2023 Race Report

It was a pleasure to take on the organisation and delivery of the 31st annual Nick Beer Memorial 10K, and what a beautiful day it was for the race!

Following a challenging out and back course from Llandudno promenade and around the Great Orme, via West Shore, over 550 runners from all over the UK were welcomed back to this extraordinary race, in memory of the late North Wales Road Runners Club athlete Nick Beer.

The overall event was won by James Yarwood (Abergele Harriers) in 33 minutes 52 seconds. It was a tightly fought race, seeing James finish just 7 seconds ahead of Benjamin Makin (Blackburn Harriers & AC) and 36 seconds ahead of third place finisher Andrew Bromley from Rhyl, who finished in 33:59 and 34:28 respectively.

The women’s race was dominated by Eleesha Charnley (Cybi Striders) who lead the field throughout, finishing 3 minutes & 17 seconds ahead of the closely fought second and third place runners. Second place was taken by Amie Bagnall (Cheshire Dragons) in 39:48, followed just 9 seconds later by Rachel Shipley (Abergele Harriers) in 39:57.

The Age Group winners were spread across a number of local and national club members, with the winners of each category below:

Vets 40-44

  • Female: Aime Hannnant - 42:11
  • Male: Grant Little (GOG Triathlon) - 38:05

Vets 45-49

  • Female: Margot Saher - 46:09
  • Male: Nic Brook (Eryri Harriers) - 36:51

Vets 50-54

  • Female: Amanda Bailey - 46:03
  • Male: Carl Shawcross (Medway Tri) - 38:02

Vets 55-59

  • Female: Carol Astbury (Uttoxeter Road Runners) - 53:39
  • Male: Anthony Davies (Eryri Harriers) - 43:30

Vets 60-64

  • Female: Wendi Evans (Eryri Harriers) - 49:39
  • Male: Steven Gardner (NWRRC) - 41:04

Vets 65-69

  • Female: Vivienne Edwards - 1:07:53
  • Male: David Lancaster (City of York AC) - 43:09

Vets 70+

  • Female: Liz Evans - 55:31
  • Male: Stephen O'Neill - 54:17


Before the 10k Race, the St David's Hospice 1KM Fun Run saw an excellent turnout for an out-and back course to the Cenotaph and back across the race finish line. This is an excellent fund-raising community event organised by the hospice, it was great to see so many people taking part, both young & old alike.

Previous race director John Hatton was pleased with how the event was run by Always Aim High Events, commenting that 'the team had done the race proud'. It's an honour to be able to help a race with such an important history continue, and Always Aim High Events would like to thank North Wales Road Runners for their marshalling support on the day, race commentator and MC Ian Turner for the event coverage and of course thanks to all our local sponsors – Tesco, Premier Toyota, Tom Owen and Sons, MKM Builders Merchants, North Wales Scaffolding & Venue Cymru.

With such good weather for the event, there are a host of excellent event photos available from official photographers Mel Parry Images available via their online gallery.