Nick Beer 10k and fun-run raised over £2,000 for St David’s Hospice

Simon Cole celebrated his 100th Conwy Parkrun in some style

Report by Don Hale

North Wales Road Runners received generous plaudits this week from officials at St David’s Hospice in Llandudno after raising more than £2,000 during the popular Nick Beer 10k race earlier this year.

A Hospice official said: “Many thanks to NWRRC, who organised the Nick Beer event in February this year, with the proceeds being donated to St David’s Hospice.

“Over 600 runners took part in the 10k following a route around the Great Orme, and 40 fun runners, along with 30 family members, ran the 1k fun run prior to the main event on the promenade.

“In total, the event raised £2,306, which included a donation of £1,500 from NWRRC, from the race, and St David’s Hospice would like to thank Kay and John Hatton, Carla Green, and all at North Wales Road Runners, who helped to run and support the day. Also, to all the fun runners who took part and raised additional monies for the Hospice.”

Simon completes 100th parkrun at Conwy and celebrated an amazing record

Simon Cole and family at the Conwy Parkrun

Report by Don Hale. Most photos by Steve Jeffery.

GOG Triathlon star Simon Cole enjoyed a great record-breaking performance at the Conwy Parkun last Saturday morning.

Celebrating his 100th parkrun, he recorded yet another memorable victory on his favourite course.

The highly talented local athlete romped home to easily win the event among 218 finishers in just 16 minutes 38 seconds and he was more than a minute ahead of nearest rival, youngster Alfie Shirland (Colwyn Bay) in 17.55, and NWRRC member Steve Forsyth in 18.40.

Simon has now competed at 39 different parkruns across the country, including visits to Guernsey, and incredibly, he has also won over 50% of his runs, even recording a previous PB of just 16.23 on the Monsall Trail in Derbyshire, but he says Conwy remains his favourite course.

North Wales Road Runners entered 12 members and one junior with Forsyth lead man, closely followed by Harry Driscoll, 5th overall and 1st in his SM20-24 age cat in 19.14, and Martin Green, 7th and 1st MV45 in 19.33.

Newcomer Chris Davies ran well in 10th place, and won his MV35 cat in 20.01, with Steve Roberts continuing his good form to finish 21st in 21.44 and 3rd in his MV55 cat.

Stuart Culverhouse took it easy in 36th place in 23.21, with Gethin Wyn Jones hot on his heels in 37th and 3rd in his MV35 cat in 23.22.

The event also marked the welcome return of Tony Price Jones, back running again after a long lay-off in 78th place in 26.10, and veteran Rob Fryer, who also returned after injury in 87th spot and finished 3rd in his MV65 cat in 27.28.

Rob ran with his master vet club colleague Mike Hayton, who was 88th overall and 3rd in his M70 cat in 27.29.

Dave Spofforth additionally ran again with his son Ben in 91st place, with the junior runner winning his JM10 age cat in 27.44, whilst Steve Mason leisurely ran around the 5k course with his dog in 212nd place in 44.53.

*This is the link to the provisional results from Conwy Parkrun 21/5/22:

Anglesey Trail 10k

Josh Keogh turned in another great performance to eventually win the Anglesey Trail 10k race on Sunday in a very fast time of 39 minutes and 22 seconds, but it was a close-run contest at one stage, with club rival Steve Forsyth pushing him all the way, but it still proved a worthy one-two for the Road Runners.

These two amazing athletes were joined in the 10k event by NWRRC colleague Hannah Griffith, who ran well and finished under the hour but lost several minutes due to some confusion towards the end of her race.

She later confirmed: “I was confused at the end as I was told I had finished and turned off my watch, then realised I hadn’t! It cost me a few minutes.”

Anglesey Trail Half Marathon

Jonathan Kettle and Stuart Culverhouse represented the Road Runners in the challenging Anglesey Trail Half Marathon last weekend.

Jonathan ran hard to finish 4th overall in 1 hour 28 minutes but said he was disappointed with his result.

He admitted: “I gave it my all, but three races in seven days was just too much, but I still enjoyed my run.”

Manchester 10k

Will Williams in Manchester

Will Williams finished in 223rd place overall among more than 20,000 runners in an emotional Manchester 10k race last Sunday.

Despite feeling groggy for much of the week, Will still put in a solid performance, and was also seen on TV before he pounded the streets to finish in a very respectable time of 38 minutes 16 seconds.

Nant y Pandy

Lesley Goodson joined in with a group of her running friends at the Nant y Pandy Parkrun last Saturday and finished 26th overall and the 8th female, whilst also winning her VW55 age cat in 27.23.

Great Orme Fell Race

report by Don Hale

The annual Great Orme fell race was held last Tuesday night and attracted a variety of experienced club runners from across the UK.

On an evening of mixed weather conditions and following a wet, slippery, and at times a challenging course that started from the Ski Centre in Happy Valley, some 106 hardy athletes eventually finished to ensure that it proved another highly successful race for event organisers Eryri Harriers.

Josh Keogh competing on the Orme

Math Roberts and Gavin Roberts from Calder Valley claimed a unique club double in the 1st and 2nd placings, with Math winning his V40 age cat in 30 minutes 29 seconds, and Gavin just 19 seconds adrift in 30.48, to win his M-Open age cat.

Local athlete Michael Corrales, now representing Dark Peak, claimed the 3rd spot, and second place in the same cat as the overall winner.

NWRRC had three members competing with Josh Keogh taking 8th place in 32.53, Jonathan Kettle 22nd in 37.32, and Stuart Culverhouse finished 41st but claimed 2nd place in his M50 age cat.

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