Sunday, 30 June 2013

Foel Fras


Course record-holder Richard Roberts was in a class of his own in the Foel Fras race, coming home over 11 minutes ahead of runner-up Jez Brown.

 Roberts, who is in good form at the moment, was less than two minutes outside his own record despite being under no real pressure.

 Results: 1 R Roberts (Eryri) 1-39.30, 2 J Brown (Buckley, M40) 1-51.10, 3 K Steinegger (Ambleside) 1-54.07, 4 M Davies (NWRR) 1-55.05, 5 T Budd (Glossopdale) 1-55.18, 6 S Roberts (Buckley, M40) 1-55.48. M40: 3 P Jones (Eryri) 1-57.56.
 M50: 1 A Lewis (Eryri) 1-59.00, 2 I Edgar (Eryri) 2-10.15, 3 D Livesey (ua) 2-19.40.
 M60: A Duncan (Bowland) 2-11.12
 M70: E Davies (Eryri) 2-31.39.

Ladies: 1 C Rice (Glossopdale) 2-10.24, 2 K Forster (Spectrum, L50) 2-20.08, 3 A Thomas (Eryri, L40) 2-32.15, 4 L Palmer (Glossopdale, L40) 2-33.26, 5 L Whitfield (Spectrum) 2-37.00, 6 H Turner (Eryri) 2-46.00.

Welsh U13, U15 and senior champs (Day 1)


On what was a good day overall for Menai Track and Field athletes Cari Hughes claimed yet another national title on the first day of the Welsh under-132, under-15s and senior championships in Cardiff.

 She won her U15 800-metre heat and then took gold in the final in 2-16.09, comfortably ahead of her closest challenger.

 Her clubmate Cliff Schwabauer  had two silvers in the U15 300m and shot and Adele Nicoll (Birchfield) from Welshpool duly claimed a double success in the senior discus and shot. After two no-throws in the discus she came good with a winning throw of 43.11.

 Another winner was Hawarden's Sally Peake (Birchfield), whose single clearance of 4.01 metres in the pole vault was enough to retain her title, although it was way below her season's best.

 Two days earlier Peake finished sixth in the IAAF Challenge meeting in Ostrava with a vault of 4.12.

 North Wales medallists in Cardiff included:- Boys under 15: 300m 2 C Schwabauer (Menai) 39.56; SP 2 Schwabauer 11.70.
 Girls under 13: 100m 3 Moli Jones (Colwyn Bay) 13.50; .
 Girls under 15: 100m 2 Chloe Hughes (Deeside) 13.12; 800m 1 Cari Hughes (Menai) 2-16.09; 75mH 3 Lauren Williams (Mald) 12.03.
 Senior women: 100m 2 Hannah Thomas (Wrex) 12.08; 5,000m 3 Katie Parry (Leeds) 17-46.02, 4 Sarah Livett (Menai) 18-22.06. TJ 3 Sian Swanson (Swansea) 10.02; PV 1 Sally Peake (Birchfield) 4.01; DT 1 Adele Nicoll (Birchfield) 43.11; SP 1 Nicoll 13.52; HT 2 Laura Douglas (Sale) 57.86.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Joe Brown Series


John Parkinson set a new M40 record in winning the 10th and final race of the Joe Brown Midweek Series in Llanberis.

 The overall series winner was Matthew Roberts, while Lisa Grantham pipped teenager Bronwen Jenkinson for the ladies' award.

 Results of final race (all Eryri unless stated): 1 J Patkinson (M40) 27.27 (new record), 2 A Edwards 27.32, 3 G Owen (ua) 27.37, 4 R Grantham (Chester Tri, M40) 27.53, 5 P Jenkinson (M40) 28.01, 6 C Jones (M40) 28.04. M50: 1 S Toogood (ua) 29.52, 2 A Lewis 30.27, 3 G Griffiths (ua) 33.41. M60: P "Tan" Jones 34.06, 2 J Morris (Buckley) 36.30, 3 G Davies (ua) 36.50. M70: E Davies 35.58. Ladies: 1 L Grantham (Chester Tri) 32.33, 2 B Jenkinson (U16) 33.10, 3 S Barnwell (L40) 33.39, 4 K Worthington 34.21, 4 K Broach (L40) 34.41, 6 M Hughes 34.51. L50: 1 E Salisbury 36.45, 2 J Stott (MDC) 52.27.

