March 2019 Start List

Another Spring approaches and another Noel Morris Memorial Handicap series. As usual if your name isn’t on the list below and you want to run, please let me know on facebook.

Sunday 3rd March at 10am.

10.00 Mari J

10.02 Ron

10.03 Diane

10.04 Kath S, Bronwen, Angela

10.05 Kellie, Wendy, Colin

10.06 Nicola, Mike Hb

10.07 Helen D, Jill, Littlekath, Hannah, Claire Sp, Rhian WJ

10.07.30 Andy M, Kate W, Jeff, Paul J, Dawn, Ruth, Roger, Anwen

10.08 Abigail, Rob P, Katherine E

10.08.30 Bethan, Ed, David Sp, Sarah, Menai, David S, Rob G

10.10.30 Sali, Bob, Chris, Llyr, Ruari, Gerwyn, Jon, Victoria, Mari W

10.11 Rhian GJ, Sioned, Ian J, Fred

10.11.30 Dan S, Arwel, Tracey, Mel, Elen

10.12 Paul G, Mark, Katy B

10.12.30 David D, Ceri B, Ceri D

10.13 Tony B, Emma, Duncan

10.13.30 Jon F, Mat, Alaw, Brett, Rhian

10.14 David B, Hywel, Steve, Owen, Phil

10.14.30 Huw

10.15 Vic, Glen, Tony W

10.15.30 Dan J, Craig

10.16 Joe W

10.17.00 Shaun H

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Denbigh Harriers Weekly Report – weekend 9th Feb 2019

The 27th edition of the NickBeer 10k took place on 10th February with 18 Denbigh harriers joining the 596 runners starting the race. Thankfully storm Erik had subsided but the hilly course round the Great Orme in Llandudno still had some very winy conditions for the competitors to contend with. Emma Collins put in a tremendous run despite a lack of recent training and retained her category title with over 2 minutes to spare. Menai Baugh also won her category with a strong downhill part of the race. Mel Morris was second in her category and was delighted to win her second race prize in the space of a week. Katy Baugh had a welcome return to good running form finishing less than a minute in front of Mel Morris and also in front of her sister Elen Baugh on the day. Sioned Griffiths and Sali Powell were seconds apart with Sali in particular finishing strongly. Anwen Brown tried to stay with Menai Baugh but despite a strong climb could not keep up with her on the downhill section. Dawn Marshall ran strongly all the way to the finish and was happy finishing just over the hour mark.  Jess Jones was running her first 10k and was a happy finisher on this tough course. 

The men were led home by David Baugh as he came 2nd in his category and faster than in this race last year. He was closely followed by Mat Jones running the course for the first time. Tony Benton got the better of Duncan Jones going away from him on the downhill section of the race. Fred Jones was running this race having also run it 27 years ago and the passing years have not slowed him down too much. It was good to see Gerwyn Lloyd representing the club despite a lack of training as he finished just in front of Ian Jones.  It was also great to see veteran Harrier David Say finishing the race in a respectable position in his age category.

47th David Baugh (MV55 2nd) 00:43:01, 75th Mathew Jones 00:45:10, 112th Emma Collins (FV55 1st) 00:46:38, 119th Tony Benton 00:47:01, 122nd Duncan Jones 00:47:26, 149th Katy Baugh 00:48:17 ,177th Melina Morris (FV45 2nd) 00:49:24, 203rd Elen Baugh 00:50:28, 221st Fred Jones 00:50:46, 230th Sioned Griffiths 00:51:26, 235th Sali Powell 00:51:38, 254th Gerwyn Lloyd 00:52:24, 259th Ian Jones 00:52:37, 283rd Menai Baugh (F60 1st ) 00:53:59, 318th Anwen Brown 00:55:38, 349th David Say 00:56:29, 449th Dawn Marshall 01:02:38, 584th Jessica Jones 01:19:03

Emma Collins F55 Category Winner

Emma Collins F55 Category Winner

Menai Baugh F60 Category Winner

Menai Baugh F60 Category Winner

There was only one harrier doing a Parkrun at the weekend and again it was Ceri Belshaw at the Queenstown ParkRun, New Zealand

18 5 Ceri BELSHAW Denbigh Harriers 00:23:29

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Denbigh Harriers Weekly Report Weekend 2nd February 2019

The final fixture of the North Wales and Border Cross Country League was run on the partly thawed fields in Oswestry with its customery hills and water hazards to contend with. The ladies’ team was missing some if its usual counters so the honour of saving the team from dropping to division two was dependant on a team based on youth and experience. They stepped up to the mark spledidly putting in a fantastic performance and showing that they are not above their station in the middle of the first division. For the first lap Alaw Medi put in a hard effort and held on to finish 21st woman on the 5k course. Emma closed up to within 7 places of her and won her W55 category for the season. Elen Baugh and Mel Morris allowed Katy to get a 30 metre lead at the start and tried hard to get nearer all the way round. Mel fell over in the attempt and Elen just failed by a foot or two to catch Katy (approximately 40th and 41st) on the line. After Mel fell she lost contact with the Baugh sisters and finished in 51st and was third in her category for the season. Menai Baugh had a steady race picking off those in front of her to come second in the W60 category for the season.

