Eighteen athletes from North Wales Road Runners, ages ranging from 16-68, completed a 15-hour national “virtual” road-relay competition on Sunday.
Quite a feat considering some members still recovering from the previous week’s gruelling London Marathon exploits.
With optional running times split into either 30-minute, or 60-minute time slots, and spread throughout the day from 5 am to 8 pm, the team registered some excellent finishing times and PBs, recording a grand overall total of 112.83 miles.
The event was open to all running and fitness clubs, and attracted 46 teams and about 900 runners from across the UK, with some larger organisations entering several teams.
Organised by the Builth and District Running Club, a relatively small, rural club in Mid-Wales, this was the second time a similar major event had been staged by them, and despite varied Covid-19 restrictions, all individuals completed their efforts solo, and without problems, on their own local road networks.
NWRRC improved their previous efforts from 26th to finish in 18th place overall. Event organisers were delighted with the incredible response from all teams, and explained that just 1.01 miles eventually separated the top-two finishing teams.
The final podium placings were awarded to race winners Port Talbot Harriers A-team, who completed 133.37 miles, with Run4all Neath A-team second in 132.32 miles, and Ogmore Phoenix claimed third spot after running 126.65 miles.
Team captain Martin Green praised the efforts of NWRRC athletes, with many improving their previous performances, and he kept everyone updated and motivated with results throughout the long day.
Twelve athletes ran one-hour splits, with another six recording half-hour times.
Stuart Culverhouse began the early shift with the first of the one-hour time slots. He ran an excellent 8.24 miles. Other identical time slots included: Gethin Wyn Jones 8.04 miles, Carla Green 7.36 miles, Kay Hatton 7.52 miles, Tony Price-Jones 7.62 miles, Hannah Griffith 7.21 miles, Ben Hudson 8.11 miles, Helen Hannam 6.82 miles, Sarah Ferguson-Hudson 7.63 miles, Rob Fryer 7.19, Jon Doe 8.29, and Richard Eccles ran a superb final leg, recording 8.85 miles.
The 30-minute time slots were completed by Mandy Owen 3.46 miles, her husband Charlie Owen 3.21 miles, Rachel Morris 2.67 miles, Vicky Taylor 3.34 miles, Don Hale 3.88 miles and Mia Morris 3.44 miles.
Llyr competed well in his second Duathlon
Rugby referee Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts took part in his second ever Duathlon last weekend, but said this time it was a “proper” race with both a chip time and a finish gantry.
The NWRRC runner admitted that overall, he was pleased with his performance, finishing 21st out of 150 entrants, and fourth in his age category.
He said: “I held my own in both runs, but the bike let me down today, especially on the long climb.”
Competing in the Eastbourne Duathlon, the event included a 5k run, a 19k cycle ride, and a final 2.5k race, Llyr added: “I put in 3.5 mins over the two runs for 2nd in my age category, but then lost time on the bike…but my poor transitions became the determining factor. The winner was a 20-year old GB athlete, and I was old enough to be his dad, but who cares, I still enjoyed it!”
Conwy Half Marathon postponed
Last week, race organisers of the popular Conwy Half Marathon, confirmed that it has now been postponed until 21st November 2021.
A statement from race officials explained: “It is with great sadness that we have had to postpone this year’s race. The health, safety and well-being of everyone at our events is paramount, so with the guidance as it stands, we have made this decision in line with local Government and Welsh Government guidance.
“These decisions are not easy, but with the guidance and regulations as they are, and are unlikely to change in the time-frame we have left, this is the only outcome available at present.
Thank you for your support throughout 2020, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Chris Yorke and all at team Run Wales.”