 Series winners:- Overall, men: M Roberts. U18: J Griffith (Colwyn Bay). M40: Parkinson. M50: Lewis. M60: Jones. M70: Davies. Overall, ladies: Grantham. U16: Jenkinson. L40: Barnwell. L50: Salisbury. L60: M Oliver.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Moel y Gamelin


It was a case of one set of partners succeeding another in the Moel y Gamelin race on the Horseshoe Pass.

 Despite the dreadful weather Lloyd Taggart (Dark Peak) and his partner Jackie Lee smashed the records set in 2009 by Richard Roberts and Anna Bartlett.

 Taggart sliced almost eight minutes off the course record and Lee six minutes.

 Results: 1 L Taggart (Dark Peak, M40) 68.54, 2 P Ryder (Cardiff/Brycheiniog) 71.40, 3 R Grantham (Chester Tri, M40) 73.15, 4 M Cliffe (Eryri, M40) 73.19, 5 J Brown (Buckley, M40) 74.25, 6 J Hunt (Dark Peak, M45) 74.56. JM: H Davies (Mercia) 79.04.
 M45: 2 M Kelly (Leighton Buzzard) 88.26, 3 J Rendell (Clwydian) 90.50.
 M50: 1 P Jeggo (Springfield) 81.00, 2 I Lancaster (Tattenhall) 86.02, 3 S Toogood (ua) 86.10.
 M55: 1 G Earlam (Ell Port) 87.17, 2 E Davies (Mercia) 88.27, 3 G Davies (Mercia) 92.20.
 M60: 1 A Duncan (Bowland) 93.10, 2 A French (Wrex) 95.42, 3 M Cortvriend (Denbigh) 98.00.
 M65: 1 G Gunner (Croft Ambrey) 1-43.37, 2 J Morris (Buckley) 1-45.06, 3 B Robbins (Eryri) 1-47.10.

1 J Lee (Eryri) 83.20, 2 L Jeska (Aberystwyth) 83.52, 3 K Beecher (Les Cr) 86.40, 4 M Price (Mercia, L40) 90.04.
 L40: 2 L Morley (Wrex) 94.56, 3 J Moore (Eryri) 99.05.
 L45: 1 S Rowlands (Clwydian) 98.39, 2 J Robertson (Helsby) 1-44.29.
 L50: 1 S Howarth (Mercia) 1-41.17, 2 J Edwards (Meir) 1-45.32, 3 E Salisbury (Eryri) 1-49.45.
 L55: 1 K Braznell (Mercia) 1-44.48, 2 R Powell (Mercia) 1-47.26.
 L65: M Oliver (Eryri) 2-28.00.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Great North 10k


Oswestry's Alison Lavender finished third lady in the Great North 10k in Newcastle at the weekend.

 The Loughborough University student finished an excellent 26th overall in 36.51.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Stone St Michael 10k


Eryri's Siobhan Evans made a highly impressive debut on the road for North Wales when she finished third lady overall in the Stone St Michael 10k in Stafford.

 The race incorporated a challenge between North Wales and the host county, and there were several fine individual performances, though Evans, who clocked 37.23, was outstanding.

 Lee Jones (Deeside) was fifth overall and first M40 in 32.42 and the rest of the team members were: 9 Andrew Edwards (Deestriders) 33.54, 31 Andrew Bromley (Deeside) 37.00, 39 Siobhan Evans 37.23, 40 John Morris (Denbigh) 37.27, 79 Jay Jennions (Deestriders) 39.43, 258 Amie Bagnall (Prestatyn) 48.26, 298 Abbie Cheetham (Prestatyn) 50.25. 

Welsh U17/U20 champs


With difficult weather conditions facing the track athletes it was no surprise that it was the throwers who shone at the Welsh under-17s and under-20s championships in Swansea.

 North Wales has an outstanding crop of young field athletes at present they came away with a huge haul of medals.

