Running news: Spanish challenge for North Wales team

Helen Hannam

Llandudno runners might be wearing colourful sombreros later this month as they prepare to challenge a Spanish team to an international friendship relay match.

Organised by North Wales Road Runners chairman Kevin Slattery, the club is trying to organise a virtual 5k relay competition with their Spanish friends from the Fondistes Penedes running club in Vilafranca, near Barcelona.

The idea is to make-up teams of four, with two representatives from each club competing per team, and teams to be compiled, so that they are roughly of a similar standard time-wise, according to their usual 5K times.

It’s a fun competition, with runs to be completed and times submitted anytime between Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th November.

Helen’s windy run for Poppy Appeal

North Wales runner Helen Hannam braved last week’s windy weather to complete a half-marathon challenge and claimed a commemorative Remembrance Day medal for the Poppy Appeal charity appeal.

She chose a very breezy route covering over 13-miles from Abergele to Colwyn Bay and back and finished in a highly credible time of 2 hrs 4 mins 53 secs.

Helen admitted: “It was very windy but I powered on and the last six miles were easier than the first seven because the wind was behind me. 

“In October I ran and walked 122 miles, but during November and December, I’m increasing my mileage to 150 per month to achieve my personal challenge.

“I’m also doing one virtual half-marathon distance a month during 2020, but I’m going to carry on and intend to do one a month during 2021 too. It’s also a bit of a personal motivation and keeps me strong and ready for when I re-start marathon training in 2022.”

Nick Beer 10k postponed due to virus

The Llandudno based Nick Beer 10k memorial race scheduled for Valentine’s Day next February has been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Race organiser John Hatton from North Wales Road Runners, this week confirmed: “Due to the continuing uncertainties with the Covid crisis, the race team and committee have decided to postpone the race until later in the year. A date will be decided once events are permitted to take place again.”

Further race details:

5k Santa Dash for Hope House Hospice

A special virtual 5k Santa Dash has been organised for Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th December, with all proceeds donated towards Hope House Ty Gobaith.

Entrants can either walk, jog or run, with the entrance fees donated to the local children’s hospice.

The challenge can be completed anytime during that weekend, with all entrants requested to observe current social distancing, and Covid-19 regulations. For further details:

Marathon runners Sara and Ben raise over £1,000 for Motor Neurone Disease

Ben Hudson

Husband and wife team Sarah and Ben Hudson raised £1097 for Motor Neurone Disease after completing the recent Snowdonia Virtual Marathon.

The NWRRC athletes from Betws-Y-Coed who have missed out on several potential full and live marathons this year due to Covid-19, decided to run their own virtual race over the 26.2-mile distance close to home.

Sarah Hudson

A fundraising appeal with JustGiving finally topped their original £1,000 target for a great cause.

Josie completes 135-mile charity run for St David’s Hospice

Josie Davies

GOG member and local triathlete Josie Davies finally completed her 135-mile Ultra-Everest Charity Challenge last weekend. and celebrated her amazing quest with her new goat friends around the Great Orme.

Veteran runner Josie, later thanked her friends, family, and everyone else, who had sponsored her unique ultra-marathon efforts.

She said: “That’s it, all done and dusted. I originally hoped to raise about £200 for St David’s Hospice, but at present it’s now reached £430, but I would love to take it to £500.

“I’m going to continue the miles until 20th November, which was my original finish date, just to see how many miles I can do, so I will keep up the JustGiving page in case anybody else wants to throw some more pennies my way.

“Also, a massive thank you to my special friend Gwenan Carter, who accompanied me on some of my runs, especially the ones around the mountain in the dark. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

North Wales virtual road relay championships

North Wales Regional Athletics Council have organised a virtual road relay championship on the weekend of 28th and 29th November, and for the first time, have included competitive races for under 11 boys and girls.

Run with the approval of Welsh Athletics, the event will welcome junior athletes with a minimum age of 9, and will also include additional age groups at U13, U15 and U17 (composite age group), in addition to U20, senior and V35 (composite age group), plus V40-49, V50-59, V60-69, and V70 plus.

Entries are only open to fully paid-up members of a Club affiliated to Welsh Athletics (W.A.), who are currentlymembers of the W.A. registration scheme and those athletes that enter under their schools’ name.

There is no limit to the number of teams per club – and this will automatically be calculated based on the number of athletes from each club who submit times in each category.

Individual runners will need to upload their Strava or Garmin performance between 00:01 on Saturday 28th November and 23:59 on Sunday 29th November.

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