Young runner Troy Kettle’s performance in his latest race was ‘electrifying’ – but not in the usual sense.
North Wales Road Runners Club competitor Troy endured a ‘shocking’ experience at last Saturday’s junior cross country event at Fox Hills, Colwyn Bay, when he accidentally brushed against an electric fence during his pre-race warm up in dreadful weather conditions.
Far from being daunted by this extraordinary experience, it only seemed to spark the promising teenager into action and he quickly recovered to steam around the heavy and undulating course, finishing in 14th place in 23 mins 51 secs.
Troy however, modestly played down the whole incident, and explained: “It was only a small hit when I was on my warm up, and got caught on the wrong side of a fence, so I had to climb over it and didn’t realise it was electric!”
After the race, and in true cross country style, he later added: “Legs covered in mud and nettles, lost a spike, and bent one into my shoe, plus the electric fence, all in all, quite a successful race.”
Club runners Craig Taylor and Jon Evans travelled to the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday.
Craig dipped just under the three-hour mark in 2.56.48 in 85th place, and Jon running again well for a new course PB, and marked his best marathon time since March 2017 in 3.36.39 for 433rd spot.
GREAT SOUTH RUN 10-MILER
Richard Scamans enjoyed his long seaside trip to Southsea with a good performance in the Great South Run, near Portsmouth, recording a season’s best time during the popular 10-mile race in 1.12.21 in 921st place.
FLINTSHIRE 5K & 10K RACES
Six NWRRC members took part in either the 5k or 10k Flintshire series of races last weekend.
Stuart Culverhouse was the pick of the 10k club runners in 42.10, and Gethin Wyn Jones was happy to just dip under his 45-minute target in 44.11.
In addition, partially-sighted athlete Daniel Owens amazingly ran in both races, recording an impressive time of 47.20 in the 10k race for 73rd male, and with guide Anthony Parvin in the 5k race, Daniel ran home in 21.59 as the 19th male athlete.
Ever-present partners Kelly Alford and Cai Roberts also continued their impressive form finishing together in 52.08 in the 10k, with Kelly finishing as 39th female and Cai as 134th male runner.
And in the 5k race Carla Green had a fantastic run out finishing as 4th female, and she was also the 1st F45 cat in 21.28.
This event was won by young Colwyn Bay teenager, and regular Conwy park runner Bryn Woodall, in a remarkable time of just 16.22.
PARKRUN ROUND UP
Martin Green finished more than a minute ahead of his nearest rival to claim overall victory at the Conwy Parkrun, and was one of 13 club runners who tackled the very wet and muddy course.
Despite the challenging conditions underfoot, the event included 253 finishers, with nine NWRRC athletes claiming 1st place age category wins. Martin was also the 1st VM45 cat in 17 mins 24 secs, and used the event as preparation for this week’s Snowdonia Marathon.
Iwan Evans also finished strong in 4th place and was 1st VM40 winner in 18.50, whilst Tony Price-Jones ran well in 8th spot, and was 1st VM35 in 19.29.
Teenager Harry Driscoll gave Tony a good chase and was only 18 seconds behind him in 11th place in 19.47, with impressive club colleague Stephen Bozier just 3 seconds adrift of Harry in 12th place and 2nd VM40 cat, narrowly finishing under 20-minutes for a superb new course PB in 19.50.
Gethin Wyn Jones – in his 100th Parkrun – continued his return to form in 27th place in 21.45. And Carla Green was 5th female and 1st VW45 cat winner in 22.49. Veteran Don Hale was 41st, and 1st VM65 cat in 23.26.
Stuart Culverhouse, again running with this young son Joe, helped the fast improving youngster to a brand-new course PB, and was also 1st SM10 cat in 24.08 for 56th place, whilst Kevin Higgins added the finishing touches to his extensive Dublin Marathon preparations with a rare Parkrun appearance, finishing 72nd in 25.15, with colleagues Mike Hayton 111th in 27.30, and Dave Gardner again claiming the 1st VM75 cat in 28.16.