13 Oct Weekend Roundup 12-13 October 2019

Saturday morning started even earlier than parkrun for some of us this week, as we tuned in to coverage of the attempt by Eliud Kipchoge to become the first person in history to run the marathon distance in under 2 hours. As runners, we possibly identify more closely to the awesomeness of this achievement than the general public, comparing our own meagre efforts to what Eliud accomplished…in my case, a mile PB set as an 18 year old at 4:35, and the great man ran 26 miles at 4:34 pace. Of course now I couldn’t keep up with him for longer than 100 metres!

Of course running on a muddy cross country course, it’s not about the time, it’s all about your finishing position and helping the team. We had a truly heartening turnout at the 1st Gwent League race on Saturday, held in conjunction with the Cardiff Cross event at Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. Great rabble-rousing by Lisa Cleary, who was pretty certain it was the largest attendance we’ve had at a cross country race.

Good to see mudlark Cath Tailby back in action, leading home our Ladies team in 135th, followed in by Cath Barker (150th) and XC debutante Lucy Entwhistle (169th). Louise Hunt had a good run finishing 174th, closely pursued by Beth Apglyn (195th) and Lisa (204th). Further results as follows…243rd Madeleine Attridge, 256th Anna Helsing, 273rd Kate Cheshire, 286th Danielle Rayner, 299th Arabella Calder, 300th Sophie Gott and 337th Margaret Ogden. The infamous log made another appearance at this fixture, and proved to be a great place for some action shots of Madeleine, Lisa and Lucy.

And so on to the men, who have the option of running all together or in a M65 race combined with the Ladies. New recruit John Davies took this latter option and finished a fine 90th overall, which bagged him 3rd place in his age category. If John teams up with Malcolm Bradley and Chris Nellins we will have a very impressive over-65 team for relays, etc….

Senior Men’s results as follows: 74th Gary Brown, 157th Ian Southwell, 211th Nathan Christoforato, 212th Anthony Bannon, 315th Colin Caesar, 332nd Dave Mathews, 342nd Kit Lambert, 368th Steven Barker, 383rd Jonathan Irvine, 386th Brian Law, 437th Chris Nellins, 468th Simon Williamson, 487th Gareth Davies, 506th Tim Cummings, 532nd Peter Balmont.

Don’t presently have any action shots, but do have a post race group shot of some of us, courtesy of new recruit Jonathan.

From a personal perspective I had a new experience to add to my catalogue marked “not very good”. With a three lap course and some high quality athletes at the front, you really have to shift to not get overtaken before the end of lap 2….nearly managed it last year, but this year I was mugged by at least the top twenty before I started my lonely cruise around the final lap. This would have been all well and good if the race winner had not decided to do a warm down loop around the course in-field, and float effortlessly past me for a second humiliation! It’s tough at the bottom 😂😂  Results can be found here.

For those of us sensibly avoiding the mud on Saturday, there were the usual parkrun destinations, and a few new ones too. Clem and Janice Clement “took the High Road” to Inverness playing the alphabet game, and apparently only needing another two to bag the full set. They reported a pretty wet course, so maybe parkrun can resemble cross country!

Cardiff parkrun

A total of 727 runners took part.

View full results for Cardiff parkrun event #618

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:16:14
18 1 Rachel GORMAN Brighton Phoenix 00:18:20
88 8 Ruth CANN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:55
225 187 Matthew WEBLEY Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:32


Inverness parkrun

A total of 166 runners took part.

View full results for Inverness parkrun event #415

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Shaun CUMMING Highland Hill Runners 00:19:11
15 1 Morag MURRAY Highland Hill Runners 00:22:28
22 21 Clem CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:38
87 21 Janice CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:29:07


Barry Island parkrun

A total of 132 runners took part.

View full results for Barry Island parkrun event #229

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:17:41
21 1 Jane SHELDON Seriously Mad Runners (Barry) 00:23:02
79 13 Beverley WARBURTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:28:50


Grangemoor parkrun

A total of 171 runners took part.

View full results for Grangemoor parkrun event #204

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Unknown ATHLETE Unattached 00:18:01
6 6 Jon ELY Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:19:34
11 1 Helen JESSOP Les Croupiers RC 00:21:37
24 22 Christopher Daniel SEAL Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:28
27 3 Rachel EALES Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:34
49 40 James BUCKINGHAM Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:24:56
62 11 Kathryn PETERSEN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:20
126 86 Tom EALES Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:32:12
127 41 Zoe BARBER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:32:15


Sunday has seen some road racing action for the Club far and wide.

Nearest to home, Ruth Cann took on the Eden Project Half Marathon, running with husband Damien to finish 156th in 1:49:48.

Over the channel in Metz (France), Andy Pearce was competing in the European Masters Marathon. Don’t have any results yet, but Andy recorded a time just inside 3:12…he wasn’t particularly happy with that, but there’s no truth in the rumour he’s sending his new daps back for a refund!

Meanwhile over in the U.S, Ian and Debbie Warburton were toeing the line for the world-renowned Chicago Marathon. Both of them have had a stop-start year due to various injuries; indeed Debbie is due to have a foot operation shortly. This didn’t stop them getting round in credible times, Ian recording 3:37:16 and Debbie taking 4:07:38. Ex-member Helen Griffiths was also out there, finishing in 4:18:17.

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