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There was quality if not quantity at Rhyl’s Marsh Tracks circuit at the weekend when Welsh Athletics staged the first of two 5k races at the venue.
The tough qualifying standards set initially were removed a few days beforehand, resulting in a few extra entries.
Conditions were perfect for the races and, as expected, the smooth, flat course produced some excellent performances.
The outstanding run of the day came from Welsh international marathoner Andrew Davies (Stockport), from Welshpool. Colwyn Bay’s talented youngster Bryn Woodall stayed with him for a couple of laps before the experienced veteran turned on the power to pull away and win by 20 seconds in 14.31.
In third place was Cardiff veteran Christian Prior, who was brought up in Prestatyn and was a highly regarded member of the town’s cricket club.
Prestatyn Running Club had five men taking part, with Steve Forsyth, Andrew Bromley and Alex Ryder having their own internal battle.
Their placings were: 14 Steve Forsyth (5thM40) 16.19, 16 Andrew Bromley (8th SM) 16.29, 17 Alex Ryder (9th SM), 16.32, 24 William Williams 1st M45) 19.35, 25 Benjamin Harrison (12th SM) 22.21.
In the ladies’ race Carol Parson (Cheshire Dragons) led from the start and shook off the early challenge Wrexham veteran Emma Crowe and former Prestatyn member Amie Bagnall (new Cheshire Dragons).
Parsons never looked in danger, winning in 17.49, with Crowe second in 18.00,Tracey Rogers (Buckley) third in 18.18 and Bagnall fourth in 18.29.
The second Marsh Tracks races will be on July 3 and again there will be a limit of 50 in each of the two races.
Prestatyn’s young Luke Bodman returned to Stretford for the latest Trafford AC Grand Prix meeting last week and came away with another pb, finishing second in his 800m heat in 2:30.98.
The following evening James Rogers also travelled over the border for the Chase The Sun 10k in Tatton Park, coming 45th overall in 43.14.