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Prestatyn Running Club’s trio of supervets completed a superb “double” on Sunday by taking team gold in the British Masters’ 5k championships in Horwich.
It was the second such success for the over-75s after they won their category at the BM AF cross-country championships in Bath in March.
John Hickman, who returned to running competitively less than a year ago, had particular cause to celebrate as he also gained individual silver. He was followed by Roger Harrison-Jones and Dave Hughes, who had been struggling with a knee injury earlier in the week. The finishing times were unavailable at the time of going to press.
Meanwhile three of the club’s under-20s travelled to Staffordshire on Sunday for the Stone St Michael’s 10k, Leon Bagnall having a fine run to come 54th overall in 40.48. Benjamin Harrison was 113rd in 44.48 and Coral McShane clocked an excellent 47.31 in 156th position.
Ten members took part in the latest Parkrun at Conwy, with five of them recording personal bests.
Steve Stocker, making his debut on the course, finished sixth overall in 19.41 and Gareth Hughes, who was 31st, improved his M70 course record by four seconds, clocking 22.43.
They were followed by: 35 Amy Reid 23.00 (pb), 53 Debbie Richards 25.05, 97 Amanda Williams 28.41, 100 Jackie Pottle 28.56, 132 Beverley Davies 32.51 (pb), 141 Sarah Tait 34.05 (pb), 142 Ally Reid 34.05, 154 Julie Evans 35.30 (pb).
Tony Devenport,who has been away from the racing scene for a while, led a quartet of PRC members home in the Mersey Tunnel 10k on Sunday. He was 68th overall with a chip time of 41.07. He was followed by father-and-daughter Gareth and Ceri Hughes-Roberts (64.14 and 66.46), both members of the club’s improvers’ group, and super-vet Eddie Naisby (70.59).
Nick Wood took on the toughest challenge of the weekend in the form of the Welsh Trail Marathon in Coed y Brenin, where the testing course was made even more difficult by the underfoot conditions. Nick finished 132nd in 4-50.50.
Karl Martin acquitted himself very creditably in his first attempt at an Olympic-distance triathlon, the Deva Tri, in Chester, last week. He finished 359th out of 397 competitors with an aggregate time of 3 hours 30 minutes 31 seconds (1,500m swim 44.12, 40k bike ride 1-30.27, 10k run 1-12.01).
This weekend the club’s annual social gathering at Aberdaron is being held, with runs along the coastal path on Saturday and Sunday.