Father and son move full steam ahead to celebrate double running success

Jonathan Kettle (white) in action

Father and son Jonathan and Troy Kettle achieved a unique running double last weekend.

The North Wales Road Runners were on winning form at three different events.

Dad Jonathan came steaming home ahead of a 300-strong field to win the popular Deganwy Dash 5-mile race in 28.13, and was also 1st MV40, and two days later finished first, and more than two and half minutes ahead of his nearest rival, in the challenging Anglesey Trail Half Marathon (1.24.06).

Sixteen-year old Troy crossed the line over a minute clear in the Anglesey 10k trail race, easily winning his first ever open event in 47.41. Father and son later shared the podium during prize-winning celebrations. In the same event, Barrie Wells was 23rd and 2nd MV60 (57.02).

NWRRC senior fell runner Mark Davies also celebrated a tremendous result in the Welsh 1000 Metre Peaks – a selection of extremely tough 20-mile plus mountain races – beginning on the coast at Abergwyngregyn, and taking experienced athletes over the Carneddau Glyers to finish at the top of Snowdon, before running another five miles back to Llanberis.

Davies finished second overall and 2nd MV40 in the highly challenging Long Fell Race (Hil Feil Hir) in an incredible four hours, 21 minutes and 12 seconds.

Karl Morris clocked 6-13.36 to claim a 30-minute personal course record, with Michael (Pat) Finnie fourth MV60, completing the demanding Long Challenge Race in 9-43.40.

Stuart Culverhouse was 15th in 1-08.43 in the challenging Llyn Brenig 9.5M and Canicross trail race.

Marathon star Jon Evans had to battle very hot conditions in Germany to run four hours and 19 minutes at the Rhein-Ruhr in Duisburg. The previous day Evans faced similar heat in the 5th Volksgarten Parkrun for a remarkable International MV 50-54 win, finishing fourth overall (22.17).

Club teenager Harry Driscoll achieved a 16th in category place, and 24th overall, at the hilly Abersoch Land and Sea 10k (39.50), with Mandy Owen nearly three minutes quicker than last year as 75th female in 61.01.

Deganwy Dash results: 1st Jonathan Kettle (28.13), John Ford 5th (29.05), Harry Driscoll 12th and 3rd MU23 (30.57), Gemma Moore 2nd female and 2nd F35 (32.19), Steven Roberts 30th (33.10), Richard Scamans 38th (33.48), Stuart Culverhouse 41st (34.17), David Spofforth 54th (35.54), Gethin Jones 66th (37.53), Sarah Ferguson 12th female and 3rd F40 (38.45), Don Hale 76th and 2nd MV65 (38.52), Helen Hannam 22nd female (41.17), Cai Roberts 97th (41.27). Len Jackson 99th and 2nd MV60 (41.44), Mike Hatton 100th (41.42), Kelly Alford 31st female (42.36), and club chairman Kevin Slattery, running with visually impaired athlete Daniel Owens, finished in 38 mins.

Conwy Parkrun results: Iwan Evans 10th and 2nd MV 40-44 (19.31), Gethin Jones 32nd (22.12), Steven Poupart 45th (22.55), Carla Green 49th and 1st F45-49 (23.01), Don Hale 55th and 1st MV65 (23.35), Stuart Culverhouse – running with his young son Joe – 128th (27.23). Mark Jessett was second overall and 1st in cat at Crayfoot Meadows (20.12). Carla ran with visually impaired athlete Daniel Owens.


GOG were proud to be represented by two athletes at the European Triathlon Championships in Weert, Holland.

Sharing a stage with Alistair Brownlee et al, the GOGs raced the standard distance event for the Great Britain Age Group Team.

Joni Stubbs Thrush had a strong swim and bike and finished in a very respectable 2-40.32. Adrian Leonard performed well across the disciplines and finished 12th in his age group in an impressive 2.09.18.

Chester Triathlon Club hosted the Deva Triathlon. Jack Smith Keegan finished 15th overall in 4-10.58, distance debutant Sarah Gallacher posted 5-09.02, earning her second spot in her age category. In the standard distance race Paula Maguire recorded 2-53.43 and Michelle Farrell 3-18.48.

Simon Baldwin travelled to the Lake District to take part in a Day in the Lakes Aquabike which comprises a 2000m swim and 78km bike. He finished in third place overall in 2.49.15.

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