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Trails, concrete, tarmac, hills and sandhills – Prestatyn Running Club members faced the lot in a variety of events over the past couple of weeks.
The only member to compete on a smooth tarmac surface was Alex Ryder who is in the form of his life and who has been showing great maturity in his running, He was rewarded with a huge pb in Sunday’s Great Manchester 10k. In a field of 25,000 he finished 103rd, clocking 35.31, which bettered his previous pb by 2 minutes 6 seconds.
The busy programme began for three of the ladies who took on the Snowdonia Half-Marathon from Llanrwst, which has always ben challenging. This time, however, the course was much tougher than previously, including a steep climb up to Llyn Geirionnydd and then another climb over to Crafnant before a final ascent before dropping down to Llanrwst.
In a big field Ann-Claire Jones came 214th in 2-11.51, with Cara Jones 276th in 2-22.50 and Helen Alefounder 322nd in 2-30.29.
Three days later the three of them again took to the hills, in the eighth race in the Joe Brown Tuesday Night series of fell-races.
The deceptively tough Great Orme was the venue, and the earlier rain made conditions even more treacherous than usual.
Steve Skates had a tremendous run, finishing fifth overall and second M40 in 33.17. Other placings were: 81 Helen Ashworth 49.15, 92 Liz Martin 55.17, 93 James Rogers 57.19, 97 Cara Jones 57.51, 09 Ann-Claire Jones 58.03, 99 Helen Alefounder 58.20, 103 Lesley Furneaux 80.50, 104 Suzanne Evans 89.59, 105 Julie Evans 89.59, 106 Steve Brown 89.59.
The following evening the intrepid trio were in action once again, this time among over 40 members who attended the club’s annual social run in Rhewl, near Ruthin. The off-road run was followed by a meal in the village pavilion.
The Anglesey Trail 10k through Newborough Forest must offer one of the most scenic courses in the region, but as well as the energy-sapping sandy sections competitors in Sunday’s race, who included three of the Prestatyn ladies, had to contend with a strong wind.
All three finished within three minutes of each other. Sophie Johnson was 48th in 58.41, with Ally Reid just one place and two seconds behind, and Mandy Cartwright came 66th in 61.36.
With all that activity taking place it was not surprising that there were fewer members than usual in Parkrun action.
Supervet Martin Cortvriend was again the outstanding performer, chalking up yet another M70 course record, this time in the Hafan Parkrun in Pwllheli. Much of the course is on soft sand, but Martin took 85 seconds of the previous record, coming seventh overall in 23.25.
Other Parkrun results:- Nova, Prestatyn: 14 Martin Gill 24.17, 25 Stuart Clitheroe 25.59, 26 Gareth Hughes 26.06 (pb), 43 Rachel Jackson 29.03, 55 Nem James 30.50, 62 Emma Birchall 32.03. Greenfield Valley: 3 Steve Weedman 22.04 (pb),17 Steve Brown 27.43, 26 Debbie Weedman 30.11 (pb). Wepre: 89 Steve Hatfield 36.48.