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It was inevitable that the wind would play an important part in the third Borders League fixture on Sunday as it was hosted by the Cybi club on the Mon racetrack on the west coast of Anglesey.
The surface was excellent but the 5-mile course contained two testing hills on which the headwind was at its strongest. Numbers were significantly down but Prestatyn Running Club’s men had a good outing, with 11 finishers in the top 100.
They finished an excellent third in Division 1 on the day and after three races now lie fourth overall.
The women were very much under-strength and were glad to welcome back Debbie Richards after a long absence from competition. They did well to come sixth on the day, and hold that same position on aggregate.
The placings were: 3 Steve Skates 27.11 (2nd M40), 4 Andy Bromley 27.25, 8 Dean Longley 27.55, 11 Steve Forsyth 28.30, 25 Josh Cerefice 29.30, 46 Leon Bagnall 31.14, 51 Canyon Wilson 31.28, 60 Rob Alexander 32.07, 77 James Rogers 33.06, 90 Vic Belshaw 33.56 (3rd M55), 97 George Nixon 34.26 (2nd M65), 119 Steve Weedman 35.57, 131 Ben Harrison 36.27, 164 Arwel Jones 38.56, 168 Steve Brown 39.04, 188 Gareth Hughes 40.04 (1st M70), 203 Alan Jones 41.11, 213 Jo Hoppes 42.01, 217 Jo Lewis 43.20, 234 Helen Alefounder 45.29, 235 Cara Jones 45.45, 241 Debbie Richards 46.36, 248 Mike Davis 48.01 (3rd M70).
The weather was not so favourable for competitors in the Vale of Clwyd half-marathon in Llandyrnog, where Clare Atterbury was the club’s only representative. Despite the driving rain she clocked 1-54.08, seconds faster than her recent run in the Conwy Half.
Another to claim a pb was Sian Beck, who knocked 51 seconds off her previous best with a time of 42.37 in the Telford 10k. She was 83rd lady overall, with clubmate Amie Bagnall 38th in 38.03.
The previous day Jenna Bagnall was the second North Wales finisher and an excellent eighth overrall in the U20s’ race at the Welsh inter-regional cross-country championships in Llandrindod Wells, despite being a year younger than most of her rivals.
One of the club’s juniors is in outstanding form at the moment and could be in line for honours.
At the third fixture of the North Wales Junior Cross-Country League in Bangor Joseph Duffy secured his second victory of the season in the under-11 class. With one second place also recorded he is looking forward to the fourth and final race at Rhug, Corwen, on January 5, which doubles as the North Wales championship.
Rose Hayes also had a fine run at Bangor, coming eighth in the U11 girls’ event.