2019, Another Memorable Year for the Green Army!
First and foremost, I know I can speak on behalf of all 270 odd Members and must thank Robert Gale for the wonderful memories he captures for us when preparing the weekly report, the 1,000s and 1,000s of photographs, the state of the art website together with the other social feeds he manages. Rob also continues to provide an added dimension behind the scenes as part of the committee. As we are all aware, Rob has suffered some health setbacks during the year which makes his tireless work for the Club even more remarkable! Despite these setbacks, Rob remains so positive and active and has become truly inspirational for many people in AND outside the Club. I know everyone joins me in wishing Rob the very best of luck and health for 2020 and beyond!
The Club continues to be represented in many races and parkruns week in week out, throughout the UK and indeed Europe and beyond! The vest on tour map is filling up very quickly. It’s wonderful to see so many members benefitting from running by travelling abroad especially for a race. It’s also great to see so many pack their vest for their Holidays. We all need a break from time to time, but it’s nice to tick the legs over.
From a competitive view, there has once again been many, many highs during the year. There are simply too many to list but a highlight for me was the Ladies and Mens Teams both finishing 6th in the Gwent league Division 1 and also the Club finishing 7th in the Castles Relay. We would have been happy to match last years position of 11th in the Castles but to finish in the top 10 is an amazing achievement. For sure we have come a long way since our 24th position of 2017! We were also able to field a Castles Vets Team for the first time in our history, so another milestone.
It was also an honour for the Club to be awarded the Welsh Athletics Inclusivity Club of the Year Award which in my opinion is just rewards for the Inclusive Club we have become. To also be awarded the Gilbert Legge Memorial Award by the Gwent League for the second time in three years is also an honour particularly as this award is “voted by the member Clubs and it goes to the Club which has shown Sportsmanship, Endeavour and Achievement”.
Outside wearing the Green Vest, we have a strong structure in place which makes the above possible. We have a sensible committee, a good coaching structure and a wonderful army of volunteers. The latter to whom we must also pay special thanks, without them certain events would not go ahead. I would not normally single out anyone in particular as there are so many, but one volunteer in particular needs a special mention this year in recognition of him also winning a Welsh Athletics Award. So Gareth Williams, Welsh Athletics VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, we salute you!!
Individually, again there have been many highs throughout the year, with PBs and indeed Club records now being broken on a regular basis. We continue to excel at various Welsh Athletics events with many individual medals being won throughout 2019. Albeit a team medal, three individual, fantastic performances from Harry Davies, Sam Jones and Jamie Parry at the Cardiff Half Marathon secured the WA Half Marathon Mens Team Gold Medal which is a huge achievement for the Club especially when competing against so many other high quality leading Welsh Clubs. Another first for PBBRC.
Again, there are simply too many individual highs to list, but a special mention has to be made for our Ladies Captain, our very own, “Sooper” Lauren Cooper! Lauren has continued to excel during the year, not only securing more Welsh Vests and quickly moving up through the Welsh and indeed UK rankings, but also enjoying other highlights such as winning the overall Gwent League Women’s title! Lauren wearing the Green Vest at a major UK Championships Track event was also a sight to behold and had us all bursting with pride! It’s an absolute pleasure watching Lauren develop into the wonderful athlete she has become and we are all very excited about what the future holds for her. Keep it going “Soop”, we are all rooting for you!
Bryn Bach parkrun continues to prosper under the Directorship of Lee Aherne who also directed another successful C210K programme. It was fantastic seeing so many “graduate” at the Swansea 10k and furthermore so many having joined the Club and still training regularly with First Strides.
Finally, I hope each and every Member had a great Xmas and I am sure 2020 will prove another great athletic year for the Green Army….. so let’s all get stuck in from the start in whatever way you represent Parc Bryn Bach Running Club.
Happy New Year everyone and enjoy “Robs Review”.
New Year’s Day Double parkrun
A whopping 67 club members ran both the Bryn Bach and Aberbeeg parkruns. Including this nutter!
Other club members did the Cardiff/Barry double parkrun.
With some completing the trifecta with a dip in the sea.
GLCL XC: Monmouth
The first GLCL XC fixture of the year and a return visit to Humble by Nature near Monmouth. Organised by Spirit of Monmouth, the course was slightly different to last year taking an extra field or two and running anti-clockwise. As always, we were well represented with over 50 club members running. Jamie Parry was first home for the club finishing in second place with Hywel Diplock not far behind in 5th place. It was Hayley Edwards first cross country with the club after only recently joining.
T’was a cold and windy for this year’s Flattest Race on the Planet – the Lliswerry 8. As usual there was a big turnout from the club and despite the windiness, particularly on the second half of the course, members still completed their goals such as running under 1 hour or in Arlene’s case, running further than she’s run before.
