Prestatyn Running Club
NAME: Gareth Hughes
PLACE OF BIRTH: Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham
YEAR STARTED RUNNING: 1981 (for first London Marathon
HOW LONG BEEN A P.R.C. MEMBER: Since 1982 (when I formed the club)
FORMER CLUBS (or current second-claim clubs) : Ruthin Town FC,
Denbigh Town, Mold Alex, Rhos United, Rhewl (all football)
PBs, YEAR AND EVENT ACHIEVED: I don’t keep records, but
5K – 19.48 – Caernarfon, 2007 (at 61!)
5M – Can’t remember
10K – 36.08, Colwyn Bay (1987?)
10M – 58.28 Wrexham (1987?)
Half-Marathon – 1:21 Ruthin (1984?) Have only done 2.
Marathon – 2:51 London (1988?)
MAIN HONOURS: Award of Merit from Welsh Athletics in 2005
PROUDEST MOMENT: The club’s performance (runners and officials) at the Welsh CC Champs in Ruthin, February, 2007; beating Richard Robson in NWCC Champs in Denbigh; that pb in London.
FAVOURITE TRAINING SESSION/ ROUTE: Anything off-road, but particularly in the Clwydian Hills
SPORTING HERO/HEROINE: Haile Gebrselassie – embodies everything good in the sport
OTHER SPORTS ENJOYED: In the past, football and tennis
WHAT I WOULD WISH FOR THE CLUB: Pete Blundell to turn up on time; a greater response from members (negative or positive) to appeals for feedback on issues; better turnouts from members in regional championships
FAVOURITE RACE: Welsh Castles Relays (any downhill stage)
HARDEST RACE: Any with Steve Hatfield breathing down my neck…and gaining
FAVOURITE RACE DISTANCE: These days…5k
FAVOURITE SPORTING MOMENTS: Watching athletes such as Gebrselassie or Bekele finding another gear at the end of exciting races.
PLACES YOU’D LIKE TO RUN: The length of Offa’s Dyke
FAVOURITE TV: Match of the Day 2, QI, University Challenge
FAVOURITE FILM: The Killing Fields
FAVOURITE TV PERSONALITY: Basil Brush
FAVOURITE SINGER/GROUP: Rhys Meirion, Gogol Bordello (going through my third adolescence).
HATES/DISLIKES: Jonathan Ross; Ian Wright; the coast road (by the end of each winter); so many of the current generation who are not prepared to take on responsibility or contribute to society.
CRAZY MOMENTS: When a squirrel ran up Brian Evans’ leg while on the hills, sleeping through the final Border League race last year, which will take some living down.
OTHER HOBBIES: Crosswords and quizzes (surprise, surprise); reading; eating.; watching Anwen do DIY.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Always keep the tubes of Deep Heat and haemorrhoid ointment well apart in the bathroom cabinet" – Anon.
MOST VISITED WEBSITE: icnorthwales (Daily Post – old loyalties die hard).
We train on Mondays and Wednesdays 6.30pm.We meet at Saints Fitness Centre in Meliden
Saints Fitness Centre Meliden