Jon Evans battles Southport breeze and is first North Wales Road Runner home

Jon Evans

Jon Evans battled very breezy conditions at Southport last Sunday to finish as the first North Wales Road Runner home in this year’s challenging half-marathon race.

An experienced veteran and marathon runner, Jon was one of eight club athletes who tackled either the half-marathon or 10k events that started and finished in the town’s Victoria Park.

Jon, an MV50 vet, recorded a superb time to finish in 1.44.22 and claimed 299th place out of nearly 1,000 male entrants.

Kay Hatton won the 3rd FV55 cat prize as 69th lady out of 584 female runners in 1.50.55, with a highly commendable performance; and Don Hale gained a new PB and improved on his recent Chester run by more than seven minutes to finish 553rd in 1.58.09.

Kelly Alford and Mandy Owen enjoying a moment in the sun at Southport

Kelly Alford also improved on her previous half-marathon outing to finish 156th lady in 2.01.44, with Helen Hannam making her half marathon debut impressing as 217th lady in (2.05.08). Charlie Owen also improved on his previous course time at Southport in 885th spot in 2.37.19.

In the 10k event, Cheryl Frost made a welcome rare appearance after injury to confirm her rapid improvement in form to finish 23rd lady out of 280 female athletes in 51.32, and Mandy Owen, who is slowly recovering from a hip injury, was pleased with her steady progress and her result as 107th lady (1.00.41).

Some of the NWRRC team who competed in the Southport half-marathon and 10k races last Sunday. Back row (l-r): Charlie Owen, Jon Evans and Don Hale. Front row (l-r): Kelly Alford, Mandy Owen and Kay Hatton.

Midweek results

Jonathan Kettle and Tony Price-Jones took part in the Bethel 7k challenge race last Wednesday in very warm conditions. Jonathan was 5th (23.39) with Tony 8th (25.38).

Meanwhile at the Wirral Seaside 5k, Jon Evans faced equally warm conditions and a strong headwind but recorded an excellent time of 22.29.

Parkrun News

A total of 19 NWRRC athletes took part in four different Parkrun events last Saturday, and despite the hot and humid weather, several members recorded personal best times, and deserved age category wins.

Fourteen club runners entered the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday. Jonathan Kettle was first NWRRC man home in 2nd place overall and 1st M40 in 17.49, closely followed by Martin Green 3rd and 2nd MV40 (18.22) – with Martin also using the event as part of a 9-mile training run!

Tony Price-Jones continued his great form to finish as 1st MV35 and 6th overall (18.44), with Iwan Evans ensuring the club had four finishers in the top-ten, claiming 10th spot and 3rd MV40 (19.48).

David Spofforth enjoyed a PB in 13th place and was 3rd MV35 (20.33). Stuart Culverhouse just missed out on a new PB in 15th place but finished 3rd MV45 (20.42).

Happy Helen Hannam

Teenage prospect Troy Kettle had to stop to tie his shoelaces but still claimed 18th place and 2nd JM15 (20.51).

Steven Roberts had another good run, finishing 23rd and MV50 (21.23), with visually impaired club athlete Daniel Owen running with guide Anthony Parvin recording another great new PB, and was 3rd SM25 (22.05).

Gethin Jones continued his return to form in 35th place (22.09), with Don Hale 45th and 1st MV65 during his 90th Parkrun in (23.03), with Mike Hayton 97th (26.42). Dave Gardner on his return was 158th and 3rd MV75 cat in 30.36, and Rachel Morris claimed a great PB following her recent comeback in 31.28.

At Penrhyn Castle Parkrun Gemma Moore was 1st female and claimed a superb new PB in 21.08, with Marc Roberts celebrating a cat win in 22.04.

Mark Jessett and Helen Hannam took part in the final Bodelwyddan Parkrun with Jessett finishing the run in 21.04 and Hannam – who found the undulating course very hard – clcoking 28.49.

At the Ellesmere Port Parkrun, Jon Evans ran well to claim both a new PB, and a category win in 22.44.

Holyhead Mountain Race (Ras Caergybi)

Leon Davies tackled two tough fell races

This popular but gruelling event was staged in the heat last Saturday and attracted some 37 very hardy fell runners.

Run over a challenging near seven-mile course covering hills and coastal paths, Leon Davies represented NWRRC and finished 20th in 1.05.47.

Last week Leon also competed in the equally tough Hebog race, and he explained the heat has played a key role this year in determining the outcome of some recent fell running events, confirming: “I thought I was going to pass out at Hebog, despite it only being run over about 4-miles.”

Disney Island run in Bahamas

Two NWRRC runners, mother and son Liz and Harry Driscoll, took part in a 5k race whilst on holiday on Disney Island in sunny Barbados.

Starting at 9am in 30-degree heat, 18-year-old Harry finished 4th in 20.08, and his mum Liz – recovering from injury – recorded a very healthy 24.49.

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