Porthcawl Runners Glamorgan Gazette Article by Carl Field

Merthyr Mawr 5k 2017 - Porthcawl Runners

Merthyr Mawr 5k 2017 - Porthcawl Runners

Records fall at the Merthyr Mawr 5k with personal bests


14 NEW personal bests were the highlight of a record-breaking Merthyr Mawr 5k for the Porthcawl Runners.
No fewer than 47 competitors from the South Road based club descended on the event – which was the second of six Bridgend County Running League events in 2017.

That number smashed the Runners’ previous BCRL club record of 26 – achieved at the same event last year – while eight were also making their competitive club bows.

Geraint Lewis (17:47) led the Runners home in 23rd out of 479 finishers overall while Deb Goule (21:19) collected the prize of first Vet 45 female.

There were PBs on the night for Dave Dickson, David Bennett, Will Edwards, Robert Slaughter, Matthew Watkins, Laura Butcher, Karen Phillips, Deb Jones, Tim Kale, Jennifer Jones and Heidi Bennett – along with debut trio Martin Gush, Eve Devlin and Carl Field.

Geraint Williams, Alun Williams, Jeremy Jones, Toni Cosson and Lindsay Ford also enjoyed excellent first outings for the club.

The next event of this year’s BCRL will be staged by the Runners at Porthcawl Seafront on Wednesday, June 28 where they will compete in a 4km Time Trial once again with Brackla Harriers, Bridgend AC, Cornelly Striders, Cwm Ogwr Runners, Pencoed Panthers and Pencoed Tri Club.

Those notable performances at Merthyr Mawr came hot on the heels of the Runners’ exertions at the recent Cottrell Park relays.

With eight teams entered, the Runners were the best represented club in attendance and certainly proved they are a force to be reckoned with victory for Dave Bennett, Deb Goule and Rob Bennett in the Mixed category.

The Runners also finished second in the Masters Men, Masters Female and Family categories.


Article written by Carl Field


April 2017 Newsletter

Porthcawl Runners and walkers newsletter april 2017

April 2017 Newsletter

Spring has sprung, and along with dancing daffodils, Personal Bests have been springing up in the club. I can’t list them all but my coach’s runner of the month has been Andy Breeze, who has been gamboling like a lamb at the Porthcawl Parkrun, breaking his PB on a nearly weekly basis, and getting a 10k PB too.  This success has been built on consistent attendance at the club’s Wednesday speed session.

Well done Andy and to the others who use this as a Spring-board to improvement.

Congratulations to our runners that braved the Margam Park Half Marathon and Llanelli Half Marathon recently.  The core sessions run on a Monday evening by Julianne Mort are very popular and she is pushing us hard, with many grown men shedding tears!

A quick mention to a friend of the club – Terry Jones (of the Fruit Bowl) – he is running in a series of events culminating in an over two hundred mile run from London to Porthcawl in August – for the RoadPeace charity, in memory of his sister. I plan to run the Manchester and Snowdon Marathons to support him. A fundraising night is planned for Terry’s challenge, or feel free to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/William-Edwards9.

March 2017 Newsletter

Porthcawl Runners and walkers march newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

With the couch to 5k programme for beginners in full swing and everybody making great progress their focus is now on completing the Porthcawl Parkrun on 18th March 2017. The damper February weather is failing to dampen spirits and the more experienced runners are also working hard on goals ranging from improving their 5k times to running marathons.  Plenty of team competition is available as well as the West Glamorgan Cross Country League is in full swing, with a recent challenging race at Margam Park, which was very well attended.

A special mention to two of our members who have been battling illness, who enjoyed personal victories in February and shared their achievements with the club. Mike “the taxi” Davies has recently been undergoing treatment at Velindre, but has kept up a full attendance at the weekly Porthcawl Parkrun and received an Endeavour Award from the Bridgend Running League for his efforts. Well done Mike Davies.  Another Mike from the club – Mike Atkins, sadly suffered a severe stroke last year, but has displayed tremendous positivity and really climbed a mountain to get back to running the Parkrun again. The photo this month shows Mike Atkins after completing the Parkrun for the first time since his stroke, and being supported by team members, most of whom dressed in orange for the occasion.

Our Club, and indeed, many of the local clubs have benefited hugely from the positive spin offs of Porthcawl Parkrun – the biggest of which has been the camaradarie and friendly competitiveness which has developed between the different clubs in Bridgend and led to the Bridgend Summer League. If you wish to get involved and enjoy this too, why not come along and join us on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.30pm from Porthcawl Rugby Club.

February 2017 newsletter

Porthcawl runners and walkers 2017 newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

The New Year kicked off as usual with a run. Our friends Cornelly Striders put on a great event at Prince of Wales, Kenfig New Years Day Run, which was the final event of the Festive Four series of races. Club interest this year focused on the most improved runner in the series, as new member Hywel Dafydd had hit a rich vein of form, which saw him win the Club Santa Handicap mile race.
The picture this month shows the hardcore of members that braved the Tata Reservoir Run on 8th Jan.
By the time you read this our Couch to 5k runners will be well into their training programme to get them ready for the Porthcawl Parkrun, which is rapidly swelling in numbers. We wish them well on their noble quest.
Momentum is gathering, with a real buzz at training nights, as members plan a series of spring and summer events together and plan to compete as a team in the West Glam Cross Country, Bridgend Summer League and Rack Raid Relay. With plenty to offer adults new to running and walking too, why not join us on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.30pm from Porthcawl Rugby Club.