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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

North Wales runners claim honours in Welsh Athletics 3-mile virtual championships


*Jonathan Kettle with another impressive run for 3rd place overall

North Wales runners claim honours in Welsh Athletics 3-mile virtual championships

Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery.


Two North Wales runners finished in the top-three finishing positions in last weekend’s Welsh Athletics (WA) 3-mile virtual championships, with just 16-seconds separating the podium places.

In the final 1 to 3 miles WA Winter series, some 244 quality runners completed their efforts in some very difficult weather conditions, often enduring blustery gale-force winds, on a course of their own choosing, and subject to strict Covid-19 restrictions.

James Smith from Colwyn Bay AC followed up with his success at the 2-mile championships last week, with a fine victory in the 3-mile race, claiming the 1st U17m age category win, in addition to the overall title. 

James ran home in just 15 mins 49 secs, and he was just 6 seconds ahead of 2nd placed runner Richard Jones from Lliswerry Runners in 15.55, with NWRRC athlete Jonathan Kettle very close behind in 16.05.

Jonathan though, was pleased with his fine form, and was the 2nd M45 cat winner, and he led home a team of seven club runners, with four others also winning prestigious age category honours and podium placings. 



                                              *Josh Keogh won the Senior Men title

Josh Keogh won the Senior Men age category with another fast finish in 16.34 in 7th place, and Kevin Slattery was another well-deserved age category victor, winning his Masters M65 group in 22.13 in 83rd place. Don Hale finished 99th overall and claimed 2nd M65 cat in 23.35, and Peter Armstrong enjoyed another excellent run in 101st place, to win 3rd place in his M70 age category.



                                 *Kevin Slattery won his M65 age category

Kay Hatton, despite another excellent run, faced some very tough opposition, but finished 98th overall, and she was 4th in her F55 cat in 23.22; with Helen Hannam coming home in 136th place, to complete a brave and painful run just days after her epic 20-mile Dawn till Dusk charity challenge, finishing 7th in her F45 age cat in 29.20. And Mia Morris representing Colwyn Bay finished 5th U15G and 111th overall with a good run in 24.46, accompanied by her father Karl, who unofficially ran 22 mins.


*(Pictured above) Kay Hatton (left) with Mia Morris and (below) Helen Hannam, who ran her 3-mile race just days after her marathon run


*Next weekend marks the start of the Spring virtual races, which begin on Friday 19th March with the Welsh Athletics Spring Virtual 5k and 10k races. 

The 5k is for U13 and U15 runners, with the 10k aimed at U17 athletes upwards. The minimum entry age for the latter race is 11-years. All events are free to enter and will take place over four days from Friday March 19th to Monday March 22nd, with the closing date for entries this Thursday March 18th.

*Further details are available on the Welsh Athletics website: www.welshathletics.org, or on the following link: 

https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/wa5-10k/

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

STEVE COMPLETES ULTRA-MARATHON AROUND THE ORME FOR MUCH LOVED FISHERMEN


*Steve Bozier (right) descending the Orme with Richard Scamans

STEVE COMPLETES ULTRA-MARATHON AROUND THE ORME FOR MUCH LOVED FISHERMEN

Report by Don Hale


North Wales Road Runner Steve Bozier battled strong gale-force winds and freezing hail showers to complete a gruelling six-laps of the Great Orme at Llandudno last Saturday to help raise funds in the search for three much loved local fishermen.



Steve Bozier (third from left) with Richard Scamans, Lesley Goodson, and Karl Morris

Steve, a popular local bus driver and keen endurance athlete from Llandudno, mastered about 33-miles (53.39 kms) and over 1,000 meters of climb, during his ultra-marathon run, supported by club colleagues, in his bid to help pay for an intensive search by deep sea experts to locate the missing fishing boat Nicola Faith and her crew of three.

The boat disappeared suddenly at the end of January, and Steve, who is a long-time family friend of one of the missing men, Ross Ballantine, felt he needed ‘to do something,’ to help find Ross and crew-mates Alan Minard and boat skipper Carl McGrath.



