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Twelve members of Prestatyn Running Club took on a track challenge of a different kind last week when they competed in the Race The Train 5k in Caernarfon.
Teenager Alex Ryder continued his fine form by leading the squad home in 42nd place overall, while lower down the field Graham Duerden, a member of the beginners’ group, made his debut in a club vest.
Dave Hughes was the club’s sole prizewinner on the night, taking the M75 award, though Sue Rodgers missed out on a prize because of a mix-up over her age-group. There was also an excellent run by Katie Dawson, who is improving with every event.
The placings were:42 Alex Ryder 18.33, 49 Matty Smith 18.56, 100 Benjamin Harrison 20.57, 107 Gareth Hughes 21.08 (2nd M65), 149 Sue Rodgers 22.45 (1st L55), 153 Katie Dawson 22.53, 159 Jo Edwards 23.17, 204 Dave Hughes 25.49, 205 Karl Martin 25.50, 208 Liz Martin 25.56, 216 Clare Manley 26.12, 243 Graham Duerden 28.34.
George Nicholls won the M45 age-group in the North Wales half-marathon in Conwy on Sunday, which also saw two more new recruits on Jodie Liptrot and Candice Garnett turn out for the club.
The placings were: 14 George Nicholls 1-33.19, 207 Roger Wadon 2-02.45, 230 Jodie Liptrot 2-13.54, 231 Candice Garnett 2-13.54.
Also at the weekend was the Push up the Pincyn trail race at Clawddnewydd, where Dafydd Owen was again the only club member to turn out. On holiday in the Lake District, Mike Davis ran in the Parkrun at Fell Foot near Windermere, coming 52nd overall and first M65 in 23.47.
The club’s annual handicap race involving three laps of the Tip Lane circuit resulted in some very tight finishes thanks to the accurate handicapping by Arwel Jones.
Steve Skates justified his high handicap, which was still rather generous, by working his way from the back of the field to win in a net time of 17.39.
The fastest lady was Amy Bagnall in 20.57 and the prize for the most accurate estimate of his time went to Graham Duerden whose guess was just two seconds out. Graham was just one of several new recruits who took part in the event.
The net times for the three-mile course were: Steve Skates 17.39, Alex Ryder 18.01, Matty Smith 20.10, Gareth White 19.27, Amie Bagnall 20.57, Arwel Jones 21.25, Mike Davis 22.02, Steve Hatfield 22.11, Helen Ashworth 22.13, Wyn Roberts 22.14, Jenna Bagnall 22.21, Alan Jones 22.40, Sue Rodgers 22.43, Jo Edwards 23.18, Gary Johnson 25.40, Lisa Graham 25.58, Clare Manley 26.40, Helen Baxendall 26.49, Debbie Wade 26.49, Graham Duerden 29.03.
On August 5 the club will be holding another social run on the hills around Tremeirchion, to be followed by a meal at the Salisbury Arms. Members planning to come along are asked to notify Gareth Hughes in advance and to be at the Salisbury by 6.30pm.