Published In Cross Country PRC News
Prestatyn Running Club’s Steve Skates made an impressive international debut when he was the first Welsh finisher in the British and Irish Masters’ cross-country international in Derry on Saturday. In the M35s’ 8k race he finished 28th overall in 28.03
Supervets Roger Harrison-Jones and Dave Hughes, who were travelling reserves for the M75s’ team, both competed in the open race which followed the international competitions.
The previous week Steve had warmed up for the international by winning the Dash in the Dark race in Llandegla Forest, missing the course record by just 12 seconds with a time of 24.22. In the same race Helen Ashworth was 44th in 34.55.
Conditions were ideal for Sunday’s Conwy half-marathon which attracted over 2,400 entries, with 11 Prestatyn members turning out. First home in 1-25.23 was Darrell Davies, who took first prize in the U20 category.
Several of the others had good reason to be pleased with their performances, James Rogers taking six minutes off last year’s time, Steve Weedman making his d ebut at the distance and both Dafydd Owen and Julie Logan coming back from injury.
The chip times were: Darrell Davies 1-25.23, Gethin Evans 1-38.27, James Rogers 1-38.35, Des Davies 1-41.11, Sian Beck 1-42.02, Arwel Jones 1-47.31, Steve Weedman 1-48.00, Sandy Roberts 1-58.45, Dafydd Owen 2-07.29, Andrew Aitken 2-0856, Julie Logan 2-13.08.
The weather was just as good the previous day for the annual Penmaenmawr 11-mile fell-race but, as usual, conditions underfoot were far from ideal, with the mud waist-deep in places. Tracy Colligan was the club’s sole representative in the race, finishing in 2-07.
This Saturday sees the third fixture in the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross-Country League at Bangor, with Prestatyn’s men and women looking to extend their excellent series.