Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery
It was a cool, crisp, autumn morning for 259 finishers at the Conwy Parkrun where Jonathan Kettle from North Wales Road Runners was the first man home in just 17 minutes and 27 seconds.
Kettle easily won his VM45-49 age category and set a hot pace for his rivals, with club colleague Mark Jessett finishing 3rd overall in 18.21 – and he also topped his VM35-39 age cat.
NWRRC entered 15 athletes and collected four age category wins and two personal best times, but many members were either recovering from major marathons and recent races or preparing for other events over the weekend.
Martin and Carla Green used the parkrun as a recovery exercise following last week’s dual success at the Manchester Marathon, and both ran well together again. Martin was 19th in 21.23 and Carla headed her VW45-49 age cat in 21.28.
Sean Butler continues to impress, finishing 2nd in his VM60-64 age cat in 24th place overall in 21.53, with Gethin Wyn Jones 37th in 22.22 followed by Daniel Owens, running this week with his guide Tony Price Jones, in 45th and 46th places respectively in 22.44.
Veteran runners Don Hale and Rob Fryer were preparing for the North Wales championships within the Flintshire 10k, so both took it steady, with Don 3rd VM65-69 cat in 79th place in 24.31, with Rob 93rd in 25.15.
Mia Morris celebrated joining the club (officially) and her 16th birthday by winning her JW15-17 age cat in 27.10, and vet Ian Turner returned to parkrun following his recent London Marathon success, finishing in 139th spot in 28.45.
Meanwhile, newcomers, husband and wife team Sue and Mike Smith enjoyed further progress with both claiming excellent PBs at Conwy. Sue was 149th overall in 29.24, and Mike 162nd in 30.42, whilst Rachel Morris, who was recovering from her recent half-marathon, crossed the line 201st in 33.34.
*This is the link to the provisional results from Conwy:
Tourists on the run at Prestatyn and Chippenham
Three NWRRC athletes enjoyed good runs at the Nova Prestatyn Parkrun last Saturday with all claiming superb new PBs, in addition to two age category victories among the 123 finishers.
Stuart Culverhouse ran with his young son Joe and they finished in 23rd and 24th places, with Joe also winning his JM10 age cat in 23.18, and Stuart finished 2nd VM45-49, whilst master veteran Peter Armstrong was first VM70-74 in 28th place in 23.40.
*And Joan Edwards made a welcome return to running after injury and an absence of 19-months, coming home fifth in her age cat at the Chippenham Parkrun in 36.44.