HUNDREDS of athletes turned out over the weekend to take part in the first Coast Half Marathon.

The event started from Porth Eirias, in Colwyn Bay, and finished at the Nova Centre, in Prestatyn.

The 670 runners took on 13.1 miles along the stunning coastal path and the own downside was the course ended up short.

Despite the very strong headwind throughout the course, a tenth of a mile does count.

Despite the distance, the race was a great success, with runners from across the UK turning up.

Thomas Heard (Oswestry Olympians) won the race in a time of one hour, 17 minutes and 38 seconds.

This was almost a minute clear of runner-up Jonathan Kettle (North Wales Running Club), while Scott Minshall (Trentham RC) finished third in 1-18.44.

The first female across the line was Bethan Durrell ( in 1-39.49.

Abergele Harriers had six runners in the race, with John Jones and Nick Foden both in London Marathon training crossing the line in 1-40.25 for 36th and 37th.

John won the V60 category.

Other Abergele Harriers results: 65, Danny Snelson 1-44.19; 80, Gwil Lloyd Jones 1-45.42; 95, Paul Quinton 1-48.36; 259, Ben Garnett 2-05.32.

Prestatyn Running Club had 23 members, many of them fairly recent recruits.

Steve Forsyth finished fifth overall and he was second in his age group.

Prestatyn RC results: 5, Steve Forsyth 1-20.52; 46, Des Davies 1-41.12; 47, Darren Thompson 1-41.09; 116, Wyn Roberts 1-51.47; 124, Andy Clark 1-52.01; 129, Jane Hughes 1-53.11; 136, Ally Reid 1-53.18; 178, Mike Pearson 1-57.37; 252, Helen Baxandall 2-04.36 (3rd L60); 266, Jen Johnston 2-06.27; 289, Martin Gill 2-08.00; 332, Helen Alefounder 2-13.52; 385, Emma Birchall 2-20.35; 388, Lesley Furneaux 2-20.20; 402, Debbie Jones 2-21.29; 433, Stuart Quayle 2-26.53; 447, Sandy Kelman 2-29.20; 470, Nem James 2-35.49; 477, Julie Evans 2-37.59; 483, Rhian Williams 2-39.07; 495, Suzanne Evans 2-44.06; 515, Amanda Hamlyn 2-53.07; 520, Deborah Cartwright 2-58.33.