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The Ruthin Evening 5k provided another boost for Prestatyn Running Club in terms of quality and quantity.
No fewer than 18 members turned out in last week’s race, and the club claimed four places in the first 10 and seven podium place.
Six days after his victory in the Deeside Off-Road race Tom Carter was again in great form, coming second overall in 16.55 and first over 40.
Dave Ellis was next, producing yet another pb, and newcomer Jamie Betts had another impressive run in seventh place. Another new recruit, Cam Askan, showed he is going to be a real asset as the Borders League season approaches.
Placings: 2 Tom Carter 16.55 (1st M40), 4 Dave Ellis 17.51 (3rd SM), 7 Jamie Betts 18.45, 8 Steve Stocker 19.09 (3rd M40), 15 Cam Askan 20.43, 25 Paul Sanders 21.46, 28 Lisa Lines 21.53 (3rd lady overall, 2nd SL), 33 James Rogers 22.10, 34 Steve Weedman 22.12, 43 Marc Jones 23.04, 47 Andy Clark 24.50, 49 Ann Claire Jones 24.55 (3rd L50), 59 Sophie Johnson 25.42 (3rd L40), 74 Helen Alefounder 27.37, 78 Gareth Hughes 28.08 (3rd M70), 99 Emma Birchall 33.11, 101 Linda Friar 33.39, 105 Julie Evans 34.41.
The good news continued over the very busy weekend with several members turning in fine results in a range of races including Parkruns.
Gordon Jones was the club’s sole representative in the North Wales half-marathon championships in Caernarfon and, unsurprisingly in the light of his outstanding recent form, he won the M65 class in the open and closed competition with a time of 1-25.14.
That time places him 5th in the UK rankings to go with his 5k and 5m placings.
Two other club veterans also picked up awards in off-road races at the weekend. Steve Stocker won the Hawarden Park Trail 5k in 22.55 and Gareth Hughes won the M70 class in the 10.6-mile Sandstone Trail race in Cheshire, clocking 2-09. Runners in the latter race had to contend not only with the stifling heat but also a swarm of wasps.
Four members turned out in the King John’s Castle fell-race at Llanarmon-yn-Ial (see pic) and three of them won their categories.
Simon Bonfield led the quartet home in 50.50, and he was followed by a trio of champions. Sophie Johnson was 1st L45 in 59.39, Ann-Claire Jones 1st L50 in 60.41 and Mandy Cartwright 1st L40 in 64.59.
T Three members showed their versatility in the Superfeet Sandman Triathlon in Newborough, Anglesey. Nicki Triggs got them off to a good start in the 900-metre swim, and Ben Thomas (93k cycle) and Dave Ellis (19.86k run), consolidated their position.
The trio, under the name I Spy With My Little Tri, finished 20th overall out of 67 teams but were second in the mixed category.
Among the most notable Parkrun outings were in the Nova event, where the consistent Oliver Birch-Jones recorded his first win and supervet Martin Cortvriend chalked up his 250th Parkrun, having participated in many different countries.
In second place behind Oliver was Cam Askan, while Alex Ryder and Jamie Betts were third and fifth respectively in Conwy.
PARKRUN RESULTS. Nova: 1 Oliver Birch-Jones 19.36, 2 Cam Askan 19.53 (pb), 5 Darren Thompson 21.30, 11 Paul Sanders 22.19, 16 Marc Jones 23.30, 33 Martin Cortvriend 25.54, 34 Martin Gill 25.57, 36 Jo Lewis 26.16, 37 Andrew Scott 26.17, 44 Mark Dakeyne 27.47, 45 Sion Jones 27.54 (pb), 71 Nem James 30.16, 73 Nicki Triggs 30.30, 85 Roger Harrison-Jones 32.00, 87 Lesley Furneaux 32.12, 95 Cathy Wood 33.47.
Conwy: 3 Alex Ryder 18.16, 5 Jamie Betts 19.00 (pb).
Chester: 64 Sian Beck 26.00.
Aberystwyth: 67 Claudia Smith 20.17.
Erddig: 22 Steve Weedman 23.54, 63 Andy Clark 27.02, 123 Debbie Weedman 32.12.
Pont-y-Bala: 32 Glenda Roberts 26.30.