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The Borders Road-Running League continued on a flat note for Prestatyn Running Club with yet another disappointing turnout for the third fixture at Birkenhead Park on Sunday.
The lack of support for both the men’s and women’s teams for team events this season is worrying and does not reflect the number of active club members.
Despite an appeal for an improved turnout only seven men made the journey, and three of those were over 65, whereas only two women represented the club, one short of a full team and the lowest number in memory.
As a result the teams occupy their lowest League positions in years but with four races left there is still time to regain a little pride.
Once again there was some cause for satisfaction, however, notably in the form of Ben Williams, who displays a real talent, and it was good to welcome back Alex Ryder after injury. Unfortunately Ben had to pull out when well placed on the fourth and final lap after pulling his hamstring.
Veterans John Simpson and Martin Cortvriend both had fine runs, beating strong competition to come second and first respectively in their categories.
Placings: 33 Alex Ryder 31.38, 69 John Simpson 34.19 (2nd M55), 75 Luke Bodman 35.12, 125 Martin Cortvriend 37.29 (1st M65), 160 Sian Beck 39.27, 214 George Nixon 42.44, 220 Steve Brown 42.59, 238 Gareth Hughes 45.15 (1st M75), 272 Liz Martin 50.29.
The previous day 10 members took part in the Greenfield Valley Parkrun, with Lisa Johnson not only leading the home but finishing as first lady overall.
Positions: 7 Lisa Johnson 22.54 (pb), 8 Steve Weedman 23.07 (pb), 13 Ann Claire Jones 25.59, 30 Liz Martin 29.02, 32 Debbie Weedman 30.47 (pb), 37 Linda Friar 32.05 (pb), 38 Emma Birchall 32.30, 39 Debbie Jones 32.40, 44 Nem James 35.37, 45 Helen Baxandall 38.46.
At a club session last week treasurer Sue Hughes (pictured, right) was presented with her Welsh Athletics’ Volunteer Award by fellow club member Eva Brewer, who is WA’s club development officer for North-East Wales.