Weekly Roundup, August 28th – September 3rd
Severn Bridge Video
Paul Dodd from Chepstow Harriers posted a video from the start of last weekend’s Severn Bridge Half Marathon.
Narberth Nobbler Photos
You gotta love professional photos from a race and Pembrokeshire Photos doesn’t disappoint with it’s photographs of Rachel and Tony Lewis from last weekend’s Narberth Nobbler. You can view a few more photos here.
Welsh Athletics Inter Regional Championships
Some cracking photos from Ken Morgan from last weekend’s Welsh Athletics Inter Regional Championships.
Machen Mountain Race
The day after the Severn Bridge Half Marathon, Bobbie and Darren Swift participated in the tough Machen Mountain Race. The area is very important to Bobbie so I’m sure they’re both glad they put themselves through the pain in hot conditions.
Photos courtesy of Johnny Lam from San Domenico RC.
Bling, Beer and Biscuits
Sam Standerwick finished her long weekend of racing with another tough run on Bank Holiday Monday. The total for the weekend was 34 miles, 3,000ft of ascent and a haul of bling, beer and biscuits.
Pen y Fan
Still nursing an injury, Andrew Jones made the most of a gorgeous Bank Holiday Monday by scaling Pen Y Fan with Delphine and Manon. Good forward thinking by Andrew by taking a green vest with him.
Your Old Running Photos
Neil Lloyd shared a blast from the past on the club Facebook page on Tuesday with an old shot from a race in Porthcawl. Not sure of the date. Based on this photo I put a call out on Facebook for people to submit their first running photo and had a great response.
In this image: An 18 and 3/4 Lee Aherne in the 1985 Cardiff Marathon, Darren Swift in the 2016 Cardiff 10K (his second race), Alex Thomas in the 2015 Cardiff Half Marathon (her first race) and Bobbie Swift in the 2016 Caerphilly 10K.
In this image: Andrew Meadows in the 2015 Royal Welsh Trail, Robert Gale at the 2016 Caerphilly 10K (my second race), Richard Price in the 2012 Cardiff 10K (one of his many attempts to get into running) and Danielle Phillips at the 2013 Cardiff Half Marathon (she thought the race was only 6 miles).
In this image: Sam Jackson at the 2016 Glynneath 5 (the first time he ever ran!), Gary Bartram in the 2014 Llanelli Half (his first race. “I was overdressed!”), Sian McGoldrick at the 2017 Cardiff 10K (she had been running for two months), Cathy Johnson at the 2009 Race for Life 10K in Swansea (her first ever run) and Ruth Davies in the 2016 Swansea 10K.
In this image: Stephen Carter aged 15 – not running but holding a certificate, Ian Munro at the recent GLCL Cwmbran Race, Bear Wills at the Man v Horse race (possibly 1987) and a slightly younger Phillip Miles running for Club 69 in September 1982.
In this image: Stephen Mathers first race was the 2015 Newport Half Marathon, Karen Thomas competed in the 2015 Women’s 10K Race Series as part of her training for the 2015 Bristol Half Marathon and Gaynor Lewis completed her first half marathon in Cardiff in 2016.
There were a couple of PBs to report at PBB this weekend with Tony Lewis finishing in 22:13 and Melissa Pearce finishing in 23:21. Congratulations to Bernie Monk on completing his 100th parkrun and for selecting PBB as his 100th run.
Tourists this week were Danielle Phillips who ran at Cardiff, Lee Griffiths who was in Gloucester, the Hamers who were at Penallta and Jamie Parry who finished first in Colby.
Some new recruits and past centurions embarked on the Roman Run on Saturday afternoon – 16 in total! The weather was much more favourable this year than last but that didn’t make it easier. Every gave it their best on the 17 mile run from Brecon to Merthyr with Julie Cashell romping home in 02:09 to get 2nd female, Michael Cope taking 1st Vet and Kath Jervis getting a PB.
Sam’s Bling Hunt Continues
Sam Standerwick was out hunting bling again this weekend at the Maverick Original Somerset Trail Run.
“Scenery was amazing and there was a bottle of beer and a medal with a bottle opener built into the design – genius!”
A great turnout from the Green Army at today’s Cardiff 10K. There were plenty of PBs to report with Darren Kippest dipping under 42 minutes in his new super-fast shorts, Cerys Swift knocking a whopping 17 minutes of last year’s time, Brian Evans also knocking 5 minutes of last year’s time and Sarah Jeremiah feeling the effects of wearing a green vest with a PB of 48:57. Lee Aherne and Nicola Jukes bagged 2nd and 3rd in their respective age categories..
Long Sunday Runs
Rachel’s Sunday Cakeathon
Rachel took a posse on a 15-mile run to Brewsters in Abergavenny for tea and cake. Some would say that’s a long way to run for cake but they’ve probably never experienced the guilt-free pleasure of stuffing your face with cake after a long run.
Out and Back Along the Hafod
Mike Williams organised a 10-mile (ish) flat (ish) run out and back along the Hafod. Well done to Neil Poulton and Adrian Markey for their first double digit run. Time to slip into a green vest?
Gary’s Chester Marathon Training
Gary Bartram continued his Chester Marathon training with a 21.6 mile run and his run had a bit of a backstory to it.
The reason for the run are two of my Dads former colleagues who lived on the estate but worked in Brecon. They were keen runners and would run home from Brecon. As a lad I found this to be extraordinary that they would run that far and now I’m a runner I wanted to do the same.
Vests on Tour
Just one vest on tour this week – Alan Pritchard in a scorching Dubai.
The Week Ahead
If you are not running the already full Swansea 10K, there are still some other races to choose from.
- Also in Swansea on the same day as the 10K race is the Sepsis 6K charity race.
- The Scenic 7 race organised by Islwyn RC returns to Cwmcarn Forest Drive on Sunday morning.
- The Mega Run is an 11-mile run between Caerphilly Castle and Cardiff Castle on Sunday morning in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre.
- The Merthyr Muddy 5 Miler is organised by Inspire Fitness and takes place on Sunday morning at Merthyr Tydfil College
- Across the border in Berkeley, Gloucestershire is the Cattle Country 5K/10K. The trail race is held in Cattle Country Park.
Good Luck Mike
Best of luck to Mike Matthews who will be competing in Ironman Tenby on Sunday 10th, September. This will be his second Ironman after completing one in Lanzarote in May.
Get Well Soon Katharine
Katharine Collins was recently had a fall and broke her wrist in three places. She had an operation on Tuesday to add some pins and a plate and we wish her a speedy recovery.