THE field of 4,400-plus for Sunday’s (March 10) Chester 10k race included 10 members of Prestatyn Running Club, five of whom had completed parkruns the previous day.

Marc Jones, who was one of those five, was the club’s first finisher in 44.16, just two seconds outside his PB.

He finished in 343rd place overall and was followed by Craig Smith (686, chip time 47.22), Gethin Evans (742, 48.19), Darren Thompson (748, 47.34), Sian Beck (985, 50.08),  Ann Claire Jones (1,244, 50.19), Andy Carter (1,306, 52.26), Helen Alefounder (2,235, 56.56), Debbie Jones (2,529, 58.49), and Julie Evans (4,144, 74.58).


Prestatyn Running Club members complete weekend ‘double’

Joint captains Sophie Johnson and Mandy Cartwright had a double reason to celebrate on Saturday, their times in the Ruthin parkrun being not only PBs for the course but for any of their parkruns.

Ruthin placings: 6 Marc Jones 21.13, 22 Sophie Johnson 24.49, 30 Mandy Cartwright 26.15, 50 Nem James 29.55, 79 Steve Hatfield 39.21.

Nova: 1 Steve Stocker 19.48, 2 Jamie Betts 20.14, 47 Claudia Smith 30.04.

Conwy: 65 Ann Claire Jones 26.22, 102 Helen Alefounder 29.11.

Princes Park, Liverpool: 114 Steve Weedman 24.17, 219 Andy Clark 27.40, 404 Debbie Weedman 32.46.

Chester: 44 Darren Thompson 23.14.

Wepre: 19 Martin Cortvriend 25/40.

Henley Park, Oswestry: 11 Andrew Carter 26.31

Berkeley Green, Gloucester: 44 Paul Sanders 26.26.

Last week, Andrew Scott went off-road in the Delamere 10k trail race, and was satisfied with his time of 54.53.

On the same day, Linda Friar completed the St Helens 10k in 68.34.

Next Saturday (March 16), many of Britain’s top veteran athletes will be in action in Corwen when the Prestatyn club hosts the prestigious British Masters’ cross-country championships on the Rhug Estate.

It is the fourth time in succession for the club to be invited to organise the event on behalf of Welsh Masters.

There are two races, the first at 12pm for all women aged 35+ and men aged 65+, and the second at 1pm is for men aged 35-84.

Event organiser Gareth Hughes and chief marshal James Rogers would still like to hear from more club members prepared to help on the day.

The following day is the sixth and final race in this year’s Borders Road-Running League on a new course at Hoylake.

This year the prizegiving will take place after a relay competition in Birkenhead on April 7.