finishing in Llanberis and encircling Snowdon on a demanding and undulating route. Leading home the quartet in action was Sandra Williams of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd athlete producing an imperious performance to complete the event in a time of 4 hrs 20.34 mins. There was age category success for the 1st of the three Bro Dysynni athletes in action as Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed victory within the Female Over-70 section in a tremendous time of 4 hrs 57.44 mins. Months of training paid dividends for Marit Evans of Dolgellau, the 2nd Dysynni finisher in a time of 5 hrs 21.25 mins whilst the Dysynni trio were completed by Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based athlete claiming 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 5 hrs 49.28 mins.

Two Meirionnydd athletes also saw half marathon action recently, covering the 13.1 mile course at the BUPA Birmingham Half Marathon. The duo were led home by Jacqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd in a time of 2 hrs 05.20 mins with Lucy Llewellyn of Dinas Mawddwy following in a pleasing 2 hrs 34.15 mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon as Llanfachreth will play host to Ras Rhobell Fawr Fell Race. The 6 mile event which includes 1,900 feet of climbing is the first counter within the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series. The main race is due off at 12.00 Noon and will also be accompanied by a junior / short fell race. Further details relating to the event are available from www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk

News Report 20th October 2013         

The onset of Autumn coincides with the start of the cross country season as Treborth near Bangor recently played host to the first of the five fixtures which make up the 2013/14 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

In the Senior Men's race, a total of 6 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club were in action, the six being led home by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir-based athlete claiming an overall 9th spot finish in a time of 33.03 mins. There was a strong performance from Dolgellau-based Alex Lanz, 22nd overall in a time of 35.04 mins, clear of Ffestiniog athlete, Alan Jones, who completed the course in an overall time of 37.59 mins. Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau was the fourth Meirionnydd counter in a time of 41.18 mins with club debutante, Elfyn Hughes of Ffestiniog, following in a time of 41.40 mins. The final Meirionnydd finisher was Daniel Jones in a time of 45.24 mins with the combined effort of the six seeing the Meirionnydd team laying in the 6th spot in Division 1 after the season opener.

In the Senior Ladies race, Juliet Edwards was the sole Meirionnydd representative, the Dolgellau based athlete home in a time of 25.21 mins, clear of the trio of Bro Dysynni athletes who tackled the course. They were led home by Marit Evans of Dolgellau, who this weekend will be tackling the Snowdon Marathon, in a time of 29.30 mins, 9 seconds clear of club mate, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, who followed in 29.39 mins. The trio was completed by Yolanda Marconi-Nolan, crossing the finishing line in a time of 33.25 mins. After the 1st race, the league table shows Bro Dysynni in 8th spot and Meirionnydd in 10th in the second tier of the league.

A quartet of Meirionnydd athletes also headed to Criggion in Shropshire recently, their chosen event being the Breidden Hills Fell Race, a 7 mile event which included an overall 2,300 feet of climbing. The quartet were led home by a busy Alan Jones, on this occasion the Ffestiniog athlete completing the course in 1 hr 07.48 mins. Dave Elliott of Machynlleth was the second Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 1 hr 10.30 mins with the Dolgellau duo of Arfon Hughes and Juliet Edwards following in respective times of 1 hr 13.08 mins and 1 hr 23.27 mins.

Two Meirionnydd athletes took to the road recently as they headed to Mold for the Flintshire 10k. A resurgent Tom Roberts of Dolgellau completed the course in a pleasing time of 40.13 mins whilst Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd showed much gumption to come home in an overall time of 48.00 mins.

Finally, Jeff Davies saw action in the Cotswolds recently as the Wiltshire town of Cricklade played host to a half marathon, the Meirionnydd athlete completing the 13.1 mile course in a strong time of 1 hr 38.39 mins.

New Link for Marathons and Half Marathons around the UK

www.marathonandahalf.co.uk This is also posted on the Links page

BRO DYSYNNI A C AGM AGENDA.

The AGM will be held at The Whitehall Hotel Tywyn on Friday 25th October 2013 at 19.00hrs.

Please find the Agenda for the AGM hope you are able to attend. Could all previous officers/committee members please advise John Nolan if the are still willing to stand should they be unable to attend on the night.

1. Apologies for absence.
2. Minutes of the last meeting. To be signed as a true record.
3. Chairmans report.
4. Secretarys report.
5. Treasurers report. Presentation of audited accounts for previous year.
6. Ladies report.
7. Mens report.
8. President.
9. Election of officers for 2013/14 season.

a. President (Sheila Symonds).
b. Chair (Hugh Harrison).
c. Secretary (John Nolan).
d. Treasurer (Gwen Butler).
e. Membership Secretary/Circuit training coordinator (Eirlys Griffiths).
f. Child Protection Officer (Marit Evans).
g. Ladies Captain (Brenda Jones).
h. Menes Captain (None).
i. Other members. (Alban Jones, Roy Peel, Tom Evans & Richard Vroom).
Andy Unwin press releases.
Bob Chilton Web site.
Dai Williams Newsletter.
10. Any other business.
News Report 6th October 2013         

Locally affiliated athletes continue to be active as the onset of Autumn sees a particularly busy racing calendar.

Three locally affiliated athletes recently crossed over the Menai Bridge into Anglesey to compete at the Anglesey Trail Half Marathon and 10k events. In the 13.1 mile Trail Half Marathon run within the confines of Newborough Forest, there was a finishing time of 2 hrs 20.09 mins for Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni athlete also claiming age category victory within the Female Over-70 section in the process. Also in action was club mate, Marit Evans, the Dolgellau based athlete home in a time of 2 hrs 27.47 mins. In the affiliated 10k Trail Race, Meirionnydd R.C. were represented by Ieuan Glyn Jones, the Ffestiniog athlete home in a time of 54.26 mins.

Two further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. recently took on the climb of the highest peak within the Arenig Range, namely the Arenig Fawr Fell Race, an 8.1 mile event which included an overall 3,281 feet of climbing. Claiming an excellent 3rd spot finish on the day was Mark Atherton of Blaenau Ffestiniog in a time of 1 hr 34.40 mins with club mate, Dave Elliott of Machynlleth, following in a time of 2 hrs 00.12 mins.

Also in long distance running action last weekend were two further locally affiliated athletes who headed up the Lleyn Peninsula to take part in the Chaparral Abersoch Half Marathon. In a race won by Alun Vaughan of Eryri Harriers in an excellent time of 1 hr 13.31 mins, Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen exceeded all expectations as the Meirionnydd athlete claimed an outstanding 3rd place finish in a time of 1 hr 23.19 mins. Also in action at the event was James Bradbury-Willis of Tywyn, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the challenge in a time of 1 hr 41.50 mins.

Another Bro Dysynni athlete doubled the distance run in Abersoch recently, on the occasion in the Scottish Highlands. The athlete in question was Richard Vroom, the race in question being the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, with the Tywyn based athlete covering the 26.2 mile distance in a time of 5 hrs 31.07 mins.

Finally, two further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. chose an event closer to home last weekend, namely the Aberystwyth Twin Peaks 7, an event taking in the two climbs of Pen Dinas and Constitution Hill before finishing on the Promenade in Aberystwyth. A busy Dave Elliott completed the event in an overall time of 57.43 mins with Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd following in 1 hr 05.50 mins.

News Report 29th September 2013         

Locally affiliated athletes featured prominently at the recently revamped Penmaenpool Trail Race, an event which replaced the Penmaenpool 10 Mile Race. The new course measured a total of 8.9 miles and was considerably more undulating than its predecessor. Victory at the inaugural running of the new event was claimed by Gancho Slavov (Aberystwyth A.C.) in a time of 58.26mins. Three athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. claimed a top ten finish as Alan Jones of Ffestiniog claimed 5th spot in a time of 1 hr 06.49 mins, Clive Edgington of Friog claimed 6th spot, as well as age category victory within the Male Over-50 section, in a time of 1 hr 08.52 mins with Ashley Charlwood of Dolgellau home in 8th spot in a time of 1 hr 10.37 mins. A further trio of Meirionnydd athletes followed with Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau home in 1 hr 12.15 mins, David Elliott of Machynlleth following in 1 hr 12.30 mins and Glyn Rowlands, the Arthog based athlete home in a time of 1 hr 17.53 mins. Richard Griffiths of Tywyn was the sole Bro Dysynni competitor in action at the event, home in 1 hr 21.22 mins, whilst a further 8 Meirionnydd athletes featured amongst the race results. Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd came home in 1 hr 22.28 mins, exactly two minutes ahead of Dave Seabourne, the Dolgellau athlete home in 1 hr 24.28 mins. Nicola Rees of Arthog claimed age category success within the Female Over-40 category in a time of 1 hr 32.03 mins ahead of Dai Rice of Dolgellau, home in 1 hr 33.19 mins. Heidi Roden of Arthog was the next Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 1 hr 33.55 mins with Sioned Jones of Dolgellau following in 1 hr 40.26 mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by Lucie Llywelyn of Dinas Mawddwy and Christine Owen of Dolgellau who both crossed the line in a pleasing time of 1 hr 46.40 mins. Two Meirionnydd athletes also saw action in the shorter 3.6 mile event with Nich Bradley of Dolgellau finishing in 35.44 mins and Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth following in 36.47 mins. A further local athlete followed, with Hugh Archer of Taicynhaeaf crossing the finishing line in a time of 37.09 mins.

Elsewhere recently, Sandra Williams of Dolgellau took on the challenge presented by the Four Lakes 30k Road Race. In a race based within the Snowdonia National Park and taking in the lakes of Nantlle, Gadair, Dywarchen and Cwellyn, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete produced a sterling performance to finish in an overall time of 3 hrs 02.42 mins.

Finally, two familiar names, both previous members of Bro Dysynni A.C. have recently seen competitive action in Australia. Adrian Bailey, previously of Barmouth, placed 5th out of 475 athletes who completed the 14.6k course at the 4th and final event of the 2013 Salomon Australian Trail Race Series. In an event based in the town of Anglesea, near Melbourne, the North Walian came home in an overall time of 54.22 mins. In Sydney, Sarah Dallimore, previously of Dolgellau completed the 9k Blackmores Bridge Run, a race which included a crossing of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in an overall time of 1 hr 21.16 mins.

Porthmadog

On Sunday, 22nd September, Porthmadog will play host to Ras Y Cob. The race programme is as follows;
10.45am - Under-12's 1 mile race.
11.45am - Open 1 mile race
12.15pm - Open 3 mile race
The race also has its own website at www.ras-y-cob.co.uk
Here's hoping that the event will attract the interest of some of Dysynni's finest.....as well as Huw Harrison!

There was an excellent turnout of 10 club members for the recent Ras Y Cob event in Porthmadog.
The three mile race proved to be an enjoyable spectacle for competitors and spectators alike and it is hoped that the race will grow from strength to strength. Bro Dysynni athletes in action with their finishing times were;

Eifion Roberts in 18.56 mins
Alan Jones in 22.15 mins
Geraint Evans in 23.22 mins
Adele Powl Jones in 24.43 mins
John Tee in 25.21 mins
Huge Harrison in 27.28 mins
Andy Unwin in 28.35 mins
Ellis Jones in 32.34 mins (ymdrech gwych Ellis!)
Richard Griffiths in 32.34 mins
Eirlys Griffiths in 41.11 mins

Many thanks also to ex-athlete, Gareth Roberts, for supplying the following photographs.


Alan Jones


AdelePowell Jones


John Tee


Huge Harrison


Andy Unwin


Richard Griffiths & Ellis Jones


Eirlys Griffiths

News Report 22nd September 2013         


Alan Jones seen in action at the Half Peris Fell Race.

A quartet of locally affiliated athletes recently took on the 13.1 mile challenge presented by the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in Montgomeryshire. The quartet were led home by Llanfrothen based athlete, Glyn Griffin, the Meirionnydd R.C. runner claiming a 42nd spot finish out of the 1,348 who completed the event in a time of 1hr 21.06mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was the next locally affiliated runner to finish, leading home a trio of Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes in action at the event, as a time of 2hrs 03.21mins also claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section. The second Dysynni finisher was a resurgent Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based athlete crossing the finishing line in a time of 2hrs 29.24mins with Sheila Symonds turning in yet another remarkable performance, the Dolgellau athlete completing the course in a time of 3hrs 16.32mins to claim age category success within the Female Over-80 section.

Two Meirionnydd R.C. athletes took to the hills recently, their chosen event being the Pedol Peris Horseshoe Fell Run. In a formidable challenge run over a 17.5 mile course which included an overall 8,500 feet of climbing taking in the peaks of Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Y Lliwedd, Yr Wyddfa and Moel Cynghorion, Dave Parker claimed an outstanding 22nd spot finish in a time of 3hrs 43.39mins. In the affiliated Half Peris Fell Race run over 8.5 miles and including a total of 4,500 feet of climbing, Alan Jones claimed an overall 13th spot finish, the Ffestiniog based athlete home in an overall time of 2hrs 14.52mins.

Two locally affiliated athletes have also seen action recently at two 10k events held in the south of the Principality. At the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k, Meirionnydd R.C.athlete Ifan Richards was chosen as part of the North Wales squad in action at the Welsh Inter-Regional 10k Championships and the Brithdir based athlete did the region proud as he produced a personal best time of 34.38mins which claimed an overall 51st spot finish out of 2,988 athletes who completed the event. Further to the east, Bro Dysynni athlete Geraint Evans was in action at the Cardiff 10k with the Porthmadog based athlete producing a sterling performance to finish in a time of 51.50mins.

Finally, three Meirionnydd athletes have recently undertaken the weekly 5k challenge held within Plascrug Park in Aberystwyth. The busy Glyn Griffin completed the challenge in 17.59mins, Alison Smedley of Dolgellau in 26.37mins and Sharon Lewis in 28.32mins.

News Report 7th September 2013         Pictures


Alun Jones seen in action at the Source of the Severn event.

A total of 13 locally affiliated athletes formed part of a field of 211 competitors who recently headed to Caernarfon, their chosen event being the Ceir Cymru Caernarfon 10k Road Race, a race which also incorporated the 2013 North Wales 10k Road Running Championships.

The first of the locally affiliated athletes to finish was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete claiming an overall 8th placed finishing spot in a time of 36.09 mins, a time which also claimed North Wales Championship victory within the Male Over-35 category. A further trio of Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen, Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog and Clive Edgington of Friog, home in respective times of 36.46 mins, 39.27 mins & 39.45 mins, the latter claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-55 age category. The trio of Bro Dysynni athletes in action at the event were led home by Eifion Roberts, the Harlech based athlete completing the course in a time of 42.16 mins, ahead of a further trio of Meirionnydd athletes with Ricky Francis of Talyllyn home in 43.00 mins, Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in 44.57 mins and Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd in 47.16 mins. Geraint Evans of Porthmadog was the 2nd Dysynni finisher in 52.26 mins. Nicola Rees of Arthog was the next Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 54.41 mins, a time which claimed 3rd place within the Female Over-45 section whilst club colleague Sioned Jones of Dolgellau, in her first competitive event for around three years, went two better to claim victory and North Wales Championship success within the Female Over-35 category, the Dolgellau based athlete home in a time of 54.55 mins, one second ahead of club-mate Alison Smedley, also of Dolgellau, who followed in 54.56 mins. Bro Dysynni also had an athlete claiming success within the North Wales Championships as Sheila Symonds claimed victory within the Female Over-80 section, the Dolgellau based athlete home in a tremendous time of 1hr 29.46 mins.

Two athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. also saw competitive action recently, their chosen event being the Source of the Severn Multi Terrain Race, a 9.2 mile event which included an overall 1,300 feet of climbing based in and around the Hafren Forest in Llanidloes. Leading home the duo, in a time of 1 hr 20.55 mins was Richard Griffiths of Tywyn, with club colleague, Alun Jones of Bryncrug following in a time of 1 hr 23.50mins.

Finally, Meirionnydd R.C. were represented at the Kent Coastal Half Marathon by Jeff Davies, the Bala born athlete completing the event in an excellent time of 1 hr 52.47 mins.

News Report 1st September 2013


Juliet Edwards on her way to age category success at the recent Nant Y Moch Skyline Fell Race.

Two Meirionnydd R.C. athletes lined up recently at the Nant Y Moch Skyline Fell Race, a 13 mile event which included an overall 3,900 feet of climbing, the race being based around the Nant Y Moch dam near Ponterwyd. The event was also chosen as the fourth counter out of six of the 2013 Inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and, as such, attracted a high quality field. Mark Atherton of Ffestiniog was the first of the two Meirionnydd finishers, claiming an overall 15th spot in a time of 2 hrs 33.58 mins, whilst Juliet Edwards claimed age category success within the Female Over-50 section, the Dolgellau-based athlete completing the course in an excellent time of 3 hrs 26.38 mins.

The busy Atherton was back in action shortly afterwards, on this occasion on soil closer to home, claiming an overall 3rd place finish at Ras Cnicht Fell Race, covering the 4.5 mile Croesor based race, which included an overall 1,850 feet of climbing, in a time of 41.44 mins.

There was also local representation recently at the Parc Menai 5k event run on a course almost exclusively along the Lon Las Menai Cycle Path into Caernarfon. The two locally affiliated athletes in action were led home by Dave Raybone of Dyffryn Ardudwy, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in 23.31 mins whilst Bro Dysynni A.C. were well represented by Geraint Evans, the Porthmadog based athlete home in a time of 24.27 mins.

There has also been Bro Dysynni representation at two further events recently. The evergreen Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 section at the Neil Howells Memorial Race, a 4.5 mile event based around the town of Montgomery in a time of 75.18 mins, whilst Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth was the 2nd finisher within the Female Over-65 category at the Borth Beach Race, covering the 10k distance in a time of 71.00 mins.

Finally, Meirionnydd R.C. were also represented at the Swindon Park 5k event recently as Jeff Davies covered the course set in the Wiltshire town in a time of 20.19 mins, claiming victory in the Male Over-65 category in the process.

Race The Train

From left to right; Adele Powl-Jones, Huge Harrison, Gavin Griffiths, Richard Griffiths, Alun Jones, Gwenan Roberts & Rhys Roberts.

There was an excellent turnout of athletes affiliated (or closely linked) to Bro Dysynni A.C. at the 30th annual Race The Train event held in Tywyn on 17th August, 2013.

Results as follows;

Rotary Challenge (14 miles)

Tom Jones in 1 hr 46.52 mins
Gwen Jones in 1 hr 57.51 mins
Richard Vroom in 2 hrs 37.01 mins
Brenda Jones in 2 hrs 39.34 mins

Quarry Challenge (10k)

Matthew Jones (son of Alban) in 48.41 mins (7th finisher out of 327)
Gavin Griffiths, faster than his father, in 53.54 mins
John Nolan in 54.09 mins
Richard Griffiths, slower than his son, in 54.14 mins
Alan Jones in 54.26 mins
Adele Powl-Jones on 1hr 03.11 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan in 1 hr 12.00 mins

Dolgoch Challenge (5.5 miles)

Rhys Roberts in 38.27 mins (7th finisher out of 119)
Gwenan Roberts in 49.09 mins
Huge Harrison in 50.12 mins
Richard Holland in 51.12 mins
Annette Beebee in 53.35 mins

Tynllwynhen Challenge (3.5 miles)

10 year old Archie Davies in 25.39 mins with grandad, Alban Jones, struggling to keep up in 25.46 mins

Da iawn Bro Dysynni!!!!

News Report 17th August 2013

Locally affiliated athletes were out in force recently as Machynlleth played host to the 2nd annual running of the Ras Glyndwr Fell Race, a challenging 3 mile event inclusive of 690 feet of climbing. In a race won by Paul Jones (Mercia Fell Runners) in a time of 21.12 mins, the first locally affiliated athlete to finish was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, on this occasion running for Cread MTB, as a time of 21.52 mins claimed an overall 3rd spot finish. Dave Parker and Dave Elliott led home the Meirionnydd Running Club contingent in respective times of 22.46 mins and 26.06 mins, whilst there was a fine performance from an athlete with strong connections to the Tywyn area as Gwen Jones came home in a time of 28.51 mins to claim a pleasing 2nd placed finish within the female section of the event. Three locally affiliated athletes then finished within 4 seconds of each other as the Bro Dysynni duo of Alan Jones of Bryncrug & Richard Griffiths of Tywyn along with Meirionnydd athlete, Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd came home in respective times of 30.44 mins, 30.45 mins and 30.48 mins. A further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes followed, as Nich Bradley of Dolgellau crossed the finishing line in a time of 33.16 mins, to be followed by Gareth Evans, Nicola Rees and Sandra Williams who came home in times of 34.10 mins, 35.05 mins and 35.50 mins. Completing the locally affiliated turnout was Adele Powl-Jones of Bryncrug, the Dysynni athlete home in 37.48 mins.

Elsewhere recently, Meirionnydd R.C. athlete Glyn Griffin added another Welsh international cap to his collection as he was chosen as part of the team to represent the Principality at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge held in the town of Szlarska Poreba in the south west of Poland. The Llanfrothen based athlete was one of a team of six representing Wales, with his time of 3hrs 58.01 mins claiming an overall 40th spot finishing berth at the event as well as being the 4th Welsh athlete home. In the team event, Wales claimed an outstanding bronze medal behind Italy and the Czech Republic and ahead of the 4th placed USA team.

There was further national recognition also recently for Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, as the Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete claimed victory within the Female Over-70 category at the 2013 Welsh National 5k Road Running Champioships, which were incorporated within the Llanelli 5k event, in a time of 27.51 mins.

Harlech based athlete Andy Unwin also recently completed his trilogy of races on the Philippine island of Cebu, the Bro Dysynni athlete beaming as he crossed the line at the R399 6k Road Race held in Cebu City in a time of 40.48 mins.

Another Bro Dysynni athlete in action recently was Gavin Griffiths, who completed the Murder Mile race held in Newbridge, South Wales. In a race regarded as one of the toughest uphill miles in the country, the athlete with strong Tywyn connections completed the event strongly in a time of 13.51 mins.

Finally, Meirionnydd R.C. athlete Dave Parker was in action at the recent Ponderosa Hill Race held at the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen, the Wrexham based athlete completing the 4 mile course which included 950 feet of climbing in a time of 27.58 mins to claim an excellent 4th placed finish at the event.

Running in Cebu

Our very own Andy Unwin of Harlech recently completed his trilogy of races on the island of Cebu as he completed the R399 6k Road Race in a startling time of 40.48mins.

Having delighted Philippine running purists with his exciting brand of road running over the last 5 weeks, it will soon be time for the athlete often compared to Mo Farah to return to these shores to return to normality and to start planning for future travels abroad.

For the record, Cebu has a thriving running community and also recently held its very own Ironman 70.3 Triathlon. Races are held most weekends, with a very early start in order to avoid the humidity.

In Cebu, there is normal time (i.e. a race is due to start at 5am) and Filipino time (i.e. the race will always start 30 mins after the scheduled time!). The area is trying its very best to promote itself as a sporting tourist venue.

The following pictures show Andy before and after the race. (i.e. fresh and then knackered)

News Report 8th August 2013

The organisers of two local races can feel justifiably pleased with the large entry of runners received for the respective races held recently.

Firstly, the Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race attracted an entry of 72 athletes for the event which was held as part of the Hwyl Yr Haf festivities. In a race which attracted a large number of both locally affiliated and unaffiliated athletes, there was delight as one of the locally affiliated runners led home the field to claim victory by a convincing 35 seconds. The athlete in question, Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, came home on a time of 29.12 mins, leading home a plethora of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club. The second Meirionnydd finisher was Clive Edgington of Friog, claiming an overall 11th spot finish in a time of 32.15 mins. Bro Dysynni A.C. were also well represented at the event, and their first finisher was Eifion Roberts, the Harlech based athlete home in a time of 34.23 mins to claim age category victory within the Male Over-50 section. With local competitors to numerous to mention in one report, special mention must be given to the local quintet of Gwenan Meirion, Wendy Rogers, Karen Roberts, Emma Williams & Llinos Rowlands, the team known as 'Dyls Babes' coming home in respective times of 46.20 mins, 49.24 mins, 49.24 mins, 57.33 mins & 1hr 07.05mins. Mention also must be given to Esyllt Richards of Brithdir, normally seen behind the camera lens at running events, on this occasion completing the course in a time of 1hr 29.32 mins.

The second local event held recently was Ras Hendre Wallog, an approximate 3 mile trail race held in and around Abergynolwyn. In a midweek race which attracted an excellent entry of 48 athletes, overall victory was gained by Austin Blackburn of Severn A.C. in an excellent time of 17.29 mins. Clive Edgington continued his recent busy racing schedule as he claimed runners up spot at the event in a time of 19.20 mins, a mere two seconds clear of Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, the first of a large turnout of Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes at the event, home in 19.22 mins. Huw Jones of Abergynolwyn was the first Junior Under-18 to finish, 4th overall in 19.48 mins, 20 seconds ahead of George Richards of Tywyn, 2nd Under-18 finisher in a time of 21.08 mins. Adele Powl-Jones of Bryncrug led home the Senior Female contingent at the event, the Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete home in a time of 26.40 mins. Special mention should also be given to the large number of junior athletes in action at the event from Abergynolwyn, Llanegryn and Tywyn, their performances auger well for the future of local athletics.

Finally, two locally affiliated athletes were also in action at the recent Race The Train 5k event held in Caernarfon. Representing Meirionnydd R.C. was Ricky Francis of Talyllyn who completed the course in an excellent time of 19.22 mins, whilst representing Bro Dysynni A.C. was Geraint Evans, the Porthmadog based athlete crossing the finishing line strongly in a time of 23.30 mins.

There is further train racing action this coming Saturday (17th August) as Tywyn will host the 30th edition of 'Race the Train'. Details relating to the event can be found on the race website at www.racethretrain.com

Dolgellau 5 mile 2013
Hendre Wallog Results
Cross Country League

13/14 Senior League Fixtures:

Men's Start 2:45pm. Ladies Start 2pm. (Venues will be confirmed asap. Please check back here). 5 October Treborth Track, Bangor, LL57 2RQ
19 October St David’s College, Llandudno (LL30 1RD)
23 November Deeside
18 January National Sports Centre, Lilleshall, Telford, TF10 9AT
8 February Marches School, Oswestry, SY11 2AP

The red and green vest of Bro Dysynni A.C. continues to be a regular sight in races on the Philippine island of Cebu with Andy Unwin flying the flag for the club.

Having run a 5k race on the last day of his fifth decade, the Harlech lump continued with this symmetry, running a 6k race at 6am on the 6th day of his 6th decade. The race in question was the 'Let's Run for Road Safety 6k' with a 6am start aimed at avoiding the daytime humidity encountered in Cebu. This did not work with Unwin coming home sweating more than Huw Harrison does when it is his turn to buy a round of drinks. For the record, a finishing time of 43.19mins is thought to be a record for a Welshman in the Male Over-50 category at this particular race (which was being run for the 2nd time only!).

As ever, a couple of pictures are attached, one shows a number of athletes wearing the official race singlet. Unfortunately, there were none large enough to fit the muscular Unwin when he registered for the race, the Philippine XL is about the same as a UK Medium!
News Report 28th July 2013

Athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club came very much to the fore at the recent 38th running of the Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race. The event this year also included a new challenge, namely the Snowdon Super Cup, the challenge being to run from Llanberis to the peak of Snowdon, a distance of some 5 miles to the summit which lays 3,560 feet above sea level. The Super Cup this year was an invite only demonstration race. Amongst those to receive an invite to form part of the strong Welsh team in action was Glyn Griifin, the Llanfrothen based athlete producing an excellent performance to reach the summit in a time of 50.10mins which claimed an overall 13th spot finish within the event. A further five athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd took on the more traditional race, starting and finishing in Llanberis and taking in the five mile climb up Snowdon followed by the five mile descent. Leading home the five and showing excellent form was Alex Lanz, the Dolgellau based athlete home in a time of 1hr 31.32mins. Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog was the next Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 1hr 37.54mins, followed home by Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in a time of 1hr 46.03mins. Dylan Evans of Bryncrug was the fourth Meirionnydd finisher home in a time of 1hr 50.22mins with Juliet Edwards completing the Meirionnydd contingent as a time of 1hr 52.03mins also claimed overall age category victory within the Female Over-50 section for the Dolgellau based athlete.

Elsewhere recently, Clive Edgington of Friog completed the Banstead Woods 5k Park Run in Surrey, the Meirionnydd athlete claiming an overall 12th placed finish at the event in a time of 19.45mins.

For the second consecutive week, the athlete running at a destination furthest from his native North Wales was Andy Unwin, as the Bro Dysynni runner took on the 6k Let's Run for Road Safety event held on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. In a race which started at 6.00am to avoid the extreme humidity, the Harlech based athlete was beaming as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 43.07 mins to finish in 62nd spot out of the 298 competitors.

Warm Weather Training and other Stories

In his annual quest for warm weather training (although he could have stayed home for the warm weather this year), the portly Andy Unwin has made his annual pilgrimage to the island of Cebu in the Philippines. In a trip which will see the once-thin athlete reach his half century in years, a couple of races are also planned. The first of these took place on 21st July, the very last day of his 5th decade as the athlete who Huw Harrison strives to emulate completed the Petron Run For Safety 5k in a steady time of 32.59mins. With the race starting at 5.45am to avoid the humidity (which it failed to do!), the Harlech plodder led home the Welsh contingent in action at the event (he was the only one).

Further action, this time over 6k is also planned for Sunday, 28th July by which time his age category will also have changed.

  
The pictures show Andy prior to the start of the Petron Run For Safety Race, the clock showing 5.08am in one of the pictures.

News Report 21st July 2013

Locally affiliated athletes have braved the recent hot weather, seeing competitive action at a wide variety of races run over a wide variety of distances.

A quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club headed to Shropshire for the Striperstones Fell Race, a 3.2 mile event which included 800 feet of climbing. The race was also the 5th event within the Shropshire Hills Summer Series. Leading home the quartet in action was Ricky Francis, the Talyllyn based athlete home in a time of 37.49mins, just under 3 minutes clear of Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd who followed in a time of 40.43mins. The 3rd Meirionnydd finisher was Nicola Rees in a time of 46.53mins with Heidi Roden completing the Meirionnydd contingent, the Arthog based athlete home in a time of 47.25mins.

Two Ffestiniog based athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. also headed to the hills recently, their chosen event being the Tal Y Fan Fell Race, run over an 8 mile course which included an overall 2,580 feet of climbing, held at Rowen within the Conwy Valley. Mark Atherton led home the duo, 10th overall in a time of 1hr 19.51mins with club colleague Alan Jones following, 13th overall in 1hr 25.46mins.

Prior to the Tal Y Fan event, Mark Atherton was also in action at the testing Moel Siabod Fell Race in Capel Curig. On this occasion, the Ffestiniog based athlete completed the 5.4 mile course which included 2,300 feet of climbing in a time of 55.13mins which earned an excellent 6th placed finish in the final standings.

A further duo affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. were also in action recently at the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race based at the Alwen Reservoir near Cerrigydrudion. Completing the 11k trail race were Clive Edgington, the Friog based athlete home in a time of 48.46mins, and a busy Graeme Stringer, on this occasion home in 62.36mins.

Five further athletes, two affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. & 3 to Bro Dysynni A.C. have also been in individual action at races recently. For Meirionnydd, Sandra Williams of Dolgellau completed the off-road Wyre Forest Trail Half Marathon in Worcestershire, covering the 13.1 mile course in a time of 2hrs 09.57mins whilst Jeff Davies completed the Didcot 5 Mile Road Race in Oxfordshire in 34.27mins, a time which also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-60 category. For Bro Dysynni A.C., Gavin Griffiths, formerly of Tywyn, completed the 'Scenic 7', a 7 mile road race held within the Cwmcarn Forest Drive near Cwmbran in a time of 69.26mins, whilst Geraint Evans of Porthmadog completed the Llanfair PG 5k in a pleasing time of 26.39mins. The final Bro Dysynni A.C. in action was Andy Unwin, his chosen event being the Petron Run For Safety 5k Race held in Cebu in the Phillipines. In an event which started at 5.45am to avoid the daytime humidity, the Harlech based athlete came home beaming in a time of 32.59mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon as Dolgellau will play host to the annual 'Dol 5' Road Race. The main 5 mile event is due off at 1.30pm with the affiliated 1 mile fun run due off at 12.30pm from the Marian in Dolgellau. Further details relating to the event are available from www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk.

News Report 6th July 2013

Glorious weather conditions have greeted a number of locally affiliated athletes who have seen competitive action at three different venues over the space of the last 10 days.

The most local event, held last Saturday afternoon, saw Bryncrug play host to the Ras Foel Gocyn Hill Race, a 4 mile challenge held as part of the Bryncrug Carnival celebrations. Race victory was secured by Eifion Roberts of Harlech, the the first of the seven Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes in action at the event, victory achieved in an excellent time of 30.08mins. Second place on the day went to James Morgan of Bryncrug, as a time of 30.37mins also claimed success within the Junior Male section. Ricky Francis was the first of the three Meirionnydd R.C. competitors home, the Talyllyn based athlete claiming 3rd place overall in a time of 32.45mins. Dylan Jones of Tywyn followed, the 2nd Bro Dysynni finisher in a time of 33.33mins, a mere one second ahead of George Richards, also of Tywyn, 2nd Junior Male in a time of 33.34mins. Danny Evans of Brithdir was the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 35.14mins, followed by Alun Jones of Bryncrug, the Bro Dysynni athlete crossing the line in a time of 37.12mins. Another Dysynni athlete followed, in the guise of Richard Griffiths, the Tywyn based athlete victorious within the Male Over-60 category in a time of 37.49mins. Kevin Evans of Brithdir completed the Meirionnydd turnout as he came home in a time of 39.09mins with Adele Powl-Jones following, the Tywyn based member of Bro Dysynni claiming victory within the female section of the race in a time of 42.14mins. Richard Vroom of Tywyn continued the strong Dysynni turnout, home in 43.38mins, with club colleague Sheila Symonds completing the Dysynni team, the Dolgellau based athlete victorious within the Female Veteran section in a sterling time of 66.00mins.

There was also strong Bro Dysynni A.C. representation at the recent Newtown BBQ 5k Race, held on a glorious Friday evening. Delighted to lead home the team of five Dysynni competitors was Huw Harrison, the Fairbourne-based athlete home in a time of 28.05mins. Exactly 60 seconds later, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd followed, victorious within the Female Over-70 section in a time of 29.05mins. Also finishing within the half hour mark was Andy Unwin of Harlech, beaming as he crossed the line in a time of 29.34mins. The remaining two Dysynni athletes also claimed age category success, the evergreen Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth claiming victory within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 32.05mins, and the night before Ras Foel Gocyn, the remarkable Sheila Symonds claimed age category success within the Female Over-80 category in a tremendous time of 44.21mins.

One further Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete in action recently was Geraint Evans, the Porthmadog-based runner completing the arduous Felinheli 10k event in an excellent time of 55.00mins.

Foel Gocyn Sat 6th July


Results of Ras Foel Gocyn, held on 6th July, 2013;


1)   Eifion Roberts (Bro Dysynni A.C.)      - 30.08mins.
2)   James Morgan (Bryncrug)                   - 30.37mins (1st Junior Male)
3)   Ricky Francis (Meirionnydd R.C.)       - 32.45mins
4)   Dylan Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.)          - 33.33mins
5)   George Richards (Tywyn)                    - 33.34mins (2nd Junior Male)
6)   Danny Evans (Meirionnydd R.C.)         - 35.14mins (3rd Junior Male)
7)   Aled Jones (Tywyn)                             - 36.36mins
8)   Alun H. Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.)       - 37.12mins
9)   Stuart Michael (Gobowen)                   - 37.24mins (1st Over-65)
10) Richard Griffiths (Bro Dysynni A.C.)    - 37.49mins (1st Over-60)
11) Kevin Evans (Meirionnydd R.C.)         - 39.09mins
12) Adele Powl-Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.) - 42.14mins (1st Female)
13) Richard Vroom (Bro Dysynni A.C.)      - 43.38mins
14) Dafydd Bryan (Abergynolwyn)              - 46.59mins
15) Sheila Symonds (Bro Dysynni A.C.)      - 66.00mins
News Report 30th June 2013

A trio of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club made the trip to a wet and windy Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen recently, the starting point for the 9.4 mile Moel Y Gamelin Fell Race, an event which also included an overall 2,380 feet of climbing. The race had also been chosen as the third counter of the six races which make up the 2013 inov-8/Welsh Fell Running Association Open Welsh Championships and, as such, attracted a field of exceptional quality. The Meirionnydd trio in action were led home by two Ffestiniog-based athletes, as Mark Atherton claimed an overall 18th spot finish in a time of 1hr 21.42mins with Alan Jones following, 32nd overall in a time of 1hr 28.19mins. The trio were completed by Juliet Edwards, as a time of 1hr 45.32mins secured 2nd spot within the Female Over-50 category for the Dolgellau based athlete.

Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete, Andy Unwin, also saw competitive action recently, his chosen event being the Salt Ayre 5k, a race run exclusively along the cycle paths adjacent to the River Lune in Lancaster, the Harlech-based athlete beaming as he crossed the finishing line at the event in a steady time of 30.22mins.

The 10 race Tuesday Night Series organised by Eryri Harriers has recently been completed with over 280 athletes seeing competitive action in one or more of the events. With over 100 athletes completing the four races needed to qualify for the final results, two Meirionnydd R.C. athletes were included in the final results, albeit having completed only one of the 10 events. For this, Ifan Richards of Brithdir was placed in 237th position within the final standings, with club colleague, Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd, following in 255th spot.

There is local action this coming Saturday (6th July) as Bryncrug will host the popular Ras Foel Gocyn as part of its carnival festivities. The mountain race which measures approximately 4 miles in length is due off at 2.45pm with registration taking place on the carnival field from 2.00pm. Entries on the day will be accepted.

News Report 23rd June 2013

Over 650 athletes were attracted to Coed Y Brenin last Saturday morning, the venue for the 3rd annual running of the Trail Marathon Wales festival, an event growing in popularity annually, consisting of a full 26.2 mile Marathon Trail Race as well as a 13.1 mile Half Marathon Trail Race.

The full marathon race, run exclusively within the trails and tracks of Coed Y Brenin was won comfortably by Andrew Siggers (Kenilworth Runners), over 7 minutes clear of the second placed runner, crossing the finishing line in an outstanding time of 3hrs 06.40mins. The full marathon race also attracted 4 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club who were all well placed amongst the 260 who completed the marathon course. Leading home the Meirionnydd quartet, as well as claiming an overall 5th placed finish, was Glyn Griffin, the Llanfrothen based athlete home in a terrific time of 3hrs 22.40mins. Also claiming a top 10 finish for Meirionnydd was Dave Parker, the athlete based in Wrexham claiming an overall 8th placed finishing spot in a time of 3hrs 30.42mins. The Meirionnydd contingent in action over the 26.2 mile course was completed by the Dolgellau-based duo of Ashley Charlwood, home in 4hrs 05.49mins, and Sandra Williams, putting in a supreme effort to complete the course in 5hrs 19.02mins.


Tom Jones of Aberdyfi in action at the Trail Wales Half Marathon Pic by Alastair Tye

The half marathon drew a larger field and, in a race won by Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers / Salomon UK) in a time of 1hr 21.37mins, a total of 12 locally affiliated athletes were amongst the 380 who completed the course. The dozen were led home by Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, the sole Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete in action at the event, claiming an exceptional 36th spot finish in a time of 1hr 54.12mins. There then followed a steady stream of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C., led home by Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in a time of 1hr 59.59mins. Dylan Evans of Bryncrug followed in 2hrs 03.31mins a mere 18 seconds ahead of Dolgellau based Adam Preston, home in 2hrs 03.49mins. Glyn Rowlands of Arthog was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 2hrs 06.21mins with Dave Seabourne of Dolgellau following in 2hrs 26.00mins. A mere 11 seconds separated the next three Meirionnydd finishers as Kevin Evans of Brithdir, Dave Raybone of Dyffryn Ardudwy and Heidi Roden of Arthog finished in respective times of 2hrs 36.11mins, 2hrs 36.16mins and 2hrs 36.22mins. A further trio of athletes completed an outstanding Meirionnydd turnout as Tracey Evans of Brithdir, Jude Evans of Bryncrug and Christine Owen of Dolgellau came home in times of 2hrs 39.41mins, 2hrs 55.31mins and 3hrs 04.14mins.

Away from Coed Y Brenin, two athletes with a strong affiliation to Bro Dysynni have also been in the news recently. For current member, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, there was national success as the Dysynni stalwart claimed age category gold within the Female Over-70 category at the British Masters Athletics Federation 5k Championship Race held in Horwich, Lancashire, success being claimed in a time of 27.29mins. For past member, Adrian Bailey, there was overall race victory at the Gloworm Tunnel Trail Race Half Marathon, an event held in Newnes in the Wolgan Valley in New South Wales in Australia, the athlete with strong Barmouth connections completing the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1hr 32.36mins.


Graeme Stringer cometing at the recent Deiniolen 10k Road Race Pic by Alastair Tye

Finally, much closer to home, Meirionnydd athlete Graeme Stringer was in action at the undulating Deiniolen 10k Road Race, the Llanelltyd based athlete content with his finishing time, a pleasing 49.54mins.

News Report 16th June 2013

The first half of the month of June has seen locally affiliated athletes in action at a variety of destinations over a variety of differing terrain.


Arfon Hughes reaching the summit of Moel Hebog on his way to a finishing time of 1hr 08.23mins.

The largest turnout of local runners was in Beddgelert as a team of five athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club competed at the Moel Hebog Fell Race, an event measuring 4.2 miles in distance with a total ascent of 2,460 feet. The race proved to be a triumph for Ifan Richards of Brithdir, continuing his recent fine form as he claimed overall race victory in an excellent time of 50.18mins. Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog was the next Meirionnydd finisher, claiming 3rd place overall within the Male Over-40 age category in a time of 54.18mins, with fellow Ffestiniog athlete, Alan Jones, following in 1hr 03.38mins. Two Dolgellau based athletes completed the Meirionnydd contingent, as Arfon Hughes crossed the finishing line in a time of 1hr 08.23mins with Juliet Edwards following in 1hr 15.48mins, a time which also claimed age category success within the Female Over-50 section.

A quartet of locally affiliated athletes also saw competitive action last Saturday morning at the Gregynog Trail Race held in Tregynon, 4 miles north west of Newtown. The quartet were led home by Meirionnydd runner, Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen, the Welsh international claiming a fine 2nd spot finish at the event in a time of 30.15mins. A rejuvenated Graeme Stringer followed, the Llanelltyd based athlete the 2nd Meirionnydd runner home in 43.07mins. Marit Evans of Dolgellau followed, the 1st of two Bro Dysynni athletes in action, home in a time of 56.38mins, with Sheila Symonds, also of Dolgellau, claiming a time of 55.00mins over the slightly shorter affiliated course.

Perhaps the toughest race held recently has been the Welsh 1000 Metres Peak Race, a 32k event inclusive of 8,000 feet of climbing over the peaks of Garnedd Llewelyn, Dafydd and Ugain, Glyder Fawr before finishing on the peak of Y Wyddfa. In a race which present a true challenge, two Meirionnydd athletes in action met the challenge full on, Dave Parker finishing in 9th spot in a time of 4hrs 35.46mins with Mark Atherton of Blaenau Ffestiniog following in 18th spot with a finishing time of 4hrs 54.31mins.

Prior to claiming 2nd spot at the Gregynog Trail Race, Glyn Griffing had also been in action at Llandegla, the venue of the Big Welsh Trail 10k Race. Once again showing fine form, the Llanfrothen based athlete claimed an excellent 3rd spot finish on this occasion, in a time of 40.53mins.

Bro Dysynni A.C. were recently represented at the Bangor 10k by Geraint Evans, with the Porthmadog based athlete claiming a huge personal best for the distance, crossing the line in an excellent time of 53.32mins.

Meirionnydd R.C were represented by a busy Dave Parker at the 'Up The Beast Trail Race' held at Maeshafn, near Mold. In a race measuring 4.5 miles and including 1,500 feet of climbing, the Wrexham based athlete claimed an overall 6th spot finish in a time of 36.15mins.

Finally, Meirionnydd were also represented at the Poole 10k recently as Jeff Davies completed the event held in the Dorset town in a fine time of 44.05mins.

News Report 2nd June 2013


Glyn Griffin in action at the Skiddaw event.

There was further international recognition recently for Llanfrothen based athlete, Glyn Griffin, picking up his 2nd Welsh cap whilst representing the Principality at the British Athletics Mountain Running Senior Home International Race at the Skiddaw Uphill Mountain Race in the Lake District, the event also chosen to incorporate the 2013 UK Athletics European Mountain Running Championship Trials. In a race which included a total of 1,080 metres of climbing within its 11.3k duration, the Meirionnydd RC athlete , proudly wearing his Welsh vest, completed the course in a time of 1hr 05.21mins to claim an overall 27th spot finish in a field of exceptional quality. Also competing in Skiddaw was Meirionnydd club colleague, Ifan Richards, still recovering from his exertions after his recent victory at the Cader Idris Race, on this occasion the Brithdir based athlete completing the course in a time of 1hr 12.21mins which claimed an overall 35th finishing spot within the event.

Three locally based affiliated athletes also picked up regional age category awards at the recent Rhyl Suncentre 5k Road Race, an event which also incorporated the 2013 North Wales 5k Road Running Championship Race. Leading home a trio of Meirionnydd R.C. athletes in action was Clive Edgington of Friog, claiming age category success within the Male Over-55 section in an outstanding time of 19.08mins, with club colleagues Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau & Ricky Francis of Talyllyn following in respective times of 19.14mins & 19.53mins. The two Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes in action both claimed age category awards as Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was victorious within the Female Over-70 section in a time of 27.37mins whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau continues to re-write the record books, claiming age category success within the Female Over-80 section in a tremendous time of 43.37mins. There was also an impressive performance within the 1k Junior Race with Harri Hughes of Dolgellau claiming 3rd place within the Under-14 age group, the Meirionnydd athlete home in a time of 3.47mins.

There was also local interest at the recent Edinburgh Marathon Festival with two familiar names appearing within the results section. In the full marathon race, Sandra Williams of Dolgellau was in action, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete covering the 26.2 mile course in an excellent time of 3hrs 56.47mins whilst over the half marathon course, Rebecca Dallimore, previously of Dolgellau and Bro Dysynni A.C. covered the 13.1 mile distance in a time of 1hr 44.13mins.

One locally affiliated athlete in action at the Abersoch 10k Race held last Saturday was Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completing the course in a time of 39.22mins to claim an overall 17th placed finish, whilst club colleague, Jeff Davies, completed the Newbury Park 5k Run held on Greenham Common in Berkshire in a time of 20.48mins to set a new Meirionnydd R.C. age category record over the distance within the Male Over-65 section.

News Report 26th May 2013

Five locally affiliated athletes formed part of a field of 60 competitors at the recently held Newtown 10k Road Race organised by Maldwyn Harriers.

With overall race victory being claimed by Cardiff A.C. athlete, Gwynant Jones, in a time of 35.48mins, the locally affiliated contingent were led home by Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming a fine 12th placed finish in a time of 41.37mins. Club colleague, Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd, was the next local finisher in 47.18mins before a trio of Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes completed the course, all three claiming age category success within their various groups. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd led home the trio, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 57.04mins, followed by Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, victorious within the Female Over-65 section in 64.54mins before Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau claimed victory within the Female Over-75 category in an outstanding time of 92.25mins.

Two locally affiliated athletes also competed over the same distance, this time at the Wrexham Road Runners 10k recently. The busy Ricky Francis completed the course in a time of 41.31mins with Bro Dysynni A.C. counterpart, John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, following in a time of 53.26mins.

Finally, there was regional recognition recently for Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen, as he was chosen as part of the North Wales Senior Male squad in action at the Settle Hill Race in North Yorkshire, the race chosen to host the 2013 Fell Running Association Inter Counties Championships. The Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completed the course in a time of 55.03mins to held North Wales to an overall 2nd spot at the event.

