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

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

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

Ras y Cob

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

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

Park Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caernarfon 10k

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

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

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

Park Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Race the Train         Sat 20th August

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

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

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

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


Gavin


Alan


Richard


Alison


Yolanda


Gwenan

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

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

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

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

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

Park Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isle of Man Marathon

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

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

A truly remarkable performance from a truly remarkable athlete!

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

Park Run Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ras y Cob - Porthmadog Fun Run

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

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

North Wales Half Marathon

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

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

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

Ras Hendre Wallog          28th July 2016         Photos

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

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

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

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

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

Pos Enw/Name Amser/Time Club Category

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

News 25th July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News 11th July 2016

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

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

Llongyfarchiadau Gav!

News 10th July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another Park Run update in a fortnights time.

Sunday 26th June Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dysynni Trailfest Challenge and Dolgellau Park Run

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

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

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

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

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

A good effort all round!

Dolgellau Park Run

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

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

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

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

Well done to all three of our club members!

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

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

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

Another Park Run update in a fortnights time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A further update in a fortnights time!

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

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

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

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

As ever, well done Brenda!

Dolgellau Park Run

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

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

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

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

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

Another exciting Park Run update in a fortnights time!

London Marathon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marj Griffiths - 72 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Brenda Jones - 10 Park Runs with a PB of 28.12 mins
Andy Unwin - 6 Park Runs with a PB of 33.58 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 1 Park Run with a PB of 24.02 mins

A grand total of 595 kilometres

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

Dolgellau Park Run

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

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

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

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

Marj Griffiths - 71 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Brenda Jones - 8 Park Runs with a PB of 28.51 mins
Andy Unwin - 5 Park Runs with a PB of 33.58 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Gavin Ebery - 1 Park Run with a PB of 24.02 mins

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

Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships

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

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

Dolgellau Park Run

Park Runs have recently become the focal point for athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC, with the last fortnight seeing club members in action at Dolgellau, Aberystwyth & Hanley.

The 5th and 6th Dolgellau Park Runs saw the following in action;

Park Run #5 (12/3/16) - Brenda Jones home in 28.56 mins (PB) and Marit Evans home in 35.53 mins
Park Run #6 (19/3/16) - Brenda Jones home in 29.06 mins, Marit Evans home in 33.32 mins (PB) and Andy Unwin home in 33.58 mins (PB)

The 187th Aberystwyth Park Run on 19th March saw Marj Griffiths home in 31.51 mins

The 235th Hanley Park Run saw the following in action;

John Nolan home in 25.21 mins & Yolanda Marconi Nolan home in 33.46 mins

As at 20th March, 2016, appearances at Park Runs stand as follows;

Marj Griffiths - 70 Park Runs with a PB of 29.47 mins
John Nolan - 14 Park Runs with a PB of 23.09 mins
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 13 Park Runs with a PB of 31.13 mins
Brenda Jones - 6 Park Runs with a PB of 28.56 mins
Marit Evans - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.32 mins
Andy Unwin - 3 Park Runs with a PB of 33.58 mins

Lets home more club runners register and take part in future Park Runs!!   
Pictured are the Nolan clan at Hanley #235

Dolgellau Park Run

A lost chip whilst out on the course meant an approximate timing of around 50 mins for Gavin Griffiths at the Pontypool Home Run 10k recently.

Also, an update of the latest Park Run results;

- The 2nd Dolgellau Park Run held on 20th February saw Brenda Jones complete the course in a time of 31.15 mins.

- The 3rd Dolgellau Park Run held on 27th February saw Brenda Jones complete the course in a time of 29.22 mins and Marit Evans in 33.54 mins.

- The 4th Dolgellau Park Run held on 5th March saw Brenda Jones complete the course in a time of 29.16 mins and Andy Unwin in 35.39 mins.

After 4 events, Brenda is still the age graded record holder at Dolgellau on 81.38% for the time set in the 4th Park Run.

Also, well done to Marj Griffiths with times of 31.47 mins and 31.30 mins at the Aberystwyth Park Runs held on 20th and 27th February respectively.

A total of 549 athletes recently completed the Rhyl 10 Mile Road Race, an event which also constituted the 2016 Welsh 10 Mile Road Race Championships.

Amongst those finishing was our own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, as a chip time of 1 hr 42.20 mins claimed Welsh Championship Gold within the Female Over-70 age category.

Another fantastic effort from Brenda and yet another national honour!

Dolgellau Park Run

Dolgellau held it's inaugural park run on the morning of 13th February, 2016 with the 1st event attracting an excellent field of 62 competitors, many competing in their 1st ever park run event.

Amongst the field were two athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni, namely Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, completing the 5k course in a time of 30.48 mins, a time which also claimed the best age grading of the day, namely 77.33% as well as victory within the Female 70-74 age category. The second athlete (!) in action was Andy Unwin of Harlech, with a sloth-like performance culminating in a finishing time of 35.22 mins, albeit this did claim 2nd spot within the Male 50-54 age category which attracted two entrants.

Whilst on the subject of park runs, congratulations to Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth who, at the time of writing (14/2/16), has now clocked up a magnificent 67 appearances at the Aberystwyth park run which also includes a total of 8 age group category victories within that time.

We will update the website regularly with park run news.

Oswestry Cross Country

Marches School in Oswestry played host to the fifth and final fixture on the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League on 6th February, 2016, the event attracting the usual stoic quartet of Bro Dysynni female competitors eager to gain a coating of Shropshire mud!

The quartet were led home by Brenda Jones (also a decent gymnast judging from the photograph below) of Llanelltyd, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 36.22 mins with Yolanda Marconi-Nolan following in 37.39 mins to claim 4th spot within the Female Over-65 category. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was the third Dysynni finisher in a time of 39.13 mins with Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completing the Dysynni quartet as a time of 43.11 mins also claimed 2nd spot within the Female Over-70 age category.

As the event was the final fixture of the 2015-16 season, the overall standings produce some interesting reading. From a team perspective, our ladies have climbed one spot from last season, claiming an overall 8th spot within Division 2, whilst on an individual basis, Brenda & Marj

claimed a superb '1,2' within the Female Over-70 age category.Pictured are our athletes in action in Oswestry as well as a group photo.Well done ladies!!!

   

   

Warm congratulations to our very own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, recently crowned as North Wales Cross Country Champion for 2015-16 within the Female Over-70 age category.

This accolade was achieved at the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country Championships, organised by Prestatyn Running Club and held at the Rhug Estate in Corwen on 30th January, 2016.

Brenda won her age group category by completing the demanding course in a time of 35.58 mins.

2016 Fixtures list is now online.     2016 Fixtures
Two of our most regular competitors were in action recently covering the 10k distance between the Cenotaph in Llandudno and the pier in Colwyn Bay, the start and finish points of the Twin Piers 10k.

The duo were led home by the effervescent Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, claiming age category success in the event by claiming victory within the Female Over-70 age category in a time 57.47 mins. Club colleague Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth followed in an impressive time of 66.41 mins which also completed a Bro Dysynni 'one-two' within the Female Over-70 age category at the event.

Impressive stuff Brenda & Marj!

We had two runners in action on 23rd January, 2016 as Tom & Rhian Jones headed from Aberdyfi to Coed y Brenin, their chosen event being the Buff Winter Trail Wales Half Marathon competed over the Trail Marathon Wales 13.1 mile route.

Tom claimed an excellent 6th spot within the Male Over-50 age category, completing the tough course in a time of 1 hr 52.11 mins with Rhian following in an equally impressive time of 2 hrs 38.23 mins.

Llongyfarchiadau i Tom a Rhian....cadw fflag Dysynni yn fflio!


