Runners celebrate memorable year
Porthcawl Runners celebrated another memorable
year at their AGM and awards night which was held at the Fairways Hotel last
It has been another record-breaking year across
the board for the club, which continues to go from strength to strength, while
also reporting a record membership of 153 by years end on March 31.
There has been plenty of success along the way
and much of that was noted on what was a memorable evening.
It was no surprise when the top male and female
awards once again went to the club’s two premier runners, both retaining those
Rocket man Dave Bennett picked up the male gong
again after another excellent year for him, which included winning the vet 45
category in the West Glamorgan Cross Country League as well as taking the
Porthcawl parkrun men’s points crown for 2018.
He has since followed that up with a quite
scintillating 1:28:25 at the Llanelli half last Sunday, only 25 seconds outside
the New York City qualifying time.
Deb Roberts continues to lead the way for the
ladies and she is again top female after another catalogue of achievements that
include representing west Wales at the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country
Championships held in Loughborough.
Deb retained the Porthcawl parkrun female points
winner award she also won in 2017, as well as bagging the first female vet and
second senior female prizes at the Run4All Neath Santa Run.
She was also third overall female and F45 winner
in the West Glam.
But there were plenty of other awards, too.
Mark James was the club parkrun male champion
for the second year running with Skye Ford bagging the female honour.
Gemma Haworth was most improved female while
Nick Lewis received a standing ovation when he was named most improved male –
just a matter of months after taking up running with the Couch to 5k. A glut of
PBs have followed for him.
The selfless contributions to the club of Steve
Picton and Lucy Jones deservedly earned them the club man and woman of the year
titles respectively, and the same can be said for coach Gareth Roper – whose
patience, advice and guidance to runners over many years was recognised with
the chairman’s award.
There was a three-way tie for Runners’ runner of
the year. The club were split and the honour was shared between Lucy Jones,
Janet Davies and Kerry-Dare Edwards.
As well as individual recognition, the club’s
continued team success in both the Bridgend County Running League and West Glam
was noted with the men, led by Wilfy Edwards, topping Division Two in the West
Glam. They will be dining at the top table in Division One as a result next
There was also a special nod given to those
runners who completed all six BCRL races in 2018. Those were: Janet Davies,
Skye Ford, Steve Picton, Juliet Picton, Barry James, Karen Phillips and Michele
The BCRL time-adjusted handicap winners were
Jeff Thomas and Rachel Louise Hopley.
That was also the case for members who ran in
all five West Glam races during the 2018/19 season. Those were: Deb Roberts,
Dave Bennett, Geraint Lewis, Wilfy Edwards and Rob Slaughter.
The West Glam time-adjusted winners were Dave
Bennett and Gemma Haworth.
The formal business of the evening saw chairman
Gareth Mole, secretary Toni Cosson and treasurer Alwyn Thomas all re-elected in
their respective roles while the night also helped raise in excess of £1500 for
suicide prevention charity Papyrus.
The various award winners were as follows: Top male: Dave Bennett; Top female: Deb Roberts; Most improved male: Nick Lewis; Most improved female: Gemma Haworth; Parkrun male champion: Mark James; Parkrun female champion: Skye Ford; Chairman’s award: Gareth Roper; Clubman of the year: Steve Picton; Clubwoman of the year: Lucy Jones; Runners’ runner of the year: Lucy Jones, Janet Davies and Kerry-Dare Edwards. BCRL time-adjusted winners: Male: Jeff Thomas. Female: Rachel Louise Hopley; West Glam time-adjusted winners: Male: Dave Bennett; Female: Gemma Haworth.
Article by: Carl Field
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.