Published In PRC News
Teenager Alex Ryder became the youngest ever winner of Prestatyn Running Club’s principal award when he was named as Member of the Year for 2014 at the club’s annual social and prize giving at St Melyd Golf Club.
The talented youngster, who has already picked up several prizes in his age-group, has allied his natural talent to a willingness to heed advice and has shown a great maturity for such a newcomer to competition.
He was presented with the Pat Evans Memorial Plate by club chairman Mike Davis, and also received the award for New Member of the Year. A total of twelve members were nominated for the main award. They were: Gill Brandrick, Duncan Longley, Mike Davis, Sue Rodgers, Gareth Hughes, Gabby Waring, Benjamin Harrison, Dafydd Owen, Abbie Cheetham, Dean Longley and Gareth White.
Other award winners were: Most Improved Male – Dean Longley; Most Improved Female – Sue Rodgers; Fellrunner of the Year – Dafydd Owen; Volunteer of the Year – Duncan Longley; Men’s Captain’s Award – Dean Longley ; Ladies’ Captain’s Award – Jo Edwards; Men’s Grand Prix and Overall Grand Prix – Dean Longley; Ladies’ Grand Prix – Abbie Cheetham.
Prizes were also presented to the Grand Prix age-group winners and to seven members who had completed four of the five Cross-Country League fixtures – Russ Cheetham, Gordon Jones, Des Davies, George Nixon, George Nicholls, Ben Harrison and Gabby Waring.
Gethin Evans was the club’s sole representative in the 6th Trail race around Portmeirion, finishing 15th overall in 34.41, and David Owen also flew the flag alone in the Aber Dash, the second race in the Joe Brown Tuesday night series of fellraces. He was third in the M60 class.
Following the success of the recent beginners’ group another 10-week programme is to be launched by the club on April 20.
The aim is for newcomers to running to build up their stamina and confidence over the weeks with the aim of completing a 5k run at the completion.
Members of the last group made significant progress and are now classed as “improvers”.
Anyone interested in taking part – male or female – is asked to come along to Saints, in Meliden, by 6.30pm on Monday.