The Nicola Faith (above) previously pictured at her home port in Conwy and (below) the missing crew members



An extensive two-day search was undertaken at the time by the Coastguard, RNLI, and other emergency services, when the fishermen failed to return to their home port at Conwy.

The investigation into the possible causes and circumstances surrounding the vessel’s loss, however, is still ongoing. And the search for the vessel is still being co-ordinated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). This organisation has been working with underwater experts to cover a wide area including all of the vessel’s known historic operating area.

Despite this ongoing search, family members are also hoping to provide extensive funds for an additional private search by experienced international marine specialists. 

 

Raft found off Scottish coast

 

Last week, there was a further development, when a life raft belonging to the Nicola Faith was found at Kirkcudbrightshire, just off the Scottish coast by HM Coastguards. 

It was discovered about 90 nautical miles from where the fishing boat was believed lost, on the evening of 27thJanuary. Since identified by the MAIB, it has now been transported to their Southampton laboratories for further examination and analysis.



Six-hour challenge round the Great Orme

Steve took the best part of six hours to complete his incredible challenge and praised the support of family, friends, and colleagues from NWRRC. Several runners ran several laps of the Orme with him and provided him constant support and encouragement during his arduous task. And amazingly, he even found time to help an injured lamb that had fallen from the rocks, and contacted the local farmer.

Regarding his challenge, he confirmed: ‘I would like to thank my amazing support from club members on my charity Orme ultra-marathon. There was some fantastic running, especially from Richard Scamans, Stuart Culverhouse, Lesley Goodson and Karl Morris. You really did get me through it!’



Taking a break during his six-laps of the Orme. Karl Morris (left) with Steve Bozier



Steve is greeted en-route by fellow endurance athlete Sara Tuck from the GOG's


And on Monday morning Steve admitted: ‘I'm very sore and fatigued at the moment, but proud to be part of this amazing community that has pulled together for our common cause to raise the search funds needed to bring our lads home. 

‘The support for the run from fellow NWRRC members, who each helped out from two-laps to four, out of my six, really helped get me though it, as did my dad Paul Bozier as my ‘aid station’ at the Rest and Be Thankful cafe car park, together with unbelievable local support along the way, with lots of cheers, claps and beeping - but most of all. from the families of the lads who have been lost at sea for six weeks now.

‘The weather wasn't the best for my first ultra-marathon with gale-force winds and hail to deal with, so it’s really mind over matter, grit your teeth, and just get on with it. You can't prepare for the pain of the 6th lap when every part of your body wants to give up, but well worth every mile. 

‘When I heard, and then saw the crowd cheering at the end, where I started and finished the race at the Ballantine’s family home, it was really overwhelming, and hard to hold back the tears! 

‘Nearly £4,000 raised so far, when I only had a target of £500 is quite unbelievable; and it’s still only now sinking in, but the search finally starts this week when the weather eases off, and we can finally bring our lads back. I am so proud of this amazing community.’



The start and finish of Steve's ultra-marathon in Llandudno with family, friends and supporters

Steve’s original target of just £500 towards his quest was overtaken within the first day, and at the time of writing totalled £3,856, and explained that any money collected will go towards additional fundraising for a private search for the missing boat, and her crew, by deep-sea expert and underwater specialist David Mearns, who previously led the deep-sea search for the crashed light aircraft that carried the late Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala.


 

*Steve Bozier has a special JustGiving fundraising page, and donations can still be made via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephen-bozier?utm_term=ZmjkjJ26d&fbclid=IwAR2zz4knNyyA-vMkb7GyEp-X8Z34ldYkqLZqEDJe5MZNo1uuwNSsL7ZxTvY

 

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*LATEST UPDATE - NORTH WALES POLICE STATEMENT

 

On Monday afternoon, 15th March, North Wales Police issued an update: -

 

We are aware that the bodies of three men have been recovered from the coastline off the Wirral and Blackpool over the weekend.

We have been in contact with colleagues from both Merseyside and Lancashire Police, and we await the outcome of the Home Office post-mortem examinations.

