Four teams from North Wales Road Runners Club competed in the inaugural North Wales Regional Relay Championships on Llandudno promenade last Sunday – and all collected prestigious medals.
The A-team in the MV40-49 section struck gold in first place, with Martin Green also recording the fastest time overall on this fast and flat course, with all the other teams also winning deserved bronze for finishing third in their age and gender categories.
Staged over a total of 12k with each of the three relay runners running a 4k leg in a great new fun, yet highly competitive event, some 63 teams took part in three separate races, and included 189 top athletes, covering an incredible age range from youngsters to a 70 plus group.
Llyr ApGeraint Roberts, Jonathan Kettle and Martin Green were first team home in their age category in a fantastic combined chip time of just 40 mins 37 secs.
They finished nearly three and a half minutes ahead of nearest rivals Eryri Gwyn, and recorded three out of the best four times on this course. The individual timings included: Llyr 14.19, Jonathan 13.11 and Martin, a new record time of 13.09.
The B-team, competing in the same age category, consisted of Richard Scamans, Iwan Evans and Stuart Culverhouse.
They all ran extremely well to finish third and were just seven seconds ahead of GOG Triathlon, with a total time of 46.40.
Individual timings were Richard 15.33, Iwan 15.06 and Stuart 16.02.
The MV60-69 masters team made up of Don Hale, Len Jackson and Tony Gibson, also won a surprise bronze medal in 55.59. They endured a very close race and finished a mere seven seconds ahead of fourth-placed Denbigh Harriers.
Individual timings: Don 17.51, Len 19.36 and Tony 18.35.
The ladies team of Sarah Ferguson-Hudson, Hannah Griffiths and Carla Green also scooped a brilliant bronze in the Female 40-49 cat in a total time of 55.07. They finished 34 seconds ahead of GOG Triathlon. Sarah’s time was 19.01, Hannah 18.47 and Carla finished in 17.21, the fourth fastest female mark in her age group.
This was the first time that a new chipped time baton had been used and credit goes to the organisers, sponsors and to all the helpers.
CRANSLEY HOSPICE 10K
Jon Evans took part in the Cransley Hospice 10k at Cranford on Sunday, a local village event, and ran well to finish in 49 mins 22 secs.
Kelly Alford and her partner Cai Roberts ran in the Hoylake 10k at the weekend with Kelly finally going sub-50 in a magnificent time of 48.25 for a new PB.
Cai, who was running with their young son Noah in a buggy, finished in 54.45.
Josie Davies battled with the heat on Sunday at Richmond during their annual half-marathon event.
Running along some narrow waterside tracks with her daughter Nikki, Josie finished in 2 hrs 11 mins 50 secs and was 25th in her age category.
TATTON PARK 10K
Club newcomer Stephen Bozier ran a new PB in the Tatton Park 10K in Knutsford, Cheshire last Sunday with the MV40 athlete recording a good chip time of 42 mins 38 secs.
PARKRUN ROUND UP
Eight NWRRC athletes were among 293 starters at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday with three runners recording age category wins.
Tony Price Jones was the club’s first finisher in seventh place in 19 mins 17 secs. He was closely followed by Gemma Moore in 11th place as the 1st female and 1st VW35 cat winner in 19.35.
Steve Roberts finished 18th and 1st MV50 cat in 20.41, and he was just 3 seconds ahead of colleague Stuart Culverhouse in 21st spot in 20.44.
Veteran Don Hale was 36th and 1st MV65 cat in another season’s best time of 22.42. Rob Fryer continued his promising return from injury in 67th position in 24.46, with Mike Hayton 122nd in 27.31 and Rachel Morris 173rd in 30.52.
Jon Evans enjoyed his best Parkrun at Ellesmere Port since April with a new course PB and achieved a 1st MV50 cat win in 12th place overall in 21.45.