Congratulations to Nicola Jukes for winning 1st FV45 (and 4th lady) and Kath Jervis for winning 1st FV60.
Congratulations to Rebeccah Williams who took 3rd lady and 1st in her age category in the Warmley 10K trail race.
BUCS Cross Country Championships
Lauren Cooper travelled to Exeter for the BUCS (British University & Colleges Sports) Cross Country Championship. She finished 37th out of a field of 619!
GLCL XC: Usk
An already tough course was made tougher with the remnants of snow at the GLCL XC fixture in Usk.
Farewell Adam Roberts
The Monmouth GLXC fixture was Adam Roberts’ last race with us before heading off to the Falklands for 6 months and then onto Anglesey.
Here was a message from our Chairman:-
Unfortunately for us, Adam is being sent to the Falklands by the RAF for a 6 month stint following which he is being restationed to Anglesey. Whilst Adam is disappointed to be leaving PBBRC, its a good move for him as his wife is from Anglesey.
Hopefully Adam will be given another stint in South Wales in the future and would be welcome with open arms back at PBBRC so keep onto that vest!
I am actually gutted that Adam is leaving, not only because he is a fantastic runner and has played a major part in our success the past couple of years, but he is also a very, very nice bloke and has proven a very popular Club Member.
Adam, Bon voyage and good luck for the future from all at PBBRC!
Rogue Runs Night Race Series: Chepstow
The Rogue Runs Night Race Series continued in February with the third race taking place at Chepstow Race Course. Sam Lewis Jones took second place and it may well have been the first time that he didn’t fall down during the race!
Gwent League Cross Country: Pontypool
The Gwent League Cross Country was back for the first fixture in 2019 and the hilly Pontypool was the venue.
Storm Eric passed through on Friday but the tail of it was still causing strong winds and some rain, particularly during the women’s race.
Brecon to Cardiff Ultra
Steven Phillips was living the ultra dream with pizza at one of the checkpoints during the 44-mile Brecon to Cardiff Ultra.
The Swifts at the Alamo
I Ran Marathons Valentine’s Series, San Antonio, TX
To celebrate 26 years of marriage, the Swifts travelled across the pond to San Antonio, Texas to run 26 miles in the I Ran Marathons Valentine’s Series race.
The Winter Edition of the Sorbrook Slog took place in Februaryand it was a disappointment that there was no bale of hay to climb over. There was still plenty of hills, mud and water! Not sure if the Secret Runner ever mentioned to his other half that he ran the race!
The Green Army came away with a big haul of booze after taking 3rd Overall, 1st Senior Male, 1st Vet Female and the Overall Team Prize (there was just a single prize for the fastest team rather than men and women).
Vests on Tour in Myanmar
115th Welsh Cross Country Championships
The 115th Welsh Cross Country Championships took place in Pembrey this month and we had a good turnout from both the men and the women. Both the men’s and women’s races feature elite athletes but like last year we came away with a number of awards in various age categories.
MM50 Team Gold
Ian Davies, Lee Aherne and Simon Lewis
MM55 Team Bronze
Haydn Hartnell, Stephen Williams and Stephen Price
MW45 Team Gold
Hayley Jackson, Nicola Jukes and Keri Jones
Pontypool 10k Home Run
17 club members were in a sunny Pontypool on Sunday morning for the annual Pontypool 10K Home Run in aid of St David’s Hospice.
Jamie Parry and Nicola Jukes both had cracking races with Jamie Parry holding joint first position for the first third or so of the race but Fairwater’s Michael Lewis pulled away on the hill up to the Star in Mamhilad and Jamie couldn’t catch up with him. Nursing a cold, Nicola still kept up with Brecon’s Donna Morris and finished only 6 seconds behind her.
Oops! She’s Broken!
Spot the Athlete
Winter Vests on Tour
Alpe d’Huez, France
Gwent League Cross Country: Blaise Castle
The last fixture of the 2018/19 Gwent League XC season and it was a trip across the border to Blaise Castle in Bristol. After a great first season in the First Division for the gents and another season in the First Division for the ladies, both were safe in the top division but that didn’t stop everyone from putting in 100% for the last fixture.
Gwent League Champion 2018/19
Lee Aherne: “It was the most nervous I’ve ever been watching a race so I can’t even imagine the pressure Lauren must of felt going into this race. It must of been enormous. To do what she did today proves how good she is and how lucky we are to have her at the club. What she did by winning the Gwent League is by far the greatest achievement in not only our 10 year history but the entire history of Club 69 and PBBRC combined.”
The final standings show just how tight it was at the top.
Newport Half Marathon
Pre Race/Post Race
It was wet, very wet, but at least there was no snow!
