North Wales Road Runners Club athletes claimed medals and personal bests galore last Sunday in the Abergele 5-mile race, which was also part of the Welsh regional championships.
Out of the 23 club starters, three members won prestigious gold medals, four claimed silver, and three others collected bronze.
The roll of honours included:
GOLD: Jonathan Kettle MV45, Harry Driscoll MU20 and Dave Gardner MV80. SILVER: Steve Roberts MV55, Troy Kettle MU20, Carla Green VW45, and Kay Hatton VW55. BRONZE: Don Hale MV65, Hannah Griffiths VW45 and Helen Hannam VW40.
Jonathan Kettle was first club runner home in eighth place overall in 27.19 as 1st MV45 cat, and he also won gold and recorded a 31-second PB.
Harry Driscoll, also representing the North Wales development team, was 34th and became U-20 Welsh winner in 31.55.
Richard Scamans finished 48th in 33.19, running two and half minutes faster than last year, but faced stiff competition from colleague Steve Roberts, who was just one second behind in 49th spot in 33.20.
Gethin Wyn Jones, hot-foot from an early morning flight from Poland, finished 54th in 33.40, and Stuart Culverhouse missed a PB by the blink of an eye to finish 55th in 33.48. Troy Kettle took 57th position and second Welsh U-20 runner in 33.55.
Karl Morris was 67th in 34.55, and partially-sighted athlete Daniel Owens, running with his regular guide Anthony Parvin, was 75th in 35.25. Carla Green was 75th overall in 36.53 for Welsh silver, and veteran Don Hale 110th in a new course PB of 38.37 for a bronze medal.
Jon Evans gave chase just a few seconds behind in 38.44 for 113th place, with Glen Barnett 114th in 38.54, whilst Hannah Griffiths landed a bronze medal in 116th place in 39.05.
Kay Hatton also scooped a deserved Welsh silver in 125th spot overall and was 2nd VW55 cat in 39.42, with rapidly improving Cai Roberts (128th) earning a new PB in 40.00, and his partner Kelly Alford also recording a great new course PB by over two minutes in 40.19.
Rob Fryer finished 138th in 41.08, Len Jackson 142nd in 41.44 and Helen Hannam 145th in 41.47 – knocking an incredible six minutes off her PB – to win a Welsh bronze medal in her VW40 cat.
In 185th place was Mandy Owen in 47.55, with her husband Charlie finishing 200th in 50.46, and Dave Gardner topping his MV80 Welsh cat and striking gold in 206th spot in 54.36.
ABERGELE 5K RACE
Jon Evans ran a 5k season’s best, and recorded his quickest time since 2014 in the Abergele 5k race on Sunday morning, finishing 17th in 21.17.
Steve Roberts was very close behind in 20.21. Helen Hannam placed 26th in 24.06 for 1st VW40 cat, whilst Rachel Morris ran a 5k PB, finally dipping under the 30-minute mark to record a great time of 29.39 in 47th place.
The race also marked a unique family double, with her young daughter Mia also claiming a new PB in 23.30.
Ben Hudson and Sarah Ferguson-Hudson made the long journey to Istanbul in Turkey to run in last Sunday’s challenging marathon.
Ben was pleased with his superb run, smashing his PB to finish in 3 hours 46 mins 37 secs, but Sarah admitted she struggled, especially from mile 10, and said it took a lot of willpower, but was really chuffed to finally finish in 4.16.37.
Top rugby referee and North Wales runner Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts finished 5th – despite feeling unwell – in the Bradford 5k on Saturday, yet still ran a good time of just 18.41.
Gethin Wyn Jones ran as a tourist at the Gdansk event last Saturday and celebrated his quickest parkrun time of the year, finishing ninth in 20.01, and second in his age category.
NEWBOROUGH FOREST, ANGLESEY
Jon Evans splashed his way through the puddles with club colleague Lesley Goodson at Newborough last weekend, with the pair finishing together. Jon was 22nd in 25.28, with Lesley 21st in 25.25.
Mike Hayton was another tourist this week enjoying the splendours of Skipton, where he took part in their Parkrun, running four laps of a very challenging and undulating course in 30.54.
NWRRC athletes battled the rain-swept and puddle-filled course last Saturday morning among 192 other runners.
Mark Jessett was the first club runner home in fifth place in 19.39 for 2nd SM30 cat.
Carla Green finished 25th overall and was 2nd lady and 1st FV45 cat, and Daniel Owens, running with guide Anthony Parvin was 33rd in 23.14 for 2nd SM25 cat. Meanwhile, Stuart Culverhouse helped his young son Joe to yet another great PB and 1st JM10 cat winner in 23.49, with Joe 39th and Stuart 40th.
Rob Fryer made a welcome return after a long break from injury in 72nd place for 2nd MV65 cat in 26.11, with Helen Hannam just a couple of seconds behind him on this soggy course in 73rd place, and 2nd VW45 cat in 26.13.
Rachel Morris was 127th in 31.45, and her young daughter Mia finished 69th in 25.54.