TWO good friends from Dudley Kingswinford (DK) Running Club ran together at the Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday.

Vanessa Harris and Farrah Hunter-Coley lined up with over 3,000 other runners for the start of the race on the quayside in front of seven-hundred year old Conwy Castle.

The 13.1 mile route followed the course of the Conwy River towards Llandudno Pier then across the Great Orme taking in views of the Isle of Anglesey and Puffin Island.

Race organisers were determined to maintain the status of the North Wales event as being in the top five most scenic half marathons in the UK and warned competitors they would be disqualified if caught dropping litter, in particular plastic water bottles.

Closer to home, Helen Tromans had a very successful Kinver Edge Dirtrun, finishing the seven-mile course as the third fastest female and first in her age category.

Helen said: “The course was like a rollercoaster up the steps by the Rock Houses. I was tempted to stop after the first lap.”

Another tough and very muddy run was completed by Jacqui Elson-Whittaker and Tim Rowe: the Beckbury 9k trail run. Tim finished the off-road race around the villages of Beckbury and Badger just outside Telford in 54 minutes 20 seconds while Jacqui came third in her age category in 55 minutes 34 seconds.