(UPDATED COPY): Road Running duo celebrated team success at International cross-country race in Glasgow...PLUS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS.
*The Welsh Athletics Masters team (*pictured above) at the Glasgow international XC.
Road Running duo celebrated team success at International cross-country race in Glasgow.
Report by Don Hale.
Two veteran North Wales Road Runners formed part of the Welsh Athletics Masters team that competed well at the British and Irish Masters Cross-Country International staged at Tollcross Park, Glasgow on Saturday.
Martin Green ran in Race 4 for athletes aged between M35-49, and he finished in 78th place in 29 minutes and 21 seconds and was 27th overall in his individual M45 age category.
And his club colleague Will Williams made his Welsh Athletics Masters XC debut and ran in Race 3 for athletes between M50-64, and he was very pleased with his overall performance finishing 45th in 30.09, and 25th in his M50 age cat.
*Martin Green (*above left) with Will Williams.
After the race, Martin Green said: “It was a very high standard as usual, but a lovely day and the course was in good shape.”
And an emotional Will Williams added: “Four years in the making. A huge honour to make my Welsh Athletics Masters debut today. I never dreamt this was even possible. I have so many people to thank for this journey and too many to list, but I hope you know who you are?
“Today taught me there are levels to this sport even at master’s level but I’m also super-proud of how I ran, and I held my own within a field of top British MV50 runners, and I now know I have what it takes to step-up to those levels. So, this is not a one off but the start of my new master’s journey.”
The event also attracted many hundreds of top club and elite athletes who were entered in a selection of varied races over different routes and distances.
The talented squad included several other local runners, who are all mentioned within the provisional results list, and included Gemma Moore (Eryri Harriers), GOG Triathlon members Simon Cole, Geran Hughes, and club veterans Liz Evans and Ann d’Alberquerque, along with master veteran Gareth Hughes, and veteran Gordon Jones from Prestatyn, together with many other worthy local club athletes, who all performed well.
The team did exceptionally well under the guidance of team manager Bernie Jones and his supporters. Bernie later admitted: “Ifan Lloyd was the star Welsh performer with a fantastic run to finish second in the M60 category. Not only did Ifan win individual silver medal but he also helped his team mates to silver in the team race.
“Gordon Jones (Prestatyn RC), set the day off well with an excellent 4th place in the M65 category which took place in the opening race, and master vet Neil Owen (Run Free Fell) ran well to finish in sixth place.”
“The second race of the day was women 35-64 and relative newcomer, Joanne Henderson (Denbigh), led the Welsh contingent home with a fourth place in the W45 category. The third race was the M50-64, in which Ifan Lloyd excelled, and he was backed up in the team race by Dave Warren in 6th place and Eric Campbell 15th.
“The final international race of the day was the M35-49 and after a fast start Ryan Davis (Wrexham), hung on well to finish 13th. Next year’s race is in Belfast and hopefully Wales can put out even stronger teams.”
WELSH ATHLETES - Individual placings and clubs.
Results: Female athletes:
W35 17 Jen Rambaldi, Buckley 24-08 18 Emma Palfry, Cardiff 24-22
W40 16 Gemma Moore, Eryri 22-41 17 Helen Sharpe, Newport 23-52 18 Llinos Jones, Chepstow 24-38
W45 4 Joanne Henderson, Denbigh 21-56 16 Wendy Price Amman Valley 24-48 18 Tracey Breedon Aberystwyth 25-09 20 Jane Doughton, Buckley 26-11
W50 15 Clare Jacobs, Les Croupiers 25-56 W55 15 Kay Chapman, Les Croupiers 27-28 W60 11 Cath Wheeler Overton 26-14 13 Emma Collins, Denbigh 27-21 16 Sarah Barham 3M Gorseinon 28-02 18 Sian Phillips, Swansea 29-54
W65 14 Fiona Davies, Pontypridd 29-11 15 Andrea Webster Les Croupiers 32-35 16 Bev Jones, 3M Gorseinon 33-09 17 Menai Baugh Denbigh 34-15
W70 10 Liz Evans, GOG Tri Club 32-16 14 Ann d’Alberquerque 37-34
W75 7 Maggie Oliver, Eryri 39-45
Results: Male Athletes:
M35 13 Ryan Davis Wrexham 26-18 21 Luke Northall Wrexham 26-48 25 Tony Wood Denbigh 29-56
M40 17 Simon Cole GOG Tri Club 27-10 18 Ben Butler-Madden Pontypridd 27-23 24 Joel Gomes Run Free Fell 28-09 25 Tom Carter Prestatyn 28-11 27 Owain Schiavone Cardiff 28-27
M45 18 Chris Callaghan Buckley 28-00 21 Andrew How Pontypridd 28-17 26 Henry Drake Amman Valley 29-07 27 Martin Green NWRRC 29-21
M50 22 Jez Brown Buckley 29-29 25 William Williams NWRRC 30-08 26 Simon Roberts Buckley 30-23
M55 17 Jeremy Mower Gloucester 31-11 18 Jon Carter Chepstow 31-15 19 Geran Hughes GOG Tri Club 32-10 20 Kenny Lowies Headington 33-15
M60 2 Ifan Lloyd Swansea 29-23 6 Dave Warren Cardigan 30-04 15 Eric Campbell Buckley 31-35 16 David Williams Guildford 32-07
M65 4 Gordon Jones Prestatyn 22-45 14 Dave Watson Warrington 25-16 15 Chris Purse Cardigan 25-16 18 David Walker Lea Croupiers 27-45
M70 6 Neil Owen’s Run Free Fell 25-31 12 Rob Evans Les Croupiers 27-27 14 Phil Harding Western Tempo 27-50 17 David Passé Denbigh 31-10
M75 9 Barrie Parham Griffithstown 30-20 13 Gareth Hughes Prestatyn 32-29 M80 5 Barrie Roberts Bourneville 41-53
*This is a link to the provisional results from the International XC fixture at Glasgow: