Posted on May 3, 2020 by Gareth JenkinsTour of Bridgend / Vale of Glamorgan past and present races Start / Finish of the Welsh Athletics 5K Championships which were ran on 07/05/2011. Route was 4 laps of the town center. The winning time in the Men’s race was 14:41 by Stephen Davies whilst a then 19 year old Dewi Griffiths ran 15:03 for 5th place. Registration venue for the Ogmore Castle BCRL race which has kicked off the season since 2018. The start of the Ogmore Castle BCRL race and also part of the old Merthyr Mawr Pudding Run course until they changed the course in 2017. The finish of the Ogmore Castle BCRL race. Ogmore Phoenix won this event in 2019 with a combination of an outstanding first 15 runners plus a record attendance of 114 members finishing the course for those all important minus points. Part of the course between Ogmore by Sea and Southerndown which is part of the Vale 10/18/32 mile races, the VOGUM 40 mile Ultra, and the Dragon 50/100 mile Ultra. Standing where the Phoenix Tent would normally be for the end of the Vale races. Not quite the feast we normally have at that point but kept us going to visit our next race venue. View of Porthcawl from Ogmore by Sea where our members have been going every week since the inaugural Porthcawl parkrun. Also the venue for the Porthcawl Lions Boxing Day run, the BCRL Porthcawl relays in 2016 and 2017 plus the Tuska Beach BCRL event from 2017-present. Last year also saw the return of Porthcawl 10K after an absence of 25+ years with 97 of our members running the course which is a club record for a 10K. . Around mile 5 of the new course of the Merthyr Mawr Pudding Run after heading off the beach. Only a mile or so left which includes sand dunes and several river crossings. Looking towards the entrance of the river crossing for the Rabbit Run which started in 2016, Exit of the river crossing onto the stones. Start / Finish of the Merthyr Mawr Lane 5K which started in the early 90’s and is a popular 5K with our members. It was a BCRL fixture in 2016 and 2017 when we had 92 runners. It was also used as a separate event in August 2016 for the Welsh 5K Road Championships when Ieuan Thomas won in 14:38. Starting point for the Men’s cross country race at Newbridge Fields which was a regular Gwent Cross Country League fixture until 2016/17. The competition was pretty fierce with 90% of the field completing the 10K course in under 50 minutes. Finish straight of the Bridgend Running Track. Several events held here including the start/finish/changeover zone of the Welsh XC Relay Championships in 2015, the Newbridge Fields BCRL fixture since 2017, and of course, the Beer Mile since 2017. The start / finish of the Bridgend junior parkrun which started in August 2015 and at the time of writing is on event 222.