Published In Borders League Road Running PRC News
After the previous weekend’s wind it was rain which caused problems for local athletes in various races at the weekend.
Competitors in both the Anglesey half-marathon and Borders League fixture at Helsby had to stride through puddles along the routes but that was still preferable to the headwinds of the week before.
At Anglesey, Prestatyn Running Club’s Steve Skates had a superb run, finishing second in a 2,000-strong field and finishing just one second ahead of Cybi’s Ryan Roberts. His partner Helen Ashworth also ran strongly, coming home just behind new recruit James Rogers.
The results were: Steve Skates 74.15, James Rogers 1-39.35, Helen Ashworth 1-40.00, Tracy Colligan 2-07.08.
The club’s men’s and women’s squads were severely depleted for the fifth Borders League fixture at the new venue of Manley Mere, with Andrew Bromley leading the contingent home in 34th place and Amie Bagnall the club’s second finisher overall.
Another new “James” – Jim Kimber – settled in very quickly, finishing on the heels of super-vet George Nixon, who had an outstanding run.
The placings were: 34 Andy Bromley, 76 Amie Bagnall, 84 Matty Smith, 107 Tony Devenport, 111 George Nixon, 112 Jim Kimber, 127 Gareth Bailey, 137 Ben Harrison, 155 Morgan Jones, 198 Ally Reid, 209 Gareth Hughes, 215 Mike Davis, 240 Coral McShane, 281 Gabby Waring, 298 Steve Hatfield, 305 Caroline Jones, 318 Julie Evans.
Conditions were much more favourable for the weekly Conwy Parkrun in which recent beginner Debbie Weedham made her debut. Placings were: 21 Callum Dally 21.03, 38 Leon McKenna 22.50 (pb), 131 Jackie Pottle 29.12, 194 Debbie Weedham 32.33.
This Saturday Steve Skates, Andy Bromley, Coral McShane and Sophia Jerby are in the North Wales squad for the UK inter-counties’ cross-country championships in Loughborough
The club’s annual meeting will be held at the Ffrith Beach complex on March 17 and anyone wishing to have an item included on the agenda is asked to notify Duncan Longley this week.