NWRRC team packed well to claim four age category wins at Conwy Parkrun

Carla and Martin Green performed brilliantly again at the Conwy Parkrun

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery

North Wales Road Running Club members maintained their recent top form and returned in numbers to the Conwy Parkrun, where they packed well and recorded nine podium places, including one event win, four age category victories, four second placings and one third.

A team of 14 athletes also included talented newcomer William Williams, who finished 7th overall on his debut and 3rd in his MV45-49 age cat with a great new PB of 19 minutes and 17 seconds.

The parkrun event, however, was won by Martin Green, who again topped his MV45-49 cat in a superb time of 17.16. Richard Eccles finished 5th and headed his MV55-59 age cat in 18.52.

Family trio Nathan, Steve and Zoe Roberts

It then proved a very close encounter with just a few seconds separating the next three club runners – John Dalzell 16th in 21.03, Steve Roberts just two seconds adrift, 2nd MV55-59 and 17th overall in 21.05, whilst Carla Green was just another second behind in 21.06,

Carla won her VW50-54 cat, and finished as the 2nd female athlete.

John Dalzell

Gethin Wyn Jones enjoyed another fine performance in 19th place, and 2nd MV35-39 cat in 21.18, with Sean Butler 2nd in his MV60-64 cat and 33rd overall in 23.11.

In addition, master vet runner Don Hale won his MV65-69 age cat with a steady 52nd in 24.42, and newcomer Nicola Wylie, who is training hard with Helen Hannam, finished 63rd overall in 25.20, and claimed 2nd VW 50-54.

There was a big welcome back for Tony Gibson

And it was good to see Tony Gibson back in action again following ill-health in 81st place in 26.32. Helen Hannam also returned to parkrun amidst her heavy marathon training and finished 104th in 28.41, and Sue Smith collected another age cat win in her VW55-59 group in 105th place in 28.45, with her husband Mike Smith 143rd in 31.18.

And well done too to Zoe Roberts, who persuaded her son Nathan to take part in his first-ever parkrun.

Zoe finished 177th place in 34.59, whilst Nathan quite remarkably completed the course in just 31 minutes!

*The first three finishers included: Martin Green (NWRRC) 1st MV45-49 in 17.16, 2nd Carl Shawcross (Medway Tri) and 1st MV50-54 with a PB of 18.22, and 3rd was Daniel Wellings, 2nd in his MV45-49 cat, and another PB in 18.34.

Meanwhile, popular RunWales event organiser Chris Yorke made a rare parkrun appearance and finished 4th overall in 18.41. There were 211 runners.
*These are the provisional results from Conwy Parkrun:

Other parkrun results:

Stuart and Joe Culverhouse

*STRETFORD: Stuart Culverhouse and his son Joe ran in the Stretford, Manchester, parkrun last Saturday and both recorded some excellent times. Stuart finished in 29th place overall and he was 2nd in his MV50-54 age cat in 19.55, with Joe 93rd and 4th in his JM11-14 cat in 22.37. Stuart later admitted: “Not sure if the course was short or if my watch was not correct but I will take a sub-20 parkrun anytime.”

Karl and Rachel Morris

*NEWTOWN: Karl Morris and his wife Rachel ran in the Newtown Parkrun where Karl finished 6th overall and won his MV40-44 age cat in 20.36, with Rachel celebrating a new parkrun PB and her best 5k time for about three years, finishing 43rd overall, 13th female runner, and 3rd in her VW40-44 age cat in 29.33.

*Loggerheads Country Park trail races: Two NWRRC athletes took part in different races at Loggerheads Country Park near Mold last Saturday. Hannah Griffith finished 94th overall in the combined events, and 37th overall in the 10k Trail Race. Hannah was the 15th female and completed the course in 1 hour 11 minutes and 15 seconds. Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones ran in the 5k Canicross event with her dog Millie. Charlotte finished 8th overall, 5th female, and she was also 3rd in her Open Age cat in 29 minutes and 24 seconds.

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