Bit late with this months update as I've been busy with my twin boys who were born on 26th July. I've already got the double running buggy ready to take Ieuan John Jenkins and Evan James Jenkins round the Porthcawl parkrun in a few months time.
July seen Nick continue his run of racing every weekend and taking even more PB's. First up was the Scenic 7, followed by Llanelli 10K where he ran a PB and went up to second in the rankings. A week later he did an unprecedented double... a PB at parkrun followed by a PB at the Wales Marathon taking the club record for the marathon distance in the process despite it being a hilly course. You'd think it'd have to end there but he then got a Half Marathon PB moving up to third in the rankings at Swansea the week after, and then a 10 mile PB moving up to second in the rankings a couple of weeks after that (although I have gone into August races now). Nick was deservedly awarded Porthcawl parkrunner of the month for July after extending his consecutive weekly run to 37 by the end of July and still improving his times. Just to complete the Nick Harris appreciation paragraph I should also point out he set a new club record during our second magic mile event so holds the club records for our shortest and longest distance!
As for the rest of us mere mortals. Brian also ran the Llanelli 10K, and on the same day John got a PB and lowered his own 10 mile club record at the Rhondda Fun Run in hot conditions. CORC member Steven Clatworthy switched sports and did the Ironman distance (112 mile) bike course in Tenby the day before Nick's marathon. I missed in a previous post that Helen Griffiths also cycled 100K in the London Ride the Night event. As well as Nick, Kevin Raymond, Kelly Owen, John Burridge, Richard Lowcock James and I ran the inaugural Swansea Half Marathon. Super flat course and some excellent times with Nick, Kevin and Kelly all getting PB's. Kelly was agonsingly just a few seconds off the women's club record which I'm sure will be under threat at upcoming HM's over the next couple of months. John missed out on lowering his club record in hot conditions whilst Richard and I were a bit off our targeted times after suffering with the heat. Also a special mention for Dai Kembery who after chasing a PB of 21:30 for several weeks, absolutely smashed it to go sub 21 and then beat that time again a couple of weeks later.
August will see CORC runners at the inaugural Severn Bridge HM, myself and Nick join the Parkrun 50 Club and no doubt a few other races and PB's for Nick!