North Wales Road Runner Elizabeth Driscoll was first lady at Falkland Islands Parkrun

The bleak finishing post for the Falkland Islands Parkrun

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Elizabeth Driscoll

NWRRC athlete Elizabeth Driscoll competed in her first parkrun of the year, this time many thousands of miles away from her home patch in Conwy, when she took part in the rather bleak and windswept Falkland Islands event last Saturday.

The experienced runner, who is also an Air Traffic Control officer at RAF Valley on Anglesey, is currently on secondment overseas, and finished 5th overall in the 5k event from a field of 21 other runners and was the first female finisher.

Elizabeth Driscoll after completing the Falkland Islands Parkrun

Afterwards, Elizabeth, who celebrated some international success, said: “Not wishing to make any of you jealous but I have done my first parkrun of the year at the most southerly in the world! Cape Pembroke Lighthouse Parkrun, Stanley, on the Falkland Islands.

“Not the quickest course, very rough ground, and extremely windy (+40 mph) but I came 5th overall, 1st lady in 27.04 (there were only 21 runners, but you have to be in it to win it!)

“Amazing scenery and a lovely run. Now to start some serious training for a half marathon in February and a full marathon in March!”

Kay Hatton was pick of the trio at Tatton Park 10k

Report by Don Hale. Photos by John Hatton

Three North Wales Road Runners crossed the border into England last Saturday and celebrated with some very good performances in the Tatton Park 10k race in Cheshire.

They included Kay Hatton, who won her respective veteran age category.

Iwan Evans, Kay Hatton and Harry Driscoll

With parkruns and most other races currently prohibited, or severely restricted in Wales, due to Welsh Government and Covid-19 restrictions it meant another long trip for three notable club athletes who had to battle strong winds, cold temperatures, and rain over a challenging but picturesque course.

Harry Driscoll was the first NWRRC member home in 19th place in 39 minutes 51 seconds, with Iwan Evans 31st in 41.43 and 4th in his MV40 age cat, whilst Kay Hatton was the pick of the trio, and continued her excellent form to win her VW55 age cat in a superb time of 48.03, finishing 109th overall and the 13th female runner. And Kay incredibly finished more than five minutes ahead of her nearest age cat rival.

The race attracted nearly 500 finishers and it was won by Nigel Martin (Sale Harriers) in 31.17, with Daniel Orr 2nd in 34.41, with 3rd David Berry 35.20.

James Smith

*Colwyn Bay AC runner James Smith was another promising young athlete in the Tatton Park race, and he finished 4th overall in 35.29.

Charlotte and Ottie in Canicross Trail debut

Charlotte and the lovely Ottie

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Charlotte Rose Wilton-Jones

Charlotte Rose Wilton-Jones and her dog Ottie ran in the restricted Canicross Trail Race at Hawarden last Sunday.

Competing over a very muddy 5k plus course this was Ottie’s race debut, but the pair enjoyed their day out, finishing together in 30 minutes 2 seconds in 4th place overall.

Nic Brook wins age cat at Delamere Trail race

Nic Brook continued his recent top form by finishing 4th overall in the Delamere Trail 13 Race on Sunday, and he also claimed 1st place in his MV40 age category to finish in 1 hour 25 minutes.

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