Weekly Roundup, September 4th – 10th
Late Additions to Last Week’s Roundup
A few things that appeared too late for last week’s roundup including this video from San Domenico that was taken at the junction of Crwys Road and Fairoak Road at about 2.5K into the race.
A ton of photos from the race have been posted to the Gallery page.
Owen Davies participated in the tough Wolf Run (Woods, Obstacles, Lakes and Fields) on the weekend. Judging by the photos it was a tough race!
Mike Matthews Prepares for Ironman Tenby
Mike Matthews has been in West Wales preparing, and relaxing, for Ironman Tenby. Good to see Mike flying the flag for the Green Army.
Queen’s Baton Relay
Ian Munro was fortunate to be a part of the Queen’s Baton Relay as it passed through Newport on its second day in Wales.
Welsh Masters Athletics League 4
Congratulations to Stephen Mathers who took 1st place in the 400m event at the Welsh Masters Athletics League in Newport on Wednesday.
Bobbie in Weston-super-Mare
Bobbie Swift started a new job in Weston-super-Mare this week and wasted no time in tagging along with the local running club. Gwent League Cross Country should be interesting when she has has to run against people from Weston AC 😉
Chepstow Street Challenge
I took part in the Chepstow Street Challenge on Thursday evening. The event involves exploring the streets and parks of Chepstow and Tutshill visiting a series of checkpoints along the way. Organised by the North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club, you are provided with a detailed map of the area showing the buildings, passage ways, fences and trees, and an electronic timing chip that will record your time to each checkpoint.
This was my first time orienteering so had no idea what any of the symbols meant! That said, I did manage to make my way around without getting lost and finished the 6.7 mile course in just over an hour. Looking into what the symbols mean, if I knew what they meant before I ran I could have saved some time at some checkpoints. I think all of the street challenges are completed for this year but will definitely be keeping an eye out for them next year.
Some new PBs to report at PBB parkrun with Jamie Parry becoming the second person in the club’s history to run sub-17 (16:57), Andrew Meadows finishing in 21:50, Stephen Dallow in 22:36 and Hayley Jackson in 23:20.
Sian McGoldrick was in Pontypridd and whilst she didn’t run her fastest 5K, she did get 2nd in her age category and it was her fastest time on that course.
It was Andrew Meadows 50th parkrun and he celebrated with a new PB and the first time running sub-22. He finished in 21:50.
The Hamers were in Parke for an ‘undulating, technical and muddy’ parkrun.
Laura Hire was oop north for the Great North Run and whilst there visited Whitley Bay parkrun. It was her first time running as a family and the first parkrun for Kian and her dad. Kian ran hist first 5K in 25:42.
This week saw the graduation of the latest C25Kers who completed their first parkrun at PBB. Congratulations to all of the graduates and hopefully you’ve all caught the running bug.
Saundersfoot Sprint Triathlon
James Williams was in Saundersfoot this weekend for the sprint Triathlon.
Great North Run
We had two club members at the Great North Run this year – Laura Hire and Katherine Williams. Lara was running alone but managed to bump into Katherine after the race.
Mega Run (Caerphilly to Cardiff Castle)
We had a great turnout for the Castle to Castle Mega Run wth over £5,000 being raised for Velindre. The race featured a few hundred runners which was a lot more than the 75 or so runners they had last year. The run was well marshalled for the majority of the route but featured an odd start and an equally odd finish. Apologies for letting the side down with the lack of a vest!
There were no official times for the event but Rachel was the first female to reach the Castle followed by Sian Jones as the third female. Result!
We had a great turnout at Islwyn’s Scenic 7 with a a couple of new members running for the first time in green. Julie did the club proud by getting first vet over 35 – Go Julie!!!
Going to press, Mike is still completing the Tenby Ironman so will include and update in next week’s roundup.
Long Sunday Runs
Lee Phillips took a crew up the Domen on Sunday morning. It’s a perfect route for getting some hill-work in.
Gary Bartram was continuing his Chester marathon training with a run on Sunday.
Sam’s White Star Weekend
Sam was running at the Bad Cow Weekend which is organised by White Star Running. With a marathon and a half marathon to contend with over a weekend, Sam seemed to enjoy the experience far more than many others would. However, they probably didn’t realise the amount of goodies you get along the way in a WSR race.
Green is the New Orange
Sarah Williams has been trying on her new kit since she recently joined. The keen-eyed amongst you will notice that she’s gone full Green Army and even got a green flannel!
Vests on Tour
Phillip and Jackie Miles have been enjoying some gorgeous weather cycling around the island of Vis off the coast of Croatia.
Laura Hire was at the Whitley Bay parkrun on Saturday. Laura was oop north running the infamous Great North Run.
Lauren Cooper was representing the Green Army in Mallorca this weekend.
Meanwhile in Tuscany, Lauren’s mum Louise was rocking a Green Vest whilst on holiday.
The Week Ahead
Quite a few club members will be running the Mic Morris 10K on Sunday and we’ve got a number of Green Vests (a swarm of Green Vests? a troop of Green Vests? a horde of Green Vests? a cohort of Green Vests?) in Pembrey for the Welsh Road Relays on Saturday. If you’re looking for a race there are a couple of trail races to choose from.
- The Wentwood Woodlark – a few members have signed up, myself included.
- Merthyr Monster 10K – a trail race starting from Merthyr College.
*Photo by Tosh Simpkin