Denbigh Harriers Weekly Report 4/5/19

This was another busy weekend of running for Denbigh Harriers.  Four Harriers were amongst the 382 who turned out, in perfect weather conditions, for the scenic, but tough, Llangollen Trail 10K, on Sunday. A well organised race with fantastic atmosphere. It’s a challenging route that takes runners through mixed terrain, along the Llangollen canal towpath and then up into the fields and hills above. Shaun Hughes was in excellent form; not just winning the race but also smashing the course record in 36.49. Next Harrier home, with another strong run was Daniel Jones, in 9th position overall and a time of 40.51. Mel Morris (Melina Morris) was first female Harrier across the line, picking up 1st W40 (6th female overall) in 47.05 and then Ruth Crowther finished the Harriers line up in a fantastic 1:02:24 (94th female) marking her return after the Coast Half Marathon 3 weeks ago.

1st    36:49    Shaun    Hughes
9th    40:51    Daniel    Jones
59th    47:05    Melina    Morris
250th    01:02:24    Ruth    Crowther

Alaw Medi took on the undulating (800’ of climb) Limerick Marathon in hot conditions and was on target for 3 hours 45 until she hit the infamous wall at 22 miles. However with some encouragement from supporters she completed the race in an excellent personal best of 3.50.04.

Two Harriers ran the Liverpool 10k on Sunday and were delighted with their personal best times. Ieuan Lewis and Lian Jones ran the race together to finish in 1:00:36.

Sarah Bayliss competed in this weekend’s British Orienteering Championships.
In Saturday’s sprint race around Bradford University it was fast, relying on quick navigation and route choice. She was really delighted to finish 7th in women’s vets, the biggest age class. Sunday  was the long distance event on open moorland with almost no paths to aid navigation. There were 81 entries in W50, of which 57 ran the long course and  Sarah finished 16th, her best result ever.

Three Harriers, Emma Collins, Victoria Whitehead and Tony Benton ventured into the multi discipline Triathlon scene by competing in the Ruthin Sprint event.  All completing the event in good times with the details not available yet.

Seven Harriers took ran Parkruns this weekend.

Kingston

211st    Sian PRITCHARD    00:27:2

Firenze/Florence

5th    Manfredi TORALDO    00:20:5

Bodelwyddan Castle

5th David BAUGH    00:21:38
12    th    Duncan JONES    00:23:26
16    th (1st Woman)    Elen BAUGH    00:24:03
44th        Sarah BAYLISS    00:29:26
57th        Helen DAVIES    00:31:2

Alaw Medi

 

 

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June Start List

I won’t be there on Tuesday 4th June, but hope that you will have warmer weather for this one. The pack has been reshuffled according to principles of justice, fairness and personal prejudice. Oh yes, – and the rules (don’t ask).

