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
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
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!!
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:
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
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.
|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!)
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!
|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.