11 Nov Weekend Roundup 10-11 Nov 2018
Actually the Weekend started on Wednesday for Penarth and Dinas Runners this week! Julie Broughton packed her head torch and headed east for the Rogue Runs Severn Bridge Night 5 miler and stormed through the gloom to win the Ladies V50 category in a time of 41:39…top work, 84th overall and 21st woman to finish from a field of 366 competitors.
Saturday dawned to the usual parkrun action (see summary below), and some hard nuts from the club headed towards the coast to take part in the Vale Trail Half Marathon. Chris Nellins was the first P&Der to finish, taking the opportunity to nip past Debbie Warburton as she negotiated a tricky stream, and disappearing towards the finish never to be seen again! Final results as follows…..
24th Chris Nellins 1:50:00, 49th Debbie Warburton (Evans) 2:11:14, 60th Ian Warburton 2:17:08, 101st Stephen New 2:47:33. Steve being Steve of course, he’s scheduled to take part in the Dorney Lakes 6 hour race on Monday, someone please stop this lunatic! SOSPAN 10 and more ultra events and the Lanzarote Marathon on the horizon too…..
Heading north were Ben Butler-Madden and Bethan Apglyn….Beth sends her this report and photo (well sort of; I nicked them off her Facebook page, thanks Beth!)
The Cheshire 10k is a lovely race starting at Arley Hall with the route going through the country lanes of Antrobus. I’ve grown up with fond memories of visiting my Grandparents in Antrobus and my Grandma helps out at the water station as it’s at her Chapel so always an extra special race for me! Wish my Grandad was here to see us run too ❤️
Star of the day was Ben Butler-Madden who had a 3 second pb with 33.30 and 2nd in his age category🏆🎉 I was way off pb pace today (48.16) but was my first race since doing Chicago marathon so can’t complain and really enjoyed it 😊
And so on to the “Main Course” of the weekend…the large and wonderful Gwent Cross Country League, which based itself at Pembrey Country Park on a blustery, yet sunny & dry, Saturday afternoon. After a bit of a club adventure erecting a non-compliant tent (helps if it isn’t inside-out!), the Ladies and our sole M65 Malcolm Bradley lined up to take on the 6 km course. Cath Tailby led us home again, and brilliant to see Melissa Smith (Lappin) transfer some her solid parkrun performances into a great debut XC finish. Louise Hunt and Anna Helsing both worked their way through the field after cautious starts, the latter being ‘barked on’ by her biggest supporter Bella the labrador and rookie handler Simon Williamson (injured, so present in the role of supporter/photographer/doggie assistant).
77th Cath Tailby (Gardner) 27:51, 90th Cath Barker 28:22 (6th VW40), 124th Lisa Cleary 29:56 (8th VW50), 129th Louise Hunt 30:03, 130th Andrea Hurman 30:04 (9th VW50), 184th Melissa Smith 32:31, 224th Yvonne Williams 34:39 (4th VW60, off no training for the last 2 weeks in Australia, wow!) Team-wise we finished 11th in Division 1; it’s a tough league, with 48(!) teams spread over three divisions.
Meanwhile in the M65 race Malcolm finished a fantastic 3rd in 28:50, and is now sitting in 3rd place in the Overall Standings after 2 fixtures!
The Men’s team were missing a few people, either committed elsewhere or injured, but still put in a solid performance to finish 6th in Division 2, which was the same as in the first fixture in Cardiff. There are four divisions in the Men’s race and 51 teams! Leading us home was Gary Brown in 43rd (33:40), backed up by Nathan Christoforato 146th (37:26 and loving his XC racing at the moment) and Mike Morgan 188th (39:24). Mike started right at the back having had traffic problems getting to the venue, but confidently loped his way through the field. Kit Lambert was another making his XC debut, with shiny new spikes to show for it! Great running Kit, 42:04 for 266th place. Closing in the team-scoring was Steven Barker 345th in 46:37, sterling work after coaching junior football all morning. Biggest Club cheer of the day was saved for Peter Balmont, who sprinted up the finish funnel to 401st place (59:07). Here are a selection of photos that I took on the day, to give a flavour of this unique corner of the running world….
(This photo courtesy of Lisa Cleary)
(This photo courtesy of Mike Morgan)
Finally we come to the parkrun results…..
Cardiff: 303rd Sarah Lees 26:22
Pollok Park (Glasgow): 63rd Clem Clement 23:19, 169th Janice Clement 27:17
Barry Island: 35th Kate Cheshire 25:18 (massive 33 secs PB, in nasty weather, well done!)
Grangemoor: 10th Chris Seal 21:02 (equals PB), 16th Chris Herdman 21:58, 41st Jon Lewis 24:11, 45th James Buckingham 24:19, 49th Peter Trott 24:25, 72nd Bev Warburton 25:57, 78th Mandy Barrington 26:26, 94th Cam Large 28:27 (big improvement for Cam, still on the mend from a nasty snowboarding accident a few months ago)
***NEWS JUST IN*** Bev Warburton and Mandy Barrington took part in the infamous Sodbury Slog today. Mud, hills, bogs, more mud and no doubt a lot of gnashing of teeth. The fact they came in together in a time of 2:10 for a course advertised as 9.85 miles says it all really….sounds like one of Malcolm’s Sunday runs!😂
Mandy has just got the last of the mud off and sends us this report….
“The course varies and this year it was 10 miles of largely off road mud, water and hills, and more mud and water! The newly added Leap of Faith and the well known Pig Trough saw us wading thigh deep through muddy water (I’ve seriously never seen anything like it!). Anyway, here’s a pic, cheers!”