Weekly Roundup, July 9th – 15th
Lauren Cooper: Welsh Champion!
We have a Welsh Champion in the Green Army! Lauren Cooper competed in the Welsh Championships and was crowned Welsh Champion in the 2000m steeplechase. What an achievement!
Vests on Tour
Daisy Evans (Dolomites, Italy)
Ethan Sayce (Gran Canaria)
Nathan Harper (Santorini, Greece)
Melissa Pearce (Gran Canaria)
Strictly speaking, to qualify as a Vest on Tour, you must go for a run in the vest so the question is, did Melissa go for a run in her flip flops?
England Masters Inter-Area Track & Field Challenge
Congratulations to Lee Aherne and Louise Kirby who were selected to compete for Wales in the England Masters Inter-Area Track & Field Challenge in Solihull on Sunday 8th July. Lee took took first place in the 3000m, and 3rd in the 4x100m relay and Louise came 3rd in the 400m, 5th in the 800m and 1st in the 4x100m. It was the first time that Lee had won a race in a Welsh vest.
Rose Inn Series: Race 3
With the Cosmeston Relays the day after, there was a smaller turnout for the third Rose Inn Series but 16 runners had a great race and no doubt great burgers afterwards! Thanks to Howard Attwood for the lovely photo of Hayley Jackson! 😉
The Cosmeston Relays have been running for 28 years but the Green Army has never made an appearance – until now! This year’s race consisted of 250 teams of 3 or 4 runners and sold out in an hour!
Here’s a report from Keri-Lyn Jones, who also did a stellar job of organising the teams and sourcing last minute replacements.
“Everyone run their hearts out for their club and team mates last night at the Cosmeston relays. The team spirit was amazing and thanks so much to Delphine Jones, Stephen Williams and Nick ‘lucky pants’ Webb for stepping in at short notice and doing the club proud.
The times were really impressive and the team results were outstanding amongst a huge field of over 240 teams. Coming top 5 and only 37 seconds behind third place Andrew Jones, Stephen Carter and Lee Phillips represented the Masters Men 45-54 doing themselves proud by completing in a fantastic time of 59:16.
Coming in third in their age Cat Masters Men 55+ was the outstanding performance by Stephen Williams, Stephen Dallow and Cyril Williams in a time of 01:01:14. Gutsy performances by Ruth Davies, Ceri Caswell and Delphine Jones saw them coming in an amazing 9 out of 26 teams in a time of 01:.14:56.
The Senior Women also smashed it, Sarah Lane Coote, Ruth Butterfield and Cerys-Scarlett Swift flying down the home straight to bring the team home in an amazing time of 01:07:25.
Masters women 45-54 Keri Jones, Nicola Haines Jones and Sharon Newell came in 2nd out of 27 teams in a time of 01:03 – there’s life in the old girls yet!
Masters Men 35-44 ran their 4 legs off, Jamie Howells, Gavin Patterson, Stephen Price, Claire Nick Webb, flying around the course in an amazing time of 01:17:10 (yes for 4 legs!) Equally impressive Ian Kent, Jonathon Astley, James Fudge Thomas and Matthew Mathew Ellis completed their relay in 01.13:52.
Thanks to Claire Nick Webb and Sophie for supporting so well, it is so very much appreciated.
Thanks for a fantastic night of racing, support and team spirit.”
There were lots of photos posted on the Facebook page but it was too difficult to pick just one to include in the roundup so I thought I’d go for this gem from Sarah Lane Coote 😉 If she’s ever on Club Paparazzi duties in the future, you’ll all be safe!
Long Course Weekend
It was difficult to work out who was doing what at during the Long Course Weekend but I noticed that James Williams had completed the Half Distance Swim and bike ride (not sure what distance) (thanks to Adrian Markey for the photo). Richard Price was also there attacking the full LCW.
Tenby Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
Despite pre-race nerves and the hot weather, Helen Williams knocked 5 minutes off last year’s time in this year’s Tenby Half Marathon. Damian Caswell and Rebecca Rees also competed. Katharine Williams competed in the marathon and Anton Harvey and Ceri Caswell competed in the 10k. There may well have been other runners so apologies if I’ve missed anyone out.
There were three PBs to report in this week’s parkrun – Tony Lewis running a fantastic 21:44 followed by Stephen Dallow in 22:03 and Cerys-Scarlett Swift very nearly dipping under 24 mins to record 2401.
Team Jolly were in Rogiet parkrun this week where Stephen Williams finished third.
Black Park parkrun
Fudgie ran the Black Park parkrun in Slough in preparation for the Virgin Sport British 10k.
It was a very hot morning for hilltastic The Loop in Sunday. The 10k race organised by Pontypool Roadents features 3 miles of hill after hill after hill followed by 3 miles of fast and sometimes technical downhill.
Lulworth Cove 10k
Julie Cashell and Sharon Woods were in Lulworth Cove assisting The Trail Events Co. with massages and when two spaces became available in the 10k race they both decided sign up and squeeze in a race before hitting the massage tables. Julie finished 7th overall and 2nd female!
Scott Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon
Sam Standerwick was in Snowdonia for the tough Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon. Sam stepped down from the marathon in advance and judging by her race report she was probably happy with the decision.
That was mile for mile the hardest race I’ve ever done. That’s the most elevation gain (3934ft) I’ve done in one run and the others that came close were ultras. Stunning scenery but brutal climbs followed by technical descents meant legs shredded and I hit the wall in a half for the first time! Very proud of finishing this one even if it was snails pace (goal was not to be last and I wasn’t! 😂)
Virgin Sport British 10K
Our resident Asics FrontRunner was mixing with the stars at the Virgin Sport British 10k race on Sunday.
Dai’s Sunday Run Crew
Arlene’s 7K Training Run