Alaw Medi leading the ladies home

Alaw Medi leading the ladies home

There were 11 men representing the club providing a great turnout. Shaun Hughes once again showed how indispensable he is with a well judged run into 14th place on the 9k course. He was backed up by Joe Welch in 45th and Dan Jones in 52nd, both pushing hard on the first lap and slightly paying the price on the second. Next to finish were the ever reliable Glen Price in 58th and Tony Wood in 62nd. David Baugh moved up from a slowish start and steadily picked off the opposition to finish as the 6th counter in 72nd. Owen Conry used his experience and ran the race tracking David Baugh to the finish in 74th and just losing out on the downhill finish. Huw Willaims had a strong start early on but the energy-sapping sticky mud took its toll and he dropped back to 79th just in front of Mat Jones in 81st. Duncan Jones enjoyed the muddy conditions to finish in his highest placing for the season in 103rd followed by Tony Benton in 106th. This made Denbigh men 5th team on the day and their best performance of the season.

Glen Price followed by Tony Wood

Glen Price followed by Tony Wood

Individual category prize winners for the season were.

2nd F35 Rhian
3rd F45 Mel
1st F55 Emma
2nd F60 Menai

NW XC Prize Winners League

There was only one Denbigh Harrier Parkrunner this week and the honour went to Ceri Belshaw in Queenstown, New Zealand finishing 18th in 24.36


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Denbigh Harriers Weekly report Weekend 26th Jan ‘19

On Friday night Denbigh Harriers’ Tony Benton was a first timer to the Dash in the Dark series held at night in Llandegla forest.  He soon realised that his head torch was woefully inadequate for the job. Luckily for him the other 90 runners in the field had “proper” torches so he could see, by their lights, most of the looming tree roots and low hanging branches several steps before crashing into them. This is a lovely trail race that weaves through the forest using some of the lesser used tracks and trails. That the race is in darkness adds a novelty to the sense of excitement and he will definitely be doing this race again, albeit with a better head torch next time. Tony finished 29th in 34m 35s.

Vic Belshaw represented Denbigh Harriers in 16th Tarren Hendre Mountain Race 2019. It was stormy weather and waterlogged terrain that set the scene at the start of the race. The poor visibility also caught a few people out with them missing a crucial turning point on high ground. There was quite a battle for the men’s over 50 category with Mercia, Buckley and Aberystwyth. The lead switched a few times on the steep 2,000’ climb to the summit. Vic went over the top first only for one of the Mercia men to overtake him on the descent back into the forest. Once on the fast running terrain he made up ground and re-took the lead a quarter of a mile before the finish to win the category by 18s and placed 20th overall.  It was fantastic race with great camaraderie at the finish and at presentations. The race was made extra special  for Vic as as it was his son’s first mountain race and courses don’t come much tougher.

Emma Collins was the only Denbigh Harrier to run in the 4th border league race held at Tattenhall Cheshire. Conditions were cold and very blustery over a 6 mile undulating course with 450 ft climb. Emma was in her category and in the overall standings. Her time was 44:23 and good preparation  for the Nick Beer 10K next month.
At the annual Denbigh Harriers Dinner the Alison Baugh Memorial Trophy for the club member of the year was shared by Mari Jones and Dawn Marshall.
The Alison Baugh Memorial Trophy presented to Dawn Marshall and Mari Jones by David Baugh

The Alison Baugh Memorial Trophy presented to Dawn Marshall and Mari Jones by David Baugh

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Weekly roundup 20th Jan 2019

Five Denbigh Harriers took to the start line of Twin Piers 10 K With  434 other runners racing. There was the usual headwind but none of the dreadful conditions Twin Piers can be famous for. First Harrier home with Joe Welch in 39:30, 36th overall and 5th MV35 and delighted to feel comfortable racing coming back after two months of injury. Next over the line and improving on his time last year by well over a minute was Bob Neale in 49:55, 172nd overall and also took the M65 first place. Next two Harriers were Ruth Crowther and Andy Morris both aiming for sub 60 and for Ruth this her first 10 K. We’re pleased to report both of them absolutely smashed it. Ruth coming home in 56:49, 272nd and Andy coming home in 58:31, 296th – congratulations to them both! Returning from illness and injury was Dawn Marshall one hour and 40 seconds, 318th nowhere near her PB on this course but in line with last year and used as a fitness test. A great day out for all 5 Harriers.

