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AGM Men’s Report

Men’s Captains Report Year 2016 / 17 Unfortunately I’m not with ya tonight and won’t be with you for a while. I have enjoyed my time with the club, in fact dedicating my life to it upon my children getting older. Thanks’ to Ally, Matty, Helen and Arwel who have taken over some of my roles. Thanks to every runner, remember every stride gives you strength, hope and reward. Thanks to the Ladies Captains over the years. To every young runner you are the future. It’s nice to go out with Promotion to Cross Countries Division One. You’ll never get another Russ Cheetham, but whoever / whomever takes over my post turning up at the majority of races, Loving All, Encouraging All is president. God bless You All Russ

Nov Report

Men’s Captain Report November 2016

We have continued our momentum in both the Cross Country and the Border League although due to holidays and a double weekender last weekend we were not at full strength. I feel with the efforts, team spirit and individual hard work the ‘buzz’ will continue and our position in Border League Division 1 will be maintained with promotion to Division 1 in Cross Country on target. I shall raise the issue that one member has aired his disappointed at the number of counters being reduced from 7 to 4 in Division 2, I do not feel this way and with Darrel Davies and Andy Bromley missing we still managed to go up one place to 2nd last weekend, with the new youth, new members and camaraderie all is looking good. My highlights since the last meeting have again been the numbers of runners racing, Alex, Ben and Leon representing the North Wales Development Team, Ben winning the U20’s Flintshire 10k with Eddie Naisby aged 87 winning the V80 category in the same race. Oh, and both ladies captains beating me recently


Oct Report

Wow! Caernarfon, 25 men turning up at Border League and a raft of awards at the 10k champs and the ladies matching us in all aspects too. As Captain I’m very proud of each and every one of you so be proud very proud! I won’t mention each and every race / award or effort as they have been covered in the press reports, Facebook and the website. Special I recall 2 years ago the majority of the team were Vets and its now so pleasing to see so many youngsters in the club, Leon, Ben, Alex, Callum, Ethan, Morgan whose contribution and effort is certainly making the club stronger now and for many years to come. With the Senior Men and Vets contributing with knowledge, banter and support the word Special is the most appropriate. The atmosphere on Sunday showed that in full. Border League With 12 men in the top 100 on Sunday and Stephen Stakes returning from his injury with Tom and Paul hoping to do a couple of races all is promising for a stay in Division One . Cross Country I expect another big turnout in Mold on Saturday and I’m sure we can target promotion. Don’t forget its 2:45 start for the men. Injuries Pleased to see Deano . Mike Lindsay and John Roberts back and Stephen running next week, Roger HJ and Gareth are still injured Gran Prix I may’s well wait to after Cross Country to update the Gran Prix. Thanks Thanks to Gareth H for the successful dance at the Ffrith and Gareth B for the upcoming paintballing.

God Bless All Russ

Helen’s Report

PRC Off Road Report July to August 2016 – Helen Ashworth

A little quieter during the summer months seeing members racing at the ponderosa, green green grass of home, two hill forts and cilcian mountain race. The green green grass of home on the Clwydian range had a great turn out with Leon bagnall trying his first fell and doing fantastic. Following in the families foot steps Jenna bagnall competed in a trial race on Moel Emilio for the junior mountain running championships. Unfortunately the two hill forts race ended shorty for Stephen skates after going over on his ankle coming down Moel Arthur it ended in a break to his foot and will cost him 6weeks, I made it round the 9miles safely but significantly slower than last year yet managed to win my age category! It has been good to see members have had a couple of runs up Snowdon enjoying the mountains and Vicki owns has attended a fell training weekend in Snowdonia. It is great to see members having an interest in the mountains and running the fells. A number of members have entered the trailfest Race on the 23 September this entails a lovely train ride from Porthmadog to tanygrisiau and then an off road route back to the coast full of hills, tracks, paths and amazing views. It is also a not for profit organisation a highly recommend if you are looking for a challenge off road. Then it will be time for cross country everyone has been having ago at a variety of races over the summer and I hope everyone will have a try at a cross country race. Many ladies have contacted me about cross country and I hope to have a practice on the meadows in the next coming weeks. Everyone is getting faster and fitter can’t wait for the team effort at cross country and boarder league :) Thanks Helen