When You Remember That The Club’s Paparazzi Is On The Course
When You Realise You’re Off Pace
UK Inter Counties Cross Country
Lauren Cooper Harry Davies Sam Lewis Jones and Hywel Diplock travelled to Loughborough for the UK Inter Counties Cross Country. The event incorporates the Cross Challenge and is used as a selection for the GB cross country team so it features many of the best runners in the country. Lauren had a superb race finishing in an amazing 38th position.
A Shiny New parkrun Sign!
GLCX XC: Glebelands
The last fixture in the GLCL 2018/19 XC season and it was a visit to a very windy, muddy and occasionally rainy Newport. Jamie Parry did us proud by finishing first and beating his nemesis Jeff Wherlock from Lliswerry Runners with a last second overtake.
Sarah’s Ultra Training
San Domenico 20/10
There was a good turnout for the San Domenico 20/10 with a mix running both the 20 mile and 10 mile races. Claire and Sarah were using the race to prepare for the St Illtyd’s ultra in May and Helen was using it as a training run for the London Marathon next month. Well done to Haydn for taking first in his age category and Andrew Jones for securing a 10-mile PB in his longest race since the Welsh Castles Relay in 2017.
Coach Dave Pointing to the Post-Race Cake
16 Miles into a 13.1 Mile Self Navigation Half Marathon
Philip Miles aka ‘The Man with the Whistle’ Accepts Kim’s Friend Request!
After three years (yes three years!), Phillip Miles has finally accepted Kim’s friend request on Facebook. He’s in such demand that it’s has taken him this long to go through his list of friend requests. After Kim’s announcement, other club members shared their experiences.
Neil Beynon: And there was me thinking 2 years was long. There’s hope for us yet.
Andrew Jones: Obviously I’m one of his favourites, a mere six months wait for me.
Laura Hire: I actually cancelled mine as I got fed up of waiting… I guess I have to go back to the start of the 3 yr list now.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
London Landmarks Half Marathon
A number of members of the Green Army travelled up to London for the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Some had been preparing for the race for some time and for Dai Parry it was only his second official half marathon and he did superbly by finishing in 01:41:46 which was a 3 minute PB.
Cardiff Taff Trail Half Marathon
After last year’s successful trial event, the Cardiff Taff Trail Half Marathon returned and just like last year the weather was perfect for running. Laura, Marcus and Darren returned for a second year and Suzie, who was spectating last year, teamed up with Laura for a more leisurely and enjoyable half marathon after her PB in Bath HM.
Sian Was On Her Toes Spotting the Paparazzi
Laura Spotting the Paparazzi at the Last Moment as Usual
Rogue Runs Night Race 4
The last race in the Rogue Runs Night Race Series took place this month and after coming second, fourth and fourth in the last three races, Sam Lewis Jones took the win! Well done also to Melissa Pearce for taking 1st FV45.
parkrun Pacer Event
This month saw the introduction of the new Pacer Event at Bryn Bach parkrun and was a great success with more events held throughout the year.
Cardiff Bay Run
There was a big turnout from the Green Army for Cardiff Bay Run 10K race this month. Tom Webb ran his first ever 10K with the aim of getting sub-40 and finished in 38:21 and there were numerous other PBs including Ethan Sayce, Martin Thomas, Steven Hamer and Stephen Price.
Harry Davies was the first Green Army across the finish line in 33:35 and close behind was Lee Aherne who was first in the M50 category.
When You Know The Paparazzi Are On The Course…And then You Spot Them!
Everyone Wants Darren’s Autograph
There was an excellent result from the ever improving Hayley Jackson who took 2nd female at the Reverse 10. Around half way into the race Hayley was around 30 seconds or so behind 2nd place and had another female runner on her tail. She managed to catch the 2nd place female and finish 15 seconds ahead of her.
Offa’s Dyke 10k
There were some great results for the club at this year’s Offa’s Dyke 10k race. The race was a new shorter distance and the men (Sam, Darren and Haydn) took first Men’s Team, the women (Sian, Rebeccah and Laura) took 2nd Female Team, Haydn took 2nd MV50, Darren Kippest took 2nd MV45, Sian took 2nd Female (and 1st senior female) and Dai Smout took 1st VM70.
Longtown Llanthony Loop
Sam Lewis Jones was representing East Wales in the tough Longtown Llanthony Loop. In Sam’s words, ‘if I rolled up in to a ball, I still wouldn’t get down the hills quicker than the fast runners’.
Congratulations to Ian Davies who came 1st in the super vet category at Hereford Duathlon. Ian: “I’m feeling pretty chuffed“.
The annual Kymin Dash took place this month with it’s 1 Mile+ climb at the start of the race. It’s a tough race but there were still some great performances including a huge 7 minute PB for Delphine Jones.
