Weekly round up 23.04.18

1st sub 3 hour marathon for Joseph Welch whilst Shaun Hughes finishes in top 500 at London

With athletics hitting the headlines this weekend with the 2018 London Marathon, 7 Denbigh Harriers made the journey to the capital to compete with a world-class field. And regular readers of this report will already know Shaun Hughes lined up on that elite start line too having achieved qualification for the elite race with a previous sub 2hr 45 marathon, the qualifying time as a senior man. Joseph Welch, also joined him on the elite start line having previously achieved a ‘Good for Age’ qualification time.

Members Steve Gadd, Melina Morris, Katy Baugh, Billie-Jo Davies and Hawys Roberts also lined up in soaring temperatures – even harder after a winter of very cold training – with over 40,000 runners, racing in what was a first marathon and fundraiser for many.

It comes as no surprise then that Shaun Hughes was first Harrier home, completing the race in 2:48:48 and placing 378th in the race, 267th in his age category. Such a fantastic achievement for Shaun who’s only 23 and never raced in London before but has such a sensible head and knows how to train and race. He’s already looking forward to next year, citing the event as “a great experience with the crowd and support making it all worthwhile”. There continues to be a bright future for this young man.

Joining Shaun as one of the first 1000 runners home was Joe Welch. Joe, 38, in his 9th marathon only had one goal yesterday – to run sub 3 hours, a goal he’s been working on since Christmas 2015. After getting very close before, Joe was ready to admit defeat when wife, Jen, bought him a running book and more importantly told him she believed in him when he confessed he didn’t think he’d ever run sub 3.

Joe’s run London 3 times before, the last time in 2007, finishing then in 3 hours 22. In spite of the heat, all those early morning training runs round the roads of Nantglyn paid off with Joe not just stealing a sub 3 hour time, he smashed his target and previous PB by 6 mins finishing in 2:55:40 to place 711th in the race and 480th in his category. Sometimes it’s the belief of others in you that lead you to greatness.

But the spirit of London is not just about the elite runners, it’s everyone who lines up in a club vest, charity vest, or just looking to see if they can race London. Coming 3rd home for the club was Steve Gadd finishing in the top 10% of runners in 3517th and 3:24:25, another incredible time and achievement for Steve.

Next came our ladies – Melina Morris, Katy Baugh, Billie-Jo Davies and Hawys Roberts who we’ve talked about again before as we’ve followed their progress as they’ve trained for their first marathon, often training and racing together benefitting from that support and knowing someone else in their position. All these ladies were also fundraising and to date have raised nearly £10,000 for local and national charities.

Mel was first home in 4:29:14 15737th and 596th in her category. Katy, who won Denbigh Harriers club place to compete at London, finished in 4:42:17, 18743th overall and 2908th in her category. She was followed closely by Billie-Jo Davies in 4:47:17 19949th and 3174th in the category. Hawys Roberts, who only started running 6 months ago, finished in 5:37:59, 30826th and 5885th in her category. The achievements of all our Harriers in London cannot be underestimated given the heat, pressure and the crowd support, a big well done to them all.

Sunday also saw a long-distance local race take place on the Clwydian Hills. At distances of 20 and 10 miles, with nearly 5000ft and over 2500ft ascent respectively, this was a no less daunting race than London. In the 20 mile race both the female and male races were hotly contested with Ceri Belshaw pipped to post and taking 2nd place by 1 minute in 3:51:13. Ceri was 6th overall and beat the 3rd lady by nearly 30 minutes. 2nd overall and pipped to the first place by 2 mins 30 seconds was Tony Wood in 3:19:58, over 20 minutes ahead of the 3rd man.

In the Clwydian 10 mile, Jon Fleming was 6th overall in 1:35:50, Sioned Griffiths 23rd and 3rd Open Lady in 1:59:16. 28th was Anwen Brown 2:05:56 with Kate Wilson 2:11:21 and Llyr Jones 2:12:33, 35th and 36th respectively following closely behind. Vicky Cortvriend took 2nd VF60 in 63rd and 2:54:58.

