Published In PRC News
Next Saturday sees the start of the cross-country season and there is good cause for optimism among the ranks of Prestatyn Running Club.
A strong turnout is expected for the opening fixture of the Grand Prix Express North Wales League at Wrexham, with the men hoping to consolidate last year’s solid team performance in Division 1 and the women aiming to bounce straight back after relegation.
The squad has been strengthened by the likes of Steve Forsyth, John Simpson and Steve Haimes, while Gordon Jones showed in the recent road relays that he will once again be among the leading over-60s. Another reliable stalwart, George Nicholls, is also back to add depth.
Jenna Bagnall, now in college, will be missing but Helen Ashworth is back on form, as is Jo Hoppes, and there are several other newish members who could play a key part in the team’s performances this season.
Saturday also sees the opening of the North Wales Junior League at Wrexham.
Two of the above newcomers showed their good form over the past couple of weeks. Steve Forsyth followed up his fifth place in the Stafford 10k, where he won the M40 class in 34.50, by winning the Penrhyn Parkrun on Saturday in 18.00.
John Simpson took on the very tough Peris Horseshoe mountain race, a 17-mile challenge from Llanberis involving 8,500 feet of climbs.
After going off-course descending from Y Garn he just avoided the cut-off time but battled on to finish 42nd overall and third M50 in 4-48.30.
Another to achieve a double success in the past week was Sian Beck. In the Abersoch half-marathon she was third lady overall and second L40 in 1-41.33 and on Friday she retained her title in the North Wales Police cross-country championships in Eirias Park.
She was presented with the Waring Trophy, named in honour of her friend and fellow Prestatyn member Gabby Waring, who win the title an amazing 25 times.
Other Parkrun results:- Wepre: 27 Helen Ashworth 25.04, 111 Julie Evans 41.27. Conwy: 44 Gareth Roberts 23.52, 49 Martin Gill 24.11.
Tickets are now available from Gareth Hughes or Jo Lewis for the annual ceilidh to be held at the Ffrith on October 19, with the band Mooncoin. Tickets cost £10 to include a buffet.