Published In Cross Country PRC News
Officials of Prestatyn Running Club were dumbfounded last week when the latest sessions for beginners got underway.
Last year they were pleasantly surprised when over 20 beginners turned up, but this time there was an amazing turnout of over 60, most of whom were women.
“We couldn’t believe it as they just kept coming, and the vast majority of them turned up again two nights later despite the bad weather,” said membership secretary Duncan Longley.
With just one fixture left in the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross-Country League things are looking good for the club’s men and women. In the penultimate race at Baschurch, near Shrewsbury, there were absentees from both squads but those who turned out performed admirably.
The men finished top of Division 1 on the day and are in a comfortable second place overall so look virtually certain of promotion. The women did well to come fourth in Division 1 on the day and now look secure from the drop.
The placings were:- Senior men:
- 21 Andy Bromley 34.57
- 41 Darrell Davies 36.40
- 63 Leon Bagnall 38.51
- 78 Tony Devenport 39.41
- 80 Rob Alexander 39.45
- 89 George Nixon 40.42
- 92 Matty Smith 41.35
- 96 Benjamin Harrison 42.06 (3rd U20)
- 101 Gareth Bailey 42.27
- 111 Des Davies 43.46
- 113 Nick Wood 44.30
- 128 Arwel Jones 48.00
- 126 Wyn Roberts 47.02
- 130 Mike Davis 48.03
- 3 Steve Hatfield 33.10
- 5 Amie Bagnall 25.13
- 36 Ally Reid 29.23
- 58 Sue Rodgers 32.19
- 64 Jo Hoppes 32.59
- 69 Gabby Waring 33.54
- 85 Claire Manley 40.29
- 86 Emma Fairhurst 41.59
Rob Alexander and Jo Hoppes had also been in action the previous evening, joining Craig Mitchley in the latest Dash in the Dark race in Llandegla Forest. Craig finished 14th in a new pb of 28.08, with Rob 25th in 30.00 and Jo 59th in 36.58.
Seven members joined the large field in the Four Villages half-marathon in Helsby on Sunday. Husband-and-wife Gareth and Ann-Marie Roberts slipped inside the two-hour barrier , crossing the line together in 1-59.14, and mother-and-son Julia Evans and Gray Williams also ran together, finishing 1,551st and 1,552nd respectively in 2-38.11. It was Gray’s first attempt at the distance and it was a pb for Julia, who took five minutes off last year’s time.
One of last year’s beginners’ group, Bev Cartwright, clocked 2-45.24 in what was her first “half”, and she was closely followed by the amazing 88-year-old Eddie Naisby, who finished in 2-46.29 and another of the Improvers’ Group, Julie Evans, in 2-54.12.
Meanwhile the club’s juniors have also been doing the club proud, picking up four medals at last week’s North Wales indoor championships at Deeside.
Connor Badham won silver in the under-11s’ javelin and bronze in the 60 metres, Lily-Ava Morris was third in the U11 girls’ long jump and Elizabeth Stewart also had bronze in the U15 high jump.
This Sunday the teams will be in action again in the fourth fixture of the Borders Road-Running League at Deeside.