North Wales Road Runner Martin Green clinched a prestigious podium place and struck gold in the North Wales Regional Cross-Country Championships at Coleg Cambria last Saturday.
Green hit fine form around the near 6-mile course and finished in third place overall in the senior men’s race, but claimed first position and a gold medal in the Masters Men (MM) 35-39 group, and won his MV45 age category award in just 36 mins 27 secs.
Martin’s wife Carla Green also enjoyed a great run in the senior women’s 4-mile race, finishing 10th overall, and 5th in the Masters Women (MW) group, and was 2nd in her FW45 age cat, landing a prized silver medal in 25.39.
There were other equally impressive runs in the same race from Sarah Hudson, 39th overall, and 24th in the MW in 29.15, whilst Kay Hatton was 41st overall, and 26th in the MW in 29.32. Rachel Morris made her cross-country debut and placed 61st overall, and 43rd MW in 37.46.
A total of 13 NWRRC runners competed in many different distance races at the championships, and Karl Morris added to the prize list when he won a deserved bronze medal as 3rd MV35 in the senior men’s race. He was 41st overall, and 33rd in the MM group in 45.54.
The NWRRC team recorded other positive performances in the same event from Iwan Evans, 27th overall, and 20th in MM in 42.21. Stuart Culverhouse finished 38th overall, and was 30th MM in 45.06, with Ben Hudson 42nd overall and 34th MM in 45.59, with Jon Evans 51st overall and 43rd MM in 52.14.
In the Masters Men, 60-64 age category, Pat Finnie finished 8th overall in 40.52, with Len Jackson 9th in 46.51, whilst fellow veteran Don Hale ran in the MV65 plus veterans race, finishing 5th overall and 4th MM in 29.38.
Hat-trick of Medals for Mia
Mia Morris collected a hat-trick of medals at the same Northop cross-country event after finishing 11th overall in her Under-15 girls race in 17.59.
Mia was a member of the 2nd placed team, and finished in second in the series, and also won a medal for taking part in all events.
There were only six North Wales Road Runners at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday, amidst a great turnout of 319, due to other race commitments.
Mark Jessett was again first club finisher, 3rd overall and 2nd SM30 vet in 18 mins 40 secs. Daniel Owens, with his guide Anthony Parvin, won his SM25 cat in 22.50, and youngster Joe Culverhouse was another age category winner, running with his dad Stuart, with Joe claiming a 1st JM10 victory in 23.51.
Vicky Taylor finished 83rd and was the 10th female athlete in 25.03 and came 2nd in her V45 cat, whilst veteran Rob Fryer was 3rd MV65 vet in 89th place in 25.32.
Teenager Troy Kettle ran home in 5th place overall at the Penrhyn Castle Parkrun last Saturday, winning his JM 15-17 age category in 19.56.
CONWY JUNIOR PARKRUN
The Conwy Junior Parkrun continues to go from strength to strength with 41 participants last Sunday on a cold blustery morning.
The event included five youngsters with NWRRC connections and the first runner back over the 2k course was Alfie Walker in 2nd place overall, and 1st JM10 cat winner in 8 mins 54 secs.
Joe Culverhouse finished 3rd and was 2nd JM10 cat, but claimed a new course PB in 9.17, and Mia Morris, fresh from her cross-country success the previous day, also ran a great new PB in 9.25, as 1st female runner, 1st JW 11-14, and in 4th place overall.
Debutant Kacey Alford ran well in 25th place and 7th female runner in 14.28, with Jack Morris 28th in 15.24.
WIRRAL WAY WINTER HALF-MARATHON
Jon Evans and Lesley Goodson ran together last Sunday at Wirral Country Park in one of the first half-marathons of the New Year.
They both finished in 1 hr 53 mins 58 secs, with Lesley also topping her VW55 age cat.
NEW YEAR’S DAY – CONWY 5K RESOLUTION RUN
Happy Faces at Conwy charity race
Ten North Wales Road Runners were among 171 finishers at the New Year’s Day 5k race held at the RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve for Happy Faces children’s charities.
First club athlete back along the Parkrun course, which included a reverse section back along the Cob, was teenager Troy Kettle, who finished 3rd in just 19 mins 11 secs.
Fellow teenager Harry Driscoll was 7th in 19.39, with Tony Price-Jones 9th in 20.25.
Partially-sighted athlete Daniel Owens, assisted by guide Anthony Parvin, was 13th in 22.42, and veteran Don Hale was 16th and 1st MV65 cat in 23.18.
Kay Hatton finished 5th female athlete, 25th overall and 2nd VW50 cat in 24.23, with colleague Cheryl Frost 26th and 6th female, just one second adrift as 3rd VW50 cat.
Veteran Rob Fryer was 33rd and 2nd MV65 cat in 24.47 with Helen Hannam 9th female and 42nd place overall and 2nd VW40 cat in 25.31, with Rachel Morris 37th female, and 86th overall in 30.15.
NEW YEAR’S DAY PARKRUN ROUND-UP
Runners doubled-up at Parkruns
BUSHY & RICHMOND PARK
Several NWRRC athletes competed in two different Parkruns on New Year’s Day.
Jon Evans completed his 99th and 100th by running at Bushy and then Richmond Park.
In his first event, Jon finished in 381st place in 24.04, and then celebrated his 100th in style at Richmond in 352nd place in 26.17.
The parkrun, which also included the BBC’s running newsreader Sophie Raworth, smashed the attendance record that day with 913 finishers, and everyone past the 670 mark were handed a raffle ticket matched to a duplicate book.
DELAMERE & ELLESMERE PORT
Mark Jessett and Rory Middleton both ran in a double parkrun programme.
Mark won the Delamere event and his age SM30 cat in 18.46, with Rory 8th and 2nd SM25 in 19.48. The pair then ran at Ellesmere Port with Mark finishing 3rd overall and 1st SM30 in 19.59, with Rory 18th and again 2nd SM25 in 22.08.
NEWBOROUGH FOREST & NANT Y PANDY
Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts also completed a New Year’s Day double and finished 9th at Newborough, and was 2nd VM45 cat in 19.12. He then ran at Nant Y Pandy where he finished 3rd and 1st VM45 cat winner in 19.52.
Youngster Joe Culverhouse claimed a JM10 cat win whilst running with his father Stuart at the Wendover Woods parkrun on New Year’s Day finishing in 127th place, with Stuart one place behind, yet both sharing the same time of 26.06.
JON EVANS’ SEASONAL END OF YEAR RUNS
Jon Evans continued his festive fitness quest at the end of 2019 with a series of running challenges.
After reaching his 100th half-marathon target at the Phoenix event in 1 hr 53 mins 30 secs, with a steady performance on December 29, Jon then completed a 5k tempo run at Walton on Thames on Monday 30th in 28.06.
He later jogged ‘Around Town’ in a unique but relaxed race taking in some of the key London sites during a big ‘End of the Year,’ half-marathon event. He completed this usual task in 2 hrs 15 mins.