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Weekend Round Up - 2nd/3rd March

It was another weekend of events, events and more events...(plus rain, sun and hail of course!)

1. Parkrun

With the threat of  snow and XC in the afternoon, parkrun was a local affair today.

Mark, Meg P and Lucy went to Cardiff, Chris M went to Grangemoor, Kev and Ceri went to Llanishen and we had great number at Tremorfa with Rob L, Alistair, Emily, James S, John L, Joey and Andrew heading there.

Over in Newport, we had Dan L with Ian B visiting Riverfront for the first time.

North of the capital, Craig managed a course PB at Pontypridd  and a small group headed to Penallta to help Natalie, Alec, Helen and Jack tick off a new parkrun. It was a nice repeat for Hannah, Aislin, Andy and Karen.

2. The Winter Greenman Ultra 30

Sarah was questioning her life choices as she drove to Bristol to complete the Winter Green Man 30 ultra (aka the Green Boy) in the snow and wind.

This was a self navigation course and Sarah was lucky to find a lovely local lady to run with and help out with any navigation issues.

A lot of the course was waterlogged and thigh-high in places which made for a memorable race. In fact, her most memorable part was the 3 “river” crossings due to flooding and the runners had to help each other to ensure they stayed upright.

However, Sarah’s favourite part were the peanut butter sandwiches and crossing the Bristol Suspension Bridge at sunrise.

3. Saturday also saw the last Gwent League of the season..

Here's the cross country race report courtesy of Simon, thank you.

For the final Gwent League fixture of the season, Pontypool didn’t disappoint our XC stalwarts on Saturday…

Meg, Aislin, and Armanda all ran really well in difficult conditions  but they helped to churn the course up for our senior men (Matt, Chris, Phil, Hywel, Simon, and Jack) who slipped and slid their way ‘round the hilly three lap course (much to the amusement of the spectating Ron and Aislin). Jack (who gets full marks for XC attendance this season) will no doubt have spikes on his birthday/Christmas list. All agreed that the jury was out on whether the race had been ‘fun’.

After demolishing a tasty looking bacon bap, Ron took the opportunity to distribute some well earned trophies to those unable to attend the AGM before the gazebo was packed away and the team squelched back across the “quagmire” back to the carpark.

4. And San Domenico runners were out racing on Sunday too!

This time, the early start was for the Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon

JC and Arthur enjoyed a hot drink before they joined the pens with Andy, Mark, Niall and Becs.

With conditions cold and bright, it seemed like it would be ideal for the race but a few sections of sheltered road were a bit slippery. However, it was a well attended race as usual and everyone came away happy - more so if they enjoyed their free half pint from Tinyrebel

Andy was in the top 20 in a PB equalling 75:30, with Mark beating his previous best by 29 seconds to get another sub 80 time.

Becs ran her second race as a member of the club in a very respectable 1:51, ahead of John C, Niall and Arthur.

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