08 Apr Weekend Roundup 6-7 April 2019

This weekend saw a real mixture of challenges thrown at the Blue and Yellow Army! Everything from parkrun through to 32 miles along the Welsh Coast Path….

The Vale of Glamorgan Ultra offered two options on Saturday morning. You could do the “long one” starting at Penarth Pier at 08:00, and finishing many miles/hours later at Ogmore Beach. Or you could opt for the short one (!) 18.5 miles to Ogmore starting at Porthkerry Country Park in Barry. Results are a bit slow coming in in, but my digging tells me that Ian Southwell covered the 32 miles in around 4:39 for a brilliant 4th place, and we also had the following heroes doing the full monty…Chris Nellins, Nigel Adams, Emma Shumack, Shirley Howman and Steve New. I’m indebted to a few people out on the course taking photos, here’s a selection, but big kudos must go to Emma, who has to have been the smiliest runner out there…and she produced a brilliant photo montage of the day.

Another gang started at Porthkerry Park…Lyn Evans, Lynne Evans, Tania Miranda, Tim Cummings and Kath Petersen. All dressed appropriately for a typical Spring day on the Welsh Coastline, but actually it was pretty warm and various layers had to be ‘lost’ as the day went on. Full results now published.

Meanwhile, we had a a small group of parkrunners out and about on Saturday morning…..

Grangemoor: 19th Chris Seal 21:45, 24th Simon Williamson 22:23 (course PB), 86th Richard Jackson 26:38, 95th Stephen Farmer 27:06

Barry Island: 3rd Andy Pearce 19:25, 7th Kevin Chalke 20:31, 29th Lucy Entwhistle 23:34, 39th Kate Cheshire 24:48, 42nd James Buckingham 25:06, 50th Laurie Smith 25:41, 54th Katie Clark 25:53, 68th Ian Warburton 26:58, 108th Paul Whitmarsh 30:45, 166th Cathy Pearce 48:01 (Tail Walker)

Selby: 15th Ruth Cann 22:24

Shrewsbury: 94th Steven Barker 23:25, 95th Cath Barker 23:26. Great to see Cath running strongly again after her recent accident!

Sunday was a big day for a few of our Marathon runners, with a bunch of them heading north to Manchester. Two of them were making their debuts and they both conquered the distance.  Nathan Christoforato came incredibly close to breaking 3 hours, with a fantastic time of 3:03:31, whilst Hannah Clark battled round the course with her friend and training partner Blath to finish in 5:44:45. Well done both of you!

Meanwhile two of our more seasoned marathon runners were out there too….Paul Morton knocked 3 minutes off his PB, with a sterling 3:13:26, and Andrea Hurman had a steady run round one of her favourite races to finish in 4:05:35. Full results here.

A couple of our ‘likely lads’ (Ben Butler-Madden and Gary Brown) set off on a road trip to Kent on Saturday afternoon to take part in Sunday’s Paddock Wood Half Marathon. I’m guessing it must be recognised as a fast course, as it was won in 65:34 (Nick Torry, a V40+ runner!) and Ben stormed home 25th in 72:50, a PB by over a minute and shifting him up to 2nd Fastest P&D Runner over HM. Gary was treating the race as Newport Marathon prep, and finished 51st in 76:11. Full results here.

Back in the land of Dragons, we had the re-scheduled Ponty Reverse 10, which you might recall was postponed due to adverse weather in January. It was a Club Championship event and hence had a healthy turnout, with star performance from Ruth Cann, winning the VW35 Category.

15th Mike Morgan 68:12, 57th Ruth Cann 76:54, 60th Simon Grant 78:10, 75th Malcolm Bradley 81:12, 77th Louise Hunt 81:26, 80th Mark Taylor 81:30, 98th Gareth Davies 85:51, 111th Steve Goodfellow 89:12, 112th Bev Warburton 89:32, 129th Jon Lewis 91:59, 153rd Darren Morgan 99:53, 154th Andrea Goodfellow 100:04.

Full results can be found on the Roadents Facebook page. Before and after photos courtesy of Malcolm.

Was hoping to have a report on how Beth Apglyn got on in the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea, but endless trawling of the internet, Instagram and Facebook has produced precisely zilch! Hope you had a good one, Beth! ***KOREA CALLING***Beth’s report just in (Tuesday)!

“What an amazing and surreal experience! The race started with us being led into a stadium of 50,000 cheering people before being set off in groups based on the distance we were running. On the out section there were fewer people out on the streets cheering so was focusing more on the run but after hitting the turn around point of the marathon and coming back into the city, decided to ease off a bit and enjoy the atmosphere as there were loads of kids and families out watching. High fiving local kids and exchanging a few words with the locals was amazing! Definitely don’t let anyone tell you it’s a flat course though! 😂
Best moment of the race was coming back into the Kim Il Sung stadium and doing a lap around the track in front of that crowd!
Ended up as the 4th amateur female in a time of 3:53:51 😀 slightly gutted to have missed out on the podium by one place 😂😂 Definitely the best marathon I’ve ever done!
Shout out to Joe and Stefano who were both awesome at their first runs at their respective distances”

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