Fast pace at revised Porth Eirias Halloween 10k race

Didn’t they do well! From left: Richard Eccles, Jonathan Kettle and Steve Forsyth in action during the Porth Eirias Halloween 10k. Steve played his cards right to win the event in just 34 minutes

Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery

Steve Forsyth stormed to victory in the Porth Eirias Halloween 10k race last Saturday morning, which followed a revised route from Colwyn Bay to Penrhyn Bay and back, due to ongoing construction work on the coastal path to Llanddulas.

The Prestatyn athlete had a comfortable run, winning his VM40-49 age category in just 34 minutes.

North Wales Road Runner Jonathan Kettle gave chase and ran extremely well to finish 2nd overall and 2nd in his age cat in 34.41, with Steve’s club colleague Andrew Bromley claiming 3rd place a minute adrift in 35.41.

The race, which attracted 139 runners, proved a success for several other NWRRC members with Richard Eccles 7th overall and winning his VM50-59 age cat in 36.49. And Carla Green continued her superb run of form as the 1st female finisher, and 1st VW40-49 cat winner, crossing the line 10th overall in 40.05.

Mia Morris won her F11-19 age cat and knocked more than two minutes off her PB

Hannah Griffith enjoyed a steady performance to finish 40th overall and 6th female in 50.06, with teenager Mia Morris winning her F11-19 age cat and knocking more than two-minutes off her previous PB, as the 14th female, and 65th overall in 58.10.

Mia’s mother Rachel also completed her run in 103rd place in 71.22, and it proved to be a family day out for the Morris team with young Jack taking part in the associated 1k Fun-Run in 7 mins 15 secs.

Wild, wet, and windy for Bangor 10k and half-marathon

Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery

Just over 400 determined runners took part in the Bangor 10k and half-marathon events last Sunday morning amidst wild, wet, and windy conditions which followed a very hilly, muddy, and rain saturated course.

North Wales Road Runners entered five athletes in the 10k with another two members in the half-marathon.

Despite this challenging weather, the club still celebrated two podium placings in their respective age categories in the shorter race. Helen Hannam snatched 3rd spot in her age cat in the half-marathon.

Steve Roberts performed well again to finish 27th in the 10k run, and he was also 2nd in his VM55-59 age cat in 44 minutes 19 seconds, with master veteran Rob Fryer enjoying a deserved victory in his VM65-69 cat, finishing 56th overall in 49.13.

And Kevin Higgins was another man returning to good form, ending up 75th in 52.20, with Kelly-Marie Alford 85th in 53.07. Her partner Cai Roberts remained close behind in 85th place in 54.46.

After the race, Kelly commented: “I found it quite tough, and running with soaking feet was a nightmare too.”

Jamie Tharme

In the half-marathon, Jamie Tharme continued to impress with an excellent run to finish 44th in 1 hour 45 minutes, with Helen Hannam 104th overall, and 21st female runner, in 2.00.36. She also claimed 3rd place in her VW45-49 age cat.

Jamie said: “It was wet and hilly. A tough one today. The conditions were not great, with slippery leaves and a strong headwind.”

And Helen added: “It was wet, muddy and slippery – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! The support though was great and thanks to all the marshalls. I pushed for a sub-two-hour but didn’t quite manage it, but I’m still happy with my time. Some amazing times on a tough course, well done to everyone.”

*Charlie Owen ran in the Chester Zoo 10k on Sunday in similar rough, tough, and wet and windy conditions, but he still recorded a respectable time of 66 minutes 23 seconds in 1,748th place amongst 2,379 finishers.

*Link to provisional results for Bangor 10k:

*Link to provisional results for Bangor half-marathon:

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