6.30 pm. Mari J, Ron

6.31 Jess

6.33 Diane, Eurian, Teleri, Kath S

6.34 pm. Wendy, Bronwen, Rebekah

6.35 Angela

6.36 Nicola F, Mike Hb, Helen D, Jill, Littlekath, Claire Sp, Rhian WJ

6.37  Kate W, Jeff, Paul J, Ruth, Hannah, Julie, David Sp

6.38 Caz

6.39 Dawn

6.40 Rob P, Katherine E, David S, Roger, Andy M

6.41 Gwenan, Sarah, Ed

6.41.30 Dizzy Liz, Bill (Wil A)

6.42 Menai, Anwen, Peter L, John G

6.42.30 Sali, Arwel, Chris, Bob

6.43 Ruari, Gerwyn, Jon, Dan S, Mark W, Mark J

6.43.30 Fred, Ian J, Paul G

6.44 Sioned, Mari W, Tracey, Luke

6.44.30 Victoria, Elen

6.45 Tony B

6.45.30 Ceri B, Ceri D, Mel, Duncan

6.46 Rhian, Alaw, Emma, Katy

6.46.30 Brett, Phil, Owen

6.47 Steve, Mat, David B

6.47.30 Hywel, Huw, Vic, Glen

6.48 Tony W

6.48.30 Dan J,  Joe W

6.49 Shaun

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May Results

Colder than most previous handicap races in May at 12C and overcast, but dry and firmer ground than last month. The record number of participants possibly caused some to start too fast and then the queues at the stiles provided a welcome breather (says he with feeling!). Huge thanks to Rob P, Tony B, and Katy for coping well with some very close finishing groups (which is the point of a handicap race, I suppose). Our recruitment sergeant, Ian, did a fantastic job in cajoling so many first-timers to try this really quite hard 3 mile cross country course. As we have always said for the women (and the elderly men) if you can complete this one, you can look forward to competing in the North Wales League in the autumn and winter – especially as you will improve if continuing to do this one over the next few months. Congratulations to Caz, who underestimated her ability by just a bit – and will get a more realistic start-time for June. Big improvements by Mari J and Tracey (who is getting just a tad unpredictable, I have to say), another strong run by octogenarian Ron, confirming that he always goes well in dryer conditions, and an astonishingly good run from Menai (again). Mari W stayed ahead of Tracey and was faster than in-form Elen – which bodes very well for a Women’s team including a resurgent Victoria and a flying Mel. Welcome to everyone else on their maiden voyages and hope to see you on the Tuesday and/or Thursday training nights.

………………………..Finishing time….Actual time…………Points

1st Caz………………….7.03.48pm……..29m48………………1/1

2nd Julie…………………06.53……………30m53……………..2/2

3rd Ron…………………..07.07……………37m07……………..30/2

4th Jack………………….07.14…………….23m44……………..4/1

5th Mari J……………….07.22…………….37m22……………..21/2

6th Mari W……………..07.30…………….23m30……………..6/1

7th Tracey………………07.42……………..23m42……………..25/2

8th Roger……………….07.57………………27m57……………..10/2

9th Victoria…………….08.13………………23m13……………..23/3

10th Andy M…………..08.17………………28m17………………11/2

11th Peter L…………….08.29……………..25m29………………22/2

12th Mark J…………….08.30……………..25m00……………..33/2

13th Mat…………………08.32……………..20m32………………13/1

14th Tony W……………08.36……………..19m06………………41/3

15th Mel………………….08.52……………..22m52………………15/1

16th Menai………………08.55……………..25m55………………22/2

17th Ruari……………….08.58……………..24m58………………29/2

18th Vic…………………..09.01……………..20m01………………18/1

19th Shaun………………09.04……………..18m04………………41/2

20th John G…………….09.07……………..26m37……………….29/2

21st Luke…………………09.13……………..23m43……………….24/2

22nd Ian………………….09.15……………..24m15………………..22/1

23rd Phil…………………09.17………………21m17…………………46/2

24th David B……………09.19………………20m49……………….43/2

25th Fred…………………09.25……………..24m25………………..25/1

26th Sali………………….09.32………………26m02……………….46/3

27th Elen…………………09.35………………23m35………………..37/2

28th Eileen………………09.37………………33m37………………..28/1

29th Bob………………….09.39………………25m39………………..41/3

30th Diane………………09.41……………….34m41…………………41/2

31st Gwenan…………….09.42………………27m42…………………31/1

32nd Duncan……………09.44………………22m44…………………48/2

33rd Hayley……………..09.45………………26m45………………….33/1

34th Chris………………..09.58………………25m58………………….42/2

35th Teleri……………….09.59……………….33m59………………….35/1

36th Arwel……………….10.01………………..26m01………………….48/2

37th Eurian………………10.07………………..34m07………………….37/1

38th Kath S……………….10.21………………..34m21………………….38/1

39th Paul G……………….10.24……………….24m24………………….39/1

40th Rebekah……………10.38……………….32m38…………………..40/1

41st Dave Sp……………..10.48……………….30m48…………………..55/2

42nd Jess………………….12.31………………..36m31……………………42/1

DNF Bill

 

 

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Denbigh Harriers Weekly Report 27/4/19

The were was a busy week of running for Denbigh Harriers dominated by the London Marathon which eight club members ran. All of them were delighted to have completed the course and taken part in such an iconic event. First Harrier home was Joe Welch who managed to run the second half of the race quicker than the first to record a splendid personal best. Next home was Huw Williams who ran even pacing right until the very final stages of the race. Hywel Roberts had a great race keeping a good pace going until the last 10k. Gwenan Johnson was the first denbigh woman home after a well judged race. Sian Pritchard also showed great strength and endurance to run a second half of the race faster than the first. Despite disrupted training Mark Jones was delighted with his race keeping the momentum going throughout. Training partners Helen Davies and Nicola Field ran together finishing strongly. In addition to the running the Harriers should be congratulated on their tremendous fund raising efforts.

