Report by Don Hale. Photos by Kevin Slattery and Steve Jeffery
North Wales Road Runners had two athletes in the top three placings in addition to winning both the male and female team prizes – and they claimed five age category successes at the popular Easter 5k Dash on Llandudno promenade last Saturday.
Martin Green led home a large club entry of some 28 athletes for this revived race which has not been held since 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions and postponements.
The overall race was won by Scott Nixon (Cardiff AC) in 16 minutes 23 seconds, with Green just 12-seconds adrift in 2nd place, despite a gallant effort, and Mark Jessett finished 3rd in 16.48.
Jessett deserves extra credit after competing at the Conwy Parkrun earlier that morning where he was top club finisher in 18.50.
Green also won his MV45 age category, with Jessett claiming similar success in his own MV35 cat.
These age cat wins were celebrated among a total of five overall victories in addition to seven other podium placings, and several personal best times, but the icing on the Easter egg was later confirmed by NWRRC winning both team prizes!
It was a magnificent turnout of 226 varied ability runners on a bright, sunny, and warm day, with the event well represented by many local running clubs, in addition to individual tourists, and club runners from as far afield as London, Brighton, Cardiff, Sheffield, Fylde and Bourneville, among many others.
The superb weather ensured fast times, and the packed crowds on the prom were treated to a fine display by many elite athletes, in addition to a family fun-run which also attracted generous support from children and parents alike.
The results displayed the chip time, the gun time, and the overall finishing positions, with a decisive first past the post system implemented: Will Williams continued his excellent run of form to finish 14th and 4th in his MV45 cat in 18.37/18.39, with Harry Driscoll 16th and 4th in his Senior Male cat in 18.47/18.47, with Iwan Evans 21st and 1st in his MV40 cat in 18.55/18.55.
Rory Middleton impressed again with another rare race, finishing 25th and 8th Senior Male in 19.12/19.16, with Steve Roberts enjoying a good run out in 40th place and 4th MV55 in 20.48/20.52.
Carla Green marked her recovery from injury with a great result as the 4th female athlete in 42nd place overall, but she won her VW50 age cat in 21.12/21.12, and finished just ahead of colleague Jamie Tharme in 43rd place and 5th MV40 cat in 21.12/21.15.
Veteran Sean Butler performed well again in 46th place and he was 3rd in his MV60 cat in 21.43/21.47, and it was good to see Cheryl Frost back to her best again, finishing 56th overall and 2nd VW55 in 22.36/22.39.
Kay Hatton remained as consistent as ever with another fine run to finish 59th and 3rd in the same age cat as Frost in 23.03/23.06, with Nicola Wylie 71st, and 3rd VW50 in 23.56/24.06.
Kevin Higgins celebrated a really good performance in 78th place and 5th in his MV60 cat in 24.28/24.32, and he was just ahead of Hannah Griffith, 83rd and 3rd FV45 in 24.43/24.51, followed by the impressive Karen Butler, who ran her socks off in 91st place, and finished 1st VW60 in 25.22/25.25.
Helen Hannam recovered from recent marathon duties to maintain a good pace throughout the race in 94th place and finished 5th VW45 in 25.21/25.28, with Mia Morris 103rd and 5th in her Junior Female age cat in 26.21/26.27.
Tessa Bushnell finished 105th, and she was 3rd in her VW35 age cat in 26.35/26.44, and she was closely followed by Samantha Williams in 106th place and 4th VW35 in 26.34/26.44.
Veteran Don Hale was unable to shake off his calf injury jinx and struggled around the course in 108th place, yet somehow scraped 3rd spot in his MV65 age cat in 26.44/26.52, followed by in-form fellow vet Len Jackson in 112th place and 7th MV60 in 26.58/27.03.
Rachel Morris celebrated another good run, finishing 127th place overall, with a great new PB, knocking about 90 seconds off her last 5K, in 28.39/28.46, and she was 7th VW40, with Sue Smith in close pursuit in 130th place and 6th VW55 in 28.47/28.55.