Evolution of a Race
Well Done Kath
Well done Kath for taking 2nd in her age category.
Taj Mahal, India
Conditions were a lot more favourable this year for the bank holiday Gilwern Grunt race. Last year’s snow had melted to form rivers on the course and this year the wall-to-wall sunshine of the Easter weekend provided much different conditions.
Mark Williams, Louise Kirby and Sarah Coote all took part in the Welsh Masters League in Swansea this week and all performed fantastically. Sarah Lane Coote was 1st in her age group in the 800m, Louise Kirby was 1st in her age group for both 200m & 400m and Mark was 1st in his age group for both the 800m and 3000m.
Virgin Money London Marathon
We had four club runners in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon – Lee Aherne, Ian Line, Helen Williams and Alex Thomas. Ian and Helen were our club entry winners, Alex was a ballot entry and Lee was running with a GFR entry from the Cardiff Half Marathon. Lee was the first back home in a fantastic time of 02:38:21!
I did manage to contribute to the Weekly Roundup this year with a trail race at Whitebrook. Was great to be back running.
Lee On the Telly Box
Cardiff Summer Series
The Cardiff Summer Series kicked off this month with the 1 mile race and race regulars Tom, Keri and Hayley were competing. All ran superbly with Tom taking first in the U17M finishing in 05:15, Hayley taking 1st FV45 finishing in 06:18 and Keri taking 2nd FV45 finishing in 06:38.
May the 4th Be With You
Steam Bunny Stomp
The Steam Bunny Stomp is a little 7.7 mile jaunt over a mixture of rocky paths and open fell land with a not so little 2,000ft of ascent. That didn’t stop Sian and Helen from taking 1st and 3rd female respectively and together with Rhianydd from taking the team prize!
Newport 10K & Marathon
The Green Vests were out in force for this year’s Newport 10K and Marathon with new club members running in their vests for the first time and Nicola Jukes taking 1st FV45.
Lee’s Back-to-Back Marathons
Lee had another storming run finishing the marathon in 02:46:36 on back of the London Marathon. He also took 1st in the MV50 category.
St Illtyd’s Ultra
We had five club members running the ‘UK’s Friendliest Ultra’ on Sunday. Owain and Lee and both completed ultras before but it was Sarah’s, Claire’s and Neil’s first ultras and all were new to St Illtyd’s.
They had good support from Lucy Atkin-Smith, Dean Sullivan and David Kempton and the club paparazzi was on hand to capture them running through Bluebell Wood, The Chute and Swiss Valley.
GLCL Road Series: Parc Bryn Bach
The first GLCL Road Series Race of the 2019/20 season took place this month and as it was on home turf there was an epic turnout with 124 runners (out of 475 in total) competing. There were plenty of excellent runs with Harry Davies coming home first for the club and a whopping 10 club runners finishing within the top 30!
Age Category Accolades
- John Evans – 3rd M4044
- Alan Reed – 1st M5559
- Haydn Hartnell 2nd M5559
- Nicola Jukes – 2nd F4549
- Neil Lloyd – 1st M6569
- Rachel Lewis – 2nd F4044
- Georgina Seed – 2nd F5559
- Kath Jervis – 1st F6064
- John Howarth – 1st M7099
- Jill Matthews – 2nd F6599
- Brigitte Heasley – 2nd F6064
- Helen Greenwood – 3rd F6064
Those That Gave It 110%
The Paparazzi Being Papped? Whatever Next?!
Porthkerry 5 Multi-Terrain
Congratulations to Keri Jones who came 1st in her age category and 4th female overall in the Porthkerry 5 Multi-Terrain race.
Race for Wildlife 10k
Congratulations to Nicola Jukes who took 2nd female in this year’s Race for Wildlife 10K.
Talgarth Mill Race
We Are Spartan!
Cader Idris Race
There was a fantastic turnout from the club at the Caerphilly 10K. Great to see Sara Elizabeth back racing again, new club members representing the Green Army and some great PBs.
Welsh Athletics League: Fixture 2
GLCL Road Series: Race 2 (Penallta)
Over 100 club members descended on Penallta for the second race in the 2018/19 GLCL Road Race Series with them all doing the club proud.
12 club members travelled to Treforest for a damp Treforest 10K. Nicola Jukes was first lady home in a time of 40:57 – over 2 minutes ahead of the second lady.
Beth Jones was the first U23 Lady home in a time of 46:14.
Dragon’s Back Race
5 days, 315 kilometres with 15,500 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It’s a tough, tough race but club member Richard Price Snr tamed the Dragon this week.
Cardiff Summer Series 2 mile
Summer Series regulars Hayley, Tom and Keri were in Cardiff for the 2 mile race. Tom was first home finishing 9th position in a time of 00:11:07.
