20 Jan Weekend Roundup 19-20 Jan 2019
For Penarth and Dinas Runners, this weekend was always going to be about our first Club-organised race of the year, the CF64 Winter Race. After the inaugural event last year, which endured a biblical downpour and attendant quagmire of a course, we were a little nervous that people would be put off…no chance! We upped the entry limit to 300, and 235 runners completed the course this morning…thankfully the weather was just perfect for winter racing, with the going underfoot quite challenging in places but thankfully no snorkels required this time around!
Lyn Evans produced a masterclass in how to be a Run Director, with his meticulous attention to detail and amazing organisation…there was literally no stone unturned in his planning for this race. He was ably assisted by Yvonne Williams and Debbie Williams, and a young “apprentice” who had nearly the same surname (Simon Williamson). But to be perfectly honest, it was the fantastic turnout of our Club member volunteers on the day that really made this race a success, and hopefully a regular & popular event for runners in the South Wales area. Give yourselves all a big pat on the back!
The provisional results can be found here, congratulations to winners Luke Williams (San Domenico RC) and Fiona Bussell (San Domenico RC). A number of our team were able to take some photos while they worked, thank you Ben Butler-Madden, Malcolm Bradley, Beth Apglyn, Abyd Quinn Aziz and Debbie Rees…you can also find more photos on the Club Facebook page, and at the race link at the top of the page.
With all hands to the pump, not many of us were competing this weekend…but there were some good performances at various parkruns on Saturday. My top pick goes to Freddie Brown, who smashed his parkrun PB literally out of the park(!) by 37 seconds, recording the tantalising time of 18:01 for 4th place at Grangemoor. At the same event Kath Petersen sliced 20 seconds off her PB with a fine 26:14, and Malcolm Bradley was our top “age-grader” with an impressive 77.76%.
Barry Island: 5th Kevin Chalke 20:43, 40th Melissa Smith 25:08, 79th Ian Warburton 28:29, 106th Julie Broughton 31:18, 107th Beth Apglyn 31:25
Grangemoor: 4th Freddie Brown 18:01, 14th Dave Mathews 21:08, 18th Rachel Eales 21:25 (2nd Lady), 20th Tom Eales 21:50, 25th Cath Barker 22:10 (4th Lady), 26th Chris Herdman 22:11, 27th Malcolm Bradley 22:11, 31st Louise Hunt 22:28, 40th Jonathan Salisbury 23:01, 42nd Steven Barker 23:02 (running with son David), 89th Kath Petersen 26:14, 99th Arabella Calder 26:40, 166th Paul Whitmarsh 30:57
Ruchill, Scotland: 20th Clem Clement 21:36, 73rd Janice Clement 28:29
And today there was a very high quality road race happening near Chepstow….the Speedway 10k. It was won in 29:17, with the first 30 runners inside 33 minutes. We had two “speedsters” there…Gary Brown finished 50th in 34:37 and Paul Morton broke the 40 minute barrier for the first time ever with a superbly-paced 39:47 (120th).