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After a quiet spell it was a case of members of Prestatyn Running Club being spoiled for choice over the past week with a glut of fixtures.
Some members took full advantage of the busy programme, none more so than Nigel Bakewell, who competed in three races in less than 48 hours.
He was among 18 members who took part in the first of this year’s Off-Road Grand Prix Series in Shotton on Thursday, then the following evening travelled to the Deganwy Dash 5-miler, before returning to the same area on Saturday for the weekly Conwy Parkrun.
The placings at Shotton were: 2 Steve Skates 25.22, 7 Leon Bagnall 28.24, 8 Andrew Bromley 28.27, 10 Alex Ryder 28.42, 21 Benjamin Harrison 31.42, 37 James Rogers 33.26, 38 Wyn Roberts 33.31, 43 Helen Ashworth 34.18 (2nd SL), 47 Nigel Bakewell 35.11, 50 John Jones 35.43, 61 Jo Edwards 39.43, 64 Liz Martin 41.53, 65 Steve Hatfield 42.02 (1st M70), 67 Jennifer Owens 42.30, 81 Debbie Cartwright 56.37, 82 Julie Evans 57.50, 83 Duncan Longley 57.52, 84 Clair Atterbury 64.12.
The Welsh 1000s is acknowledged as one of the country’s toughest running challenges, starting on the coast at Aber and finishing on the summit of Snowdon, with total ascent of 9,000 feet, but Steve Skates took it on at short notice and only 36 hours after his Shotton run.
Despite not having recced the course he finished sixth overall and second male in the open class with a time of 4 hours 22 minutes.
Helen Ashworth and Wyn Roberts opted for the shorter race from Ogwen to Snowdon, with a total of 5,000 feet of climbing, and they won the pairs’ class in 2 hours 48 minutes.
The Deganwy Dash offered a fast out-and-back course, and the good weather also helped performances. The club results were: 58 Arwel Jones 37.37, 62 Nigel Bakewell 38.13, 87 Sue Rodgers 41.17, 104 Alan Jones 43.46, 128 Caroline Jones 47.34, 135 Clare Manley 48.23, 149 Stuart Quayle 50.29.
Super-vet Roger Harrison-Jones ran in his first Parkrun on Saturday, when the very consistent Callum Dally again led the club contingent home. 22 Callum Dally 20.54, 57 Nigel Bakewell 23.37, 146 Roger Harrison-Jones 29.07 (1st M80), 162 Debbie Weedman 30.08 (pb), 234 Julie Evans 35.28, 239 Suzanne Evans 35.58 (pb).
This weekend some of the club’s recent recruits will have their first experience of the Welsh Castles Relay as the Tour de France-style event makes its way from Caernarfon to Cardiff - 200 miles – over two days.
It will be followed a few days later - on June 14 – by the club’s annual relays, this time around Marine Lake. As usual, the teams will be selected on the night.