Summer Wolf Run
Rack Raid 2019
There Was Something the Race Briefing Didn’t Account For!
There Was Puffing Billy
There Were Sloppy Numbers
There Was Regret
There Was a Flying Finish
There Were Sneaky Car Shots
There Was a Stage Win
There Was a Husband and Wife Leg
There Was Family Support
There Was More Regret
There Was The Green Army Water Station
There Was That Hill
Hobnobbing With The Stars
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Rose Inn Race 2
June saw the second race in the Rose Inn 2019 series and the women’s team consisting of Lauren, Hayley and Nic came out top taking the team prize. Thanks to Paul Stillman for the excellent shot of Hayley.
Offa’s Dyke 15
A crack team from the Green Army travelled to Hay-on-Wye for a damp and windy 15 mile bimble along the Offa’s Dyke Path. Sarah Jeremiah came away with a fancy glass after winning 1st Vet 35.
Summer Speedway 10k
Billed as a very fast race featuring top runners from the area, the Speedway 10k took place this morning and was a mix of drizzle, wind and some warm sunny spells. It was interesting photographing the race and watching some runners pulling out during the race, including the favourite to take the 1st female spot.
Lauren ran a cracking race with a huge 10k PB finishing 1st female in a time of 34:54 – a minute and 20 seconds ahead of the second female. Nic, still struggling with her knee, took 1st V40.
Torfaen Sprint Relays
Steve Jones 1 Mile Road Race Series: Race 2
The second race in the Steve Jones 1 Mile Road Race Series took place this month and featured some very quick runners particularly in the men’s race with Jake Smith, Ieuan Thomas and James Thie travelling up from Cardiff. And with the promise of a pint can of Stella for taking the PBBRC 1 Mile record, Harry Davies finished in a time of 4:37 beating Lee’s record.
Swansea Half Marathon
Allez! Allez! Allez!
Congratulations to Nicola Jukes for taking the prize for 1st Lady at this year’s Blade Runner race.
Pen y Fan Challenge
A crack team from the Green Army – Dai, Owain, Lucy, Keith and Martyn scaled Pen y Fan this month to raise money for Ty Hafan.
Aneurin Bevan Turn the Town Pink 10k
Congratulations to Nicola Jukes who bagged 1st lady at the Aneurin Bevan Turn the Town Pink 10k race. She also finished second overall.
Kim in Women’s Running
Harry in Athletics Weekly
GLCL Road Series Race 4
Around 70 turned out for the fourth fixture in the GLCL Road Race Series. Everyone did outstanding with Men’s A, B and C teams coming first and the women’s A, B and C teams coming second.
Age Category Accolades
- Jamie Parry – 1st Overall and 1st M1739
- Lee Aherne – 1st M5054
- Chris Prothero – 3rd M1739
- Matt Partridge – 2nd M4044
- Hannah Williams – 3rd F1734
- Nicola Jukes – 2nd F4549
- Haydn Hartnell – 3rd M5559
- Sarah Jeremiah – 2nd F4044
- Georgina Seed – 3rd F5559
- John Howarth – 1st M7099
- Kath Jervis – 1st F6064
- Jill Matthews – 1st F6599
- Allyson Power – 2nd F6064
The sell-out Tintern Trot took place on a warm Thursday evening and race regulars Sian, Sam and Richard were joined by Stephen and myself. The race is a toughie but it’s an enjoyable, scenic run with cake and a pint at the end!
Cardiff Summer Series – 4 Mile
Race regulars Hayley, Tom and Keri were in Cardiff’s this month for the finale of the Cardiff Summer Series. Well done to Hayley for winning 1st FV45.
Long Course Weekend
The popular Long Course Weekend took place in Tenby this month and the Green Army were taking part in both the 10K and Half Marathon.
800m Welsh Masters Champion
A big congratulations to Sarah Coote who was crowned 800m Welsh Masters Champion this month.
5000m Welsh Masters Champion
Gold and Bronze for Stephen Williams
There was a good turnout at the SSAFA 5k with Nic winning her age category and Lauren winning 1st female!
Nicola, Lee, Harry and Stephen raced the fast and flat Magor 10k this month with Lee taking 3rd overall and Nic taking 3rd female.
Congratulations to Jamie Parry who took a win for the club at this year’s Tenby 10k.
The very tough Murder Mile took place this month and there were a number of club members who willingly paid to run/walk/crawl up the VERY steep hill. At least there was a beer at the end.
Over two dozen club members attacked the hilly Barry Island 10K this month. The race was also a Masters International match between Wales and England and Lee Aherne, Nicola Jukes and Jill Matthews were selected to represent Wales. Both the men’s and women’s teams beat England and Lee came first in his age category.
