SEVERAL North Wales Road Runners have had their 2022 Welsh performance rankings updated and can now claim many top placings, plus some Welsh records.

The Run Britain Rankings and Power of 10 websites, which both record race timings and performance details from thousands of club athletes competing in varied certified events across the country have updated the current Welsh rankings, and include new details for eleven North Wales Road Runners Club (NWRRC) athletes.

They confirm that two top female club runners Cheryl Frost (22.36) and Kay Hatton (23.03) are ranked third and fourth in their respective FV55 age category following performances at the Easter 5k Dash, and Carla Green is ranked second in her FV50 group in 21.12 from the same event.

Martin Green (16.35), is ranked as second in his MV45 category, and Will Williams is now ranked ninth in the same group (18.37), with Mark Jessett (16.48) first in MV35.

Steve Roberts (20.48) is fifth in his MV55 category, and following the recent Mid Cheshire Spring 5k race, Richard Eccles (17.25) is ranked second in MV55, with Jon Evans (20.02) now fourth in the same group.

Many of these records also included great new personal bests.


Road running duo claim superb new personal bests at Mid Cheshire 5k

The sites have additionally updated their Indoor Track and Field Rankings to indicate that NWRRC master veteran sprinters Don Hale (M65) and Michael (Pat) Finney (M60) are now Welsh record holders for their respective ages at 600m (2.11.38) and (2.24.96).

This result at Sportcity, Manchester, has also maintained both runners' rankings as number one in Wales at this unusual distance.

Welsh Masters have also confirmed that Don is ranked second in his MV65 age category for the 60m (11.15 secs), and second in the 200m (36.55).

The 60m race was held at Deeside on February 20, with the other two races held at Sportcity on March 5, with personal bests recorded in all three events as part of North Wales Indoor Championship events.

And the latter 600m dash time was confirmed as a new Welsh Masters record this week by WM director Chris Pruski, who told Don: “Records set anywhere in the world are considered as WMAL records, and as for the 600m, whilst not a usual distance, we do include 300m, so a precedent is set, so I will be including your 600m record.”

And club colleague Michael (Pat) Finnie, who also recorded three new indoor track and field personal ests, was delighted to learn that he is currently ranked number one in Wales in MV60 following his three excellent indoor performances at Sport City in March for the 200m (37.41), 600m (2.24.96), and is third for his category in Wales for the 60m (11.35).

Five Road Runners in top 10 at Conwy parkrun

Conwy parkrunners enjoyed a good run in the sun last Saturday where five Road Runners finished within the top 10, and seven members claimed age category wins.

Steve Forsyth marked his return from Gambia with another positive run to finish in second place overall in 17 minutes, 39 seconds and won his MV40-44 age category.

But he was unable to catch the runaway leader Hamish Morton (Cambridge & Coleridge AC), who celebrated a new personal best in 17.27 and won his SM25-29 age category.

Meanwhile, Colwyn Bay youngster Alfie Shirland claimed the third spot and won his JM11-14 age category in 17.50.

Martin Green finished fourth overall and he was first in MV45-49 in 18.11, with Steve Mason just two seconds off his previous best in fifth spot, and second in the same group as Martin in 18.50.

Harry Driscoll won his SM20-24 age category in sixth place in 19.37, and Carla Green seemed back to her best form as the first female finisher in 21.04, and also won her VW50-54 age category.

Gethin Wyn Jones was 12th overall and won MV35-39 in 21.31, with Steve Roberts 15th and first in MV 55-59 in 21.45.

Will Williams and Jamie Tharme trotted around the 5k course together and finished easily in 24th and 25th places respectively in 22.44, with Jamie third in MV40-44.

Dave Spofforth ran with his son Ben, and the junior runner finished 81st overall, and won his JM11-14 age cat in 38.18, with Dave just two seconds adrift.

Dave’s daughter Elowen also enjoyed another good run, and she was third in her JW10 cat and 161st overall in 38.18, with mum Nicola just behind her.

Llyn Brenig Trail 10k: Steve Forsyth and Will Williams claimed the first and second places at the Two Lakes Trail 10k at Llyn Brenig last Sunday (May 8).

The course was said to be about seven miles, and NWRRC colleague Jamie Tharme also ran well, although admitted he was struggling following his previous week’s gruelling ultra-effort.

He later claimed it was “too much, too soon,” and said his legs weren’t ready, and that it was a struggle from 3k.

Barcelona marathon: Mark Jessett enjoyed his own run in the sun at the weekend with a great performance in the Barcelona marathon and just dipped under the three-hour mark in 2.53.

Brynkinalt 20k Trail Race: Kelly-Marie Alford and Cai Roberts ran together in a 20k trail race at Brynkinalt Hall, near Chirk, last Sunday, and completed the challenging course in two hours and 12 minutes.

Bolberry Downs: Ben Hudson finished in fifth place overall at the Bolberry Downs parkrun last Saturday but won his MV 40-44 age category in 21.17.

Newborough Forest: Stuart Culverhouse and his son Joe ran at the Newborough parkrun last weekend, and both won their respective age categories.

Stuart was first overall and first MV50-54 category winner in 20.42, with Joe overcoming a slight navigational problem to win JM11-14 in 25.42.

Doddington Hall: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts was fourth overall and second in MV45-49 in 17.41 at the Doddington Hall parkrun.

This is the link to the provisional Conwy parkrun results: