Weekly Report 11/11/19

On Saturday four Denbigh Harriers braved the tough snowy conditions and headed over to Betws Y Coed to take part in the Betws 10 km trail race. The race climbs nearly 1000 feet from Betws y Coed up to Llyn Elsi and back following mainly off road tracks. The first harrier home was Gareth Rees Jones in 16th with a good time of 51 mins 25 secs. He was followed by Kate Wilson as 7th woman overall and back to great running form in 58 mins.30 secs. Next was Roger Snaith in 59mins.47secs and David Spencer in 1hr.06 .32secs showing great improvements in their performances due to some good off road training.
16th Gareth Jones 00:51:25
45th Kate Wilson 00:58:30
52nd Roger Snaith 00:59:47
95th David Spencer 01:06:09
Bushey Parkrun
603rd Sian PRITCHARD 00:27:09
Conwy Parkrun
170th Alison LESTER-OWEN 00:37:11
171st Peter LESTER-OWEN 00:37:13
189th Sally SMITH 00:47:35
190th John Llewelyn THOMAS 00:47:36
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Kate Wilson, David Spencer, Roge Snaith and Gareth Rees Jones before the Betws Trail 10k
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Johnson’s Monument Handicap Race Sunday 15th December

Rob Parry in charge – 10 a.m. start. More people than expected have shown an interest. Theoretically some of the small groups could be split up  with 30 seconds between individuals, which I would do for the shorter summer handicap, but racing is much easier in groups.

10.00 a.m. Jess, Ron

10.07 a.m. John LT, Rebekah

10.08 a.m. Dawn

10.10 David Sp, Jeff

10.12 Ruth, Caz,

10.14 Gwenan

10.16 Anwen, Roger

10.18 Kate W

10.19 Menai, Bob, Jon

10.22 Peter L

10.24 Ian, Arwel

10.25 Sioned, Victoria, Carys, Luke

10.27 Fred, Duncan

10.28 Elen, Katy, Mari, Tony B, Gareth

10.29 Hywel, Alaw, Caroline T-J, Tracey

10.30 Vic, Emma, Mel

10.32 David B, Phil, Huw, Rhian

10.34 Owen, Steve, Brett

10.34.30 Glen

10.36 Tony W, Dan

10.37 Joe

10.38 Shaun

 

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Weekly Report 2/11/19

There was a superb turnout for the Abergele 5k and 5 Miles races from Denbigh Harriers on Sunday.

In the 5k race there were four Denbigh Harriers for this windy out and back course at Pensarn. It was also good to see a number of the current Denbigh Run for Fun course, organised by Denbigh Harriers,  competing after only 8 weeks of their 10 week couch to 5K course.

54th Caroline Dawe 30:38
55th John LLewelyn Thomas 31:16
65th Dawn Lees 42:01
66th Ian Jones 44:01

In the 5 mile race which incorporated the North Wales Championships there were 16 Denbigh Harriers running who brought home a good haul of prizes. Emma Collins, Mel Morris and Menai Baugh all won their categories and North Wales Championships Gold Medals by large margins. Mel Morris knocked over three minutes off her personal best for this course with both Menai Baugh and Emma Collins improving on their last performance in this race.  Carys Davies was third in her category as was Fred Jones both showing strong improved performances. David Baugh and Rebekah Dumayne won bronze medals in the North Wales Championships. Tony Wood won the 1st corporate team frize as well as being the first Denbigh Harrier home. There were great PBs from Elen Baugh of over a minute and Jess Jones of over 3 minutes.

26 30:56 Anthony Wood 1st Corporate Team
52 33:33 Mathew Jones
61 34:13 David Baugh Vet 55 3rd NWCh
68 34:58 Emma Collins Vet 55 1st
69 35:02 Melina Morris Vet 45 1st
80 35:53 Tony Benton
88 36:36 Fred Jones Vet 65 3rd
96 37:25 Duncan Jones
99 37:40 Elen Baugh
114 38:57 Carys Davies Vet 40 3rd
120 39:16 Ian Jones
141 41:46 Menai Baugh Vet 60 1st
176 46:05 Ruth Crowther
191 48:42 Dawn Marshall
199 50:46 Rebekah Dumayne Vet 35 3rd NWCh
210 54:58 Jessica Jones

Conwy Parkrun

185th John Llewelyn THOMAS 00:46:01
189th Sally SMITH 00:52:0

Stretford Parkrun

361st Dawn MARSHALL 00:34:09

Wepre Parkrun

23rd 2nd Woman Mari WILLIAMS 00:25:33

 