Sep Russ’s Report

What now Well summers nearly gone and the increasing schedule commences with the finally of Deestriders tomorrow in which we shall do well again, then Caernarfon, Border League and Caernarfon. I see us doing well in all with the new recruits, youngsters and the experienced members of the club. In advance I thank you all for making the effort to turn for these races. In speaking to Duncan recently he’s hoping to do Border League, it well be nice to see him back. On another positive note it was fantastic news with the Marriage of Wyn and Karen, I wish them everlasting love and health, as I I’m sure you all do. The summer months have been business as usual with great turnouts at Deestriders Off Road, Park Runs, Trail, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and track. Thanks All for wearing the famous red vest. Highlights of the summer • The highlights for me have been our young guns Leon Bagnall, Alex Ryder and Ben Harrison representing the North Wales Development team at Stone and Birchwood. • George Nicholls completing the 100k Thames Towpath race ultra-specialist The event, which started at 6am and went on through the night, involved a total of 12,700 feet of climbing, with 60% trail and 40% road. The cut-off time is 30 hours and George finished in 24 hours 6 minutes, having taken a 90 minute-break at the 60-mile mark for a four-course pub meal. Fair do’s George. And, winning the V45 class in the Rhyl Run fest Half Marathon. • Gareth Hughes coming first V70 in all his races after moving up to that category. • The large turnout at Local Park runs. • Supervets Roger H J, Dave Hughes and John Hickman completed a superb achievement by taking team gold in the British Masters’ 5k championships in Horwich. • A large turnout again at the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race. • The success of the social runs in Tremeirchion, Aberdaron and Dolgellau. • The success and turnout of runners at trail races. • At the Club Relays over 30 turned out making it a successful night. Camaraderie The spirit in the club remains strong due to strength of you all, this will continue to keep the club strong and a main player in the North Wales scene and the community. I witness no so with the tragic scenario of the passing away of Beth, Steve’s daughter, as you know I spent a lot of time with Steve before, during, after the funeral, Steve is very thankful of your support, be it running with him, a little note, a little chat , a kiss or a chat I would finally like to thank Chris Yorke he giving Steve a free place in the North Wales Half Marathon, a kind gesture indeed. Injuries I was pleased to see Arwel Jones back from injury at Conwy Park Run, I send my hope and prayers to Stephen Stakes, Deano and Des for a hasty recovery Get out there I wish you all good luck, smile, laugh, warrior through that last mile, eat cake and kfc, you and Prestatyn Running Club will achieve more. Russ 31st August 2016

Ally’s Report September 2016

The summer has been quiet for some but there are still some keen runners out there achieving great results at various races. Its great to see that PRC runners are still attending the Conwy Park Runs which gives them the opportunity to race against others without the race pressure.
Deestriders Series has had great turnout for PRC. The course running through fields, woods and footpath was not the easiest of courses for some of the members but they tackled it head on and achieved great times. Ami Bagnall has claimed first place at all three races and other members have improved their times at each race. The final race is on Friday the 2nd September and would be great to have a full turn out. Great to see one of our younger stars Jenna Bagnall taking part in the Welsh Mountain running team up Moel Eillio and just missed out on a team place for the under 17’s. Well done Jenna look forward to you been part of the Border league races. Border League races are creeping up on us and again and it would be amazing to be able to achieve the same kind of numbers attending as last series, all our ladies are capable of doing these races and its a great team event. Dates will be posted over the next few weeks. If your unsure of anything please contact myself, Helen or Russ. Lastly congrats to Karen and Wyn on their wedding wishing you many years of happiness, also congrats to Coral for gaining a place in Derby University hope you enjoy and keep coming back to us.

Races coming up:- 2nd September Deestriders 7pm 4th September Caernarfon 10K @11am (North Wales Champs) 6th September Club Handicap race 9th October Border League 1 Caernarfon - 11am 15th October XC Mold – 2pm 30th October Abergele 5mile race - 1pm Keep running ladies you are all champions :-)

Autumn’s around the corner. the intensity and reward begins

The summer month’s have indeed seen Prestatyn members continue to progress with success in races, individual bests, new members and the development of runners from the beginners group of Jan 2016.

Within weeks the race schedule shall increase with the finally of the Deestriders were the club will no doubt achieve great reward, followed by the Caernarfon 10k, Llyn Brenig, Lake Vyrnwy Half and Llandogged Mountain Race, all races that will adapt you for the Border League and Cross Country season.

We encourage you to enter these devoid of your pace as every runner counts in our team effort.

Those who have not yet become affiliated need to do so.

Last season saw great support from members and we see that again this year, infact with more new members probably more.

One thing for certain you’ll get stronger, leaner and faster over the forthcoming period, train hard, smile, laugh and good luck.

