Run report 14/03/2020

Coed Cefn pwll du parkrun. Event #8
By Karl Johnson - A2301276
Home parkrun - Pontypridd

Amidst the gripping global Covid-19 virus that has sadly postponed parkrun in pretty much every country that parkrun operates in, we were blessed with our Saturday morning ritual here in the UK. This weeks journey was to the fairly new Coed Cefn-Pwll-Du parkrun situated in Machen, on the outskirts of Caerphilly.

Being my NENYD (nearest event not yet done) and hearing such rave reviews from my fellow runners of Ogmore Phoenix Runners I was really looking forward to my first experience at this location. I can now firmly say it won’t be my last - wow!

Perfect parking facilities greeted us and a quick chat with the car park Marshall as to where the location of the start was. Really friendly and sporting a nice new PINK volunteers jacket. Short sharp walk up the hill and through the single track road leads you to the start. (Don’t arrive too late about a 5/10 min slow walk to the start)


Thanks to all the volunteers who made today’s run possible / this was only a snapshot as some had already left to their marshalling points.


So the route is very interesting - literally a one mile climb from the start on fire trails and forestry track. Mile two is undulating including an out and back section where the photographer is located. Mile three is pretty much all downhill, technical over mud and uneven surfaces.


This week 76 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Karen LEWIS • Sharon JOHNS • Jayne OWEN • Gareth OWEN • Ben OWEN • Sian ROACH • Freddie ROACH • Henry ROACH • Lianne WILLETTS • Mia WILLETTS • Lewis WILLETTS • Debbie JACKSON • Karl JOHNSON • Linda BIGNELL • Victoria GARDNER • Emma HOLST • Sari ROBINSON • Gideon DEAN • Rachel OWEN • Andreas ADAMS • Robert WILLETTS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coed Cefn-pwll-du parkrun Results Page.

So a hidden gem in the South Wales valleys - few hills - not technical in places and a supper friendly core team. Very disappointed not to be able to sample the “world famous” bacon rolls - but I’m lucky - it’s on my doorstep! I’ll be back!

Best wishes for the future and happy parkrunning.