Ras y Gader 18th May 2013


Ifan Richards on his way to race victory at the 2013 Ras Y Gader.

Local pride was very much in evidence in Eldon Square, Dolgellau last Saturday afternoon as Ifan Richards of Brithdir achieved his long standing ambition of claiming race victory at the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Ras Y Gader.

A total of 183 athletes had earlier set off on the 10.5 mile challenge which took athletes up the 2,927 foot climb from Eldon Square to the peak of Cader Idris before the return journey. With the promised rain not appearing, racing conditions were ideal for the competitors and at the half way stage, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete was in 4th position. However, a stunning descent led to a head-to-head battle with Eryri Harrier Martin Cliffe with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions on the charge back into Dolgellau. However, with vociferous local support, Richards eventually pulled clear to achieve his dream victory in a time of 1hr 31.02mins with Martin Cliffe following in a time of 1hr 31.14mins.

The 2nd Meirionnydd finisher was Mark Atherton, the Ffestiniog based athlete claiming an overall 13th spot finish in a time of 1hr 40.38mins. The lead female then followed as Lauren Jeska (Aberystwyth A.C.) repeated her victory at the event in 2012, on this occasion in a time of 1hr 42.01mins. There was excellent symmetry at the event as the first ever winner of Ras Y Gader, Dafydd Roberts, claimed age category success in the year of the 2nd local winner, victorious within the Male Over-50 category in a time of 1hr 43.01mins.

Three further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd then followed, in the guise of Alan Jones of Ffestiniog, and the Dolgellau duo of Arfon Hughes and Adam Preston, the three achieving respective times of 1hr 48.18mins, 1hr 54.07mins and 1hr 59.24mins. Another Dolgellau based athlete followed as Martin Humphreys, running the race in aid of Cancer Research, came home in a time of 2hrs 13.37mins.

There was also loud applause in Eldon Square for another three athletes based in Dolgellau as Emma Davies, Kerry Hughes and Christine Owen completed the arduous journey in respective times of 3hrs 00.19mins, 3hrs 01.18mins and 3hrs 08.40mins.

The JGS Electrical Fun Run held before Ras Y Gader attracted exactly 100 competitors, with race victory being achieved by 9 year old Jamie Jones of Dolgellau in a time of 2 minutes 16 seconds, with 10 year old Llio Roberts of Rhydymain being the first girl home on a time of 2 minutes 28 seconds.

News Report 12th May 2013


Mark Atherton on his way to a 10th placed finish at the recent Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race

Locally affiliated athletes have been in action at a total of six events recently, predominantly of an off-road nature.

A quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club made the journey to Denbighshire, their chosen event being the Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race, a 4.7 mile challenge which included an overall 1,750 feet of climbing. The race drew a quality field as it also incorporated the 2nd event within the 2013 Welsh Fell Runners Open Championship as well as the North Wales Series. Leading home the Meirionnydd contingent on the day was a resurgent Mark Atherton, the Ffestiniog based athlete claiming an overall 10th spot finish in a time of 43.28mins. Fellow Ffestiniog athlete, Alan Jones, followed in 47.45mins with the Dolgellau based duo of Arfon Hughes and Juliet Edwards following in times of 50.26mins & 56.05mins, the latter claiming a runners up spot within the Female Over-50 age category.

Locally affiliated athletes were also very much to the fore at the recent Red Kite Challenge weekend held at Nant Yr Arian, 12 miles to the east of Aberystwyth. The weekend consisted of two trail running challenges, namely the Red Kite Challenge Half Marathon and the longer Ras Y Diafol measuring 17.5 miles. Over the longer distance, there was an outstanding performance from Eifion Roberts of Harlech, the Bro Dysynni athlete covering the 17.5 mile course in a time of 2hrs 19.35mins to claim an overall 8th placed finish at the event. Over the 13.1 mile Red Kite Challenge, Glyn Rowlands of Arthog was the first of the two locally affiliated finishers, the Meirionnydd athlete home in a time of 1hr 59.03mins. Also in action was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 2hrs 36.31mins to claim victory in the UK Trail Running Association Championships within the Female Over-70 age category. Also in action at Nant Yr Arian was Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd runner claiming 2nd spot within the affiliated junior race in a time of 33.52mins.

Two further Meirionnydd athletes were also in half marathon action recently, their chosen event being the Snowdonia Half Marathon held in the vicinity of Llanrwst and Betws Y Coed. Forming part of a field of over 500 were Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen, claiming an outstanding 8th placed finish in a time of 1hr 24.49mins, and Ashley Charlwood of Dolgellau, the 34th finisher in an excellent time of 1hr 35.04mins.

Gavin Griffiths of Bro Dysynni A.C. continues to fly the club flag in events held in and around South Wales, the ex-resident of Tywyn having another outing recently, this time at the 7 mile Pentyrch Hill Race in Cardiff, an event completed in a pleasing time of 1hr 11.18mins.

Heading further afield recently was Meirionnydd R.C. athlete Sandra Williams who ventured to the Lake District for the Hawkshead 17k Trail Race. In an event which included the stunning scenery of Lake Windermere & the Coniston Hills, the Dolgellau based athlete completed the course in a terrific time of 1hr 46.35mins.

Meanwhile, there was a pleasing sight closer to home recently, as Ifan Richards of Arthog returned to competitive action at the Moel Y Gest Fell Race near Porthmadog, the 5th event of the season within the Eryri Harriers Tuesday Night Fell Running Series. It proved to be a pleasing return for the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete who claimed an overall 2nd spot at the event in a time of 35.20mins.

A number of the athletes highlighted above will be in Eldon Square this coming Saturday lunchtime as Dolgellau will play host to the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Ras Y Gader / Cader Idris Mountain Race as well as the affiliated junior races sponsored by JGS Electrical. The junior races are due to commence at 11.00am with the main event, the 3,000 feet, 10.5 mile Ras Y Gader due off from Eldon Square at 1.00pm. Further details relating to the day can be found on www.cader-race.co.uk with the race also having its own page on Facebook.

News Report 28th April 2013

It proved to be a very profitable day for the six locally affiliated athletes who headed to Wrexham last Saturday afternoon for the Wrexham 10 Mile Road Race, an event which also incorporated the 2013 North Wales 10 Mile Road Running Championships. Of the six athletes in action, three returned home with North Wales Championship gold to their name. The 'super six' were led home by Clive Edgington of Friog, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming 2nd spot within the Male Over-55 category, completing the course in a time of 1hr 07.39mins. Club colleague, Jeff Davies, went one better, claiming Championship gold within the Male Over-65 category in a time of 1hr 11.13mins. John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog then led home the quartet of Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes in action, as a time of 1hr 27.55mins claimed 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 category. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was the second local age category winner, as a time of 1hr 30.41mins claimed victory within the Female Over-70 section. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was the next Dysynni finisher in a time of 1hr 41.09mins before Sheila Symonds, also of Dolgellau, turned in yet another remarkable performance to claim age category victory within the Female Over-75 section in a finishing time of 2hrs 29.00mins. What made this time all the more remarkable was the fact that just 6 days prior to the Wrexham event, Symonds had completed the Virgin London Marathon, covering the 26.1 mile course in an outstanding time of 7hrs 36.29mins. The second locally affiliated athlete to complete the London event was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completing the course in a time of 3hrs 26.03mins which claimed an overall 24th spot within the Male 60-64 age category.

A familiar local name in local athletics circles recently made his 1st competitive appearance in over 12 months on the other side of the globe. The athlete in question was Adrian Bailey, formerly of Barmouth, the ex-Bro Dysynni athlete claiming a 3rd spot finish in a time of 45.33mins at the 12k Bobbin Head Trail Race, an event which formed part of the Sydney Trail Running Series in the Australian state of New South Wales.

Closer to home, Meirionnydd R.C. athlete, Graeme Stringer took on the challenge presented by Moel Tryfan in the North of Gwynedd, the chosen venue of the 1st fixture of the Tuesday Night Midweek Fell Running Series, now reaching its 20th year. On this occasion the Llanelltyd based athlete completed the course in a respectable time of 25.56mins.

Another Meirionnydd athlete taking to the hills recently was Alan Jones, his chosen event being the 7.1 mile Fron Four Fell Race, another event based in the North of Gwynedd. In a race which saw the majority of the leading athletes make navigational errors within the 2,350 foot ascent, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete completed the course in an encouraging time of 50.41mins.

Finally, one of the athletes competing at the Wrexham event highlighted above, was also in further action recently. The athlete in question, Jeff Davies, claiming a 2nd place spot within the Male Over-60 category at the recent Highworth 5 Mile event held near Swindon in a time of 35.31mins.

The thoughts of all those associated with Bro Dysynni A.C. are with the friends and families of those affected by the recent events at the Boston Marathon.
Details of local races coming up in the near future;

~ Saturday, 20th April - Ras Y Moelwyn. Details available from here
~ Saturday, 6th July - Ras Foel Gocyn, Bryncrug
~ Thursday, 1st August - Ras Hendre Wallog, Abegynolwyn

Further details relating to both Ras Foel Gocyn & Ras Hendre Wallog will be posted closer to the event.

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.

News Report 24th March 2013

With heavy snow forcing the cancellation of the Ras yr Aran Fell Race which was due to have been held last Saturday, there has been little recent activity involving local athletes.

Amongst the few in action were the Meirionnydd Running Club duo of Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd and Sandra Williams of Dolgellau, both of whom headed south to Powys to take part in the 20 mile Rhayader Round the Lakes Race. In an event which also included its fair share of inclement weather conditions, the former came home in a time of 2hrs 51.44 mins, the latter in 3hrs 20.08 mins.

Bro Dysynni A.C. were represented recently at the Vale of Clwyd 10k Road Race, an event which started and finished in Llandyrnog. Representation was provided by Blaenau Ffestiniog athlete, John Tee, who completed the challenge in a time of 53.31 mins.

An athlete with strong connections to the Barmouth area as well as Bro Dysynni A.C. continues to impress in sunnier climbs. The athlete in question, Alun Williams, recently claimed an excellent 2nd placed finish at the Moke Lake 10k Off-Road Race held in the Otago region of the south island of New Zealand, completing the event in an excellent time of 35.35 mins.

Finally, Jo Ayling of Llandanwg produced a sterling performance at the recent btr Liverpool Half Marathon, completing the 13.1 mile course in an excellent chip time of 2hrs 16.42 mins.

News Report 10th March 2013

Individual athletes affiliated to both Bro Dysynni A.C. and Meirionnydd Running Club have been out and about recently competing at a range of events at five different venues.

Firstly, Bro Dysynni A.C. have been represented by Brenda Jones, who claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section at the recent Island Race, a half marathon challenge based in Anglesey, the Llanelltyd based athlete covering the 13.1 mile course in a time of 2hrs 02.14mins. Another Bro Dysynni athlete in action recently was Gavin Griffiths, the athlete with strong Tywyn connections completing the St. David's Day 10k Road Race held in Cardiff in a pleasing 50.03mins.

A trio of Meirionnydd Running Club athletes have also seen competitive action recently. Alex Lanz swapped his Meirionnydd vest for the North Wales colours as he was chosen as part of the North Wales regional team in action at last Saturday's McCain UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, which were held at Cofton Park in Birmingham. Competing in the Under-20's race, the Dolgellau based athlete put in a strong performance as a time of 28.57 mins claimed a very respectable 140th spot finish in a race of extremely high calibre. Elsewhere, Meirionnydd were represented by Dave Parker at the Tour of Torpantau Fell Race, based in Talybont on Usk within the Brecon Beacons. The 8 mile race which included an overall 2,500 feet of climbing was also the first counter within the 2013 Inov8 WFRA Open Welsh Championships, the Meirionnydd athlete completing the event held in mist shrouded conditions in a time of 1hr 35.51 mins. Finally, in Wiltshire, Jeff Davies represented Meirionnydd, his chosen event being the Calne SMaRTT Smasher Multi Terrain 10k, an event completed in a time of 45.08mins.

For those who haven't yet paid, just a gentle reminder that Club Membership fees and Welsh Athletics fees are now due to be received for 2013.

~ Club Membership fees stand at £5 for adults & £2 for Junior Members.

~ Welsh Athletics fees stand at £15 for Seniors and Masters as well as aged between 16 & 20 and £.7.50 for those under the age of 15.

~ Combined Club & Welsh Athletics Membership at £20.

Please send payment for one of the above to Eirlys Griffiths, 12 Sandilands Road, TYWYN, Gwynedd, LL36 9AY.

As a small club, it is vital that we keep at least the same level of current membership. As such, please pop a cheque in the post to Eirlys at the earliest opportune moment or give to her in person so that we can keep the 'Bro Dysynni Fire Burning' long into the future!!

Colleagues,

In case you were not aware, following the cancellation of the Llandudno 10 miles road race this year, the road running committee of Welsh Athletics invited the Teifi 10 to host the National Championships for that distance this year. This invitation has been accepted and the event will take place on Sunday 31st of this month, hosted by the Sarn Helen Club and replaces the Llandudno event in the Run Wales series. Entry forms are available at: Entry Forms
Regards, Paul Brooks


Alan Jones in action at Ras Moel Y Ci.
News Report 24th Feb 2013        Results

Championship races have been very much to the fore recently, with locally affiliated athletes placing well in both national and regional competition.

On a national level, Clive Edgington recently made the long journey south to the Glan Usk Park near Crickhowell, the chosen venue for the 109th running of the Welsh National Cross Country Championships. Competing within the Senior Male category, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete produced a strong performance on the day to claim an overall 54th placed finishing position in a time of 42.39mins.

The same athlete was also in action prior to the Welsh Championships, as the Rhug Estate near Corwen played host to the North Wales Cross Country Championships recently. On this occasion, the Friog based athlete claimed Championship Gold within the Male Over-55 category, completing the course in a time 48.00mins. Also claiming Championship Gold at the event, on this occasion within the Female Over-70 category, was Bro Dysynni athlete, Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based runner victorious in a time of 34.53mins. Completing the locally affiliated turn out at the North Wales Championships was Bala based Barrie Jackson, the Meirionnydd R.C. runner claiming a 4th spot finish within the Male Over-70 category in a time of 42.14mins.

Having won Championship Gold at the Rhug Estate, Brenda Jones repeated the success shortly afterwards, on this occasion claiming Championship Gold at the North Wales Half Marathon Championships, an event affiliated with the 18th running of the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon. Victory on this occasion was attained in a time of 2hrs 01.46mins.

Finally, one locally affiliated athlete was in action last Saturday afternoon, heading to Tregarth, near Bangor, for the 5 mile Ras Moel Y Ci Fell Race, an event which also included an overall 950 feet of climbing. The athlete in question was Alan Jones of Ffestiniog, the Meirionnydd R.C. runner claiming an overall 34th placed finish amongst the 131 who completed the race in an overall time of 44.47mins.


Brenda Jones seen with Bebbington Trophy for Endeavour
News Report 14th Feb 2013        

The Marches School in Oswestry provided the back drop recently for the fifth, and final, fixture of the 2012-13 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

As ever, athletes from both Meirionnydd R.C. & Bro Dysynni A.C. were in action at the event trying to consolidate strong end of season league positions for their clubs. In the Senior Men's Race, a quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd were in action, the quartet being led home by the on-form Dave Parker, completing the course in a time of 38.21 mins to claim an overall 18th spot finishing berth. Alex Lanz of Dolgellau produced a strong performance as a time of 39.08 mins claimed an overall 3rd spot within the Male Under-20's category, whilst Clive Edgington of Friog claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-55 section in a time of 42.25 mins. The Meirionnydd quartet was completed by Dolgellau-based Arfon Hughes, covering the tough course in an overall time of 44.33 mins. Cross country regular John Nolan was the sole Bro Dysynni athlete within the Senior Men's field, completing the course in a time of 58.07mins.

Meirionnydd R.C. were also represented within the Male Over-70's race as Barrie Jackson of Bala turned in a sterling performance to come home in an excellent time of 40.06mins.

Bro Dysynni athletes were very much to the fore within the Senior Ladies event, with 3 of the 4 athletes in action placing within their respective age categories. Leading home the quartet was the redoubtable Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd-based athlete claiming victory within the Female Over-70's category in a time of 33.48 mins. Yo Marconi-Nolan was the next Dysynni finisher, a time of 34.09 mins claiming 3rd spot within the Female Over-60's category with Marit Evans of Dolgellau following home in a pleasing time of 36.06 mins. The Dysynni quartet were completed by Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based athlete claiming a fine 2nd spot within the Female Over-65 section, home in a time of 39.17 mins.

All of the above played a part within the end of season standings which saw the Senior Male team of Meirionnydd claim an overall 5th placed position in Division 1, with their Bro Dysynni counterparts claiming 17th spot in Division 2. A strong performance in Oswestry ensured that the Senior Ladies team of Bro Dysynni maintained an overall 7th placed position in Division 2 at the end of the season.

The end of season presentations also highlighted some memorable individual performances throughout the cross country campaign by athletes from both clubs. Brenda Jones was dominant with the Female Over-70 category, claiming age category victory at every event which also resulted in the awarding of the prestigious Bebbington Trophy for Endeavour to the Bro Dysynni athlete. Clive Edgington claimed an overall 2nd placed standing within the Male Over-55 category whilst there were respective 3rd place standings for Alex Lanz within the Male Under-20's section & Yo Marconi-Nolan within the Female Over-60 category.

Away from cross country, Bro Dysynni A.C. were also represented on the road recently as Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete, John Tee, completed the arduous Nick Beer 10k Road Race held in Llandudno in an excellent time of 57.14 mins.


Juliet Edwards on her was to age category success at the Tarren Hendre Fell Race.
News Report 10th Feb 2013 including Tarren Hendre Race Report         Results

Gloomy, overcast conditions greeted the athletes who travelled to Abergynolwyn last Saturday lunchtime, the venue for the Railway Inn sponsored Tarren Hendre Fell Race, a 6 mile event which included a total of some 2,000 feet of climbing. The race was also the second of the three counters towards the 2013 Meirionnydd Winter Race Series as well as being the 1st race within the WFRA 2013 North Wales series (sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor). As such, the race attracted a high calibre field.

The gloomy conditions which greeted the athletes resulted in mist falling on the higher parts of the race, resulting in difficult navigational conditions with a number of athletes straying off the best racing line.

Having achieved a 5th placed finish at the event in 2012 and a 3rd placed finish in 2010, the 2013 race winner was Martin Cliffe of Eryri Harriers, who completed the course in a time of 53.36 mins to claim a comfortable victory, a little over 3 minutes clear of the next finisher. In the ladies race, there was a repeat victory for Lauren Jeska of Aberystwyth A.C. who, having won the ladies race in 2012, repeated her success in 2013 in a time of 59.26 mins.

The race attracted a total of eight athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C., the eight being led home by Dave Parker, claiming an excellent 3rd placed finish in a time of 56.44 mins. Ifan Richards of Brithdir followed, as a time of 57.22 mins ensured a 6th placed finish, whilst Alex Lanz of Dolgellau claimed an overall 9th place, as well as 2nd Junior Male in a pleasing time of 58.27 mins. Fresh from his success at the English Indoor Rowing Championships, Jamie Evans of Bryncrug produced another fine performance, finishing in a time of 66.07 mins, a mere 15 seconds ahead of Dolgellau athlete, Arfon Hughes, who followed home in 66.22 mins. There was age category success for the next Meirionnydd finisher, as Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau claimed victory within the Female Over-50 category in a time of 74.55 mins, with Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd and Kevin Evans of Brithdir following in respective times of 75.20 mins & 83.04 mins.

There was also recent continued success a little further afield for an athlete with strong ties to both the Barmouth area and to Bro Dysynni.A.C. The athlete in question, Alun Williams, was recently victorious at the Southern Sports Podiatry 10k Trail Race, held as part of the Paradise Triathlon festivities held in the Glenorchy area of the South Island of New Zealand. Victory over the scenic course was attained in a creditable time of 37.03mins.

Photos from John Nolan A selection of 11 Photos from yesterdays Cross Country at Oswestry.

Bro Dysynni AC lady masters again did us proud in the race.
Brenda Jones Vet 70 was first club lady home in 33mins 48secs for the 5k course. She was closely followed by Yolanda Marconi-Nolan Vet 60 in 34.09. Marit Evans Vet 45 was next in 36.06 With Marjory Griffiths Vet 65 completing the team in 39.17.
The ladies did extreemly well over yet again another tough course that included very muddy sports fields pasture land water jumps and fences to climb/jump, with hill climbs and ask them about the 100metres of bog that they had to wade though.
John Nolan survived yet another cross country finishing the mens race in 58.14 for about 10k.

The presentation of awards followed the races and were based on performances over the five league races.
Yolanda picked up the award for 3rd over 60. With Brenda collecting the first ever presentation for the first over 70 lady. As a result of her endeavor over a number of years and the promotion of lady veteran athletics both in North Wales, Nationally and Internationally she was also awarded the Bebbington Trophy from the league.

News Report 20th Jan 2013

We had a small turn out at Lillishall, for the fourth North Wales XC League two ladies and myself.
As usual this season the course was very wet, alot of lying water, and heavy with mud. As the photos show.
Brenda Jones 0/70 was 68th in 34.04 and Yolanda Marconi-Nolan 0/60 72nd in 35.43 in the Ladies race over 3 small laps 5625metres.
John Nolan 115th in 53.53 in the Mens race over 4 Large laps 9.100metres.

Final Races are at Oswestry on 2nd February 2013.    John Nolan

The National Sports Centre in Lilleshall, Shropshire recently played host to the penultimate fixture within the 2012/13 season of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League with inclement weather conditions greeting those competing in the fourth of the five league fixtures, resulting in a slight decrease within the numbers competing on the day.

In the 'Senior Mens' event, both Meirionnydd Running Club & Bro Dysynni A.C. were represented. Leading home the five Meirionnydd athletes in action was Dave Parker, claiming a strong 20th placed finishing position in a time of 37.59mins. Ifan Richards of Brithdir was the next Meirionnydd finisher as a time of 39.19mins ensured a 30th position finishing slot. The Meirionnydd team were completed by the trio of Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, Clive Edgington of Friog & Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau claiming respective finishing times of 39.35mins, 41.59mins & 43.43mins. Representing Bro Dysynni A.C. on this occasion was John Nolan, the club stalwart home in a pleasing time of 53.50mins. After the Lilleshall fixture, the senior men of Meirionnydd maintained their 5th place standing within Division 1 of the league with Bro Dysynni A.C. standing in 16th spot in Division 2.

Within the 'Senior Female' race, there was representation from a duo of established Bro Dysynni athletes. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was the first of the duo home, as a time of 34.07mins also claimed age category success within the Female Over-70 section whilst Yo Marconi-Nolan continued her strong cross country season, coming home in a time of 35.43mins. As a result of these two strong performances, the senior ladies team of Bro Dysynni A.C. climbed one place, from 8th to 7th, within the 2nd Division of the league.
Andy Unwin

 

News Report 3rd January 2013

A quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club took the plunge just prior to the New Year, the plunge in question being the 'Jubilee Plunge', a 2 mile downhill race with a total descent of 1,500 feet from the summit of Moel Famau to the finish line in the the Denbighshire village of Llangynhafal. With the race attracting an entry of 75, the Meirionnydd quartet all claimed top ten performances, with overall race victory being claimed by Brithdir-based athlete, Ifan Richards, completing the course in a breathtaking time of 11.44mins. Chris Atherton claimed an excellent 6th placed finish in a time of 12.07mins, a mere 5 seconds ahead of Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, 7th overall in a time of 12.12mins. The Meirionnydd quartet were completed by Dave Parker, claiming an overall 9th spot in a time 12.19mins.

On the same day as the Jubilee Plunge, one athlete affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC was in action in somewhat sunnier climbs. The athlete in question was Harlech based Andy Unwin, with his chosen event being the Moalboal X-Mas 5k Race held on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. With the race starting at 5am to avoid the daytime heat, the Ardudwy runner came home beaming as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 36.16mins.


Ifan Richards on his way to victory at the recent Jubilee Plunge event. Pic by Alastair Tye

Moalboal X-Mas 5k Run

The town of Moalboal, with its white sandy beaches, on the island of Cebu in the Philippines was the venue recently for portly Dysynni athlete, Andy Unwin, to lead home the British contingent at the Moalboal X-Mas 5k Run. This may be a slight exaggeration as he was the only British runner in a field of 127, but a blazing time of 36.16 mins for the race, which started at 5.15am to avoid the morning heat, was enough to make the locals sit up and admire the performance produced by the Adonis-like athlete. Various pictures of the event are pictured below.


The glorious white sandy beaches of Moalboal.


Race poster and colourful race shirt (Size XXL!)


Race Security


A stunning final sprint from the Harlech Hunk


Pictured alongside the 1st and 2nd female finishers.

News Report 22nd December 2012

There was local interest at the 14th running of the Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships which were held at the Royal Welsh Showgrounds in Builth Wells during the lead up to Christmas.

In the 'Senior Female' category, there was a tremendous 2nd placed finish from an athlete with strong links to Porthmadog as Alaw Beynon-Thomas, representing West Wales at the event, came home in an excellent time of 26.00mins. Two female athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni also achieved age category success at the event, as Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed overall victory within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 31.21mins whilst Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 section in a pleasing time of 39.41mins.

Meirionnydd Running Club were also represented by two athletes within the Male section, as David Parker claimed an outstanding 22nd spot finish within the 'Senior Male' category in a time of 41.37mins whilst Clive Edgington of Friog claimed a 2nd spot finish within the Male Over-55 section in a time of 37.07mins.

Meirionnydd Running Club were also represented at the recent Corndon Classic Fell Race which started and finished at the Shrposhire village of Priest Weston. The Meironnydd representative at this event was David Elliott, the Machynlleth based athlete covering the 5.8 mile race, which included an overall 1,850 feet of climbing, in a pleasing time of 56.48mins which, in turn, claimed an overall 26th spot finishing position.

Tyn Y Groes Hill Race

Once again the Tyn Y Groes Hill Race will not take place at 12:00 noon on 26th December. Hope not to see you there!

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Anglesey Half Marathon Press Release
News Report 9th December 2012

A total of six locally affiliated athletes formed part of a field of just under 400 competitors who gathered at Plascrug Avenue last Sunday afternoon for the 14th running of the Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth Charity 10k Road Race. With overall victory being claimed by Brecon A.C. athlete, Austin Davies, in a time of 33.08mins, the locally affiliated contingent were led home by David Elliott of Machynlleth, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in an excellent time of 43.31mins. A total of five athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. then followed, the five being led home by Richard Griffiths, the Tywyn based athlete crossing the finish line in a time of 48.28mins. The redoubtable Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd then followed, claiming victory within the Female Over-70 category in an outstanding time of 55.06mins, just over a minute clear of John Tee, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete home in 56.23mins. Recently elected Bro Dysynni Chairman, Hugh Harrison of Fairbourne, then followed, delighted with a finishing time of 57.53mins with Marj Grffiths completing the strong Dysynni turnout, the Aberystwyth based athlete victorious within the Female Over-65 category in a commendable time of 65.45mins.

For Dysynni athlete Hugh Harrison, it was his second 10k outing in quick succession as, leading up the Aberystwyth event, the Dysynni Chairman competed in sunnier climbs in an attempt to improve his fitness levels. On that occasion, the venue was the Canary Island of Lanzarote, the Fairbourne athlete doubly-delighted to complete the Clasica de Lanzarote 10k Road Race in a time of 64.24mins.

Tyn Y Groes Hill Race

Once again the Tyn y groes Hill Race will not take place at 12:00 noon on the 26th December at its traditional venue.

News Report 2nd December 2012

Heavy rain and extremely muddy conditions greeted the competitors who headed to Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham recently for the 3rd fixture out of five which constitute the 2012/13 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

It also proved to be a slightly disappointing day for Meirionnydd Running Club who started the day in 2nd postion in Division 1, but by the end of the fixture had slipped to 5th position overall. There were a total of five Meirionnydd athletes in action at Wrexham and they were led home by Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, claiming a 27th spot finish in a time of 32.59mins. Dave Parker was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 33.14mins with Clive Edgington of Friog following in 36.01mins. Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog was the 4th Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 36.20mins with the Meirionnydd team being completed by Arfon Hughes, the Dolgellau based athlete home in a time of 37.13mins.

There was just a sole local competitor involved within the ladies race as Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed victory within the Female Over-70 age category, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the arduous course in an excellent time of 28.00mins. After the Wrexham fixture, Bro Dysynni dropped one spot in Division 2 to 8th position in the table.

A trio of locally affiliated athletes also recently formed part of a large field who took on the 13.1 mile challenge presented by the Conwy Half Marathon. The trio in action were led home by Sandra Williams of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in an excellent time of 1hr 55.48mins. A busy Brenda Jones followed, the Bro Dysynni athlete once again claiming age category success within the Female Over-70 section, on this occasion in a time of 1hr 58.22mins, whilst Jacqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd completed the locally affiliated turnout, as the Meirionnydd runner came home in a time of 2hrs 10.40mins.

31st running of the popular Menai Mini 10k which will celebrate its 31st running on 27th January, 2013.

A good way to kick off a competitive 2013 maybe?!

News Report 18th November 2012

November is proving to be a fruitful month for one athlete affiliated to Bro Dysynni, the athlete in question being Brenda Jones, who has collected both national and international accolades during the course of the 11th month.

On the international front, the Llanelltyd-based athlete was chosen as part of the Welsh squad who headed to the Queens University grounds in Belfast recently for the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Internationals. Representing Wales as part of the squad within the Female Over-65 category, the Dysynni athlete helped Wales to a bronze medal within the age group, completing the muddy course in a pleasing time of 32.17mins.

The Dysynni athlete also recently captured the North Wales 5 Mile Road Running Championship within the Female Over-70 category, an event held in conjunction with the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management Abergele 5 Mile Road Race, on this occasion in a time of 43.53mins. Also in action at Abergele were Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd, the Meirionnydd runner home in a time of 38.25mins and John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the course in a time of 44.17mins.

Athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club have been very prominent in the season ending standings of both the North Wales and Welsh Fell Running Championships. Within the WFRA North Wales Championship Series based over 8 races held during the course of 2012, the Meirionnydd club completed a clean sweep within the Senior Male category, the 1-2-3 being accomplished by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, Dave Parker & Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen. There was also a pleasing 11th placed standing within the Senior Male category for Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Also placing well for Meirionnydd were Juliet Edwards & Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, the former claiming 2nd spot within the Female Over-50 category, the latter 10th spot within the Male Over-40 section.

On a national level, two of the above claimed 2nd spot within the final standings of the 6 race inov-8 sponsored WFRA Welsh Open Series. The two athletes in question were Dave Parker, 2nd Senior Male & Juliet Edwards, 2nd within the Female Over-50 section.

News Report 11th November 2012

                                             
Richard Griffiths of Tywyn and Bob Chilton of Hermon on the Rhobell.

Autumn sunshine greeted the 83 athletes who headed to Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau, last Saturday afternoon for the 10th running of the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race. Facing the competitors was a 6.4 mile course which included an overall 1,900 feet of climbing.

The race was dominated by athletes affiliated to Mercia Fell Runners who claimed four of the top ten spaces, including the first two finishers, namely Tim Davies, home in 51.27mins, a mere five seconds ahead of club colleague, Paul Jones, who finished in 51.32mins.

The race also attracted a total of nine locally affiliated athletes and they were led home by Dave Parker, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming a fine fourth placed finish in a time of 53.36mins. A further four Meirionnydd athletes followed, in the guise of Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog, home in 64.40mins, Dave Elliott of Machynlleth, home in 64.54mins and the Dolgellau-based duo of Arfon Hughes & Juliet Edwards in respective times of 66.50mins & 75.31mins, the latter claiming 2nd spot within the Female Over-50 age category, as well as establishing a new Meirionnydd age category record over the Rhobell course within the Female Over-50 section.

Richard Griffiths was the first of the two Bro Dysynni A.C. finishers, the Tywyn based athlete home in a time of 76.10mins, clear of the Meirionnydd duo of Kevin Evans of Brithdir & Dai Rice of Dolgellau, home in respective times of 82.43mins & 90.24mins. The locally affiliated contingent was completed by Bob Chilton of Hermon, the Bro Dysynni athlete continuing his comeback from injury as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 93.52mins.

News Report 4th November 2012

The grounds of St. Davids College in Llandudno recently played host to the second league fixture out of five which constitute the 2012/13 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

As with the first league fixture, the headlines were made by the mens team affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club as a squad of 14 runners further consolidated a strong start made by the club. On this occasion, the Meirionnydd squad were led home by Glyn Griffin, the Llanfrothen based athlete claiming an overall 21st place finish in a time of 37.32mins. There was another creditable performance from Alex Lanz, the Dolgellau athlete home in 37.49mins, clear of Aberdyfi based colleague, Dylan Jones, who followed in 39.41mins. Kevin Jones of Dolgellau was the next local finisher in 39.59mins whilst Jamie Evans of Bryncrug & Clive Edgington of Friog had a race long battle, home in respective times of 41.12mins & 41.18mins. The 7th Meirionnydd runner home was Alan Jones, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete crossing the finishing line in 41.59mins, with Dai Whittey of Llanelltyd displaying both vim and vigour as he came home in 43.02mins. Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau & Ricky Francis of Talyllyn continued the Meirionnydd procession in times of 44.15mins & 45.16mins, to be followed by D. Hughes, home in a time of 45.25mins. The effervescent Dave Seabourne of Dolgellau was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 46.42mins with Alun Steadman of Aberdyfi following in 50.51mins. John Nolan was the sole Bro Dysynni male athlete in action, completing the event in a time of 51.30mins with Dai Rice completing the Meirionnydd turnout as the Dolgellau based athlete came home in a time of 52.32mins.

After the 2nd of the 5 league fixtures, Meirionnydd Running Club maintained their 2nd spot within Division 1 whilst Bro Dysynni hold on to 14th spot within the 2nd tier.

In the female race, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd produced a storming performance, as a time of 34.24mins ensured age category victory within the Female Over-70 section for the Bro Dysynni stalwart, whilst club colleague, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan, claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-60 section in an excellent time of 36.27mins.

After the 2nd of the 5 league fixtures, Bro Dysynni A.C. sit comfortably in 7th spot within Division 2.

There is local action this coming Saturday lunchtime (10th November), as Llanfachreth near Dolgellau will play host to the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race. The race, which is also the first fixture within the 2012/13 Meirionnydd Winter Race Series, measures 6.4 miles in distance and includes an overall 1,900 feet of climbing. The main race is due off at 12.00 Noon with a Junior / Short Fell Race due off shortly afterwards. Race entries will be accepted on the day, with further details available from www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk

The New Brodysynni Committee

There were a few alterations to the Bro Dysynni A.C. committee structure made at the recent AGM. Firstly, we must thank two outgoing officers, namely Helen Williams & John Butler, for their sterling work over the years, it has been much appreciated by all concerned within the club.

Replacing Helen as Chairperson will be Hugh Harrison, we wish Hugh every success during his tenure as the Chair. John Nolan will now take on the role of Secretary, this being an extension to his previous duties as the External Correspondence Secretary. We also welcome new Committee Member, Richard Vroom.

The new structure is as follows;

 
President                          -   Sheila Symonds
Chairperson                        -   Hugh Harrison
Secretary                          -   John Nolan
Treasurer                          -   Gwen Butler
Membership Secretary & Club Kit Contact -  Eirlys Griffiths
Committee Members                  -  Tom Evans, Alban Jones. Brenda Jones, Roy Peel & Richard Vroom
News-Sheet                         -  Dai Williams
Club Statistician                  -  John Nolan
Website Update                     -  Bob Chilton
Press Releases                     -  Andy Unwin
As a club, we must also congratulate Tom Evans (The Old Codger) on reaching his 91st year at the beginning of November...Many Happy Returns Tom!!!!!!
News Report 28th October 2012


Alun Williams (left) on his way to victory at the Cromwell Half Marathon


Ifan Richards in action at the recent Trefeo Vanoni Relays in Montbegno in Italy

Locally affiliated athletes have been running long distance events far and wide recently in a total of 4 seperate nations.

The largest locally affiliated turnout saw a total of 7 athletes form part of the field of over 1,500 competitors who gathered in Llanberis last Saturday morning for the Snowdonia Marathon. The gruelling 26.2 mile race started and finished in Llanberis, taking in a long loop around Snowdon. The seven locally affiliated athletes were led home by Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in a tremendous time of 3hrs 26.38mins. Continuing his busy Autumn running schedule was Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, the Bro Dysynni athlete finishing in a superb 3hrs 44.30mins whilst Sandra Williams of Dolgellau produced a storming performance, the Meirionnydd runner home in 4hrs 22.08mins. Two Bro Dysynni athletes followed, as Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi came home in 4hrs 34.58mins whilst Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section in a startling time of 4hrs 43.55mins. The 'Magnificent Seven' were completed by the Meirionnydd duo of Jacqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd, home in 5hrs 10.08mins, and Christine Owen of Dolgellau, home in 5hrs 36.30mins.

Two further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes were also in action recently, their chosen event being the BUPA Great Birmingham Run. Completing the 13.1 mile course were Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in a time of 1hr 34.15mins & Martin King of Dolgellau in 1hr 43.44mins.

On the international front, two athletes with strong local connections produced outstanding performances recently. In Otago on the South Island of New Zealand, Alun Williams of Llanaber claimed victory at the Cromwell Half Marathon for the second time on three years. Having won the event in 2010, the ex-Bro Dysynni member repeated this performance in 2012, claiming victory in a time of 1hr 15.54mins. Meanwhile, there was further international recognition for Ifan Richards, as the Meirionnydd runner was chosen as part of the Welsh Senior Team at the 55th running of the Trefeo Vanoni Relays held in Montbegno in the Lombardy region of Italy. The Welsh team claimed a 16th placed finish out of the 133 three men relay teams in action, in an overall time of 1hr 41.24mins with the Brithdir based athlete completing his leg in a time of 34.39mins.

Elsewhere recently, Eifion Roberts claimed a tremendous 4th placed finish at the Ron Skilton Memorial Half Marathon Race in Llanwrtyd Wells, the Harlech based athlete completing the off-road 13.1 mile race in a time of 1hr 48.54mins.

Completing the local turnout recently was David Elliott, who headed to Criggion near Welshpool for the Breidden Hills Fell Race, a tough 7 mile event which included an overall 2,300 feet of climbing. The Meirionnydd Running Club produced a strong performance to finish in an overall time of 1hr 14.24mins.

News Report 21st October 2012


Kevin Evans & Dave Seabourne running the pairs leg at the recent British Fell & Hill Relay Championships

A dozen athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club took on a challenge with a twist recently, as they formed two teams at the 24th running of the UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championships which were held at Church Stretton in Shropshire.

In an event which attracted a total of 151 teams of 6 athletes per team, the race was split into four relay sections, namely a solo leg, a pairs leg, a navigational pairs leg before a final solo leg. With the cream of UK fell running in attendance, the Meirionnydd Running Club Senior Team which consisted of Dave Parker, Kevin Jones (Dolgellau), Mark Atherton (Ffestiniog), Arfon Hughes (Dolgellau), Alan Jones (Ffestiniog) & Ifan Richards (Brithdir), performed admiralably on the day to claim an overall 43rd place team finish in a cumulative time of 4hrs 15.50mins. The Meirionnydd club also entered an Over-50's team at the event which consisted of Clive Edgington, Kevin Evans (Brithdir), Dave Seabourne (Dolgellau), Dai Rice (Dolgellau), John Smith (Dolgellau) & Dylan Evans (Bryncrug). Once again, the team put in a sterling effort to finish in an overall 141st spot in a cumulative time of 6hrs 02.51mins.

A further five locally affiliated athletes also recently formed part of a field of 97 athletes who took on the 7 mile challenge presented by the Twin Peaks Race held in Aberystwyth. With the race taking in the daunting climbs of both Pen Dinas & Constitution Hill, the local contingent were led home by Meirionnydd RC athlete, David Elliott who completed the event in a time of 56.17mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, home in 58.28mins, and a resurgent Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd, crossing the finish line in a time of 1hr 03.21mins. There was age category success for the two Bro Dysynni AC athletes in action as Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth claimed victory within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 1hr 35.32mins with the redoubtable Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau victorious within the Female Over-75 category in an excellent 2hrs 07.46mins.

A quartet of locally affiliated athletes also recently took on the 13.1 mile challenge presented by the Cardiff Half Marathon. The quartet were led home by Cerist Tri athlete Dylan Jones, the Aberdyfi-based runner completing the course in a time of 1hr 23.14mins. A trio of Bro Dysynni athletes then followed as Tom Jones of Aberdyfi came home in 1hr 27.22mins, Gavin Griffiths, formerly of Tywyn followed in 1hr 53.43mins, with Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi completing the family affair, coming home in a time of 2hrs 03.40mins.

Bro Dysynni AC were also represented recently at the Flint 10k Road Race by the evergreen Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd who claimed the Female Over-70 category award at the event in fine time 53.52mins.

News Report 14th October 2012


Alex Lanz on his way to a 28th spot finish in Bangor
Treborth Fields in Bangor was the venue recently for the opening fixture of the 2012/13 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League and having claimed runners-up spot in Division 1 last season, the Senior Men's team of Meirionnydd Running Club made their intentions clear as they started off with a strong performance in the event hosted by Eryri Harriers.

Leading home the strong Meirionnydd contingent and claiming an overall 13th place finish was Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based athlete home in a time of 38.53mins. A mere 7 seconds seperated the next two Meirionnydd finishers as Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen led home Dave Parker in respective times of 40.50mins & 40.57mins. There was an excellent 28th spot finish from Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, moving up this season into the senior category, in a time of 41.37mins with fellow Dolgellau athlete, Kevin Jones, following in 42.39mins, a time which also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 category at the event. Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi then followed in a time of 43.10mins with Clive Edgington next home in 44.25mins, clear of Alan Jones of Ffestiniog, crossing the finish line in a time of 46.06mins. Jamie Evans of Bryncrug continued the Meirionnydd procession in a time of 46.37mins with Dai Whittey of Llanelltyd showing much gumption to finish in a time of 47.30mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn came home on 48.57mins, ahead of Dolgellau based Arfon Hughes, home in a pleasing 51.49mins. The Meirionnydd team was completed by Alun Steadman of Aberdyfi finishing in a time of 57.03mins and Dai Rice of Dolgellau, home in 57.51mins. The large field also included a sole athlete affiliated to Bro Dysynni as John Nolan made a welcome return to competitive cross country action, completing the course in a time of 59.54mins.

After the 1st of the season's 5 fixtures, Meirionnydd sit in 2nd spot in Divison 1, with Bro Dysynni holding 15th spot in the second tier.

In the Senior Women's race, a trio of veterans carried the flag for Bro Dysynni A.C. Leading home the three was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, a time of 37.35mins claiming victory within the Female Over-70 category. Following on was Yolanda Marconi, a time of 39.21mins claiming 2nd spot within the Female Over-60 category with Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth following as a time of 47.16mins claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-65 section.

After the 1st fixture of the season, the Dysynni ladies sit comfortably in 7th spot in Division 2.

The day after the Bangor cross country event, two athletes from Meirionnydd who had been in action the previous day took to the hills, their chosen event being the 6.7 mile Arenig Fawr Fell Race, an event which also included an overall 1,900 feet of climbing. In a race which finished at the now disused Arenig Quarry, there was an excellent 3rd placed finish from Dave Parker in a time of 1hr 00.41mins with Ifan Richards turning in a rare below par performance as he came home in a time of 1hr 22.50mins.

Finally, Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau represented Meirionnydd Running Club at the recent MBNA Chester Marathon, completing the 26.2 mile course in a splendid time of 3hrs 51.39mins which also set a new club record for the distance within the Female Over-50 category.

News Report 7th October 2012

Locally affiliated athletes were out in force at the recent Trailworks / Garthyfog Log Cabins sponsored Penmaenpool 10 Mile Trail Race, with an athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club claiming overall victory in the event run exclusively along the Mawddach Trail.

The victorious Meirionnydd athlete was Wrexham-based Dave Parker who claimed race victory in a sterling time of 1hr 01.34mins. Two further Meirionnydd affiliated athletes followed as Clive Edgington set a club age group record within the Male Over-55 category for the distance as he came home in a time of 1hr 07.32mins with Blaenau Ffestininiog based Alun Jones following in a time of 1hr 08.38mins. There was also an excellent performance from Eifion Roberts of Harlech who claimed an overall 9th placed finish at the event in a time of 1hr 09.07mins. A further six Meirionnydd athletes then followed in the guise of Jeff Davies, setting a club age category record within the Male Over-60 section for the distance in a time of 1hr 11.34mins, with Dai Whittey of Llanelltyd and Dylan Evans of Bryncrug having a head-to-head battle the former home in 1hr 12.05mins, the latter in 1hr 12.21mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn followed in 1hr 13.26mins ahead of Kevin Evans of Brithdir, home in 1hr 24.36mins. The 3rd Meirionnydd age group category record for the distance was claimed by Dai Rice of Dolgellau, setting a new Male Over-65 club record as he crossed the finishing line in an excellent time of 1hr 26.26mins.

The first of the three Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes in action then followed, as Bob Chilton of Hermon made a welcome return to competitive action as he completed the course in a pleasing time of 1hr 28.37mins,

a little under 2 minutes ahead of club colleague, JohnTee, the Ffestiniog based athlete following home in a time of 1hr 30.32mins. Christine Owen of Dolgellau then followed, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in a time of 1hr 45.11mins

with Marj Griffiths completing the Bro Dysynni turnout, the Aberystwyth based athlete completing the course 1hr 55.11mins.

A further trio of locally affiliated athletes were also in trail running action recently, on this occasion at the Anglesey Island Trail Races. With Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Island providing a picturesque backdrop for the 13.1 mile half marathon event, there were strong performances from Sandra Williams of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home on 2hrs 11.33mins and Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni veteran claiming age category victory within the Female Over-70 section in an excellent 2hrs 21.44mins. Also in action, on this occasion in the affiliated 10k race, was Marit Evans of Dolgellau, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the event in a time of 1hr 19.30mins.

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News Report 23rd September 2012


Ifan Richards & Glyn Griffin wearing the red of Wales in Cumbria last weekend. Pictures by Esyllt Richards

There was international recognition for two athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club last weekend as they were chosen as part of the Welsh team in action at the Home Country International Uphill Running Championships which were held in Melmerby in Cumbria. Facing the competitors was a 10k course which included an overall 1,670 feet of climbing up to the peak of the Hartside Ridge. The Meirionnydd duo wearing the red of Wales were Ifan Richards of Brithdir, claiming an overall 25th spot finish within the international field of 48, in a time of 51.14mins and Welsh-debutant, Glyn Griffith of Llanfrothen, claiming an outstanding 28th spot finish in a time of 52.07mins. In the overall team standings, the Welsh squad ended up in the bronze medal position within the Senior Male category.

Another Meirionnydd athlete was also in action in Cumbria last weekend, on this occasion at the Great Langdale Half Marathon. The athlete in question was Barrie Jackson of Bala who completed the arduous 13.1 mile course in an overall time of 2hrs 38.12mins which also claimed victory within the Male Over-70 Category.

A further athlete affiliated to the Meirionnydd club also took on a classic race recently, namely the Peris Horseshoe Fell Race, a 17.5 mile event which included an overall 8,500 feet of climbing taking in the climbs of Elidir, Y Garn, Lliwedd, Y Wyddfa & Moel Cynghorion, an event considered by many to be one of the toughest races within the Welsh fell running calendar. The athlete in question was Mark Atherton of Ffestiniog who claimed a tremendous 9th placed finish at the event in an overall time of 4hrs 12.27mins.

Elsewhere recently, ex-Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete, Rebecca Dallimore, claimed an excellent finishing time of 1hr 46.54mins at Great North Run Half Marathon whilst Huw Brassington of Bontddu claimed an impressive 3rd place finish at the Anglesey Sandman Sprint Triathlon, covering the course which included a 400 metre sea swim, an 18k bike leg and 5k run in a cumulative time of 1hr 06.47mins.

