RUNNERS sprinted down Llandudno’s promenade on Sunday in a five-mile relay race to raise donations for children’s cancer charities.
Some 26 runners took part in the one-off event in support of Rohan’s Run, named in memory of 17-year-old student Rohan Ingley, who was canceled in May due to lockdown restrictions.
The Abergele teen, a talented college student who excelled in sports, had expressed a desire to help other youths who entered similar battles and recommended the charities Cancer and Leukemia in Children and CLIC Sargent.
The race saw five teams of four runners completing 1.25 miles each, and a team of five “virtual” runners each running a mile.
The weather was a hit as a large number of supporters and sponsors attended the event, hosted by North Wales Road Runners Club members John Hatton and Carla Green, while Liz Driscoll kept the time.
The winning team was destined to be Team 1, who completed the five miles in 31 minutes and one second. In second place was Team 5 with 34.46, while Team 3 was third in 35 minutes flat.
Team 5 actually had the two fastest relay runners with Steve Bozier leading the results in the 1.25 mile race in 7 minutes 11 seconds, and teammate Stuart Culverhouse clocking in at 7.24 which was also the exact same time as rivals Chris Spillane and John Dalzell.
Teens Freddie Spillane and Mia Morris produced some great performances with Freddie recording 7.47 and Mia 8.39. Mia was also the fastest female runner of the day, with Sarah Ferguson Hudson claiming the fastest female time in the 6.49 virtual mile challenge.
Competition was also fierce in the M65 plus veteran portion of the relay. Kevin Slattery was the first man home in a very fast time of 8.10, with Don Hale and Peter Armstrong sharing the same finish time of 8.55.
New veteran Ian Turner and Gilbert Gillan also ran extremely well, with Ian finishing in 10.41 and Gilbert just four seconds adrift in 10.45.
Mike Hayton also celebrated a return to live action in 11 Minutes Dead. In addition, it was great to see the return of visually impaired runner Daniel Owens and his guide Carla Green, who both ran home at 9.27am.
Rohan’s family, including Mom and Dad Aradhana and Sanjay, attended the relay race and helped award prizes to the winning teams.
So far at least £1,000 has been raised for CLIC Sargent and Childhood Leukemia.