Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery and Sandra
Over £7,000 was raised for a children’s cancer charity last Friday night at Rohan’s Run in Deganwy, which attracted nearly 300 runners, all helping to commemorate the life of an extraordinary young student, Rohan Ingley, who tragically lost his life to leukaemia in August 2018, aged just 17.
Originally named the Deganwy Dash, this popular race changed its name a couple of years ago in tribute to Rohan, from Abergele, who was a remarkable scholar and a very keen sportsman.
The event however has had to be postponed several times due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this year has been the first time since 2019 that it’s been possible to stage this race in his name.
Celebrated classical Welsh soloist Sioned Terry also attended on Friday and sang several songs prior to the start including the national anthem, and said she had a personal connection to Rohan, as she was formerly his music teacher.
Numerous elite athletes took part in this challenge along with many top club and social runners from all parts of Wales and celebrated the challenge of a 5-mile run from Deganwy Quay via the Coastal Path to Conwy Cob and the RSPB site, before returning via this picturesque reverse route.
Race organisers John Hatton and Carla Green were delighted by the response and confirmed that with sponsorship, fundraising and entry fees, more than £7,000 had been raised towards the Cancer vs Children charity.
The main race sponsors included Tesco, Spillane and Co, Wealth Management and Conwy CBC, and a further unexpected cash donation was received last week from Tesco checkout operator Beverly Miles at Llandudno Junction, and her sister Karen Hughes, from money dedicated to the memory of their late mother Diane Robinson, who had also lost her life to cancer.
Rohan’s Run was eventually won by the talented Simon Cole from Gog Triathlon in just 26 minutes and 56 seconds, and he finished narrowly ahead of top North Wales Road Runners Josh Keogh (27.35) and Martin Green (28.03). The 1st Lady finisher was Emma Alofs in 33.38.
North Wales Road Runners also provided generous support to the event with 29 members taking part in the race, and many others working as officials, volunteers and marshalls.
They also recorded seven runners in the top 20 places, and three out of the first four finishers!
NWRRC additionally claimed six 1st place age category victories, five 2nd places and five 3rd positions among 16 remarkable podium spots.
It proved a nip and tuck race throughout with the lead positions often changing place before Cole finally broke clear to claim victory. Keogh gave the winner a scare but had to settle for 2nd place, although he won his Male Senior age cat in 27.35.
Green finished 3rd overall and claimed the top-spot in his M45 age cat in 28.03; with Steve Forsyth 4th overall and 2nd M40 cat in 28.52.
Will Williams finished 11th overall and 4th MV45 in 31.19, with Iwan Evans in close pursuit in 13th place and in 3rd M40 in 31.45.
Young Harry Driscoll only entered the race at the last minute but won his MU23 age cat in 15th place in 32.35, and he finished just ahead of Stuart Culverhouse in 17th place and 2nd M50 in 32.47.
Steve Roberts was pleased with his determined effort in 25th place in 33.54, and he finished a few seconds ahead of club colleague Gethin Wyn Jones, who ran well again to claim 27th spot and 3rd M35 in 34.04, with Dave Spofforth finishing in 32nd place in 34.54.
Steve Poupart was 38th in 35.52, and newcomer Adam Lemalle enjoyed a great club debut in 36.14 in 43rd. Sean Butler also had a good run but just missed out on a podium place finishing 4th in his M60 cat in 36.28. And Nicola Wylie continued her purple patch of form finishing well as the 6th female runner, 56th overall, and winner of her F50 age cat in 38.21.
Cai Roberts enjoyed one of his best-ever performances in a 5-mile race to finish in 59th place in 38.55, and Karen Butler won her F60 as the 10th female and in 70th place overall in 40.30, whilst Hannah Griffith finished in 72nd place and the 11th female runner and claimed the 2nd F45 in 40.48.
Helen Hannam finished 74th and 3rd F45 with a new PB of 40.59, with veteran Rob Fryer shaking off his recent injury woes to claim 2nd M65 and 79th place overall, in 41.29, and Tessa Bushell won her F35 cat in 99th place overall in 42.44.
Kevin Higgins was just four seconds behind Tessa in 42.48 in 100th place, and he finished seconds ahead of Kelly-Marie Alford, who claimed 3rd F35 in 42.58, whilst vet Don Hale also landed 3rd M65 in 126th place in 44.54.
Vicky Taylor finished 124th in 44.48, and master veteran Mike Hayton celebrated another positive performance in 134th place and 2nd M70 cat in 45.47, with fellow vet Len Jackson 4th M65 cat and 153rd overall in 47.07.
Rachel Morris was 177th in 50.10, and Susan Smith 81st in 50.28, with her husband Mike Smith running home in 195th place in 52.12. *The timings and results were all based on finishing chip times.
*This is the link to the provisional results from Rohan’s Run:
Tired legs but four age cat wins for Road Runners at Conwy Parkrun
Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery
There were many tired legs at the Conwy Parkrun last Saturday with numerous Road Runners and other local athletes still recovering from their Friday night 5-mile charity ‘Dash’ at Rohan’s Run.
Despite being something of a recovery effort, eight seniors and two junior members of NWRRC still turned out among 168 finishers and collected four age category wins.
And it proved to be a memorable occasion for young Alfie Shiland (Colwyn Bay AC) who claimed his first ever parkrun victory with a great new PB over the 5k course in 17 minutes 39 seconds and 1st place in his JM11-14 age cat.
Alfie was always in the mix with club rivals and eventually outsprinted the field to celebrate his win after four previous attempts as a runner-up.
The Ladies title went to the very talented Alice Johnston (Les Croupiers) with a great new PB of 19.19, just hours after jetting back from her holiday, and Gemma Moore (Eryri Harriers) was 2nd in 20.08, with Amanda Spencer (Valley Striders) 3rd in 21.59.
Road Runner Mark Jessett ran hard and gave chase in the men’s race but eventually finished 3rd overall although he won his VM35 age cat in 17.56.
Gethin Wyn Jones finished 10th in 20.32, with Steve Roberts winning his VM55 cat in 24th place in 23.20.
Another promising youngster Joe Culverhouse ran with father, Stuart, and finished 33rd overall, and 2nd in his JM11-14 cat in 23.44.
Master veteran Rob Fryer won his MV65 cat in 26.15 in 58th place, and he was followed by fellow vet Don Hale, 2nd MV65 and 70th in 27.21.
Another father and son duo, young Ben and Dave Spofforth ran the course together again with Ben winning his JM10 age cat in 86th place in 29.05. Rachel Morris performed well after the night before, to finish 143rd in 34.38.
Other race results
Steve Mason finished 4th in 19.11 and won his VM45 age cat on his first run back after injury.
Jamie Tharme bravely competed in the Race the Tower, double marathon trail ultra-challenge at Stroud, but unfortunately, he had to withdraw after 13k and 358m of elevation in 1 hour 49 minutes, after suffering from the effects of an ear and throat infection.
Helen Hannam ran her virtual Rhyl half-marathon after missing the original date due to Covid. She recorded a PB of 2.30.30.