North Wales Road Runners Club: Green double at 20-mile Golden Balls race

Carla Green enjoyed a successful Sunday

There was a double success for husband and wife team Martin and Carla Green last Sunday at the 20-mile Golden Balls race at Lancaster.

Martin claimed first place as the overall race winner and Carla landing her age category prize as the sixth fastest female athlete.

The two North Wales Road Runners used the event as part of their tough marathon training with club mate Iwan Evans also enjoying a fine race following injury in 16th place. Martin’s time was 1 hr 56 mins 8 secs, with Iwan finishing in 2-19-33 and Carla 2-31-06.


Gemma Moore

Gemma Moore was first female and won her age category prize at the popular Cilcain Mountain Race on August Bank Holiday Monday, which attracted some 166 hardy competitors.

First staged in 1960, this annual event is now a traditional village show fell race starting from the showground to the highest local peak and back.

It incorporated a very challenging circular course of about 7.5k, and included over 400m of height gain and loss.

Gemma, an experienced hill racer, dominated the event from start to finish and finished 25th overall but was first female athlete back, completing the race in just 39 mins 38 secs.


Jon Evans ran well at the Mid-Cheshire 5k – and the Cheshire half-marathon last weekend.

Two club runners attended the prestigious Mid-Cheshire 5k race last Thursday, reputed to be one of the fastest courses in the region, and saw the first 15 athletes dip under 15 mins, and incredibly the first 67 runners finish sub-16 mins.

Martin Green recorded an excellent chip time of just 16 mins 22 secs for 95th place, with Jon Evans celebrating another quick finish in 22-10 for 454th spot.

Jon, although pleased with his time, was disappointed not to hang on for sub 22. The race attracted 603 quality finishers.

Jon later recorded his fastest half-marathon time since February 2016 on Sunday with a great run at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, clocking 1 hr 42 mins 12 secs.


Kevin Slattery enjoyed a great performance in the Llanrwst Triathlon on Sunday and completed the challenge some 4 minutes faster than last year in 1 hr 28 mins 43 secs for 2nd MV60.


Kelly Alford and Cai Roberts

Kelly Alford and her partner Cai Roberts competed in the Cardiff 10k last Sunday with Kelly finishing in 50.47 and Cai in 54.27.



Rachel Morris found it tough at the Hafan Parkrun

Rachel Morris says she had an ‘horrendous experience’ at the Hafan Parkrun last Saturday, battling against the strong wind, torrential rain, and a fast-incoming tide.

With part of this challenging course set along the beach, and despite trying to climb some of the sand dunes to keep her feet dry, she says the huge waves still touched her knees and trashed her trainers.

Some of the Hafan Parkrun course

Despite all her problems however, Rachel still managed to claim the 3rd age category place, and was the 17th female runner back in 50 mins 10 secs.


Teenage club runner Troy Kettle ran a new PB in the Longford Parkrun, at Stretford, near Manchester, finishing the fast course in 19.32.


Jon Evans claimed a new PB and recorded a course record at the Newborough Parkrun in 22.52 and was also 2nd in his age cat.


Mark Jessett finished second overall and was just 20 seconds behind the eventual winner at Nant y Pandy on a flat and slightly slippery course, finishing 2nd MV30 cat in 19.32.


Dave Gardner returned from injury to win the M75 category

In stark contrast to the previous weekend’s heatwave, last Saturday’s Conwy Parkrun was staged in very breezy conditions with heavy intermittent rain, and yet it still attracted 346 runners.

Jonathan Kettle was the first Road Runner back home over the 5k course in 18 mins 53 secs and finished 1st MV45 cat winner.

In 15th place was Gemma Moore, who was 1st female and 1st VW35 runner. Martin Green ran the event again as part of his long-distance marathon training session and returned home comfortably in 31st place in 21.39.

Veteran Don Hale achieved a season’s best Parkrun time of 22.52 and was also 1st MV65 cat winner.

Helen Hannam

Helen Hannam said she was on fire – despite the wet weather – and finished in 82nd place in 24.54, with partially sighted runner Daniel Owens, back from injury, running with the aid of his guide Carla Green, finishing in 85th place in 25.14.

And Stuart Culverhouse, running with his son Joe, claimed 92nd spot in 25.32, and club legend Dave Gardner, who was also returning from injury, won his MV75 category in 151st spot in 28.18.

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