18 Nov Weekend Roundup 16-17 November 2019

The “gangstas” above were part of the P&D squad that took on the SOSPAN 10…more about that later!

We had lots of our members representing region and country on Saturday, with the Welsh Inter Regional Championships held at Brecon, and the Home Nations Masters’ Cross Country race up in Aintree. Not just competing, coming away with podium results in some cases! It was great to see Lisa Cleary (30:38) getting back to her best form, with a brilliant 2nd place in the MW55 race in Brecon, and helping the South Wales Ladies to a handsome overall victory. Beth Apglyn (31:03) was representing the region for the first time, and managed to bag a Senior Women’s Bronze Team medal, and there were solid runs for Cath Barker (29:34) and Louise Hunt (29:50) in the MW35 category.

Some solid running in the Men’s event too, with Ian Southwell (36:25), Anthony Bannon (39:21), Kevin Chalke (39:51) and Brian Law (43:05) representing South Wales. Kev was 6th in MM55 and bagged a Bronze Team medal. A great day out for South Wales, who took gold in the Men’s, Women’s and Overall team results! Full details can be found here (thanks Lisa for sending me the link!)

Meanwhile we had two representatives representing Wales in the Home Nations Masters XC race in Aintree. Gary Brown finished 24th in MM35 and John Davies finished 18th in MM60, both highly credible performances in a top-quality field. These photos courtesy of Ben Butler-Madden (who had a non-too-shabby run himself, finishing 22nd in MM35!) Full results here.

Saturday being Saturday of course, there were the usual suspects getting their parkrun fix. Nice running by Paul McGilvray up in Woodhouse Moor bagging a PB 20:38, Matt Webley translating his track training into a solid 25:18 at Cardiff, and the Clements up to 24 letters in the Alphabet Challenge with University of Stirling.

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 627 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #641

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Marcos Angel VALERO PALACIOS Roundhay Runners 00:16:19
33 1 Louise GILBERT Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies 00:19:56
49 46 Paul MCGILVRAY Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:20:38


Cardiff parkrun

A total of 687 runners took part.

View full results for Cardiff parkrun event #623

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Mukhtaar FARHAN Unattached 00:16:03
12 1 Carys HUGHES Cardiff AAC 00:18:02
218 194 Matthew WEBLEY Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:18


Barry Island parkrun

A total of 142 runners took part.

View full results for Barry Island parkrun event #233

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Oliver WILLIAMS White Rock Runners 00:18:09
4 4 Andy PEARCE Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:19:23
10 1 Tammy NURSE Unattached 00:20:42
52 6 Andrea HURMAN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:51
69 16 Kate CHESHIRE Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:28:34
84 21 Julie BROUGHTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:29:33


Grangemoor parkrun

A total of 169 runners took part.

View full results for Grangemoor parkrun event #209

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Daniel SOLTYS Royal Navy AC 00:17:36
6 6 Jon ELY Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:20:21
15 15 Steven BARKER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:52
23 1 Nina LINDHOLM CDF Runners 00:23:27
49 9 Jan FROST Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:02
76 57 Abyd QUINN AZIZ Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:27:53
99 33 Zoe BARBER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:29:36


University of Stirling parkrun

A total of 267 runners took part.

View full results for University of Stirling parkrun event #6

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Chris SMITHARD Deeside Orienteering Club 00:16:55
12 1 Carrie BANKS Stirling Tri Club 00:20:14
32 29 Clem CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:41
131 38 Janice CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:27:22


Tremorfa parkrun

A total of 172 runners took part.

View full results for Tremorfa parkrun event #4

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Edward DONOVAN Unattached 00:17:13
15 1 Shona COWPER Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC 00:20:31
26 23 Christopher Daniel SEAL Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:32
62 50 James BUCKINGHAM Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:24:50


On to Sunday, and a bunch of P&D off-roaders were on the way down the M4 to Pembrey Country Park for the SOSPAN 10 MT Race, which is a varied run through woods, hills and even the beach thrown in! It was also the penultimate race in the Club Off Road Championships, so there were points to be had….but also a chance to share cake and prosecco, on the occasion of Sarah Lees’ birthday. Well done to Malcolm Bradley (136th in 1:26:37) Louise Hunt (181st in 1:30:06) Julie Broughton (254th in 1:37:06) Nigel Adams (328th in 1:44:42) Sarah Lees (329th in 1:44:42!) Sophie Gott (333rd in 1:45:05) and Debbie Rees (401st in 1:53:47). Here are the full results and a nice selection of photos, both courtesy of Malcolm, thank you!

Up in Scotland, those Clements were getting in their 2nd fast run of the weekend, competing in the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10k…here’s Clem’s report

“A 10k is always a risk in November, but the organisers’ Bellahouston Road Runners must have been chuffed to see blue skies, and whilst it had been freezing overnight the sun promised nice conditions where it was able to penetrate in the park. The club is named after Bellahouston Park, famous for being the location of The Pope’s address when he visited the UK in 1982, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for An Art Lover. The club also boasts Richard Leyton, Glasgow’s equivalent of Phil Cook, that is the person who brought parkrun to Glasgow and Scotland. The Jimmy Irvine 10k is named after the club’s founder member, who was on hand to press the starting horn”.

“The course starts on a rise but also has a drop in the first kilometre down to the flat part of the park. It’s 2 and a bit laps, with the rise to be done 3 times, but again 3 drops to make up for it and the final km is lovely and flat. We were told 800 people entered but I am not sure how accurate that is as there were just about 650 finishers. Clem was second MM60 in a time of 42 27, his quickest 10k for well over a year, but the strength of Scottish veteran running had him almost 3 minutes behind the category winner. Janice ran 54:17; her best 10k of the year. Then onto the amazing ‘free for a donation’ buffet”.

Also north, but not as far as Scotland, Gareth Davies was taking on the Conwy Half Marathon…he finished 688th in a fine time of 1:47:17, which was a course PB by 90 seconds. This race also hit the news by declaring that runners who discarded water bottles away from the aid stations would be disqualified…be interesting to hear if that was carried through.

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