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PORTH­CAWL 5K PARKRUN

RICHARD Dando last Satur­day recorded a 13th vic­tory in Porth­cawl 5k Parkrun along the Wales Coastal Path to Rest Bay and back, writes Tony Poole.

The Brid­gend run­ner on a 54th visit to Porth­cawl clocked 17 min­utes 42 sec­onds in the 329th stag­ing of the event.

This was, how­ever, 31 sec­onds out­side the per­sonal best (pb) that he reg­is­tered back in Au­gust 2014 when fin­ish­ing fourth to Gareth Ayres (Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers) in race num­ber 71.

Christo­pher Jeynes (Brackla Har­ri­ers) was run­ner-up in 18:18 with two mem­bers of the Porth­cawl Run­ners club next to fin­ish – Dave Ben­nett in 18:38 and Michael Fur­ness 18:40.

The next seven com­peti­tors in a field of 384 run­ners were in­side the 20-minute mark, and the list com­prised Dave Cato (Eton Manor AC) first­time com­peti­tor 19:08, Jeffrey Thomas (Brid­gend) 19:13, Mark Rut­ter (Har­wich Run­ners) first-time com­peti­tor 19:18, Joshua Mor­land (West­bury Har­ri­ers) 19:37, John Hill (Brid­gend) 19:42, Mark Tay­lor (Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers) pb 19:54 and Gregory Ne­whams (Brid­gend) 19:59.

Top fe­male in 27th po­si­tion was Judith Oak­ley (Ve­gan Run­ners) in a pb time of 21:22 from Deb­o­rah Roberts-Goule 21:46 (35th), Clare Hughes (Brid­gend) 21:53 (38th), Jus­tine Dawkins 23:13 (59th), Joanne Ed­wards (both Cor­nelly Strid­ers) 23:26 (62nd) and Rachel Hop­kins (un­at­tached) 23:33 (63rd).

MAESTEG 5K PARKRUN

GRANT Med­craft (un­at­tached) last Satur­day won Maesteg 5k Parkrun for a sec­ond time in seven vis­its to the Wel­fare Park.

His win­ning time was 18 min­utes and two sec­onds which was a mere six sec­onds out­side the per­sonal best that he set when win­ning his last Maesteg start in race num­ber 38 back last April.

The 42nd stag­ing of the event re­sulted in a run­nerup role for reg­u­lar win­ner Rowan Hobbs (Brackla Har­ri­ers), who this time around clocked 19:16.

Third place went to Adrian Pearce (un­at­tached) in 19:19 from Paul Speyer (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 19:25, top fe­male Ka­trin Hig­gin­son (Brid­gend) pb 19:40, James Lit­tle­wood (Og­more Phoenix Run­ners) pb 19:45, Michael Chan­dler (Bris­tol & West AC) first-time com­peti­tor 20:08, Dan Mor­gan (Brid­gend) pb 20:45, Mor­gan Thomas 20:54 and Robert Golden (both un­at­tached) 20:58.

Sec­ond fe­male home in 19th place was Kaitlin O’Neill in a pb time of 24:59 from Jane O’Neill (both un­at­tached) pb 26:38 (25th), Ge­or­gia Arnot (Pen­coed Pan­thers) pb 30:11 (28th), Jayne Powney (Og­more Phoenix Run­ners) 31:22 (31st) and Kris­tia Humphrey (un­at­tached) 31:45 (32nd).

BRID­GEND JU­NIOR 2K PARKRUN

IOAN Phillips last Sun­day reg­is­tered a first Brid­gend Ju­nior 2k Parkrun at the 45th time of ask­ing.

He took the 137th stag­ing of the New­bridge Fields event in a time of 8 min­utes 10 sec­onds which was 11 sec­onds out­side his best when fourth to Jack O’Brien (Brid­gend) in race num­ber 110 last Oc­to­ber.

Just seven sec­onds back in a per­sonal best time was Adam Davis (Brid- gend) with Em­rys Ire­land tak­ing third-place hon­ours in a time of 8:18.

The next 17 fin­ish­ers were in­side 10 min­utes with the list con­tain­ing 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, Euan 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 first-time com­peti­tor 9:47, El­liott Jenkins 9:49, Lucy Rigby (Royal Sut­ton Cold­field AC) first-time com­peti­tor 9:50, Ja­cob Lloyd Feiven (Cor­nelly Strid­ers) 9:59 and Josie Thomas first­time com­peti­tor 10:00.

A fur­ther 16 per­sonal best times were set, and they came from Aneurin Ire­land, Andrew Poul­ton, Maisie Rees, Osian Phillips, Luca Ni­cholas, Ge­orge Tune, Olivia Clat­wor­thy, Eli­jah Rho­den, Iris Brown, Gwilym James (Og­more Phoenix Run­ners), Lexi Cowan, Lewi Power, Oliver Reeves, Mali Beynon, Eve­lyn Miller and Louis Speyer.

Com­peti­tors un­der starter’s orders at the Merthyr Mawr Lane 5k event

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