A record North Wales Road Runners Club turnout of some 26 athletes competed in the popular annual Felinheli 10k race last week.
Run over a very challenging course on a bright, sunny evening, some 330 hopefuls took part, with many club members recording superb personal best times.
Two of the club’s top runners battled it out for honours with Martin Green finishing 4th and 1st M40 vet in 34.48, closely followed just a few seconds later by Jonathan Kettle in 5th and 2nd M40 vet (34.55).
Tony Price-Jones was also in fine form, finishing as 15th overall, and setting a new PB of 37.54.
Sixteen-year-old Troy Kettle was also impressive as 1st Junior Male and 24th overall for a great PB of 40.09.
Gemma Moore was 2nd female runner and 25th overall, also 2nd in her age category in 40.16. Steven Roberts had a great run in 34th spot and was 3rd M50 (41.33), just ahead of flying senior vet Kevin Slattery in 39th, who was 1st M60, in a remarkable time of 41.54.
Stuart Culverhouse celebrated another excellent PB in 44th place in 42.15, just narrowly ahead of Richard Scamans 46th (42.26), Ben Hudson 56th (43.26) and David Spofforth 58th (43.34).
Karl Morris was back in great form again crossing the line 65th (44.15), and just 3 seconds ahead of club colleague Steve Poupart in 67th (44.18).
Carla Green was the 12th female runner in 75th place overall in 44.47, whilst partially sighted athlete Daniel Owens – running this time with Jon Evans – finished in 124th and 125th places respectively, in 47.44. Daniel recorded another great PB, and pushed Jon to his own fastest 10k time of the year.
Sarah Ferguson continued her sparkling form as 25th female in 129th spot (47.57), with Don Hale enjoying a 2-minute course PB for his fastest time in a year, finishing 143rd (49.03), with Hannah Griffiths hot on his heels, as 32nd female, and just 7 seconds adrift in 145th place (49.10).
Tony Gibson, still recovering from an accident, was 155th (49.43), followed by Kevin Higgins 180th (51.49), Robert Fryer 183rd in (51.57) and Michael Hayton 209th in (53.46).
Senior club (legend) athlete Dave Gardner finished 4th M70 vet, and was 262nd overall in (58.39), whilst Rachel Morris continued her comeback in 295th (1.02.16).
GOLD FOR HANNAH AT FAIRY FRECKLED COW RACE
Hannah Griffiths and Glenn Barnett braved the heat in the hilly Fairy Freckled Cow trail race around Alwen Reservoir on Sunday.
Glenn was 79th in 61.03 and Hannah continued her fine form with a tremendous PB in 63rd position overall and 3rd W45 cat in 57.39, but claimed gold in the North Wales Trail Championships.
SILVER FOR MARK DAVIES IN WELSH CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mark Davies celebrated success in a tough North Wales championship fell race last week by claiming silver and finishing in 2nd place and just 2 minutes behind the winner in the 8-mile Arenig Fawr event, which included 3,300ft of elevation.
This prestigious race, staged at Arenig Quarry, near Bala, last Sunday, was part of the WFRA (Welsh Fell Running Association) calendar.
Mark was also 1st M40 Vet in 1 hr 35 mins. He received his prize from fell running legend Josh Naylor.
GEMMA MOORE 3RD AT MOEL SIABOD
Club trail and fell runner Gemma Moore added to her success at Felinheli by finishing as 3rd lady at the Moel Siabod fell race.
JON EVANS 2ND AT LIONSBRIDGE TRAIL HALF
Jon Evans put in another gritty performance in the heat last Sunday in the Lionsbridge Trail half-marathon event, near Astley, to claim 2nd place in 1 hr 51 mins 19 secs.
Jon modestly admitted that it was only a small field of distance runners, and says he was some 22 minutes behind the eventual race winner.
Helen Hamman took part in the Ruthin 5k last Wednesday night.
She was still a bit heavy legged from her Southport Half Marathon so opted to help her friend Caroline to a welcome PB in 32.10.
A great turnout of local runners of all ages at a series of Parkruns with over 300 at Conwy and more than 200 at Penrhyn Castle last Saturday.
With many NWRRC athletes either recovering from races or preparing for others, just 12 club runners took part this week in five different Parkruns.
Tony Price-Jones was fastest runner overall, finishing in 2nd position at Nant y Pandy Parkrun, and achieved a great sub-20 time and a new PB in 19.48.
Other travelling club runners included Jon Evans, who gained another fantastic course PB at Ellesmere Port and a VM50 cat win in 18th place (22.18). Michael (Pat) Finnie ran well at Newborough in 21st position and was 3rd MV60 cat (23.26).
Young Joe Culverhouse won his JM10 cat in 25.57, at Penrhyn Castle Parkrun, leaving his dad Stuart in his slipstream just a second behind, finishing in 61st and 63rd positions.
The rest of the club runners took part in the Conwy Parkrun in warm but drizzly conditions, where Steven Roberts continued his purple-patch to finish 17th in 21.01, and Carla Green was 2nd lady, 36th overall, and VW45 cat winner in 22.06 whilst assisting partially sighted runner Daniel Owens around the course. Daniel ran extremely well again but just missed a new PB by a couple of seconds yet he was still 2nd VM25 cat.
Steven Poupart enjoyed another fine outing in 41st position (22.22), with Don Hale 54th and 3rd MV65 (23.05). Helen Hannam was 8th lady and 92nd overall and 2nd VW40 (25.08), with Rob Fryer 99th (25.27), and Dave Gardner 172nd and 2nd VM75 (29.24).