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Bright and breezy for surprise ultra-distance walkers at Conwy parkrun...and fast pace by top three.

*Simon Cole (*yellow top) leads the pack, followed closely by Martin Green and Jonathan Kettle at Conwy parkrun.

Bright and breezy for surprise ultra-distance walkers at Conwy parkrun...and fast pace by top three rivals.

Report by Don Hale. Photos by Steve Jeffery.

It was bright and very breezy at the Conwy parkrun on Saturday with over two hundred entrants negotiating the scenic, yet puddle-filled and challenging 5k course.

This week’s surprise guests included Antony and Sally Brown, who visited this venue during their epic 6,000-mile trek around the UK coastline to help raise funds for the RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance, and parkrun!

The couple were also celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary, and Antony, who is a member of the Newquay and Par Athletics Club, even took part in the parkrun, and finished well in 54th place in 24.05.

(*Pictured left) Ultra-distance charity walkers Antony and Sally Brown at the Conwy parkrun.

The event also attracted the usual mix of quality club and social runners who coped well with the soggy conditions underfoot. And despite several rivals, the top three finishing places all went to local club runners with Simon Cole(GOG Triathlon) finishing 1st in just 17 minutes and 11 seconds to additionally claim the top spot in his MV40 age cat.

*Harry Driscoll (*above left) with Tony Price Jones and Steve Bozier.

NWRRC members Martin Green and Jonathan Kettle took the next two places respectively with all three finishers battling hard for honours. Martin finished 2nd but won his MV45 age cat in 17.43, and Jonathan was 3rd, and runner-up in the same cat in 17.50. A team of eleven Road Runners eventually claimed six podium places, including two first places, three second, and one third. Steve Gardner was the next man back in 8th place and he won his MV60 age cat in 20.00, whilst Steve Bozier made a welcome return to parkrun in 14th place in 20.50, with Tony Price Jones in hot pursuit in 17th place in 21.04.

  1. *Steve Bozier (*above) made a welcome return to parkrun at Conwy. Harry Driscoll was another young runner in fine form, and finished 2nd in his SM20 cat in 21.13, and in 21st place overall, with Steve Mason 23rd in 21.28, and Steve Roberts finished in 34th place in 22.44, and he was 3rd in his MV55 cat. Meanwhile, Adam Lemalle finished 55th in 24.07, and veteran Rob Fryer was 97th in 26.42, with master vet Don Hale 112th, and the 2nd MV70 cat in 27.34.

*Pictured above (l-r), Welsh Master Rod Runner Steve Gardner. *The 1st female athlete was Hailey Fletcher (Sedburgh School RC), in 21.00, with Vicky Cole (GOG Triathlon,) 2nd in 21.41, and Alex Aldous 3rd in 23.15. *This is the link to the provisional results from the Conwy parkrun: Other race results: *Pont y Bala: Will Williams and Jamie Tharme made their debuts in the Pont y Bala parkun, and both athletes performed well, with Will finishing 2nd overall in 17.49 and he won his MV50 age cat, whilst Jamie was 8th, and he was 2nd in his MV45 cat with a fast time of 20.52.

*Blackpool: Kelly Marie Alford and Kevin Higgins trotted along the famous Golden Mile at the seaside last Sunday, as part of the Blackpool Music 10k. Kelly finished 43rd overall, and the 8th female runner in 48.41, with Kevin 63rd in 52.58.

*Jamie Tharme and Will Williams (*above left) at the Pont y Bala parkrun, with (*below) Kelly Marie Alford and Kevin Higgins at the Blackpool Music 10k.


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