Published In Cross Country Road Running PRC News
Prestatyn Running Club’s hopes going into the final fixture of the Grand Prix Express North Wales Cross-Country League at Oswestry were more than fulfilled when they came away with two team awards and nine individual prizes - the club’s biggest haul ever.
Star of the day - and of the season as a whole - was Steve Skates, who won the final race, his second victory of the season, and thus became the first club member to win the overall men’s prize over the five races. Once again the tough going suited his strong style as he held off a challenge from Richard Roberts (Eryri) and Shrewsbury’s Matt Hall.
Steve, who had looked more impressive as the season progressed, also won the M35 category.
Just as pleasing was the fact that teenagers Jenna Bagnall and Lois Lee, who had had their own friendly duel in every race, finished second and third respectively in the U17 category. Their superb performances helped ensure that the ladies finished third in Division 1, another best for the club.
Other medal winners were George Nixon ( 2nd M65), Gareth Hughes (joint 1st M70), John Hickman (1st M75), David Hughes (3rd M75) and Roger Harrison-Jones (1st M80). The over-70s’ thus won the team award, while the men were fourth in Division 1.
The placings were:-
- 1 Steve Skates 37.09
- 22 Andrew Bromley 41.32
- 65 Rob Alexander 45.47
- 83 Morgan Jones 47.27
- 92 George Nixon 49.06 (2nd M65)
- 118 James Rogers 53.03
- 126 Nick Wood 54.50
- 134 Wyn Roberts 58.06.
- 1 Gareth Hughes 30.37.
- 1 John Hickman 34.37,
- 3 David Hughes 38.08.
- 1 Roger Harrison-Jones 33.40.
- 13 Lois Lee 25.42
- 17 Jenna Bagnall 26.06
- 22 Helen Ashworth 27.00
- 38 Joy Hickman 38.14
- 55 Jo Hoppes 30.30
- 56 Sue Rodgers 31.55
- 72 Emma Fairhurst 34.06
- 73 Liz Martin 34.15
- 78 Clare Manley 38.20.
Some of Prestatyn’s medal and trophy winners at Oswestry.
Amie Bagnall and Matty Smith gave the Oswestry fixture a miss in the hope of clocking fast times in the Alsager 5 race but things didn’t quite go to plan for Amie. She took a heavy fall after about 1k, badly grazing her legs and throwing her off her stride. She finished in 31.58, while Matty took a minute off his pb in 30.06.
At the Wepre Parkrun in Connah’s Quay Steve Stocker benefited from having more suitable shoes for the conditions as he finished fifth overall and second M40 in 20.42. At the same venue Steven Brown was 56th in 30.00.
Meanwhile at Conwy Nigel Bakewell was the club’s first finisher in 35th place in 22.46, and he followed it up with a 10-mile training run. Others at Conwy were: 83 Paul Brandrick 25.50, 173 Martin Gill 31.53 (1st timer), 176 Gigi Jeavons 32.02 (1st timer), 193 Lesley Furneaux 34.21, 204 Suzanne Evans 35.37, 213 Julie Evans 36.57, 214 Diane Bancroft 37.00.