Brodysynni A.C.News
Report 23rd April 2014

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A couple of early snippets relating to two races which are normally held over the Summer months;

~ Ras Foel Y Gocyn which forms part of the Bryncrug Carnival celebrations will NOT be held this year.

~ Ras Hendre Wallog, a popular Abergynolwyn based event will be held on the evening of Thursday, 31st July. The race will start at around 6.30pm. Registration will, as normal, take place in the community centre prior to the race.

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Evans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ras Y Gader Sat 17th May

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

Andy's News          Ras y Diafol          Sat 3rd May


Eifion Roberts in action at Ras Y Diafol.

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

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

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

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

Letter from Andy Unwin

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

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

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

Diolch

Andy Unwin

News Report 23rd April 2014

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

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

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

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

Chocaholics Good Friday Fun Run             Results

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

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

News Report 6th April 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

News Report 30th March 2014

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

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

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

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

News Report 22nd March 2014 Ras yr Aran

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

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

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

News Report 16th March 2014

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

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

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

News Report 8th March 2014

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

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

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

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

News Report 18th February 2014

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

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

News Report 9th February 2014


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

    
A tranquil Richard Griffiths                  A well wrapped up Richard Vroom

News Report 26th January 2014


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

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

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

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

Ysmaengwyn 5k Results        Ysmaengwyn 10k Results

News Report 19th January 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


A selection of Dysynni athletes in action in Ynysmaengwyn


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


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


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


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

News Report 15th December 2013

 


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

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

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

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

News Report 8th December 2013


Tom Roberts tackling the 13k ridge run in Lanzarote.

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

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

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

News Report 1st December 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

News Report 17th November 2013         Rhobell Results


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

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

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

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

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

News Report 10th November 2013         

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

News Report 28th October 2013         

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


Sandra Williams in action at the Snowdonia Marathon

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

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

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

News Report 20th October 2013         

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Link for Marathons and Half Marathons around the UK

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

BRO DYSYNNI A C AGM AGENDA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Report 29th September 2013         

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

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

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

Porthmadog

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

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

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

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


Alan Jones


AdelePowell Jones


John Tee


Huge Harrison


Andy Unwin


Richard Griffiths & Ellis Jones


Eirlys Griffiths

News Report 22nd September 2013         


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

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

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

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

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

News Report 7th September 2013         Pictures


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

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

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

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

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

News Report 1st September 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

Race The Train

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

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

Results as follows;

Rotary Challenge (14 miles)

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

Quarry Challenge (10k)

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

Dolgoch Challenge (5.5 miles)

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

Tynllwynhen Challenge (3.5 miles)

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

Da iawn Bro Dysynni!!!!

News Report 17th August 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Running in Cebu

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

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

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

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

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

News Report 8th August 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Dolgellau 5 mile 2013
Hendre Wallog Results
Cross Country League

13/14 Senior League Fixtures:

Men's Start 2:45pm. Ladies Start 2pm. (Venues will be confirmed asap. Please check back here). 5 October Treborth Track, Bangor, LL57 2RQ
19 October St 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.