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Thursday, January 14, 2021


                                                                       Stuart Culverhouse

Two North Wales runners claim age category wins

North Wales Road Runners claimed several age-related podium places in last weekend’s Kidsgrove virtual 10k and 5k races, which attracted over 500 athletes, despite an extended spell of icy weather and extensive Covid-19 restrictions.

Stuart Culverhouse and Kevin Slattery both won their individual age categories in the 10k challenge, with Stuart having a fine run to finish 7th overall and 1st M45 cat winner in 42 mins 43 secs, and Kevin completing a fantastic performance to win his M65 cat in 17th place overall in 45.21. In addition, charity fundraiser Llinos Davies from GOG Triathlon finished in 163rd place overall and was the 7th F60 runner in 68.19. The overall race was won by Scott Zikmanis from Newcastle (Staffs), 1st M40 cat runner in 36.25.


                        Kevin Slattery


Exciting family finishes in 5k race


It was an exciting finish, and an extraordinary family battle for some talented runners in the Kidsgrove virtual 5k race, with Nic Brook from Eryri Harriers claiming overall race victory from rival Jonathan Kettle of NWRRC by just 4 seconds. 

Nic ran home in 17 mins 32 secs, with Jonathan recording 17.36. The runners also finished as 1st and 2nd in their respective M45 age category.

Nic’s partner Gemma Moore, a former NWRCC runner was the 1st female athlete and 1st M35 cat winner in 5th place overall in 19.53, whilst Jonathan’s son Troy Kettle, finished 6th overall, and was also the 2nd senior man, just 4 seconds adrift in 19.57.

Tony Price-Jones was 21st in 22.47, with Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones 52nd overall and 28th female in 26.17. Helen Hannam was 56th overall and 31st female in 27.13, and she was just 3 seconds ahead of her training partner Mia Morris, from Colwyn Bay in 27.16. And Natasha Kettle made a welcome return to running in a semi-competitive outing and finished 175th in 36.06. NWRRC also won the team prize with Jonathan and Troy Kettle with Tony Price-Jones.

*Other local runners included: Janine Butterworth from Criw Colwyn, who finished in 24th place and was 2nd female runner in 23.06. Rachel Cook from GOG Triathlon, who was 26th and 1st F-Sen in 23.26, and her club colleagues Hayley Price-Jones finished in 53rd spot in 26.25, and Miklos Bird 79th in 29.29. Sharon Hughes from Conwy Parkrun was 161st in 34.41.

                                                                        Jonathan Kettle

           Tony Price-Jones

Steve wins Hereford Couriers virtual 10k


North Wales athlete Steve Bozier was finally confirmed this week as the overall winner of the Hereford Couriers virtual 10k race, held the previous weekend, and again delayed due to bad weather.

Steve put in a great performance to claim the top prize in this challenge, which attracted 74 quality competitors. His time of 41 mins 20 secs also won 1st place in his MV40 age category, and was just 22 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed runner and 1st lady, Joanna Eddy.

                                                         Steve Bozier won the Hereford virtual 10k



Thursday, January 7, 2021


Spanish runners claim North Wales vests during club challenge

They say the camera never lies, and at first glance it would appear that several members of North Wales Road Running Club have abandoned the current freezing temperatures to enjoy some welcome Spanish sunshine…but rest assured Covid restrictions have NOT been ignored, and the photographs simply relates to members of the Fondistes Running Club, near Barcelona, who proudly wear the vests of their rivals after claiming prizes from the recent International relay challenge.

Pictured (above and below), members of the Fondistes Running club in Spain.

Members of the Spanish athletic club should have come to Wales last summer for a friendship exchange, but plans were suddenly curtailed due to the worldwide pandemic.

NWRRC club chairman Kevin Slattery therefore organised a 5k inter-club relay at the end of last year, with mixed gender and ability teams representing both clubs.

The event proved a huge success with forty athletes taking part, so a further 10k challenge has since been proposed for the weekend of 23/24 January. 

In North Wales, it was originally intended to run this as a club race following the usual pier to pier course from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay, but due to further lockdown restrictions, it is likely the event will just involve members running as individuals on a safe route of their own choice.

It is expected to involve a similar combined virtual relay challenge format over the longer distance with mixed teams of both Welsh and Spanish runners, and including some interesting age performance percentages, in addition to the finishing times.


