27 Oct Weekend Roundup 26-27 October 19

We’ve set up a new feature on our Members’ Facebook page, which we publish on a Thursday evening…it’s the Weekend Running Poll, where members can indicate where they’ll be running the following weekend. Well this week the poll was topped by 17 members who were “Watching the Rugby”….far be it for me to say you’d have been better off going for a run! 😂😂

Friday and Saturday’s weather forecast was not looking very encouraging as an intrepid bunch of P&Ders headed north for the annual pilgrimage to the Snowdonia (Eryri) Marathon. And if the weather wasn’t bad enough, just take a look at the route profile….

You might see a mention of ‘beer’ at the end of the route above….well the beer (and wine) actually flowed rather well on the night before race, as this group selfie by Simon ‘cyrill’ Grant would seem to suggest…

Race day dawned and it was still raining, but it eventually cleared by about lunchtime. The problem with this particular marathon is that loooong descent to the finish, lots of it following a steep, rocky track…add in lashings of rain and hey presto you have a slip-slidey mudfest! As far as I know, we had no fallers, and indeed there were some really notable performances.

Ian Southwell was in his element (remember how strong he was on the mountain stage at the Welsh Castles Relay?), first home (54th overall) in an unofficial Club record time of 3:10:35.

Ian was followed home by Anthony Bannon, 108th in 3:21:32, Simon Grant 234th in 3:38:39, David Brown 338th in 3:47:31 and Jonathan Salisbury 557th in 4:00:44 (sorry Jonathan, couldn’t source a snap of you).

Next in was Beth Apglyn, who smiled her way into 838th with a time of 4:17:58, followed by Chris Nellins protecting himself from the elements with rather ‘unique’ apparel…not sure what the locals made of him, but it didn’t stop him storming through to 7th in his Age Category and a solid 4:21:43.

Matching Chris in the Age Category stats was Lisa Cleary, who also finished 7th in 4:37:53, closely followed in by Bev Warburton, 10th in the same category in 4:49:00. Great running ladies!

Just dipping under 5 hours came Michelle Hoey in 4:58:44 (1525th), followed in by Julie Broughton 5:04:41 (1609th), Steve Hill 5:15:05 (1722nd) and Mandy Barrington 5:15:27 (1728th)….heroes all of you. Full results can be found here. Photos courtesy of Debbie Williams and Sarah Jayne Beechey.

Also dealing with nasty weather on Saturday were our parkrun participants (albeit not for such a long duration!)

East Grinstead parkrun

A total of 67 runners took part.

View full results for East Grinstead parkrun event #111

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Stephan TRABUCATTI Unattached 00:21:50
22 1 Sophie BUCKLE Unattached 00:25:40
29 2 Lucy ENTWISTLE Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:27:02


Barry Island parkrun

A total of 79 runners took part.

View full results for Barry Island parkrun event #231

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Ryan CULLEN CDF Runners 00:18:38
4 4 Nathan CHRISTOFORATO Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:19:35
5 5 Andy PEARCE Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:20:38
7 1 Rebecca GEORGE Barry & Vale Harriers 00:21:15
30 25 Richard JACKSON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:46


Grangemoor parkrun

A total of 99 runners took part.

View full results for Grangemoor parkrun event #206

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Daniel SOLTYS Royal Navy AC 00:17:45
13 1 Jane SHELDON Seriously Mad Runners (Barry) 00:22:43
15 3 Catherine BARKER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:08
17 13 Gareth DAVIES Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:24
26 20 James BUCKINGHAM Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:24:32
40 8 Arabella CALDER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:15
53 16 Margaret OGDEN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:27:47


Drumchapel parkrun

A total of 32 runners took part.

View full results for Drumchapel parkrun event #170

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Paul O’BRIEN Garscube Harriers 00:21:30
4 1 Natalie HARAN Maryhill Harriers 00:23:38
20 6 Janice CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:30:01


Finally, last, but definitely not least, those well-traveled Clements were on the move again north of the border, taking part in a windy & undulating Half Marathon up in Jedburgh. Clem finished a fine 54th overall in the excellent time of 1:35:42, which was good enough for 3rd in his MM60 Age Category. Meanwhile Janice went one better, with 2nd in MW60 in 2:03:20, which after being out of sorts all week was a great performance. Full results here.

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