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Injuries, holidays and other commitments meant there was a slightly smaller contingent than usual from Prestatyn Running Club in the second race of Deestriders’ Off-Road Grand Prix.
Among those missing was Dean Longley, who won the opening race in the four-race series, so it was left to veteran George Nicholls to lead the squad home. Teenager Benjamin Harrison, having recently passed his driving test, started off less erratically than usual and instead of putting his foot down early on, took things steady, and it paid off with one of his best performances for some time.
Recent recruit Katie Dawson made her first appearance in the series and it was also good to see ladies’ captain Glenda Davies taking another step back towards fitness.
There was a good tussle among the club’s three over-65s, with Gareth Hughes holding off a late challenge from Steve Hatfield, who himself had pulled away from Mike Davis on the second lap. Also taking part were Russ Cheetham, Matty Smith, who improved his time by a minute, and Liz Martin.
The placings were: 14 George Nicholls 29.18 (1st M45), 35 Matty Smith 32.12, 42 Benjamin Harrison 32.59 (1st JM), 47 Russ Cheetham 33.42, 63 Gareth Hughes 35.59 (2nd M65), 64 Steve Hatfield 36.11 (3rd M65), 66 Mike Davis 37.01, 74 Katie Dawson 38.25, 75 Glenda Davies 38.29 (3rd L50), 61 Liz Martin 42.16.
Despite his heavy race schedule - it was his fourth race in eight days – Russ Cheetham was delighted with his time of 1-36.44 in Sunday’s Southport half-marathon, three minutes better than his last visit.
Also on Sunday all four members of the Brandrick family ran in the 11k Fairy Freckled Cow trail race around the Alwen Reservoir. Gareth was the first of the quartet to finish in 52.45, followed by dad Paul in 55.26, Katie, who won her class in 56.42 and mum Gill, whose time is unknown but who finished with clubmate Helen Baxandall.
Only two members took part in the latest Conwy Parkrun on Saturday. Gareth Hughes finished 27th overall and was first over 65 but in very warm and windy conditions was well outside his course record in 23.58. Debbie Wade, however, managed to improve her pb by three seconds, coming 67th overall in 28.25.
The improvement shown by Matty Smith in recent weeks has been recognised by his being named as the most improved runner of the week on the Runbritain website, earning him a new watch. It followed his back-to-back runs in the Conwy Parkrun and RunFest Wales 10k compared with the Rhyl 10 in which he competed in February.
Wed, 8th the club is holding a run on the Clwydian hills, and members are asked to meet at the Kinmel Arms, Llandyrnog, at 6.30pm. The run will be followed by a meal at the Kinmel.