Weekend Roundup May 6th – 7th
Another very busy weekend of racing for club members with races both close to home and further afield.
Organised by the excellent Rogue Runs, the very scenic Bluebell Blunder deep in the WyeValley is a 10K trail race with almost 1,000ft of ascent. Sam Jones had a stunning run finishing 2nd position in a time of 45:41 and Rhi Griffin, Helen Williams and Sian Jones got 3rd ladies team!
Sorbrook 10K Hilly Race
Nicola Jukes attacked the tough Sorbrook 10K Hilly Race and brought home the 1st Lady trophy for the Green Army. Also running the hot and hilly race was Dai Smout.
Lady Windsor 5 Mile
Rather than a medal or trophy, the top 5 men and women received their own cake. A much better, and tastier prize.
The Great Welsh Marathon
The Great Welsh Marathon took place on Sunday and started and finished in Llanelli. Michael Cope was representing the club and came 9th with a cracking time of 03:12:36.
White Star Running Ox Races
Sam Standerwick spent the weekend in Wiltshire running a trio of events in the WSR Ox Races including 7.6 miles in the Ox 12hr Race, the Dark Ox 10K trail night race and the 10K Light Ox. She amassed a pretty big haul of chunky medals whilst introducing her dog Bronwen to canicross.
A 23.5-mile trail/fell race in west Wales, the Preseli Beast is a very well organised and popular race starting and finishing in the Pembrokeshire village of Maenclochog. Club member Robert Gale undertook the challenge of Taming the Beast but what a challenge it was. With over 4,300ft of ascent of the 23.5 miles (Snowdon is 3,560ft), at times you were walking more than running. At least there was cake at the end!
Steam Bunny Stomp
Organised by Pontypool Runners, the Steam Bunny Stomp is a tough 7 mile trail/fell race and our own Julie Cashell (running for Mynydd Du) was first FV40 and 3rd lady overall. Also running the tough race under Mynydd Du was Terry Vaughan and Dai Smout.
Mia’s Walk and Run
Katherine Collins, James Williams, Laura Hire, Alex Thomas plus some First Striders supported Mia’s Walk and Run 5K Run/Walk in Merthyr on Sunday. Katherine was 1st Lady and 4th overall and James was 5th overall.
The Week Ahead
This week is the start of the Rose Inn 4 Miles Race Series which is a fast and flat 4 mile road race that takes place between May and August. Organised by Chepstow Harriers, quite a few members of the club will be attending.
The series will be a good opportunity to get some speed work in under race conditions and this year is the first that time that the race will be chip timed.
If you’re interested in the event, you can enter on the day.