3 fell races and parkrun complete the races for the week. On Tuesday, two Harriers turned out for the Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series at St. David’s College on a sunny and mild Spring evening. The 3.5 mile course ascended  771ft through woods to a small hill behind Llandudno with a steep, fast descent to the finish. Victoria Whitehead finished 2nd F40 in 59th out of 125 runners in a time of 33:50 and Menai Baugh continues her category wins finishing 1st F60 93rd 38:36.

On Wednesday, Vic Belshaw ventured over the border to Keswick for the Lords Seat Evening Fell Race hosted by the prestigious Keswick AC competing against some of the UK’s best fell running clubs on a glorious evening. In a fast and furious 5 mile race with 1,500ft of ascent taking in the tops of Barf and Lords Seat, ever modest Vic managed to take the vet over 50 category but what a battle with the lead changing several times  – the next five V50s came within 60s of his finishing time of 41:06.

On Saturday 2 Harriers raced at Moel Wnion Fell Race with both securing age category wins for Denbigh in the ladies and men’s over 50 category today. To say it was hot ascending Moel Wnion would have been an understatement but a lovely atmosphere, a very friendly race and a scenic course over 4.7 miles with 1,772ft of ascent saw Vic Belshaw storm home in 7th and second category win of the week as 1st M50 with Emma Collins in 29th and 1st F50.

Harriers were on course at 4 parkruns this weekend. In London to support daughter Katy in the marathon, David and Menai Baugh ran very creditable times of 20:26 and 26:01 respectively at Burgess both finishing 57th in their gender. In both cases, a Parkrun PB. Elsewhere in the South East, Sian Pritchard did Kingston Parkrun in 28 minutes dead on. At Chester, Paul Goffey was 15 seconds away from his PB with 22:32, finishing in 30th place. Whilst closer to home at Conwy, Philip Hayes was 17th over the finish line with a time of 20:59 in his first race since the Paris marathon. Julie Roberts showed improvement from a month ago, taking nearly a minute from the last time she ran with a finish time of 29:51.

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London Marathon Shaun Hughes 378th 2:48:48, Joseph Welch 711th 2:55:40, Steve Gadd 3517th 3:24:25, Melina Morris 15737th 4:29:14, Katy Baugh 18743th 4:42:17, Billie-Jo Davies 19949th 4:47:17, Hawys Roberts 30826th 5:37:59

Clwydian 20 miler Tony Wood 2nd 3:19:58, Ceri Belshaw 6th & 2nd Lady 3:51:13 10 miler Jon Fleming 6th 1:35:50, Sioned Griffiths 23rd & 3rd Senior Lady 1:59:16, Anwen Brown 28th 2:05:56, Kate Wilson 35th 2:11:21, Llyr Jones 36th 2:12:33, Vicky Cortvriend 63rd & 2nd VF60 2:54:58

Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series – St David’s Victoria Whitehead 49th & 2nd VF40 33:50, Menai Baugh 93rd & 1st VF60

Lord’s Seat Fell Race Vic Belshaw 1st VM50 41:06

Moel Wnion Fell Race Vic Belshaw 7th & 1st VM50, Emma Collins 29th & 1st VF50

Parkrun Burgess David Baugh 62nd 20:26, Menai Baugh 259th 26:01 Kingston Sian Pritchard 141th 28:00 Chester Paul Goffey 30th 22:32 Conwy Philip Hayes 17th 20:59, Julie Roberts 161th  29:51

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Weekly round up 16.04.18

Ladies Day for the Denbigh Harriers at Moel Lus

It was ladies first at Moel Lus on Tuesday night in the latest Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series as nine Denbigh Harriers raced in Dwygyfylchi. This long-established fell race is one of the best short fell races, climbing an unrelenting steep 900 foot hill for a mile and a half at the start of the race, followed by a two mile undulating run down to the finish. The temperature was cool and the mountain was shrouded in thick cloud. Out of 132 runners Tony Wood was first Harrier home in 24th in 26:54, once again showing his strength on the fells. Next it was a trio of our fastest men with Vic Belshaw 33th 28:28 just 13 seconds short of winning his age category, then David Baugh 49th 30:52, just managing to hold off Jon Fleming 50th 31:09.

