There was a good turnout of 27 North Wales Road Runners last Saturday for the challenging, yet very popular Pier to Pier 10k race, with several athletes recording PBs, age category wins, or collecting prestigious medals at the regional championship event.
Amidst a superb entry of nearly 500 runners, Martin Green was again the pick of the club athletes, finishing 4th overall, and 1st M45 cat, whilst also smashing the 10k age record – previously held since 2006 – winning his gold medal in just 32 mins 32 secs.
Jonathan Kettle also had another positive run in 15th place and was 2nd M45 cat in 34.57, whilst Mark Jessett continues to improve, this time finishing 20th in 36.22.
John Ford returned to form after injury and also struck gold, winning his MV50 cat prize in 22nd place in 36.33.
Iwan Evans was 36th in 38.49, and teenager Harry Driscoll had a great run in 42nd place in 39.36. John Dalzell’s finishing position of 45th ensured that seven club athletes finished in the top 50, with John running home in 39.46.
Carla Green enjoyed a new course PB by 90 seconds as 5th female athlete, 96th overall, and 2nd FV45 cat in 40.34.
Other results included: Stuart Culverhouse claimed a new PB in 61st position in 41.09, with David Spofforth 68th in 41.33. Richard Scamans was 73rd in 41.55, with Steve Roberts 75th in 41.59. Ben Hudson finished 92nd in 43.10, while Daniel Owens recorded a new PB in 96th place in 43.28 and incredibly knocked about 8 minutes off his previous best.
Gethin Wyn Jones was 103rd in 43.57, and Stephen Poupart 127th in 45.26. Sarah Ferguson Hudson was 156th in 47.37, and Hannah Griffith finished 164th and was 3rd FV45 cat in 48.22, with Kay Hatton 171st and 3rd FV55 cat in 48.40.
Veterans Rob Fryer and Don Hale ran well, with Rob 172nd in 48.44, and Don 178th in 49.15 for a new course PB.
Helen Hannam was 184th in 49.30, and Tony Gibson 195th in 49.45. Len Jackson finished 239th in 53.18, and Kevin Slattery unfortunately struggled around with an injury and did well to finish at all in 336th place in 1.00.08.
Rachel Morris celebrated both a course and 10k PB in 349th place in 1.00.51, with Joan Edwards 440th in 1.16.19.
North Wales regional championship medals
North Wales Road Runners enjoyed spectacular success at the Pier to Pier race winning 12 medals in total, including two gold, six silver, and four bronze medals – and finished 2nd overall in the team placings.
Male Results: Under 20s, 2nd place (silver) Harry Driscoll. MV40, 3rd (bronze) Iwan Evans. MV45, 1st (gold) Martin Green, 2nd (silver) MV45 Jonathan Kettle. MV50, 1st (gold) John Ford. MV55, 2nd (silver) Steve Roberts. MV65, 3rd (bronze) Rob Fryer.
Female results: FV40, 2nd (silver) Sarah Ferguson Hudson, 3rd (bronze) Helen Hannam. FV45, 2nd (silver) Carla Green, 3rd (bronze) Hannah Griffith. FV55, 2nd (silver) Kay Hatton.
Pier to Pier junior 3K fun run
Two junior runners competed in the Pier to Pier fun 3k fun run last Saturday with Joe Culverhouse finishing 8th in 13.59, and Mia Morris 4th female runner and 12th overall in 14.20.
Essar Four Villages half-marathon
Club runners Tony Price Jones and Mike Hayton took part in the Essar Four Villages half-marathon near Helsby, last Sunday, among more than 2,000 other runners.
Tony had a very comfortable run in a chip time of 1 hour 32 mins 30 secs in 375th place, with Mike finishing equally well in 1417th place, chip 2.09.42.
Vicky Taylor was the only NWRRC runner at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday due to the Pier to Pier event being held on the same day.
Vicky finished seventh female athlete and was 74th overall in 25.50 for 2nd VW45 cat.
Conwy junior parkrun
Despite cold and icy conditions, there was a record turnout of 89 youngsters including five athletes with NWRRC links, at the 2K Conwy junior parkrun last Sunday morning.
Mia Morris had a superb run to finish as 1st female runner and won her JW11-14 age category placing 2nd in 9.26, just missing a new PB by one second.
And Kacey Alford, in only her third ever race, took 24 seconds off her previous best time to record a PB of 13.20 to finish 34th overall and 14th female.
Other promising runners included Ben Spofforth in 36th place in 13.32, Jack Morris 65th in 16.36, with Elowen Spofforth 70th and 29th female runner in 17.37.