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Connor Rogers sets new PB on his winning debut for North Wales Regional team debut at the Stone 10k.

Connor Rogers from Wrexham AC (*above) recorded a new PB and a winning debut for North Wales at Stafford 10k.

North Wales Regional team claim 2nd place overall at Inter-Counties match at Stone 10k.

Report by Don Hale. Photos Paul Brooks and Steve Jeffery.

The North Wales Regional athletics team competed at the Stone 10k in Staffordshire on Sunday and finished 2nd overall, with Connor Rogers winning the race on his debut with a great new PB of 32 minutes and 19 seconds.

Team manager Paul Brooks praised all competing members for their excellent performances in this inter-county match, and confirmed: “Congratulations to Connor Rogers (Wrexham AC), on his winning debut for North Wales and a PB, and thanks to Darren Blazier for ensuring that we would have a scoring team.

“And it was good to see Elliot Cox back in the team after several years. Unfortunately, with two ladies withdrawing on the day before the race, it left no time to find replacements, so we had an incomplete women's team. It was a very hot and humid morning, so thanks to all our athletes who all did their very best running for the region.

*The final race times included: (1) Connor Rogers 32.19 PB, (5) Scott Nixon 33.15, (10) James Yarwood 34.09, (13) Elliot Cox 34.40, (42) Darren Blazier 37.50 SB, (4) Tracy Rogers 37.52, (7) Rachel Shipley 39.17, (12) and Jennifer Rambaldi 39.54 SB.

*James Yarwood (*above left) and Darren Blazier (*below).

Selected for Wales NWRRC veteran athlete Cheryl Frost has been selected to run for Wales at the Chester Marathon in October following her successful good for age marathon results earlier this year. She has already represented Wales in several other distance races this year, due to her good form, and a delighted Cheryl, says she is now hoping for a possible Autumn PB at the international fixture within the race.

*Pictured above - Cheryl Frost from North Wales Road Runners has received her call-up to represent Wales at the Chester Marathon in October. *Holyhead 5-mile race for NW champs: The next North Wales Road Running championships will be the 5 miles race within the Holyhead Breakwater 5, on Sunday 30th July. The event starts at 11.00 am. The championship closing date is Sunday 23rd July. Other NWRRC race results: *Sale: Will Williams (*pictured below) finished 65th overall at the Sale Sizzler 5k race last Thursday amongst 548 highly competitive athletes. Will recorded a chip time of 17.49 and he was 4th in his MV50 age cat.

*Penrhyn Castle: Martin Green finished 5th at the Penrhyn Castle parkrun and won his MV45 age cat in 17.23, whilst club colleague Mandy Owen was 103rd place and gained a new PB of 31.52, knocking over a minute and a half from her previous run at this venue from a couple of weeks ago. *Greenfield Valley: Stuart Culverhouse and his young son Joe took part in the Greenhouse Valley parkrun. Stuart finished 3rd and won his MV50 cat in 22.12, with Joe 7th overall and 2nd in his JM11-14 cat in 24.38. The first finisher at this event quite bizarrely, was another youngster, 10-year-old Finlay Potter (Deeside) in 19.32, with another fellow junior, Ryan Clough, 2nd overall and he won his JM11-14 cat in 22.04. *Ellesmere Port: Jon Evans returned to parkrun action after a long break but ran well to record an excellent time of 21.46 at the Ellesmere Port event and claimed 2nd place in his MV55 age cat.

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