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No ice this week but runners battled a cold and blustery wind at Conwy parkrun.




Josh Keogh (pictured above), was the first runner home at Conwy.

Report by Don Hale. 


In stark contrast to last week’s icy 5k course at Conwy parkrun, this time some 229 starters faced a cold blustery wind, but the event welcomed a large contingent from Porth Eirias Runners, and numerous ‘Couch to 5k’ participants.

North Wales Road Runners entered twelve members with Josh Keogh being the first man home overall on an unusually dry but challenging course with a fast time of 17 minutes and 33 seconds. The club also celebrated four first placed age cat victories, four second, and two third placings.

Josh also won his SM30 age cat, and he was more than a minute ahead of the second placed finishers and debutants, Cameron Morris in 18.42, and Ed Slaughter third in 18.43. Cameron won his SM20 cat, and Ed additionally won his SM18 age cat.

Sion Thomas finished 9th overall, and he was the second NWRRC finisher with a new course PB of 21,26, and he won his VM40 age cat. Adam Lemalle also ran well in 15th place with another PB of 22.00, and he was second in his VM40 age cat, with Steve Mason 24th, and second in his VM45 cat in 23.14.


* Steve Mason NWRRC pictured right:


Richard Scamans enjoyed a good workout in 30th place in 24.00, and master vet Don Hale finished 2nd in his VM70 cat in 25.33, with Tony Gibson in hot pursuit, and making a rare parkrun appearance with a fine effort in 53rd place, and he won his VM65 cat in 25.52.

Hannah Griffith finished second in her VW50 cat in 59th place in 26.07, and veteran Rob Fryer was 68th in 26.39, and claimed the third spot in his VM65 cat. Elizabeth Driscoll was 87th in 28.11, and she won her VW55 age cat, with master vet Mark Mason 119th, and third in his VM70 cat in 30.20, whilst Rachel Morris finished 160th in 35.03.


 *Pictured above - Elizabeth Driscoll.


*Anna Drinkwater, a regular Conwy park runner, who has just claimed the Welsh Orienteering championship title in South Wales recently, (with her husband Sam winning a silver medal), was the first female finisher at Conwy parkrun. She also won her SW25 age cat. The Eryri Harrier finished 4th overall in 19.56, with club colleague Gemma Moore second, and one place behind Anna in 20.33, but she won her VW40 cat, whilst Alex Aldous was 16th in 22.15, and she finished 2nd in her SW25 cat



*Pictured above – Anna Drinkwater and her husband Sam. Anna, a regular park runner at Conwy,  won the Welsh Orienteering championships last week with Sam winning a silver medal in the men’s event.



*Plaudits were handed to master vet Sandy Johnston (Les Croupiers), pictured above - who was the first VM70 master vet in 32nd place in 24.15, and praise was also given to the run director, and to all the volunteers and marshall’s on such a cold and very windy day


Other results:

*Hunstanton: Ben and Sarah Ferguson Hudson went on their parkrun travels again last weekend and enjoyed some good performances in the Hunstanton promenade parkrun in Norfolk. Ben was 5th in 21.24, and won his VM45 age cat, and Sarah was also on top form, and she won her VW45 age cat as the first female finisher in 11th place overall in 22.53.

*Prestatyn: Stuart Culverhouse and Dave Jones took part in the Nova parkrun at Prestatyn last Saturday, and Stuart finished 4th in 20.56, and he won his VM50 age cat, whilst Dave was 2nd in his VM50 cat, and 12th overall in 25.21.

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