Two-hundred parkrunners tackled the waterlogged course at Conwy.

*Stuart Culverhouse and his son Joe (*above) competed well at Conwy parkrun.

Two-hundred parkrunners tackled the challenging and waterlogged 5k course at Conwy.

Report by Don Hale.

Over two-hundred entrants, including two-dozen North Wales Road Runners, tackled the waterlogged conditions at Conwy parkrun last Saturday, before discussing a controversial decision taken by the organisation’s HQ this week to remove all male, female, and age category records.

The dreadful puddle-filled, muddy, and challenging 5k course took quite a beating during the previous few days, with strong winds, and torrential rain making everyone wish they had been wearing flippers, or wellies, rather than expensive training shoes.

Stuart Culverhouse though led home a team of twelve NWRRC athletes home, who secured four age cat wins, and four second placings, and he finished 6th overall, and claimed 2nd place in his VM50 age cat in a fast time of 20 minutes and 31 seconds.

Pictured above - Jamie Tharme (*left), with Carla Green and Adam Lemalle.

Jamie Tharme also finished 2nd in his VM45 cat in 13th place in 21.36, and Carla Green seemed back to form again, winning her VW50 age cat, as the 2nd female runner in 19th place overall in 22.52.

Adam Lemalle also continued his recent improvements in 20th place, and he was just six-seconds adrift of Carla, and he was 2nd in his VM40 cat in 22.58. Kay Hatton enjoyed a good run in 25th place overall, and won her VW60 age cat, as the 4th female finisher in 23.38, whilst master vet Barrie Wells ran well to win his VM70 cat in 31st place in 24.06, whilst in age contrast, youngster Joe Culverhouse also won his JM11-14 cat after finishing 34th in 24.22.

*Kay Hatton (*above left), with Steve Mason, and Rob Fryer.

Steve Mason was 36th in 24.33, and Gethin Wyn Jones continued his recovery plan in 50th place in 25.25, with vet Rob Fryer on the mend in 76th place in 27.20, and he was 3rd in his VM65 cat. Another master vet, Mark Mason, returned to parkrun after injury and finished 83rd in 28.11, and he was 2nd in his VM70 cat, with Hannah Griffith 84th, and just two-seconds behind Mark in 84th place, and she was 2nd in her VW50 cat in 28.13.

*The first male finisher was Isaac Walley, who won his VM40 age cat with a new PB in 18.58, but at the time of writing, the 2nd placed finisher remained unknown, with Stephen Mills claiming the 3rd spot in 20.02, and he won his VM50 age cat. *Rhian Roxburgh (GOG Triathlon) was the 1st female finisher, (9th overall), and she won her VW45 age cat in 20.46. Carla Green (NWRRC) finished 2nd, and she was 19th overall in 22.52, and won her VW50 cat, whilst Ruby Willett was 3rd with a new PB in 23.12.

Link to parkrun controversy: Don Hale Blog: Parkrun removes data including speed records in or...


*Praise was given to the run director and to all the marshals’ and volunteers. This is the link to the provisional results list:

Other results:

NWRRC member Will Williams (*right), celebrated his first cross-country season in style this week and confirmed: “My first XC season done. I won my first Welsh vest, and first North Wales vest, and I finished second overall in my age cat. Quite a successful first season!”



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