Run Report – Event #78 – 23/02/19

It was blue skies and sunshine in Maesteg this morning for the 71 people who ran, jogged and walked our course, of whom 16 were first timers, with 19 recording PB’s and 11 different running clubs represented.

Today our new Pacer bibs made their debut, thanks to the donations made by so many of you. We would like to thank Rob Bennett (23) Kris Denholm (25) Graham Hillman (27) Victoria Hillman (30) and one of our RD’s Kathryn Warren (35) for their superb pacing. If you would like to give pacing a go, we have the following times available each week:
23 min, 35 min, 27 min, 29 min, 30 min, 32 min, 35 min and 38 min

First male over the line today in 18:53 was Paul Speyer of Brackla Harriers. First female over the line was Kaitlin O’Neill in 24:23. For all the results from today, please check our website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maesteg/results/latestresults/

We don’t have a PB bell at Maesteg but if we did it would have rung loudly today for Maesteg regular Sarah Kearns. A big WELL DONE from all the team Sarah on your 36:03 PB, over a minute & a half quicker than last Saturday!! Amazing running (and good pacing from Kathryn)

As usual we would like to thank our incredible volunteers, who make each week possible and are super supporters for our runners. Thanks to:

Rob BENNETT, Colin BLACKWELL, Noel BOSWELL, Michael BRAIN, Ryan BUNCE, Kris DENHOLM, Justine EVANS, Margaret HARDING, Graham HILLMAN, Victoria HILLMAN, Katy KEARNS, Amanda LEWIS, Emma MARSHALL, Joshua MORGAN, Jacob PEARCE, James THOMAS, Delma THOMAS, Matthew VILLIS, Kathryn WARREN, Margaret WHITE, Gareth WILLIAMS

 

parkrun #67 (1st Dec 18) – Run Report From Instarunnerswales’s David Sinclair & Gavin Petrelli

parkrun #67 - A rainy saturday in maesteg with some visitors:

Today's Run Report From David Sinclair and Gavin Petrelli - thank you  :-)

So this week myself and Gavin Petrelli have been given the honour of giving you your Maesteg parkrun Run report!

I woke up this morning and heard that miserable sound of rain falling off the gutters and under other circumstances would have enjoyed staying under the quilt.

But not only was today mine and Gavs first visit to Maesteg parkrun it was also an instarunnerswales meet up!!!!

I jumped out of bed and couldn’t wait to get going

I arrived nice and early to be greeted by one of the lovely volunteers who let us into the pavilion to get dry and use the loos! We chatted with some of the other volunteers near the start line and mention has to be made of Sian - what an amazing woman. Quite difficult to catch what she was saying sometimes as she’s so shy and demure but she was lovely

Soon after our posse started to arrive and before we knew it it was time for the new runners briefing.

After having our picture taken (we’ve got to keep our insta followers happy) we took our place at the start line with everyone and then we were off…..

Maesteg is a four lap course, and I know some people groan at multi lap courses but this is a GREAT course - down, up, flat, down, flat x4 - it’s so varied and some nice little twists and turns. All in a lovely park.

Marshalls were so encouraging and Sian was amazing jumping and screaming everytime I passed her. Plenty of chances to high five your mates going the other way too

Matt Rees is a keen instarunnerswales bloke and had come along with us today - it was amazing seeing him cruise along looking pretty chilled out (he came in at 17.05, doesnt it make you sick?? Hehe!).

After a bit of cheering in the runners the instarunnerswales gang joined the tail walker for a final lap - myself, Gav, and Adam tested out the slide - so much fun it was ridiculous but be advised - don’t use it when it’s raining haha - we all aquaplaned straight off the end and I’m dosed up on ibuprofen and paracetamol now as my ribs hurt so much - from the impact of from laughing too much? You decide. We’ll get the videos up soon.

Everyone was also lucky enough today to have Catrin there offering massages as part of her training - thank you so much Catrin!!

A quick trip to town found us in Cafe21 - a totally delicious breakfast, be sure to pay it a visit when you’re here.

Maesteg parkrun is fantastic and the marshalls & other runners are seriously top people. Thank you so much for giving us such a warm welcome, we really appreciated it.

Special mention to our instarunnerswales folk who came all the way from Aberystwyth to join us this morning - you rock!!

You heard it here first - the next instarunnerswales meet up will be at Aberbeeg parkrun in January - date tbc!

Have an awesome weekend!

Dave (cardiff_dave) and Gav (gavrunscardiff)

Ps - there was cake.

This week 59 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

First male over the line today was Matt Rees with a time of 17:05 and first female over the line was Ffion Higginson with a time of 19:31- and also a new record for Maesteg  :-)

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers and thank you to all of them:

Richard LOWCOCK JAMES • David SINCLAIR • Colin BLACKWELL • James THOMAS • Katrin HIGGINSON • Fraser HIGGINSON • Gavin PETRELLI • Stephanie DYKE • Gavin FORTE • Michael BRAIN • Mikey BRAIN • Toby KEARNS • Amanda LEWIS • Katy KEARNS • Louise MORGAN-GRIFFITHS • Gwilym JAMES • Delma THOMAS • Sian JENKINS • Matthew VILLIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maesteg parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James HUNT who recorded a time of 16:42 on 21st October 2017 (event number 14).
The female record is held by Ffion HIGGINSON who recorded a time of 19:31 on 1st December 2018 (event number 67).

