Weekly Roundup, June 19th – June 25th

  • June 23, 2017

Tuesday Trail Run

Despite the evening heat Kim Price organised an 8 mile trail run to the ‘Tump of Stones’ near Parc Bryn Bach. Remember to keep an eye out on Facebook for weekly runs being organised by club members.

SSAFA 5K Race Series 2017: Race 2

Lee Aherne, Lauren Cooper, James Thomas and Sam Jackson braved the heat for the second race in the SSAFA 5K Series. Thanks to Hayley Jackson for the photos.


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Lee Aherne0:16:36
Lauren Cooper0:18:19
James Thomas0:2?:??
Sam Jackson0:22:39

Midsummer Run

Richard Sheehy headed out on the longest day of the year to catch the sun setting. I’m sure it was worth running in the intense heat to get a shot like the one above.

Thursday Trail Run

A mix of club members and First Strides retraced the footsteps of the Tuesday Trail group with a similar route on Thursday. Led by Clive Cooksey, this is becoming a regular fixture in the weekly running calendar.


The latest C25K finished on Saturday with a huge number of the original 250+ starters completing their first 5K and parkrun.

We have put together a special C25K page featuring a profile on Sam Standerwick, a graduate of the C25K programme, memorable moments and feedback from runners that have completed the programme.

The Next C25K

If anyone asks you when the next C25K programme is, it’s on July 10th.

parkrun Roundup

Aside from the success of C25K there was more success at PBB parkrun and others. At PBB Lauren Cooper, Matthew Trinder, Sam Jackson, Darren Kippest, Sian Price and Beth Jones all got course PBs.

Rachel-Burr Lewis and Tony Lewis travelled to the Riverfront parkrun in Newport and both had 5K PBs. If you haven’t visited the Riverfront parkrun, it’s worth checking it out.

Margrett Monk and Lee Griffiths both joined the 100 club with their runs at PBB and Newport respectively.

Brecon Midnight Half Marathon

Michael Cope ran superbly on the brutal Brecon Midnight Half Marathon in a Mynydd Du vest crossing the line as 2nd male!

Swansea Half Marathon

The Green Army was out in force at the 4th annual JCP Swansea Half Marathon. The race is Wales’ biggest summer half marathon and one of the UK’s fastest growing races and voted one of the best half marathons in the country.

A total of 24 Green Vests ran the race with Jamie Parry finishing in 01:20:14 in his first half marathon! There also numerous other PBs including Gavin Patterson who beat his best time despite having to take a pit stop, Alex Thomas who knocked a whopping 22 minutes off her previous best and Suzie Tew who snook under the 01:55 barrier for the first time

Andrew Meadows beat his best time by 5 minutes, Ian Kent almost got sub 01:34 and James Thomas got a hangover-fuelled PB. Ruth Davies was so close to getting sub-02:00 for the first time.


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Here are the results from the race.

  • Results
    Jamie Parry01:20:14
    Gavin Patterson01:22:50
    Stephen Carter01:28:24
    Ian Kent01:34:01
    James Thomas01:37:38
    Ian Davies01:40:43
    Rob Bennett01:43:34
    Sam Jackson01:46:00
    Gary Bartram01:49:17
    James Williams01:47:54
    Hayley Jackson01:52:49
    Andrew Meadows01:52:56
    Suzie Tew01:54:24
    Kevin Bradfield01:58:20
    Ruth Davies02:00:34
    Lisa Cook02:00:55
    Laura Hire02:01:52
    Alison Holton02:02:04
    Nathan Harper02:03:51
    Kathryn Price02:09:27
    Rhian White02:15:39
    Jordan Hawkins02:15:49
    Alex Thomas02:18:03
    Karen Thomas02:41:31

    View the full results here.

Torbay Half Marathon

Helen Williams was taking the Green Vest on tour with a visit to Torbay for the half marathon.

Sunday Club Long Run

Rachel Burr-Lewis organised this week’s run with a 13 mile run around Rhymney and over Cefn Golau. Of course, there were hills.

Meanwhile, Mike Williams was doing a similar distance with a run from ‘Gilwern to Crickhowell up over the moors to Brynmawr and back’.

Pen Y Fan

Ceri Caswell and Lee-Anne Taylor hiked up Pen Y Fan on Saturday morning and did the club proud by wearing their vests. Pity about the weather.

Cardiff Triathlon

Mathew Ellis participated in the Cardiff Triathlon completing it in 02:20 and scoring a swim PB that was way beyond his expectations. And this was after completing the Titan mid distance triathlon the weekend before.

Sam’s Bling-Fest

Sam Standerwick was seeking out bling with a whole weekend of races organised by White Star Races. She participated in the 11K Sydling Hill Race on Saturday followed by the 7K ‘Advanced’ Bell Race and 4K ‘Fun’ Bell Race on Sunday.

The Sunday races raise money for the the church bells in the village of Sydling St Nicholas and in order to get your medal you have to perform a forfeit a mile or so before the end of the raise.

Sam opted for a press ups and star jumps before continuing downhill whilst clanging with her new medal haul.

Tour de Calch

Julie Cashell tackled some pretty grim conditions whilst running in a Mynydd Du vest in the Tour de Calch fell race new Crickhowell. The race is only partly marked which means a bit of self-navigation and despite getting a little disorientated, Julie came 3rd Lady and 1st FV40!

Next Week’s Races

Coming up next week is the Blade Runner race on Wednesday organised by Islwyn Running Club followed by the Iron Trail 5 on Thursday organised by Phillip Miles. It’s entry on the day and it’s a 5-mile trail race with all proceeds going to North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation.

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