There is local action this coming Sunday as Penmaenpool will play host to the Trailworks / Garthyfog Log Cabins Penmaenpool 10 Mile Trail Race. The main event is due off at 12.00 Noon with the affiliated 2 mile fun run following at 12.05pm. Further details relating to the event are available on http://www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk/

News Report 15th September 2012


The busy Alan Jones seen in action at the recent Moel Hebog Fell Race

The first half of September has proven to be a busy time for local athletes competing in both off-road and on-road events.

The largest turnout was at the Moel Wnion Fell Race in Abergwyngregyn where competitiors faced a 4.7 mile challenge which included a severe 1,700 feet of climbing. A quality field assembled at this event, as the race was also a counter for the British Fell Running Championships as well as the inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and the WFRA North Wales Series (sponsored by Planet Fear). A total of five Meirionnydd R.C. athletes were in action, the five being led home by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based athlete placing 11th overall in a finishing time of 39.00mins. Dave Parker was the 2nd Meironnydd finisher, 18th overall in 40.21mins with Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen following as a time of 41.13mins claimed an overall 22nd placed finish. The Meirionnydd team were completed by Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog in a time of 50.27mins and Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, home in a time of 56.07mins.

A quartet of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. were in road running action recently, their chosen event being the Ceir Cymru Caernarfon 10k. The quartet were led home by John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog in a pleasing time of 53.00mins, ahead of club colleague, John Butler, the Tywyn-based athlete home in 1hr 03.34mins. Two Dolgellau-based athletes completed the quartet, firstly Marit Evans crossed the line in a time of 1hr 09.33mins before Sheila Symonds produced another vintage performance as a time of 1hr 30.10mins claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 category.

A pair of Dysynni athletes also formed part of a large field at the picturesque Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon recently. Tackling the 13.1 mile course which took in the large loop around Lake Vyrnwy were Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, a time of 2hrs 35.05mins claiming 3rd place within the Female Over-65 category, and the remarkable Sheila Symonds, once again claiming age category success within the Female Over-75 category, on this occasion in a time of 3hrs 15.54mins.

A further pair of athletes, on this occasion affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. were also in action last Saturday, on this occasion at the 9 mile Llyn Brenig Trail Race held near Cerrigydrudion. On this occasion, Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog claimed 14th spot in a time of 1hr 03.09mins with club colleague, John Smith of Dolgellau, following home in a time of 1hr .13.36mins which also claimed 3rd spot within the Male Over-60 category.

Certainly the busiest local athlete recently has been Alan Jones, as the Ffestiniog based athlete also took on the challenge presented by Ras Moel Hebog Fell Race in Beddgelert. On this occasion the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completed the 4.2 mile course which included an arduous 2,460 feet of climbing in a strong time of 1hr 13.51mins. Finally there was an inaugural road race recently for Geraint Evans of Porthmadog who completed the Cardiff 10k Road Race in a pleasing time of 58.07mins to continue a strong family sporting tradition.

Brenig Trail Race. Saturday 15th September 2012 1pm.         Results
News Report 31st August 2012


Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen on his way to a 6th placed finish at the recent Ras Y Cnicht.

Machynlleth recently played host to the inaugural running of Ras Glyndwr, a 3.2 mile fell race which included 700 feet of climbing within the Llynoedd hills overlooking the town.

With the race being dominated by Mercia Fell Runners athlete, Andy Davies, who claimed victory in an overall time of 19.58mins, it was left to Ifan Richards to lead home the seven strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent at the event, the Brithdir based athlete claiming a runners up spot in the race in a time of 21.40mins. Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen continued to impress, finishing in 3rd spot in a time of 23.03mins with Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd claiming 11th place in an all to rare racing appearance, as a time of 26.59mins also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category. Going one better within his age category was Arfon Hughes, the Dolgellau based athlete claiming victory within the Male Over-40 age section, as well as 12th place overall in a time of 27.51mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the 5th Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 29.52mins ahead of Graeme Stringer, the Llanelltyd based athlete returning from a long term knee injury to complete the course in a pleasing time of 30.06mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by another athlete making an all to rare competitive appearance as Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd came home in a time of 32.11mins.

Two of the three Meirionnydd athletes in action at Machynlleth also formed part of a highly successful trio in action recently at the Ras Y Cnicht Fell Race held around Croesor, near Porthmadog. Race victory at the 4.5 mile event which included an energy sapping climb of around 1,850 feet was claimed by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based athlete claiming the fastest race victory time at the event since 2007 in an outstanding time 36.37mins. With Wrexham-based club colleague, Dave Parker, claiming the runners up spot in a time of 39.13mins, the Meirionnydd club ended up with three athletes finishing within the top six at the event, as Glyn Griffin crossed the finishing line in an excellent time of 41.23mins.

A pair of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC took to the road recently, their chosen event being the Ellesmere 10k Road Race held in Shropshire. The first of the Dysynni duo home was John Tee, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete home in a time of 55.13mins, with club colleague Brenda Jones following, as a time of 56.47mins also claimed age category success within the Female Over-70 section for the Llanelltyd based veteran.

Elsewhere recently, Sheila Symonds turned in another excellent performance as the Bro Dysynni AC stalwart claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 category at the Neil Howells Memorial Race held in Montgomery, the Dolgellau based athlete covering the 4.5 mile course in a tremendous time of 70.25mins.

Finally, Alan Jones was the sole representative of Meirionnydd Running Club in action at the Ras Y Mynydd event held at Llandygai near Bangor. In a 4.5 mile off-road event which included 700 feet of climbing, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete claimed an excellent 4th placed finish in a time of 33.27mins.

News Report 27th August 2012

Machynlleth recently played host to the inaugural running of Ras Glyndwr, a 3.2 mile fell race which included 700 feet of climbing within the Llynoedd hills overlooking the town.

With the race being dominated by Mercia Fell Runners athlete, Andy Davies, who claimed victory in an overall time of 19.58mins, it was left to Ifan Richards to lead home the seven strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent at the event, the Brithdir based athlete claiming a runners up spot in the race in a time of 21.40mins. Glyn Griffin of Llanfrothen continued to impress, finishing in 3rd spot in Machynlleth in a time of 23.03mins with Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd claiming 11th place in an all to rare racing appearance, as a time of 26.59mins also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category. Going one better within his age category was Arfon Hughes, the Dolgellau based athlete claiming victory within the Male Over-40 age section as well as 12th place overall in a time of 27.51mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the 5th Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 29.52mins ahead of Graeme Stringer, the Llanelltyd based athlete returning from a long term knee injury to complete the course in a pleasing time of 30.06mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by another athlete making an all to rare competitive appearance as Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd came home in a time of 32.11mins.

Elsewhere recently, Sheila Symonds turned in another excellent performance as the Bro Dysynni AC stalwart claimed age category success within the Female Over-75 category at the Neil Howells Memorial Race held in Montgomery, the Dolgellau based athlete covering the 4.5 mile course in a tremendous time of 70.25mins.

Ras Hendre Wallog        Results

Abergynolwyn recently played host to the ever popular Ras Hendre Wallog which this year attracted an excellent entry of 37 athletes. Race victory in 2012 was claimed by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir based athlete completing a hat-trick of victories at the event, with the Meirionnydd RC athlete having previously tasted success in both 2009 & 2010. Runners up spot was claimed by Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, the Cerist Tri athlete having won the race in 2011, this year having to settle for second spot on the podium. Full race results of the 2012 event are attached herein.


Wearing race number 333 was Dylan Jones running like half the devil to claim an overall runners up spot at the event.

Bro Dysynni stalwart, Alan Jones, in action at Ras Hendre Wallog


Richard Vroom of Tywyn on his way to a finishing time of 28.17mins

Brenda Jones on her way to race victory within the female category at Ras Hendre Wallog

Dolgellau 5         Saturday 28th July 2012     Results

For the second consecutive Sunday, the alarm clock was set ridiculously early for our intrepid international runner, as Andy Unwin was faced with another 5am race start, this time for the 8k Red Cross Humanitarian Race in Cebu City. In true Philippines style, the planned 5am start eventually started at 5.45am by which time the sun was rising as indeed was the temperature. Proudly wearing his Bro Dysynni vest (simply because the race organisers didn't go up to XXL with the official race vest!) the Harlech beached whale adopted a start slowly and get slower approach to the event, eventually crossing the line with something resembling a sprint in a time of 59.27mins, thus successfully achieving his aim of finishing within the hour! As ever, Bro Dysynni also claimed to have the 1st Welsh finisher at the prestigious(-ish) race.

One Bro Dysynni athlete is currently undergoing some warm weather training. Having narrowly missed out on Olympic selection, a slim-line Andy Unwin has headed to the Philippine island of Cebu to step up his fitness training for Brazil 2016. In his 1st competitive outing on the island, the Harlech-based Adonis completed the Sonshine Radio 6k in a time of 39.44mins. The race set off in darkness at 5am to avoid the heat, but the humidity was also stiffling by all accounts. Unofficial reports also suggest that the Bro Dysynni runner was the 1st Welsh finisher at the event (as well as being the only Welsh competitor at the event!)

There will be a step up in distance next Sunday morning to 8k for the Red Cross Cebu Humanity Race. The Red Cross may also be called into action as reports suggest that the 6k distance almost finished off the intrepid athlete, the extra 2k my well make the difference!

News Report 15th July 2012

There was an international feel to Ras Foel Gocyn held in Bryncrug last Saturday afternoon as the tough 4 mile hill race attracted the interest of a national from both the Czech. Republic as well as the Netherlands, albeit both now living and working locally. Indeed, in one of the closest ever finishes to the race, victory was claimed by Jakub Lexa of the Czech Republic, and now Talyllyn, as he pinched victory by a mere 1 second, ahead of Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, the two home in respective times of 32.55mins and 32.56mins. The top three podium was completed by youngster, George Richards of Tywyn, home in an excellent time of 35.56mins. The first of the 7 strong Bro Dysynni A.C. contingent home was John Paul Rowlands of Bryncrug in a time of 37.50mins with Ricky Francis of Talyllyn being the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 38.26mins. Youngsters, Huw Jones of Abergynolwyn and Aled Jones of Bryncrug finished in times of 38.32mins & 39.09mins ahead of the slightly more senior figures of theTywyn based duo of John Marsh of Tarren Hendre & Richard Groffiths of Bro Dysynni, completing the event in respective times of 39.17mins & 39.23mins. Another younger athlete, in the guise of Iwan Jones of Bryncrug, followed in 40.42mins ahead of Alan Jones of Bro Dysynni, the Bryncrug based athlete home in a time of 44.47mins. Dafydd Bryan of Abergynolwyn was the next youngster home, in a time of 45.37mins, clear of the 1st female finisher, as Adele Jones of Bryncrug, running the race as training for the forthcoming 10k event at Race The Train, claimed victory in the female section of the event, the Dysynni athlete crossing the line in a time of 49.55mins. The Dutch athlete in action was Richard Vroom, the Bro Dysynni member, now based in Tywyn, crossing the line in 50.53mins. A further three athletes took a slight detour in the last half mile of the race, resulting in a finishing time of 62.49mins for Gabi Greenwood of Bryncrug as well as the Bro Dysynni duo of Marit Evans of Dolgellau and a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech.

Local athletes have also been out and about recently at other events. At the Foel Fras Fell Race held around Abergwyngregyn, Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog covered the 12 mile course which included a total of 3,100 feet of climbing in a time of 2hrs 05.14mins, earning the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete an excellent 4th placed finish. The Felinheli 10k Road Race was the chosen event of John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete completing the undulating course in a time of 54.41mins whilst Alan Jones was in action at the Cotswold Outdoor Moel Siabod Fell Race in Capel Curig, the Meirionnydd RC athlete completing the 5.4mile course which included an overall 2,300 feet of climbing in a time of 67.15mins, which claimed an overall 29th placed finish. Finally, one Meirionnydd RC was in triathlon action recently as Andrea Vaughan took on the Shropshire Standard Distance Triathlon in Ellesmere, a race which also incorporated the 2012 British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships. In a race made up of a 1.5k swim, a 40k cycle leg and a final 10k run, the Ganllwyd based athlete, on this occasion representing INTRtri, was more than happy with an excellent finishing time of 2hrs 33.41mins.

 
1st    - Jakub Lexa (Czech. Republic & Talyllyn) in 32.55mins
2nd   - Jamie Evans (Meirionnydd Running Club) in 32.56mins (1st Junior Male)
3rd    - George Richards (Tywyn) in 35.56mins
4th    - John Paul Rowlands (Bro Dysynni AC) in 37.50mins
5th    - Ricky Francis (Meirionnydd Running Club) in 38.26mins
6th    - Huw Jones (Abergynolwyn) in 38.3mins
7th    - Aled Jones (Bryncrug) in 39.09mins
8th    - John Marsh (Tarren Hendre) in 39.17nins
9th    - Richard Griffiths (Bro Dysynni AC) in 39.23mins
10th  - Iwan Jones (Bryncrug) in 40.42mins
11th  - Alan Jones (Bro Dysynni AC) in 44.47mins
12th  - Dafydd Bryan (Abergynolwyn) in 45.37mins
13th  - Adele Jones (Bro Dysynni AC) in 49.55mins (1st Female)
14th  - Richard Vroom (Netherlands & Bro Dysynni AC) in 50.53mins
=15th- Gabi Greenwood (Bryncrug) in 62.49mins (1st Junior Female)
=15th- Marit Evans (Bro Dysynni AC) in 62.49mins
=15th- Andy Unwin (Bro Dysynni AC) in 62.49mins
News Report 1st July 2012


Rebecca Dallimore seen in action at the Fraserburgh 10k.

Llandrillo, near Corwen, played host recently to Ras Y Berwyn, a 12.5 mile fell race which included an overall climb of some 3,500 feet, which took in the summits of Cadair Berwyn, Moel Yr Ewig Ridge & Cadair Bronwen. The race was also chosen as the 2nd counter of 6 which constitute the 2012 Welsh Mountain Running Championships. As such, the event attracted a trio of locally affiliated athletes, and leading home the three on the day was John Marsh of Tywyn, the Tarren Hendre athlete home in a time of 2hrs 27.21mins, a time which also claimed age category victory within the Male Over-70 section. Also in action on the day were the Dolgellau-based Meirionnydd Running Club duo of Nich Bradley & Juliet Edwards, home in respective times of 2hrs 36.44mins & 2hrs 39.30mins, the latter also claiming age category victory within the Female Over-50 section.

Also concluding recently was the 10 race Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series. Two Meirionnydd athletes completed the prerequisite number of races to appear in the final standings, where Ifan Richards of Brithdir claimed an overall 3rd place with club colleague Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog following in 15th spot.

An athlete affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. was also in action recently at the Riverbank 10k held in Rhuddlan near Rhyl. That athlete was John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog who covered the multi terrained course in a time of 49.49mins, which also claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-65 category.

Two former members of Bro Dysynni A.C. have also been in action recently. Firstly, Adrian Bailey, formerly of Barmouth, claimed an excellent 17th placed finish at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon held in Queensland, Australia, covering the 26.2 mile course in a time of 2hrs 34.38mins. Secondly, Rebecca Dallimore, formerly of Dolgellau, was in action in Aberdeenshire as she completed the Fraserburgh 10k road race in a strong time of 49.35mins.

Trail Marathon Wales 23rd June 2012


Glyn Griffin on his way to a 5th placed finish at the Trail Marathon Wales Marathon held last Saturday.
Pic by Alastair

Ideal conditions greeted over 500 athletes who descended upon the Coed Y Brenin forest near Dolgellau last Saturday morning for the inaugural running of the Trail Marathon Wales Full & Half Marathon.

With both races being competed for off-road over the trails and tracks within the area, the competition provided a fine spectacle and looks assured of a bright future. In the main 26.2 mile event, overall victory was claimed by Andy Davies of Maldwyn Harriers in an excellent time of 3hrs 03.38mins. The full marathon race also attracted the interest of five athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club, with two of the five figuring prominently at the top end of the leaderboard. Claiming an overall 4th spot finish was Ifan Richards of Brithdir in a time of 3hrs 25.19mins, with club colleague Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth following in 5th spot in a time of 3hrs 30.59mins. The 3rd Meirionnydd finisher, claiming a strong 26th placed finish in the final standings was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog in 4hrs 00.06mins. The Meirionnydd contingent in the full marathon was completed by the Dolgellau based duo of Ashley Charlwood & Sandra Williams claiming respective finishing times of 4hrs 32.43mins & 5hrs 46.39mins.

A further 15 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. took on the 13.1 Mile Half Marathon challenge. Overall race victory within the half marathon was claimed by English international fell runner, Rob Hope of Pudsey & Bramley in a time of 1hr 26.35mins, whilst leading home the Meirionnydd fifteen, as well as breaking the 2 hour barrier, was Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, home in a time of 1hr 59.36mins. Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau followed in 2hrs 03.22mins whilst a mere 13 seconds seperated Ricky Francis of Talyllyn & Glyn Rowlands of Arthog who finished in respective times of 2hrs 06.54mins & 2hrs 07.07mins. Martin King of Ardudwy was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 2hrs 09.05mins, leading home the Dolgellau duo of John Smith & Juliet Edwards who followed in 2hrs 14.15mins & 2hrs 16.35mins. Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd commenced his annual comeback as he finished in a respectable 2hrs 17.45mins, just over 3 minutes clear of Kevin Evans of Brithdir, home in 2hrs 20.48mins. Dave Raybone continued the Meirionnydd procession as he crossed the finishing line in 2hrs 32.29mins with Nicola Rees of Arthog following in 2hrs 36.19mins. A further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes completed the locally affiliated turnout as Jude Evans of Bryncrug finished in 2hrs 38.57mins, Jacqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd in 2hrs 43.17mins, Heidi Roden of Arthog in 2hrs 45.08mins & Amanda Price of Dolgellau in a strong 2hrs 45.23mins.

News Report 16th June 2012

Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Ifan Richards, swapped his club vest for the red of Wales last Sunday morning as the Brithdir based athlete was picked as part of the Welsh squad in action at the Karrimor Great Trail 10k Challenge held in Keswick in the Lake District. With teams representing all the Home Nations in action, Richards picked up an excellent 15th place finish in the 'Elite Race' in a time of 36.44mins.

Prior to heading up the M6, the Brithdir athlete was one of two Meirionnydd RC competitors who headed to Newtown for the 4 mile off-road Gregynog Run, on this occasion picking up a 2nd place finish in a time of 29.41mins. Also in action at the event was club colleague, Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, claiming a 3rd spot finish in 30.45mins.

Two further Meirionnydd athletes saw competitive action recently at the Welsh 1000 Metres Peaks Race, a race, which in normal conditions would have started at Abergwyngregyn on the shoreline of Conwy Bay, before taking in the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd as well as Glyder Fawr & Crib Y Ddysgl before finishing on the summit of Y Wyddfa, a total race distance of 32k which also included an overall 8,000 feet of climbing. However, horrific weather conditions saw the course shortened in places for safety reasons. The 1st of the two Meirionnydd athletes home was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, claiming an overall 15th place finish in a time of 3hrs 59.18mins with club colleague, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau, following in 70th spot in a time of 5hrs 16.52mins.

Prior to the Welsh 1000 Metres Race, Mark Atherton also saw competitive action at the Great Orme Race in Llandudno, the 6th event out of ten which constitute the Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series. On this occasion, the Llan Ffestiniog based athlete claimed a strong 5th place finish in a time of 40.25mins.

Finally, one further athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd RC headed to Trefonen near Oswestry recently for the 4 mile Mynydd Myfyr Hill Race which included 500 feet of climbing. The athlete in question was Barrie Jackson of Bala who claimed a fine 3rd place finish within the Male Over-70 section in a time of 39.40mins.

Coed Y Brenin will be a hive of activity this coming Saturday morning as over 700 athletes will descend upon the centre for the inaugural running of the Trail Marathon Wales event, an off road race taking in the trails and tracks around the area. The full 26.2 mile marathon is due off at 9am with the 13.1 mile half marathon due off at 9.30am. Due to the maximum number of entries having already been reached, there will be no entries accepted on the day. Further details relating to the event can be found at www.trailmarathonwales.com.

News Report 2nd June 2012

There was Championship success for two athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. recently at the North Wales 5k Road Running Championships, incorporated within the Rhyl Sun Centre 5k. Llanelltyd-based Brenda Jones dominated the Female Over-70 category, claiming victory in an excellent time of 27.13mins whilst club colleague, Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, was successful within the Female Over-75 age group, victory being claimed in a time of 42.14mins.

Two further athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni were also in action recently as John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog completed the inaugural Bangor 10k Road Race in a time of 55.07mins, a time which also claimed 2nd place within the Male Over-65 category, whilst Gavin Griffiths, originally of Tywyn, completed the Sirhowy 10 mile multi-terrain event, held in the Caerphilly district in a pleasing time of 1hr 34.26mins.

Five athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. have also seen competitive action recently. At the BUPA Great Manchester Run 10k, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd claimed a finishing time of 42.49mins, whilst a quartet of Meirionnydd athletes saw relatively local action at the Moel Y Gest fell race, the 5th counter of the 10 race Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series. There was an excellent 2nd place for Ifan Richards of Brithdir in a time of 33.10mins with Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi claiming 3rd spot in 36.00mins. Claiming 5th spot was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog in 37.23mins with Alan Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog completing the quartet as he came home in a time of 44.19mins.

News Report 27th May 2012


Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau seen in action at the Cader Idris Mountain Race.

Stifling heat greeted the athletes who descended upon Dolgellau last Saturday afternoon for the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Cader Idris Mountain Race. Facing the athletes was a 10.5 mile course, starting and finishing in Eldon Square in the centre of Dolgellau, taking in the 3,000 feet climb to the summit of Cader Idris and back.

A total of 236 athletes completed the race, led home by Matthew Roberts, the Eryri Harrier crossing the finishing line in a time of 1hr 28.43mins. Perhaps the performance of the day came in the female's race, as former English Fell Running Champion, Lauren Jeska, now affiliated to Aberystwyth A.C. claimed an impressive victory in a time of 1hr 41.14mins, which was also the 13th fastest time overall.

As ever, a number of locally affiliated athletes took on the challenge presented by Ras Y Cader. Unsurprisingly, the local contingent were led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming an overall 5th placed finishing spot in a time of 1hr 32.27mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes had a race long battle, with Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth eventually pipping Kevin Jones of Dolgellau, the two home in respective times of 1hr 44.42mins and 1hr 44.49mins. Leading home the Bro Dysynni athletes in action was Tom Jones, the Aberdyfi based athlete crossing the finishing line in 1hr 55.11mins. Two athletes with a strong Dolgellau background followed, led home by Arfon Hughes, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in 2hrs 04.47mins to be followed by the impressive Lesley Harris, home in 2hrs 06.26mins. A further six athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. followed, led home by Llanelltyd based Tony Hodgson, completing the course in 2hrs 07.01mins. Dylan Evans of Bryncrug followed in 2hrs 10.00mins and there was little to seperate Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth and Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, the two home in respective times of 2hrs 19.40mins and 2hrs 19.59mins. Martin King was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 2hrs 29.06mins, a mere 11 seconds clear of Kevin Evans of Brithdir who followed in 2hrs 29.17mins. Richard Griffiths of Tywyn was the next Dysynni finisher in a time of 2hrs 39.34mins, ahead of two further Dolgellau-based Meirionnydd athletes, namely Dai Rice, home in 2hrs 45.44mins and Emma Davies who followed in 2hrs 47.34mins. The local contingent was completed by the 2nd Bro Dysynni member of the Tywyn-based Griffiths family in action, as Gavin Griffiths crossed the line in a time of 3hrs 10.18mins.

There was also local success within the Under-18's race, with victory being claimed by Alex Lanz of Dolgellau.

News Report 13th May 2012


Brenda Jones seen on her way to age category success at the Red Kite Challenge.

Nant Yr Arian, 12 miles east of Aberystwyth, was the venue recently for the Red Kite Challenge, an 11 mile trail running event which included approximately 2,000 feet of climbing over the distance of the course. The event had added significance this year as it was also the 1st counter within the Welsh Trail Running Championships and also incorporated the 2012 UK / Welsh Senior Trail Running Championships. The event attracted the interest of five locally affiliated athletes and they were led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completing the course in a time of 1hr 15.12mins and claiming a 5th placed finish in the process. Club colleague, Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth followed as a time of 1hr 20.58mins claimed an excellent 10th placed finish whilst a herculean effort by Richard Griffiths of Tywyn claimed 3rd spot within the Male Over-60 category, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 1hr 50.14mins. Also claiming age category success was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni veteran claiming victory within the Female Over-70 category in an excellent time of 2hrs 12.50mins. The final locally affiliated athlete in action was Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd runner claiming an overall 5th placed finish within the Under-18's race.

One athlete apiece from Meirionnydd & Bro Dysynni were also in action recently at the Maldwyn Harriers organised Newtown 10k Road Race. Representing Meirionnydd was Ricky Francis, the Talyllyn based athlete completing the course in a time of 43.52mins whilst John Butler of Tywyn was the Bro Dysynni representative and, in an all to rare racing appearance, completed the course in 63.12mins.

Finally, one further local athlete in action was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog who headed to Denbighshire recently for the Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race, a 4.7 mile event which included an overall 1,750 feet of climbing. It was a case of 'all the fours' for the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete who claimed an overall 4th placed finish at the event in a time of 44.44mins.

 
The Richard Griffiths Appreciation Society get to see their favourite athlete in action!

Advance Notice

An early mention for a date for your diary with the 2012 Ras Foel Gocyn in Bryncrug being confirmed for Saturday, 7th July with a 2.00pm start time. Please do your utmost to support this popular event which forms part of the festivities on Bryncrug Carnival Day.

News Report 5th May 2012

A quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club headed to the Yorkshire Dales recently to form part of a field of around 1,000 athletes who had gathered to participate in the 56th running of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Fell Race. The 23.5 mile race which also included an overall 6,000 feet of climbing pushed the athletes to their limits as it took in the climbs of Pen Y Ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough. The quartet were led home by the impressive Ifan Richards, as the Brithdir based athlete claimed an excellent 23rd placed finish in a time of 3hrs 23.05mins. Continuing his impressive 1st year of competitive fell running was Glyn Griffin, the Penrhyndeudraeth based athlete claiming a strong 65th placed finish in a time of 3hrs 43.16mins. The Meirionnydd quartet was completed by the Dolgellau duo of Kevin Jones & Nich Bradley who came home in respective times of 4hrs 22.29mins & 5hrs 15.05mins.

A further quartet of athletes were also recently in action, their chosen event being the Wrexham Open 10 Mile Road Race, an event which also incorporated the 2012 North Wales 10 Mile Championships. An impressive statistic on the day was that all four local athletes in action made the championship podium within their respective age categories. The first of the quartet to finish was Jeff Davies, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming 2nd spot within the Male Over-60 category in a time of 1hr 10.31mins. A trio of Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes then followed in the guise of John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, 3rd in the Male Over-65 section in 1hr 23.16mins, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-70 category in an excellent 1hr 32.18mins and the remarkable Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, victorious in the Female Over-75 category in 2hrs 27.39mins.

There was also midweek action recently as Nant Peris played host to the 4th race of the Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series. The event in question, the Pendinas Fell Race, measured 1.5miles which included 1,000 feet of climbing within the first half of the race. Representing Meirionnydd R.C. at the event was Alun Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog who completed the course in a pleasing time of 39.27mins.

London Marathon


Marj completed the London Marathon in an excellent 6hrs 01.41mins, and in doing so, raised over £500 for the Alzheimer's Society. Pictured is an ecstatic Marj after completing the gruelling 26.2 miles!

News Report 29th April 2012

Five locally affiliated athletes were in action at the recent Virgin London Marathon, with all five performing admirably over the 26.2 mile course. Leading home the locally affiliated contingent was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, the 1st of four Meirionnydd Running Club athletes to complete the course, on this occasion in a time of 3hrs 22.56mins. A further trio of Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of the Dolgellau based duo of Juliet Edwards & Margaret Roberts, as well as Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd, who completed the famous course in respective times of 4hrs 02.32mins, 4hrs 31.32mins & 5hrs 39.51mins. Representing Bro Dysynni A.C. at the event was Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based athlete home in an excellent time of 6hrs 01.42mins.

Closer to home, recent midweek action has seen the 2nd & 3rd events of the 10 race Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series being held. The first of the two events was the Foel Lus Fell Race held near Penmaenmawr. The race attracted the interest of a quartet of locally affiliated athletes, led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd R.C. claiming 2nd spot on the night in a time of 23.20mins. Dylan Jones of Cerist Tri claimed an excellent 4th spot, the Aberdyfi based athlete crossing the finishing line in a time of 23.59mins, before the Meirionnydd R.C. duo of Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth & Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog claimed 10th & 17th placed finishes in respective times of 24.56mins & 26.18mins. The action then moved on to the Mynydd Mawr Fell Race, held in the village of Y Fron, situated between Rhosgadfan & Carmel. There was another 2nd place finish for Ifan Richards, on this occasion in a time of 32.22mins, with Glyn Griffin claiming 6th spot in a time of 35.45mins. The Meirionnydd trio in action on the evening were completed by Huw Brassington, the Bontddu based athlete home in a time of 37.43mins.

Finally, an athlete affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. was recently in action at the 26th running of the 10k Pentyrch Hill Race held in Cardiff. The athlete in question was Gavin Griffiths, originally of Tywyn, and on a rainy South Wales evening the Dysynni athlete had reason to be pleased with his efforts as he completed the demanding course in a time of 1hr 09.51mins.

News Report 16th April 2012

The village of Fron, near Caernarfon, recently played host to two fell races in quick succession. At the Fron Four Fell Race, Meirionnydd Running Club were represented by Llan Ffestiniog based athlete Mark Atherton who completed the 7.1 mile course, which included an overall climb of some 2,350 feet, in an impressive time of 1hr 17.22mins, a time which was the 7th fastest on the day as well as the fastest within the Male Over-40 category.

The second event held at Fron was the Moel Tryfan Fell Race, the 1st of 10 races which constitute the 2012 Joe Brown 19th Midweek Fell Running Series affiliated to Eryri Harriers. The race attracted three athletes affiliated to local clubs, they were led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete claiming a 4th placed finish in an excellent time of 18.38mins. Hot on his heels was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, on this occasion representing Cerist Tri, 8th overall in 18.49mins. The trio were completed by the busy Mark Atherton, on this occasion home in 11th spot in a time of 20.10mins.

Further afield, Meirionnydd R.C. athlete Jeff Davies finished strongly in a time of 21.01mins at the Swindon Park Run 5k held at Lydiard Park.

Finally the results of the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series have recently been released. The results are based on the cumulative times of three Winter fell races, namely Rhobell Fawr held in Llanfachreth, Tarren Hendre held in Abergynolwyn & Ras Yr Aran held in Llanuwchllyn. Overall series victory was claimed by Martin Cliffe of Eryri Harriers in a cumulative time of 3hrs 27.07mins. In his first full running season, Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth claimed an outstanding runners up spot in the series, as well as leading home the six strong Meirionnydd contingent who completed the three events, in an overall time of 3hrs 37.45mins. The Meirionnydd contingent were completed by Phil Morgan of Machynlleth in 4hrs 23.47mins, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, 1st male within the Over-60 category, in an overall 4hrs 28.44mins, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in 4hrs 31.24mins, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 4hrs 53.43mins & Kevin Evans of Brithdir 5hrs 12.38mins.

Mark Atherton seen taking on the snowy ascent of the Fron Four Fell Race recently.

All at Bro Dysynni A.C. wish our club colleague, Marj Griffiths, every success at the forthcoming Virgin London Marathon being held on Sunday, 22nd April, 2012. For Marj, this will be her 7th outing at the London Marathon and her 14th marathon overall. On this occasion, Marj is running to support The Alzheimer's Society, and anyone wishing to support Marj is invited to make a contribution directly or via uk.virgingivingmoney.com/MarjorieGriffiths

Good luck Marj!!!!!

News Report 7th April 2012

                              
The two Dysynni protagonists in high speed action at the recent Chocoholic 5k Road Race in Newtwon.

The Easter schedule started early for a quartet of Meirionnydd Running Club athletes who recently headed to Rhewl, near Llangollen, the venue for the 6.2 mile Llantysylio Fell Race, a gruelling event which also included a total of 2,100 feet of climbing. Proving adept to the challenge was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the first of the four Meirionnydd runners home, claiming an overall 4th position in a pleasing time of 49.11mins. Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth claimed an excellent 7th spot in a time of 52.33mins, whilst the Dolgellau-based duo of Arfon Hughes & Nich Bradley completed the Meirionnydd quartet in action as they came home in respective times of 1hr 06.14mins & 1hr 12.27mins.

The first two Meirionnydd finishers at Rhewl were also in action shortly afterwards in Newtown, on this occasion in a completely different racing scenario, a 5k road racing challenge, namely the Good Friday Chocoholic 5k. The race produced another 4th place position for Ifan Richards, on this occasion in a time of 16.33mins, whilst Glyn Griffin also produced a top ten finish as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 17.44mins. Seperating the two was another Meirionnydd athlete, namely Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, home in a personal best time over the distance of 16.51mins. The Meirionnydd quartet in action at Newtown was completed by Ricky Francis, the Talyllyn based athlete home in a time of 20.45mins. The race also attracted two athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. as Andy Unwin of Harlech, in his first competitive outing of 2012, came home beaming in a time of 32.07mins whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau won the Female Over-75 category in a remarkable time of 44.06mins. There was also a recent outing for a Meirionnydd R.C. athlete at the inaugural running of the Betws Y Coed Half Marathon. The runner in question was Sandra Williams of Dolgellau who completed the 13.1 mile event in a pleasing time of 1hr 55.11mins.

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Ras yr Aran                             Sat 24th March

A little over a month since claiming respective 1st and 3rd placed finishes at the Tarren Hendre Fell Race in Abergynolwyn, brothers Andres & Felipe Jones returned to Meirionnydd recently to plunder the first two spots at the Organic Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran Fell Race held in Llanuwchllyn.

  
Andres Jones of Aberystwyth A.C. on his way to victory at the Ras Yr Aran Fell Race.                                       Kevin Evans of Meirionnydd.

The Aberystwyth A.C. duo proved their liking for the 10 mile course, which included 3,100 feet of climbing, by dominating proceedings from very early on to pull away from the rest of the 100 strong field, with Andres Jones claiming a comfortable race victory in a time of 1hr 25.22mins with brother Felipe following in 1hr 27.01mins. Victory within the female category was claimed by Helen Fines of Vegan Runners in a time of 1hr 47.09mins, thus continuing her pattern of claiming category victory at the event on even years, having previously won the female race in both 2008 & 2010.

The glorious sunshine also attracted a total of nine athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club. Leading home the nine was the ever improving Glyn Griffin, on this occasion the Penrhyndeudraeth based athlete claiming an overall 10th placed finish in a time of 1hr 41.27mins. One place and 52 seconds behind was Mark Atherton, the Llan Ffestiniog based athlete claiming an 11th placed finish in a time of 1hr 42.19mins. The Dolgellau-based duo of Kevin Jones & Adam Preston followed in respective times of 1hr 50.11mins & 1hr 53.35mins with Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd following, claiming age category victory within the Male Over-60 section in an excellent time of 2hrs 06.41mins. The remaining quartet of Meirionnydd RC athletes followed in the guise of Phil Morgan of Machynlleth, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau & Kevin Evans of Brithdir in respective times of 2hrs 08.35mins, 2hrs 09.28mins, 2hrs 18.18mins & 2hrs 32.55mins.

As ever with this event, the race organisers expressed their gratitude to the local landowners over whose land the race was run, as well as to the many volunteers who helped out on the day to make Ras Yr Aran such a popular race within the local fell running fraternity.


Presentation to Eirlys from the club on her 60th birthday to recognise 27 years of club commitment.

Presentation to Tom from the club in recognition of his Merioneth award last November.
News Report 18th March 2012

A veteran athlete affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. continues to prove that age need not be a barrier within the field of competitive running. That runner is Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau based athlete recently crowned Welsh 5k Road Running Champion within the Female Over-75 category having completed the championship course in Bute Park, Cardiff in a tremendous time of 43.38mins.

Another Dolgellau based athlete in action recently was Alex Lanz, swapping his Meirionnydd R.C. club vest for that of the North Wales region, having been selected as part of the Male Under-17 team to represent the region at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships which were held at Cofton Park in Birmingham. In a quality field, the Dolgellau youngster more than held his own, as a time of 21.13mins claimed a 146th placed finish within his section.

A further quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. were also in action recently, as they formed part of a field of 359 athletes who took on the 20 mile Rhayadar Round the Lakes challenge. Leading home the quartet was Tony Hodgson, choosing the event as part of his training regime for next month's Virgin London Marathon, the Llanelltyd-based athlete home in a time of 2hrs 39.23mins. Glyn Rowlands of Arthog was the next Meirionnydd finisher, in a time of 3hrs 07.56mins, with the Dolgellau-based duo of Sandra Williams & Margaret Roberts completing the quartet, home in respective times of 3hrs 08.14mins & 3hrs 17.51mins.

One further athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. headed to West Wales recently, the athlete in question being Dai Rice of Dolgellau, who completed the Llanelli Waterside Half-Marathon in an excellent time of 2hrs 01.26mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon (24th) as Llanuwchllyn will play host to the Organic Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran Fell Race. The 10 mile event which includes an overall 3,100 feet of climbing, is also the final race within the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series and is due off at 1.00pm. At 1.15pm there will also be an additional event on the day, in the guise of the 2 mile Ras Garth Fawr, the 500 feet climb aimed at testing the younger fraternity as well as those new to the sport of fell running.
Further details relating to the above are available at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk

News Report 4th March 2012

Tregarth, near Bangor, was the venue recently for the Ras Moel Y Ci Fell Race, a 5 mile event which included an overall 950 feet of climbing. With race victory being claimed by Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers in a course record time of 35.10mins, there were impressive performances from the seven athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club in action at the event


Ifan Richards attacking the descent at the recent Moel Y Ci Fell Race

Leading home the seven was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, 3rd placed overall in a time of 36.59mins, whilst an intriguing battle ensued between the next two Meirionnydd finishers as Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth pipped Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, the two home in respective times of 41.00mins & 41.21mins. Glen Davies was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 47.23mins with the Dolgellau duo of Arfon Hughes and Nich Bradley following in times of 50.06mins & 55.56mins. The Meirionnydd contingent was completed by Adrian Jones, home in a time of 58.44mins.

A trio of local athletes were also in action at the Village Bakery Half Marathon in Wrexham recently. Leading home the trio over the 13.1 mile course was John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 1hr 54.29mins. He, in turn, was followed by the Meirionnydd Running Club duo of Margaret Roberts of Dolgellau & Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd, claiming respective finishing times of 1hr 59.14mins & 2hrs 03.45mins.

Finally, the Pipe Dream Fell Race in Dolgarrog attracted the interest of two Meirionnydd Running Club athletes recently. Taking on the 5 mile event, which included an overall 1,700 feet of climbing, were the busy Glyn Griffin, claiming an outstanding 4th placed finish in a time of 38.33mins, whilst club colleague Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog also impressed as he claimed an overall 7th placed finish in a time of 39.02mins.

News Report 17th February 2012


Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth in action at the recent Tarren Hendre Fell Race

An athlete with Olympic experience was victorious at the Railway Inn sponsored Tarren Hendre Fell Race in Abergynolwyn recently, as Andres Jones of Aberystwyth A.C., who wore the GB vest in the 10,000 metres track event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, claimed a comfortable victory over a strong field.

Having placed 5th at the 2011 event, the Aberystwyth athlete returned and sliced just over 2 minutes off his previous time to claim race victory by 44 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers, who himself won this event back in 2009, their respective finishing times being 48.16mins & 49.00mins. Victory within the Female category was claimed by Lauren Jesker of Todmorden Harriers, the Lancastrian completing the event in 57.54mins. As ever, there was also strong local representation at the 6 mile event, held over a course which included 2,000 feet of climbing. The first locally affiliated athlete home and continuing his impressive start to 2012, was Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claiming a 7th placed finish in a time of 56.42mins. A mere 5 seconds later, Adam Preston of Dolgellau was the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 56.47mins. A further six athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd followed, led home by youngsters Alex Lanz of Dolgellau & Jamie Evans of Bryncrug who finished in times of 1hr 00.17mins & 1hr 02.25mins. The 2nd of the Bryncug-based Evans family to finish was father, Dylan, in a time of 1hr 06.22mins, with Phil Morgan of Machynlleth following in 1hr 07.21mins. Talyllyn-based athlete, Ricky Francis, followed in 1hr 08.18mins, ahead of Tony Hodgson, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming victory within the Male Over-60 category in a time of 1hr 11.17mins. An athlete with strong Bro Dysynni connections followed, in the guise of Glyn Lewis in a time of 1hr 12.14mins, clear of two further Dolgellau based members of Meirionnydd Running Club, namely Juliet Edwards, home in a time of 1hr 14.06mins and fellow GP, Nich Bradley, who followed home in 1hr 15.05mins. Tywyn-based Richard Griffiths flew the Bro Dysynni flag at the event as he came home in 1hr 15.50mins, ahead of two further Meirionnydd finishers, namely David Elliott of Fairbourne in 1hr 18.39mins & Kevin Evans of Brithdir in 1hr 20.53mins.

There was also a strong local turnout at the recent Nick Beer 10k Road Race in Llandudno, held over a gruelling course which took in the climb around the Great Orme. In addition to athletes affiliated to both Bro Dysynni & Meirionnydd, there was also a strong contingent of Barmouth based competitors at the event. It was two of these who led home the local runners as Bobby Griffith & Adam Morris swapped their football boots for running shoes to complete the course in respective times of 45.53mins & 47.15mins. Another Barmouth based athlete followed as Chris Stevens completed the event in 48.51mins, ahead of the first Bro Dysynni athlete home, namely John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, finishing in a time of 53.08mins. Rob Thomas was the sole Meirionnydd competitor in action at the event, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming a personal best time over the 10k distance as he finished in 54.03mins. Another Llanelltyd based athlete followed, as Brenda Jones was the 2nd Dysynni finisher, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 58.05mins. The Barmouth contingent was completed by Adam Hills & Christine Stevens in respective times of 1hr 02.22mis & 1hr 10.22mins before the effervescent Sheila Symonds completed the Dysynni turnout at the event, the Dolgellau based athlete finishing in 1hr 35.17mins.

Finally, there was also local representation at the recent Fearless MTB Duathlon which was held at the Llandegla Forest Trail near Wrexham. Facing the 182 competitors who tackled the event was a 5 mile trail run, an 11 mile mountain bike course followed by a final 3.5 mile trail run. There was overall victory at the event for Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete proving to be adept over the technical course as he claimed victory in an overall time of 1hr 34.39mins. Claiming an impressive 75th placed finish was a duathlete with strong Barmouth connections, as Ben Buxton completed the course in a time of 2hrs 05.50mins.

News Report 12th February 2012

The grounds of the Marches School in Oswestry was recently the venue for the fifth and final fixture of the 2011-12 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, a fixture which was the culmination of an excellent first season in the top division of the league for the men's team affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club.

On this occasion, a total of nine senior male athletes from Meirionnydd were in action, the nine being led home by Welsh international runner, Ifan Richards of Brithdir, claiming an overall 13th placed finish in a time of 34.44mins. Ever improving club colleague, Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth, followed in a time of 36.17mins, clear of club colleagues Adam Preston of Dolgellau & Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, finishing in respective times of 37.43mins & 38.10mins. Clive Edgington of Arthog followed, completing an impressive 1st season for Meirionnydd as he finished in a time of 39.14mins. The quartet of Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn and the Dolgellau duo of Arfon Hughes & John Smith completed the Meirionnydd turn-out, home in respective times of 41.32mins, 42.51mins, 43.43mins & 47.13mins.

In the Male Under-17 section, solid performances were produced by Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, 4th overall in a time of 19.27mins, and Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, claiming a 6th placed finish in 20.35mins.

A further quartet of athletes affiliated to Meionnydd were also in action within the Senior Female event. Leading home the quartet was Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd in a time of 23.29mins, with just under 2 minutes seperating the remaining trio, namely Janet Peston of Dolgellau, home in 27.55mins, Jude Evans of Bryncrug, home in 28.55mins & Emma Davies of Dolgellau, in a rare cross country outing, home in 29.54mins.

As the dust settles on the 2011-12 season, the final standings make for impressive reading, particularly from a Meirionnydd Running Club perspective. Within the Senior Male Team category, Meirionnydd claimed 2nd spot within Division 1, with Bro Dysynni claiming a tie for 16th spot in Division 2. Within the Senior Ladies Team category, Meirionnydd claimed 4th spot in Division 2, ahead of Bro Dysynni, who claimed an overall 10th spot within the same division.

There were also some noteworthy individual performances within the final standings from local athletes, not least from Bro Dysynni's Brenda Jones, claiming overall age category victory over the course of the season within the Female Over-70 section. For Meirionnydd, John Smith claimed an overall 2nd spot within the Male Over-60 category, with Kevin Jones of Dolgellau claiming a tie for 2nd spot within the Male Over-45 section. Two further athletes at the opposite ends of the age spectrum also claimed 3rd spot within their respective categories, namely Alex Lanz within the Male Under-17 section & Clive Edgington in the Male Over-55 category.

News Report 5th February 2012

A total of ten locally affiliated athletes were in action recently at the Rhug Organic sponsored North Wales Cross Country Championships which were held at the Rhug Estate near Corwen.

Of the ten, a total of four were in action in the 'Senior Male' event, and they were led home by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir-based athlete leading home the Meirionnydd R.C. trio in action within the race in a time of 41.02mins, which claimed an overall 10th placed finish. Club colleague, Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth followed, claiming an impressive 14th spot finish in a time of 42.19mins, a little over 2 minutes clear of Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete making a rare cross country appearance, claiming 23rd spot in a time of 44.30mins. The quartet were completed by Clive Edgington of Arthog, the 3rd Meirionnydd finisher, a time of 44.56mins also claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-55 category.

Two further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. placed well within their resepctive age categories, John Smith of Dolgellau claiming 2nd spot within the Male Over-60 section in a time of 41.19mins whilst Barrie Jackson of Bala claimed 4th spot in the Male Over-70 category in a time of 36.38mins.

At the other end of the age spectrum, two younger athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd placed well within the 'Male Under-17' section, Alex Lanz of Dolgellau 5th overall in a time of 21.50mins, a little over a minute clear of club colleague, Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, who claimed 7th spot within the category in a time of 22.52mins.

In the 'Senior Ladies' category, Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd provided a combative performance to claim an overall 14th placed finishing spot, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete crossing the line in a time of 26.08mins whilst Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd continued to dominate the Female Over-70 section, on this occasion the Bro Dysynni athlete claiming age category victory in a time of 35.54mins.

Prior to the above, a trio of locally affiliated athletes were also in road running action, their chosen event being the Twin Piers 10k Race, an event starting in Llandudno before heading up the coast to the finishing line in Colwyn Bay. There was an intriguing tussle between two Ffestiniog based athletes at the event with Dysynni athlete Dewi Roberts just pipping his Meirionnydd counterpart, Mark Atherton, in respective finishing times of 37.02mins & 38.00mins. The trio in action were completed by the Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, the seasoned campaigner affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. claiming age category success within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 62.16mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday lunchtime (11th), as Abergynolwyn will play host to the Railway Inn sponsored Ras Tarren Hendre. The 6 mile race, which includes 2,000 feet of climbing, is also the second event of the three race Meirionnydd Winter Race Series and is due off at 12.00 Noon. Further details relating to the event are available at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk.