1070th Welch, Joseph 02:50:37

7459th Williams, Huw 03:42:53

13769th Roberts, Hywel 04:18:06

6328th Johnson, Gwenan 04:24:09

9444th Pritchard, Sian 04:50:28

19286thJones, Mark04:56:55

13066th Davies, Helen 05:26:29
13067th Field, Nicola 05:26:29

Earlier in the week  four  Harriers turned out to run the Penmaenmawr Three Hills Fell Race. This is an extremely tough, short, 3 mile fell race with 1600 ft of ascent. The three hills are brutal – one so steep that everyone climbed up on all fours through the gorse and bilberry bushes. The descent was fast on grassy tracks in a quarter of the time it took us to climb up to the last summit. Jon Jonathan Fleming was first Harrier home in 10th position in an excellent time of 37 minutes 3 seconds. David Baugh was not far behind him, storming in, in 16th position in a time of 39.55. Menai Baugh flew to the finish in 54th position, 13th female and first F60 in a time of 47.39. Peter Lester-owen, having suffered a serious injury to his ankle on this race last year, bravely finished in 66th position in a time of 50.08.


Friday night saw six harriers run the Mid Cheshire 5K.  This was an astonishingly high-calibre race for a small English village, with 317 people under 20 minutes and 550 under 30 minutes. Brilliant result for Dawn Marshal who is back from a long time injured, and personal bests for Elen Baugh and Mathew Jones. Emma Collins once again showed her class winning the W55 race with a wonderful time.

300th Mathew Jones 19:28 PB

302nd David Baugh 19:34

381st Emma Collins 20:57 1st F55

419th Elen Baugh 22:11 PB

474th Chris Baldwin 24:02

522nd Dawn Marshal 26:44

The Llangynhafal loop fell race of  7.6km 533m climb was held in during the worst of storm Hannah making the run more interesting as it rained continuously and blew runners all over the place. Tony Wood was the only Harrier to brace this race finishing in 5th place in  42:35 and was 1st under 40.

The other big race on Sunday was Sea to Summit Half and Full Marathon starting in Prestatyn and following the hilly Offa’s Dyke path over the Clwydian Hills. The Half Marathon climbed over 3000’ finishing on Moel y Parc with the Marathon climbing 6,600’ to finish on Moel Gyw near Llanarmon yn Ial. There were splendid performances from five Harriers who ran these very challenging races

23rd Luke Hughes 3:04:31

30th Mark Warner 3:37:20

38th Anwen Brown 3:25:28

Sea to Summit Full Marathon

21st Sioned Griffiths 6:33:05

23rd Menai Baugh 6:46:20

Hywel Roberts

Hywel Roberts

Sian Pritchard

Sian Pritchard

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Gwenan Johnson

Gwenan Johnson

Joe Welch

Joe Welch

Huw Willaims

Huw Willaims

Nicola Field and Helen Davies.

Nicola Field and Helen Davies.

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Hywel Roberts – London Marathon

Hywel Roberts writes, “What an absolutely amazing event that really highlights the good things that people do…if only the news would take up more stories like the London Marathon!!

My aim was to go as close to 3:45 as possible was going great up until mile 18 where the wheels came off mentally more than physically I think although my legs where shot!! I had really really enjoyed my time up to this point and to be honest I did not allow this to effect my mood and was absolutely loving it. The best thing for me on the course was seeing people around me spotting their family and friends and being able to witness the joy on their faces and none more than being able to see my family and friends (Mari Wynne Williams, Hawys Roberts, Sion Ed Roberts.) not to mention the cheeky slap I had on my backside from the fresh looking Huw Euron Williams while he overtook me (Diolch Huw, mor neis dy weld di adeg yno) and Gwenan Johnson at the start area. Having realised my target had gone and was walking a lot by now, I was also pleased that I could help 3 runners that were in a slightly worse state than my self, carrying one to St John medics, helping another to his feet after he collapsed after realising it wasn’t a good idea to run backwards and took another to about 300 yards before the end after she had fallen on her face and was glad to see her finish just after me.

I have been overwhelmed by the support given from all the Harriers not only during my marathon preparations but since I became a member just over 2 years ago. So thank you all for being so brilliant.

The Marathon is definitely one of the best things I have done and would really recommend it to others…..but thats me done (I think) with this distance……its just to bloody far!!!

Da iawn bawb!!!”

