Big turnout for club at Ch­ester

North Wales Weekly News - - COMMUNITY EVENTS -

IT was a busy week­end for the North Wales Road Run­ners Club with 28 of its mem­bers tak­ing part in six dif­fer­ent events.

Nine­teen club rep­re­sen­ta­tives trav­elled to Ch­ester last Sun­day to take part in the full and the met­ric (26.2km) marathons.

In the full marathon, first to fin­ish from the club was Dean Al­li­son, who recorded a time of three hours 33 min­utes and 16 sec­onds, de­spite strug­gling in the last five miles.

Lesley Good­son was paced by Jon Evans, who was tak­ing part in his ninth marathon this year, for a per­sonal best 3–55.41, which qual­i­fies her for a good for age place at the Lon­don Marathon.

Sarah Fer­gu­son (4-00.30) and Ben Hud­son (4-01.36) both reg­is­tered PBs, while Len Jack­son (4-11.36) was tak­ing part in his fi­nal marathon af­ter 35 years of rac­ing.

In the met­ric marathon, Martin Green fin­ished a fine sev­enth over­all in a time of 1–39.17 and was sec­ond in his cat­e­gory, as was his wife Carla (2-00.24) and Kay Hat­ton (2-13.59).

Dave Gard­ner won his age sec­tion and his time (2-11.16) is the fastest of­fi­cially recorded time by an over 75 year old for the dis­tance.

Also tak­ing part were Iwan Evans (1-51.00), Steven Roberts (2-04.05), Dar­ren Griss (2-10.39), Glenn Bar­nett (2-14.19), Tony Price-Jones (2-16.14), Mark Jones (2-20.35), Ch­eryl An­nFrost (2-21.50), Josie Davies (2-39.39), Mandy Owen (2-46.18) and Mike Hay­ton (2-49.50) who was third in his cat­e­gory.

In the first round of this sea­son’s North Wales Cross Coun­try League, which was held in Tre­borth, Gemma Brown fin­ished an ex­cel­lent eighth in the ladies race.

In the men’s race the duo of John Ford and Martin Green came home first and sec­ond re­spec­tively in their cat­e­gories, which gave the club sec­ond place in the mas­ters’ team event, just one point be­hind the win­ning team.

Also tak­ing part was Gary Wil­liams in his first com­pet­i­tive race since re­join­ing the club.

Last Sun­day, Mark Davies trav­elled to Rhos­gad­fan to take part in the chal­leng­ing Four Lakes 30k race, which he fin­ished ninth over­all in a time of two hours and 16 min­utes.

Fur­ther afield, club chair­man Kevin Slat­tery trav­elled to Vi­lafranca near Barcelona to join mem­bers of Fondistes Penedes run­ning club in a 12.7k race.

Slat­tery fin­ished third in his age cat­e­gory and be­ing the only non Spa­niard in the field of over 700 run­ners he was awarded a bot­tle of lo­cal wine.

In the latest Satur­day Conwy Parkrun 5k event, He­len Mitchell (29.41) recorded a per­sonal best time.

Also tak­ing part were Jon Evans (21.57), Dar­ren Griss (22.03) Ceri Jones (27.40) and Ang­harad Lewis (29.02).

Mys­terun of Abergele run­ner Jeremy Bright com­peted in the Cardiff Half Marathon and crossed the line in one hour and 43 sec­onds.

North Wales Road Run­ners Club mem­bers who took part in the Ch­ester Met­ric

Kevin Slat­tery (grey top)

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