 Honours were shared in the Battle of the Giants, the under-17 men. Nathan Thomason (Colwyn Bay) beat his Wrexham rival Matthew Williams in the shot but the1-2 positions were reversed in the discus.

 Welshpool's Adele Nicoll (Birchfield) unsurprisingly won the U17 discus and shot and in the older age-group Georgia Bates (Deeside) also did the "double" in the long-jump and 100m hurdles, in addition to gaining silver in the high jump.

 There was a North Wales 1-2-3 in the U20 800m, with Newtown's Gwynant Jones (Cardiff), splitting the Colwyn Bay pair of Tom Earley and Tom Harding. All-rounder Connor Laverty came away with one gold and two silvers.

 North Wales medal winners included:-
Women under 17.  100m 2 Shannon Malone (Deeside) 12.63; 300m 3 Neve Evans (Wrex) 44.67; 800m 2 Amigal Backshall (CB) 2-17.2; 80mH 1 Abigail Bowers (Oswestry) 12.36; 300mH 2 Vicky Gittins (Mald) 45.51, 3 Rosie Unwin (Mald) 47.89; LJ 2 Unwin 5.30; TJ 2 Sarah Williams (Mald) 9.65; SP 1 Adele Nicoll (Birchfield) 12.84, 3 Katy Whitley (Wrex) 10.53; Discus 1 Nicoll 44.23, 2 Sabrina Fortune (Deeside) 33.70, 3 Whitley 32.90.

 Women under 20. 1,500m 1 Georgia Garner (CB) 4-44.58; 100mH 1 Georgia Bates (Dee) 17.73; HJ 1 Bates 1.57; LJ 1 Bates 5.36; TJ 2 Hannah Owen (Mald) 10.20; SP 1 Manon Edwards (Wrex) 10.76;
Hammer 2 Edwards 33.91.

 Men under 17. 1,500m 2 Iolo Hughes (Menai) 4-06.7; PV 2 Thomas Walley (Wrex) 2.60; SP 1 Nathan Thomason (CB) 13.90, 2 Matthew Williams (Wrex) 12.52; DT 1 Williams 47.00, 2 Thomason 42.23; Hammer 1 James Williams (CB) 58.28, 2 Thomason 53.38, 3 Shaun Livett (Menai) 45.53.

 Men under 20. 400m 2 Chris McNaught (Menai) 50.92; 800m 1 Tom Earley (CB) 2-00.20, 2 Gwynant Jones (Cardiff) 2-02.56, 3 Tom Harding (CB) 2-02.95; 400mH 1 William Poole (Wrex) 59.61, 2 Rheon Jones (Menai) 60.84; TJ 2 Laverty 12.38; SP 2 Laverty 14.06; DT 1 Laverty 43.62.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Warrington 10k


Only a handful of North Wales athletes travelled across the border for the Warrington 10k. Gary Blackwell  (Deeside) finished 28th in 39.22, David A Jones (Denbigh) 188th in 49.00 and Eleri Jones (Prestatyn) clocked 55.46.

 In the Dunham Massey 5k in Cheshire Sarah Livett (Menai) was second lady overall and first junior in 18.04, and Rosemary Rogers (Deestriders) again won her L60 class in 21.39.

 A few days later Sarah and Rosemary returned to Cheshire for the Lymm 5k, and this time the former was first female home in 18.24, while the latter again won the L60 class in 22.36. Margaret Ludden (Buckley) won the L50 category in 21.16.

Trail Marathon Wales


 After winning last year's Trail Marathon Wales in Coed y Brenin Welsh international Andrew Davies opted for the "Half" this time - and again claimed victory. His time of 81.37 was five minutes faster than that set in 2012 by England's Rob Hope.

 Andrew's brother Tim opted for the 26-miler, finishing fourth behind winner Andrew Siggers (Kenilworth), Richard Roberts (Eryri), who was second last year, and Gavin Felton (Barnsley).

