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Two weeks after two of Prestatyn Running Club’s super-vets made their debuts for Wales two of the younger members have been selected for the same honour.
Jenna Bagnall and Lois Lee have both been named in the Welsh under-17s’ squad for the youth trail-running international in Italy next month.
It follows last week’s trial at the Red Kite Challenge in Devil’s Bridge, near Aberystwyth, where both turned in fine performances. Jenna finished second overall in 20.26, with Lois, who was running for St David’s College, Llandudno, fourth in 21.38.
The two of them have been in great form over the past 12 months, playing a huge part in the success of the ladies’ cross-country team. Jenna has also represented Welsh Colleges and Lois Welsh Schools.
Another of the club’s ladies running superbly at the moment is Naomi Cane. Last week she competed in the Isle of Wight ultra marathon, a tough 33-mile trail race along coastal paths, and out of 26- starters she was not only the second lady home in 6 hours 28 minutes but was also fifth overall.
There were trophies and titles galore for club members at the club’s own race, the Ffrith 5k, on Sunday. The event incorporated the North Wales championships and in addition to all the helpers 30 members took part.
The race was won by Steve Skates, with Andy Bromley third, while Amie Bagnall was second lady home behind Wrexham teenager Eden O’Dea.
The placings were: 1 Steve Skates 16.09 (1st M40), 3 Andy Bromley 16.49 (1st SM), 10 Dean Longley 17.56 (2nd M35), 13 Matty Smith 18.21 (3rd SM), 15 Alex Ryder 18.26 (1st U23), 19 Gordon Jones 18.34 (2nd M55), 24 Joshua Cerefice 18.45, 26 Amie Bagnall 19.09 (2nd lady, 1st S L), 38 George Nixon 20.20 (1st M65), 42 James Rogers 20.30, 48 Jenna Bagnall 20.57 (3rd U17), 51 Sian Beck 21.05 (2nd L40), 52 Steve Weedman 21.08, 62 Nigel Bakewell 21.52, 70 Arwel Jones 22.34, 76 Ally Reid 22.59 (3rd L45), 81 Amy Reid 23.38, 86 Steven Brown 24.11, 84 Katherine Prestwich 25.05, 97 Mike Davis 25.21 (1st M70), 98 Jo Lewis 25.27, 104 Andy Clark 27.06, 108 Katie Dawson 28.03, 110 Cara Jones 28.14, 114 Debbie Weedman 29.00, 117 Gabby Waring 30.59 (3rd L60), 119 Stuart Quayle 31.13, 120 Clare Walliker 31.24, 122 Nem Gladwell 34.06, 123 Sam Bowen 34.34.
There was a record entry of 161 for the junior races, with striong teams from several schools in Flintshire and Denbighshire. The schools’ team award went to Bodnant, whose squad included some Prestatyn club members, and Prestatyn RC won the club award.
Members representing the club, as opposed to their schools, were:- Girls Years 5/6: 6 Ffion Armstrong 4.11, 7 Grace Jones 4.13, 13 Edan Jones 4.29, 48 Faith Ward 7.13, 49 Paige Jones 7.27. Boys years ¾: 6 Jac Armstrong. Club member Joseph Duffy won the Year 5/6 race in a new course record of 3.32..
The races were sponsored by Prestatyn Town Council and the organisers would also like to thank staff at the Ffrith Beach complex for their support.
Second-claim member Steve Forsyth claimed another win in Saturday’s Parkrun at Conwy, finishing just outside his pb in 17.32. Other results were: 104 Martin Gill 25.38, 118 Liam Martin 26.28 (pb), 119 Frances Garnett 26.30, 127 Liz Martin 26.45 (pb), 142 Jan Garnett 27.49.
In the Wepre Parkrun Sandra Bickerstaff was 117th in a pb of 31.34 and Julie Evans was 216th in 41.32, also a pb.
Work colleagues Gethin Evans and Wyn Roberts both took part in the Ruthin triathlon last week. Gethin came 20th overall and was third M40 in 78.14, with Wyn 50th in 88.20.
Wyn followed it up over the weekend with a 42k triathlon at Betws-y-Coed which involved two trail runs totalling 17k, two bike rides of 24k and one kilometre of kayaking. Despite an early mishap when his chain broke he finished 13th out of 155, taking 12 minutes off last year’s time.