Eight starters from North Wales Road Runners Club entered the popular Llanfair PG 5k race on Anglesey last Wednesday night – with half the team consisting of family members.
Father and son Jonathan and Troy Kettle recorded excellent times with dad finishing in 3rd place overall and 1st M40 runner in 17.24, with 16-year old Troy continuing his great run of form in 19th place (19.43).
Husband and wife pairing Ben Hudson and Sarah Ferguson-Hudson added to the family-friendly atmosphere of this annual village dash with Ben impressing again in 37th spot (21.29), and Sarah hot on his heels to continue her brilliant form of late in 57th place and 2nd F40 vet in 23.14.
In between the pairings were Tony Price-Jones, back to his best, for a new course PB in 18.55 in 19th place, Stuart Culverhouse 24th (20.28), with marathon man Jon Evans 49th in 22.26 and Kevin Higgins in 63rd spot (23.55).
MISTY FELL RACE TRIO
Three NWRRC members competed in the gruelling Tal y Fan fell race last Saturday, which formed part of the Rowen Carnival activities.
This extremely challenging race takes in the Carneddau’s northernmost 2,000ft peak and is run over 12.8k with 786 metres of ascent and heads out of the village over Tal y Fan to Penmaenmawr’s Stone Circle and back.
The course also included a combination of tarmac, fields, bog and track, with conditions this year described at best as ‘difficult,’ for the 60-plus athletes who additionally faced a very heavy mist on the tops.
Mark Davies, however, continued his good fell racing form to finish 5th and was also 2nd MV40 vet in 1hr 12mins and 57 secs.
He was followed by Kevin Slattery in 22nd place (1.27.01) and 2nd MV60 vet, with Leon Davies just behind in 23rd spot (1.27.35).
The latter two runners worked well together, with Leon helping Kevin back on course after losing his way in the mist.
PUB START FOR CHEEKY RACE
The traditional Pentir Trail 4.5k race last Tuesday evening offered a flashback to many former village runs with a pub start to allow athletes to collect their numbers, chip timers and photos inside for just a fiver!
NWRRC members Jon Evans and Glenn Barnett joined over 133 other runners for a quick dash around what Jon described as ‘a cheeky little course, with lots of gates, stiles, was bumpy, and a little bit technical.’
He added however, that he would thoroughly recommend it saying, ‘it had a great atmosphere.’ Jon finished in 27th place in 23:00, whilst Glenn was 49th in 25:58.
FIZZLED OUT IN SIZZLER
Llyr ApGeraint Roberts ran in the Sale Sizzler 5k in midweek finishing in (18.04) but seemed disappointed with his performance after a fast start, claiming he eventually ‘fizzled out like a wet firework on Bonfire Night.’
WIRRAL WAY HALF MARATHON
Jon Evans ran well despite the heat last Sunday to complete the Wirral Way half-marathon around the country park in 1.47.10 to claim 2nd MV50 vet prize.
NWRRC had 11 runners competing in three different British Parkruns last Saturday, with two club tourists enjoying a good run out in Florida.
Mother and son Liz and Harry Driscoll took time out from their holiday in Clermont to take part in an American adventure; however, due to another event taking place along the normal waterfront, their 5k race was re-routed along a trail route through the woods and was full of twists and turns, and included a very early 7.30am start.
Despite a lack of training and taking time out to enjoy some of the local delicacies, they both ran well with Harry in 7th spot (20.44), and Liz 32nd in 25.50.
Nine members also ran at Conwy, which attracted an amazing 358 runners in cool and breezy conditions.
Mark Jessett was first NWRR home in 21st place and was 1st SM30 cat in 21.03.
Martin and Carla Green used the parkrun as part of their extensive training plans with Martin 25th (21.19) and Carla just one second adrift in 21.20 for a VW45 cat win.
Partially sighted runner Daniel Owens continued his incredible run of form with yet another PB and was also 2nd SM25 in (21.51) running with guide Anthony Parvin. Don Hale was 2nd M65 cat in 54th place (23.08), with Helen Hannam 94th and 2nd VW40 in (24.56).
Dave (the legend) Gardner claimed the 1st MV75 vet win in 172nd place (28.53), and Michael (Pat) Finnie acted as a 30-minute pacer finishing in 184th place (29.35), with Rachel Morris recording a great new parkrun PB of 30.19.
At Penrhyn Castle Parkrun, Tony Price-Jones celebrated a parkrun PB, finishing 5th and 2nd VM35 in 18.59; and Jon Evans, running at Ellesmere Port, was 3rd VM50 in 21st place in (22.48).