There was a great turnout of some 18 athletes from North Wales Road Runners Club amidst the 1,278 finishers at Lake Vyrnwy last Sunday for the 30th running of their popular half-marathon event.
Many NWRRC members celebrated superb personal best times in the warm and humid conditions.
Martin Green, just a week after his 20-mile success at Lancaster, was top club runner back in 21st place and 3rd MV45 in 1 hr 13 mins 19 secs.
He was closely followed by in-form runner Jonathan Kettle – who knocked over 3 minutes off his previous best time for this distance, finishing 27th and 4th MV45 cat in 1.14.10.
Iwan Evans, back after injury, celebrated a great PB in 1.23.31, and Gemma Moore was 16th female athlete and 5th in her age category in 1.28.49.
Tony Price-Jones finished 166th in 1.30.39, while Steve Roberts claimed a new PB in 169th in 1.30.48.
Ben Hudson knocked two minutes off his previous best time in 213th spot in 1.34.07, with Stuart Culverhouse in hot pursuit, finishing 216th in 1.34.25.
Richard Scamans was another runner delighted with his efforts with a 3-minute improvement to his PB in 248th position in 1.35.54.
Carla Green came home 55th female in 1.40.18, sharing the time with club colleague Gethin Jones in 310th spot. Sarah Ferguson-Hudson claimed a new course PB as 85th female in 1.46.25, and Charlotte Rose Wilton-Jones, returning to running again, finished as 88th female in 1.46.40.
Hannah Griffiths ran particularly well over the latter stages of this course as 120th female in 1.50.54, and veteran Don Hale, although struggling at times, knocked nine minutes off his course record and improved his half-marathon PB by about four minutes, finishing 599th and 8th MV65 cat in 1.54.31.
Helen Hannam also claimed a great new distance PB and was 157th female in 1.55.27, with Kelly Alford 209th female, finishing with her partner Cai Roberts in 2.01.37.
GREAT NORTH RUN HALF-MARATHON
Jon Evans, Mandy Owen and her husband Charlie Owen ran with tens of thousands of other participants in the famous Great North Half-Marathon on Sunday.
Jon ran well in 1-40-42, with Mandy finishing in 2-10-39, and Charlie, despite a slight mishap, recorded 2-35-10.
SIMPLY HEALTH GREAT NORTH RUN 5K
Three North Wales runners competed in the early start 5k race in Newcastle last Saturday and recorded excellent times, although they believed that surprisingly, the course may have been slightly short.
Jon Evans was first club member home in 54th place in 20.19. Husband and wife runners Mandy and Charlie Owen both enjoyed their outing with Mandy 208th in 25.12, with Charlie 346th in 27.54.
EAST COAST CLASSIC 10K
Llyr Ap Geraint Roberts finished in 5th place at the East Coast Classic 10k race held on Sunday at Mablethorpe.
Despite a strong headwind he recorded a superb time of 37 mins 50 secs, which was some 4 minutes quicker than his previous time in this same event 4 years ago.
BEAUMARIS COAST 2 CASTLE 10K
Husband and wife team Karl and Rachel Morris ran in the scenic Beaumaris Coast 2 Castle run last Sunday which finished in the grounds of the ancient monument.
Karl ran home in 46 mins with Rachel recording 70 mins.
There were four NWRRC athletes at Conwy on Saturday among the 328 runners.
Don Hale and Rob Fryer both completed their 100th Parkruns, Don finishing in 36th place and 3rd M65cat in 22.43 for another season’s best performance, whilst Rob, who has just returned from injury, was 82nd in 24.55.
Fryer shared the same time with colleague Len Jackson in 81st spot, who achieved a great new PB. Master veteran Dave Gardner was 1st M75 runner again in 152nd place in 28.16.
Mark Jessett finished 3rd overall and won his SM30 age category on his debut at Newborough in a fantastic time of just 18.40.
Carla Green was 26th overall, and the 4th female athlete, winning her VW45 age cat in 23.22. Kay Hatton was another cat winner in her VW55 section and was 6th female in 24.36, and Mike Hayton, returning from injury, also made his first ever appearance at Newborough for 2nd MV65 cat in 29.32.
Marc Roberts swapped the hills for the Parkrun and ran well at Penrhyn to claim a deserved MV40 cat win in 15th place in 22.29.
The previous week Michael (Pat) Finnie was 1st M60 cat and 35th overall in 24.46.
Jon Evans made a quick dash from the early morning Great North Run 5k race to take part in the Newcastle Parkrun and ran well for 291st place in 26.40.
Ready, Steady Fizzy Friday 5K
Helen Hannam was the winner of the Fizzy Friday 5k Prosecco run at Llandudno last Friday night which helped to raise funds for Network She and included about 200 female runners having a tipple at five local hostelries prior to a finish on the Prom.
Helen completed the event in 26-mins dead, with NWRRC colleague Rachel Morris close behind in 35 minutes.