Personal best time for Carla Green in Welsh 5k test race
Report by Don Hale. All photographs courtesy of Paul Brooks.
Carla Green continued with her excellent form last weekend and knocked more than a minute off her previous personal best (PB) time during the welcome resumption of the “live” Welsh 5k series of races on the Marsh Tracks at Rhyl.
The North Wales Road Runner finished as the 8th female athlete, and she was 2nd in her respective F45 age category on this popular lapped course held last Saturday afternoon as part of a special Welsh Athletics test event.
The race, originally targeted at elite runners, attracted a host of high-quality athletes from across Wales, and the results naturally reflected the high standard of entrants.
For the ladies, despite Carla enjoying a great run in 19 mins 9 seconds, the race was won by Carol Parsons (Cheshire Dragons) in 17.49, with Emma Crowe (Deeside AC) 2nd female finisher and the 1st F45 runner in 18.00, with Tracy Rogers (Buckley AC) 3rd in 18.18.
Promising youngster Bryn Woodall from Colwyn Bay AC finished 2nd overall in 14.51 in the male race, and he was just 20-seconds behind the eventual winner Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) in 14.31, with Christian Prior (Cardiff AC) 3rd in 15.08. The race also included five Cardiff AC runners, and another five from Prestatyn AC.
This was understood to be one of, if not the first “live” race permitted by Welsh Athletics since Covid 19 restrictions were implemented early last year. The well organised event staged on a closed road circuit involved many social distancing precautions in line with the relaxation of Welsh Government rules, including individual chip-timing used for accuracy, and was the first 5k event in this summer series.
*Female results: https://data.opentrack.run/engb/x/2021/GBR/rhyl5k1/event/2/1/1/