North Wales Road Runners have celebrated the welcome end-of-year news that two club members have achieved notable records for Welsh Masters Athletics in 2020 – despite a very testing nine months due to Covid-19 problems.
Martin Green proved his high-calibre yet again, this time setting a prestigious Welsh marathon record, with a new PB time of 2 hrs 28 mins 11 secs as the V45 champion.
He ran this superb time during the Running Grand Prix at the Bedford Autodrome but seems determined to try to improve on this time whenever we return to live racing again.
And veteran runner Don Hale says he was both fortunate and rather surprised to claim 3rd place overall in the Welsh Masters record books for his placing in the MV65 age category over 60 metres.
He set a record for his performance last January at the Welsh indoor meeting at Connah’s Quay, where he won gold in 1st place, running 11.32 secs over this distance. His end of season live ranking eventually put him in 3rd place overall.
Don said: “It was very surprising, as I had never run 60 metres before, or indoors, and it was more than 50-years since I first competed as a sprinter. I am too stiff nowadays to run from blocks, so I had a standing start, and obviously still need to practice and improve.“
Martin Green. Welsh Masters marathon record 2020.
Don Hale. Welsh Masters, 2020 end of season performances. Men’s rankings 60 metres
Surprise present for Llyr in 10k Hull victory
Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts enjoyed a festive surprise when he won the East Hull Harriers virtual 10k run last week.
Recording his fastest time for about two-years over this distance, Llyr won the event and claimed the 1st M45 cat win in 36 mins 18 secs, and was just 4 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed runner, and a talented pack from the host club team.
Festive run and British Masters virtual 10k race
Steve Bozier had a good run in the Hereford Couriers 10k virtual Christmas dash and recorded 41.20.
He said it was not the time he wanted, but confirmed: “Considering a 4lbs weight gain after all the gluttony and excess alcohol, this was to be expected.”
He then used his time from the Hereford race to set a marker in the British Masters 10k virtual challenge event.
Steve had hoped to have another attempt at this extended quality competition – due to adverse weather conditions – but unfortunately, he hurt his back.
Veteran Don Hale also ran in the British Masters 10k and registered his second-best time of the year over a challenging 10k course, and was pleased with his time of 51.51, which was an improvement by more than 3 minutes from the previous week.