North Wales runner Elizabeth Driscoll wins First Lady title at world’s most southerly marathon

Elizabeth Driscoll at the Cape Pembroke Half Marathon

Report by Don Hale

North Wales Road Runner Elizabeth Driscoll finished as the 1st Lady last Sunday at the highly challenging Stanley Marathon on the Falkland Islands.

She added to her already impressive set of results in other varied races on this most southerly outpost.

To give its official title, the Standard Chartered Bank Stanley Marathon, is widely regarded as one of the most challenging marathon courses, with participants rewarded by magnificent views around the Islands’ capital, Stanley.

It is also an AIMS certified event which confirms its position as the world’s most southerly marathon.

Elizabeth, who is an RAF Flight Control Officer, is currently based on the Falkland Islands as part of her duties, and regularly takes part in numerous and varied sporting events.

Her other recent successes include winning the Ladies title in three Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkruns, a Dri-Tri race, and in the Falklands Islands half-marathon.

The latest victory in this tough full marathon race in just four hours and one minute, was a highly prestigious result, especially considering the challenging terrain, strong winds, and the fact she has been battling with an injury.
After the race, Elizabeth said: “So today was the Stanley Marathon. Hardly any running training as my Achilles has been a bit naughty, so absolutely over the moon to finish 1st lady (again) in 4.01.

Elizabeth collects her prize

Very pleased with my time but now gutted that I didn’t knock another minute off, but the last four miles were into about 50-mph winds, and I had nothing left.

But chuffed to bits. The trophy was presented by the Governor of the Falklands, and an invite to Government House. I have to contact the bank to sort out my prize! Not a bad day and now for some bubbly!

Josh finished second at Conwy Parkrun despite a great new PB

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery

It was bright and breezy at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday where more than 200 finishers enjoyed the exceptional conditions and picturesque route to record a host of PBs and fast times.

The first nine finishers all dipped under the 20-minute barrier.

Josh Keogh

Road Runner Josh Keogh ran his socks off and claimed a deserved new PB, but he still finished a few seconds adrift of the overall winner, teenager James Smith, who also recorded a PB in 17.00, with another young runner Peter Cotterell, finishing 3rd in 17.28.

Josh was one of three NWRRC members who won their age categories, and yet, amazingly a further eight club runners all finished second in their cats. He led home a team of 11 seniors and one junior in 17.13 and was 1st in his SM30-34 age cat.

Jonathan Kettle

Jonathan Kettle additionally won his MV45-49 cat in 6th place overall in 18.33, with Harry Driscoll 8th and 2nd in his SM20-24 cat in 19.25.

Will Williams had another promising run to finish in 9th place, and 2nd in his MV45-49 cat in 20.29, with Gethin Wyn Jones another 2nd placer in his MV35-39 age cat, and 13th overall in 20.49, whilst Karl Morris enjoyed a rare parkrun outing with a great result, finishing 14th and 2nd in his MV40-44 cat in 21.14.

Steve Roberts achieved 17th place overall in 21.32, and 2nd in his MV55-59 cat.

Meanwhile, Jamie Tharme recorded another superb PB in 24th place in 22.03 but he had to settle for 4th spot in his MV40-44 age cat.

Sean Butler was another age cat winner of his MV60-64 group just six-seconds behind Jamie in 25th place in 22.09, whilst master vet Don Hale, who is still struggling with injury finished in 67th place, and he was 2nd in his MV65-69 age cat in 25.53, with Sue Smith 112th and 2nd in her VW55-59 age cat in 29.00.

Another result worthy of mention was that of young Ben Spofforth, who claimed a new PB in 28.38, and he too finished 2nd in his JM10 age cat.

*The results at Conwy included: 1st James Smith (Menai T & F) and 1st SM18-19 with a PB in 17.00, with 2nd Josh Keogh (NWRRC) and 1st in his SM30-34 cat with another PB in 17.13, and Peter Cottrell (Warley Wood Pacers) finished 3rd, and he was 1st in his SM20-24 cat in 17.28. There were 222 finishers.

*This is the link to the provisional results:

Hat-trick of victories for runners on the road

Prestatyn: Stuart Culverhouse and his son Joe both won their respective age categories at the Nova Prestatyn Parkrun last Saturday. Stuart finished in 2nd place overall and won his MV50-54 age cat in 20.09, with Joe running home in 20th spot in 23.45, and he too was 1st in his JM11-14 age cat.

Cyclopark: Mark Jessett secured a great result to finish as the 1st runner overall at the Cyclopark Parkrun at Gravesend in Kent, last weekend, with a storming performance to also win his MV35-39 age cat in 17.19.

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