Pipe Dream, Anglesey Half, Oulton Park & Paris

The GOGs were represented across the region over the weekend in various events.
On Saturday, the infamous ‘Pipe Dream’ fell race was held in Dolgarrog, the race is a five-mile route which heads out of the village and straight up the steps alongside the Dolgarrog Power Station cooling pipes with 1270ft of climbing in the first mile and 1700ft of climbing overall.
Jack Smith Keegin was the first GOG home finishing 10th overall in a time of 40.06. He was followed by Daragh Reynolds in 41.44, Tomas Aldous in 43.28 and Huw Parry in 56.59. Helen Macarthur was first GOG female to finish in 50.16 and third in her age category, she was followed by Amy O’Hare in 53.12 and Emma Huntley in 56.57.
On Sunday starting in challenging conditions on the Menai Suspension Bridge the club was represented by 10 runners in the Always Aim High Anglesey Half Marathon. First finisher for the GOGs in 31st place was Phil Lynes in 1.24.29. Lynes was followed by Simon Blain in 1.37.02, Paul Sander in 1.40.19, Richard Smith in 1.40.36, Gwyn Jones in 1.41.41, Gary Jones 1.45.21, Jason Breakey in 1.51.10 and Ryan Simpson in 2.31.36. Laurie Griffiths was first female GOG to finish in 1.49.14 followed by Geri Evans in 2.19.58. Simon Baldwin raced the 10k event finishing 9th in 48.43.
In just as testing weather over at Oulton Park in Cheshire the Extra Mile Events Spring Duathlon was taking place. Welsh Champions Simon Cole and Sion Kelly Williams were taking part in the standard distance race and finished in 1.46.14 and 2.02.41 respectively. Cole was 6th overall and picked up a prize for 3rd in his age category 35-39, while Kelly Williams was 75th overall and 2nd in his age category U19. In the sprint race making his duathlon debut Paul Algeri finished in 1.24.05 followed by Malcolm Harrison in 1.29.48.
Finally, further afield in Paris also taking on a half marathon with a truly international field of over 38,000 other runners were Michelle Lindfield, Cheryl Stewart, Megan New, Sharon Hughes, Celia Free, Sarah Hind and Sarah Massey (times not available when going to press).