On the Road - NWRRA-Feb 2015
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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!