But it was all about the ladies led in by Victoria Whitehead 63rd and 32:41 securing her first prize in the F40 age category. Emma Collins also secured first prize in her F50 age category 70th 33 :13. Sioned Griffiths, returning from injury, had a great race finishing in 101th 36:52 and hotly pursued by Menai Baugh 102nd 37:01 also securing her first prize in her F60 age category. Anwen Brown finished in 113th 39:46 after taking a tumble on the descent.

Also mid-week, Shaun Hughes finished his training for the London marathon with 13th place at Chester Spring 5 mile race in a time of 27:52, leaving him well-trained and ready to take his place on the elite race starting line this Sunday in London.

Parkrun tourism again this weekend with Martin & Vicky Cortvriend continuing their Italian tour with Palermo parkrun. Vicky was 1st lady home and 16th overall 34:57, Martin came 11th 27:39. At home, Sarah Bayliss ran her 2nd consecutive PB 27:59 at Wepre as continues to return even stronger from injury. At Conwy Tony Benton was 43rd 21:52, in Leeds Elen Baugh 24:51and at Bushy Park Sian Pritchard ran 27:42.



Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series – Moel Lus Tony Wood 24th 26:54, Vic Belshaw 33rd 28:28, David Baugh 49th 30:52, Jon Fleming 50th 31:09, Victoria Whitehead 1st VF40 & 63rd 32:41, Emma Collins 1st VF50 & 70th 33:13, Sioned Griffiths 101st 36:52, Menai Baugh 1st VF60 & 102nd 37:01, Anwen Brown 113th 39:46

Chester Spring 5 Shaun Hughes 13th 27:52

Parkrun Woodhouse Moor Elen Baugh 142nd 24:51 Bushy Park Sian Pritchard 27:42 Conwy Tony Benton 43rd 21:52 Wepre Sarah Bayliss 7th lady & 48th PB 27:59Palermo Martin Cortvriend 11th 27:39 Vicky Cortvriend 1st lady & 16th 34:57

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Weekly round up 09.04.18

Roads, XC and fells, at home and away, result in great personal achievements for Harriers

The weather of late hasn’t been the most favourable for any kind of training let alone spring marathons but that didn’t deter Dan Jones, Gareth Edwards or Philip Hayes from taking up the starting line. Dan & Gareth lined up in Manchester for the Greater Manchester Marathon, with for Dan a target of a PB set following his first marathon last October at Chester. In a well-paced race with great conditions and support, a PB was more than achieved – 8 minutes off his last race, Dan completed the marathon in 3:09:46. Gareth had a fantastic run too, building on his recent 20 mile race at Wrexham, to complete Greater Manchester in 4:11:41.

Further afield in sunny climates with little time to acclimatise and a tough race being made tougher by the heat, Phil Hayes finished the Paris Marathon in a time of 3hr 46mins and a PB.

Parkrun races this week were also home and away. Heavy rain and a muddy course made Wepre for something more akin to a fell race given its climbs – it’s already one of the UK’s toughest Park Runs. Vic Belshaw took 2nd in 21:39, with daughter Ceri coming in 12th in 25:20. Sarah Bayliss made up the trio of Harriers with a new course PB of 28:12.

Just down the road in Conwy, another father and daughter raced with David Baugh 27th in 20:55 with Elen 76th and 12th lady in 24:04. Over in Etna, Italy and another parkrun more akin to a fell race, Martin Cortvriend took 4th 24:00 with Vicky Cortvriend 15th and 5th lady in 37:02

Earlier in the week, many of the weekends racers were on other courses. David Baugh was out  running the Joe Brown’s Midweek Fell Series race in Abergwyngregyn on Tuesday evening, this time with wife Menai. David decided to make things harder than necessary, accidentally starting at the back of the field, before overtaking whilst working his way up the 2.5 mile uphill before thoroughly enjoying the 2 mile fast downhill, finishing 38th out of 103 runners in 37.30. Meanwhile Menai ran uphill strongly and stormed downhill to finish in 83rd position in a time of 46.53 – winning first prize in her age category.

