North Wales Road Runners: duo claim top places at challenging half marathon

The NWRRC team at the Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon (l-r): Jon Evans, Mark Jessett, Rory Middleton and
Lesley Goodson.

Two North Wales Road Runners took to the podium last Sunday after claiming the top places at the challenging Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon.

Run over a very wet, windy and hilly course, Mark Jessett deservedly claimed the prestigious winner’s prize in one hour 23 mins 20 secs, with Rory Middleton second in 1.24.14.

Club colleagues Lesley Goodson and Jon Evans also ran well together in the same race. Lesley returned to form, finishing four minutes faster than last year in 1.48.47 to win her VW50 cat as 7th female, and 41st overall, with Jon pleased with 42nd place, and 6th in his MV50 cat in 1.48.49.


Martin Green, of NWRRC, who was representing the North Wales team, finished in 167th place among 1,122 quality runners at the Telford 10k race last weekend in 33.29 for 4th MV45 cat, with his wife Carla Green 122nd female in 42.37.

Former NWRRC runner Gemma Moore, also representing North Wales, finished as 88th female in 39.29.


Daniel Owens and Carla Green

Gethin Wyn Jones celebrated a festive outing at the popular 5k Santa Dash on Llandudno Promenade on Saturday morning, finishing 3rd overall in 22.30.

Partially-sighted runner Daniel Owens, running with guide Carla Green, ran home in 5th place in 23.26, with Carla also claiming the 1st female position.

Helen Hannam

Helen Hannam was 2nd female and 14th overall in 25.28, with Rachel Morris clocking 32.37.



Mark Jessett was first NWRRC club runner back at the muddy and puddle-filled Conwy Parkrun course last Saturday, finishing as 1st SM30 cat in 19 mins 40 secs.

Teenager Troy Kettle also had a great run and finished just one place behind Mark, equalling his PB in 19.47 as 1st JM15-17.

Richard Scamans recorded his fastest time for nearly two years in 11th place in 20.27 for 2nd M45 cat. Stuart Culverhouse, running with his son Joe, finished in 39th & 40th places respectively in 23.19, with Joe coming 2nd in his JM10 cat.

Veteran Don Hale also finished 2nd in his M65 cat in 47th place in 23.40, with Rob Fryer 73rd and 3rd M65 cat in 25.24.

Former club runner Chris Yorke finished second overall and smashed his MV50 cat PB for the second time in just a few weeks, this time by 20 seconds, in 17.45.


Kay Hatton and Liz Driscoll ran at the Newborough Parkrun on Anglesey, with Kay winning her VW55 cat in 25.05 as 6th female, with Liz continuing her return from injury to finish as 19th female and 2nd VW50 in 29.12.


Jon Evans, despite running well in 8th place at the Dingle Nature Reserve at Nant y Pandy, quite remarkably was only 5th in his MV50 age category in 24.07.


Pat Finnie

Pat Finnie took part in the inaugural running of the Nova Parkrun at Prestatyn last Saturday attended by 136 runners.

Pat won his M60 cat in 23rd place in 23.48; and former club runner Gemma Moore was 1st female finisher, and VW35 winner in 21.03.


Four young athletes with close NWRRC family connections competed in the very first Junior Parkrun at Conwy RSPB last Sunday, which attracted some 35 young runners to the muddy two-lap 2k course.

The new event is aimed at youngsters aged from 4-14, and will be held every Sunday at 9am, in addition to the regular Saturday meeting.

Mia Morris

Despite a strong, cold, gusty wind, Stuart Culverhouse’s son Joe finished 3rd and was 2nd in his JM10 age category in 9 mins 39 secs, with Rachel and Karl Morris’s daughter Mia, hot on his heels in 4th place, as the 1st girl and 1st JW11-14 cat in 9.49.

Dave Spofforth’s two children also took part with Ben 22nd in 14.02, and Elowen 31st in 17.27, with both running in the J10 age categories.

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