Four Denbigh Harriers completed the 20 miler in Wrexham on Sunday. This race traditionally is a good preparation race for the London Marathon in 6 weeks. The weather was bright and breezy and chilly! The route was a bit hillier than expected with over 1400ft of climb over the 20 miles. The fun started at 8.5miles on a back road where there was a puddle about 6 inches deep to soak the runners’ feet. This puddle eventually turned into waist deep water that the runners had to wade through for 250 metres. Given the temperature it took the runners a few miles to warm up again. Joseph Welch finished in 16th place and was happy with his time of 2:12:45. Huw Williams ran most of the way with Hywel Roberts to finish in 2:39:06 and 81st place. Hywel finished in 2:43:35 and 93rd place. Lisa Dafydd also braved the challenges in Wrexham to finish in 262nd place in 3:55:39
There was a good Harriers turnout at the Vale of Clwyd 10k and 5k races. In the 10k Melina Morris stormed to first placed lady in a PB 46.41. Bob Neale finished in 50.37 just missing out on his age category. Luke Hughes finished in 51.01 representing the club for the first time. Sarah Bayliss won her age category in 55.44. In the 5k Elen Baugh was second lady in 22.57 and Ron Birch won the M70 category in 37.07. David Baugh was 3rd overall and second man in 20.33.
Three Denbigh Harriers were at the Shrewsbury 10k on Sunday where they faced cold but sunny conditions which was for running on this undulating course with a slight diversion due to the flooded River Severn on an otherwise flat section. Just over 2000 runners and 3 good performances from the Harriers. Duncan Jones in 251st overall in 45.51. Ian Jones enjoyed his run in 48.58 with a a personal best and Jess Jones running well in 67.37.
The Parkruns were poorly attended but two harriers braved the awful conditions.
17th Phil Hayes 21.15
13th Tony Benton 24. 10