Half-marathon: 1 A Davies (Maldwyn) 81.36, 2 R Samuel (Eryri) 84.07, 3 G Briggs (Staffs Moorland, M40) 94.55, 4 D Kashi (Eryri) 95.33, 5 A Walling (Menai, M40) 99.13, 6 M Hurford (Les Croupiers, M40) 99.44.
 M50: 1 A Lewis (Eryri) 1-46.13, 2 P Osborne (Llanelli) 1-53.22, 3 M Homer (Dudley Kingswinford) 2-00.25
 M60: 1 G Spencer (Mercia) 1-59.45, 2 D Powell (Basingstoke) 2-08.44, 3 D Seabourne (Mercia) 2-25.31
1 A Bartlett (Mercia, L40) 1-46.28, 2 J Gallagher (ua) 1-51.23, 3 S Roberts (TROTS, L40) 1-54.13, 4 R Mingo (Bere Alston) 1-57.01, 5 J Webb (Chester Tri, L40) 1-58.26, 6 T Lewis-Jones (Eryri, L40) 1-58.59.
 L50: 1 K Hatton (NWRR) 2-17.55, 2 C Combelas (Northbrook) 2-22.18, 3 R Smith (ua) 2-26.57.
 L60: 1 Y Twelvetree (Totley) 2-22.23, 2 V Edwards (ua) 2-30.47, 3 M Oliver (Eryri) 2-35.28.

Half-Marathon: 1 A Siggers (Kenilworth) 3-06.39, 2 R Roberts (Eryri) 3-14.00, 3 G Felton (Barnsley, M40) 3-17.50, 4 T Davies (Mald) 3-22.32, 5 G Griffin (Meirionnydd) 3-22.39, 6 M Palmer (ua, M40) 3-25.27.
 M3 M Jones (ua) 3-44.07
 M50: 1 A Woods (Mynydd Du) 3-46.43, 2 G Fletcher (Mald) 3-52.52, 3 M Slaney (Basingstoke) 3-57.04.
 M60: 1 D Evans (Cardiff) 4-20.03, 2 L Jackson (Aldridge) 4-47.44, 3 T Harden (ua) 4-55.12

1 M Spalton (ua) 3-47.35, 2 E Dalton (ua) 3-57.06, 3 M Price (Mercia, L40) 4-02.00, 4 K Threadgall (Valley) 4-03.31, 5 S McCartney (ua) 4-06.32, 6 L Davies (Mynydd Du, L40) 4-08.26.
 L40: 3 G Taverner (Stroud) 4-10.11.
 L50: 1 E Collins (Denbigh) 4-09.51, 2 Y Brown (Port Talbot) 5-05.23, 3 G Csizmadia (Wrexham) 5-41.11.

Hotfoot up Famau


Ambleside's Karl Steinegger won the Hotfoot up Famau race, the first in the three-race Clwydian Hills series.

 The event attracted a good field of over 100 from across North Wales and the North West.

 Results: 1 K Steinegger (Ambleside) 36.09, 2 L Burthem (Warrington, U23) 36.26, 3 J Brown (Buckley, M40) 36.47, 4 N Ashcroft (Ambleside, M40) 38.25, 5 P Taylor (Tattenhall) 38.37, 6 D Phillips (Vale Royal) 38.42. U23: 2 A Edwards (Deestriders) 44.45. M40: 3 S Edwards (Buckley) 38.48. M50: 1 S Toogood (ua) 41.03, 2 G Earlam (Ell Port) 43.18, 3 S Burthem (Warrington) 44.38. M60: 1 A French (Wrex) 45.03, 2 J Morris (Buck) 47.26, 3 K Hughes (Wrecsam Tri) 53.14. M70: 1 P Jones (Prestatyn) 56.39, 2 MH Edwards (Wrex) 61.31.
 Ladies: 1 L Morley (Wrexham) 47.13, 2 B Tiedtke (Prestatyn, L50) 49.11, 3 P Hurst (ua) 49.59, 4 P Peers (Pensby, L50) 51.55, 5 J Sanderson (Pensby) 52.14, 6 D Rutherford (Pensby, L50) 53.51. L40: 1 K Frankland (Tattenhall) 54.47, 2 S Hall (Chester Tri) 57.17, 3 M McGonigle (Pensby) 58.11.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Athlete's Profile (7)




AGE AND D.O.B.: 60 - 21.7.52





FAVOURITE RACE AND WHY: Prestatyn 5k and Abergele 5m - great events by really nice people

FAVOURITE TRAINING SESSION:  6 x 1,000m/ 1min recovery  - interval session

PROUDEST MOMENT: Buckley winning the Borders League

WHOM DO YOU MOST ADMIRE (INSIDE ATHLETICS AND OUT): David Williams (Wrexham) - a gentleman and a great sportsman.