Back in Denbigh, it was the first race of the Noel Morris Handicap Summer Series. This race pits club members against themselves, the handicapper and each other across a series of monthly races with the culmination of the best 5 performances for each runner leading to their final score and place in the series. This first race is always hardest for the handicapper, with winter training performance not always offering the best insight into performance on the day. The race was won by Tony Benton 23:27, stealing the race 50 metres from the line from Anwen Brown 28:06 coming back from injury and just ahead of Kate Wilson 27:09. These three will pay for their success with harder handicap times next month. Elsewhere in the field Steve Gadd 21:39, Sharon Griffiths 36:46 and Mari Jones 42:57 ran their first handicap, hopefully the impromptu shower and mud hasn’t put them off.

Sunday saw a few harriers in disguise, racing in the Border League Road Series for their second claim clubs at Mold. In a lovely morning for the penultimate race in the series , the hilly 5 mile course compromised of a top class field. Emma Collins 37:09 continues to lead her category and increases the gap. For the men, Craig Jones had an excellent run finishing in 31:42, followed by great runs for Vic Belshaw in his second run of the weekend and third of the week 32:22 and Tony Benton 36:37.



Greater Manchester Marathon Dan Jones PB 3.09.46, Gareth Edwards 4:11:41

Paris Marathon Philip Hayes PB

Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series – Abergywngregyn David Baugh 38th 37:30, Menai Baugh 1st FV60 83rd 46:53

Parkrun  Wepre Vic Belshaw 21:39, Ceri Belshaw 25:20, Sarah Bayliss PB 28:12 Etna Martin Cortvriend 24:00, Vicky Cortvriend 37:02 Conwy David Baugh 20:55, Elen Baugh 24:04

Noel Morris Handicap Summer Series 1st Tony Benton 23:27, 2nd Anwen Brown 28:06, 3rd Kate Wilson 27:09, 4th Huw Williams 22:45, 5th Vic Belshaw, 21:18, 6th Phil Hayes 23:02, 7th Sioned Griffiths, 26:41, 8th Emma Collins 24:14, 9th Tony Woods 19:49, 10th Sali Powell 26:55, 11th Steve Gadd 21:39, 12th Mat Jones 24:43, 13th Paul Goffey 26:28, 14th Ruth Crowther 38:33, 15th Sharon Griffiths 36:46, 16th Bob Neale 28:30, 17th Diane Roberts 39:23, 18th Katy Baugh 27:30, 19th David Spencer 30:38, 20th Mari Jones 42:57.

Borders League Craig Jones 31:42, Vic Belshaw 32:22, Tony Benton 36:37, Emma Collins 37:09

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May Handicap Start List

The first Tuesday evening in May. Hopefully it will be a bit drier than April’s race. As usual, if you aren’t on the list contact me via the club facebook page.

