Weekly Roundup, June 25th – July 1st

  • July 1, 2018

Spartan Super

Owen Davies raced the Spartan Super at Aston Down aerodrome last Saturday but just missed out on the Weekly Roundup. He managed 13th in his age group heat. The super tough course included the infamous ‘Valley of Death’ – a 2km long Valley stuffed full of obstacles only reached by steep ascents and descents up the sides of the Valley.

Vests on Tour

Simon Lewis (Zante)

Karen Thomas & Colin Clarke (Tenerife)

The Blade Runner

Islwyn Running Club’s Blade Runner took place on Wednesday evening and a number of members braved the heat for the 7-ish mile run from Braces Bakery to Manmoel and back. First back home was Nick Webb in a time of 50:29.

Met Miles

Well done to Lee Aherne, Stephen Williams, Haydn Hartnell, Keri-Lyn Jones and Louise Kirby who all won Welsh Masters medals at the Met Miles event on Wednesday and well done to Lauren Cooper for beating her mile PB and running 05:13!

Iron Trail 5

The first of two races in aid of the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation charity, Milo’s Iron Trail 5 raised a total of £625 and was there was a great turnout from the Green Army. It was a pity that more club weren’t represented so make sure you help promote Milo’s next race – the Cardiac 6 which takes place on July 26th.

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Parc Bryn Bach Aquathlon Series

Thursday saw the return of the Parc Bryn Bach Aqauthlon Series hosted by Newport Tri. The second race in the series featured club members including James Williams, Harry Davies (I think) and there was a photo of Katharine Williams but couldn’t see her in the results so not sure if she competed.

Snowdon Twilight Race

After plenty of training including the Cadair Idris race and early morning ascents up Pen y Fan, Rhianydd Evans attacked Snowdon on Friday for the Snowdon Twilight Race. It was one of the toughest races she’d done but I bet it was worth it for the stunning views.


There were 5 PBs to report at this week’s parkrun – Calvin Thomas 19:25, Stephen Price 22:53, Adrian John Markey 24:02, Lucy Atkin-Smith 25:45 and Ros Jones 32:02.

parkrun Tourists

Alison Stevens became the first PBB member to tackle Millom parkrun which was recently rated the toughest in Britain. The course is five laps around a school field and the hot weather had made it extra ‘rutty’.

C25K Graduation

Congratulations to all those that put in so much hard work over the last 9 weeks in the C25K programme. So many that participated never thought that they’d be able to run non-stop for 5K but they did just that! And a special thanks goes out to all those club members that supported the C25K programme this year. Without you all it wouldn’t be possible!

Night of Endurance

Unfortunately there were no photos of Saturday’s Night of Endurance but I do know that Lee Aherne had to become a Bus Wanker after his car broke down. He did make it to the race and ran a great time of ~34:21.

Endure 24

Lee Wilce was in Leeds this weekend for the Endure 24 (a race I had originally signed up for 🙁 ). He had an aim of completing at least 55 miles and came so close finishing 9 x 5 mile laps but having to pull out on the 10th lap due to hip issues. A cracking effort Lee!

Monmouth Challenge Run

It was a gorgeous morning for a swim/run along the River Wye. The Monmouth Challenge Aquathlon/Run started in Monmouth and headed 6km to The Biblins before crossing the bridge across the River Wye and heading 6km back to Monmouth.

Damian Caswell competed in the Full Challenge and Sam Lewis Jones, Sian Price and Helen Williams competed in the 12km run.

Even with just four club members competing, Sam came 1st (sort of! He led all the way but the 2nd place was recorded as winning the race), Helen was 1st Female Vet, Sian was 3rd female and Damian Caswell was a runner up in the Vet category!

Ironman Austria

Mike Matthews and family were in the stunning Klagenfurt, Austria for Ironman Austria. Mike finished in an outstanding time of 12:18:16!


In the build up to the Ironman, Caroline Matthews and daughters participated in the Irongirl 4.2km race. Knowing that the Green Army was in town, Caroline was given the coveted #1 bib. SHe made sure she lapped up the attention on the start line!

Sunday Runs

The Swifts were out on the Hafod for a hot and sweaty Sunday morning run and Dai Parry, Lee Phillips, Lee-Ann Vowles, Liz Carpenter-Davies (and maybe others) headed up to the Lonely Shepherd. Not sure what happened with the downhill route though.


A pre-Wedfest fun and a stop for an album cover-style photo. Afterwards, many beers and ciders were consumed along with a mean game of rounders. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any photos from the game of rounders.

No Pain, No Gain Shot of the Week

Celebrities Out in Force For Photo Op With Our Kim

Kim paid a visit to the Celtic Manor on Sunday and as soon as word got around, ‘celebrities’ descended upon the Port to get a shot with one of the Green Army’s finest!

La Mort d’Ophélie aka Richard Sheehy Relaxing after a 15-Mile Run

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