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Slavov and Walsh finish first

slavov1IT WAS blowing a gale in Plascrug Aberystwyth Parkrun’s 202nd event on Saturday (Jul 2), but 71 runners braved the elements and a few even managed PBs.

Congratulations to Peter Hinxman for completing his 100th parkrun, and thanks for all the fruit.

Congratulations too to Aberystwyth’s best ultra-distance trail runner, Ganch Slavov, who showed he could run just as well on a ‘short’ (for him!) tarmac route by being first finisher.

Balazs Pinter must have been trying to keep up with him, because he had his second PB in a row – knocking seven seconds off the previous week’s time under more difficult conditions.

One of the group’s best young female runners, Fay Walsh, was first lady to finish for the second time in a row – all that cross-country training and orienteering paying dividends on tarmac too.

The two buggy-pushers must have had a tough time in the windy conditions, but the children in them weren’t complaining – it was easy for them!

There were quite a few first-timers at this event, and the group hope that all new runners had an enjoyable time and will be back.

Male placings:

Gancho SLAVOV (VM40-44) of Aberystwyth AC, was first over the line in 17:15 – 10th time in 15 appearances.

Balazs PINTER (VM45-49) of Aberystwyth AC, was second over the line in 18:10 – has been first to finish on three previous occasions.

Euros EDWARDS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:00 – was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men’s annual points competition:

Mark LEWIS (Unattached) 3690 pts.

Balazs PINTER (Aberystwyth AC) 3644 pts.

Evan HOPKINS (Unattached) 3362 pts.

Female placings:

Fay Mari WALSH (SW18-19) of Aberystwyth AC, was first ( fifth overall) over the line in 20:36 – eighth time in 21 appearances.

Bethan GRUFFYDD (SW20- 24) (Unattached) was second ( ninth overall) over the line in 20:59 – was first to finish once before.

Maggie COLLINGBORN (VW50- 54) (Unattached) was third (12th overall) over the line in 21:24 – has been first to finish on 22 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women’s annual points competition:

Leo LEWIS (Unattached) 3500 pts.

Uta KOHL (Unattached) 3169 pts.

Karen DAVIES (Unattached) 3135 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Maggie COLLINGBORN (VW50- 54) was graded 80.30% for the time 21:24 (12th overall).

Balazs PINTER (VM45-49) was graded 79.27% for the time 18:10 (second overall).

Gancho SLAVOV (VM40-44) was graded 79.13% for the time 17:15 (first overall).

This week there were 71 runners, of whom nine were first timers and six recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of five different athletics clubs took part.

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