Heavy rain and volunteer of the month presentation

Today we were greeted with a heavy downpour as we started an impeccable period of silence to commemorate those who had fallen in combat. Thanks to all those who ran in red today as part of our act of remembrance.
James Marks was presented with a bag of Vitality goodies as his reward for being awarded Vitality parkruner #volunteerofthemonth. Congratulations James and many thanks for all your hard work .
Our dedicated team of #volunteers went above and beyond today in horrendous conditions. We attempted to record as many barcodes as we could and took a record of those we could not scan as they disintigrated in the rain The results have been published if yours is missing mail in with your barcode and position. Special thanks to Chloe Walford who came out to help today on her 16th birthday.
This week 365 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Jo GAMBA • Howard CARPENTER • Tony BURT • Antony PHILLIPS • Fleur JONES • Stuart DAVIDSON • James MARKS • Eric HUGHES • Derek CROWDER • Kevin WALFORD • Zack WALFORD • Angharad WALFORD • Chloe WALFORD • Nick STOCKER • Anthony KAVANAGH • Ken MILLIGAN • Patricia JONES • Stephen SUMMERS • Sarah GRABHAM • Delia DOMACHOWSKI • Iwan DOWIE • Emilie GILES • Michelle MOLE • Daniel JONES • Richard FORTT • Bill DANIEL • Joseph BAILEY-WOOD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Porthcawl parkrun Results Page.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/porthcawl/results/latestresults/

First three finishers were Ross Purchase (18:27) , Ben Knight (18:43) and Daniel Gurmin(18:55)
First females were Catherine Stephens(21:58), Joanne Edwards(22:56) and Kim Knight(22:59)
Well done to everyone who took part today , hope you manage to dry out eventually.

 

Porthcawl Elvis festival 2018

This Saturday 29th September Porthcawl parkrun will be "ELVIS " themed as part of the town Elvis Festival .
Please be aware that Bridgend Bites will be filming and taking photographs of the event as part of the festival and will be publishing and broadcasting on social media.
There will be Fancy Dress judging before the start - come along and have some fun . Don't forget your barcode and if you are not running why not come along and volunteer - we will be finished by 10am leaving you free to enjoy the rest of the day's events #loveparkrun #dfyb #Elvis #Porthcawl
There are traffic restrictions along the seafront so coem early to make sure you do not miss any of the fun

 

Porthcawl parkrun celebrates 5th birthday

The weather dampened the 5th birthday celebrations at Porthcawl parkrun but the 221 runners were still able to enjoy the 260th event since we started on 6th April 2013
This week 221 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Keith TREHARNE • Antony PHILLIPS • Stuart DAVIDSON • James MARKS • Tony DANIEL • Martin FURNESS • Kevin WALFORD • Zack WALFORD • Angharad WALFORD • Chloe WALFORD • Lorna WALFORD • Lynne WALSH • Anthony KAVANAGH • Ken MILLIGAN • Julian STRAKER-JONES • Patricia JONES • Maria LALIC • Sarah GRABHAM • Mike ATKINS • Michelle MOLE • April May KITCHENER • Philip HARROWING • Mark TOWNSEND
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Porthcawl parkrun Results Page.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/porthcawl/results/latestresults/

Mark Hiddlestone was first over the line in 18:08 with Dafydd Jones (18:28) leading the trio of Steve Jenkins(18:298) . Graeme Rand( 18:29) and Mike Furness (18:30)
Debbie Goule was first female in 20:16 with Fleur Jones ( 22:26) and Louise Evans ( 23:22)
The female record is held by Helen JENKINS who recorded a time of 16:40 on 15th August 2015 (event number 124).
The male record is held by Adam BOWDEN who recorded a time of 14:58 on 17th December 2016 (event number 194).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gail DUCKWORTH who recorded 92.23% (21:02) on 8th October 2016 (event number 184).
Porthcawl parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 6,899 participants have completed 56,554 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,770 km, including 9,816 new Personal Bests.
When we started 5 years ago we never expected that so many people would take part and it's a measure of the success that a large number of our regular runners were either taking part or supporting the Vale Coastal Ultra today many who would never have even considered running even a 5k 5 years ago !
We cannot continue our events without our great volunteers who braved the wet conditions today and we should mention James Marks, Tony Kavanagh , Keith Treharne and volunteer coordinator Tony Phillips who have all completed more than 200 volunteer sessions while Ken Milligan, Maria Lalic, Sarah Grabham, Jeff Thomas, Steve Brace, Jacqueline Brace, Kevin Walford and Derek Crowder have all completed more than 100 sessions. We really appreciate the time they give to help setup and support the event and would welcome any additional offers of help.

Today we congratulate Bob Bamsey and Stephanie Murphy on joining the 100 club We should also congratulate the 6 runners who have completed more than 200 parkruns at Porthcawl Nigel Thomas, Jackie Lewis, Michael Davies, Dave H Evans, Keith Powell and Libby Lavis . Thanks to all parkrunners for your continuing support . Keep running and keep smiling

 

Porthcawl parkrun MArch 3rd cancelled due to Beast from East

The Porthcawl parkrun team has decided that, given the current weather conditions, the impending overnight sub-zero temperatures, and the yellow warning of ice for our area in place until 11am tomorrow, it has no option other than to cancel tomorrows event (3rd March). Have a lie in, keep warm and stay safe and see you all on the 10th March

 

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.

