Weekly Roundup, November 13th – 19th
East Wales Championships Medals
At last weekend’s Gwent League XC fixture in Brecon, both the ladies and men secured medals in the East Wales Championships. The ladies team came away with a silver and the men a bronze.
Lauren Cooper, Hannah Williams, Nicola Jukes and Rachel Lewis
Lee Aherne, Harry Davies, Sam Lewis Jones and Stephen Mathers
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
Due to the difference in time zones, Cathy Johnson’s half marathon race took place whilst most of us were tucked up in bed. Here are some photos that she posted from the race.
This is How You Finish a Cross Country Race!
Spurred on by fellow teammates on the sideline and giving it everything you have on the final stretch in cross country, this photo of Louise Kirby (and the other members in the distance) shows just how vital each of those points are to the Club.
It was announced in the week that a number of ladies were selected for the Cross Country Inter-Regionals in Brecon on December 9th. The list below is a starting point and more members may be selected.
Senior Female Team
Natasha MmrtAthlete, Alice Taylor, Lauren Cooper, Faye Johnson, Nicky Collin, Emma Wookey.
Katherine Matthews, Georgie Prior, Cherry Ling, Lisa Griffin, Victoria Watkins, Rachel Burr-Lewis.
Sandra Chipper, Nicola Jukes, Niki Morgan, Lou Summers, Lisa Jeffrey, Sharon Newell.
Jeanette Jenkins, A. Saxena, Adrian-Sharon Woods, Margrett Monk, H.Matthewson.
London 2018 – The Big One
Sarah Jeremiah secured a charity place for the 2018 London Marathon last month and to document her training she has launched a blog. Over the next 150 or so days Sarah will be posting updates and photos as she trains and raises money for St David’s Hospice Care.
Sugar Loaf Night Race
A few club members (Sam Lewis Jones, Richard Sheehy and Martin Chammings) participated in a brand new night fell race on Thursday (wish I had known about it!). The Sugar Loaf Night Race is an 8.8km race that doesn’t quite reach the summit so avoids any outcrops and means it can be a fast race. Despite being a fast race, there’s still 350m of ascent to contend with.
Photo by Tosh Simpkin.
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The club’s youngest member, Tom Webb, has been selected to represent East Wales U15s! It’s PBBRC’s first ever Junior Member to represent East Wales.
Another first for the club see’s Rebecca Foley being selected to run for South Wales in the Inter Regions. She becomes the first club member to represent a region other than East Wales.
British and Irish Masters Cross Country International
Six members were selected to represent the club on Saturday at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Northern Ireland. Lee Aherne, who had been ‘living like a monk’ in preparation for the race, was joined by Damian Williams, Michael Lewis, Margrett Monk and Julie Cashell.
I’m so so proud to have run today in my first Welsh Vest in Ireland. Being here today has meant so much to me. The support I’ve had to get this far from Leah, Josh, my Mam and Dad, all my amazing family and friends, everyone at Oaklands Care Home and my pals in PBB – has just been superb, especially during the times when things haven’t been going so well due to injury.
A huge thank you to my twinny Sharon who works flipping hard to keep me running and keep me going always. I have appreciated it all and am hugely grateful. Nothing else for it now – get the ‘Bow on the go. Let’s PARTY!
Absolutely loved that race today. No, I didn’t finish in the top 5 like I secretly wanted to but I kind of knew that as soon as I saw that the course was soft under foot and muddy in parts. But I gave it a go and was up with the leading pack after 2 miles but the mud got me in the end and I ended up around 12th. In an international race of around 90 runners of the very best 50 year olds I cant really complain. Now to go out and get hammered!
The evergreen Michael Lewis bagged himself a rather impressive looking silver medal. He’s like the David Attenborough of the running world in that he’s not showing any signs of retirement and is still winning medals in many of the races he participates in.
Elan Valley 10
James Williams, Lee Phillips and Kevin Bradfield were representing the Green Army at the scenic Elan Valley 10 Mile Road Race on Saturday afternoon. Organised by Rhayader Running Club, this was the 10th Anniversary of the race.
In Your Element Black Mountains Trail Race
We had a half dozen members rocking up to the Black Mountains Trail Race near Crickhowell on Sunday morning. Martin Chammings, Phillip Miles, Sarah Jeremiah, Sharon Wods, Taff Palfrey and Sam Standerwick were all rewarded with some stunning views in return for attacking some hills and technical sections.
Hayley Jackson travelled to Pembrey for the Sospan MT10 (her fourth MT10) which features a cracking mix of terrain including road, woods, sand dunes and a mile on the beach. And what a stunning day it was for a race along the coast.
There was a cracking turnout for the second fixture in the GLCL at Rogerstone. The weather was in our favour and mud was barely a patch on our fixture earlier in the season. As always, everyone gave it their all with Jamie Parry taking 1st position and Lauren Cooper 2nd. And both Lauren and Maricel excelled with some outstanding cakes for everyone post-race .
How To Finish a Cross Country Race: Jamie Parry-Style!
I was so glad I managed to photograph this truly stunning finish from Jamie Parry. With such a short finishing stretch, Jamie appeared to know he had to make a move as soon as he turned that last corner and squeezing between the leader and one of his teammates, Jamie threw everything he had at that finish and it paid off with him finishing in first position.
There were so many photos taken at the race and I’ll post them over the coming week. In the meantime, here’s a gem from Claire Webb.
Alison Stevens gave her Green Army vest an airing for the first time during the Brighton 10K race on Sunday.
Castle Combe Circuit Duathlon
Team Williams (Stephen, Gareth and Cyril) and their Team Jolly Support Crew (Dave Kempton) travelled to Castle Combe race circuit for the DB Max Chilly Duathlon.
The event starts with a 2 mile run on the perimeter of the race track, then heads out on 5 laps of the circuit before finishing with a final 2 mile run again around the race track perimeter.
BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) Sprint Duathlon
Harry Davies was competing in the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) Sprint Duathlon and came an impressive 47th overall. From his account it was at the same event as the Castle Combe Duathlon.
Vests on Tour
Cathy Johnson took the opportunity to take some shots of herself in her vest whilst waiting for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon to start.