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Gareth's Press Report 18th Feb 2024

Two members of Prestatyn Running Club made light of a heavy cold and a heavy training week in Sunday’s 5k and 10k races in Ruthin. Alex Ryder had put in an unusually high 74 kilometres of training in the week leading up to the 5k race but claimed an excellent place in 18.31. Meanwhile in the 10k event Reg Jonas, who was recovering from a cold was first M60 despite approaching his 65th birthday. He was 34th overall, with clubmate Steve Weedman 23rd in 48.49.

Four of the club’s ladies travelled to Coed y Brenin near Dolgellau for the Winter Trail race which, at seven miles, was considerably shorter than usual. There was a field of over 440 for the race, over an attractive course of paths and fire tracks. Ann Claire Jones was the first of the quartet in 186th place, clocking 1-13.40, and was followed by Sophie Johnson (192nd, 1-15.18, Mandy Cartwright (232nd, 1-18.29) and Helen Alefounder (358, !-30.54).

Conditions were perfect for Saturday’s Parkruns, but the only pb recorded was by Jamie Betts on the tough Wepre course.

Nova Parkrun: 2 Dave Ellis 19.29, 5 Cam Askan 20.41, 19 Marc Jones 23.51, 27 Helen Ashworth 24.31, 31 Andrew Carter 24.50, 41 Andrew Scott 25.51, 51 Liz Martin 27.54, 56 Mark Dakeyne 28.22, 61 Mike Davis 29.16, 66 Grahame Shone 29.41, 69 Nem James 29.47, 73 Karl Martin 30.03, 83 Lesley Furneaux 30.46, 138 Roger Harrison-Jones 48.57.

Conwy: 55 Steve Weedman 24.15, 214 Debbie Weedman 34.00.

Wepre: 4 Jamie Betts 21.47 (pb).

Ruthin: 13 Martin Cortvriend 22.30.

Newborough: 66 Andy Clark 28.07.

Bestwood Village (Nottingham): 131 Claudia Smith 32.20.

Next Sunday (25th) sees the fifth Borders Road-Running League fixture hosted by Deeside AAC at Kelsterton, and with only one more race before the end-of-season relay competition several Prestatyn members are in line for individual age-category awards.

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