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Skipton Triathlon

Very well done to Gwen Jones who recently took part in her first sprint triathlon which was held in the market town of Skipton in North Yorkshire.

The event consisted of a 400 metre indoor swim, a 22 k bike leg before a 5 k running leg.

In an event which had a total of 687 race finishers, Gwen claimed an excellent 157th spot finish as well as being the 17th female finisher overall, not bad for an inaugural attempt at the event!

Gwen completed the swim in 7.32 minutes, the bike leg in 49.56 mins and the 5k run in 23.02 mins with a further 2.33 mins spent in transition. All this added up to an overall finishing time of 1 hr 23.03 mins.

Fantastic effort Gwen and good to Dysynni club colours being worn as Gwen crossed the finishing adjacent to the Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre.

Chocoholics 5k 14th April 2017

A Good Friday trip to Newtown was on the cards for two club runners as the Powys town played host to the Chocoholics 5 k event, an event so ably organised by Maldwyn Harriers.

In a race won by Rob Kerr of SYTri (Shrewsbury Triathlon Club) in a time of 17.09 mins, the Dysynni duo were led home by Alan Jones of Bryncrug in a time of 24.35 mins. The second Dysynni finisher was Brenda Jones, back in competitive action after recent injury concerns, Brenda coming home in a time of 29.28 mins to claim age category victory within the Female Over-75 section. Also in action at the event was a previous Bro Dysynni member, namely Jos Jones. Jos, now running for Swansea Harriers completed the event in 19.22 mins. Well done to all concerned!

Rhug Estate 20k Trail Race

    

Very well done indeed to Tywyn based Darren Hesleton who recently achieved overall race victory as well as age category success at the Rhug Estate 20k Trail Race held at the Rhug Estate near Corwen.

Taking part in the two lap event, Darren quickly established a rhythm to gradually pull away from the rest of the field to claim eventual overall race victory by just under two minutes, Darren crossing the finishing line in an excellent time of 1 hr 35.47 mins. As well as claiming overall victory, Darren was also victorious within the Male Over-40 age category.

Darren is pictured in action at the event as well as with his race trophy.

Good to see that the Bro Dysynni circuit training sessions bearing fruit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cardiff Bay 10k

Nice to see Gav Griffiths taking on some marshalling duties at the recent Cardiff Bay 10k Race.

Gav was tasked with setting the pace for those aiming to complete the course in 75 mins.

Da iawn Gav....every event needs volunteers......without them there would be no races!!!!

Park Life

A new female Park Run club record, a Park Run victory and Marj now only 2 away from her Park Run century have been the main Bro Dysynni Park Run headlines over the past fortnight.

There was no joking on 1st April as four club members were in Park Run action. Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield was the usual venue for the South Manchester Park Run (#368), an event which saw Gwen Jones achieve a Park Run personal best as well as bettering the female Park Run club record, chipping 4 seconds off the previous best, Gwen crossing the line in a time of 20.21 mins. Meanwhile, over at the Dolgellau Park Run (#59), Ben Daniels claimed his 6th race victory at the event, home in a time of 19.04 mins, 8 seconds off his own current club record. Andy Unwin formed part of the marshalling team at the event, running alongside the back marker to come home in 39.48 mins. Marj Griffiths was also in action on the 1st, completing the Aberystwyth Park Run (#241) in a time of 33.52 mins.

On to the 8th April and on this occasion, Marj was the sole Bro Dysynni A.C. athlete in Park Run action. For Marj, it was her 98th Park Run (97 having been in Aberystwyth) and Marj crossed the finishing line of Aberystwyth Park Run #242 in a time of 32.03 mins. Surely, the century is just around the corner!!!

With the above in mind, the Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table as at 9th April, 2017 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 98 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Andy Unwin - 29 Park Runs with a PB of 29.15 mins.
Brenda Jones - 24 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Ben Daniels - 18 Park Runs with a PB of 18.56 mins.
John Nolan - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Gwen Jones - 5 Park Runs with a PB of 20.21 mins.
Huw Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

Just thinking, Marj & Ben are our only two members who have run more Park Run events than their current age!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a club, we have now completed a total of 227 Park Run events, covering an overall distance of 1,135 kilometres.

Another update in a fortnight's time.

Dyfi Dash Sprint Triathlon

  

Machynlleth played host recently to the Dyfi Dash Sprint Triathlon, an event consisting of 400 metre pool based swim, a 20k open road bike section before a final 5k running section.

The event attracted three club members, namely Tom Jones, Kathy Iffla & Rhian Jones. Tom completed the event in an overall time of 1 hr 21.43 mins, claiming an overall 39th spot finish and 5th place within the Male Senior Veterans, whilst Kathy and Rhian had each other in their sights for parts of the race, Kathy eventually finishing in a time of 1 hr 41.12 mins with Rhian home 32 seconds later in a time of 1 hr 41.44 mins, times which claimed 2nd and 3rd place spots within the Female Senior Veterans category.

Well done to all three and apologies to Kathy as only pictures of Tom and Rhian have come to hand!!!!

Park Life

Another 20k has been added to the cumulative Bro Dysynni Park Run distance covered total in the past fortnight, 20k which included 2 personal bests as well as a new club record!

10k was covered on the 18th March as Gwen Jones headed to Newby Bridge, Windermere in the Lake District, the venue for the Fell Foot Park Run, Newby Bridge (#115). Gwen came home in a terrific time of 22.14 mins claiming 3rd female finisher on the day. Marj Griffiths was also in action on the same day, on this occasion at the Aberystwyth Park Run #239, Marj completing her 96th Park Run in a time of 32.49 mins.

Spring was in the air seven days later as two Dolgellau Park Run stalwarts set their fastest ever times over the course. First, Ben Daniels chipped another 3 seconds off his personal best, home in 18.56 mins, a time which also claimed a 3rd spot finish on the day as well setting a new Bro Dysynni AC Park Run fastest time record. Knocking a substantial 39 seconds off his personal best was Andy Unwin, home in a time of 29.15 mins.

The above now means, that as of 26th March, 2017, the Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance total is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 96 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Andy Unwin - 28 Park Runs with a PB of 29.15 mins.
Brenda Jones - 24 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Ben Daniels - 17 Park Runs with a PB of 18.56 mins.
John Nolan - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Gwen Jones - 4 Park Runs with a PB of 20.25 mins.
Huw Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

As a club, we have now completed 222 Park Runs, covering a total of 1,110 kilometres (689 miles!!). Another update in a fortnights time.

Ras yr Aran

Very well done to Darren Hesleton, who recently formed part of the field of 86 athletes who started the 13th running of the Ras yr Aran Fell Race, an event which started and finished in Llanuwchllyn. It was certainly no stroll in the park for the Tywyn based athlete with race conditions throwing up elements ranging from 25 metre visibility on the summit plateau due to low clouds as well as wind gusting to gale force resulting in a wind chill approaching -10!

With the above in mind, Darren produced a terrific performance over the 10 mile course with included an overall 3,100 feet of climbing to cross the finishing line in a time of 1 hr 56.08 mins which claimed an impressive overall 32nd spot finishing position...very well done Darren who is pictured tackling such a tough event!

Park Life

Another fortnight, another personal best, another club record and another Park Run victory.....well done to young Ben Daniels!!

The new club record was set at Dolgellau Park Run #55, held on Saturday, 4th March with Ben dipping under the 19 minute for the 1st time at a Park Run, home in 18.59 mins. This was also the 5th time in his last six Park Run events that Ben has been the first finisher......da iawn ti!!!! Also in action at Dolgellau Park Run #55 was Andy Unwin, 13 seconds outside his personal best, home in a time of 30.07 mins.

Marj Griffiths has also moved to within 5 Park Runs short of a century over the last fortnight. Run 94 was completed at the Aberystwyth Park Run #237 on 4th March, Marj home in a time of 33.10 mins, whereas 7 days later Marj moved on to 95 at the Aberystwyth Park Run #238 (11th March), home in a time of 32.13 mins.

