Weekly Report 21/02/2022

Twelve hardy junior Denbigh Harriers ran the third fixture of the North Wales Junior Cross Country League at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay on Saturday 19th February. The weather was the truly awful during the races with a mixture of sleet, rain and strong winds. Underfoot the conditions were atrocious on the surprisingly hilly terrain that made it hard going on courses of between 2.5k and 4k dependant on age. Full credit to all the 100 young athletes from across North Wales that took part in the competition. The Denbigh Harrier Under 15 boys were the first team on the day in a tight race against Colwyn Bay. There were some other great individual results in the different races with some of the Harriers racing against children almost two years older than them. Other clubs in the league have realised that Denbigh Harriers are an up and coming force to be reckoned with. The relatively new Denbigh Harrier Junior section trains twice a week lead by a team of Welsh Athletics qualified coaches.

Under 15 Boys
5th Ellis Jones 15-26
6th Arthur Jones 15-32
9th Ted Conry 15-54
13th Rafa Whitley 19-29
Ist U15 Boys Team
Under 15 Girls
13th Georgia Gratton 19-09
Under 13 Boys
10th Arran White 14-54
14th Josh Jones 19-47
Under 13 Girls
10th Flora Jones 11-27
14th Meri Roche 12-23
Under 11 Boys
5th Henry Jones 10-29

It was also a very wet and windy day for the Run Wales 5 and 10 mile race in Rhyl on Saturday. This race also hosted the North Wales 10 Miles regional championships. 4 Harriers ran with 2 Harriers bringing home a North Wales Championship medal – Lucy Lewis won the Second SW medal and Catherine Tudor Jones won First F40. Julie Roberts also had a strong run as part of her training for Cardiff Half Marathon. Final positions in the 10 mile were 45 Catherine Tudor Jones 1:10:50 3rd F40 overall and 1st F40 North Wales Championships; 161 Lucy Lewis 1:30:28 2nd SW North Wales Championship; 191 Julie Roberts 1:35:21. Simon Nixon, returing from injury, had a great run in the 5 mile race finishing 20th in a time of 37:27.

On another wet and windy day there was a good turnout of Denbigh Harriers at the Bespoke Fitness Ruthin 5k and 10k race on Sunday 20/02/2022. In the 5k race recent new member Gareth Jones had a storming run finishing 3rd overall and 1st M40 in 21:21. He was followed closely by Emma Collins who was 5th overall, 2nd Lady and 1st F50 in 22:20. Peter Lester-Owen ran a Personal Best finishing 7th overall and 1st M60 in 25:20 followed by Bob Neale in 10th and 1st M70 in 26:34; David Spencer 15th in 27:43; Angela Beedles 20th and 1st F60 in 29:37 and Ieuan Wynne Lewis 25th and 3rd M50 in 31:22.

In the 10k race Shaun Hughes showed his winning form, finishing 1st overall in a fantastic time of 36:27. Melina Morris also had a great run finishing 19th, 2nd Lady and 2nd F40 in 45:50. Lee Evans achieved a Personal Best finishing 30th and 3rd F40 in 49:06, with Lisa Dafydd 64th bringing the Harriers home in 01:00:38.

Parkrun results
31 Sioned Griffiths 23:56
39 Alys Griffiths 24:50 PB
139 John Llewelyn Thomas 46:52
58 Chris Baldwin 26:01

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