Pos Gun time First name Last name Category position
36th 39:30 Joe Welch 5
172nd 49:55 Robert Neale 1st Vet 65
272nd 56:49 Ruth Crowther 13
296th 58:31 Andrew Morris 37
318th 01:00:40 Dawn Marshall 19

Two Denbigh Harriers took part in the Shropshire Mercia Hill Trial 2019 on Sunday. 

Superb mountain navigation event; thick freezing fog down to the valley base made for a technical course, especially for non-locals like us to the Shropshire Hills. We were in the third tranche of starters and taken on a coach to a secret location for the start of the linear course. Each team and individual competitor was started at a one minute interval and given their map. There were two courses, one medium and one long Tony Wood and Vic Belshaw opted for the medium which didn’t disappoint. Although they made one serious navigational error early on (along with several others) after that they were on were pretty much perfect lines and consistently moved up the field. It was a cracking day out and a big day as well with almost 10 miles and 3,000′ of ascent; and great team work. Vic was overall in the team category and Tony was placed 10th overall in the individual category.

On a cold, wet misty morning, three Harriers made their way over to Helsby to run in the 4 Villages Half Marathon. Thankfully the rain stopped about 15 minutes before the start time, and then stayed off for the race. Hywel Roberts was the first Harrier home in 1:50:50, Ian Jones finished in 1:57:54 and Rob Parry crossed the line in 2:00:09. It was a nice, well-organised race with plenty of support and great marshalling.


Vic and Tony arrive at a foggy checkpoint

Vic and Tony arrive at a foggy checkpoint

Brett Jones completed the 2019 Buff Winter Trail Wales in a time of 01:43:03 Pos-23 – 6th M40- he managed to knock 6 minutes off last years time.

Nine Harriers ran Saturday morning Parkrun in New Zealand, England and Wales. 

Kingston Parkrun

202nd Sian PRITCHARD 00:29:0

Conwy Parkrun

40th Philip HAYES 00:23:37
211th Joanne WHITE 00:40:2

Newborough Parkrun

26th Chris BALDWIN 00:25:0

Foster Parkrun (New Zealand)

11th Ceri BELSHAW 00:23:11

Bodelwyddan Castle Parkrun

6th David BAUGH 00:21:45
14th Tony BENTON 00:23:10
17th Duncan JONES 00:24:04
19th Katy BAUGH 00:24:3
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Weekly round up 14.01.19

Cross-Country League hots up as Denbigh Harriers Men’s and Women’s teams fight to stay in Division One

This week it was all about Cross-Country – the fourth and penultimate race in the North Wales league series and with the Men’s and Women’s teams in Division 1 for the first season – the fight is on to stay up.

Both teams are still in a fragile position and both have our neighbours Prestatyn Running Club as our nearest target – it’s not personal, just the way the season is shaping up. The men closed the gap by 128 points but are still in the relegation zone and need to beat Prestatyn by 139 points in the last match next month at Oswestry to finish 6th. The women are more comfortably in 5th, 127 points ahead of Prestatyn, 78 points behind Buckley, but with Prestatyn scoring 88 in this race versus Denbigh’s 157, nothing is certain.

Both races were indecently fast and it was great to see Shaun Hughes have a go at staying with the front group and then defending his 12th place to the end despite being isolated and a chasing group of four working hard together to catch him in this 4 lap race with 450ft+ climb. Huw Williams has improved a lot to finish as 6th counter with Owen Conry, seventh Harrier home, closing fast. With Vic Belshaw, our fifth counter and 2nd VM55, unable to race at Oswestry we’ll need to go even faster. Hopefully on the tougher, longer course marathon men Dan Jones, second counter and Joe Welch, fourth, can get further up the field while Glen Price, third, holds on as well again.

David Baugh, eighth Harrier home, ran a well-judged race and will be better placed to cope with the Oswestry hills than most. Phil Hayes, ninth, Mat Jones, tenth and Steve Gadd  eleventh ran well, they may find the Oswestry Hills a shock but they certainly have the speed to have great races. Tony Benton, thirteenth, still has some speed in the aged system and picked off half a dozen rivals on the last lap but missed out on catching his greatest rival, Duncan Jones, twelfth, who steadily widened the gap on the gradients.

