Published In PRC News
Will you still lead me, will you still beat me when I’m 65” (With apologies to the Beatles.)
The answer to that question in Gordon Jones’s case is an emphatic “No”.
Since turning 65 last month the Prestatyn Running Club member has been in sparkling form. Three weeks after setting a new age-group record in the North Wales 5-mile championships he swapped the red vest of Prestatyn for that of Wales in the Mid-Cheshire 5k, which incorporated a Masters’ international contest.
The standard of competition was, as usual, phenomenal, which is reflected in the fact that Gordon finished in 482nd place overall despite clocking a very fast 18.12. However, not only did he win his class in the international, beating all six English runners, but also in the open race.
“ It places me fourth in the UK rankings for the distance, which is probably more prestigious than my third position for 5 miles as there are more 5k races,” said Gordon.
During the race he eased past fellow Prestatyn member Steve Stocker, who finished 494th in 18.36, just outside his pb.
Also in great form at the moment is club captain Dave Ellis, who set a new pb of 18.19 in the Nova Parkrun, which attracted over 170 participants.
Placings: 5 Dave Ellis 18.19, 19 Gareth Brandrick 21.47, 20 Paul Sanders 21.51 (pb), 22 Holly Roberts 21.58, 38 Marc Jones 24.03, 47 Reg Jonas 24.34 (pb), 50 Martin Cortvriend 25.01, 58 Andrew Scott 25.45, 85 Rachel Jackson 27.38, 95 Nem James 28.54, 96 Nicki Triggs 28.54.
Conwy: 50 Steve Weedman 23.39, 85 Andy Clark 25.19, 157 Ann Claire Jones 29.24, 160 Helen Alefounder 29.33, 181 Debbie Weedman 30.28, 242 Julie Evans 36.01.
Wepre: 51 Sophie Johnson 28.13, 60 Mandy Cartwright 29.32, 100 Ian Cummins 55.18.
Greenfield Valley: 37 Debbie Jones 30.33.
Ruthin: 59 Roger Harrison-Jones 30.46.
Llangollen: 59 Glenda Roberts 27.30.