Denbigh Harriers Weekly Report 23rd February ‘19

Denbigh Harriers had  a glorious morning for a run on Saturday in Rhyl. Even the wind didn’t seem as bad as usual as 565 runners set off from Rhyl to race to Prestatyn and back along the seafront racing this established fast, flat 10 mile race which incorporated the North Wales 10 mile Championships. Four Harriers supported this local race with Joe Welch first home in a PB, 13th overall and 5th M35 in 61:57. Joe took 2nd VM35 in the North Wales 10 mile Championships. Next home was Emma Collins in a fantastic 75:01 and over 13 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Emma convincingly claimed both her VF55 category in the race and was crowned VF55 North Wales 10 mile champion. She was 13th lady and 91st overall. Ruth Crowther in this her first 10 mile race and longest race to date finished next 310th overall, 100th lady and 23rd in her VF45 category and second in the North Wales Championships in 1:32:35. Fourth Harrier home was Dawn Marshall delighted to get a PB in 1:34:52, taking over 2½ minutes off her previous best. She was also awarded bronze in the VF40 North Wales 10 mile championships. 324th overall, 110th lady and 18th VF40 in the race.

Joe Welch, Emma Collins and Dawn Marshal

Joe Welch, Emma Collins and Dawn Marshall 

The Ruthin 5k was well attended and eight Denbigh Harriers took part in the 5k and 10k. It was beautiful day for running on a good mainly flat course. In the 5K there were great personal bests for Jess Jones and Elen Baugh with Elen just missing out on third woman. David Baugh was 4th man and 1st M50 with Ian Jones supporting Jess on her run.

In the 10k Shaun Hughes had a fine run to finish in second by some margin. Dan Jones achieved a great personal best as did Mari Williams. Meinir Hughes enjoyed the fine weather on this pleasant course.

David Baugh and Ian Jones

Ruthin 5K – David Baugh and Ian Jones

Ruthin 5k
5th 20:38 David Baugh 1stM50
10th 22:34 Elen Baugh PB
73rd 31:57 Jessica Jones PB
74th 31:57 Ian Jones

Ruthin 10k
2nd 36:00 Shaun Wyn Hughes
7th 39:06 Daniel Jones PB
58th 49:46 Mari Williams PB
242nd 01:15:29 Meinir Hughes

Three Denbigh Harriers turned out for the first race in the Welsh Fell Running Championships series. The Sheeptracks race is a challenging mountain navigation race, 18.9 miles in distance with 4,300ft of ascent on unmarked sheep tracks  through the heather, bracken and gorse of the Clwydian hills. For the over 60’s there is a shortened version of the main race – a 12 and a half mile race with 3,270ft of ascent on the same unmarked route. Tony Wood ran the 18 mile race, which is closer to 19 miles, through the energy-sapping heather, gorse and bracken down steep descents and up even steeper ascents in a very decent time of 3 hrs 51 minutes and 54 seconds. 
Enjoying the glorious weather and running the 12 and a half mile version of the race with her daughter Katy as company, was Menai Baugh finishing strongly as first lady over 60 in a time of 3 hrs 15 minutes and 8 seconds. Unfortunately ( or fortunately) Katy’s time ( which was the same as Menai’s) didn’t count in the Over 60’s race!

Menai Baugh - Clwydian Sheeptracks

Menai Baugh – Clwydian Sheeptracks



79th Robert PARRY 00:26:12

Pagasus (New Zealand)

21st Ceri BELSHAW 00:22:20

Gloucester City

47th Bob NEALE 00:24:34

Bodelwyddan Castle

14th 1st Lady Katy BAUGH 00:23:45
42nd Gwenan JOHNSON 00:28:20
44th Sarah BAYLISS 00:28:41

Myrtle (Yorkshire)

32nd Chris BALDWIN 00:25:55
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