Porthcawl Runners

Welcome to Porthcawl Runners… 

********** Please Note: We are now back training on Monday and Wednesday Evenings, following current Covid Guidelines. Any questions during this time please use the contact form on this website. **********

Porthcawl Running Club is not just full of members who like to take running to the next level, but it is full of runners of all shapes and sizes who turn up just to make new friends, chat and enjoy themselves in order to improve health, fitness and confidence!

We provide a fun, social, non-competitive environment, but our dedicated Welsh Athletics coaches are also serious about assisting individuals and improving team performances to make Porthcawl Running Club the #1 Running Club in the Porthcawl and Bridgend area. We are always on the lookout for members who will help us get there – from beginners to improvers to serious top level performers. We’d love to meet you and encourage you to achieve your personal targets and goals!

We cater for road running and cross country / trail athletes, male and female of all abilities. So, whether you are interested in a Saturday morning Parkrun to tackling a Marathon, we can help you to fulfill your potential with dedicated training and having plenty of laughs, every step of the way. Remember, the opportunity is there for all – nobody is left behind and everyone will challenge and amaze themselves with what they are capable of achieving.

Read on to learn more about our recent team activities and complete the contact form if you  require more information.

About Porthcawl Running Club

Everyone wants to be #1… but we already are.

Porthcawl Running Club is the best Running Club for fun in the Porthcawl and Bridgend area. How do we know? Because we say so! And if we’re that passionate about our team’s drive, skill, passion and sportsmanship, then nothing else matters (except, of course, your support). Check out the members who make up our winning team and the people who coach them to perfection.

Questions and Answers:

Many people who are new to running or new to joining a club may have some questions. Here are a few of the regular questions we get asked: For any more information, or to receive an application form to join, please use the contact form below.

When do we train?

We train Every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:30pm. Some members then join in the fun on Saturday morning Parkrun on the seafront, and there’s also, the Sunday morning long run for the ‘Chatty Social Members’ and the dedicated elites.

Where do we train?

We meet for training at Porthcawl Rugby Club (CF36 3DA). Then, depending on your ability, we follow a number of routes around the Porthcawl area. We try and make the routes as scenic and varied whenever possible.

Can I just turn up?

If you are over the age of 16 years old, we welcome New members of all abilities. We now have over 15 dedicated coaches that are there to help. If you have never run before, we offer a Couch to 5k training programme every couple of months. The best advice is turn up and speak to one of our friendly coaches, who can assess your individual needs.  You DO NOT need to join Porthcawl Runners in the first instance. Come and see who we are, come and run with us, come and chat with us.  You are more than welcome to try before you buy.  It’s a members club, run by the members, for the members.

I’ve never run before?

If you have never run before but want to, our club is a great way to get started. If you would like to join our Couch to 5k sessions fill in the contact form below and we will send you the details.

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Sunshine success for Porthcawl runners

Porthcawl Runners have sizzled in the sunshine in recent weeks with victories, milestones and PBs aplenty.

The club were of course out in force on home turf for the inaugural Healthspan Porthcawl 10K with a new record 91 members pulling on the green vest among the 3,375 starters.

Geraint Lewis was the first club runner home in 37:48 and there was success too with a club one-two in the male 50+ category with Jeff Thomas (39.37) coming in ahead of Mike Furness (40.55).

It’s the third year in succession the club have smashed their own race participation number and the new figure of 91 surpasses the 63 who took part in the home Bridgend County Running League (BCRL) fixture at Bryngarw Park last year.

Deb Roberts (45:15) was second in the female 45+ category at the Porthcawl 10k and, last weekend, celebrated her 200th parkrun. 189 of those have been at Porthcawl.

That was just one of a number of parkrun milestones achieved by members with Will Edwards also bringing up his 200th, club chairman Gareth Mole has made it to 150, it’s 100 up for Mark James and congratulations also to Dennie Mainwaring and Lauren Gillingham on their 50th parkruns.

The success doesn’t stop there. Hannah Jenkins bagged first female for the club at the latest BCRL event, the Llanilid Loop, run by Pencoed Panthers and part of the Bridgend County Show. Gabriella Booth was also on the podium as third female home.

At the Cosmeston relays, the defending champion Team Tango trio of Deb Roberts, Dave Bennett and Mike Furness were narrowly denied a hat-trick of titles after they finished second in the all-comers mixed category.

Thoughts are now turning towards Cardiff half marathon training.

Another bumper turnout is expected for October’s annual race in the capital with PBs likely to be in the offing once again – as was the case at the Swansea half for Julian Jones, Chad Griffiths, Megan Amelia, Mike Davies, Leanne Powis, Janet Davies and Molly Graham.

The Runners also enjoyed their annual parkrun outing to Barry Island last weekend while new additions to the coaching team include club treasurer Alwyn Thomas, wife Susan Thomas and Stephane Ollivier who have all recently completed their level one coaching course.

Article by: Carl Field

Llanelli Parkrun

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the Porthcawl Runners, as they descended on Llanelli parkrun for their first tourism run of the 2019 season. Showing off their brand new kit, over 30 members lined up on the starting line, ready to show Llanelli what spirit hides within. A memorable run saw many individuals having 5k PB’s, before going on to tuck into some tasty rolls served from the Pavilion cafe. All members were grateful, to the amazingly warm welcome they received from all the staff and marshall’s at the Llanelli coastline course. Look out Llanelli, we will be back with a vengeance.


“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”

Vincent Van Gogh