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News Report 22nd January 2012

Having taken a well earned rest over the festive period, local athletes returned to competitive action recently as the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall, Shropshire played host to the penultimate fixture of the 2011-12 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

Having performed admirably over the first three fixtures, the male athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club further consolidated their 2nd position in the top tier of the league, as 6 of their 10 athletes in action on the day claimed a finishing position within the top 50. Leading home the Meirionnydd athletes, and laying down a marker for 2012, was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, as a finishing time of 34.11mins saw him beat club colleague, Ifan Richards, by a mere 3 seconds, the Brithdir based athlete home in 34.14mins. Hot on their heels was Huw Brassington of Bontddu, home in 34.33mins with Kevin Jones of Dolgellau following in 34.53mins. Another Dolgellau-based athlete followed in the guise of Adam Preston, with a finishing time of 35.20mins, a little over a minute ahead of club colleague, Clive Edgington of Arthog, finishing in 36.24mins. There then followed a further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes in the shape of Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn and the Dolgellau duo of Arfon Hughes & John Smith who finished in respective times of 39.35mins, 40.40mins, 42.04mins & 44.09mins. With the last league fixture being held in Oswestry in a little under a fortnights time, the senior male team of Meirionnydd now look assured of taking runners up spot in the top tier, quite an achievement in their 1st ever season in Division 1 of the league.

Also completing for Meirionnydd, on this occasion in the Under-17's race held in Lilleshall were Alex Lanz of Dolgellau & Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, claiming 4th & 7th spot in the age category in respective times of 20.38mins & 21.58mins.

The senior females race saw seven locally affiliated athletes in action, 4 affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. and 3 to Meirionnydd R.C. However, it was the trio affiliated to Meirionnydd who led the local contingent home, as Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd & the Dolgellau-based duo of Juliet Edwards & Janet Preston came home in times of 24.26mins, 25.38mins and 28.50mins. Leading home the Dysynni quartet, as well as claiming age category success in the Over-70 section was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete home in a time of 32.15mins. Club colleague, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan followed in a time of 33.31mins with Marit Evans of Dolgellau and Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completing the quartet as they came home in times of 34.11mins and 35.07mins. After completing 4 of the 5 league fixtures, Meirionnydd currently sit in 5th place in Division 2, with Dysynni claiming 10th spot in the same division.


Alun Williams (Number 302) seen in action at the recent Race the Kingston Flyer Race.

Also in action recently was a past member of Bro Dysynni, namely Alun Williams, previously of Barmouth, but now based in the South Island of New Zealand. His most recent outing came at the 12k Race the Kingston Flyer Steam Train event held in Otago on the South Island. Although beating the train comfortably, the Welshman had to settle for 2nd place in the event on this occasion, in an excellent finishing time of 41.09mins.

Bro Dysynni ladies in action at the North Wales XC at Lillishall sat 14-01-2012.

Brenda Jones 32.15, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan 33.30, Marit Evans 34.10, Margery Griffiths 35.06


Marit, Brenda, Margery, Yolanda

December 2011 Newsletter
News Report 12th December 2011

A number of locally affiliated athletes swapped their traditional club vests for the regional North Wales vest recently as The Royal Welsh Showgrounds in Builth Wells played host to the 13th annual Welsh Inter-Regional and Masters Cross Country Championships. In the 'Senior Male' event, two athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club were in action, namely Ifan Richards of Brithdir, 24th overall in a time of 38.46mins & Huw Brassington of Bontddu, who claimed a 33rd place finishing spot in a time of 40.26mins. In addition to impressive individual performances, the duo were also part of a North Wales squad who claimed gold within the 'Senior Male' team event, ahead of their counterparts from the three other geographical regions of the Principality. A further duo of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd also impressed within the Under-17 Male section as Alex Lanz of Dolgellau claimed 15th spot in a time of 19.54mins, with Jamie Evans of Bryncrug following in a time of 21.25mins which, in turn, claimed an overall 27th position within the category.

There were also impressive performances from the six locally affiliated athletes in action within the various 'Masters' categories. Within the 'Male 44-49' age section, the Meirionnydd duo of Kevin Jones of Dolgellau & Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog claimed respective 8th & 15th placed finishing positions in times of 33.33mins & 34.29mins. In the 'Male Over-50' category, Clive Edgington of Arthog was the sole representative, the Meirionnydd RC athlete completing the course in a time of 36.04mins. Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd was in action within the 'Female 35-44' age category, the Meirionnydd RC athlete claiming an impressive 8th place within the section in a time of 35.44mins whilst club colleague, Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, claimed 10th spot in the 'Female 45-54' category in a time of 25.37mins. The sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action on the day, namely Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, had the satisfaction of claiming individual gold within the 'Female Over-70' category, victorious in an impressive time of 31.09mins.

Prior to the Builth Wells event, a total of six locally affiliated athletes headed to Wrexham, their chosen event being the Helena Tipping 10k Road Race. There were impressive performances from the trio of Meirionnydd athletes in action, as all three finished within the top 30 at the event. The trio were led home by Ifan Richards in a time of 36.08mins, Huw Brassington followed in 36.17mins whilst Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth produced a strong performance to finish in a time of 37.00mins in his inaugural 10k road race. A trio of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. followed in the guise of John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, home in a time of 51.06mins, Brenda Jones, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 54.21mins and Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau based athlete victorious within the Female Over-75 category in an excellent time of 81.24mins.

One further Bro Dysynni athlete in competitive action recently was Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based runner choosing to head to Rhayadar for the Elan Valley 10 Mile Road Race. In blustery conditions, the Dysynni stalwart claimed an excellent 2nd spot within the Female Over-65 category in a pleasing time of 1hr 59.08mins.

Having turned the ripe old age of 90 in early-November, it was really brilliant to see long time club member, Tom Evans of Tywyn, gaining recognition in the form of the 'Special Award' at the recent 2011 Meirionnydd Sports Awards held at Dolgellau Golf Club. The 'old codger' continues to inspire all concerned with his ongoing enthusiasm and can still often be seen running in and around the Dysynni area following a strict training regime. Long may this continue, we are all extremely proud of you Tom!!!!!!!!!
News Report 04-12-11

Athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club were dominant at the recent Dyfi8 Trail Race, providing the first four finishers at the tough 8 mile event held in the Dyfi Forest in and around Pantperthog.

  
Sheila Symonds                        John Smith                         Richard Griffiths

Pre-race favourite Ifan Richards claimed a comfortable victory, the Brithdir-based athlete home in a time of 50.30mins, a little over a minute clear of club colleague, Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, who followed in a time of 51.35mins. Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth completed the podium as a time of 53.12mins was good enough to pip Mark Atherton into 4th place, the Llan Ffestiniog athlete home in 53.53mins. Two athletes affiliated to host club Cerist Tri followed in the guise of Glyn Lewis and Kevin Hamilton home in respective times of 1hr 02.06mins & 1hr 02.18mins, with the Meirionnydd duo of Phil Morgan of Tywyn & John Smith of Dolgellau following in respective times of 1hr 03.43mins & 1hr 07.40mins. A trio of Bro Dysynni athletes were also in action at the event, they were led home by Richard Griffiths of Tywyn in 1hr 08.20mins, with fellow Tywyn resident, Richard Vroom, following in 1hr 23.46mins. The Dysynni turnout was completed by veteran athlete Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, producing another amazing performance as she came home in a time of 2hrs 10.30mins.

Another Dysynni veteran in action recently, this time on the international front, was Brenda Jones, chosen as the one of the trio of Welsh athletes who competed within the Female Over-65 category at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International held at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. In near quagmire conditions, the Llanelltyd based athlete led home her team-mates within their age category in a time of 35.15mins, on this occasion the Welsh team just missing out on a podium finish.

Finally, John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog was the sole locally affiliated athlete in action at the recent Conwy Half-Marathon with the Bro Dysynni athlete crossing the finishing line in a pleasing time of 2hrs 00.38mins.

News Report 27-11-11

The grounds of the Glyndwr University Campus in Northop was the venue recently for the 3rd of the 5 fixtures which constitute the 2011-12 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. Having performed admirably within the 1st two league fixtures, there was another strong performance from the men's team affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club, maintaining their 2nd position within Division 1 of the two tier league.

This was achieved by a 13 strong turnout, with the 13 being led home by Ifan Richards, the Brithdir-based athlete claiming an overall 15th spot finish in a time of 33.10mins. The 2nd Meirionnydd finisher was Kevin Jones of Dolgellau, also claiming victory within the Male Over-45 category in a time of 34.41mins, with Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi hot on his heels in a time of 34.48mins. Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth & Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog were the next two Meirionnydd finishers in respective times of 35.13mins & 35.55mins, ahead of Adam Preston of Dolgellau & Clive Edgington of Friog, recording finishing times of 36.37mins & 38.09mins. Dylan Evans of Bryncrug had a 9 seconds advantage over Talyllyn based team-mate, Ricky Francis, with the two finishing in times of 40.46mins & 40.55mins with Dave Seabourne of Dolgellau following in 41.50mins. The Meirionnydd team were completed by the Dolgellau duo of Arfon Hughes & John Smith along with Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd, the trio home in respective times of 44.22mins, 45.29mins & 46.39mins. With the remaining two fixtures being held in early-2012, the Meirionnydd squad can reflect on an excellent first half of the season where they lay in 2nd spot in Division 1, behind Eryri Harriers, but well clear of much larger clubs such as Telford, Shrewsbury & Wrexham. Also in action within the men's races at Northop were Barrie Jackson of Bala, claiming 5th spot within the Male Over-70 category in a time of 27.26mins as well as Alex Lanz of Dolgellau & Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, claiming 5th & 8th placed finishing spots in the Male Under-17's category in respective times of 16.34mins & 17.48mins.

There was also a total of seven locally affiliated females in action within their race at Northop, five affilaited to Meirionnydd & two to Bro Dysynni. The seven were led home by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd, the Meirionnydd athlete home in a time of 20.44mins. Club colleagues, Janet Preston of Dolgellau, Katherine Raine of Arthog & Jude Evans of Bryncrug followed in times of 24.26mins, 24.58mins & 25.37mins, with the first Dysynni athlete following in the guise of Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd-based athlete victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 26.02mins. Emma Davies of Dolgellau completed the Meirionnydd turnout in a time of 27.13mins with Marj Grifiths of Aberystwyth being the 2nd Dysynni finisher, 2nd within the Female Over-65 category in a time of 32.49mins. After the third of the five league fixtures, the Meirionnydd team slipped one spot to 7th position in a very tight Division 2, with Bro Dysynni maintaining their 11th placed spot within the same division

All at Bro Dysynni A.C. would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Liz Bradley, a past member of the club who wore the red and green of Dysynni with great distinction on numerous occasions.
Liz passed away in mid-November after an illness bravely borne. A service is being held at St. Johns Church, Barmouth at 11.00am on Friday, 25th November.
Donations are being accepted towards Macmillan Cancer Support and Breast Cancer Awareness c/o Glyn Rees & Son Funeral Directors of Barmouth. Frequently travelling to races with her great friends Christine Stevens & Gill Allday, Liz will be remembered fondly for always running with a smile on her face and for her ready wit which frequently surfaced.


Pictured are Liz with Christine (left) & Gill (right). Rest In Peace Liz Bradley.

News Report 13th November 2011
Rhobell Results
  
Ifan Richards pictured on his way to victory at the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race. Glyn Griffin, 5th at the Rhobell Fawr event.
Pics by Gareth Roberts

Glorious weather conditions more akin to spring time greeted the 62 athletes who gathered at the start line in Llanfachreth near Dolgellau last Sunday afternoon for the 9th running of the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race, a 6 mile event which also included an overall ascent of some 1,900 feet. As has become very much the norm recently, there was another excellent turnout from Meirionnydd Running Club, providing a total of 16 entrants which also included the overall race winner as well as three of the first 5 finishers.

The overall race winner, by a comfortable margin of just under two and a half minutes, was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, repeating his race victory at the event of 2009, on this occasion crossing the finishing line in a time of 52.03mins. Top five placings were also claimed by Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, 4th in a time of 57.20mins, and Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth, 5th in 59.36mins. There then followed an ongoing flow of race finishers wearing the blue of Meirionnydd, amongst them being Jamie & Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, home in respective times of 1hr 03.53mins & 1hr 07.13mins. Meirionnydd debutant, Phil Morgan of Tywyn, followed in 1hr 07.51mins, ahead of Llanelltyd's Tony Hodgson, home in 1hr 10.46mins and the trio of Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth & Ricky Francis of Talyllyn who completed the event in respective times of 1hr 11.53mins, 1hr 13.35mins & 1hr 13.38mins. The sole Bro Dysynni representative at the event was Richard Griffiths, the Tywyn based athlete home in a time of 1hr 16.45mins, ahead of his Meirionnydd counterparts, Kevin Evans of Brithdir and Nich Bradley of Dolgellau, finishing in times of 1hr 18.50mins & 1hr 20.20mins. The first female finisher affiliated to Meirionnydd was Catherine Raine, the Arthog-based athlete producing an impressive debut for the club as she finished in a time of 1hr 28.17mins. There was also a strong finish from Kathy Iffla of Tywyn, home in 1hr 30.04mins, ahead of a further trio of Meirionnydd athletes in the guise of Jude Evans of Bryncrug, home in 1hr 41.01mins, Emma Davies of Dolgellau, home in 1hr 45.22mins & Christine Owen, also of Dolgellau, home in 2hrs 06.33mins.

Prior to the Llanfachreth event, a further six locally affiliated athletes headed to Abergele, their chosen event being the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management Abergele 5, the event also chosen to host the 2011 North Wales 5 Mile Road Race Championships. The 1st of the locally affiliated athletes home on this occasion was John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete home on a time of 41.23mins. The 2nd of the four Bro Dysynni athletes home was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd-based athlete also claiming North Wales Championship success in the Female Over-70 category, producing a storming finish to win her age category in a time of 44.04mins. The two Meirionnydd Running Club athletes in action then followed, Emma Davies, also in action at Llanfachreth, finished in 44.22mins with club colleague, Barrie Jackson of Bala, following in a time of 48.00mins. Two further Dysynni athletes completed the local turnout, the Dolgellau-based duo of Marit Evans & Sheila Symonds finishing in times of 51.08mins and 1hr 08.26mins, the latter also claiming North Wales Championship status, on this occasion within the Female Over-75 category.

News Report 6th November 2011


Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd in action at St. David's College in Llandudno.
Having reached the heights of 2nd spot in the top division of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League after the first fixture of the season, another excellent turnout from the male section of Meirionnydd Running Club ensured that this position was further consolidated after the second fixture of the season held at St. David's College in Llandudno recently. The club were represented by a team of 12 in Llandudno, with 7 of those achieving top 50 placings. Leading home the Meirionnydd dozen, claiming a 19th spot finish overall was Ifan Richards of Brithdir in a time of 32.01mins. Five further Meirionnydd athletes then finished the course within one minute of each other, namely Huw Brassington of Bontddu in 33.12mins, Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi in 33.29mins, Glyn Griffin of Penrhyndeudraeth in 33.48mins and the Dolgellau duo of Kevin Jones & Adam Preston, home in respective times of 33.51mins & 33.59mins. Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog was the final Meirionnydd runner to claim a top 50 spot, finishing in 49th position in 34.28mins. There was an excellent Meirionnydd debut for Clive Edgington of Friog, finishing strongly in 36.07mins, whilst a further trio of Meirionnydd athletes were seperated by a mere 5 seconds, the trio in question being Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, home in 38.27mins, Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, home in 38.29mins & Dave Seabourne of Dolgellau crossing the finishing line in 38.32mins. The Meirionnydd turnout was completed by another Dolgellau-based athlete, namely John Smith, who completed the event in 41.10mins. After two of the five league fixtures, the male team affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club are firmly esconced in 2nd spot in Division 1 of the league, trailing Eryri Harriers whilst ahead of 3rd placed Telford AC. With the third fixture of the season being held at Northop this coming Saturday afternoon, another good turnout should further cement this position.

In the Junior Male event, there was another solid performance produced by Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, on this occasion claiming a 7th placed finish in a time of 18.09mins.

In the female race, a total of seven locally affiliated athletes were in action, 4 affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. and 3 to Bro Dysynni A.C. The seven were led home by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd, the Meirionnydd athlete finishing in a time of 22.32mins, just over half a minute clear of club colleague, Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, who finished in 23.10mins. The Dysynni trio in action were led home by Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious within the Female Over-70 category, in a time of 28.02mins, with Jude Evans of Bryncrug behind the 3rd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 29.03mins. Two Dolgellau athletes followed, with Marit Evans of Bro Dysynni home in 33.04mins, ahead of her Meirionnydd counterpart, Christine Owen, home in 33.48mins. The local turnout was completed by Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based veteran athlete completing the event in a strong 34.11mins. After the 2nd league fixture within the female category, Meirionnydd lay in 6th spot in Division 2 with Bro Dysynni claiming an 11th spot within the same division.

There is local action this coming Sunday (13th) as Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau, will play host to the 9th running of the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race. The 6 mile race which also includes an overall 1,900 feet of climbing is due off at 12.00 Noon. Further details relating to the event are available at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk

News Report 30th October 2011

A total of 12 athletes affiliated to either Meirionnydd Running Club or Bro Dysynni A.C. lined up in Llanberis last Saturday morning to form part of a field of 1,443 athletes participating in the 2011 Marathon Eryri / Snowdonia Marathon. Race victory in the 26.2 mile challenge was claimed by Rob Samuel of Eryri Harriers in an outstanding 2hrs 36.45mins, almost 2 minutes clear of race runner-up, Murray Strain (Hunters Bog Trotters), who finished in a time of 2hrs 38.39mins. The local dozen in action were led home by Ifan Richards, the 1st of the 9 Meirionnydd runners participating, claiming an overall 32nd spot finish as he crossed the finishing line in 3hrs 08.15mins. Club colleague, Adam Preston of Dolgellau, came home in a pulsating time of 3hrs 12.01mins before Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog led home the Dysynni trio in action at the event, crossing the finishing line in an excellent 3hrs 15.52mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Kevin Jones of Dolgellau & Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog in respective finishing times of 3hrs 16.50mins & 3hrs 38.56mins. Tom Jones of Aberdyfi was the 2nd Dysynni finisher in 3hrs 41.33mins with a further three Meirionnydd athletes following, namely Dylan Evans of Bryncrug in 3hrs 51.34mins, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd in 3hrs 58.14mins & Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau in 4hrs 01.49mins.

Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi completed the Dysynni trio home in a time of 4hrs 15.23mins, ahead of the remaining two Meirionnydd finishers, namely Kevin Evans of Brithdir and Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, home in respective times of 4hrs 49.12mins & 4hrs 51.05mins.

For one of the locally affiliated athletes highlighted above, namely Dewi Roberts, the Snowdonia event was his 2nd full marathon completed during the month of October having earlier in the month finished the MBNA Chester Marathon in an excellent time of 3hrs 07.12mins.

Finally, two seasoned campaigners affiliated to Bro Dysynni were also recently in action, their chosen event being the 7 mile Twin Peaks race held in and around Aberystwyth. In an event which took in the climbs of both Pen Dinas & Constitution Hill, there were age category victories for both Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth & Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, the former claiming victory in the Female Over-65 category in a time of 1hr 48.24mins, the latter victorious within the Female Over-75 category in a tremendous time of 1hr 59.12mins.

All at Bro Dysynni AC would like to wish Tom Evans (a.k.a. The Old Codger) a very, very happy 90th birthday on Wednesday, 2nd November.

An absolute inspiration to his many colleagues and friends, Tom continues to inspire all with whom he comes into contact.
Happy Birthday Tom, an athletic genius!

Bro Dysynni A.C. will be in the news at 7.30pm this coming Sunday evening as S4C screen highlights of the Snowdon Marathon / Marathon Eryri. The hour long highlights programme will contain a feature on club member Dewi Roberts, with S4C having already filmed Dewi at work as well as during his training regime in preparation for the race. Also in action at the event will be Dewi's club colleague Rhian Jones. We wish them both, as well as all the other competitors in action, every success in this most gruelling of events!
Penmaenpool 10 Saturday 8th          Pics from Alastair Tye         Results

  

Club members Richard Griffiths, John Tee and Marj Griffiths seen in action at the recent Trailworks / Garthyfog Log Cabins sponsored Penmaenpool 10.

Having claimed victory at the 2003 Ras Y Cader in Dolgellau and the 2005 Tarren Hendre Fell Race, Dylan Jones completed a triumvirate of race victories within Meirionnydd recently, as the Eryri Harrier was the first athlete to cross the finishing line at the 10th running of the Trailworks / Garthyfog Log Cabins sponsored Penmaenpool 10 Mile Trail Race.

Race victory was achieved in a time of 1hr 00.08mins, a clear 18 seconds ahead of 2nd placed athlete, Steffan Sayer of Menai Track & Field, who in turn was well clear of third placed Adam Preston, the Dolgellau athlete the 1st of the locally affiliated finishers, as the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete crossed the finishing line in a time of 1hr 03.23mins. The second of the ten strong Meirionnydd contingent to finish was Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, 5th overall in a time of 1hr 05.54mins, as well as claiming victory within the 'Junior Male' category and 'family bragging rights' ahead of father, Dylan Evans, who followed home in 8th place in a time of 1hr 10.04mins, a time which also ensured age category success within the 'Male Over-45' category. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the 4th Meirionnydd finisher to claim a top ten spot, 10th placed overall being secured in a time of 1hr 11.00mins. The fifth Meirionnydd finisher was Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth in a time of 1hr 13.53mins with Richard Griffiths following, the Tywyn-based athlete leading home the Bro Dysynni A.C. trio in action at the event in a time of 1hr 18.21mins. Kevin Evans of Brithdir was the next local finisher, the Meirionnydd athlete home in 1hr 20.23mins, a little over 2 minutes ahead of the 2nd Dysynni finsher, namely John Tee, the Blaenau Ffestiniog athlete completing the event in 1hr 22.42mins. A further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes followed, in the guise of Jaqueline Fowler of Trawsfynydd in 1hr 29.43mins, Heidi Roden of Arthog in 1hr 32.44mins, Jude Evans of Bryncrug in 1hr 36.33mins & Jon Lloyd of Dolgellau in 1hr 41.21mins. The third of the Bro Dysynni finishers was the evergreen Marj Griffiths, the Aberystwyth based athlete claiming age category success within the 'Female Over-65' section as she came home in a time of 1hr 53.00mins.

Just a brief note to confirm that the popular 'Dyfi 8' trail race will be run this year on Saturday, 19th November and will be known as the 'Cerist Dyfi 8'. The reason behind this, is that our colleagues at the Cerist Triathlon Club have taken on the stewardship of the event held in the Dyfi Forest in Panteperthog.

Further details as well as entry forms will appear shortly on the Cerist Tri website

Early indications suggest that the race will be starting at 12.00 Noon on the above date.

A trio of diary dates relating to Bro Dysynni A.C.;

~ The club's AGM will be held on Tuesday, 11th October starting at 7pm prompt. The changed venue will be 26 Ar Y Don, Tywyn

~ The cross country season will kick off in the Autumn, the 1st fixture of the season being held at Treborth, Bangor on Saturday, 1st October. Any club members wishing to take part are invited to contact Brenda on (01341) 421407 for further details.

~ The club will be hosting a social / fun run / walk early in 2012. The event is due off at 11am on Sunday, 8th January, 2012 from the Talyllyn Railway Car park.

Please do your best to support the above wherever possible.

We may not be the biggest club, but we are one of the friendliest!!!!!

The town of Paluzza in the Carnia region of Northern Italy played host recently to the 2011 World Masters Mountain Running Championships, with three athletes from Meirionnydd Running Club amongst 1,015 competitors, all aged between 35 & 79, who lined up for the various age category races from the town laying just south of the Austrian border. Performance of the day for the Meirionnydd trio was produced by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd who claimed an excellent 21st placed finish within the Female Over-40 category as she covered the 11k course in a time of 1hr 16.04mins. In the Male Over-60 section, there was a fine 36th placed finishing spot for Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, who covered the 9k course in a time of 56.57mins, whilst Nich Bradley of Dolgellau claimed an overall 67th spot within the Male Over-55 section, covering the 9k course in 58.33mins.

Also in Masters action recently was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd who headed to Northumberland for the Tynedale 10 Mile Race, an event which also incorporated the 2011 British Veteran Athletics Federation 10 Mile Championships. In a race run between the towns of Hexham & Ovingham, the Bro Dysynni athlete continued her domination of the Female Over-70 section as she once again claimed British Championship gold within the category, completing the event in an excellent time of 1hr 30.27mins.

One Meirionnydd athlete also recently completed three races in three days as part of the Commonwealth Mountain & Ultra Distance Races held in North Wales. Competing in the 'open' races affiliated to the event was Victor Gretton who completed the mountain race held in Llanberis in 1hr 38.41mins (claiming 3rd spot in the Male Over-60 section in the process), the 10k trail race held in Newborough in Anglesey in a time of 1hr 00.31mins & the 5k race held in Llandudno in a time of 26.21mins.

Three further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes in action recently were Ifan Richards of Brithdir aswell as Jacqueline & Haydn Fowler of Trawsfynydd. The former claimed an excellent 2nd placed finish at the Source of the Severn Race held in the Hafren Forest around Llanidloes, covering the 9.2 mile course, which included an overall climb of 1,300 feet, in a time of 57.32mins, with the latter duo in action at the Bristol Half Marathon, Jacqueline Fowler home in 2hrs 02.45mins, Haydn Fowler following home in a time of 2hrs 27.00mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon in the shape of the 'Trailworks/Garthyfog Log Cabins' sponsored Penmaenpool 10 Mile Race. The main race is due off at 12.00 Noon with the affiliated 2 mile fun run due off at 12.05pm. Race headquarters on the day will be the National Park Signal Box in Penmaenpool with race entries being accepted on the day. Further details relating to the event are available on www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk

Locally affiliated athletes were well represented amongst the 1,351 athletes who recently completed the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in Powys. Race victory at the 13.1 mile event, which started and finished in the village of Llanwddyn, taking in a complete lap around the lake, was achieved by Ben Fish of Blackburn Harriers in a time of 1hr 07.43mins.

Leading home the locally affiliated contingent was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the 1st of eight Meirionnydd Running Club athletes to complete the event as he claimed a 40th spot finish in a time of 1hr 20.31mins. The 2nd Meirionnydd finisher was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, home in a time of 1hr 25.33mins, ahead of another Ffestiniog-based athlete, namely Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, who led home the trio of Bro Dysynni athletes in action, as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 1hr 33.38mins. A further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes then followed in the guise of Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, home in 1hr 37.15mins, Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, home in 1hr 39.32mins, Glyn Rowlands of Arthog, home in 1hr 41.33mins & Kevin Evans of Brithdir, home in 1hr 48.43mins. The sole local age category victory at the event was achieved by Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni athlete claiming victory in the Female Over-70 category in an outstanding time of 1hr 59.14mins. The next two local athletes to finish crossed the line together as Meirionnydd team-mates, Heidi Roden of Arthog & Amanda Price of Brithdir came home in 2hrs 20.09mins before Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completed the locally affiliated turnout, the Dysynni athlete claiming a fine 3rd place finish within the Female Over-65 category, completing the event in a pleasing time of 2hrs 27.59mins.

One further Bro Dysynni athlete in action recently was Gavin Griffiths. His chosen event was the KRUF Cardiff 10k and the athlete originally from Tywyn but now based in the south of Wales completed the event in an excellent time of 46.00mins.


Glyn Rowlands of Arthog in action at the recent Lake Vyrnwy Half MarathonPic by Esyllt Richards

There was a successful return to competitive action for Ifan Richards of Brithdir recently, as the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claimed victory, as well as the establishment of a new course record, at the Half Pedol Fell Race held in the Llanberis area. Victory over the 8.5mile course, which included a severe 4,500 feet of climbing was achieved in a time of 1hr 49.38mins, 52 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. The second of the three Meirionnydd athletes in action at the event was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, achieving an excellent 4th placed finish in a time of 1hr 57.00mins, with Nich Bradley of Dolgellau completing the trio as he came home in a time of 2hrs 37.53mins.

A trio of locally affiliated athletes were also in road running action recently, their chosen event being the Caernarfon 10k Road Race. Leading home the trio was Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd, home in a time of 54.44mins with club colleague, Barrie Jackson of Bala, following in 59.39mins. The trio were completed by Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, the Bro Dysynni athlete victorious in the Female Over-75 cateogory in an excellent time of 1hr 27.27mins.

One Meirionnydd Running Club athlete travelling further afield recently was Arfon Hughes who headed to the Preseli Mountains to take part in the 5 mile multi-terrained Ras Beca. In a race established to commemorate the 19th Century Rebecca Riots, the Dolgellau based athlete was pleased with his finishing time of 47.42mins.

Finally, Bro Dysynni athlete, Dewi Roberts made his annual pilgrimage to Llandygai near Bangor to take part in the 4.5 mile Ras Y Mynydd Fell Race, an event which also included around 700 feet of climbing. Using the race as part of his ongoing preparations for two Autumn marathons, the Blaenau Ffestiniog-based athlete claimed a fine 6th placed finish in a time of 31.50mins.

THE LLYN BRENIG TRAIL RACE

Saturday 17th September 2011
1 p.m. at the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre Cerrigydruddion, Nr Corwen
Details and Entry Form

Just a reminder that the popular Thursday evening circuit sessions at the Dysynni Leisure Centre in Tywyn re-start soon after a Summer break.
As ever, the sessions will be held between 6pm and 7pm every Thursday evening commencing on Thursday, 8th September. All are welcome, young and old, club members or non-members!
The cost of the session remains excellent value at £3 for adults and £1 for juniors over 11 years of age.
The income generated by the circuit sessions is a major source of income for Bro Dysynni, please support these sessions and in-turn, support the club!
Warmest congratulations to the 10 Bro Dysynni members who braved the wind and rain to take part in the various races affiliated to the 28th running of Race The Train in Tywyn. It was also very much a family affair with Rhian, Tom & Dylan all completing the Rotary Challenge Race with Richard & Gavin both completing the Quarry Challenge with Gwenan & Rhys also in action in different events.

Overall Dysynni results as follows;

ROTARY CHALLENGE (14 MILES)

Dylan Jones in 1hr 34.44mins (7 minutes quicker than his 2010 time) and also BEAT THE TRAIN!!!!
Tom Jones in 1hr 46.15mins
John Marsh (Tarren Hendre) in 2hrs 7mins (2nd over 65) Rhian Jones in 2hrs 20.42mins
Richard Vroom in 2hrs 46.16mins (very well done to our very own Flying Dutchman)

QUARRY CHALLENGE (10K)

Alan Jones in 49.23mins
Richard Griffiths in 52.48mins
Gavin Griffiths in 53.11mins (family bragging rights i Richard felly!!!)
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan in 1hr 07.18mins
Adrian Bennett in 1hr 10.13mins>p> DOLGOCH CHALLENGE (5.5MILES)

Gwenan Roberts in 48.32mins
Huw Harrison in 53.32mins

TYNLLWYNHEN CHALLENGE (3.5 MILES)

Rhys Roberts in 19.29mins
Aled Phillips in 21.46mins


Rhian Jones at Dolgoch on her way to an excellent finishing time of 2hrs 20.42mins.

News Report 14th August 2011

A quartet of locally affiliated athletes recently headed south to take part in the Borth 10k Beach Run, an arduous event run totally over both soft and compact sand. In an out-and-back course which headed from Borth north towards the Dovey Estuary, it was left to one of the younger members of Meirionnydd Running Club to lead home the local contingent as Jamie Evans of Bryncrug claimed an overall 12th placed finish, as well as victory in the Male Under-20 category, in a time of 41.24mins. Following in behind his son was Dylan Evans, also of Bryncrug, the 2nd Meirionnydd R.C. finisher in a time of 44.23mins with Ricky Francis of Talyllyn completing the trio of Meirionnydd athletes in action as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 47.24mins. Representing Bro Dysynni A.C. at the race was Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth who claimed victory in the Female Over-60 category as she completed the event in an excellent time of 1hr 08.33mins.

A further trio of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. were also in action recently, there chosen event being the Gobowen 5 Mile Road Race. In a rare excursion from his preferred fell running, Ifan Richards of Brithdir set a new Meirionnydd club record for the distance as his time of 28.31mins claimed an overall 9th placed finish. Also performing strongly was Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd as a time of 36.50mins ensured 2nd spot within the Male Over-55 age category. Completing the trio in action, as well as setting a new club record for the distance in the Male Over-70 age category, was Barrie Jackson of Bala, home in a fine time of 46.42mins.

Another Meirionnydd R.C. athlete currently in fine fettle is Mark Atherton whose most recent race outing saw him heading to Rhyd Ddu for his chosen event, namely 'Y Garn' fell race, a short, sharp 3 mile course which included a severe climb of 1,500 feet. Proof of his recent good form came in the shape of a 2nd placed finish at the event, as the Llan Ffestiniog based athlete crossed the finishing line in a time of 33.26mins.

Another Ffestiniog athlete in action recently was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, his chosen event being the Cardigan RC Mayors 10k Road Race, the Bro Dysynni athlete claiming a strong 6th placed finish over the undulating course as he came home in a time of 39.00mins.

Finally, a busy Ifan Richards returned to action at the Ponderosa Fell Race, a 4 mile event with a total ascent of just under 1,000 feet. With the Horseshoe Pass event being run in torrential rain and strong winds, the Meirionnydd athlete battled the atrocious conditions to claim an overall 3rd placed finish in a time of 26.45mins.


Mark Atherton on his was to a fine 2nd placed finish at Y Garn Fell Race

News Report 7th August 2011

Warm and muggy conditions greeted the 71 athletes who lined up for the start of the W.D. Pugh & Sons Ltd. sponsored Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race recently, an event now firmly established as one of the quicker 5 mile events held in North Wales.

As ever, the race attracted strong local representation as well as attracting a number of athletes who had travelled from further afield to compete. It was one of the travelling contingent who eventually claimed a relatively comfortable victory as Tim Davies of Maldwyn Harriers crossed the finishing line in a time of 26.39mins, just under 30 seconds clear of the rest of the field. Victory in the Female category was also achieved by an athlete from slightly further afield, as Jay Jennions of Deestriders came home victorious in a time of 31.51mins.

Leading home the local contingent, claiming an overall 3rd place finish as well as victory in the 'Junior Male' category was Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, as a time of 29.05mins also represented a new Meirionnydd Running Club age category record over the distance. Another Dolgellau-based athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club followed as Tom Roberts claimed an overall 6th placed finish in a time of 30.06mins. It also proved to be a successful day for the more junior members of Meirionnydd Running Club as Jamie Evans of Bryncrug placed 16th in a time of 32.41mins. A further 5 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd all came home with a little over a minute seperating their finishing times. Leading home the 5 was Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in 34.34mins, just pipping Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, home in 34.36mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn followed in 34.59mins with the 5 being completed by Glyn Rowlands of Arthog & Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, home in respective times of 35.31mins & 35.55mins. Nich Bradley was the next Meirionnydd finisher, the Dolgellau-based runner home in 37.56mins before Lee Bell led home the Bro Dysynni contingent in action, the Tywyn-based athlete home in 38.08mins. The Brithdir based 'Father & Son' combination of Kevin & Danny Evans followed, the Meirionnydd R.C. duo home in times of 38.51mins & 40.42mins with John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog following, the 2nd Dysynni finisher home, in a time of 42.11mins. There was a strong performance from Emma Davies of Dolgellau, home on 44.36mins, clear of the Meirionnydd duo of Barrie Jackson of Bala & Haydn Fowler of Trawsfynydd who followed in times of 47.27mins & 49.27mins. The final locally affiliated athlete to finish was Marj Griffiths of Bro Dysynni, the Aberystwyth-based athlete setting a new course record within the Female Over-65 age category in an excellent 52.49mins. In addition to the large number of locally affiliated athletes in action, the race also attracted a good number of unattached local athletes, all of whom should be congratulated for their endeavours.


Alex Lanz on his way to a magnificent 3rd placed finish at the recent Dolgellau 5.

Dolgellau 5           Results


Jay Jennions of Deeside Striders


Kevin Evans

Pics from Gwynfor

Ras Hendre Wallog            Pics from Alastair           Pics from Esyllt       Full Report


Out on the course are Alun Jones & Richard Griffiths


RESULTS OF THE 11TH RUNNING (OVER NEW COURSE) OF RAS HENDRE WALLOG, ABERGYNOLWYN, 28th JULY, 2011
 
1st       - Dylan Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 16.26mins (1st Senior Male)
2nd      - Tom Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 19.24mins (2nd Senior Male)
3rd       - Iwan Jones (Bryncrug) in 19.57mins (1st Junior Male Under-16)
4th       - Ricky Francis (Meirionnydd R.C.) in 20.03mins (3rd Senior Male)
5th       - Rhys Roberts (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 20.46mins (2nd Junior Male Under-16)
6th       - Micheil Vroom (Holland) in 21.14mins
7th       - Frederike Muth (Germany) in 21.19mins (1st Senior Lady)
8th       - Lee Bell (Bryncrug) in 22.07mins
9th       - Richard Griffiths (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 22.55mins (1st Male Veteran)
10th     - Alan H. Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 23.05mins (2nd Male Veteran)
11th     - Naomi Wood (Rhoslefain) in 23.29mins (2nd Senior Lady)
12th     - Kelvin Beard (Tywyn) in 24.45mins
13th     - Twm Morris (Llanegryn) in 24.52mins (1st Junior Male Under-13)
14th     - Huw Jones (Abergynolwyn) in 24.53mins (3rd Junior Male Under-16)
15th     - Danny Morgan (Llanegryn) in 25.59mins (2nd Junior Male Under-13)
16th     - Darren Levin (Bryncrug) in 26.07mins (3rd Male Veteran)
17th     - Gwenan Roberts (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 26.26mins (1st Lady Veteran)
18th     - Clare Horton (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 26.37mins (2nd Lady Veteran)
19th     - Brenda Jones (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 26.41mins (3rd Lady Veteran)
20th     - Steve Smith (Abergynolwyn) in 26.45mins
21st     - Martin Stephenson (Abergynolwyn) in 26.51mins
22nd    - Richard Vroom (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 27.04mins
23rd     - Jake Richardson (Northampton) in 30.16mins (3rd Junior Male Under-13)
24th     - Niall Auckland (Northampton) in 30.19mins
25th     - Hilary Rowlands (Tywyn) in 30.30mins 
26th     - John Butler (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 30.35mins
27th     - Gareth Crowley (Abergynolwyn) in 31.06mins
28th     - Lucy Cave (Aberdyfi) in 31.10mins (3rd Senior Lady)
29th     - Andy Unwin (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 33.39mins
30th     - Jessica Evans (Abergynolwyn) in 34.36mins (1st Junior Female Under-16)
31st     - Chloe Crawley (Abergynolwyn) in 34.37mins (1st Junior Female Under-12)
32nd    - Steffan Owen (Abergynolwyn) in 35.27mins
33rd     - Oscar Hutchinson (Abergynowlyn) in 35.40mins
34th     - Ann Lewis (Abergynolwyn) in 35.51mins
34th     - Rhian Bryan (Abergynolwyn) in 35.51mins
36th     - Dave Paramoor (Northampton) in 36.39mins
37th     - Emma Duffield (Northampton) in 36.41mins (2nd Junior Female Under-12)
38th     - Sheila Symonds (Bro Dysynni A.C.) in 37.28mins
39th     - Harry Smith (Northampton) in 41.31mins
40th     - Josh Pettifer (Northampton) in 46.28mins
41st     - Micky Scott (Northampton) in 46.35mins
42nd    - Lily Adams (Northampton) in 46.49mins (2nd Junior Female Under-16)
Another excellent Hendre Wallog race, this year with an 'international' feel with representation from both Holland & Germany and also a strong Northampton contingent. The result saw a 'Son & Father' one/two with Dylan leading home Tom. Frederike Muth of Germany won the female race, great to see the race being of interest to a number staying in the area. Also great to see a dozen Bro Dysynni athletes in action, probably the best club turnout for quite a while!


Behind every good race is a good team. Diolch yn fawr i Gwen, Eirlys & Dianne am y trefniadau.

Many congratulations to Richard Griffiths who won the Veteran Male category at Ras Hendre Wallog despite his failing eyesight. However his eyesight did let him down badly in the presentation ceremony as his intention was to pick up a bottle of red wine when invited to choose a prize for his category victory. Upon returning home to Tywyn, Richard realised he had in fact picked a bottle of raspberry cordial...Eirlys was not amused!!!!!

Ras Y Wyddfa


Well done to our two club finishers at Ras Y Wyddfa. Llongyfarchiadau i Tom Jones & Gavin Griffiths!

A total of nine locally affiliated athletes were amongst the 487 competitors who completed the 36th running of the Snowdon International Race last Saturday afternoon. The 10 mile race started and finished in the centre of Llanberis with competitors facing the challenge of reaching the 3,560 foot summit of Snowdon before the sharp descent back into Llanberis.

With the overall race being won for the fifth occasion by English international runner, Andi Jones, in a time of 1hr 05.57mins, the first of the local contingent home, in 72nd position, was Adam Preston of Dolgellau, the first of seven Meirionnydd Running Club members to finish, in a time of 1hr 25.00mins. Two more Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog & Kevin Jones of Dolgellau in respective times of 1hr 26.14mins & 1hr 29.31mins, with the first of two Bro Dysynni A.C. runners following, as Tom Jones of Aberdyfi crossed the line in a time of 1hr 33.59mins. Perhaps the best local performance on the day came from Lesley Harris of Dolgellau, as the Meirionnydd runner was the 21st female to cross the line in an excellent time of 1hr 38.03mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed, Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth leading home Kevin Evans of Brithdir in respective times of 1hr 46.20mins & 1hr 52.56mins. Gavin Griffiths, originally of Tywyn, was the 2nd Bro Dysynni finisher in a time of 2hrs 01.16mins with Victor Gretton completing the locally affiliated turn-out, as the Meirionnydd runner crossed the finishing line in Llanberis in a time of 2hrs 11.29mins.

Also recently, a team of seven locally affiliated athletes braved monsoon-like conditions as they headed to Newtown for the Newtown BBQ 5k Race. It proved to be a profitable venture as six of the seven returned home having achieved success within their respective age categories. Of the seven, two were affiliated to Meirionnydd and it was they who were the first of the local contingent to complete the event as the Ganllwyd-based duo of Frankie & Andrea Vaughan came home on times of 21.52mins & 22.01mins to claim respective category victories in the Male Over-55 & Female Over-40 sections. The five Bro Dysynni runners were led home by Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-70 category in a time of 27.27mins. The only local athlete to miss out on age category success was Hugh Harrison of Fairbourne who was still delighted with his finishing time of 29.42mins. Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth was the next Dysynni finisher, victorious in the Female Over-65 section with Andy Unwin of Harlech claiming a rare success, beaming as he crossed the line in a time of 34.33mins, which claimed victory in the Male Over-45 category. The seven were completed by Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau athlete turning out yet another vintage performance as she claimed victory in the Female Over-75 category, on this occasion in a time of 47.23mins.

Also competing over the 5k distance were a further trio of locally affiliated athletes, their chosen event being the Caernarfon Race The Train 5k. Leading home the trio and claiming 2nd place in the Male Over-40 category was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 17.00mins. Ricky Francis was the sole Meirionnydd competitor at the event, the Talyllyn-based athlete home in a time 19.13mins whilst Dion Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog was the 2nd Dysynni finisher, producing a strong finish to cross the line in a time of 21.54mins.

There are two local races being held in quick succession over the next few days. Firstly, Abergynolwyn will play host to the annual Ras Hendre Wallog this coming Thursday evening (28th July). The event is due off at 6.30pm from outside the Community Centre. Meanwhile, Saturday (30th July) will see Dolgellau play host to the W.D. Pugh & Sons sponsored Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race. The race is due off at 1.30pm with the affiliated fun run due off at 12.30pm. Entries for both will be accepted on the day. Race headquarters will be at the Dolgellau Rugby Club. Further details relating to the event are available at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk


A mere 48 hours after becoming a first time grandfather, Tom Jones of Aberdyfi completed Ras Y Wyddfa in an excellent time of 1hr 33.59mins.

Moel Siabod

Local athletes have been involved in a plethora of events recently with a wide selection of Summer races available both locally and further afield.

A quartet of locally affiliated athletes made the journey to Capel Curig, their chosen event being the 5.8 mile Ras Moel Siabod, a fell race which also included an overall climb of some 2,300 feet. Leading home the quartet and claiming a fine 2nd placed finish at the event was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the first of three Meironnydd Running Club finishers in a time of 48.39mins. Representing Bro Dysynni A.C. on the day was Aberdyfi based, Dylan Jones, who claimed a fine 9th placed finish in a time of 53.45mins. Completing the Meirionnydd R.C. turnout were the Dolgellau-based duo of Arfon Hughes & Nich Bradley, home in respective times of 1hr 03.33mins & 1hr 12.38mins.


Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in action at the recent Ras Moel Siabod

A trio of locally affiliated athletes also headed to Cerrigydrudion recently, their chosen event being the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race, an 11k event run over the woodland trails surrounding Alwen Reservoir & the moor land of Mynydd Hiraethog. Leading home the trio on this occasion was Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in a time of 54.34mins. Claiming overall victory in the Female Over-70 category was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete home in 1hr 06.04mins whilst Barrie Jackson of Bala claimed victory in the Male Over-70 category, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in a time of 1hr 14.54mins.

Thirsk in North Yorkshire was the venue for Kilburn Feast 7 Mile Road Race, an event which attracted the interest of two Ganllwyd based athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. Leading home the duo was Andrea Vaughan in a time of 53.24mins with husband Frankie Vaughan following in a respectable 56.09mins.

One Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete putting in the miles before his inclusion at this Saturday's Ras Y Wyddfa has been Gavin Griffiths, ertswhile of Tywyn but now based in South Wales. His two most recent race outings have been at the Scenic 7 Mile Race held within the Cwmcarn Forest area of Cross Keys, an event completed in 56.09mins & the traditional Ras Guto Nyth Bran, a 6 mile fell race including 1,300 feet of climbing based in Bedwas, Caerphilly, an event completed in a pleasing 45.23mins.

One past member of Bro Dysynni now based in the Southern Hemisphere is Adrian Bailey, originally of Barmouth, and his most recent race outing was at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in Australia, where the ex-Welsh running international completed the event in a time of 2hrs 34.58mins, which in turn claimed an outstanding 22nd spot finish out of the 4,552 athletes who completed the event.

Finally, Moel Eilio in Llanberis was the venue for the 10th & final fixture of the Joe Brown Midweek Fell Running Series recently. Completing the series in fine fashion was Ifan Richards, victorious in the final fixture in a time of 25.32mins. With the dust having now settled on the series, the overall results of those who completed in four or more of the 10 events placed Ifan Richards in an overall 2nd spot finish with his Bro Dysynni counterpart, Dylan Jones, in an overall 6th placed finishing position.

Ras yr Aran

Glorious sunshine prevailed to greet the 200 athletes who travelled to Llanuwchllyn last Saturday afternoon to take part in the Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran, with the event having been chosen to host the Welsh leg of the 4 race 2011 British Fell Running Championships. With the race having been given Championship status, the calibre of the competition was excellent, a fact proven by a number of age category records being broken on the day as well as the overall race record within both the male and female categories.


Our own Tom Jones reaching the summit of Aran Fawddwy at Ras Yr Aran. Ymdrech gwych Tom!

Facing the competitors who lined up at the start in Llanuwchllyn was a 10 mile challenge to the peak of Aran Fawddwy and back to Llanuwchllyn, a course which included an overall 3,100 feet of climbing.

With competitors having travelled from all four home nations to take part in the event, the pace set in the early stages of the race was punishing with Morgan Donnelly of Borrowdale building up an early lead, a lead he was not going to relinquish, as he clung on to victory in a course record time of 1hr 22.55mins, slicing a total of 31 seconds off the previous course record. A similar pattern emerged in the ladies race as Philippa Madams of Keswick led from the off and eventually claimed victory in the female category in a time of 1hr 39.08mins, beating the previous female course record by a staggering 2 minutes and 6 seconds.