 

Ogmore Phoenix Takeover!!

This Saturday (25th November) our friends at Ogmore Phoenix Runners will be doing a club takeover, which means our core team will have the morning off volunteer duties to run parkrun instead.

It's also the last day of our advent calendar collection for Bridgend Foodbank. So if you're coming to volunteer or run, please help us by bringing an advent calendar with you. It really will make a huge difference to the families that need to help of the Foodbank especially at Christmas.

 

Maesteg by Emma Powell (on her 100th parkrun)

M – For me this means a couple of things, Maesteg and Milestones. I was coming up to my 100th parkrun and decided there was no place better to run it than at my Welsh home parkrun of Maesteg. I never thought I would ever get to 100 runs, that’s 100 Saturday morning lie ins gone, in fact, more than that as I have volunteered many times as well, and those that know me know that I like my sleep, however, running is one New Years Resolution that is still going strong.

A- Athletic Clubs. You don’t have to be a member of an athletic club to enjoy parkrun although many people are. It was my new years resolution run with Fareham Crusaders that got me into parkrun and changed my Friday nights and ensured I missed the start of Saturday Kitchen forever. This week at Maesteg there were members of Brackla Harriers, Port Talbot Harriers and AC, Ogmore Phoenix Runners, San Domenico RC, Yr Hen Blwyf, Pontyclun Road Runners, Cornelly Striders AC, Pencoed Panthers and Fareham Crusaders running clubs.

E- Erin. One person in particular deserves a special mention, Erin Jeremy. I invited some of my fairweather running friends along to my milestone run, (under the promise of cake)  and my good friend Kathleen Jeremy came with her daughters Erin and Ruby. Right from the start 7 year old Erin was up for it. She shot away from her Mam and sister so I kept pace with her. It was her first ever parkrun and the furthest she had ever run. She was determined to see it through and we ran/walked it. Even when her Mam and younger sister dropped out after 2 laps (well done to Ruby for completing that much) she was determined to finish it. We regained our energy by having a little walk to the last marshal point and then Erin declared ‘ready, steady,go’ for  a sprint finish. It was such a sprint finish that I think Usain Bolt would have struggled to keep up with her and she finished in a fantastic time of 41:05. I hope you enjoyed it and come back again.

S – Snowdon. There were a few familiar faces missing from parkrun today. Quite a few of the core team decided that the elevation profile at Maesteg is too flat so they would do the Snowdonia Marathon instead, though by the fourth time of going up that hill it feels like its Snowdon. Well done to Kathryn and Paul Warren, Mike Brain and James Thomas. Sorry you missed the cakes, I’ll make some Welshcakes just for you when I’m back in December.

T – Tourists. As well as the course regulars there are lots of parkrun tourists. Whether they want to complete them by region, or country or to complete their parkrun alphabet. I enjoy tourism as I like to compare post parkrun coffees, there’s a book there to be written by someone. I have done 12 different courses. The Maesteg run directors are doing a bit of a tourist challenge and this week Stephne Puddy touristed at Colby. My best friend Helen Breeds who also came to celebrate my milestone is technically a Maesteg tourist as Eastbourne is her home course, though she has done Maesteg so many times and thinks she knows more people now at Maesteg than in Eastbourne parkrun (though Eastbourne is a lot flatter). We are a friendly bunch! We had tourists from Porthcawl, Pontypridd, Brueton, Eastbourne and Fareham.

I would also like to thank this weeks tailwalker, Louise Morgan-Griffiths, another of my friends who came to help me celebrate, Melanie Dunbar Jones was all set to drop out after the third lap in order to watch me run in but Louise encouraged her to complete all four laps (no laps, no cake) but then realised at the end she had left the all important barcode at home #DFYB!!

E – Emma Marshall. Massive thanks to run director Emma, who provided a chocolate cake with white chocolate buttons on it that made 100. Also, many thanks to all the volunteers who give up their Saturday lie ins in order for us to have a safe parkrun, without them, we would have no run. My mother, Margaret Harding is a regular volunteer at Maesteg making it a family affair for me when I run there.

G – Get up and go. Nothing much else to say other than get your trainers on, grab your barcode and get to Maesteg Welfare Park for 0900 on a Saturday morning.

This week (27/10/2018) 44 people ran or walked the course of which 6 were first timers, welcome to the parkrun family, hope you enjoyed it and hope you come back. There were 11 PB’s recorded. Well done Grant Medcraft, Jacob Griffiths, Chris Medcalf, Gregg Harris, Joshua Parry, Libby Lavis, Kate Parry, Karl Hevizi, Jamie Nicholas, Susan Evans and Catherine Elizabeth Lougher-Harris. First over the line was Grant Medcraft (17:55), followed by Jacob Griffiths (18:39) then Marcus David (18:41). First female home was Libby Lavis (24:23).

Many thanks to my friends, Helen, Angela, Mel and Kathleen for getting up and helping me celebrate my milestone. Last time we were all together we were in Wetherspoons – how things have changed!

 

Let’s party for our 1st year anniversary!!

We are fast approaching our 1st year anniversary. Please join us on the 21st of July for a party in the park to celebrate. There will be fruit, cake and punch for all our runners and volunteers. And hopefully we'll have some special visitors to keep you entertained while you run in our beautiful park.

We can't wait to see you all there!!

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