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The racing season is back with a vengeance, and members of Prestatyn Running Club took full advantage by competing at 10 different venues over the past 10 days.
Not only that, but the distances on offer ranged for 5k Parkruns to the 135-mile Ring of Fire Ultra-marathon which club coach Eva Brewer took on.
The busy programme began with the annual Moel Famau race from Cilcain on August Bank Holiday. Martin Cortvriend led the club’s quartet home in 34th place overall in 43.47, placing him second over 60.
He was followed by Steve Brown (76th in 51.44), Ann Claire Jones (95th in 60.36) and Helen Alefounder (96th in 60.37).
Steve Brown was again in action on Friday evening at the final fixture in Deestriders’ Off-Road Grand Prix series in Shotton. Debbie Jones had particular reason to be delighted with her run, taking almost two minutes off her previous best for the 4-mile course.
Steve Hatfield and Gareth Hughes, who is on the road to recovery after recent surgery, ran together, doing enough to win the M70 and M75 categories respectively in the series.
Results of final race: 18 Steve Brown 34.44, 25 Debbie Jones 39.56, 29 Gareth Hughes 43.46, 30 Steve Hatfield 43.46.
Just 14 hours later Steve Hatfield marked his 75th birthday by running in the Wepre Parkrun, coming 104th in 36.33.
Other weekend Parkrun results were:- Conwy: 22 Martin Cortvriend 21.20, 83 Banjamin Lines 25.21, 120 Helen Alefounder 27.28. Huddersfield: 117 Hannah Garnett 24.06. Ellesmere Port: 19 Joy Hickman 23.54. Nant y Pandy (Llangefni): 13 Steve Weedman 22.47, 68 Debbie Weedman 32.01.
Steve Forsyth had a “flyer” in the Anglesey 10k, winning the event in a superb 32.42, while his colleague Will Williams was also in great form. He was eighth overall in 39.58, taking second place in the M45 class.
In the half-marathon held in conjunction with the 10k James Rogers was placed 71st overall in 1-44.39.
The Village Bakery half-marathon in Wrexham attracted the usual large field, and there was nothing half-baked about the Prestatyn results. Dean Longley came home in an excellent 74.36 for 29th place, with Canyon Wilson setting a pb of 76.06 in 40th place. Luke Bodman was 184th and third under 21 in 96.47 and Andrew Aitken was the fourth club member to finish, taking 356thplace in 2-18.03.