We wanted June to be the 'month of the comeback' and that it was. Ross, Brian, Heather, Helen G, Helen D, Anthony, Kevin M and Rosie all returned to the club after lengthy absences. We also had one of our best ever months for new members and even recruited one whilst on a run to Llangienor.
June wasn't quite as crazy as May for races although there were still a few. Firstly starting with the parkruns. I did my 14th different parkrun, visiting Llyn Lech Owain parkrun near Llanelli whilst our other parkrun tourist, Richard did the inaugural Colby parkrun in Pembrokeshire which was his 11th different parkrun. Meanwhile back at Porthcawl there were more personal bests being set. Kelly beat her own female club 5K record and went sub 23 minutes with 22:47 whilst John made his long awaited return to parkrun beating the male club record at Porthcawl with 19:48.
The big June race was the Caerphilly 10K. Erin, Rachel, Tara and Hannah all completed their first 10K in very warm conditions. Lorna, paced by Richard, set a personal best, just missing out on going sub 50 whilst David Kembery set his first 10K mark. Unfortunately we all got caught up in a bottleneck at the start which cost us a good 60-90 seconds which ruined Kelly's chances of a club record and Nick's chance of a PB. Brian ran Caerphilly for the second year, whilst I enjoyed my first experience of their 10K. All of us are looking forward to the super flat Cardiff 10K to have a real attack on the records and personal bests.
June also seen the first Cwm Ogwr 'Magic Mile' session. We had a record turn out for a training session with Aled setting the best time by quite a margin as the only person to go sub 6 minutes with 5:55. There was some confusion when I clocked 5:56... Not being one of the best sprinters in the club, we established a few minutes later that I turned round at the wrong line and missed out around 200 meters! Unfortunately a few people followed me so a few of us had our times disqualified - sorry guys. I ran again in an epic chairman v captain battle with Kelly and just about out sprinted her with a last ditch effort. Our little friendly rivalry is certainly pushing us both.
Other races in June included Dai C running the Swansea Bay 5K and Kelly running the SSAFA 5K in Cardiff. Both in very warm conditions so personal bests weren't on the cards but still good times in both cases.
As for July - our second magic mile is this Thursday and taking place on the planker. Nick is running the Llanelli 10K as I type this, whilst John is running the Rhondda 10 miler with another club record likely. Nick runs his second marathon in just 3 months with the Tenby Marathon on the 13th July, whilst Fiona is running the Half Marathon on the same day. A few are running the inaugural Swansea Half Marathon on the 20th with some quick times expected on the flat course and a club record attempt by John and Kelly. On the 31st we are inviting some local clubs to join us for a tough mountain run including 'the Beast and the Bwlch'. It's going to be a busy month!