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Pilot Porthcawl Parkrun

A beautifully sunny, but bitterly cold 30th March 2013 Saturday morning saw 65 runners and ample volunteers turn up to conduct a pilot run of the Porthcawl Parkrun.

This run will be formally launched on the 6th April 2013

The course is 5km starting and finishing on the promenade. The formula for every other parkrun around the country.

As for the race, Paul Speyer came in in 3rd place overall.

Coffee and welsh cakes followed with speeches from Steve Brace and Laura McAllister (Chair for Sport Wales)

Lets hope this event goes from strength to strength

A fantastic effort at the West Glam League XC Championships 2012/2013
The ladies team finished the league in 3rd place overall.

The men finished first in Division 2.
Patricia Jones won her age category
Tony Burt won his age category

Charlotte Johns gained 5th position overall in the ladies championship
Paul Speyer gained 18th overall in the mens championship

Congratulations and thanks to all who ran.

West Glam League – Corus 13th January 2013

A cold but dry and sunny day, a great turn out for the first race of the year from the harriers.

First in for us was Paul Speyer who came in in 17th position for the men, with Charlotte Johns coming in in 9th position for the ladies. Tremendous efforts !!

The club achieved a position of 10th out of 20 teams in the mens competition and 3rd out of 13 teams in the ladies. Again, a tremendous effort to all who ran. In Keith’s words …for a small club we are still punching well above our weight !

Polar Half Marathon Tromso Norway 5th January 2013 – Malcome Jones

Not as bad as it sounds although it did snow heavily the day before the race. The temperature was -5 in the morning but by the time the race started at 3pm the wind had dropped and it was only about -2 .

The run starts in the middle of the town on the main street and heads out onto the airport road. Its a flat out and back route well lit by both street lighting and candles every few hundred meters along the course (must have taken a large group of volunteers a long time ! ) Over 1000 runners took part but lots were doing the 10k race and a smaller number the 5k .



I managed to come third in my age category.

This event is unique as it takes place in darkness in the middle of the afternoon but is small compared to the Midnight Sun Marathon which takes place in June and attracts a field of over 5000.





Tromso is a beautiful city at this time of the year being surrounded by snow covered mountains and the sea. A word of warning – a cup of coffee is about £4 to £5 and a pint of beer about £7 !! A big disappointment
though 1.59 would have been better. was the overcast weather which meant I did not get to see the Northern Lights. This does mean I’ll have to return next year to defend my third place ! My time was 2.01 which considering you are running on compacted snow and a little bit of ice. Well done Malcome a great achievement.


30th Snowdon Marathon this year was held on the 27th October 2012.

There was a healthy number of Harriers who entered this year, and all commented on the quality of the challenge and organisation of the event.

And this year (2012) the weather was even playing ball with a sunny but bitterly cold day in store!!

Congratulations to all who ran!

Keith Treharne has also entered in to the elite world of the 100 park runners.

His entry to the 100 club shows the rest of us how its done!
Well done Keith on this achievement

Hay Hill Raiser 2nd Sept 2012
Yup….that was hard … say no more…

Allan Jones will reach his 100th ParkRun this week
(Sep 1st 2012).
This is a major achievement in anyones book.
Allan’s best time for the 5K is 20.13, with an average time of 20.50.  This year has been his best year so far with an age grading of 77.99% .  This puts him at No.30 out of 142 runners in his age for the Cardiff park runners and into a group of only 921 athletes who have achieved the 100 park runs milestone.

A big congratulations to Allan on this achievement

Tenby 10k 2012 News Update

The Tenby 10k, another great day on the road for the Brackla Harriers. The sun shone and we suffered, as we ran a fast hot hilly run, but the banter among friends, the meal and the drinks after the race made up for the tough time we had. J

Also some results just out show that we as a club made our mark once again.

Patricia Jones 1stin her age group.

Charlotte John 3rdin her age group.

Emma lynch 1stin her age group.

Tammy Raz-nick 3rdin her age group.

Alex Ford 3rdin his age group.

Well done everyone.


Les Croupiers Summer Sizzler 5K 2012
A small field started a bit later than advertised due to the Olympic Football match being held at The Millenium Stadium.
It was a humid evening, but not too hot.
The route was the same as the Cardiff Parkrun starting on the cycle path at the side of Tesco (Western Ave).
The small field meant that the pack had opened up quite considerably before reaching the river’s weir when compared to the Parkrun.
Some strong finishing was seen from the Harriers and a few new PB’s were had, admittedly by their own Garmins and not the official times!!
Charlotte Johns and Patricia Jones both won their own age categories.  Many congratulations to both.  Pat also holds the course record for her age category for 2011 … and now also 2012!  Well Done.
The BBQ was a welcome refreshment and tasted great after the race.  Overall, an enjoyable evening was had.

