Category course records for Menai Baugh and Vic Belshaw as their fantastic form continues
Before jetting off on holiday, Menai, Elen and David Baugh had a perfect evening for the Great Orme Fell Race on Tuesday 22nd May with wonderful views and a large field of runners for this evening midweek series. Menai successfully won the F60 category breaking the course category record that has stood for 6 years by 4 minutes in a time of 49.24. In front of her was Elen running her first fell Race of the year finishing strongly in 47.59. David held off his usual age group rivals to finish in 39.29.
Wednesday evening saw the Jubilee Relay race with 7 harriers turned out for this race on a very warm evening. In a 2 person race the 1st team member runs from the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal to the top of Moel Famau where the 2nd team member then takes the ‘baton’ and runs back down to the pub – team work and some fun. Shaun Hughes was the 1st harrier to the top with a fantastic run in 2nd position overall in 21.47. Next harrier to the top was Victoria Whitehead (1st lady) in 29.44 closely followed by Duncan Jones in 29.57. Shaun’s team mate Tony Wood descended very swiftly, in 14.57, to put them in 3rd place overall. Duncan’s team mate Tony Benton also in good form raced to the finish in 15.20 to put them in 12th position. Husband & wife team, Victoria and Jon finished in 18th out of a total of 38 teams. David Say and his team mate were fastest Vet 65 team. Duncan and Tony B won the unenviable prize of fastest team with combined age of 100+ years !
Duncan Jones raced again at the weekend as the only Denbigh Harrier at the Mynydd Myfyr Hill Run at Trefonen near Oswestry. The race managed to dodge a day of severe thunderstorms which seemed to affect the numbers running and certainly made for a very wet course on this scenic run over 4.5 miles with about 600 feet of ascent. Duncan came home first over 55 in a time of 28.52.
Parkrun produced some fantastic runs for the Harriers, none more so than at Wepre Park Run. Four Harriers turned out for the event making up a field of 192. This is one of the U.K.’s hilliest courses on forest paths. Sarah Bayliss was round in 52nd and 27:00 a new Personal Best, continually getting quicker on this course this season on her come back from injury. Emma Collins was 25th and 4th lady in 24:14, just 5 seconds outside her Personal Best and on the back of a heavy training week, Ceri Belshaw was 17th and 2nd lady in 23:24 a new Personal Best smashing her previous best time of 24:30 – what an exceptional run. Father Vic Belshaw was not to be outdown with 3rd in 20:49 a new Personal Best and new course record for the VM55 age category.
At other parkruns near home, Tony Benton ran 23:59 in his first race at Dolgellau. At Conwy, Mari Williams ran 27:12 – her first time at Parkrun, and Dawn Marshall finished in 30:12 as she comes back from injury. Also running and most disorganised person of the week goes, Rob Parry, who would have had a parkrun PB of roughly 26:15 at Conwy, but forgot his parkrun barcode! Many thanks go to Helen Davies, Andy Morris and Hywel Roberts for assisting with marshal and timekeeper duties at Conwy.
On holiday but still racing were David, Menai, Katy and Elen Baugh running in Greenpoint Parkrun, South Africa. The best performance being David, in 20:59. Best in Category was Katy, 8th lady over the line (and 107th overall) in a time of 23:27. Elen finished in 24:36, and Menai ran 27:03, still finishing 211th out of a very large field of 886 people.
Joe Brown Midweek Fell Series – Great Orme David Baugh 39:29, Elen Baugh 47:59, Menai Baugh 49:24 & new course record for VF60
Jubilee Relay Uphill leg: Shaun Hughes 2nd 21:47, Victoria Whitehead 1st lady 29:44, Duncan Jones 29:57 Downhill leg: Tony Wood 14:57, Tony Benton 15:20, Jon Whitehead 18:26 Overall Shaun Hughes & Tony Wood 3rd, Duncan Jones & Tony Benton 12th & fastest team with a combined age of over 100, Victoria & Jon Whitehead 18th, David Say & team mate 25th & 1st V65
Mynydd Myfyr Hill Run Duncan Jones 1st VM55 28:52
Parkrun Wepre Vic Belshaw 3rd PB & new course record for VM55 20:49, Ceri Belshaw 2nd lady PB 23:34, Emma Collins 4th lady 24:10, Sarah Bayliss PB 27:00 Dolgellau Tony Benton 23:59 Conwy Rob Parry 26:15, Mari Williams 27:12, Dawn Marshall 30:12 Greenpoint, South Africa Daivd Baugh 20:59, Katy Baugh 8th lady 23:37, Elen Baugh 24:36, Menai Baugh 27:03