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Weekly Report 26/10/19

Huw Williams ran the Birmingham Running Festival 10k on Saturday. It was a two lap course of Sutton Park which was a lovely setting although hillier than anticipated with 400ft of climbing. Huw was happy with his personal best of 42:42.
Three Denbigh Harriers faced some truly awful rain for the start of the Snowdonia Marathon which thankfully eased up as the race got going. Alaw Medi running the race for the third time was just outside her best time for the race which is unsurprising given the conditions especially on the steep and slippery downhill finish. A veteran of the Snowdonia Marathon David Jones Had a good race in the conditions and was pleased with his finishing time. Another veteran of the race Peter Lester-Owen running his 50th marathon was not far behind.
753rd Alaw Medi 4.12.09
994th David Jones 4.27.39
1326th Peter Lester Owen 4.47.34
In the Porth Eirias 10k on Sunday morning the runners faced heavy rain and large puddles but this did not stop some great performances from the 5 Denbigh Harriers with four of them getting personal bests for 10k.   Displaying his continuing good form Joe Welsh was 6th overall followed by Mat Jones winning the M50 category and Mel Morris coming this in her age category.
636:25JoeWelch
25 42:24 Mathew Jones 1st M50
3944:46MelinaMorris
10251:37IanJones
26401:07:45JessicaJones
Four Denbigh Harriers took to the hills on Sunday to run in the Clwydian Hills Fell Race which is organised by the North Wales Search and Rescue team. This tough, true fell race starts from Cilcain, ascending steeply on to the Offa’s Dyke path, descending to the foot of Moel Arthur, traversing round Moel Famau, then ascending sharply up the gully to the Jubilee Tower before descending  back to Cilcain – a total of 9 miles/ 14.4.km  and 3000 feet/ 915m of ascent. The weather was very kind, sunny and bright which made the navigation much easier but the wet mud after recent, torrential  rain made conditions treacherous at times. First Harrier home and 23rd man in the race was Daniel Jones, followed by Katy Baugh who was Third Senior Lady in the race. Sioned Lloyd was next in, then Menai Baugh picking up the F6O trophy.
Conwy Parkrun
17th Emma COLLINS 00:22:32
141st Sally SMITH 00:45:51
142nd John Llewelyn THOMAS 00:45:52
Wepre PArkrun
11th David BAUGH 00:24:06
19th Elen BAUGH 00:26:0
Pont y Bala
22 Ruth CROWTHER 00:31:36
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Weekly report 19/10/19

With some of Denbigh Harriers’ regular counters missing from the 2nd fixture of the North Wales Cross Country League in Colwyn Bay it looked likely to be a hard day for the club.  The course was very hilly and after the recent rain the farm fields were a quagmire over the 8.5k for the men and 4.9k for the women.  With fields of 180 runners in both races it was a great show of strength in depth for both the women and men’s teams. In the women’s race a superb performance from Rhian Pierce for 12th supported closely by Emma Collins 1st W55, Mel Morris and Katy Baugh meant that the team closed the gap on Buckley for 5th place in the league to one point. Having the strength in depth meant that the next three runners: Elen Baugh. Mari Williams and Tracey Williams (running in road shoes), pushed Buckley’s last counter back down the field and thus helping the team greatly. Carys Davies had a superb run in the tricky conditions and Menai Baugh retained her first place in the W60 standings. The M65s team took a bit of a hammering from Eryri and so slipped to 3rd team. Bob Neale (14th) just got ahead of Chris Baldwin (15th) and much to his credit Jeff Jones was remarkably collected despite a recent chest infection and finish in 22nd.  In the Men’s race the return of Joe Welch to finish in 26th was a great help to the team as were the best performances for two years from Tony Wood and Owen Conry. They were well supported by Glen Price stepping down from his recent ultra racing. As with the Women’s race David Baugh and Mat Jones finished ahead of other counters from other teams helping the team with their efforts thus moving the team up to 3rd place in the league.

