parkrun #67 - A rainy saturday in maesteg with some visitors:
Today's Run Report From David Sinclair and Gavin Petrelli - thank you
So this week myself and Gavin Petrelli have been given the honour of giving you your Maesteg parkrun Run report!
I woke up this morning and heard that miserable sound of rain falling off the gutters and under other circumstances would have enjoyed staying under the quilt.
But not only was today mine and Gavs first visit to Maesteg parkrun it was also an instarunnerswales meet up!!!!
I jumped out of bed and couldn’t wait to get going
I arrived nice and early to be greeted by one of the lovely volunteers who let us into the pavilion to get dry and use the loos! We chatted with some of the other volunteers near the start line and mention has to be made of Sian - what an amazing woman. Quite difficult to catch what she was saying sometimes as she’s so shy and demure but she was lovely
Soon after our posse started to arrive and before we knew it it was time for the new runners briefing.
After having our picture taken (we’ve got to keep our insta followers happy) we took our place at the start line with everyone and then we were off…..
Maesteg is a four lap course, and I know some people groan at multi lap courses but this is a GREAT course - down, up, flat, down, flat x4 - it’s so varied and some nice little twists and turns. All in a lovely park.
Marshalls were so encouraging and Sian was amazing jumping and screaming everytime I passed her. Plenty of chances to high five your mates going the other way too
Matt Rees is a keen instarunnerswales bloke and had come along with us today - it was amazing seeing him cruise along looking pretty chilled out (he came in at 17.05, doesnt it make you sick?? Hehe!).
After a bit of cheering in the runners the instarunnerswales gang joined the tail walker for a final lap - myself, Gav, and Adam tested out the slide - so much fun it was ridiculous but be advised - don’t use it when it’s raining haha - we all aquaplaned straight off the end and I’m dosed up on ibuprofen and paracetamol now as my ribs hurt so much - from the impact of from laughing too much? You decide. We’ll get the videos up soon.
Everyone was also lucky enough today to have Catrin there offering massages as part of her training - thank you so much Catrin!!
A quick trip to town found us in Cafe21 - a totally delicious breakfast, be sure to pay it a visit when you’re here.
Maesteg parkrun is fantastic and the marshalls & other runners are seriously top people. Thank you so much for giving us such a warm welcome, we really appreciated it.
Special mention to our instarunnerswales folk who came all the way from Aberystwyth to join us this morning - you rock!!
You heard it here first - the next instarunnerswales meet up will be at Aberbeeg parkrun in January - date tbc!
Have an awesome weekend!
Dave (cardiff_dave) and Gav (gavrunscardiff)
Ps - there was cake.
This week 59 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
First male over the line today was Matt Rees with a time of 17:05 and first female over the line was Ffion Higginson with a time of 19:31- and also a new record for Maesteg
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers and thank you to all of them:
Richard LOWCOCK JAMES • David SINCLAIR • Colin BLACKWELL • James THOMAS • Katrin HIGGINSON • Fraser HIGGINSON • Gavin PETRELLI • Stephanie DYKE • Gavin FORTE • Michael BRAIN • Mikey BRAIN • Toby KEARNS • Amanda LEWIS • Katy KEARNS • Louise MORGAN-GRIFFITHS • Gwilym JAMES • Delma THOMAS • Sian JENKINS • Matthew VILLIS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maesteg parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by James HUNT who recorded a time of 16:42 on 21st October 2017 (event number 14).
The female record is held by Ffion HIGGINSON who recorded a time of 19:31 on 1st December 2018 (event number 67).