Tom Buff

Cross Country Date

A cross country date in January which no doubt will be of interest to our cross country runners;

- January 30th, the 2016 North Wales Cross Country Championships. Entry form

Dolgellau Park Run

The inaugural Dolgellau Park Run will take place at 9am on Saturday, 13th February and will then take place at the same time and over the same course each Saturday. Starting at the Marian, the two lap event will head up the Mawddach Trail Cycle Path, turning back at the picnic table which is pretty adjacent to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. As with all other Park Runs, the event will be free of charge, those interested just need to register and print off the bar code via the attached link. Each week, there will also be a post-race coffee at TH Roberts Coffee Shop in Dolgellau.

As stated race start will be on the Marian, lets hope to see a good splattering of red and green supporting the event!

The relevant link is Dolgellau Parkrun

Cross Country

A muddy Walford College in Baschurch, Shropshire was the venue recently for the fourth and penultimate fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, the fixture being hosted by Shrewsbury Athletic Club.

The event attracted a hardened quartet of Bro Dysynni ladies not put off by the adverse course or weather conditions.

The quartet were led home by Adele Powl Jones of Bryncrug, 62nd overall in a time of 30.52 mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd produced another sterling performance, a time of 36.32 mins claiming victory within the Female Over-70 category with Yolanda Marconi Nolan following a little over a minute behind as a time of 37.52 mins claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 category. The quartet was completed by Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth, claiming 2nd spot behind Brenda within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 43.38 mins. The quartet were well rewarded within the league table after their efforts which saw the Bro Dysynni ladies team climb two spots to eighth position within Division 2 of the female teams ahead of the likes of Telford AC.

Marches School in Oswestry (SY11 2AP) will host the final league fixture on Saturday, 6th February......Can our ladies hold on the eighth....maybe even climb higher? Having finished in 9th in 2014-15, an improvement looks likely!!

  

  

Aberystwyth 10k


Doris on her way to 2nd spot within her age category

A quartet of Bro Dysynni athletes were amongst the 401 competitors who completed the 17th running of the Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth 10k Race, held on 6th December.

Leading home the Dysynni quartet as well as claiming age category victory within the Male 50-54 section was Eifion Roberts, the Ardudwy athlete home in a storming time of 41.02 mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was next home, 3rd finisher within the Female 70-74 age group in a time of 55.55 mins with Doris O'Keefe of Tywyn following as a time of 60.53 mins claimed 2nd spot within the Female 65-69 category. Prolific competitor Marj Griffiths completed the Dysynni turn out, 4th home within the Female 70-74 section in a time of 67.55 mins with the added bonus of having the shortest journey home on the day!

   

   
The Dysynni 4 in action at Aberystwyth

Some diary dates for 2016 with North Wales Championship Races over various distances recently announced;

5K - To be hosted by Prestatyn Running Club sometime in May (date tbc).
5 Miles - Abergele 5 Miles, Sunday, October 30th
10k - Caernarfon 10k, Sunday, September 4th
Half Marathon - Wrexham Half Marathon, February 14th
Marathon - Wrexham Marathon, March 6th

Cross Country League

Our best club turn out for a fair while on 28th November saw 7 competitors in action over a muddy, wet and windy course, as Mold Alun School played host to the third fixture within the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League.

Of the seven, six were in action in the ladies race which saw cross country debutante Adele Powl-Jones of Bryncrug lead home the Dysynni contingent alongside Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi, the duo both home in a time of 35.52 mins. Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd was victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 39.50 mins with Yolanda Marconi-Nolan following in 41.49 mins. Marit Evans of Dolgellau was our fifth finisher in 45.01 mins whilst Marj Griffiths was the 2nd finisher within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 46.17 mins. Despite such an excellent turn out, the ladies still slipped one spot in Division 2 from 9th to 10th, but a mere 10 points separate 8th to 10th spot in a tight division and with two more league fixtures still to go, we do hope to see the ladies climb a spot or two before the season ends in February next year!

Tom Jones of Aberdyfi was our sole competitor in the men's race and in his cross country debut, Tom completed the leg-sapping course in a time of 39.10 mins which saw the Dysynni men's team sit in 12th spot in Division 2 after three fixtures.

A warm well done to all in action....various race pictures appearing below.

   

   

   

   

It was very pleasing to see the name of two Bro Dysynni athletes on the result list for the recent Elan Valley 10 Mile Road Race, an event which completed a large loop of the Elan Valley situated to the west of Rhayadar in Powys in an area known as the 'Welsh Lake District'.

Leading home the duo was Eifion Roberts of Harlech, completing the undulating course in an excellent time of 1 hr 11.15 mins.
The 2nd Dysynni athlete in action was Marj Griffiths, our Aberystwyth based member continuing an exceptionally busy racing period by completing this particular event in a time of 2 hrs 04.02 mins.
Hearty congratulations to the duo for their sterling performances.

Congratulations to Dylan Jones, winner of our club place at the 2016 London Marathon.....Pob hwyl Dylan!
Snowdonia Marathon 24th October

Pictured have come to light of Marj Griffiths at the recent 33rd running of the Brooks sponsored Snowdonia Marathon Eryri.

Marj looks as fresh as a daisy as she crosses the finish line!!!!A report relating to the race is available by scrolling down a little.......

2015 Masters Cross Country Internationals

A rainy day in the Republic of Ireland greeted our very own Brenda Jones who recently crossed the Irish Sea as part of the Welsh team in action at the 2015 Masters Cross Country Internationals being held in Sentry Park in the fair city of Dublin. In a very competitive Female Over-70 age category, Brenda came home in a time of 35.57 mins, claiming 11th spot within the category as well as being the 2nd Welsh 'counter' within the Championships for those competing within the Female Over-70 section. As ever, a very warm congratulations to Brenda on yet another stellar performance.

Snowdonia Marathon 24th October

Ice cold winds greeted the 2,500 or so competitors who lined up in Llanberis for the start of the 33rd annual running of the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri held on 24th October.

Amongst those taking on the 26.2 mile challenge, which included a staggering 1685 metres of ascent, was our very own Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth.

Preparation paid off for Marj, completing the event in a magnificent time of 5 hrs 54.59 mins (with a halfway split of 2 hrs 43.10 mins). To top it all off. Marj was also victorious within the Female Over-70 age group category at the event.

Massive respect Marj from all at Bro Dysynni AC!

Abergele 5 Mile

Two club members were in action in early November, their chosen event being the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management sponsored Abergele 5 Mile Road Race, an event which also hosted the 2015 North Wales 5 Mile Championships.

The race also hosted an inter-regional event and, as such, one of our runners, Gwen Jones of Tywyn, swapped the red and green of Dysynni for the green and orange of North Wales for the very first time, a fantastic achievement Gwen! The extra pressure of regional representations spurred Gwen on to a finishing time of 34.53 mins, a time good enough to claim 3rd place within the 'Senior Ladies' category.

Also in action was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete home in a time of 46.16 mins, a time which also claimed North Wales Championship gold within the Female Over-70 age category.

Pictured at the event are Gwen taking the final corner of the race at an angle of 45 degrees and Brenda out on the course with Roy Peel trying to be incognito in the background! Many thanks to Gar at Cader Sports Photos for the pictures and well done to Gwen and Brenda for representing the club and region to such a high standard.

Bro Dysynni AC has been allocated 1 club entry for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. If you wish to be considered for this place you must meet the following criteria. Have entered and been rejected this year for the 2016 race. Be a fully paid up member of Welsh athletics and Bro Dysynni AC (ie affiliated). Athletes need to make Eirlys Griffiths aware of their request. Please let her have your full name ,address, registration number, email address and phone number before 10th November 2015. We are aware of only two athletes who wish to be considered at present. After the 10/11/2015 a draw will take place to decide who gets the place. Good luck everyone.
Snowdonia Marathon

Ice cold winds greeted the 2,500 or so competitors who lined up in Llanberis for the start of the 33rd annual running of the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri held on 24th October.