Women

12th Rhian Pierce 24.54 2nd W35

31st Emma Collins 27.21 1st W55

34th Mel Morris 27.38

41st Katy Baugh 28.03

46th Elen Baugh 28.29

48th Mari Williams 28.40

54th Tracey Williams 28.58 3rd W55

56th Carys Davies 29.15

78th Menai Baugh 31.14 1st W60

95th Kate Wilson 32.55

M65s
14th Bob Neale 34.51
15th Chris Baldwin 33.59
22nd Geoff Jones 37.36

Men

26th Joe Welch 40.46

41st Tony Wood 42.20

61st Owen Conry  44.01

71st Glen Price 45.05

103rd David Baugh 47.40

108th Mat Jones 48.06

Seven  Denbigh Harriers made the short journey to Mold for the Flintshire 5k & 10k races. The races were run in near perfect conditions although with still a chill in the air for the earlier 5km and slightly warmer conditions for the 10k. Five Harriers ran the 5k race four of which where brave enough to do the double and ran the 10k namely:

Daniel Jones, Gwenno Williams, Dad & Daughter Ian & Jessica Jones.

Gwenno Williams achieved a personal best in the 5k race of 27.53 supported by Jeff Jones fresh from his exertions in the cross country the day before. The Harriers that ran today all enjoyed the race and performed well in a well organised race on the doorstep

5K Race

Daniel Jones. 19.22

Gwenno. Williams. 27.53

Jeff Jones. 27.57

Jessica Jones. 32.15

Ian Jones. 32.16

10K Race

Daniel Jones. 40.58

Steve Gadd. 42.39

Melina Morris. 45.03

Ian Jones. 50.29

Gwenno Williams. 56.58

Jessica Jones. 1.15.16

Rhian Pierce Colwyn Bay Cross Country Joe Welch Colwyn Bay Cross country. Mel Morris Flintshire 10K Ian and Jess Jones Flintshire 5&10K

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Weekly Report 12/10/19

Peter Lester-owen and Luke Hughs headed to Delamere forest for a nice run in the woods. Peter ran the Hell of a Marathon in 6:10:42 finishing 19th! Luke did the Hell Runner (half marathon) in 2:59:56 finishing in 225th out of just under 1000 runners. The course consisted of natural obstacles expected on forrest paths with numerous mud puddles ranging from ankle deep to head hight, fallen trees, river crossings, mud banks to scramble up and slide down and two lakes with hidden roots to cross. 

Two Harriers made the journey up the road to the Loggerheads Country Park for the Loggerheads 10 mile trail race on Saturday. A small field of 66 tackled the route; a tough, undulating trail race. The terrain is very varied, with some sections of road, technical rocky sections, steep woodland paths and riverside tracks all left slippery and muddy after days of rain. A few interesting long cuts and short cuts, after the directional arrows were tampered with, but still a friendly, fun start to the weekend. Mel Morris came in 3rd lady (2nd V40) 17th overall in 1.31.55. Carys Davies ran a great race to come in 11th lady, 35th overall 1.39.30.

One Denbigh Harrier travelled down to mid- Wales on Sunday to compete in the last race in the Welsh Fell Running Championship Series. The series started in February with the sunny, warm Clwydian Sheetracks race and conditions between the first and the last races could not have been more different! The threatening rain held off for Sunday’s Breidden Hills race but the three hills climbed were shrouded in cloud, the fields, the ascents and descents were muddy and slippery and the rock scramble off the second hill was wet and treacherous. But it was the same for everyone, and the same conditions as last year and Menai Baugh enjoyed the challenge of the varied terrain and 2300 feet of climb over the 7 mile course, finishing over three minutes faster than last year in a time of 1 hour 31 mins 37 secs. She won the series and secured the title of Welsh Fell Running Champion for females over 60. She also holds this year’s North Wales Fell Running title for F60. This is the second year in a row that Menai has achieved this championship double. 


Three Harriers took part in the popular Wiggle Manchester Half Marathon recording some great times. Phil Hayes finished in 1hr 34 minutes followed by Huw Williams in 1hr 42 minutes and Mari Williams with a personal best in 1hr 47 minutes. 


Parkruns

Chester Parkrun

20th David BAUGH 00:21:35
35th  2nd Woman Katy BAUGH 00:22:29 Personal Best
50th Elen BAUGH 00:23:23 Personal Best

