AFTER storms had led to the postponement of two recent races the Rhyl 10-mile race went ahead on Saturday – although there were many competitors who probably wished it hadn’t!

The strong wind meant that the alternative course away from the seafront was used, but there was still no escaping the tough headwind on the return from Prestatyn.

Ten members of Prestatyn Running Club joined the big field for the race, which incorporated the North Wales championships.

Not all their times were recorded, however.

Prestatyn RC placings: 7, Steve Forsyth 58.20 (3rd M40); 28, Matty Smith 65.08; 54, James Rogers 70.55; 61, Will Williams 71.35; 64, Darren Thompson 72.13; 74, Steve Weedman 74.04; 172, Amanda Williams 1-53.23; Others who ran were Gary Johnson, Alan Jones and Roger Harrison-Jones.

Three of the club’s juniors - Oliver Aspinwall, Thomas Edwards and Elis Edwards - ran in the fun-run which was held in conjunction with the 10-miler.

Conditions were much more favourable the following day for the Ruthin 5k and 10k.

Canyon Wilson had an excellent run to come second in the shorter race, winning the 20-29 class, while the club’s honorary member, 92-year-old Eddie Naisby, also made a return to racing.


5k: 2, Canyon Wilson 17.12; 14, Steve Brown 21.44; 19, Benjamin Harrison 23.03; 55, Emma Birchall 32.45 (2nd L50); 101, Eddie Naisby 43.05 (1st M90).

10k: 145, Stuart Quayle 60.31; 180, Eva Brewer 67.48.

Jenna Bagnall was the only club member taking part in a parkrun at the weekend.

In Conwy, she finished 45th in 24.43.

One of the outstanding juniors, Callum Fox-Byrne, travelled to Manchester for what was an extension of the North Wales indoor championships.

He clocked 8.04 in the 60 metres and had a best leap of 4.17m in the long-jump.

He also competed in the 200m, but his time has not been confirmed.

Last week, John Simpson braved the elements in the Conwy mountain race, the first in this year’s North Wales series.

Although only five miles long, it involves 2,000 feet of ascents, and on a very slippery and, in parts, dangerous course, he finished in 65 minutes.

The club has once again applied to enter the Welsh Castles Relay on June 6-7 and Matty Smith is currently compiling a list of members interested in taking part.

This weekend (March 1) is the closing date for entries for the British Masters’ cross-country championships to be held at Rhug, Corwen, on March 14 and members who do not wish to run or are to young are asked to volunteer to help on the day.