Posted: 19.02.21 at 15:05 by The Editor
Four members of North Wales Road Running Club won age-related podium placings during last weekend’s Welsh Athletics virtual five-mile-relay challenge.
With almost nine-hundred entrants competing, including twenty-six teams of eight runners, the NWRRC team finished 15th overall.
The top four male and female finishers from each club counted towards team scores.
Due to strict Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing regulations and recent freezing temperatures, the event was staged as a time-trial over four days. All athletes have to complete their runs individually and on their own preferred courses.
This prestigious event attracted some superb performances and some very close finishes between club rivals. Sixteen seconds separated Richard Eccles and Troy Kettle and just two seconds between Stuart Culverhouse and Steve Bozier, the latter runner being only 22 seconds ahead of Richard Scamans.
In the Ladies’ race, Kay Hatton finished 16 seconds ahead of Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones, whilst Hannah Griffith and Helen Hannam battled for a 7 second difference. Twenty-three seconds separated over 65s-category veterans Kevin Slattery and Don Hale, and Charlotte later pipped Kevin by just one second.
Jonathan Kettle was the first club runner home again in the five-mile challenge in 19th place following an excellent run in 28 mins 34 seconds and was 4th in his over 45 age-category.
The four podium placings went to Richard Eccles who finished in 31.06 and 68th overall as 2nd in the men’s over 50s category. Teenager Troy Kettle was hot on the heels of his father Jonathan in 31.22 in 73rd place and 3rd in the under 20 category with Lesley Goodson 2nd in the women’s over 55 category and 233rd overall in 36.21. Kevin Slattery finished 3rd in the men’s over 65 veterans and 335th overall in 39.19.
The male team scorers were Jonathan Kettle, Richard Eccles, Troy Kettle and Stuart Culverhouse with Lesley Goodson, Kay Hatton, Charlotte-Rose Wilton-Jones and Hannah Griffith representing the ladies.