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Like the cross-country the week before the Borders Road-Running League season got off to a highly encouraging start for Prestatyn Running Club on Sunday when 31 members turned out at New Brighton.
New dad Steve Skates again led the contingent home in fourth place overall, while reigning ladies’ champion Amie Bagnall was third. It was particularly encouraging that the squad included five men and three women who were making their league debuts.
The two Katherines, Prestwich and Taberner, both impressed on their first outing, and it was good to welcome back former club captain Bill Scriven and Chris Yorke.
The men finished fifth in Division 1, as were the male veterans, while the ladies were seventh, but only a few points behind the two clubs ahead of them.
The placings were (5 miles): 4 Steve Skates 26.32, 18 Dean Longley 27.54, 38 Josh Cerefice 29.08, 53 Chris Yorke 29.33, 55 Canyon Wilson 29.35, 84 Amie Bagnall 30.18 (3rd lady, 2nd SL), 96 Rob Alexander 30.59, 103 Steve Stocker 31.14, 108 Jordan Mainwaring 31.30, 124 Vic Belshaw 32.06, 148 George Nixon 32.54 (1st M65), 155 James Rogers 33.16, 189 Steve Weedman 34.25, 210 Joy Hickman 35.12 (3rd L55), 225 Darren Thompson 35.46, 267 Steve Brown 37.32, 278 Katherine Taberner 38.01, 279 Ben Harrison 38.02, 281 Gareth Hughes 38.11 (1st M70), 293 Jo Lewis 38.34, 297 Jo Hoppes 38.40, 309 Alan Jones 39.29, 312 Mike Davis 39.41 (2nd M70), 318 Martin Gill 40.04, 330 Bill Scrive 40.25, 332 Andy Clark 40.32, 348 Katharine Prestwich 41.38, 375 Cara Jones 44.26, 383 Debbie Weedman 45.48, 385 Steve Hatfield 46.46, 391 Caroline Jones 49.45.
Sian Beck faced typical Manchester weather in her half-marathon in the city, where she was raising money for police treatment centres, but despite the rain she chalked up a pb of 1-37.51.
The same day two members turned out in the Farndon 10k, Gareth Roberts coming 90th in 45.54 and Roger Harrison-Jones, still recovering from a heavy cold, won the M80 category in 64.05.
Bad weather on Saturday meant that numbers were down at all Parkruns in the region, and only four club members turned out in the rain at Bodelwyddan. Placings: 18 Nigel Bakewell 24.22, 25 Jo Hoppes 26.15, 26 Rob Alexander 26.16, 40 Helen Alefounder 30.40.
This week sees a return to cross-country action in the second fixture of the Grand Prix Express North Wales League – and a return to the Nant-y-Glyn valley in Colwyn Bay last used over 30 years ago.
Both the men and women will be hoping to build on the solid start made in the opening fixture at Baschurch.