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Weekend Round Up - 4th/5th May

Are you sitting comfortably because this one's a long one!

  1. Saturday News

It was another eventful parkrun day for the start of May.

If you follow any social media pages for parkrun events then you would’ve seen the Star Wars themed posts for May the Fourth.

With an event going on in Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields today, there were a few local events visited for a parkrun fix.

Getting Darth Vader involved at Riverfront were Joey, Androo & Kev whilst the Llanishen gang of Matt T, Ceri, Niall and Meg P saw a stray stormtrooper in the park.

Nick ran around Penallta, Dan was at Coed Cefn-Pwll-Du whilst Rob L was in Pontypool and Phil B & Ian B were in Tremorfa. Jamie went to Grangemoor and Craig to Pontypridd.

Further afield, James S was in Seaton, Sue was in Salisbury and Karen & Andy borrowed a friend’s dog called Leia to run at Riverside Walk near Hay on Wye.

Harry & Lucy continued their Japanese  adventures with a trip to Shingashigawa Ukima whilst Morwenna was back at Kawana on the Australian Sunshine Coast


Fancy an Ultra?

Sarah took on The Malvern Hills Ultra, organised by Ultra Running Limited, offering four different distances of challenging, self-navigation trail running on the Worcestershire Way and over the Malvern Hills.

Sarah ran the 30 mile distance with 1,600m of elevation and lots of steep ascents and descents throughout the course but they came with stunning views over the Malvern Hills.

Sarah found company in a brilliant group of women running the race either solo or in pairs at the same pace as her and went on to complete the course together. Afterwards she described the whole experience as brilliantly organised and a great day’s adventure with plenty of camaraderie on the course.


2. Sunday Round Up

Ok, you ready for this?

Llongyfarchiadau to Susannah as she represented Wales at the Masters International against England at the AJ Bell Great Birmingham 10k on Sunday!

Susannah finished a respectable 8th female and second Welsh woman in the V50-54 category in a solid 41.40 on a hilly course, finishing strong in the last 5km.

Andy W headed over to Ynysddu to run the Sirhowy Loop, a 6.6 mile trail race put on by Islwyn Running Club to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The race was held alongside its big brother the Sirhowy Challenge (which is circa 10 miles and has additional climbing up to Machen masts).

It might not have had the glitz and glamour of the Cardiff 5k, but runners were treated to some Beatles classics on the loud speakers at the start line before they headed off, and up, into the forestry. There were no flame machines like Cardiff - presumably due to the fire risk.

Most of the race is on wide forest tracks and the climbing is mainly finished after the 2 mile point. Andy will be going back next year to make note of the scenery at the top as spent just time catching his breath.

As with the other friendly and well organised Islwyn races, it’s another one in a lovely area to run in with a drinks voucher to use in the local social club afterwards. Unsurprisingly, their other races feature on our club championships races.

The weather started clearing ahead of the Cardiff 5K - Race For Victory on Sunday evening where 14 members took to the streets of Whitchurch for a fast race.

It was a great night for Paul J, James D and Meg P who all managed PBs. Hannah W ran a season best and lots were pleased to get sub 20.

Thanks to Rob L, Rob B, Brian A, Tom B, Karen and Johnny for the support out on the course  and to Johnny for taking  photos too.

Oh, and Del ran another marathon in Newcastle..apparently she was up there and thought why not!

Well done everyone!

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