Dozens of North Wales runners of all ages and abilities took part in a special 24-hour ‘Run for Ukraine’ track fundraiser, organized by Cybi Striders, on April 9-10.
Held at the 400m athletics track at Treborth, near Bangor, organizers of the event invited everyone to participate, with participants being asked to run as many or as few laps as possible for a donation.
It was part of a unique challenge, which started at 9 a.m. on Saturday April 9 and continued until the same time on Sunday.
A club official confirmed: “We are a small running club based in Anglesey who, like so many others, have been appalled to see the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine unfold.
“This 24-hour race is our way of showing our support and raising much-needed funds for the people of Ukraine.”
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Kay Hatton and Cheryl Frost of the North Wales Road Runners Club ran together for about 30 minutes and covered nearly four miles around the track, accomplishing their task in impressive fashion minutes after completing the Conwy parkrun.
Kay said, “It was a really fun event hosted by Cybi.
“They had chipped batons to count the number of laps each person did, so that a total distance could be recorded. They also recorded the total amount collected.
“Anyone could show up for their half-hour slot and start at any time. There were runners and walkers, young and old!
“Kev, the organizer was there for the 24 hours and hoped to run 20 minutes every hour.”
Club colleague Helen Hannam also helped with the call, but opted to virtually run her leg from Rhos-on-Sea to Colwyn Bay.
Helen ran just over three miles in her half hour; an impressive effort, especially considering it was less than a week after running the Manchester Marathon.
Nic Brook and partner Gemma Brown also ran the Treborth track, with Nic logging 7.71km in 29.48 and Gemma 7.66km in 31.13.
Donations can still be made on a JustGiving page, which has currently raised nearly £3,000, by clicking here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cybi-striders.
Harry Driscoll the first Road Runner at Conwy’s Parkrun home
Elsewhere, North Wales runner Harry Driscoll was the club’s first runner to return to Conwy parkrun last Saturday morning, as he led home a strong squad of 14 seniors and two juniors among a holiday crowd of some 200 finishers.
The talented team of varying ages and abilities also had six age class wins and five second place finishes in addition to several personal bests.
Harry finished fifth overall and won his SM20-24 age class in just 20 minutes and six seconds, and was nearly two minutes clear of nearest rival veteran Sean Butler, who also won his MV60-64 class in 21.56 and finished 18th overall.
Jamie Tharme battled a lack of sleep due to work commitments but still enjoyed a dream race to finish 22nd and second in his MV40-44 class in 22.13.
He was just six seconds ahead of his equally troubled teammate Gethin Wyn Jones, who finished 24th in 22.19.
Jamie later admitted, “A tired parkrun today after a 15 hour shift and a bad night’s sleep.”
Gethin added that he was running “slow and steady after feeling like shit all week”.
On form, Cheryl Frost was also back to parkrun and put in another positive performance in 34th place overall, winning her VW55-59 age class in 22.51.
His racing partner Kay Hatton also raced well to finish in 40th place in 23.26 and finished second in the same class as Cheryl.
Newcomers Juana Hunter and Karen Butler made their mark; Juana won her SW30-34 age class in 26.12 in 85th place, while Karen Butler also won her VW60-64 class, and was just five seconds off 87th in 26.17 .
David Spofforth raced again with his son Ben and helped the youngster achieve his fourth consecutive personal best in parkrun, this time knocking out more than a minute from last week’s excellent result, to finish 90th overall and second in his JM10 age category, sharing the same time. from 26.37 with his father Dave.
Veteran Don Hale was still plagued by injuries, so he held his own on his 140th parkrun and finished 95th and second in his MV65-69 class in 26.59.
Fellow master vet Mike Hayton finished 102nd and 2nd in his MV70-74 class in 27.45, with Rachel Morris continuing her marathon training, and included parkrun as part of her preparation, finishing 147th overall in 31, 33.
Ian Turner made a welcome and emotional comeback to finish 173rd in 33.52, while youngster Elowen Spofforth and her mother Nicola celebrated their second family parkrun in Conwy, with both runners claiming new personal bests.
Elowen also won his JW10 class in 188th place and shared the time with his mother in 39.32.
A generous tribute was also paid at the Conwy parkrun on Saturday to the club’s late veteran, athlete Gilbert Gillan, 69, who had already completed 89 parkruns and 59 virtual runs but sadly lost his battle with cancer over the weekend. previous end.
Here is the list of provisional results from the Conwy parkrun: www.parkrun.org.uk/conwy/results/latestresults.
Krakow Parkrun for Leslie
Meanwhile, Lesley Goodson raced as an international tourist in the Krakow parkrun in Poland last Saturday among 95 finalists and took second place in her FV55-59 age category.
Lesley finished 44th overall and the eighth female athlete in 25.33.
Karl runs in the Aber Falls race
And Karl Morris took part in the Aber Falls (Aber Bach) drop race near Bangor last Tuesday night (April 5) in 36.11. The event included a challenging 4.8 mile course with 350 feet of elevation gain.
Fundraising for Snowdonia Search and Rescue
Gwennan Charlton also completed a regular eight-mile run around Llyn Trawsfynydd last Sunday in an hour and 27 minutes as part of a fundraising event for the South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team.
Easter Dash on the Ball
Next Saturday morning (April 16) also marks the welcome return of the Easter 5k Dash to Llandudno Promenade.
This popular event has not been staged since 2019 due to COVID-19 concerns, and huge crowds are expected for this year’s race to cheer on athletes from across the UK, while raising funds for local charities.
Steve’s Gambia kit call proves successful
Meanwhile, Steve Forysth’s appeal for all unwanted running shoes and gear has also proved a huge success, with the first batch of donations given to underprivileged young athletes last week.
The North Wales Road Runner also helped organize the delivery of several wagons and boxes of kits to the Gambia Police Sports Team, who have started urgent distribution to youngsters ready for a series of races in their country.
Steve was also able to send back several photos from different groups who were absolutely delighted to receive this kit from hundreds of North Wales supporters including racing clubs in Llandudno, Prestatyn, Deeside, Cheshire to name a few -one, as well as many individual donations, and the generous support of many parkrunners in the region.