GLCL Road Series Finale
The GLCL Road Series drew to a close this month with the final race taking place in Cwmbran. The men started the race in a strong position at the top of division A and with outstanding performances from the guys they finished first overall in the series along with 1st in the Men’s B and C divisions. The ladies finished 2nd overall in the A, B and C divisions.
- Hannah Williams – 3rd Senior Woman
- Nicola Jukes – 2nd F45-49
- Georgina Seed – 2nd F55-59
- Kathleen Jervis 1st F60-64
- Allyson Power 2nd F60-64
- Brigitte Havard Healey 3rd F60-64
- Jill Matthews 2nd F65+
- Jamie Parry – 2nd Senior Men
- Sam Lewis Jones – 3rd Senior Men
- John Evans – 2nd M40-44
- Haydn Hartnell – 1st M55-59
- Alan Reed – 2nd M55-59
- Neil Lloyd – 1st M65-69
- John Howarth – 1st M70+
The inaugural Wyedean Relay took place this month and was a 75k race around the Wye Valley split into 10 legs.
We had two teams running the legs of between 4k and 11k some of which featured some tasty hills.
Sabotaged by a Hedgehog?
The Moment Lucy Realises That The Minibus Won’t Be At the End of Her Leg to Pick Her Up
The AA To The Rescue (Lucy Was Relieved!)
Meet Your 5000m British Masters Champion
Rose Inn Series: Race 4
Well done to Nicola Jukes who took 1st FV45 in the final race of the 2019 Rose Inn Races Series.
Steve Jones 1 Mile Race Series
The last race in the Steve Jones Mile Race Series took place on Friday. It’s August, it’s in Tredegar, it’s bound to be raining. And it rained! Well done to Sharon Newell for winning the race series for the second year in a row.
Coppett Hill Race
Parc Cwm Darran 5 Miler
The Parc Cwm Darren 5 miler saw the club taking a win for the female team and 1st female for Nicola Jukes.
Well done to Rachel who took 2nd female at the Llandegfedd 10k trail race.
2019 Müller British Athletics Championships
It was a huge day for Lauren Cooper this month with her competing in the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2019 Müller British Athletics Championships!
Up against a VERY good field, Lauren did amazing finishing 5th place in what must have been an amazing experience for her.
Mark Williams were at the annual Butetown Mile. Mark Williams dipped under 6 minutes for the first time since getting back into running finishing in 05:54. Chris Prothero had an outstanding run finishing second place in 04:32 and which is a new club record.
Machen Mountain Race
Machen Mountain Race regulars Darren and Bobbie ascended and descend the mountain on Bank Holiday Monday with Bobbie taking a win in her age category.
As always, there was a big turnout for the Cardiff 10k on Sunday morning. First three men home for the club were Jamie Parry in 33: 41, Lee Aherne in 33:51 and Gareth Williams in 34:04. Lauren Cooper was the first woman home finishing in 35:40 followed by Nicola Jukes in 39:31 and Hayley Jackson in 44:57.
Sorbrook Slog 10k
Well done to Keri who took 1st in her age category in the undulating Sorbrook Slog 10k.
The inaugural Newport Five took place this month in aid of St David’s Hospice. Six club members raced with Nicola Jukes taking first place.
There was a great turnout as usual for the 16-mile Roman run from Brecon to Merthyr. there was 3rd place fro Hywel Diplock, a team win for the men and a number of PBs including an 11-minute improvement for Neil Beynon, a 6-minute PB for Katharine Collins and almost a 3-minute PB for Bobbie Swift.
Well done Gavin Patterson, Ian Kent, Jonathon Astley and Hywel Diplock.
Ben Nevis Race
Great North Run
Laura, Kim, Marcus, Peter Hire, Susan Kelly and Sian’s Perry and Steadman were oop North this month for the Great North Run.
Castle 2 Castle
Infinity Running Random Run 6 Hour
Rebeccah Williams ran the Infinity Running 6 Hour Random Run this month completing 53k in 5:32:52.
Well done to Grace Beyton who took 3rd female at the 30th Anniversary Scenic 7 race. It was her first time running in the infamous Green Vest.
Marlborough Temple Trail Half Marathon
Welsh Road Relay Championships
The annual Welsh Road Relay Championships took place in Pembrey this month and the Green Army had 6 teams (18 members) racing.
Hayley, Nicola and Sharon took 1st place in the FV45 category and Nicola had the fastest leg in her age category. Lee also had the fastest leg in his age category.
20-Miler Carb Loading
New York City
Cervia 10k Night Run
Four Seasons Series
A huge well done to those that completed their first ever 10k after graduating from C25K and then continuing the training to prepare for this race.
