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It wasn’t so much Fathers’ Day and Grandfathers’ Day for Prestatyn Running Club’s supervets on Sunday when they claimed what was probably their most prestigious result yet.
At the British Masters’ 5k road championships in Horwich they faced a tough challenge from the highly regarded Bingley club in the over-75s’ team event.
With a couple of runners who have only recently moved up into the class the Yorkshire outfit were confident of taking gold but were deprived by the Prestatyn trio of John Hickman (76), Roger Harrison-Jones (80) and David Hughes (79). It could hardly have been closer, for the aggregate winning margin was only six seconds.
Roger came away with a second medal, picking up individual silver in his class.
The only other Prestatyn member in Horwich was Gareth Hughes, who found himself in one of the most keenly contested age-groups, the over-70s, where even the third-place runner clocked just over 20 minutes. The finishing times were not known at the time of going to press.
(Caption: Prestatyn’s gold-medal winning trio of David Hughes, Roger-Harrison-Jones and John Hickman)
Thirty-five members turned out for the club’s annual relays last week, held for the first time around Marine Lake, and that enabled officials to have six teams of six, Dean Longley taking on two stages.
He still clocked the fastest time of the day – 4m 44s - while Sian Beck was the fastest lady in 5-57.
The winning team, Team Lilac, comprised Andy Scott (6-03), Jan Garnett (7-46), Duncan Longley (7.20), Andy Aitken (6-36), Nigel Bakewell (5-57) and Ally Reid (6-02).
The team placings were:- Team Lilac 39-34, Team Red 41-14, Team Blue 42-28, Team Green 43-00, Team Pink 43-10, Team Yellow 45-05.
In the Wepre Parkrun in Connah’s Qiau Clair Atterbury took 49 seconds off her pb in much more favourable conditions. She finished 166th in 43.22. Just a few days earlier she took on an entirely different challenge, tackling her first fell-race, the Hotfoot up Famau race in the Clwydians, and though she found the terrain tough she gained much good experience.
Results of Hotfoot up Famau: 36 Helen Ashworth 51.03, 58 James Rogers 56.05, 71 Jayne Penrhyn-Jones 67.23, 77 Clair Atterbury 1-46.27.
In the Conwy Parkrun Jack and Leon McKenna crossed the line together in 31.21, in 171st and 172 places respectively.