Road Runner Kevin Slattery struck gold at the North Wales 5K virtual championships last Sunday.
A gritty performance saw him claim 1st place in the M65 age category, with four other members collecting prestigious silver and bronze medals.
The exceptional veteran athlete and club chairman had a close shave though, as he finished just one second ahead of rival Bob Hind from Cybi Striders in a very fast time of just 22 mins 47 secs.
Ran on Llandudno promenade as a solo effort due to Covid-19 restrictions, Slattery successfully dodged the madding crowds to eventually win his gold at the first attempt at this distance since reaching the M65-69 age category, finishing 79th overall.
Kevin later celebrated with other team members who won championship medals at this event, which was recently re-arranged as a virtual race, with individuals having to both run and record their personal times on electronic devices.
Steve Roberts was the first club runner home amidst 176 original entrants, and finished 60th overall, and was 2nd M55 athlete in 21 mins 10 seconds to claim a deserved silver medal.
Other medal winners included veteran Don Hale in 91st place in 23.30 and 3rd in his M65-69 age category for a bronze medal.
Helen Hannam finished 92nd overall and was 3rd F45 for bronze in 23.37, with Kay Hatton securing yet another bronze medal as 3rd F55 runner in 23.41.
Some additional worthy results included Cai Roberts 100th in 25.10. Kelly Alford was 105th in 25.52, with promising teenager Mia Morris 108th and 4th U17W in 26.27, with her mother Rachel 122nd in 30.21.
*Former NWRRC runner Gemma Moore, now with Eryri, was the 3rd female finisher and won her F35 age category for a gold medal. She was 36th overall in 19.15.
The 5k championship was won by Ryan Davies (Wrexham) in 15.25, with regular Conwy park runner Bryn Woodall (Colwyn Bay AC) 2nd in 15.35 and 1st U20M cat winner for a gold medal. Luke Northall (Wrexham) was 3rd in 15.41.
NWRRC club runner, and well-known local postman Kevin Higgins, although not registered for the main championship event, delivered a good result of 23.32.
Llyr celebrated “live” duathlon success despite venue switch
North Wales Road Runner Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts turned in another excellent duathlon performance last Sunday despite a late change of venue due to increased virus restrictions, and just missed out on a top podium finish.
The Nottingham-based Welsh athlete competed in one of the few rare “live” events which are still allowed in England, but as the original venue at Clumber Park, which is part of the National Trust, was closed, the race was suddenly switched to Thoresby Park instead.
The event involved two different runs interspersed with a cycle race, but Llyr said that due to the late change, it made everything much more challenging, and instead of completing the running sections on roads or tarmac, it became more of a trail run.
He admitted: “That was not my cup of tea at all, but I just did it, and the first run was much longer than the planned 5k course, and was just shy of 7k.
“I did OK, and was 26th out of 264 entrants, and finished 5th in my age group.”
He was pleased with his transitions this time however, “after a couple of previous attempts at this type of sport.”
Mia wins age category prize at Colwyn Bay 10k
Conwy-based athlete Mia Morris won her age category at the Port Eirias virtual Halloween 10k race last weekend, with runners having to compete on a preferred course close to their homes, due to Covid-19 restrictions.