Abergele Harriers – Keep on Running!
On Sunday 5 November 2017, the Radio Glan Clwyd team were on duty on Pensarn Promenade to oversee the ‘Abergele 5’ run organised by the Abergele Harriers. A total of 211 runners had registered to take part in the race, but it is thought that largely due to the unfavourable weather conditions, some of the entrants decided not to compete, and approximately 183 runners crossed the start (and finish!) line.
In previous years, the ‘Abergele 5’ event started at the leisure centre and ended in the field adjacent to the Kinmel Manor on St George’s Road. This year, a new course was introduced; a five mile route which started and ended at the same place on Pensarn Promenade.
Left: First Responders on stand by as the race is about to begin.
Presenter Tony Mannix hosted the build up to the race, providing information to the competitors and their supporters about the club and the route, whilst presenter Andy Hayes was at the finish line, announcing the names and numbers of finishing competitors. Presenter Glyn Evans was in charge of the music, whilst member Ceri Jones was our photographer and takes credit for some of the images on this page with others provided by SJ Photography.
Above left, race stewards dance to the music whilst awaiting the first runners to pass the finish line, and right, Radio Glan Clwyd presenters Andy and Tony.
Congratulations to all of the competitors. Runner Gareth Williams of Deestriders RC was the first male finisher, completing the course in 25.59, followed by Prestatyn RC’s Stephen Skates (26.37) and Chris Williams of Vale Royal AC (26.51). Carol Parsons of Ellesmere Port RC was the first female finisher in 30.50, followed by Emma Crowe of Wrexham AC in 31.07 and Amie Bagnall of Prestatyn RC in 31.29.
Many thanks to all of the stewards and volunteers who were on duty on Sunday morning, and to Race Director Sean McCormack.
Runners await the starting claxon for the 5 mile race from Pensarn Promenade. The blue sky disguises the fact that it was cold and very windy!
The Abergele Harriers are a friendly running club of about 60 members, who range in age from 18 upwards. They welcome runners of all ages, abilities and speeds! For more information, visit their website at www.abergeleharriers.co.uk or find them on Facebook.