Fine Performances at North Wales Cross Champs

Report by Gareth Hughes

IT was the exiles who stole the show at the Rhug Organics North Wales Cross-Country Championships at Corwen, which saw a series of fine performances.

Katie Parry (Leeds City), who has improved tremendously since finishing third last year, won the ladies’ race by a comfortable margin, while former Wrexham AC member James Mills (Cardiff), who was competing in the North Wales championships for the first time since he was a youngster, dominated the men’s race in much the same way.

Alun Vaughan (Eryri) tried to go with Mills on the opening lap but the tall track specialist was in complete control.

Nathan Jones (Colwyn Bay) gained some revenge over Gwynant Jones (Maldwyn) in the under-17 men’s race after the latter has got the better of him in most of their League encounters.

Among the younger athletes Welsh champion Cari Hughes (Menai) reigned supreme, looking in a class of her own in winning the under-13 girls’ event.

At the other end of the age-scale were Ray Billington (Wrexham), who won the M75 class after winning the senior men’s race in 1963 and 1967, and Roger Harrison-Jones (Prestatyn), senior champion exactly 50 years ago.

Results. Girls under 11: 1 H Roberts (Colwyn Bay) 5.57, 2 S Evans (Mald) 6.07, 3 S Paxton (Wrex) 6.10. Teams: Oswestry 21, Acton Park 38, Penmorfa 50. Girls under 13: 1 C Hughes (Menai) 9.03, 2 R Williams (Wrex) 9.41, 3 E Russell (Wrex) 9.45. Teams: Wrexham 11, Menai 27, Oswestry 28. Girls under 15: 1 A Cawthra (Mald) 12.40, 2 M Davies (Menai) 12.43, 3 L Davis (Dee) 13.39. Team: Maldwyn 11. Ladies under 17: 1 G Garner (CB) 16.02, 2 E Jones (Dee) 16.30, 3 J Arnull (Wrex) 18.43. Ladies under 20: 1 S Livett (Menai) 23.19, 2 A Bagnall (Prest) 30.05. Senior ladies: 1 K Parry (Leeds) 21.23, 2 M Kitching (Tattenhall, L40) 22.15, 3 I Redfern (CB, L35) 23.45, 4 A Rowlands (Eryri, L35) 23.53, 5 R Hetherington (Eden Runners, L35) 24.26, 6 C Rodham (Lancaster and Morecambe) 26.41. Teams: Eryri 28, Wrexham 65, Colwyn Bay 70, Prestatyn 100, Denbigh 122. Masters, L40: 2 J Heming (Eryri) 24.58, 3 L Morley (Wrex) 25.43. L45: 1 J Richards (Abergele) 25.59, 2 Y Hill (Osw) 26.45, 3 L Hampton-Jones (Wrex) 27.14. L50: 1 A Williams (Eryri) 25.28, 2 E Salisbury (Eryri) 26.36, 3 G Waring (Prest) 28.12. L55: 1 V Edwards (Menai) 33.34, 2 V Cortvriend (Denbigh) 42.31. L60: 1 C Birch (Abergele) 28.06, 2 M Docking (Wrex) 30.00. L70: B Jones (Bro Dys) 35.54. Teams: Eryri 14, Wrexham 29, Colwyn Bay 33, Prestatyn 59, Denbigh 72.

Boys under 11: 1 K Forrest (Menai) 9.27, 2 D Parry (Acton Park) 9.46, 3 M Jones (Menai) 9.52. Teams: Menai 9, Acton Park 17, Penmorfa 22. Boys under 13: 1 J Crutchley (Mald) 12.14, 2 M Roberts (CB) 12.18, 3 T Evans (Wrex) 12.25. Teams: Colwyn Bay 16, Maldwyn 20. Boys under 15: 1 I Hughes (Menai) 13.21, 2 T Henry (Dee) 14.12, 3 R James (Menai) 14.22. Team: Menai 9. Men under 17: 1 N Jones (CB) 20.10, 2 G Jones (Mald) 20.49, 3 M Blackwell (Dee) 21.08. Men under 20: 1 J Roberts (Wrex) 28.41, 2 W Sheridan (Dee) 30.54, 3 G Oliver (Dee) 33.11. Senior men: 1 J Mills (Cardiff) 36.23, 2 A Vaughan (Eryri) 37.31, 3 Ll Pierce (Eryri) 38.02, 4 M Rose (Buckley) 38.18, 5 D Weston (Wrex) 38.29, 6 G Norgrove (Wrecsam Tri, M40) 39.00. Teams: Eryri 75, Buckley 168, Denbigh 215, Prestatyn 235, Abergele 271. Masters, M40: 2 L Jones (Dee) 39.10, 3 S Roberts (Buck) 41.13. M45: 1 A Campbell (Wrecsam Tri) 42.43, 2 P Stinton (Buck) 49.16, 3 P Barraclough (Den) 53.08. M50: 1 R Jones (Mald) 43.10, 2 R Lee (Abergele) 44.55, 3 P Agnew (Den) 45.49. M50: 1 A Lewis (Eryri) 42.54, 2 H Jones (Mald) 43.33, 3 V Belshaw (Den) 45.36. M55: 1 G Jones (Shrews) 42.36, 2 SP Jones (Eryri) 44.05, 3 C Edgington (Meir) 44.56. Teams: Eryri 22, Buckley 44, Denbigh 57, Deeside 60, Prestatyn 67, Colwyn Bay 71, Abergele 80, Wrexham 93. M60: 1 D Roderick (Dee) 38.08, 2 J Smith (Meir) 41.19, 3 P Walker (Wrex) 43.02. M65: 1 P Roberts (Buck) 37.36, 2 A Egan (Wrex) 40.11, 3 J Morris (Buck) 41.06. Team: Buckley 12. M70: 1 Ronald Harrison-Jones (Prest) 28.17, 2 Roger Harrison-Jones (Prest) 29.37, 3 P Norman (Wrex) 32.39. M75: R Billington (Wrex) 40.44.

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