Brother of North Wales athlete Steve Forsyth smashes Gambian 10k record in borrowed trainers

Echen Obega, brother of North Wales-based athlete Steve Forsyth, produced a wonder run in a 10k event in Gambia

Report by Don Hale

North Wales Road Runner Steve Forsyth was celebrating last weekend after his brother Echen Obega won a top Gambian 10k event and smashed the country’s race record after borrowing his trainers and completing just six weeks of extra training!

Steve, who has recently returned to Wales from his home country, has been busy these past few weeks collecting unwanted shoes and sports kit for underprivileged young sportsmen and women in Gambia, said: “This result has literally turned this man into a national hero overnight. I’m so proud of you bro, I just wish I had been in Gambia to see it.”

He added: “My little brother was competing in my trainers, and in just six weeks, he literally went from running 30 miles a week with no motivation, to fast forward – running 100 miles a week, and only going on to win the Banjul 10k in about 31 minutes, beating other established sponsored African athletes, to break the Gambian 10k record!

Steve revealed Echen additionally picked up a cheque for 25,000 Gambian Dalasi (about £350), which is a huge amount over there, and would probably feed a large family for about 18 months.

He said most of it was being given to his employer to reinvest back into athletics for the police, with some handed to his parents, but admitted he wouldn’t spend a penny on himself, and that all he wanted to do was to make sure everyone he could reach out to would be OK.

As he prepared to ship out much of his kit collection back to Gambia, he said: “Want to know how your kindness and donations may help young Gambian athletes… just see it here!”

Steve was also delighted to note his friend Lamin Sanneh, a respected veteran athlete, just missed out on third place in the half-marathon race, due to the quality of the Kenyans’, running home in an incredible 66 minutes.

He stressed his friend was a Herculean machine, adding that the life expectancy of a Gambian was only about 60-years of age, but claimed he was still beating the majority of African runners, and was an absolute role model.

Silver and bronze medals for Road Runners at Welsh Duathlon championships

Report by Don Hale

Two NWRRC athletes collected prestigious silver and bronze medals in their respective age categories after competing in the Welsh Duathlon Championships at Harlech last Sunday.

Llyr ApGeraint Roberts

Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts and Richard Eccles competed in the Harlech Sprint Duathlon event which involved two varied runs interspersed with a tough bike ride.

The race attracted 101 finishers, with Llyr winning a silver medal in his M40 age cat in 10th place overall, in a total time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 56 seconds, whilst Richard also finished well in 26th, and he was 3rd in his M50 cat for a bronze medal in 1.17.55. Llyr’s splits included a 5k run in 19.01, a 20k plus cycle ride in 40.49, and a final run in 9.11.

After the race, Llyr admitted: “My legs were filled with lactate on the steps to the finish at Harlech Castle. I was in 4th place after the first 5k run, which included 3k on sand.

I was pushed to the end, and the first 5k on the bike let me down, but the last part was the quickest I’ve biked in a duathlon. The second run was slowed down to cross the road, and I had to stop for traffic, but it was stunning finishing place for a fantastic event.

Richard’s splits included: A 5k run in 19.54, cycle ride 45.01, and a final run in 9.31. And he later confirmed: “It was my first time out on the bike in a few years and I suffered for it, but I was happy to get 3rd place, and I’m hoping my coach will forgive me for using a bike in between runs.”

Martin Green finished second and won his age cat at Bedford Half-Marathon

Report by Don Hale

Road Runner Martin Green hit top gear again and roared around the circuit last Sunday at the Running Grand Prix half-marathon race at the Bedford Autodrome to finish in 2nd place overall, and he recorded a superb time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 42 seconds, to additionally win his M45-49 age category

Five Road Runners competed in the Cardiff Half Marathon

Report by Don Hale

Five North Wales Road Runners took part in the high-quality Cardiff Half Marathon last Sunday morning, which attracted over 25,000 starters.

Rory Middleton

Mark Jessett continued his purple patch of form to lead home a team of four other club members to finish in 144th place overall in 1 hour 18 minutes and 45 seconds, with Rory Middleton also celebrating another good run in 223rd place in 1.23.14.

And it was good to note that Hannah Griffith just dipped under the two-hour mark with a determined display in 3,447th place overall and the 643rd female runner in 1.56.01, with partners Kelly-Marie Alford and Cai Roberts running together again, and finishing in 2.01.23, with Kelly recording 5,708th place overall, and she was also the 1,501st female.

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