Mens XC Northop
Left to right: Shaun Hughes, Team Captain Chris Baldwin, Vic Belshaw, Phil Hayes, Huw Williams, Steve Gadd, Tony Benton, Glen Price, Owen Conry, Mat Jones, David Baugh, Duncan Jones, Joe Welch, Dan Jones

In the women’s race of 2.5 laps and 300ft+ of climb, we have a number of special mentions. Rhian Pierce ran a carefully judged solo run up front to finish 14th, 2nd VF35 and Denbigh’s first counter, with our next 5 (4 to count), finishing in the top third of the field, led in by a very determined Mel Morris from the fast-improving and exceptionally well-running Elen Baugh. An astonishing final lap by Tracey Williams gave her the honour of being 4th counter just ahead of Katy Baugh and Sioned Griffiths.

In her second cross-country Mari Williams looked comfortable ahead of Sali Powell in a reverse of the North Wales Championships at Rhug last week. Menai Baugh cemented her VF60 category win just behind them and Sarah Bayliss zoomed through back after a 5 year break from cross-country. Dawn Marshall, saw the Harriers home, demonstrating that there is no substitute for getting stuck in at every opportunity.


Ladies XC Northop

Left to right: front row – Sali Powell, Sarah Bayliss, Menai Baugh, Rhian Pierce, back row – Mari Williams, Dawn Marshall, Sioned Griffiths, Mel Morris, Elen Baugh, Katy Baugh

A quiet parkrun this week saw Sian Pritchard set a new PB at Bushy as she trains for the London Marathon whilst Jon Whitehead was just off his PB in 26:33 at Bodelwyddan Castle. Dawn Marshall in her first run of the day, paced her sister around Stretford parkrun in 35:59.



North Wales Cross-Country League Northop

Women: Rhian Pierce 14th 21:53, Melina Morris 45th 25:02, Elen Baugh 47th 25:12, Tracey Williams 51st 25:39, Katy Baugh 52nd 25:43, Sioned Griffiths 53rd 25:44, Mari Williams 67th 26:22, Sali Powell 79th 27:26, Menai Baugh 85th 28:08, Sarah Bayliss 92nd 28:36, Dawn Marshall 122nd 32:33 Women’s Division 1: Race 4:  157 points, 6th overall. After 4 races 526 points 5th overall. Female Masters: Race 4: 61 points, 5th overall. After 4 races 4th points, 4th overall

Men: Shaun Hughes 12th 28:52, Dan Jones 52nd 32:09, Glen Price 60th 32:32, Joe Welch 63rd 32:36, Vic Belshaw 66th 32:44, Huw Williams 88th 34:22, Owen Conry 89th 34:26, David Baugh 92nd 34:36, Phil Hayes 95th 34:42, Mat Jones 98th 34:59, Steve Gadd 102nd 35:29, Duncan Jones 125th 37:26, Tony Benton 130th 38:05 Men’s Division 1: Race 4: 341 points, 6th overall. After 4 races 1750 points 7th overall. Male Masters: Race 4: 112 points, 9th overall. After 4 races 521 points, 10th overall

Parkrun Bushy Sian Pritchard PB 25:27 Bodelwyddan Castle Jon Whitehead 26:33 Stretford Dawn Marshall 35:59


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Christmas & New Year round up 07.01.19

Vic Belshaw & Menai Baugh crowned category champions at the North Wales Cross-Country Championships at Rhug

You’d expect most people to ease back and put their feet up over Christmas and New Year, not so if you’re a Denbigh Harrier, races on Boxing Day, pre-New Year and the opportunity for double parkruns on New Year’s Day kept our runners busy with a few eyes firmly on the North Wales Cross-Country Championships at Rhug on 5th January.

Duncan Jones took part in Boxing Day’s Dash to the Devils Chair on the Stiperstones. 3 miles / 800 feet. Very much part of the Christmas running scene in Shropshire and probably the usual 300 runners on course. Duncan a regular at this fixture was pleased with 32.03 and nearly 40 seconds quicker than last year though no ice this year. Short but steep slopes and a rocky and muddy ridge run keep it interesting.

On the 30th of December, several Santa Claus, complete with a decorated tree, and elves were alongside the 5 Denbigh Harriers who among the 74 runners who made their way up to Moel Famau to the start of this year’s Jubilee Plunge, the aim – get back to the pub in Llangynhafal 2.2 miles away as quickly as possible in this local race organised by Harrier Tony Benton. Low cloud and limited visibility at the top made for a tentative start to the descent, however, once clear of the cloud, soft to firm conditions underfoot made for a quick race down to the finish. The Harriers were led home by Tony Wood taking 13th in 13:48. Katy Baugh was 32nd and 3rd Lady in 15:18 with Ruari Benton 40th in 16:19. Menai Baugh was 54th and 1st VF60 18:15 with Dawn Marshall 72nd in 24:33. Great fun!