Conwy Parkrun

296th John Llewelyn THOMAS 00:46:10
297th Sally SMITH 00:46:11

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Weekly Report 5th Oct 2019

It was a very busy week of running for Denbigh Harriers with over 40 harriers competing in 10 events far and wide with two Harriers running twice.
Duncan Jones ran the Race on the Edge 9 mile trail race on Wenlock Edge in Shropshire. It was really enjoyable and completely off road with some sharp ascents and descents. His time was 91.54  and 3rd over 60
In the the first North Wales Cross Country fixture in Wrexham there were 20 Harriers taking part in this fast and furious flat race. In the women’s 6.6k race the first two Harriers home were Mel Morris and Alaw Medi Evans separated by 1 second. They were ably supported by Tracey Williams winning her category and Elen Baugh. Victoria Whitehead ran a strong race despite having run a hard long race the week before followed by Cary Davies , Kate Wilson and Menai Baugh who also won her age cetegory by one place.
Senior Women
33rd Melina Morris 26-27
34th Alaw Medi Evans 26-28
42nd Tracey Sian Williams 27-18 1stW55
52nd Elen Baugh 27-54
59th Victoria Whitehead 28-46
67th Carys Davies 29-30
101st Kate Wilson 32-25
108th Menai Baugh 33-02 1st F60
In the Men over 60 race There was a superb run from Fred Jones to come in 5th behind some top class opposition. The team was second overall.
5th Fred Jones 27-30
12th Chris Baldwin 30-19
26th Jeff Jones 34-48
In the Senior Men’s race Shaun Hughes Senior ran an excellent race on his return to competition to finish 15th he was supooted by the four counters for the team of Dan Jones, Huw Euron Williams and David Baugh. It was good to see new member Gareth Rees Jones racing for the first time and a big improvement from last year from Mark Jones.
15th Shaun Hughes 31-54
67th Daniel Jones 35-41
105th Huw Euron Williams 38-03
109th David Baugh 38-17
114th Mathew Jones 38-46
123rd Philip Hayes 40-02
131st Tony Benton 40-58
143rd Gareth Rees Jones 42-14
154th Mark Jones 45-17
Furhte afield Owen Conry ran the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis to finish 373th out of 6739 runners in a very good time of 3.13.18
In the Chester Marathon Joe Welch was acting as a pacer for those runners wanting to go under the 3 hour mark and he did the job admirably finishing in 2.59.38.  Caroline James was also running and had a great race to finish in 4.43.33.
136th Joe Welch 02:59:38,  2370th Caroline James 04:43:33
In the Bangor Bangor Half Marathon Cary Davies running her second race of the weekend continued her excellent form to run yet another great time. She was followed on this hilly course by Luke Hughes and Rob Parry.
129th Carys Davies 1.51.38,  215th Luke Hughes 2.01.15, 284th Rob Parry 2.13.46
In the Cardiff University Half Marathon the weather was excellent although warm for running. It was great to see 12 Harriers running it and a considerable number had never run a half before.  This is a very big event and the Harriers enjoyed the atmosphere and for many just crossing that line to see those smiles tears and emotions meant so much.
2350th David Jones 01:46:39
2917th Alaw Medi Evans 01:49:54
4944th Hywel Roberts 01:54:42
5421st Ian Jones 01:59:04
9415th Mike James 02:09:48
9530th Anwen Brown 02:14:22
11366th Lisa Dafydd 02:14:44
13696th Nicola Field 02:22:37
14155th Graham Field 02:26:47
14654th Julie Roberts 02:27:53
17809th John Thomas 02:49:37
18876th RebekahDumayne 03:03:18
18878th Jessica Jones 03:03:18
Bushey Parkrun
708th Sian PRITCHARD 00:26:02
Fell Foot Parkrun
57th Katy BAUGH 00:23:45
Conwy Parkrun
296th Sally SMITH 01:00:37
Gnoll Parkrun
113 John Llewelyn THOMAS 00:46:46
Cardiff Half Chester Marathon Caroline James Minneapolis Marathon Owen Conry Wrexham XC Women Wrexham XC Men
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October 2019 Results

In terms of weather this has been a ‘Goldilocks’ season: pretty dry, reasonable temperatures, and no gales. So 10C and heavy rain on top of several days of heavier rain meant that only the hardier committed souls turned up. Mud and soft grass does make a difference to the strength requirements and the fitter brethren and sorority gain an advantage in these circumstances. Flat, boring road it isn’t! A good prelude to the Cross Country on Saturday then. Anybody who got anywhere near their time of last month is clearly on the up and should be pleased. I am especially pleased at the close finishing with the first 14 within 70 seconds of the winning time. Not bad handicapping given the conditions. Officials Kate W and Rob made it all possible.

