Running: Mark Davies caps brilliant season with double podium finish
Mark Davies ended the fell running season with two prestigious awards

Top fell runner Mark Davies capped a brilliant season to finish third overall in the WFRA Welsh Championship series of races, and was also the first MV40 age category winner.

The North Wales Road Runners Club athlete confirmed his consistent form in the final race of the season last weekend at Breidden Hill, Criggion, near Welshpool, to finish 10th overall, and 3rd MV40 cat, which ensured he clinched a prestigious podium finish, and deservedly won two incredible series awards.

Caernarfon 10k Border League

Martin Green in full flight

Martin Green made his debut in the Border League last weekend by running the Caernarfon 10k anti-clockwise (the hardest way), finishing sixth overall in 32 mins 49 secs to record a brilliant new PB.

His NWRRC teenage colleague Troy Kettle also continued his promising form in the same event to finish well in 39.14.

On this occasion, Martin represented his second claim club Wrexham, whilst Troy turned out for his second claim club Prestatyn.

EINDHOVEN HALF-MARATHON

Jonathan Kettle ran well in Eindhoven

Jonathan Kettle was surprisingly disappointed with his performance in Holland on Sunday, but still ran home in 17th place among 7,402 other runners, and recorded a fantastic time of 1.19.44, to claim 1st M45 cat winner in the Eindhoven Half-Marathon.

MANCHESTER HALF-MARATHON

Kelly Alford and Cai Roberts

Three North Wales athletes joined in with 11,291 runners during the popular Manchester Half Marathon last Sunday, and they each celebrated good results despite competing in tough endurance runs the previous weekend.

Jon Evans continued his purple patch of form to finish in 1 hour 43 mins 51 secs for 2252nd place, whilst club colleagues Kelly Alford and her partner Cai Roberts completed practically together in 2.02.11 in 6186th and 6188th places.

FARNDON 10K

Stuart Culverhouse recovered well from last week’s Chester Marathon to finish 45th in a superb time of 43.03 at the Farndon 10k, whilst Charlie Owen, who ran in last Sunday’s Metric marathon with his wife Mandy, went solo this time, completing the course in 1.04.23 in 390th place.

PARKRUN ROUND UP

HAGA, SWEDEN

North Wales Road Runners Rory Middleton and Mark Jessett travelled to Haga in Sweden last weekend to take part in their local Parkrun among 84 runners and completed another successful one-two by finishing in the 2nd and 3rd positions overall.

Rory was just over a minute behind the eventual race winner, and just five seconds separated the Welsh duo. Rory was 1st SM25 cat in 18.33, and Mark 1st SM30 cat in 18.38.

HANLEY, STOKE

Helen Hannam with her brothers at the Hanley Parkrun

Helen Hannam ran with some of her brothers in the Hanley Parkrun last Saturday to celebrate their mother’s 70th birthday.

Helen ran well as 6th female in 26.11, and won her age category, whilst brother Josh Woodstock proved running must be in the blood by winning the event, and claimed a great new PB in 19.06.

CONWY

Six club members competed in the Conwy Parkrun among 311 runners.

Iwan Evans continued his return to form in 8th place in 19.04, and was also 1st MV45 cat winner.

Partially-sighted athlete Daniel Owens, running with guide Anthony Parvin, was 32nd overall in 22.28.

Veteran Don Hale was 44th and 1st MV65 cat in 23.21, with Stuart Culverhouse and his young son Joe finishing in 74th & 75th places respectively in 24.45, with Joe also winning his JM10 cat.

Master vet Dave Gardner once again notched 1st MV75 cat in 131st place in 27.38.

For the ladies, Rachel Morris was 71st female in 31.38, and her promising teenage daughter Mia also celebrated a new course PB, and was 12th female overall in 24.55.

Meanwhile, Joan Edwards made a welcome return after injury to finish in 34.30.

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