And so to Rhug for the 2019 North Wales Cross Country Championships where we saw the highest standard in this race for a long time. 3 miles for the ladies and 65+ men, 4.5 miles for 60-65 men and 6 miles for the under 60 men over the fields – this is a tough race. In the ladies race, Rhian Pierce took 7th in this bigger field, on a par with her previous win here, taking 3rd in the VF35 category and confirming her return to form. Next in was Elen Baugh 23rd  in 25:07 – a significant breakthrough in her racing and great to see her so far up the field. Melina Morris was 27th in 25:56 and laying her demons from Llandrindod Wells to rest to take 3rd VF45. Katy Baugh was just behind in 29th and 26:05. Great to see a rejuvenated Sali Powell back on the fields finishing in 38th and 27:22 with Mari Williams just behind in 39th and 27:48, this her first cross-country race. The unstoppable winning machine that is  Menai Baugh won her category comfortably in 41st and 28:28, whilst Dawn Marshall’s progress back to fitness is particularly welcome with more to come, we’re sure in 53rd and 31:51.

After the ladies and over 65 mens race at Rhug

Left to right: Bob Neale, Sali Powell, Dawn Marshall, Rhian Pierce, Mari Williams, Melina Morris, Menai Baugh, Katy Baugh, Elen Baugh

In the men’s race, Shaun Hughes was first Harrier home in 11th and 36:01. Great to see Shaun back at cross-country. The battle for 2nd Harrier was fierce for 4 laps with the position changing as the race progressed. Ultimately it was Vic Belshaw who was triumphant securing not just 2nd Harrier but his category win VM55 as he finished in 35th and 41:02 followed closely by Glen Price 36th 41:13 and Tony Wood 37th 41:16. There’s wasn’t the only Harrier battle. David Baugh won out over Mat Jones, with David taking 3rd VM55 and finishing 42nd 43:33 and44th 44:10 respectively. In the final Harriers battle, at times it looked as though  Duncan Jones and Tony Benton were holding hands as they ran – they were that close. Duncan edged it in the end with only 8 seconds between the 2 of them in 50th 46:34 and 51st 46:42 respectively. In the 60-65 category Fred Jones was 6th  in 37:58 whilst in the M65+ race it was great to see Bob Neale back on the fields taking 5th in 28:16

Preferring a slightly longer run, Rob Parry and Hywel Roberts made their way over the Dee to run in The Wirral Way Half Marathon (Winter Edition). Held largely on the route of an old railway, the route is moderately flat – though (according to Garmin) nowhere near as flat as reckoned. Weather was quite benign for a long run, about 7 C and cloudy. The route itself is largely hard-packed trail, with a few squelchy bits. Hywel, taking it easy on pace with his London training, came in at 1:44:35. Rob who’s aiming for a half marathon a month in 2019 banked his first of the year and finished in 2:01:26. Rob is no doubt going to break the 2 hour barrier this year.

With limited races, attendance at parkrun was high with the ‘doing the double’ draw on New Year’s Day proving popular.

Vic Belshaw ran the furthest from home at Ganavan Sands in Oban with a run with a view to Mull and Lismore out to sea. Ben Cruachan unfortunately was in cloud at the top of the course. It felt a tough one on the day despite only 250’ of ascent (two climbs and undulating). I was given a run for my money to come in second. The position changed quite a few times and I kept retaking it on the climbs. My opponent finally broke in the final 1000m so much for the holiday Vic.

Parkrun highlights closer to home include course PBs for Jon Whitehead Wepre 28:26 and Elen Baugh Chester 25:56 on New Year’s Day as they along with David Baugh, Tony Benton and Katy Baugh did the double – Wepre at 9am and Chester at 10:30. Also at Chester Shaun Hughes set his parkrun as he came 4th in 17:54.



Dash to the Devils Chair Duncan Jones 32:03

Jubilee Plunge Tony Wood 13th 13:48, Katy Baugh 32nd & 3rd Lady 15:18, Ruari Benton 40th 16:19, Menai Baugh 54th & 1st VF60 18:15, Dawn Marshall 72nd 24:33

North Wales Cross-Country Championships 2019 Men under 60 Shaun Hughes 11th 36:01, Vic Belshaw 35th &1st VM55 41:02, Glen Price 36th 41:13, Tony Wood 37th 41:16, David Baugh 42nd & 3rd VM5543:33, Mat Jones 44th 44:10, Duncan Jones 50th 46:34, Tony Benton 51st 46:42 Men 60-65 Fred Jones 6th 37:58 Men 65+ Bob Neale 5th 28:16 Women Rhian Pierce 7th & 3rd VF35 21:49, Elen Baugh 23rd 25:07, Melina Morris 27th & 3rd VF45 25:56, Katy Baugh 29th 26:05, Sali Powell 38th 27:22, Mari Williams 39th 27:48, Menai Baugh 41st &1st VF60 28:28, Dawn Marshall 53rd 31:51

