Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery
Ten members of North Wales Road Runners Club took part in the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday and despite cool, wet, and windy conditions, with plenty of puddles underfoot, five still claimed age category wins, including two runners in the top 10 finishers.
Josh Keogh was the first club man home, finishing 2nd overall but he was the 1st SM30-34 age cat winner in 17 minutes 56 seconds, and Carla Green was the 1st female finisher again, and the 1st VW45-49 cat winner in 21.04.
With many other top runners missing due to other commitments including the London Marathon and Chester Metric and Marathon races, it was left to the veteran runners to record some excellent placings and good finishing times as Parkrun UK celebrated its 17th anniversary.
Master veteran Rob Fryer continued his fast improvement in form to win his M65-69 age cat in 24.31 in 35th place, with Don Hale 38th overall and 3rd in the same age cat in 24.46, and Tony Gibson made a welcome return to parkrun in 53rd place, also topping his VM60-64 cat in 25.32.
Jamie Tharme was 39th in 24.47, and Helen Hannam 60th overall and 4th VW45-49 cat in 26.35.
Meanwhile, teenage athlete Mia Morris won her JW15-17 age cat in 28.09, whilst club newcomers Sue and Mike Smith celebrated good performances, with Sue claiming a new PB, and finishing 103rd, and 3rd VW55-59 cat in 30.37, with Mike 107th in 31.29.
Conwy Parkrun attracted 174 finishers and the event was won by promising young local athlete James Smith in 17.28, and he won his JM15-17 age category. Josh Keogh of NWRRC was 2nd and 1st SM30-34 cat winner in 17.56, with Carl Everall 3rd overall, and 2nd SM30-34 cat in 18.38. Praise was given to the parkrun race organisers and to all the volunteers and marshalls.
*Gethin Wyn Jones became a parkrun tourist last weekend and finished 6th overall and 2nd VM35-39 in 21.13 on his debut at the Pont-y-Bala Parkrun.
*Link to provisional results for Conwy parkrun:
Tough challenge at Abersoch 10k but Kay wins silver in her age category
Report by Don Hale. Photographs by John Hatton
Harry Driscoll and Kay Hatton represented NWRRC at the challenging Abersoch HR Anchor 10k last Saturday, with both enjoying superb performances despite the atrocious weather and a very difficult course.
Harry had a remarkable run finishing 14th overall out of 341 finishers and recorded a chip time of 42 minutes 2 seconds, with Kay Hatton 114th overall, and the 23rd female runner in 52.31. Kay also won a prestigious podium place after claiming 2nd spot in her F50 age category.
Kay’s husband John, who watched the event and took several photographs at the race, confirmed. “It was very wet, windy, and hilly at Abersoch. The course was, road, track, grass, with sandy beach to finish hurdling the groynes.”