Denbigh Harriers Volunteering at Bodelwyddan Castle Parkrun 25/5/19

It was great to see so many members, present and past, supporting the Bodelwyddan Castle Parkrun on Saturday with the additional bonus of promoting the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race on the 7th July. Denbigh Harriers took most of the volunteering posts on the roster with 16 volunteers:

Andrew MORRIS  •  Bob NEALE  •  Caroline DAWE  •  David BAUGH   •  David SPENCER  •  Dawn MARSHALL   •  Jon WHITEHEAD  •  Katy BAUGH  •  Mark JONES  •  Meirion Wyn ROBERTS  (ex Denbigh Harrier) •  Menai BAUGH  •  Roger SNAITH  •  Sali POWELL  •  Sioned GRIFFITHS  •  Steve GADD • Victoria WHITEHEAD

The Volunteers

The Volunteers complete with Fairy Freckled Cow Trail race t shirts and Tutus!

The resounding response from those who volunteered was how much they enjoyed the experience. Volunteering at a Parkrun is really rewarding way of spending some of a Saturday morning. Your efforts are really appreciated by the runners and being a runner yourself you know how to support properly! Parkruns cannot exist without volunteers and a good rule of thumb is to volunteer once for every 10 Parkruns you do.

We had 7 runners too with some great results all round.

1st Shaun HUGHES 00:18:18
23rd Duncan JONES 00:23:49
28th Mari WILLIAMS 00:24:12
40th Ian JONES 00:25:29
63rd Anwen BROWN 00:28:15
71 st Sarah BAYLISS 00:29:23
73rd Paul JONES 00:29:28

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Denbigh Harriers Weekly Report 18/5/19

The Cader Idris Fell Race is one of the main fixtures of the year in Wales and this year there was a large field assembled in Dolgellau for this classic. Mari Williams took on her first big mountain race and seemed unperturbed by the steep and craggy route. First Harrier Home was Tony Wood who like David Baugh and Sioned LLoyd who followed him in still had the effects of last week’s race in his legs. It was a great day in the mountains with excellent views, camaraderie and running throughout.

64th    Anthony    Wood    01:55:28
87th    David    Baugh    02:00:08
184th    Mari    Williams    02:23:12
194th    Sioned    Griffiths    02:26:52

Chris Baldwin took part in the Welsh Senior and Inter Regional Trail Running Championships at Builth Wells. Strangely, The race was 10K but the steep inclines made it feel a lot longer. Chris was 4th in his M65 age category.

There were perfect conditions on the three versions of the undulating 2 lakes races held at Llyn Brenig and taking in Llyn Alwen for the longer distances. First underway was the half marathon where it was a lonely race for Melina Morris who in spite of this finished 3rd lady and 9th overall in 1:48:58. Next off was the 10k with Duncan Jones 9th and 1st M60 and first Harrier home in 49:52 and quicker than last year. Next was Fred Jones in 51:39, 12th and 2nd M60 as he builds his mileage up. Next up was Dawn Marshall who had a competitive race all the way round to finish 2 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor in a sprint finish and a time of 63:10, Rebekah Dumayne racing in Denbigh Harriers green for the first time and looked very comfortable as she finished 68:08. In the 5k, Caroline Dawe also pulling on a Harriers vest for the first time was 2nd lady and 6th overall in 29:40.

There were 11 Denbigh Harriers racing in the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday on a humid day but luckily with no wind. There were great performances from all. This is a huge race with thousands of competitors from around the UK so it was a real achievement for Emma Collins to win her F55 category.

Shaun Hughes 01:18:02 23rd
Joe Welch 01:30:40 228th
Philip Hayes 01:35:25 373rd
Emma Collins 01:39:27 579 FV55 1st
Ian Jones 01:50:35 1354th
Katherine Evans 02:02:37 2345th
Mark Jones 02:02:34 2341st
Robert Parry 02:05:33 2533rd
John Gage 02:17:17 3269th
Lisa Dafydd 02:19:27 3397th
Paul Goffey Denbigh 02:31:37 3866th

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Denbigh Harriers Weekly Report 11/5/19

A record number of 43 Denbigh Harriers started the third in the Summer Handicap series this week with good handicapping ensuring some close finishes for the officials to cope with.  In her first race in the series and in 1st place was Caz Dawe 29:48. She was followed in 2nd place by by Julie Roberts in 30:53 and then octogenarian Ron Birch 3rd  place in 37:07. The fastest man was Shaun Hughes  in 18th place in a time of 18:04 and the fasted woman was Mel Morris in 22:52 in 15th place. With 5 races to go in the series it is shaping up to be an interesting competition.
On Saturday seven Harriers took on the Moel Eilio fell race that follows a classic horseshoe route from Llanberis taking in Moel Eilio, Foel Goch and Moel Cynghorion before heading back to Llanberis. At eight miles and with 3000’ foot of climbing it was adventurous of Hywel Roberts to take this on as his first fell race. The weather was kind and all the Harriers had a great afternoon of fell racing. First Harrier home in this North Wales Championships race was Tony Wood showing a welcome return to form in 31st place with a time of 1:26:50. Next back in Llanberis was David Baugh in 41st in 1:30:42 followed by Sioned Griffiths 85th in 1:49:04, Elen Baugh and Hywel Roberts together in 1:50:06 and winning the F60 category was Menai Baugh in 1:54:54. Jon Whitehead wisely decided to not risk further injury by walking and jogging down from Bwlch Maesgwm.
There were a number of Harriers running Parkruns this weekend with Sian Pritchard in Kingston (England) running in 28:19, Sarah Bayliss in the hilly Wepre Parkrun finishing in 29:32, Manfredi Torlado in Florence (Italy) running in 20:50 and Gwenan Johnson finishing the Bodelwyddan Castle Parkrun in 28:59.
 AA3A87E9-0CC9-4A76-80D0-03466A37C064Denbigh Harriers at the Moel Eilio Fell Race
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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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