28 Jun Weekend Roundup 26 – 27 June 2020

The P&D Weekend started early again this week, as we “crowded out the local roads” (singularly) on Friday for the Fourth and Final race in the Cardiff Summer Series…massive thanks to Cardiff Running Events for turning this into a Virtual Event in 2020. We took the decision to incorporate it in our Club Championships and it has been a huge hit with our membership, with regular attendance in the region of 35 – 40 runners for each event.

This being the final race in the series, there was also the opportunity to improve our individual positions in the Overall Standings, and I’m extremely pleased to report that we had NINE ATHLETES on the ‘podium’.

We have FOUR SERIES WINNERS….

Bethan Apglyn (Senior Women), Lisa Cleary (W55), Judy Maragna (W65) and Malcolm Bradley (M65)

We have THREE SERIES RUNNER-UPS….

Andy Pearce (M50), Kevin Chalke (M55) and Brian Law (M60)

We have TWO SERIES BRONZE MEDALLISTS

Debbie Warburton (W50) and Joe Turner (Senior Men)

Full and comprehensive results can be found here

Fastest P&D runner was (yet again) Ian Southwell, cruising to a very classy 4 miles in 23:19 at Cardiff Bay, with a loop round the back of the Senedd, good enough for 11th overall on the day and 6th in the series rankings. Next home was Nathan Christoforato, who must have been delighted with 23:40 and 14th place (better than 20th, mate…result!), and placing 12th overall in the series.

Joe Turner has been the revelation this summer, with a massive improvement in performance, and another great run here…21st overall in 24:39 and cementing his 3rd place ranking in the Senior Men’s series standings. Joe was chased in by a resurgent Andy Pearce in 24:43, 2nd overall in the M50 series results and supported by “The Family Crew” out on the road…..

There was strong running too from Anthony Bannon (25:44), Kevin Chalke (26:07), Brian Law (27:04) and Kit Lambert (27:13), before we had our first Lady finisher. Catherine Barker is returning to tremendous form, recording 27:24 for a convincing victory in W40 (but not eligible for the series, as she missed the first race). Another person to run a blinder was Chris Seal, who produced a sizzling 28:21 after a very full-on day….

We were delighted to welcome ‘on board’ new member Jane Sheldon (pictured above), who got agonisingly close to dipping under 29 minutes, but can be well-satisfied with finishing 3rd on the day in her W45 Age Category (and 10th Lady on the day). She was chased in by a Blue and Yellow trio comprising of Bethan Apglyn, Simon Williamson (both on 29:33) and Malcolm Bradley (29:37). Malcolm walked off with the series spoils in M65, to celebrate moving up to M70….is there no stopping this “youth”?!

Steven Barker (30:15) was on target for a solid time under 29 minutes before encountering severe ‘people congestion’ on One Mile Lane in Cosmeston Lakes CP….one of the disadvantages of this venue as a time trial setting. Kuldeep Singh (30:16) had a brilliant early morning run in Barry, managing to bag a 23:37 5k PB on the way there. Tim Cummings made the most of his final week in furlough to record a very solid 30:44.

It’s been really heartening to see the return to fitness of Debbie Warburton, recording a nippy 30:56, 3rd on the day in W50, and 3rd in the W50 series…just reward for some consistent, quality training. Lisa Cleary (31:05) was a little disappointed with her performance on the day (“I ran like a novice”!) but she was totally dominant in her W55 age category, and continues to be hassling Bethan at the top of the Women’s Club Championship rankings!

Next home were Colin Caesar (31:44), Abyd Quinn Aziz (32:02), Chris Nellins (32:15, but not registered with the series), Gideon Calder (32:17), Gareth Davies (33:40) and Julie Broughton (34:35)….the latter choosing the scenic setting of Porthkerry Country Park to record her time. It should also be mentioned that Colin completed the Club Welsh Castles Challenge with this run, too…well done that man!

James Buckingham (34:46) had a solid run down on the Barrage, which was good enough for 4th in M55 on the day.

There were a whole gaggle of P&D Ladies around the 35 minute mark. Kath Petersen recorded 35:01 for a placing in the Club Champs (not registered with the series), followed by Emma Healy (35:05), Sarah Lees (35:23) and Mandy Barrington (35:28).

Really lovely to see Jan Frost (36:04) running strongly again, after some frustrating injury niggles over the last few months. Jan has thrown herself enthusiastically into all the Club Virtual Challenges that have been on offer, walking then running her way back to fitness.

Next home under 37 minutes were Nigel Adams (36:07), Paul Mitchell (36:12), Sophie Gott (36:37), Richard Jackson (36:48) and Andrea Goodfellow (36:45). Sophie (like Colin) also completed the Welsh Castles Challenge this week…excellent stuff Sophie!

Arabella Calder (37:14), Glenn Powell (38:07), Cam Large (41:09), Debbie Rees (41:25) and Judy Maragna (41:32) were our final finishers. Debbie was out at around 9 pm completing her run; that’s great dedication, after a busy day…..and Judy walked off with a victory in the W65 series, with a new PB to boot!

I mentioned the Welsh Castles Challenge above….I can also report that we have only two runners still out on the road for this mammoth “virtual relay” which started at the beginning of May. Chris Seal is now just under 5 miles from the finish, with David Brown taking his time, back at the end of Stage 18…lets get behind these guys to see them across the line very soon.

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