6.25 Mari

6.30 Ron, Ruth, Diane

6.31 Sharon

6.32 Angharad, Kath S, Bronwen

6.33 Kelley, Wendy, Dawn, Vicky

6.35 Jeff, John W

6.36 Helen D, Colin, Jill, Littlekath, Hannah, Claire Sp, Nicola

6.37 Andy M, Rhian WJ, Rob P, Paul J, Tracey

6.38 Llinos, Sarah, Gwenan

6.38.30 Menai, Mei, Anwen, Abigail

6.39 Wayne, Peter E, Roger, Bethan, Ed, David Sp, Ivie

6.39.30 Jon, Ruari, Kate W

6.40  Sioned,  Shaun J, Sali, Katherine E, Rhian P, Bob

6.40.30 Elen, Llyr, Chris, David S, Adam, Iain, Mel

6.41 Mike Hb, Rhian GJ, Gerwyn, Rob G, Ian J

6.41.30  Dan S, Mike Hu, Rich, Katy B

6.42 Fred, Paul G, Duncan, Alaw

6.42.30 David D, Emma, Victoria, Ceri B

6.43 Ceri D, Joe C, Tony B

6.43.30 Jon F, Mat, Phil, Martin C

6.44 David B, Huw

6.44.30 Owen, Brett

6.45 Tom, Craig

6.45.30 Dan J, Steve, Vic

6.46 Joe W, Glen

6.47 Tony W

6.47.30 Shaun H

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Noel Morris Handicap April Results

Storm clouds were gathering but the first runners went off in sunshine which at first made the digital clock (thanks Roger) difficult to read. That soon changed as the squall moved through and temperatures dropped. Dawn, in difficulties again with her back injury, had brought her folding chair, but didn’t get much chance to use it before the seat was soaked and she was called upon for the vital job of giving out the finishing discs. Fred called out the times and I wrote them down, enabling the following results to go down in history:

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

1st Tony B………….. 7.05.57pm……………..23m27……………1

2nd Anwen…………..7.06.06………………….28m06…………..2

3rd Kate W……………..06.09………………….27m09…………..3

4th Huw…………………06.15…………………..22m45…………..4

5th Vic……………………06.18…………………..21m18……………5

6th Phil…………………..06.32………………….23m02…………..6

7th Sioned……………….06.41………………….26m41……………7

8th Emma……………….06.44………………….24m14……………8

9th Tony W……………..06.49………………….19m49……………9

10th Sali………………….06.55…………………..26m55………….10

11th Steve………………..07.09…………………..21m39…………..11

12th Mat………………….08.13…………………..24m43…………..12

13th Paul G………………08.28…………………..26m28………….13

14th Ruth…………………08.33…………………..38m33………….14

15th Sharon……………..08.46…………………..36m46………….15

16th Bob………………….09.00…………………..28m30………….16

17th Diane……………….09.23……………………39m23………….17

18th Katy B……………..09.30…………………….27m30…………18

19th David Sp………….10.08…………………….30m38………….19

20th Mari………………..12.57……………………..42m57………….20

Ian J pulled out injured.

The very heavy conditions in this race favoured the fitter people but Anwen and Kate W are back from injury and have lacked any recent form. Clearly they have retained more resilience for tough cross country than I expected. More predictable was Vic powering through, along with recent recruits Huw and Phil, but only just getting in front of Sioned and Sali, who are fast becoming dependably competent at this game. Welcome to Steve, Sharon, and Mari, and welcome back to Ruth and Diane. Perhaps I should feel obliged to say something good about Tony B and Tony W, but as it might be embarrassing for them I won’t sentimentalise about their moderately reasonable performances.

Next race in this series is the first Tuesday in May – same time, same place. Handicaps will be published shortly.

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Weekly round up 02.04.18

Martin Cortvriend leads UK National Rankings for 5k in a weekend of personal achievements for Harriers

Martin Cortvriend leads our report this week after running his best 5K time in years at the Wirral Seaside 5K Series on Wednesday. Martin finished the race 49th and 2nd M60 in 19:41. Only beaten in his category by a man 5 years younger, Martin’s run puts him top of the 2018 M65 UK rankings and the only M65 this year to get under 20 minutes over the 5k distance.

It wasn’t just Martin achieving great personal records. Closer to home at the Llandudno Prom Easter 5K, there were some great runs in wet and windy conditions with some of the runners even getting an unexpected shower from the waves crashing over the sea wall. This did not stop Craig Jones from achieving a spectacular personal best in 18:50 and first time for Craig under 19 minutes he continues his running development. Elen Baugh 23:03 also got a personal best taking 35 seconds off her 5K as she shows great signs of improvement too. David Baugh 21:23 was the 1st M55 just ahead of Katy Baugh 22:38 who is now tapering her training in readiness for her first Marathon at London later this month.