The families of the missing crew members from the vessel ‘Nicola Faith’ have been kept informed and continue to be supported by specialist officers. 


We would request that they are given the necessary privacy at this difficult time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands raised by many runners for charities in ‘Dawn to Dusk’ relay challenge



*Sara Tuck (left) is pictured with her running partner Natalie Howson on the Orme

Thousands of pounds raised by many runners for charities in ‘Dawn to Dusk’ relay challenge in North Wales

Report by Don Hale 

Relay teams from North Wales and across the globe ran hundreds of miles with many also raising thousands of pounds for charities in a unique ‘Dawn to Dusk’ challenge held last weekend.

Facing a target of running in teams of three over a 12-hour period from 6am to 6pm, endurance athletes of mixed genre and ability, combined their efforts to try to run as far as possible within this strict time period, with prizes given to winning teams.

Promoted as an exciting green challenge, entrants were also given the option to donate towards their own chosen charity, or to Mind, Sporting Equals, or NHS charities. 

And additionally, they were also encouraged to make a separate donation towards the organiser’s sustainable partners, Mossy Earth, who will plant a tree in their name in the Southern Carpathians.

The event attracted runners from a number of North Wales sporting organisations and as keen fitness individuals, running a four-hour section on a course of their own choice and subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Subsequently, many entrants later recorded personal best times and/or ran their longest-ever distances.

Helen Hannam from North Wales Road Runners teamed up with Lucy Healy from Criw Colwyn, and her friend Hayley Jones, to complete this challenge, and recorded an amazing combined total distance of 90-miles. 



Helen Hannam (left) with her training partner Hannah Griffith

On completion of her own superb marathon effort, Helen said: ‘Today, I ran with two of my friends, and we took on the Dawn till Dusk 12-hour challenge. I ran for four hours and was really pleased to clock up 22-miles, my longest-ever run. Lucy did 28-miles, and Hayley 40, so 90-miles in total.

‘It was some amazing running ladies, we smashed it! And thank you especially to Hannah Griffith for joining me for the last two-hours, which I really appreciated, as I was struggling at that point. 

‘Sore legs now but pretty chuffed with myself to say the least. I might even attempt a marathon in a few weeks, if my legs let me!’

Hayley added: ‘I took on this challenge and between us we clocked up 90-miles and our longest ever runs. Fab running ladies. I enjoyed it although we’re all sore now.’

Sara Tuck from the GOG’s ran with her team of Mark Wright and Hayley Price-Jones, who were just running for the fun of it, also recorded some excellent finishing times and distances.



Sara Tuck met up with marathon fundraiser and athlete Steve Bozier

Sara confirmed that it was one of her toughest challenges and explained: ‘I was able to record 20-miles, my furthest ever. I ran several loops around the Orme and finished in Craig-y-Don. The wind was horrendous, and my thanks to Natalie Howson for her support. 

Natalie, however, and just like Hannah, was not actually part of a team, or this particular challenge, but was running in support of her friend Sara, and began her fundraising for the MS Society as part of her forthcoming London Marathon challenge.

She said: ‘I ran 18-miles this morning which was three times around the Orme. The wind made it super-tough. I was only meant to be doing it twice to help support Sara.

‘I was so overwhelmed by all the messages of support and kind donations. When I finished and looked at my JustGiving page, I was so emotional, and I’ve had so many messages from people telling me how MS has affected their lives. And well done to Sara for completing her challenge.’



                 Hayley Price-Jones is pictured running her Dawn to Dusk challenge

Sara’s colleague Hayley Price-Jones added: ‘We had twelve hours to get in as many miles as we could. We were predicting our mileage for fun and running loops of the Orme. I did 19.5 miles which was three loops round the Orme from the West Shore side. Well done team, we managed 59.5 miles in total which was awesome!’



                       Sara Tuck (left) with team mate Hayley-Price Jones

Targets were also set for a number of different activity sections, with coloured wristbands and commemorative wooden eco-medals available to finishers, along with spot prizes and both individual and team awards eligible to category winners.

