Published In Cross Country PRC News
Experienced cross-country runners will know that the name Bangor is synonymous with mud, and that was certainly the case for Saturday’s third fixture in the Grand Prix Express North Wales League.
After the week’s torrential downpours the tough conditions were hardly a surprise for the 14 men and nine women of Prestatyn Running Club’s who turned out.
With several missing from the previous fixture in Llandudno it was inevitable that the men found it difficult to maintain their League position, whilst the women put in another strong team performance.
There were several very encouraging points, not least the League debut of Joy Hickman, who makes no secret of her preference for the roads, while teenagers Lois Lee and Jenna Bagnall again gave Amie Bagnall great support. In the same race the club’s over-70s are in line to take the team award this season.
Steve Skates maintained his fine form in fourth place after a very tight battle, with Andrew Bromley once again giving it his all in 23rd. Matty Smith had once of his outings and lower down the field there were some interesting tussles between club members.
The men were sixth in Division 1 on the day but still stand a very creditable fourth on aggregate, while the women remain second despite slipping to third on the day.
The placings were:- Senior men: 4 Steve Skates 33.12 (1st M35), 23 Andrew Bromley 37.16, 88 Matty Smith 42.59, 90 George Nixon 43.11 (2nd M65), 114 James Rogers 46.20, 122 Ben Harrison 47.34, 126 Wyn Roberts 48.12, 130 Nigel Bakewell 49.11, 131 Arwel Jones 49.19, 132 Nick Wood 49.38. Ladies: 4 Amie Bagnall 25.12 ( 3rd SL), 18 Lois Lee 27.21, 25 Jenna Bagnall 28.11, 49 Helen Ashworth 28.44, 45 Joy Hickman 29.50 (2nd L50), 69 Sue Rodgers 32.37, 88 Liz Martin 36.21, 91 Emma Fairhurst 36.56, 103 Clare Manley 40.52. M70: 4 Gareth Hughes 34.07. M75: 1 John Hickman 36.00, 3 Dave Hughes 40.32. M80: 1 Roger Harrison-Jones 35.56
Conditions were also very testing at Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay, for the weekly Parkrun but Clare Atterbury still managed to take another 29 seconds off her pb, finishing 67th in 34.44.
Away from the mud James Kimber joined the large field in the popular Wilmslow 10k and also produced a pb of 38.11.
Next Sunday sees a return to the Borders Road-Running League, with the second fixture being hosted in Birkenhead.