Brackla Harriers

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Brackla Harriers running club is based at Bridgend Tennis & Squash Club and welcomes runners of all abilities. We've a range of facilities including changing areas, hot showers, safe storage and a bar for those all important post run refreshments.

Training starts at 7pm sharp on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you're thinking about joining a running club then why not come along to one of our training sessions? You'll meet the members and can have your first few runs without obligation to join. With the wide variety of running abilities at the club we're sure there'll be a place and pace for YOU!

Brackla Harriers News

December 1st, 2017

November 2017 (part 2)


Another incredible month for the Harriers. When will it all stop? Will we have a break for Christmas? Never and no are probably the answers to these questions.

1st October

Cardiff Half Marathon

A fantastic 38 Harriers entered.

Pb’s from Rowan Hobbs, Sean Lewis, Chris Jeynes, Dave Moore, Mel Williams, Matt Bourne and Julie Couzens.

Sb’s from Richard (Dean) Dyke, Richard Steele, Sophie Charles, Mary Beech and Howard Jones.

First ever half (or road half) marathons from Colin McQueen, Ian Cuthbert, Gareth Taylor, Melissa Kostic, Ryan Bunce and Sue Ralph.

Great running everyone, in particular Mel Williams who came in 3rd in her age category and 19th lady overall to finish.

6th October

Bridgend County Running League Presentation Night

As alluded to in September’s report, we did exceptionally well, winning the overall championship with a clear margin of 877 points over the second placed club, Bridgend A C, and had 9 men and 9 women in the top 20 for each.

Mel Williams was first ranked lady followed by Charlotte Johns in second place and Jane Ogilvie fifth. Colin McQueen was first male with John Lloyd third and Ian Ogilvie fourth.

Incredible results for the second year of this competition.

A bus was provided to deliver (and return) around 20 members from Bridgend to the Hi Tide with many thanks to Chris Jeynes for being chauffer and also making a very eloquent speech on behalf of the club in accepting our championship award!!!!

8th October

Several members excused attendance at the awards night as entering events over the weekend as follows: –

Royal Parks Half Marathon – 1:46:59 pb
Sophie Charles

Bournemouth Marathon – 3:40:50 pb
Matt Bourne

Ramsey Island – first place – 31:24 a course record
Rowan Hobbs

Brilliant running all!!!

15th October

Cowbridge 10k

Not seen any results for this but the photo indicates, John and Tina Lloyd, Richard and Liz Beech, Mary Beech and Ian Ogilvie took part.

If anyone has the results, please add as a comment when Chris posts this on our Facebook Group page.

London Marathon 2018

Club member successful in draw – Mark Francis with Jackie Bourne in reserve.

Back to distance training again in new Year Mark.

I believe a number of other members will also be taking part due to charity affiliations and age related times in previous marathons. I look forward to reviewing everyone’s achievements with next April’s review.

22nd October

West Glamorgan Cross Country League – Harriers at the Gnoll

14 Charlotte Johns 22.11
31 Andrea Starritt 23.51
49 Mary Beech 25.13
68 Joanne Jenkins 27.05
70 Charlie Barlow 27.05
123 Natalie Jones 30.25
128 Mary-Jayne Granville 31.34
137 Kelly Hooper 32.38

6 Joe Beech 33.28
95 Matthew Bunce 42.12
138 Daniel Jones 46.02
154 Wayne Frewen 48.12
157 David Cottrell 48.54
179 Howard Jones 52.21
189 Andy Fisher 58.01
190 Andrew Wilkins 58.02

Well done all. Blokes not all beaten by the ladies. We did 2 laps to their one.

28th October

Snowdonia Half Marathon

192 Ian Ogilvie 3:34:25 – 12th in age category
326 Melanie Williams 3:46:52 – 2nd in age category
342 Matt Bourne 3:48:20
634 Emily Buckwell 4:06:40 – 17th in age category
706 Mark Francis 4:11:03
744 Jane Ogilvie 4:13:11 – 14th in age category – PB
835 Sophie Charles 4:17:59 – 20th in age category
1,314 Helen Little 4:42:16
1,393 Jon Holland 4:47:36
1,467 Lottie Vaughan 4:52:29 – PB
1,570 Kathleen Evans 4:57:42 – 1st in age category
1,661 Justine Davies 5:05:33
1,787 Jackie Bourne 5:16:17

Fantastic running every one of you. Go Team Brackla.

Some excellent late news – The Marathon was also part of the Welsh Athletics Masters Marathon Series. Melanie Williams came second and Kathleen Evans came first in their age categories. I know Kath has received a medal and hope Mel has as well. Magnificent running ladies!!!

29th October

Cosmeston Duathlon

Won by our very own Joe Beech with Richard Beech also taking part.

1 Joe Beech
Run 3 miles 16:34
Bike 12 miles 29:22
Run 1.4 miles 8:59
Overall 56:10 (incl transmissions)

20 Richard Beech 5th in category
Run 3 miles 22:08
Bike 12 miles 34:55
Run 1.4 miles 12:43
Overall 1:11:33

Well done guys.

Dartmoor Vale Half Marathon

19 Drew Webber 1:33:51

1st in category

Great stuff Drew!!!

All done I hope. Apologies if I have got any details, times, dates, events, names wrong or missed. If so, please add as a comment when Chris Jeynes posts this on our Facebook Group.

What another awesome month for the Harriers!!! Very well done everyone!!!

Finally, Jon Holland (a member for only a short while, but well known for hurtling past most runners at Porthcawl Parkrun whilst pushing a buggy and child) and his family are leaving Wales for 12 months for Jon to work in New Zealand. Best wishes to Jon and family and we look forward to seeing you again in 2018/19 – if you decide to come back that is.

Andy Wilkins