Details on the committee and sub committee members within Porthcawl Runners.
Gareth is Chair of Porthcawl Runners and originally from North Wales. He has lived in South Wales since 1987. Gareth currently lives in Bridgend with wife Michelle and has two children Gethin and Bethan.
Gareth is a qualified aircraft engineer who left the MOD after 20 years working on various military platforms. Gareth is currently Engineering Director for Cardiff Bus where as well as all aspects of engineering also looks after Health and Safety, Facilities, Environment and compliance.
Gareth has only been running for a couple of years starting with a C25K app in October 2015 and progressing to the Cardiff Half a year later. As well as running Gareth is also a keen hiker, mountain biker and a complete petrol head.
Treasurer – Alwyn Thomas
Alwyn is the Treasurer of Porthcawl Runners and has been resident of Porthcawl for over 23 years and is married to Susan. They have three grown-up children and the youngest was the first to get married in October 2010.
Alwyn is Welsh speaking and is a member of the CYD (Cymdeithas Y Dysgwyr) which meet at the Jolly Sailor every alternate Thursday.
Alwyn is also a member and treasurer of a local mixed choir, Sounds Familiar and he has sung tenor on a few occasions with a male-voice choir and has toured with them in Argentina, USA and Canada.
Alwyn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Cardiff in 1982.
Alwyn has been a keen runner for over 20 years, and has been a regular participator in the Swansea 10K and the Boxing Day run in Porthcawl. In 2005 he successfully completed the Chicago marathon in 4 hours 39 mins: –
Secretary – Toni Cosson
I have been running most of my life and started running Half Marathons in the late 70s ran Marathons all through the 80s last Marathon was in Berlin 1989 just before the wall came down. I have been a AAW middle distance coach for 24 years gaining my level 2 license more than 20 years ago. Joined Porthcawl Runners not long after it was formed. I now coach the beginners group which I absolutely love doing and long may it continue !!
I started running in early 2014, as a way of losing some weight and improving fitness but fell in love with it. I joined Porthcawl Runners in July 2014 and its one of the best things I have done, as Ihave met some wonderful people, while improving my health and I am now training towards my Level 2 Coaching in running. Early 2017 I started coaching a Couch to 5K group, and it makes me proud when I see the improvements and smiles on people’s faces as they have fun while achieving their running goals.
Having moved to Porthcawl in 2010, I joined the then newly-formed club, but was already enjoying road running, which I took up when the first of our three children Alex was born. She is now 21, which means I have been pounding the pavements for some time and racked up many marathons and half marathons along the way including New York, London several times and Dublin several times. With London, the atmosphere kept dragging me back, but with Dublin it was the Guinness and the Craic. My furthest flung half marathon was Brisbane River run, but my most enjoyable was the Great North Run. I have an interest in Sports Medicine and enjoy the challenge of devising ways to improve running times well into middle age, as well as the social camaraderie that running in our club brings.
I am originally from Porthcawl, but now live in sunny Bridgend. I am married to Emma and have three children, Luke, Holly and Will. I started running for the health benefits the lifestyle brings, but soon became hooked on improving times and greater distances, as well as being part of the club and the wider running community. Apart from running my other passion is playing the electric guitar very loudly. I can be found gigging in the local area with my band, and am also one of the original co-conspirator’s who founded the Bridgend county running league band, ‘Caution Runners’.
As a gym instructor, being fit and healthy is something that has always been a big part of my life.
I have been mainly doing weight training and decided to join Porthcawl runners to build up my cardiovascular fitness too.
I joined in January 2016 and started running on a regular basis. I entered my first 10k race in February and my first half marathon in October.
I have met some amazing people, improved my overall fitness and it’s given me the confidence and determination to put on my running shoes and go out and run on my own.
I love my club and truly have met friends for life.
I’ve lived in Porthcawl most of my life and I’m married with two children. I took up running in late 2015 as I had entered the Cardiff International Half. After completing this I continued to enter races of different distances. I joined Porthcawl Runners in June 2016 and love running with the club. The team spirit is amazing as is the encouragement. My fitness levels have increased and I find it a great way to relax from the pressures of everyday life. Running has changed my life for the better.
I have lived in Porthcawl and chose to remain here and raise my family in this beautiful town. I have always been a runner, however sprinting was my first love when I was in school and where I first met Rob Bennett. I became a member of the club last June due to the fact that whenever I entered any race as a non member Porthcawl runners always looked happy and full of enjoyment and I wanted to embrace that feeling. Since joining the club I have met some wonderful people who have encouraged me to participate in events that I would not have dreamed of if it wasn’t for their love of that sport. The cross country events I am particularly fond of and running on a variety of terrain is an amazing accomplishment. As a sports scientist I am an advocate for the holistic benefits both mentally and physically exercise has. Mental health and physical health compliment each other. Meeting new members when they first join at whatever level they are and seeing them develop and improve is the ethos behind the club. Park run for me is also what running is. People participating in all weather conditions, in fancy dress and with always a smile.