The Wirral Way Half Marathon Hywel Roberts 1:44:35, Rob Parry 2:01:26


22/12 Bushy Sian Pritchard 26:52 Ganavan Sands Vic Belshaw 2nd 20:28 Conwy David Baugh 26th 21:21, Phil Hayes 71st 24:21, Elen Baugh 85th & 10th Lady 25:01, Menai Baugh 102nd & 18th Lady 26:29, Joe Welch 206th 32:44

29/12 Conwy David Baugh 23rd 21:10, Duncan Jones 59th 23:20, Elen Baugh 85th & 15th Lady 24:40, Jon Whitehead 95th 25:34, Sarah Bayliss 326th 45:03 Wepre Vic Belshaw 6th 21:49, Emma Collins 20th & 2nd Lady 23:59

01/01 Wepre David Baugh 16th 22:29, Tony Benton 55th 24:56, Elen Baugh 104th & 16th Lady 27:15, Katy Baugh 105th & 17th Lady 27:15, Jon Whitehead 128th PB 28:26 Chester Shaun Hughes 4th PB 17:54, David Baugh 29th 21:26, Tony Benton 112th 24:30, Paul Goffey 162nd 25:42, Elen Baugh 172nd & 30th Lady PB 25:56, Katy Baugh 173rd & 31st Lady 25:56, Jon Whitehead 209th 27:11

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Weekly round up 19.12.18

Tracey Williams makes an epic comeback winning the Denbigh Harriers Johnson’s Monument 10k Club Handicap Race

This weekend saw the Denbigh Harriers annual Johnson’s Monument 10k Club Handicap Race. Not quite midwinter and not quite as cold (6C) or wet as expected given the previous day’s high wind and rainfall. Mud was definitely on the ground but not as thick as last year, so altogether one of the better years for record chasing. The 24 who turned out were  a selection of the top thirty in the club, though this is meant to be an event for everyone, the handicap means the slowest or fastest runner can win on the day with their handicap start time determined by their current performance. This race is a hard 6 miles with over 400 ft of climb and the dreaded laryngitis bug had slayed a few, and others have had a tough last few weeks of racing so actually 24 was good turnout. In the end no records were broken – but Shaun Hughes 40:09 and Rhian Pierce 46:56 who took a detour again got quite close and there were eleven sub 50 minute performances with Shaun, Phil Hayes 47:39, Huw Williams 48:17, Steve Gadd 49:26 joining the all-time great list.

Tracey Williams’s phenomenal return was certainly unexpected, and she even out-kicked Rhian Pierce into the finish. A year ago she was so disappointed at her lengthy injury that she threw away her cross country shoes (the ones which previously won her the W50 League championship) so this performance on the mud had to be achieved in road shoes. She was confident into the finish straight holding off those behind her and beating Rhian into second by 4 seconds. The top 6 finished within 30 seconds of each other – hats off to our handicapper Chris Baldwin.

Tony Benton won the men’s race, taking third overall in 49:59. Menai Baugh took another record this year, this time fastest VF60 for this race in 60:51. It was a good day for most of family Baugh. David finished ahead of all he was handicapped with in spite of usually being behind them in XC races. Elen had an excellent race recording a faster time than sister Katy for the first time.


Full results Tracey Williams 1st 53:52, Rhian Pierce 2nd 46:56, Tony Benton 3rd 49:59, Shaun Hughes 4th 40:09, David Baugh 5th 46:14,  Jon Whitehead 6th 57:22, Anwen Brown 7th 61:25, Owen Conry 8th 46:39, Glen Price 9th 43:58, Huw Williams 10th 48:17, Steve Gadd 11th 49:26, Phil Hayes 12th 47:39, Mat Jones 13th 47:47, Menai Baugh 14th 60:51, Elen Baugh 15th 56:58, Chris Baldwin 16th 59:07, Ian Jones 17th 56:23, Dan Schraibman 18th 56:59, Sali Powell19th 61:52, Roger Snaith 20th 64:55, Fred Jones 21st 57:06, Tony Wood 22nd 48:23, Bob Neale 23rd 60:02, Katy Baugh 24th 57:27 (despite short-cut when she realised it wasn’t her day!)

