Weekly Roundup, May 30th – June 3rd

  • June 3, 2017

Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival Photos

Photos were released this week from the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival that took place on May 21st, 2017. A number of club members attended and participated in the 10K and (almost) Half Marathon.

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Aztec West Fast 5K: Race 8

Stephen Mathers, Lauren Cooper and Danielle Phillips headed over to Bristol for the super-fast Aztec West Fast 5K. Danielle continued to chip her way at the sub-20 5K mark with a PB of 19:50. She is now consistently running beneath 20:00 and has plenty of room to go faster.

Lauren Cooper continued to record stunning times with a finishing time of 17:53.  Stephen Mathers also performed brilliantly with a new PB of 17:19.


Stephen Mathers0:17:19
Lauren Cooper0:17:53
Danielle Phillips0:19:50

Merthyr Mawr Lane 5K

Lee Aherne travelled to Bridgend for the annual Merthyr Mawr Lane 5K race. Lee performed superbly, despite having to attend a four hour course just before the race, coming in 6th place with a time of 16:28.


Lee Aherne0:16:30

Mid-Week Trail Run

Photo: Darren Swift

A great benefit of being part of an ever-increasing club is that there are plenty of weekly runs to join in addition to the regular training session. Clive Cooksey took a group of club members and First Strides on a 5 mile trail run around start of the Sirhowy Valley Walk and you can’t run on the trail without encountering a hill or two!


Photo: Adrian John Markey

Despite many club members not running or taking it easy due to Rack Raid, it was still a great week for PBs with 10 in total.

Richard Sheedy: 20:22
Darren Kippest: 20:44
Sian Price: 21:32
Neil Beynon: 21:34
Mike Williams: 22:37
Marcus Smith: 23:56
Nathan Harper: 25:53
Sian McGoldrick: 25:57
Alex Thomas: 28:05
Sue Gray: 29:13

New member Lynne Jones also celebrated her 50th parkrun.

Trail de Guerledàn 26K

Lauren Cooper was invited to represent Wales in the Trail de Guerledàn trail race in Brittany, France. It’s the first time in the club’s history that a senior member has represented Wales. The race takes place around Lake Guerledàn and Lauren lived up to her ‘Sooper’ moniker by finishing 1st female in 02:25:17! What an amazing debut!

It’s also worth noting that the top five in the event were British with 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th being Welsh!

Rack Raid

Look out for the dedicated Rack Raid post with results, photos, videos soon.

Two Races to Look Out For

Two races you need to add to your race calendar are the annual Iron Trail 5 and Cardiac 6 trail races which are both organised by our Head Coach, Milo.

Both off-road events start from the Lamb & Fox Pub in Pwll Du (NP4 9SS) with the courses taking in the Blorenge-Gilwern areas. The courses are held in aid of a very worthy cause and ALL proceeds go to the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre

2nd Annual Iron Trail 5: Thursday, 29th June @ 7:15PM – £7 entry (on the night)
4th Annual Cardiac 6 Mile Challenge: Thursday, 27th July – £8 entry (on the night)

Prizes for age categories and teams (3 to count). Both races off-road and suitable footwear is advisable.

This year the events have been arranged for the same dates as the next two Aquathons and offer an alternative to training up the park, affording other users the full freedom of the facilities.

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