Report by Don Hale
Martin Green won the prestigious Anglesey Half Marathon last Sunday morning following a fierce battle with several keen rivals.
The North Wales Road Runner, who is training hard for the forthcoming London Marathon, finally finished more than 30 seconds ahead of second-placed local runner Steffan Sayer from the Menai Track and Field club, to win in 1 hour 13 minutes and 44 seconds.
Third place went to local athlete Anna Bracegirdle, who also set a new all-time female best time NWRAC record of 76.07, by over a minute, which had stood since 2015.
Martin was one of five NWRRC runners who took part in this re-arranged event following previous Covid-19 restrictions, and four members of the team also won age category honours.
Martin claimed 1st place in his MV45 cat, whilst veteran Kevin Slattery also won his M65 cat, with Iwan Evans and Hannah Griffith finishing 3rd in their own respective age groups.
The race attracted 342 finishers for this scenic event, which started on the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge before flowing downhill through Menai Bridge town centre and along winding and partially closed roads to Beaumaris.
The course also passed Beaumaris Castle, then headed up towards Llanfaes, to complete a small loop, before returning back towards the finish at Menai Bridge.
Iwan Evans was 41st overall and 3rd MV40 cat in 1.28.31, with Stuart Culverhouse 30th in 1.32.14. Master vet and club chairman Kevin Slattery made a rare race appearance and finished 41st and 1st M65 cat winner in a remarkable time of 1.37.15, with Hannah Griffith enjoying a very good run as 3rd FV45 cat, 160th overall and 42nd female athlete in 1.57.03.
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Anglesey 10k race
Three NWRRC members took part in the Anglesey 10k race run last Sunday which was run in conjunction with the half-marathon and attracted 271 quality athletes.
Steve Roberts had an excellent run, winning his MV55 age category in 14th place overall in 44 minutes 33 seconds. He was followed by Jamie Tharme in 40th place in 47.43, with Rachel Morris 207th overall, and 95th female in 68.33.
Rachel, who is still recovering from a long-term injury later admitted: “I’m over the moon with my time today. It was my longest run in over a year, and I ran the whole distance. The route was stunning.”
*The 10k race was won by popular local athlete Steve Forsyth in a superb time of 33.04 as the 1st MV40 cat winner, with 2nd Callum Jones in 35.02, and Jonathan Tyler 3rd in 35.57.
Carla Green realises PB dream at Altrincham 10k race
Report by Don Hale
Carla Green finished as the 3rd female runner in the Altrincham 10k race last Sunday, and finally realised a four-year PB dream to dip under 40-minutes for this challenging distance.
The NWRRC member celebrated a very positive performance, finishing 35th overall out of 1,188 finishers and she was 3rd Lady in 38 minutes 49 seconds. Carla also won her FV45 age category.
The female race was won by Joanna Marsden in 36.18, with Molly Cawthorne 2nd in 37.41 with Carla 3rd. The male race was won by Marco Parolin in 33.09, with 2nd Matthew Beacock in 34.34, and Matthew Harrison 3rd in 34.39.
Kelly and Cai at Wrexham 10k
Kelly-Marie Alford and Cai Roberts ran in the re-arranged Village Bakery half-marathon race in Wrexham on Sunday and both rummers were satisfied with their performances on a very hot day.
Kelly-Marie finished in 311th place in 2 hours 1 minute 52 seconds, with Cai 326th in 2.07.00. The race recorded 612 finishers and it was won by Matt Clowes (Cardiff AC) in 66 mins 25 seconds.
Vicky Taylor at Dolgellau 10k Trail Race
Vicky Taylor continued her fine performances in endurance events and last weekend she took part in the challenging Dolgellau 10k Trail race which includes 769ft of elevation.
She safely completed this gruelling course and was pleased with her finishing time of 1 hour 18 mins over the six-mile plus route.