Gwennan Charlton was 133rd overall and 7th VW35 in 29.00/29.11, with Mike Smith 156th and 10th MV60 in 31.19/31.27.
Robert Harding finished 186th and he was 4th on his club debut in his MV70 age cat in 35.18/35.30, and Joan Edwards carried the prestigious No1 race bib number, but despite a determined effort, eventually finished 196th, and 9th VW60 in 36.40/37.00.
*Plaudits were also given to father and daughter Sandy and Alice Johnson. Master veteran Sandy won his MV70 age cat in 48th place overall in 22.02/22.06, with Alice finishing as the second female, 26th overall, and 2nd place in her Senior Women age cat in 19.08/19.11.
In addition, super vets James Thomas (Buckley Runners) and Roger Harrison-Jones (Prestatyn RC) battled for honours in the MV80 age cat, with James eventually claiming 2nd place and 147th overall in 30.16/30.29, with Roger just 12 seconds behind in 3rd spot and 150th overall in 30.28/30.38.
And endurance runners Bethan Wyn Roberts and Amanda Durber deserve a good mention after both competed in the Conwy Parkrun shortly before the start of the Easter Dash.
Roberts won her VW50 age cat at Conwy in 25.02, with Durber 3rd VW40 but sharing the exact same time, and both then ran together in the Dash, and again shared the same consistent time of 25.03, with the pair each claiming 4th place in their respective age cats.
*The Ladies race was won by Anna Mackenzie (Eryri Harriers) in 19.08/19.11, with Alice Johnson (Les Croupiers) 2nd in 19.19/19, and Rebecca Davies 3rd in 19.55/19.55.
*This is the link to the provisional results for the Easter 5k dash.
Bumper holiday entry at Conwy Parkrun
Report by Don Hale. Photos Steve Jeffrey.
Nearly 300 entrants of all ages and abilities were welcomed to an unusually sun-drenched Conwy Parkrun last Saturday morning for the traditional bumper holiday event.
With many local club athletes including NWRRC runners busy preparing for the later Easter 5k Dash on the prom, the top placings went to visitors Craig Derbyshire M30, in 1st place in 17 minutes 35 seconds, with Oliver Bernstein M30, (Chorlton Runners) 2nd in 17.51, and junior athlete Sam Gunning JM15-17, third in 17.58.
Only three Road Runners took part in the warm 5k challenge this week with Mark Jessett finishing 6th overall and 2nd in his MV35 age cat in 18.50, with Steve Mason 27th and 4th in his MV 45-49 cat in 22.16, and Dave Spofforth 172nd in 29.38.
Dave ran with his son Ben, who finished 4th in his JM10 age cat with both sharing the same time, and Dave’s wife Nicola ran with their daughter Elowen and recorded PBs again. Elowen finished 264th and she was 3rd in her JW10 age cat in 37.40, with Nicola 265th in 37.44.
*The Ladies race was won by Amy McKechnie (Queensbury RC) and she was the 1st VW40 age cat, and 10th overall in 20.23, with Jo Buckley (Bingley Harriers) the 1st VW45 and 21st overall in 21.37, and Melanie Bailey claimed 3rd place, and 36th overall in 22.57, whilst additionally finishing 2nd in the same age cat as the event winner Jo.
*This is the link to the provisional results from Conwy Parkrun:
*Gethin at Amsterdam Parkrun: Gethin Wyn Jones ran in the Amsterdam Bos Parkrun last weekend and finished 9th and 4th in his age cat in 20.48
*South Cheshire 10k for Kelly and Cai: Kelly-Marie Alford and Cai Roberts travelled North last Sunday to take part in the Air Products South Cheshire 10k. The pair ran together and were pleased with their results in unusually warm conditions with Kelly 112th and 5th in her VW35 age cat in 51.12 with Cai sharing the same time and was placed 113th.