Hywel Roberts

Hywel Roberts

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Siân Pritchard – London Marathon

Sian Pritchard writes, “First marathon for me. During my training I had only got up to 16 miles due to me getting shin splints and a problem with my knee too. At one point I thought I might have to pull out. From then on I stuck to spinning and cross training at the gym to keep up my fitness. 3 weeks to go and my shin felt okay. On the day I started out steady and wanted to enjoy the race as much as I could. At about my 15/16 I felt strong and could see the 5 hour pacer so and decided to push on faster and try and stay in front of him. I started to feel it at about mile 23 but the crowds just spurs you on! It was honestly the best day of my life and everyone should have a go! Thanks for all the support from Denbigh Harriers! finish time 4:50”

 

Sian Pritchard

Sian Pritchard

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Mark Jones – London Marathon

Mark Jones writes, “My London Marathon 2019. My first marathon so that’s a marathon PB and a course record for me!

The first 11 miles flew by in a breeze feeling really comfortable and a 4:30 was the aim. The following 4 slowed and miles 16-19 we’re the worst of the lot it was a case if keeping moving forward and managing things to get to the end. I was definitely on The Pain Train with some walking and running and trying to decide which hurt less to do. Coming out of mile 19 really picked me up as approaching 20 felt massive and the end was in reach. But 21 was a slow one with lots of talking to myself. At this point the goal was to make it sub 5 so the last 5 or so took some extra effort and needed some more consistency. Hitting The Mall was emotional and I had some minutes to spare for a 4:56:55

I was always going into it to simply get to the end so I’m not disapointed with how it all unfolded. I learned so much about grit and desire and despite the challenges I enjoyed the experience so much. People always tell you ‘the crowds will take you’….And they did. The wall of noise in so many sections was incredible.

Proud of all the Harriers doing so well.”

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

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Gwenan Johnson – London Marathon

Gwenan Johnson writes, “London Marathon was a first for me. I had done Chester marathon in 2017 and it was enjoyable! London was a very different experience. It was an exciting adventure from the day I knew I had a place with North Wales Cancer Appeal until now even, a day after I have completed the race. 

The marathon bus trip organisation was wonderful. It took all the pressure off me so all I needed to do was the running!!

Similar to Hywel, the first 30km were great and I felt good. Chris had somehow worked out from my parkrun 5 km time that I could do it sub 4:30! So I believed him. I followed the 4:15 pacer for 30 km until I felt that I needed to drop to my normal pace whatever that is. I don’t have a watch, I just go with what I feel is sustainable for the distance that is left. At 30km, my hips started to feel stiff but I knew if I just carried on at a slower pace I would get to the end. It was just like one lap of the mountain at home.

The support was fantastic all the way along – I noted it even more in the last 10km as I needed it by then.  I met my family at mile 7 but missed them somehow at the next 2 point!
I met various people along the way to share my journey with – everyone had a story to tell. The charity start park was so inspiring. One man had run 200miles to get there, 40 miles a day over 5 days!  Going over the finishing line was the icing on the cake. I felt so pleased to have completed it …. for myself, my family, the club and North Wales Cancer Appeal. I hope I will have made a small difference to someone’s life.

If you ever get a chance, I would definitely recommend it. I will probably try for another place one day but not just yet!!

I would like to thank everyone in Denbigh Harriers for their encouragement and support at all times. It is a great club!!”

Gwenan Johnson

Gwenan Johnson

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Joe Welch’s London Marathon report

“The weather was ok although it was a little windy in places certainly nicer than the heat from a year ago. I started off steadily but had a small niggle in my right leg after 2 Miles. I was slightly worried but luckily it turned out to be nothing much and did not affect me negatively. If anything it made me a little more cautious and so I ran sensibly and eventually managed to run a negative split. The first half was completed in 1:26:14 so I knew I needed to be faster for a PB which stood at 2:51:20. The crowd were amazing once more and really helped all runners along and I had the energy to run the second half in 1:24:23 to break my PB by 43 seconds. The donations have been rolling in since I completed it and my total currently stands at just under £1900 for Anthony Nolan.”

Joe Welch

Joe Welch

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London Marathon Huw Williams

Huw Williams who was running using the Denbigh Harrier’s entry says that the London Marathon 2019 was awesome!!!

My aim was to run as close to 3:30 as possible and all was going well until mile 22 when I couldn’t sustain the pace any longer. A bit of cramp towards the last mile but thankfully didn’t last long! A marathon pb by over 38 minutes so happy. The crowd were incredible and running over tower bridge will live long in the memory. Big thanks to Mari Wynne Williams, Sion Ed Roberts and Hawys Roberts for support and encouragement along the way. Finally, a huge diolch yn fawr to the harriers for giving me the opportunity to experience this amazing race.

Huw Willaims

Huw Willaims

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