Newport Park Run July 14th 2012 – 5K Series race
Results for all harriers.
Twisty and turny course, makes for interesting running.  Free parking on site.  Welcoming group of runners.

Ian OGILVIE 19:05
Andrew Steven MUNDY 19:53
Richard DYKE 20:29
Kris DENHOLM 21:12
Allan Stephen JONES 21:12
Emma LYNCH 21:18
Charlotte JOHNS 21:48
Simon CARTER 23:18
Richard PEARSON 23:23
Jane OGILVIE 24:07
Tony BURT 24:28
Ian STRATTON 25:16
Patricia JONES 25:30
Catherine Sara HATHER 25:48
Keith TREHARNE 26:18
Sian TOSSELL 31:34


Park Run 30th June 2012

Results from the Park Run website

18:41 Ceri GRIFFITHS VM45-49 M PB stays at 00:18:36
18:53 Ian OGILVIE VM45-49 M New PB!
19:03 Andrew Steven MUNDY SM35-39 M PB stays at 00:18:37
19:26 Colin MCQUEEN VM50-54 M First Timer!
20:11 Richard DYKE VM40-44 M New PB!
20:20 Allan Stephen JONES VM55-59 M PB stays at 00:20:15
20:46 Kris DENHOLM VM45-49 M PB stays at 00:20:41
21:58 Tammy RAZ-NICK VW35-39 F New PB!
2:22 Jane OGILVIE VW45-49 F New PB!
23:21 Richard PEARSON VM45-49 M New PB!
23:21 Tony BURT VM65-69 M PB stays at 00:22:34
23:25 Patricia JONES VW55-59 F PB stays at 00:22:43
25:23 Keith TREHARNE VM65-69 M PB stays at 00:23:38
27.22 Kathleen Evans VW60-64 F PB stays at 00.26:50
29:44 Sian TOSSELL VW45-49 F PB stays at 00:29:35
31:20 Linda LLOYD VW50-54 F PB stays at 00:30:50

Quite a few new PB’s – Well done all

Castles race 2012

The personal and team results  can be found on this link
We managed a respectable 49th team overall position out of 59 teams and a position of 36th open team out of 42 teams, plus we came 45 out of 48 teams on the mountain stages.

As you all know that the quality of runners in the Castles is very high and they come from all over Europe and further afield, just to have competed in such a prestigious event is a honour, one which we as Brackla harriers can thrive on. A lot of personal goals where achieved and new runners infected with the Castles craze. Roll on next year.

That said what a weekend, what a great time, it had its moments from the start, every time we completed a leg a new wave of enthusiasm followed the next runner down to their finish as worried runners turned into wild supporters. The support and team spirit was evident and at its best for the whole journey Caernarfon to Cardiff. Well done to everyone for their efforts in every aspect of the team event ensuring that it was a success.
Thanks for the backup team and the supporters, who made life easier for everyone, helping with the marshalling and getting runners to the start line on time.

Now to quote Keith (Brackla Harriers chairman), ‘for a small running club we punch well above our weight’. How true that is.

Well done everyone.

Rack Raid 2012 Race Report

The beautiful late May weather has been greatly appreciated by all except for the hardy 13 who took on the rack raid this last weekend.

Not as big as the famous Castles race this 13 stage relay from Grosmont castle (somewhere near ) to Castell Y Bwch (a pub) was hard going for all involved.

It all started with a few hardy soles leaving Bridgend in the very small hours to travel somewhere north of Abergavenny.

Tony Burt as has become tradition set us of and was his usually steady self. Stages 2 and 3 by Alan Jones and Ian Olgilvie completed the trio of early starters.

The glamour was provided by Emma and Tammy on stages 4 and 5. Tammy getting a little lost in Monmouth. (There are worse places to get lost)

Kris Denholm put in a sterling effort on stage 6 12.6 miles in the full heat of the day. I have to say that I was worried about him until he had managed to rehydrate enough to move.

Libby, Paul Speyer and myself all struggled as the heat increased through the day. I thought Tintern Abbey to Chepstow was flat following the river. How wrong can you be!!

