SUMMER is here for local athletes... and the sun proved to be a rarity last week.

In the Denbigh Harriers monthly summer handicap race last week, numbers were a little depleted, possibly due to the torrential rain.

Despite this, a total of 24 Harriers ventured out in the rain to run on the three-mile course over soggy fields around Denbigh.

The first three runners to finish were: 1, Roger Snaith; 2, Diane Roberts; 3, Tony Wood.

On Wednesday, Tony Wood raced in a fell race that is called 'The Beast'!

This is actually a 4.5-mile race in Maeshafn, near Llanferres, that climbs 1,200 feet, mostly in the first mile.

Tony ran the race and he finished strongly in 40.34, improving on his previous best for this event.

Just two Harriers were at the first race of the Deestriders off-road series.

Duncan Jones and Dawn Marshall pulled on their green vests for this mixed terrain race.

Competitors were faced with couple of laps of the cricket pitch followed by a couple of cross-country laps, before finishing with a reverse lap of the cricket pitch.

This race has everything - long grass, narrow overtaking places and although there isn't much climbing, there is a lovely steep bank to get up - twice!

There were good runs for both Duncan Jones and Dawn Marshall in 35.40 and 45.40 respectively, although the official results aren't out yet.

Both found it slower underfoot than previously on this course.

Parkrun results

Kingston parkrun: 153, Sian Pritchard 26.06.

Conwy parkrun: 29, Emma Collins 22.17.