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PRC Weekly News 29-11-2015

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The fates and the elements were against Prestatyn Running Club at the weekend when their men and women sought to keep up their pressure for promotion to Division 1 in the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross-Country League.

Conditions were appalling for the races at Mold with thick, slippery mud over the entire course and the men’s was squad was understrength due to unavoidable absences. The problems were exacerbated when five of them – Alex Ryder, Matty Smith, Gareth Bailey, Wyn Roberts and Russ Cheetham - missed the start, setting off minutes behind the rest of the field.

In the circumstances, they produced some excellent performances, with Alex Ryder, in particular, working his well through the field. Another encouraging feature was the debut of Steve Stocker, who was over-ambitious at the start but ran strongly to be the club’s second finisher.

The ladies also had a newcomer to the country in Deborah Wade and the entire squad deserves huge praise for the turnout and placings. The men finished fourth on the day and now lie third overall, while the ladies held on to second place in Division 2.

The placings were:-


  • 58 George Nicholls 37.02
  • 71 Steve Stocker 38.35
  • 93 Alex Ryder 40.20 (3rd U20)
  • 104 Benjamin Harrison 41.23
  • 109 George Nixon 41.39
  • 130 Gareth Bailey 42.52
  • 132 Matty Smith 43.08
  • 149 Wyn Roberts 46.09
  • 157 Russ Cheetham 48.10
  • 159 Steve Hatfield 49.24
  • 164 Dafydd Owen 52.13
  • 167 Karl Martin 54.14

Men over 75:

  • 1 Roger Harrison-Jones 35.48
  • 2 Dave Hughes 36.23


  • 25 Abbie Cheetham 29.26
  • 32 Coral McShane 30.27 (1st U20)
  • 45 Gabby Waring 31.37 (2nd L55)
  • 52 Amy Reid 31.52
  • 53 Helen Ashworth 31.52
  • 66 Jo Lewis 34.26
  • 70 Sue Rodgers 35.07
  • 71 Jo Edwards 35.08
  • 73 Sonia Penlington 35.13
  • 86 Allison Reid 38.08
  • 90 Deborah Wade 38.51
  • 95 Clare Manley 40.19

Unable to run at Mold, work colleagues Tony Devenport and Chris Hassall travelled to Lancashire for the Wesham 10k, and the latter got the better of his friend for the first time in a new personal best of 40.07. He finished 51st overall, 11 places ahead of Tony, who clocked 40.35.

Seven members, including three under-20s, have been named in the North Wales squad for the Welsh inter-counties’ cross-country championships at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on December 12. They are Benjamin Harrison, Alex Ryder, Steve Skates, Coral McShane, Abbie Cheetham, Helen Ashworth and second-claim member Amie Bagnall. Unfortunately neither Steve nor Helen is available to make their debuts for the region.

Sunday 6th the captains are again hoping for a strong turnout for the third Borders League race in Caernarfon.

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