On the Road - NWRRA-June 2015
W elsh F ell R unners A ssociation

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.

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.


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!











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


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!