Published In Road Running PRC News
Full results can be viewed here.
Following the annual Ffrith 5k race on Sunday Prestatyn Running Club can not only lay claim to seven more North Wales champions but also to a huge amount of credit for its organisation.
The race, which incorporated the regional championships, was blessed with good weather though a headwind on the return along the prom slowed runners down.
Among the most impressive results were those of sisters Amie and Jenna Bagnall, the former finishing second lady overall and taking the North Wales title, while her younger sister beat several more experienced athletes.
In addition to the seven champions – Amie, Sian Beck, Alex Ryder, Benjamin Harrison, George Nixon, Gareth Hughes and John Hickman – there were several other medallists.
Equally satisfying were the 1k and 2k junior races which preceded the main event and which attracted great support from several local schools. For the first time the 2k races were designated as North Wales championships.
The event was sponsored by Prestatyn Town Council and the prizes were presented by the Mayor, Cllr Bob Murray.
The prestatyn placings were :
- 7 Dean Longley 17.12
- 11 Andrew Bromley 17.58
- 20 Alex Ryder 18.48 (1st U20 in closed and open race)
- 26 Steve Stocker 19.01
- 27 Amie Bagnall 19.01 (2nd lady overall and 1st SL in open and closed)
- 34 Matty Smith 19.47
- 36 Tony Devenport 20.05
- 45 George Nixon 20.30 (1st M65 in open and closed)
- 50 Benjamin Harrison 20.53 (1st U23 in open and closed)
- 56 Joy Hickman 21.18 (2nd L50 in open and closed)
- 58 Des Davies 21.28
- 62 Jenna Bagnall 21.53 (3rd U17 in open and closed)
- 63 Sian Beck 21.54 (1st L40 in open and closed)
- 66 Arwel Jones 22.20
- 73 Ally Reid 22.47 (2nd L40 in open and closed)
- 77 Gareth Hughes 23.07 (1st M70 in open and closed)
- 82 John Hickman 24.10 (1st M75 in open and closed)
- 91 Gabby Waring 26.00, 95 Gareth Hughes-Roberts 28.33
- 98 Julia Evans 28.56
- 99 Ceri Hughes-Roberts 29.01
- 100 Sarah Anderson 29.12
- 101 Stuart Quayle 29.48
- 103 Claire Walliker 31.06
The club’s junior section also did themselves credit, with some representing their schools and others the club itself. The club representatiuves were:- Boys years 3 and 4: 15 Charlie Geldart 4.44; Girl Years 5 and 6: 8 Eden Jones 4.23; Boys and girls Year 7: 1 Lucas Morrissey 7.57, 2 Rebecca Jones 8.56, 3 Jack Duffy 9.01, 4 Travis Inskip 9.36, 5 Megan Geldart 9.50, 6 Amelia Brewer 11.09. Girls year 8: 1 Evie White 8.49. The club won the award for best team and Bodnant was the top school.
Two of the club’s members took on an unusual challenge on Saturday when they competed in the Quest Adventure Race at Betws-y-Coed.
The event involved a 6k trail run followed by a 13 mile bike ride, 1k of kayaking, another 11k trail run and an 11k bike ride – all with a total ascent of 3,000 feet. Craig Mitchley finished 16th in 3-00.34, with Wyn Roberts four places behind in 3-12.28.
To enable them to help with Sunday’s race some members turned out in Saturday’s Parkrun at Conwy and three of them recorded pbs. The placings were: 16 Callum Dally 20.36, 140 Emma Fairhurst 29.52, 174 Sarah Tait 31.33, 175 Leon McKenna 31.33, 179 Alex White 31.43, 200 Deborah Tierney 33.27 (pb), 212 Julie Evans 34.35, 235 Suzanne Evans 36.37 (pb), 264 Pauline Taylor 43.38 (pb).
On May 17 the club will be holding a social run at Rhewl, near Ruthin, which will be followed by a meal in the village pavilion. Anyone interested in attending is asked to notify Gareth Hughes or Duncan Longley this week.