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Chance of PBs in new Rhyl 10-mile; Race on same course as summer RunFest.

RHYL 10-MILE ROAD RACE RUNNERS will descend on Rhyl this weekend for a new race which will be a prelude to an even bigger event in the summer.

On Sunday, the likes of Deeside's Steve Boyton and Deestriders' Jay Jennions will be among those battling for honours in the inaugural Rhyl 10-mile road race.

Then on Sunday, June 29, the resort will host RunFest Wales, a festival of running which will comprise four races at four different distances - 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon - with the shorter race incorporating the Welsh Championships. This Sunday's race will take the same route as the RunFest 10-miler - a flat course which offers the promise of personal bests.

More than 600 have already entered the race, which starts at noon.

Entries are still open, but among the top runners from the region who have entered are Deeside's Steve Boyton, who currently leads the Borders League standings, regional road-running squad member Andy Edwards of Deestriders, and Chester Tri club's Christian Prior, who will know the route well as he hails from Prestatyn.

They will face tough competition, as the race has attracted entries not only from across the region but also from areas such as Liverpool and Manchester.

Some of the top names entered for the women's race include Deestriders' Jay Jennions, who is currently third in the Borders League, Cybi Striders' Tracey Llewellyn and Bangor University's Beckie Taylor.

Both the Rhyl 10-mile race and RunFest Wales are organised by Run Wales, who also host the Snowdonia Half Marathon (April 6), based in Llanrwst, and the North Wales Half Marathon (August 3) in Conwy, among others throughout the year.

Race director Chris Yorke says: "The race on Sunday starts from the events arena and Entries for the Rhyl 10-Mile Race are open online at runwales.com until 5pm tonight. There will be some entries on the day subject to availability.

follows the promenade to the blue bridge.

"It then goes into the marina then over the new bridge and back along the promenade to just past the Nova in Prestatyn. There's a turning point there and it's about three and a half miles back to the finish. It's as flat as it can be, so it's a good chance for a PB."

He adds: "We've got the Snowdonia Half Marathon in about six weeks' time, and that's going to be twice as hard as it was last year because I've put an extra hill in it.

"The North Wales Half Marathon has got a hill, although we had some fast times in that, but the Bangor 10k (October 18) is pretty much flat, so we've got a mixture of races."

Yorke is also hoping to bring cani-cross - competitors running with their dogs - to North Wales in October for the Bangor 10k.
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Date:Feb 21, 2014
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