Course changes

Porthcawl parkrun will be operating with an alternative start and finish and extended loop at Rest Bay due to wseafront works . The local council have informed us that the Lower Esplanade will be handed over to the contractor until the work on the sea defences is completed and told us not to use the Lower Esplanade during this period.
The start and finish is located in the same place on the Upper Esplanade opposite the Pavilion . The course has been extneded at Rest Bay past the Lifeguard station, this part of the course is too narrow to allow runner swith buggies to take part safely so regretfully we will not be able to allow buggies until we retrun to the normal course when the work is completed .
We do not have a finish date fro the work at present. The initial responses to the amended course hav ebeen positive although it does take extra work to set up and marshal at present and we are grateful to all prakrunner sfor thier support in ensuring the event can continue .
On a positive note , the public toliets located across the road from the start/finish area have been re-opened by Bridgend Council and Awen Trust and we welcome this move for the benfit of all .

 

Brian causes Porthcawl parkrun first ever cancellation

Due to the extremely strong high winds and high tides along the sea front we had to cancel Porthcawl parkrun this morning, Sat 21st October. This is the first time the event has been cancelled in 4 years but the safety of runners and volunteers is paramount . We had delayed cancelling until we confirmed the conditions and were considering using the alternative course of multiple laps around Salt Lake which we have used on one other occasion but the gusting winds were too strong in that area as well. Apologies for those who made the journey in and were dissapointed and many thanks to the volunteers who turned up despite the weather including Tom Powell, Derek Crowder, keith Treharne, Tony Cavanagh, Julian Straker-Jones , Michelle Mole, Lorraine Colton, Patrice Gras, James Marks, Steve Gibbins , Philip Harrowing, Tom Chapman and any others . We value your support and hope to see you next week.

 

Course changes due to Porthcawl beach works

As most of you are aware that from Saturday 30th September, for the foreseeable future, the Porthcawl parkrun has to move to an alternative course, whilst contractors use the Lower Prom to work on upgrading the “Tarmac Beach” in front of the town.
Unfortunately the number of runners have grown significantly in recent years and consequently using our old contingency courses is not an option.
In conjunction with Bridgend County Borough Council, we have agreed to utilise the top Promenade for a start and finish line near the Pedestrian Crossing outside the Grand Pavilion.
This will be as narrow as our current start on the lower Prom, but will be suitably cordoned off with cones and tape. The finish will be a return in the same channel and into finish funnels towards the Piccolo Café.
The route will go out and back to the Golf Club Bay gate. Those of you who know this section will realise that it is very narrow at the Lifeguards Hut and the meandering path has 2 tight elbow corners.
We are convinced that the route will be a winner, if runners do their part in helping us with discipline and patience in these areas, particularly in the first few weeks.
We will be placing extra volunteers to inform and enforce the new running line, and there will be stake and tape in key areas, and a middle demarcation line of cones and tape will be used to facilitate running in opposite directions.
This new section of the route is spectacular, as it is in close proximity to the shoreline and will offer an new challenge in the breezes, that we experience off the sea!
NOTE: Regrettably for pram and pushchair runners, the organising clubs of the Porthcawl parkrun are unanimous in their decision, not to allow their participation until we return to our usual course. This is in the interest of safety for all concerned as the narrow sections and tight turns barely allow runners to pass in both directions. We hope that you understand and we will see you when we return to our traditional route.

As explained above, this route is going to need extra marshals , particularly in the Rest Bay area, so as you always do, please volunteer particularly in the early weeks whilst we bed in the new course and all get familiar with a new way of working.

We are proud that, despite being a coastal route, we have never had to cancel our parkrun in our 233 event history and long may it continue.

See you on the new course.

Porthcawl parkrun Organisers
porthcawloffice@parkrun.com

 

Elvis lives at Porthcawl parkrun

Porthcawl Elvis festival is always a good excuse for the regular parkrunner to dress up but today was exceptional when we were joined by Paul Sinton-Hewitt , Jo Sinton-Hewitt , Helen Hood , Mike Graney and families who all passed the Elvis costume test Paul clocked a sub 21 time in his 349th parkun.
Local celebrities included Louise James celebrating a milestone birthday and her 50th parkrun , Happy Birthday Louise and Martin Smidman completing his 50th parkrun - well done Martin
The event was made possible by 33 amazing volunteers many in fancy dress -
Jo BETTY • Jacqueline BRACE • Keith TREHARNE • Antony PHILLIPS • Peter TURNER • Steve BRACE • Stuart DAVIDSON • James MARKS • Alan KERR • Tony JONES • Zack WALFORD • Chloe WALFORD • Dai POWER • Pauline LAWRENCE • Jamie CLODE • Lynne WALSH • Anthony KAVANAGH • Ken MILLIGAN • Tom CHAPMAN • Maria LALIC • Sarah GRABHAM • Delia DOMACHOWSKI • Christopher JONES • Marnie MUIR • Mike ATKINS • Breige LAWRENCE • Louise HOGAN • Angela PARRY • Joey HOWLAND • Michelle MOLE • Daniel JONES • Mandy DUMAGNEE • Philip HARROWING
After some initial difficulties processing result s,eventually they are all completed now
This week 358 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took partToday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Porthcawl parkrun Results Page.
Male placings:
Donovan WILLIAMS - HALE (JM15-17) of Bridgend AC, was first over the line in 17:48 - second time in 13 appearances.
Finley HINES (JM11-14) of Neath Harriers, was second over the line in 18:01 - was first to finish once before.
Matthew REYNOLDS (VM35-39) of Port Talbot Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 18:04 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Female placings:
Fleur JONES (VW40-44) of Cornelly Striders AC, was first (21st overall) over the line in 20:28 - second time in 68 appearances.
Georgina Jayne DANDO (VW35-39) of Bridgend AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 20:47 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Clare HUGHES (VW40-44) of Bridgend AC, was third (36th overall) over the line in 21:29 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Finley HINES (JM11-14) – 78.72% for the time 18:01 (second overall).
Keith POWELL (VM65-69) – 78.23% for the time 21:26 (34th overall).
Rob HUNT (VM55-59) – 78.14% for the time 19:40 (12th overall).
Porthcawl parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 6,242 participants have completed 48,423 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,115 km, including 8,757 new Personal Bests.

 

Elvis weekend in Porthcawl

This weekend Porthcawl is hosting the Annual Elvis festival so as in previous years we will be joining in by running an Elvis themed parkrun on Saturday 23rd Sepember . So if you are volunteering ( still open to offers if you are available) or running put on your blue suede shoes and the rest of your Elvis gear to join in the fun with some special guests from the parkrunuk management team Dont forget your barcode

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