Amongst those taking on the 26.2 mile challenge, which included a staggering 1685 metres of ascent, was our very own Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth.

Preparation paid off for Marj, completing the event in a magnificent time of 5 hrs 54.59 mins (with a halfway split of 2 hrs 43.10 mins). To top it all off. Marj was also victorious within the Female Over-70 age group category at the event.

Massive respect Marj from all at Bro Dysynni AC!

It was great to see a quartet of our female members in action at the second fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League recently, with all four making their mark within the overall results as well as within their respective age categories.

Leading home the quartet in a magnificent seventh place overall was Gwen Jones of Tywyn who completed the tough course set in the grounds of St. Davids College in Llandudno in an excellent time of 22.03 mins. Further plaudits followed for Gwen with her selection to represent the North Wales team in action at the Abergele 5 Mile event being held on 1st November...very well done Gwen! The second Dysynni finisher in Llandudno was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious within the Female Over-70 category in a time of 31.04 mins. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan claimed 4th spot within the Female Over-65 section in a time of 34.16 mins with Marj Griffiths completing the quartet, our Aberystwyth based athlete claiming 2nd spot (behind Brenda) within the Female Over-70 age group in a time of 38.53 mins.

The slight surprise with the above came when the league tables were published, as our Female team remain in 9th spot in Division 2 of the league, despite improving our points total from 257 to 173 from the 1st to the 2nd fixture. A mere 26 points separate the four teams placed between 6th and 9th in this division ahead of the third fixture scheduled to be held in Mold on 28th November.....another good turnout would surely see us climb at leasta couple of places!

Pictured below are our female team in action at Llandudno...............well done ladies!

Brodysynni AGM

Please find the agenda for the AGM to be held on Friday 23rd October 2015 at The Kings Cafe Talyllyn Railway Station Tywyn 7:00pm. Please bring a copy with you if you can print off.

There is a return to cross country action this coming Saturday (17th October) as Colwyn Bay AAC play host to the 2nd fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, the venue chosen being the grounds of St. David's College in Llandudno (LL30 1RD). The host club have requested competitors park in the places provided and not on the drive leading up to the school.

Thanks to the sterling efforts of Brenda & Marit at Bangor, the Senior Ladies team find themselves in 9th position in Division 2 of their section with a total of 257 points after the first league fixture. The five teams immediately ahead of Bro Dysynni in this division are no more than 53 points ahead....a good club turnout could see us overtaking some of them!

Good luck to all those who are venturing up to St. David's College!

Cardiff Half Marathon and other News

The weekend of the 3rd and 4th of October was a busy one for Bro Dysynni A.C. with 5 athletes in action at the Lloyd Bank Half Marathon in Cardiff with a further two taking in the first cross country fixture of the season, held in Bangor.

The five Dysynni athletes in action in Cardiff were led home by Tom Jones of Aberdyfi in an excellent time of 1 hr 29.19 mins. Gwen Jones of Tywyn followed in 1 hr 39.36 mins with Gavin Griffiths next home in 1 hr 43.47 mins. Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi broke the two hour mark with a time of 1 hr 59.25 mins with the majestic Marj Griffiths completing the Dysynni turn out in a time of 2 hrs 35.49 mins which will also act as excellent preparation for the Snowdonia Marathon which is being held on 24th October, 2015.

Meanwhile, Brenda Jones and Marit Evans flew the flag at Treborth near Bangor, the venue for the first fixture of the 2015-16 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. Brenda was the first of the two to finish, a time of 29.14 mins claiming age category victory within the Female Over-70 section with Marit following with a gritty performance, home in a time of 34.34 mins.

A great weekend....well done to our 'Magnificent 7'!

Trailffest

A challenging course starting at Tanygrisiau and heading towards the coast in Porthmadog via Tan y Bwlch, Rhiw Goch Farm & Minffordd was the challenge which greeted the 150 or so competitors who lined up at the start of the 13.1 mile Trailffest course on a bright, sunny September morning.

Amongst those lining up were one current and one previous member of Bro Dysynni, with both featuring prominently in the overall results. So much so, that overall race victory went to a past member of the club, namely Alun Williams, who has hit a rich vein of form since his return to Barmouth on holiday from his New Zealand base, Al achieving victory on this occasion by 1 minute and 49 seconds as he crossed the finish line on the Cob embankment in a startling time of 1 hr 32.31 mins.

With Al claiming overall victory, it was also great to see our own recent World Masters (Female Over-70) Mountain Running Champion, namely Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, dominating her age category, Brenda victorious within the Female Over-70 section in a remarkable time of 2 hrs 45.29 mins.

Once again, great to see Bro Dysynni prominent in a local race.....well done to Al & Brenda!

Just a couple of dates for your diary during the month of October;

10th October - 30th anniversary of the formation of Bro Dysynni AC celebratory dinner being held at The Propergander Restaurant in Tywyn.

23rd October - Club AGM being held at The Kings Cafe at Talyllyn Railway Station to start at 7pm.

2016 North Wales Cross Country League

The onset of Autumn and then Winter is almost upon us, meaning that the North Wales Cross Country League will also start. Will we maintain our mid-table position in Division 2 of both the male and female leagues, or will their be a promotion surge in either?!

First fixture is now nearly upon, Tregarth Track in Bangor on 3rd October....hoping for a decent club turn out!

Men's Start 2:45pm. Ladies Start 2pm. (Venues will be confirmed asap. Please check back here).

3 October Treborth Track, Bangor, LL57 2RQ
17 October St Davidís College, Llandudno (LL30 1RD)
28 November Mold Alun School, Mold, CH7 1EP
16 January Baschurch, Shrewsbury (Postcode to follow)
30 January Rhug Estate, Corwen
6 February Marches School, Oswestry, SY11 2AP

Ras Y Cob

Stunned onlookers witnessed the sight of two Bro Dysynni athletes in action at the Ras y Cob 5k race held recently in Porthmadog. One eyewitness who wished to remain nameless allegedly quoted that seeing the two in action served as a timely reminder that 'Antiques Roadshow' was on TV later that day.

The duo were led home by Alan 'Gas' Jones of Barmouth, great to see Al back in competitive action completing the course based around the Cob area of Porthmadog in a time of 30.32 mins. Just under two minutes behind Al was our own Club Chairman, Huge Harrison, delighted as he crossed the finishing line (on his way the kebab shop) in a time of 32.18 mins.

Joking aside, great to see Al and Huw in action...well done to the two of you!

Congratulations to two club members who recently saw competitive action over the 13.1 mile half marathon distance.

For Doris O'Keefe, the 13.1 mile course was from Newcastle to South Shields as she joined around 57,000 other competitors in the 2015 Morrisons Great North Run. An admirable performance saw Doris complete the course in a time of 2 hrs 31.13 mins.

Meanwhile, Marj Griffiths took on the 13.1 mile course which constitutes the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in Mid Wales. In a performance which displayed true gumption, Marj came home in a time of 2 hrs 32.19 mins.

Two remarkably similar times for Doris and Marj over the same racing distance, albeit in markedly different locations...

One name missed out in our recent report of the Caernarfon 10k Road Race, an event which also incorporated the 2015 North Wales 10k Championships, was Gavin Ebrey, completing his first race in Bro Dysynni club colours in a time of 51.49 mins. Well done Gavin, here's hoping it is the first race of many in the red and green of Dysynni.

Athletes from a total of 29 countries were in action in and around Betws y Coed on Saturday, 12th September, the venue chosen to host the 2015 World Masters Mountain Running Championships (to be followed on September 19th by the World Mountain Running Championships).

