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It was a classic case of “good news, bad news” for Prestatyn Running Club at the weekend when a clutch of individual awards and one team award were scant compensation for the fact that both the men and women were relegated from Division 1 of the Grand Prix Express North Wales League.
The ladies always had a struggle to retain their position in the top flight but the men’s result was particularly disappointing, with low turnouts in a couple of fixtures.
There were, however, some excellent individual performances in the final race at Oswestry, with Steve Skates finhsing second and winning the M40 class. He was placed third overall for the season.
Other age-category awards went to Lois Lee (2nd U20), George Nixon (1st M65), Mike Davis (3rd M70) and Dave Hughes (1st M80), while the over-65s’ team came first.
Highlight of the awards ceremony, however, was the decision to present the Bebbington Shield for services to the League jointly to two of Prestatyn’s outstanding super-veterans.
Roger Harrison-Jones, who missed Saturday’s race, and Dave Hughes, who are both in their 80s, have been involved in the League since its inception 60 years ago when they were members of Rhyl and District Athletics Club.
Placings in Saturday’s races were:- Ladies: 14 Lois Lee 22.34 (1st U20), 53 Helen Ashworth 26.02 , 54 Jo Hoppes 26.05, 67 Jo Lewis 27.25, 72 Ally Reid 28.02, 77 Liz Martin 28.54, 106 Julia Evans 35.14, 136 Clare Manley 36.16, 114 Julie Evans 43.18, 115 Karen Roberts 43.18. Men under 17: 10 Liam Martin 26.05. Men over 65: 2 George Nixon 23.08. Men over 70: 1 Gareth Hughes 27.43, 3 Mike Davis 28.42. Men over 80: 1 Dave Hughes 37.29.
Men: 2 Steve Skates 33.13 (1st M40), 24 Josh Cerefice 35.35, 65 Rob Alexander 40.10, 100 James Rogers 45.00, 104 Darren Thompson 45.21, 105 Steve Weedman 45.23, 117 Wyn Roberts 50.51, 119 Steve Brown 52.27.
Caption 1: David Hughes received the Bebbington Shield from League chairman Russ Godwin and secretary Bernie Jones.
Caption 2: Prestatyn’s victorious over-65s’ team (left to right): George Nixon, David Hughes, Mike Davis and Gareth Hughes.
One of the reasons for the under-strength squads on Saturday was the counter-attraction of Sunday’s Alsager 5 race, where some members were representing North Wales. Placings: 6th lady Amie Bagnall 30.29, 28 Jenna Bagnall 33.26. Men: 41 Andy Bromley 28.18, 77 Leon Bagnall 29.53, 121 Matty Smith 31.16.
Only two members took part in the Conwy Parkrun, Nigel Bakewell coming 49th in 22.36 and Martin Gill 92nd in 25.35.
This Saturday it is hoped that most of the beginners’ group will have a go at the Conwy run to assess their progress over the past five weeks.