Saturday for a lot of us is parkrun day; parkrun is committed to providing free, timed 5k runs the length and breadth of the UK and beyond and for many of us it’s now the normal way to start off a weekend in a positive, encouraging environment.
Lots of success stories for us this week – firstly Adrien Pilat notched his second first finish at Cardiff Blackweir parkrun with a blistering 16:42.
Katie Healey was the first woman home at Gnoll parkrun in Neath, giving us our first double (that we know of!). She was joined by David Bond, Adam Johnson and Stewart Harding for some parkrun tourism at a fantastic, if slightly complicated, course. Here’s a video of the course recorded by Stewart on the day.
There were a number of personal and seasons best racked up, notably Steph Ferry for finally getting under 25 minutes. The Couch to 5K programme had runners complete the first session of week 5 and 6. It’s terrific watching their progress and we’re very grateful for all the words of encouragement from both the runners and marshals at Grangemoor parkrun.
The beautiful weather continued into Sunday for our long run; normally these would be between 10 and 15 km, but with both the Cardiff World Half-Marathon approaching in a couple of weeks and a number of the club training for marathons in April and May, the distance for some of us has been ratcheting up over the last few weeks.
One of the challenges in training for a marathon is keeping routes interesting and of sufficient distance; here in Cardiff we’ve got access to the Taff Trail which provides a terrific, traffic-free route but for a change of scenery this Sunday’s route went into Penarth, tracking the coastal path to Lavernock and looping around Cosmeston Lakes. Having a group support each other makes an incredible difference when tackling distances of 16-19 miles.
As well as the coastal run, we had club members trial the Cardiff Half route, and entries in both the Dragon 10k and Abergavenny 10k.