Published In PRC News
Doing two races in less than 48 hours usually means that at least one of the performance suffers but that was certainly not the case for several members of Prestatyn Running Club.
On Friday evening the club once again provided a large proportion of the field for the fourth and final race in Deestriders’ Off-Road Grand Prix and after collecting a huge haul of awards then had similar success in two events on Sunday.
In fact there was an unusual “double double”, with Steve Skates winning both his races and Dean Longley coming second in his two events.
Off-Road Grand Prix placings:- 1 Steve Skates 25.48, 2 Dean Longley 25.50, 5 Leon Bagnall 28.26, 6 Alex Ryder 26.34, 18 James Rogers 32.10, 28 Benjamin Harrison 33.48, 29 H len Ashworth 34.21, 32 Wyn Roberts 35.10, 36 John Jones 35.44, 37 Nigel Bakewell 35.46, 42 Mike Davis 37.42, 48 Alan Jones 39.11, 52 Liz Martin 41.58, 53 Julia Evans 42.00, 59 Emma Fairhurst 44.47, 60 Jennifer Owens 46.03, 65 Clair Atterbury 53.11, 66 Julie Evans 55.43, 67 Suzanne Evans 55.47, 68 Duncan Longley 55.48.
End of season awards:- Senior men: 1 Dean Longley, 3 Alex Ryder. M35: 1 Steve Skates. M40: 2 James Rogers. M70: 1 Mike Davis. Overall men’s winner: Skates. Senior ladies: 1 Helen Ashworth. L40: 2 Liz Martin, 3 Clair Atterbury. L45: 3 Emma Fairhurst. L50: 1 Julia Evans. L55: 2 Julie Evans.
On Sunday Steve won the 15-mile fell-race in the Clwydians, crossing the line in 2-08.00, five minutes ahead of his closest challenger. In the same event Helen Ashworth finished third lady in 2-46.24. In the 30-mile race on the same terrain James Rogers came fifth overall in 6-55.45, while in the 5-miler Eva Brewer clocked 60.35.
Caption: Prestatyn runners who came away from the Caernarfon 10k with a huge haul of prizes.
Apart from Dean’s achievement one of the outstanding performances at Caernarfon came from sisters Amie and Jenna Bagnall, the former winning the race and taking the North Wales title and her younger sister winning the U20 title in 45.36. Other age-group champions were Sian Beck (L40), Sue Rodgers (L55), George Nixon (M65), Mike Davis (M70) and Roger Harrison-Jones (M80), while other medallists were Benjamin Harrison, Clare Manley, Ally Reid, Julia Evans, Caroline Jones and Gareth Hughes.
The race marked the debut of recent recuit Debbie Weedman and the return from injuries of Des Davies and Gareth Hughes.
Results: 2 Dean Longley 33.47, 10 Andrew Bromley 36.27, 24 Amie Bagnall 39.35, 30 Matty Smith 41.00, 38 George Nixon 42.13, 43 Sian Beck 44.02, 57 Jenna Bagnall 45.36, 59 Benjamin Harrison 45.52, 65 Nigel Bakewell 47.05, 71 Ally Reid 47.28, 81 Des Davies 48.25, 84 Mike Davis 49.22, 87 Gareth Hughes 49.42, 91 Sue Rodgers 50.06, 108 Alan Jones 54.04, 111 Roger Harrison-Jones 55.38, 122 Clare Manley 58.15, 128 Julia Evans 59.39, 131 Caroline Jones 60.50, 132 Debbie Weedman 61.08.
Father-and-daughter John and Joy Hickman joined the thousands of runners in the Cardiff 10k. John, now 76, finished 11th in the M65 class in 52.17 and Joy, who is 50+, was 8th over 45 in 43.04.
Dafydd Owen reached another milestone on his long road to recovery when he competed in last week’s Moel Fammau race in Cilcain, his first mountain race since his serious accident 18 months ago. He finished the tough up-and-downer in 62.24.
Jo Hoppes’ name was omitted from those who ran in the recent 14-mile Race the Train event in Tywyn, where the muddy conditions made things even more difficult than usual. Despite that she enjoyed the experience, clocking 2 hours 12 minutes.
Lesley Furneaux was the club’s only representative in the Conwy Parkrun and she had the satisfaction of setting a new pb of 34.45, coming 214th overall. Meanwhile Jim Kimber also set a pb for 5k while finishing 7th in the Birkenhead Parkrun in 18.31.
Tonight’s ((Wed, 6th)) club handicap race will be at Marine Lake, Rhyl, and not Tip Lane, as originally planned.