Taking the above into consideration, the updated Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table as at 12th March, 2017 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 95 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Andy Unwin - 27 Park Runs with a PB of 29.54 mins.
Brenda Jones - 24 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Ben Daniels - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 18.59 mins.
John Nolan - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Gwen Jones - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 20.25 mins.
Huw Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

The above now means that club members have completed a total of 218 Park Runs, covering a total of 1,090 kilometres. Another update in a fortnights time.

Park Life

It has been a remarkable Park Run fortnight for young Ben Daniels, setting second and third consecutive personal bests as well as lowering the Bro Dysynni AC Park Run club record.

First up for Ben was Dolgellau Park Run # 53 held on 18th February, 2017. The event attracted a high calibre field which in turn pushed Ben on to an overall 3rd spot finish in a personal best and club record time of 19.08 mins.

Better was to come for Ben seven days later at Dolgellau Park Run # 54 (25th February). Despite the wet conditions left in the aftermath of Storm Doris, Ben powered his way to yet another personal best and club record time of 19.01 mins to claim his 4th victory at Dolgellau. The next target for Ben will hopefully be to break the 19 minute barrier mark.

The updated Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 26th February, 2017 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 93 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Andy Unwin - 26 Park Runs with a PB of 29.54 mins.
Brenda Jones - 24 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
John Nolan - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Ben Daniels - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 19.01 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Gwen Jones - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 20.25 mins.
Huw Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

That now takes the club to a cumulative total of 214 Park Runs covering a distance of 1,070 kilometres. Another update in a fortnights time.

Cross Country League

  

Marches School in Oswestry recently played host to the fifth (and final) fixture of the 2016-17 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

On this occasion, it was left to Brenda & Marj to fly the Dysynni flag at the event hosted by Oswestry Olympians and, as per usual, the dynamic duo did the club proud!

For Brenda, it was very much business as usual, claiming victory within the Female Over-75 age category in a time of 36.50 mins whilst Marj doubled-up our age category success by winning the Female Over-70 age category in a time of 44.45 mins.

Season end statistics show our ladies team finishing in 10th spot in Division 2, a drop of two places from last season. However this is more than made up for by the fact that both Marj & Brenda were age category winners in their respective sections over the course of another tough cross country season!

Pictured are Brenda and Marj at a very muddy course at the Marches School in Oswestry.

North Wales Cross Country Championships

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Great to see two Dysynni athletes at the opposite ends of the age spectrum (!) in action recently at the 2017 North Wales Cross Country Championships (supported by Grand Prix Express) which were held at the Rhug Estate, Corwen.

Brenda Jones was the 1st Over-75 finisher in the Senior Ladies event, home in a time of 33.16 mins whilst Ben Daniels, taking a break from his Park Run exertions came home in a time of 13.02 mins to claim 7th spot within the 'Under 15 Boys' category.

Well done to both Brenda and Ben who are both pictured at the Rhug event.

Park Life

A fruitful Park Run fortnight has seen five Bro Dysynni outings which have included 2 race victories as well as two personal bests and a new club record.

Firstly, on 4th February, Ben Daniels claimed his 2nd consecutive victory along the banks of the Afon Wnion, with victory at Dolgellau Park Run # 51 achieved in a time of 19.40 mins, an agonising 2 seconds off a personal best and a new club record. At the same time, Andy Unwin was in action in Barnet in North London, the venue of the Oak Hill Park Run # 288. The change of scenery worked a treat for the Harlech based athlete, breaking the 30 minute barrier for the first time in a Park Run, claiming a new personal best time of 29.54 mins.

Fast forward seven days and both of the above were back in action at Dolgellau Park Run # 52. The 11th February event saw Dolgellau Park Run reaching a full year of Saturday morning outings. an occasion which Ben Daniels marked with his third consecutive race win, crossing the line in a personal best time and new club Park Run record of 19.35 mins. Andy Unwin followed in a steady time of 30.41 mins. Also in action on February 11th was Marj Griffiths, completing Aberystwyth Park Run # 234 in a pleasing 32.38 mins.

The updated Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 12th February is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 93 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Andy Unwin - 26 Park Runs with a PB of 29.54 mins.
Brenda Jones - 24 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
John Nolan - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Ben Daniels - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 19.35 mins.
Gwen Jones - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 20.25 mins.
Huw Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

That now takes the club to a cumulative total of 212 Park Runs covering a distance of 1,070 kilometres. Another update in a fortnights time.

Variety of Events

Has been good to see club runners in action at a variety of events recently showing that there is still plenty of life in this old club of ours!

Firstly, Marj Griffiths was amongst the 420 athletes who recently completed the Twin Piers 10k in cold and windy conditions. In an event which started in Llandudno and saw the finish line in Colwyn Bay, Marj completed the 6.2 mile course in a time of 69.34 mins which also claimed age category victory within the Female Over-70 section.

Meanwhile, we also had two club members in action at the Ras Tarren Hendre Fell Race in Abergynolwyn, an event organised by our friends from Meirionnydd Running Club, which is also the 2nd counter in the Meirionnydd Winter Race Series.Taking part in the 6 mile course which included an overall 2,000 feet of climbing were the two Richards, namely Richard Griffiths who completed the race in a time of 1 hr 26.10 mins and Richard Vroom who followed in 1 hr 47.32 mins.

Finally, our South Wales based member, Gavin Griffiths, also saw action recently at the Lliswerry 8, an eight mile road race run around the lanes of Goldcliff and Nash villages on the edge of Newport. The attached picture shows Gav looking remarkably fresh at around the 7.5 mile mark on his way to an overall chip finishing time of 1 hr 02.04 mins.

Keep on running!!!

Park Life

Another successful fortnight has seen 35k added to the cumulative Bro Dysynni AC Park Run distance completed total as well as our 1st ever Park Run race victory and a PB thrown in to boot!

The race victory came at Dolgellau Park Run #49 (held on 21st January, 2017) as Ben Daniels led home the field to complete the course in a time of 19.46 mins, a mere 8 seconds outside his personal best.....gwych Ben! Also in action at the same event were Brenda Jones, home in 29.37 mins and Andy Unwin, continuing to chip away and setting a new personal best of 30.02 mins.

Fast forward seven days and Andy was the only Dysynni athlete in action at Dolgellau Park Run #50, on this occasion not matching his previous effort, home in a time of 30.26 mins. Also in action on 28th January was Marj Griffiths, completing Aberystwyth Park Run #232 in a time of 32.57 mins. Marj now needs just 8 more Park Runs to become the first Bro Dysynni Park Run Centurion.

The Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 29th January, 2017 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 92 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 24 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 24 Park Runs with a PB of 30.02 mins.
John Nolan - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Ben Daniels - 11 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Gwen Jones - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 20.25 mins.
Huw Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

That now takes the club to a cumulative total of 207 Park Runs covering a distance of 1,045 kilometres. Another update in a fortnights time.

Cross Country

Baschurch College in Shrewsbury was the recent venue for the 4th of the 5 fixtures which constitute the 2016-17 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

As ever, Bro Dysynni AC were reliably represented by three regular cross country participants in Brenda, Yo & Marj and, not for the first time, all three 'placed' within their respective age categories in Shropshire. The first of the trio home was Brenda, victorious within the Female Over-75 age category in a fantastic time of 39.20 mins, all the more remarkable as Brenda has recently been struggling with injury. Yo followed in a time of 42.38 mins which claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 section whilst Marj completed the trio, claiming victory within the Female Over-70 age category in a splendid time of 47.44 mins. The efforts of our terrific trio were recognised in the Division 2 League Table as, after the 4th fixture, Bro Dysynni climbed 2 spots in the table from 13th to 11th......Great news!

Unfortunately, on this occasion, the club were not represented within the men's race.

The final league fixture takes place on Saturday, 4th February, the venue being Marches School in Oswestry (SY11 2AP).

Pictured are Marj, Yo and Brenda in action at Baschurch College.

Odyssey 5k and 10k

So nice to see a number of club runners in action at the Odyssey 5k and 10k Charity Fun Run held recently.

The event which started and finished at Ynysmaengwyn Caravan Park attracted 55 runners who far more importantly raised a fantastic total of £412 for the Odyssey Challenging Cancer charity. A massive vote of thanks go to Kathy and Hugo Iffla for their work in organising such a worthwhile event.

Times were not important in an event enjoyed by all, despite being held on a damp, misty and rather unpleasant Sunday January morning.

