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Gareth's Press Report 28th April 2024

Llandudno’s West Shore is always a pleasant spot to visit but for four of Prestatyn Running Club’s ladies it has never been such a welcome sight as it was on Saturday afternoon.

It marked the end of the 50-kilometre Coast Ultra race which started at 6am at the Nova, Prestatyn, and largely followed the coastal path with a few diversions towards Llysfaen and the Little Orme’s Angel Bay.

Conditions were perfect for the event, with a breeze to the runners’ backs, and the four – Ann Claire Jones, Cara Jones, Ally Reid and Nicki Triggs – were justifiably proud of their achievement in completing the course, all finishing within 15 minutes of each other.

Ann Claire led the quartet home and was second lady overall, with a time of 7-15.19. In equal third place, just nine seconds behind, was Cara, with Ally fifth in 7-18.22 and Nicky seventh in 7-30.35.

Their effort came a week after another 50k ultra run by club member Cathy Wood. She joined 500 other women in the unique She Ultra on the Llyn Peninsular, starting in Pwllheli and heading inland to Garn Fadryn and Botwnnog before heading along the scenic coastal path to the finish in Abersoch.

Cathy, who revels in such events, finished an excellent 225th in a time of 9h 20m.

Three days before the Coast Ultra Nicki Triggs, along with Ben Thomas, competed in the second race in the Wirral Seaside 5k, and the conditions were much better than for the first race.

In another quality field Ben was 97th in 20.39 and Nicki 237th in 26.25.

Just 24 hours earlier Ben was among a strong Prestatyn contingent in the 3 Hills race, the fourth event in the Joe Brown Tuesday Night series of fellraces. As the name suggests, it was an up-and-down course, with in-the-know entrants having brought gardening gloves to assist them on the steep, rough climbs.

The placings were: 11 Lee Bailey 34.41 (3rd M40), 56 Ben Thomas 43.34, 76 Gareth Jones 46.26, 98 Sophie Johnson 50.32, 102 Mandy Cartwright 51.39, 115 Mark Dakeyne 54.55,129 Ann Claire Jones 50.20 (2nd L50), 131 Liz Martin 61.14, 132 James Rogers 62.55.

Andy Carter also “doubled up” within a matter of a few hours. On Friday evening he joined a high quality field for the Mid-Cheshire 5k, coming 666th in 23.28, and the following morning set a pb of 23.37 in the Nova Parkrun.

Nova results: 2 Jamie Betts 18.58, 3 Dave Ellis 19.04, 13 Marc Jones 21.31 (pb), 27 Andy Carter 23.37 (pb), 38 Reg Jonas 25.23, 43 Lisa Lines 25.55, 51 Mark Dakeyne 26.32, 76 Claudia Smith 28.27, 129 Cathy Wood 31.44, 130 Rachel Jackson 31.44, 138 Martin Gill 32.15, 151 Karl Martin 33.40, 152 Liz Martin 33.40.

Greenfield Valley: 4 Darren Thompson 22.37

Ruthin: 11 Steve Weedman 22.45, 13 Andy Clark 23.10, 50 Debbie Weedman 29.57.

Wilmslow: 86 Martin Cortvriend 25.06.

Maxima (Utrecht): 35 Nem James 27.38.

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