The race also attracted a strong core of locally affiliated competitors. The 11 locally affiliated athletes in action were led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete claiming an overall 19th spot in the final results in a time of 1hr 29.53mins. A further trio of Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, home in a time of 1hr 44.27mins, with the Dolgellau-based duo of Adam Preston and Kevin Jones following in respective times of 1hr 47.04mins & 1hr 50.29mins. The sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action was Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, home in an impressive 1hr 56.52mins and he, in turn, was followed by a further six athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd RC. These were led home by Dylan Evans of Bryncrug in a time of 2hrs 01.50mins with Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd following in 2hrs 05.04mins. The Dolgellau-based trio of Arfon Hughes, Nich Bradley & Juliet Edwards then followed in respective times of 2hrs 09.41mins, 2hrs 10.19mins & 2hrs 11.09mins with Kevin Evans of Brithdir completing the locally affiliated turnout, crossing the line in a time of 2hrs 23.15mins.

  

Morgan Donnelly setting a new course record at Ras Yr Aran       Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in action at Ras Yr Aran last Saturday afternoon

Also being run last Saturday afternoon was Ras Foel Y Gocyn which formed part of the festivities of Bryncrug Carnival Day. Leading home the field in the 4 mile hill race was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete victorious in a time of 30.46mins. Runners-up spot was claimed by Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, the Meirionnydd RC athlete home in a time of 34.49mins. There were also notable performances in the junior ranks, with Tom Farrell of Bryncrug claiming victory within the junior male category in a time of 36.59mins with Dafydd Bryan of Abergynolwyn claiming victory in the under-12 category in 53.03mins. A close finish saw Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd victorious in the ladies race, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a time of 53.05mins, one second ahead of club colleague, Marit Evans of Dolgellau who followed in 53.06mins.

Ras Foel y Gocyn

An unfortunate clash saw the 2011 running of Ras Foel Y Gocyn coincide with the British Championship Fell Running Race being held in Llanuwchllyn (Ras Yr Aran). As a result of this, many would be competitors for Ras Foel y Gocyn were either competing or helping out at Ras Yr Aran. However, the 11 athletes in action in Bryncrug, thoroughly enjoyed their race, held in bright sunny conditions. Race results were as follows;

1st -  Dewi Roberts (Bro Dysynni AC)  in 30.46mins
2nd -  Ricky Francis (Meirionnydd RC) in 34.49mins
3rd -  Nick Williams (Bryncrug) in 36.13mins
4th -  Jakub Lexa (Talyllyn) in 36.48mins
5th -  Tom Farrell (Bryncrug) in 36.59mins (1st Junior Male)
6th -  Iwan Jones (Bryncrug) in 37.37mins
7th -  Gavin Ebery (Rhoslefain) in 38.19mins
8th -  Richard Griffiths (Bro Dysynni AC) in 38.47mins
9th -  Dafydd Bryan (Abergynolwyn) in 53.03mins (1st Junior Boy Under-12)
10th -Brenda Jones (Bro Dysynni AC) in 53.05mins (1st Lady)
11th -Marit Evans (Bro Dysynni AC) in 53.06mins (1st Senior Lady) 
RUN WALES OPEN FORUM

Over the course of the Summer months, Welsh Athletics have organised a series of 11 open forums at different venues around the Principality aimed at providing all those with a common interest in athletics, the opportunity to discuss the current issues and challenges involved in the organisation of endurance events in Wales, whether it be road running, cross country, mountain, fell or trail running.

One of the 11 open forums will be held in Dolgellau at the Glan Wnion Leisure Centre on Thursday, 14th July. The forum is due to start at 7.00pm and will be preceeded by a run at 6.00pm from the Leisure Centre.

Welsh Athletics invite anyone to attend the above, but do request (to help with organisation) that anybody who intends attending should contact Welsh Athletics beforehand on either 02920 644870 or via e-mail office@welshathletics.org stating which venue forum at which they will be present.

Further details relating to the forums are available on the Welsh Athletics website (www.welshathletics.org) and then clicking the 'News & Media' link.

News Report 3rd July 2011

Llangollen was the chosen venue for a trio of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club recently, their chosen event being the 9.5 mile Moel Y Gamelin Fell Race which included climbs totalling 2,380 feet. Continuing his recent fine form was Welsh international runner, Ifan Richards, on this occasion the Brithdir-based athlete claiming runners-up spot at the event in a fine time of 1hr 15.52mins. Also performing admirably was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, claiming a 17th spot finish in a time of 1hr 28.02mins. The trio was completed by Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, 2nd finisher in the Female Over-45 category, in a time of 1hr 50.05mins.

Two Bro Dysynni athletes were also in action recently at opposite ends of the Principality. In the north, Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog claimed a magnificent 7th spot out of the 293 competitors in action at the popular Felinheli 10k race in a time 37.24mins, whilst in the South, Gavin Griffiths showed his Tywyn-based prowess as he completed the Llanwonno 5 Mile Forestry Race in Pontypridd in a fine time of 38.26mins, which, in turn, claimed a 37th placed finishing spot.

This coming Saturday there are two events being held locally. First to start will be the Organic Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran. The race is being made all the more special as it has been chosen to host the Welsh leg of the 2011 British Fell Running Championships with the list of pre-entrants including the cream of the British fell running fraternity. The 10 mile race which includes an overall 3,100 feet of climbing is due off at 1.00pm from the village hall, with the shorter 2 mile Ras Y Garth which includes 500 feet of climbing due off at 1.15pm. Further details regarding the event are available at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk. Also on Saturday, Bryncrug will play host to the annual running of Ras Foel Gocyn which forms an integral part of the Bryncrug carnival day proceedings. The 4 mile race is due off from the carnival field at 2pm. Entries will be accepted only on the day.


Dewi Roberts on his way to a fine 7th placed finish at the recent Felinheli 10k Race.
Picture by Sports Pictures Cymru

Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race       Saturday 25th June 12:00am       Details      Results       Pics from Alastair and Esyllt Richards

The four Bro Dysynni athletes in action at the Tyn-Y-Groes Race. Well done to Dylan, Richard, Andy & Sheila for flying the Dysynni flag at the event!
With persistant rain making conditions treacherous over the 2.1 mile course, which included 700 feet of climbing, Ifan Richards the Meirionnydd RC athlete gradually pulled away from the rest of the field to claim victory at the event for the 3rd year in succession, on this occasion in a time of 16.01mins.
Runners up spot was claimed by Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, the first of four Bro Dysynni athletes home, in a time of 17.55mins, with Jamie Evans of Bryncrug completing the podium, the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 20.25mins.
There was a show of strength in depth from Meirionnydd as a further seven athletes followed. The seven were led home by Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau in 20.36mins, to be followed by Dylan Evans of Bryncrug in 21.14mins. There then followed an exciting tussle as Ricky Francis of Talyllyn just pipped the colourful Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, the two finishing in times of 21.42mins & 21.43mins. Nich Bradley of Dolgellau was the next Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 22.58mins with Kevin Evans of Brithdir & Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth following home in respective times of 23.29mins & 24.15mins. A trio of Bro Dysynni athletes followed in the guise of Richard Griffiths of Tywyn, home in 24.40mins, Andy Unwin of Harlech, beaming depsite all the odds as he crossed the line in true perambulatory fashion in 41.33mins and the evergreen ever improving Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau based veteran claiming victory in the female section of the event, in an excellent time of 52.29mins.
As has become the norm with the Tyn-Y-Groes Race, monies raised at the event were passed on to the Welsh Air Ambulance.
International and national honours were recently bestowed upon two locally affiliated athletes.

On the international front, there was a 2nd Welsh cap for Ifan Richards, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete chosen as part of the Welsh team in action at the 8th WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge held in Slovenia.

With the race being based in the Alpine town of Petrovo Brdo, competitors were faced with a 37.5k course which included a treacherous 8,200 feet of climbing. Wearing the Welsh vest once again proved inspirational for the Brithdir based athlete who completed the challenging course in an overall time of 4hrs 13.17mins, claiming an impressive 44th placed finish in an international field of some 500 athletes, as well as helping the Welsh team to an overall 6th placed finish in the team event ahead of the likes of Russia, USA & the Czech Republic.

On a national level, there was British Championship success for Llanelltyd based Brenda Jones at the British Masters 5k Championships held in Horwich, Lancashire. Racing nationally for the 1st time within her new Female Over-70 age category, the Bro Dysynni athlete dominated proceedings to claim British Championship status within her age group as a time of 26.26mins secured the gold medal spot on the winners podium as well as a 3rd placed spot within the National Rankings for the age group over the 5k distance.

Olympic Tickets

The club have recently been contacted by Welsh Athletics offering for sale a pair of tickets to one of the 2012 Olympics athletics sessions being held at the Olympic Stadium, London, between 3rd & 11th August.

Tickets range in cost between £20 & £65. Bro Dysynni are not able to guarantee which session the tickets will be for, the session allocated to Bro Dysynni will be drawn by ballot on 25th July with payment for the tickets to be made by 5th August.

To start the process, any interested parties for the above are invited to express their interest for the pair of tickets by contacting Eirlys Griffiths (01654 711108) by no later than 7.00pm on Monday, 11th July. As per the directive received from Welsh Athletics, club affiliation for 2011/12 must be fully paid in order to qualify. Any requests made after the above time and date will not be considered.

Should there be more than one expression of interest in relation to the above, then a draw will be held of all interested parties, the winner of the draw receiving the two tickets.

With Huge Harrison still striving for the qualification distance, it may be of interest to note that the men's qualifying and final of the shot putt is being held on 3rd August, 2012.

News Report 19th June 2011

Locally affiliated athletes have been in action in shorter races recently, namely two 5k Road Race events, one held in Newtown, the other in Oswestry.

The larger turnout was in Newtown, which saw a total of five locally affiliated athletes in action at the Newtown Carnival 5k. Leading home the local contingent in action on this occasion was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, putting in some last minute speed training before his forthcoming trip to Slovenia as part of the Welsh team in action at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. With the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete having a preference for longer fell running races, he was well satisfied with the 3rd position achieved over the shorter distance in Newtown in a time of 17.02mins. There then followed a quartet of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC, led home by Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-65 category in a time of 27.20mins. Making his first competitive outing of 2011 was Huw Harrison of Fairbourne, delighted with his finishing time of 29.04mins with Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth following in 32.28mins. The quartet were completed by the remarkable Sheila Symonds, the Dolgellau-based athlete victorious in the Female Over-75 category in a tremendous time of 42.27mins.


Well done to all four athletes in action at the recent Newtown 5k event. Many thanks to Es Richards for the attached pictures of Brenda Jones, Marj Griffiths and Huge Harrison in action at the race.

Also in action in Newtown, on this occasion in the Under-10's Fun Run, held over a distance of one mile, was Heledd Richards of Brithdir, very much following in her father's footsteps as she completed the course in an excellent time of 11.13mins.

A trio of Meirionnydd RC athletes headed to Oswestry recently, their chosen event being the Park Hall 5k. Leading home the trio in action was Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd, setting a new Meirionnydd RC record in the Female Over-40 category over the 5k distance in a time of 21.28mins. Hanging on to her coat-tails was husband, Frankie Vaughan, home in 21.36mins with the trio being completed by Barrie Jackson of Bala, crossing the finishing line in a pleasing time of 27.49mins.

There is local action this coming Saturday afternoon, as Ganllwyd will play host to the short, sharp Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Run. The 2.1 mile race which includes a steep 700 feet of climbing is due off at 12.00 Noon. Entries will be accepted on the day, further details relating to the event are available from www.brodysynniac.co.uk.

News Report 13th June 2011

Months of hard training came to fruition recently for Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete, Dewi Roberts, who dominated proceedings at the Deganwy Dash 5.2 Mile Race. Having trained diligently over the Winter & Spring months, the Bro Dysynni athlete was well prepared for the Deganwy event as he led home the field of 138 competitors to claim overall victory in an impressive time of 30.50mins.

Two athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club took on one of the toughest fell running events within the Principality recently, namely the Welsh 1000 Metres Peak Race, a 32k event starting on the foreshore at Abergwyngregyn and taking in the ascent of the 3 Garnedds, namely Llewelyn, Dafydd & Ugain as well as the ascent of Glyder Fawr before the final ascent of Snowdon, a total combination of approximately 8,000 feet of climbing. The two in action were led home by Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, claiming an impressive 48th placed finish in a time of 5hrs 35.35mins with Nich Bradley of Dolgellau following in a time of 7hrs 04.23mins.


Juliet Edwards in action at the Foel Fras Fell Race held last Saturday afternoon

Also competing in a race which started in Abergwyngregyn recently was Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, her chosen event being the 12 mile Foel Fras Fell Race which also included an overall climb of some 3,100 feet. Taking on the challenge with typical gusto, the Meironnydd Running Club athlete completed the arduous event in an impressive time of 2hrs 28.47mins.

Two of the younger members affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. also represented their club recently at the Abersoch 10k Road Race. Returning home with impressive finishing times on this occasion were Tim Chesworth of Tywyn who completed the event in 45.20mins & Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd, home in 55.44mins.

Forthcoming Events

The weekend of the 25th & 26th June may well be a strenuous one for club members as following on from the Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race on the 25th June (details available elsewhere on this homepage), a club get-together has also been arranged for Sunday, 26th June. The get-together has been arranged for 11am at the Talyllyn Railway Station car park at Abergynolwyn (Not the village car park).
Weather permitting it is also hoped to have a picnic after the run/walk. All attendees are advised to be wary of the magpie Huw Harrison, renowned for his pilverage at similar previous events. All club members are encouraged to support both worthwhile events over the weekend.

It has also been confirmed that the Dyfi8 Race scheduled for Sunday, September 18th has been cancelled.

Another local event fast-approaching is the 6th annual running of the Fairbourne Race The Train.
Cpl Ki Williams, one of the organisers of the event stated 'This year's event will take place on Thursday, 30th June. Runners are asked to register at the Springfield Hotel car park between 5.15pm & 5.40pm on the day. The race will start & finish at the Springfield Hotel car park at 5.45pm with a quiz and raffle also being held after the event.'

All at Bro Dysynni A.C. were sad to hear of the death of the wife of our clubmate and colleague John Tee recently. Our thoughts go out to John and his family during this most difficult time.
News Report 5th June 2011

Amongst the total of 264 athletes who recently took part in the various races affiliated to Ras Y Gader in Dolgellau, were 63 junior athletes who produced excellent performances within their races.

The Under-18 event saw athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club dominate proceedings as they claimed a convincing '1-2-3' within the category. Leading home the dominant trio was Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, victorious in a time of 55.15mins, a mere 26 seconds ahead of club colleague, Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, home in 55.41mins. The trio were completed by Tim Chesworth, also of Bryncrug, who completed the event in a time of 1hr 07.55mins. Victory in the Male Under-16 race was claimed by Rhys James in a time of 21.22mins with Katie Bailey equally as dominant in the Female Under-14 category, the Dolgellau based athlete completing the course in an excellent time of 16.18mins. There were also two impressive performances within the Under-12 age group, Dafydd Roberts of Rhydymain being the 1st boy home in 7.17mins with Non Angharad Hughes of Morfa Bychan being the 1st girl to finish in 7.56mins. Amongst the 43 youngsters who participated in the Junior Fun Run, Harry Hughes of Dolgellau was the 1st boy to finish with Llio Roberts of Rhydymain being the 1st girl.

Amongst the senior contingent, a quartet of locally affiliated athletes were in action at the Llandudno 10 Mile Race towards the latter part of May. Leading home the quartet was Jeff Davies, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completing the course in a most impressive time of 1hr 13.36mins. The Bro Dysynni duo in action on the day were led home by John Tee, the Blaenau Ffestiniog-based athlete home in a time of 1hr 27.03mins. Christine Owen of Dolgellau was the 2nd Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 1hr 52.49mins whilst the effervescent Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau was the 2nd Dysynni finisher, home in 2hrs 26.48mins.

Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog was the sole locally affiliated competitor who headed to Bethesda recently, his chosen event being Ras Y Caerneddau, a 9.2 mile fell running event which included the three peaks of Carnedd Dafydd, Yr Elen & Gyrn Wigau to produce an overall cumulative climb of some 4,200 feet. Undaunted by the task, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete produced a fine performance, completing the event in a time of 2hrs 09.18mins to claim an overall 16th place finishing spot.

Another Meirionnydd Running Club athlete in action recently was Barrie Jackson who headed to Rhyl to take on the Suncentre 5k event, with the Bala based athlete, in his 1st competitive outing of 2011, completing the course in a pleasing time of 28.53mins.


Alex Lanz of Dolgellau on his way to claiming victory in the Under-18 Race at Ras Y Gader.

Ras y Gader 28th May 2011        Pics from Alastair       Results      

Two international athletes who have dominated proceedings at the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Cader Idris Fell Race in Dolgellau for the past 6 years, continued the trend last Saturday afternoon as the event celebrated 21 years since it's original inception.

The two athletes in question were Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak Fell Runners & Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers. The former claimed his 3rd victory at the event, following on from his successes of 2006 & 2009, as he came within 9 seconds of beating the course record established by Colin Donnelly of Eryri Harriers in 1996, crossing the finishing line in Eldon Square in a magnificent time of 1hr 21.27mins. Runners-up spot was attained by the Eryri Harriers athlete, himself a two time winner of the race in 2007 & 2008, to replicate the same winner & runner up sequence of 2009, in a time of 1hr 23.20mins. There was a new name to be added to the list of winners of the female section of the race as Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers came home victorious in a time of 1hr 49.39mins.


Gavin Griffiths celebrating his 39th birthday in style!!!!!

As ever, there was a healthy number of locally affiliated athletes amongst the 201 who completed the event. Foremost amongst the local contingent was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, setting a new Meirionnydd Running Club course record for the event as he came home in 6th position overall in a time of 1hr 27.36mins. A further three athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club followed in 16th, 22nd & 38th positions respectively, namely Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog and the Dolgellau based duo of Adam Preston & Tom Roberts, home in times of 1hr 39.55mins, 1hr 41.16mins & 1hr 48.04mins. The first of the two Bro Dysynni AC competitors to finish was Tom Jones of Aberdyfi in a time of 1hr 53.04mins, before another 6 Meirionnydd athletes followed in the guise of Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd, home in 1hrs 58.14mins, a mere 26 seconds ahead of team-mate, Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, home in 1hrs 58.40mins. Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau also beat the 2 hour mark as he came home in a time of 1hr 59.11mins, to be followed by Ricky Francis of Talyllyn and Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, 7 seconds seperating the duo, home in respective times of 2hrs 05.24mins & 2hrs 05.31mins. Tackling the course for the first time was Janet Preston of Dolgellau, home in a terriffic time of 2hrs 19.15mins with Gavin Griffiths following, the 2nd of the Bro Dysynni athletes home, the runner with strong Tywyn connections celebrating his birthday as he crossed the line in a time of 2hrs 25.17mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed, namely Alun Jones in a time of 2hrs 35.56mins and Heidi Roden of Arthog in a time of 2hrs 44.59mins.


Tom Jones of Aberdyfi leads a trail of athletes towards the 2,927 feet peak of Cader Idris.

A busy May continued for locally affiliated athletes with representation at six events of varying distances.

The largest turnout was at the Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race, a 4.5 mile event including 1,500 feet of climbing held within the Clwydian Hills. In blustery conditions, the 5 locally affiliated athletes were led home by Ifan Richards of Meirionnydd R.C., the Brithdir athlete 2nd finisher in a field numbering 101 in a time of 39.39mins. The was also a sterling performance from Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, the sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action claiming a 6th placed finish in a time of 41.54mins. A further trio of Meirionnydd R.C. athletes followed, with Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog finishing in 16th spot in a time of 46.24mins with the Dolgellau based duo of Nich Bradley and Juliet Edwards following in respective times of 56.14mins & 57.48mins.

A trio of Meirionnydd R.C. athletes headed to Cheshire, their chosen event being the 13.1 mile Shell Chester Half Marathon. Leading home the trio was Amanda Price of Brithdir in a time of 1hr 52.52mins followed by Gaenor Smith of Dolgellau & Heidi Roden of Arthog in times of 1hr 58.02mins & 2hrs 02.22mins.

There was also dual local representation at the Newtown 10k recently as Ricky Francis of Talyllyn represented Meirionnydd R.C. and completed the course in a time of 43.42mins whilst Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth represented Bro Dysynni A.C. with her time of 66.50mins also claiming age category success within the Female Over-65 section of the event.

Two of the aforementioned athletes in action at the Llangynhafal Loop event were also in action at the Moel Y Gest Fell Race near Porthmadog, an event which marked the halfway point of the Joe Brown Tuesday Night Fell Running Series organised by Eryri Harriers. On this occasion where was a runners-up spot for Dylan Jones, 2nd home in a time of 32.16mins whilst Nich Bradley followed in a time of 45.38mins.


Nich Bradley (far left) putting in a sprint finish at the recent Moel Y Gest Fell Race. Pic by Gwynfor James

Also in repeat action was Marj Griffiths, once again claiming age category success in the Female Over-65 section, on this occasion at the Rhayadar 5k event in a time of 30.44mins.

A trip to Lampeter was also made recently by Glyn Rowlands of Arthog, his race of choice being the 16.5 mile Sarn Helen Hill Race, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete covering the course in a time of 2hrs 29.03mins which claimed an overall 43rd spot in the final placings.

A huge well done should also be afforded to all the local female athletes, affiliated and unaffiliated, who have been in action recently at the Race For Life events, raising staggering amounts for the Cancer Research UK charity.

There is local action this coming Saturday as Dolgellau will play host to the 21st running of the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Ras Y Gader as well as to the numerous junior races sponsored by Y Sospan Restaurant. With the junior events starting at 11.00a.m. and the senior race at 1.00p.m., Eldon Square will be awash with athletes, all eager to take on the challenge presented to them. Further details relating to the days activities can be found at www.cader-race.co.uk.

Race for Life         Sun 15th May

Warm congratulations to all those who completed the Aberystwyth Race For Life 5k recently, amongst whom were many local competitors.

The picture shows our very own Griffiths trio of Marj, Eirlys & Ceris along with Gwenno & Elis, children of Ceris and grand-children of Eirlys & Richard. Well done to our intrepid trio and also well done to every single person who completed not only the Aberystwyth Race For Life but also every other Race For Life held within the UK recently.


Bro Dysynni athlete Tom Jones seen in action at the recent Sialens Y Barcud Coch at Nant Yr Arian. Photo by Graham Spencer

A total of 9 locally affiliated athletes made the journey to Nant Yr Arian & Devil's Bridge recently, the two locations situated east of Aberystwyth being the venues for the two events which make up the Red Kite Challenge.

The first race of the weekend was 'Sialens Y Barcud Coch' an 11 mile multi-terrained event which also incorporated the 2011 UK & Welsh Trail Running Championships. Leading home the local contingent, finishing in an overall 10th spot out of the 130 who completed the event, was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, the Bro Dysynni AC athlete home in a time of 1hr 24.59mins. Adam Preston of Dolgellau was the next of the local contingent home, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete home in 21st spot in a time of 1hr 30.47mins. Tom Jones of Aberdyfi was the 2nd of the three Bro Dysynni finishers in a time of 1hr 36.06mins with a trio of Meirionnydd athletes following, namely Dylan Evans of Bryncrug in 1hr 43.06mins, John Smith of Dolgellau, claiming age category success in the Welsh Championship Over-60 Category, in a time of 1hr 47.00mins & Janet Preston, also of Dolgellau, 3rd home in the Female Over-35 Category of the Welsh Championships in a time of 2hrs 07.14mins, before Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd came home victorious in the Female Over-65 category, the Bro Dysynni athlete crossing the finishing line in a time of 2hrs 12.32mins.

In the Junior Race affiliated to Sialens Y Barcud Coch, there were 4th & 6th placed finishes within their respective age categories for Alex Lanz of Dolgellau & Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, the Meirionnydd Running Club athletes home in times of 25.34mins & 29.33mins.

One of those competing on the Saturday, also returned on Sunday to take part in Ras Y Diafol, the 18 mile event being the 2nd part of the Red Kite Challenge. That athlete was Adam Preston, claiming a 15th placed finish in a time of 2hrs 23.27mins. A total of 24 athletes completed both events within the Red Kite Challenge, the Meirionnydd runner claiming 7th placed amongst these in a cumulative time of 3hrs 54.14mins.

Another local athlete taking on a massive challenge recently has been Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd RC athlete heading to the Yorkshire Dales National Park to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, an arduous off-road mountain race which took in the peaks of Pen-Y-Ghent (691 metres), Whernside (728 metres) & Ingleborough (723 metres). Competing against many of the best mountain runners from within the UK, the Meirionnydd runner performed admirably as a finishing time of 3hrs 25.04mins claimed a pleasing 28th placed finish as well as being the 3rd Welsh finisher. As a result of the above, the Brithdir based athlete has now been selected to run for Wales at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships which are being held in Slovenia on June 18th.

Elsewhere, during a particularly busy racing schedule for local athletes, the effervescent Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau claimed North Wales Championship Gold recently within the Female Over-75 category at the North Wales 10 Mile Road Running Championships which were affiliated within the Grand Prix Express Wrexham 10 Mile Road Race, the Bro Dysynni athlete home in a marvellous time of 2hrs 00.26mins.

The 3rd & 4th races within the 10 race Joe Brown 18th Midweek Race Series have also been held recently with two athletes highlighted above stamping their authority within the series. The 3rd race was held at Mynydd Mawr at Y Fron, Ifan Richards claiming race victory in 32.30mins with Dylan Jones following in 3rd spot in 34.26mins. The 4th event was held at Pen Dinas at Nant Peris with Ifan Richards once again victorious in 25.36mins, with Dylan Jones following in 29.23mins and Victor Gretton home in 50.12mins, the Meirionnydd RC athlete victorious within the Male Over-70 category at the event.

At the inaugural running of the Fron Four Fell Race, there was an excellent finishing time of 1hr 19.00mins for Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog who completed the 13.5k event which included an overall ascent of 828 metres over the peaks of Moel Tryfan & Mynydd Mawr in an overall 7th position.

Finally, new Meirionnydd Running Club member Jeff Davies set a club record within the Male Over-60 category as he recently completed the Chalgrove 10k in a time of 43.10mins.


Pictured from left to right are Sheila, Dylan, Ifan, Andy, Richard, Brenda & Marit.
A Good Friday visit to Newtown was on the agenda for 6 club members to take part in the Maldwyn Harriers Chocoholic 5k Race.

Clear blue skies were the order of the day and a good time was had by all! The following finishing times were achieved;

Ifan Richards (Meirionnydd RC) - 2nd overall in 17.04mins
Dylan Jones - 3rd overall in 17.15mins
Ricky Francis (Meirionnydd RC) - 21.01mins
Richard Griffiths- 23.17mins
Brenda Jones - 1st Female Over-65 on 27.59mins
Marit Evans - 29.29mins
Andy Unwin - 33.52mins
Sheila Symonds - 1st Female Over-75 in 44.49mins


Months of hard training and preparation paid dividends recently for five athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club who headed to London to take part in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon. Repeating his success of 2010 was Adam Preston, the first of four Dolgellau-based finishers, as he came home in a Meirionnydd Running Club record time for the marathon distance, covering the 26.2mile course in a time of 2hrs 57.00mins, just under 12 minutes quicker than the time he set in 2010. London Marathon regular, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd then followed in a time of 3hrs 10.01mins, which claimed an outstanding 7th placed finish in the Male Over-60 Category. The Dolgellau trio of Nich Bradley, Janet Preston & Sandra Williams followed in respective times of 3hrs 56.03mins, 4hrs 10.23mins & 4hrs 20.53mins. Another London finisher with strong local connections was Joe Jeffs of Barmouth who crossed the line in a time of 4hrs 32.54mins. Four local athletes also formed part of a field of 96 at the recent Llantysylio Fell Race, a 6.2mile event which included an overall 2,400 feet of climbing. Showing his liking for the race based in Rhewl near Llangollen was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, as the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete repeated his race victory of 2010 as he came home victorious in a time of 52.07mins. One athlete showing excellent form recently has been Dylan Jones of Cerist Tri / Bro Dysynni AC. On this occasion the Aberdyfil based athlete claimed a 12th placed finishing spot as he crossed the line in a time of 58.57mins, a mere 8 seconds ahead of Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, the Meirionnydd RC athlete home in 59.05mins. Also in action at the Llantysylio event was Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, home in a pleasing time of 66.11mins. Two of the four in action at Rhewl were also in action soon after at Dwygyfylchi for the Foel Lus Fell Race, the 3.1mile event which included 1,300 feet of climbing also being the 2nd counter within the 10 race Joe Brown 18th Midweek Race Series. On this occasion, Ifan Richards claimed a 3rd placed finish in a time of 22.52mins with Dylan Jones following in 5th spot in a time of 23.57mins which also claimed victory within the Under-23 Category within the event. The two athletes in action at Rhewl then took to the road as part of a team of 7 locally affiliated athletes who headed to Newtown for the Chocoholic 5k Road Race which took place on Good Friday. On this occasion, Ifan Richards claimed a 2nd placed finish in a time of 17.04mins, 11 seconds ahead of Dylan Jones who claimed 3rd spot in a time of 17.15mins. Ricky Francis of Talyllyn was the next local to finish, as the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete came home in an excellent time of 21.01mins. Five athletes of various shapes and sizes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC then followed. Leading home the 5 was Richard Griffiths of Tywyn, home in 23.17mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd then followed, claiming age category success in the Female Over-65 section in a time of 27.59mins. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was the next to cross the line in a time of 29.29mins with a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech managing to put one foot in front of the other, as he came home in 33.52mins. The Dysynni contingent was completed by the redoubtable Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, victorious in the Female Over-75 class as she came home in a tremendous time of 44.49mins. * Hi Adam, know it is tough getting space at present with so much end of season football and rugby going, but I attach a picture to go with the above which may be of use. If you prind, could you highlight Alastair Tye as photographer. Suggested caption; Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi on his way to a fine 5th paced finish at Ras Foel Lus.

Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi on his way to a fine 5th paced finish at Ras Foel Lus.
Months of hard training and preparation paid dividends recently for five athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club who headed to London to take part in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.

Repeating his success of 2010 was Adam Preston, the first of four Dolgellau-based finishers, as he came home in a Meirionnydd Running Club record time for the marathon distance, covering the 26.2mile course in a time of 2hrs 57.00mins, just under 12 minutes quicker than the time he set in 2010. London Marathon regular, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd then followed in a time of 3hrs 10.01mins, which claimed an outstanding 7th placed finish in the Male Over-60 Category. The Dolgellau trio of Nich Bradley, Janet Preston & Sandra Williams followed in respective times of 3hrs 56.03mins, 4hrs 10.23mins & 4hrs 20.53mins. Another London finisher with strong local connections was Joe Jeffs of Barmouth who crossed the line in a time of 4hrs 32.54mins.

Four local athletes also formed part of a field of 96 at the recent Llantysylio Fell Race, a 6.2mile event which included an overall 2,400 feet of climbing. Showing his liking for the race based in Rhewl near Llangollen was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, as the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete repeated his race victory of 2010 as he came home victorious in a time of 52.07mins. One athlete showing excellent form recently has been Dylan Jones of Cerist Tri / Bro Dysynni AC. On this occasion the Aberdyfil based athlete claimed a 12th placed finishing spot as he crossed the line in a time of 58.57mins, a mere 8 seconds ahead of Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog, the Meirionnydd RC athlete home in 59.05mins. Also in action at the Llantysylio event was Arfon Hughes of Dolgellau, home in a pleasing time of 66.11mins.

Two of the four in action at Rhewl were also in action soon after at Dwygyfylchi for the Foel Lus Fell Race, the 3.1mile event which included 1,300 feet of climbing also being the 2nd counter within the 10 race Joe Brown 18th Midweek Race Series. On this occasion, Ifan Richards claimed a 3rd placed finish in a time of 22.52mins with Dylan Jones following in 5th spot in a time of 23.57mins which also claimed victory within the Under-23 Category within the event.

Dates for two popular summer events have recently been released;

~ Saturday, July 9th - Ras Foel Y Gocyn in Bryncrug. Race starts at 2.00pm from the carnival field.
~ Thursday, July 28th - The 11th running over the current course of Ras Hendre Wallog in Abergynolwyn.
The race is due off at 6.30pm from outside the community centre.

Please do your best to support these two popular events.

Ras y Moelwyn

16th April 2011

One Bro Dysynni athlete who has improved leaps and bounds over the past 12 months is Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi. Dylan is pictured here on the ascent of Bwlch Cwmorthin at the recent Ras Y Moelwyn Fell Race in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Despite an unscheduled detour on the course, Dyl still placed 5th out of the 108 finishers in an excellent time of 1hr 30.48mins.

Dal Ati Dyl!!!!

Ras yr Aran Sat 19th March


Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd on his way to 2nd spot in the Male Over-60 category

Near perfect conditions greeted the 99 athletes who lined up in Llanuwchllyn last Saturday afternoon for the start of the 8th running of Organic Aran Lamb sponsored Ras Yr Aran Fell Race, an event measuring 10 miles in distance, which included an arduous 3,100 feet of overall climbing.

Race victory on the day was claimed by an athlete who had previously achieved runners-up status at the event in both 2008 & 2009 as Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers crossed the line, victorious in a time of 1hr 26.46mins. The margin of victory was narrow as a mere 14 seconds seperated the winner from the runner-up, as Steven Cale of Mercia Fell Runners came home in 2nd spot in a time of 1hr 27.00mins.

The first of the eight strong squad from Meirionnydd Running Club to finish was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog in a time of 1hr 46.32mins, one second ahead of the 1st female finisher, namely Melanie Price of Mercia Fell Runners, home in 1hr 46.33mins. Two further Llanelltyd-based Meirionnydd runners followed in the guise of Tony Hodgson (2nd Male Over-60 to finish) & Dai Whittey in times of 2hrs 00.15mins & 2hrs 01.12mins before Hedd Evans was the first local from the host area to finish in a time of 2hrs 04.10mins.

Five further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes followed, namely Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 2hrs 09.42mins, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in 2hrs 11.05mins, Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth in 2hrs 16.32mins, John Smith of Dolgellau in 2hrs 20.28mins & Kevin Evans of Brithdir in 2hrs 24.19mins.

As ever, the race organisers expressed their gratitude to the landowners over whose land the race was run, as well as to the many volunteers involved on race day and also to the The Eagles Inn in Llanuwchllyn for their usual hospitality.

A total of five locally affiliated athletes were in action recently at the Village Bakery Half Marathon in Wrexham, with the race also being chosen to host the 2011 North Wales Championships over the 13.1mile distance. Leading home the local contingent on this occasion was Adam Preston of Dolgellau, the first of five Meirionnydd Running Club athletes to complete the course as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 1hr 21.32mins. The ever-green Tony Hodgson followed, the Llanelltyd athlete home in a time of 1hr 29.02mins, a time which also claimed North Wales Champion status in the Male Over-60 category.
Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed as Dylan Evans of Bryncrug & Janet Preston of Dolgellau claimed respective finishing times of 1hr 36.56mins & 1hr 49.15mins.
Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was the sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action, albeit she did have the satisfaction of dominating the Female Over-65 section, claiming age category victory in a time of 1hr 57.45mins. The local contingent in action was completed by Jude Evans of Bryncrug, the Meirionnydd affiliated athlete home in a time of 1hr 59.04mins.
Two further Meirionnydd athletes were in fell running action as Tregarth, near Bangor, played host to Ras Moel Y Ci, a 5 mile event which included 900 feet of climbing. The first of the duo home, claiming an overall 4th placed finish was Ifan Richards of Brithdir in a time of 38.10mins, with team-mate, Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog following, as a time of 44.30mins earned a pleasing 19th placed finishing spot.


Adrian Bailey on his way to a fine 3rd placed finish at the Buller Gorge Marathon in New Zealand.

A trio of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. came very much to the fore at the recent Nick Beer 10k Road Race, an event based in and around Llandudno, which also included a challenging loop of the Great Orme. Leading home the trio was John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, crossing the finishing line in a time of 53.38mins. The other two Dysynni athletes in action returned home with age category victories as Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd and Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau won the Female Over-65 & Female Over-75 categories in respective times of 55.15mins & 98.19mins.

A past member of Bro Dysynni has also been hitting the headlines recently, as Adrian Bailey continues to compete in his adoptive New Zealand. His most recent outing was at the Buller Gorge Marathon on the South Island, a 42.2k event which took in the towns of Hawks Crag, Berlins & Westport amongst others. On this occasion, the previous resident of Barmouth claimed a fine 3rd placed finish as he completed the event in a time of 2hrs 40.23mins.

Five athletes with strong local connections were also in action recently, as the grounds of the Northop Campus of Glyndwr University played host to the George Crump MBE Welsh Cross Country Championships for 2011. Two Meirionnydd R.C. athletes competed in the Male Under-17 event, run over a 5,880 metre course. Claiming an overall 10th placed finish in a time of 21.16mins was Alex Lanz of Dolgellau with team-mate Jamie Evans of Bryncrug following in 18th spot in a time of 24.02mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes were in action in the Senior Men's Race, run over a testing 10,300 metre course. Claiming an overall 20th place in the Championship race was Ifan Richards of Brithdir in a time of 37.42mins with team-mate, Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, following in 36th spot in a time of 41.23mins. An athlete with strong Porthmadog connections claimed a superb 2nd placed spot in the 'Senior Women's' race as Alaw Beynon-Thomas of Carmarthen Harriers covered the 6,860 metre course in a time of 26.02mins.

Tarren Hendre Race Report

Results


Jamie Evans of Bryncrug, 1st Junior Male finisher at the Tarren Hendre Fell Race.

A high quality field gathered in Abergynolwyn recently for the 8th running of the Railway Inn-sponsored Tarren Hendre Fell Race, a 6 mile challenge which included an overall 2,000 feet of climbing.

The depth of quality was shown as six of the first ten male competitors to finish the event were full fell running internationals as indeed were the first four female finishers.

Leading home the 94 competitors who completed the event was Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak Fell Runners, home in an outstanding time of 47.34mins. Leading home the female competitors and repeating her victory of 2009 was Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury A.C., completing the event in 59.11mins.

As ever, the event also attracted a large contingent of locally affiliated competitors with Meirionnydd Running Club being represented by 16 athletes. Leading home the 16 and claiming an overall 6th placed finish was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, home in an excellent time of 50.34mins. The next Meirionnydd finisher, in 13th spot overall, was Adam Preston of Dolgellau in a time of 56.06mins before Jamie Evans of Bryncrug produced the pick of the performances from the Meirionnydd contingent, as a time of 59.50mins claimed victory in the 'Junior Male' category as well as a satisfying 22nd placed finish overall. Next home, in his first event after a lengthy injury break was Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog in a time of 1hr 01.42mins with Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd claiming victory in the Male Over-60 section as he crossed the line in a time of 1hr 06.09mins.

There were respective finishing times of 1hr 10.47mins & 1hr 11.39min for Dylan Evans of Bryncrug & Kevin Evans of Brithdir with the Dolgellau-based trio of Nich Bradley, John Smith & Juliet Edwards following in times of 1hr 12.11mins, 1hr 14.33mins & 1hr 15.30mins. There was a solid performance from Ricky Francis of Talyllyn, crossing the line in a time of 1hr 17.02mins, before another quartet from the Dolgellau hotbed of athletics followed, namely Alex Lanz, Janet Preston, Dai Rice & Alun Jones in times of 1hr 19.45mins, 1hr 21.44mins, 1hr 25.02mins & 1hr 29.21mins. Also home in 1hr 29.21mins was Kathy Iffla of Tywyn, running as an unattached athlete, before Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd completed the impressive Meirionnydd turn-out, crossing the line in a time of 1hr 35.11mins.


Jude Evans of Bryncrug in action at Oswestry

The Senior Men of Meirionnydd Running Club, 2010-11 Divison 2 Champions of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.
Photos by Gareth Roberts

After building up a commanding lead in Division 2 of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League over the course of the first four fixtures of the season, the 'Senior Men's' team affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club confirmed their promotion to the top tier of North Wales cross country running after the final league fixture of the season held at Oswestry recently.

Promotion was confirmed after the 5th and final fixture of the season held over an undulating course at 'The Marches School' in Oswestry with conditions being soft underfoot as well having to deal with inclement weather conditions of strong rain and high winds.

Leading home the 10 strong Meirionnydd senior male was contingent was Ifan Richards of Brithdir home in 38.27mins a mere 10 seconds ahead of team-mate, Darren Cole of Dinas Mawddwy, home in 38.37mins. A quartet of Dolgellau-based athletes followed, namely Adam Preston, Tom Roberts, Kevin Jones & Dave Seabourne in respective times of 41.03mins, 41.10mins, 42.23mins & 46.19mins. Dylan Evans of Bryncrug was the next Meirionnydd finisher in 46.52mins, before Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd and Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth completed another excelllent club turnout, in times of 47.22mins (1st Male Over-60), 48.18mins & 49.45mins.

Promotion was confirmed soon afterwards by a convincing margin of 178 points over 2nd placed Oswestry Olympians, meaning the 'Senior Men's' team will perform amongst the elite during the 2011/12 campaign. As an added bonus, Kevin Jones claimed 3rd place in the Male Over-45 section over the course of the season whilst Ifan Richards was placed equal fifth in the Open Category.

The senior men's team of Bro Dysynni A.C. endured another disappointing campaign, finishing in 16th spot in Division 2.

Meirionnydd also had two athletes in action in the Under-17 Men's Race in Oswestry, Alex Lanz of Dolgellau claiming a 5th spot finish in a time of 20.58mins ahead of team-mate, Dylan Evans of Bryncrug, 7th overall in a time of 22.17mins.

In the Female Race, Meirionnydd had 5 competitors with Bro Dysynni having 1 athlete in action. The Meirionnydd contingent were led home by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd in a time of 25.19mins, ahead of the Dolgellau-duo of Juliet Edwards & Janet Preston, home in respective times of 27.14mins & 28.49mins. Next home for Meirionnydd was Jude Cole of Dinas Mawddwy in 29.52mins with team-mate, Jude Evans of Bryncrug, following in 31.49mins. The Bro Dysynni athlete in action was the evergreen Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-60's section in an excellent time of 31.56mins.

The final Division 2 League standings saw Meirionnydd ladies finish in an overall 6th place, with their Bro Dysynni counterparts following in 13th spot. Dysynni did however have the satisfaction of seeing Brenda Jones claim victory in the Female Over-60 category over the course of the 5 race series.


Adrain Bailey on his way to a 3rd placed finish at the Buller Gorge Marathon in New Zealand.
An ex-member of Bro Dysynni A.C. continues to impress down under as Adrian Bailey, previously of Barmouth but now firmly based in Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, claimed an impressive 3rd placed finish in the Buller Gorge Marathon in a time of 2hrs 40.23mins recently.

The race which claims to be one of New Zealand's most scenic marathon events took in the towns Hawks Crag and Berlins before the finish in the resort of Westport with Adrian finishing a little over 5 minutes behind the overall race victor, Blair McWhirter, who crossed the line in a time of 2hrs 34.59mins.


Ifan Richards on his way to an 11th placed finishing spot at Lilleshall recently.
News Report 30th January 2011

The male athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club tightened their grip at the head of Division 2 of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League at the penultimate fixture of the season, which was held at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall, Shropshire recently.

Leading home the 7 strong male club contingent in action was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, 11th on the day in a time of 36.14mins. A mere 32 seconds seperated the next three Meirionnydd finishers as Huw Brassington of Bontddu and the Dolgellau duo of Tom Roberts & Adam Preston came home in respective times of 39.21mins, 39.29mins & 39.53mins, with Dave Seabourne, also of Dolgellau, following in 44.24mins. The team were completed by Dylan Evans of Aberdyfi & John Smith of Dolgellau, home in respective times of 45.52mins & 48.28mins.

As a result of the above, Meirionnydd maintained their commanding position at the head of Division 2 and take an overall lead of 181 points into the final fixture of the season which is being held at the Marches School in Oswestry this coming Saturday afternoon.

In the Junior Male event, there were strong performances from Alex Lanz of Dolgellau & Jamie Evans of Aberdyfi, the former claiming a 3rd place finish in a time of 20.31mins, the latter home in 6th position in a time of 22.43mins.

In the Ladies Race, the Meirionnydd duo of Jude Evans of Aberdyfi & Sioned Jones of Brithdir claimed 'Top 50' finishes in times of 30.55mins & 31.11mins, with the sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action on the day, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, following in a time of 32.09mins, a time which also claimed victory within the Female Over-65 section of the event.

With the final league fixture due this Saturday, the Meirionnydd female section sit comfortably in mid-table of Division 2 in 6th postion, ahead of their Bro Dysynni counterparts who lay in 11th spot.

The favoured distance since the start of the new year for local runners has been 10k, with affiliated athletes taking part in three events over the distance which measures slightly over 6 miles.

A quartet of athletes, all based in Aberdyfi, headed to Aberystwyth recently to take part in the Cambrian News-sponsored Aberystwyth 10k, an event which was cancelled due to the inclement weather of December, and re-arranged for early January. Leading home the locally affiliated athletes on the day were Jamie & Dylan Evans, the Meirionnydd R.C. duo home in respective times of 41.18mins & 45.23mins. Setting a personal best over the distance was Rhian Jones, the sole Bro Dysynni representative in action, home in a pleasing time of 51.40mins, with Jude Evans being the third Meirionnydd finisher as she crossed the line in a time of 54.30mins.

Another re-scheduled event saw Ifan Richards of Brithdir make a rare sojourn from his beloved hills to take part in the Helena Tipping 10k Road Race in Wrexham. Battling through the icy conditions, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete crossed the finishing line in a personal best time of 36.43mins to claim an overall 9th placed finish at the event.

Finally over the 10k distance, Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete, John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, was the sole local representative at the recent Twin Piers 10k race, an event which started at the pier in Llandudno, ending at the pier in Colwyn Bay. In blustery conditions and over an undulating coastal course, the Dysynni veteran completed the course in an excellent time of 52.22mins.

There was also a sole local representative in action at the Ras Y Mast Race in Llanybydder recently as Glyn Rowlands of Arthog took on the challenge presented by the 6.5 mile course which also included a total of 1,250 feet of climbing. The Meirionnydd R.C. athlete completed the course in a pleasing time of 56.09mins which claimed an overall 37th place finishing spot on the day.

Finally, one local athlete in action in sunnier climbs recently has been Andy Unwin who recently completed two events on the island of Cebu in the Phillipines. First up was the Sinulog 5.7k event, which the Bro Dysynni stalwart completed in 38.44mins before the Cebu City Marathon 5k, an event completed by the Harlech-based athlete, beaming as he crossed the line in a time of 39.38mins.

                

Following on from the Sinulog Run the previous week, Andy Unwin completed his second event in a week on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. On this occasion his chosen event was the 5k race affiliated to the Cebu City Marathon, which along with the affiliated half marathon attracted an overall total of 6,500 runners.

Unfortunately, a throat infection had set in which affected the fine physical specimen from Harlech and this, along with a 5.30am race start as well as the stifling humidity, resulted in a pathetically slow finishing time of 39.38mins.

The photographs show what a 5k can do to an overweight Welshman in severe humidity as well as a Welshman alongside the Kenyan, Benjamin Kipkazi, who won the marathon event in a time of 2hrs 34.58mins. (In the picture, the Kenyan is the one on the left).

  
                Cebu Sinulog 5.7k

A 5am race start on the 2nd January was the first challenge faced by our own Andy Unwin as he took on the challenge of the 5.7K Sinulog Race (kindly sponsored by 555 Fried Sardines) in Cebu City in the Philippines.

The early start was to avoid the oppresive heat, although it was still unbelievably humid, even at 5am.

In a race which attracted approximately 800 competitors, Andy was the 1st (& only) Welsh finisher, setting a new club record over the 5.7K distance of 38.44mins before enjoying a snack of a 555 Fried Sardine & Rice (see picture).

The Harlech-based racing snake hopes to be in competitive action again next Sunday (9th January) as he will take on the 5K race which will form part of Cebu City Marathon festivities.

