North Wales Road Runners dominated Abergele 5k and championship results.


*Some of the triumphant NWRRC team at the Abergele 5k championships.

Report by Don Hale. Photographs by Steve Jeffery.


North Wales Road Runners dominated the Abergele 5k and North Wales championships last weekend by recording a host of PBs, age category wins, and other podium placings, in addition to claiming both the male and female team prizes.

It was soon raining gold on the windswept promenade at Pensarn on Sunday as NWRRC members smashed numerous records and collected seven age category gold medals and trophies, in addition to two runners-up awards and silver medals, plus a further two bronze medals, and two prestigious team prizes. 

In a very fast and highly competitive race, Scott Nixon (Cardiff AC) was the first runner home in 15 minutes 47 seconds, with Jon Bowie (Shrewsbury AC) 2nd in 15.52, and Steve Forsyth (Prestatyn) in 15.57. 

Martin Green (*pictured above) from NWRRC led a strong team of twenty club members back along the cycle track to finish 4th overall and 1st in his MV45 cat in 16.31. His performance inspired an avalanche of superb runs from colleagues with Richard Eccles 10th and 1st MV55 winner in 17.38, and Richard equalled the NW championships record for his age group, which dated back to 2011, and was held by Edward Davies of Maldwyn set at the Shrewsbury 5k.


*Richard Eccles (*pictured above) struck gold in his MV55 age cat and equalled the ten-year championship record with his time of 17.38.


Martin Green’s wife Carla Green (*pictured below) had another amazing run for 20th place overall, and she was 1st in her MW45 cat for a new golden PB of 18.56.



Stuart Culverhouse
 also celebrated a PB in 24th place in 19.46, with Gethin Wyn Jones 29th and 2nd in his MV35 cat in 20.23. Jon Evans ran well to finish 30th and 3rd in his MV55 cat for a 10-second PB in 20.35, with Steve Roberts 32nd and 4th MV55 in 20.54, whilst master veteran Kevin Slattery enjoyed a magnificent run to win his MV65 age cat in 21.00 in 34th place.


*Some excellent running from Jon Evans (*above) and Steve Roberts (*below).


Jamie Tharme was another athlete on fire, and he too claimed a great new PB of 21.03 in 35th position, and finished just behind Kevin, whilst Sarah Ferguson Hudson continued the celebrations with a PB of 22.08 to win her MW40 cat in 42nd place. 



*A new PB and a gold medal for Sarah Ferguson Hudson (*above) at Abergele.


*NWRRC club chairman Kevin Slattery (*above) won a gold medal in his MV65 age cat, and (*below) Jamie Tharme was on fire at Abergele.


And Kay Hatton was a further podium winner claiming a silver medal in 46th place overall and 2nd VW55 cat in 22.38. Kay said this was her fastest time for about ten years and praised the perfect conditions and her new shoes for her success.


*Kay Hatton (*pictured above left) with Hanna Griffith, both ran new PBs.

Master veteran Rob Fryer ran extremely well but just missed out on a medal by a mere five-seconds to finish 4th in his M65 age cat but recorded an excellent time of 23.05 in 51st place. Hannah Griffith was a few seconds behind Rob but claimed a new PB of 23.08 in 52nd spot, with another master vet Peter Armstrong winning his MV70 age cat in 53rd place with a fast time of 23.10.


*A golden performance from Peter Armstrong who won his MV70 age cat.

Kevin Higgins finished 58th in 23.41, with Helen Hannam pleased with 60th place in 23.49, and teenager Mia Morris struck gold by winning her U17 age cat with a great showing finishing 69th overall in 25.20. 



*Golden girl Mia Morris collects her championship medal from Kay Hatton and Paul Brooks following her outstanding success at Abergele.

Master vet Mike Hayton was another runner who came so close to glory with an impressive run, finishing 71st and 4th in his MV70 cat in 26.11, with Rachel Morris endorsing a wonderful family celebration by winning a surprise bronze medal in 88th place and 3rd in her VW40 age cat in 30.48, whilst Richard Scamans just ran the course with a friend, Sheridan Jowett, and finished 96th in 33.18. His friend however, won a trophy and finished 2nd in her MV50 cat.



*Rachel Morris (*above) with her surprise bronze but welcome bronze medal.

Following the incredible results, club chairman Kevin Slattery confirmed: ‘A very successful morning for NWRRC, men’s and ladies team winners, and lots of PBs and cat wins. So well done to all finishers!’



*Helen Hannam enjoyed another good run and dipped under 25-minutes.


Helen Hannam summed-up the feelings of many runners, adding: ‘Pushed for sub-25, so was very pleased to get Sub-24 today against some top Welsh athletes. Lovely conditions, and a great route with great support and marshalling throughout.’


*The results and placings shown above relate to NW championship honours for gold, silver and bronze medals, and includes all the known PBs.

 

*These are the provisional results from the Abergele 5k championship race:

https://abergeleharriers.niftyentries.com/Results/Abergele-5-2021?#

 

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