SATURDAY was a sad day for many runners in the Vale of Clwyd as it was the 35th and last Bodelwyddan Castle parkrun.

This was due to the grounds no longer being available for this free and volunteer-led run for all abilities.

Denbigh Harriers were there in numbers, with 22 running, while others were in attendance volunteering and supporting.

A record turnout was achieved, with some runners travelling huge distances to take part.

Joe Welch finished a superb third place, with Emma Collins coming in as the second woman and winning the age grade race by quite a margin.

The competition between club members enabled Peter Lester Owen, Helen Davies and John Llewelyn Thomas to achieve personal bests. There were age category wins for Elen Baugh, Mari Williams, Joe Welch, David Baugh, Mel Morris, Emma Collins and Menai Baugh.

Harriers' results: 3, Joseph Welch 19.15; 16, David Baugh 21.34; 31, Emma Collins 23.10; 36, Mathew Jones 23.29; 44, Melina Morris 24.08; 47, Tony Benton 24.13; 51, Mari Williams 24.24; 55, Elen Baugh 24.35; 57, Katy Baugh 24.42; 59, Victoria Whitehead 24.52; 84, Ruari Benton 26.02; 97, Ian Jones 26.26; 104, Menai Baugh 26.44; 105, Peter Lester-Owen 26.47; 165, Sarah Bayliss 30.02; 171, Helen Davies 30.38; 178, Julie Roberts 31.02; 208, Nicola Field 33.16; 242, John Llewelyn Thomas 35.52; 300, Diane Lloyd 41.50; 301, Mari Jones 41.54; 347 (volunteer tail-walker), Meirion Wyn Roberts 57.41.

There was one Denbigh Harrier at the Southport Half Marathon on Sunday.

It was billed as a flat and fast course, with hopes high for a good time.

However, there was a strong headwind to rival the RunFest the previous weekend.

Dawn Marshall was delighted to comfortably run every step and finish in 2-16:40.

Other Parkrun results:

Florence / Firenze: 8, Manfredi Toraldo 22.40.

Kingston: 245, Sian Pritchard 29.36.