After quite a few weeks of wet weather it was great to have a dry parkrun.
There were no milestones this week, but as we approach our first anniversary, we do have a number of our core team who are approaching 50 volunteer occasions. We also have a few of the team who have already made it, and last week we forgot to congratulate Rebecca Worth for making it to 50, she kept it quiet but we've found out, well done Rebecca! If you've not tried volunteering, you should give it a go. No one has to do it, but you're missing out on a treat if you don't. We currently have 4 Duke of Edinburgh participants volunteering with us, originally signed up to spend 3 months with us, but 3 of them have decided to stay with us for 6 months instead. That must say something about parkrun morning!
Now on to our Run Report
Written by: Hayley Daubney
Home parkrun: Porthcawl
First Park run: September 2018
I was persuaded by my husband to do my first Parkrun in Porthcawl last September, following this I joined my local running club and have since then clocked up over 1100kms!
Like Woolacombe the Porthcawl Parkrun follows the coast, however, this is where the similarities end! We have a couple of minor hills to contend with but nothing in comparison to the “Dune of Doom”. My husband grew up in Woolacombe and we regularly visit the area, however, this is only the second time we have made it to this Parkrun (the last time being the first run of the New Year). The weather this week was grey, a bit chilly with a slight northerly wind, but at least was dry. The sea was calm with only tiny waves rolling into the shore. The tide was dropping and we were assured the sand was firm. Despite these conditions, I definitely had no expectation of improving my Parkrun PB!
Normally I’m forced to tie my coat to the railings during the Parkrun so was impressed to see a set of bespoke Parkrun coat pegs for runner’s personal belongings. A great touch!
There were 73 runners this week of all ages and all abilities. The run was just as tough as I remember it but absolutely stunning. Definitely one to experience if you can.
I thoroughly enjoyed the run and did manage to knock almost 7 minutes off my course PB. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. A huge thank you to the marshals and event organisers Hoping to make the New Years Day Run!!
This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Rob JOULES • Mandy ROBBINS • Grant MCGILL • Paul COOPER • Jane RATTUE • Sady BARTLE • Hayley DAUBNEY • David RATTUE • Clare KING-SMITH • Gracie HUGHES • Julia WATKISS • Nicky STILLO • Noah ZEALE • Jessica STILLO