Double for Dalzell in challenging running event

John Dalzell

Report by Don Hale

North Wales Road Runner John Dalzell was celebrating last weekend after completing a gruelling 53-mile international challenge race in an amazing new personal best time, whilst also helping to raise vital funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance appeal.

The experienced endurance athlete was the first Welshman to finish among a top-quality international field of 450 starters – with only 315 finishers – during the Highland Fling Ultra Marathon in Scotland.

John was 116th overall and completed this extremely tough course, with 7,187 ft of elevation, in just 11 hours 47 minutes and 52 seconds, knocking a massive 37 minutes of his PB.

The race attracted athletes from more than 20 countries to Scotland’s biggest ultra-marathon race, which started at Milngavie and continued along the West Highland Way to Tyndrum for a spectacular red-carpet finish.

After the race John confirmed: “Had a really good day. Sub-12-hour was the target, and I went in the 10-12-hour wave, which took me 16-miles to settle, and letting people pass me by keeping to 10-11 miles a minute pace.

“Conic Hill felt easier this time, but I had to wait at Balamaha (19.8) so lost time there and started blowing up. The 30/34-mile feed station was a welcome site, and at the last feed station at 41-miles I had 9:03 on my watch. 12 miles in 3 hours easy-ish, and so happy to finish. Pleased with my time!

“Thanks to everyone who sponsored me to help keep Wales Air Ambulance in the sky, and secondly, it was exactly how I remember it from four-years ago (painful), but it’s still the best race I’ve done. Granddad was a countryman, and I hope I have done him proud today. I also bagged myself a 37-minute PB…so not sure if I’ve got these ultra’s out of my system yet.”

*This is John’s Facebook appeal link for the Welsh Air Ambulance:

Great result for Green at Wrexham Elite Marathon

Martin Green

Report by Don Hale

Martin Green confirmed his pedigree once again as a top 26-miler and a keen competitor with another tremendous performance at the Wrexham Elite Marathon last Sunday.

The NWRRC member finished the tough 7-lap course in a great time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 19 seconds in a race that attracted numerous elite athletes all capable of running a Sub 3-hour marathon on a new world-accredited fast course along closed roads.

The provisional results confirm that Martin finished 15th out of 167 finishers, and he came second in his MV45 age cat. The overall marathon was won by Hugh Armstrong (Ballina AC) who set a new Welsh all comers record of 2.14.02.

Afterwards Martin said: “These marathons don’t get any easier, at half-way in 74:00, then got slower……pleased to finish, no complaints, onto the next one!”

Fun in the sun for Conwy parkrunners

Report by Don Hale

Conwy parkrunners were greeted by bright, warm sunshine, and a light breeze, as they tackled the spectacular out and back 5k course along the river estuary last Saturday morning.

The event attracted more than 200 finishers with the first 12 runners all dipping under the magic 20-minute barrier.

And runners of all ages and abilities from across the UK were again well represented, including club members from as far afield as York, Forest of Dean, Salford, Accrington, Telford, Wigan and Bingley, among others, with one runner even travelling over from New Zealand!

Teenager James Smith (Menai T&F) was the first runner back in a fast time of 17 minutes and 39 seconds, and he also won his SM18-19 age cat, with Guy Roberts (Mossley Hill AC) 2nd overall, and 1st VM35-39 in 18.09, whilst well-known local athlete Chris Yorke finished 3rd, but won his VM50-54 cat. The first lady was Anna Mackenzie (Eryri Harriers) in 20.02.

North Wales Road Runners entered 12 seniors and one junior, and claimed three age category wins, four-second placings, and two-thirds, but surprisingly failed to record any PBs.

Steve Mason

Steve Mason was the first club man home in 6th place overall in 19.18, and he was 2nd in his VM45-49 age cat.

Harry Driscoll gave Steve a hard chase to finish 7th, and he was just 11 seconds adrift in 19.29 but won SM20-24 cat. And Steve Roberts continued his good form to win his VM55-59 cat in 21.37, finishing 22nd overall.