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

1st Elen………………..6.38.03pm……….24m03…………73/5

2nd Tony W…………….38.05…………….19m35…………25/5*

3rd Tracey……………….38.15…………….24m15…………34/5*

4th Mat……………………38.18……………21m48…………59/5

5th Tony B……………….38.23……………23m23…………33/5*

6th Mel……………………38.33……………23m33…………43/5*

7th Luke………………….38.38…………….25m08………..57/5*

8th Duncan……………..38.42…………….24m42………..80/4

9th Carys…………………38.51……………..26m21…………9/1

10th Arwel……………….38.54…………….25m54…………56/5*

11th Glen………………….38.55…………….20m55…………46/4

12th Peter L………………38.58……………26m28………….53/5

13th Bob……………………39.08…………..27m08………….64/5*

14th Chris………………….39.12……………27m12………….77/4

15th Ruth…………………..39.29…………..34m29………….59/5*

16th Ruari………………….40.52…………..27m52………….48/5*

  • Best of five races.

The series has a very worthy winner in Tony W who got through to 2nd and therefore substituted this for his 14th in May, having already dropped a 25th and a 17th – illustrating the value of doing as many races as possible, especially when there is a lean month for numbers and lower scores are easier. Tony B played his cards very well and takes a good Silver. Victoria fell at the last hurdle, her 43 points being overtaken by Tracey for Bronze (as predicted in view of her improving form) and equalled by Mel. Mentioned in dispatches for finishing 6th-17th in the championship are Ruari, Peter L and Ron, Arwel, Luke, Mat and Ruth, Bob, Diane, Mark, and Elen who also completed the series with at least 5 races. Fastest Man was Shaun in May with 18m04. Joe did 18m27 and Tony W 18m48. Fastest lady, once again after all these years, was Emma who did 22m19. Katy did 22m21. Alaw has a faster official time but apparently she got lost and missed a bit.

 

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Weekly Report 28/9/19

Three Denbigh Harriers’ women made their mark on the Clwydian hills last night in the Moel y Plas race. This 4.8 mile race sets off from Graigfechan, up the road, onto the mountain, climbing steeply for over 1000ft up to the summit of Moel y Plas. The descent is a joyful dash in the dark… On-form Rhian Pierce battled with another female on the ascent but Rhian’s fast and skilful descent gained her 6th position overall out of 27 runners and First Female in an impressive time of 42 mins. 22secs. Katy Baugh, not far behind, had a storming run and was Third Female and 10th position overall in a time of 45 mins. 12 secs. Menai Baugh, thoroughly enjoying being back on the hills, finished in 19th position overall and 5th Female in a time of 51 mins. 36 secs.
Vicrtoria Whitehead competed in the EnduranceLife 15mile Trail Race in the North York Moors. This was a tough route with 2000ft of climbing, but with stunning views along the East coast, starting in Ravenscar. The recent rain made some of the paths very muddy & slippy but the rain held off for the race and was sunny. There was a good variety of terrain with coastal path to Robin Hood’s Bay, a beach section, fields, paths and plenty of mud ! Fantastic support along the route from Jon Whitehead helped as She had to dig deep in the final few miles uphil across open moorland. Victoria was pleased with 13th lady and 1st female vet in a time of 2:39.
Parkruns
Kingston
205th
Sian PRITCHARD
00:27:2
Aberystwyth
33rd
Chris BALDWIN
00:25:26
Erddig
24th
1st Female
Katy BAUGH
00:23:56
26th
2nd Female
Elen BAUGH
00:24:08
208th
Sally SMITH
00:54:10
213th
John Llewelyn THOMAS
00:54:13
North Sydney
132nd
Robert PARRY
00:30:08
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September Handicap Results

 

Due to IT glitch the results only list actual times and points total/number of races.

*Best of 5 races.

 

1st John LT 30:18, 17/3

2nd Ron 36:39, 53/5

3rd Diane 35:36, 67/5

4th Jeff 30:08, 4/1

5th Nicola 30:51, 8/2

6th Chris R 25:28, 6/1

7th Tracey 23:45, 49/5

8th Mat 21:22, 55/4

9th Melina 22:30, 57/5

10th Tony B 22:35, 41/5*

11th Gareth 23:09, 11/1

12th Mark J 25:09, 70/5

13th Caz 29:14, 39/4

14th Adam 22:15, 25/2

15th Emma 22:19, 15/1

16th Ruari 25:21, 48/5*

17th Tony W 19:21, 37/5*

18th Caroline J 26:45, 34/2

19th Vic 21:31, 63/4

20th Ian 25:42, 74/4

21st Chris 27:04, 63/3

22nd Bob 27:07, 73/5*

23rd Ruth 32:34, 82/5

24th Duncan 25:34, 72/3

Clearly this is the closest series ever! With one race to go and so many people having 5 races already (and so can drop a worst position) and nobody with a big lead, it will be down to a genuinely good run by someone to determine the winner.

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