Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery
North Wales Road Runner Martin Green was the runaway winner of the tough Mulberry Half Marathon race last Sunday.
Despite the very the warm conditions and an extremely hilly course, he still finished more than three and a half minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
The NWRRC athlete, who has enjoyed some equally superb performances over the same distance in recent weeks, ran home in just 1 hour 22 minutes and 16 seconds to additionally win his MV45 age category.
Martin also led a team of eight club runners over this challenging route, which started and finished on the beach next to Mulberry Marina before crossing into the Snowdonia National Park and included the gruelling long gradient up the Synchant Pass before heading back towards Conwy.
Nick Brook (Eryri Harriers) finished 3rd in 1.26.15, and he was 2nd in his M45 cat, and the Ladies race was won by regular Conwy parkrunner Alice Johnston (Les Croupier) in 1.34.58, who also won her F21-34 cat. There were 161 finishers.
Road Runner Stuart Culverhouse was 17th overall with a steady run in 1.43.30, but he just missed out on a podium place finishing 4th in his MV50 cat, and Jamie Tharme made a last-minute decision to enter the race and finished 3rd in his M40 age cat, and in 32nd place overall in 1.54.16.
Steve Roberts celebrated another determined run finishing 40th overall, and 2nd MV55 cat in 1.56.41, and Hannah Griffith claimed 3rd place in her F45 cat, and she was the 19th female runner in 2.17.12.
Cai Roberts, Kelly-Marie Alford and Vicky Taylor ran much of the race together and they all finished together, with Cai in 100th place, and Kelly the 25th female, and Vicky 26th in 2.28.39.
*This is the link to the provisional results from the Mulberry half-marathon:
Teenagers led the way in hot conditions at Conwy Parkrun
Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery
It was another hot, dry, and dusty race at Conwy Parkrun last Saturday where a considerable number of visiting athletes ensured it was a fast pace at the sharp end with two teenagers eventually claiming their share of glory over this challenging 5k course.
Visiting youngsters Harri Kendall (Manchester Metropolitan University AC) and Morgan Kendall finished in 1st and 2nd positions respectively, with the two SM18-19 athletes dominating the event from start to finish.
Harri also claimed a new PB of 17 minutes 47 seconds, with Morgan recording 18.06, followed by Osian Griffiths, the 1st SM30 in 18.35. The 1st Lady runner was Hailey Fletcher (Sedbergh School RC) in 20.38.
The event attracted over 200 runners with many also preparing for local endurance events.
North Wales Road Runner Steve Mason continued his purple patch of form and claimed another great parkrun PB of 18.39 in this ultra-fast dash despite the conditions and finished 4th overall and 1st in his MV45 age cat.
Club colleague Chris Davies also enjoyed another good result in 11th place, and he was 2nd in his MV35 cat in 19.38. And Harry Driscoll won his SM20-24 age cat in 16th place overall with a good time of 20.10, whilst Cheryl Frost continued with her fine form and won her VW55 cat in 43rd place overall, and she was the 3rd female runner in 23.15.
Young Joe Culverhouse ran with his father Stuart and came 2nd in in his JM11-14 cat in 23.53 with the pair sharing 51st/52nd places. And veteran runner Rob Fryer finished in 70th place overall and 3rd in his MV65 cat in 25.27, with fellow vet Don Hale recording 26.02 in 79th spot; and newcomers Darren Griss and Ceri Jones finished in 180th/181st places, with Darren coming home in 34.30 and Ceri 34.37.
*This is the link to the provisional results at Conwy Parkrun:
OTHER RACE RESULTS
Will Williams finished in 2nd place overall at the Penrhyn Parkrun on Saturday and won his MV45 age cat with a new PB of 18.56, and his club colleague Jamie Tharme finished 18th in the same event and came 3rd in his MV40 cat in 22.56.
Kevin Higgins ran at the Princes’ Parkrun in Liverpool last weekend and finished in 169th place in 27.19.
Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts took part in a very fast Doncaster Town Centre 5K Dash for Vets last Wednesday night and finished 22nd out of 121 top athletes.
The NWRRC member, who lives in that region, was disappointed however with his efforts despite running a great time of just 17 minutes 45 seconds over a very twisty course, with a gusty wind, through the streets of this busy Yorkshire town. Afterwards, Llyr said: “It’s not what I wanted, but what I got.”
Josh plans to beat the train in charity appeal
Report by Don Hale
Josh Mottram, a young runner from Llandudno Junction, is hoping to raise more than £1,000 to help fundraise for Conwy Connect for Learning Disabilities by trying to beat the train this week during a 5k dash to Caernarfon on Wednesday (20th July).
Josh explained: “Conwy Connect is a great charity that organizes lots of activities that me and my friends can do together, like discos, youth clubs, surfing etc, and they give me work opportunities, and help to prepare me for my future.
“I started running with Ian my swimming teacher at Conwy parkrun a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I ran behind him all the way and then outsprinted him to get my PB of 22.10.
“We thought it would be fun to race the train at Caernarfon this year, and raise some money at the same time, and Ian thinks he can beat me – but we’ll see!”
*You can follow Josh’s progress and help with his fundraising plan via this link: