The Denbigh Harriers summer club handicap series started on Sunday in wet but not cold conditions. In the series all runners are set off at intervals based on their current performance which results in fast and slower runners finishing at around the same time. The 3 miles course was soggy on the lower slopes which made for an advantage for the stronger runners. Sixteen hardy souls turned out with numbers reduced to others running in Anglesey. Congratulations to Anwen Brown for a decisive victory in what must have been her best run for some time, finishing in 27:12. Second home was Tony Wood in 19:48 with Dan Jones finishing in 19:30 and the fastest time on the day.
1st Anwen 10.34.42 a.m 27:12 1/1
2nd Tony Wood 10.34.48 19:48 2/1
3rd Dan Jones 10.35.00 19:30 3/1
On Sunday, 8 Harriers travelled to Anglesey to run in the Half Marathon. The route takes the runners from Menai Bridge to Beaumaris, then loops out into the countryside before returning to Menai Bridge. Conditions were cold and wet, but thankfully the race was before storm Freya hit, so not as windy as later in the day.
Phil Hayes was the first Harrier across the line, in a PB time of 1:33:40. Mat Jones was second from the club, also with a PB time of 1:37:59 .Hywel Roberts followed close behind, in 1:38:53 – his London Marathon training continues well. Melina Morris was the first club lady home, in a time of 1:46:39 PB. Ian Jones was next, in 1:56:15 – this makes it seven consecutive months for a HM for Ian, starting back in September.
Robert Parry was just outside the 2 hour mark, in 2:01:12. His fourth HM of the year so far. David Jones crossed the line in 2:08:44. Lisa Dafydd finished in a time of 2:14:17. Dawn Marshall started well, but suffered a knee injury soon after 8 miles, and finished in a time of 2:22:07
The Border league was held in Birkenhead Park with 344 runners turning out for this 5.5 mile race (sub on my watch), in wet and chilly conditions. Vic Belshaw was 107th 35:16 and 3rd in this strong category, Emma Collins was 168th 15th Lady and 1st v55 38:50.
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