ANY PERSONAL AMBITIONS: To keep going till I'm 80 and to be still able to take part with younger runners

ANY REGRETS: Life's too short - dwell on the positives

ANY EMBARRASSING EXPERIENCES: Ask anyone from my club about my running gear with holes in. I have no shame (It's the stuff in them not the stuff that's on them).

WHAT CHANGES (IF ANY) WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN THE SPORT: I would like to see an inter-club elite training group for North Wales to enable us to improve against the likes of Liverpool and South Wales, and encourage the top runners to race less and concentrate on quality PB performance.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

BMAF 5k champs


Super-vets Griff Owens (Prestatyn) and Brenda Jones (Bro Dysynni) both claimed titles at the BMAF 5k road championships in Horwich.

Owens , who won the North Wales M65 class in Rhyl last month, clocked 18.37 to win the class by 23 seconds and Jones, who was the only L70 entrant, clocked 27.29.

 At the same meeting Lee Jones (Deeside) was seventh M40 in 15.58, Tim Cahill (Abergele) 11th M50 in 17.44 and Roger Harrison-Jones (Prestatyn) sixth M75 in 24.20.

 Second lady overall and second L35 was Borders League champion Sarah Kearney (Wirral) in 18.17.

 * In the Freckleton Half-Marathon near Preston, which was won by Blackburn's Ben Fish in 65.27, Darren Rowlands (Wrexham) was fifth overall and first M45 in 74.04.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Welsh Castles Relay


After a brilliant opening day Eryri Harriers struggled to maintain their position on the second day of the Welsh Castles Relay, eventually finishing 13th overall - still a highly creditable performance.

 The host club Les Croupiers took the overall title, with Salford winning the Kings of the Mountain trophy. In that category, covering six mountain stages, the Gwynedd club was seventh.

 Other North Wales placings in the open race were: 43 Denbigh Harriers, 48 Prestatyn, 56 Abergele Harriers. Mountains: 41 Denbigh, 42 Abergele, 44 Prestatyn.

 Eryri had a total of nine finishers in the leading 10 on the various stages. They were: 6 John Rowley, 1 Brendan Rothery, 2 Daniel Kashi, 9 Dewi Owen, 7 Huw Owen, 1 Matthew Roberts, 6 John Parkinson, 3 Llyr Pierce.

 Andrew Jones and Dean Longley (Prestatyn) both gained Top 10 places, along with Ben Lightowler and Darren Blazier (both Abergele), and John Morris (Denbigh).

 The full results are on the Les Croupiers website.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Home Countries trail champs


Eighteen-year-old Nathan Jones chalked up another massive win at the weekend when he claimed the junior men's title at the Home Countries' trail-running championship in Keswick.

 Jones, who has left Colwyn Bay AC for Eryri Harriers, won the Welsh trail championship in Ponterwyd last month and is in the GB team for next month's European mountain-running championships in Bulgaria.

 In Keswick he clocked 36.11, with former Maldwyn runner Gwynant Jones (now Cardiff) sixth in 38.58.

 In the Junior Ladies' race Georgia Garner (Colwyn Bay) was third and Rhiannedd Price (Brecon) sixth.

 England's Steve Vernon retained his senior title, with Andrew Davies (Mercia) second. Ricky Challinor (Liverpool Harriers), who was also representing Wales, was 12th.

Welsh hammer record


Deeside's Amber Rimmington set a new Welsh under-15s' hammer record of 48.11 at the Deeside Youth Athletes' meeting.

 Amber is one of the outstanding young throwing talents benefitting from the know-how of award-winning coach John Parkin.  

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Three Hills race


Just three days after finishing fourth in the Welsh 1,000s race Matthew Fortes came second in the 3 Hills race at Penmaenmawr, the seventh in the Joe Brown Midweek Series.

