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