Pictured are club members Darren Hestleton (1st 10k finisher), Tomos Hestelton (1st 5k finisher), Richard Griffiths, Alison Sayes, Doris O'Keefe and Hugh Harrison (prior to starting his new year diet!). Also pictured are Eirlys Griffiths and Lynda Bennett taking shelter from the weather.

Fantastic effort by all.......and so good to see such a worthy charity benefit.

Park Life

A busy Park Run start to 2017 has seen another 40k completed by club members which has, in turn, seen Bro Dysynni athletes break the 1,000 kilometre barrier within a park run environment.

Saturday, 7th January saw a total of 6 Dysynni athletes in action. For John Nolan and Yolanda Marconi-Nolan, their chosen venue was the 279th running of the Hanley Park Run, an event John completed in a time of 25.31 mins and Yo in 34.13 mins. Two other runners were in action at Dolgellau Park Run # 47 as Ben Daniels came home in 20.02 mins with Andy Unwin following in a PB time of 30.13 mins. Marj Griffiths completed Aberystwyth Park Run # 229 in 31.26 mins whereas Gwen Jones completed her 2nd ever Park Run. Gwen's chosen location was Longford Park in Manchester for the Stretford Park Run # 61, a course Gwen completed in a personal best time of 20.25 mins, which also set a new Bro Dysynni Female Record over the 5k Park Run distance.....well done Gwen!!!!

Fast forward seven days and two of the above were back in Park Run action. On this occasion, Ben Daniels came agonisingly close to a PB and club record, completing Dolgellau Park Run # 48 in 19.39 mins, one second slower than his current PB and club record. Gwen Jones was also back in action, on this occasion at Varley Park in Stockport, the location of the Burnage Park Run # 232, Gwen completing her 3rd Park Run in a time of 22.05 mins.

Bearing the above in mind, the updated Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 16th January, 2017 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 91 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 23 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 22 Park Runs with a PB of 30.13 mins.
John Nolan - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Ben Daniels - 10 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Gwen Jones - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 20.25 mins.
Huw Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

That now makes it a total of 202 Park Runs completed by club members, covering a total of 1,010 kilometres. Here's to our 2,000 kilometres...could we achieve this by the end of 2017?!
Another update in a fortnight or so.

Park Life

  
Pictured are John and Yo in action at Hanley on the 1st day of 2017.

Bro Dysynni athletes saw out 2016 and welcomed in 2017 by adding a grand total of 40k onto the distance covered by club athletes at various Park Runs.

Firstly, Christmas Eve saw a trio of club members in action. Two club representatives lined up at Dolgellau Park Run #45, Ben Daniels coming home in a time of 21.30 mins, despite arriving late and actually missing the race start, whereas Andy Unwin followed in a time of 31.14 mins. Meanwhile at the Aberystwyth Park Run #227, Marj Griffiths came home in 31.47 mins, thus completing her 89th Park Run.

Fast forward seven days and the same trio were all back in action on New Year's Eve. For Ben Daniels there was a venue change from Dolgellau to Suffolk, Ben completing Lowestoft Park Run #62 in a time of 19.55 mins, the 3rd time that young Ben has dipped below 20 mins at a Park Run. Andy Unwin completed Dolgellau Park Run #46 in 30.48 mins whilst Marj Griffiths completed Aberystwyth Park Run #228 in 31.42 mins.

There was a welcome return to Park Run action on New Year's Day at the Hanley Park Run #278 as John Nolan completed the 5k course in a time of 26.11 mins with Yolanda Marconi-Nolan following in 33.58 mins.

Taking all of the above into account, the updated Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 2nd January, 2017 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 90 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 23 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 21 Park Runs with a PB of 30.31 mins.
John Nolan - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 8 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Hugh Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.
Gwen Jones - 1 Park Run with a PB of 20.56 mins.

That now makes it a total of 194 Park Runs completed by club members, covering a total of 970 kilometres, the 1,000 kilometre barrier creeps ever closer!

Another Park Run update in a fortnight or so.

BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA / HAPPY NEW YEAR

Park Life

Another 15k has been added to the cumulative distance run by Bro Dysynni athletes at various Park Run events over the last fortnight and amongst these was a new female course record over the Park Run 5k distance.

Turning the clock back a fortnight, Brenda Jones was the sole Dysynni competitor at the Dolgellau Park Run #43 (10/12/16), an event which saw Brenda complete the 5k course in a time of 29.00 mins.

Fast forward seven days saw Marj Griffiths in action at Aberystwyth Park Run #226, with Marj coming home in a pleasing time of 32.46 mins whereas on the same day, Gwen Jones dipped her toes into her first ever Park Run, the venue being Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield, the event being the South Manchester Park Run #354 which saw Gwen coming home in a terrific time of 20.56 mins which also set a new Bro Dysynni female course record at a Park Run event.

The updated Bro Dysynni appearance as at 18th December, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 88 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 23 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 19 Park Runs with a PB of 30.31 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 6 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Hugh Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.
Gwen Jones - 1 Park Run with a PB of 20.56 mins.

That now males it 186 Park Runs completed by club members covering a cumulative distance of 930 kilometres.
Another update early in the New Year.
NADOLIG LLAWEN I PAWB!!!!

Aberystwyth 10k

Nice to see a trio of club runners in action at the recent Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth 10k Race. In an event won by Aled Hughes (Aberystwyth A.C.) in a time of 33.12 mins, the 1st Dysynni finisher was Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, claiming a superb 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category, crossing the line in a time of 40.51 mins. Rhian Jones was our 2nd finisher in a time of 54.07 mins whereas Marj Griffiths was our 3rd finisher, as a time of 65.29 mins also claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-70 age category. Well done to the talented trio and pictured above are Tom and Rhian in Aberystwyth race action.

Park Life

Just the 10k added in the past fortnight as both Ben and Andy saw action at Dolgellau Park Run #41 which was held on 26th November, a day when both narrowly missed out on setting personal best times.

Firstly, Ben Daniels crossed the finishing line in a time of 19.42 mins (an agonising 4 seconds off his personal best time) to claim an outstanding 3rd place finish, whereas Andy Unwin followed in a time of 30.39 mins, just the 8 seconds off his personal best.

As a result of the above, the historical Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table as at 4th December, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 87 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 22 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 19 Park Runs with a PB of 30.31 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 6 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Hugh Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

That now makes it 183 Park Runs completed by club members covering a cumulative distance of 915 kilometres.

Another update in a fortnights time.

Cross Country

Treborth, near Bangor, was the venue recently for the 3rd of the 5 fixtures which constitute the 2016/17 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

A variety of mechanical and personal reasons resulted in a lower than usual Bro Dysynni turn out at the event, with Brenda and Marj being our sole competitors on the day, however our dynamic duo returned home with 100% age category victory success!

Brenda continued her domination within the Female Over-75 age category, claiming victory in her section in a time of 32.13 mins, whereas Marj claimed victory within the Female Over-70 age category in a time of 38.20 mins.

As a result of the above, the ladies slip one place to 13th in the 2nd tier of the 'Female Team League'.

The league now takes a break over the festive season with the 4th and penultimate fixture lined up to be held Walford College, Baschurch, Shrewsbury, SY4 2HL on Saturday, 14th January, 2017.

2016 British and Irish Masters Cross Country International

Tollcross Park in Glasgow was the venue recently for the 2016 British and Irish Masters Cross Country International and it was great to see our own Brenda Jones chosen once again to represent the Principality.

Brenda was chosen as one of a team of four within the Female Over-70 age category and completed the demanding course in a time of 33.38 mins to be the 2nd Welsh scorer within the age group alongside team mates Carol Farrington (32.34 mins) & Clare Johnson (37.37 mins) with the first three finishers being the point scorers for the team. Their efforts saw Wales claim 4th spot in the age section behind a victorious Scottish trio.

Well done again to Brenda on yet more international honours!

Brenda is pictured with the Welsh women's team at the Glasgow event.

Park Life

The past fortnight has seen another 20k added on to the cumulative total distance completed by Bro Dysynni A.C. athletes at various Park Runs, which has resulted in the 900k barrier being broken and with 6 Saturdays left in 2016, can we reach the 1,000k mark by the end of the year?!?!

