28 Jul Weekly Roundup 28 July 2019

Cover photo is Catherine and Steven battling for bragging rights in the Barker household! Some great action at the SSAFA 5k on Wednesday night (and superb photos from Paul Stillman (more here) and Andrea Goodfellow) but first things first, what happened at the Club Handicap at Cosmeston Lakes on Monday?!?

Twenty willing victims put themselves forward to be scrutinised by the inscrutable Mr Evans, who was in no mood to accept bribes (the Club coffers are looking very healthy….). Even Steve Goodfellow got a decent opportunity to hone in on the top prize (chocs) with a cap looking correctly aligned (that is, until he started running….)

The course is based around two laps of Cogan Woods, a 6.4 km route incorporating elements of the relay course. Very swift running from new member Brian Law with the fastest time of 27:19. Brian is yet another nippy MM60+, with a recent parkrun time of 21:47. Seriously need to think about getting an old boys team out at relay events, we could do some serious pot-hunting (if Clem moves back south and we all stay injury-free! 😂😂)

Congratulations to Laurie Smith who won the chocs (then offered them around to everyone, top fella…) and Helena Sherwood, a possible new member, who chose to run round the course with Chris Nellins and survived! Full results below, thank you Lyn and your laptop for another enjoyable Club Handicap (and thank you Jane Evans for the chocs, they were lush)

Wednesday saw another race in our Club Championships, the third and final race in the ever popular SSAFA 5k Series based at the Blackweir Tavern just outside Cardiff City centre.

And as ever, let’s have a look at the obligatory Club photo, courtesy of Les Stills (thank you Paul)….

Ben Butler-Madden looking suitably focused there on getting “the job done”, in this case securing 2nd place overall in the series….

Full results below, and some great performances in there…Ian Southwell and Nathan Christoforato continued their “man-o-man” battle in the race to join the sub-17 club, and superb stuff from Mike Morgan (Mr Consistent in his training now), Jon Ely and Dave Mathews. Brilliant running from new member Steven Howard too, 19:22 for 2nd place in MM50, and Steven Barker managed to overhaul Cath to become the fastest Barker…for the time being, as I suspect young David Barker will duck under 20 minutes in the next couple of years! However Cath had the last laugh, taking home the Series Winner prize for MW40.

However my award for Best Improver of the Night goes to Debbie Rees, smiling all the way to the trophy table (3rd in MW50)

Let the photos tell the story….


And so on to parkrun for this weekend, with some fine performances at Barry Island (Nathan and Andy 4th and 5th) and Grangemoor (Cath Barker 1st Lady, and Mark Taylor & Nigel Adams getting close to their fastest times again). Mike Morgan was doing some tourism up in Newborough Forest (Anglesey) and finished 2nd in 18:51 (no barcode!)

Cardiff parkrun

A total of 767 runners took part.

View full results for Cardiff parkrun event #607

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Adam WILSON Bristol and West AC 00:15:45
18 1 Charlotte TOWERS Canton Chargers 00:18:01
124 11 Ruth CANN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:22:35


Bryn Bach parkrun

A total of 199 runners took part.

View full results for Bryn Bach parkrun event #348

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Andrew HUNT Unattached 00:16:22
6 1 Myshola KIRKHAM Coventry Godiva Harriers 00:19:37
134 47 Judith Anne MARAGNA Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:31:15


Newent parkrun, Forest of Dean

A total of 114 runners took part.

View full results for Newent parkrun, Forest of Dean event #326

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Richard WALSH Worcester AC 00:18:00
7 1 Tracy HINXMAN Derby AC 00:20:43
32 4 Lisa CLEARY Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:04


Pontypridd parkrun

A total of 351 runners took part.

View full results for Pontypridd parkrun event #272

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Darren BISHOP Pontypridd Roadents AC 00:16:46
15 1 Llinos JONES Swansea Harriers AC 00:20:04
90 79 Steve GOODFELLOW Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:32
165 35 Andrea GOODFELLOW Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:28:35


Pontypool parkrun

A total of 86 runners took part.

View full results for Pontypool parkrun event #286

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Andrew JONES Unattached 00:17:47
13 1 Janet RICHARDS Lliswerry Runners 00:24:24
18 17 Tim MONCKTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:24:56


Barry Island parkrun

A total of 219 runners took part.

View full results for Barry Island parkrun event #218

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Oliver WILLIAMS White Rock Runners 00:16:46
4 4 Nathan CHRISTOFORATO Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:18:57
5 5 Andy PEARCE Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:19:32
17 1 Anna PARSONS Northwich Running Club 00:21:19
71 8 Ann JOHNSTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:41
72 64 Frank ATHERTON Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:25:41
128 29 Bethan APGLYN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:29:31
136 34 Debbie REES Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:29:53


Grangemoor parkrun

A total of 225 runners took part.

View full results for Grangemoor parkrun event #193

Position  ↓ Gender Position  ↓ parkrunner  ↓ Club  ↓ Run Time  ↓
1 1 Richard WILDER San Domenico RC 00:17:54
26 26 Steven BARKER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:05
30 1 Catherine BARKER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:33
35 34 Chris HERDMAN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:58
36 35 Mark TAYLOR Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:21:59
66 60 Christian OGDEN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:24:17
69 63 Nigel ADAMS Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:24:57
93 17 Arabella CALDER Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:26:01
138 99 James BUCKINGHAM Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:28:03
139 40 Margaret OGDEN Penarth & Dinas Runners 00:28:08


We had a couple of members competing in the Magor 10k road race….Ian Southwell finished 10th overall in 36:23, which was also good enough to win the MM35 Age Category. Steve New (in Hengoed Harriers colours) ran 56:06 for 176th place (13th MM50).

Meanwhile Ben Butler-Madden took on the Tough Runner Half Marathon challenge in Afan Forest, and came home with the overall victory in 83:12, on a very hilly course. Julie Broughton and her son Sam availed themselves to the full marathon challenge, finishing in around 4:57….well done all of you!

And, as per usual up in Scotland, Clem and Janice Clement were “making a weekend of it” with a ferry crossing to take part in the Isle of Mull Half Marathon. Here’s Clem’s report….

“The Isle of Mull is one of the most popular islands, being just a 50 minute ferry ride from the beautiful west coast town of Oban. We had chosen to stay at the Isle of Mull hotel before we discovered that the race started at the entrance to its car park. As promised the drizzle and rain arrive 5 minutes before the start but this guaranteed it was going to be nice and cool after a heatwave by Scottish standards on Thursday. The first 2.5 miles have a couple of hairpin turns in order to make up the mileage before the run heads east for its entire distance as this is point to point event. After driving it to park the car at the finish I told Janice it was undulating but what had seemed nothing in the car proved to be a little more testing on the legs, especially into the constant headwind. It is a fabulous course, following the north course of the island to Salen, a lot of it being next to the shoreline. Janice did 2:02:07 and Clem in his first Vet 60 aka Super Dooper Senior Vet category race 1:37:09.”

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