 

*Further details are available from: https://ultra-x.co/dawn2dusk/

 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Green, global challenge from ‘Dawn to Dusk


*North Wales Road Runner Helen Hannam will be one of many athletes competing in the global Dawn till Dusk charity challenge on Saturday

Green, global challenge from ‘Dawn to Dusk’

Relay teams of North Wales based runners, walkers, and cyclists are preparing to take part in an unusual ‘Dawn to Dusk’ green, global charity challenge this Saturday to see how many kilometres they can complete within a 12-hour period.

A number of targets have been set for each of the different activity sections, offering branded coloured wristbands, and beautiful natural wooden eco medals to finishers, along with spot prizes and special awards to category winners.

The object is to find the teams who can complete the longest distances worldwide with donations given to Mind, Sporting Equals, or NHS Charities. 

All finishers will also have the option to collect a special medal with an Ultra X logo in the centre, and/or to make an additional donation to the organiser’s sustainability partners, Mossy Earth, who will plant a tree in their name in the Southern Carpathians.

Teams are to consist of three participants working in four-hour shifts, including all male, all female, or a combination of genders. And entrants will need to complete their challenges between 6am to 6pm, ‘Dawn till Dusk’ with the overall distances measured by the totals recorded by all three team members.

Several North Wales athletes are taking part in this unusual endurance challenge including Helen Hannam from NWRRC, with Lucy Healy from Criw Colwyn, and her friend Hayley Jones, in addition to other local teams with Sarah Tuck, and Hayley Price-Jones from the GOG's, who expect to run around the Great Orme. Additional members of the GOG’s and North Wales Road Runners, together with other local entrants are also expected to participate.



                                        *Sara Tuck and Hayley Price Jones


Helen, from NWRRC, who has been training hard for the event, intends to run part of her challenge with her club colleague Hannah Griffith to Penmaenwawr and back. She explained: ‘I plan on walking a bit as well as running, and I’m aiming for about 20-miles at 5mph, which is do-able. I am not fundraising but gave a donation to Mind when I entered.’


 

           Helen Hannam


*Further details are available from: https://ultra-x.co/dawn2dusk/

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR SCENIC NICK BEER 10K MEMORIAL RACE AROUND THE GREAT ORME

ENTRIES OPEN FOR SCENIC NICK BEER 10K MEMORIAL RACE


Entries have just opened for the Nick Beer 10k memorial road race in Llandudno, which has now been scheduled for Sunday 18th July 2021, with a 12-noon start.
This popular annual event always attracts many hundreds of runners of mixed ages and abilities from across the UK, and beyond, to enjoy the scenic splendours of a hilly but picturesque course around the Great Orme. 


S
tarting and finishing on Llandudno promenade, opposite the Imperial Hotel, this will be the 29th annual run to help commemorate the life of a well-known former local athlete, Nick Beer, who sadly passed away in 1992, aged just 27, after eventually losing his battle with hydrocephalus.
Race officials John and Kay Hatton from event organisers North Wales Road Runners (NWRRC), have supervised this major 10k run for over twenty-years, and believe Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted in time for a genuine ‘live’ race to finally go ahead, following a succession of virtual events. It has already received support from Conwy Council.


John explained that athletes will also be able to collect the second part of a unique three-medal set on completing this exciting 10k run, with an option to secure the third and final medal next year for the 30
th anniversary.


He also provided some interesting background to the origin of this race and explained: ‘Nick joined NWRRC from Colwyn Bay AC, and his smile soon made lots of friends. He was there at every race. He tried and tried until his improvements staggered us all, and you could always rely on that smile at the finishing post.
‘We all need occasional laughter to make us feel good, and Nick provided that in abundance. His presence was welcome, pervasive, selflessly giving, and never asking the price. Nick was living with hydrocephalus and passed away after finishing the Lake Vyrnwy half-marathon race in September 1992.
‘Maybe when we run his race each year, it will remind us of the importance and positive results that trying hard and participating can bring. Nick Beer was a true son of the sporting ethic, who left us with a wealth of fond memories, and a legacy of inspiration.’
John also confirmed: 'The race HQ will now be on Llandudno promenade, We are having a number of gazebos, this will ensure we comply with all the restrictions if COVID-19 is still with us. We will NOT be using Venue Cymru however, this year.'

