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Martin Green smashes long-established distance record

Record-breaker Martin Green

North Wales Road Runners Club’s Martin Green was one of two top Welsh runners who smashed a long-established distance record at the Wrexham 20-mile Freedom race last week.

The achievement saw Green move into second place overall in the updated North Wales rankings.

Martin Green

He finished the race in 3rd place overall behind rival Ryan Davis, yet both runners celebrated beating Adrian Bailey’s 1998 record of 1 hr 54 mins 37 secs, with Ryan becoming the new record holder in 1.53.11, and Martin, who also won his MV45 age category, was just 5-seconds adrift in 1.53.16.

And last weekend, Martin ran at a Borders League meeting, representing Wrexham AC as his second claim club, completing the 5-mile race in 31.20.

Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon & 10-miler

Gethin Wyn Jones

Despite only completing a couple of weeks of training, Gethin Wyn Jones made a great effort in the Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon, recording a superb time of 1.39.26.

Club colleague Kay Hatton also had a good run, finishing 5th in her age group in 1.49.51, and Mike Hayton ran home in 1.42.41 as 2nd M65 cat in the associated 10-mile race.

Trimpell 20-miler

Jon Evans

Jon Evans celebrated a season’s best performance at the Trimpell 20-miler last Sunday, recording an excellent time of 2.52.30.

He said this new route was harder than the Wrexham 20, the previous week, but admitted it was well organised.

Shrewsbury 10k race

Cai Roberts and Kelly Alford

Kelly Alford and her partner Cai Roberts ran together in the Shrewsbury 10k event on Sunday and finished in 52.52.

Snowdonia 7k Trail Race

Josie Davies completed a challenging run in a 7k trail race at the weekend as part of the Snowdonia Trail series and said she enjoyed her run apart from the very hilly first 1K.

Parkrun round-up

Conwy

Nine senior athletes and two juniors from North Wales Road Runners took part in the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday with four members recording excellent personal best times, and three also winning their respective age categories.

On the usual puddle-filled, bumpy course, some 270-finishers enjoyed the rare benefit of sunny conditions, in what could possibly be the last parkrun for a while due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic and potential restrictions expected to future public gatherings.

Mark Jessett continued his remarkable form to claim another deserved PB in 18 mins 5 secs in 5th place overall, and was 2nd SM30 cat.

Daniel Owens, running with his guide James Watkins, also ran extremely well to finish in 31st place, and although pleased with 2nd SM25 cat in 21.36, he missed a new PB by just 16-seconds.

Mia Morris

A third PB winner was promising junior Joe Culverhouse in 35th place, running with his father Stuart. He also won his JM10 age category in a great time of 22.05, and fellow junior Mia Morris again impressed with a fast finish in 48th place, and was 4th female in 23.23, improving her PB by about 20-seconds.

Carla Green ran as part of her endurance training and was 44th overall, and 3rd female athlete, winning her MW45 cat in 22.48.

She shared the exact same time as Gethin Wyn Jones in 45th place.

Veteran Don Hale finished in 66th place and was 1st M65 cat in 24.03, whilst Helen Hannam and Pat Finnie ran together as part of a training plan, finishing in 119th and 120th positions respectively, in 27.04.

And Rachel Morris, who is still recovering from injury, ran with her mother and took 241st place in 36.55.

Pont y Bala

Jon Evans finished in 6th place at the Pont y Bala Parkrun and was 1st MV50 cat winner in a good time of 22.43.

Penrhyn Castle

Vicky Taylor enjoyed a good run at the Penrhyn Castle Parkrun and finished 48th overall, 10th female, and was 2nd in her VW45 age category in 26.08.

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