Medals galore in Regional Championships at Anglesey Half Marathon

Martin Green at the start of the Anglesey Half Marathon

Report by Don Hale. Photos by John Hatton and Steve Jeffrey

North Wales Road Runners collected 10 Regional Championship medals at the tough Anglesey Half Marathon last Sunday, including four gold, two silver and four bronze.

And top club man Martin Green put in another tremendous performance, recording a new PB to eventually secure 2nd place, despite severe pressure from keen rivals, and additionally collected a deserved gold medal in the NW Championships.

The NWRRC athlete was the first club man home from 11 colleagues, and he also won his MV45 age cat with a fast time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 10 seconds over this challenging course.

Martin was joined on the virtual podium by fellow NW GOLD 🥇medal winners Len Jackson M60, Kay Hatton F55 and Hannah Griffith F45.

Martin Green (left) with race winner Adam Jones

SILVER 🥉 winners included, Stuart Culverhouse M50, and Vicky Taylor F45, with BRONZE 🥉medals won by Gethin Wyn Jones M35, Iwan Evans M40, Steve Roberts M55 and Rachel Morris F40.

Rory Middleton made a welcome return to competition in 39th place in 1.28.29, and he was just ahead of Stuart Culverhouse 49th in 1.30.07, with Iwan Evans 59th in 1.31.46.

Gethin Wyn Jones also seemed to be back to his best in 82nd place with a new PB of 1.35.28, and Steve Roberts finished 90th in 1.36.10.

Well done Len Jackson

Kay Hatton motored around the challenging course to win her F55 age cat in 174th place, and she was the 24th female runner in a superb time of 1.43.53. Hannah Griffith also turned in a good performance in 355th place and she was the 75th female in 1.57.39.

Vicky Taylor finished well in 456th place in 2.06.46, with veteran Len Jackson running his first half for over two years in 482nd spot in 2.09.19. And Colin Thackray was another welcome returnee to competition, and he finished 489th in 2.09.23, with Rachel Morris narrowly dipping under the 2.30 mark to finish in 2.28.08, and she was the 220th female.

Kay Hatton produced a superb run

*The half-marathon race was won by Adam Jones (Eryri Harriers) in 1.11.25, with Martin Green 2nd in 1.12.10 and Tomos Roberts (Meirionnydd RC) IN 1.12.53.

Richard Eccles led the club team at Anglesey 10k race

Richard Eccles

Six NWRRC members took part in the Anglesey 10k race on Sunday with Richard Eccles leading the team home in 10th place overall, and he also won his M55 age category in a very good time of 38 minutes and 18 seconds.

Harry Driscoll continued his recent run of form to finish just six seconds behind Richard in 11th spot in 38.25, and Carla Green continued her fightback from injury to win her F50 age cat in 40.36, and she was 16th overall and the 2nd female athlete.

Newcomer Tessa Bushnell enjoyed another good run in 108th place overall and knocked five minutes off her previous PB as the 28th female in 52.11, with teenager Mia Morris improving all the time, and knocked a further two minutes of her previous PB in the Nick Beer 10k, finishing in 127th place and 40th female runner in 53.14.

Another newcomer, Gwennan Charlton, came home in 237th place, and she was the 97th female in 1.00.11. There were 445 finishers.

*This is the link to the provisional results from the Anglesey Half Marathon and 10k:
https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events?event=3682

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