There was a massive gold rush last Sunday at the RunFest Wales 5k race in Rhyl with six North Wales Road Runners collecting first place finishes as part of the regional Welsh Championships.
On a warm but blustery day on the promenade, club athletes also won two silver medals and one bronze, with many also landing their age category awards.
Twelve runners competed in the 5k event with two others in the 10k, and a further two in the half-marathon – all run on the same day.
Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts was first club runner home in the 5k to claim gold as first Welsh runner in his M45 category. Llyr was 10th overall in (17.59), with promising 18-year old athlete Harry Driscoll 15th to scoop another gold as 1st MU20 in 18.48.
Further gold medals were won by veteran Kevin Slattery, 1st M60 in 24th place (19.47), Steven Roberts 1st M50 and 29th overall (20.21), Don Hale 43rd and 1st M65 in (22.45) and Kay Hatton 1st F55 and 8th lady, 46th overall, in 23.32.
Carla Green won a deserved silver medal as 5th lady, 35th overall, and 2nd F45 cat (21.16), with Mike Hayton also taking silver as 53rd overall, and 2nd M65 in 24.40, whilst Helen Hannam claimed a bronze as 11th lady, 52nd overall, and 3rd F40.
Other good results included: David Nolan 39th (21.40), Kevin Higgins 49th (23.57), and Rob Fryer 58th and 3rd M65 in 25.26.
Visually handicapped new club runner Daniel Owens continued his rapid improvement to claim a PB in the 10k race running with Alex Yem from Wallasey, and finishing 16th (45.57). Rachel Morris, on her return to competition, was delighted with 122nd place in 1.03-15.
GREEN ROMPS TO HALF-MARATHON VICTORY
Despite the warm, breezy, and at times difficult conditions, Martin Green romped away with the half-marathon title in 1.22.15 to claim the RunFest title and the 1st M40 prize, finishing more than four and a half minutes ahead of second-placed runner Daryl Smallwood (1.22.41), and third man Andrew Baker (1.30.02). Club colleague Stuart Culverhouse was 13th and 3rd M45 cat in 1.37.40.
*Meanwhile at the Swansea Half Marathon, Jon Evans improved on his last outing at the same venue to claim a season’s best time of 1.43.44.
FOUR RUNNERS TACKLED MEERBROOK 15K RACE
Four club runners tackled the challenging Meerbrook 15k in Staffordshire last Saturday, with Jonathan Kettle and Gemma Moore competing as part of the North Wales athletics team.
The men’s NW quartet claimed a deserved bronze medal as 3rd team in the Inter-Counties event. They tied on points with third-placed Staffs but just lost on fourth runner countback.
Gemma, too, just missed out on a medal as the ladies team of six runners finished fourth, only 3 points behind Cheshire.
Jonathan was 8th overall and 3rd M40 in 58.39, with Gemma 75th and 3rd F35 (71.01).
And, also taking part in the same event – but wearing club colours – was back to form Tony Price-Jones in 45th (66.10), and Jonathan’s 16-year old son Troy Kettle 107th (75.17).
KETTLE HOT ON HEELS AT CAERNARFON 5K
There was another good turnout of club runners last Wednesday night for the Caernarfon 5K race.
Staged on a very warm sunny evening. Jonathan Kettle was first NWRRC athlete home, finishing 3rd overall for a new PB in 16:5, closely followed by Tony Price-Jones, who also recorded a PB in 5th spot (17:57), with teenager Harry Driscoll 7th in 18:12.
Other results included: 22nd Ben Hudson (21:03), 29th Jon Evans (21:54), 33rd Sarah Fergie Hudson with a PB and 3rd Lady (22:24), 44th Hannah Griffith (23:19) and 45th Helen Hannam with a PB in (23:20).
Conwy: Don Hale 50th and 2nd M65 (23.20), 54th Gethin Jones and 3rd SM 30 (23.30), 60th Daniel Owens (23.43), 61st *Carla Green 2nd VW 45 (23.44) and running with visually impaired runner Daniel, 79th Kevin Higgins (24.50), and 91st Rob Fryer (25.24).
At the Nant Y Pandy Parkrun, Michael (Pat) Finnie finished 7th overall, and recorded an M60 cat win, and a course PB in (23.45). Jon Evans took part in the Swansea Parkrun with his two children and jogged around in 26.49.
This Saturday marks the final Parkrun at Bodelwyddan.