Weekly Roundup, April 23rd – April 29th
Vests on Tour
Gary Bartram was in Norwich towards the end of the week and whilst touring the city he made sure he took his vest every step of the way.
Cardiff Summer Series 1 Mile
The Cardiff Summer Series 1 2 3 4 kicked off on Friday with the 1 mile race and we had a great turnout from the club.
Sam Jackson was the first home from the club finishing in 05:19 and 17th position. Lauren Cooper was first lady to finish for the club and also first overall in 05:27 and close behind was Tom Webb with a superb run finishing in 05:30.
There were PBs to report this weekend from those that weren’t racing. John Evans inched toward 18 minutes finishing in 18:16 and Gareth Williams secured 21:27 with a last minute decision to run. Anton Harvey finished in 22:31, Andrew Marlog in 25:42, Lee Wilce in 26:07, Jayne Rist in 26:33, Brigette Heasley in 29:40 and Ros Jones in 32:11. Well done all!
Elsewhere, Gary Bartram was at Eaton ark in Norwich, Seaton Stevens was in Cleethorpes, Brian and Johanna Wiles and Andrew and Delphine Jones were in Pontypool, Robert King and Stephen Williams were in Merthyr, Hayley Jackson was in Penallta and Andrew Meadows was in Swansea.
Sam’s Double Marathon Weekend
After the incredibly tough and hot London marathon last week, Sam Standerwick was in more familiar territory at a White Star Running event this weekend. Saturday featured a 4.3 mile trail loop complete with obligatory Love Station for refuelling. Sam aimed for marathon distance and comfortably achieved that even with a bottle of Jackhammer to fuel her on the last loop.
A full marathon followed on Sunday but due to some niggles along the way, Sam decided to bow out at 12 miles. As this was training for a 50 mile race in a few weeks, it was wise to retire and the back-to-back runs will still be of benefit.
Thanks to Rob Hannam for the photograph.
A dozen or so members headed over to Malta this weekend for a big social and a cheeky half marathon for something to do on the Sunday.
The Build Up
Arriving on the Friday meant the Green Army had time to prepare for the race with some touring, relaxation and a tipple or two.
The race had already been brought forward on the Sunday due to heat but it was still a scorcher and the hills didn’t make it any easier. But everyone did amazing with Sam Lewis Jones finishing 15th overall (despite taking a wrong turn!) and Sian finishing 1st ‘Foreign’ Female!
Newport’s first ever marathon took place on Sunday and we had a number of club members running – some for the first time such as Mike Williams and Kathryn Price and some in search of PBs.
There were outstanding performances including, but not limited to, Richard Price finishing just under 03:30 and Claire Sullivan for knocking 20 minutes off her marathon PB to finish under 4 hours (03:54:23) and also Lydia Cawsey for knocking over 30 minutes off her marathon PB. Well done also to Rob Bennett for securing a sub-4 PB just two weeks after running the Brighton Marathon. It’s great seeing all that hard work paying off.
Taking place alongside the Newport Marathon was the 10k race which shared the first 3 and last miles of the marathon route. Like the marathon route it was predominantly flat with just the SDR bridge to contend with. A bit of wind did make the bridge a little bit more of a challenge.
Lauren Cooper secured a new 10k PB and finished 5th lady and there were numerous other PBs to report including Laura Hire running sub-50 for the first time. Laura, Darren Kippest and Dai Parry were late additions to the Cancer Research Wales team and if it wasn’t for Dai’s buff I may well have missed them!
A special mention to Joanne Louise whose partner ran his first 10k today.
Couch to 10K in just over 4 months. He’s Lost 5 stone since Xmas, he’s down 4 jeans sizes and has just ran the Newport 10K start to finish without walking a stride of it. We started C25k on Boxing Day 2017 and in the middle of January he said to me “I’d love to be able to run a whole lap of that pond, maybe I’ll be able to do a parkrun one day.”
There’s always room for one more in the Green Army!