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Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

The fi­nal event is the Barry Is­land event that dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral stag­ing ear­lier in the year at­tracted 3,500 run­ners.

“The new Run 4 Wales pro­gramme is the per­fect stage for elite ath­letes, but they are multi-events with passes avail­able for those who move fast and ap­ply,” said Run 4 Wales chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt New­man.

The route for the Porth­cawl 10K has been un­der­taken by dual Great Bri­tain Olympic Marathon run­ner Steve Brace, and it takes in the seafront, light­house, Coney Beach and Rest Bay. It’s hoped this new event will at­tract 3,000 run­ners. ROSS Pur­chase sliced 10 sec­onds off a per­sonal best time last Sat­ur­day in win­ning the 292 nd stag­ing of Porth­cawl 5K Parkrun.

It formed a sec­ond win in a fort­night for the mem­ber of the Cor­nelly Strid­ers club and just for good mea­sure, the pre­vi­ous week he was run­ner-up to Chris Jenk­ins (Neath Har­ri­ers).

This time around Pur­chase clocked 17:54 while run­ner-up Sam Hodge (un­at­tached) also set a per­sonal best (pb) time of 18:11.

The re­main­ing top-10 places went to new­comer Gareth White (un­at­tached) 18:28, Geraint Lewis 18:34, Dave Dick­son (both Porth­cawl Run­ners) 18:39, James Yeo­mans (un­at­tached) first-time com­peti­tor 19:04, Jef­frey Thomas (Brid­gend) 19:25, Paul Martin (Swansea Bay Tri Club) first-time com­peti­tor 19:45, Steven Jones (Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers) 19:52 and Dave Mur­ray (Brid­gend) 19:57.

Top fe­male in 19th po­si­tion was Carly Thomas (Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers), who clocked 20:53, from Deb­o­rah Roberts-Goule (Porth­cawl Run­ners) AN­OTHER Vale of Glam­or­gan cricket ground is be­ing given the kiss of life, writes Tony Poole.

Three sea­sons af­ter Brid­gend side Great West­ern Rail­way moved in to the va­cant ground at South­ern­down, came an an­nounce­ment last week from the Vale and Wick clubs.

They will next sum­mer play thirdteam Sat­ur­day cricket in the South­East Wales League on the Vil­lage Green in Wick.

Dur­ing the 1980’s Wick were a ma­jor force on the Mor­gan­nwg League scene with iconic play­ers of the cal­i­bre of Philomen Bas­sett-Wil­liams, Gareth Daniel, Paula Fairchild, Frank Frew and Clive Steven­ton tak­ing them into Di­vi­sion One.

But af­ter they de­cided to bring the cur­tain down on Sat­ur­day league games, the ground be­came dor­mant.

How­ever, for­mer Wick player Matthew Bas­sett-Wil­liams, son of 21:17 (28th), He­len Jones (Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers) 21:34 (37th), Joanne Ed­wards 21:59 (44th), Lucy Ed­wards 22:30 (54th), Kate Ash­ton 23:00 (61st) and Lor­raine Colton (all Cor­nelly Strid­ers) 23:02 (64 th). MAR­CUS David (Port Tal­bot Har­ri­ers) last Sat­ur­day recorded a third win in five starts at Maesteg 5K Parkrun.

He com­pleted the course in 18:33, but it was out­side a per­sonal best time of 18:16 that was reg­is­tered in tak­ing the 47th Wel­fare Park run back in July.

Top fe­male was Ka­trin Hig­gin­son (Brid­gend), who fin­ished in 19:48, and she was fol­lowed across the fin­ish­ing line by new­com­ers Mike Evans (un­at­tached) 20:09 and Paul Kohl (Pon­ty­clun Run­ners) 20:22 along with Neil Price (Og­more Phoenix) 20:30, Stephan Noyvirt (Cardiff AAC) first-time com­peti­tor 21:10, Chris Pratt (Og­more Phoenix) pb 21:13, Steve Hol­loway first-time com­peti­tor 21:44 and Paul Kearns (both unat- Philomen, helped in 2014 to rein­car­nate the game on the Vil­lage Green through Sun­day and Mid­week fix­tures.

Through the ster­ling ef­forts of grounds­man Alun Mor­gan, the track has grad­u­ally re­cov­ered and last sum­mer Sat­ur­day games were played on it un­der a trial ba­sis.

Un­der the new plan, Vale and Wick tached) 21:50.

Sec­ond fe­male to fin­ish in 17 th place was Sarah Wilkes (Lan­caster Uni­ver­sity AC) pb 23:40 from Kaitlin O’Neill 24:10 and new­comer Har­riet Kohl (both un­at­tached) 24:35. WALES picked up four team medals ear­lier in the month at the Bri­tish & Ir­ish Masters Cross Coun­try that was staged at Sin­gle­ton Park in Swansea.

One came in the Male 35 - 45 age cat­e­gory, and Dave Ben­nett (Porth­cawl Run­ners) was part of the team that won sil­ver.

In the Women’s events Ge­orgina Jayne Dando (Brid­gend) came 70th in the 40+ cat­e­gory, clock­ing 24:58, with Teresa Do­herty (Ire­land) first past the post in 21:19.

And Deb­o­rah Roberts-Goule (Porth­cawl Run­ners) reg­is­tered 26:22 to claim fourth place at 45+ level.

Eng­land won the over­all event with 84 points from Ire­land 57, Scot­land 47, Wales 38 and North­ern Ire­land 27. will re­tain iden­ti­ties, and the move will pro­vide more play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers of both clubs.

Seven league matches are planned for the Vil­lage Green in 2019 with Wick vol­un­teers pro­vid­ing teas in the pav­il­ion.

Joint fund-rais­ing events are on the agenda along with a day of coach­ing in Wick – and a pos­si­ble new score­box.

Vale are ex­plor­ing an op­tion to con­struct a new build­ing at their base in leafy Corn­town and if the move reaches fruition, then the old box will be de­ployed in Wick.

“Over the past few months, Matthew Bas­sett-Wil­liams has worked very hard to bring about this agree­ment be­tween the Vale and Wick clubs, and it’s very much a case of to­gether be­ing stronger,” said Vale Cricket Club Chair­man Gareth An­drews.

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