Martin Green tamed the ‘Beast’ and led home nearly 200 hardy runners in wet and murky conditions at the popular, yet highly challenging Deiniolen 10k road race.
He was just one of a record 19 athletes from the NWRRC club who took part in this annual event, which lived up to its reputation as ‘probably the hardest 10k race you’ll ever run’ – and is claimed to be the same elevation per mile as Snowdon!
Despite the poor weather and the undulating – if not exceptionally hilly country lanes – many course records were broken, and Green eventually claimed a narrow victory by just 10 seconds ahead of rival Ian Edwards, in 36 mins 26 secs, and he also won the 1st M40 vet prize.
Remarkably, the club had three runners in the top ten with Jonathan Kettle 4th, a course PB and 2nd M40 (37.35), and John Ford 7th (38.09), whilst Gemma Moore celebrated her birthday in style finishing as 2nd lady and 23rd overall in (42.02).
Other results included: Iwan Evans 26th (42.36), Steven Roberts 32nd and 3rd M50 (43.42), Stuart Culverhouse 33rd with a course PB (43.49), Troy Kettle 37th and 2nd MU18 (44.14), Ben Hudson 44th (45.09), Richard Scamans 48th (45.41), Steve Poupart 63rd (47.10), *Carla Green running with visually aided runner Daniel Owens finished 77th (49.01), Sara Ferguson 94th and a course PB in (51.02), Jon Evans 95th (51.03), Rob Fryer 104th (52.21), Don Hale 113th (53.22), Len Jackson 124th (55.13), Cai Roberts 134th (56.57), with Kelly Alford 135th and great PB in (56.58).
Last Sunday Martin Green ran as a member of the North Wales development team competing in the Stone St Michael’s 10k event in Staffordshire. Run over a fast, flat, two-lap course, he was the second team counter claiming 13th place overall (34.05), in a race that attracted over 500 top runners.
Marathon man extraordinaire Jon Evans, who last year completed his quest to run over 100 marathons, took part in an incredible series of five varied and very competitive races over this past week, including the Deiniolen ‘Beast,’ and four separate races over the weekend.
On Friday night he finished third man in the Salomon Friday night 5k trail challenge, and the following day completed the Ellesmere Port Parkrun.
On Sunday though, he took part in both the 5k and 10k races at Port Sunlight. He recorded a great time of (21.57) in the 5k to finish 2nd in his MV50 age cat, and recorded (47.53) and 207th overall in the 10k. Carla Green, who was competing in her third event of the week, also ran at Port Sunlight, and was 1st F45 (43.24) in 61st place overall.
Last Saturday 13 NWRRC athletes took part in four different Parkruns.
Eight runners competed at Conwy where several great PBs were achieved, including Troy Kettle 9th (19.47) and first JM 15-17, Dave Spofforth (20.52), and Vicky Taylor 8th lady in (24.17). Meanwhile, Stuart Culverhouse – running again with his fast-improving young son Joe – who was aiming for a sub 26 – ended up with a sub 25 (24.40).
Top teenager Harry Driscoll continued his fine form finishing seventh overall and first SM 18-19 (19.33), and Martin Green helped visually impaired runner Daniel Owens around the course for another PB in (22.23).
Other results included: Len Jackson 105th (25.55), and the remarkable Helen Hannam, who finished 151st (28.43), amidst her 12-mile training run.
Three club members tackled the Newborough Parkrun on Anglesey for the first time but Rob Fryer unfortunately lost his footing in the sand, and despite suffering a leg injury, he somehow battled on to finish 53rd (28.42) and second MV65; with Carla Green fairing somewhat better as 3rd lady in 12th position overall (22.19) and first FV 45-49, with colleague Kay Hatton finishing 26th (24.19) to win her age category.
Michael (Pat) Finnie enjoyed a first time run out at the Penistone Parkrun and finished 27th (23.37) to claim 2nd MV60-64 cat; and Jon Evans gained a deserved PB at Ellesmere Port Parkrun, finishing 17th overall and 3rd VM50-54 (23.03).
Gethin Jones gave the Parkrun a miss this week to take part in the Barmouth 10k on Saturday morning ending the run in 43rd pace (45.55) whilst gradually regaining his fitness.