Published In PRC News
Members of Prestatyn Running Club head for Cardiff again this weekend as they join over 60 other teams in the annual Welsh Castles Relay.
The 200-mile event over two days starts on Saturday morning in Caernarfon and heads south, with an overnight stop in Newtown, and it includes six tough mountain stages.
Each team comprises 20 members and the Prestatyn club, one of only three North Wales clubs taking part, has a mixture of men and women, first-timers and experienced members.
The line-up includes some of the UK’s top clubs such as Sale, Salford and Thames Hare and Hounds, and although the competition on each of the 20 stages is keen it is the camaraderie and atmosphere along the route which makes it such a special event.
Five members of the Prestatyn club competed in local Parkruns on Saturday, four of them opting for the tough Wepre Park course in Connah’s Quay .
At Conwy Gareth Hughes took 23 seconds off his over-70s’ course record with a time of 22.47, coming home in 34th place overall.
In his first Parkrun Steve Stocker led the quartet home in Wepre, finishing seventh overall in 21.50, and he was followed by Benjamin Harrison ( 18th in 24.28), Claudia Rowan (63rd in 32.05) and Jackie Pottle (64th in 32.06).
At the same venue Evan Lewis, son of Jo Lewis, also made his debut and clocked 34.21, while his friend Torin Jones, who is also expected to join the club’s junior section, did 33.40.
Andrew Scott travelled to Liverpool on Sunday for his first attempt at a marathon in the Rock ‘n’ Roll race, and finished in 5h 20m, having had to walk the last 6k because of a foot injury.