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.


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


Course changes due to Porthcawl beach works

As most of you are aware that from Saturday 30th September, for the foreseeable future, the Porthcawl parkrun has to move to an alternative course, whilst contractors use the Lower Prom to work on upgrading the “Tarmac Beach” in front of the town.
Unfortunately the number of runners have grown significantly in recent years and consequently using our old contingency courses is not an option.
In conjunction with Bridgend County Borough Council, we have agreed to utilise the top Promenade for a start and finish line near the Pedestrian Crossing outside the Grand Pavilion.
This will be as narrow as our current start on the lower Prom, but will be suitably cordoned off with cones and tape. The finish will be a return in the same channel and into finish funnels towards the Piccolo Café.
The route will go out and back to the Golf Club Bay gate. Those of you who know this section will realise that it is very narrow at the Lifeguards Hut and the meandering path has 2 tight elbow corners.
We are convinced that the route will be a winner, if runners do their part in helping us with discipline and patience in these areas, particularly in the first few weeks.
We will be placing extra volunteers to inform and enforce the new running line, and there will be stake and tape in key areas, and a middle demarcation line of cones and tape will be used to facilitate running in opposite directions.
This new section of the route is spectacular, as it is in close proximity to the shoreline and will offer an new challenge in the breezes, that we experience off the sea!
NOTE: Regrettably for pram and pushchair runners, the organising clubs of the Porthcawl parkrun are unanimous in their decision, not to allow their participation until we return to our usual course. This is in the interest of safety for all concerned as the narrow sections and tight turns barely allow runners to pass in both directions. We hope that you understand and we will see you when we return to our traditional route.

As explained above, this route is going to need extra marshals , particularly in the Rest Bay area, so as you always do, please volunteer particularly in the early weeks whilst we bed in the new course and all get familiar with a new way of working.

We are proud that, despite being a coastal route, we have never had to cancel our parkrun in our 233 event history and long may it continue.

See you on the new course.

Porthcawl parkrun Organisers


Elvis weekend in Porthcawl

This weekend Porthcawl is hosting the Annual Elvis festival so as in previous years we will be joining in by running an Elvis themed parkrun on Saturday 23rd Sepember . So if you are volunteering ( still open to offers if you are available) or running put on your blue suede shoes and the rest of your Elvis gear to join in the fun with some special guests from the parkrunuk management team Dont forget your barcode


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.


Easter Saturday plans , lead cyclist request and Barcode reminder

After the excitement of the last few weekends we were planning a quiet weekend but it is Easter -- so you are invited to wear your Easter bonnets on Saturday at Porthcawl parkrun. We are also collecting Easter eggs which will be donated to the Children's Ward at Princess of Wales Hospital as in previous years - collection boxes will be at Start and Finish areas on Saturday .
Considering everyone's safety , including members of public on the footpath , we would like to have a lead cyclist every week .This Saturday we have a Special Guest cycling ahead , if you are willing to take on this role in future weeks please let us know and we will include you on rota.
BARCODES - don't forget your barcode #dfyb if running - and please only printed barcodes are allowed -Phones don't scan, so please bring a printed copy.if you need to reprint there is a link on your results email or in the weekly newsletter
there are also cheap printed plastic tags available from https://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/


Live streaming of weather and tide at Porthcawl seafront

<Porthcawl RNLI are hosting a live straeam of weather report and webcam stream of tide at breakwater on Porthcawl seafront . This may be useful to check on a Saturday morning ;
This link has also been posted in the Links page of this website for future use


Happy New Year a chance to help others

Happy New Year to all parkrunners and volunteers . A new year gives us an opportunity to meet new challenges but also to reflect on chances to help others . Volunteering at parkrun is one way that you can help others and make sure our event continues to provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to join us in running in a friendly , non-competitive environment. Although we have our regular volunters, who have almost all volunteered more than 100 times, we always welcome new volunteers and would welcome anyone looking to take on a new role giving them training and support to help their confidence. Just email porthcawlhelpers@parkrun.com to offer your services . No offer is turned down.
Thinking of helping others , there will be a collection for Bridgend Foodbank at Porthcawl parkrun on Sat 14th Jan. Collections will be made at the start and finish areas . The items Foodbank are particularly short of currently are :
Tinned meat (corned beef/ham)
Tinned vegetables
Tinned fruit
Sponge puddings
Uht Milk
Long life orange juice
Toilet tissue

You can help by donating any of these items ,
Thanks for all your support - if you are coming to parkrun this week ( or any week) - dont forget your barcode #dfyb and your smile !


Christmas and NewYear parkruns

Porthcawl parkrun will not be running extra events on Christmas Day or New Years Day in 2016 .
We will be running as normal on Saturday 24th December -Christmas Eve and Saturday 31st Decmeber -New years Eve at 0900.
Saturday 24th December will be our Xmas themed fancy dress run and we are inviting all volunteers and runners to run in Xmas Jumpers on Saturday 17th December . Have fun , run at Xmas - dont forget your barcode


Battle of Somme centenary remembrance

The Royal British Legion is calling on sporting organisations, associations, clubs, teams and individuals to commemorate the role played by sportspeople on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. on Sept 17th 2016.
We will honour this request and observe 2 minutes silence before the start of Porthcawl parkrun on Saturday . Please arrive early , New runners briefing approx 8:50 - with safety brief before the start for all runners - Don't Forget your barcode

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