  
Tyn y Groes Hill Race

Boxing Day and for the last few years has meant only one thing - the Tyn y Groes fell race and the chance to run off some of the excesses of Christmas Day, followed by soup, mince pies and even more beer.
Unfortunately this year one of the heaviest December snowfalls in memory meant the race simply couldn't take place.
Undaunted though, Tony Hodgson, Nich Bradley, Kevin Evans, Pete Nicholls and Tony's dog Poppy decided to at least maintain the Boxing Day tradition and run the route anyway. Going up wasn't too bad and apart from Tony the rest of us were probably somewhere near our usual time getting to the summit (Tony stayed with us out of politeness I think and also had an unexpected encounter with a deer). The views at the top were spectacular and amongst the trees it looked like the Kingdom of Narnia.
Coming down was a lot slower but nobody fell and we crossed the frozen river back to the
Tyn-y-Groes all in one piece and were greeted with a loud round of applause from a welcoming bar.

Meirionnydd News Report 4th December 2010

The ice and the snow did little to deter the 22 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club who recently headed to Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham, the venue chosen to host the 3rd fixture of the season of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

Having already established a healthy lead at the top of Division 2 of the Men's League after two fixtures, the 12 strong male contingent further enhanced their lead at the top, making them very strong favourites for promotion with two fixtures remaining. Leading home the 'Meirionnydd dozen' was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, 7th overall in a time of 31.06mins with team-mates Tom Roberts and Huw Brassington claiming respective 17th & 21st positions, the Dolgellau-based athlete home in 32.20mins with his Bontddu based colleague following in 32.50mins. Other Meirionnydd finishers within the race were the Dolgellau-based duo of Kevin Jones & Adam Preston in times of 33.26mins & 33.32mins, Hefin Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog in 33.52, Dylan Evans of Aberdyfi in 37.59mins, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd in 38.37mins, Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in 38.45mins, Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd in 39.22mins, Glyn Rowlands of Arthog in 39.38mins and Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth in 40.06mins. As a result of the strong turnout, the Meirionnydd team now lead the Men's Division 2 League by a massive 254 points, indeed their current points tally would place them in 3rd position within the top tier of the North Wales Cross Country League.

In the Male Under-17's event, there were pleasing finishing positions of 8th and 9th for Alex Lanz of Dolgellau & Jamie Evans of Aberdyfi as they completed their course in respective times of 19.24mins & 20.40mins.

In the Female Race, the 8 strong Meirionnydd contingent were led home by Andrea Vaughan in a time of 22.57mins. Following the Ganllwyd-based athlete home were Judith Cole of Dinas Mawddwy & Janet Preston of Dolgellau in times of 23.52mins & 25.53mins. The squad were completed with strong displays from Sioned Jones of Brithdir, home in 27.20mins, Margaret Roberts of Dolgellau in 28.04mins, Jude Evans of Aberdyfi in 28.22mins with Mandy Price of Brithdir & Heidi Roden of Arthog crossing the line together in a time of 30.00mins.

As a result of the above the Meirionnydd Ladies Team currently lay in 5th position in Division 2, although with two more league fixtures remaining, a top 3 finish remains a very real possibility.

Andy Unwin (who is not responsible for the change of title to this report)

News Report 29th November 2010

With much of the country still in the grip of Arctic like conditions, local athletes have recently headed for sunnier climbs in the search for active competition.

As has become the norm for over a decade, a group of locally affiliated athletes and their supporters recently headed to the Canary Island of Lanzarote to participate in the 22nd Annual Lanzarote International Running Challenge. Facing the competitors was a 4 race series consisting of the Clasica de Lanzarote 10k Road Race, a 13k Ridge Run, a 5k Beach Run before the final gruelling 21k Vuelta de Tinajo.

Of the tour party, a quartet of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club completed the 4 race series. The quartet were led home by the Dolgellau based trio of Juliet Edwards, Jan Preston & Margaret Roberts who completed the challenge in respective times of 4hrs 16.03mins, 4hrs 35.19mins & 4hrs 40.12mins. Completing the quartet was Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd in an excellent 4hrs 40.18mins. One locally affiliated athlete chose to compete in one of the events, as Adam Preston of Dolgellau completed the 13k Ridge Run in a pleasing time of 51.35mins.

Also competing in sunnier climbs recently has been Darren Cole of Dinas Mawddwy, his chosen location being Clearwater in Florida, the venue for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 Triathlon. In a race consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56k bike leg before a final 13.1 mile running section, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete came home in a magnificent time of 4hrs 23.16mins, claiming 42nd spot within the Male 35-39 age category against world class opposition.

Finally, closer to home, Tom Roberts of Dolgellau headed to the West Midlands recently, his chosen race being the Cannock Rotary 10k Road Race. In an event which attracted 194 competitors, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete claimed a superb 6th placed finish, as he stopped the clock in an outstanding time of 37.12mins.

The quartet of local athletes who recently completed the Lanzarote Challenge. From left to right are Juliet Edwards, Jan Preston, Margaret Roberts & Rob Thomas.

Rhobell Fawr Fell Race Saturday 13th November 2010        Results

Ideal fell running conditions greeted the 68 athletes who gathered in Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau, last Saturday lunchtime as the village played host to the 8th running of the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race.

Facing the competitors on a glorious late Autumnal day was a 6 mile course which included an overall 1,900 feet of climbing, with competitors both local and from further afield taking on the challenge.


Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers, Race Winner of the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race.

The overall 2010 results bore remarkable similarities to the 2008 event with repeat victories in both the male & female categories. Overall victory was achieved by Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers in a time of 49.44mins with club-mate Matthew Roberts following in a time of 51.23mins, an exact repeat of the 'one, two' of 2008 and for Matthew Roberts, the third time he has now claimed runners up spot at the event, having also finished 2nd in 2007. In 3rd position overall was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club member unable to repeat his race victory of 2009 as he crossed the line in a time of 51.29mins.

With Eryri Harriers claiming 5 of the first 7 finishers, there was still an excellent 8th placed finish for Adam Preston of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in 56.58mins. There was also a 'Top 10' finish for an athlete with strong Tywyn connections as Jos Jones of Aberystwyth A.C. came home in 57.55mins. The first female competitor home, repeating her 2008 victory at the event was Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury A.C. in a time of 59.01mins.


Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth on his way to a finishing time of 1hr 12.31mins at the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race.

A further 9 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. also completed the event. They were led home by Kevin Jones of Dolgellau in 59.38mins, with Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd following, as a finishing time of 1hr 07.38mins also claimed victory in the Male Over-60 category. Local knowledge was advantageous in helping Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth home in a time of 1hr 12.31mins with John Smith of Dolgellau following in 1hr 15.23mins. Kevin Evans of Brithdir led home Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in respective times of 1hr 18.18mins & 1hr 20.03mins with Estelle Patrick of Barmouth leading home the three strong contingent of female athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. in a time of 1hr 24.21mins. She, in turn, was followed by Dolgellau-based team-mates Janet Preston & Margaret Roberts, home in times of 1hr 25.50mins & 1hr 29.28mins.

In the Junior Race, there was also another excellent performance from a promising Dolgellau youngster as Katie Bailey claimed victory in the event in a time of 22.15mins.

Coed-y-Brenin Duathlon 24th October 2010         Results

Cold, crisp weather conditions greeted the 97 duathletes who headed to Coed Y Brenin, near Ganllwyd, last Sunday morning for the annual running of the Coed Y Brenin Off-Road Duathlon. Facing the competitors, made up of solo entrants and relay teams, was a course which entailed an initial 5k trail run, before a testing 20k mountain bike leg before a final repeat of the initial 5k trail run.

Fierce competition ensued amongst those competing, and it was one of 13 relay teams in action who eventually led the field home. That team was made up of Rhyd-based, Adam Haynes, completing his two 5k trail run legs in respective times of 19.59mins & 20.33mins with team-mate, T. McFayden, completing his 20k mountain bike leg in a time of 58.42mins to produce a cumulative winning time within the relay section of the race of 1hr 39.14mins.

The solo event produced an exciting finish, with Leicester Tri athlete, Jason Williams, leading home the competitors in a time of 1hr 41.49mins. The first local athlete home, claiming an impressive 3rd spot on the podium was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, on this occasion representing 'Revolution Bikes', his finishing time being 1hr 43.07mins.

Seasoned campaigner, Dafydd Roberts of Trawsfynydd, claimed victory in the Male Over-45 category as well as an overall 6th placed finish in 1hr 47.14mins, a mere 24 seconds ahead of Bro Dysynni's Dylan Jones, the Aberdyfi-based athlete 7th overall in a time of 1hr 47.38mins. Also placing well was Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, 12th overall in 1hr 57.01mins with an athlete with strong Barmouth connections following as Ben Buxton completed the course in 2hrs 10.36mins, thanks mainly to a strong mountain bike leg. Another local athlete to claim age category success was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Male Over-60 category in a time of 2hrs 13.32mins.

Two relay teams with a strong local flavour also completed the event. Firstly the Dolgellau/Tywyn/Harlech triumvirate of Richard Griffiths, Gwion Roberts and a beaming Andy Unwin came home in a respectable 2hrs 40.00mins with the Dolgellau-based duo of Ben Thomas & Richard Watts following in 2hrs 48.08mins.

The race also had a charitable side as all profits from the event were presented to the Wales Air Ambulance & Rotary Club of Mawddach. The race organisers also expressed their gratitude to the Forestry Commission of Wales for their assistance on race day.

Following on from the recent Coed Y Brenin Duathlon, a couple of race pictures have reached the website. The first picture shows the Kebabs'R'Us team with their back up crew, whilst the 2nd picture shows two Dysynni members, namely Dylan Jones (7th overall at the event) and Richard Griffiths, one of the Kebabs'R'Us.

Kebabs'R'Us were made up of two renowned Dysynni campaigners and Gwion Roberts from Meirionnydd Running Club. Unofficial reports received after the event quote Gwion, chomping on his 2nd post race burger, as stating 'It was both a priveledge and an honour to be in the same team as two such distinguished athletes. To see their pre-race preparation was an education, they left no stone un-turned in their quest to shave a few seconds off our finishing time, they were an inspiration to me with their attention to detail and the way they focussed so thoroughly on the event. I truly thought we had a great chance of winning the event, however we just missed out, unluckily finishing 57th out of 72.'

Without wishing to cause any embarrassment to the individual concerned, all at Bro Dysynni AC would like to wish former club member Glenda Davies (pictured on the right) a very, very happy birthday this coming Tuesday, 26th October, 2010. It is a special birthday, and without giving to much away....there used to be a TV programme called Hawaii 5-0.......

Aberystwyth Twin Peaks Race

Good club turnout for the event, pictures below: -

Dyfi 8        Map         Details         Report         Results         Pictures
Penmaenpool 10 Saturday 2nd October             Results            Pictures from Rod Davies

Whereas the majority of the 67 strong field who gathered in Penmaenpool last Saturday lunchtime for the 9th running of the TRAILWORKS Penmaenpool 10 Mile Trail Race were mainly of local origin, it was left to two athletes who had travelled 'from across the border' to dominate proceedings in a keenly contested event. The two athletes in question were Tom Kenderdine (Halesowen AC) & Peter Middleton (Shrewsbury AC), claiming overall race victory and runners-up spot in impressive times of 56.19mins & 57.48mins.

A familiar name dominated proceedings in the female section of the race as Phoebe Webster (Aberystwyth AC) claimed her 4th race victory, the quadruple being achieved in conjunction with her successes at the event in 2006, 2007 & 2009. What was all the more pleasing for the seasoned Aberystwyth campaigner was that her time last Saturday was her fastest ever winning time at the event. Runners-up spot in the female category went to Alison Lavender (Oswestry Olympians) in a time of 1hr 05.45mins.

With a strong local flavour amongst the field, notable times attained by locally affiliated athletes included two placings within the top 10 as the Dolgellau-based duo of Tom Roberts and Kevin Jones claimed 5th and 7th places respectively, the Meirionnydd Running Club duo home in times of 1hr 01.20mins & 1hr 03.32mins. A further trio of Meirionnydd athletes followed, namely Adam Preston (Dolgellau), home in 1hr 05.52mins, Ricky Francis (Talyllyn), home in 1hr 14.03mins & Pete Nicholls (Llanfachreth), home in 1hr 14.32mins. Two Tywyn-based Bro Dysynni athletes followed as Richard Griffiths crossed the line in a time of 1hr 16.58mins with Walter Marsh, returning to the local running scene after a break, hot on his heels in a time of 1hr 18.54mins. There then followed another 9 athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. as Kevin Evans (Brithdir) led home Nich Bradley (Dolgellau) in times of 1hr 20.00mins & 1hr 21.39mins. The 1st female athlete affiliated to Meirionnydd to cross the line was Bethan Johnson of Arthog, her time of 1hr 22.29mins also establishing a Meirionnydd female club record for the event. Two further Dolgellau-based athletes followed as Dai Rice led home Janet Preston in times of 1hr 32.28mins & 1hr 33.04mins with Cemmaes-based Fiona Smith following in 1hr 37.03mins. There was also a return to competitve action for Rob Thomas of Llanelltyd, home in 1hr 43.59mins, with the Dolgellau-duo of Heidi Roden & Amanda Price following, crossing the line together in a time of 1hr 45.57mins. The locally affiliated contingent was completed by the evergreen Marj Griffiths, the Bro Dysynni stalwart crossing the line in 1hr 48.03mins.

In the affiliated 2 mile fun run, there was double Dolgellau success as Katie Bailey and Robyn Macer-Price were first girl and boy home in respective times of 16.14mins & 23.05mins.

As ever, the race organisers expressed their gratitude to all concerned with the race organisation, from volunteer marshalls to race sponsors (TRAILWORKS) as well as to the support of Snowdonia National Park.


Sheila Symonds on her way to age category victory at the British Masters 10 event held in Goodrich, Wolverhampton recently.

The remarkable portfolio of medals gathered by Dolgellau veteran athlete, Sheila Symonds, continues to grow as she recently claimed her 4th consecutive annual gold medal within her age category at the British Masters Athletics Federation 10k Road Race which was hosted as part of the Goodrich 10k event in Wolverhampton. Now well into her 77th year, the Bro Dysynni athlete continued her punishing schedule by completing the event in a remarkable time of 86.51mins, a mere 7 days after completing a previous 10k much race closer to home.

That race was the Snowdonia Windows Caernarfon 10k, an event which also incorporated the North Wales Championships. On this occasion, the redoubtable Symonds completed the distance in a time of 87.45mins to become one of three local athletes who collected championship gold in their respective age categories on the day. Completing the trio were the ever-consistent Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, the 2nd Dysynni age category victor, this time in the Female Over-65 section in a time of 54.54mins & Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete successful in the Male Over-65 category in a time of 57.56mins. Four further Meirionnydd Running Club members were also in action in Caernarfon, namely Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, 7th overall in a personal best time of 36.49mins, with fellow Dolgellau athletes Dave Seabourne & Dai Rice following in times of 43.28mins & 54.58mins respectively. The local contingent were completed by Barrie Jackson of Bala, 2nd in the Male Over-70 section in a time 62.51mins.

The Penllyn based athlete was also one of a trio of locally affiliated athletes who completed the 13.1mile loop of Lake Vyrnwy recently in the popular Mid Wales Half Marathon event. His time on this occasion was 2hrs 08.16mins, once again representing a time which claimed 2nd spot in the Male Over-70 category. Also in action at the event were the Bro Dysynni duo of Yolanda Marconi-Nolan and Aberystwyth-based Marj Griffiths, the former coming home in 2hrs 08.23mins, the latter in 2hrs 30.00mins to claim 2nd spot in the Female Over-65 section.

Finally recently, there was further success for Ifan Richards of Brithdir in an unusual event. The event in question was the Tryfan Downhill Dash, a 1k race taking in a steep 830 metres of descent. Throwing caution to the wind, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete added to his ever-growing list of race victories, winning the event in a time of 8.30mins.

We are pleased to announce that the 30th Menai Mini Marathon will take place on Sunday 23 January 2011. Your participation on this special anniversary will be greatly appreciated.
Will you please help us by informing as many of your friends of this event and in circulating the entry form, attached, to other nearby Clubs. We welcome everyone, serious and casual runners. Entry Form
Race The Train

As ever, the Race The Train event in Tywyn attracted a good turnout from athletes affiliated to our club.
Having trawled through the race results, the following club members did their club proud on the day;

ROTARY CHALLENGE

Dylan Jones in 1hr 41.30 mins 1st Local finisher
Rhian Jones in 2hrs 20.45mins & a nice picture in Cambrian News!
Alison Sayes in 2hrs 41.17mins

QUARRY CHALLENGE

Richard Griffiths in 52.49mins (beat train)
David Philips in 54.39mins (beat train)
Yolande Marconi-Nolan in 1hr 05.15mins
John Roberts in 1hr 07.11mins

DOLGOCH CHALLENGE

Gwenan Roberts in 47.17mins

TYNLLWYNHEN CHALLENGE

Rhys Roberts in 20.02mins (10th out of 130 competitors - da iawn chdi Rhys)
Aled Philips in 22.06mins (21st out of 130 competitors - da iawn eto Aled)

Apologies if any times have been missed out. If I have missed anybody out, please e-mail me at unwinblade@yahoo.co.uk.

News Report 8th August 2010

Local athletes have been in action at three seperate venues recently, two relatively local and one much further afield.

The most local action took place in Abergynolwyn with the 10th annual running of the Ras Hendre Wallog Trail Race. The mainly local field was led home by Ifan Richards of Brithdir, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete repeating his victory in this race in 2009, by claiming overall victory in 2010 in a time of 16.32mins. Leading home a strong Bro Dysynni A.C. turnout, and claiming an overall runners-up spot was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, home in a time of 17.58mins. There was also an impressive array of local youngsters in action, all finishing strongly. Amongst the most impressive performances came from the trio of Iwan Pugh, Dewi Pugh & Rhys Roberts who came home in respective times of 20.00mins, 21.08mins & 21.52mins. Victory in the female section of the race was achieved by Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete crossing the finishing line in a time of 22.55mins.

A trio of Meirionnydd R.C. athletes were also in action in Borth recently for the Borth 10k Beach Race, an unusual event run entirely over a sand-based surface. Leading home the Meirionnydd trio was the ever-improving Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in a time of 42.52 mins with club colleagues, Jacqueline & Haydn Fowler of Trawsfynydd, finishing in respective times of 64.10 mins & 66.58 mins.


Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli in action at the Swiss
The athlete who has travelled the furthest to compete recently was Gwyn Jones of Pwllheli, his chosen destination being Davos in Switzerland, with the town playing host to the Swiss Alpine Mountain Marathon. With the event also being the highest high altitude marathon in Europe, the Pen Llyn based athlete faced a tough challenge covering the 42.2k course made up mainly of mountain trails and including an overall 1,890 metres of climbing. The experienced distance runner judged his performance to perfection, covering the course in a time of 5hrs 54.16mins to claim a creditable finishing position well within the top half of the field.


Alpine Mountain Marathon recently
Dolgellau 5 Mile

Last Saturday saw the 9th annual running of the W.D. Pugh & Sons sponsored Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race, a race which, as ever, attracted an enthusiastic field which included numerous local athletes.

However, for the 2nd year in succession, it was an athlete affiliated to Eryri Harriers who stole the plaudits as Brendan Rothery followed on from the success achieved by Rob Samuel in 2009, by winning the 2010 event in a moderate time of 27.41mins. Hot on his heels was Iwan Jones, originally of Brithdir, but now running for Coventry Godiva Harriers, as he repeated the runners up spot he achieved back in 2005, by claiming a creditable 2nd position this year in a time of 28.27mins.


Bethan & Cai Johnson of Arthog who claimed respective third place in the female section at the Dolgellau 5 Mile event and overall victory in the affiliated fun run.
Picture by Gareth Roberts
The 1st of a 21 strong club turnout from Meirionnydd Running Club followed as Dolgellau -based Tom Roberts completed the podium as he claimed a 3rd place finish in a time of 30.02mins. The 2nd Meirionnydd runner home was the ever-improving Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in a time of 34.04mins with team-mates Glyn Rowlands of Dolgellau & Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth following in respective times of 35.38mins & 36.43mins. Victorious in the female section of the race was Anita Worthing of Aberystwyth A.C. in a time of 36.45mins with the Meirionnydd duo of John Smith of Dolgellau & Kevin Evans of Brithdir following in 37.08mins & 37.34mins. Judith Cole of Dinas Mawddwy claimed runners up spot in the female race in a time of 38.24mins with Meirionnydd club colleague, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau, following in 39.10mins. The podium in the female category was completed by Bethan Johnson of Arthog who, despite pre-race nerves, completed the event in an excellent time of 39.40mins. Meirionnydd runners followed thick and fast from this point, amongst them were Estelle Patrick of Dolgellau in 40.50mins, Sioned Jones of Brithdir in 41.21mins, Rachelle Anna Jones of Dolgellau in 41.59mins and the dynamic Gwion Roberts, also of Dolgellau, in 42.17mins. The Dolgellau theme continued as Gaenor Smith & Kevin Owen completed the event in times of 43.39mins & 45.05mins with Criccieth based veteran, Malcolm Taylor, following in 45.53mins, a mere 7 seconds ahead of Jaspa Wynne-Williams of Dolgellau who crossed the line in 46.00mins. The next trio of Meirionnydd finishers were Barrie Jackson of Bala in 46.49mins, Mandy Price of Brithdir in 51.16mins & Heidi Roden of Arthog in 51.16mins before Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth became the 1st Bro Dysynni finisher of the day in a time of 52.03mins. The Dolgellau-duo of Nia Medi & Christine Owen completed the strong Meirionnydd Running Club turnout on the day as they came home in respective times of 53.28mins & 54.29mins with the effervescent Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau following, the Bro Dysynni super-veteran completing the event in a time of 72.41mins.

There was also an excellent turnout amongst the younger generation in the affiliated fun run event, victory attained on this occasion by Cai Johnson of Arthog, 1st Boy home and Katie Bailey of Dolgellau, the 1st Girl home.

Ras Foel Gocyn, Bryncrug. Saturday, 10th July         Results

Ras Hendre Wallog, Abergynolwyn. Thursday, 29th July       Results

Ifan Richards retained his title at the 10th running of the current version of Ras Hendre Wallog, in the process beating his 2009 winning time but missing out on the course record of 15.52mins set by Steve Gilliland in 2006.

Juliet Edwards completed a Meirionnydd R.C. double on the evening as she won the ladies race in her 1st ever running of the Hendre Wallog event, she must now return in 2011 to defend her title!

For the 5th year running, the popular race which is run as part of Abergynolwyn Carnival Week, attracted over 30 entries, many of whom live in Abergynolwyn. There were also many youngsters in action, and congratulations go to Iwan Pugh & Jessica Evans who won the respective junior sections...congratulations also to the other junior runners who performed so well on the evening!

international Snowdon Race


Welsh international athlete, Ifan Richards, in action at the Ras Yr Wyddfa
Last Saturday saw the 35th annual running of the Snowdon International Race, one of the toughest endurance challenges within the Principality with the 10 mile race running from the edge of Llyn Padarn in Llanberis to the highest summit in Wales before the return journey back into Llanberis.

Taking on the challenge which included 3559 feet of climbing were a team of six athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club, albeit one of the six was wearing red for the race, as Ifan Richard was chosen to represent Wales in the international section of the event.

It proved to be a debut to remember for the Brithdir athlete who met the challenge full-on as he completed the event in an outstanding time of 1hr 16.13mins to claim an overall 18th placed finish in the race as well as being the 3rd member of the Welsh team home. Also producing excellent performances were the Dolgellau-based duo of Tom Roberts & Adam Preston, completing the event in respective times of 1hr 24.27mins & 1hr 28.23mins.

They were followed by another trio of Meirionnydd athletes as Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth, John D. Smith of Dolgellau & Kevin Evans of Brithdir came home in times of 1hr 52.33mins, 1hr 53.11mins & 2hrs 05.24mins.

There had also been another strong Meirionnydd turn-out in the lead up to Ras Yr Wyddfa as 5 athletes headed to Caernarfon for the annual Race The Train 5k Race. Using the race as final preparation for the Snowdon event, Tom Roberts led home his team-mates as a time of 16.25mins claimed an overall 6th placed finish. There was a personal best time over the distance for Ricky Francis of Talyllyn in 18.28mins whilst a duo of Meirionnydd athletes also collected age category awards. The first of these was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd winning the Male Over-60 category, setting a club age category record in the process, as he finished in a time of 18.42mins whilst Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth claimed victory i n the Male Over-65 section in a time of 25.55mins. The Meirionnydd turnout was completed by debutant, Krystyna Somkonicz of Llanelltyd, who completed the course in a time of 36.06mins.

A duo of Bro Dysynni athletes have also been in action recently at venues a little further afield. At the Lancaster 10k event, Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog set a time of 3 6.45mins, a time which ensured age category success in the Male Over-40 section as he finished in 7th place in a field of 145 competitors. Meanwhile, Gavin Griffiths of Tywyn took on the 7 mile challenge presented by the 'Scenic 7 Road Race' held in Cross Keys in Gwent, an event he completed in a pleasing time of 57.30mins.

There are two local races being held in quick succession over the next few days. Tonight (Thursday) will see Abergynolwyn host the annual Ras Hendre Wallog Fell Race which is due off at 6.30pm whilst Dolgellau will be the venue on Saturday afternoon for the annual 5 mile race. The main race in Dolgellau will start at 1.30pm with the affiliated fun run due off at 12.30pm. Further details are available from www.run-meirionydd.co.uk.

The Hiraethog Moors near Cerrigydrudion formed the backdrop recently for the 11k Llyn Alwen Trail Race, an event which drew the interest of 9 local athletes.

In a race which attracted a field of 131 competitors, Ifan Richards of Brithdir continued his recent startling form as he claimed another comfortable race victory, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete just missing out on the existing course record, as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 40.36mins. Two Dolgellau-based Meirionnydd R.C. colleagues also finished strongly, Kevin Jones claiming an 8th placed finish in a time of 43.14mins with Adam Preston following in 12th place, his time being 44.17mins. The sole Bro Dysynni athlete in action on the day followed, as Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog claimed a 14th placed finish in a time of 45.41mins. Five further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. completed the local turn-out, as Llanelltyd's Dave Whittey came home in 49.45mins ahead of the Dolgellau-based trio of Dave Seabourne, John Smith & Juliet Edwards, home in respective finishing times of 52.23mins, 54.35mins & 58.52mins. The final Meirionnydd finisher was Barrie Jackson of Bala who also claimed category victory in the Male Over-70 section as he crossed the line in a pleasing time of 59.01mins.

A further 9 local athletes headed to Newtown recently for the annual Friday night running of the Newtown BBQ 5k race. Taking a break from the mountains in order to undertake some speed training was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, still claiming a highly creditable 3rd place finish in a time of 17.23mins, in an event not really geared to his mountain running strength and stamina. One athlete very much 'on the up' is Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete finishing a mere 9 seconds behind his club colleague, as a time of 17.32mins ensured a 4th placed finish on the evening.

 
Gaenor Smith & Emma Davies followed, the Dolgellau-based duo being the 3rd & 4th Meirionnydd R.C. finishers at the event, in respective times of 25.21mins & 26.22mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd led home the quartet of Bro Dysynni athletes in action on the evening as a time of 27.17mins ensured victory in the Female Over-65 category. Bro Dysynni colleague Hugh Harrison of Fairbourne followed, delighted with his finishing time of 28.23mins, a little over a minute ahead of Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete home in a time of 29.32mins. The local contingent were completed by another two athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni with a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech home in a pedestrian time of 33.45mins, with Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau putting in another tremendous performance, as a time of 42.28mins ensured category victory in the Female Over-75 section.

In the affiliated Junior Fun Run, Heledd Roberts of Brithdir emulated her father, who came 3rd in the Senior Race, as she drew large cheers, crossing the finishing line in a magnificent time of 7.31mins.

Fairbourne Annual Race The Train

Great to see a good club turnout at the recent Fairbourne Race the Train 5k event. Also very pleasing to see some club youngsters in action, they are very much the future of Bro Dysynni A.C. The photograph shows the familiar old-guard in the back row and pictured left to right next to Marj in the front row are Beau Rollings, Tomos Williams, Dewi Pugh & Rhys Roberts.
Well done to all who competed at Fairbourne, both the younger generation and those maybe 'not quite so young'!

Ras Tyn-y-Groes June 26th 2010    Results      Pics from Alastair Tye     Marshall Janes' Slideshow

Ifan Richards of Brithdir dominated proceedings at last Saturday's Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race held in Ganllwyd, near Dolgellau, as he claimed a comfortable victory in a time of 15.57mins, knocking a remarkable 44 seconds off the previously held course record.

The new record was set in gloriously sunny conditions which greeted the field who had gathered to take on the 2.1 mile course which included a steep climb of around 700 feet. Having won the event in 2009, a repeat performance was very much on the cards from the in-form Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, what nobody could have predicted was the ease of victory as well as the amount taken off the previous course record.

Indeed, athletes from Meirionnydd Running Club dominated the event, claiming the first four overall finishers as well as victory in the female section of the race.

                     

Janet Preston of Dolgellau on her way to victory within the female category at the Tyn-y-Groes Hill Run held last Saturday.

The top four were completed by the Dolgellau based duo of Tom Roberts and Adam Preston in times of 17.41mins & 17.56mins with Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd claiming an exellent fourth placed finish in a time of 20.09mins. It was to prove a successful day for the Preston household as Janet Preston claimed victory in the female section of the race in a time of 27.31mins.

There were also some excellent performances within the junior categories as Gerwyn Roberts of Ganllwyd won the junior male section in a time of 22.16mins with Cara Evans of Brithdir claiming success in the junior female category in a time of 35.01mins.

Other performances of note at the event came from the Meirionnydd duo of Graeme Stringer & Ricky Francis as the Llanelltyd based athlete led home the Talyllyn based athlete in respective times of 20.33mins & 21.17mins. Also counting for Meirionnydd on the day were Brithdir-based Kevin Evans, home in a time of 23.04mins & John Smith of Dolgellau, completing the course in a time of 24.02mins.

Bro Dysynni A.C. were also represented on the day by a quartet of competitors amongst whom were Richard Griffiths of Tywyn & Alan Jones of Bryncrug, home in times of 24.21mins & 25.01mins. Other locally affiliated athletes in action on the day were the Meirionnydd duo of Danny Evans of Brithdir and Barrie Jackson of Bala home in respective times of 30.30mins & 31.04mins with a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech following, the Bro Dysynni stalwart home in 37.43mins, with club-mate Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau producing another fine performance as she crossed the line in a time of 49.57mins

As has become the tradition with the Tyn-y-Groes event, all entry fee monies collected on the day (a total of £91) will be passed on to the Ukraine Humanitarian Aid charity.

A beautiful Summer's day greeted the athletes from the club who attended the Midsummer b-b-q held recently at Bryn Awel, Llanelltyd, the tranquil home of Roy & Brenda.

Some of the group chose to walk / run a course around the New Precipice Walk under the guidance of Sherpa Peel whilst others chose to relax in the Llanelltyd sunshine preparing the b-b-q.


Athletes primed to tackle the New Precipice Walk, many wearing their limited edition Bro Dysynni 25th Birthday T-Shirts.


Huge Harrison having to forcefeed a reluctant Andy Unwin with Brenda's trifle.

Bro Dysynni athletes in the idyllic surrounds of Bryn Awel.

A 25th birthday cake, many thanks to Brenda for its preparation.

Club President, Sheila Symonds, in fine form giving a talk on a wide variety of subjects to a captive audience.
  
Dewi, Dion & Sheila in action at the Rhyl Sun Centre 5k

The lure of a fast time attracted 8 local athletes to Rhyl recently, their chosen event being the Rhyl Suncentre 5k Road Race, a race run on an out-and-back course along the town's promenade. Leading home the local contingent in a time of 17.30mins was Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, one of five Meirionnydd Running Club athletes in action on the evening, home in a time of 17.30mins. He, in turn, was followed by Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the first of the three Bro Dysynni AC competitors to finish, in a pleasing time of 17.46mins. A mere 4 seconds seperated the next local finishers, both Dolgellau-based athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C., as Kevin Jones led home Alex Lanz in respective times of 18.01mins & 18.05mins, the latter claiming a 3rd placed finish in the Male Under-17 category. Also in that category was Dion Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the 2nd Dysynni finisher home in a time of 20.54mins, before three vastly more experienced athletes completed the local turnout, namely the Meirionnydd-duo of Barrie Jackson (Bala) & Malcolm Taylor (Criccieth) in times of 25.40mins & 28.17mins before the effervescent Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau crossed the line, the Bro Dysynni runner claiming gold in the North Wales Championship Female Over-75 category in a tremendous time of 40.54mins.

Shortly after the Rhyl event, Barrie Jackson was in action once again, on this occasion at the Mynydd Myfyr off-road hill run at Trefonen near Oswestry. On this occasion, there was also age category success for the Meirionnydd RC veteran who claimed victory in the Male Over-70 section in an excellent time of 32.19mins.

Prolific racer, Ifan Richards of Brithdir, was also in action recently as he was chosen as part of the North Wales team for the British Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships which were held in conjunction with Y Llety Fell Race at Moel Famau. Searing heat greeted the competitors in action at the 9.6mile event which also included 3,276 feet of climbing, the Meirionnydd RC athlete performing well on the day as he crossed the finishing line in a highly respectable 66th position, his finishing time being 1hr 32.40mins.

Much further afield, there was another strong performance from a past member of Bro Dysynni AC as Alun Williams, formerly of Barmouth, was one of 2,336 finishers at the Christchurch SBS Half Marathon held on the South Island of New Zealand. A finishing time of 1hr 12.32mins ensured an excellent 13th placed finish and also represented an improvement of over 2 and a half minutes from his finishing time at the 2009 event.

Ras y Gadair        Pics by Gwynfor James        Pics by Alastair Tye       

Inclement weather conditions did little to deter the enthusiasm of more than 300 athletes, both young and old, who descended upon Dolgellau last Saturday to take part in the various races which constituted the 20th running of the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Ras Y Gader.

The majority of the competitors had gathered to take part in the 10.5 mile Ras Y Gader, leaving Eldon Square to climb the 2,927 feet to the peak of Cader Idris before the descent back into Dolgellau. Having finished in 2nd place at the 2008 event, Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers) went one better in 2010 as he led home the 214 finishers, completing the course in a victorious time of 1hr 28.29mins. There was much popular acclaim for the next finisher, as Ifan Richards of Brithdir claimed runners up spot, leading home the 14 strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent taking part in the race, in a time of 1hr 31.09mins, an amazing 15 minutes quicker than his finishing time of 2009. There were also loud cheers in Eldon Square as Dolgellau resident, Tom Roberts, was the second Meirionnydd finisher, claiming an overall 15th placed finish in a time of 1hr 40.42mins. The first female finisher followed as Helen Fines (Vegan Runners) followed up her runners up spot in the ladies race in 2009 by claiming victory in 2010 in a time of 1hr 42.18mins. Four further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes then followed as Adam Preston of Dolgellau came home in 1hr 43.30mins, Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd in 1hr 49.49mins, Tony Hodgson, also of Llanelltyd, having the added bonus of victory in the Male Over-60 category, in a time of 1hr 52.02mins whilst Ricky Francis of Dolgellau came home in 2hrs 01.26mins.

Picture - Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd on his way to victory in the Male Over-60 section at Ras Y Gader
Photo by Peter Douglas

Swapping his rugby boots for fell running shoes for the occasion was Cedri Williams of Dolgellau Rugby Club & Llanbedr, home in 2hrs 02.27mins before a further 3 Meirionnydd finishers crossed the line, namely Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth in 2hrs 11.09mins and the Dolgellau-based duo of Juliet Edwards and John Smith, home in respective times of 2hrs 13.39mins & 2hrs 16.48mins. The Tywyn-based Bro Dysynni AC father and son partnership of Richard & Gavin Griffiths followed in times of 2hrs 18.52mins & 2hrs 27.05mins, the pair being split by Meirionnydd athlete Kevin Evans of Brithdir, home in 2hrs 26.15mins. The locally affiliated contingent in action were completed by a further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes as Alison Price of Fairbourne crossed the finishing line in 2hrs 27.20mins with the Dolgellau-based trio of Gaenor Smith, Kevin Owen & Christine Owen completing the tough event in times of 2hrs 42.31mins, 2hrs 46.21mins & 3hrs 16.06mins.

There was also local success in the various 'Y Sospan' sponsored junior races held on the day. In the Junior Fun Run, the 1st boy home was Carwyn Lloyd Davies of Trawsfynydd and 1st girl home was Llio Roberts of Rhosygwalia. There was success for Mael Evans of Bala & Kate Bailey in the Under-12's race whilst promising Dolgellau youngster, Alex Lanz, claimed a comfortable victory in the Male Under-16's section.

Picture - Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, '1st local' finisher at Ras Y Gader Photo by Peter Douglas



Picture - Ifan Richards of Brithdir, runner-up at the 2010 Ras Y Cader

Llongyfarchiadau i Richard & Gavin Griffiths am cwblhau Ras Y Cader yn diweddar. Warmest congratulations to the father & son duo of Richard & Gavin Griffiths of Tywyn who recently completed Ras Y Cader making Eirlys a proud wife & mother!

 

Very well done also to our own Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi who, in his first ever foray into the world of triathlon, was the 1st 'Local Competitor' home at the recent Harlech Triathlon.

Dylan's swim time of 9.25mins, bike time of 53.49mins and running time of 26.33mins gave him a combined overall finishing time of 1hr 29.47mins which secured an excellent 42nd place finish out of the 285 competitors who completed the event.

Pictures show Dylan approaching the finishing line near Harlech castle and proudly holding his trophy as 1st local finisher at the event.

DA IAWN DYLAN!!!

 

Dysynni runners spotted by the camera lens recently include young Dion Roberts on his way to a 3rd place finish in the Under-16 section of Ras Carneddau whilst Compo, Foggy & Clegg were also recently spotted at the Christleton 5k in Chester.

 

News Report 9th May 2010

A total of 9 local athletes represented their respective local clubs at the UK Short Course, Welsh Seniors & Masters Trail Running Championships which were held at Ponterwyd near Aberystwyth recently.

The weekend of racing consisted of 3 events. Saturday saw Sialens Y Barcud Coch, an 11 mile trail running event which included a total of 2,530 feet of climbing. Also on the Saturday was the 4 mile Junior Race, whilst Sunday saw the gruelling 18 mile Ras Y Diafol take place.

A total of 6 locally affiliated athletes took on Sialens Y Barcud Coch with Ifan Richards of Brithdir leading home the contingent, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete placing 6th overall in a time of 1hr 17.28mins. There was a 'battle royale' as a mere 34 seconds seperated the next three local finishers, with the Bro Dysynni duo of Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi & Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog finishing in times of 1hr 23.19mins & 1hr 23.53mins and sandwiched in-between them was Tom Roberts of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete crossing the line in a time of 1hr 23.20mins. After a break from competitive action, their was a dynamic return for John D. Smith of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. athlete claiming victory and gold medal status in the Over-60 category of the Welsh Championships as he crossed the line in a terrific time of 1hr 47.52mins. The Meirionnydd R.C. quartet in action on the day were completed by Victor Gretton, home in a time of 2hrs 15.32mins. Two local juniors claimed 1st & 2nd in the Male Under-17 race which covered a distance of 4 miles. Leading home the duo was the ever-improving Alex Lanz of Dolgellau, the Meirionnydd R.C. runner home in 21.27mins whilst his Bro Dysynni counter-part, Dion Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, crossed the line in 22.58mins.


John D. Smith on his was to Welsh Championship gold in the Male Over-60 category at Sialens Y Barcud Coch.
The following day 2 local athletes braved the challenge presented by Ras Y Diafol. Having completed Sialens Y Barcud Coch the previous day, Dewi Roberts was one of 22 competitors who took on both races over the course of the weekend. Showing little effect from the prevous days exertions, the Ffestiniog-based athlete covered the terrain in a time of 2hrs 15.23mins to claim a 7th placed finish on the day and overall 5th placed out of 22 in the cumulative two race series. Also taking on Ras Y Diafol and claiming age category success in the Male Over-65 category was John Marsh of Tywyn, the Tarren Hendre athlete coming home in a very impressive time of 2hrs 37.18mins.

Three local athletes were also in action in Mid-Wales recently, their chosen event being the Newtown 10k Road Race. Leading home the trio on this occasion was Ricky Francis of Dolgellau, the 1st of two Meirionnydd R.C. athletes home in a time of 42.38mins. He was followed by team-mate, Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd, in a time of 44.36mins whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau represented Bro Dysynni, claiming age category success in the Female Over-75 category, as she finished in a tremendous time of 1hr 03.28mins.

Much further afield, an athlete with strong local connections was also in action. The athlete in question was Alun Williams, formerly of Barmouth, now based in Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The ex-member of Bro Dysynni took part in the New Balance 15k Road Race in Tai Tapu on the South Island, claiming an overall 8th place finish as he covered the distance in a time of 51.02mins.

News Report 30th April 2010

Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Ifan Richards of Brithdir, claimed a notable victory recently as he led home the field of 104 competitors at the 6.2 mile Llantysylio Mountain Race held in Rhewl near Llangollen, an event which also included a total of 2,400 feet of climbing. The race was also the 3rd fixture within the Welsh Fell Running Association North Wales Series, making victory in a time of 51.17mins all the sweeter. Also in action on the day were two Meirionnydd R.C. club-mates, with Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd claiming 2nd spot in the Female Over-40 category in a time of 1hr 10.34mins with Barrie Jackson of Bala claiming victory in the Male Over-70 section in a time of 1hr 28.16mins.


Andrea Vaughan on her way to finishing 2nd in the Female Over-40 category at the recent Llantysylio Mountain Race.
As ever, a number of locally affiliated athletes also took on the challenge presented by the 26.2 mile Virgin London Marathon recently. Leading home the locally affiliated contingent was Adam Preston of Dolgellau, setting a new Meirionnydd Running Club record for the distance as he crossed the finishing line in an outstanding time of 3hrs 08.55mins. London Marathon regular, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd followed, the 2nd Meirionnydd competitor home in a time of 3hrs 16.48mins with former Dolgellau-based Bro Dysynni athlete, Rebecca Dallimore following, as her inaugural attempt at the event resulted in a finishing time of 4hrs 28.48mins. Less than 30 seconds later, Janet Preston of Dolgellau was the 3rd Meirionnydd R.C. finisher in a time of 4hrs 29.16mins with Tracey Evans of Brithdir completing the Meirionnydd quartet as she came home in a time of 5hrs 15.12mins.

Two Bro Dysynni athletes were also in road running action recently, their chosen venue being Wrexham for the Wrexham 10 Mile Road Race, an event which was also chosen to host the Grand Prix Express North Wales 10 Mile Championships. The duo were led home by John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, 2nd in the Male Over-60 category in a time of 1hr 26.42mins whilst Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claimed victory in the Female Over-65 section in a time of 1hr 31.20mins.

Ras Y Moelwyn Saturday 7th April Pics by Alastair Tye           Junior Results      Senior Results

  

Well done to Dewi Roberts and Dylan Jones for their fine performances at the recent Ras Y Moelwyn Fell Race held in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Dewi claimed a 12th placed finish in a field of 101 competitors as he covered the tough 10.4 mile course in a time of 1hr 33.56mins with Dylan following home in 22nd, as he crossed the line in 1hr 39.55mins.

Ceroc Dancing

'Ceroc Dancing' is an abbreviation of the French phase c'est rock. It is a fusion of salsa, ballroom, hip hop, tango and jive. One member of Bro Dysynni AC went all the way to Shrewsbury recently to try out in a ceroc dancing class. No names mentioned, but the picture below is a subtle clue. What is this world coming to..............

CHOCOHOLIC 5K - NEWTOWN

Our colleagues from Maldwyn Harriers have come up with a cunning way of attracting athletes from Bro Dysynni A.C. to their races. It appears, that by associating a race with a food-stuff then this will attract the interest of Dysynni's finest to their Newtown headquarters.

Evidence of this can be seen from the excellent annual Dysynni turnout at the Newtown Barbeque 5k as well as, more recently, the ten athletes who were attracted to the Chocoholic 5k event held in Newtown.

The ten chocoholics in action with their finishing times were;

Dylan Jones (8th overall) in 17.47mins
Dewi Roberts (1st Male Over-40) in 17.56mins
Nigel Evans in 20.17mins
Dion Roberts in 21.02mins
Richard Griffiths in 22.58mins
Brenda Jones (1st Female Over-65) in 25.37mins
Huge Harrison in 27.38mins
Andy Unwin in 33.22mins
Eirlys Griffiths in 37.16mins
Sheila Symonds (1st Female Over-75) in 46.50mins

Unofficial reports suggest that high-ranking Dysynni officials are contemplating following suit, by re-naming the 'Dyfi 8' race to the 'Doner Kebab Dash' in an endeavour to attract more club members to take part in the event!!

Pictured in the slideshow are the athletes who headed to Powys recently at the Chocoholic 5k.
All pictures by Gareth Roberts

BRO DYSYNNI ANNUAL PRESENTATIONS FOR 2009

The good and the great (and Huw Harrison) of Bro Dysynni gathered at the Railway Inn, Abergynolwyn after their social run on 21st March for the annual award's ceremony (now known as the DAFTA's - Dysynni Athletes Fantastic Times Awards).

With Master of Ceremonies, Eirlys Griffiths, being ably assisted by Helen Williams, the award winners were;

BRO DYSYNNI HANDICAP LEAGUE - 2009

1st - Brenda Jones (89 points) 2nd - Malcolm Taylor (85 points) 3rd - John Tee (79 points)

CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE

Female Winner - Marit Evans (40 points) Male Winner - Richard Griffiths (39 points)

FELL RUNNING LEAGUE

Female Winner - Sheila Symonds (10 points) Male Winner - Richard Griffiths (28 points)

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Female Winner - Brenda Jones with 79.71% set at Flint 10k Male Winner - Dewi Roberts with 79.45% set at Caernarfon 5k

MIDWEEK LEAGUE

Female Winner - Sheila Symonds (48 points) Male Winner - Malcolm Taylor (47 points)

Below are pictures of awards. Of those highlighted above, neither Malcolm Taylor or John Tee were present.


Richard Griffiths (1st Male Cross Country League & 1st Male Fell Running League), Brenda Jones (Handicap League Winner & Female Performance of the Year), Marit Evans (1st Female Cross Country League), Sheila Symonds (1st Female Midweek League & 1st Female Fell Running League) & Dewi Roberts (Male Performance of the Year).


Bro Dysynni Handicap League winner for 2009 is Brenda Jones, who joins a long and illustrious list of former Handicap League winners.....Many Congratulations from all at Bro Dysynni!


A family affair as Eirlys presents husband Richard Griffiths with his awards for winning the male section of both Cross Country League & Fell Running League for 2009.


Club President, Sheila Symonds multi-tasks as she is presented with awards for winning the female categories within the 2009 Midweek League & Fell Running League.


Well done to Marit Evans on winning the female section of the 2009 Cross Country Handicap League.

North Wales Road Rankings

Many congratulations to the 11 Bro Dysynni athletes who are listed in the North Wales Road Rankings for the period 1st January, 2009 until 31st December, 2009.

Those listed along with their listing positions are;

BRENDA JONES

Ranked 38th over 5k in time of 25.07mins set at Newtown.
Ranked 29th over 5 miles in time of 43.31mins set at Abergele.
Ranked 60th over 10k in time of 51.20mins set at Newtown.
Ranked 14th over 10 miles in time of 86.10 set at Teifi.
Ranked 31st over HM in time of 112.54mins set at Wrexham.

MALCOLM TAYLOR

Ranked 5th in Supervets (Over-65) over 5k in time of 25.50mins set at Caernarfon.
Ranked 6th in Supervets (Over-65) over 5 miles in time of 43.07mins set at Dolgellau.
Ranked 5th in Supervets (Over-65) over 10k in time of 51.51mins set at Mold.
Ranked 4th in Supervets (Over-65) over 10 miles in time of 92.02mins set at Wrexham.

JOHN TEE

Ranked 4th in Supervets (Over-60) over 5 miles in time of 43.53mins set at Dolgellau.
Ranked 6th in Supervets (Over-60) over 10k in time of 51.40mins set at Farndon.
Ranked 2nd in Supervets (Over-60) over HM in time of 119.15mins set at Lake Vyrnwy.

