Weekly report 13/09/2021

Another busy week of racing started with six Denbigh Harriers running the Bespoke Ruthin 5K on Wednesday 8 September. All had very strong runs with great results. First in was Shaun Hughes finishing 5th overall and just missing out on a 3rd SM spot in 17:29. Phillips Hayes was next in finishing in 22:13 (3rd V40), followed closely by Simon Nixon in 22:34 (3rd V60) and Abdul Pasha in 22:51. Jeffrey Jones was very pleased with his result finishing in 27:02 and taking the 1st V70 prize, followed by Ron Birch in 44:47 also taking a well deserved 1st V80 position!

On Thursday 9 September Denbigh Harriers Paul Goffey and Hayley Parkes took a trip across the border to Derbyshire for the annual PSUK 10 mile road race. This is a race organised by Derbyshire Constabulary and held at the beautiful Carsington Water, Ashbourne. An ‘undulating’ 10 miles around the Carsington Waters reservoir saw Paul get round in 1:20.28 and Hayley getting round in 1:30.31, great runs from both.

Though getting to the start of the King John’s Fell race turned out to be a challenge due to the “road closed” sign into the village, six Harriers did make the start line in time on a humid but blessedly sunless day. This race is 5miles with about 1100’ of climb up towards Moel Llanfair and up Moel y Plas. It was a slightly speedy start along a lane before hitting the fields and the first long drag uphill. As with many fell races the race then headed downhill before climbing Moel y Plas and heading back to the ruins of King John’s Castle to the very steep uphill finish. Chris Baldwin making a rare appearance in a fell race did very well to finish in 20th in 60.01. Melina Morris decided she liked Moel y Plas so much that she looped around it twice, finishing in 17th in 54.35. Menai Baugh got her fourth PB in 4 weeks finishing in 15th in 53.45 and was 1st F60. Lee Evans in her first fell race was 1st F45 one place ahead of Menai in 52.17. Aron Evans who was doing his second fell race probably set off a bit fast but stuck to it to finish in 10th in 47.28. David Baugh was 8th with a PB in 45.30 and 1st M60. Lovely chip butty for all finishers in the pub at the end. A great race and highly recommended for next year.

Wanting to ‘dip their toes’ in Navigation, 5 Denbigh Harriers entered The Clwydian Ranger navigation race on Sunday 12 September. This was a navigation race starting at Plas Dolben farm, Llangynhafal, where a map showing 5 checkpoints on the Clwydian Hills were given out at the start line with participants having to navigate the fastest route to all checkpoints in order. Tony Wood stormed the field finishing in 1st position in a time of 1:44:53. Taking a more cautious approach Mel Morris, Sioned Griffiths, Katy Baugh and Menai Baugh stuck together and finished 4th in 2:30:40 happy just to have found all checkpoints. A great morning in the hills in wet and misty conditions!

Parkrun results 11/09/2021
Nova Prestatyn
16 Elen Baugh 23:26
19 Katy Baugh 23:48
84 John Llewelyn Thomas 52:57

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