Sadly missing the Johnson’s two Denbigh Harriers travelled to Ludlow for the fantastic Mortimer Forest Trail Run, a tough but fantastic race with 8.75 miles with around 1400 ft ascent – the ambition to tick this race off the list. The first 2 miles climb through woods leading to Poison Bank, 300 feet climb in 3/8 of a mile. A nice running section leads to the ‘Big Dipper’, 3 steep slippery downhill slopes each followed a very steep uphill, then a gradual mile climb to the course’s highest point. From here it’s downhill through a mixture of twisting forest trails, a final climb then a mad fast dash downhill through woods to the finish. Sounds a great day out! Vic Belshaw had a stormer of a race taking 1st MV55 as he finished in 34th in 73:10. Emma Collins, in an exceptional pace continuing her fantastic year, was 1st veteran lady in 79:43 and 76th overall in a field of over 400. Well done both!

Mortimer forest

Ceri Belshaw won the prize for furthest race from Denbigh this week as she ran Whangarei parkrun in New Zealand. She was 2nd lady in 22:14. Hywel Roberts took the trip to Nant y Pandy and came away with a parkrun PB of 21:43 as he continues his training for next year’s London Marathon. Dad David and daughter Katy Baugh took their first runs of the weekend at Conwy Parkrun. David was 11th in 21:20 and Katy 8th Lady in 26:20.



Johnson’s Monument Club Handicap Race Tracey Williams 1st 53:52, Rhian Pierce 2nd 46:56, Tony Benton 3rd 49:59, Shaun Hughes 4th 40:09, David Baugh 5th 46:14,  Jon Whitehead 6th 57:22, Anwen Brown 7th 61:25, Owen Conry 8th 46:39, Glen Price 9th 43:58, Huw Williams 10th 48:17, Steve Gadd 11th 49:26, Phil Hayes 12th 47:39, Mat Jones 13th 47:47, Menai Baugh 14th 60:51, Elen Baugh 15th 56:58, Chris Baldwin 16th 59:07, Ian Jones 17th 56:23, Dan Schraibman 18th 56:59, Sali Powell19th 61:52, Roger Snaith 20th 64:55, Fred Jones 21st 57:06, Tony Wood 22nd 48:23, Bob Neale 23rd 60:02, Katy Baugh 24th 57:27 (despite short-cut!)

Mortimer Forest Trail Run  Vic Belshaw 34th & 1st MV55 73:10, Emma Collins 76th & 1st veteran lady 79:43

Parkrun 26:20 Whangarei Ceri Belshaw 13th & 2nd Lady 22:14 Nant y Pandy Hywel Roberts 4th PB 21:43 Conwy David Baugh 11th 21:20, Katy Baugh 56th & 8th Lady

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Johnson’s Handicap Results December 2018

Not quite midwinter and not quite as cold (6C) or wet as expected given the high wind and rainfall yesterday. Mud was definitely on the ground but not as thick as last year, so altogether one of the better years for record chasing. The 24 who turned out were  a selection of the top thirty in the club, though this is meant to be an event for everyone – encouraging people to get suitably fit for what I acknowledge is a hard 6 miles with over 400 ft of climb. In fact the dreaded laryngitis bug had slayed a few, and others have had a tough last few weeks of racing so actually 24 was pretty good. In the end no records were broken – but Shaun and Rhian got quite close and there were eleven sub 50 minute performances and the all-time lists will be amended.

Tracey’s phenomenal return was certainly unexpected, and she even out-kicked Rhian into the finish. A year ago she was so disappointed at her lengthy injury that she threw away her cross country shoes (the ones which previously won her the W50 League championship) so this performance on the mud had to be achieved in road shoes. Back in 2002 she won this event, including its road sections, in spikes – so getting the footwear right is clearly challenging for her. We know a man with a 3D printer who might help……(Fred).

Tony B won the ‘Battered Cup’ but will need to mug Emma for it sometime after Xmas.

Very many thanks are due to Rob P and Dawn for officiating, coping with a much closer finish by the top eight than ever before – and Rob produced immaculate results in time for the prize-giving.

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

1st Tracey……………………11.18.52 am…………..53m52

2nd Rhian……………………11.18.56……………….46m56

3rd Tony B…………………..11.18.59………………..49m59

4th Shaun…………………….11.19.09……………….40m09

5th David B………………………19.14………………..46m14

6th Jon W…………………………19.22……………….57m22

7th Anwen…………………………19.25……………….61m25

8th Owen…………………………..19.39……………….46m39

9th Glen…………………………….19.58……………….43m58

10th Huw…………………………..20.17………………..48m17

11th Steve…………………………..20.26……………….49m26

12th Phil…………………………….20.39……………….47m39

13th Mat……………………………..20.47………………47m47

14th Menai…………………………..20.51………………60m51

15th Elen……………………………..21.58………………56m58

16th Chris…………………………….22.07………………59m07

17th Ian………………………………..22.23……………..56m23

18th Dan………………………………22.59………………56m59

19th Sali……………………………….23.52………………61m52

20th Roger…………………………..23.55……………….64m55

21st Fred………………………………24.06………………57m06

22nd Tony W………………………..24.23………………48m23

23rd Bob………………………………25.02………………60m02

24th Katy B…………………………..26.27………………57m27 (despite short-cut!)