The event on the 12th was open to athletes within the 35 - 79 age category and attracted one current and one past member of Bro Dysynni, both of whom achieved startling results as well as World Championship success within the Female Over-70 age category. It will come as no surprise to know that the gold was claimed by Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming victory within her age category over the 8.7k course in a time of 1 hr 07.15 mins. This was good enough to see off opposition from both Norway and England within the Female Over-70 section to claim a deserved place at the top of the victory podium within the section.


Brenda on her way to victory in the Female Over-70 category

Also in action was Alun Williams currently home in Barmouth from New Zealand and seeing plenty of race action whilst back in the Principality.Having claimed 3rd spot recently at the North Wales 10k Road Running Championships held in Caernarfon, Alun claimed 10thspot within the Male Over-35 age category in Betws y Coed, covering the 10.6k course in a time of 45.59 mins.

Fantastic efforts by both Brenda and Alun, watch out for highlights on S4C in the not to distant future.


Alun on his way to 10th within the Male Over-35 section

A quick advert for a local event being held on Sunday. 20th September. The event in question is the Ras y Cob 5k Race (and fun run) being held in Porthmadog.

The race has its own website for further information, namely www.ras-y-cob.co.uk

A time of 54.57 mins secured another North Wales Championship victory for our own Brenda Jones recently, Brenda claiming success within the Female Over-70 age category at the 2015 North Wales 10k Championships, which were incorporated within the Caernarfon 10k Road Race. Another excellent performance from Brenda....would be interesting to know exactly how many regional and national championship races Brenda has claimed age category success in over the years!

Brenda and Marit Evans were also in action at the Fairbourne Annual Race the Train (F.A.R.T.) 5k event. In what was mainly a charitable event, finishing times were secondary, well done however to Brenda and Marit for flying the Dysynni flag at the event.

The next Bro Dysynni A.C. committee meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, 23rd September. The venue will be 'The Whitehall' in Tywyn.

Amongst items being discussed will be the club dinner arranged as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations. The proposed date for the dinner is Saturday, 10th October with the venue being the Proper Gander Restaurant in Tywyn. Further details to follow.

Race the Train      Results




Yo, Richard, John, Gwen, Gavin, Hugo and Brenda are seen pictured in action at Race the Train.

What a great day for the club at the Race the Train day on Saturday. Great performances all around from members including some past members who have moved to other areas. The morning 10k Quarry Challenge race provided a field of 7 BDAC members from the 360 finishers none beating the train but great efforts all round. Dylan Jones first home in 54:17, John Nolan 4th V65 in 56:03, Alan Jones V55 56:25, Richard Griffiths V65 56:55,( I just managed to hold Alan & Dick off) Adele Powl-Jones F45 60:12, Susan Griffith F50 64:34 & Yolanda Marconi Nolan 2nd F65 76:42. The race was won by former member, home on hols from NZ, Alun Llyr Williams in 37:43 with another "local" now in Telford Lee Rudd 4th. Lee went on to run in the main race also. Also running in the morning this time in the Dolgoch 5 mile We had Gwenan Roberts F50 finishing in 50:20 (I struggled to pass Gwenan through Wintertons she was going really well) Becca Powl-Jones 53:46 and Chairman Hugh Harrison V60 58:40. The Main afternoon race The Rotary Challenge was the final race in the British Trail running championships and provided an international field. The race was won by Mike Kallenberg from Cardiff 1:19:26 & Sarah Hill from Farnham 1:32:57. Not to be put off by the high standards our Gwen Jones pushed herself to the limits coming through strong in the second half of the race finishing an incredible 13th Lady and 3rd Female Under-35 in 1:48:45. Gwen finished only 1 min behind selected Welsh runners!!! We then had Hugo Iffla V60 in 2:08:52 followed by Gavin Griffiths, making his big race debut, in 2:10:34. Our evergreen vet Brenda Jones F70 2:28:31 and Richard Vroom after a steady start pulling through to finish in a time of 2:48:19. Full race results available on here

Murder Mile

Wattsville near Newbridge in South Wales was the venue recently for the 'Murder Mile', a one mile event made up of severe climbs over an uphill course. Bro Dysynni were represented as ever at this event by Gavin Griffiths, who continued his steady improvement of finishing times at this particular race. In 2013, Gav came home in 13.51 mins, 2014 saw a finishing time of 13.38 mins and 2015 saw another improvement as Gavin came home in 13.30 mins. The question is now whether Gavin will go below 13.30 mins in 2016?????

Ras Glyndwr

A busy start to the month of August continued with a good Dysynni turnout amongst the 44 competitors in action at Ras Glyndwr in Machynlleth.

In a challenging 3.2 mile race which took in the ascent of Glyndwr Way in the hills of Llynlloedd above Machynlleth, overall race victory was claimed by former Bro Dysynni athlete, Alun Williams, home on a break from New Zealand, the previous resident of Barmouth crossing the finishing line in a time of 22.29 mins, a clear 25 seconds ahead of the next finisher. Also in action at the event were the Bryncrug based clan of Alan Jones, Adele Powl-Jones and Becca Powl-Jones, home in respective times of 33.21 mins, 38.06 mins and 44.11 mins. A busy Alison Sayes also saw competitive action for the 2nd time in less than a week, completing the Glyndwr course in a pleasing time of 44.37 mins.

Intrepid Dysynni athlete, Andy Unwin of Harlech, saw running action recently in South East Asia, the event chosen being the R399 6k Road Race held in Cebu City in the Philippines. A 5am start to avoid the heat and humidity of the day saw the Ardudwy-based rocket complete the course in a steady if not spectacular time of 42.40 mins. This is the 2nd time he has undertaken this particular race, having also competed in 2013, and on both occasions, had the honour of being the 1st Welsh finisher.......as well as the only Welsh finisher!

Hendre Wallog       Results

A total of 42 athletes took on the challenging 3 mile course presented by Ras Hendrewallog in Abergynolwyn recently and it was most pleasing to see competitors both young and not so young in action!

Overall race victory went to our very own Dewi Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog who, in an all to rare race outing, came home in victorious in a time of 18.56 mins. There was a good Dysynni turnout at the event and amongst other race finishers were the following; Tom Jones of Aberdyfi, 3rd overall in a time of 20.25 mins, Rhys Roberts, 4th overall and 1st Senior Male in a time of 20.25 mins, Alan Jones of Bryncrug in 25.22 mins, 11 seconds clear of old adversary Richard Griffiths, following in 25.33 mins. Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi was the 1st female race finisher in a time of 26.53 mins with Sue Griffith following, 1st Female Over-50 in a time of 27.12 mins. Next came Gwenan Roberts in 28.55 mins with Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd claiming victory in the Female Over-70 category in a time of 29.23 mins. Beccy Powl-Jones produced a good performance, coming home in 30.29 mins with the Dysynni contingent being completed by Alison Sayes, home in an excellent time of 31.08 mins.

As ever, a well organised event, thanks to Eirlys Giffiths and her team of helpers!

Another Bro Dysynni A.C. age category victory to report, on this occasion achieved by Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth within the Female Over-65 section at the Borth 10k event held on the 2nd of August.

Over a 10k course run in its entirety on a sandy beach surface stretching from Borth to Ynyslas and back, Marj came home in an outstanding time of 74.28 mins to claim yet another age category success for the club!

Good going Marj!!!!


Bro Dysynni A.C. - Celebrating three decades of athletic excellence......and Huw Harrison.

Ras Hendre Wallog

There is local action this coming Thursday (30th July) as Abergynolwyn will play host to the annual Ras Hendrewallog. Starting at 6.30pm from outside the community centre, the off road race measures approximately 3 miles in distance, the majority being run off-road. Entries will be taken on the night only.

The event has grown in popularity over the last few years, and here's hoping for another healthy turnout this coming Thursday!

Mic Morris 10k

Gavin Griffiths recently represented Bro Dysynni AC at the Mic Morris 10k Road Race, described as a fast 10k road race held between Blaenafon and Pontypool Park. Ths proved to be the case for Gav, completing the event in a storming time of 43.22 mins. Gwych Gav!

