Road Captains’ Report 25/01/2019 - 10/04/2019
With the help & support of many existing club members this year’s 10 week beginners’ course was completed this month & has seen another group of beginners progress to improver status.
Road activity this month:
Borders League: The main event of the past month, was the sixth and penultimate fixture of the Borders Road-Running League over a new five-mile course at Hope. Though it was generally gently undulating it did include one long, steady climb around the halfway mark.
With nine runners in the first 100 it was a good result & places both the Men’s & Ladies’ teams in good standing to retain our positions in Division 1.
Prestatyn will host the final fixture at the Ffrith on April 24.
5k/ParkRun: No 5k races have been reported this month but weekly Parkrun attendance has been strong throughout this month with attendance near to 20 members running across the Conwy. Bodelwyddan and Wepre events each week. Several of this season’s beginners have attended their first Parkruns & in some instances endured extreme weather conditions.
5 Mile/10k: Running on home territory, Joy Hickman led a strong club turnout at the Chester 10k. 6 members racked up 10k pbs at the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall where the fast course attracts a quality field. Andy Bromley continued in great form, finishing 19th in a pb of 33.06. Mother & daughter Jan & Hannah Garnett competed in the tough 10k course at Denbigh alongside Stuart Quayle. Hannah also completed the Bradford 10k earlier in the month, setting a new pb of 50.17. Chester’s Spring 5 Mile race saw another strong Prestatyn contingent this week as 13 runners raced the course in Upton, 7 of whom achieved pbs.
Half Marathon: Haydn Johnson & Dafydd Owen joined the large field for the Anglesey Half Marathon finishing just seven seconds apart.
20 mile/Marathon/Ultra: Matty Smith ran in the 20-mile race at the Wrexham’s Running Festival as a training run before next month’s London marathon. Despite losing minutes crossing a severely flooded section of the course he finished 13th in 2:12.02 confirming he is on target to break three hours in London. James Rogers had to run two laps of the flooded section for the full marathon course but finished in 3:24:50 with a 2nd M45 position and overall NW Champs M45 place.
Gareth Roberts completed no less than 105 laps of the track in the Groundhog Marathon in Telford, finishing 17th in a time of 3-54.03. Later in March Gareth was the club’s sole representative in the new Conwy Marathon, which included a circuit of the Great Orme. He came 56th overall in 3-52.35.
Nigel Bakewell picked up a gold medal for coming in the top 100 in the Chester 50-mile ultra race. He placed 98th out of 271 competitors, clocking 10 hrs 50 minutes. Nigel is now preparing for his next event the Pennine Barrier Ultra in June.
A massive thank you to everyone who has raced this month & who have supported our new runners.
Ally & James
Upcoming races: April 14th Coast Half Marathon 20th The Llandudno Easter 5k Promenade Dash 2019 24th Borders @ Prestatyn 26th Spring Mid-Cheshire 5k May 5th Big Roc 10k @ Penmaenmawr 17th Christleton 5k 19th Chester Half Snowdonia Half Marathon 31st Deganwy Dash 5 Mile