Eighteen North Wales Road Runners braved the strong blustery winds along Rhyl promenade last Saturday to run in the annual 10-miler, with eight members winning prestigious Welsh championship awards, including two gold medals.
Due to the very challenging conditions, which still attracted some 548 finishers, organisers quickly changed the course to a planned “bad weather” route which took runners slightly inland, but faced a strong gusty and sand-filled headwind on the return leg.
Martin Green was first club runner home in 10th place overall and 2nd MV45 cat in an amazing time of 59 mins 3 secs to win a deserved Welsh gold medal.
Iwan Evans was 38th in 1.07.29, whilst Martin’s wife Carla Green also scooped Welsh gold as third female runner home, and was 61st overall, winning her FV45 age cat in 1-11.26.
Steve Roberts was 81st in 1.14.14, and shared the exact same time with club colleague Ben Hudson. Steve Poupart was in close pursuit in 90th place in 1.15.14. And partially-sighted runner Daniel Owens, running with his guide John Dalzell, shared 115th spot in 1.16.44.
Sarah Ferguson Hudson was 21st female, 148th overall in 1.21.05 and fourth FV40.
Kay Hatton had another consistent outing to finish 29th female, 3rd FV55 cat and was 178th overall in 1.24.25, whilst Hannah Griffith picked up her pace over the last few miles to finish 43rd female, in 213rd place overall in 1.28.19.
Senior veteran Don Hale was 230th and 4th MV65 cat overall in 1.29.54, with Helen Hannam finishing in 243rd spot, and 54th female in 1.30.50. Len Jackson also had a great run in 253rd place in 1.31.44, with Rob Fryer 261st in 1.32.49.
Mandy Owen finished as 82nd female and was 317th overall in 1.37.25, and Mike Hayton filled 321st position in 1.37.45.
Rachel Morris was 150th female, 436th overall in 1.48.42, and Joan Edwards came home 199th female and 502nd overall in 1.58.41.
In the 1k fun-run at Rhyl, Rachel Morris’s daughter Mia was second female runner back and completed the gusty course in 4 mins 58 secs, accompanied by her brother Jack.
North Wales regional championship honours:
Eight club runners collected Welsh championship medals in the North Wales regional awards at the Rhyl 10-miler.
They included gold medals for Martin and Carla Green, with other runners winning four silver medals and two bronze.
Men’s results: M45 Martin Green (gold), M55 Steve Roberts (silver), Iwan Evans (bronze) and M65 Don Hale (bronze). Women’s results: FV45 Carla Green (gold), FV45 Hannah Griffith (silver), FV40 Sarah Ferguson Hudson (silver) and FV55 Kay Hatton (silver).
LLYR HAPPY WITH VALENTINES 10K RUN
Distance Road Runner and top rugby referee Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts ran in the re-arranged Valentines 10K race near Scunthorpe last Sunday in 37.25.
He said it was slightly slower than last year but was happy with his time considering the wet and windy weather.
RICH 3RD IN RUTHIN 5K
New club veteran Richard (Rich) Eccles finished 3rd in the Ruthin 5k on Sunday and was 1st VM50-54 in a very fast time of 18.09.
Just three North Wales Road Runners took part on the windswept and puddle-filled course at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday morning due to the Rhyl 10-miler and other race commitments.
Mark Jessett continued his purple patch of great form and finished 2nd overall, and was 1st SM30 cat in 18 mins 55 secs.
Dave Spofforth also ran well in 10th place, and was 1st VM35 cat winner in 21.09, with Gethin Wyn Jones, returning to the parkrun after a two-week break, finishing 55th in 25.43.
Vicky Taylor ran at an equally windy Penrhyn Parkrun and won her VW45 age category as 11th female and was 60th overall in 26.07.
Conwy Junior Parkrun
Kelly Alford’s daughter Kacey ran in the junior parkrun on Sunday morning and celebrated her highest ever finishing position of 10th overall, and she was 3rd female, completing the 2K course in 13.03.
PERFORMANCE OF DAY FOR MIA AT INDOOR CHAMPS
Rachel and Karl Morris’s teenage daughter Mia had a great day at the North Wales Indoor Championships at Sport City in Manchester on Sunday, taking part in the 600 and 200 metre races.
Mia ran a PB in both track events, recording a fast time of 1 min 53 secs for 2nd place and won a deserved silver medal. And in the 200 metres she claimed another PB of 31.46 seconds. Her coach said her 600-metre dash was the ‘performance of the day.’
NICK BEER 10K UPDATE AND JUNIOR FUN-RUN
The Nick Beer 10k race has been re-arranged for Saturday 7th March beginning at 12 noon. The race was postponed from a few weeks ago due to Storm Ciara. There will also be a junior 1K fun-run on the promenade close to the start by the Imperial Hotel at 11am, and runs to the Cenotaph and back. Runners can enter on the day just for that race.
LLANDUDNO ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Race organisers have confirmed that the North Wales Road Relay Championships will be held on Llandudno promenade again on Sunday 20th Sept.
This year, in addition to the previous varied and senior age categories, they are also introducing relay races for Under 11s boys, and for girls aged Over 9, and Under 11s. Further details will be confirmed nearer the time.