Dolgellau 5      Sat 25th July


Dylan Jones

There was much Bro Dysynni AC interest at the Dolgellau 5 mile road race held on 25th July with impressive performances all-round. At the upper echelon of the event, there was overall race victory for local runner Alex Lanz, the Dolgellau based athlete and Meirionnydd Running Club competitor home in a time of 27.42 mins. A mere 9 seconds later, a former member of Bro Dysynni crossed the finishing line as Alun Williams, home for a break from New Zealand, came home in 2nd spot overall in a time of 27.51 mins. Claiming 2nd spot in the Female category was our very own Gwen Jones, the Tywyn based athlete home in an excellent time of 34.32 mins. Another Tywyn-based Jones followed, on this occasion in the guise of Dylan Jones, home in 39.29 mins, with the next Dysynni Jones home being Alan of Bryncrug in a time of 40.23 mins. Continuing the theme was Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd, victorious in the Female Over-70 category in a time of 45.49 mins with Becca Powl-Jones of Bryncrug completing the 'Keeping up with the Jones's' theme, crossing the finishing line in a pleasing 51.10 mins.


Gwen Jones and Arfon Hughes, many thanks to Dan Wyre for the quality photography.

CLUB 30 YEAR CELEBRATIONS.

We will be having a BBQ at Trefeddian Farm on Saturday 1st August 2015 @ 3.00pm. All members past & present welcome with families. Tom & Rhian have kindly allowed us the use of their farm. As we do not know numbers if you could all bring what you would like to eat/drink with you and a seat to sit on please, that would be great. Tom has cleared the barn in case of bad weather. If you would like a run or walk first there is plenty of land to do it. Please pass the word on to people who are not on FB. How do you find the Farm? Take the A493 Tywyn to Aberdyfi Road, pass the cemetery on your left and continue until you see the first row of houses on your left, Trefeddian terrace. At the Aberdyfi end of the terrace is the entrance to Trefeddian Hotel. Turn left in here go up the hotel drive over both ghastly speed ramps, and then take the left up the tarmac hill, follow the road around passing a stable and over another speed ramp and bear left off the tarmac and onto farm track. Please don't put address into sat nav- you'll end up over a cliff!!

Any probs give us a ring 01654 767206 Welwn ni chi mewn wythnos See you there

A special commemorative t-shirt has been produced. The t-shirt can be seen elsewhere on this site being worn by Dylan Jones at the Dolgellau 5 mile race as well as below, being worn by the Bro Dysynni circuit training group before their well deserved Summer break.
Here's to the next 30!!!!!!!

   

Two Bro Dysynni 'heavyweight' athletes recently formed part of the field of 97 competitors who lined up just outside Latham Park on a hot and humid Friday evening to take part in the Newtown BBQ 5k race.

In a race won by Welsh female international, Rhianwedd Price (Cardiff A.C.), in a time of 16.27 mins, the Dysynni duo were led home by Andy Unwin of Harlech, beaming as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 31.39 mins. Club colleague, Huge Harrison of Fairbourne followed, on this occasion not-so-delighted with his finishing time of 34.27 mins.

Many thanks to Cader Sports for the pictures. Intelligence reports suggest both pictures have been photoshopped to make the dynamic duo look fatter than what they actually are! Diolch Gar.

Coed y Brenin

    
Gwen and Richard seen in action at the half marathon in Coed y Brenin.

Well done to our two club members who recently saw action at Coed y Brenin, the venue chosen for the 2015 Salomon Trail Marathon Wales. The event consisted of a full marathon and half marathon, both race routes being run within the stunning trails and tracks of Coed y Brenin. With both Dysynni athletes in action over the half marathon distance, Gwen Jones was the first of the duo home, the Tywyn based athlete completing the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1 hr 58.02 mins, 9th finisher within the Female Open category and 11th female finisher overall. Also in action was a busy Richard Vroom, completing his third distance race within a month, on this occasion the Tywyn based athlete crossing the finishing line in a time of 3hrs 00.57 mins.

Also in action recently was Gavin Griifiths, erstwhile of Tywyn. Gav's chosen event was the Caerphilly 10k, an event completed in an excellent time of 46.31 mins.

Finally, the nationwide network of 5k Park Runs continue to prove popular with those affiliated to Bro Dysynni. Most recently, Marj Griffiths completed the Aberystwyth 5k Park Run in a time of 31.45 mins, whilst in the Potteries, John Nolan and Yolanda Marconi-Nolan completed the Hanley 5k Park Run in respective times of 23.09 mins and 33.10 mins.

Alun Williams

Well done once again to a former member of Bro Dysynni, namely Alun Williams, who recently achieved the latest in the long line of race victories achieved on the South Island of New Zealand.

However, on this occasion victory was achieved in the type of race you would not normally associate with long distance specialist Al, as it was achieved over the short distance of 1 mile! The race in question was the 'OtterBox Golden Mile', a short event run through the carnival parade route along the streets of Queenstown.

Whereas Al claimed victory his exact winning time has yet to come to hand.

Al is seen crossing the line to victory, running purists will note that he is also rapidly becoming a heel striker!         Da iawn Al!


The picture shows Andy, Roy Peel (recovering from injury), Brenda and Marit outside the Gregynog mansion.

The 13th & 14th June, 2015 proved to be a busy weekend for Dysynni with eight athletes in action over three different distances and, of the eight, three were victorious within their respective age category. On the Saturday (13th), five club athletes saw action at the inaugural running of the Dysynni Trail Fest Challenge, with races starting and finishing at Ynysmaengwyn Woodland Park in Tywyn, Within the 15k distance, Tom Jones of Aberdyfi claimed victory within the Male Over-50 category in a time of 57.05 mins. Gwen Jones of Tywyn followed, 3rd female overall in a time of 1 hr 03.34 mins, Richard Griffiths of Tywyn home in 1 hr 13.56 mins to claim 2nd spot within the Male Over-65 category with Richard Vroom of Tywyn completing the quartet who entered the 15k as a time of 1 hr 29.34 mins claimed 2nd spot within the Male Over-60 category.

Within the 5k distance of the challenge, Alison Sayes claimed age category victory within the Female Over-50 section in a superb time of 26.41 mins.

The 14th saw a trio of Dysynni athletes head to Tregynon near Newtown for their chosen event, namely the 4.5 mile Gregynog Trail Race, a race starting and finishing nearby the impressive Gregynog mansion and grounds. On this occasion, Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd led the trio home, claiming victory within the Female Over-70 section in a time 51.25 mins. The rotund Andy Unwin of Harlech followed in a time of 59.22 mins, whilst Marit Evans of Dolgellau decided to track the course with our past club president, Sheila Symonds, now competing for Meirionnydd Running Club. The duo returned in a time of 82.33 mins.


The two Richard's, Tom and Gwen at Ynysmaengwyn (apologies to Alison who is not in photograph)

Coed y Brenin

Another 'well done' to Gwen Jones of Tywyn who recently completed the Anna Frost 10k Trail Race which was held on the trails within Coed y Brenin.

In the race, which took place on the last day of May, Gwen completed the 10k course in a fantastic time of 48.42 mins, a time good enough to claim 3rd spot in the female section of the event and 15th spot overall.

Another fantastic effort Gwen, very well done!

Leiden Marathon

Very well done to Richard Vroom of Tywyn, who recently headed back to his native Holland to take part in the 25th running of the Leiden Marathon, a race Richard completed in a time of 5 hrs 32.43 mins.

A fantastic effort by Richard and was great to see the red and green of Bro Dysynni being worn in South Holland!

Former Bro Dysynni athlete, Alun Williams, once again topped the winners podium at a recent event in his now native New Zealand.

