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.