18 Jun Weekly Roundup, 16 June 2019

The Welsh Castles Relay rather dominated the previous weekend, but there were a couple of really commendable performances that crept under the radar elsewhere.

Tania Miranda was also up in mid Wales like our relay team, but competing for another team in the Man versus Horse 21 mile trail race up in Llanwrtyd Wells. Don’t have an accurate time split for Tania, but here’s a great action shot from the end of her leg….

Meanwhile thousands of miles away in South Africa, Andrea Hurman was doing the”back-to-back” in the Comrades Marathon. This is one of the most iconic distance races in the world, effectively a “double marathon” of 52 miles which takes place between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It alternates direction each year, and incredible athletes (like Andrea) attempt the double in consecutive years. Here’s Andrea’s take on it..

“Well South Africa and the Comrades marathon you have been amazing. I am delighted to have completed this year’s up run – the 87km journey from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and earned my back to back medal. Although considerably slower than last year I am so pleased to have another bronze, especially having missed so much training due to a non running related foot injury.
Once again our trip was made so special by our Comrades friends. It has been a real pleasure to share the experience with you all. Big congratulations to my little brother, Geoff on an awesome run. You have inspired me to do more than I ever thought possible.”

Back in the UK, we had a Club Championship event on Tuesday; the Rose Inn 4 mile Road Race. Ian Southwell was first in for us, showing no ill effects from his immense run up to the Drover’s Arms on the Saturday, and we had podium finishes for Ruth Cann (3rd MW35) and Malcolm Bradley (3rd MM65).

Full results here: 20th Ian Southwell 22:34, 95th Ruth Cann 28:20, 116th Malcolm Bradley 29:29, 122nd Gareth Davies 29:47, 131st Peter Trott 30:27, 142nd Steve Goodfellow 31:16, 151st Paul Mitchell 31:48, 167th Lisa Cleary 33:05, 192nd Andrea Goodfellow 36:37. These photos courtesy of Alec Care Photography…..

Friday 14th June was both a sad and a happy day, as we had “a few drinks” to wish Yvonne Williams on her way to a new adventure, relocating to Devon and pursuing her dream of looking after old and, in some cases, unloved animals….so not a million miles away from duties performed whilst Chair of P & D Runners! Thank you to all of you who either turned up on the night or contributed to her gifts, she was visibly touched and very moved by your best wishes and generosity.

This lovely, emotional send-off at the Bear’s Head, Penarth was followed by more goodbyes at the Rabbit Run in Ogmore the following day. The photo at the top of the page (thank you Malcolm Bradley) says it all really, Blue and Yellow Army crossing the finish line together. Some great running too from Mike Morgan, our first finisher, and Age Category winners Chris Nellins 1st in MM65, Judy Maragna (not listed below, but 1st MW60 in 1:42:22) and, quite appropriately, Yvonne…go girl, go! Lyn Evans was quite plainly there in “The Gang of Five”, but not listed in the spreadsheet below as P & D…he finished 365th in 1:32:53. Oh, and for the record Emma Shumack is not 75 years old!

16 0:57:48 Michael Morgan Penarth & Dinas Runners M 16 5-SEN M
104 1:09:50 Christopher Nellins Penarth & Dinas Runners M 96 1-MM 65-69 MM 65-69 MM65-74
126 1:11:40 Terry Mccarthy Penarth & Dinas Runners M 111 5-MM 60-64 MM 60-64 MM55-64
129 1:12:04 Gareth Davies Penarth & Dinas Runners M 113 19-MM 40-44 MM 40-44 MM35-44
135 1:12:45 Malcolm Bradley Penarth & Dinas Runners M 116 3-MM 65-69 MM 65-69 MM65-74
168 1:15:24 Louise Hunt Penarth & Dinas Runners F 26 5-MW 35-39 MW 35-39 MW35-44
221 1:19:29 Anna Helsing Penarth & Dinas Runners F 47 6-MW 55-59 MW 55-59 MW55-64
262 1:23:47 Michelle Hoey Penarth & Dinas Runners F 61 9-MW 40-44 MW 40-44 MW35-44
263 1:23:48 Steve Hill Penarth & Dinas Runners M 197 16-MM 55-59 MM 55-59 MM55-64
276 1:25:09 Lisa Cleary Penarth & Dinas Runners F 67 10-MW 50-54 MW 50-54 MW45-54
290 1:26:37 Darren Morgan Penarth & Dinas Runners M 209 41-MM 50-54 MM 50-54 MM45-54
361 1:32:52 Beverly Warburton Penarth & Dinas Runners F 120 12-MW 55-59 MW 55-59 MW55-64
362 1:32:52 Sarah Lees Penarth & Dinas Runners F 121 24-MW 45-49 MW 45-49 MW45-54
363 1:32:53 Yvonne Williams Penarth & Dinas Runners F 122 1-MW 65-69 MW 65-69 MW65-74
364 1:32:53 Emma Healey Penarth & Dinas Runners F 123 2-MW 75+
378 1:33:31 Tania Miranda Penarth & Dinas Runners F 130 27-MW 45-49 MW 45-49 MW45-54
381 1:34:30 Margaret Ogden Penarth & Dinas Runners F 132 22-MW 35-39 MW 35-39 MW35-44

And there was a lovely team photo taken by a passing member of the public cajoled into action by Sarah Lees (how could they refuse?!)

Of course on Saturday morning we had some parkrun appearances…my favourites were Paul Whitmarsh joining the 50 club, and Janice & Clem Clement tuning up for the Half Marathon up in the Shetland Isles.

Cardiff parkrun

A total of 681 runners took part.

View full results for Cardiff parkrun event #601

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Daniel HAMILTON Abingdon AC 00:16:09
33 1 Charlotte TOWERS Canton Chargers 00:18:34
131 16 Ruth CANN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:22:19


Bressay parkrun

A total of 76 runners took part.

View full results for Bressay parkrun event #71

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Scott SUMNER UK parkrun tourists 00:18:54
5 1 Charlotte BLACK Shetland AAC 00:20:13
11 9 Clem CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:49
39 13 Janice CLEMENT Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:28:17


Doncaster parkrun

A total of 316 runners took part.

View full results for Doncaster parkrun event #299

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Andrew TEASDALE Doncaster AC 00:18:42
48 1 Justyna FELCZEREK Doncaster AC 00:24:07
90 80 Richard JACKSON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:24


Penrhyn parkrun

A total of 182 runners took part.

View full results for Penrhyn parkrun event #225

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Rob MCTAGGART Twemlow Anchors Track Club 00:17:06
5 1 Catherine CONNELL Eryri Harriers 00:19:31
51 14 Katie CLARK Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:24


Barry Island parkrun

A total of 175 runners took part.

View full results for Barry Island parkrun event #212

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Rhys HARDMAN Cardiff Archers 00:18:29
2 2 Nathan CHRISTOFORATO Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:19:41
4 4 Andy PEARCE Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:20:29
8 1 Bethan Sian HARDMAN Cardiff Archers 00:21:41
23 4 Bethan APGLYN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:24:15
62 47 Ian David WARBURTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:27:52
86 26 Andrea HURMAN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:30:32
123 77 Paul WHITMARSH Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:33:54


Grangemoor parkrun

A total of 170 runners took part.

View full results for Grangemoor parkrun event #187

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Stuart LUFFMAN Clapham Chasers RC 00:18:30
6 1 Helen SHARPE Fife AC 00:19:24
7 6 Dave MATHEWS Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:19:33
24 2 Catherine BARKER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:22:17
26 24 Mark TAYLOR Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:22:28
55 7 Beverley WARBURTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:23


I mentioned a Half Marathon up in the far north and I have this report in by carrier pigeon, sent on its way by Clem…..

“Simmer Dim – summer dusk or not without light. The title comes from Shetland being 60 degrees north, that is only 6 degrees south of the arctic circle. It is a nice community event where the coach to the start is donated by the local bus company. Runners are taken to a community hall to gather and change for the start. From the off there is a lovely drop to sea level but you know you have to climb as we pass the start again at 4 1/2 miles before heading off to the capital Lerwick. After that it is pretty undulating with some long and some stiff rises but today we benefited from the haar, a coastal fog that affects the islands, reducing visibility to 300 / 400 metres so we could not see them coming. Clem had hobbled around last year having gone into the event with a tight hamstring that lasted no more than half a mile. He was looking to lay a ghost and got involved in a couple of tussles along the way that encouraged him to maintain his pace and he came home 12th overall, but 1st in his ‘soon to be behind him’ age category, 55-59. 1:34:07 being 44 minutes quicker than last year. Janice had enjoyed the event in 2018 and got on the podium in her age category and was hoping to maintain that, and she did coming 3rd and over a minute quicker at 2:02:58”.

Meanwhile back down south, the “Four Amigos” were causing carnage at their annual pilgrimage to the Endure 24 near Reading, although this time around some order was being imposed by Andrea Goodfellow! Here are the boys getting in some essential pre-race hydration.

Full race results here (look for “The Forerunners” in 39th place) and I’m very grateful to Jon Lewis for shrugging off his hangover and sending in this report…

“This weekend saw the return of Endure24 where P & D heart-throbs Steve Goodfellow, Jon Lewis, Stephen Farmer and Peter Trott graced the event with their formidable presence. This year the lads were joined by Andrea Goodfellow who provided much needed support and encouragement whilst also performing 15 miles of her own.

Arriving early Friday morning meant 2 things. Firstly we were able to pick a decent spot in the camping field and secondly, the best part of 12 hours of drinking ahead. Captain Sensibles Farmer and Trott relieved the Bar of Sprite and then moaned when they were aptly named Rigger and Mortice. Lord and Lady Goodfellow together with Lewis led the charge into oblivion.

Starting midday Saturday a total of 120 miles were completed. A tough course in its own right was made more problematic by the rain. Trott performed with typical precision. Farmer, mirroring much of his private life, promised a lot early on but fell away by the end. Goodfellow was typically bullish but failed to live up to his (own) billing. Lewis drew hushed tones of approval and excitement from the watching masses as he glided through mile upon mile.

The end results do little justice to the efforts from all 5. 39th from 52 teams of 3 to 5 runners. However, a great weekend where the company and laughter was more important than the end result”.

And this wasn’t the only 24 hour relay event of the weekend. Down near Plymouth we had the Hope 24, and (as far as I know) three members competing for other teams. Well done Julie Broughton, David Brown and Mandy Barrington. Some amazing distances covered by these three….David did 50 miles, Julie did 39.5 and Mandy completed 25…. just looking at Mandy’s Strava stats made me feel very weary and inadequate! Seeded the idea that maybe we could have an ‘official’ team presence next year, in a suitable 24 hour event? What do you think?

Nigel Adams was making a confident return to “The Wall”, 69 very challenging miles following the iconic Hadrian’s Wall up in Northumberland. A very well-prepared Mr (Major?) Adams absolutely nailed it this year, with a meticulous nutrition plan and relaxed recovery stops. Here he is triumphant in Gateshead, with the full, warts-n-all personal account to follow in a later roundup….

Finally, on a very busy weekend, Gary Brown was on the hunt for speed after his recent marathon preparation and where better to find it than the Speedway 10k Road Race over near Chepstow. With a winning time of 29:55 (Matt Clowes) it truly delivered, and our man took his recent form to the table and ran a brilliant 34:41 for 38th place. Top running, Gary and top photo by Robert Gale!

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