Weekly Roundup, July 17th – July 23rd
World Single Age Records – 4 Miles
Last week was Lee Aherne’s 51st birthday (Ssshh! He doesn’t like people making a fuss!) and on that day he ran the Rose Inn Series: Race 3 in Redwick. He beat the course record for his age by 5 seconds (a record he set in the first race of the 2017 series) and in the process he also claimed the world record for his age over a 4 mile distance. What an outstanding achievement!
Happy 5th Birthday PBB parkrun!
It was the 5th anniversary of PBB parkrun and many club members were determined to make it a special one with a course PB.
- Richard Price: 19:28
- Andrew Gunter: 19:52
- Richard Sheehy: 20:01
- Cyril Williams: 22:36
- Beth Jones: 23:37
- Marcus Smith: 23:49
- Darren Swift: 26:17
A special well done to Caroline Matthews who has been trying hard for 7 months to get under 30 minutes and finally cracked it.
David Kempton and Stephen Williams headed west for the inaugural Maesteg parkun.
Waun Fach Fell Race
Four team members participated in the Waun Fach Fell Race on Saturday afternoon – Michael Cope, Julie Cashell, Dai Smout and Terry Vaughan. All ran under Mynydd Du vests. Dai Smout picked up a prize for first M60 and Terry Vaughan won a spot prize for his trademark sprint finish.
The Beer Ultra
I participated in the Beer Ultra on Saturday near Caerphilly. The event is still being tested out and this was the third to take place. It’s a low-key social event with no entry fee (you just pay for the beer), no medals or t-shirts and whilst someone inevitably comes first it’s not really treated as a race.
It’s a 50K race with 10 x 5K loops along hilly, muddy trails. There were two separate loops with a good amount of variety between them in terms of type of terrain.
Runners have to apply to be a part of the event and many people are turned down based on lack of experience. I was fortunate enough to get a place and only 13 people actually started with 2 dropping out along the way.
It was a very tough race and at times it was hard to work out what was the most difficult, trying to down a beer before each loop or running!
Long Sunday Runs
There was a great turnout for Rachel’s 14-15-16-ish mile run to the Silent Valley despite there being a 100% chance of hills. Thanks to Richard Price for taking a group photo.
Sam Standerwick, Bobbie Swift and Kath Jervis paid a visit to the Chartist Cave on Sunday morning. The run was Sam’s last long run before her trail marathon next weekend.
Mike Williams took Darren and Cerys Swift on an 8 mile run to Clydach Dingle. I’m not sure if the middle photo was taken before or after the run!
Stephen’s Ultra Training
Stephen Carter is well into his ultra training for the Gower 50 in October and is including hills (or wizard’s hats) in his training regime. This was his longest run since the London Marathon.
Cardiff Half Training
Alison Holton and Suzie Tew went for a steady 12-mile run as part of training for the Cardiff Half Marathon.