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

 

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

 

Porthcawl parkrun birthday celebration plans

Saturday 2nd April is Porthcawl parkrun 3rd birthday !!! it's hard to believe its gone so quickly and we are now averaging nearly 200 runners every week. Due to race director Steve Brace taking a well earned rest after the World Half Marathon Championship and other commitments this week we will be having a birthday celebration ,with presentations to our annual points champions and a review of the year, after parkrun on Saturday 9th April in the Porthcawl Pavilion - there will be refreshments available at a small charge. This week Saturday 2nd April ,come along and celebrate with us by wearing your World Half Marathon tee-shirt or volunteer kit. Run the World at Porthcawl !
SAFETY NOTE : We have had an increase in the number of runners with buggies recently . This has caused some concern both from other runners and other pedestrians in the area. We welcome runners with buggies but would request they take extra care when overtaking other runners and show consideration to walkers, cyclists and dog-walkers on the paths in the interests of their own and other people safety. We want everybody to enjoy our parkrun whether they are running volunteering or spectating please help us to keep our event safe for everyone . Thank you

 

Birthday celebrations and Easter bonnets with record field

Easter weekend saw fine weather and a record turnout of 305 runners at Porthcawl seafront for the 105th parkrun. We welcomed a number of visitors including parkrun ambassador Chris Davies , a large group from Cardiff Nike running group and lots of our regulars many in their Easter yellow kit . No one could quite match the Easter bonnets sported by volunteers Maria Lalic and Sarah Grabham though.
Richard Dando was first finisher , with Ffion Higginson improving her pb to finish first female for 2nd week
The post run celebration with coffee and welsh cakes at the Hitide included a great summary of our story so far presented by Steve Brace and included presentations to our annual points winners Ian Ogilvie and Libby Lavis , who retained her title.
it's been a great year with some great perfomances - we 've had to use contingency courses several times but never had to cancel. Our volunteers are the heart of our runs and do a great job every week and we are really grateful to anyone who lends a hand , Anyone who is willing to help is always welcome and we will find them a job to do .
Here's to the next year hoping we can continue to help all of you enjoy your Saturday morning by the sea and improve your fitness !

 

Teenagers lead the way in pre-Easter gales

Spring was welcomed at Porthcawl on the day before Summertime starts with gale force blustery winds followed by heavy showers. The wind blowing in off the Bristol Channel across the course did not give any assistance to the runners . Youngsters showed themselves to be more adaptable to the windy conditions with under 17 Tom Ogilvie leading the field home for the first time and under-14 Ffion Higginson leading her sister Katrin home as first Female. All 155 runners and the valiant volunteers need to be congratulated for their superb efforts in the worst conditions we have had in our first 2 years. We hope those who joined us for the first time will be back.
Easter Saturday 4th April is our 2nd Birthday Fancy Dress Party - suggest coming along in Yellow theme for Easter giving us a golden glow. Welsh parkrun Ambassador Chris Davies and Sports Council Laura McAllister are hoping to be with us. The run will be followed by Tea and Welsh cakes celebration at the HiTide , Coney Beach in Porthcawl from 10 to 11 , All are invited to come and celebrate when we hope the weather will have improved.
All those attending next week are invited to bring an Easter Egg to donate to the Princess of Wales Children's ward, we will have a collection point by the Start area or at the Hi tide party . , all donations welcomed.

 

Birthday celebrations with love in the air and future plans

Valentines day and love was in the air along Porthcawl seafront , a fine dry sunny day with dry light wind welcomed the 191 runners preparing for the start of our 98th parkrun . All the runners and volunteers joined in wishing Happy birthday to Pauline Sheldrick , one of our regular runners who always tries her hardest and runs with a smile , she has volunteered on several occasions when she was q unable to run . This was a special birthday for Pauline and her family were here , either running or cheering her on , hope you had a great day Pauline . It was also Joanne Hegarty birthday and she ran with a large group of friends and family before a birthday breakfast celebration. These are the things that make parkrun so much fun for us all , runners and volunteers .
Matt Wells led the field home in a time of 17:11 , while Neath Harriers Lucy Harland was first female in 19:31 on her first visit to Porthcawl.
We have our 100th run in 2 weeks time on 28th Feb and are hoping our top 10 attendees and volunteers over the last 2 years will be at the start for a special celebration photo shoot . Since it's the day before St David's Day ,it will be Welsh themed run or run in Red for Wales .
As usual many thanks to all our willing volunteers who make our regular tuns possible and all the runners who make it all worthwhile. Keep running and enjoy yourselves , come back soon

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