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Gareth's press report 25th February 2024

There was an unfortunate choice for Prestatyn Running Club members to make at the weekend with the fifth fixture of the Borders Road Running League clashing with the Rhyl 5 and 10-mile races, which incorporated the North Wales championships.

Some managed a weekend “double” by competing in one of the races 24 hours after participating in a Parkrun.

Among those was Tom Carter, who produced a very strong finish to come second in the Nova Parkrun and followed it up with fourth place in Sunday’s 5-miler, which, though titled a Rhyl race, was held in Pensarn because of coast protection works.

In the same Parkrun Sian Beck was the first female home, while Dave Ellis was first overall in the Pont y Bala Parkrun. He was one of 16 Prestatyn members who travelled to Bala in support of the breast cancer awareness campaign “Feel, Find, Mind”.

Nova Parkrun: 2 Tom Carter 17.45, 16 Darren Thompson 23.07, 18 Jamie Betts 23.12, 21 Sian Beck 23.49, 23 Reg Jonas 23.56, 62 Claudia Smith 28.19, 63 Martin Cortvriend 28.20, 76 Rachel Jackson 31.33, 81 Steve Stocker 31.54 (running with his son Frankie).

Pont-y-Bala: 1 Dave Ellis 18.20, 11 Paul Sanders 21.40, 13 Marc Jones 22.18, 19 Ben Thomas 22.57, 23 Steve Weedman 23.22, 22 Andrew Carter 23.43, 40 Andy Clark 26.08, 43 Sophie Johnson 26.35, 59 Nem James 28.18 (pb), 61 Mike Davis 28.22, 62 Nicki Triggs 28.23, 76 Mandy Cartwright 29.43, 113 Debbie Weedman 33.20, 117 Emma Birchall 33.41, 124 Julie Evans 35.28 (pb), 132 Suzanne Evans 37.00.

Wepre: 49 Karl Martin 32.16.

Chester: 296 Steve Hatfield 40.28.

Ally Reid, who is preparing for North Wales Coast 50k ultra race in April, put in a tough weekend session, picking up a medal in the process.

She was 3rd L50 in the North Wales championships in the Rhyl 10-miler, and then ran the six miles home. She shared the limelight on the day with Ann Claire Jones, who was third overall in the same categoryin the open race and won the North Wales title.

The 10-mile results were: 51 Craig Smith 76.50, 57 Darren Thompson 78.39, 23rd female Ann Claire Jones 82.37 (3rd L50), 35th female Ally Reid 87.19, 74th female Helen Alefounder 1-40.29, 100th female Cathy Wood 1-53.20.

5-mile race: 4 Tom Carter 29.43, 33 Patrick Haberland 39.40.

Twenty members represented the club in the Borders League at Kelsterton, with Alex Ryder once again leading the squad home. On his first appearance in the red vest Andrew Parry had an excellent run, finishing 94th overall.

The placings were: 61 Alex Ryder 26.17, 70 Steve Stocker 26.43, 79 Rachel Shipley (2nd SL) 27.06, 92 Darren Blazier 27.38, 94 Andrew Parry 27.39, 157 Ben Thomas 30.06, 183 Marc Jones 31.32, 199 Paul Sanders 32.00, 244 Martin Cortvriend (2nd M70) 33.34, 252 Canyon Wilson 33.52, 256 Tony Benton 34.09, 296 Andrew Scott 36.30, 302 Sophie Johnson 37.04, 324 George Nixon (3rd M70) 38.33, 325 Mandy Cartwright 38.33, 331 Gareth Hughes (1st M75) 39.01, 339 Cara Jones 40.01, 340 Liz Martin 40.03, 349 Nicki Triggs 40.44, 358 Grahame Shone 31.12.

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