On the hills it was the Black Mountains South Wales 38th Llanbedr to Blaenavon Fell Race and first Counter in this year’s Welsh Fell Championships. Participants in the series have to do one “long” category race as a Counter and with this the only one Vic Belshaw and Emma Collins are able to race in this season, despite the harsh conditions, they had to turn out.  The cold conditions – both during and after the race – meant the tough 15.8 miles / 4500 feet ascent race didn’t deliver personal results as in previous years but the series is still in sight with both Vic and Emma achieving what they set out to do and more or less did their anticipated times. In a field of 121, Vic came in 42nd in 2hr59, Emma 83rd in 3hr31.

Elsewhere on the hills, the Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series kicked off this week with Jon Fleming racing for the first time in (his words) a long time. It was flat out, 2 miles up and around hills in Llanberis with Jon delighted to come 32nd in a field of 90+ in 16:35.

It was a quiet weekend at Parkrun for the Harriers with Chris Baldwin the sole runner in a packed field and very wet Penrhyn finishing 77th in 24:34..



Wirral Seaside 5k Martin Cortvriend 49th & 2nd M60 19:41

Llandudno Promenade Easter 5k Craig Jones 17th 18.50 PB, David Baugh 1st M55 38th 21.23, Katy Baugh 54th 22.38 12th Female, Elen Baugh 60th 23.03 PB 17th Female

Black Mountains South Wales 38th Llanbedr to Blaenavon Fell Race Vic Belshaw 42nd 2hr59, Emma Collins 83rd 3hr31

Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series Jon Fleming 32nd 16:35

Parkrun Penrhyn Chris Baldwin 77th 24:34

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Weekly round up 26.03.18

Run for Fun Graduation and medals and category wins off and on road in Llantysilio and Denbigh

A busy weekend for racing started early on Saturday morning with many Run Leaders and Harriers supporting our latest Run for Fun graduates around the Conwy Parkrun course for their first 5k. A clear morning at Conwy saw 8 graduates complete the course with all thrilled by their achievements afterwards and quite rightly so. Harrier Sarah Bayliss also ran a PB performance of 26:26 as she continues to return strongly from injury.

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So next to Llantysilio, Four hardy Harriers turned out for the hilly Llantysilio Fell Race. A 6.2 mile race with an eye-watering 2300 foot of ascent, climbing up Moel Morfudd and Moel y Gamelin. Conditions were good – dry, no wind, 4C –  and the views of the Dee Valley  were splendid. Tony Wood was first Harrier home in 17th position in a time of  1hr 5 mins, Ceri Belshaw was 37th in 1hr 16 and 4 th Lady, just missing out on a podium position at her first race of the weekend. Sioned Lloyd Griffiths  was 65th in a time of 1.29, followed by Menai Baugh finishing in 66th position in 1hr 32 and winning the F60 prize.

Sunday started sunny with no wind after a hard frost overnight and the conditions boding well for fast times at the Denbighshire 5k & 10k races. But make no mistake these are hilly tough road races.  The 10K must be one of the hardest races in the calendar, and the 5K goes spectacularly off-road in the final mile.

In her second race of the weekend in the 10k Ceri Belshaw not only made the podium – she took it – as first lady home in 47:12 showing her speed and skill both on and off road. In the men’s race, new member Huw Williams the first male Harrier home in 18th and 43:14 with all Harriers, many of them new runners, posting very good times in this tough race.

Over the 5k race, Martin Cortvriend finished 3rd in an astonishing 21:57 as 1st M60, just 30 seconds and 40 years behind the overall winner. Ron Birch took 1st M70 in 39:26 with Chris Baldwin 2nd M60 in 26:08 with Clwyd & Catherine Owen showing continued improvement having recently graduated from our Run for Fun programme.

