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.


Porthcawl Elvis festival 2018

This Saturday 29th September Porthcawl parkrun will be "ELVIS " themed as part of the town Elvis Festival .
Please be aware that Bridgend Bites will be filming and taking photographs of the event as part of the festival and will be publishing and broadcasting on social media.
There will be Fancy Dress judging before the start - come along and have some fun . Don't forget your barcode and if you are not running why not come along and volunteer - we will be finished by 10am leaving you free to enjoy the rest of the day's events #loveparkrun #dfyb #Elvis #Porthcawl
There are traffic restrictions along the seafront so coem early to make sure you do not miss any of the fun


Tail walkers task and respect for other participants

We will be restricting our tail walkers to 2 per event from this 7th July. The tail walkers task is to follow the last person and inform marshals that they can stand down . Other participants are invited to walk ahead of the tail walkers , alternatively they can take another volunteer role.
We would also request all participants to be considerate in their actions and language to other participants. New runners who are nervous may not always appreciate what is intended as well meaning encouragement and may feel intimidated.
We have also had a report of a parkrunner using offensive and sexist language about another participant during an event. Please remember we are all here to enjoy our parkrun and request that all refrain from using such terms.
We thank you all for your cooperation and trust we will all continue to enjoy parkrun in a relaxed and friendly manner.


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.


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


Porthcawl parkrun MArch 3rd cancelled due to Beast from East

The Porthcawl parkrun team has decided that, given the current weather conditions, the impending overnight sub-zero temperatures, and the yellow warning of ice for our area in place until 11am tomorrow, it has no option other than to cancel tomorrows event (3rd March). Have a lie in, keep warm and stay safe and see you all on the 10th March


Current course details and restrictions

Following some recent queries just to confirm we will be running on the revised course we have been using since December until the sea defence work is completed . This is likely to be until December 2018.
While using this course we cannot allow runners with buggies due to the nature of the course around Rest Bay Lifeguard station where it is unsafe with the number of runners who currently take part. This is regrettable but is in the interest of safety for all taking part. Also runners with dogs are not allowed to take part in Porthcawl parkrun.
The extra loop at Rest Bay does require extra work from our volunteer team to set up and marshal to ensure a safe run and we would appeal to anyone who is able to help any week in any capacity to contact us on porthcawlhelpers@parkrun.com.
You may be surprised how much fun it can be ! #volunteers #loveparkrun.
The current start and finish opposite the Pavilion does provide a great area for us all to get together.
We thank all runners and volunteers for their support and cooperation and hope we can all continue to enjoy our weekly meetings in the spirit we have built up over the last 5 years

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