North Wales Road Runner Martin Green proved both his pedigree and versatility last week by winning a unique track double in the Welsh Masters track and field league meeting at Wrexham.
The experienced Conwy Marathon champion, and runner-up in last year’s Snowdonia Marathon made his track debut at the Queensway Stadium in midweek to claim first place in both the 1500 and 3000m races.
In a close finish to the 1500 event, Martin’s narrow victory was less than two seconds ahead of rival Adrian Lewis from Aberdare in 4 mins 44 secs – but in the 3000m race, he was more than a minute ahead of second-placed Abergele runner Sean McCormack in 10 mins 02 secs, to record two incredible personal best times.
Modestly, he confirmed they were his first competitive track races, and claimed ‘it showed,’ adding that, ‘it was great fun, despite lacking in technique and tactics.’
Martin’s great form continued on Saturday at the Hafan Pwllheli Parkrun (Plas Heli Cyf) – run entirely on the sands. He won the race in (18.33) and was also first M40-44 vet – with his talented wife Carla Green, finishing 1st VW 45-49, and 14th overall (23.07) for course debuts and double success.
Martin’s marathon colleague Jon Evans took part in the Newborough Forest Parkrun, finishing 16th (22.54) for a M50-54 cat win. Jon, who has taken part in many Parkruns across the UK and even abroad, claimed it was ‘the best course he had ever run.’ saying that although it was not the fastest, it was certainly his most enjoyable single lap effort.
On Sunday, Jon took part in the Derby Half-Marathon and despite narrowly falling off the 8-min mile pace in the latter stages of the race, he still enjoyed a fantastic run to record (1.45.03).
On the same day, Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts celebrated another good showing in the Doncaster Half-Marathon to claim 13th position and 2nd place in his M45 cat (1.20.33).
Six club runners recorded positive performances at the Conwy Parkrun on Saturday despite battling terrible conditions underfoot on the near waterlogged course. Promising teenager Troy Kettle ran well in his first outing in a NWRRC vest finishing 12th (20.47) and 1st M15-17. This latest result as the first club runner home came hot-on-the-heels of his surprise win the previous Sunday at the Anglesey 10k trail race.
Other Conwy Parkrun results included: Don Hale 39th and 1st M65 vet (23.22), with Rob Fryer – despite struggling with a badly bruised leg, 51st and 2nd M65 vet (24.03). Kay Hatton was 56th overall and 3rd VW 55-59 (24.18), Gethin Jones 67th (25.14), and Stuart Culverhouse (82nd), who helped his young son Joe (JM10) to a new PB in (26.16), with Stuart finishing just one second behind.
Helen Hannam took part in two ‘Race for Life’ races this week raising valuable funds for charity. Competing at Stoke on Tuesday she paced her mother Carol Acton around the near 5k course, helping her to a sub 45 minute PB (43.37).
And on Sunday Helen ran again in the sun at Rhyl in a similar event knocking almost 10 mins off her time from last year over the 4.5k route and confirming her current purple patch of form to finish 18th (22.57). Kelly Alford and Cai Roberts ran with their young boys in the same event completing the promenade course in 32.57, and Josie Davies finished in 23.50.