Weekly Roundup, July 30th – August 5th

  • August 5, 2018

Vests on Tour

Suzie Tew (Portugal)

Damian Williams (Turkey)

Summer Sizzler 5K

Lee Aherne, Jamie Parry, Nick and Tom Webb and Sharon Newell were in Cardiff on Wednesday for the fast and flat Summer Sizzler 5K. The race didn’t start well for Sharon Newell when she stumbled on a step and sprained her ankle resulting in her not starting and Nick Webb had calf issues at mile 2 which meant he had to hobble to the finish line. The others had a great race with  Lee finishing in 16:32, Jamie Parry in 16:59 and Tom Webb securing a PB with 18:36.


Lee Aherne took 1st V50 on the night and Tom Webb took 1st U20 by the narrowest of margins. Both he and a 16-year-old finished in 18:40 but Tom pipped him at the post. Sharon Newell, Keri-Lyn Jones and Tom Webb also picked up awards for winning their age categories in the Summer Series.

Otters’ FUN Swim Gala

A charity swimming gala was held on Wednesday evening to raise money for Lindsay Bryan’s Dreams and Wishes and we had two teams participating – the PBBRC Trys and the PBBRC Sea Cucumbers. Everyone had a blast and the we came away with a 2nd place trophy for the Trys and a 3rd place trophy for the Sea Cucumbers.


Welsh Athletics Middle Distance Track

Lauren Cooper and Sam Jackson were in Newport on Wednesday night for the Welsh Athletics Middle Distance track event. Both competed in the 1500m event with Sam Jackson finishing first in a PB time of 04:49.71 and Lauren Cooper finishing in a season’s best 04:55.76. Well done both!

Murder Mile

1 mile + 700ft = The Murder Mile! It’s a tough race but a ‘fun’ one. It’s lung-busting and tough on the legs but is over in less than 20 minutes. And, there’s a beer at the end with the awards being held in a pub just up the road.


The 300th Bryn Bach parkrun and the hope was to get at least 300 runners but thanks to a lot of promotion over the last few weeks particularly from Dave Kempton, a total of 418 runners ran smashing the previous record. This was beyond Lee’s wildest dreams and despite not having enough tokens, everyone coped with the additional numbers and the results were up quickly as usual.

There Were 418 Runners

There Were Sprint Finishes

There Was Teamwork

There Were PBs

There Was Cake

A special thanks to Adrian Lewis from Aberdare for the cakes.

There Was Billy Whizz

There Were 50th parkrun Celebrations

There Was Even Payback for the Paparazzi

How Many Runners?


Seaton Stephens and Sarah  Coote were in Cleethorpes this week and got a lovely mention on the Cleethorpes parkrun blog. Well done to Sarah for coming 2nd female!

Cwm Alpine Race

After finishing 2nd the last two years, Mathew Ellis was determined to win the very tough Cwm Alpine Race and this year, after much improvement from Mathew, he finished in first place! What a great result!

Lee’s Lucky Christmas Socks Help Secure Gold Medal

Lee travelled up to Stoke on Sunday to compete in the British Masters 10km Championship which was part of the Trentham 10K. Thanks to his lucky Christmas socks which were left in Lee’s flat by his son, he came away with a gold medal in his age category!

Barry 10K

The inaugural Barry Island 10k race took place on Sunday and the Green Army were there representing! The race featured big boys such as Dewi Griffiths, Josh Griffiths and Matthew Clowes and the heat and the unexpected hills made it a tough race. Well done to Nicola Jukes for getting first in her age category and finishing in the top 10 females. Really hope Michael Lewis is ok after falling near the end of the race.

Brecon Lions 10 Mile

There was a great turnout from the Green Army at this year’s Brecon Lions 10 Mile Road Race (a few missing from the team photo) but a very hot morning made it a tough race.

Forest Trail Event

Sam Standerwick was in the Forest of Dean for the Trimax Forest Trail Event which consisted of a 10k, half and full marathon. Sam was originally signed up to run the half marathon but with a big weekend of races coming up and the heat, she stepped down to the 10k.

Sunday Runs

The Punchbowl

It was a stunning day to run to the Punchbowl and they bumped into local celebrity Milo along the way. Not sure if he was hiding in the tunnel pictured below?

The Canyons

Melissa and Nigel Pearce took a group up to The Canyons and what a stunning place to run! You’d be forgiven for thinking that view was from another country.

The Trefil 14

Darren Gwynne Hamer (surely time to join the club!) took Claire Sullivan and Adrian Markey for a 14-mile run to Trefil and Dowlais which must have been pretty tough in this heat.

Inspire Openwater Sprint Triathlon

Well done to Cyril Williams for completing his first Sprint Triathlon at Bryn Bach Park on Sunday. Surprised he managed to squeeze it in with all that fishing!

PBBRC Netball

In non-running news, the Green Army Netball team were playing on Sunday in Abergavenny – a stunning place for a game of netball!. Unfortunately the Green Army weren’t victorious 🙁

Greetings from the Chairman!

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