Russ, Ally, Helen

Men’s Captain Report June 2016 Ffrith Series The new Ffrith Series was an undoubted success for runners, schools of North Wales and the whole community; I commend everyone for their contribution, sponsorship and enthusiasm. Castles Another super weekend of camaraderie, with all runners’ performance above and beyond normality in the very hot conditions. Thanks to all, with special thanks to our ladies Jo Hoppes for stepping into a difficult leg without notice and Vic for preparing to do the same. We finished 42nd in a European field which is pretty good. Deestriders What can I say, 31 runners, basically a 3rd of the field, conquests, battles and joy, well done each and every one on you! Track Alex continues to progress well on the Track getting some credible results inc picking up a bronze medal in the 800-metres at the North Wales track and field championships in Wrexham , He also competed in the 1,500-metres. Fell On the fells Rob Alexander, Stephen’s Stakes and Stocker represent the club on a solid and successful way. Park Runs Two of the club’s younger members turned out in Park runs recently Benjamin Harrison was 11th in the Wepre Park and Alex Ryder was third at Conwy. At Conwy Gareth Hughes took 23 seconds off his over-70s’ course record with a time of 22.47 Chester Half We all seem to love this one, even though that hill at the finish was a toughen, see you all next year. British Masters 5k Horwich This weekend our now infamous V75 head to Bolton, I’m sure we wish them all the very best. Bionic George Our man of steel must be congratulated for turning up at nearly all races then undertaking 100 milers, Awesome Lady Captains I would like to thank both Ally and Helen for their enthusiasm and innovation since becoming Captains. X Final Note With young and new members running well, training hard and working in harmony today, tomorrow and all tomorrows looks good. Russ 15th June 2016

Ladies Captains report

Captains Report May/June 2016

Some great achievements this month from old and new members. Fantastic turn out for the Chester Half Marathon a first for some of our newest recruits clocking their first Half PB. We had 12 women attack the course with that lovely long climb at the end and not the coolest of days so well done all.

Moving on to our own club 5K race, what an amazing turnout not only in runners but for all the helpers. You all made it such a success and congrats on Russ for pulling it all together. We had lots of Pbs and also age group awards. Was also great to see Amie Bagnall receive a reward for been chosen as the top U23 road runner in North Wales. Fantastic!

Its great to see that many of our members are still attending either the Conwy or Wepre Park Run, this is a great place to practice your 5K and improve your times ready for future races. From looking at the times everyone of you are improving even if its only 1 second off its still an improvement. I’m sure many of you look back and think “I’m never going to run 30 mins without stopping” and now you all do that and more. Well done.

Deestriders Series started this week with another great turnout for PRC. The course running through fields, woods and footpath was not the easiest of courses for some of the members but they tackled it head on and achieved great times. The series will consist of a further 3 races to be run at the beginning of each month.

Finally Castles relay was a total success with everyone completing their leg with great time. Congratulations again goes to Amie Bagnall for winning her leg and the yellow t shirt, Jo Hoppes was fantastic trooper for standing in and running a different leg of the race when the bus with Wynn in was delayed in traffic. Vicci Owens battled on with some heat stroke and leg pain. Abbie was able to just get to her race after a detour and completed her leg in a fast time. Katie also had a great run so well done all.

Races coming up:-

25th June Rhyl Run Fest (5K, 10K, half) 3rd July Fairy Freckled Cow 11k 7th July Deestriders 2 13th July Social Run Tremerchion

Keep running ladies your all champions :-)

Deestriders Off Road 1

A great turnout of easy 30, Well Done everyone, inparticlar our newbies of this year, those first time on the course and Amie Bagnall for winning the ladies race, I’m sure you’ll all get a little faster and stronger by race 4, the camaraderie, smiles, laughs, and downright effort was a joy to see, Awesome ! Russ, Ally and Helen

