Six age cat wins for the Road Runners at a very wet Conwy parkrun.

*Young Joe Culverhouse celebrated a new course PB and won his age cat at Conwy parkrun. He is pictured (*above) with his dad Stuart.

Six age cat wins for the Road Runners at a very wet Conwy parkrun...

Report by Don Hale.


It was tough morning at the Conwy parkrun last Saturday for both athletes and volunteers, with wind, rain, and a waterlogged course adding to the usual challenges of this 5k dash.

The conditions kept the number of entrants well down to just 136 brave souls who opted to turn out on such a horrible day, but eleven members of North Wales Road Runners took full advantage of the conditions, with every runner either winning, or finishing in the top-three of their respective age categories.

And Mark Jesset was delighted to be the first man home overall, led the team, and he was one of six age cat winners on the day, recording a very good time of just 18 minutes and 38 seconds to additionally win his VM35 cat over this swamp-like course from the RSPB Nature Reserve to Deganwy and back.


*Mark Jessett (*above left), with Steve Mason and Steve Roberts.

Steve Mason was 10th, and he won his MV45 cat in 20.32, with Carla Green finishing as the 2nd female athlete, 12th overall, and she won her VW50 cat in 21.20. Harry Driscoll finished 13th in 21.38, and he was 3rd in his SM20 cat, and young Joe Culverhouse quite remarkably claimed a new course PB of 21.58 in 21st place and won his JM11-14 cat.

Stuart Culverhouse was 24th in 22.12 and he took the 2nd spot in his VM50 cat, with Steve Bozier back at Conwy parkrun with an excellent run in 22.36, and he finished in 27th place and 3rd in his VM45 age cat. 

Super-vet vet Sandy Johnston won his VM75 cat with a strong run in 46th place in 25.19, and Hannah Griffith enjoyed her dash with a splash, finishing 61st in 26.45, and she was 2nd in her VW50 cat, whilst master vet Rob Fryer was 68th in 27.40, and won his VM70 cat, with veteran John O’Shea finished 2nd in his VM65 cat in 93rd place in 30.28.


*Pictured above (l-r) - Steve Bozier, Hannah Griffith and Rob Fryer.

*The first finisher overall was Mark Jessett (NWRRC), who won his VM35 cat in 18.38, with Len Jackson’s son Daniel Jackson finishing 2nd with a very positive run, and a new PB of 19.04 to win his SM25 age cat. Matthew Wheeler(Weston AC) finished 3rd on his debut in 19.25. 

*The 1st female finisher was Sandy Johnston’s daughter Alice Johnston (Les Croupiers) in 20.13, and she also won her SW30 age cat. Carla Green (NWRRC) finished 2nd, and she won her VW50 cat in 21.20, with junior athlete Gwen Hayes winning her JW11-14 age cat with a superb run and a new course PB of 21.50.

*Special praise was given to the run director and to all the volunteers and marshalls who turned out in those horrendous conditions. And well done to John Hatton for reaching his 300th volunteering milestone at Conwy.

This is a link to the provisional results:


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