Within the space of a week both Richard Price Jr and Mike Matthews completed the Ironman. Richard competed in Ironman Wales and beat his 2018 time by over 2 years. Mike competed in Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna and finished in an excellent time of 11:13:38.
The Couch to 10kers
Some of the runners that successfully completed the C210k AND completed the Swansea Bay 10k this month and met up to show that they’re all still keen to keep on running. Since then, many have joined the Green Army.
The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx, Egypt
Great Scottish Run Half Marathon and 10k
A number of Green Army headed north to Scotland for the Glasgow Half Marathon and 10k. Some, like the Rist’s, took part in the 10k, whilst others tackled the half with Arlene Osman and Stacey Marlog completing their first race at that distance.
Mike Discovers It’s More Effective To Take Ibuprofen Orally Rather Than Through Your Foot!
GLXC – Llandaff Fields
This weekend saw the start of the Gwent League 2019/20 season with tough race at Llandaff Fields in Cardiff. The event saw the first outing for the new Super Gazebo which was easily the biggest club tent.
There Was Our Shiny New Gazebo
There Was The Log Jump
Which Some Took in Their Stride
Whilst Others Took A More Cautious Approach
There Were Smiles
There Were Medals from Last Season
Lauren Cooper and Nicola Jukes were awarded their medals from the 2018/19 GLXC season with Lauren taking gold for Champion Senior Woman and Nicola taking bronze for 3rd Female Master 45.
And There Was Sharon
Eastnor Castle Mud Bath
Welsh Half Marathon Champions
There was some great news this month with the announcement of Harry Davies, Sam Lewis Jones and Jamie Parry taking team gold at this month’s Cardiff Half Marathon. Also in the same race, Nicola Jukes collected a silver in the F45 category, Mark Williams took Bronze in the M60 category, Michael Lewis took silver in the M75 category and Lee Aherne took gold in the M50 category.
Welsh Athletics Awards
The Green Army was at the Vale Resort this month for the annual Welsh Athletics awards ceremony and we came away with two awards. Gareth Williams took a very well deserved Volunteer of the Year Award and the club took the Inclusivity Club of the Year Award.
GLCL XC: Parc Bryn Bach
This month saw the first fixture in the 2019/20 GLCL XC season and there was a cracking turnout from the Green Army and great performances from everyone. Jamie Parry was first home and Lauren Cooper was first lady home. The men’s teams had a great result with the Men’s A, B and C teams taking first places.
There Was A First Place For Jamie Parry
There Was A First Place For Lauren Cooper
There Were First Timers
There Was Our Crack Team of Volunteers
There Was Those That Gave It Their All
There Was The Post-Run Shoe Wash
There Were Smiles
There Was the Pesky Paparazzi
There Were Our Award Winners From Last Season
And Then There’s Sharon
We’d Expect This From Sharon, But Rachel?
Jamie Parry’s Running Shoe Tips
It was that time of the year this week where months of hard work are put to the test in the tough Snowdonia Marathon. 18 club members travelled north in wet and windy conditions but judging by the photos everyone enjoyed the race.
There Was The Hard Training
There Were Pre-Race Strategies
There Was Stunning Scenery
There Were The Hills
There Was Sam Falling, As Usual
There Was This Look!
There Was the Club Support
As always, the Phillips travelled up to support both our runners, and others. Also there were the Steadman’s who travelled up for the race.
The Moment When You Wish You Had Booked A Bungalow For Your Marathon Accommodation
Leeds Abbey Dash 10k
Lauren and Harry were in the purple vests of East Wales for the Abbey Dash 10k. The race saw the Inter-Area Championships take place so featured some very fast runners (28 finished sub-30). Lauren and Harry both scored huge PBs and club records finishing in 34:23 and 31:55 respectively.
Severn Bridge Night Race
This month saw the first of three Severn Bridge Night Races which always sells out fast (hence three races rather then just the one they started with). It’s a fast race and due to the time of year can be quite windy but the weather was kind this year. Well done to Mark Williams for taking home the Stella for winning his age category.
John Collins Gwent League XC Pembrey
Around 40 intrepid Green Army members made a trek down to West Wales in not ideal conditions for the next fixture in the John Collins Gwent League Cross Country 2019/20 season. The ground was good, the weather was changeable and everyone ran their best.
There Was A Little Sunshine
There Was Rain
There Was Shoe Tying – Or Was It Taking A Breather on That Hill?
And There Were the Hardy Supporters
For those seeking a muddy run, the Sodbury Slog didn’t disappoint but was there less mud than last year?
Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships
19 club members were selected to represent either East Wales or South Wales for the annual Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships in a very muddy Brecon. Some were representing their region for the first time.
