Podium placing for Mark Jessett at New Year’s Day Parkrun

Mark Jessett

Report by Don Hale

Mark Jessett was up bright and early on New Year’s Day to take part in the Bexley Parkrun at Sidcup in Kent and was rewarded with a great new course PB of 18 minutes 26 seconds.

The NWRRC athlete was 3rd overall out of 271 finishers, and he also won his MV35-39 age category. Mark also recorded his third PB out of his last four outings at this parkrun and knocked 11 seconds off his previous performance in Kent.

The event was won by James Macdonald (Cambridge Harriers) and 1st MV40 cat in a fast time of 17.10, with Alexander Barber, SM25-29, 2nd overall in 18.00, with Mark Jessett 3rd.

Tour De Llyn Llydaw race

Nic Brook and Gemma Brown

Local athletes Nic Brook and his partner Gemma Brown competed together in the Tour De Llyn Llydaw fell race on New Year’s Day.

The experienced endurance runners completed a tough 5-mile course which included over 600 ft of elevation in light rain and blustery winds and just managed to dip under the one-hour mark in 59 mins 59 seconds.

Twin Piers Race postponed

The popular Arthur Bebbington 10k Twin Piers race scheduled for Saturday 15th January 2022 has been postponed until further notice due to current Welsh Government Covid-19 restrictions.

Confirmation was posted on New Year’s Eve when the organisers, Colwyn Bay AC, reluctantly had to make this expected, but most unfortunate statement in which they said: “Twin Piers 2022 update: ‘Due to the current Welsh Government restrictions of 50 people in outdoor events, the Arthur Bebbington Twin Piers 10k is currently postponed.

“We are looking for an alternative date and will let people know when the guidelines become clearer and as soon as possible, we will advise all current entrants of their options once the new date is confirmed. We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.”

*The North Wales Regional Championships, which are included in this race, will also be held over to any rearranged date.

Indoor athletics championships dates switched due to Covid restrictions

The North Wales Indoor regional championships sponsored by Coleg Cambria has also had to switch their dates from Sunday 16th January to Sunday 20th February 2022 due to ongoing Welsh Government Covid-19 restrictions.

The event, however, will still be staged as before, at the North Wales Indoor Centre, Coleg Cambria, at Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, Deeside. Previous entries have been carried and this prestigious indoor venue offers numerous events for athletes of all ages ranging from Under 11s to Masters.

In a statement issued this week, the organisers confirmed: “North Wales Indoor Championships, rescheduled date: Due to the increase of COVID cases and a degree of uncertainty for fixtures in January, the NW Indoor Championships will have to be rescheduled to 20th February.

“I will send an email to each of the club representatives. For any athletes who have already entered but can’t make 20th February, a full refund will be issued, however they must send an email to barry.edwards@welshathletics.org by no later than 9th January 2022.”

Events on 20th February for u11’s to Masters include: – U11’s – RJT Event Challenge (60m, Long Jump, Shot Put,) – £10 which covers all 3 events & athletes must compete in all 3 events. Events as Regional Championships at Deeside for u13’s + – 60m, 60mH, LJ, (TJ U17’s+ only), PV (u15’s+), HJ, SP – £5 per event. Spectators – Only one per athlete allowed.

Additional Events in Manchester available on 6th March for u15’s/ u17’s / u20’s & Seniors – 200m & 600m – closing date to enter will be 01/03/22 – Spectators £2 fee, free for coaches with current licence.
Additional Events in Manchester Available on 13th March for u15’s/ u17’s / u20’s & Seniors – 300m – closing date to enter will be 08/03/22 (Strictly no u13’s competitors allowed to enter the 300m event). – Spectators £2 fee, free for coaches with current eligibility. Athletes are permitted to a maximum of 3 events. Entry fees are £5 per event U13’S – Masters / u11’s will be £10 fee which covers the Run Jump Throw 3-event challenge. The final timetable will be sent to all paid entries no later than 7th February.

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