Report by Don Hale. Photos by Mike Smith
North Wales Road Runner Carla Green was first female finisher at the Rhyl Half Marathon last Saturday and celebrated returning from injury by smashing her age category record over this distance.
Carla set a new NWRRC all-time best by completing the sun-drenched yet breezy course with a new PB of just 1 hour 28 minutes – and knocked a minute and a half off an impressive record that had stood for more than 10 years.
This popular event attracted more than 250 quality athletes and the ultra-flat promenade route encouraged everyone intent on claiming new personal best times.
The race was eventually won by local athlete James Yarwood (Abergele Harriers) in 1.13.52, with Daniel Hopwood 2nd in 1.15.41 and Carl Aveyard (Shrewsbury AC) 3rd in 1.17.52.
NWRRC newcomer Steve Forsyth led a strong team of 15 club runners who claimed seven age cat podium places, including outright victories for Carla Green and Cheryl Frost, plus several new course PB’s.
Forsyth ran hard and kept with the early pace setters but later had to settle for 4th place overall, and 2nd in his MV40 cat in a great time of 1.19.14. Will Williams finished 12th overall and claimed 2nd spot in his MV45 cat in 1.25.22, followed closely by Iwan Evans 13th and 4th M40 in 1.26.13.
Carla Green was the 1st lady finisher in 15th place overall and topped her VW50 age cat in 1.28 in record time.
Stuart Culverhouse claimed 3rd place in his MV50 cat in 1.32.50 in 29th place, whilst Steve Roberts continues to impress with another good run finishing in 48th position and 3rd MV55 cat in 1.37.19.
Cheryl Frost was 68th overall,and 1st VW55 in 1.43.48 as the 8th female athlete. And Nicola Wylie was another star on the day, recording her best-ever half-marathon PB, finishing 114th overall, the 19th female runner, and 4th FV50 in 1.53.21.
Hannah Griffith took 134th place and 26th female in 1.56.20, with Tessa Bushnell 80th overall in 2.08.56, followed closely by veteran Len Jackson, 5th M65 in 182nd spot in 2.11.53.
Susan Smith also enjoyed a good outing, coming home 207th, and deservedly finished 2nd FV55 cat, as the 57th female runner in 2.20.
Samantha (Sam) Williams ran well despite limited training, taking a respectable 220th in 2.24.21.
Rachel Morris was 221st in 2.25.25, with Gwennan Charlton 234th in 2.26.39.
Four successive wins and great new PB for Josh at Conwy Parkrun
Report by Don Hale. Most photos by Steve Jeffery
Josh Keogh made it four wins in a row at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday, also recording a great new personal best time of 17 minutes and 11 seconds.
The NWRRC all-rounder continued with his stunning form over fells, road and parkruns, to celebrate knocking a further three seconds off his previous best time over this challenging 5k route.
Josh also won his SM30 age cat and despite keen competition from visiting rival Andy Bromley (Prestatyn RC) and club colleague Mark Jessett, who similarly recorded PBs, he finally managed to out-sprint the pair to claim another impressive victory.
As usual, the parkrun was another fast and furious event, attracting 185 varied entrants, including nine North Wales Road Runners and one junior, who recorded seven age category wins, with the first eight finishers all dipping under the 20-minute mark.
Jessett had to settle for 3rd place, but he won his MV35 age cat in 17.38. Chris Davies additionally enjoyed another good showing, finishing 8th overall, and 3rd in the same age cat as Mark in 19.41.
Sean Butler had a deserved age cat win in his masters MV60 section in 22.01, with his wife Karen Butler also winning her VW60 cat, and posting a new PB of 25.18.
Don Hale recorded his best parkrun time since last February and knocked a minute off his previous effort, finishing 59th overall and 2nd MV65 in 25.47, and he was just one-second ahead of fast-chasing Lesley Goodson, who won her VW55 in 25.48 and finished in 60th overall.
Master veteran Mike Hayton headed the MV70 age cat in 73rd place and in 27.05, with Ben Spofforth, running with his father Dave, a repeat winner of his JM10 in 27.18 in 79/80th places.
*This is the link to the provisional parkrun results at Conwy
Kelly-Marie Alford was the female winner of her age category at the Race the Trails 10k event at Alyn Waters Country Park, Llay, last Sunday.
Afterwards Kelly confirmed: “I was 3rd female. The two before me though were 10k masters (40 plus), so that made me the Open Female 10k winner (Ages 6-39), and the 1st place winner. I ran it with Cai Roberts, and we did it in 52.31.”
Coed y Brenin
Vicky Taylor took part in the tough Coed y Brenin half-marathon last weekend.
She completed the challenging route, including 2,126 ft of elevation in 2 hours 47 minutes and after the race she said: “This was brutal in places, however I still loved every minute.”