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

 

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.

 

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

 

Alternative course due to work on seafront

Porthcawl cannot function without the fantastic support of our volunteers and we are extremely grateful to all those who help in any way .

This is advance warning of some changes which are going to present extra challenges during the Autumn and Winter and we would appreciate your support during this time to enable us to continue to provide the weekly event safely for everyone.
It is anticipated that work will start on the Sea defence works along Porthcawl beach at the end of September and while the work is in progress the Lower Esplanade will be closed to public access . This work is planned to take at least 2 months but could spread over a much longer period due to weather and tides .
We have discussed with the Council an alternative which involves extending the course at Rest Bay along the Coastal path to the gate at Golf Bay -which will be the new turn round point.
The start and finish will be moved to the Upper Esplanade roughly in line with the Pedestrian crossing and the runners running between the Blue Kiosk and the Fence overlooking the lower Esplanade .
We will require extra marshals at the Rest Bay end of the course to manage passing the Lifeguard station and the turn by the Golf Course .
We believe this option is safer for runners and public than the contingency course we have previously used due to the increased numbers we have taking part every week
We hope that many of you will respond to volunteer requests during this period , as you have done over the last 4 years , and will encourage others to volunteer on occassions so that we have enough marshals to manage the course safely.

The last week on current course is likely to be Elvis weekend at the end of September with the new cours ein use form 30th September until the work is completed
Come and speak to core team at Saturday parkun if you have any comments or concerns.

 

Easter Bunny leads out speedy youngsters on promenade

Easter Saturday saw another huge field of 413 runners chasing the Easter Bunny on the lead bike . James Hunt nearly caught the bunny recording the 2nd fastest time on the course in 15:12 with Declan Toomey , one of a number of visitors we welcomed from Bolton, 2nd over the line in 16:36 followed by Elliot Cole . First 3 females to finish were all Juniors with Bridgend's Ffion Higginson setting a new pb of 19:24 followed by big sister Katrin and Katie Robinson from Bath.
This week 413 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 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/
Male placings:
James HUNT (SM20-24) of Cardiff AAC, was first over the line in 15:12 - 9th time in 14 appearances.
Declan TOOMEY (SM18-19) of Bolton United Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 16:36.
Elliot COLE (VM35-39) of Leeds City AC, was third over the line in 16:51 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Female placings:
Ffion HIGGINSON (JW15-17) of Bridgend AC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:24 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
Katrin HIGGINSON (JW15-17) of Bridgend AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:31 - was first to finish once before.
Katie ROBINSON (JW11-14) of Team Bath AC, was third (29th overall) over the line in 20:35.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
James HUNT (SM20-24) – 85.75% for the time 15:12 (first overall).
Finley HINES (JM11-14) – 80.56% for the time 18:00 (6th overall).
Declan TOOMEY (SM18-19) – 80.32% for the time 16:36 (second overall).
Many thanks to all the volunteers and for the generosity of our parkrunners who donated Easter eggs which the Easter bunny is delivering to the Children's Ward at Princess of Wales Hospital

 

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

 

Lots of volunteers and PB’s

Event number 201 4th February 2017
Calm and Sunny conditions welcomed us to the seafront to make perfect conditons for running
Thanks to the vast army of volunteers who made todays run possible especially to our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers Rebecca and Danielle who completed the course as Tail Runners today.
A Black Ladies Karrimor jacket ( size 12) was taken from the kitbag at the finish - if you have it please let us know or bring back next week for Louise James -Thank you
This week there were 366 runners, of whom 40 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/porthcawl/results/latestresults
Male placings:
James CARPENTER (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:12 - second time in 5 appearances.
Mark ROBINSON (VM35-39) of Cornelly Striders AC, was second over the line in 17:44 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Mark EMERY (VM35-39) of Bridgend AC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:17 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William EDWARDS (Porthcawl Runners) 3626 pts.
David BENNETT (Porthcawl Runners) 3405 pts.
Adrian PHILLIPS (Unattached) 3378 pts.
Female placings:
Kate ROBERTS (SW25-29) of Bridgend AC, was first (third overall) over the line in 17:53 - 25th time in 26 appearances.
Deborah GOULE (VW40-44) of Porthcawl Runners, was second (36th overall) over the line in 21:22 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Meg MCCLOY (JW11-14) of Bridgend AC, was third (49th overall) over the line in 21:57.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Deborah GOULE (Porthcawl Runners) 4146 pts.
Joanne EDWARDS (Cornelly Striders AC) 4104 pts.
Jane OGILVIE (Brackla Harriers) 3982 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kate ROBERTS (SW25-29) was graded 82.76% for the time 17:53 (third overall).
Greg NEWHAMS (VM55-59) was graded 79.10% for the time 19:56 (17th overall).
Keith POWELL (VM60-64) was graded 77.83% for the time 21:21 (35th overall).
Porthcawl parkrun started on 6th April 2013, and since then 4,929 different runners, including participants from 313 athletics clubs, have completed 37,150 runs covering a total distance of 185,750 km, and there have been 6,859 new Personal Bests.

 

Live streaming of weather and tide at Porthcawl seafront

<Porthcawl RNLI are hosting a live straeam of weather report and webcam stream of tide at breakwater on Porthcawl seafront . This may be useful to check on a Saturday morning ;
http://www.porthcawl-lifeboat.co.uk/live-streaming
This link has also been posted in the Links page of this website for future use

 

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

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