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

 

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.

 

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

 

Record field to celebrate Xmas

A record 425 runners formed a sea of Santa hats and other Christmas related costumes on the seafront at Porthcawl before running the 5k followed by mince peas and coffee .
The fantastic turnout was a challenge for our ever willing volunteers who coped brilliantly as usual
A MERRY XMAS to all our Ruinners and volunteers and congratulations to Richard Jones and Sian Tossell who joi9ned the 100 club today
Male placings:
Andrew TUCKEY (VM40-44) of Bridgend AC, was first over the line in 17:25 - second time in 3 appearances.
Christopher JEYNES (VM40-44) of Brackla Harriers, was second over the line in 18:45.
Ben WHITE (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:52 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William EDWARDS (Porthcawl Runners) 3095 pts.
Adrian PHILLIPS (Unattached) 2908 pts.
David BENNETT (Porthcawl Runners) 2860 pts.
Female placings:
Nia Seren CLATWORTHY (JW11-14) of Cardiff AAC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:16 - second time in 8 appearances.
Gina HARDMAN (VW45-49) of Bridgend AC, was second (37th overall) over the line in 21:35 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Jessica HEGARTY (SW20-24) of Cornelly Striders AC, was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:52 - has been first to finish on 49 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Deborah GOULE (Porthcawl Runners) 3554 pts.
Joanne EDWARDS (Cornelly Striders AC) 3535 pts.
Jane OGILVIE (Brackla Harriers) 3407 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Nia Seren CLATWORTHY (JW11-14) was graded 81.57% for the time 19:16 (8th overall).
Peter TURNER (VM65-69) was graded 78.84% for the time 21:16 (32nd overall).
Andrew TUCKEY (VM40-44) was graded 78.37% for the time 17:25 (first overall).
This week there were 425 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.
Porthcawl parkrun started on 6th April 2013, and since then 4,721 different runners, including participants from 312 athletics clubs, have completed 35,117 runs covering a total distance of 175,585 km, and there have been 6,527 new Personal Bests.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Porthcawl parkrun Results .http://www.parkrun.org.uk/porthcawl/results/weeklyresults/…

 

Centurions celebrate

The slightly wet and calm conditions did not dampen the pre-Christmas celebrations which started early for Porthcawl Runners who celebrated Wilfy Edwards 100th parkrun with Xmas costumes today . No doubt there will be a poetic response from the bard himself. Also celebrating joining the 100 club today among the 186 runners were David Carrington and 80 year old Brian Ford. Congratulations to all 3 and anybody else who was too modest to tell me !
Also marking Maria Lalic 100th volunteer last week her home club Cwm Ogwr Runners presented her with a bouquet of flowers .Thanks to Maria for all her work and to the other volunteers who turn out whatever the weather .
Xmas continues next week with Xmas Jumper Day ( Dec 17th) and then the Christmas themed fancy dress parkrun on Dec 24th .
See you all there -Dont forget your barcode
Todays stats :
Male placings:
Elliot COLE (VM35-39) of Leeds City AC, was first over the line in 17:31 - 4th time in 7 appearances.
Richard DANDO (VM35-39) of Bridgend AC, was second over the line in 18:00 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Rowan HOBBS (VM35-39) of Brackla Harriers, was third over the line in 18:40
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William EDWARDS (Porthcawl Runners) 2932 pts.
Adrian PHILLIPS (Unattached) 2748 pts.
David BENNETT (Porthcawl Runners) 2683 pts.
Female placings:
Clare HUGHES (VW40-44) of Bridgend AC, was first (34th overall) over the line in 22:02 - 9th time in 122 appearances.
Deborah GOULE (VW40-44) of Porthcawl Runners, was second (35th overall) over the line in 22:13 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Jane OGILVIE (VW50-54) of Brackla Harriers, was third (38th overall) over the line in 22:22 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Deborah GOULE (Porthcawl Runners) 3358 pts.
Joanne EDWARDS (Cornelly Striders AC) 3347 pts.
Jane OGILVIE (Brackla Harriers) 3218 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Peter TURNER (VM65-69) was graded 80.03% for the time 20:57 (22nd overall).
Robert William BAMSEY (VM60-64) was graded 77.39% for the time 21:05 (24th overall).
Jane OGILVIE (VW50-54) was graded 76.83% for the time 22:22 (38th overall).
This week there were 186 runners, of whom 7 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

 

Happy birthday Derek Crowder

Weather was not kind to us with showers arriving as we started and getting heavier in the strong wind but the 230 runners battled their way through with the help of our valiant volunteers. Special congratulations to 11 year old Willow Hughes who joined the 50 club today -while Mum -Clare moved up to top spot in the ladies points table .
First runner home was Kenneth Caulkett from Aberystwth in a time of 17:52 ,while Jess Hegarty, one of our regulars, was first female in 21:35. Surprise was Nigel Bedford starting with everybody else !!!
Our best wishes today to Derek Crowder - one of AAW top officials and a regular volunteer at Porthcawl parkrun who celebrated his 75th birthday by completing his first parkrun . - well done Derek and best wishes from all your fellow volunteers and runners

 

Cake , daffodils, and lots of Red parkrunners

The day before St David's Day saw the 100th Porthcawl parkrun and everyone was in a celebratory mood. With sausage rolls and scones provided by our volunteers Maria and Clare and a fantastic parkrun 100 cake provided by Dai Power . There was an air of excitement on the prom as we assembled to celebrate together. The field of runners included lots of runners in Red for Wales and quite a few daffodils and dragons . After a special pre run photoshoot with the cake and our top 10 running attendees and top 10 volunteers the 223 runners were sent on their way with a huge band of volunteers helping them along the way including Nigel Thomas who has run 91 of the 100 Porthcawl runs,and ran as a pacer . Thanks also to Laura Gush who paced 25 minutes almost to the second.
First finisher Peter Avent ran a pb of 15:52 , while Kate Roberts was first female in 4th place .and there were over 40 pbs on the day.
There really was a fun carnival atmosphere and it was great to be a part of it and realise how much parkrun means to so many people , here's looking forward to the next 100 together.

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