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Athletics: Ultra ace Pares hits top form.

Byline: By GARETH HUGHES

BUCKLEY ultra-runner John Pares turned in one of his best performances yet in the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k race in Cardiff.

The event, involving 31 laps of a two-mile loop within Bute Park, incorporated the UK championships and featured the top British long-distance exponents.

Pares was in good form, having won a 12-hour race in Crawley in March, in which he covered over 80 miles, but he did not allow himself to be carried away in the early stages.

Winning his third Welsh vest, he set off conservatively and was lapped by seven of the runners, but then his race plan began to pay off as he made up lost ground.

Pares tried to close the gap, but in the end he had to settle for sixth place, behind five Englishmen.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the age-scale, youngsters from Menai Track and Field Club are also making a name for themselves.

Last weekend the club hosted its first ever athletic meeting at the Treborth track in Bangor in Division 2 North West of the UK National Young Athletes League, and the youngsters turned in some tremendous performances against strong outfits such as Stockport and Leigh.

The coming week sees a host of fixtures and races for athletes of all disciplines. The busy programme starts tomorrow with the annual Cader Idris fell-race from Dolgellau. As well as the main 10-mile event there are junior races.

On Sunday is the Erddig Park multi-terrain race over 5-miles near Wrexham while the North Wales combined team competes in the second National Junior League fixture at Bebington.

On Bank Holiday Monday is the Mynydd Myfyr hill race at Trefonen, near Oswestry, the first event in the Pentarathon series made popular by the late Doug Morris.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 23, 2008
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