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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Gold and silver podium places for North Wales runners in Welsh 10k virtual championships

*NWRRC club chairman Kevin Slattery (pictured above) won gold again

Gold and silver podium places for North Wales runners in Welsh 10k virtual championships

Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery.

Five North Wales Road Runners competed in the Welsh Athletics Spring virtual 10k championships last weekend, with three members claiming podium places, and gold and silver medal positions.

The high standard of the 10k event was confirmed by the incredible finishing times and number of quality athletes taking part. 1st place overall went to U17M athlete Louis Lermite (Run Free Fell Runners) in an amazing time of 33 mins 26 secs, with 2nd Daniel James, the 1st M40 age cat winner (Run4All Neath RC) in 35.11, and 3rd place went to Ifan Lloyd (Swansea Harriers), who was also the 1st M60 vet in 35.46. And Amie Bagnall from Prestatyn was the 1st Lady finisher and 1st SW in 37.00.

Some 248 entrants set a hot pace in this Covid-19 restricted individual race, with Masters’ veteran Kevin Slattery again showing a clean pair of heels to easily win his M65 age category in a remarkable time of just 45 mins 48 secs in 38th place overall.

Kevin has excelled in all his virtual challenge events and claimed another consecutive golden age victory. And it was the same one-two in this section with fellow M65 vet Don Hale again claiming the silver spot in 2nd place in 64th place in 50.26.

*Kay Hatton (above) and Don Hale (below) both won silver at the 10k Welsh champs

Kay Hatton continued with her own purple patch and finished 2nd W55 in 53rd place in a very good time of 48.47. And local postman Kevin Higgins, who was making a rare appearance in these virtual events, delivered again, finishing in 68th position and was 4th in his M55 age cat; with Helen Hannam, still recovering from her recent long-distance marathon preparations, finishing in 75th place, in a very respectable time of 51.46.

*Local postman Kevin Higgins delivered another great result (above) and Helen Hannam (below) also ran a great race in the Welsh virtual championships last weekend.

*In the junior 5k race, teenager Mia Morris continued to impress with another dazzling display for Colwyn Bay AC, finishing 4th U15G and 24th overall in 25 mins 5 secs.

*Mia Morris continued to impress in her 5k Welsh championship challenge

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