Having recently been granted New Zealand citizenship, Alun celebrated the occasion by claiming a comfortable victory at the Welcome Rock 27k Trail Race. The event took part on the 'Roaring Lion Trail' located above the Nevis Valley near Garston, situated one hour south of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand.

Alun completed the 27k course in a time of 2 hrs 01.24 mins to claim overall victory by a just over 4 minutes and is seen claiming his victory prize on a log made podium.
Da iawn Al!!!!!

Ras y Gader

Another excellent effort from Gwen Jones of Tywyn at the recent 24th running of Ras y Cader in Dolgellau. Gwen completed the 10.5 mile course which included just under 3,000 feet of climbing in a chip time of 1hr 58.06 mins. Gwen reached the summit in 1 hr 11.39 mins and then descended in 46.27 mins. It must have been some descent with Gwen picking up 11 places, to finish in 79th spot at the event. More impressively, Gwen was the 4th female finisher overall and was also 1st female under the age of 23 to finish. Whereas the club are regular winners within the older age categories, it is brilliant to see us also win a younger age category for a change!!!! Well done Gwen....doing the club proud.

It looks unlikely that the Foel Gocyn Hill Run will take place this year. The race, which forms an integral part of Bryncrug Carnival was originally planned for the 1st Saturday of July, but unfortunately, the land owner over whose land the race is run has decided not to allow runners onto his land this year, which is a great shame indeed.

On a more positive note, Ras Hendre Wallog in Abergynolwyn is all set to go ahead on Thursday, 30th July, we will confirm the race start time in due course. The race will also see the inaugural winners of the 'Tom Evans Memorial Trophies' to be handed to the 1st Male and 1st Female finishers. We are sure that the 'Old Codger' would be chuffed with this......

Unfortunately this weekends (Sun 17/05) Picnic Buffet at Brenda & Roys has had to be cancelled. Roy has had a fall and is in Aberystwyth hospital. His knee is very badly swollen and the hospital are waiting for this to go down so that they can assess the damage. Hopefully the picnic will be rearranged when Roy is home and well again. Thanks
Pentyrch Hill Race and other News

Our own Gavin Griffiths was recently in action as he competed in the 29th running of the Pentyrch Hill Race, a race run over a distance of approximately 7 miles which included around 1600 feet of climbing, the location of the event being on the western outskirts of Cardiff. Gav completed the event in a time of 71.31 mins, a remarkable show of consistency having completed the very same race in a time of 71.29 mins in 2014 and 71.18 mins in 2013! Gav is pictured below at the 2015 event.

The club also claimed two age category victories at the recent Ras Y Diafol 10k races which formed part of the Sialens y Barcud Coch weekend held at Ponterwyd, 12 miles inland from Aberystwyth. Part of weekend consisted of two 10k trail races held over different courses, Eifion Roberts of Harlech chose the Saturday version which he completed in a time of 55.51 mins to claim age category victory within the Male Over-50 section, whilst Brenda Jones chose the Sunday version, duly completed in a time of 79.03 mins which claimed victory within the Female Over-70 age category.

Very well done also to a resurgent Marj Griffiths who claimed 2nd place within the Female Over-70 age category at the recent Newtown 10k, the Aberystwyth based runner completing the Maldwyn Harriers arranged event in a time of 68.18 mins.

Well done to all concerned!

A busy weekend saw Dysynni members past and present in action both locally and further afield. Closest to home, two of our members were in action at the Mawddach Goldrush Trail Race. The course was set along the footpaths and tracks over the gold bearing grounds of Coed y Brenin and measured approximately 9 miles in distance. Once again, Gwen Jones of Tywyn was the 1st Dysynni athlete home, Gwen completing the course in a time of 1 hr 15.50 mins, a time which claimed overall victory in the Open Female category as well as being third female home overall. Also victorious in her age category was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete victorious in the Female 70+ category, Brenda home in an excellent time of 1 hr 45.57 mins.

Marj Griffiths continues to re-write the record book within the Female Over-70 category at the Aberystwyth Park Run, of which Marj is a regular competitor. Marj bettered her previous personal best over the 5k course again recently, on this occasion in a time of 31.22 mins.

Finally, a past member of Bro Dysynni, namely Lee Rudd, also saw action recently, on this occasion at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. Now representing Wrekin Road Runners, Lee completed the 26.2 mile course based in Trafford and finishing at Manchester United FC in a superb chip time of 3 hrs 12.09 mins.

We will be digging deep to attach pictures to the above in the near future!

Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running

        
Gwen in action in the Isle of Man in the club vest of Aberdeen University A.C.

Club member, Gwen Jones of Tywyn, has recently returned from the Isle of Man having taken part in two of the three races which form part of the Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running organised by Manx Harriers.

First up for Gwen was the Peel Hill Race held on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. Gwen completed the 3 mile course which started and finished in the fishing village of Peel in a time of 20.13 mins, a time which claimed an excellent 13th spot finish in the female race out of the 116 who completed the event.

As per tradition, Gwen then ran the 11 mile route back to Douglas in an unofficial running / pub crawl before lining up the following morning at the start of the 5k race which started and finished on Douglas promenade. On this occasion, Gwen completed the course in a time of 21.15 mins, claiming a 34th spot finish out of the 129 competitors within the female section of the race.

Next up for Gwen will be Ras y Cader in mid-May......maybe even running in a Dysynni vest?! Da iawn Gwen.

Good Friday saw the annual running of the Maldwyn Harriers Chocoholics 5k Race in Newtown. Representing Bro Dysynni at the event was Brenda Jones, the Llanelltyd based athlete claiming 2nd spot within the Female Over-70 category at the event in a time of 28.06 mins.

Also in action at the event was previous club president, Sheila Symonds, Sheila victorious within the Female Over-80 category in an excellent time of 47.34 mins.

Club Members

Club member Alban Jones recently moved into a new age category, will this result in a long awaited comeback for the Tywyn based stalwart???

A quick check on the Wikipedia list of British bingo nicknames show that Alban has moved into the 'Over-Stopped Work' age category!

(explanation please..webmaster)

Another of the clubs newer members, Gwen Jones of Tywyn, recently completed the Oen Aran Lamb sponsored Ras yr Aran Fell Race, covering the 10 mile event which included an overall 3,100 feet of climbing in an excellent time of 2 hrs 10.47 mins. An excellent effort from the athlete previously affiliated to Aberdeen University A.C.

We won't mention her three hour wait for her lift home from Llanuwchllyn!!

(quicker to run home? ...webmaster)

Many congratulations to new club member, Doris O'Keefe, who recently completed the Vitality Bath Half Marathon in a time of 2 hrs 20.26 mins which claimed an overall 30th spot finish within the Female Over-60 age category.

Doris is an experienced running campaigner having completed numerous distance events prior to joining the club earlier this year.
Welcome to Bro Dysynni AC Doris!

Moke Lake 10k


Alun negotiates one of the obstacles at 'The Mule'.

A very well done to past Bro Dysynni athlete, Alun Williams, who recently claimed victory in a race with a difference.

The race in question was 'The Mule' a 10k event held around the Moke Lake area of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The event organisers describe the race as a terrain based obstacle course offering a combination of mud, river, multi terrain and hard core obstacles.

The obstacles proved insufficient to Alun who claimed victory in the individual 10k elite event in a time of 1 hr 01.49 mins.

Da iawn Al!!!

Red Kite Challenge 2nd/3rd May

Event Schedule

Cross Country

Pictured after the final cross country league fixture of the season held at Oswestry are our three end of season award winners receiving their age category recognition, namely;

Brenda Jones - 1st Female Over-70
Yolanda Marconi-Nolan - 3rd Female Over-65
John Nolan - 3rd Male Over-65
Excellent effort all round!

