North Wales Road Runners dazzle at Blackpool Lights 10K

From left: Cai Roberts, Kelly-Marie Alford, Mandy Owen and Charlie Owen

Report by Don Hale

Four North Wales athletes dazzled in the glare of the Blackpool Illuminations last Saturday night during the live “Run the Lights” 10k race, which attracted more than 700 entrants.

The team effort involved husband and wife duo Charlie and Mandy Owen, with Kelly-Marie Alford and her partner Cai Roberts, together with their young son Noah in his buggy.

Kelly, who has performed well in several recent endurance events, was again pick of the club members in 146th place overall, and 28th female runner with a deserved course PB of 49 mins 49 seconds. And she only just missed out on a podium position, finishing 4th in her F35 age cat.

Cai Roberts also ran well again in 246th place in 54.06, followed by Mandy Owen 268th and 81st female runner in 55.07, with her husband Charlie enjoying his seaside trip in 60.26.

Helen Hannam from NWRRC, who was unable to travel to Blackpool, took part in the virtual 5k race on her own patch, recording an excellent time of 25.08.

And some of the club runners didn’t return home from Blackpool until the early hours of Sunday morning due to an accident on the M6.

*The race was won by Martin Peck (Spenborough Harriers) in 33.18, closely followed in 2nd place by Scott Matthews (Sale Harriers) 33.34, and Wesley Harrison 3rd in 34.51. The Ladies race was won by Belinda Houghton (Fylde Coast Runners) in 36.31.

Run the Lights 10k at Blackpool results link:

Charlotte-Rose blossoms at Llyn Brenig trail race

Report by Don Hale

Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones

Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones was the only NWRRC member at the challenging Llyn Brenig 9.5-mile trail race on Sunday. And she performed very well, finishing as the 9th female athlete.

The race route included a picturesque trail which circumnavigated Llyn Brenig via the adjoining forest and travelled along the shoreline of the lake, with most of it run off-road on rough tracks.

It was officially described as a long-terrain trail race around Llyn Brenig Reservoir, which started and finished at the Visitor Centre.

The talented North Wales athlete, who particularly enjoys endurance runs and trail running, continued her return to form, and finished 27th overall, and she was the 9th female finisher in a good time of 1 hour 16 minutes and 3 seconds. She also finished 5th in her F30-39 age category.

*The race winners included: 1st Rhodri Owen (Un) 55.35, 2nd Ifan Richards (Cyclo Cymru) 59.06, and 3rd Tony Wood (Denbigh Harriers) in 59.23. The Ladies race was won by Rheagan Edwards (Deeside AAC) in 65.20. There were 76 finishers in total.

This is the results link to the race:

Kevin Slattery wins his veteran age category at Pontefract Parkrun

Report by Don Hale

Kevin Slattery

NWRRC chairman Kevin Slattery crossed the border and travelled to Yorkshire last Saturday for the Pontefract 5k Parkrun and celebrated his long journey by winning his M65-69 veteran age category in a fast time of 22 minutes 38 seconds, among 342 finishers.

This was Kevin’s debut at the home of cakes, and at this parkrun, and judging by the results it was a fast race, with the winners confirmed as: 1st Ashley Crow (Wakefield & District Harriers) in 18.21, with 2nd Chris Strutt (Ackworth Road Runners) 18.48, and 3rd Danny Moore 19.49.

Llyr sets PB despite tight rugby legs

Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts in hot pursuit in Gilberdyke

Another NWRRC athlete performing well in England last weekend was top rugby referee Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts, who set a new PB time at the Gilberdyke 10-miler in East Yorkshire of 61.26, finishing 28th out of some 500 runners, and he was 4th in his MV45 age category.

After the race, Llyr explained: “I went into the race with tight legs after refereeing yesterday, but I was happy with the outcome!”

This was another fast dash with the first 20 runners all dipping under the hour. The race was won by Lee Milburn (Rotherham Harriers) in 52.17, but it was a very close-run contest with 2nd placed Matthew Nelson (City of Hull) finishing in 52.31, and in third was John Birch (Hallamshire Harriers) in 52.41.

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