Weekly Roundup, November 5th – November 11th

  • November 11, 2018

Vests on Tour

The Rists Run Peru

Whilst on holiday in Peru, the Rists decided to go full-on Vests on Tour mode with a 6-mile organised run of the Barranco district of the capital Lima.

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Peter Hire in Malta

Kam Panesar in Barcelona

Wolf Run: Winter Wolf

Owen and Daisy took part in the Wolf Run: Winter Wolf last weekend and like every other Wolf Run it was wet and muddy. “Relentless amount of freezing cold water obstacles, including swimming the Avon. Fun but a test of willpower.”

Well done to Daisy for finishing 3rd female!

Severn Bridge Night Race

The very popular (so popular it’s been split into two races) Severn Bridge Night Race took place this week and the Green Army were there for the fast race out to England and back. Thanks to Tosh Simpkin for taking the awesome photos.

Who Said This?

Warmup Rave


Just one PB to report this week and that goes to Clive Lawrence who finished in 25:00. It was also Darren Swift’s 100th parkrun.

parkrun Tourists

Sarah Jeremiah (Bournemouth)


Welsh National Marathon Championships

Congratulations to Katharine Collins who took a gold in the F35 category at the Welsh National Marathon Championships which were being held at the Snowdonia Marathon.

East Wales XC Championships

Congratulations to Rachel Lewis, Nicola Jukes, Kath Jervis, Margrett Monk, Sharon Woods, Lauren Cooper, Lee Aherne and Stephen Williams who all came away with medals at the East Wales XC Championships which took place at the John Collins Gwent League XC fixture in Pembrey.

Gwent League Cross Country: Pembrey

The second Gwent League fixture of the 2018/19 season took place on Saturday and with yellow weather warnings it was potentially going to be a wash out at Pembrey. Fortunately the rain had passed in time for the Ladies’, Mens’ and Tom’s and Sam’s races.

Storming Debut

New member Hywel Diplock had an awesome debut finishing in 78th position!

Marcus on Cake

Off the Tarmac Ultra

Katharine Collins and Owain Williams took part in the Off the Tarmac Ultra on Saturday. The 30-mile route started and finished in Merthyr and featured a climb up Pen y Fan. It was Kathy’s first ultra and she finished in 06:03:56 and took 3rd female. It was Owain’s second ultra and he finished in 06:39:06.

ToughRunner Winter Wales Ten Miles

Martyn Powell took part in the ToughRunner Winter 10 Miles on Saturday in Afan Forest near Port Talbot. It was Martyn’s first time racing in a Green Vest!

Sodbury Slog

Darren Kippest and Helen Williams travelled over to Chipping Sodbury for the up-to-the-knees mudfest that is the Sodbury Slog. If you fancy this race next year, get in quickly as it sells out fast.

Funked Up Friday (On a Tuesday)

A number of club members joined the First Strides bunch for a special training session in aid of Rebecca Cooksey and Family. The atrocious conditions didn’t prevent everyone from dressing up and raising £40.

Post-Run Photo

Message from Sergeant  Phillips

*****************TAKE A BOW! ***************

I am so proud of this fantastic group of runners we have at First Strides. Firstly, just turning up in this atrocious weather is fab but to see everyone of you embrace and support the Funked up Friday theme in honour of the wonderful Cooksey family too just makes me beam. Thank you!

Then off on the run and seeing you all attack the dark, cold, wet bypass and march up Sirhowy hill and then a number of you taking on the extra challenge and mileage of the college triangle too. Excellent work ☺️☺️

There were leaders, helpers, volunteers, old members rejoining (????)and new members returning and most of all there were a whole bunch of friends, out for a run, and a chat, in the rain, together.

Just a few of the things right there that makes me love this club and the people in it. I’m so proud of the progress you have all made and continue to make and can’t wait to see you all get fitter and faster. As long as I’m able too, I’ll be there to watch and help with your progress. ……….Even if you swear at me ???? and call me names ????????.

Thanks to all the helpers tonight – I won’t name anyone in particular because we all did a great job for each other tonight. Same time next week ????. #strongertogether #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #runderful

Sarge out.

Sunday Runs

Cefn Golau Climb


The Morning After the Night Before

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