Event 32 – 24th March 2018 by Kathryn Warren

We were expecting a quiet parkrun last Saturday, as three of our run directors were away in London running in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon, and many of our regulars were taking it easy in advance of the Cardiff Bay 10k the next day.  So, we got a pleasant surprise when 22 first timers turned up – our first timers briefer James Thomas had quite the crowd!  Our new visitors included a group from Swansea, sporting bright pink t-shirts proclaiming “I Ain’t Afraid of No Hills!”  Well they had certainly come to the right place!

Our regular Rowan Hobbs enjoyed his 99th parkrun last Saturday, and we are looking forward to helping him celebrate the big 100 next week in Maesteg.  There will be cake and a few easter surprises so come along and join in (he might even slow down a bit!).

We were also in the fantastic position this week of having filled our volunteer roster by Monday, making my job as run director for Saturday a very easy one.  It was fantastic to see some of our regular runners choosing to volunteer over the last couple of weeks, and we really do appreciate it.

As a new runner myself, running in only my second 10k in Cardiff Bay (it’s only 2 parkruns right?!) was made all the more enjoyable by bumping in to many of our parkrun family along the way – this included fellow run directors, Maesteg parkrunners and volunteers either on the course or on the route cheering us on.

A total of 43 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Colin BLACKWELL • Adrian PEARCE • James THOMAS • Michael BRAIN • Kathryn WARREN • Abigail ALLAN • Paul WARREN • Tom HURLOCK • Delma THOMAS • John LEWIS • Laurie WILLIAMS • Tracey THOMAS • Samantha BELCHER

 

#20 parkrun by Emma Marshall

On Maesteg’s twentieth parkrun, I finally had the email saying “Congratulations on your first Maesteg parkrun”. My role for today was Tail Walker. I was one of 35 people who ran, jogged and walked our beautiful but cold course. There were 8 first timers (me being 1) and 9 different running clubs represented.

I ran with Meryl Davies it was her second parkrun and in fact it was her second run ever!! Meryl told me how she decided to start running after a group of friends were discussing Maesteg parkrun over dinner. A few days later she had signed up online, printed her barcode and announced to her friends that she would be joining them. All without so much as a practice run. As we made our way around the course it was lovely to see how supportive the volunteers and other runners were. Every time we passed someone they would tell Meryl how great she was doing, offer a high five or words of encouragement. As a newbie to running I told her not to worry about running the hill but two out of the four times, Meryl nailed it, cheered on by some Ogmore Phoenix runners on lap four, she reached the top triumphantly.

Fellow first timer on the course today was Devin Coombes of Bridgend AC, Devlin was the first male over the line in 18:29. First female over the line in 25:58 was Sarah Littlewood of Ogmore Phoenix, it was a new PB for Sarah. Also getting PB’s this week were: Aled Hughes, Darren Griffiths, Toby Kearns, Paul Warren, Laurie Williams, Rich Greenwood, Emma Williams, Katy Kearns and Angela Griffiths. Well done all.

To see all the results from todays run, please see our website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maesteg/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=20

A BIG THANK YOU for this week’s volunteers:

Colin BLACKWELL, Amanda BRAIN, Michael BRAIN, Christine CHILCOTT, Justine EVANS, Rob EVANS, Margaret HARDING, Elizabeth LAWLESS, Phoebe PENNELL, Stephne PUDDY, Sarah SMILES MORGAN, James THOMAS, Delma THOMAS, Kathryn WARREN, Philip WHITE, and Margaret WHITE

Without our volunteers our run would not be able to go ahead and it wouldn’t be as awesome either. Thank you for showing such support to everyone that takes part and making them feel so welcome. A special mention to Colin Blackwell who has volunteered at all 20 of our events, thank you Colin.

So next week I will be running again. Ogmore Phoenix Running Club will be taking over all the volunteer roles at Maesteg parkrun so that the core team can run the course together. If you have any blue tops, please wear them next week as the theme for the morning is BLUE!! Hopefully they'll be bringing some treats too, after all, it is our first club take over.

