Report August 28 2011
Eddie Naisby stages dramatic comeback
OF all the recent race results involving members of Prestatyn Running Club the one which will have pleased members most came in last week’s Race the Train in Tywyn.
For although he finished 897th out of 918 the mere fact that 83-year-old Eddie Naisby was able to complete the course was a triumph in itself.
For last year the super-vet suffered a serious illness and underwent surgery at Glan Clwyd Hospital. However, his determination not to give up running never waned and in June he ran in the Mersey Tunnel 10k with his two sons, who acted as chaperones.
The 14-mile Race the Train event was a much tougher challenge, however, and the rain made it even more difficult on the slippery multi-terrain course.
“I wanted to show that I wasn’t ready for the coffin yet,” joked Eddie, who admitted that he found it tougher than any of the numerous marathons he has completed.
His time was 3-01.06, half-an-hour slower than that of two years ago but still remarkable in the circumstances
Other vets in action
Several of the club’s other vets were also in action last week. In the Birchwood 10k in Warrington Griff Owens not only won the M60 class in 37.54 but also took the prize for the best age-graded performance.
He finished 56th overall, with George Nicholls 87th in 39.23, Roger Harrison-Jones (M70) 333rd in 49.58 and Dave Hughes (M70) 341st in 50.16.
David Owen was the club’s sole representative in the Lletty fell-race at Llangynhafal and was third M60 in 2-03.02.
Sharon Jones and Eleri Goddard represented the club in the testing Ellesmere 10k and they had mixed fortunes. Sharon took two minutes off her pb with a time of 50.55 while Eleri, who has been struggling with a breathing problem recently, clocked 54.04.
The club’s annual social run and get-together at Rhewl, near Ruthin, again proved a huge success, attended by over 20 members and a handful of members of Denbigh Harriers
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