Representing East Wales
- Lauren Cooper
- Rachel Lewis
- Sarah Jeremiah
- Keri Jones
- Hayley Jackson
- Suzie Tew
- Sharon Newell
- Melissa Pearce
- Sharon Woods
- Tom Webb
- Jamie Parry
- Martin Thomas
- Steven John Davies
- Nick Webb
- Stephen Williams
- Haydn Hartnell
- Sam Lewis Jones
Representing South Wales
- Hywel Diplock
- Stephen Dallow
Just When Lauren Thought It Was Safe to Have a Photo On Her Own
And Then There’s Sharon
British & Irish Masters Cross-Country International (Aintree Racecourse)
Lee Aherne, Kath Jervis and Michael Lewis travelled to Aintree Racecourse to represent Wales in the British & Irish Masters Cross-Country International.
Preparing for Beecher’s Brook
Gulf Bank 642 10k
Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas
GLCL XC: Pontllanfraith
The second fixture in the GLCL XC 2018/19 season took place in Pontllanfraith this month and it was a muddy one! There was a great turnout from the Green Army with some running back-to-back after the Inter-Regionals in Brecon on Saturday. There was a river crossing, lots of mud and the Ditch of Doom which claimed many a runner including some of the army.
There Was A Win In The Men’s Race
There Was The Ditch of Doom
There Was The Ditch of Doom
There Was The Ditch of Doom
There Was The Ditch of Doom
Yalong Bay and Nanshan Temple, Sanya, China
Severn Bridge Night Race 2
British Athletics Cross Challenge (Liverpool)
The second fixture in the British Athletics Cross Challenge took place in Liverpool this month and our own Lauren ‘Sooper’ Cooper took part. In a field packed with GB athletes, she finished in a very impressive 41st position.
Howling Bull V
This month saw the annual Howling Bull race take place in Walford, near Goodrich. The muddy 6-mile trail race features a choice of routes near the end of the course – either a steep descent with the chance of a fall or the more runnable route which could take you longer. All of our runners stayed vertical although Sam did decide to go a little off piste.
When The Pap Get Papped
Chase the Christmas Pudding Festive Family Fun Run
Christmas arrived early in Bryn Bach Park with the Chase the Christmas Pudding Festive Family Fun Run race in aid of Hospice of the Valleys. Great to see club members supporting the charity and dressing up.
Parc Bryn Bach Christmas Party
Rogue Runs Night Race: Mallard’s Pike
The Rogue Runs Night Race series kicked off this month in the Forest of Dean. Five club braved being chased down by wild boar with Sam taking 2nd place (he may get 1st place if he stops falling over or being hit by trees!). Special thanks goes out to Emma King by saving the day when Sam accidentally picked up Sian’s vest on the way to the race. Luckily Emma had a spare green vest!
GLCL Blaise Castle
Around 2 dozen club members made the trip across the border to earn the points that will hopefully keep both the men’s and women’s teams in the First Division.
A special shoutout to Tom who had a storming run. It was great witnessing him maintaining a great pace throughout and have such a great finish.
Poor Lee. He made it over to Blaise Castle only for the instantly noticeable van to break down. A call to the AA and a tow home meant he had to miss the race. Unfortunately for Lee, not only was he spotted on the motorway leaving Bristol, he was also spotted by Sarah Coote back in Wales! We’ve got eyes everywhere!
Cardiff Santa 5k dash
Christmas Tree Race
The annual Christmas Tree race took place this month in the Forest of Dean and the fancy dress was dusted off for the trail race. I was hoping that I would be back running again by now but seeing as I was still out of action I thought I would support the race by sponsoring the race numbers to help raise awareness of Crohn’s & Colitis and Colostomy UK.
Annual Xmas Parlauf Relays
Celtic Christmas Trail Race
Chartist Cave Social Run
The annual tradition of running up to the Chartist Cave on Christmas Eve continued with a bumper number of club runners braving the elements. I think word must have gotten around about there being nips of whiskey available for those who made it the cave.
Christmas Day parkrun
Glynneath Boxing Day Run
Boxing Day saw the return of the 33rd annual Glynneath Boxing Day Race and a number of Green Army runners were in attendance, including regulars such as the Lewis family.
Up the Domen
It’s that time of the year where people need to burn off the excesses of Christmas and what better way to do it than a run up the Domen – it worked for Steve Jones! as always, there was a great turnout with runners of all abilities braving the milder than usual conditions.
Grainger’s Blorenge Bimble
Never ask Grainger to take a group shot on a run!
Wye Valley Wander
Sam Lewis Jones, Stephen Phillips and Carl Peacock were running around Chepstow Racecourse for the Wye Valley Wander with Sam taking 3rd position just a few seconds behind 2nd.