 

1965 – 1992: 
29th Anniversary NICK BEER 10k Road Race. 


**Entry details including the location and route of the race are now available online: 
https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/front/step1.php?id=4963

*The cost of entry is £15 affiliated, and £17 non-affiliated. On the day it will be £16 affiliated and £18 non-affiliated. If you enter after midnight on Thursday July 8th you will need to collect your number on race day from registration from one of the gazebos on Llandudno promenade between 9.30 and 11.30 am. Online entries will close at midnight on Thursday 15th July. Limited entries will be available on race day at registration between 9.30 and 11.30 am.


*Organisers: North Wales Road Runners Club 

Website: https://nwrrc.co.uk

E-mail: kaysahatton@gmail.com






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Father and son win top placings in Welsh 2-mile virtual championships


 *Jonathan Kettle on top form again in the Welsh two-mile championships

Father and son win top placings in 2-mile Welsh virtual championships

Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery.


North Wales Road Runners followed up their recent team success and excellent podium placings in the British Masters one-mile race, with a further two gold and two silver podium positions in the Welsh Athletics two-mile championships held last weekend.

In another high-quality virtual event, some eleven club runners accepted the challenge of competing in a unique time-trial type dash on a course of their own choosing, and subject to strict pandemic restrictions. 

The star-billing of the race was confirmed by a fact the first nineteen runners dipped under 11-minutes, and there was just 13-seconds separating the top-three finishers. 

The overall event was won by Richard Jones (Lliswerry Runners), 1st M45 cat winner in 10 mins 16 secs, with (Colwyn Bay AC) youngster James Smith taking 2nd place and he was 1st U17m cat in 10.20; with Daniel James (Run4all RC), 3rd, and the 1st M40 winner in 10.29. Donna Morris was the 1st female athlete, 38thoverall, and 1st W35 age cat winner in 11.54.

One of the most pleasing local club results however, in this speedy two-mile dash included father and son, Jonathan and Troy Kettle, who shared generous plaudits taking silver and gold age placings respectively.



        *Promising NWRRC teenager Troy Kettle won his U20m age category


Jonathan was just 3-seconds short of a top-three position, finishing 4th overall in an entry of some 293 Welsh club runners, yet he claimed 2nd place and silver spot in his M45 age category, recording a brilliant time of just 10 mins 32 seconds. Troy was the next NWRRC club runner home in 29th place overall, and he also won a gold podium placing in his U20m age category in 11.26.



             *Another golden performance in his M65 age category by Kevin Slattery


Club chairman Kevin Slattery was another NWRRC athlete who again struck gold in his M65 age category, despite suffering online registration problems, but deservedly claimed the top-spot, recording an incredible time of 13.59, with colleague Don Hale winning the silver placing in 14.44, in the same age cat, finishing 137th overall; but unfortunately, Kay Hatton just missed out on a top-three age position, finishing 4th F55 cat in 14.48.



                            *Kay Hatton (pictured above), with Steve Roberts (below)


The full NWRRC results included: 4th Jonathan Kettle, 2nd M45, 10.32; 29th Troy Kettle, 1st U20m, 11.32; Steve Bozier 60th, 5th M40, 12.29. Stuart Culverhouse was 72nd and 11th M45 in 12.51; Dave Spofforth 85thand 10th M35 runner 13.09; Steve Roberts 104th, and 6th M55, in 13.49. Kevin Slattery 1st M65 age cat winner in 13.59; with Don Hale 2nd M65 and 137th overall in 14.44. Kay Hatton 139th and 4th F55 cat in 14.48; with Helen Hannam 7th F45, and 163rd overall in 15.39; and Kelly Alford, 176th overall and 8th F35 cat, in 16.25.



