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Ice-breaker Michael Finnie and his stick ensured a safe passage at Conwy parkrun...plus other race results.

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*Michael  Finnie  (*above) came to the rescue  as an ice-breaker at Conwy parkrun last Saturday. Ice-breaker Michael Finnie and his stick created a safe passage for parkrunners at Conwy. Report by Don Hale. https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com www.welshmastersathletics.co.uk   North Wales Road Runner Michael Finnie had to use a large stick to break up all the icy puddles at Conwy parkrun last Saturday to eventually allow the event to start safely on another very cold and frosty morning. Michael's innovative idea, came as a huge relief to 176 eager and enthusiastic entrants, who feared the worst over this very challenging, muddy, and puddle-filled 5k course. And his unique plan, backed by run director Sharon Hughes , confirmed a determination to provide a safe route following last week’s late cancellation due to similar problems. *Steve Poupart (*above left), with Joe and Stuart Culverhouse. Joe also celebrated his 100th parkrun this week with another promising run. Nine Road Runners  t

Entries open for British Masters Cross-country champs at Rhug.

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British Masters Cross Country championships https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com www.welshmastersathletics.co.uk RHUG FARM, CORWEN, DENBIGHSHIRE,  NORTH WALES LL21 0EH, CORWEN 16 MAR 2024. BMAF Cross Country Championships -Rhug 16 March Bernie Jones, the secretary of the NW Cross-country league, is urging local runners to enter the British Masters championships at Rhug, near Corwen. The BMAF Cross Country Championships are being held at Rhug on 16 March and is a great opportunity for all North Wales athletes over 35 years old to try and win a medal in their age group at these British Championships which are being held on our door. You DO NOT have to be a Masters member; anyone over 35 is eligible to enter. Let’s see some North Walians get amongst the medals. Entry via the following link: https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2024/GBR/bmaf-xc/ Contact Details: bmaf@opentrack.run Please contact the organiser, not OpenTrack, for all queries. https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2024/GBR/bmaf-xc/?f

Sad loss of outstanding Welsh Master athlete Glyn Pugh.

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Sad loss of outstanding Welsh Master athlete Glyn Pugh. Report by Don Hale. https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com www.welshmastersathletics.co.uk   Rod Davies from Welsh Masters Athletics has confirmed some important news. He has confirmed: “We have a rather sad post for the website. One of our throwing stalwarts, Glyn Pugh, has passed away. This is our statement from WMAL.” Welsh Masters Athletics are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Glyn Pugh of Rhondda AC on Tuesday 20th February. As well as a dedicated supporter of WMAL. including representing the club in inter area matches over the years, he was a well-respected lynchpin of Rhondda AC and of Welsh Athletics in general, especially the throws.  He will be greatly missed by his many friends in Masters Athletics. Somehow the throwing events will not be quite so much fun. Our thoughts go out to his many friends, his family, and those at the King George Track for which he worked so hard. *A full obituary can be found on the Welsh At

NW Road Runners claimed eleven prestigious medals at Rhyl 10-mile championships...plus other results...

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*Some members of the NWRRC team (*above) at the 5 mile and 10 mile championship  races at Abergele. NW Road Runners claimed eleven prestigious medals at Rhyl 10-mile championships...plus  other results... Report by Don Hale. Photos by John Hatton. https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com www.welshmastersathletics.co.uk   The Road Runners claimed eleven prestigious North Wales championship medals last Sunday morning at the Rhyl 10-mile race, including five gold, three silver, and three bronze. In a late switch to a new venue at Abergele for the Rhyl race due to delayed renovation and flood protection workings further down the promenade, this race attracted an excellent entry of 271 club and social runners, who enjoyed a cold but sunny run along a flat and fast course. This particular event also included an associated and inclusive 5-mile race, involving a further 183 finishers, which was run at the same time, with both races well organised by RunWales, and well supported by a generous number of

The 'Pocket Rocket' struck gold in the British Masters indoor sprint events at Lee Valley.

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*Gold medal winner Juliet Sidney (*above) at last week's championship The 'Pocket Rocket' struck gold in the British Masters indoor sprint events at Lee Valley. Report by Don Hale. https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com www.welshmastersathletics.co.uk   The ‘Pocket Rocket’ in the impressive form of Juliet Sidney, the popular website chief of Welsh Masters Athletics, was on fire at the British Masters Indoor championships last weekend, at Lee Valley, despite feeling somewhat under the weather, where she still struck gold in her sprint events. *Pictured above - Fiona Steele (*left),  and Juliet Sidney jump fo joy at the Lee Valley indoor centre, and (*below), back on top of the podium for another gold She explained:  “A great day at the British Masters Indoor Champs. W55 200m gold. Struggling with a cold but really happy with my race. Good catching up with masters, friends, and competing, and a seasons best time too!  “A double British Champion w55 60m, and 200m. One very happy poc

Talented teenage student Oshi Adey completes 100k track challenge for charity.

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*Oshi Adey (*above) completed a  gruelling  100k  charity  run in North Wales. Talented teenage student Oshi Adey completes 100k track challenge for charity... Report by Don Hale. https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com www.welshmastersathletics.co.uk   A talented teenage student from Colwyn Bay raised thousands of pounds for charity last weekend by completing a gruelling 100k ultra-marathon challenge (62 miles) around the Eirias Park athletics track. Oshi Adey, an eighteen-year-old student, who is currently at  Warwick University ,  studying politics, philosophy, and economics, has since received numerous deserved plaudits, and earned huge respect from fellow members of the local running community for his brave and determined effort. It was last Saturday morning at precisely 7am, that he first began his extraordinary fundraising challenge for the  Kitchen Table Charities Trust  (KTCT) , which included running 250 laps of the track for nearly ten-hours and pushing him close to his mental and