Charlotte, Andrea and Wayne put in great performances as leaderboard took shape and we were in a respectable position.

Ceri completed the day with an excellent performance on the last stage, the deadly hill climb to the Castell Y Bwch.

No stage winners this year but a highly respectable 10th place overall out of 22 teams.
Well done everyone looking forward to next year.


Annual Presentation Awards

Here is a list of all awards won by the members

Championship Age Category Winners
Ladies first
Libby, Pat, Charlotte, Andrea and Tammy won there respective age categories
Tony, Keith, Allan, Ian Ogilvie,  Richard and Ian Stratton won there respective age categories.

Overall winners
Tammy was the Ladies Champion
Allan was the Mens Champion

Full Monty T Shirt Winners
Allan and Pat won the Full Monty T Shirts this year

Club Personality of the year
Pat Jones

Don Holloway Trophy for The Club Person of the Year
Keith Treharne

Interviews with these two winners to follow

Many Congratulations to all winners and maybe next year to everyone else !

Hello all Very well done to all who turned out on Sunday 26th February, at Gnoll Park in perfect spring like conditions. Our ladies team probably secured promotion in our first season, well done to them all. Quite a few members are travelling to Llanelli next Sunday to do the Half and the final Club race is the Atlantic College 10k on Sunday 18th March. This race is restricted to 500 runners and is expected to fill before the date. Members are advised to enter as soon as is possible to avoid disappointment. Stay motivated. Keith.

Hello all, We had a great turnout Sunday at Margam Park on one of the soggiest Cross Country courses ever. Everyone did well to finish a very tough event, which included crossing railway lines, jumping a small  ravine several times and wading through some suspect looking puddles of goo. The next Championship Race is The Corus Lake 5 miler on Sunday 22nd January at 11am. This is run on tarmac and firm tracks and normal trainers will be suitable. (one on each foot Charlotte ) Well done everyone.
Stay motivated. Keith

A first for Brackla Harriers.

As Keith Treharne completed 50 park run’s in Blackweir Cardiff today. 155 miles of 5k running every Saturday morning for a year. Congratulations.






Newport Parkrun

Another successful club 5k, Newport Park run was a good choice, the sun and the rain had its turn while we had our day, a nifty trail and path challenge that takes your breath away. Well done everyone.


Bridgend AC are staging a 5k on Friday 8th July at Pencoed College to start at 7pm. Entries at £5 begin at 5.15 and the race will take in the country lanes around Llanillid. There will be one moderate short climb on what should be a fast course. There is an extensive prize list and free raffle at the presentation. More info and details can be found on the Porthcawl website.

Alex runs 50 miles in aid of the Chloe Bigmore trust
Alex Ford raised £1,100 in sponsorship by running from Brecon to Cardiff for the Chloe Bigmore Trust.

Kath Evans recently completed the Neolithic Marathon (May 1st )

Here’s what she had to say about it:

I would recommend this marathon for anyone how “likes” a mixed terrain and has the advantage of including a half marathon, 7,11, 15 or 26 mile walk, 25 ml bike and cani-cros 4 or 13 mls courses.

The run starts at Avesbury Stones, Whiltshire, and goes through the villages, country lanes and across fields and rutted tracks of the Vale of Pewsey and Avon Valley , then across Salisbury plain – including tank roads, finishing across the road from Stonehenge . Thankfully it does not have the mountains of Snowdon to conquer, which probably had something to do with me taking 6 minutes off my Snowdon time, coming in in 4hrs.49 min. However it definitely has it challenges and is certainly undulating, has the potential for being very muddy or dry and dusty and the wind does whip across the plain.

You can park your car at Stonehenge and there are buses taking you to the start at Avesbury. Other than the bus getting lost! leaving it a bit of a rush to register at the start, the run was very well organised. The marshals were very supportive and there was a great welcome at the finish, with smiling faces, words of congratulations, free snacks and goodie bag and massage ( think you may have to pay).

If you are interested I can also recommend a good B&B just two miles from the start.


Cardiff Park Run It was a wet and windy park run the trees bowing to the runners as they passed. 231 lost souls found their way to the park Saturday morning and with some new results, six Harriers ran. Mathew Wells, Steve Ridout and Ian Stratton got new PB’s, Pat Jones, Keith Treharne and Allan Jones, heading closer to their 50 runs tee shirt. Coffee and snacks in the café after with the Les croupiers and a variety of other club and non club runners. Great start to the day.