BARRIE JACKSON (NOW WITH MEIRIONNYDD R.C.)

Ranked 4th in Supervets (Over-65) over 5k in time of 24.45mins set at Park Hall.
Ranked 4th in Supervets (Over-65) over 5 miles in time of 39.02mins set at Dolgellau.
Ranked 4th in Supervets (Over-65) over 10k in time of 49.19mins set at Caernarfon.

DEWI ROBERTS

Ranked 24th over 5k in time of 16.58mins set at Caernarfon.
Ranked 39th over HM in time of 83.34mins set at Lake Vyrnwy.

SHEILA JONES

Ranked 36th over 5 miles in time of 44.36mins set at Dolgellau.

MARIT EVANS

Ranked 54th over 5k in time of 29.27mins set at Rhyl.

MARJ GRIFFITHS

Ranked 56th over 5k in time of 30.37mins set at Newtown.

SHEILA SYMONDS

Ranked 57th over 5k in time of 37.47mins set at Newtown.

DYLAN JONES

Ranked 75th over 5k in time of 19.19mins set at Newtown.

TOM JONES

Ranked 75th over HM in time of 90.20mins set at Cardiff.

In addition to the above, in the category 'Masters Lady - Road Runner of the Year', Brenda won the section with Sheila Symonds being placed 4th.

So, rankings wise, 2009 proved to be a relatively successful year for our club, can we better these placings during 2010???

The rankings were painstakingly put together by Paul Brooks, with further details available from the North Wales Regional Athletics Council website which can be visited on www.nwrab.com

Sialens Barcud Coch      1st-2nd May 2010            Details and Entry Form
Handicap Update

      Rhayader handicap results now online      Rhayader Full results on www.onlineraceresults.co.uk

BRO DYSYNNI A.C. MEMBERSHIP FEES - 2010
Just a reminder to all club members that membership fees as well as Welsh Athletics fees are now due.
If it is your intention to renew, please could you send relevant fees to Eirlys Griffiths, 12 Sandilands Road, TYWYN, Gwynedd, LL36 9AY.

BRO DYSYNNI MEMBERSHIP FEES

Adults - £8.00
Juniors - £2.00

A.A.W. FEES

Adults - £5.00
Juniors - £5.00

Cheques payable to Bro Dysynni A.C. should be sent to Eirlys by 12th March.

The A.A.W. have decided that current paid up members for 2009 do not have to complete a membership form, they just need to send fees to Eirlys along with their club membership fees.

Anyone requiring an A.A.W. membership form to complete should contact Eirlys directly (her phone number and e-mail address are available elswewhere on this site).

A.A.W. have stipulated that even if an athlete only enters one race per annum, they must still be registered.

It is a requirement of Bro Dysynni's affiliation to the national body that the club applies this stipulation.

Eirlys also states that some 2009 fees are still outstanding.

Please make life easier for Eirlys by being pro-active and sending fees to her as soon as possible, it creates additional work for her if she has to go chasing overdue fees!

Ras Tarren Hendre      and local report        Results
Kevin Jones of Dolgellau on his way to a 9th placed finish at the Tarren Hendre event.       pic by Alastair Tye

Pics from Alastair

The freezing weather conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of the athletes who gathered in Abergynolwyn last Saturday lunchtime to take on the challenge of the Tarren Hendre Fell Race, a 6 mile event which included a tough 2,000 feet of climbing.

With athletes having travelled from as far as Lancashire and the Midlands to take part in the event, it was left to athletes from within the Principality to dominate, with Eryri Harriers having five athletes placed in the final top 10, with local club, Meirionnydd R.C. having four.

It was left to athletes from Eryri Harriers to claim the respective race winners as Iwan Morton won the male event in a time of 51.55mins with team-mate, Andrea Rowlands, claiming victory in the female section in a time of 1hr 00.56mins.

The large Meirionnydd R.C. contingent were led home by the consistent Ifan Richards of Brithdir, settling for runners up spot on this occasion in a time of 53.46mins. Three Dolgellau based athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd also claimed Top 10 finishes, namely Tomos Roberts, 4th in a time of 55.52mins, Adam Preston, 5th in a time of 56.11mins & Kevin Jones, 9th in a time 57.49mins. Mark Atherton of Llan Ffestiniog was the 5th Meirionnydd finisher in a time of 59.24mins before the Bro Dysynni duo of Dylan & Tom Jones of Aberdyfi followed, Dylan winning the family battle as they finished in respective times of 1.00.08mins & 1hr 02.10mins. Llanelltyd-based athlete, Tony Hodgson was next home, the Meirionnydd R.C. stalwart stepping up his preparations for the London Marathon as he claimed victory in the Male Over-60 category in a time of 1hr 04.34mins.

The 1st of the locally affiliated female athletes followed as Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau crossed the line in a time of 1hr 13.05mins, marginally ahead of John Marsh of Tywyn, the Tarren Hendre athlete utilising local knowledge to finish in a time of 1hr 13.37mins. It was then left to 5 further athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd R.C. to complete the local contingent, Amanda Wilde finishing in 1hr 16.54mins, Alison Price of Fairbourne in 1hr 20.18mins, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 1hr 21.10mins, Janet Preston, also of Dolgellau, in 1hr 24.07mins and Ricky Francis in a time of 1hr 28.47mins.

With the race being supported by Forestry Commission (Wales), it was left to their representative on the day, Graeme Stringer (Recreation Ranger) to state 'It is very pleasing to see this event attract an ever growing number of local athletes, as well as a contingent who are willing to travel from much further afield to take part in an event which is now firmly established within the North Wales fell running calendar.'

As ever the race organisers also expressed their gratitude to the Railway Inn in Abergynolwyn for their ongoing support in the event as well as to the large number of volunteers who assisted in raceday running as smoothly as ever.

As you will have read in the last Newsheet the handicap has been abandoned. There is now even less incentive for club members to participate in races. I intend producing a simplified league on a trial basis with handicap times being published in advance and results being issued ASAP after races. My list of addresses is fairly limited so if anyone wants to be added to the list please e.mail me. Similarly, if you do not want to be on the distribution system again please let me know. Please let any friends who do not have an email address know what is happening. No hard copy will be issued.

I have included a list of the 'rules', races and initial handicaps. I hope you will support my attempt to encourage members to go to events, after all we are a running club.
Second race results are now available in the menu bar entitled Handicap 2010 Malcolm Taylor


The nine brave Bro Dysynni athletes who took on the Resolution Run last Sunday morning.

Arctic like conditions greeted the small but hardy group of Bro Dysynni athletes who gathered at Ynysmaengwyn Caravan Park in Tywyn last Sunday morning for their annual Resolution Run.

Tradition dictates that the race is run on the first Sunday of the New Year, with the format differing from the norm, in that runners predict their own finishing times before the race commenced and those who finish closest to their predicted time were declared the race winners.

Competitors were given the option of a 2 or a 4 mile off-road course, with the vast majority choosing the latter. With underfoot conditions treacherous in certain parts of the course, predicting finishing times became somewhat of a lottery, so it was all the more remarkable that one athlete finished a mere 6 seconds off her predicted time. That athlete was Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi, finishing in a time of 36.32mins against her predicted time of 36.38mins. Victorious in the male section was a delighted Huw Harrison of Fairbourne who, despite a marked lack of race preparation, still finished in a time of 39.14mins, 26 seconds off his predicted time. The junior race was won by 13 year old Rhys Roberts of Rhoslefain in a time of 29.49mins, a total of 3.37mins away from his predicted time.

The quickest overall competitor on the day was Dylan Jones of Aberdyfi, finishing in a time of 24.10mins. Other finishing times included that of Tom Jones of Aberdyfi in a time of 27.57mins, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd in 34.56mins, a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech in 42.50mins and a pleasing 42.51mins set by John Butler of Tywyn.

Taking on the 2 mile course was Bro Dysynni Club President, Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, who completed her challenge in a time of 33.44mins.

It was also decided to contribute all funds raised via the event, as well as a generous donation from Bro Dysynni A.C., to the hard working team at South Gwynedd Mountain Rescue.

Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race                     Results

The pre-Christmas thaw in weather conditions ensured that a healthy field gathered for the annual Boxing Day running of the Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Race held in Ganllwyd last Saturday lunchtime.

Whereas glorious sunshine greeted the competitors, there were still warnings of slippery conditions underfoot in parts of the 2.5 mile challenge which included an overall total of 700 feet of climbing.


Huw Brassington of Ganllwyd battles through the snow on his way to a runners-up spot at the Tyn-Y-Groes event (picture supplied by Alastair Tye)


Ifan Richards crossing the finishing line at the Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Race in a time of 20.11mins (picture supplied by Pete Douglas)
As has become the norm over the course of the year, a large number of athletes from Meirionnydd Running Club were in action on the day, and it was they who dominated the event, claiming the first 4 finishing spots. Claiming overall victory at the end of a most successful 2009 was Ifan Richards of Brithdir, who repeated his success at the Summer running of the Tyn-Y-Groes race, by winning the Winter edition in a time of 20.11mins. Hot on his heels was Huw Brassington of Ganllwyd in a time of 20.59mins with the podium being completed by the Dolgellau pairing of Kevin Jones & Adam Preston crossing the line together in a time of 24.50mins. Eryri Harriers provided the winner of the ladies section of the race as Jenny Hemming crossed the finishing line in a time of 24.55mins. Other performances of note were provided by Gerwyn Roberts of Meirionnydd Running Club, 1st junior home in a time of 28.00mins with fellow junior, Danny Evans of Brithdir, claiming 3rd in the section in a time of 30.51mins. Janet Preston of Dolgellau was the 3rd female finisher overall in a time of 32.21mins whilst Tracey Evans of Brithdir was well satisfied with her finishing time of 39.40mins. Another familiar face to cross the finishing line was that of Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau, recently bestowed as Club President of Bro Dysynni A.C., who finished in a superb time of 59.35mins.

As has become the tradition with this event, entry was by donation only, with all money raised being passed on to charity. On the day, a total of £85 was raised, the total being split between the Welsh Air Ambulance & Ukraine Humanitarian Aid.

There is further local action this coming Sunday (3rd) as Bro Dysynni A.C. play host to their annual 'Resolution Run'. The event is due off at 11.00am from the car park at Ynysmaengwyn Caravan Park in Tywyn with competitors having the choice of a 2 or a 4 mile challenge. Further details are available at www.brodysynniac.co.uk

   

Three of the five Dysynni athletes in action at the recent Aberystwyth 10k, namely Dylan Jones, Richard Griffiths & Marj Griffiths.

RACE CLOCK        
The Brodysynni race clock is available for loan to local events.
The clock is stored at R.A.Chilton Ltd Units 15-16, Marian Mawr, Dolgellau LL40 1UU
No charge but it is the reponsibility of the loanee to collect and return the clock within strict agreed time limits. and replace the batteries (8 x AA) if necessary.        Clock Fixture List
Contact Bob Chilton on 01341 440611 or 07908366524 or onygena@onetel.com
NEW CLUB PRESIDENT ELECTED

At the recent club AGM, Sheila Symonds was elected as the new Club President to replace the late Dr. Roger Bishton.

Having been an active member of the club since 1987, Sheila has been an inspiration to many not just through her running prowess, but also through her sheer enthusiasm, her willingness to help and encourage fellow runners and also.....through her magical like cake-making abilities, with the familiar biscuit tin being opened at the end of many a race to display produce that a certain Mr. Kipling would be very jealous of!!!

A deserving appointment, we wish Sheila the very best in her tenure as Club President of Bro Dysynni A.C.

FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS

As is fast becoming the tradition, there will be two local running events (with the emphasis very much on the fun side of running) held over the Festive Season;

~ Boxing Day, 26th December - Tyn Y Groes Hill Race in Ganllwyd. 12.00 Noon start, registration at the Tyn Y Groes Hotel. Fancy Dress optional!!!! Race measures 2.5 miles and includes 700 feet of climbing.

~ Sunday, 3rd January, 2010 - Resolution Run in Tywyn. 11.00 a..m. start from Ynysmaengwyn Car Park, competitors can choose either the 2 or the 4 mile course. Prize for the competitor who finishes the closest to their predicted finishing time.

Lanzarote 2009

The four local athletes in action at the Lanzarote International Challenge, from left to right, Nich Bradley, Graeme Stringer, Sioned Jones & Margaret Roberts.

A group of local athletes headed to the Canary Island of Lanzarote for the 10th consecutive year recently, their duel intentions being to take a break from the bad weather back home as well as competing at the 21st edition of the Lanzarote International Challenge. The Challenge consisted of 4 running events, namely the 10k Clasica de Lanzarote road race, a 13k off-road ridge run, a 5k beach run, before the final event, the gruelling 21k Vuelta de Tinajo trans-island run. Athletes were entitled to take on the whole challenge or to pick individual races within the challenge. With the vast majority of the travelling party choosing to avoid racing and to relax for the whole of the weeks stay, it was left to four athletes to represent Meirionnydd Running Club, two completing the whole challenge and two taking part in particular races within the challenge.

Completing all four events were Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in an overall time of 4hrs 19.08mins and Sioned Jones of Brithdir in 4hrs 39.50mins, a remarkable 35 minutes quicker than her cumulative time set in 2008.

Margaret Roberts of Dolgellau chose to compete in two of the four events, completing the 10k road race in a time of 57.07mins and the 13k ridge run in a time of 1hr 16.33mins.

Choosing just the 13k ridge run was Graeme Stringer, a Lanzarote stalwart, of Llanelltyd and he completed his chosen event in a time of 1hr 09.16mins.

Rhobell Fawr Results         Report

Twin Peaks


The Bro Dysynni 'Famous Five' who were in recent action at the Aberystwyth Twin Peaks event. From left to right are Brenda Jones, Richard Griffiths, Iestyn Richards, Malcolm Taylor & Dylan Jones.

Penmaenpool 10 Sat 3rd October         Results

Further details relating to the event can be found at www.run-meirionnydd.co.uk.

Whereas a largely local field gathered recently for the 8th running of the 'Trailworks' sponsored Penmaenpool 10 mile trail race, it was left to an athlete from Shropshire to take the plaudits with a relatively comfortable victory. The athlete in question was Steven France (Shrewsbury A.C.), home in a time of 1hr 00.36mins, on a day where a strong outward bound head-wind made for slower than average times over the demanding course. In the female section of the race, it was left to Aberystwyth A.C. athlete, Phoebe Webster to continue her recent domination in this event, as she repeated her victories in 2006 & 2007 by claiming a 2009 victory in a time of 1hr 06.19mins.

There was an excellent representation of locally affiliated athletes in the final results table, these being led home by Meirionnydd Running Club debutant, Huw Brassington of Ganllwyd, 4th overall in a time of 1hr 02.11mins. His club-mate, Adam Preston of Dolgellau followed, in a time of 1hr 07..54mins, whilst the Bro Dysynni contingent were led home by Tom Jones of Aberdyfi in a time of 1hr 08.12mins. Two further Meirionnydd athletes followed, namely Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth and Iori Jones of Dolgellau, in respective times of 1hr 13.44mins & 1hr 15.14mins, whereas Richard Griffiths of Tywyn just pipped his long time running rival Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, the Dysynni athlete home in 1hr 16.03mins, the Meirionnydd athlete in 1hr 16.06mins. Brithdir-based Kevin Evans was next in, with Meirionnydd club-mate Dave Raybone following in times of 1hr 16.31mins & 1hr 22.24mins, whilst John Tee was the third Bro Dysynni finisher, the Blaenau Ffestiniog based athlete home in 1hr 24.52mins.

Alison Price was the first locally affiliated female to finish as the Fairbourne based Meirionnydd Running Club member came home in 1hr 25.11mins with Barrie Jackson of Bala being the 4th of the 6 Bro Dysynni finishers to complete the course, in a time of 1hr 25.26mins.

A quintet of Meirionnydd Running Club females then followed, namely Jaspa Wynne Williams (Dolgellau) in 1hr 26.45mins, Margaret Roberts (Dolgellau) in 1hr 28.24mins, Janet Preston (Dolgellau) in 1hr 28.27mins, Sioned Jones (Brithdir) in 1hr 32.27mins and Jackie Fowler (Trawsfynydd) in 1hr 33.27mins.


Rhian Jones

To complete an excellent local turn-out, the Bro Dysynni, Aberdyfi-based duo of Rhian Jones and Alison Sayes completed the event in times of 1hr 33.43mins & 1hr 40.09mins.

As ever the race organisers were extremely grateful to the many who helped out on a rather inclement day as well as to the local land owners for their ongoing support in relation to the event.

Dyfi 8

The Bro Dysynni contingent at the Dyfi8.

Race Organiser, Brenda Jones, issues final race instructions to some of the competitors.

Tom Evans (a.k.a. The Old Codger) still going strong and competing at the Dyfi8, the man is an inspiration!!!!!!
Results

Two of Dysynni's finest, Hugo Iffla & Walter Marsh, are pictured in action at the recent Source of the Severn Race held in the Hafren Forest around Llanidloes.
Photos by Alastair Tye

Caernarfon 10k 2009 Results

There was an excellent turn-out for the unveiling of the 'Remembering Doug Morris' bench in the village of Llanddwyn on Saturday, 29th August, 2009.

Amongst those present, and representing Bro Dysynni A.C., were Richard & Eirlys Griffiths along with grand-children, Gwenno & Ellis.

The picture shows the magnificent bench, which is situated nearby to the starting area of the Lake Vyrnwy Marathon, and those who had gathered on the day to remember a colleague who gave so much to his beloved sport of athletics.

The bench will provide a lasting legacy to a man who won the admiration of so, so many.

Warm congratulations to the 16 athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C. who took part in one of the 'Race The Train' events on Saturday, 15th August, 2009. What was particularly pleasing was the fact 5 of the 16 were aged 13 or under, they will be the future of the club! Congratulations to Walter Marsh who has run every year completing the challenge for the 26th time
Results as follows;
 
RACE THE TRAIN ROTARY CHALLENGE
 
Hugo Iffla      - 2hrs 02.24mins
Walter Marsh    - 2hrs 02.25mins
Mike Palmer     - 2hrs 02.52mins
 
10K QUARRY CHALLENGE
 
Tom Jones                   - 44.52mins (1st Male Over-40)
Dylan Jones                 - 45.04mins
Richard Griffiths           - 52.43mins 
Gavin Griffiths             - 55.33mins
Alan Jones                  - 55.38mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan       - 1hr 10.01mins
Marj Griffiths                - 1hr 21.17mins
 
DOLGOCH CHALLENGE
 
Christine Stevens         - 1hr 01.10mins
 
TYNLLWYNHEN CHALLENGE
 
George Richards (11 years old) - 22.14mins
Dewi Pugh          (13 years old) - 22.42mins
Lewis Sayes       (11 years old) - 22.46mins
David Phillips                  - 23.35mins
Aled Phillips       (11 years old) - 23.36mins
Jazmin Vernon   (  9 years old) - 25.55mins
Apologies if any club members have been missed out of the above....there were a lot of names on the results to check through!!!
I should be grateful if you could let your members know about the unveiling of the ‘Remembering Doug Morris’ bench in Llanwddyn, just close to where the half marathon starts. It will take place on Saturday, 29th August at 11:30. It will be an informal affair although I have no doubt that a few words will be said and if any of your members would like to attend (or even say something) they would be most welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks and regards       Colin Williamson       Shropshire Shufflers and Margaret Morris

Ras Hendre Wallog          30th July 2009        Results

There was a strong local turnout last Thursday evening at the 9th running of Ras Hendre Wallog, a 3 mile trail race which formed part of the festivities of the Abergynolwyn Carnival Week.

A close battle developed within the race, with less than a minute seperating the first four finishers. However, a strong descent by Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Ifan Richards of Brithdir, saw him capture eventual victory in a time of 17.06mins. Hot on his heels was Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Bro Dysynni athlete eventually settling for a 3rd placed finish in a time of 17.43mins whilst the Meirionnydd duo of Mark Atherton (Llan Ffestiniog) & Adam Preston (Dolgellau) completed the top 5 in respective times of 17.58mins & 18.14mins. There then followed a Bro Dysynni family battle with son, Dylan, pipping father Tom Jones, the Aberdyfi based duo home in times of 18.18mins & 19.21mins.

The ladies race was dominated by Andrea Vaughan of Ganllwyd, completing a 'double victory' for Meirionnydd Running Club on the evening, her victorious time being 21.25mins. Gwennan Roberts of Rhoslefain was the 2nd female home, the Bro Dysynni athlete finishing in 27.23mins whilst the Meirionnydd trio of Tracey & Cara Evans of Brithdir and Janet Preston of Dolgellau came in together in 31.48mins to complete the top 5 in the female section of the event.

As ever with Ras Hendre Wallog, the race also attracted a high percentage of youngsters, with 12 year old Rhys Roberts of Llanegryn leading home the junior contingent in a time of 20.58mins with Aaron & Dion Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog also putting in strong efforts to finish in respective times of 21.10mins & 22.06mins. There were also excellent races from Huw Williams of Llanllwyda, home in 25.34mins & local boy Steffan Owen, the 10 year old from Abergynolwyn finishing in a time of 26.06mins.

  

  

  

  

Seven of the eight Bro Dysynni competitors in action at the Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race (apolgies to Sheila, photographer missed you on this occasion). In finishing order are Dewi Roberts, Barrie Jackson, Malcolm Taylor, John Tee, Sheila Jones, Huge Harrison (proving that black doesn't make you look slimmer!) & Marj Griffiths. Well done to all concerned!

Race Report        Results

  

  

Four of Dysynni's finest in action at the Caernarfon Race The Train 5k event held on Wednesday, 22nd July, 2009
From left to right, Dewi Roberts (16:08) , Malcolm Taylor (25:50), Huge Harrison (25.59) & Andy Unwin (26.47).



Provisional cross-country league fixture dates for the 2009-10 season have been released and are as follows;
 
NORTH WALES CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE FIXTURES 2009-10
 
26/09/09 - Colwyn Bay
10/10/09 - Lilleshall
21/11/09 - Bangor
16/01/10 - Wrexham
06/02/10 - Oswestry
 
WELSH INTER-REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
13/12/09 -  East Wales
 
NORTH WALES CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
09/01/10 - Northop
 
NORTH WALES JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP 2009-10
 
26/09/09 - Colwyn Bay
10/10/09 - Northop
31/10/09 - Wrexham
21/11/09 - Bangor

Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race Results report and many pics
July will see three local races being held in addition to those listed on the site race calendar;
~ Thursday, 9th July - Llanystumdwy 5k. Start time not yet available, will be posted on site upon receipt.
~ Thursday, 30th July - Ras Hendre Wallog, Abergynolwyn. Further details available from Eirlys on (01654 711108)
Midsummer was celebrated 'Dysynni-style' by a barbeque at the home of long time club member, Mike Stevens of Tywyn.


Pictured are; Back row, left to right - Richard Griffiths, Mike Stevens, Debbie Evans, Gwen Butler and the 'Old Codger' Tom Evans. Front row, left to right - Huge Harrison, Helen Williams, John Butler & Eirlys Griffiths.
As can be seen from the second photograph, it was largely a liquid barbeque!!!! Many thanks to Mike for the use 'Verano' for the evening. He probably regretted it the morning after, when realising that Huw Harrison had raided and emptied his fridge the night before...........

Dyfi 8          Details        Entry Form         Map
Cape Wrath Challenge


Meirionnydd Running Club athlete, Graeme Stringer, in action at the recent Cape Wrath Challenge
Photo by Pete Marshall

Breaking new ground recently were a team of athletes affiliated to Meirionnydd Running Club who headed to the town of Durness in the county of Sutherland, the Scottish town being the most North Westerly inhabited locality on the British mainland.

The purpose of the trip to the Highlands was to partake in the Cape Wrath Challenge, a series of races held in and around the area which, in turn, attracted athletes from throughout Britain eager to take on the athletic challenge combined with a week of Scottish hospitality.

The week started with a half marathon road race which also incorporated a 10k event. Taking on the half marathon and finishing in exactly the same time of 1hr 45.27mins were the Ganllwyd based couple of Andrea & Frankie Vaughan. A trio of athletes took on the 10k challenge and leading home the Meirionnydd contingent was Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 47.56mins, with Graeme Stringer of Llanelltyd and Sioned Jones of Brithdir following in respective times of 49.34mins & 55.35mins.

The following day, the same five athletes lined up at the start of the 5.5 mile Sangomore Loch Meadaidh Hill Run. On this occasion, it was left to Frankie Vaughan to lead home the Meirionnydd 'clan' in 39.32mins, followed by Nich Bradley in 40.48mins, Andrea Vaughan in 41.38mins, Graeme Stringer in 44.02mins & Sioned Jones in 49.28mins.

The challenge continued with the Year of Culture Round Durness Event, athletes choosing between an 8.4 mile course or the slightly shorter 6 mile distance. Choosing the former were Frankie Vaughan, home in 1hr 06.24mins, Andrea Vaughan home in 1hr 08.28mins & Sioned Jones home in 1hr 22.43mins. Choosing the latter was Graeme Stringer, covering the distance in 49.02mins.

The week closed with the Cape Wrath Marathon, the 26.1 mile event being completed either individually or in relay teams of 2 or 3 competitors. The Vaughan's of Ganllwyd ran in the 2 person relay event, with Andrea Vaughan running the slightly shorter 1st leg in 1hr 32.07mins with Frankie Vaughan completing the remainder in 2hrs 00.39mins. Their combined time of 3hrs 32.46mins gave them the added bonus of runners up spot in the 2 person event. In the 3 person event, Sioned Jones gave the Meirionnydd trio a solid start, completing her section in 1hr 55.32mins, Graeme Stringer ran the middle leg in 1hr 42.31mins whilst Sara Noble made her Meirionnydd Running Club competitve debut as she completed the final leg in an excellent time of 46.47mins, to give an overall finishing time for the 3 person team of 4hrs 24.50mins.

The Meirionnydd contingent returned home vowing to return to the Highlands again in 2010 for what was a most enjoyable week.

Closer to home, Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog finished in an outstanding 4th place at the inaugural Abersoch 10k event. His finishing time of 38.56mins also gave the Bro Dysynni athlete the added satisfaction of victory in the Male Over-40 category.

Finally, a trio of locally affiliated athletes were recently in action in Oswestry at the popular Park Hall 5k Road Race. Safely back from Scotland was Frankie Vaughan, home on this occasion in 21.16mins, whilst the Bro Dysynni duo of Barrie Jackson of Bala & Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth claimed 2nd and 3rd spot in the Male Over-65 category with respective finishing times of 24.45mins & 27.52mins.

Cader Idris Saturday 30th May     Report     Results

 
Hugo Iffla and Richard Griffiths making their way up Cader Road     


Unwin tells Lord Ellis-Thomas how the country should be run, with Huw Harrison telling ex-Bro Dysynni athlete, Glenda Davies, that he used to be a world-class athlete

Congratulations to the dynamic trio of Bro Dysynni athletes, namely Eilrys Griffiths, Helen Williams & Marj Griffiths for their fantastic efforts at the Aberystwyth Race For Life 5k on Sunday, 17th May, 2009. The trio formed part of a field of 2,000 for the event, a field which was also partly a family affair for Eirlys as it included daughter, Ceris, grand-daughter, Gwenno & sisters Llinos Griffith and Nerys Mullings. Well done to all concerned!         Pic 1          Pic 2
Further update on ex-Dysynni member, Adrian Bailey, now based in Queenstown in New Zealand.

Adrian has offered free accomodation as well as free race entry to anybody from the club who wishes to enter one of his 'Frontrunner Series' races!

Should any club members, or indeed anyone perusing this web-site want further details, Adrian can be contacted on adrian.bailey@io-nz.com.

The 'Frontrunner Series' now has it's own official website which can be accessed on www.activeqt.co.nz

 
Unwin bounds up a hill almost 'gazelle like' near the town of Liloan.                 The hounds slow down to look for a marker left by the hare.  
The Cebu Hash Harriers......making Huw Harrison look almost super-fit in relation to them!         Andy next to the majestic Kawasan Falls on the island.

Long time Bro Dysynni member, Andy Unwin of Harlech, has recently returned from an 8 week stay on the island of Cebu in the Phillipines. Whilst there, and showing extreme dedication to his athletic prowess, Andy joined the Cebu Hash Harriers (www.cebuhash.org). The Cebu Hash Harriers met every Saturday afternoon and took part in a hash somewhere on the island of Cebu. The concept of a hash event is based on hare and hounds. A hash member (hare) would preset a course using distinct markers, it was then up to the other club members (hounds) to find and follow these markers along the way. The length of the hash varied from between 7k and 12k. As can be seen from the attached pictures, the group could not be classed as being particularly athletic, they described themselves as 'drinkers with a running problem'! As such, Unwin fitted in well.

                 London Marathon Report
It is with great sadness that we have to report of the untimely passing of the Bro Dysynni Athletics Club President, Dr. Roger Bishton, who passed away on the 1st day of May, 2009 at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness.

Dr. Bishton, who lived in Rhoslefain, had been 'Club President' of Bro Dysynni since the club was formed in 1985 and has been an integral part of the 'Bro Dysynni Family' since then, playing a major part in the development of the club.

May you Rest in Peace Dr. Bishton - You will be sadly missed.

GRAND PRIX EXPRESS NORTH WALES CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS FOR SEASON 2008-2009

Many congratulations to ex-Bro Dysynni member, Alun Llyr Williams, formerly of Barmouth, but now based in Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand who, on Easter Saturday (11th April), claimed victory at the Southern Lakes Half Marathon held at Wanaka, New Zealand.

Alun also set a half-marathon personal best in the process as he completed the scenic course in a time of 1hr 13.11mins. Alun claimed that this personal best was largely set as a result of 2 - 3 weeks of aqua-jogging training carried out prior to the event!

Further details relating to his excellent achievement can be found on www.highlandevents.co.nz

Alun is pictured on his way to victory with the glorious New Zealand scenery in the background.

                         

Wrexham Half 15/02/09 Brenda Jones Time 1:52:54 and Sheila symonds 3:06:56.
Stafford 20 on 8/03/09. Brenda jones 3:03:54 and Marit Evans 3:30:42

Bro Dysynni Athletics Club Presentation Evening


Category Winners Bro Dysynni A.C. 2008. L to R Richard Griffiths, Marjorie Griffiths, Malcolm Taylor, Brenda Jones and Stephen Gilliland.
Bro Dysynni A.C. held their annual presentation evening on Friday 20th February at The Ganolfan, Abergynolwyn.
The new chairman, Helen Williams opened the evening and after a very enjoyable buffet Eirlys Griffiths and Helen Williams presented the following awards: -
Cross Country, Ladies, 1st Brenda Jones, 2nd Marjorie Griffiths.
Men, 1st Richard Griffiths, 2nd Barrie Jackson.
Fell Running, Male, Stephen Gilliland. Lady, Brenda Jones.
Mid Week Handicap League, Lady, Brenda Jones. Male, Malcolm Taylor.
Club Handicap, 1st Malcolm Taylor 198 points, 2nd Marjorie Griffiths 178 points, 3rd Brenda Jones 167 points.
Tribute should also paid to other Bro Dysynni runners who didn’t make the first three places but hotly contested all the categories throughout 2008.

Cross Country 2008

Fell Running 2008

Handicap Details 2008

Handicap League 2008

Wintry conditions greeted the eleven local athletes who headed to Llandudno last Sunday lunchtime to compete in the Nick Beer 10k Road Race, an event starting and finishing in the coastal resort with the course taking in the breath-taking and challenging climb around the Great Orme.

An excellent field of 563 competitors took on the challenge, and they were led home by Nick Swinburn (Morpeth), setting a course record for the event as he claimed a comfortable victory in a time of 30.34mins.

Leading home the local contingent was the first of the seven Meirionnydd Running Club athletes in action, as Kevin Jones of Dolgellau came home in an impressive time of 40.29mins. Also impressing was his club-mate, Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd, home in a time of 44.43mins, giving him much optimism for future events. Next home, in an all-to-rare competitive outing, was Paula Tunnadine of Barmouth, now affiliated to Wrecsam Tri Club, who completed the challenge in a time 45.44mins to claim runners up spot within the Female Over-40 category of the event.

Four further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes then followed, namely John Smith and Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau, home in respective times of 48.08mins & 48.41mins and the Llanellted-based duo of a rejuvanated Graeme Stringer and Robert Thomas, home in respective times of 50.03mins and 53.25mins.

The two Bro Dysynni athletes in action were led home by club debutant, John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog, home in 55.02mins, whilst Sioned Jones of Dolgellau followed, the Meirionnydd runner completing the event in 55.17mins.

There was an excellent performance from Emma Davies of Dolgellau, her spin-biking prowess paying dividends as she came home in 58.01mins whilst the eleven were completed by the remarkable Sheila Symonds, also of Dolgellau, the Bro Dysynni athlete claiming runners up spot in the Female Over-70 category as she came home in a time of 1hr 23.32mins.

The strong turn-out by the male section of Meirionnydd Running Club also saw them gather an 11th spot finish in the Male Team Event.

Tarren Hendre Slideshow              Results              Pics from Gareth Roberts

For the first time in it's 6 year history, entry numbers reached three figures, as exactly 100 athletes gathered recently for the Tarren Hendre Fell Race, held in Abergynolwyn.

With the race starting and finishing from outside the Railway Inn in the village, competitors were faced with a 6 mile challenge which incorporated a total of 2,000 feet of climbing. Perfect weather conditions prevailed on race day, with cold, clear conditions proving ideal for those taking on the challenge.

The race itself was dominated by athletes affiliated to Eryri Harriers who claimed the first three finishing spots. Having finished in 3rd position overall in both 2007 & 2008, Richard Roberts gained a long awaited victory at the event as he crossed the finishing line in a superb time of 51.22mins. The first female home, in fifth spot overall, was Anna Bartlett (Shrewsbury) in a time of 57.24mins.

 
Adam Preston of Dolgellau on his way to a finishing time of 1hr 08.49mins     Richard Griffiths of Tywyn on his way to a finishing time of 1hr 12.51mins

The race attracted a large percentage of local athletes, the first of whom home, in 9th position overall was Henry Thomas of Tarren Hendre in a time of 58.49mins. Leading home the 16 strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent was Kate Bailey in a time of 59.38mins with club-mate Kevin Jones of Dolgellau following in 1hr 05.04mins. Leading home the 5 strong Bro Dysynni contingent was Glyn Lewis of Bryncrug in a time of 1hr 07.45mins, closely followed by the Meirionnydd duo of Arwyn Jones and Adam Preston of Dolgellau in respective times of 1hr 08.43mins & 1hr 08.49mins. Hugo Iffla of Tywyn was the 2nd Dysynni finisher in a time of 1hr 10.45mins, in turn followed by the Meirionnydd Running Club duo of Kevin Evans of Brithdir in 1hr 12.14mins and Iori Jones of Dolgellau in 1hr 12.22mins. Dysynni stalwart, Richard Griffiths of Tywyn was next home in 1hr 12.51mins, to be followed by 5 Meirionnydd Running Club members in the shape of John Smith (Dolgellau) in 1hr 13.31mins, Juliet Edwards (Llanfachreth) in 1hr 14.35mins, Nich Bradley (Dolgellau) in 1hr 15.43mins, Amanda Wilde (Dyffryn Ardudwy) in 1hr 16.42mins & Pete Nicholls (Llanfachreth) in 1hr 16.47mins. The Midlands-based Bro Dysynni duo of Graham Jones & David Phillips followed in the same finishing time of 1hr 19.36mins, before 5 further Meirionnydd Running Club members completed the locally affiliated contingent. In order, the 5 were Alison Price (Fairbourne) in 1hr 22.23mins, Janet Preston (Dolgellau) in 1hr 29.35mins, Margaret Roberts (Dolgellau) in 1hr 29.40mins, Victor Gretton in 1hr 36.37mins and Tracey Evans (Brithdir) in 1hr 38.24mins.

As ever, the race organisers were indebted to the local land owners over whose land the race was run, as well as to the many individuals who helped out on race day, making the race one of the more popular fell running events held within the locality.

RESULTS OF THE 2ND ANNUAL RUNNING OF THE BRO DYSYNNI 'RESOLUTION RUN' HELD ON 4TH JANUARY, 2009
4 MILE EVENT

Tom Jones              - 28.10mins
Debbie Evans          - 28.19mins
Rhys Roberts           - 28.44mins
Rhian Jones             - 32.17mins
Rhian Owen             - 35.59mins
Meinir Owen            - 36.03mins
Janet Davies             - 43.58mins
Sheila Symonds        - 52.00mins
Tom Evans              - 54.57mins

2 MILE EVENT

Birgitte Evans           - 18.22mins
Brenda Jones           - 18.23mins
Ingrid Evans             - 21.04mins
Marit Evans             - 21.05mins
Roy Peel                 - 23.47mins
Liz Willis                 - 36.22mins
Jan Cowan              - 36.22mins

NEAREST THEIR ESTIMATED

JUNIORS

1) Ingrid Evans         (+8.57mins)
2) Birgitte Evans       (+9.38mins)
3) Rhys Roberts      (+16.10mins)

FINISHING TIME

LADIES

1) Brenda Jones       (+0.47mins)
2) Rhian Jones         (+3.03mins)
=3) Liz Willis           (+3.38mins)
=3) Jan Cowan        (+3.38mins)
MEN

1) Roy Peel              (+3.34mins)
2) Tom Jones            (+4.08mins)
3) Tom Evans            (+9.03mins)

Cold, sunny conditions greeted the 16 competitors who gathered in Tywyn on 4th January for the 2nd annual Bro Dysynni 'Resolution Run'. Competitors had the choice of a 2 mile run or a 4 mile run, with finishing time predictions being handed to Eirlys before all watches were confiscated before the event! The idea behind the run is that those whose finishing times were closest to their predicted times were the winners.....as such many congratulations go to Ingrid Evans (Juniors), Brenda Jones (Ladies) & Roy Peel (Men) for getting the closest time predictions within their respective categories. Also many thanks to the organisers of the event, which is an ideal fun way to start the new year!
Boxing Day Tyn y Groes Hill Race       Results       Photos Alastair Tye


A Flying Huw Brassington ...pic by Alastair Tye
On a cold but gloriously sunny day 24 runners took to the hills above the Tyn-y-groes for the annual Boxing Day version of the Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race.
No records were broken and it was Adam Haynes of Eryri that took first place in 21:15 followed by Huw Brassington in 21:45 and Mark Atherton in 22:45.

This years Ladies winner was Janet Preston in 33:26 and runner up 15 year old Iola Jones in 35:58 with 3rd ladies place going to Cathy Bradley in 36:40.
As usual hot soup and mince pies were freely available in the Tyn-y-Groes afterwards.
A raffle/collection for Charity raised £106.

Photos from Peter Douglas

A couple of dates for the diaries;

Sunday, 4th January, 2009 - 'Resolution Run' - Starting from the Gwalia Store Car Park in Tywyn at 11.00am, a fun event with competitors having the choice of either competing over 2 or 4 miles. All competitors estimate their own finishing time before the race, with the best estimate (won't be Huw Harrison as his estimates are always sky-high!) winning a prize. 2008 proved a great fun event, hopefully the 2009 version will prove the same!

Friday, 20th February, 2009 - Bro Dysynni Presentation Evening - Venue yet to be decided.

Club subscriptions are also due from 1st January, 2009. Cost of 'Adult Membership' will be £8.00 per annum whilst 'Junior Membership' will remain at £2.00 per annum. Please pay membership to Eirlys as soon as possible!

Wishing all who visit this website a Happy Christmas and a very successful 2009!!!

Many congratulations to our very own Eirlys Griffiths on her success in being appointed 'Administrator of the Year' at the 2008 Meirionnydd Sports Awards. Da iawn Eirlys!!!
Lanzarote 2008 (International Running Challenge)

The Lanzarote Slide Show     High resolution pics e.mailed on request       Debbies Phone Pics     Report

'Former club member, Adrian Bailey, continues to impress as the attached press releases show.'

More Press Releases

MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS        Rhobell Fawr Sat 8th November           Results    Photos from Gwynfor


Michel Kelly of Leighton Athletic           Photo by Gwynfor
With the jammiest of weather windows a race organiser could wish for, 89 runners took to the fells above Llanfachreth in overcast, windy but generally dry conditions. The race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in 50.01, a time 4 mins faster than his last visit to Rhobell, getting his Winter Series challenge off to a flying start.

In second, despite improving his personal best over the course by 36 seconds, was last years Series champion Mathew Roberts of Eryri, finishing in 51.32. Third place, having travelled from South Wales for the race was Harry Mathews in a time of 53.13.

In the veterans categories first man 0/40 was Paul Beeson of Maldwyn Harriers in 57.31, first man 0/50 was Adam Haynes of Eryri in 57.10, and first man 0/60 was Don Williams of Eryri in 1.03.08.
In the ladies section less than 4 minutes separated the first 5 finishers! Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury returned to the course for the first time since 2005, taking 19 seconds off her personal best to win in 1.00.53. In second place, only 54 seconds behind and fresh from her victory in last weekends "Hellrunner", was Meirionnydd Running Clubs Kate Bailey, returning to her spiritual home to finish in 1.01.47. In third was Mary Gillie of Clwydian Range Runners in 1.02.14, and in fourth and fifth, continuing their Battle Royal from the 2006 Winter Series, when a mere 39 seconds decided the title, were Phoebe Webster of Aberystwyth University (1.03.15) and Andrea Roberts of Eryri (1.04.16). Any one of these 5 could go on to take the ladies title in the Meirionnydd Winter Series - who has the staying power? only time will tell....
Age category victories went to Sandra Rowlands of Clwydian Range Runners in 1.10.39 (0/40), Sue Ashton of Chepstow, setting a new age category record of 1.11.34 (0/50), Maggie Oliver of Eryri, who broke Brenda Jones age record with a time of 1.21.33 (0/60), and finally Sheila Symmonds of Bro Dysynni who set a new age record 0/70 in 2.15.00
Winners of the Short/Junior Race were Owain Llyr James in 16.00 with Bronwen Jenkinson first girl in 17.42.

Graeme Stringer      

        

Brenda and Marj pictured on you seafront at Aberystwyth during the recent Twin Peaks Race.

Penmaenpool 10 Saturday 4th October         Photos

Inclement weather greeted the 92 athletes who gathered in Penmaenpool last Saturday afternoon to take part in the 7th running of the 10 Mile Penmaenpool Trail Race, this year kindly sponsored by 'Trailworks / Garthyfog.co.uk'.

Whereas the event may have a new sponsor, the overall results had a familiar look about them as Mark Garratt (Road Runners Club) won the race for the third year in succession, as well as establishing a new Male Over-35 age category course record, as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 58.27mins. Victory in the female race went to Louise Barker (Aberystwyth AC) who, after finishing 3rd female in the 2007 event, knocked 58 seconds off last years time to claim victory in a time of 1hr 08.27mins.

As ever, a large proportion of the 92 competitors were of local pedigree, with the first local finisher overall being Dafydd Roberts of Dolgellau, who, in an all to rare racing appearance, finished in 3rd place in a time 1hr 01.17mins.

The first locally affiliated athlete to finish was Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, the Bro Dysynni athlete claiming 2nd spot in the Male Over-40 category, in a time of 1hr 09.27mins. Next home was the first of a strong turn-out from host club Meirionnydd Running Club to finish as Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd, broke the tape in a time of 1hr 11.15mins. He, in turn, was followed by another Dysynni athlete as Richard Griffiths of Tywyn came home in 1hr 14.24mins. There then followed a quartet of Meirionnydd Running Club athletes as Iori Jones of Dolgellau came home in 1hr 15.44mins, narrowly ahead of Nic Bradley, also of Dolgellau, in 1hr 15.51mins, Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd followed 1hr 18.51mins with Kevin Evans of Brithdir completing the quartet in 1hr 19.54mins.

Symmetrically, they in turn were followed by a quartet of Bro Dysynni athletes, the first of whom to finish was Debbie Evans of Tywyn, 2nd home in the Female Over-50 category, in a time of 1hr 20.21mins. Bob Chilton of Hermon followed in 1hr 23.03mins, with Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth and Sheila Jones of Pwllheli completing the quartet in times of 1hr 23.47mins and 1hr 24.40mins respectively. Alison Price of Fairbourne followed, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete completing the challenge in 1hr 26.56mins, whilst Dysynni athlete, Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi, followed home in 1hr 31.21mins.

Dolgellau-based Meirionnydd Running Club team-mates, Margaret Roberts and Janet Preston, completed the host club turn-out as they finished in respective times of 1hr 31.30mins & 1hr 33.18mins, whilst a trio of Bro Dysynni colleagues followed, namely Alison Sayers of Aberdyfi in 1hr 40.53mins, Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, victorious in the Female Over-60 category, in a time of 1hr 48.03mins whilst the ever-green Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau churned out another terrific performance as she came home in a time of 2hrs 21.21mins.

In the affiliated 2 mile fun run, there was victory for Alex Lantz of Dolgellau in the boys section in a time of 12.07mins with Kate Sulwen Bailey victorious in the girls section in a time of 18.21mins.

As ever the race organisers expressed their gratitude to the many individuals and landowners whose ongoing support is always greatly appreciated. Thanks were also extended to the Mawddach Rotary Club for their assistance in marshalling the event so efficiently.

The Dyfi 8      Results      Report

A lovely Autumn evening greeted those who recently took part in the 3rd running of the Fairbourne Annual Race the Train (F.A.R.T.) 5k Fun Run. Amongst those competing was an excellent turn-out from Bro Dysynni, a number of whom can be seen in the above photo.

Special congratulations to Debbie Evans, 1st female to finish the event. The reward for this was a bottle of wine from the race organisers. There is no doubt that by the time you are reading this, the wine bottle will already be empty...........

There was also a rumour being circulated before the race that the event has been called F.A.R.T. after a notoriously windy resident of Fairbourne.....namely Huw Harrison!

The 2008-2009 Grand Prix Express Cross Country League fixtures have now been confirmed and are as follows;

27/09/08 - Colwyn Bay
11/10/08 - Lilleshall (Telford)
22/11/08 - Bangor
17/01/09 - Wrexham
07/02/09 - Oswestry
All the above are Saturday dates.

The Female, Male Under-17 and Male Over-70 races will start at 2.00pm with the Mens race starting at 2.45pm.
Further details available from Barrie & Brenda (Cross Country Captains) whose details can be found on the 'Contact' page of this site.

Details of a further local races have reached us as follows;

Rhinog Horseshoe Fell Race is being held on Saturday, 11th October. Starting and finishing in Llanbedr near Harlech, this event is an arduous 14 mile fell race. Further details available from Andy Sanderson (01341 241511).


Bro Dysynni Race the Train runners    Marj Griffiths, Hugo Iffla, Carys Evans & Brenda Jones

RACE THE TRAIN 2008

 
There was an excellent Bro Dysynni A.C. turnout for the various events which make up 'Race the Train' 
held in Tywyn in mid-August. A total of 20 club members were in action at the August 16th event, 
with the red & green of Dysynni being represented in all 4 races.

Results as follows;
 
RACE THE TRAIN ROTARY CHALLENGE
 
Walter Marsh         - 1 hr  59.28mins
Hugo Iffla           - 2 hrs 00.22mins
Brenda Jones         - 2 hrs 19.00mins
Carys Evans          - 2 hrs 24.15mins
Marj Griffiths       - 3 hrs 01.58mins
 
RACE THE TRAIN 10K QUARRY CHALLENGE
 
Mark Fowles                - 38.02mins (3rd position overall)
Glyn Lewis                 - 46.49mins
Richard Griffiths          - 51.13mins
Alan Jones                 - 53.47mins
Kathy Iffla                - 56.08mins
Gavin Griffiths            - 61.09mins
Rhian Jones                - 65.19mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan      - 68.11mins
Christine Stevens          - 70.17mins
 
DOLGOCH CHALLENGE
 
John Butler            - 1hr 20.24mins
 
TYNLLWYNHEN CHALLENGE
 
George Richards            - 20.53mins
Gill Allday                - 31.15mins
Ffion Rees                 - 32.18mins
Nerys Rees                 - 32.19mins
Liz Willis                 - 62.33mins
 
When done to all concerned!!
Full race results can be found on www.racethetrain.com
Hendre Wallog 2008 Results   as if no one knew who won!             Previous years results

Pictured after completing the Cardiff Bay 10k are the Griffiths family of Tywyn. From left to right are son, Gavin, and parents, Eirlys and Richard.
Dolgellau 5 results here now    Race Records   Race Report    Andy's Race Report


The Bro Dysynni version of 'The Good (Malcolm), The Bad (Dewi) and The Ugly (Unwin)' in action at the Race The Train 5k event held in Caernarfon on 23rd July.

