Report by Don Hale. Most photos by Steve Jeffery
It was an excellent Bank Holiday weekend turnout of athletes at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday where two visiting club runners took the honours by claiming the first and second placings among a bumper entry of 230 finishers on a warm but windy morning.
Matt Darnley (Bramhall Runners) was the first man home to win his VM40 age cat in 18.34, followed by Richard Gallois (Kingfisher Harriers), who also won his VM45 cat in 18.58, with Chris Morgan taking the 3rd place in 19.07, and he finished 2nd in the same age cat as Richard.
The first female runner was Alice Johnston (Les Croupiers), and 1st SW30 cat with a new PB of 19.36
North Wales Road Runners had several top members missing due to a variety of reasons and entered 10 athletes and one junior, but still managed to claim three age category wins, three second places, and one third.
Stuart Culverhouse was the first senior club man home in 13th place overall in 20.27 and he was 3rd in his MV50 cat, and he was closely followed by Gethin Wyn Jones, who just 10 seconds adrift in 14th place and 2nd in his MV35 cat in 20.37. Jamie Tharme finished in 32nd spot but knocked 9 seconds off his previous PB in 22.05, and he was also 2nd in his MV40 cat.
Steve Roberts however, made Jamie work hard for his PB and finished just 6 seconds behind him in 34th place, but won his MV55 age cat in 22.11. And Cheryl Frost continued her fantastic form as the 3rd female finisher, and 45th overall in 22.49, to win her VW55 cat.
Junior runner Joe Culverhouse won his JM11-14 age cat once more with another fine performance, finishing in 76th place in 24.41, with veteran Rob Fryer improving each week to claim 96th place in 26.03, and he was also 3rd in his MV65 cat.
And another vet, Michael (Pat) Finnie made a rare parkrun outing in 143rd place, and ran with master vet colleague Mike Hayton, with the pair recording 29.14, and Mike also took the 2nd spot in his MV70 cat.
Meanwhile Rachel Morris returned to parkrun following a four-week injury lay-off and finished 171st in 31.34, whilst another injured runner, Steve Mason, took the one man and his dog prize as the ‘Tail Walker,’ finishing in 59.26 in 230th place.
Steve Forsyth had a great run in the EMF Edinburgh Half Marathon recently and finished 49th out of more than 10,000 runners. Steve was pleased with his impressive time of 76 minutes within his tough weekly training schedule of 115-miles that week.
Steve Forsyth also celebrated victory at the Ruthin Memorial Playing Fields Parkrun last weekend in 17.07, and he was also 1st in his MV40 age cat. He also knocked two seconds of his time from last week’s parkrun result on tour at Portobello.
Jubilee Bridge, Runcorn
Three NWRRC members enjoyed good performances at the Jubilee Bridge 10k race last Sunday.
Kevin Higgins continued with his fine form and finished 239th in 51.07, and Kelly-Marie Alford was 316th and the 56th female runner in 53.33, with Cai Roberts 330th in 53.52.
John Dalzell and Gwennan Charlton represented the club in the Llyn Brenig Trail 9.5-mile race on Sunday.
John finished in 32nd place in 1.16.18, and Gwennan was 72nd and the 25th female runner in 1.40.32, whilst also claiming 4th place in her respective F30 age cat.
Aber Fell Race
Karl Morris was the only club member competing at the Aber 2 Fell Race on 31st May. Karl was one of 81 athletes in race 10 of the series and he enjoyed a positive performance finishing 33rd overall in 43.23, and he was 5th on his MV40 age cat.
*This is the link to the provisional results at Conwy Parkrun: