The final weekend of March seen several more events which I thought warranted a blog post of it's own as well as some other news, stats and the Chairman's Runner of the Month.
Zero to Hero
Firstly I want to start again with a Zero to Hero update. As pictured below, today seen 11 of the runners brave very wet and windy conditions to reach a significant milestone and complete a 5K run. A few other Cwm Ogwr members went along to support what is an excellent achievement for the girls and now it's onto progressing further and faster. A total of 13 Zero to Hero participants have now signed up as full members of Cwm Ogwr Running Club with a few having attended at least one Tuesday or Thursday training session with us.
Saturday 28th March
Going back to yesterday and it was the final long run before Manchester for both myself and Aled whilst Kelly was doing her final long run before London with the general consensus being that anything over 15 miles should be 3-4 weeks before marathon day. The three of us ran down from Nantymoel and after a nice first 8 miles or so, the wind suddenly picked up and really slowed us down. Getting to the parkrun in Porthcawl the wind only got worse and we had a bit of driving rain / spray from the sea to contend with as well. Aled and Kelly decided to call it a day on arriving at parkrun whilst obviously wanting to clock up another parkrun I somehow managed to get round with Liz keeping me company having run down herself from Brackla. Due to the conditions it was one of the first parkruns we had no PB's or Seasons Bests but we still had 9 members running with Nick still managing a sub 21 time and Richard running with the buggy again. Meanwhile, Chris Roberts was running the Princes parkrun in Liverpool as he was up there for the weekend ready for the Half Marathon on the Sunday. Impressive parkrun tourism stats for him as it was his 6th different parkrun (Porthcawl included) in just 3 months.
Sunday 29th March
First result in was from the Liverpool Half Marathon where Chris Roberts was running his first half marathon. A very wet first half marathon by all accounts but thankfully not too windy. An absolutely fantastic debut marathon time of 1:50:01. Chris clocked it as a couple of seconds under 1:50 but I'm sure he'll get that next time out in Swansea HM. His time puts him 15th in the Half Marathon rankings and he becomes the 29th Cwm Ogwr member to complete a Half Marathon for the club.
Not sure why the face, but I'm sure he was delighted with time.
Closer to home, David Kembery ran the Reverse 10 miler organised by Pontypridd Roadents. Wet and windy conditions for Dai to contend with but a solid finishing time of 1:20:34 which puts him 4th in the clubs 10 mile rankings.
Our most regular 10 mile runner is Nick who ran the distance down in Llanelli finishing 11th out of 60 runners in a time of 1:10:53. Just 25 seconds slower than his PB set at Neath last month and the third time he's ran 1:10 something and has the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th fastest 10 mile times by a Cwm Ogwr member with John Burridge still holding onto top spot.
Speaking of John - he was also in Llanelli at the same event but chose the 20 miler as part of his London Marathon training. There'd be much discussion amongst the other members (mainly me) about whether he would get the club record after David Cappell set a blistering time on the same course last year. As with everyone else running this weekend, conditions were really tough with yet more wind and rain so John did incredibly well to finish just 15 seconds off the club record with a time of 2:32:14.
Away from the races, Manchester Marathon entrants Fiona, Lorna and Helen completed a final 20 mile training run.
To round up this weekends summary, I wanted to mention it was Richard's 150th parkrun yesterday. This includes 107 at Newport, 34 at Porthcawl plus 9 runners elsewhere for 11 different parkruns in total. With Porthcawl obviously being Richards 'home parkrun' since joining the club he could at some point next year become part of what I imagine is very small group of parkrunners to do 100 parkruns at two different venues.
Chairman's Runner of the Month - Chris Roberts
As I said in the previous blog, there were loads in contention this month and I wanted to wait until the final weekend of results before deciding and given his amazing half marathon debut time, I've gone for Chris Roberts. At parkrun Chris has achieved 2 PB's this month to make his total 5 for the year despite having done 42 parkruns when it normally gets tough to keep getting PB's. When looking at age grade percentage his current PB of 22:42 in the V45 category is comparable to Nick and John's 19:38.