Year End/ AGM Report

Since being Captain I have to say it has been the most successful year and very fitting to Gareth and Stephen leaving the committee and years of devoted service. Thank You Very Much Gareth and Stephen • The season started with a creditable 3rd in Division 2 Border League, a scenario to be improved on this year I feel. • The new Conwy Park Run saw Gareth Hughes and Steve Hatfield battling it out for top Park Runner in their Category. • Thank You David Owen for flying the flag on so many fell races this year, lets wish David a speedy recovery. • Matty Smith showed promised early season and was recognised with his being named as the most improved runner of the week on the Run Britain website, earning him a new watch. It followed his back-to-back runs in the Conwy Parkrun and Run Fest Wales 10k compared with the Rhyl 10 in which he competed in February. He has improved ever since together with a resurgent Gareth Bailey and Benjamin Harrison in Cross Country. • We again enjoyed success and a super turnout at the Deestriders Off Road Series, Rhyl Run fest, Abergele 5, Ras Fawr Llandogged, Wrexham Half. • The Welsh Castles Relay was enjoyed by all and again a success. • Congratulations to Alex, Benjamin and Dean in the North Wales Vest together with Roger, Dave H and Gordon with their Welsh Vests. • Roger, David and John going on to win Gold in the British Masters XC Champs • It’s nice to see Ben saying a few words before training. • Thank You involved in the beginners, it has undoubtedly strengthen the club. • Thanks all for turning up at races, it does tickle me when I hear other clubs say “ I see Prestatyn are out in force again” • The weather was fair this year, and with a strong team we achieved a disappointing cross country 3rd. we were all disappointed with that, but will be back next season with a stronger team and a determination to get promoted. We did however get some success in the North Wales Cross Country Champs. • With your new men and flying youngsters I now classify myself and a few others as a B team, which is good as on the last cross country on 2014/15 the whole team was 49 and over. • The influx of new members has enlightened my heart, not only the determination, but their contribution to the club, be it training, going to track, racing, out numbering clubs in mainly all races, posting on Facebook and is no doubt a factor in an expected promotion to Division 1 in the Border League but our overall success and strength. • Thanks to Jo Lewis for being the Ladies Captain, and I look forward to working alongside the next Lady • Funnies Laurel and Hardy at the XC In Mold, the introduction of fast food to some of our older members etc…

The future in without doubt shiny and I want to thank each and every one of you for your efforts for Prestatyn Running Club, and taking on board my consistent calls, text, messages etc.

Russ 1st April 2016

Great year at Cross Country

Congratulations, Cross Country is tough, its wet, its cold its hilly, we get injured and its tougher than that tough Mudder and its free, its been our best season for years, the men missed out with Stephen’s unfortunate scenario and our laurel and hardy incident in Mold smile emoticon but we’ll be back, a big thanks to Abbie Cheetham, Ally Reid, Ami Reid, Clare Manley, Coral Gwen Mcshane, Bash Worth, Debbie Wade, Debbie Richards, Herbie Bishop, Jo Edwards, Jo Lewis, Leah Hughes, Herbie Bishop, Liz Martin, Sonia Matischok, Sue Rodgers, Alan Jones, Alex Ryder, Benjamin Harrison, Mike Davis, Deano Beano, David Hughes, David Owen, Gareth Hughes, George Nicholls, George Nixon, John Hickman, Karl Martin, Matty Smith, Nick Wood, Stephen Skates, Stephen Stocker, Wyn Roberts, Stephen Hatfield , Roger Harrison Jones

With Amie Bagnall Des Davies, Arwel Jones and Gordon Jones together with developing beginners back next year all looks very promising.

Wash and grease them spikes, thank you very, love ya All x

NW Cross Country Champs

I ask myself can it get any better, again the most runners, individual and team prizes at todays NW XC Champs, every Marshall doing a fab job too, Quality !

Captains Report to Committee

Men’s Captains Report 26th January 2016

Happy New Year

• The men have new asset in Paul Jones (second claim) of Oswestry and certainly helped the team do well at Abergele on Sunday. • I was practically over the moon with 32 runners at Abergele and 26 beginners over the past 2 weeks. • Promotion in Border League is achievable, with an outside chance at Cross Country, with our fellow ladies in a similar position • The response again from all runners, be it messenger, e-mail, text or phone calls has been excellent in supporting races. • I am also pleased to report we have 23 runners in the North Wales XC Champs in Rhug. • I wish David Williams of NWCCA a full recovery after his recent health scare. • Nod and Wink Amie B coming back to us next year. • Over the past months and since Gareth and Stephen’s notice I have been developing a electronic file with Prestatyn RC logistically requirements, I hope to share this with you all in due course.

With things going so well, we all must keep up the qualities that are achieving such rewards, and I see no problem with this. On a personal note my injury will keep me out to the new season but thanks to fellow members and beginners who have kept me active and eating KFC.

Well Done Beginners

Well done to all those beginners who kicked off the 2016 beginners in cold rain, it was a pleasure to witness you all ambitious and I’m sure you’ll get your just rewards, keep on coming it will soon be light nights and you’ll have made plenty running buddies and be much stronger. Russ


2015 was certainly successful for the club with an influx of new members continuing the happy competitive ethics of the Club, our youngsters are becoming stronger, our teams remain strong and all is looking promising for the future, thank you everyone and may everyday in 2016 bring you strength and happiness Russ

Captains Report to Committee

Men’s Captain Report December 2015 Again I want to start by thanking all those who have raced recently, the numbers for instance at the Border League 3 Caernarfon represented 11 % of the field. Members continue to respond to calls and messages promptly and ambitiously.

