Weekly Roundup, May 22nd – 29th
It’s been another busy week of races for the Green Army with a mix of road, trail, fell and lake!
Over 45 club members attended Llanhennock for the second fixture in the GLCL Road Race Series on Tuesday. It was hot and it was hilly but most enjoyed the experience.
- Sam Lewis Jones – 3rd M1739 and 4th Overall
- Lauren Cooper – 1st F1734 & 2nd Female
- Rachel Burr-Lewis – 1st F4044
- Simon Lewis – 2nd M5054
- Damian Williams – 3rd M5054
- Stephen Williams – 2nd M55-59
- Neil Lloyd – 1st M60-64
- Phillip Miles – 1st M6569
- David Smout – 3rd M6569
- Jillian Matthews – 2nd F6064
- Margrett Monk – 2nd F6599
SSAFA 5K: Race 1
Four club members attended the first race of the SSAFA 5K series in Bute Park, Cardiff on Wednesday – Lauren Cooper, Lee Aherne, Rob King and Katharine Collins.
Lee Aherne finished in a stunning time of 16:17 which is the joint fastest time for a 50+ in the UK this year and is the first time in 2 years that he has achieved over 90% age grade.
Lauren Cooper smashed her PB by approximately 30 seconds crossing the line in 17:46. This came just three days after winning three medals in the Welsh Trail Running Festival and running the GLCL Llanhennock race the night before.
Rob King finished in 20:56 and Katharine Collins in 23:13.
Rhayader 5K: Race 2
Andrew Meadows travelled to Mid Wales for a stunning evening 5K race in Rhayader on Wednesday.
Mynydd Pen y Fal Race
Sam Standerwick and Terry Vaughan tackled the tough Sugar Loaf race on Wednesday. With 980ft of ascent in 4.8 miles and warm conditions, it was a tough race.
Jubilee Relay Race
Parc Bryn Bach Aquathlon Series: Race 1
Organised by Newport and East Wales Triathlon (N.E.W.T.), Thursday saw the first in a series of four races throughout the summer. The race involves a 750m swim followed by a 5K run around the lake. It was attended by Cyril Williams, Mathew Ellis and Jonathon Astley.
Sam Lewis Jones, Sian Jones and Richard Sheehy participated in the Fountain 5 race in Parkend in the Forest of Dean on Thursday.
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Cwmdu Fell Race
Terry Vaughan attacked the Cwm Du fell race on Saturday afternoon but due to bad conditions he became disorientated at mile 8 and had to seek the assistance of a local farmer who kindly drove him to the next checkpoint. Luckily there was still one cake left for Terry at the finish line.
Andrew and Delphine Jones, Helen Williams and Julie Cashell travelled to Hereford for the Crocodile 8, a tough multi-terrain 8.8 mile race on road, grass and mud. Judging by the photos, it looks as though the dry weather meant less mud this year.
Gavin Patterson, Darren Kippest and Sara Wilkinson competed in the Treforest 10K. Gavin Patterson came 7th position and got an 11 second PB in the process.
Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
James Williams represented Parc Bryn Bach in the marathon and Karen Thomas participated in three other races earning herself an impressive haul of bling.
There were three long Sunday runs organised by Rachel Burr-Lewis, Mike Williams and Lee-Anne Taylor/Ruth Davies.
Rachel’s group went on a 12-ish mile bimble up the Domen. The heat must have made it a tough run but I’m sure the views from the summit made it worthwhile.
Mike Williams’ group went for a 13 mile run around Blaenavon.
Ruth Davies and Lee-Anne Taylor didn’t stray too far from PBB but still clocked up an impressive 9.6 miles.
Women’s Beginners Fell Running Course
Robert Gale was getting back into training for his next ultra (Race to the Stones) with a 22-mile run from Bradford on Avon to Bristol (via Bath). The route follows the Kennet and Avon canal to Bath then changes to the 16-mile disused railway path all the way into the centre of Bristol.