NB North Wales Championships is on 5th January at Rhug. Entries close on 28th December so if you want to run please enter now – see the North Wales Cross Country website for the link.

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Weekly round up 11.12.18

Mud, mud and more mud as 6 Harriers pull on North Wales vests at the Welsh Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

It’s a great honour to run for your region and 6 Harriers were recently selected to do just that in the Welsh Inter Counties Cross Country Championships. Cross Country generally means one thing – mud and this race by all accounts was mud on an epic scale. This tough course brings the best Wales has to offer and our Harriers acquitted themselves well on this tough course and in this exceptional field. Special mention to a very sensible Victoria Whitehead, retiring after 200m with hip pain, a very difficult, but correct, decision to make. Results: Men – Glen Price 13th M45 43:36, Vic Belshaw 15th M55  45:00, Duncan Jones 32nd M55 52:20. Ladies – Ceri Diss 10th W45 31:56 and Melina Morris 25th W45 35:53. Well done all!

Rhian Pierce was 3rd at Llandegla’s Dash in the Dark. Pipped to the post in the last 200m by a Buckley runner who having previously raced this course unlike Rhian, had the advantage of knowing that the end was near! A great course, even the stream crossings were fun but racing in the dark is very different to the light!

At the popular local Vale of Clwyd half marathon it was another soggy day but that didn’t deter 6 hardy Harriers. Mat Jones had a fantastic race finishing 9th and 2nd VM50 in 1:38:16, 4 mins faster than his run at Conwy last month. Next was Hywel Roberts continuing his London Marathon training and finishing in 1:44:08 for 17th place. Mel Morris on her second run of the weekend was 27th and 3rd VF40 in 1:50:51, just outside her Conwy time which is incredible thinking how much Cross Country would have taken out of her. Rob Parry getting ever closer to sub-2 hours finished in his fastest time in 3 years in 2:01:24 and 48th. Helen Davies was paced by Ian Jones, again sacrificing his own race to help another. Helen working towards her London place put in a great performance to finish in 2:17:16, 73rd with Ian 2 seconds behind in 2:17:18 and 74th.

A few parkruns this weekend. Sisters Katy and Elen Baugh took a trip to Leeds with Katy completing Woodhouse Park parkrun in 22:36 for 10th Lady with Elen not far behind in 24:27 and 21st Lady. At Kingston, Sian Pritchard ran a PB in 26:59 as she trains for the London Marathon. Phil Hayes put in a consistent performance of 24:00 at Conwy whilst at Bodelwyddan Castle, David Baugh was 6th in 21:43 and Tony Benton 16th in 23:36.

At the 3rd border league race, Emma Collins and Vic Belshaw ran for their second claim clubs.  Conditions were dry with strong headwinds. in the remote & exposed location on the Anglesey coast at Trac Mon. 280 runners turned out to race round 5 undulating miles. Vic Belshaw having slogged round in the mud at Cross Country the day prior breezed round 33:56 for 3rd MV55 in a competitive category whilst Emma finished in 36:06 and 1st LV55.



Welsh Inter Counties Cross County Glen Price 13th M45 43:36, Vic Belshaw 15th M55 45:00, Duncan Jones 32nd M55 52:20 Ceri Diss 10th W45 31:56, Melina Morris 25th W45 35:53

Llandegla Dash in the Dark Rhian Pierce 3rd Lady

Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon Mat Jones 9th & 2nd VM50 1:38:16, Hywel Roberts 17th 1:44:08, Melina Morris 27th & 3rd VF40 1:50:51, Rob Parry 48th 2:01:24, Helen Davies 73rd 2:17:16, Ian Jones 74th 2:17:28

Parkrun Woodhouse Moor Katy Baugh 60th & 10th Lady 22:36, Elen Baugh 107th & 21st Lady 24:27 Kingston Sian Pritchard 129th & 24th Lady PB 26:59 Conwy Phil Hayes 34th 24:00 Bodelwyddan Castle David Baugh 6th 21:43, Tony Benton 16th 23:36

Borders League Vic Belshaw 3rd MV55 33:56, Emma Collins 1st VF55 36:06

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