Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

BEN Wil­liams last Satur­day turned up for a first time at Porth­cawl 5k Parkrun, and promptly made a win­ning start, writes Tony Poole.

The Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers run­ner com­pleted the new course – tak­ing com­peti­tors closer to Royal Porth­cawl Golf Club as the Lower Prom­e­nade is closed for ma­jor re­pairs to sea de­fences – in a time of 17 min­utes 42 sec­onds.

He fin­ished a mere six sec­onds ahead of Si­mon An­thony Lewis (Pon­typridd Road­ents), who was also at­tend­ing the event for a first time.

The 236th stag­ing of the pop­u­lar Satur­day morn­ing run on this oc­ca­sion gave run­ners three theme choices.

As it was the 13th anniversary of Parkrun na­tion­wide, some apri­cot shirts were spot­ted.

Those that com­peted in the Cardiff Half Marathon the pre­vi­ous week donned those shirts – and then there was the Natalie Grif­fiths cel­e­bra­tion.

As she was com­pet­ing in a 150th Porth­cawl Parkrun, a re­quest was made to wear Mex­i­can­linked kit.

The other top-10 places last Satur­day went to Dono­van Wil­liams-Hole (Brid­gend) 18:36, Graeme Rand 18:46, Joshua Aud­s­ley (both un­at­tached) 19:33, Matthew Edwards (Pen­coed Tri Club) 19:40, Richard Self (Les Croupiers) 19:44, Ian Edwards (un­at­tached) 19:47, Jef­frey Thomas (Brid­gend) 20:03 and Dave Ben­nett (Porth­cawl Run­ners) 20:07.

Top fe­male in 21st place over­all was Deb­o­rah Goule (Porth­cawl Run­ners) from Fleur Jones (Cor­nelly Strid­ers) 21:00 (22nd), Mandy Mor­ris (Port Tal­bot Harri- ers) 21:46 (32nd), Jus­tine Dawkins 23:34 (53rd) and Sally Hop­kins (both un­at­tached) 23:49.

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