Yet another epic weekend comes and goes…
It’s been an odd one for me with a trip north consuming the whole weekend while a lot of significant events were happening back at home, not helped by my race on Sunday being in the back of beyond in a place where radio waves don’t quite reach!
Saturday saw two significant parkrun milestones celebrated by two and supported by many at the top of the Llynfi Valley with large numbers in attendance dominated by Phoenix! Running and cake – what more could anyone ask? A breakfast after at Wetherspoons maybe…. that will do nicely!
Back down on the sea front two of our midst more comfortable with the fells set new club records in their first ever parkrun attendance and in the process admitted they enjoyed it more than expected! To be repeated I’m sure with more records to come…
A couple had away days but this weekend most stayed close to home!
While these regular Saturday antics took place a few long distance heroes headed west to complete a route circumnavigating Penrhyn Gŵyr. 50 miles. 80km. It’s a really long way on the flat but the coastal terrain makes it an extremely tough day out!! In spite of that all who took it on completed it majestically!! There’s a lot to be said for the people who stand on the start line of these races. They are taken to places that not only test the legs but their character and strength of mind. We all admire the endeavour of this special bunch!
On to Sunday and 91 Phoenix from the club made their way to the Welsh capital for one of the highest attended events of the year with the ladies comfortably dominating the field! With a huge array of PB’s achieved it’s a bumper year for improvement. Some chose to support others on their journey to improvement around the well supported route, wile others completed their first running of the distance setting new goals for the future. Some were just happy to get round the course battling against difficult circumstances – but in doing so earn themselves extra respect for digging deep and showing the courage to reach the finish line. With the event caught on TV and it being so local it was always set to be a special event and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The day was rounded off with many heading back for refreshments after the racing was complete – socialising in style as Phoenix always do!
One ventured north to an area of outstanding beauty but contrasting solitude when compared to proceedings down in Wales. A tough course around the edge of the lake proved a challenge on its second running but the miles were completed and the spoils of racing were earned with maximum effort.
An epic weekend for sure and one that will remain in the minds of many who took part as well as those at home watching the story unfold on social media and their TV screens.
Well done to everyone who ran and a huge thank you to those who supported this weekend. It is wonderful to see the pictures and hear the stories from all on occasions like these.
Keep up the good work you lot.
On to the next one!