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Denbighshire 5k & 10k

10k 18th Huw Williams 43:14, 21st Phil Hayes 43:42, 28th Ceri Belshaw 1st Lady 47:12, 44th Ian Jones 50:12, 51st Bob Neale 51:43, 59th Sali Powell 52:42, 77th David Spencer 54:59, 91st Abigail Corfe 57:20, 100th Hannah McDonnell 58:40. 118th Helen Davies 61:48

5K 3rd Martin Cortvriend 1st M60 21:57, 12th Chris Baldwin 2nd M60 26:08, 22nd Clwyd Owen 30:56, 48th Ron Birch 1st M70 39:26, 49th Catherine Owen 40:28

Llantysilio Fell Race

Tony Wood 17th 1hr5, Ceri Belshaw 4th lady 1hr16, Sioned Griffiths 1hr29, Menai Baugh 1st F60 1hr32



Run for Fun members Katie Sutherland 31:39, Sioned Roberts 33:13, Eurian Mitchelmore 34:00, Sharon Stubss 34:02, Sarah Thompson 35:43, Gwen Salusbury 35:44. Diane Lloyd 35:55, Janet Jenkins 36:23

Harriers: Philip Hayes 25:18, Paul Goffey 25:48, Sarah Bayliss 26:26 PB, Sali Powell 30:35, Julie Roberts 30:36, Anwen Brown 31:39, Diane Roberts 32:14, Ian Jones 33:14, Hywel Roberts 33:18, Roger Snaith 33:59, Andy Morris 35:45, Bob Neale 35:56, Robert Parry 36:23

Bushy Park Sian Pritchard 27.08

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Denbigh 10K and 5K races 25th March 2018

A very hard frost overnight made a warm-up period essential for these early morning races, but sunny conditions with no wind boded well for fast times. Unfortunately the hilly terrain didn’t! The 10K must be one of the hardest races in the calendar, and the 5K goes spectacularly off-road in the final mile.
However, in the 10K Ceri Belshaw was first Senior Woman in 47m12; with new member Huw Williams the first male Harrier home in 18th (43m14). Meanwhile, Martin Cortvriend did an astonishing 21m57 in the 5K, being 3rd overall (and 1st M60), just 30 seconds and 40 years behind the overall winner.

Other Harriers in the 10K:
21st Phil Hayes 43m42
44th Ian Jones 50m12
51st Bob Neale 51m43
59th Sali Powell 52m42
77th David Spencer 54m59

91st Abigail Corfe  57m20
100th Hannah McDonnell 58m40
118th Helen Davies 61m48

Other Harriers in the 5K:
12th Chris Baldwin 26m08
22nd Clwyd Owen 30m56
48th Ron Birch 39m26 (1st M70)
49th Catherine Owen 40m28

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Weekend round up 12.03.18

5k to 52 miles – a weekend with something for every Harrier.

Longest run of the weekend honour goes to Brett Jones who completed the gruelling 52 mile Chester Ultra 50 in 9 hours 9 mins to finish in 13th place. The race takes place on beautiful trails around Chester with the recent snow and rain making the course particularly boggy and tough, which made Brett’s pace incredible, holding a pace in conditions many would be pleased to hold in a 10k trail race.

Not even half as long but tough nonetheless saw the Wrexham Running Festival 20 mile race with 6 Harriers on the start line. Shaun Hughes, continued with his excellent form and with his London marathon training going to plan to finish 4th, just 40 seconds outside of 3rd place, in 2 hours 2 minutes and 9 secs. Also running their last long race before London were Katy Baugh 3:03:19 finishing just ahead of Melina Morris 3:03:59 and Hawys Roberts 3:24:58, all proving the 26.2 marathon course will be conquered. Also on the start line were Alaw Evans 3:14:26 taking 1st place in the FU20 category with an excellent run and Gareth Edwards finishing in 3:11:41.

2 Harriers also took part in 2 10k races. First up new Harrier Steve Gadd with an impressive 40:38 10th and 2nd VM45 at Tatton Park 10k. Steve is also London marathon training and coming back from an injury-hit 2017 so was rightly very pleased with his time, though secretly he’s looking forward to getting back under 40 mins again. No less impressive was David Spencer at the tough Loggerheads trail 10k made all the harder by the seemingly never-ending steps on the course. David finished his first 10k race of the weekend in 66:32.

