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The strength-in-depth which Prestatyn Running Club is now acquiring was demonstrated on Sunday when 29 members - 17 men and 12 women - competed in the Abergele 5-mile race, which incorporated the North Wales championship.
In addition to coming second in both the men’s and women’s team competitions no fewer than 10 members came away with individual awards in the open race and/or championship.
Another pleasing aspect that the line-up included two more members – Chris Hassall and Kevin Hughes – making their debuts and both had excellent runs. In addition, Benjamin Harrison was called into the North Wales development squad for the match against Staffordshire and both Abbie Cheetham and second-claimer Amie Bagnall (Salford) were in the ladies’ team.
The placings were:
- 16 Gordon Jones 29.59 (1st M55 in open and champ)
- 22 George Nicholls 31.08 (3rd M45 in open, 2nd in champs)
- 29 Alex Ryder 31.51 (1st U20 open, 3rd in champs)
- 33 Tony Devenport 32.20
- 53 Matty Smith 34.17
- 54 Chris Hassall 34.20
- 56 George Nixon 34.22 (1st M60 in champs)
- 63 Benjamin Harrison 35.19
- 79 Nick Wood 36.26
- 85 Sian Beck 37.00 (3rd L35 in open and champs)
- 87 Abbie Cheetham 37.11 (2nd U23 in champs)
- 88 Russ Cheetham 37.24
- 92 Gareth Roberts 37.41
- 93 Arwel Jones 37.43 (3rd M55 in open and 1st in champs)
- 94 Kevin Hughes 37.52
- 100 Mike Pritchard 38.23
- 104 Wyn Roberts 38.44
- 112 Allan Jones 39.18
- 115 Gabby Waring 39.27 (1st L55 in open and champs)
- 129 Amy Reid 40.45
- 130 Sue Rodgers 40.56 (2nd L55 in open and champs)
- 132 D ebbie Richards 41.02 (3rd L55 in open and champs)
- 142 Mike Davis 42.37
- 149 Ann-Marie Roberts 43.08
- 150 Jo Edwards 43.15
- 156 Katie Dawson 44.30
- 174 Sonia Penlington 48.54
- 175 Clare Manley 49.16
- 178 Debbie Wade 49.50.
The annual meeting of Welsh Athletics, held in Llandrindod Wells at the weekend, voted to give Prestatyn club secretary Gareth Hughes the organisation’s Award of Honour in recognition of services to the sport.
Gareth founded the club 33 years ago and after a spell as chairman has been secretary for most of the time since then. He is also chairman of the North Wales Regional Athletics Council and a race referee and adjudicator, but has given notice that he will be stepping down from all those roles next March.
In 2005 he was presented with Welsh Athletics’ Meritorious Award and four years later was named as Welsh Off-Track Official of the Year. In 2014 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Denbighshire Community Sports Awards.
This weekend four of the club’s veterans – Gabby Waring, Gordon Jones, Dave Hughes and Roger Harrison-Jones, will be in Dublin with the Welsh squad competing in the British and Irish Masters’ cross-country international.
November 6th the club is holding another 5k race at Rhyl’s March Tracks, starting at 7.15pm, and preceded at 6.30pm by a 1k race for juniors. Entries will be taken on the night.
It has been confirmed that the club will again host the North Wales cross-country championships at Rhug, Corwen, in January.