Cross Country At Mold with late starters and the unfortunate scenario in losing Stephen Stakes, and with the addition of Stephen Stokes making his debut with all racing well we have lost our top spot, but I hope we can continue to fight hard to achieve our goal in promotion. I can only commend all those who ran in the atrocious conditions in Mold, Stephen H told me in all his years he had never ran in such conditions. Sadly I am now injured with a torn calf, but shall work hard to get back Congratulations to Roger HJ, Dave Hughes and Gordon Jones in representing their country so well in Dublin in November. Congratulations to young Alex Ryder, Ben Harrison and George Nicholls running for N Wales this Saturday in the Inter Regional XC Camps.

Border League Our performances and turnout as continued to be strong and we are 2nd following Caernarfon, I see this success continuing throughout the season. We now have Chris Hassall, Tony Devenport and Stephen Stockes racing for us which certainly makes the team stronger. Martin Jones has also joined us as 2nd claim.

Other Races Thank you all, who ran in the recent Flintshire 10k, Abergele 5 and the Conwy Half Marathon, the famous red vest is certainly getting noticed in numbers, results and awards. Nice! Young gun Ben Harrison running for North Wales at Abergele and getting a Pb, we have all watch Ben grow and improve and day was quite special to us all, well done Ben.

Last Word After Border League I was discussing the culture, the friendliness, the support and the fight in the whole club, I summed it up with; “Our strength is camaraderie of the highest order” Russ 8-12-15

Border League 2

Border League 2 , 26 runners out today, a great turnout again, thank you all and a big thanks again to Eve in collating our results, A great day men win on the day and move up to 3rd with the ladies, with 5 races to go promotion of both teams is possible…/… next fixture 6th Dec 2015, Caernarfon

Captains Report to Committee

I want to start by thanking all those who have raced recently, the numbers at races have by far out matched clubs larger than ours with members responding to calls and messages promptly and ambitiously. Training hard and with a smile too. The result has been “Awesome” with the men 1st in NWXC Division 2 after 2 races and 4th in Border League Division 2, I truly believe we can hold on to 1st place and improve on 4th place with Tom Roberts, Gordon hopefully returning soon. Thank you Gareth Hughes for providing such great press reports that are also now being shared on the web and face book pages. This means I don’t need to show results as you are all aware of them. Congratulations to young Alex Ryder who is not just mixing it with the big boys at the races but now honoured with a North Wales Vest for the upcoming Langley 7, and congratulations also to Roger H J, Dave Hughes and Gordon Jones representing their country in XC in Dublin. Good luck to Gareth, Steve and Mike in this weekend’s BMAF XC Champs. Tom Roberts of Meirionnydd contacted me on Saturday to thank us encouraging and clapping in the last runner the XC in Llandudno, about 11 of us, humbleness is also a great quality As Alex Ferguson famously said, “my press conference shall be short as all is good”

Thanks Everyone Russ

Ladies Captain Report 22nd October 2015

  • We’ve had a jam-packed start to the season with races galore and Prestatyn Ladies giving it their all…

  • Congratulations to Katie Dawson who came 3rd in her age category at Deestriders Series. This is a tremendous achievement for Katie as one of our newer members at the club. Katie also picked up 1st place in her age group at Caernarfon 10k. Sorry to hear about your current injury Katie and we hope you’re back training and racing with us soon – we appreciate your dedication to the club and your enthusiasm for racing J

  • A whole host of our ladies ran the Caernarfon 10K in September. Regrettably, Caroline picked up an injury, we hope Caroline you’ll be back with us soon

  • Congrats to Helen Ashworth who completed the Two Lakes 14 mile race around Llyn Brenig and Llyn Alwen finishing fourth lady!. Helen is a great advocate for off road running and has offered to lead some fell runs on the Clwydians – possibly some night time ones too so watch this space…! It’ll be great for club members to gain some experience of other forms of running and not that I’m biased (..honest) but you really can’t beat running on the Clwyds!

  • Congrats to Sian and Gabby who had success running for North Wales Police. I loved seeing your photographs on Facebook ‘Here come the girls..’ J

  • Naomi, Helen Ashworth, Jo Edwards and Sue Rodgers completed the Trailffest Half Marathon in Porthmadog recently – well done ladies another race that brings a smile to our faces and pain to our legs!

