Weekend Roundup 13-14 Oct 2018

14 Oct Weekend Roundup 13-14 Oct 2018

This weekend was all about CROSS COUNTRY, but the weather also had an impact, with cancellation of the Merthyr Tydfil trail events and various parkruns called off due to Storm Callum.  However, we had P &D heroes doing amazing things all over the country…read on!

Captains Ben and Lisa did a sterling job rallying the troops and mustering a healthy turnout at the first Gwent XC League race in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff….but come on boys and girls, when an old “hasbeen” like me is making the Senior Men’s scoring team as fifth finisher we can do better! We don’t have many photos of our wonderful ladies team running, but here’s a great snap taken by Ben of the team with last year’s victor’s plate.  Anna Helsing and Sarah Lees aren’t in it, the latter got stuck in traffic, but persevered and arrived just in time. They finished in the following order…Cath Gardner (Tailby) 68th 28:56, Andrea Hurman 122nd 31:12, Lisa Cleary 143rd 32:10, Anna Helsing 166th 33:05, Helen Griffiths 168th 33:12, Sarah Lees 214th 35:42, Tania Miranda 276th 40:20Beth Apglyn unfortunately dropped out with a bug caught on the way back from the Chicago Marathon last weekend.

Full results can be found here.  Special mention for Anna, who finished 4th in the 50-55 category, well done! Hopefully more photos at the next one when I pack my camera.  Our usual ‘snapper’ Malcolm Bradley was competing in the M65+ race, which is actually amalgamated with the Senior Women’s race…and very well he did too, finishing 6th in 29:47.

Meanwhile the Men’s team were getting psyched to take on the gruelling 6 mile course (I lie, it was pretty tame in ‘true’ cross country terms…)

The finish order was Ben Butler-Madden 46th in 34:45, Gary Brown 47th(!) in 34:54, Nathan Christoforato 156th in 38:54, Mike Morgan 212th in 40:31, Simon Williamson 326th in 45:49, Colin Caesar 330th in 46:09Terry McCarthy 381st in 48:58Steve Barker 382nd in 49:06Steve Farmer 429th in 58:20 and Peter Balmont 432nd in 59:48.

Here are a selection of great action shots, including great poise and patience by Dexter…with thanks to ace photographers Malcolm Bradley, Jonny Lam and Paul Stillman.

Elsewhere there was plenty of the usual parkrun action…P&D athletes listed here

OxfordFreddie Brown finished 4th in 18:58

Glasgow SpringburnClem Clement was 66th in 28:51 and Janice Clement tail-walked to 38:26, no doubt saving herself for the next day’s exploits (see below)

Barry IslandLisa Cleary warmed up for XC in the afternoon with 26:26 for 36th. Julie Broughton was 43rd in 27:17, but my Hero of the Day was Cam Large, who was 73rd in 30:59. Why? Well Cam ripped his leg to bits in a nasty snowboarding accident 6 months ago and has made a remarkably brave and rapid recovery, in spite of various setbacks.  Well done that man!

GrangemoorCath Barker came 1st in the Women’s category (25th, 21:57) before taking part in a Tennis Final in the afternoon! Tom Eales was 30th (22:19), Chris Herdman 31st (22:22), Melissa Smith/Lappin 55th (24:06), Jon Lewis 58th (24:38), Peter Trott 60th (24:47), Rachel Eales 97th (27:56), Tim Monckton 104th (28:09) and Andrea Goodfellow 131st (30:22).

Three marathon/half marathon races to report on in very different locations.  Janice Clement ‘took the high road’ to bonny Rannoch Moor Half Marathon and came away with the VW60 winner’s medal, in a time of 1:58:24…brilliant work Janice.  She looks suitably happy here!

Now Janice wasn’t the only VW60 winner in the Club this weekend.  Our intrepid Chair Yvonne Williams was taking on the very undulating and historical Isle of Wight Marathon, and came away with a fine victory in her age category and a time of 4:53:27.

Meanwhile Frank Atherton was sunning himself down in Portugal, competing in the Lisbon Marathon.  Our Frank finished 1082nd out of over 3000 finishers (61st M55) in a chip time time 3:48:25.  Now as he went through halfway in 1:47 I doubt he’ll be happy with this, and probably regretting the fact that he lets me follow him on Strava….

As ever, if I have got my facts wrong on any of these stories, I’d be happy to correct them; please message me via simonw15@sky.com



  • Janice Clement
    Posted at 09:58h, 15 October Reply

    Great write up Simon! Thanks for the shout, though mine was only a half marathon!

    • Simon Williamson
      Posted at 10:19h, 15 October Reply

      Oops! Thanks for letting me know Janice….I’ll put that right

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