The Lloyd George 5k Results
'Pictured after their recent success at the BMAF Championship 10k Race are the Bro Dysynni AC trio of (from left to right) Brenda Jones, Marj Griffiths & Sheila Symonds.'
Foel Gocyn Results
TYN-Y-GROES HILL RACE        Sat 28th June   Results    Pictures from Alastair Tye   Jane Chilton's photo's    3 more pics

Winner Stanley Charles - Clwydian RR

Second placed Steve Gilliland - Bro Dysynni

Third placed Kate Bailey - Meirionnydd RC

Saturday saw a break in the wet weather as a small but enthusiastic band of runners tackled one of the steepest shortest courses in the calendar.

For once Steve Gilliland didn't have it all his own way as Stanley Charles of Clwydian Range Runners scrambled up the hill along the weaving undulating summit path down through the lush green forest paths to the Afon Mawddach and up stream along the bank to the Tyn-y-Groes picnic field finish in a new record time of 16:41.

Steve cruised home in second place a few seconds later in 17:36 but the performance of the day came from Ladies Winner Kate Bailey who took third place with a new record ladies time of 19:28.

The good and the great of Bro Dysynni A.C. (& Huw Harrison), line up after completing the Newtown Carnival 5k.

Front Row, left to right - Brenda Jones, Roy Peel, Marj Griffiths, Eirlys Griffiths & Sheila Symonds

Back Row, left to right - Richard Griffiths, Slim Unwin, Huge Harrison & Malcolm Taylor

Ras Cader Idris      24th May 2008    Results

Bright, blustery conditions greeted the 276 competitors who descended upon Dolgellau last Saturday to take part in the various races which formed part of the 17th running of Ras Y Gader.

As has now become the traditional, Saturday morning saw the running of the various junior races whilst the afternoon saw the senior racers take on the 10.5 mile challenge to the peak of Cader Idris and back into Dolgellau, a course containing just under 3,000 feet of climbing.

The various junior races, sponsored by Bwyd Y Brenin of Dolgellau & Coed Y Brenin, attracted an excellent entry of 85 budding athletes, and amongst whom were 2 local winners. They were Gus Illiff of Llangower, near Bala, and Cara Evans of Brithdir who were respective boy and girl winners in the fun run in times of 3.00minutes and 3.31minutes.

The senior race, sponsored by the Royal Ship Hotel of Dolgellau, attracted 191 race finishers, as ever, amongst whom were a large sprinkling of local competitors. Having won the race in 2007, Eryri Harriers athlete Richard Roberts returned to Dolgellau to defend his title and this he did successfully, beating his 2007 time by over a minute, to complete the event in 1hr 25.19mins, 45 seconds ahead of 2nd place athlete, Andi Davies (Mercia Fell Runners). Perhaps the performance of the day came in the female race as Janet McIver (Dark Peak Fell Runners) of Sheffield came home in a terrific 5th place overall, in a time of 1hr 35.39mins, over 16 minutes ahead of the next female competitor.

The 1st of the local competitors to finish was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, 6th place overall in a time of 1hr 35.43mins, a time good enough to earn victory within the Male Over-40 category for the Bro Dysynni athlete. He was followed by Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd, the Meirionnydd Running Club athlete finishing in a time of 1hr 50.21mins, a time good enough to win the 'First Local' category. Next home were two more athletes from Meirionnydd Running Club as Tony Hodgson of Porthmadog crossed the finishing line in Eldon Square in a time of 1hr 59.37mins, with team-mate, John D. Smith following in 2hrs 08.22mins. Richard Griffiths of Tywyn was the 2nd Bro Dysynni finisher in a time of 2hrs 13.36mins and he was followed by a further six athletes from Meirionnydd Running Club. The first of the six was Nich Bradley of Dolgellau, home in 2hrs 15.19mins, he, in turn was followed by Juliet Edwards, also of Dolgellau, finishing in 2hrs 19.31mins with Victor Gretton following in 2hrs 34.36mins. The stage was then set for the 3 remaining athletes from Meirionnydd Running Club, namely Ann Styles of Penamenpool, Tracey Evans of Brithdir and Margaret Roberts of Dolgellau to complete their challenge. The first of the trio mentioned, namely Ann Styles, came home in a time of 2hrs 48.05mins, a time which claimed worthy victory within the Female Over-50 category much to her surprise! Also finishing in 2hrs 48.05mins was Tracey Evans with Margaret Roberts following shortly afterwards in a time of 2hrs 52.26mins.

There was also a local victor in the Under-18 race which followed the same course as the senior event, albeit turning around half way up Cader Idris. That local was Oliver Gallop of Dolgellau, who, after winning the under-16 event in 2007, followed suit in 2008 as he completed the 5 mile Under -18 event, victorious in a time of 1hr 00.54mins


Steve Gilliland and Richard Griffiths having just completed Ras Y Gader

Richard Griffiths requires the support of his grand-son, Elis, after completing the 10.5 mile Ras Y Gader

Malcolm Taylor on his way to a finishing time of 39.12mins at the recent Schneider 5 Mile Race in Telford
Ras yr Aran    Results
Gale force winds and icy conditions greeted the competitors who braved the elements in order to take part in the 5th annual running of the 'Organic Aran Lamb' sponsored Ras Yr Aran Fell Race which was held last Saturday afternoon in Llanuwchllyn. Indeed, such was the severity of the conditions, the race organisers were left with no option but to shorten the original 10 mile course to a shorter, 7 mile event due to the adverse conditions on higher grounds.

Undeterred by the conditions, the race attracted a record entry of 115 competitors to an event which steadily increases in popularity from year-to-year. Winning the race in 2008, at his first attempt over the course was Welsh International fell runner, Tim Davies (Mercia Fell Runners), who completed the 7 mile event in a time of 58.16mins, one of only three competitors to come home in under the hour mark. The first of the local competitors to finish was seasoned campaigner, Steve Gilliland (Bro Dysynni A.C.), in a time of 1hr 03.46mins which was good enough to claim a 6th place finish overall for the Tywyn-based athlete.
Full report

With Oswestry having hosted the 5th and final fixture of the 2007-08 Majestic Travel North Wales Cross Country League, the final league placings have now been published and are shown below;

LADIES DIVISION 2 - FINAL TABLE                    MENS DIVISION 2 - FINAL TABLE
 
Abergele             - 560 pts.                    Tattenhall                - 1781 points
Bangor Uni.          - 601 pts.                    Menai T. & F.             - 2129 points
Prestatyn            - 615 pts.                    Bangor Uni.               - 2405 points
Denbigh              - 712 pts.                    Oswestry                  - 2508 points
BRO DYSYNNI          - 731 pts.                    Wrecsam Tri.              - 2512 points
Vale Royal           - 800 pts.                    Denbigh                   - 2808 points
Menai T. & F.        - 943 pts.                    Vale Royal                - 3049 points
Deeside              - 984 pts.                    West Cheshire             - 3848 points
Shrewsbury          - 1012 pts.                    Deeside                   - 3906 points
West Cheshire       - 1101 pts.                    Bridgnorth                - 4264 points
Aberystwyth         - 1260 pts.                    Maldwyn Harriers          - 4427 points
Meirionnydd R.C.    - 1277 pts.                    Clwydian R.R.             - 4649 points
Clwydian R.R.       - 1288 pts.                    BRO DYSYNNI               - 4655 points
Wrecsam Tri.        - 1306 pts.                    Aberystwyth               - 4716 points
                                                   Meirionnydd RC            - 4914 points
                                                   BS Deestriders            - 4915 points
 
LADY MASTERS FINAL TABLE
 
Eryri Harriers       - 139 pts.
Wrexham              - 196 pts.
Buckley              - 297 pts.
Abergele             - 361 pts.
Prestatyn            - 472 pts.
Denbigh              - 495 pts.
BRO DYSYNNI          - 499 pts.
 
Many congratulations are afforded to the ladies of Abergele and the gents of Tattenhall on their 
promotion to the top flight of their respective North Wales Cross Country League's. 
 
BRO DYSYNNI CROSS COUNTRY APPEARANCES 2007-08 (MAXIMUM OF 5)
 
Debbie Evans                - 5
Brenda Jones                - 5
Marj Griffiths              - 5
Richard Griffiths           - 5
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan       - 4
Marit Evans                 - 3
Sheila Jones                - 2
Barrie Jackson              - 1
 
The following individaul honours were achieved over the course of the 5 races by Dysynni athletes;
 
Brenda Jones               - 1st Female Masters Over-65
Debbie Evans               - 2nd Female Masters Over-50
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan      - =2  Female Masters Over-55
Marj Griffiths             - 3rd Female Masters Over-60
 
On a positive note for the league, a total of 1,209 athletes completed races during 2007-08 as 
compared to 1,013 in 2005-06 (Only 4 races were run in 2006-07 due to adverse weather) - 
this is a significant increase which confirms the fact that the cross country activities 
arranged in North Wales continue to play an important role to the many athletic clubs in the area.
 
Here's looking forward to 2008-09!!
 

 

Marit in action at the NWCC Oswestry event.
photo courtesy of Phil Rees Photography www.philreesphotography.co.uk

Here is the slideshow of photos from recent cross country events

Northop played host to the North Wales Cross-Country Championships recently and despite only having two competitors entered on the day, Bro Dysynni A.C. still managed to claim success in the respective age category sections. Leading the way in the Female Over-65 category was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, continuing to dominate her age-group as she came home victorious in 31.24mins. In the Male Over-65 category, Barrie Jackson of Bala managed an excellent 2nd position in this age-group, putting in a strong finish as he crossed the line in 39.15mins.

Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni on his way to victory at Tarren Hendre

Results

Here is the slideshow of pictures by Alastair Tye   Slideshow

With the potential bad weather forecast occupying the minds of the race organisers, there was relief all round as ideal conditions greeted the athletes who gathered in Abergynolwyn last Saturday afternoon to take part in the 5th annual Tarren Hendre Fell Race.

A total of 65 athletes lined up outside the Railway Inn at 12.00Noon to take on the tough 6 mile challenge which included a total 2,000 feet of climbing. As ever, a fair percentage of those taking part were affiliated to either the host club, Meirionnydd R.C., or Bro Dysynni A.C., and indeed it was the latter who had the satisfaction of providing the overall race winner.
This came in the guise of Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, who claimed a long overdue victory in a race in which he has achieved previous finishing positions of 3rd, 3rd, 5th & 7th. It was a case of 5th time lucky as the Dysynni veteran claimed a relatively comfortable victory, finishing 54 seconds in front of his nearest competitor in a time of 52.35mins.
read the rest of the report


The non-appearance of Huw Harrison was a cause of great disappointment although, as a builder, his estimation would probably have been way, way to high!
A small, but hardy, gang of Dysynni members gathered at the Bailey Bridge in Tywyn on the morning of Sunday, 6th January, 2008 to take part in the inaugural Bro Dysynni Resolution Run. Ideal conditions greeted those who were to tackle the approximate 4 mile course (Debbie Evans thought it was a little less than 4 miles whilst Andy Unwin thought it closer to 6 miles - as seen in finishing times) run along the riverbank from the Bailey Bridge up towards Ynysmaengwyn before the turnaround and then back to the Bailey Bridge. The idea behind the run was for all the competitors to give a pre-race estimate of their finishing time and then to complete the event without any timing equipment with those closest to their estimation time winning the event.

Youth triumphed over experience in the prediction stakes as the first 3 competitors closest to their estimation time were also the 3 youngest competitors, whilst their elder team-mates came in with some quite startling differentials between their estimate and actual times! Winner on the day was 11 year old Rhys Roberts of Rhoslefain who was 4.38 minutes outside his estimated time. Sisters Ingrid & Birgitte Evans of Dolgellau were given special dispensation to run 2 of the 4 miles and Ingrid finished a mere 1 second behind Rhys with her differential being 4.39 mins with Birgitte producing a terrific effort which resulted in her finishing 7.20 mins below her estimate time.

Results   Photos

Darllenwch Country and Border Life Rhagfyr 07 Tudalen 84-88 !!
      MOUNTAIN RUNNING NEWS
 Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race  Wed 26th December

   SLIDESHOW      Results

The Boxing Day version of this race took place in its usual format (fancy dress optional) with walkers setting out immediately after the runners. Conditions were reasonably mild with a breeze at the top. Title picture shows Steve Gilliland leading Matthew Roberts towards the top but not being able to stand the sight of those pink tights any longer Mark moved into the front to become eventual winner of the 2.5mile race in 20:04. Steve was second in 20:32 with Paul Jenkinson of Eryri claiming 3rd place for the second year running in 22:13. Fastest lady was Tina MacDonnell of Eryri in 30:43.
Free Hot soup, rolls and mincepies were provided in the Tyn-y-Groes Hotel amidst continual liquid replenishment and a spot raffle for Charity raised £120.92 for Ukraine Humanitarian Aid

Last years ladies winner Lucy (not running because of a severe case of pregnancy) provided this slideshow


Lanzarote 2007 Runners     From left to right;
Huw Harrison, Bob Chilton, Frankie Vaughan, Graeme Stringer, Nich Bradley, Margaret Roberts, Sioned Jones & Joy Parkinson.

Lanzarote Slideshow Pics by Jane Chilton     Report

Debbie Evans in action at the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race held on 10/11/07
Rhobell Report

Full Results

Penmaenpool 10 2007 Slideshow        Note the enlarge button         Report     Results

Lloyd George 5K Results         Ras Fawr Llandoged 2007 Results

Many congratulations to the 19 club members recently in action at the 'Race The Train' event in Tywyn. Results as follows;

RACE THE TRAIN

 
Mike Palmer         - 1hr  51.45mins
Walter Marsh        - 2hrs 02.05mins
Hugo Iffla          - 2hrs 04.08mins
Debbie Evans        - 2hrs 23.44mins
Carys Evans         - 2hrs 29.11mins
Clare Horton        - 2hrs 39.49mins
Marj Griffiths      - 3hrs 13.47mins
 
RACE THE TRAIN 10K QUARRY CHALLENGE
 
Mark Fowles           -     41.03mins (2nd overall-just 1 second behind 
Tom Jones             -     47.46mins                     the overall winner)
Dylan Jones           -     55.09mins
Lindsay Parry         -     55.11mins
Iestyn Richards       -     56.24mins
Richard Griffiths     -     56.55mins
Alban Jones           -     57.21mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 1hr 09.56mins
Jean Napier           - 1hr 15.07mins
June Sutherland       - 1hr 24.03mins
 
RACE THE TRAIN DOLGOCH CHALLENGE
 
Hugh 'Fatty' Harrison -     54.20mins
Sheila Symonds        - 1hr 21.03mins
 
Excellent club turn-out!!
 
Full race results are available on
www.ukresults.net
The dates for the 2007-08 'Majestic Travel North Wales Cross Country League' are as follows;

September 29th, 2007 - Colwyn Bay
October 20th, 2007 - Lilleshall
November 24th, 2007 - Bangor
January 12th, 2008 - Wrexham
February 9th, 2008 - Oswestry

Further details regarding the above can be obtained from Barrie or Brenda, the respective team captains. Their contact details can be found within the 'Contacts' section which can be found down the left-hand bar of the home page.

Could we see a promotion from Division 2 for either team this year...........

Ras Hendre Wallog
2nd August 2007
Report

Slideshow

Results

Dolgellau 5 mile 2007 Results

Saturday 28/07/07 - Dolgellau 5 Mile   
Ideal running conditions greeted the 90 competitors who gathered in Dolgellau last Saturday afternoon to take part in the 6th running of the Dolgellau 5 Mile Race. The conditions were of undoubted benefit to the competitors as no less than five age category records were broken on the day.

The first of these to fall was the male over-45 record as Bro Dysynni athlete, Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, stormed to overall race victory as well as age category record success as he crossed the finishing line in a terrific time of 26.03mins, a mere 1 second ahead of race runner-up, Paul Dodsworth (Warrington AC). The next two local competitors could not be seperated as Oliver Gallop of Dolgellau became the first Meirionnydd Running Club finisher, as well as first junior male home, as he crossed the line alongside Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, both athletes finishing in 28.54mins. Following in behind these two was overall female race victor, Helen Whitby (Vale Royal), home in 31.11mins. Tom Roberts of Dolgellau followed in 33.21mins with Paula Tunnadine of Barmouth making an all-to-rare race appearance as she was victorious in the female over-40 category in 33.23mins. Amongst the other local finishers affiliated to either Bro Dysynni A.C. or Meirionnydd Running Club were Pete Nicholls of Fairbourne in 33.30mins, Kevin Evans of Brithdir in 34.30mins, Frankie Vaughan of Dolgellau in 34.38mins, Nich Bradley of Dolgellau in 35.33mins, Barrie Jackson of Bala in 36.52mins, Alison Price of Fairbourne in 36.59mins, Bob Chilton of Hermon in 37.35mins, Malcolm Taylor of Criccieth in 37.58mins, Sheila Jones of Pwllheli in 38.23mins, Margaret Roberts of Dolgellau in 41.12mins, Marj Griifiths of Aberystwyth in 44.21mins (1st female over-60), Sioned Mair Jones of Dolgellau in 44.43mins, Jean Napier of Tywyn in 46.27mins (1st female over-55), Tracey Evans of Brithdir in 46.40mins, Sharon Wells of Dyffryn Ardudwy and Christine Stevens of Barmouth, both home in 54.00mins, Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau in 54.03mins (1st female over-70 as well as setting new age group category record), Joy Parkinson of Dolgellau celebrating her birthday in 57.11mins and Simon Cook of Dolgellau in 61.10mins.

Alongside the senior race, the fun run continues to grow in popularity with the youngsters producing some excellent performances in their event. Leading home the fun runners was 9 year old Danny Evans of Brithdir in 3.56mins, with Dion Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog hot on his heels in 4.04mins. The girls race was won by 11 year old Sanant Evans of Bala in 4.26mins with 10 year old Cara Evans of Brithdir following in 4.51mins.

The race organisers expressed their deep gratitude to the many who had helped in making the race an ongoing success, paying particular thanks to the main race sponsor, Nigel Evans (Plasterer of Distinction) of Dolgellau, and to the Dolgellau Rugby Club for all their assistance.

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Saturday 07/07/07 - Ras Foel Gocyn, Bryncrug.    Full Results
The annual running of Ras Foel Gocyn took place amidst the events of Bryn Crug carnival on a rare day of sunshine. This local race of a little under 4 miles starts at the football/carnival field, winds through some narrow paths and a couple of lanes before the steep grassy ascent of Foel Gocyn. The race turns around a little way short of the summit and retraces its route back to the carnival field. Leading home the field for the third time in 4 years was Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni in a time of 27:28 a mere second adrift of his 2004 time. First lady home was the improving Alison Price of Meirionnnydd RC in a time of 43:05 nearly 4 minutes faster than her previous time for this event. Good support for the race came from Eryri and as ever this race is particulary important for encouraging racing among juniors with 11 year old Iwan Jones coming home as first junior and in overall seventh place in 36:26 chased by 9 year old Aaron Roberts achieving 8th place in 37:46.
Thanks to all the marshalls and organizers and congratulations to Tom Evans still competing at the age of 85.

Tyn-y-Groes Hill Race 12.00 Saturday 30th June 2007Results
Torrential rain ensured only the hardiest competitor ventured to Ganllwyd last Saturday afternoon to take part in the Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Race. However, whilst the quantity of competitors may have been slightly less than hoped for, the quality was still out in force as excellent performances were produced by many, despite the inclement conditions.

Continuing to dominate the race as he claimed his third Tyn-Y-Groes title on the trot was Bro Dysynni athlete, Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, who completed the 2.1 mile course, which included a severe 700 feet of climbing, in a time of 17.32mins. Following on were a number of Meirionnydd Running Club competitiors, led home by Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd, 3rd overall in 19.58mins. Making an all-to-rare competitive appearance was Tristan Evans of Dolgellau, 4th overall in 20.33mins, whilst fellow Dolgellau athlete, Frankie Vaughan, followed in 21.40mins. Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth was the next local to finish in 24.24mins, with Barrie Jackson of Bala a little under a minute behind in 25.17mins. Further down the field, Andy Unwin of Harlech came home beaming in the rain in 38.59mins, first junior, Daniel Hughes of Ganllwyd, followed in 40.00mins whilst Sheila Symonds of Dolgellau was the sole female competitor on the day, finishing in an excellent 40.04mins.

Steve Gilliand and Sheila Symonds
Eirlys Griffiths of Tywyn, our Membership Secretary and club member since the inception of Bro Dysynni A.C., is seen approaching the finishing line of the recent Aberystwyth Race For Life 5k event.
Da iawn Eirlys, cadw ati!!!

Richard and Juliet in yesterdays Ras y Gader        Results
With 195 athletes finishing the event, the recent Cader Idris Fell Race in Dolgellau attacted it's 3rd highest turn-out in the 15th running of the race. This figure, coupled with the 110 children who competed in the various junior events, ensured a bustling Eldon Square in Dolgellau recently.

Blustery conditions greeted the competitors in the main event, a 10.5 mile race to the 2,927 foot peak of Cader Idris before the descent back into Dolgellau and the finishing line in Eldon Square. Perhaps not surprisingly, the 2007 event was won by an athlete from a local club with a strong fell-running pedigree as Richard Roberts of Eryri Harriers led home the rest of the field in a finishing time of 1hr 26.21mins. The winner of the female event was Anna Bartlett (Shrewsbury) in a time of 1hr 42.02mins.

Leading home the local contingent in the 'Cader Idris Outdoor Gear' sponsored event, in 6th place overall was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, the Bro Dysynni athlete setting his best ever time for the race as he finished in 1hr 30.45mins. The first Meirionnydd Running Club finisher was Dave Whittey, the Llanelltyd based athlete launching his annual assault on Cader Idris as he finished the race in a time of 1hr 47.09mins. There was a terrific battle between Frankie Vaughan of Dolgellau and Hugo Iffla of Tywyn, the former leading home in respective times of 1hr 59.26mins and 2hrs 00.48mins. Another battle ensued as Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau finished in 2hrs 11.02mins to pip Richard Griffiths of Tywyn who followed closely behind in 2hrs 11.32mins. Two other Meirionnydd Running Club members finished strongly, Kevin Evans of Dolgellau in 2hrs 17.03mins and Alison Price of Fairbourne in 2hrs 18.55mins.

The 'Lemon Grass Restaurant' sponsored junior races also provided thrilling finishes in all four age categories. In the Junior Fun Run, Cai Roberts and Megan Forrester were the respective 1st boy and 1st girl home in times of 3.00mins and 3.04mins. The Under-12 race victors were Rhys James in 7.55mins and Elin Angharad James in 8.59mins whilst the Under-14's were led home by Huw Bevan in 15.15mins and Sarah Livett in 16.02mins. Finally, the Under-16 category winners were the aptly named Oliver Gallop in 17.55mins and Sarah Thomas in 26.42mins.

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I've just started to try and archive past results on the website from races held in the Meirionnydd area (i.e. Ras Hendre Wallog, Ras Foel Gocyn etc.).
I hope to further add to these with results from Ras Llyn Tegid, Barmouth Hill Race, Craig Yr Aderyn etc. in the near future.
Should any members have copy of results from any races which they think would benefit the website, could they please contact me on (01766) 780079 or via e-mail to andyunwin@onetel.com. Andy Unwin
Craig yr Aderyn/Bird Rock Race Report

Craig yr Aderyn/Bird Rock Results

Pictured are the two fun run winners. On the left is 16 year old Annie Owen of Penmaenpool who won the girls race in 15.04mins whilst on the right is 12 year old Edward Iffla of Tywyn who led home the 49 runners in the the two mile race in a terrific time of 13.19mins.

Fun Run Results

One of the youngest fun run finishers was 3 year old Ioan Craven-Jones of Wrexham (Number 101). He is seen about to cross the finishing line in the company of Ashleigh Craven also of Wrexham (Number 102). Some achievement for such a youngster!!!
Brodysynni's Dewi Roberts finishing in 7th place in an excellent time of 1hr 21mins 24seconds.

The Good, the Bad and Richard Griffiths in action at the recent Ras Y Moelwyn race in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

From left to right are Nich Bradley of Meirionnydd Running Club who finished the race in 2hrs 01.40mins, Martin Potter of Clwydian Range Runners and our very own Richard Griffiths who finished the race in a time of 2hrs 02.05mins.

Owen Rees in action at the recent Ras Y Moelwyn race in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Owen eventually finished the race in 15th position in a time of 1hr 33.01secs

Stanley Marathon 18th March 2007

It has been described as one of the toughest marathon courses due to the gradients, wind and the threat of bad weather! I can safely say the weather was bad and so the course lived up to its status as a tough marathon. Winds averaged 37kph, gusting to 55kph — and with a peak gust recorded at 90kph. This, the third of the world's most southerly certified marathon saw 28 competitors line up alongside a further 12 teams of four taking part in the relay. But only my second ever marathon. I knew it was never going to be anything like London last year and it would have it’s own ups and downs. The scenery of the course is variable. It starts in the town of Stanley. After about 4 miles heads out towards surf bay and the local airport, before turning round and heading back out along the bypass road and up to what is known as Sappers Hill. The course then turns around again and goes back out the airport before heading back into the town. The wind on the day of the marathon came from the north and was relentless the whole length of the course. I ran with a colleague from work and we kept each other going the whole way as we both had personal goals that we wanted to achieve. I don’t know how but I somehow managed to beat my previous marathon time by about fifteen minutes. Although the course was not lined with supporters those that did turn out to support were very much appreciated and familiar faces did pop up in many different places along the route. The winning time was 3:05:22 with the first woman finishing in 3:50:25. I finished in 4:48:15. I not sure if it counts towards the Bro Dysynni AC league tables or not but I have the t-shirt and medal for the most southern marathon in the world and a wonderful memory of a fantastically organised event in the Falkland Islands. Kate Williams
Ras yr Aran and Winter Series Results

Taking on a fell race of greater distance recently was Owen Rees of Bro Dysynni. He chose to head to Gwent to compete in the Llanbedr to Blaenavon Fell Race. The event, measuring 15 miles and covering some 4,500 feet of climbing was a true test of endurance with the Dysynni athlete showing the necessary stamina to finish in a time of 2hrs 31.46mins to claim an outstanding 10th place finish.

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Adam (left) and Will Haynes in mountain biking action at the recent Open5 race in Sutton Bank

see news report

Cross Country League Final Positions
'The Dysynni Dutch Masters from left to right, Jos Jones, Dewi Roberts, Aron Roberts, Hugh Harrison and Andy Unwin'

Polderloop Pictures

Full result details
click on ARO88 Polderloop
25 Feb 2007 at top right

Late Pictures

HARRISON EARNS DUTCH CAP

With the Dutch ARO'88 team having visited Wales in both 2003 & 2004 to take part in the Cader Idris Fell Race, a team of 5 from Bro Dysynni returned the compliment over the weekend of 23-25 February, 2007, by heading to the ARO'88 base in Obdam in the north of Holland to take part in the Polderloop races, these being the main races organised by the host club over the course of the year.

The 20th running of the Polderloop event consisted of 1k, 3k, 5k & 10k races, with the Dysynni five competing in the latter three. But let us go back to the start of the weekend........

The five, namely Jos Jones, Huw Harrison, Andy Unwin and father and son Dewi and Aron Roberts left for Holland via the Easy Jet flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam. An uneventful journey saw the gang land in the Dutch capital before a train journey to their weekend base of Hoorn. A Friday night in Hoorn in the rain in the middle of February saw the town rather secluded. Having not eaten for the best part of the day, Dewi stated that often he would go beyond hunger and not feel like eating. Within two hours of this profound statement the Blaenau eating machine had eaten a meal at the local Chinese restaurant and within an hour or so of doing this was seen entering his hotel room with kebab and chips. Hugh Harrison, naturally was in awe of this achievement. The other development of this night saw 9 year old Aron Roberts showing more stamina than Andy Unwin who went to bed before him...the same was to happen the following night!!

After a hearty Saturday breakfast which saw Hugh and Dewi in competition to see who could make the most visits to the breakfast buffet bar, a day trip to Amsterdam was the order of the day. A 45 minute train journey saw the gang arrive at Centraal Station and a sight-seeing tour commenced. The group ended up in Dam Square watching an illusionist and escapologist / street theatre which had Aron spellbound. After Dam Square, the gang mysteriously ended up in the Red Light Area, this time Jos, Hugh, Andy and Dewi were spellbound. After a few beers in a pub watching the rugby and football and a spot of window shopping, the gang returned to Hoorn with the horn to begin their pre-race preparations. This saw Andy in bed by 9.30pm with the other four out eating.

Sunday morning saw race day. An 8 minute train journey saw the gang travel from Hoorn to Obdam. Race head-quarters were ideally situated near the railway station and upon arrival a very warm welcome was provided by the ARO'88 race registration team. One note of contention which could have resulted in an internatonal incident saw the Dysynni team enter the ladies changing rooms by mistake to a scene reminiscent of the previous days visit to the red light area of Amsterdam. The 5 entered their races, Aron (3k), Jos, Hugh and Andy (5k) and Dewi (10k). Unfortunately the weekend weather was disappointing and race day saw steady rain making for uncomfortable conditions. Aron was first off for the 3k race at 10.25am and came home 4th out of 19 in the under-11 section in a terrific time of 13.44mins.

The 5k & 10k events both set off at 10.30am which caught Dewi by surprise as he was still warming up. The course was pancake flat and took in the town of Obdam before setting out along the canal side, past a windmill before heading back to Obdam. Jos led home the 5k trio in 20.51mins to claim 2nd place in the 'Senior Male' section, Hugh followed in 25.02mins with Andy finishing in 31.48mins. The team gathered to welcome Dewi home in the 10k and he didn't disappoint as a personal best time of 35.49mins saw a 3rd place finish in the 'Senior Male' section.

After showering, the presentations took place with Dewi winning a towel, deodarant, sports drink and biscuits for his 3rd place. The sports drink was later confiscated as the team made there way through customs at Schipol airport! The Dutch were fantastic in the presentation, many ARO'88 members wearing the Cader Idris sweat shirts from 2003 & 2004 and a Welsh flag on display in the presentation room. The host club also presented the Dysynni runners with a CD of their impressions of the Cader Idris race as well a cake traditional to the area. In return, Dysynni presented ARO'88 with 3 club t-shirts. Also at the presentation, Dewi was offered free accomodation should he decide to run the Amsterdam Marathon later this year.

Back to Hoorn and then a staggered journey to the airport as the team had time to kill before their flight back to Liverpool. Highlight of the airport saw Hugh going to a 24 hour food stall, just as it was closing and being refused service and Dewi having his hard earned drink confiscated.

A delayed flight saw the gang arrive at Liverpool at 11.30pm before the long haul back into North Wales.

An excellent weekend combined sight-seeing, drinking and running, perhaps the main downside being the poor weather which greeted the team. Special mention must go to 9 year old Aron whose behaviour all weekend was spot on...far better than his travelling colleagues!

The 21st Polderloop is being run towards the end of January, 2008.....watch this space!!!!!

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Tyn-y-Groes
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MEIRIONNYDD DISTRICT SPORTS COUNCIL AWARDS, 2006

Bro Dysynni A.C. kept up it's excellent record of success at the annual Meirionnydd District Sports Council awards as Andy Unwin followed colleagues John Nolan (1999), Richard Griffiths (2001), Barrie Jackson (2004) and Buddug Jones (2005) in winning the 'Club Person Of The Year' award for 2006.

Unfortunately, the presentation night at the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth co-incided with the recent club trip to Lanzarote, so Andy was unable to pick up the trophy in person.

As a club, we have an excellent record at these awards with Tom Evans, Adrian Bailey, Paula Jeffs and Brenda Jones all having collected the Meirionnydd Sports Person of the Year award since its inception in 1996. Can we get a name on a shield in 2007????

Cross Country League Positions 05-12-06
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Past Races

Tyny-y-Groes Boxing Day Hill Race 2006

Boxing day saw a record field of runners running off the excesses of Christmas and completing the short but fierce winter version of the Tyn-y-Groes Hill race near Ganllwyd. Coming home first and sporting a magnificent pair of leopard skin tights was Stephen Gilliland of Bro Dysynni in a superb time of 20:38 with another local runner Adam Haynes of Meirionnydd taking second place in 21:29.

Third place and heading a strong contingent from Eryri was Paul Jenkinson in 22:05. Other local finishers included Tony Hodgson (disguised as rabbit) of Meirionnydd in 6th place in a time of 22:59 with team Dave Whittey taking just 23:40 in one of his rare Fell running appearances and closely pursued by Jos Jones of Bro Dysynni in 23:45.

Particularly notable were the performances of the two youngest competitors with 15 year old William Haynes of Meirionnydd taking fourth place in 22:40 less than a minute behind his second placed father Adam and 14 year old Edward Iffla of Bro Dysynni beating his 19th placed father Hugo by five seconds in 25:54.

The event was well supported by the two local clubs Meirionnydd and Bro Dysynni who accounted for no less than 18 of the entrants.

Highest placed female finisher was Lucy Cambridge of Dudley in a time of 30:20 While second highest female finisher was a youthful 73 year old Sheila Symonds of Bro Dysynni.

Following the race it was soup,mince pies and liquid replenishment in the Tyn-y-Groes Hotel at Ganllwyd where a collection raised £80 for the Air Ambulance and Ukraine Humanitarian Aid charities.

Since turning 65 in June, 2006, our very own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd has had an amazing 6 months of success and, as the year draws to a close, she has gained an amazing 8 National Championship category victories within the female over-65 category.A breakdown of the eight sees the following performances at the following venues;
BMAF (British Masters Athletic Federation) Championship Races;

BMAF 2006 5k Road Championships held in Horwich, June 18th 2006 - 1st female finisher over-65 years of age in 24.02mins.
BMAF 2006 Half Marathon Championships held in Mansfield, July 2nd 2006 - 1st female finisher over-65 years of age in 1hr 58.22mins.
BMAF 2006 10k Championships held in Swansea, September 24th 2006 - 1st female finisher over-65 years of age in 49.36mins. The above race was also the Welsh 10k Championship Race, Brenda being first female finisher over-65 years of age.
BMAF 2006 10 mile Championships held in Lytham St. Annes, October 1st 2006 - 1st female finisher over-65 years of age in 1hr 26.40mins.
BMAF 2006 Marathon Championships held in Abingdon, October 22nd 2006 - 1st female finisher over-65 years of age in 4hrs 12.24mins.
British & Irish Masters Cross Country International held in Falkirk, November 18th 2006 - 1st female finisher over-65 years of age in 33.02mins.
Welsh Masters Cross Country Championships held in Swansea, December 10th 2006 - 1st female finisher over-65 years of age in 27.59mins.
Already looking ahead to 2007, Brenda has set her sights on Scandinavia as she intends to venture to Helsinki, Finland in March to compete in the cross-country races at the European Veteran Championships (March 22nd-25th). In additon to this, Brenda still has another 4 years in this particular age category, the big question is - can Brenda have a more successful 2007 than her amazing 2006?.....watch this space!!!


The picture shows Brenda proudly displaying her 8 Championships medals gained in an amazing 6 month period.
Lanzarote 2006
For the seventh year in succession, a team of local athletes from both Bro Dysynni A.C. and Meirionnydd Running Club visited the Canary Island of Lanzarote recently to take part in the La Santa Challenge, a series of four races held over four consecutive days on the volcanic island. The four races, namely a 10k road race, a 13k volcanic ridge run, a 5k beach run and a 21k trans-island run measured 51k (just over 30 miles) in total and, at the end of an exhausting week, 8 of the team had completed the whole challenge with a further 6 completing one or more of the races.


The eyes have it...
Leading home the eight athletes who completed the 51k was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd in an overall time of 3hrs 29.17mins. Next home was Jos Jones of Tywyn in 3hrs 38.58mins whilst Nich Bradley of Dolgellau and Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd battled fiercely throughout the four race series to gain respective finishing times of 3hrs 54.13mins and 3hrs 56.46mins. Robert Thomas of Llanelltyd produced an excellent quartet of results to eventually finish in 4hrs 13.50mins, whilst amazingly Graeme Stringer of Arthog and Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau both produced finishing times of 4hrs 14.34mins. Completing the local turnout in completing the four races, and far exceeding his original expectations, was a delighted Huw Harrison of Dolgellau, who, despite windy conditions, still managed to complete the challenge in 4hrs 38.36mins.

Another half a dozen local athletes took part in individual races as follows; Alison Price of Fairbourne completed the 10k and 13k races in an overall time of 2hrs 01.08mins, Ralph Burgess completed the 13k ridge run in 1hr 16.12mins, Gill Allday of Barmouth completed the 10k race in 1hr 15.21mins, whilst a trio of local athletes concentrated their running on the 5k beach run with Ben Buxton coming home in 26.06mins, a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech following in 34.13mins with Christine Stevens of Barmouth completing the turn-out in 37.49mins. More pics and slideshow Yet more pics



Rhobell Fawr 11th Nov 2006...RESULTS
Records tumbled at the fourth running of the Rhobell Fawr fell race held in Llanfachreth last Saturday afternoon, with both the male and female course records being broken convincingly.

The new record holders are fast becoming familiar faces in local events as partners Lloyd Taggart (Dark Peak Fell Runners) and Jackie Lee (Eryri Harriers) repeated their joint success at the Rhinog Horseshoe race held in Llanbedr recently. On this occasion, the Dark Peak Fell Runner knocked 3 minutes off the course record for the tough 6.3 mile race which included 1,900 feet of climbing as he finished in 47.20mins to claim victory by over 5 minutes. A familiar pattern ensued in the female section as the Eryri Harrier' beat her own existing record by just under a minute to finish in 57.54mins, over 2 minutes clear of the next female finisher.

As ever, the race proved to be extremely popular amongst local athletes who formed a good percentage of the 65 race finishers. Leading the locals home, in second place overall as well as claiming victory in the male over-40 category, was Steve Gilliland of Tywyn, home in 52.30mins. Bro Dysynni team-mate, Owen Rees followed, as a time of 55.30mins saw him claim a tremendous 5th place finish. An ever improving Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd led home the Meirionnydd Running Club contingent in 1hr 00.11mins with Michael Palmer of Tywyn following in 1hr 00.30mins. A tremendous three way tussle saw youngster Will Haynes of Rhyd finish in 1hr 03.01mins to claim the far more experienced scalps of Tywyn based Walter Marsh and Adam Haynes of Rhyd who followed home in respective times of 1hr 03.06mins and 1hr 03.10mins.There was an age category victory for Tarren Hendre athlete John Marsh who led home the male over-60 category in 1hr 04.12mins whilst Hugo Iffla of Tywyn followed in 1hr 04.50mins. The next local finisher was Richard Griffiths of Tywyn in 1hr 06.03mins with Kevin Evans of Dolgellau following in 1hr 07.17mins. Andrea Goode of Arthog came home in 1hr 08.29mins whilst Nich Bradley and Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau followed in 1hr 09.11mins and 1hr 13.46mins. There were also excellent performances from the remaining trio of local finishers as Margaret Roberts, Andrea Edwards and Tracey Evans finished strongly in respective times of 1hr 23.50mins, 1hr 23.53mins and 1hr 34.58mins.

Five of the local competitors at the Rhobell Fawr event were amongst 6 local athletes also in action the previous weekend, the venue on that occasion being Cilcain near Mold for for the Clwydian Hills Fell Race, a 10 mile event including 3,100 feet of climbing, which was also the final race of the 2006 North Wales Fell Running Association Series. As at Rhobell, Lloyd Taggart and Jackie Lee dominated proceedings to claim victory in the male and female categories. However, overall North Wales Series victory for accumalated performances in 6 of the 9 race series went to Steve Gilliland who claimed a 10th place finish at Cilcain in a time of 1hr 20.44mins. Owen Rees followed in 1hr 22.57mins whilst Tony Hodgson, the only Rhobell non-performer, finished in 1hr 30.18mins. The remaining trio of local finishers were Walter Marsh in 1hr 31.52mins, Dave Whittey in 1hr 32.31mins and Kevin Evans in 1hr 41.20mins.

Steve Gilliland Triumphant!

The North Wales WFRA Series was won by Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni (also 1st over 40). The ladies winner was Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury. Both received framed pictures of Cader Idris donated by Benards Gallery of Llandudno. Other category winners - Male Richard Roberts (Eryri), Male over 50 Graham McAra (Cheshire), Male over 60 Don Williams (Eryri), Female over 40 Gill Evans (Shepshed), Female over 50 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

GOING DUTCH Another chance to go Dutch and join Andy Unwin and Nigel Evans for a weekend in Amsterdam spiced up with a 10k race on the Sunday. Look who's going! 23rd-25th February
Rhinog Horseshoe 21st October 2006 positions and Results and report with pics
Many, many congratulations to club member Buddug Jones of Llwyngwril for her recent award of being made 'Honourary Life Member' of Bro Dysynni Athletics Club. She was warmly congratulated on her award at the recent club AGM. The award had made in recognition of countless years support to the sport of athletics, both at a junior and senior level. Congratulations to Buddug
Fell races
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'A youthful John Nolan is pictured interviewing Tony Milosorov (Tipton Harriers) after his victory at the first ever Bird Rock Half Marathon in 1987. In the foreground (wearing the white cap) is Buddug Jones of Bro Dysynni who was timekeeper at the event. A copy of the 1987 results as well as every single Bird Rock race run since can be accessed via the 'Race Results' section and clicking on the 'Bird Rock Half Marathon' link.'
ARENIG FAWR FELL RACE 1st October 2006 Full Results
RACE REPORT A 6-mile fell race on Arenig Fawr was run last year for the first time as an out and back route. This year the race route was circular over a distance of 6.7miles. Weather conditions were mild but very wet with cloud cover on the top. Even so, everything went according to plan, thanks to friends who marshalled at checkpoints and helped at the headquarters, the great organizing skills of the Cliffs and Geoff Clegg’s timekeeping. Special thanks are due to ‘Team Dolly’ who turned up in force to provide safety backup. A total of 51 runners turned up, of whom 42 were men and 9 were women. The majority of men were veterans, but 8 out of the 9 women were below the age of 40. Richard Roberts of Eryri set the course record at 59:04. The ladies record was set by Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury in a time of 70:49. Runners’ comments were complimentary as the race had something for everyone – rock, grass and bog, a steep ascent and descent and some fast sections. At the finish competitors enjoyed cake and hot drinks. Prizes were purchased from ‘Running Bear’ at a generous discount. The race route will remain the same in future events.

Yiannis Tridimas

Penmaenpool 10 Miles

The Penmaenpool 10 returned after 2 year break although in 2004 and 2005 a small band of stalwarts had continued the tradition by running it each October. Today about 80 runners took part running into a headwind on a fine autumn day then around the grassy loop near the half way mark where Jane Chilton took these pictures and finally arriving back at the George III with wind assistance.

Your webmaster (retired injured at 8 miles) would be pleased to receive pictures from any source to expand this article.
Andy's Detailed Report...... Full Results

Nigel Evans Picture Slideshow

World Masters Mountain Running Championships Report and Picture Gallery
Fairbourne Annual Race the Train (F.A.R.T.) fun run.
The Bro Dysynni trio of Aaron Roberts (grey t-shirt), Dion Roberts (yellow t-shirt) and Nigel Evans (receeding hair-line) stake a claim for Bro Dysynni to win the team event....if there had been one.
Entering the fancy dress spirit was Andy Unwin who, if truth be told, is exactly the same shape when not wearing his fancy dress costume.
The sight of a supposed partially clad female drew unwanted attention from an overweight cyclist who followed from a distance for most of the race making consistently lewd comments and wanting to show the 'lady' racer his 'personal best'. Allegedly, the unknown cyclist also claimed to be an athlete soon to be making an appearance in Lanzarote.

Close up!!

Having collected many medals over his long and distinguished athletics career, Colin Jackson, MBE, recently achieved one of his few outstanding ambitions when he got to meet Jodie Evans, Marit Evans and a partly hidden Robert Thomas at the recent Anglesey Marathon. After overcoming his initial shyness, Colin enjoyed a brief chat with the three. He was allegedly heard to say that the chat with the dynamic trio meant as much to him as did any of his many great individual performances on the track.
Lake Vyrnwy Time Keepers Extraordinaire!!!!!
Barrie and Pauline Jackson

Vyrnwy Pictures

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Thank you Andy!

The 8.5mile Source of the Severn race was the final event of the five race series organised by Maldwyn Harriers over the last few months. The events proved to be extremely popular with a number of Bro Dysynni athletes and this was apparent in the overall results from the series where the best 4 results counted towards the overall standings. Bro Dysynni were victorious in the overall series male and female categories as Dewi Roberts and Kate Williams led the way. There were also overall series age group category successes for Eirlys Griffiths (1st female over-50), Helen Williams (1st female over-55) & Richard Griffiths (1st male over-55). In addition to these, Jos Jones was third male overall and Marj Griffiths claimed 2nd position in the female over-60 section. Many thanks from Bro Dysynni are offered to Steve Orrells and his team at Maldwyn Harriers for organising such an enjoyable series of races. Hopefully Bro Dysynni will be able to repeat our success in the 2007 series! The photo shows (from left to right), John Marsh of Tarren Hendre (1st male over-60 at the Source of the Severn race), Dewi Roberts, Eirlys Griffiths, Richard Griffiths, Jos Jones & Marj Griffiths. Unfortunately, both Helen & Kate were unavailable when the photograph was taken.
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Faenol 10k Results

Tyn-Y-Groes Hill Race

2006 Results! June 2005 Results
A great day out with live interviews and coverage from Radio Wales. 29 runners all completed the course.
Pictured on the left are the enthusiatic tape collectors Gwyneth Evans(runner in last years event) Jessica from the Tyn-y-Groes and Gwyneth's daughter Ffion.
Detailed report


1st Steve Gilliland

2nd Pez Bullen

3rd Graeme Stringer

4th Andrea Goode

5th Linos Kizala
from Lithuania
ERYRI HARRIERS TUESDAY EVENING SERIES - FINAL LOCAL STANDINGS Not quite sure how the totals are calculated, but local competitors (Bro Dysynni and Meirionnydd Running Club) had the following finishing positions (out of 132) at the end of the 8 race series; Complete results

9th - Adam Haynes (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 8.96 from 4 races completed.
29th - Iori Jones (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 26.77 from 7 races completed
30th - Graeme Stringer (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 27.98 from 6 races completed
32nd - Nich Bradley (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 29.08 from 7 races completed
33rd - Will Haynes (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 29.09 from 4 races completed
38th - Andrea Goode (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 35.39 from 5 races completed
39th - Bob Chilton (Bro Dysynni AC) - Average 38.87 from 7 races completed
The following completed fewer than 4 races in the series;
57th - Tony Hodgson (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 15.13 from 1 race completed
75th - Trystan Evans (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 25.59 from 3 races completed
77th - Kate Bailey (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 27.73 from 1 race completed
94th - Andy Sanderson (u/a) - Average 35.96 from 1 race completed
117th - Frankie Vaughan (Meirionnydd Running Club) - Average 49.98 from 2 races completed

The Rockfoot Trials Utter Lunacy but no doubt someone will want to do this!!
There is an ideal location for this between the cliffs and lake on Rhinog Fach which I discovered following bad navigation on the Rhinog Horseshoe event. Worth reading all the pdf file for the entertainment value