At the Aberystwyth Park Run #221 held on 12th November, the prolific Marj Griffiths came home in a time of 32.51 mins whilst at the same time, young Ben Daniels was in action at the Dolgellau Park Run #39, an event Ben completed in a time of 21.08 mins which claimed an excellent 4th spot finish.

Fast forward seven days, Ben was in action again at the Dolgellau Park Run #40 (19/11/16) and on this occasion Ben came home in a time of 22.04 mins to claim a 3rd spot finish. Also in action, fine tuning his fitness levels prior to his annual visit to Club la Santa in Lanzarote was our rotund club chairman Huw Harrison, who completed the Dolgellau event in a time of 34.34 mins.

Well done to all three, whose efforts have resulted in Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 20th November, 2016 looking as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 87 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 22 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 18 Park Runs with a PB of 30.31 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 5 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Hugh Harrison - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

As mentioned above, the above now means that, as a club, we have completed 181 Park Runs covering a cumulative distance of 905 kilometres.

Another update in a fortnights time.

Cross Country

A relatively sunny St. David's College in Llandudno recently played host to the 2nd fixture of the 2016-17 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, an event which, on this occasion, attracted four athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni A.C.

Three of the four were in action in the Senior Ladies Race, an event which attracted 111 entrants. The first of the Dysynni ladies to complete the tough 3.18 mile course was Brenda Jones, victorious within the Female Over-75 age category, crossing the finishing line in a time of 32.46 mins. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan was our 2nd finisher in 35.41 mins with Marj Griffiths completing the trio, victorious within the Female Over-70 age category in a time of 39.18 mins, this being achieved a mere 7 days after Marj completed the Snowdon Marathon...remarkable going Marj!

In the Senior Men's Race, we were represented by club stalwart John Nolan, who completed the 5.5 mile course in a time of 51.26 mins, claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 age category.

Some great performances from our quartet which, in turn resulted in our ladies team sitting in 12th spot in Division 2 after two of the five fixtures, whereas the men's team (aka John Nolan!) sit in 16th spot in Division 2.

There is not much respite until the next cross country fixture which will be held on Saturday, 26th November, the venue being Treborth in Bangor (LL57 2RQ).

Well done to our famous four,,,,,,pictured.

Bog and Bryn Challenge

Fair play to Gavin Griffiths, he does enjoy a challenge, with his latest venture being to take part in 'The Bog & Bryn Challenge', a tough 13.5 mile multi terrain event based in and around the Cwmbran area of Gwent.

The predominantly off-road route, which included numerous stiles and stream crossings with often treacherous underfoot conditions had a total elevation of around 500 metres (1640 feet) as well as other natural hazards (see picture!).

As ever, Gav met the challenge head-on and completed the event in an excellent time of 3 hrs 05.20 mins.

A massive well done to Gav and great to see the name of Bro Dysynni A.C. appearing in result sheets of races held away from North Wales.

Park Life

It was great to see club chairman, Huge Harrison, joining the Park Run fray recently, thus becoming the 10th Bro Dysynni athlete to have completed a Park Run.

Rather aptly, Hugh chose Dolgellau Park Run # 37 (29/10/16) for his inaugural Park Run foray, the weekend which coincided with Halloween. Hugh put the frighteners up a number of early morning Dolgellau dog walkers as he completed his run along the Wnion in a time of 35.08 mins.

The following weekend, Dolgellau Park Run #38 (5/11/16), saw two club runners in action. Firstly, Andy Unwin ended his 6 runs of consecutive personal bests, coming home in 31.25 mins, with Hugh Harrison back for his 2nd Park Run, knocking over 2 minutes off his personal best time, crossing the line delighted in a time of 32.53 mins. Marit Evans was also in action at the event, but ran without a bar code, resulting in no time being recorded.

The updated Bro Dysynni A.C. appearance table as at 6th November is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 86 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 22 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 18 Park Runs with a PB of 30.31 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.
Hugh Harrison - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 32.53 mins.

The above now means, that as a club, we have completed a total of 177 Park Runs, covering a total distance of 885 kilometres.

Another update in a fortnights time.

News On Sunday, 30 October 2016, 15:29, Andy Unwin wrote:


Brenda tackling the undulating Abergele course

Three of our club runners have taken to the road recently, competing in three road races run over three different distances, namely the full marathon distance of 26.2 miles, 10k and 5 miles.

Taking on the furthest distance was the formidable Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, who took on the 26.2 mile challenge presented by the 34th running of the Snowdonia Brooks Marathon Eryri. Showing resilience, courage and great stamina, Marj completed the course in a chip time of 5 hrs 56.02 mins, a time which claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-70 age category and showing remarkable consistency, the 2016 time achieved by Marj was a mere 63 seconds behind her time set in 2015.

Meanwhile, Gavin Ebery was also in action recently as Mold played host to the Flintshire 10k. In a race which attracted a very impressive 566 finishers, Gavin placed well to complete the course in a chip time of 52.22 mins.

Finally, Brenda Jones headed to Abergele as Abergele Harriers played host to the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management Abergele 5 Mile Road Race. Unsurprisingly Brenda dominated the Female Over-75 age category, crossing the line in a most impressive time of 46.57 mins.

A productive end to October for the club, very well done to Marj, Gavin & Brenda!

Should any club members have anything to put on the website (e.g. results we may have missed, articles etc.) could you please, in the first instance, send to Andy unwinblade@yahoo.co.uk. Diolch.

We have been allocated one place for club entries for the 2017 London Marathon. This place will be balloted to any of our members who have been rejected for the 2017 race. Up to present we have three rejects all interested in taking part. Richard Vroom, Gavin Griffiths and Gavin Ebery. We will leave it another week before making the draw to see if anyone else comes forward. Proof of rejection will be required so don't throw it away!!
Brodysynni AGM     Friday 21st October

The club AGM was held at the Talyllyn Railway Kings Cafe on October 21st and it was great to see such a good turn out!

All the committee were voted back in with Eirlys remaining Club President and Huge Harrison remaining Club Chairman.

As a club with such a loyal band of members, we are sure to remain on a firm footing!

Many thanks also to Annette Beebee for preparing such a wonderful spread for the AGM......so much food, not even our esteemed Chairman could finish!

Pictured are those in attendance at the Kings Cafe.

Park Life

Another 15k has been added to our cumulative club total over the last three weeks, with a fortnight of Park Run inactivity being followed by Brenda, Andy & Marj all adding 5k to their totals on 22nd October, 2016.

It was a case of the usual venues, Brenda & Andy in Dolgellau and Marj in Aberystwyth.

Firstly, at the Dolgellau Park Run # 36 (22nd October), Brenda came home in her fastest time since late-June, crossing the finishing line in a time of 28.18 mins. Meanwhile. Andy Unwin continued to chip away at his personal best time, setting his fastest time to date for the 6th consecutive Park Run, crossing the line in 30.31 mins to knock exactly 30 seconds of his previous best.

Meanwhile in Aberystwyth, Marj was in action at Park Run # 218 (22nd October) and following the lead set by Brenda, Marj also set her best Park Run time since early-June, crossing the line in a time of 31.28 mins.

Therefore, the updated Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table as at 23rd October, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 86 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 22 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 17 Park Runs with a PB of 30.31 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

The above now means that, as a club, we have competed in a total of 174 Park Runs, covering a total distance of 870 kilometres.

May we wish one of those listed above, Marj Griffiths, every success in the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri being held on 29th October, 2016......Go for it Marj!!!

Another Park Run update in a fortnights time.

Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League

Well, what an encouraging start we made at the 1st fixture of the 2016/17 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League which was held recently at the Mold Alun School in Mold, Flintshire.

As a club, we had six athletes in action, five in the ladies race and one in the male event. This was on a day when the fixture attracted over 300 competitors within its various races, all held in fine Autumnal conditions.

In the ladies race, we were led home by a resurgent Gwen Jones. On her return to competitive action, Gwen claimed an overall 22nd placed finishing spot in a time of 23.19 mins. Adele Powl-Jones was our 2nd scorer, crossing the line in a time of 28.34 mins to claim an overall 81st position with Brenda Jones following in a time of 31.51 mins to claim victory within the Female Over-75 age category. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan was our next finisher in a time of 35.35 mins with our quintet being completed by Marj Griffiths, victorious within the Female Over-70 age category, in a time of 37.04 mins.

