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
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
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.