  

Cross Country Season Finish

The Marches School in Oswestry was the venue recently for the 5th and final fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. As is the norm for this particular course, conditions were extremely muddy and soft underfoot, making for ideal cross country conditions!

Bro Dysynni A.C. were represented by our three 'hard core' cross country athletes in the guise of Brenda Jones, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan and John Nolan. In the Senior Ladies race, Brenda came home in a time of 34.15 mins, claiming age category victory on the day within the Female Over-70 section whilst Yo followed in 36.02 mins, claiming 3rd spot on the day within the Female Over-65 category. In the Senior Mens race, John came home in an excellent time, considering the conditions, of 56.45 mins.

As this was the final league fixture, the end of season standings are now available. On an individual basis, Brenda claimed 1st position within the Female Over-70 section whilst Yo claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 section, as indeed did John, 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 section. From the team perspective, Bro Dysynni finished in 9th spot in Division 2 in the Women's league, a slip of four places from last seasons 5th spot, whilst the men claimed 12th spot in Division 2, an improvement on last season when we did not field competitors in certain races.

As ever, a very well done to our cross country runners who may be small in number but are certainly big in heart!

Pictured below are Brenda, Yo and John in action at Oswestry.

Nick Beer 10k

Eifion Roberts was the sole Dysynni athlete in action at the recent Nick Beer 10k event. The tough course started on the promenade in Llandudno before heading up the Great Orme and working its way back along the promenade before finishing opposite Venue Cymru. One of the tougher 10k events locally for sure.

Harlech-based athlete Eifion turned in an excellent performance, completing the event in a time of 41.56 mins, which also claimed a 9th spot finish within the Male Over-50 age category.

Also, another vote of thanks to Gareth Roberts for his usual high quality pictures!

Da iawn Eifion a llawer o ddiolch Gar.

Yo and John kept the Dysynni flag flying over the last weekend of January, 2015 with Yo in action on both Saturday and Sunday of that particular weekend.

First up was a trip from the Potteries to Lilleshall on the Saturday for the 4th (and penultimate) fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League. A suspect weather forecast led to a smaller field than usual, those in attendance being greeted by wet and muddy conditions on a bright crisp Winter's day. Yolanda Marconi-Nolan claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 age category, finishing in a time of 37.38 mins, whilst John Nolan claimed a terrific age category victory within the Male Over-65 category, John covering the 5.75 mile course in a time of 54.10 mins. Updated league standings will be posted when they appear on the North Wales Cross Country League website.

Sunday saw Yo take on a race closer to home, namely the Alsager 5 Mile Road Race. Once again Yo claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-65 category, on this occasion in a time of 51.16 mins.

Also well done to Marj Griffiths on another Aberystwyth Park Run, on this occasion finishing in a time of 31.54 mins.

The updated league tables are now online after the 4th fixture held at Lilleshall. It sees the Bro Dysynni ladies jump four places to eighth in Division 2 whilst the Men's team improve one spot, reaching 12th in their Division 2. The efforts of Yo and John were well rewarded within the league standings!!

Cross Country Results


Yo at Lilleshall


John at Lilleshall


Yo at Alsager

The latest race results to come to hand are those from the 2015 North Wales Cross Country Championships (supported by Grand Prix Express). At the event. held at the Glyndwr University grounds in Northop, Brenda Jones continued her domination of the Female Over-70 age category, on this occasion Brenda winning championship gold in the section in a time of 37.02 mins. As ever, very well done to Brenda!

Tom Coed y Brenin Winter Run

Sean Coed y Brenin Winter Run

Richard Vroom

It is turning out to be quite a busy January for our club athletes, and we still have a cross country fixture to fit in on the final day of January!

At the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon held at Coed Y Brenin on Saturday, 24th January, Sean Chambers came home in a time of 1 hr 50.48 mins, a mere 76 seconds ahead of club-mate Tom Jones who followed in 1 hr 52.04 mins. Ex-Dysynni member, Dylan Jones came home in an excellent time of 1 hr 48.22 mins whilst a torn calf muscle saw Paula Tunnadine put in an exceptionally brave performance to finish in a time of 2 hrs 36.44 mins. An excellent race as ever from Matt Ward and his team at 'Trail Marathon Wales'.

Richard Vroom of Tywyn was the sole club representative at the Tarren Hendre Fell Race in Abergynolwyn, Richard covering the 6 mile course which included an estimated 2,000 feet of climbing in a time 1 hr 51.07 mins,

The nationwide network of 'Park Runs' are growing in popularity and Dysynni continue to be represented. Marj Griffiths has become a regular at the Aberystwyth Park Run, Marj's last two times at the event being 32.28 mins and 31.44 mins. Meanwhile, Yolanda Marconi-Nolan recently completed the Hanley Park Run held in Stoke on Trent in a time of 31.14 mins...well done ladies!!!!

Here's hoping for another decent turn-out from Bro Dysynni at the penultimate fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League being held at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall, near Telford this coming Saturday (31st January).

Pictured are Tom and Sean in action at Coed Y Brenin and Richard at Tarren Hendre.

Well done to two club representatives, namely Brenda Jones and Marit Evans, who braved the Wintry conditions to take part in the Twin Piers 10k race held on 17th January, 2015. The 10k course which started at the Cenotaph in Llandudno and finished on Colwyn Bay pier attracted 355 competitors. Brenda came home in a superb time of 57.25 mins to claim age category success within the Female Over-70 section with Marit following in 65.50 mins. An excellent start to 2015 to the two training partners!

The overall race was won by Gwyn Owen of Eryri Harriers in a time of 33.00 mins whilst unattached athlete, Debbie Holl, was the 1st female finisher in a time of 40.39 mins.

Well done to Marj Griffiths for a strong running start to 2015. Marj has completed three Aberystwyth Park Runs with her time improving at each event. New Year's Day saw Marj complete the course in 32.23 mins, 3rd January saw this time drop to 31.35 mins and by the 10th January, Marj recorded a time of 31.18 mins. At this rate Marj should be completing the course in 26 mins by Easter!

There are Park Runs throughout the country and they are all free of charge events. Details of the Aberystwyth Park Run can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk/aberystwyth.

The chosen North Wales Road Running Championship Races for 2015 are as follows;

5km - Taste Academy 5k, RHYL on 20/5/15
5 Miles - Abergele 5, ABERGELE on 1/11/15
10km - Caernarfon 10k, CAERNARFON on 30/8/15 (tbc)
10 Miles - North Wales 10, WREXHAM on 25/4/15
Half Marathon - Village Bakery Half Marathon, WREXHAM on 15/2/2015
Marathon - Snowdonia Marathon, LLANBERIS on 24/10/2015

N.Wales road rankings 2014

Men         Cover         Women

From going through the rankings (attachments), it is good to see the initials BD (for Bro Dysynni A.C.) appearing at regular intervals. Dysynni athletes appear in the following rankings;

Brenda Jones; 2nd Masters Woman (Over-60) over 5 Miles - Abergele 5 in 46.16 mins
31st Woman over 5 Miles - Abergele 5 in 46.16 mins
2nd Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10k - Twin Piers in 57.46 mins
94th Woman over 10k - Twin Piers in 57.46 mins

Sheila Symonds; 1st Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10 Miles - Teifi 10 in 156.00 mins
5th Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10k - Twin Piers in 96.21 mins

Marj Griffiths; 4th Masters Woman (Over-60) over 10k - Aberystwyth 10k in 66.41 mins

Richard Griffiths;12th Masters Male (Over-60) over 5 Miles - Dolgellau 5 in 41.56 mins

Eifion Roberts; 33rd Male over 5 Miles - Abergele 5 in 33.35 mins

John Tee; 33rd Masters Male (Over-60) over 10k - Aberystwyth 10k in 60.14 mins

Marit Evans; 100th Woman over 10k - Twin Piers in 58.07 mins

I hope I got all the names from the attachments!!!