  • Claire, Mel, Tracy and Helen Bax all completed the Colour Obstacle Run in Liverpool recently – looked great fun ladies, whilst Sian Beck completed Cardiff Half Marathon. I’m curious to know if she saw Alfie (Gareth Thomas) and his Angels en route?!

  • Jen Owens put in a sterling performance at Tough Mudder, well done Jen! Sympathy for the washing machine J

  • Congrats to Claire Clarke who completed Chester Marathon at the beginning of the month with a PB – go Clairey!

  • The Border League and Cross Country Series are underway with one race completed for Border League and two races under our belts now for Cross Country. Thank you ladies for responding to our calls for your support, we had a great turnout and it’s brilliant to see both our steadfast Border League and Cross Country ladies in addition to our newer members and/or those who have not previously embraced Border League and Cross Country showing their support. I hope you’ll continue to support PRC for the rest of the season now you’ve had a taste for the league races ..let’s keep up with our campaign and push PRC ladies up those league tables!

  • This weekend Saturday 24th October we have two ladies teams racing at the British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) Cross Country Relays. Best of luck to Gabby Waring, Sue Rodgers and Debbie Richards who will make up a team, in addition to myself, Jo Edwards and Ally Reid who are also competing

  • Also this weekend is the Snowdonia Marathon – our good luck wishes go to Naomi Cane and Karen Ainsworth who are running

Jo Lewis, 22.10.2015 *disclaimer – apologies to anyone whose endeavours I may have missed J

Over the Moon

Thanks everyone for giving 110% at Cross Country so far, with the men 1st and ladies 2nd all is good, staying there is our task now and with our positive attitude a double is indeed in sight, thank you for training and racing hard.

Russ 19th Oct 2015

Successful XC Start

With a total of 23 runners at the start of the XC season in Bangor, indeed a successful day, Well done everyone :) Russ 04 Oct 2015

Thank You All

20 runners at Caernarfon yesterday, SB’s and PB’s with silverware too, can I thank you all personally for racing, that was a special day yesterday, Russ :) x

Committee Reports

Ladies Captain Report 3rd September 2015 • It’s been a quiet couple of summer months for our lady runners in a racing capacity however many are now preparing for the new season of races ahead • Some of our ladies took part in the Birchwood 10K – congratulations to Ali and Amy Reid representing PRC for hopefully the first of many times and Capenhurst 5K in August – congratulations to Sian Beck on an impressive time, Sian continues to improve her form • Congratulations also to Claire Clarke who ran the arduous North Wales Half Marathon – phew, bet you needed a lie down after THAT hill! • Brenda, Glenda and Katie Dawson all ran well at the July Deestriders event – again a beautiful summer’s evening - I didn’t quite manage my comeback in time – hopefully I will complete the full series one year! It was a pleasure to watch and support you though ladies well done • The ongoing ‘tri’ rivalry between husband and wife Liz and Karl Martin continued again in August at the Llanrwst Triathlon – get in there Liz - pulling off a win this time over Karl! • Brenda Tiedke and Helen Ashworth ran the Clwydian fell race with a comeback from the fell racing legend great friend Jayne Penrhyn Jones • Preparations are now underway by several of our ladies for forthcoming Marathon challenges – well done ladies for your commitment and determination, I know you’re currently racking up the mileage in training and the club wishes you well – I might even get along for a training session providing it’s a tiddler! • This Friday is the Deestriders final race of the series – this is a great little series where we have picked up placings in previous years, come on your Reds! • This weekend is the Caernarfon 10K and I hear several of our ladies will be running, we wish you well ladies, enjoy the race • Thank you to all our ladies who have supported the social runs – Penycloddiau and more recently this week trialling out the 9K trail run in my very own village of Trelogan – I hope you enjoyed the views as much as I do, I’ve paced those lanes many a time! • Congratulations to Katie Brandrick on her wedding in August and thank you to all who turned out to support her and fly the PRC flag outside the church • Homecomings congrats to Abbie Cheetham back from the States – we’ve missed you Abbie but sure you’ve had a wonderful time. I’m sure Abbie will run briefly with us before her return to University • We have lots to look forward to in the Autumn months with our club and team commitments to Border League and Cross Country League races in addition to independent races

