Elvis will retrun to Porthcawl parkrun

Elvis will be alive and running in Porthcawl on Saturday - linked to the town's annual Elvis Festival Porthcawl parkrun will be Elvis-themed. Fancy dress parade will be at 0845 at the front of the Pavilion before Briefing at 08:55.
For this week only , with Esplanade closed to traffic the course will start from near the Pavilion , on the road heading to the Watchtower before running along the Lower Esplanade and Coastal footpath to the turn at Rest Bay before returning the same way to finish at the Watchtower end of the Lower Esplanade.

If you are running don't forget your barcode to register your result #dfyb - normal rules apply - so no runners with dogs or buggies for safety reasons , children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult
Bridgend Bites will be taking photographs and live social mdia video around Porthcawl on Saturday and during our event . If you do not want your images sharing please politely let the photographer know .
#loveparkrun #Elvis


Current course description

Since the completion of flood prevention work the Porthcawl parkrun course has returned to use the Lower Esplanade. The start and briefing is held at the Eastern end of the Esplanade by the Coastguard Watchtower and Lifeboat shop. The course is an out and back course starting and finishing on The Lower Esplanade with an out and back loop along the Lower Esplanade to the Watchtower at the finish.
The course, which is entirely on the Millennium Coastal path. starts on the Lower Esplanade and then meanders along the West Drive Foreshore before climbing up on to the open expanse of Locks Common. Dropping into Rest Bay to a turn round loop before the Lifeguard Station, the course returns along the outward path then along the full length of the Lower Esplanade, staying on the sea wall side , to a turn round loop at the Watchtower before returning along the promenade side of the Lower Esplanade to the finish point by the Piccolo bar.
AFter finishing the tokens are handed out and runners are directed up the steps to the area opposite the Pavilion where the tokens are scanned in to reduce congestion in the finish area.
• Please be aware that runners with dogs are not allowed on the course
• Buggies are not allowed due to the narrow two-way running with high volume of runners
• Public toilets are open from 0830 under the Grand Pavilion 200m from the start
The run starts on The Lower Esplanade by the Coastguard Watchtower , the new runners brief is held by the Lifeboat Shop at 08:50 with the full safety brief to assembled runners at 08:55.


Parkrun cancelled 27/4/2019 due to High Winds

Storm Hannah is visiting South Wales and with winds in excess of 50mph and gusting stronger on our exposed course it is not safe for runners , or volunteers this morning so we have taken the decision to cancel . We know people will be disappointe dbut you are urged not to travel and keep yourself safe .
We will be back next week as usual weather permitting


Grand Pavilion Caffi Bar -discount for parkrunners

Awen Cultural Trust , who manage the Grand Pavilion , have shown their support for us over the last year providing free storage space under the Pavilion for our kit and re-opening the Public conveniences for which we are all grateful . They have sent the following message and hope that some of our runnners and volunteers will support them :
"As a part of the Grand Pavilion’s continued support of the local running community and this weekend’s 300th parkrun, our newly refurbished Caffi Bar is pleased to offer Porthcawl Parkrun runners and volunteers a 20% discount
This offer is valid every Saturday morning until 11am. If the
runners/volunteers would like to use this discount, all they’ll need to do is show their barcode to a member of our Caffi Bar staff whilst paying.

We’re happy to offer this discount for the foreseeable future and hope that the runners enjoy their visit, whether it be for a cup of coffee, breakfast or a pot of fruit tea. There is also free wi-fi available."
Many thanks Awen , for all your support


Heavy rain and volunteer of the month presentation

Today we were greeted with a heavy downpour as we started an impeccable period of silence to commemorate those who had fallen in combat. Thanks to all those who ran in red today as part of our act of remembrance.
James Marks was presented with a bag of Vitality goodies as his reward for being awarded Vitality parkruner #volunteerofthemonth. Congratulations James and many thanks for all your hard work .
Our dedicated team of #volunteers went above and beyond today in horrendous conditions. We attempted to record as many barcodes as we could and took a record of those we could not scan as they disintigrated in the rain The results have been published if yours is missing mail in with your barcode and position. Special thanks to Chloe Walford who came out to help today on her 16th birthday.
This week 365 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Jo GAMBA • Howard CARPENTER • Tony BURT • Antony PHILLIPS • Fleur JONES • Stuart DAVIDSON • James MARKS • Eric HUGHES • Derek CROWDER • Kevin WALFORD • Zack WALFORD • Angharad WALFORD • Chloe WALFORD • Nick STOCKER • Anthony KAVANAGH • Ken MILLIGAN • Patricia JONES • Stephen SUMMERS • Sarah GRABHAM • Delia DOMACHOWSKI • Iwan DOWIE • Emilie GILES • Michelle MOLE • Daniel JONES • Richard FORTT • Bill DANIEL • Joseph BAILEY-WOOD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Porthcawl parkrun Results Page.


First three finishers were Ross Purchase (18:27) , Ben Knight (18:43) and Daniel Gurmin(18:55)
First females were Catherine Stephens(21:58), Joanne Edwards(22:56) and Kim Knight(22:59)
Well done to everyone who took part today , hope you manage to dry out eventually.

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