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Prestatyn Running Club can boast its second team of British champions this winter.
On Sunday the long trip to Bath paid off when the over-75s’ trio of John Hickman, Dave Hughes and Roger Harrison-Jones took gold in the British Masters’ cross-country championships.
John, who only recently returned to running after reaching 75, turned in the kind of performance his training has promised, leading the team home. Dave Hughes gave his usual gutsy display despite having been suffering from a cold and Roger, whose training had been hit by a back problem, proved to be a superb team member by ensuring that he completed the course.
Earlier this year the over-55 women’s team took gold in the British Masters’ cross-country relays in Derbyshire.
The only other Prestatyn members taking part in Bath were secretary Gareth Hughes (now M70) and chairman Mike Davis (M65), and they had their own battle, swapping positions three or four times and both suffering from hamstring problems. The chairman eventually took the internal glory, crossing the line about 10 seconds ahead.
Members were also in action at five other venues over the weekend, with Coral McShane and Amie Bagnall both doing the club and North Wales proud against the country’s top athletes at the UK inter-counties’ cross-country challenge in Birmingham.
The remarkable 87-year-old Eddie Naisby completed the Liverpool half-marathon in 2-38.35 and Nick Wood finished the Bryn Kinallt Trail 10k near Chirk, the first in a new series of trail races. His time was an excellent 49.32.
Jennifer Owens also hit the trails, but in the Loggerheads 5k, where she clocked 29.33.
Four members took part in the Conwy Parkrun, with Alex Ryder having a brilliant outing. He finished third overall in a new pb of 18.13. Fellow teenager Benjamin Harrison was 32nd in 22.35, Arwel Jones 40th in 23.10 and Graham Duerden also set a pb of 3214 in 153rd place.
It has now been confirmed that the club has been accepted for this year’s Welsh Castles Relay on June 4-5 and members wishing to be considered for the squad are asked to notify Russ Cheetham as soon as possible. A team of 20 is needed for the two-day event between Caernarfon and Cardiff.