Road Runners among records and Welsh rankings for 5k and Track & Field events

Martin Green (front), Steve Mason and Steve Forsyth

Report by Don Hale. Most photos by Steve Jeffery

Several North Wales Road Runners have had their 2022 Welsh performance rankings updated following recent results.

These include the Easter 5k Dash in Llandudno on April 16 and Mid Cheshire 5k race on April 29, plus Track and Field events. Some can now claim many top placings, plus some Welsh records!

The nationally acclaimed Run Britain rankings website, and the Power of 10 site, which both record race timings and performance details from thousands of club athletes competing in varied certified events across the country have updated current Welsh ratings, and include new details for 11 NWRRC athletes.

They confirm two top female club runners Cheryl Frost (22.36) and Kay Hatton (23.03) are ranked 3rd and 4th in their respective FV55 age category following performances at the Easter 5k Dash, and Carla Green is placed No 2 in her FV50 cat in 21.12 from the same event.

In addition, Martin Green (16.35), is ranked as 2nd MV45, and Will Williams is now rated 9th in the same cat in (18.37), with Mark Jessett (16.48) 1st in the MV35‘s.

Steve Roberts (20.48) is 5th in his MV55 cat. And following the recent Mid Cheshire Spring 5k race, Richard Eccles (17.25) is 2nd MV55, with Jon Evans (20.02) now 4th in the same age cat. Many of these records also included great new PB’s.

Don Hale and Pat Finney

* Welsh Masters and the Power of 10 website have additionally updated their Indoor Track and Field Rankings to indicate NWRRC master veteran sprinters Don Hale (M65) and Michael (Pat) Finney (M60) are now Welsh record holders for their respective ages at 600m (2.11.38) and (2.24.96). This result at Sportcity, Manchester, has also maintained both runners’ rankings as No 1 in Wales at this unusual distance.

Welsh Masters have also confirmed that Don is ranked 2nd in his MV65 age cat for the 60m (11.15 secs), and 2nd in the 200m (36.55). The 60m race was held at Deeside on 20th February, with the other two races held at Sportcity on 5th March, with PBs recorded in all three events as part of North Wales Indoor Championship events.

And the latter 600m dash time was confirmed as a new Welsh Masters record this week by WM director Chris Pruski, who told Don: “Records set anywhere in the world are considered as WMAL records, and as for the 600m, whilst not a usual distance, we do include 300m, so a precedent is set, so I will be including your 600m record.”

And club colleague Finnie, who also recorded three new Indoor T&F PB’s, was delighted to learn that he is currently ranked No 1 in Wales in his MV60 cat following his three excellent indoor performances at Sport City in March for the 200m (37.41), 600m (2.24.96), and 3rd for his age cat in Wales for the 60m (11.35).

Five Road Runners in top 10 at Conwy Parkrun

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery

Conwy parkrunners enjoyed a good run in the sun last Saturday where five NW Road Runners finished within the top 10, and seven members claimed age category wins.

Steve Forsyth marked his return from Gambia with another positive run to finish in 2nd place overall in 17 minutes 39 seconds and won his MV40-44 age cat, but he was unable to catch runaway leader Hamish Morton (Cambridge & Coleridge AC), who celebrated a new PB in 17.27 and won his SM25-29 age cat.

Meanwhile, Colwyn Bay youngster Alfie Shirland claimed the 3rd spot and won his JM11-14 age cat in 17.50.

Martin Green finished 4th overall and 1st MV45-49 in 18.11, with Steve Mason just two seconds off his previous best in 5th spot, and 2nd in the same cat as Martin, in 18.50.

Carla Green

Harry Driscoll won his SM20-24 age cat in 6th place in 19.37, and Carla Green seemed back to her best form as the 1st female finisher, in 21.04 and also won her VW50-54 age cat.

Gethin Wyn Jones was 12th overall and top MV35-39 in 21.31, with Steve Roberts 15th and 1st 55-59 in 21.45. Will Williams and Jamie Tharme trotted around the 5k course together and finished easily in 24th and 25th places respectively in 22.44, with Jamie 3rd in his MV40-44 cat.

Dave Spofforth ran with his son Ben, and the junior runner finished 81st overall, and won his JM11-14 age cat in 38.18, with Dave just two seconds adrift. Dave’s daughter Elowen also enjoyed another good run, and was 3rd in her JW10 cat and 161st overall in 38.18, with mum Nicola just behind her.

Other race results:

Mark Jessett in Barcelona

* Llyn Brenig Trail 10k: Steve Forsyth and Will Williams claimed 1st and 2nd places at the Two Lakes Trail 10k at Llyn Brenig last Sunday, although the course was said to be about 7 miles, and NWRRC colleague Jamie Tharme also ran well, although admitted he was struggling following his previous week’s gruelling ultra-effort. He later claimed, it was “too much, too soon,” and said his legs weren’t ready, and that it was a struggle from 3k.
*Barcelona Marathon: Mark Jessett enjoyed his own run in the sun at the weekend with a great performance in the Barcelona Marathon and just dipped under the 3-hour mark in 2.53.
*Brynkinalt 20k Trail Race: Kelly-Marie Alford and Cai Roberts ran together in a 20k trail race at Brynkinalt Hall, near Chirk, last Sunday, and completed the challenging course in 2 hours 12 minutes.
*Bolberry Downs: Ben Hudson finished in 5th place overall at the Bolberry Downs Parkrun last Saturday but won his MV 40-44 age cat in 21.17.
*Newborough Forest: Stuart Culverhouse and his son Joe ran at the Newborough Parkrun last weekend, and both won their respective age categories. Stuart was 5th overall and 1st MV50-54 cat winner in 20.42, with Joe overcoming a slight navigational problem to win his JM11-14 cat in 25.42.
*Doddington Hall: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts was 4th overall and 2nd in his MV45-49 cat in 17.41 at the Doddington Hall Parkrun.

*This is the link to the provisional Conwy Parkrun results:

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