The cold weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of seven club runners, plus two 'guest runners' at the Fun Run for Odyssey 5k & 10k held at Ynysmaengwyn in Tywyn on Sunday, 4th January, 2015.

In no particular order, club runners in action were new member Sean Chambers (welcome to the club Sean!), Brenda Jones, a delighted Huge Harrison, Marit Evans, Rhian Jones, Richard Griffiths and Tom Jones whilst 'guesting' for Dysynni were Paula Tunnadine & Gwen Jones.

We hope to add race results of both the 5k and 10k in due course (Eirlys is contacting Hugo Iffla for these) and if and when received, they will be added to this report.

One other 'ceremony' took place at the event, namely the presentation of a silver salver to Sheila Symonds in recognition of 25 years of dedicated and loyal service (and fantastic cake making!) to Bro Dysynni A.C., a thoroughly well deserved accolade to our past Club President.

The pictures below this report hopefully capture the true spirit of the day when the real winner was the Odyssey charity. A huge thank you to all who supported this most worthwhile of events.
Many thanks to Gareth Roberts and Paula Tunnadine for the excellent pictures!


Sean


Brenda


Huw


Marit


Rhian


Rich


Tom


Paula


Gwen



Presentation

More pictures of the Odyssey Challenge from Dan Wyre can be viewed here.

www.dropbox.com/sh/pvejffrt9fxziv6/AAAZyoxPVkmLqw-S0ZMXLtlka?dl=0

There is a great chance to run of the Christmas excess as well as help raise money for a good cause being held in Tywyn early in 2015.
Runners have the opportunity to complete over either a 5k or a 10k run as part of the Fun Run for Odyssey being held at Ynysmaengwyn in Tywyn at 11am on Sunday, 4th January. All ages and abilities are welcome at the event being very ably arranged by Kathy and Hugo Iffla.
Further details relating to the Odyssey charity can be found at Odyssey
A trio of athletes affiliated to Bro Dysynni AC were amongst the 495 finishers at the recent 16th running of the Cambrian News sponsored Aberystwyth Charity 10k. Leading home the trio, claiming an overall 55th spot finish was Harlech based Eifion Roberts, his time of 41.40 mins also claiming 2nd spot within the Male Over-50 age category. Blaenau Ffestiniog based John Tee was the second Dysynni finisher in a time of 60.14 mins whilst Aberystwyth based Marj Griffiths used local knowledge to her advantage, Marj claiming a fantastic age category victory within the Female Over-65 section in an outstanding time of 66.41 mins. Well done to Eifion, John and Marj!!!
2014 Cross Country Results

Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham was the venue recently for the 3rd league fixture within the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League, with 6 Dysynni athletes in action at the event hosted by Wrexham AC.

Five of the six were in action within the female category, the five being led home by cross country debutant, Bergitte Evans, the Dolgellau athlete home in a time of 28.35 mins, which in turn claimed an overall 79th spot finish as well as being the 5th female under-17 athlete home. Brenda Jones followed, the Llanelltyd veteran home in 30.12 mins to claim victory within the Female Over-70 category with Marit Evans following a mere 11 seconds later, the Dolgellau athlete home in 30.23 mins. The fourth Dysynni athlete home was Yolanda Marconi-Nolan, 3rd in the Female Over-65 category in 32.32 mins with the redoubtable Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completing the Dysynni female contingent, the Aberystwyth based athlete home in a time of 34.28 mins. Slightly surprisingly, despite another excellent turnout, the ladies slipped one position to 12th spot in Division 2 of the ladies league after the Wrexham fixture, as well as slipping one spot within the Female Masters Team section, from 9th spot to 10th spot.

Once again, John Nolan was the sole male representative in the men's section, a 43.12 mins finish claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 age category as well as 123rd placed finish overall. As a result of John's sterling efforts, Dysynni sit in 13th spot within Division 2 of the Senior Men's league.

The league now takes a break until 31st January, 2015 when Telford AC will host the 4th fixture, being held at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall (TF10 9AT).

The camera lens caught all six of our athletes in Wrexham who are pictured below.

An additional cross country date for December is Saturday, 13th December when the Royal Welsh Show Ground in Builth Wells will play host to the 2014 Welsh Inter-Regional & Masters Cross Country Championships.

Entries for the Masters events can be made online or via paper entry. Further details relating to the above can be found at www.welshathletics.org

Brodysynni AGM         AGM AGENDA


Eirlys Giffiths - El Presidente

The club AGM was held on the evening of 31st October, 2014. At the AGM, changes to the committee structure were made. We would like to thank outgoing club president, Sheila Symonds, for her unstinting work during her tenure in the role and also many thanks to Gwen and John Butler for carrying out a variety of duties over the years and to wish them all the very best in their move to live in Exeter in Devon.

We welcome Eirlys Griffiths into the role of Club President and also to Gwenan Roberts into the role of Club Treasurer. We also welcome on to the committee the trio of Adele Jones, Alun Jones and Mike Stevens.

An updated list of the new committee and other roles can be found by clicking the 'Committee' link on the left hand scroll bar.

British & Irish Masters Cross Country

Our very own Brenda Jones of Llanelltyd recently swapped her Dysynni vest for the national vest of Wales having been chosen as part of the Welsh Ladies Over-70's squad competing at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country event which was held at Wollaton Park in Nottingham on 22nd November, 2014.

Brenda claimed a 10th spot finish within the age category, completing the course in a time of 34.45 mins. The final standings in this age category saw England victorious with 15 points, Wales claiming runners up spot with 23 points and the Republic of Ireland claiming 3rd spot with 29 points. Well done Brenda, we are all very proud of you!!!!

Abergele         2nd November 2014

  

Good to see a quartet of Dysynni members in action at the Spillane & Co. Wealth Management sponsored Abergele 5 Mile Road Race held on 2nd November, 2014, the race also incorporating the 2014 North Wales 5 Mile Championships. In a race won by Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) in a time of 24.56 mins, the Dysynni quartet were led home by Eifion Roberts. the Harlech based athlete claiming 3rd spot within the Male Over-50 category as he completed the event in an excellent time of 33.35 mins. Brenda Jones followed, the Llanelltyd veteran winning the North Wales Championship within the Female Over-70 category, crossing the line in a time of 46.16 mins. It was pleasing to see John Tee of Blaenau Ffestiniog back in competitive action, John completing the course in a time of 50.45 mins, taking 3rd spot within the Male Over-65 category in the process. Marit Evans of Dolgellau followed, as a time of 51.08 mins claimed 3rd spot within the Female Over-45 category. Well done to the four and we also picture Eifion and John at the event, apologies to Brenda and Marit as we cannot find pictures of them in action at the event!!

Cross Country Sat 25th October


Pictured is Rhian Jones in action at St. David's College

The grounds of St. David's College in Llandudno recently played host to the 2nd fixture of the 2014-15 Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross Country League with the ever-reliable ladies team turning out to keep the Dysynni flag flying!

It was great to see Rhian Jones of Aberdyfi making her cross country bow, leading home the quartet of Dysynni ladies in action, Rhian home in a time of 25.55 mins which claimed an overall 59th spot finish on the day. Brenda Jones followed, the Llanelltyd veteran finishing in a time of 29.57 mins, to claim victory within the Female Over-70 section. Marit Evans of Dolgellau turned in another quality performance to finish in a time of 30.12 mins whilst the busy Marj Griffiths of Aberystwyth completed the Dysynni quartet, home in 39.21 mins.

As a result of the above, the ladies team slipped one place, to 11th overall, in Division 2 whilst retaining their 9th spot within the Female Masters category.

The third fixture will be hosted by Wrexham AC, at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham (LL13 9NG) on Saturday, 29th November. Here's hoping for another decent turnout!