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The Prestatyn over-75s’ medal-winning trio of John Hickman, Roger Harrison-Jones and Dave Hughes with (left) Mel James, chairman of the British Masters’ Association cross-country committee.
Prestatyn Running Club’s supervets were among the medals once again at the weekend, picking up team silver in the British Masters’ cross-country relays in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
The trio of John Hickman, Dave Hughes and Roger Harrison-Jones finished behind arch-rivals Bingley in the M75 class.
Meanwhile the club’s over-65s finished ninth out of 13 teams, a fine all-round performance considering the trio included two over-70s.
The Prestatyn contingent were the only Welsh representatives at the event. The times for the two-mile course and running order were: - M65: Mike Davis 15.15, George Nixon 13.00, Gareth Hughes 15.06. M75: John Hickman 15.41, Dave Hughes 18.54, Roger Harrison-Jones 17.35.
The club had three representatives in each of the Snowdonia Marathon, Conwy Parkrun and Wepre Parkrun. Conditions were good for the marathon, in which marathon James Rogers finished 339th overall in 3-48.06, and he was followed by Gareth Roberts (528th in 3-59.38) and Tracy Colligan (1,312nd in 4-42.01). Tracy had chosen the tough event to make her marathon debut but it was Gareth’s fifth time in the race and he was just four minutes outside his pb.
At Wepre Amie was the second lady home and 15th overall in 21.47, just two seconds outside her best. Matty Smith was 21st in 23.06 and Jenna Bagnall 31st in 24.24.
The field at Conwy was of a higher quality than usual, and Callum Dally came home 42nd in 22.07. Nigel Bakewell followed in 23.39 (65th) and Emma Fairhurst set a new pb of 27.33 in 111th place.
Also at Conwy former Prestatyn member David Alan Jones joined a small elite band by completing his 100th Parkrun, most of which have been at the same venue.
Away from the autumn chills two members were enjoying the Florida sunshine. John Jones finished 13th overall and second in his category in the Cocoa Beach Fall-into-Autumn 5k with a time of 23.15 and Jennifer Owens was third in her age-group in 29.29.
Dafydd Owen was the club’s sole representative in the Parc Eirias 10k in Colwyn Bay and he took another step on his way back to fitness by clocking 60.05.