Humid conditions attracted super-fast athletes to Conwy Parkrun

Jonathan Kettle was first NWRRC athlete home in the Conwy Parkrun

Report by Don Hale. Most photos by Steve Jeffery

This week’s parkrun was staged in complete contrast to the previous Saturday, and instead of wet and windy conditions, the course remained dry, with the weather warm and humid.

Perhaps it was these unusual conditions that attracted many of the best local runners who created an extraordinary and feisty competition, with the first nine runners all dipping under 20 minutes, three of the top four claiming personal best times, and just 11 seconds separating the leading pack.

Rhodri Owen was the first finisher, winning his SM30-34 age cat in 16 minutes and 7 seconds, with Matthew Roberts just three seconds behind, and the winner of his VM40-44 cat in 16.20.

Simon Cole was a further five seconds adrift in 16.25, and in addition, Steve Forsyth, who finished 4th was only three seconds down on Simon in 16.28. Rhodri, Simon, and Steve also ran incredible PBs!

Jonathan Kettle was the first NWRRC member back home in 5th place overall, winning his VM45-49 age cat in 17.55. Mark Jessett was another club colleague, who tried hard to keep pace with the leaders, but eventually he had to settle for 6th place overall but was won his VM35-39 age cat in 18.49.

Mark Jessett

The club entered 16 senior athletes and two juniors at Conwy, with another two senior members running as tourists at Prestatyn and Chester, claiming four age cat wins, and five other podium positions overall.

Other NWRRC results include: Sean Butler 2nd VM60-64 cat in 21st place in 21.46, with Tony Price Jones 28th in 22.10, and Troy Kettle 2nd SM18-19 cat in 22.59. Partially sighted athlete Daniel Owens came 3rd in his SM25-29 cat assisted by guide Steve Mason with the pair finishing in 42nd and 43rd places respectively in 23.02.

Stuart Culverhouse ran with his son Joe, and the youngster claimed victory again in his JM10 age group in 45th place in 23.14. Jamie Tharme ran home in 23.41, and master veteran Don Hale finished in 60th place and 2nd MV65-69 cat in 24.00, with Rob Fryer continuing his improvement, and he was just one-second behind in 61st spot and he was 3rd MV65-69 age cat in 24.01.

Pat Finnie was another massive improver following ill-health, and he was 88th overall in 25.33, with Samantha Williams (Sam) finishing in 130th place overall in 28.06.

Newcomers Sue Smith and her husband Mike showed a clean pair of heels again, with Sue claiming another PB in 161st place in 30.10, and Mike finished in 182nd spot in 31.25, whilst David Spofforth completed another father and son challenge together with his JM10 youngster Ben in 206th place in 33.11.

*Link to provisional results at Conwy parkrun:

Tourists on the run

Peter Armstrong

NWRRC master veteran Peter Armstrong won his VM70-74 age cat at the Nova Prestatyn Parkrun competing as a tourist, finishing 19th overall in 24.31, and Jon Evans ran at the Chester Parkrun last Saturday in preparation for his Manchester Half Marathon and was 113th in 26.55.

Tatton Park 10k

Mark Hayton and his nephew at the finish

Master veteran Mike Hayton ran with his nephew in the Tatton Park 10k last Saturday in 59 minutes 43 seconds and finished 2nd in his VM70-74 age cat.

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