Published In PRC News
The muddy conditions of last month’s Mold race were replicated on Saturday in the fourth and penultimate fixture of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross-Country League at Baschurch, near Shrewsbury.
The new course contained no steep hills but there wasn’t a single firm piece of ground and the length of the course added to the challenge.
Twenty-one members of Prestatyn Running Club made the journey and each turned in a meritorious performance in the circumstances.
Dean Longley, on a rare outing on the country, led the men home in 15th place overall, largely compensating for the absence through injury of Steve Skates. He was one of several competitors who lost their footing in the rough, slippery conditions. Behind him George Nicholls again had another excellent run.
Teenager Coral McShane was the star of the day, looking remarkable comfortable as she appeared to glide over the mud and lead the ladies’ team. She was closely followed by the improving Helen Ashworth and Abbie Cheetham.
At the age of 75 John Hickman made a cross-country debut and led the trio of super-vets, looking at home in coping with the course.
The men finished third in Division 2 on the day and hold that same position overall, while the women, who were fifth on the day, are still second and have a good chance of promotion.
The placings were:
- 15 Dean Longley 37.10
- 35 George Nicholls 39.54
- 64 Steve Stocker 43.26
- 73 Gareth Bailey 44.16
- 75 George Nixon 44.23 (2nd M60)
- 85 Matty Smith 45.53
- 97 Benjamin Harrison 48.13 (3rd U20)
- 105 Wyn Roberts 49.59
- 107 Nick Cook 50.20
- 115 Mike Davis 53.18
- 122 Steve Hatfield 61.26
- 1 John Hickman 31.41 (1st M70)
- 2 Dave Hughes 32.04 (1st M75)
- 3 Roger Harrison-Jones 33.37 (2nd M75)
- 28 Coral McShane 26.30 (1st U20)
- 31 Helen Ashworth 26.45
- 39 Abbie Cheetham 27.30 (2nd U20)
- 51 Gabby Waring 28.25 (2nd L55)
- 57 Amy Reid 29.37
- 62 Ally Reid 30.35
- 69 Sonia Penlington 31.20
- 84 Clare Manley 36.10.
Four of the club’s men joined the large field for the annual Four Villages Half-Marathon in Helsby, with David Owen first of the quartet in 1-56 .27. He was followed by Hadyn Johnson in 2-00, D ave Cooper in 2-31.10 and Eddie Naisby, who won the M75 class in 2-49.00.
This Sunday members will swap the mud and hills for the flat, exposed stretches of the coast as Abergele Harriers host the fourth fixture of the Borders Road-Running League.
The future looks promising for the club if the response to last week’s launch of the beginners’ sessions is any guide.
Despite the bad weather 21 newcomers attended, with 15 of them returning for a follow-up session two days later, and it is hoped that they will follow the 10-week programme.