10 Nov Weekend Roundup 9-10 November 2019

Rainbows appear to be a common feature at Pembrey Country Park for the annual visit of the Gwent Cross Country League, hosted by Carmarthen Harriers. Our Cath was the (Blue and) Gold at the end of this particular incarnation (along with photo-bombing supporter Colin, of course!) It’s a great venue for cross country racing, as the sandy-based soil drains really well: there’s no claggy mud to contend with, just sand dune hills! Nice video of the day here.

A small and perfectly-formed P&D advance party arrived at the Tent Village around 12:30, and with two super vets and four ladies due on the start line at 1 pm, we had just Colin Caesar and myself to erect the famous tent…and I was then drafted into Team Manager duties, so Colin (bless him) put the tent up solo! I think it might have been the thought of all those vegan cakes lovingly prepared by Dan Rayner that kept him going….

On to the racing action, and John Davies was soon up to the fore of the MM65 race, eventually finishing in a fine 81st overall. Here he is, sprinting to the line in that unique, but very effective style of his….

He was followed in by Malcolm Bradley in 121st overall. The Ladies all acquitted themselves well, with Cath Tailby 110th, Louise Hunt 142nd, Lisa Cleary 176th and Dan Rayner 242nd. Dan won the award for being the “Most Happy Person Out on the Course”…..

Thank you ladies for making the trip…..we might not have the numbers to make a full team of five, but four is a better number than three!

Meanwhile the boys were arriving in town, and eventually we had eleven toeing the line. Two minutes silence observed to respect Remembrance weekend, and then we were off. Gary Brown ran like a man possessed and stormed through to a fantastic 27th place overall.

Ian Southwell sneaked into the top 100, recording 35:20 for 9.4k on the country, which augurs well for 10k on the road. Here’s his sprint to the line….

Don’t have full results** and times for the rest of the men yet, but here’s a rough and ready list from the declaration sheets and Strava….165th Nathan Christoforato (37:28), 171st Anthony Bannon (37:41), 208th Andy Pearce (39:13), 221st Colin Caesar (39:37), 223rd Dave Mathews (39:37), 295th Steven Barker, 299th Jonathan Irvine, 305th Frank Atherton (42:42), 356th Simon Williamson (45:29), 397th Tim Cummings, 427th Peter Balmont. And here’s a lesson in to how to win a sprint and lose a sprint (photos courtesy of Malcolm Bradley, Lisa Cleary and Dan Rayner)….**Results now in

Earlier on Saturday of course we had some parkrun action. Summary below, and great to see a Beth and Ben domination at Delamere Forest…not their first choice of venue, but needs-must when the Cheshire 10k was cancelled. Fine running also by Lucy Entwhistle down in Maidenhead (3rd Women finisher) and Clem Clement up in Springburn. Also hidden in the results was a 22:49 showing by Andy Pearce at Barry Island warming up for cross country in the afternoon. I say warming up, Andy tells me it was so cold on Nell’s Point he had icicles forming on his eyebrows!

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

A total of 618 runners took part.

View full results for Woodhouse Moor parkrun event #640

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Marcos Angel VALERO PALACIOS Roundhay Runners 00:16:02
10 1 Faye BIRKBY Pudsey Pacers RC 00:18:46
47 45 Paul MCGILVRAY Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:12

 

Delamere parkrun

A total of 337 runners took part.

View full results for Delamere parkrun event #333

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Ben BUTLER-MADDEN Pontypridd Roadents AC 00:17:37
31 1 Bethan APGLYN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:22:52

 

Pontypool parkrun

A total of 89 runners took part.

View full results for Pontypool parkrun event #301

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Ben SINCLAIR Pont-y-pwl and District Runners 00:19:18
10 1 Johanna LEEK Unattached 00:24:18
23 19 Tim MONCKTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:08

 

Springburn parkrun, Glasgow

A total of 113 runners took part.

View full results for Springburn parkrun, Glasgow event #277

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Daniel LOWE Shettleston Harriers 00:18:02
11 11 Clem CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:20:57
15 1 Pauline DOHERTY Springburn Harriers 00:21:40

 

Daventry parkrun

A total of 261 runners took part.

View full results for Daventry parkrun event #266

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Sam WEAVING Daventry Road Runners 00:18:54
10 1 Louise BALLOCH Daventry Road Runners 00:20:34
105 85 Paul WHITMARSH Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:27:29

 

Maidenhead parkrun

A total of 336 runners took part.

View full results for Maidenhead parkrun event #241

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Liam BUSBY Wycombe Phoenix Harriers & AC 00:19:12
6 1 Aly VANCE Burnham Joggers 00:21:01
29 3 Lucy ENTWISTLE Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:22:33

 

Barry Island parkrun

A total of 120 runners took part.

View full results for Barry Island parkrun event #232

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Lloyd COTTRELL Lliswerry Runners 00:19:19
9 1 Tammy NURSE Unattached 00:21:53
15 2 Catherine BARKER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:23

 

Grangemoor parkrun

A total of 150 runners took part.

View full results for Grangemoor parkrun event #208

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Daniel SOLTYS Royal Navy AC 00:17:13
24 24 Gareth DAVIES Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:23
25 1 Layla GRIFFITHS Unattached 00:23:25
35 28 Mark TAYLOR Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:23:58
51 39 Richard JACKSON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:34
59 13 Rachel EALES Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:18
60 14 Jan FROST Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:19
65 16 Margaret OGDEN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:27:09
94 32 Zoe BARBER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:30:29

 

We also had a hardy bunch of trail runners taking on the (9 mile) Black Mountains Trail Race on Sunday. Superb running by Brian Law, 29th overall and 2nd in MM60, followed in by Terry McCarthy and Malcolm Bradley for the lads, with Anna Helsing our sole representative in the girls. Full results here.

Finally we should mention our Skittles and Ballot night that took place on Friday.  The Skittles competition was a dog fight between Emma Shuey Healy and Louise Hunt, with past winner (and the night’s scorer) Debbie Rees mysteriously off her game. Emma’s dogged determination, no doubt honed to perfection from pounding the streets of New York, won the day and a rather handsome winner’s purse….

Of course, the other important event of the evening was the Club’s London Marathon Ballot; two places up for grabs for members who had missed out on the Main London Ballot or had been scuppered by last minute changes to the “Good for Age” rules. An incredibly high tech and state-of-the-art system (Lisa’s Lotto Bingo) was drafted in to make sure the selection was scrupulously fair, and we even videoed the proceedings for audiences far and wide…you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. 20 names in the Bingo Globe, but who’s ball would pop out first?

Frank Atherton’s ball plopped out first to claim the UKA Club place, great to see Frank running his first London, after having to drop out of attempting the Porto Marathon in recent months.

The second place was to run London for our charity partner in 2020, St John Ambulance. Bethan Apglyn won this place, a very popular choice, as Beth just missed out on a GFA place in London and can now continue in her quest to complete the Six Marathon Majors (London and Boston are the missing events). This was Beth’s reaction when she got the news…..

A great fun-filled evening hosted at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Penarth, and organised by Mandy Barrington, Lisa Cleary and Debbie Williams…thank you ladies.

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