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Of the five medals won by North Walians at the British and Irish Masters’ cross-country international in Swansea last week three went to members of Prestatyn Running Club.
Steve Skates was the second Welshman home in the M40 class, helping them to team silver, and George Nixon, the third Welshman in the M65 category, also collected a team silver. The third medal went to Gareth Hughes, third finisher in the M70 quartet which won bronze.
The Conwy half-marathon includes a circuit of the Great Orme but still produces fast times, and several members clocked pbs this year. Among them were Gethin Evans, who led the contingent home and took six minutes off his previous best, Gareth Roberts and Steve Weedman, while James Rogers set a course pb.
Placings:- 147 Gethin Evans 91.04, 202 James Rogers 93.47, 302 Gareth Roberts 96.35, 389 Steve Weedman 98.53, 429 Darren Thompson 1-40.06, 929 Ally Reid 1-50.24, Mike Pearson 1-53.42, 1183 Steve Brown 1-55.22, 1663 Dafydd Owen 2-04.09, 1898 Andy Clark 2-08.04, 2153 Helen Alefounder 2-11.38, 2174 Andrew Aitken 2-14.05.
Amie Bagnall mixed it with Britain’s top athletes when she ran in Saturday’s British Cross Challenge race in Liverpool, coming a highly creditable 83rd out of 311.
Conditions were ideal for the weekly Parkruns, enabling several members to record pbs. Bodelwyddan: 9 Rob Alexander 21.05, 21 Sian Beck 23.06, 31 Steve Gleave 25.03 (pb), 41 Liz Martin 27.31, 55 Sandra Bickerstaffe 30.31 (pb), 79 Helen Ashworth 35.30. Conwy: 7 Josh Cerefice 17.56 (pb), 147 Roger Harrison-Jones 27.55, 164 Jackie Pottle 29.09.
The previous week Mike Davis clocked 24.52 in the March Parkrun in Cambridgeshire and Emma Fairhurst continued her return to fitness after illness in Bodelwyddan.
Josh Cerefice has been rewarded for his recent fine form by being selected for North Wales for the Welsh inter-regional cross-country championships in Llandrindod Wells on December 8. Like others, however, he will have to decide between travelling and turning out for the club the following day in the Borders League fixture in Anglesey.
Other members in the North Wales squad are:- Senior men: Andrew Bromley. M40: Steve Skates. M55: George Nixon. U20L: Jenna Bagnall, Lois Lee. L45: Ally Reid. L55: Sue Rodgers.
About 50 members and friends turned out for the club’s annual 10-pin bowling tournament which was won in striking fashion by Gary Johnson. First woman was Kath Prestwich and the consolation prize went to Evie White.