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Captains Corner

Road captains annual report 2017-2018

It has been a hugely successful year for the club, with outstanding results in North Wales Championships, Borders Leagues, Masters events and Welsh Championships amongst others. Many of our members have represented North Wales and also Wales and it has been great to see many making their debuts for the region. The other major highlight of the year has been the huge number of runners turning up to races and training as well as the unity of the club.

5k North Wales Championships (Ffrith) As well as putting on another fantastic 5k and junior race the club also had major success with 7 of our members picking up North Wales titles. We had a good mix of young and old with our ‘spring chickens’ Alex, Amie and Ben winning gold along with the old guard of Sian, George N, Gareth H and John H. It was great to see may other members winning prizes with Jenna, Ally, Joy and Gabby all finishing in the top 3 of their category. Thank you to everyone who made the race and junior races a huge success again.

5 Mile North Wales Championships (Abergele) Again another huge success with an impressive 29 members taking part. Lots of individual prizes were picked up again with Steve S, Leon, Jenna Joy, Mike, John and winning gold, and both the men and women winning the team prizes.

10k North Wales Championships (Caernarfon) With many races on that weekend and being so close to the Off Road series many of the team raced twice in the space of 3 days yet we still had another superb turnout for the Caernarfon 10k. The reverse course meant the hills were tackled first and we had another huge medal haul. Pride of place went to Amie who won the women’s race outright but not to be outdone Jenna also picked up a gold medal. Their were further golds to come with Sian, Sue, George N, Mike D and Roger whilst Dean, Ben, Clare M, Ally, Julia, Caroline and Gareth picked up prizes to sum up another fine day for the club.

10 Mile North Wales Championships (Wrexham) Despite a very small turnout for the 10 mile championship we had many reasons to cheer. George Nixon had a brilliant birthday claiming gold in the M65 category whilst Amie destroyed her pb by five minutes to finish runner up in the open and championships races. Not to be outdone Matty also took a huge chunk off his pb, his improvement since joining the club is an inspiration to our new runners.

North Wales Half Marathon Championships (Wrexham) Twelve members travelled to Wrexham to run the fast half marathon with the ladies stealing the limelight not for the first time this year. Our lady captains Helen and Ally led the medal haul winning gold and bronze in their respective categories. Matty knocked another huge chunk of his pb taking another 4 minutes off however performance of the day must go to Julia who took a stunning 22 minutes off her pb.

The Nick Beer 10k (inc Welsh Championships) was held in February on a very blustery day. 36 Prestatyn runners braved the climb into gale force winds but succeeded in bringing home medals galore. A special mention goes to Steve Skates who had an amazing run coming in 3rd Male overall. Not only did we win lots of individual medals but also won team medals for both men and women.

Huge congratulations to our male vets who won Denbighshire Team of the year award, we then had success again from John Hickman and Roger Harrison-Jones who went on to win individual medals at the recent British Masters 10 mile race held in Rhyl. There was also a team medal for these two gents plus Mike Davies who felt poorly during this race but held it together to finish and claim his reward of a British Masters Team Medal. Sian Beck and Joy Hickman also came away with silver medals in their age category.

The turnout for the Border League has been phenomenal this season with the record of largest turnout by the team hanging on a thread at times. Even with many key members missing we still had almost 30 runners at Caernarfon which a few years back would have been our biggest turnout. It is clearly paying off, with just 2 races left both the men and women are leading division 2 almost certain to get promoted. Many of our runners are also in line to win individual awards most notably Amie who leads the women’s overall and Steve currently 3rd in the mens.

With the season coming to an end soon we would like to say a huge thank you to all our runners who have represented the club this year. Your support in races, training and park runs has been exceptional and we take pride in being both successful yet remaining one of the most sociable and welcoming clubs in North Wales. It would be the icing on the cake to win both the men’s and women’s division 2 titles so we urge everyone to do your best to try and attend the final races. It would also be great to see our beginners representing the club in the near future and the older generation of runners taking part in the British Masters events.

Keep up the fantastic work everyone.

Dean and Ally