In the Senior Men's race, Bro Dysynni were represented by John Nolan who performed admirably to complete the 5.07 mile course in a pleasing time of 44.05 mins.

After the first of the five events which make up the season, the league standings make for interesting reading.

With the first three runners counting in the female team event, our ladies currently stand in 9th spot within Division 2 on a total of 207 points with our Female Masters team standing in 15th spot in their table, with a total of 227 points.

In the Senior Male league standings, we currently stand in 17th spot in Division 2.

The 2nd league fixture is being held on Saturday, 5th November, the venue being St. David's College in Llandudno (LL30 1RD), there are bound to be fireworks!

More Pictures

North Wales Cross Country League just around the corner. Who is up for the challenge??16/17 Senior League Fixtures:
Men's Start 2:45pm. Ladies Start 2pm.

15 October 2016 Mold Alun School, Mold, CH7 1EP
5 November 2016 (note change) St Davidís College, Llandudno (LL30 1RD)
26 November 2016 Treborth Track, Bangor LL57 2RQ
14 January 2017 Walford College, Baschurch, Shrewsbury SY4 2HL
4 February 2017 Marches School, Oswestry, SY11 2AP

Cardiff Half Marathon

Well done to our quartet of athletes who pounded the streets of the capital on the 2nd October, the date set for the Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon, an event described on the official race website as one of the UK's biggest and best road races on an iconic course around Wales' capital city. This indeed does describe the 13.1 mile course which started outside Cardiff Castle before heading past the Cardiff City Stadium on the way to Penarth and the glorious marina, then crossing the barrage towards Cardiff Bay. On wards then to the heart of the Bay past the Norwegian Church and the Wales Millennium Centre, a lap of Roath Park Lake before the race finish outside the Civic Centre in the heart of Cardiff.....Phew!

The first Dysynni athlete to complete the above was Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, home in a chip time of 1 hr 29.21 mins, a mere 2 seconds slower than the time Tom achieved at the same event in 2015.....some consistency!!! Next home was Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi in a chip time of 2 hrs 03.38 mins.....da iawn Rhian, with Brenda Jones next to finish in a time of 2 hrs 12.37 mins, a time which also achieved a fantastic age category victory within the Female 75 - 79 age section.....amazing stuff Brenda! Our quartet was completed with Gavin Griffiths, working as a 'pacer' within the race. Gav was tasked as a pacer for those aiming to finish in 2 hrs 15 mins and with Gav crossing the line in a time of 2 hrs 15.10 mins, it was a job well done!

Well done all.....a great team effort!

Park Life

Another 20k has been added to our club total over the past fortnight, with Marj running 10k of these and Andy the other 10k.

For Andy, the kebab-free diet is really paying dividends as the last fortnights has seen Andy achieve two more personal bests, meaning he has now achieved personal bests at the last 5 Park Runs in which he has competed. At the Dolgellau Park Run #33 held on 24th September, Andy crossed the line in a time of 31.42 mins. This was followed by a time of 31.01 mins at Dolgellau Park Run #34 held on 1st October. Rumour has it that the British selectors for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have caught wind of this improvement and are monitoring the situation closely.

Marj meanwhile turned in another two steady performances at the Aberystwyth Park Run. Blustery conditions at Aberystwyth Park Run #214 (24th September) saw Marj come home in a time of 33.53 mins, whilst Marj recorded a time of 32.39 mins at Aberystwyth Park Run #215 held on 1st October.

The Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table as at 2nd October, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 85 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 21 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
Andy Unwin - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 31.01 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

The above collated means that, as a club, we have been represented at a total of 171 Park Runs covering a grand total of 855 kilometres. Another Park Run update in a fortnights time.

Ras y Cob

Running with the grace of a gazelle (albeit a heavily pregnant gazelle), Andy Unwin continued his recent 5k renaissance as he completed the recent Ras y Cob 5k in Porthmadog in a time of 30.26 mins. Coupled with three consecutive personal bests at the Dolgellau Park Run, this represents a remarkable turnaround of fortunes for one of the few people who actually eats as much as Huw Harrison.

Many thanks to Gareth Roberts for the picture, although it would be worthwhile Gar investing a few extra quid in a new lens, as the one used at Ras y Cob seemed to add a few extra pounds to those he photographed.

Park Life

As a club, we have chalked up another 20k in Park Run completed distance over the last fortnight, with Marj adding 10k and Brenda and Andy 5k each.

First up for Marj was Aberystwyth Park Run # 212 held on September 10th, an event Marj completed in a time of 32.08 mins. Seven days later, Marj completed the same course at Aberystwyth Park Run #213 in a time of 32.12 mins.

Meanwhile, Brenda and Andy both saw action at Dolgellau Park Run #31 held on September 10th with Brenda completing the course in a time of 28.41 mins and Andy continuing with his recent bout of PB-itis as he set his fastest Park Run time for the 3rd race in succession as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 31.55 mins.

The updated Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table as at 18th September is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 83 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 21 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Andy Unwin - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 31.55 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Ben Daniels - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

That now makes a total of 167 Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearances covering a total of 835 kilometres. Can we reach 200 appearances and 1,000 kilometres by Christmas?!?!? Another Park Run update in a fortnights time.

A trip to Powys was the order of the day for Marj Griffiths on 11th September, 2016 for a lap of Lake Vyrnwy as the 2016 Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon Race attracted a total of 1441 starters, all eager to take on the 13.1 mile challenge around the mid Wales reservoir.

Marj turned in yet another startling performance to complete the course in a chip time of 2 hrs 28.14 mins which claimed an overall 3rd place within the Female Over-70 age category. Even more impressive was the fact that Marj completed the 2016 event 4 mins and 5 seconds quicker than she did in 2015, an improvement of just under 20 seconds per mile....a top effort from Marj!

Caernarfon 10k

The 2016 North Wales 10k Road Running Championships were incorporated within the Caernarfon 10k road race recently, ensuring a quality field gathered at Coed Helen in Caernarfon, the location of the race start as well as the race finish.

Amongst the field of 160 athletes in action was our own Brenda Jones and, true to form, Brenda turned in yet another dominant performance to claim North Wales Championship victory within the Female Over-75 category in a time of 56.01 mins.

Brenda is pictured in action at the event wearing a race number which matched her victorious age category.....Spooky or what!

Park Life

A busy last fortnight has seen a total of 6 Bro Dysynni Park Run appearances, two personal bests (from a most unlikely source!) as well as the club passing the 500 mile mark for distance covered by Bro Dysynni athletes within Park Runs both near and far.

Turning the clock back to the 27th August, two Dysynni athletes were in action at Dolgellau Park Run # 29. Brenda Jones clocked another impressive time, on this occasion 28.32 mins whereas the chiselled physique (!) of Andy Unwin knocked 32 seconds of his previous personal best, crossing the line in a time of 33.06 mins.

Fast forward seven days and three club athletes were in action at Dolgellau Park Run # 30 (held on 3rd September). Young Ben Daniels led home the trio, claiming an overall 6th spot finish in a time of 20.07 mins. Brenda Jones was the next Dysynni finisher in 28.43 mins, whereas Andy Unwin set back-to-back personal bests, on this occasion beating his previous time by 31 seconds, crossing the line in a time of 32.35 mins. On the same day. Marj Griffiths was in action at Aberystwyth Park Run # 211, Marj coming home in a time of 32.18 mins.

The overall updated Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 4th September is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 81 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 20 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Andy Unwin - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 32.35 mins.
Ben Daniels - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

The above all adds up to a total of 163 Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearances covering a total of 815 kilometres, a figure which converts to just over 506 miles. Whereas 'The Proclaimers' claimed that they would walk 500 miles, well, we can now claim that Bro Dysynni have run 500 miles.....and hopefully we will run 500 more! Another Park Run update in a fortnight.

Having competed in Race the Train the previous weekend, Gavin Griffiths chose not to rest on his laurels and instead headed to the Chepstow end of the Severn Bridge, the starting point for the 3rd running of the Severn Bridge Half Marathon, an event which attracted well over 2,000 entrants and eventually had 2018 finishers in a race which also this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the bridge opening in 1966.

