12 May Weekend Roundup 11-12 May 2019
Sunday was a big day for the Club, with the staging of our annual Porthkerry 5 mile Multi-Terrain Race, and we couldn’t have hoped for more perfect weather conditions, with the added bonus that the course was not at all muddy. In the run-up we had to make significant alterations in the top field, where Welsh Water have started excavating for a new pipeline….and the feedback from most runners was pretty positive, with the extended loop at the start easing congestion on to the ‘pebble beach’ path.
Got quite a few people to thank for making this race happen, but I’ll obviously start with ‘Mr Race Director Extraordinaire’ himself, Lyn Evans, who made me laugh halfway through the morning talking about the arrangements for next year’s 15th Anniversary edition! Here he is with the Club Chairman and some other bloke in a P&D teeshirt….
As ever, great support from P&D Club Members turning out in their droves to marshal and cover all the other myriad jobs required by this type of race, and co-ordinated wonderfully by Debbie Williams.
Thanks to St John’s Ambulance and CAVRA for medical support and backup (thankfully none required!), the Ranger Team at Porthkerry, and staff at Mrs Marco’s for keeping the volunteers sustained with tea, coffee and biscuits. We are grateful for the assistance from Wild Trail and Princes Gate Water for post-race sustenance and hydration. And a big thank you to the local runners and clubs that supported the event…hope you all enjoyed it and we’ll see you again next year! Photos courtesy of Malcolm Bradley and Abyd Quinn Aziz, and lots more can be viewed on our Club Facebook page.
Even with all this frenetic organising effort, the Club were involved with some racing action this weekend. Starting early on Friday, Ben Butler-Madden and Ian Southwell competed in the Bannister Mile (full results here) in Blackweir Playing Fields, and proved that recent marathons haven’t blunted their speed merchant legs at all. Ben finished 6th in 4:49, with Ian 11th in 5:13.
Grangemoor: 10th Dave Mathews 19:42, 30th Terry McCarthy 21:47, 43rd Steven Barker 22:57, 45th Cath Barker 22:59, 47th Gareth Davies 23:21, 50th Peter Trott 23:30, 57th Steve Goodfellow 24:06, 64th James Buckingham 24:35, 70th Mike Samuel 24:57, 79th Tom Eales 25:19, 83rd Rachel Eales 25:34, 86th Stephen Farmer 25:47, 91st Kath Petersen 26:00, 92nd Mark Pearce 26:00, 104th Arabella Calder 26:27 (PB by 3 secs), 130th Andrea Goodfellow 28:18, 152nd Margaret Ogden 29:17
Cardiff Blackweir: 122nd Ruth Cann 21:55
Pontypridd: 50th Louise Hunt 23:17, 115th Lindsey Hunt 26:32, 138th Yvonne Williams 30:22, 214th Judy Maragna 30:22
Springburn: 57th Clem Clement 21:36, 176th Janice Clement 26:48
Barry Island: 1st Ben Butler-Madden 18:14, 2nd Ian Southwell 18:38, 3rd Andy Pearce 19:31, 6th Kevin Chalke 19:59 (PB by 15 secs, 77.56% Ag Grade), 10th Paul Morton 20:52, 75th Richard Jackson 27:05….wow, 5 P&D in the top 10, looking good for the Welsh Castles Relay!
Meanwhile over towards Garth Mountain (scene of the recent Pentyrch Hill Race), Malcolm Bradley, ever the glutton for punishment, went back for the Radyr Half Marathon Trail Half. He was joined by Anna Helsing, but at this moment in time we don’t have any official results. I do however know from a bit of Strava stalking that they climbed about 1600 feet!
And finally ‘Mr Cheese’ Gary Brown was trying out the local varieties in downtown Bucharest, running in the Bucharest 10k….and he finished 6th in a handy 36:29, which in my eyes looks to be a good recovery from last weekend’s Newport Marathon.