Report by Don Hale
A quartet of North Wales Road Runners competed in the challenging Anglesey 10k Trail race at Newborough on November 5 where two members claimed prestigious podium places.
Amidst a quality entry of experienced club and social runners, Steve Mason led the NWRRC team home in 7th place overall, and he was pleased to finish 2nd in his M40 age cat in 44 minutes and 54 seconds.
Newcomer Tom Aindow enjoyed a steady performance in 11th place in 46.25, with Charlotte Rose Wilton-Jones 30th overall, and 7th female athlete with a great new course PB of 53.10, whilst veteran Rob Fryer claimed 3rd M60 in 59.53.
*The race was won by Steffan Sayer (Menai T&F) in 41.05, with Ben Pease (Wycombe Phoenix Harriers) 2nd in 42.15, with Ifan Jones (Cybi Striders) 3rd in 43.03. The 1st female finisher was Ines Goncalves (Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds) in 46.11.
Three NWRRC members journeyed to the Ruthin Memorial Playing Fields Parkrun on November 4 to chase points as part of the club championships, with each member winning their respective age categories.
Carla Green was back to her best as the 2nd female athlete and won her VW50 age cat in 7th place overall in 21.08, with Kay Hatton in 16th place, 1st VW60 and 4th female finisher in 23.01.
Master veteran Mike Hayton made it a hat-trick of wins, after he claimed the 1st VM70, finishing 42nd in 28.19.
Ben and Sarah Hudson made their debuts at the Bedford Parkrun where Ben finished 32nd in 21.39 and 4th VM45, whilst Sarah was 44th overall and 6th female athlete, plus 3rd VW45 in 22.17.
Will Williams finished 5th at the Penrhyn Castle Parkrun, and won his VM50 age cat in 18.29.
Kevin Higgins recorded a time of 26.15 at the Wirral 5k at Hoylake.
Splash and dash for talented visitors at Conwy Parkrun
Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery
It was another puddle-filled splash and dash at Conwy Parkrun on November 4, but the challenging conditions and cold weather failed to deter numerous talented club and social athletes from taking on this saturated 5k course.
The first three male finishers were all visitors, top placing going to Robin Stacey (York Acorn RC) in 17 minutes and 51 seconds (1st SM30). He was followed by teenager Cian Wood (Dudley & Stourbridge), who recorded a new PB of 18.05 (1st JM15-17), with Daniel Clarke (Daventry RR), on debut, recording 18.42 (2nd SM30).
The first two female runners were young identical twins Gwen and Ella Hayes, with just eight-seconds separating the pair, who both recorded new PBs, with Gwen narrowly taking the spoils in 19th place overall in 22.01, with Ella 21st in 22.09, and they finished 1st and 2nd in their respective JW10 age category.
Alex Aldous took 3rd spot in 24th place overall in 22.30, and won her SW25 age cat.
North Wales Road Runners entered 14 athletes and collected five age cat wins, two second places and one third, with Harry Driscoll leading the team home in 10th place in 20.48 and 1st SM20.
Newcomer Phil Rogers was 20th overall in 22.06, and 1st VM60.
Meanwhile, Steve Roberts finished 26th in 22.43 and 1st VM55, but he was involved in an exciting tussle with colleague Karl Morris, who was one place and one second adrift, plus 3rd VM40.
Veteran Rob Fryer and master vet Don Hale also shared a similar battle with Rob showing his good form of late, to finish 49th in 25.21, and 2nd VM65, whilst Don celebrated his best time of the year again, for the fifth successive week, in 52nd place in 25.41, and topped is VM70 age cat.
Karen Butler made a welcome return to parkrun, finishing 70th overall in 26.39, and 1st VW65, with master vet Mark Mason 92nd in 27.48, and 2nd VM70 cat. Ceri Jones chased Mark down, and was only four-seconds and two places behind him in 27.52, with veteran John O’Shea 103rd in 28.20.
Gwennan Charlton set a new PB of 28.43 in 109th, despite running in last weekend’s Eryri Marathon, and Samantha Williams gave parkrun her best effort following after a long break and she ran well in 131st place in 30.51, whilst another determined marathon competitor, Rachel Morris also enjoyed a steady recovery run in 163rd place in 34.46. Steve Mason and his tail-walking dog finished 202nd in 47.50.
*Praise was given to the Conwy run director and the hard-working team of volunteers and marshals. This is the link to the provisional results from Conwy: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/conwy/results/latestresults/