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Report 30th March 2014

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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.

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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 Davidís 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!

North Wales December Newsletter

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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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