Gavin posted a chip time of 1 hr 52.51 mins for the 13.1 mile event and is surely now deserving of a well earned rest????

A double whammy for the Griffiths household also saw confirmation of Richard winning the Male Over-65 age category at the 10k Quarry Challenge of the Race the Train weekend......da iawn hogia!


Gav is pictured on the bridge crossing......having expressed a definite preference for one side of the bridge!

Race the Train         Sat 20th August

Bro Dysynni were, as ever, well represented at the 33rd running of Race the Train in Tywyn held on the 20th August with a total of 7 club athletes in action (apologies if anybody has been missed out).

Taking part in the 14 mile Rotary Challenge Race were Gavin Griffiths and Clare Horton with Gavin coming home in a chip time of 2 hrs 21.01 mins and Clare following in 2 hrs 52.35 mins.

Moving on to the 10k Quarry Challenge, we had four athletes in action, namely Alan Jones, Richard Griffiths, Alison Sayes and Yolanda Marconi-Nolan. Alan came home in 56.57 mins, Richard in 61.28 mins, Alison in 78.56 mins and Yolanda in 80.06 mins.

Finally, in the 5.5 mile Dolgoch Challenge, Gwenan Roberts came home in a time of 54.20 mins.


Gavin


Alan


Richard


Alison


Yolanda


Gwenan

Very well done to our 'Magnificent 7', six of whom are pictured below.....apologies to Clare, couldn't find a picture! Pictured are Gav, Al, Rich, Alison, Yo and Gwenan. Da iawn pawb!

Was great to hear recently from a previous member of Bro Dysynni A.C., namely Malcolm Taylor, previously of Criccieth.

Malcolm has now moved on to live in Bakewell in Derbyshire (with our own Huw Harrison being somewhat of a Bakewell Tart connoisseur!!!).

Although Malcolm has had some health issues to contend with, he still remains active and can be seen regularly walking in and around the Bakewell area.

Malcolm still keeps up to date with all things Bro Dysynni through checking on this very website......so from all at Bro Dysynni, it was good to hear from you Malcolm, stay in touch and good health for the future!

Park Life

Aberystwyth and Lowestoft have been the venues for our two most recent club outings within the nationwide 'Park Run' organisation.

Firstly, Marj Griffiths made her 80th Park Run appearance at the Aberystwyth Park Run # 208 held on 13th August, completing the event in a time of 31.52 mins whilst young Ben Daniels of Trawsfynydd made his 2nd appearance in Suffolk at the Lowestoft Park Run # 43, held on 20th August. Ben turned in another strong performance, completing the course in a time of 20.16 mins which claimed an 8th spot finish in a field of 155 competitors.

The overall updated Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 21st August, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 80 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 18 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Andy Unwin - 11 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Ben Daniels - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 19.38 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

The above all adds up to a total of 157 Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearances, covering a total of 785 kilometres.

Another Park Run update in a fortnight or so's time.......

Isle of Man Marathon

It was a case of 'Manx Magic' recently as our very own Brenda Jones turned in a superb performance at the Microgaming Isle of Man Marathon, a race which also incorporated the British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) Marathon Championship Race for 2016.

In a two lap event which started in Ramsey and headed on to Bride, Andreas and St Judes before returning to Ramsey, Brenda completed the 26.2 mile course in an excellent time of 4 hrs 45.20 mins, a time which gained 1st place of any female competitor over the age of 70 and British Championship Gold within the Female 75 - 79 age group.

A truly remarkable performance from a truly remarkable athlete!

Brenda is seen receiving recognition for a remarkable effort on the Isle of Man

Park Run Update

A new Bro Dysynni member made quite an impression in his inaugural Park Run recently, setting the first ever Bro Dysynni sub-20 minute time for the 5k course. The runner in question, Ben Daniels of Trawsfynydd is a protege of club member Dewi Roberts, and whilst running as a Junior Male aged between 11 & 14 at the Dolgellau Park Run # 25 (held on 30th July, 2016), Ben came home in a time of 19.38 mins, a time which claimed an overall 3rd place finish on the day as well as being just 11 seconds outside the Junior Male (11-14) course record for Dolgellau. Here's hoping that Ben will become a regular Dysynni competitor!

Also in Park Run action recently was Marj Griffiths, competing at the Aberystwyth Park Run # 206 (held on July 30th, 2016) with Marj crossing the line in a pleasing time of 32.11 mins.

The overall updated Bro Dysynni Park Run appearance table as at 8th August, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 79 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
Brenda Jones - 18 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Andy Unwin - 11 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.
Ben Daniels - 1 Park Run with a PB of 19.38 mins.

The above totalled shows a total of 155 Bro Dysynni Park Run appearances covering an overall 775 kilometres.

Another Park Run update in a fortnight or so's time....

Ras y Cob - Porthmadog Fun Run

A future date for the diary is Sunday, September 18th, a date which will see Porthmadog host the Ras y Cob 5k event as well as other associated races on the day.

Further details relating to the event can be found on the official race website www.ras-y-cob.co.uk

North Wales Half Marathon

Described as a 'beach and mountain challenge', the North Wales Half Marathon attracted the attention of the mercurial Brenda Jones recently.

Brenda headed to Morfa Conwy for the 13.1 mile challenge which started with 1.2 miles of beach running on the hard sands leading towards Penmaenmawr before heading up the Sychnant Pass before a large loop eventually returned to Morfa Conwy for the race finish. An arduous undulating course tested all 358 competitors to the very limit, with Brenda completing the challenge in a magnificent time of 2 hrs 23.01 mins, a time which dominated the Female Over-70 age category.

As ever, a very well done to Brenda who can be seen below out on the course....on the sand and on the road.....

Ras Hendre Wallog          28th July 2016         Photos

A total of 31 athletes took part in the Hendre Wallog Trail Race on 28th July, an event which forms an integral part of the Abergynolwyn Carnival Week. The 2016 race saw a slight amendment to the course, meaning 'new' course records for the slightly altered course.

Race victory was claimed by Darren Hestleton of Tywyn in a time of 18.16 mins, but the most pleasing part of the race was seeing athletes, both young and old, taking part and enjoying the 'Hendre Wallog Challenge'!

Race results appear below and, as ever, a massive vote of thanks goes to Eirlys Griffiths and her band of helpers for making the event such a popular annual challenge.

Eirlys is pictured alongside Diane Sheedy in the selection below which also shows Alan, Gwenan, Tom & Richard at the race finish as well as all the competitors lining up at the race start.

Llawer o ddiolch i Eirlys a llongyfarchiadau mawr i pawb mi wnath cwblhau y ras!

Pos Enw/Name Amser/Time Club Category

1 Darren Hestleton 18.16 Tywyn 1st Male 39
2 Huw Jones 18.43 Abergynolwyn 1st SM 18
3 Tom Jones 19.19 Bro Dysynni 1st MV51
4 Rhys Roberts 20.50 Rhoslefain 2nd SM19
5 Tom Markham 22.22 Llanfihahgel 1st JB15 (U/18)
6 Dafydd Bryan 22.54 Abergynolwyn 2nd JB16 (u/18)
7 Adele P Jones 23.07 Bro Dysynni 1st Lady 48
8 Alan H Jones 23.13 Bro Dysynni 2nd MV56
9 Tomas Hesleton 23.16 Tywyn 1st JB9 (U/10)
10 Richard Griffiths 23.44 Bro Dysynni 1st MV66
11 John G Evans 24.06 Aberystwyth 1st MV70
12 Crona Hodges 24.52 Aberystwyth 1st VL36
13 Gareth Crowley 24.58 Abergynolwyn 3rd JB15(U/18
14 Steve Smith 26.10 Tywyn 2nd MV61
16 Alison Beard 27.05 Tywyn 1st JG9(U/10)
17 Clare Horton 27.28 Bro Dysynni 1stVL53
18 Gwenan Roberts 27.57 Bro Dysynni 2ndVL54
19 Catrin Markham 29.04 Llanfihangel 1stJG12(U/14)
20 Alan Daffern 30.00 Abergynolwyn 2nd MV64
21 Cameron Beard 33.10 Tywyn 2nd JB9(U/10)
22 Hilary Rowland 33.15 Tywyn 1st VL44
23 Ellie McGregor 33.23 Abergynolwyn 2nd JG9(U/10)
24 Nicole Fawcett 36.43 Abergynolwyn 1st SL20
25 Dilwyn Bryan 36.44 Abergynolwyn 3rd SM20
26 Chloe Crowley 38.30 Abergynolwyn 2nd JG13(U/14)
27 Naomi Crowley 38.31 Abergynolwyn 2nd SL18
28 Mari Jones 39.10 Bryncrug 3rd JG 8(U/10)
29 Lisa Markham 39.11 Llanfihangel 2nd VL49
30 Betsan Jones 40.48 Bryncrug 3rd VL44
31 Lisa Jones 40.48 Bryncrug 4th JG8(I/10)

News 25th July 2016

A few bits and bobs to report on over the last fortnight, with club runners in action at a variety of venues. Firstly, a trio of Dysynni athletes were amongst the 99 finishers at the recent Guthrie, Jones and Jones sponsored Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race. In an event won by Aberystwyth athlete Gary Wyn Davies in a time of 28.01 mins, the Dysynni quartet were led home by Bryncrug based Alan Jones in a time of 38.58 mins which also claimed 3rd spot within the Male Over-55 age category. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd set a new age category race record whilst claiming victory within the Female Over-75 category in a remarkable time of 46.33 mins whilst Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth also claimed age category victory, on this occasion within the Female Over-70 section, in a time of 57.44 mins.

Also on the road recently was Gavin Griffiths at the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k, an event run between Cwmafon Road, Blaenavon and Pontypool Park within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire. With the majority of the route being downhill, Gav used this to his advantage and claimed a personal best time over the 10k distance of a chip recorded 45.03 mins.

Both Dylan Jones and Huge Harrison were also in action at the recent Fairbourne Race the Train 5k, Results have not yet come to hand, but reports suggest that Dylan claimed an excellent 3rd finishing spot whilst Hugh crossed the line before darkness fell. Times will be printed if they come to hand.

It has been a quiet fortnight on the Park Run front, with only one appearance, namely by Brenda Jones at the Dolgellau Park Run # 23 held on 16th July. Brenda completed the course in damp conditions in a time of 28.29 mins. The updated Park Run appearance table as at 25th July, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 78 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
Brenda Jones - 18 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Andy Unwin - 11 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins

The above totalled shows 153 Bro Dysynni Park Run appearances covering a total of 765 kilometres.

There is local action this coming Thursday evening (28th July) as Abergynolwyn will play host to the Hendre Wallog Trail Race. All are welcome to the event due off at 6.30pm with registration and prize giving taking place at the Abergynolwyn Village Hall.

News 11th July 2016

Flying the Dysynni flag in south Wales recently was Gavin Griffiths who participated in the Blade Runner event, a 6.5 mile race which runs from turbine to turbine within the Ebbw and Sirhowy valleys, both lying within the Valleys region within the south of the Principality.

A strong performance saw Gav cross the finishing line in a fine time of 57.34 mins. Gav is pictured above in action at the event.

Llongyfarchiadau Gav!

News 10th July 2016

A fortnight of 5k events has seen Bro Dysynni represented at both Newtown and Dolgellau in 3 different races.

Firstly, Marj Griffiths was in action at the ever popular Newtown BBQ 5k race held on the 1st Friday in July. Marj completed the course in a time of 33.22 mins in an event which attracted 70 competitors.

The remaining two athletes both saw action at the Dolgellau Park Run. Firstly, Brenda Jones was in action at Dolgellau Park Run #21 (held on 2nd July) with Brenda, on this occasion, completing the 2 lap out and back course in an overall time of 28.20 mins. Seven days later, and in monsoon like conditions, Andy Unwin completed Dolgellau Park Run #22 (held on 9th July) in a soggy time of 35.02 mins.

The updated Bri Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table as at 10th July, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 78 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
Brenda Jones - 17 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Andy Unwin - 11 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins

The above totalled shows 152 Bro Dysynni Park Run appearances covering a total of 760 kilometres.

Another Park Run update in a fortnights time.

Sunday 26th June Report

A relatively quiet fortnight has seen just two Bro Dysynni AC athletes in Park Run action, both at the Dolgellau Park Run # 20 which was held on the morning of 25/06/16.

This date was particularly significant to Brenda Jones as it marked her 1st Park Run foray within a new age category, namely the Female Over-75 section. Brenda celebrated this event in fine style, setting a new personal best for the course by a stunning 27 seconds as well as improving the overall age grade record for the Dolgellau Park Run as a time of 27.43 mins achieved a remarkable age grade percentage of 87.49%. Also in action at the event was Andy Unwin, home in a more pedestrian time of 34.35 mins. As Andy crossed the line, it did signify, that as a club, we have now run an exact 750 kilometres within various Park Run events. This converts to 466 miles, so the next club target has to be 500 miles!

The updated Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table list as at 26th June, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 78 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
Brenda Jones - 16 Park Runs with a PB of 27.43 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Andy Unwin - 10 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins

That now completes 150 Bro Dysynni AC Park Run appearances, covering the aforementioned 750 kilometres.

Here's to the next 750 kilometres!!!!!!

Having very recently moved into a new age category, our own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd said farewell to the Female Under-70 section by claiming yet another championship gold recently, as Horwich near Bolton played host to the 2016 British Masters 5k Road Racing Championships held as part of the Horwich Festival of Running weekend.

Brenda participated within the Female Under-75 category for the very first time and a time of 27.58 mins ensured age category gold by a clear 3 and a half minutes from the next athlete within that age section. It may well be that national records will now crumble within a new age category as Brenda continues to get better with age!

Also in action recently was Richard Vroom of Tywyn, who chose to compete over the half marathon distance race which formed part of the 5th running of the Salomon Trail Marathon Wales events held at Coed y Brenin. Having also completed the 13.1 mile course in 2015, Richard returned to complete the 2016 event in a chip time of 3 hrs 12.53 mins.

Very well done to Brenda and Richard. So good to see the red and green vest of Bro Dysynni AC in action at events both near and far!

Yet another dose of congratulations to our very own Brenda Jones who recently claimed another North Wales Championship title.....on this occasion, the 2016 North Wales 5k Championships which were incorporated within the Ffrith 5k event in Prestatyn.

Victory within the Female Over-70 category was claimed in an outstanding time of 27.39 mins which is over 30 seconds clear of Brenda's PB at the Dolgellau 5k Park Run.......what a terrific effort Brenda!!

Dysynni Trailfest Challenge and Dolgellau Park Run

A trio of club runners were in action recently as Ynysmaengwyn played host to the 2nd annual Dysynni Trailfest Challenge. In action at the 5k event was Gavin Ebery, claiming an 8th spot finish in a 'gun time' of 25.11 mins. In action at the 10k event was Alan Jones of Bryncrug, completing the tough course in a 'gun time' of 53.09 mins to claim 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category. Completing the 15k event was Richard Vroom of Tywyn and a finishing 'gun time' of 1 hr 41.29 mins saw Richard claim victory within the Male Over-60 age category.

Meanwhile, the usual suspects of Marj, Brenda and Andy have all seen Park Run action over the past fortnight, Marj and Brenda clocking up a further two appearances and Andy with one. Marj saw action at the Abreystwyth Park Run # 198 (4th June, 2016) and # 199 (11th June, 2016), coming home in respective times of 30.53 mins and 31.45 mins. Brenda saw action at the Dolgellau Park Run # 17 (4th June, 2016) and # 18 (11th June, 2016), coming home in respective times of 28.37 mins and 28.25 mins, whilst Andy saw action at Dolgellau Park Run # 18 (11th June, 2016), coming home in a time of 35.10 mins.

The updated Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance list as at 12th June, 2016 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 78 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
Brenda Jones - 15 Park Runs with a PB of 28.10 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Andy Unwin - 9 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins

That now makes 148 Bro Dysynni Park Run appearances, covering an overall distance of 740 kilometres.

A good effort all round!