Jo Lewis, 3.09.2015

Men’s Captain Report, September 2015

Training On a personal note I’m pleased to be back training and wearing the red vest on two occasions since my H.A, not as fast but I’ll be back. On both occasions training it’s been great to see over 20 members with more youngsters and new members and looks good for the clubs future. Deestriders Off Road Tomorrow will see the final race of the series, the highlights being another great turnout from the club inc Glenda competing, debuts from Katie D and Matty S and a few awards coming our way too. Dafydd Owen Dafydd has represented the club in the annual Moel Famau race from Cilcin, and in the Arenig Fawr race near Bala, on a tough new course. I speaking to Dyfydd recently I personally thanked him so wearing the red vest so many times on the fells this summer; he is indeed a great asset to the club. Birchwood 10k Alex Ryder (junior man), Gordon Jones (M55) and Dave Hughes (M75) all won their age-groups. Matty Smith had another good run has he did at Capenhurst 5k It was great to witness and greet home on their club debuts for mother-and-daughter Ali and Amy Reid, they enjoyed it very much and I managed to get their debuts mentioned on the event radio station. Thanks to all the club runners in both races for getting me around and greeting me at the finish, it was quite emotional Katie’s wedding She looked beautiful and congratulations to Ben and Katie and thanks to all those who attended church to form the guard of honour. Social Runs There was a good turnout of over 20 members for the club’s latest social runs in the hills around Tremeirchion and Mostyn; in running the Mostyn course I do see it being a great XC course. Many thanks go to the farmer and Gareth for waiting an extra 5 mins for the cake to cook. Track Work Some of our members are going to track sessions with other North Walian runners. It is certainly benefiting them and the club by upping their performance at races, I command their efforts. Caernarfon 10k Inc. N W Champs After a lot of phone calls, face book posting and e-mails I can confirm the team as follows; Roger H Jones, Dave Hughes, Steve Hatfield, George Nixon, Gordon Jones, Russ Cheetham, Dean Longley, Allan Jones, Matty Smith, Alex Ryder, Gabby Waring, Caroline Jones, Sharon Jones, Debbie Wade, Ally Reid, Jo Edwards, Abbie Cheetham. I am still exhausting potential runners so hopefully there should be a couple more. I expect we shall have another successful day

Russ Cheetham 02.09.15

Cross Country and Border League

As the Autumn and Winter season approaches, here’s the Cross Country and Border League fixtures, please make your best efforts to be there, thank you smile emoticon

Russ 3rd Sep 2015

New Faces and Best Wishes

Recently at the Birchwood 10k we had Ally and Ami Reid debuting, both running strongly, Debbie Wade exceling in the Conwy Park Run, Stephen Skates winning events all over, Sophia Jerbi, Jenna Bagnall, Nick Wood working hard in training, all is good for the club so can I thank you all for your contribution. Congratulation to Katie and Ben Chandler on their recent marriage and good luck to Abbie, Amie and Deano representing North Wales in Swansea September 20th.

Russ 27th August 2015

Caernarfon 10k inc NW Champs 06 Sep 2015

Can I remind you to enter the Caernarfon 10k, we usually do very well in the champs, thanks to those who have entered already.

Russ 12th August 2015

Thanks for your Good Wishes

Thanks those in the club and all other clubs around North Wales, Wirral and Cheshire for your kind words since my heart attack, I’m taking it easy now for a while but will be back, God bless ya All x

Russ 29th July 2015

Club Handicap

Taking my place in my deckchair I proudly watched you all run hard and fast in the Club Handicap last night, great to see new and old faces doing so well, our teams for the forthcoming winter will be rewarded by this, thanks for all you support at my recent coronary, God bless ya x

Russ 21st July 2015

Border League 2015/16

The new fixtures for this years league are as follows;

11th October 2015-Ellesmere Port , Capenhurst 8th November 2015-Wallasey, Birkenhead Park 6th December 2015-Cybi, Rhosneigr Racetrack 24th January 2016-Abergele, Pensarn 20th March 2016-Tattenhall 17th April 2016-Buckley, Mold 27th April 2016-Deestriders, Shotton

Everyone can race for the club and I hope that you will all give it a go, the ladies and men’s team have an opportunity to both get promoted this season such is the quality of new and experienced runners.