Gethin Wyn Jones maintained his form from last week’s Amsterdam Parkrun to finish 30th in 22.20, and Carla Green was 4th female runner, 35th overall, but won her VW50-54 age cat in 22.45.

Youngster Joe Culverhouse ran with his dad Stuart again and claimed 3rd spot in his JM11-14 cat in 24.00 in 51st place, with Stuart just one place, and two seconds behind.

Lesley Goodson returned to Conwy Parkrun and enjoyed a steady performance in 72nd place overall, and she was the 12th female runner, whilst claiming 2nd VW55-59 in 25.45.

And Helen Hannam also ran well in 2nd place in her VW45-49 age cat, and the 16th female, in 84th overall in 26.50, whilst veteran runner Sue Smith finished 3rd VW55-59 in 28.56, and 106th overall.

Gwennan Charlton was 127th and 2nd in her VW35-39 cat in 30.37, followed by Rachel Morris in 132nd spot in 31.07, and Sue’s husband Mike Smith was 152nd in 33.41.

This is the link to the provisional results from Conwy Parkrun 23/4/22:

*Princes Parkrun, Liverpool: Josh Keogh finished 2nd, but claimed a great new PB of 17.42. In a very fast race, he was narrowly beaten by Joshua Makin, who also ran a PB of 17.05.

Josh Keogh

*Penrhyn Parkrun: NWRRC athlete Will Williams finished 5th out of 116 entrants. He was also 2nd in his VM45-49 age cat in 19.20. After the event, Will confirmed: “The last three times I have run on this course I have had the exact same time. Very windy this morning so claiming some progression.”

Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones

*Goldrush Trail Race: Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones was 4th female athlete, 2nd in her respective F-open age cat, and 22nd overall from 106 finishers during the 8.5-mile Goldrush Trail Race last Saturday. The NWRRC runner completed the race in a superb time of just 1 hour 21 minutes and 7 seconds during this popular event which was run over some of the best trails and single-tracks that Coed-y-Brenin has to offer, and often receives rave reviews from runners who embark on this unique challenge.

Kelly and Cai

*Kelly-Marie Alford and Cai Roberts travelled to New Brighton on Sunday for the Wirral PB Breaker 10k and completed the course in 51.40 despite some problems en route. Kelly later claimed: “There was no signage, no marshalls, and the guy at the water station said the turn-around was further on, so we ended up running 9-miles. Never again!”

Pier to Pier 10k postponed till January 2023

Report by Don Hale

Russell Godwin, organiser of the Arthur Bebbington Pier-to-Pier 10k race has confirmed that this year’s race, which was provisionally re-scheduled for next Saturday, has had to be postponed again and will now be held in 2023.

This is the second time this year that the race from Llandudno Pier to Colwyn Bay Pier has had to be called off. The first in January was due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, but this latest blow was due to other unfortunate events and fixture clashes. And it will now be run on or about its normal date in January 2023.

Russell, who organises this popular race in conjunction with Colwyn Bay Athletic Club, confirmed the news in an email sent to all registered entrants last week.

He stated: “It is with regret we will have to postpone this year’s race. We have tried numerous different weekends and simply just cannot co-ordinate first aid and transport, with so many events back in the calendar following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

“This time of the year is worsened with the promenade being so busy at Llandudno, Rhos and Colwyn Bay, and it has been made even more difficult as we approach the summer period.

“For those that have entered we will postpone the race to January 2023 and entries will automatically be deferred. The date will either be the 14th or 21st January 2023, and we will confirm as soon as the tide information has been revealed.

“If you wish to receive a full refund please click here before April 30th 2022, after this we will transfer any entries to the 2023 event.

“Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks as we endeavoured to find a suitable date and look forward to seeing you all again in 2023.”

Russell Godwin, Colwyn Bay AC.

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