British Masters virtual 10k success for NWRCC runners


Two North Wales Road runners competed in the British Masters virtual 10k championships over the festive period, and both claimed podium positions as Welsh club runners, when the final finishing places were eventually confirmed this week.

The race, which included an original field of 604 master entrants, and some 438 finishers, had to be extended into the New Year due to extreme weather conditions nationwide, and later also noted 149 top athletes representing British Masters (BMAF) area clubs.

The event also raised nearly £500 for Teenage Cancer Trust, with a further 25% expected to be added to this sum due to Gift Aid donations.

                                                                                      Steve Bozier

Steve Bozier and Don Hale ran for NWRRC, and as members of Welsh Athletics, with Steve enjoying a fantastic run in 41 mins 20 secs. He was 145thoverall and was 31st in his M40 age category, but was the 2nd Welsh finisher in his cat, and recorded an excellent 68.6% age performance percentage. He was also the 7th Welsh club runner overall.

Don also had a good run and finished in 51.51 for 342nd place overall. He was 11th in his M65 age category, but was the 1st Welsh club finisher in this section, and like his colleague Steve, he also recorded a high-performance percentage of 68.3%, and was the 17th Welsh club finisher overall.

                                                                              Don Hale

*Former NWRRC runner Gemma Moore, who was representing Welsh Masters Athletics (WMAL), finished as the 3rd W35 runner in 40.41. She was 131st overall, and was the 7th WMAL runner, but she was also the 1st female Welsh athlete in her age category.

                                                                                 Gemma Moore


Friday, January 1, 2021

Two NWRRC runners in Welsh record books

 Martin Green - a new Welsh marathon record holder

 Two NWRRC runners in Welsh record books

 North Wales Road Runners have celebrated the welcome end-of-year news that two club runners have achieved notable records for Welsh Masters Athletics in 2020, despite a very problematic year due to Covid-19 problems.

Martin Green proved his high-calibre yet again, this time winning a prestigious Welsh marathon record, with a new PB time of 2 hrs 28 mins 11 secs as the MV45 champion. He ran this superb time during the Running Grand Prix at the Bedford Autodrome but seems determined to try to improve on this time whenever we return to live racing again.

And veteran runner Don Hale says he was both fortunate and rather surprised to claim 3rd place overall in the Welsh Masters record books for his placing in the MV65 age category over 60 metres. 

He set a record for his performance last January at the Welsh indoor meeting at Connah’s Quay, where he won gold in 1stplace, running 11.32 secs over this distance. His end of season live ranking eventually put him in 3rd place overall. 

Don said: ‘It was very surprising, as I had never run 60 metres before, or indoors, and it was more than 50-years since I first competed as a sprinter. I am too stiff nowadays to run from blocks, so I had a standing start, and obviously still need to practice and improve.’


Martin Green. Welsh Masters marathon record 2020.

Don Hale claimed a surprise Welsh record in a 60 metre sprint race

 Don Hale. Welsh Masters, 2020 end of season performances. Men’s rankings 60 metres indoor.

                                       Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts won the Hull 10k virtual race 

Surprise present for Llyr in 10k Hull victory


Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts enjoyed a festive surprise when he won the East Hull Harriers virtual 10k run last week. Recording his fastest time for about two-years over this distance, Llyr won the event and claimed the 1st M45 cat win in 36 mins 18 secs, and was just 4 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed runner, and a talented pack from the host club team.


                                      Steve Bozier

Festive run & British Masters virtual 10k race


Steve Bozier had a good run in the Hereford Couriers 10k virtual Christmas dash and recorded 41.20. He said it was not the time he wanted, but confirmed: ‘Considering a 4lbs weight gain after all the gluttony and excess alcohol, this was to be expected.’ 

He then used his time from the Hereford race to set a marker in the British Masters 10k virtual challenge event. Steve had hoped to have another attempt at this extended quality competition - due to adverse weather conditions - but unfortunately, he hurt his back. 

Veteran Don Hale also ran in the British Masters 10k and registered his second-best time of the year over a challenging 10k course, and was pleased with his time of 51.51, which was an improvement by more than 3 minutes from the previous week.

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                                          *Steve Bozier (photo by Mark Edwards). Steve plans Orme ultra-marathon to help fund search for mis...

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