A MAN from Llandudno Junction recorded an excellent time to win the Conwy Half Marathon last Sunday (November 19).

Morgan Kendall, 20, finished the 21.1km race (organised by Run Wales) in first place, recording a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 55 seconds.

A former pupil at Rydal Penrhos School, Morgan now studies at Durham University, and runs for Durham City Harriers & AC.

He also ran the Great North Run in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in September, finishing 76th out of 60,000 runners in 1:15:27.


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Morgan said: “It was absolutely brutal conditions out there, but absolutely amazing to get my first ever half marathon win at Conwy. I can't complain with that one!

“It was very much redemption from the Great North Run, in polar opposite conditions!”

When Morgan is home from university, where he is reading mathematics and statistics, he also volunteers and supports Conwy parkrun.

Morgan’s mother, Marion, added how pleased she was for her son.

She said: “I can’t express how proud I am of Morgan, and the resilience he has shown over the past few years.”

Rydal Penrhos also congratulated Morgan, saying: “At Rydal Penrhos, we are always proud to learn of the incredible achievements of our former pupils, who regularly delight and inspire our community.

“Morgan’s running journey began during his time at Rydal Penrhos, where he discovered a hobby that would evolve into a formidable athletic ability.

“Through consistent training and inherent speed, Morgan has become an accomplished long-distance runner, setting the stage for his recent victory.

“Rydal Penrhos would like to congratulate Morgan on this outstanding achievement, which, given the scale and quality of competition, ranks among the most notable sporting successes within our community in recent years.

“His journey is a testament to the values of dedication and commitment instilled at Rydal Penrhos, where Morgan joins the ranks of talented athletes and sportspeople who once honed their craft on our historic grounds.”