Runners brave extreme weather at Parkrun

Jon Evans at the end of his Remembrance half-marathon last Sunday.

Three North Wales athletes competed for their second claim clubs in the monthly Borders League race last Sunday.

This was the second race of the series run over a very hilly 7K course from Connah’s Quay at Deeside, and included well over 400 quality runners.

Martin Green checks his progress

Martin Green, still recovering from his epic Snowdonia Marathon podium success, and who this time was representing Wrexham AC, finished 12th in 23.46.

Troy Kettle (foremost) in action

Harry Driscoll

NWRRC teenagers Harry Driscoll and Troy Kettle, both running for Prestatyn AC, performed equally well. Harry completed in 27.20 in 99th place, and Troy finished 117th in 27.56.


The medal Jon Evans received

Experienced distance athlete Jon Evans commemorated Remembrance Day last Sunday with a fine run in the Phoenix Half-Marathon race at Walton-on-Thames, finishing in one hour 54 mins.

Each finisher in both the half and full marathon events received one of the special Remembrance medals.


Michael (Pat) Finney and Rachel Morris

Two North Wales runners competed in the highly challenging Betws-y-Coed 5k Trail race last Saturday with Michael (Pat) Finney winning his MV60 age cat in 30.21 and Rachel Morris finishing strongly in 43.44.

Both athletes struggled over the first extremely hilly mile with Pat taking 13.26 minutes, and Rachel having to walk mainly up the steep gradient in about 18 minutes.

For Pat, he later said that when he reached the finish area, he was told some runners had been sent the wrong way, and although he came in as 1st male runner, he agreed to be demoted. Rachel’s promising teenage daughter Mia ran in the junior trail race and finished 2nd overall, and was also the 1st junior female runner.



A total of 194 runners took part in the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday morning amidst some extreme weather conditions which included heavy rain, sleet, and a bitterly cold and strong headwind, in addition to participants having to navigate a difficult and waterlogged course.

Taking all this into account, it was full credit to the race organiser and volunteer marshals, who performed miracles to ensure the popular run went ahead for its 250th event.

Some eight NWRRC athletes braved the freezing conditions with three members claiming age category wins, and two recording 2nd cat placings.

Mark Jessett was the first club man home in 8th spot in 19 mins 29 secs for 1st SM30 cat. Next, was rapidly improved Gethin Wyn Jones – 12th as 2nd SM30 cat in 20.34.

Steve Roberts finished 20th and was 2nd MV55 in 21.59, with Carla Green 2nd female, and 1st VW45 in 21st place overall in 22.00.

Veteran Don Hale was 1st MV65 cat in 23.58, with partially-sighted athlete Daniel Owens running with guide Martin Green, close behind in 24.04 for 43rd spot.

The brutal weather and heavy conditions however, took its toll on Stuart Culverhouse’s young birthday boy son Joe, with the pair sensibly aborting their joint mission in the first mile.


Marathon man Jon Evans joined over 300 runners at the Richmond Parkrun last Saturday and ran well to finish in 76th place in 22.41.

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