Teenager Jacob Griffith set a new under-18s' record, finishing fourth overall, and he was followed by another promising youngster, Cai Linton (Menai). Fellow teenager Bronwen Jenkinson, who leads the women's competition, pulled out of the race.

 Results (all Eryri unless stated): 1 J Rowley 31.17, 2 M Fortes 31.48, 3 C Jones (M40) 32.52, 4 J Griffith (CB, U18) 33.29 (new record), 5 C Linton (Menai, U16) 34.02, 6 M Davies (NWRR) 34.06. M40: 2 G Davies (Mysteruns) 38.36, 3 I Rowlands (Cybi) 38.52. M50: 1 A Lewis 37.10, 2 J Williams 40.20, 3 G Griffiths (ua) 40.52. M60: 1 D Whiteside-Thomas 41.50, 2 J Morris (Buckley) 41.53, 3 B Robbins 44.31. M70: E Davies 43.39 (new record).
 Ladies: 1 L Grantham (Chester Tri) 39.01, 2 S Barnwell (L40) 41.28, 3 E Salisbury (L50) 42.52. SL: 2 C Dallimore 42.55, 3 L Lanson 43.12. L40: 2 H McArthur (CB) 43.13, 3 E Wood 44.22. L50: 2 K Potter 50.30. L60: M Oliver 46.44.

Comrades Ultra


Ultra specialist Sean McCormack of Abergele can lay claim to an unusual title - Welsh "Comrades" champion.

 He and his son Steven were among 14,000 starters in the Comrades Ultra-Marathon in South Africa, the world's oldest and biggest ultra race.

 This year the race followed the "up" course from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and was run in the hottest conditions for 20 years. That, together with a howling headwind in the second half of the race, meant that 4,000 were unable to finish before the strict 12-hour cut-off.

 Sean, who also ran in the event last year, finished in a superb 8h 47m 58s in 1,317th position. He was 70th over 50. Steven, making his ultra debut, also had a brilliant run, clocking 10h 12m 01s for 3,609th place and 357th in his age category.

 Nine entrants had declared themselves as Welsh and of those only seven started and five finished. Sean was the first "Welshman" home and Steven was second.


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Bangor 10k


Brendan Rothery (Eryri) retained his title in the Bangor 10k and his winning time of 33.54 was over a minute faster than last year.

 Four days after coming second in the Rhyl Sun Centre 5k Abergele veteran Darren Blazier was again runner-up. One of the outstanding individual performances came from Menai's M60 veteran Jim Woodcock who finished 6th overall.

 Becki Law made it a double for Eryri though most of the region's top female road runners were missing.

 Results (not all clubs are known): 1 B Rothery (Eryri) 33.54, 2 D Blazier (Abergele, M40) 35.47, 3 A Birch (Trismart, M40) 37.27, 4 JE Morris (Denbigh) 37.37, 5 G Porter-Jones (Eryri, M45) 37.39, 6 J Woodcock (Menai, M60) 38.01.
 JM: G Hall (Bangor Uni) 40.00
 M40: 3 J Thomas (Cybi) 38.31.
 M45: 2 I Rowlands (Cybi) 39.06, 3 K Roberts (NWRR) 41.30.
 M50: 1 Arwel Jones (Prestatyn) 43.21, 2 A Moralee 45.23, 3 K Higgins (NWRR) 46.03
 M55: 1 D Nalder (Ell Port) 40.20, 2 M Evans (Oswestry) 44.28, 3 N Russell (Eryri) 47.00
 M60: 2 G Nixon (Prest) 40.31, 3 S O'Neill 42.25
 M65: 1 I Roberts (Eryri) 56.46

1 B Law (Eryri) 44.15, 2 S Parry 46.15, 3 J Muir (L45) 46.25, 4 E Gruber (Cybi) 47.23, 5 J Charlton (L35) 47.42, 6 P Evans (L35) 47.48.
 U20: A Cheetham (Prest) 55.48
 L35: 3 V Hughes 54.59
 L40: 1 S Jones (Prest) 49.00, 2 L Griffith (CB) 50.49, 3 J Lewis (Prest) 52.39
 L45: 2 C Hoult 49.13, 3 N Tyler (Riverside) 51.32
 L50: 1 J Penrhyn-Jones (Prest) 48.18, 2 H Baxandall (Prest) 57.49
 L55: 1 J Green 54.03, 2 S White 56.36,
 L60: 1 C Baker 56.13

BMC Grand Prix


Sale's Charlie Hulson, who has been away from competition for a while, returned to form when he finished 3rd in his 1,500-metres at the BMC Grand Prix meeting in Manchester's Sports City. His time of 3-49.10 was a personal best.

