Published In Cross Country PRC News
Prestatyn Running Club’s excellent record in British Masters’ championships reached new heights on Saturday with a haul of one individual gold, one team gold and one team silver.
The outstanding achievement at the BMAF cross-country championships in Liverpool’s muddy Wavertree Park was that of Steve Skates who was fifth overall but first M35 in the highly competitive 8k race
The club fielded two teams in the 6k races for over-65s and upwards, thanks in part to 76-year-old John Hickman, who was a member of the M75 team which won gold in last year’s championships in Bath.
This time, to ensure that Prestatyn had a full team of three in the M65-74 class, he agreed to run in the younger age-group. His sacrifice paid off, for along with Mike Davis and Gareth Hughes, they came second to a strong Bingley outfit but finished ahead of Salford.
Meanwhile the M75 trio of Roger Harrison-Jones, Dave Hughes and Ron Harrison-Jones, who was making his return to competition, emulated last year’s feat and took gold.
It meant that every Prestatyn member who turned out came away with a medal, an exceptional achievement for what is still a comparatively small club.
Pictures from BMAF 2017!
The club provided a large proportion of the field at the latest Conwy parkrun, with 30 members including three in the first 10 finishers, numerous first-timers and several others who clocked personal bests.
The placings were: 2 Andy Bromley 18.27 (pb), 4 Alex Ryder 18.53, 9 Morgan Jones 20.41 (pb), 21 Benjamin Harrison 22.35, 29 Leon McKenna 23.24, 86 Sandra Bickerstaff 29.14, 93 Sara Jones 30.04, 122 Sarah Anne Anderson 31.33 (pb), 135 Alison Hill 32.27, 136 Mark Johnson 32.28, 140 Debbie Weedman 32.36, 141 Claire Walliker 32.53, 143 Aam Russell 33.01, 144 Sarah Tait 33.01 (pb), 146 Michella S usan Clubley 33.35, 155 Danielle Dally 33.56, 158 Kirsty Burrough 34.17 (pb), 168 Eleanor Carter 35.25 (pb), 172 Julie Evans 35.57, 180 Helen Espley 37.04, 181 Tracy Worthington 37.22, 182 Elspeth Partington 37.34, 186 Carol Archer 37.51, 189 Dianne Bancroft 37.56 (pb), 195 Lesley Karen Furneaux 38.49, 199 Suzanne Evans 39.04, 200 Gemma Thomas 39.34, 203 Ellen Goodwin 40.44 (pb), 210 Natalie Bailey 41.39, 211 Duncan Longley 41.40.
At the club’s AGM on Friday Mike Davis stepped down as chairman and junior coach and was thanked for his work by Duncan Longley, who is to continue as membership secretary. Mike now becomes vice-chairman, with Gareth White taking over at the helm.
Duncan, who has been largely responsible for organising the beginner’s sessions, reported that total membership had now reached a record 215, thanks in part to the influx of beginners and improvers.
It was agreed to keep subscriptions at the same level as last year but the amounts will rise after six weeks. On-line payments will soon be available.
The club is currently planning two 5k races – at Marsh Tracks on March 31 and at Ffrith Beach on May 7. Once again the Ffrith race will incorporate the North Wales championship, and the junior races will also be regional championships. Entries for both events can now be submitted on-line.