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Prestatyn Running Club’s super-veterans have dominated the headlines in recent weeks but the club’s juniors have also had a fair share of successes.
Since lockdown ended the training sessions have been in full swing and 10 enthusiastic members took part in the first summer camp.
In the Wrexham AAC endurance eliminator Callum Fox-Byrne (pictured) took silver in the U15’s race and, in her first outing for the club, Keira Marsh (also pictured) took silver in the U13s’ class. John Simpson, who has not raced for the past 18 months, chose one of the country’s craziest competitions for his comeback.
He joined a slightly larger field than usual for the Tryfan downhill race in which competitors risk life and limb by hurling themselves down the steep, rocky mountainside. He survived intact in a highly creditable time of 17.47.
By contrast, four members travelled to Kingsley for the Mid-Cheshire 5k, one of the flattest, fastest courses in the region.
As usual, the race attracted a high-quality field and produced some exceptional times. Andrew Bromley was 141st in 17.03 and Martin Cortvriend (357th) chalked up another M65 category win in 20.19. George Nixon, on his first race in 20 months, was happy to finish 418th in 23.05, and Roger Harrison-Jones won the M80 class in 30.45.
Just 14 hours later Martin was 42nd in the Wepre Parkrun in 26.28, with Steve Brown 59th in 27.35.
Will Williams, probably the club’s most improved member over the past couple of years, set a new course pb of 19.19 while finishing 11th in the Conwy Parkrun. Steve Weedman was 558th in 22.07 and wife Debbie 294th in 31.20.
In her home town of Crewe Kat Prestwich completed the Parkrun in 28.55.
The club’s annual handicap race over the Nova Parkrun course was won by the youngest competitor, teenager Rowan Graham-Jones, in a time of 23.25, even though she was the last to set off. Darren Thompson, who included the race as part of a longer training run, set the fastest time of 22.41, while Helen Alefounder was the closest to her predicted time.
The club’s treasurer Sue Hughes has had her work recognised by being one of the first recipients of Welsh Athletics’ regional volunteer awards.
Next weekend the club’s junior coach Eva Brewer takes on a formidable challenge to raise fund for the junior section.