The Denbigh Harriers Johnson’s Monument 2017 Cross-Country Handicap 10k race was eventually run this weekend after the race was called off due to snow pre-Christmas. The race is handicapped with each participant starting on a different gun time based on their recent performances. The runners then compete against each other, themselves and the handicapper and it makes for an exciting finish as it really is anyone’s race. Winning the 2017 trophy was Glen Price in 44:20, whilst the ladies race was won by Emma Collins 52:40 setting a VF55 course record in the process. Amongst the 17 participants were David Spencer 62:30, Iain McGibbon 59:33, Sali Powell 61:01 and Paul Jones 74:06 all delivering excellent first runs in this event in very muddy energy-sapping conditions.

As always we round up the week with parkrun. Philip Hayes 26:19 and Angela Beedles 33:35 completed Conwy, Sarah Bayliss 29:38 was at Wepre and Elen Baugh 24:13 in Woodhouse Park, Leeds.



Chester Ultra 50 mile

Brett Jones 13th 9hr 09 min

Wrexham Running Festival 20 Mile

Shaun Hughes 4th 2:02:09, Katy Baugh 3:03:19, Melina Morris 3:03:59, Gareth Edwards 3:11:41, Alaw Evans 1st FU20 3:14:26, Hawys Roberts 3:24:58

Tatton Hall 10k

Steve Gadd 10th & 2nd VM45 40:38

Loggerheads 5k & 10k

10k David Spencer 66:32

Johnson’s Monument Club Handicap 10k rescheduled race

1st Glen Price 44m20, 2nd Tony Wood 42m42, 3rd Ieuan Belshaw (guest) 53m53, 4th Vic Belshaw 46m02, 5th Fred Jones 55m17, 6th David Spencer 62m30, 7th Iain McGibbon 59m33, 8th Emma Collins 52m40, 9th Llyr Jones 58m08, 10th Tony Benton 53m31, 11th Ceri Belshaw 55m09, 12th Ian Jones 58m16, 13th Bob Neale 60m22, 14th Sali Powell 61m01, 15th Chris Baldwin 60m27, 16th Paul Jones 74m06, 17th Dan Schraibman 58m45

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Noel Morris 2018 Handicap April Start List

The races this year will be on the first Tuesday evening of each month starting on 3rd April. This change to the first Tuesday is to try to accommodate the Fell runners and not clash with their midweek fell series. Not sure if I have captured all the new people (and some older ones) who might want to do this, but turn up on the night if you’ve been missed. If anybody who is injured would like to help officiate, that would be great and might allow me to run.

6.30 Ron

6.32 Angharad, Kath S, Bronwen, Sharon

6.33 Ruth, Kelley, Wendy, Dawn, Vicky

6.35 Jeff, John W

6.36 Helen D, Colin, Jill, Littlekath, Hannah, Claire Sp, Nicola

6.37 Andy M, Rhian WJ, Rob P, Paul J, Tracey

6.38 Llinos, Sarah, Gwenan, Anwen

6.38.30 Menai, Mei

6.39 Wayne, Peter E, Roger, Bethan, Kate W, Ed

6.39.30 David Sp, Jon, Ruari, Ivie, Abigail

6.40  Sioned,  Shaun J, Sali, Katherine E, Rhian P

6.40.30 Elen, Llyr, Bob, Chris, David S, Adam, Iain, Mel

6.41 Mike Hb, Rhian GJ, Gerwyn, Rob G

6.41.30  Dan S, Mike Hu, Rich, Ian J

6.42 Fred, Paul G, Duncan, Alaw, Katy B

6.42.30 David D, Tony B, Emma, Victoria, Ceri B

6.43 Ceri D, Joe C

6.43.30 Jon F, Mat, Phil, Martin C

6.44 David B

6.44.30 Owen, Brett

6.45 Tom, Vic, Craig

6.45.30 Dan J, Steve

6.46 Joe W, Glen

6.47 Tony W

6.47.30 Shaun H

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