North Wales Road Runners show well in hot and humid Chester Half Marathon

Martin Green was first NWRRC member home in the Chester Half Marathon

Report by Don Hale. Chester photos by John Hatton

Fourteen Road Runners competed in the hot and humid Essar Chester Half Marathon race on Sunday to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Martin Green was first NWRRC member home following an excellent run in this popular event, which recorded nearly 4,000 finishers.

Martin finished 26th overall, and was 4th in his MV45 age cat in 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 seconds.

Jonathan Kettle also ran very well in 58th place in 1.19.08, with Iwan Evans 157th in 1.27.21 and Steve Bozier finished 211th in 1.28.58.

Some of the North Wales Road Runners who tackled the Chester Half Marathon

Carla Green seems to have recovered from her recent injury and was 22nd female finisher, whilst claiming 3rd spot in her FV50 cat, 218th overall in 1.29.08, and Stuart Culverhouse took 374th in 1.36.07.

Cheryl Frost had a more problematic run after tripping close to the finish but still managed to record a good result as the 113th female runner, and 634th overall in 1.43.43, with Kay Hatton 675th overall and 121st female in 1.44.50.

Kay Hatton (left) with Jonathan Kettle and Cheryl Frost

Kelly-Marie Alford and Cai Roberts ran together and finished in 1.57.26 in 1,368/9th places, with Kevin Higgins in-form once more to record 2.01.39 in 1,635th, whilst Jon Evans successfully ran the two-hour bus on time again in 1.59.37.

Rachel Morris was also pleased with her outing in 2.33.00, and Mandy Owen braved the hot conditions to celebrate finishing in 2.20.39.

Steze Bozier and Rachel Morris

*The race was won by Omar Ahmed (Birchfield Harriers) in 1.03.52, with 2nd Tom Merson (Exmouth Harriers) 1.07.45, and 3rd Peter Avent 1.08.22.

Chester Half Marathon provisional results:

Tough challenge for runners in Snowdonia Half Marathon

Report by Don Hale

Several NWRRC members tackled the tough Snowdonia Half Marathon challenge last Sunday, which attracted 425 finishers over a hot and hilly course.

Gethin Wyn Jones

Gethin Wyn Jones crossed the line 41st overall in 1 hour 47 minutes and 40 seconds, with Steve Poupart 107th in 1.57.20, and Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones enjoyed another positive run finishing 111th overall, as the 12th female runner, and 5th in her F21-34 age cat, in 1.58.31.

And club colleague Jamie Tharme still seems determined to continue with his weekly endurance punishment, finishing in 157th place in 2.08.18. Nicola Wylie was a tail runner with her dog Beau in 3.22. *The race was won by Nic Brook (Eryri Harriers) in 1.31.05, with 2nd Andrew Wilson (St Helens in 1.33.55, and Owen Humphreys (Llangoed) 3rd in 1.34.24.

*This is the link to the provisional results of the Snowdonia Half Marathon:

Pilgrims Trail

Mark Davies and Karl Morris took part in the gruelling Pilgrims Trail Ultra 60-mile endurance run last weekend with Mark finishing 4th overall in 11 hours 53 minutes.

He recorded 96.65kms and nearly 2,500m of elevation, whilst Karl completed his challenge in 14 hours 43 minutes. Karl later admitted: “Tough going in the heat but 14th overall. Happy with the result, all things considered.”

Six of the best for the Road Runners at Conwy Parkrun

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffrey.

North Wales Road Runners collected six age category awards on a very warm morning last Saturday during the well-attended 300th parkrun celebrations at Conwy.

And it later added extra icing to the many cakes offered to participants after the event, to confirm that promising NWRRC athlete Josh Keogh was the runaway winner in just 17 minutes and 25 seconds.

He also won his SM30-34 age category ahead of Chris Yorke 2nd in 18.07, and GOG Triathlete Alun Brown, despite his PB in 3rd place in 18.18.

It was a depleted club turnout, however, this week of just 10 representatives, including two juniors, due to numerous fixture clashes, and several other members taking it steady in readiness for half marathons or other races the following day.

Martin Green finished 8th overall, and won his MV45 cat in 19.48, with Gethin Wyn Jones 17th and 1st MV35 in 21.09.

Jamie Tharme came home 28th in 22.07, and junior Joe Culverhouse ran well again with his father Stuart, with the youngster again winning his JM11 cat in 45th place in 23.27.

Carla Green jogged around the bone-dry 5k course for 62nd place in 24.47 and was 2nd in her VW50 cat, whilst Karen Butler won her VW60 cat, finishing 70th overall with a new PB in 25.36, and young Ben Spofforth ran with his father Dave and topped his JM10 cat in 126th place in 30.22.
*Plaudits were later given to master veteran Sandy Johnston (Les Croupiers) who won his MV70 age cat with an amazing new PB of 21.50, with his daughter Alice claiming the 1st female finisher in 6th place overall, and another PB in just 19.44!

Hafan Pwllheli

Steve Mason was the overall winner of the Hafan Parkrun at Pwllheli last Saturday, and he won his MV45 age cat in 19.31.

Penrhyn Castle

Road Runners Steve Forsyth and Will Williams travelled to the Penrhyn Parkrun last weekend.

Steve finished third overall and 2nd in his MV40 cat in 17.22, with Will in seventh, but won his MV45 cat in 19.24. Adam Jones won the event in 16.39, with Russell Bentley 2nd but shared the exact same time as the winner.

*This is the link to the provisional results from Conwy Parkrun 14/5/22:

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