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

August 6th, 2017

August 2017


Cosmeston Relays

Parkrun 1st July

25 Harriers took part in events at Porthcawl, Pontypridd and Porirua (New Zealand). 8 Harriers had been on tour at Pontypridd (7) and Porirua.

All time Parkrun Pb’s by Sean Lewis and Jazmine Briganti and by Andy Wilkins at Pontypridd event.

Sean also became a member of the sub 18 minute Porthcawl Parkrun club, joining the company of Paul Speyer, Rowan Hobbs and Rhys Francis.

Run4All Race 3 3rd July

Matthew Bunce with a 21.01 5k Pb (excluding Parkruns).

Parkrun 8th July

18 Harriers took part in events at Porthcawl, Pontypridd, Upton House, Poole and Hagley (New Zealand). 5 Harriers had been on tour at Pontypridd (2), Upton House (2) and Hagley.

All time Parkrun Pb by Chris Jeynes who joins the sub 18 exalted company mentioned on 1st July.

Pontypridd Pb’s by Richard and Mary Beech.

50th Parkrun by Ryan Bunce

Long Course Triathlon Weekend

Brilliant efforts by Helen Little and Dean Dyke.

Cycling Velathon Wales 9th July 140kn (86.9 miles)

Gareth Taylor, Ed Evans and Daniel Jones finished with 8 minutes of each other. Well done guys.

Cosmeston Relays 12th July

45 Harriers took part.

Brilliant results with winners in 3 categories: –

Ladies 45-55 Jane Ogilvie Charlotte Johns & Andrea Starritt; Ladies 55+ Sue Wilkins, Kathleen Evans & Libby Lavis; Men’s 55+ Richard Beech, Ian Cuthbert & Colin McQueen.

Some excellent individual performances with Joe Beech clocking an amazing 15.10.

Parkrun 15th July

11 Harriers took part – numbers down due to large numbers taking part in other events, details below – in events at Porthcawl, Bolton, Blandford and Colby. 4 Harriers had been on tour at Bolton (1), Blandford (2) and Colby (1).

All time Pb by Ryan Bunce.

Merthyr Mawr Trail Runs 15th July

Rabbit Run, those taking part: –

4 Paul Speyer 00:58:21 (2nd in category)

42 Mark Francis 1:07:05

48 Matthew Bunce 1:08:16 – who also did Porthcawl Parkrun in the morning!!!

50 Ian Cuthbert 1:08:47 (4th in category)

68 Charlotte Johns 1:11:56 (5th in category)

89 Andrea Starritt 1:14:21

110 Jane Ogilvie 1:16:31

134 Graham Foster 1:18:44

146 Mary Beech 1:21:04

165 Justine Davies 1:23:08

225 Paul Morgan 1.35.02

309 Janice Francis 1:46:55

322 Helen Kavanagh 1:51:00

Giant Rabbit, those taking part: –

6 Ian Ogilvie 2:25:44 (1st in category)

25 John Lloyd 2:55:52 (3rd in category)

58 Helen Little 3:39:35 (12th lady and 5th in category)

Awesome running all.

Margam Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

Melanie Williams, Sophie Hedges (2nd in category) and Lottie Vaughan (4th in category)  took part in the marathon. Melanie came 1st in category, 4th female, and 24th overall today. Brilliant running by all.

Half marathon – 20 David Moore 01:40:44, Richard Egan 01:45:01, Jon Holland 01:48:52, Rebecca Bland 02:18:05 and Kathleen Evans 02:30:50 3rd in Category. Excellent stuff.

Bolton Ironman

Joe Beech was 13th overall against a field of international triathletes. Amazing result.

Bridgend Running Club League – Kenfig Nature Reserve 19th July

37 Harriers took part and we extended our lead at the top of the Bridgend Running Club League. Got to keep it going with our event at Newbridge Fields on 22/8 and the final Pencoed Tri event at Rest Bay on the 30th.

Notable achievements: –

2 Sean Michael Lewis 19:59 2nd overall and shown as 2nd in category (should have been shown as but age banding issue)

16 John Lloyd 22:33 2nd in category

17 Ian Ogilvie 22:38 3rd in category

20 Melanie Williams 23:09 1st Lady

27 Colin McQueen 23:32 1st in category

40 Ian Cuthbert 24:12 2nd in category

50 Lloyd Francis 24:55 2nd in category

56 Emily Buckwell 25:10 2nd in category

65 Charlotte Johns 25:49 3rd in category

90 Alex Ford 28:56 1st in category

141 Kathleen Evans 34:50 1st in category

Well done everyone and Sean in particular.

Sale Summer Sizzler 20th July

37 Rhys Francis 16:50 pb

Absolutely flying and, as far as I know, our first member of the sub 17 club!!!! Superb.

Parkrun 22nd July

20 Harriers took part in events at Porthcawl, Maesteg (inaugural run), Upton House and Grangemoor. 6 Harriers had been on tour at Maesteg (4), Upton House (1) and Grangemoor (1).

Sean Lewis won the first ever Maesteg Parkrun in 18.09, Andy Wilkins achieved a course Pb at Upton House, Richard Steele ran his 50th and Mary Beech her 150th Parkruns.

24 hour relay race 22/23 July

Not sure of the results as Melanie Williams and Sophie Hedges were part of a team but incredible effort just to take part and complete with, I believe, some £1,671 raised for Charlie Smith in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust – over £300 from individual Harriers donations..

Parkrun 29th July

20 Harriers took part in events at Porthcawl, Maesteg, Pontypridd, Colby and Grangemoor. 6 Harriers had been on tour at Maesteg (4), Upton House (1) and Grangemoor (1).

An incredible month’s running by all concerned – and there will be no let up in August with Parkruns, Summer Sizzler, BRCL races, Llantwit Major 10k and Severn Bridge Half Marathon and probably more I don’t know about.

As Keith always says, “Go for it and stay motivated!!!”

Andy Wilkins