We’re in a period where events come along in a flurry…
Multiple Summer Series are appearing on the calendar…
Wednesday saw the first fixture of the Bridgend County Running League and saw the highest turnout in the clubs history with 114 runners taking part. Mother nature decided to make the circumstances of the evening a little bit more difficult with a few downpours creating havoc with parking and creating a little more mud than was initially anticipated. It takes a lot more than that to keep the Phoenix down and huge numbers turned up to be involved in a significant result for the club!
The Phoenix definitely flew very high over Ogmore Castle!
Thursday saw smaller numbers head up the valley to train – to be expected after such huge numbers racing the night before. It didn’t, however, stop a few heading west to tackle a 5k summer series event on the seafront with significant placings and personal bests achieved.
Friday saw another event completed. One of the attendees was our intrepid 100 mile finisher of only a week ago who clearly wasn’t going to sit back and rest his weary legs having completed all three races on the calendar during the week!
Already an eventful week before arriving at the weekend.
parkrun on the cards for many. A change in weather saw the sun rise early and raise our spirits once again. Long runs to the start line were witnessed in abundance. A wide variety of locations, as ever, were completed.
One lone runner faced the Beast in a race where the profile would be enough to put fear into a lot of runners. Suffice to say The Beast was tamed!
Ultra marathons often occur on Saturdays. As a result they give adequate respite before heading back to “normal” life on Monday. Any race that takes place in the Brecon Beacons will bring with it a serious elevation profile. One of our own took on the challenge and completed such an event in a very admirable time in the warm conditions. Another event in the build up to something even bigger.
The sun went down on a hot day and rose to reveal similar conditions…
Numbers headed to a Park near Barry to complete a 5 mile course with a couple of testing hills thrown in. Admirable performances all round.
Another band headed in the opposite direction to cover a Toughrunner 10k course sending photos back with big beaming smiles from a job well done!
Some ventured across the border to run admirable times in a history city half marathon that makes full use of converted railway tunnels, one over a mile in length, which provide lighting and music to serenade you on your way.
Others also headed far afield to an event that provided financial help for a wildlife trust.
While all of this was taking place our improving group saw big numbers turn up to progress their running. Admirable stuff.
Lots of events on the calendar now and with our increasing numbers we see many being completed every single weekend.
It truly is great to see!
Keep up the good work you lovely lot!