NORTH Wales Road Runners Club (NWRRC) member Martin Green won a prestigious trophy at the Conwy Sports Awards, held in Llandudno on November 24.

Martin was selected as the senior sportsman of the year at the ceremony, following another superb season of extraordinary racing results.

And on Sunday morning (November 26), Martin’s wife, Carla Green collected some additional family silverware after becoming the silver female athlete at the Running GP Oulton Park 10k.

With a stunning performance in 23rd place overall, she won her FV50 age category in just 44 minutes and one second around this motor racing circuit.

Meanwhile, Llyr Ap Geraint-Roberts, collected a welcome but surprise gold medal after winning his respective age cat at the Cardiff half-marathon.

Great support for two charity events

Charity organiser, promoter and popular NWRRC official John Hattton, who has been involved with the organisation of two major fundraising events for deserving causes, confirmed this week that £4,500 was raised on Sunday at the Mental Elf 5k fun run.

John added that a further £14,000 was raised at the Conwy Dark Run in October for Ty Gobaith, which utilised the Conwy parkrun course from the RSPB centre.

John praised the generous public support for both events, and from numerous volunteers and marshals.

Will Williams on top form at the latest cross-country fixture at Shrewsbury

Three members of NWRRC travelled to the PGL Centre at Baschurch, near Shrewsbury, last Saturday afternoon, to take part in the latest highly successful cross-country fixture within the North Wales XC League.

Will Williams celebrated a podium result after claiming the second spot in his respective MV50 age category following a determined run in the Senior Men’s race, finishing 49th out of 177 quality club entrants in a very respectable time of 30 minutes and four seconds.

Cheryl Frost and Kay Hatton competed in the senior women’s event, which also attracted 158 top club athletes, with Cheryl 78th in 25.21, and fourth in her FV55 age cat, whilst Kay was 88th in 25.43, and she too finished fourth in her FV60 cat.

Cold and crisp at Conwy parkrun as athletes record some fast times

It was a very cold and crisp at Conwy parkrun last Saturday morning (November 25), where 14 NWRRC members took part in this popular event.

The NWRRC team packed well and collected four senior age category wins, one junior victory, plus four second places, and they also recorded a major PB time over this challenging 5k course, which again attracted some quality club and visiting social runners.

Josh Keogh returned to parkrun with a superb performance in fourth place, and he was second in his SM30 age cat in just 18 minutes and three seconds.

He was followed by Jamie Tharme, who shook off a recent nagging injury to finish in 22nd place overall in 22.07, with Richard Scamans - another athlete returning to form - finishing 38th in 23.49.

Daniel Hennell enjoyed a good outing in 40th place in 23.52 and he ran much of the course with his friend Sarah Jones, who keeps improving each time, to record another major new PB in 41st place of 23.57, and she also won her SW30 age cat.

Master veteran Don Hale also ran well and won his VM70 age cat after finishing 64th in 25.22, and Karen Butler was the additional and deserved winner of her VW65 age cat in 73rd place in 25.52, and led home a pack of five club runners, who quite remarkably, all finished in consecutive places, and within a few seconds of each other.

This included veteran Rob Fryer 74th in 25.58, and he was second in his VM65 age cat, with master veteran Barrie Wells 75th in 26.04, and he was second in his VM70 cat.

Hannah Griffith then made a rare parkrun appearance in 76th place, and she too won her VW50 age cat in 26.07, whilst Ceri Jones completed the pack, finishing 2nd in her VW40 cat, and in 77th place overall in 26.23.

Gethin Wyn Jones continued with his comeback efforts and ran for much of the course with colleague Steve Mason, with Gethin eventually settling for 81st place in 26.51, with Steve just one place and one second behind.

It was also good to note that Gwennan Charlton’s top form has continued, and she was just a few seconds away from collecting a new PB after running with her young son Edward, who finished 111th overall in 28.46, and won his JM11-14 age cat, with Gwennan only one second and one place adrift.