Weekly Roundup, July 3rd – July 9th
The weekly roundup is here featuring the fourth race in the GLCL Road Race series, the Tintern Trot, the Fan y Big Horseshoe race, the Long Course Weekend (incorporating the Wales Marathon) and some ‘Vests on Tour’!
Vests on Tour
With the summer upon us, there’s an increase in sighting of Green Vests around the world. Club chairman Damian Williams is in Rhodes, Darryl Cook is in Benidorm and The Swifts are on tour in Mallorca. As a follower of the Swifts on Strava I can confirm that they did well balancing the training with the indulgence with morning 5K runs.
Meanwhile, Claire Sullivan braved the heat in the Cala D’Or for a run in her vest and Rhian White was wearing hers in Greece.
GLCL Road Race Series: Pontypool
The fourth race in the series and we had everything to play for with the A, B and C teams all hovering near the tops of the tables. The route followed the Pontypool 10k Home Run that was organised by St David’s Hospice Care in February.
65 runners participated (39 men and 26 women) with some outstanding results including 4 runners in the top 10 and Lauren winning 1st female. You can view the full report here.
- Lee Aherne – 1st Male & 1st M5054
- Sam Lewis Jones – 2nd Male & 2nd M1739
- Lauren Cooper – 1st Female & 1st F1734
- Nicola Jukes – 1st F4549
- Stephen Williams – 3rd M5559
- Neil Lloyd – 1st M6064
- Phillip Miles – 1st M6569
- Rachel Lewis – 1st F4044
- David Smout – 2nd M6569
- Jillian Matthews – 2nd F6064
The Tintern Trot took place on Thursday. The scenic 6 mile is organised by Chepstow Harriers and this was was its 20th Anniversary. A small number of PBBRC participated – Sam Lewis Jones, Sian Price, Richard Price, Robert Gale, Richard Sheehy, Helen Williams, Julie Cashell, Rhys Lewis and Nicola Lewis.
|Sam Lewis Jones
White Star Running Cider Frolic Weekend
Sam Standerwick was on a mission to earn some bling by participating in the WSR Cider Frolic Weekend. She participated in the 12 hour race on Saturday completing 5 laps and around 20 miles. She then participated in the half marathon the next day to finish the weekend with 33 miles in total!
At Parc Bryn Bach there were some course PBs to report. Darren Kippest finished in 20:14, Rachel Burr-Lewis in 20:47, Kim Price in 23:12 and Darren Swift in 26:31. Well done all.
- Danielle Phillips travelled to Cardiff and finished in 20:16 and 1st Female!
- Maricel completed her first parkrun since an injury – it’s great to have you back running.
- In addition to a PB, Kim Price also finished 1st in her age category at PBB.
- Rob Bennett missed a PB by 2 seconds but did get 1st in his age category.
- Bernie and Margrett Monk travelled to Amroth for the Colby Woodland Garden (National Trust) parkrun.
After her parkrun in Cardiff, Daniele Phillips participated in the colourful Rainbow Run at Parc Bryn Bach. Adrian Markey took some cracking shots.
Fan y Big Horseshoe Race
The tough 10-mile Fan y Big Horseshoe fell race took place on Saturday morning with a small contingent of members taking part – Richard Sheehy, Julie Cashell and Phillip Miles. Classed as ‘not too pointy, but quite tough’, the race features a hilltastic 2,200 feet of ascent!
The Long Course Weekend
Keri Young competed in the 10K race. Sharon Newell both competed in the 112-mile bike ride on the Saturday and the Half Marathon on the Sunday.
“It’s done, and I can honestly say I’ve never be so proud of myself with what I have achieved this weekend. Yesterday’s brutal 110 mile bike and today a scorching half marathon in 1hour 54 mins. Today was all about the finish, and I did… ????“
Terry competed in eighth annual Wales Marathon. After following Terry Watkins on Strava for a while, it’s clear that he put a lot of hard work into the training including many long, fast and hilly runs. Terry had a great run finishing in 16th position.
James Williams and Katharine Collins also competed in the Half Marathon.
All you have to do is mention food and this happens! The inaugural Sunday Runch was a big success with 17 members running from PBB to Llangynidr. The 10 mile route (13 for some) featured some stunning scenery, awesome company and the odd hill or 10.
Arriving at the Coach and Horses in Llangynidr we were joined by Andrew Jones and Manon, Nigel Pearce and Maisie and Rhiannon for some cracking food and banter.
There will be more ‘Runches’ and everyone is invited. We cater for all abilities and stop regularly to regroup so there’s no need to worry about holding anyone up.
Mike and The Swifts
Mike Williams took two of the Swifts on a 7 mile run around Beaufort and Brynmawr to help burn off the holiday excess.
Matthew Trinder couldn’t make it as far as the Lonely Shepherd during last week’s Sunday run so he cycled up there this week. Luckily the weather was as good as last week so he could appreciate the stunning views you get from the top.
Beacon to Beach, Minehead
Only 12 hours back in the UK and Michael Lewis was competing in the 7 mile Beacon to Beach ‘fun run’ in Minehead.
The Week Ahead
Next week is all about Rose Inn. Get down there on Tuesday for a flat 4 mile race with beer, cider and burgers at the end!