Striders step out in style at Parkrun
PORTHCAWL 5K PARKRUN:
ANDREW Reynolds (CSSC Sports & Leisure) last Saturday pulled off a fourth Porthcawl 5k Parkrun victory during the 267th staging of the event along the Wales Coastal Path to Rest Bay and back, writes Tony Poole.
His winning time was 17 minutes 38 seconds, and it was 41 seconds outside the personal best that he achieved when winning the 129th Porthcawl run back in September 2015.
He finished 10 seconds in front of Richard Dando (Bridgend); Dafydd Jones (unattached) was third in 18:36 while next to finish was David Kingsland in a personal best (pb) time of 18:42.
The next 14 finishers in a field of 399 runners were also inside 20 minutes with the list containing Michael Furness (Porthcawl Runners) 18:44, Christopher Jenkins (Neath Har- riers) 18:49, Graeme Rand (Bridgend) 19:06, Josh Spencer (Bingley Harriers) first-time competitor 19:21, Mudasser Younes (Canton Chargers) first-time competitor 19:33, Lawrence Pole (Pontypridd Roadents) 19:35, Ross Purchase (Cornelly Striders) 19:37, Jeffrey Thomas (Bridgend) 19:40, Ian Ogilvie (Brackla Harriers) 19:41, Scott Wilson (Giffnock North AC) first-time competitor 19:44, Liam Osborne 19:45, Gregory Newhams (both Bridgend) 19:46, Richard Edge (Pegasus RC, Cardiff) first-time competitor 19:47 and Dai James (Ogmore Phoenix Runners) pb 19:53.
Top female in 27th spot was Deborah Roberts-Goule (Porthcawl Runners) in 20:46 from Clare Hughes (Bridgend) 21:32 (34th), Mandy Morris (Port Talbot Harriers) 21:34 (37th), Shelley Brace (City of Stoke) 21:44 (42nd), Lauren Davies (Pencoed Tri Club) 22:17 (47th) and Elaine Wharmby (Pegasus RC, Cardiff) 22:20 (50th).
ROWAN Hobbs last Saturday won Maesteg 5k Parkrun for a sweet 16th time in 23 visits to the Welfare Park.
The most successful runner in Maesteg Parkrun history this time around clocked 19 minutes 12 seconds which was over a minute behind the best that he carded when winning event number 30 in 18:03 back in March.
Runner-up Adrian Pearce completed the course in 19:42 while newcomer Victor Steinwand (both unattached) matched the time.
The remaining top-10 places were occupied by Paul Speyer (Brackla Harriers) 20:09, Martin Steinwand (unattached) firsttime competitor 20:54, Wayne Hayhurst (Ogmore Phoenix Runners) pb 21:31, Thomas Elward (unattached) first-time competitor 21:51, Aled Hughes (Ogmore Phoenix Runners) 22:00, top female Alexandra Hennessy (unattached) 22:31 and Graham Mackleworth (Ogmore Phoenix Runners) first-time competitor 22:32.
Second female to finish in 22nd position was Kaitlin O’Neill (unattached) in pb 25:04 from Emma Williams (Ogmore Phoenix Runners) firsttime competitor 26:29 (29th), Cathy Bastian 26:40 (30th), Jane O’Neill (both unattached) 27:18 (31st), Mari Higginson (Bridgend) 28:10 (33rd) and Katy Kearns (unattached) pb 28:11 (34th).
BRIDGEND JUNIOR 2K PARKRUN:
PERSEVERANCE paid a rich dividend last Sunday for Ioan Phillips who won a first Bridgend Junior 2k Parkrun event at the 45th attempt.
His winning time was eight minutes 10 seconds, but ironically it was 11 seconds outside the personal best that he carded last October when finishing fourth to Jack O’Brien (Bridgend).
Runner-up Adam Davis (Bridgend) completed the course in a personal best (pb) 8:17 with Emrys Ireland taking third place via a time of 8:18.
The next 16 finishers were also inside 10 minutes, and comprised Dan May 8:38, top female Mia Allen (Bridgend) 8:54, Leroy Griffiths (Rhondda) 8:59, Rhys Anthony 9:03, Joel Rees pb 9:07, Evan Jenkins (Neath Harriers) 9:07, Jessica Crawley (Bridgend) 9:08, Samuel Spurgeon pb 9:11, Luke Woodhouse 9:18, Jude Jenkins 9:18, Kaitlyn Spurgeon (Bridgend) pb 9:27, Ariannah Thomas 9:30, Dylan James firsttime competitor 9:47, Elliott Jenkins 9:49, Lucy Rigby (Royal Sutton Coldfield AC) first-time competitor 9:50 and Jacob Lloyd Feiven (Cornelly Striders) 9:59.
A further 18 personal best times were set, and they came from Aneirin Ireland, Andrew Poulton, Maisie Rees, Charlie Tune, Osian Phillips, Luca Nicholas, George Tune, Olivia Clatworthy, Finlay Moore, Elijah Rhoden, Gwilym James, Connor Nolan (both Ogmore Phoenix Runners), Lexi Cowan, Lewi Power, Oliver Reeves, Mali Beynon, Evelyn Miller and Louis Speyer.
Cornelly Striders last Saturday at Porthcawl Parkrun