See you next week (eek on the start line again)

Em

 

#19 parkrun by Emma Powell

It seems strange writing this run as a parkrun tourist. I was born and brought up in Maesteg until I ran away to join the Navy when I as 21! I was delighted that parkrun started in Maesteg in July, I get a bit of lie in rather than travelling to Gnoll when I come home to visit family. I have played in Maesteg Wefare Park hundreds and hundreds of times and how I have not noticed that hill before I will never know, it came as a bit of a shock the first time I did parkrun there!

The weather was in complete contrast to last weekend when the driving Valley rain made its usual appearance. It was a sunny but icy one this morning but the sun was rising over the trees and melting the ice as the run started. The marshals did a great job of informing the 44 runners where the icy areas still remained. It was a slower than usual run from me, I didn’t want to slip and I had a fellow tourist with me from sunny Southsea, my friend Nat. She was with me to watch the Wales v New Zealand rugby game, but she could only have the ticket on condition she did parkrun first. It set us up for our day out in Cardiff and I spent most of the run pointing out different areas of the Valley.

The icy conditions did not deter some of the runners. In first place was Martyn Driscoll, who completed the course in 18:36. Martyn represents Mynyddwyr De Cymru running club, it was his first time in Maesteg and it was also his 100th run. Despite conditions there was a fantastic 6 PB’s. Well done to Abigail Allan, Rich Greenwood, Susie L Jones, Kristy Seaward, Brian S Jones and Claire Taylor on your PB. A special mention goes to Claire Taylor who had a life saving operation 2 years ago and only started running again in Feb 2016. Her goal was to get a sub 40 minute run and she came in at 38:11, well done Claire. Runners from 7 clubs took part, Ogmore Phoenix, Bridgend AC, Brackla Harriers, Run 4All Neath, Fareham Crusaders and Pencoed Panthers. There were 11 first timers at Maesteg, we hope you enjoyed it and there were 2 complete newcomers to parkrun, welcome to the parkrun family!

There was also an advent calendar collection for the local Foodbank, an amazing 155 advent calendars, 2 selection boxes, Christmas Santa’s and a chocolate orange were donated. Thank you.

A big shout out goes out to all the amazing volunteers, without whom, parkrun would not exist, and it couldn’t have been easy standing around in the cold today, my mother, Margaret Harding seems to have made Maggie’s turn point her own little spot, before she disappeared off to do barcode scanning. Multi talented volunteers.

 

 

Eek we’re nearly 10 weeks old!!

Maesteg parkrun started on the 22nd of July 2017 and next Saturday will be our 10th parkrun!!

Since the 22nd of July, 414 participants have completed 671 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,355 km, including 134 new Personal Bests. We've had visitors from lots of different running clubs from all over south Wales, the 23 in 23 group and Stuart Ball with his guide Karen Chadwell.

The male record is held by James GRIFFITHS who recorded a time of 18:02 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 7).

The female record is held by Ffion HIGGINSON who recorded a time of 19:57 on 9th September 2017 (event number 8).

Each week our awesome volunteers help make our event possible. Every Saturday I hear such lovely feedback about the team. Thank you for all the support and encouragement you give our runners, joggers and walkers, it is very much appreciated.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers, email us at maesteghelpers@parkrun.com

See you nest week

Emma (ED)

 

 

 

Trial Events Underway

By: Lyn Evans (parkun Volunteer Ambassador)

We're in the process of holding 3 trial events at Welfare park. The first of these was on Thursday July 6th and proved to be very useful for the volunteer team.  We're grateful to the small group of invited runners for checking out the course for us - they all seemed to enjoy it.

Ian Thorne (Co-Event Director with me at Barry Island parkrun) lent his expertise to proceedings and also took the time to make a 'Relive' fly-by of the practice runs (these were shortened to 2 laps each), plus a 1-lap GoPro video of the course.

You can watch them via the links below.

Maesteg parkrun - Relive video

Maesteg parkrun Course (1 lap) - GoPro video

We hope you'll enjoy these taste of things to come at Maesteg parkrun - and if you're planning to join us on July 22nd, then please don't forget that all-important barcode.

 

 

 

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