Weekly Roundup, December 18th – December 24th
Christmas Paarlauf Relay
The regular track sessions have proved to be a success with many club members reaping the benefits. For the last session before Christmas, we spiced things up with a paarlauf relay (literally means “pair running” in German). We were split into teams of three (varying abilities) with the first person running 9 x 400m and the second and third running 8 x 400m. Christmas attire was compulsory.
Despite a chilly night and an icy track, everyone put in a great effort and appeared to ‘enjoy’ the experience. The winners on the night were Lauren Cooper, Tony Lewis and Robert Gale.
First Strides Christmas Run
Clive Cooksey (and I’m sure others) took his posse of First Strides out to the Tredegar Clock for the last training run before Christmas. Heading into the new year we now need to convince some/all of the First Strides crew to head over to the Green Army where it isn’t as bad as they may think!
Christmas Tree Race Photos
Some photos taken by Robert Freeman from the muddiest section of the race have been posted on the FODAC Facebook Group page and here are some of our members.
Winter Solstice Run
Richard Sheehy and Sian Price headed to Mynydd Bedwellte on Thursday morning hopeful that they’d see the sun rising on the shortest day of the year but the weather was not on their side. Still looks atmospheric.
Julie and Sharon’s Early Morning Vegetable Run
Julie and Sharon were up early on Saturday for what looked like a stunning morning run.
Currently on a trip to the Lake District, I managed to time it right with a sunny but tough run near Haweswater Reservoir in the east Lakes and along the way made some new friends.
The Christmas hats and t-shirts were out in force on Saturday for the ‘Christmas Eve Eve’ parkrun. We were fortunate to have photographer Huw Fairclough at PBB to take some excellent shots.
Elsewhere Andrew Gunter, Kelly Collins, James Williams, Katharine WIlliams and Stephen Dallow were in Merthyr, Danielle Phillips was in Swansea, the Hamers were with Nicola Jukes in Penallta, Lee Griffiths was in Newport and the Swifts were in Newport Riverfront.
Christmas Eve Runs
30 Club Members braved the wind and mud to run to the Chartists Caves. Judging by all the photo posted it looks like a lot of fun was had and wish I could have joined you all.
Organised by Sam Standerwick, mince pies were waiting for the hardy runners at the end and a hip flask of rum was on hand to keep everyone warm.
The Bartrams headed out along the canal for a 4 and half mile run.
Sam and Sian Jones, Richard Sheehy, Julie Heal, Stephen Carter and Ruth Butterfield were in Llangynidr for a much drier run than the Christmas run a couple of weeks ago. Good to see them finishing off the run with a little tipple.
Mike’s Sunday Run
Roger Freeman joined Mike Williams (and maybe others) for Mike’s usual Sunday run.
The Webbs at Parc Bryn Bach
The Webbs kept it local with a run at Parc Bryn Bach.
Whilst up in the Lake District I braved the strong wind and occasional showers for a circular run around Derwent Water. As usual, the Lake District didn’t disappoint and offered some stunning views.