                  *Helen Hannam with Mia Morris at the Welsh 2-mile race

*Mia Morris joined her Colwyn Bay AC colleagues James Smith (2nd overall), and Oliver Howson in the two-mile race. Mia had a great run finishing in 156th place, and was 7th U15 girl’s cat, in 15.24; with Oliver just one-second behind in 158th spot in 15.25.

 

*Link to previous British Masters one-mile championships:https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/north-wales-runners-claim-podium-places.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

NWRRC runners claim Welsh podium places in British Masters virtual mile race


*Peter Armstrong celebrated his return to NWRRC with a Welsh victory in the M70 age category of the BMAF one-mile championships last weekend

North Wales runners won Welsh podium placings in British Masters virtual mile race: Report by Don Hale. Most photographs by Steve Jeffery.

Several North Wales athletes shone in the cold winter sunshine last weekend during the prestigious British Masters one-mile championships, with two club runners claiming Welsh podium placings amongst a highly talented field.
This virtual race was one of two major time-trial events staged over the same few days, which unfortunately clashed with the rival Welsh Athletics (WA) two-mile challenge series.
Staged under Covid-19 restrictions and BMAF rules, it still attracted a massive turn-out of some 1,560 competitors nationwide, including many of the UK’s top club runners.
The quality of entrants was both obvious and outstanding, with the first seventy athletes dipping under five-minutes, and a further four hundred plus members finishing between 5-6 minutes.
The overall race winner was Tom Merson from Exmouth Harriers, who completed his own run in a remarkable time of 4.21; with the first female athlete, Elizabeth Davies, finishing in 5.01.
And the top-end senior races once again highlighted the infinite quality at this higher age grouping, which was confirmed by the overall M70 race winner Ron Cattle, from Midland Masters, who recorded a superb finishing time of 5.54. In addition, David Bedwell, the overall M65 champion from Bristol and West, celebrated his deserved victory in just 5.34.


*Steve Bozier produced another good performance on Llandudno promenade in the virtual BMAF one-mile race.

North Wales Road Runners had five senior entrants, but marathon man and charity fundraiser Steve Bozier, had to curb his usual endurance efforts for a brief out and back dash along Llandudno promenade, before recording an excellent time of just 5 mins 47 seconds to finish in 388th place overall. His colleague Stuart Culverhouse also ran well and finished just 9 seconds adrift in 472nd position in 5.56. 



   *Stuart Culverhouse enjoyed another good run

The main plaudits though went to NWRRC senior newcomer Peter Armstrong, who has just returned to the club after a 20-year absence. He finished 908th overall, but was the 1st Welsh veteran in his M70 masters age category, winning a virtual podium pace in a great time of 7 mins 5 secs. 



* M70 age cat winner Peter Armstrong (pictured in red top) at Conwy Parkrun.


Fellow senior Don Hale additionally enjoyed a good outing in 935th spot in 7.12, to secure another virtual podium position, as the 3rd Welsh athlete in his M65 masters age cat. 

Meanwhile, Helen Hannam, the only female representative in this race from NWRRC, continued her rapid progress, despite facing a tough task in the F45 section, and recorded a promising 7.45 dash result in 1064th place overall.



*Don Hale 3rd place in the M65 Welsh age category

*Helen Hannam - ran well but faced a tough test in the F45 age cat section


**Link to latest Welsh Athletics 2-mile virtual race: DonHaleBlog: Father and son win top placings in Welsh 2-mile vi... https://donhaleblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/father-and-son-win-top-placings-in.html?spref=tw

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Steve plans Orme ultra-marathon to help fund search for missing fishermen


                                          *Steve Bozier (photo by Mark Edwards).

Steve plans Orme ultra-marathon to help fund search for missing fishermen

Report by Don Hale.

Endurance athlete Steve Bozier intends to run at least five gruelling laps of the Great Orme next weekend in a bid to help raise funds towards essential equipment needed in the search for three missing crew members of the fishing boat Nicola Faith.


*The missing fishing boat pictured previously at her home port in Conwy

Steve, from Llandudno, who is member of North Wales Road Running Club, said: ‘I am going to run at least five laps of the Orme to complete a marathon distance, but it’s going to be a tough one. I know it’s four miles from toll to toll, so I’m aiming for five laps, and if enough money is raised, I might even go for six laps.