Dolgellau Park Run

The last fortnight has seen Marj Griffiths add a further two Park Runs to her already impressive total with Brenda Jones and Gavin Ebery also adding one each to their respective totals.

First up for Marj, on 21st May, was Aberystwyth Park Run # 196 which saw a recorded time of 31.41 mins. This was followed by an outing at Aberystwyth Park Run # 197 on 28th May which saw Marj record a time of 31.58 mins.

Brenda meanwhile was in action at Dolgellau Park Run # 16, missing a personal best time by a mere 7 seconds as she finished in 28.17 mins.

Finally, Gavin Ebery was in action at Widnes Park Run # 70, an event Gavin completed in a time of 25.19 mins.

Well done to all three of our club members!

The updated Bro Dysynni appearance table for Park Runs completed as at 31/05/16 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 76 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins.
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins.
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 29.37 mins.
Brenda Jones - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 28.10 mins.
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins.
Andy Unwin - 8 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins.
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins.
Gavin Ebery - 2 Park Runs with a PB of 24.02 mins.

That now makes 143 Bro Dysynni Park Run appearances, covering an overall distance of 715 kilometres.

Another Park Run update in a fortnights time.

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The last fortnight has seen Park Run activity in Dolgellau only as Brenda racked up a further two outings which included a new personal best and Andy added one more run to his total.

For Brenda, the personal best was achieved at Dolgellau Park Run #14 (14/05/16) as a time of 28.10 mins bettered Brenda's personal best by a mere 2 seconds. This performance also saw Brenda achieve the best age group percentage ever achieved in Dolgellau with an 84.56% return.

The previous week at Dolgellau Park Run # 13 (07/05/16), Brenda completed the course in a time of 29.16 mins, with Andy following home in 34.58 mins.

The updated Bro Dysynni appearance at Park Run events as at 16/05/16 is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 74 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 28.37 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Brenda Jones - 12 Park Runs with a PB of 28.10 mins
Andy Unwin - 8 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 1 Park Run with a PB of 24.02 mins

That now makes 139 Bro Dysynni Park Run appearances covering a total of 695 kilometres.

A further update in a fortnights time!

When Brenda Jones sends an e-mail saying that she has just completed what was probably the hardest race ever completed and stating that she was aching all over, then you gather 'it' was a tough event!

The 'it' was the 2016 Ras Barcud Coed Half Marathon which started and finished at the Woodlands Caravan Park situated on the edge of Devil's Bridge, some 12 miles from Aberystwyth. The race was also chosen to host the 2016 UK Athletics Short Course Trail Championships as well as Welsh Championships and, as such, attracted a high calibre field.

Brenda completed the punishing 13.1 mile course in a time of 2 hrs 59.32 mins which claimed victory in the Female Over-65 and Over-70 age categories.

Rumour has it that Roy and Brenda have applied for planning permission for an extension to their property to store the ever increasing number on national honours claimed by Brenda over the last few years!

As ever, well done Brenda!

Dolgellau Park Run

Marj Griffiths continues to mount up Park Run race appearances with total runs reaching 74 within the last fortnight. First up for Marj was a run alongside the River Tees in the North East, the event being Tees Barrage #187 on 23/4/16, an event Marj finished in a time of 32.39 mins. The following Saturday (30/4/16) saw Marj return to the familiar territory of the Aberystwyth Park Run (#193), an event completed in a time of 31.16 mins

One other athlete in Park Run action recently was Andy Unwin who posted a personal best time of 33.38 mins at Dolgellau Park Run (#11) on 23/4/16.

The updated Bro Dysynni A.C. Park Run appearance table is below with the name of Sarah Hodgson having been added, Sarah having run the Telford Park Run on 14 occasions between March 2013 and April 2014 whilst a club member;

Marj Griffiths - 74 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Sarah Hodgson - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 28.37 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Brenda Jones - 10 Park Runs with a PB of 28.12 mins
Andy Unwin - 7 Park Runs with a PB of 33.38 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 1 Park Run with a PB of 24.02 mins

Bro Dysynni have therefore now being represented on 136 occasions at Park Runs, covering a total of 680 kilometres.

Another exciting Park Run update in a fortnights time!

London Marathon

A top effort from our two athletes in action at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Lee Rudd completed the event in an excellent time of 3 hrs 47.49 mins whilst Dylan Jones of Tywyn crossed the finishing line after 26.2 miles of effort in a time of 4 hrs 12.58 mins.

Well done to our dynamic duo! Dylan is pictured with his prized possession.

A date for your diaries! Ras Hendre Wallog in Abergynolwyn will this year be run on the evening of Thursday, 28th July. Further details to follow.

Before then, Saturday, 11th June will see the 2nd annual Dysynni Trail Fest Challenge, the event based at Ynysmaengwyn in Tywyn. Further details relating to this event are available from www.wats-on-events.com

After 10 days of dry(-ish) weather and Spring sunshine on race day, conditions were excellent for the field of 200 or so competitors (150 for the trail race and 50 for the canicross event) who gathered to take part in the 2016 Goldrush Trail Race held over 8.5 miles of trail within Coed y Brenin.

Amongst those in action was our very own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd and, as ever, Brenda dominated the Female Over-70 age category, completing the event in a chip time of 1 hr 44.01 mins (gun time 1 hr 44.13 mins), the chip time marginally under 2 minutes quicker than Brenda completed the same course 12 months ago, yet another fantastic achievement from Brenda!!!!!!

Brenda, Marj and Andy have flown the Dysynni flag at Park Runs over the past fortnight at both Dolgellau and Aberystwyth.

At Dolgellau #9 (09/04/16), Brenda returned a time of 29.07 mins which was followed up by a staggering personal best time of 28.12 mins at Dolgellau #10 (16/04/16), a time which also set an event age category record for Dolgellau of 84.46%. Also in action at Dolgellau #10 was Andy, completing the course in a more pedestrian time of 34.43 mins.

In action at Aberystwyth #191 (16/04/16) was Marj, home in a time of 32.02 mins.

Therefore, as at 17/04/16, Bro Dysynni appearances at Park Runs stand at;

Marj Griffiths - 72 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 - 10 Park Runs with a PB of 28.12 mins
Andy Unwin - 6 Park Runs with a PB of 33.58 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 1 Park Run with a PB of 24.02 mins

A grand total of 595 kilometres

Another Park Run update will be posted in a fortnight or so.

Dolgellau Park Run

In our usual fortnightly 'Park Run Catch Up' slot, the usual suspects have been busy and we also also welcome a new Dysynni Park Runner to the fold!

Firstly, Dolgellau #7 (26/3/16) saw Brenda Jones home in yet another personal best time of 28.51 mins (also achieving a Dolgellau age grade record of 82.55%) and Andy Unwin following in 34.49 mins. Dolgellau #8 (2/4/16) saw the same two in action, on this occasion Brenda home in 28.55 mins, with Andy following in 34.51 mins.

Marj Griffiths saw action at the Aberystwyth Park Run # 188 (26/3/16), completing the course in a time of 32.54 mins whilst Gavin Ebery completed his first park run (with bar code) at Widnes #61(26/3/16) in a time of 24.02 mins.

An updated Park Run appearance table for Bro Dysynni members is as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 71 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 - 8 Park Runs with a PB of 28.51 mins
Andy Unwin - 5 Park Runs with a PB of 33.58 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 1 Park Run with a PB of 24.02 mins

If any other club member has completed a Park Run which is not listed above or we may have missed, please contact Andy on unwinblade@yahoo.co.uk with details.

Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships

Warmest congratulations to the family Jones (namely Tom, Arwel & Rhian) of Aberdyfi for their performances at the recent IAAF / Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 2016.
Tom led home the trio in a chip time of 1 hr 29.14 mins, Arwel followed in 1 hr 44.13 mins and Rhian in 1 hr 58.22 mins.
Arwel and Rhian are pictured having completed the event. Tom had popped away for a cup of tea when this picture was taken!!
Llongyfarchiadau i'r 3 ohonoch.

Congratulations to club member Gavin Ebery (wearing vest #3132) for completing the Silverstone Half Marathon on 13th March, 2016, Gavin completing the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1 hr 55.31 mins as well as raising much needed funds for Bowel Cancer UK.