 In a separate race former Colwyn Bay member James Bleakley (Trafford) was fourth in a season's best of 4-01.15, while in his 800m James Mills (Cardiff, exWrexham) was also fourth in a season's best of 1-55.38.

Big Welsh Trail


Bangor University students Sarah Caskey and Becky Taylor passed with honours in the inaugural Big Welsh Trail half-marathon in Llandegla forest, finishing well up the field.

The race was won by Trismart's Jon Bowie, with Chester Tri's Rob Grantham a minute behind, but Caskey finished sixth overall to take the ladies' title. Her fellow student was second lady 10 places back.

 Alex Hall (Chester Tri) won the 10k race at the same venue, with Wrexham vet Darren Rowlands second, while Helen Davies (Wrecsam Tri) was first lady.

 Results of half-marathon: 1 J Bowie (Trismart) 85.37, 2 R Grantham (Chester Tri, M40) 86.24, 3 J Loxam (Stockport)87.16, 4 G House (ghouseruns) 92.55, 5 M Ward (Dyfi Dung Beetles, M40) 93.43, 6 S Caskey (Bangor Uni, SL) 96.46.

 M40: 3 S Cadby (Newark) 1-43.10
 M50: 1 T Cahill (Abergele) 97.56, 2 S Beecham (ua) 1-51.59, 3 P Robertson (Ell Port) 1-52.23
 M60: 1 J Bailey (ua) 2-18.59, 2 R Whiston (ua) 2-46.41, 3 M Price (Wrekin) 3-11.00.


1 Caskey, 2 B Taylor (Bangor Uni) 1-45.34, 3 L Morley (Wrex, L40) 1-51.40, 4 T Llewellyn (Cybi) 1-54.06, 5 L Grantham (Chester Tri) 1-57.03, 6 Z Owen (Mercia) 1-59.24.
 L40: 2 S Eccleston (ua) 2-00.06, 3 L Jones (Wrex) 2-06.03
 L50: 1 C Morrison (Birkenhead) 2-03.35, 2 D Kenwright (Sarn Helen) 2-04.52, 3 M Nills (Holme Pierrepoint) 2-10.31
 L60: 1 E Royle (ua) 2-22.35


1 A Hall (Chester Tri) 39.51, 2 D Rowlands (Wrex, M40) 40.34, 3 G Griffin (Meirionnydd) 40.53, 4 L Nathan (Eryri) 41.55, 5 T Hiles (ua) 42.02, 6 A Walling (Menai, M40) 42.52
M40: 3 S Hide (Wrex) 50.30
 M50: 1 E Davies (Maldwyn) 45.46, 2 V Belshaw (Denbigh) 46.30, 3 D Baugh (Denbigh) 51.47
 M60: 1 G Brier (ua) 63.48, 2 O Cooper (Wolverhampton and Bilston) 66.03
 M70: Roger Harrison-Jones (Prestatyn) 70.46

1 H Davies (Wrecsam Tri, L40) 46.49, 2 K Erlandson (ua) 49.22, 3 C Antrobus (ua) 53.46, 4 P Hurst (ua) 55.30, 5 E Salisbury (Eryri, L50) 57.05, 6 T James (One Planet, L40) 57.18
L40: 3 V Whitehead (Denbigh) 58.13
L50: 2 C Northcote (Styal) 57.55, 3 M Jeal (Denbigh) 50.67
 L60: 1 C Birch (Abergele) 57.38

 * The only North Wales competitor in the Sale 5, Deeside's Gary Blackwell, was second in the M45 class with a time of 31.06.