News 10 July 2011
PRESTATYN Running Club’s evergreen veteran Griff Owens was again in superb form in last week’s Warrington 10k, where he was not only the first M60 home but also beat all the M50 runners.
He finished 25th overall in a 251-strong field in 37.51, and the only other Prestatyn representative, M70 Roger Harrison-Jones, was 182nd in 51.28.
ONLY eight members of Prestatyn Running Club took part in the second race in Deestriders’ Off-Road Grand Prix at Shotton, four fewer than in the opening race.
Dean Longley continued his return to race fitness by leading the squad home in 18th place overall, with George Nicholls just five places behind.
After missing a couple of races with a bad back club captain Glenda Davies returned to form to win the L50 class.
The placings were: 18 Dean Longley 32.21, 23 George Nicholls 32.49, 44 Des Davies 35.52, 64 Glenda Davies 38.13 (1st L50), 69 Shelley Ward 38.57 (2nd L40), 77 Brenda Tiedtke 39.41 (2nd L45), 80 Steve Hatfield 40.11, 87 Sharon Jones 42.14 (3rd L40).
Super-vet David Owen has been named as the club’s Runner of the Month for June after completing numerous fell-races, some of them extremely arduous, and picking up M60 age-group prizes in the process.
On Saturday he was in action in Ras yr Aran, from Llauwchllyn, which was a British championship event. He finished in 2:26.49, a massive improvement on last time he did it. Also competing was Neil Owen, who has had a few months away from competition but has received a late entry to next week’s Snowdon race. He clocked 2-02.59, only slightly down on his previous time.
Gordon Jones and Helen Baxandall were the lucky winners of the two pairs of tickets for next year’s London Olympics, allocated to the club through Welsh Athletics.
This Sunday about 30 members will travel to Hadfield, near Glossop, for the Gravy 6 multi-terrain race. The trip proved very popular last year not only because of the scenic course but for the post-race social and Sunday lunch.
The club’s annual handicap race will be held on July 20, and members are asked to meet as usual at 6.30pm in Saints.
News 3 July
THERE’S just no stopping Prestatyn Running Club’s super-vet David Owen these days.
In recent weeks he has competed in virtually every fell-race available in North Wales and at the weekend he did two testing events in less than 24 hours.
On Saturday he travelled to Capel Curig for the annual Moel Siabod race, finishing 76.33, and the following day was among eight club members who turned in very hot conditions for the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail race around Llyn Alwen.
He had a friendly battle with clubmate and fellow over-60 Steve Hatfield, who managed to beat him by just seven seconds.
Higher up the field two other members also had their own club duel, Dean Longley edging home nine seconds ahead of George Nicholls.
The placings in the Alwen race were: 16 Dean Longley 45.28, 17 George Nicholls 45.37, 57 Paul Brandrick 51.59, 85 Steve Hatfield 57.20, 86 David Owen 57.27, 96 Duncan Longley 60.52, 117 Eleri Goddard 65.21, 129 Gill Brandrick 68.13.
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