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Prestatyn Running Club’s current strength in depth was demonstrated on Sunday when the club fielded no fewer than 10 teams in the inaugural North Wales road-relay championships in Llandudno.
Four of the teams, each comprising three members, came away with medals, but it was also a huge success from the point of view of camaraderie, club spirit and experience. For the majority of members it was their first experience of such an event.
The supervets, the over-70s, got the day off to a good start by winning gold. The over-60s took silver, thanks largely to a storming comeback run from Gordon Jones, while the senior men’s A-team and the over-50 ladies both finished third in their classes.
Results:- Over 70s, 1st: Mike Davis 9.17, John Hickman 10.08, Gareth Hughes 9.05. Aggregate 28.28. Senior men (A), 3rd: Canyon Wilson 13.39, Dean Longley 13.29, Andrew Bromley 13.30. Aggregate 40.37. Senior men (B): 6th Alex Ryder 14.37, Josh Cerefice 14.15, Leon Bagnall 14.30. Aggregate 43.19. M40: 5th James Rogers 15.36, Steve Haimes 15.46, George Nicholls 15.37. Aggregate 46.56. M50: 4th Des Davies 17.39, Darren Thompson 17.04, Andy Clark 17.23. Aggregate 52.04. M60: 2nd George Nixon 16.50, Gordon Jones 15.00, Arwel Jones 19.11. Aggregate 51.00.
Senior ladies (A): 4th Amie Bagnall 14.57, Hannah Carthy 18.34, Hannah Garnett 18.35. Aggregate 52.04. Senior ladies (B): 5th Rachel Jackson 21.40, Lisa Johnson 18.48, Nicola Eatherington 19.12. Aggregate 59.38. L40 (A): 5th Jo Edwards 20.08, Jo Lewis 19.47, Ally Reid 19.01. Aggregate 60.32. L40 (B): 7th Helen Alefounder 20.45, Cara Jones 20.22, Clare Manley 22.51. Aggregate 63.56. L50: 3rd Julia Evans 21.21, Jan Garnett 21.18, Joy Hickman 17.56. Aggregate 60.32.
In the Guilden Sutton 10k the same day husband and wife Steve and Debbie Weedman both produced pbs. Steve was 50th overall and third M50 in 43.44 and Debbie 167th in 58.39.
Also the same day Steve Brown was the club’s only representative in the Carneddau 12k trail race above Llanfairfechan, coming 23rd in 1-21.04.
There were also several pbs in Saturday’s Parkruns. Results:- Conwy: 45 Martin Gill 23.23, 105 Helen Alefounder 26.44 (pb), 168 Lesley Furneaux 30.36. Wepre: 16 Helen Ashworth 24.29 (2nd SL), 101 Dafydd Owen 33.07 (pb), 109 Emma Birchall 34.42 (pb), 135 Julie Evans 39.32 (pb), 153 Steve Hatfield 54.07 (tailend walker). Erddig: 167: Jackie Pottle 32.16.
- While his clubmates were in action on the totally flat Llandudno promenade Steve Skates was approaching the final stages of his 185-mile ultra-marathon along the length of Offa’s Dyke.
He was still competing at the time of going to press and showing tremendous form. By Sunday evening, having reached Llangollen, he was lying fifth, having rarely been out of the top 10 since the start. Unsurprisingly, his feet were in a bad way, slowing his progress.