Please look at the following web page to find out more, thank you

Russ 10/07/2015

Deestriders Off Road 2

Thanks everyone for taking on the heat along the River Dee last night, debut of Katie Dawson, pb from Matty Smith, 90 secs improvement by fellow captain Glenda, a excellent run from Benjamin Harrison, to run in that heat was an achievement itself, Well Done, sorry Deano Beano you couldn’t be with us, a speedy recovery to you

Russ 3rd July 2015

Rhyl Run Fest

Thank You All for turning out in force this weekend, many finishing in the top 3 of their category, that wind was tough after the turn round, Well Done, Watch out for a photo of the ladies in the Journey ;)

Russ 29th June 2015

Successful Weekend

This weekend proved a great success for the club with new and more established members flying the flag for both North Wales and Prestatyn. Congratulation to Katie Dawson and Billy Collins debuting in the Sport in the Port 10k, Katie finishing with a pb, George Nicholls too putting in a pb performance in the Trial Marathon. Deano, Katie Parry and Amie Bagnall all wore the hooped green and orange vest of North Wales, all running superbly. Thanks to all who ran this weekend, your training is paying dividends, Well Done, the pain is sometimes there but I always see the smiles after, Awesome.

Russ 23rd June 2015

Jo’s Update

Some great performances by our PRC ladies over the last few months. Looking forwards, I hope to encourage more ladies to compete in forthcoming fixtures particularly the remaining Deestriders series of races where I feel we have a good chance of securing placing’s. Reflecting on Castles 2015, I hope in 2016 to inform and encourage more ladies to take part and join our squad. In addition to our wider group of PRC ladies, I also hope to encourage the beginners and improver groups to take part in the Club Relays and Club Handicap races in June/July, in addition to making them aware of the planned social runs and upcoming races (highlighting for the beginners/improvers any which would match their current running ability).

Jo Lewis, 10.06.2015

Welsh Castles Relay 2015

Again a success with everyone involved performing to 150%, and finishing in a very creditable 50th and 17 mins 20 secs better than the previous year, behind Denbigh but ahead of Abergele. Personal best’s too for Gareth Hughes and I on legs 9 and 14. Thanks to whose helping marshal on stage 7, Matty Smith our head photographer, whose supporting runners on day 1, Arwel, Mike, Matty, George, Steve and both Gareth’s for driving the Mini Bus and all types of other vehicles and a special thanks to Jo Edwards for trying to keep us men in tow and all the other ladies running.

Well Done to Mike Davis having his first ever McDonald’s in Newtown. Photos of the event are on our Web and Face book pages, admire the determination or have a laugh looking through them.

The team comprised Gordon Jones, Sharon Jones, Paul Brandrick, Gabby Waring, Sian Beck, Steve Hatfield, Gareth Brandrick, Steve Gleave, Gareth Hughes, George Nicholls, Gareth Bailey, Jo Edwards, Arwel Jones, Russ Cheetham, Matty Smith, George Nixon, Naomi Cane, Mike Davis, Coral McShane and Dean Longley.

It was an honour to Captain you, thanks.

I hope more of you will have the confidence to make the journey next year hopefully, we had Coral, Matty and Jo Edwards doing their first year, they were once beginners !

Russ 11th June 2015

Training and Smiling Hard

I’ve noticed you’ve all been training hard, be it for the Castles, races or personal goals, recently I’ve had the pleasure to run with some of you, with races like Deestriders, Welsh Castles and many others in summer, if we get one! your rewards shall undoubtedly come.

Russ 31st June 2015

Thanks Matty for producing this new web page, an great asset to the club.

Last week I didn’t have any races the weekend prior so I turned up for training on the Monday and was delighted to see so many new faces through the beginner’s group, all I have to say giving it 100%,some already moved up to running 5-6 miles, Katie Dawson being pushed to 6:45 min / mile, sorry Katie, Well Done to you all. You may not believe it now but you’ll have to strength to race for club eventually, anything is possible, you’ll learn that as an athletic, simply asked Caroline, Sue, Jo E, Steve G, Ben, Linda R their achievements since joining the club.

As Men’s Captain in cooperation with the ladies Captain, I shall be encouraging you all to race, devoid of what speed you run at, you will find it improves your ability, rewards your confidence, its great fun meeting fellow running buddies and you get to have my famous cake. I shall update a list of races continually inc entry details, I do like you to do the Border League Road Races, the Cross Country ( now that will reward your talent ) and North Wales Championship Races, I race most weekends so your welcome to join me any time.

We’ve had great turnout recently on local 5k’s, 10k’s, the Fells and Half Marathon’s, it was great to witness so many do well at the Chester Half last weekend, thank you.

The Welsh Castles Relay is today 12 days away, over 200 runners competing in harmony in what I would described as the most cammaradaric event I’ve ever witnessed, so those racing get your training in, feed up and enjoy.

I often talk of the Eagle, the Eagle rides above any storm with air under its wings, running entails that, you can all be that Eagle.

I often train / motivate members away from club training, anyone who requires that, needs any info or help, please contact me on face book, or 07772402935.

Russ x 26th July 2015