‘The extra lap would make this an ultra-marathon challenge, which is completely unknown territory for me. It will be extremely difficult, but worth it to help the families finally bring our local lads back home at last!’

The well-known local bus driver and charity fundraiser jumped at the chance to try and help find Ross Ballantine (39), Alan Minard (20) and boat skipper Carl McGrath (34), who were all posted as missing following the disappearance of their boat off the Conwy coast late last month.



                     *Steve pictured completing another challenge on Llandudno Prom

An extensive two-day search was undertaken at the time by the Coastguard, RNLI, and other emergency services, when the fishermen failed to return to their home port at Conwy.

The investigation into the causes and circumstances surrounding the vessel’s loss, however, is still ongoing. The search for the vessel is being co-ordinated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), which is continuing. MAIB has been working with underwater search experts to cover a wide area including all of the vessel’s historic operating area.

Despite this ongoing search, family members are also hoping to provide extensive funds for an additional private search by experienced international marine specialists. 

And last Friday, there was a further development, when a life raft belonging to the Nicola Faith was found at Kirkcudbrightshire, just off the Scottish coast by HM Coastguards. 

It was discovered about 90 nautical miles from where the fishing boat was believed lost on the evening of 27thJanuary. Identified by the MAIB, it has since been transported to their Southampton premises for further examination and analysis.




Lowri Taylor, the sister of Ross Ballantine said: ‘We have been told that none of the equipment on the life raft was used, but we need to know what happened to the fishermen.’

She added: ‘It answers one question though. We know they weren’t on the life raft out there on the sea trying to get help for days. And it’s now more important than ever that we keep raising money to provide additional expertise and help us to get the lads home.’



Athlete Steve, originally set a target of just £500 for his marathon effort, but quickly revised his target when that sum was raised within the first day. He now confirms that he will probably have to run an extra lap now, as it’s imperative to raise as much money as possible for this important cause. 

He has also started a JustGiving fundraising page, and donations can be made via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephen-bozier?utm_term=ZmjkjJ26d&fbclid=IwAR2zz4knNyyA-vMkb7GyEp-X8Z34ldYkqLZqEDJe5MZNo1uuwNSsL7ZxTvY

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Welsh Athletics Winter 2-mile series

*North Wales Road Runners (photo by Steve Jeffery taken before lockdown).

Welsh Athletics Winter Miles Series - 2 Miles series

This is your last chance to register and run in the Welsh Athletics two-mile championships. it is available from this Friday till Monday. Please check the rues of the competition as runs must start and finish within 200 metres.

Friday 5th Mar - Monday 8th Mar: Entries Close 4th Mar 23:59

https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/wa2m21/

All athletes must be registered with their club and Welsh Athletics eligible to be able eo compete. 

Performances must be submitted via OpenTrack following the rules below.
Athletes must make their runs PUBLIC on either Strava or Garmin to allow for result scrutiny. Upload instructions can be found here.
Performances that do not comply with the parameters set out below will be marked as non-scoring in the final results.

GENERAL RULES:
Distances must be run and submitted between 00:01 on the first day of competition Friday 5th and 23:59 on the last day of competition Monday 8th.
THIS EVENT IS FOR U13 TO MASTERS
Only one submission per runner will be accepted.
Runs should be named 'WA Virtual 2 mile'
Athletes must avoid popular running/walking routes at busy times.
Be considerate to others by keeping a minimum of 2m distance at all times when passing in public.
Do not drive somewhere to run - stay as close to your home as possible.
All runs must start and finish at around the same point (200m leeway for GPS errors) - either lapped or out and back.
Lapped off-track courses must not include laps of less than 1km.
Runs must not take place on a track.
All Welsh Government guidelines regarding physical distancing must be strictly adhered to. Any changes to Welsh Government guidelines/law will be implemented immediately.

Contact Details: competitions@welshathletics.org

*Please contact the organiser, not OpenTrack, for all queries


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