North Wales Road Runners couple Carla and Martin beat heat to win races at Lancaster

Carla Green and Martin Green celebrated a major double

Report by Don Hale

North Wales Road Runners Carla and Martin Green beat the heat last Sunday to record a unique double in winning the Lancaster Marathon and Half-Marathon respectively.

Just a week after celebrating two great performances for Wales at the Home Nations events in Tenby, this incredible couple hit top form yet again to each win their own prestigious races at the Lancaster Celebration of Running events.

And despite the course being described as flat, fast, with a scenic route along the riverside including pedestrian and cycle paths around Lancaster, the pair still faced blistering heat throughout their races, but Carla Green made an extraordinary effort, and even broke the course record, by completing her marathon in just 3 hours 11 minutes and 40 seconds.

Martin also had a tremendous run and beat his international time from last week’s half-marathon by about one and a half minutes to win his race in a superb 1 hour 17 minutes.

After the race, Carla confirmed: “It was a great little race with plenty of support en route and a fast course, but it was really warm and I struggled on the second lap. I think Martin won by over two minutes, and he said that a few dropped out at halfway, but I’m too stubborn!”

Don’s 600m dash now in all-time Welsh records

All Hale the golden boy

NWRRC master veteran runner Don Hale finally received verification from race officials this week that his 600m dash at Sportcity, Manchester, from last March, has officially made it to the All-time Welsh Masters record books.

His time of 2 minutes 11.38 secs also earned him a gold medal in the North Wales indoor track championships at the age of 69 in his MV65 age category.

Chris Pruski, a director of Welsh Athletics confirmed: “On behalf of WM Athletics, may I congratulate you on setting a new 600m M65 record. Very well done and please find a certificate recognising your achievement.”

Chester

Tri star Elizabeth Driscoll

Elizabeth Driscoll competed at Chester on Sunday in a major triathlon event and celebrated another remarkable performance.

After the race she confirmed: “A fantastic race at the Deva Divas Triathlon in Chester this morning and racing for my second claim club GOG Triathlon. I was 2nd in my age category and finished 30th out of 307 entrants. Very happy with that.”

Rowen

Josh Keogh finished 4th overall in 1 hour 17 minutes and 21 seconds but won gold in first place in the Senior Men’s age cat within the North Wales Regional Fell Running Championships at the challenging Ras Tal y Fan 8-mile race at Rowen last Saturday.

And Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones also won a gold medal and claimed her Senior Women’s title in the same competition, recording an excellent time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 44 seconds.

Snowdonia

Richard Eccles competed in the tough Snowdonia Trail Marathon last Sunday run over 44k with 1,640m of elevation, and finished in 5 hours 22 minutes.

Barmouth

Iwan Evans (left) and Gethin Wyn Jones

NWRRC members Iwan Evans and Gethin Wyn Jones competed well despite the heat at the Barmouth 10k on Saturday with Iwan finishing 26th in 39.44, and Gethin 54th in 43.24, with his partner Annie Ballantyne running well in her first-ever 10k race.

Wilmslow

Will Williams ran in the Wilmslow 10k at the weekend and recorded a course PB of 37.55 despite the heat.

He later admitted: “A very hot day and I blew up back at 5k, the hilly bit, it was so hot ai just couldn’t cool down, but very happy with a course PB.”

Sedgefield

Jonathan Kettle finished 2nd overall at the Sedgefield Parkrun last Saturday on his debut with a fast time of 18.05 and he was sandwiched between the local winner Lee Thompson (Crook and District AC) in 17.20, and his club colleague Wayne Pearson in 18.17, with both runners recording new PBs.

Liverpool

Ben and Sarah Hudson enjoyed their debuts at the Princes Park Parkrun in Liverpool last Saturday, where Ben finished 25th overall in 21.17, and he was 3rd in his MV40 age cat, and Sarah won her VW40 cat in 22.42.

Win for Bryn at Conwy Parkrun after returning from America

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery

Bryn Woodall

Bryn Woodall was the first man home at last Saturday’s Conwy Parkrun with another fine performance to easily outsprint his rivals with a fast time of 17 minutes 37 seconds.

The Colwyn Bay athlete, who is back home from his American studies for the summer, also won his SM18 age cat and finished almost 30 seconds ahead of his second-placed chaser Matthew Baker in 18.06, with Road Runner Steve Mason third in 18.45.

The 1st Ladies title was again claimed by the super-fast Alice Johnston (Les Croupiers), who finished 7th overall with a great new PB 19.14, to also claim 1st place in her SW30 age cat, and it was another family double with Alice’s father Sandy Johnston winning his MV70 cat in a remarkable time of just 22.42.

Steve Mason turned in a determined run following his recent knee injury and beat his four-year parkrun record by a mere three seconds to record a great new PB, and he also won his VM45 age cat.

NWRRC entered ten seniors and two juniors and collected four age category wins on a very warm day that attracted more than 200 runners from all over the UK.

Chris Davies was 9th in 19.44 and he finished 3rd in his MV35 cat, with Harry Driscoll 11th, and he also won his SM20 age cat in 20.09. Stuart Culverhouse though was hot on Harry’s heels, and he also won his MV50 age cat in 20.16, in 13th place overall. Adam Lamelle made his Conwy Parkrun debut after a series of good results in local races, and despite feeling unwell during the week, he didn’t disappoint again, finishing 31st overall in 23.09.

And young Joe Culverhouse continued with his top form to finish 2nd in his JM11-14 age cat in 44th place overall in 23.53, and in complete contrast age-wise, three NWRRC veteran runners finished practically together over this 5k course.

Rob Fryer ran home in 74th place overall in 25.30, and 2nd in his MV65 cat, with Don Hale 78th and 3rd MV65 in 25.50, with Michael (Pat) Finnie running only his second parkrun this year finished 80th overall in 25.57 and 4th in his MV60 cat. And Dave Spofforth again ran with his young son Ben, and the pair finishing together again in 100/101st places in 27.10, with Ben 2nd in his JM10 cat.

*This is the link to the provisional results at Conwy Parkrun:
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/conwy/results/latestresults/

Pentir Fun Run raised funds for Ukraine

Report by Don Hale

The midweek Pentir Fun Run attracted a large mixed entry of some 82 quality and social runners to this small village race, which also became a special fundraising event in support of Ukraine.

Promising young athletics star Noa Vaughan (Eryri Harriers) made his mark again to win this 4.5-miles trail race with another impressive display in just 16 minutes 53 seconds to also win his U-23 age cat prize.

Warren Renkel (Run Free) finished 2nd in 17.05, with another top youngster, Sam Gunning (Cybi Striders), finishing 3rd in 17.23.

Vicky Taylor was the only NWRRC representative following her other recent trail races, and once again she competed well to claim 54th place in 28.05.

And local running couple Nic Brook and Gemma Moore from Eryri Harriers, also enjoyed a good evening out, with Nic finishing 5th overall in 17.47, and Gemma 8th, and the 1st Female runner home in 19.13, to additionally claim first place in her F-Open age cat.

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