 

4th Birthday celebrations

Porthcawl parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 5,243 participants have completed 40,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,810 km,, including 7,357 new Personal Bests. so today we celebrated 4 years of parkrunning in Porthcawl in style with many of the runners in volunteers in fancy dress including Batman and Robin at the Rest Bay turn and a full Bay Watch crew from Cwm Ogwr
This week 419 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 29 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Porthcawl parkrun Results page : http://www.parkrun.org.uk/porthcawl/results/latestresults/
The first male and female home were junior runners from Bridgend showing great promise for the future
Male placings:
Donovan WILLIAMS HALE (JM15-17) of Bridgend AC, was first over the line in 17:19 - first time in 12 appearances.
Richard DANDO (VM35-39) of Bridgend AC, was second over the line in 17:27 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Daniel TRIGGS (SM30-34) of Neath Harriers, was third over the line in 18:05 - was first to finish once before.
Female placings:
Ffion HIGGINSON (JW15-17) of Bridgend AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 19:27 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Georgina Jayne DANDO (VW35-39) of Bridgend AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:06 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Katrin HIGGINSON (JW15-17) of Bridgend AC, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 20:51 - was first to finish once before.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Greg NEWHAMS (VM55-59) – 80.44% for the time 19:36 (19th overall).
Ffion HIGGINSON (JW15-17) – 79.69% for the time 19:27 (17th overall).
Keith POWELL (VM60-64) – 79.57% for the time 20:53 (35th overall).
We welcomed Porthcawl Town mayor Coun Robert Lee and parkrun ambassador Lyn Evans to the start and they also joined us in th HITide inn where Event Director Steve Brace presented an interesting and enjoyable review of our progress to date , much of it due to his hard work which he modestly failed to mention .
Annual Points winners Will Edwards and Debbie Goule were presented with Trophies and Steve presented a special pebble to Maria Lalic -volunteer of the year before we cut the birthday cake made by Steve's sister Diana .
Thanks to all our volunteers for all thier work in the last year and to all the runners for their support . Keep on Running #loveparkrun
#volunteers
The presentation with impressive stats can be viewed online at https://www.dropbox.com/s/w1h7bpi08awewh2/Porthcawl_Parkrun_4_Birthday_Presentation_and_Stats_2017.pdf?dl=0

 

Celebrations -200th run

Event number 200 28th January 2017
Celebrations for 200th run included Scottish clans for Burns night and Welsh lovers for St Dwynwen and Happy Chinese New Year welcoming the Year of the Cockerel . The lady volunteers and the first few females across the line were presented with a single red rose in the spirit of Robbie Burns - my love is like a red red rose xx.and we all love our volunteers #loveparkrun #volunteers
Dave Bennett of Porthcawl Runners celebrated his 50th parkrun and his orange army escorted Mike Atkins on his first parkrun since suffering a stroke last year .Welcome back Mike !
Congratulations to Chris Pratt who set a new Porthcawl PB ,breaking 20 minutes for the first time.
This week there were 298 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/porthcawl/results/latestresults/
Male placings:

Andrew Mark REYNOLDS (SM30-34) of Neath Harriers, was first over the line in 17:14 - third time in 6 appearances.
Christopher JENKINS (VM35-39) of Porthcawl Runners, was second (third overall) over the line in 18:23 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Stephen DAVIES (SM30-34) of Cwm Ogwr Running Club, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:52.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William EDWARDS (Porthcawl Runners) 3535 pts.
David BENNETT (Porthcawl Runners) 3313 pts.
Adrian PHILLIPS (Unattached) 3297 pts.
Female placings:
Kate ROBERTS (SW25-29) of Bridgend AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 17:49 - 24th time in 25 appearances.
Deborah GOULE (VW40-44) of Porthcawl Runners, was second (35th overall) over the line in 21:47 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Angela F MORRIS (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (42nd overall) over the line in 22:17.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Deborah GOULE (Porthcawl Runners) 4047 pts.
Joanne EDWARDS (Cornelly Striders AC) 4009 pts.
Jane OGILVIE (Brackla Harriers) 3888 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate ROBERTS (SW25-29) was graded 83.07% for the time 17:49 (second overall).
Libby LAVIS (VW55-59) was graded 79.16% for the time 23:50 (77th overall).
Greg NEWHAMS (VM55-59) was graded 78.44% for the time 20:06 (16th overall).
Porthcawl parkrun started on 6th April 2013, and since then 4,889 different runners, including participants from 313 athletics clubs, have completed 36,784 runs covering a total distance of 183,920 km, and there have been 6,800 new Personal Bests

 

Porthcawl parkrun 200 – Chinese, Chicken , Love or Robbie Burns

Next Saturday 28th January will be 200th running of Porthcawl parkrun . We had announced a theme of Burns Night which is celebrated this week on Jan 25th but it has also come to our attention that is also St Dwynwen's day - a celebration for Welsh lovers - and don't we all love parkrun #loveparkrun. .
Sat 28th also heralds Chinese New Year and starts the Year of the Cockerel whose qualities are loyalty and punctuality - strongly engendered in parkrunners so we are expanding the theme and invite all participants -runners and volunteers to celebrate in whatever style they choose -Chinese, Chicken , Love or Robbie Burns and Scotland - all will be welcomed just don't foget to bring your barcode #dfyb and a a big smile

 

Porthcawl parkrun 200 will be Burns night themed run

Advance notice that 28th Jan is our 200th run - theme will be BURNS NIGHT ( which is on 25th Jan) so anything Scottish, "wee timorous beastie", Red Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne or other Robbie Burns related to celebrate.

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