19 Oct XC Gwent League fixture 1 – Bridgend
Despite all forecasts the sun shone all day for the first fixture of the 2016-2017 Gwent League Cross Country. After strong performances last year both the ladies and men’s teams were looking to get the season off to a good start.
Before the races kicked off there were a few awards handed out to the Full Setters of last year and the Men’s team promotion plate awarded to Ben as the highest scorer last season.
A summary from Lisa Cleary says it all really:
As always, a great day out at Gwent League …… Amazing running by everyone, you all did yourselves and Penarth and Dinas proud – fabulous cakes etc too!!! Well done to our debut runners Cath Barker, Catrin Palfrey,Debbie Rees, Colin Caesar and Paul Morton – ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!!!’ Missing from photos are Debbie Evans and Marc Gareth Durkin who were ‘Full Setters’ last season 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Cath Gardner 80th, Cath Barker 111, Andrea Hurman 134, Catrin Palfrey 136, Louise Hunt 139, Lisa Cleary 157, Ruth Cann 159, Yvonne Williams201, Michelle Hoey 226, Jane Blethyn 248, Debbie Rees 297, Judy Maragna 315
Ben Butler-Madden 97th (week after Chicago marathon!), Andy Jones 203,Gavin Evans 239, Marc Durkin 305, Dave Mathews 315, Christopher Nellins 321, Colin Ceaser 363, Malcolm Bradley 369, Paul Morton 374,Peter Balmont 458
Quote of the day would have to go to Paul Morton – “I can see why you beg people to do this!”
Here are some pictures of the race, however there are many more on the members of Penarth and Dinas Facebook page.