26 Oct Weekend Roundup 24-25th October 2020

As we continue with this strange year, with Wales being put into “circuit break” lockdown due to coronavirus, Penarth and Dinas Runners have been seeking out more virtual challenges to test themselves…albeit, with the unenviable task of ‘racing solo’ in quite difficult autumnal conditions. Cardiff Running Events were staging the final event in their Longer Challenge Series, with P&D using it as another race in the Club Championships, and with the cancellation of this year’s Snowdonia Marathon, Lisa Cleary wasn’t going to forego the chance to run her own virtual version of the race around the Barry area (see map above).

Let’s start with Lisa.  After completing the Virtual London Marathon at the beginning of October with club mates Bethan Apglyn and Kate Cheshire, this time Lisa was on her own, but ably supported by husband Andy.  Her chosen route went “clockwise”, taking in Barry Island and the Knap around 8 miles, before heading up to the halfway point on old Five Mile Lane, reached in 2:04:29. There then followed more taxing climbs, as she headed away from Dyffryn Gardens up towards Wenvoe and Dinas. She stopped the clock at 4:18:09, starting and finishing at home, and spending the rest of the day attending to well-earnt rehydration! Well done Lisa, amazing solo running in arduous conditions on a tough route…might not have been “Snowdonia-tough”, but still a very honest effort. Here she is at 8 miles and 25 miles respectively, photos courtesy of Andy Cleary.

Moving on to the CRE Half Marathon, there were some cracking individual performances. Ian Southwell chose to start in Sully and ran some incredibly even, fast splits around a loop based on Hayes Road. He was rewarded with a a superb time of 1:20:11, good enough for 4th overall and 1st in the M40 Age Category. Next home for us, in 7th overall and 2nd M55, was Kevin Chalke, who’s consistent training during lockdown was reaped a personal best time of 1:27:01 (although Strava rounded it up to 1:27:10). This was equivalent to over 80% as an Age Grade score, which is immense. Kev also opted for the Hayes Road circuit, which could possibly become the “go-to” venue for Club time trials!

Nathan Christoforato chose to run a short lap course taking in The Knap on Barry Island, which might have been flat but proved to be somewhat boring! Solid even splits resulted in 8th overall, in a time of 1:27:31. Andy Pearce was another Sully Aficionado, 12th overall in 1:31:27, which was ‘only good enough’ for 3rd in a competitive M50 Age Category.

Just behind Andy in 13th overall was another Sully resident Kaarina Ruta, who produced an incredible 1:31:32 to take the title of First Female Finisher. A fantastic performance, with a time around 2nd best in the Women’s Club Records.

Nice to see Jon Ely back out there, with a strong 1:37:45, closely followed by Catherine Barker in 1:38:43, which was good enough for 2nd place in W40. Simon Williamson chose an undulating loop including Five Mile Lane and Culverhouse Cross, but gave a reasonable account of himself to finish 3rd M60 in a time of 1:46:30. Debbie Warburton celebrated her birthday early with a win in the W50 Age Category but, like Simon, struggled a bit with the pace once through the 10 mile point.

Malcolm Bradley did his usual, favourite (?) route of mile repeats on Port Road, rewarded with top spot in M70 and a cracking time of 1:52:32, which might have been nearly 2 minutes faster if he hadn’t stopped for refreshment at his secret tree near Pencoedtre Wood!

We had a bevvy of blokes gunning for sub-two hours, led in by Gideon Calder (1:58:44), Gareth Davies (1:58:49) and Steven Barker (1:59:53), with Steven bravely battling on with a sore calf….speedy recovery wishes from all of us in the club, Steve.

Abyd Quinn Aziz completed his longest run since 2017 on Sunday with a fine 2:07:21, and his body is possibly still telling him about it today! Apparently he’s using these miles towards his aim of completing the Snowdonia Marathon distance within the week. He was followed in by some of the regular Penarth Monday night training crowd, with Jan Frost (2:07:29), Kath Petersen (2:08:47), Nigel Adams (2:10:30) and Emma Healy (2:10:39). We’re pretty sure that this lot could have run faster as a group, but the Welsh fire break restrictions put the ‘dampener’ on that idea….

However one household over in Rhoose was able to run together….Mark and Julie Broughton fought the elements on the other side of the airport to record times of 2:12:06 and 2:12:51 respectively (I’m guessing Mark had to get home first to put the kettle on!)

Glenn Powell made a last-minute decision to run on Sunday, and cruised to a very commendable 2:19 around the streets of Cardiff. Arabella Calder was leading a ding dong battle for the W45 Club Championship title going into the weekend, as she fought her way to another super-consistent time of 2:19:28. The new tables are being assembled by Malcolm as we speak, and it seems likely that Debbie and Julie might have just crept ahead…watch this space for confirmation!

Cam Large and Richard Jackson have also been turning out regularly for the Club Championship events, and this weekend had solid runs of 2:20:52 and 2:29 respectively. And 2:29 was also the time recorded by Debbie Rees, choosing a sensible out and back route to Wenvoe which avoided the nasty hill on Five Mile Lane.

Hats off to our final runner to take up the challenge, Andrew May. Andrew started running in March, and had only just run the HM distance a week earlier…he took another 2 minutes off his time, but there’s plenty more from where that came from; well done Andrew!

Some other late news just in (via Lisa!)….Chelle Jenkins completed a virtual version of the Amsterdam Marathon in a ‘moving time’ of around 5 hours…top work Chelle!

Provisional list of Club finishers from the weekend, with full results here…..

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