A Trip to Wales

A Trip to Wales

Town Tree Garden

From Adam: Town Tree Garden trail clearance work party, Saturday May 11th from 2.00pm. All welcome - please bring a little food to share


Plymouth 10k

From Trevor: Two of us made it to the Ocean city event running the Plymouth 10k with the final one and a half miles taking in cobbled streets and the steep climb back up to the Hoe to the cheering crowds and the Finish. Trev slowly getting back to form in a chip time 55.22. Mat Sparkes was again defying his age with his fastest 10K for several years in 44.10 . In all a great event with top spectator support.

Newport Marathon.          Full Results.          Half Results

From Andy: A 4am wake up call to arrive in plenty of time for the 9am Marathon start. My race went to plan but was bloody awful from mile 23 to the finish line, I think the flat course draws you into pushing the pace which you pay for later towards the end.This was a nice route which takes you out of the City center and into rural pancake flat lanes. I had a great day out and crossed the finish line for 3:23:48. Thanks to Gareth Davies for pushing me on our long runs and to the great coaches at YTRRC.

From Margarita: After a drunken evening last year, I decided to sign up to my first marathon. Missed the Great Welsh as I was already doing a half marathon that day. So thought the Newport Marathon would be the best one to do, being at the end of April. So in January signed up with the early bird, no going back now. Fast forward to the day, the weather all week was looking wet, but the rain held off and had a sunny day. I had it in my mind as this was my first marathon I was going to try to complete it within the cutoff time of 6hrs. Started strong and saw Jo Farrant cheering me on at the first mile. Did a loop of the city then out, the course was out then two long laps of the wetlands centre and back. My first half was good and I was keeping up the pace, I was determined to finish and not give in. Saw the finish line and even though my legs were just turning over I sprinted for the finish line. Finished in 5hrs 25. Super proud of myself. Would I do another, ask me in a few days when my legs have recovered. The things we do for a hat.

We also had Simon Rowbottom

Avebury Trust10

From Andy: Avebury Trust10 completed - after a light breakfast and stretch in the garden, we travelled to Avebury for my first Trust 10. It was a bit chilly on the toes but about 25 people set off for a 'social run' ( NT had cancelled it due conditions, but didnt tell anyone!). There were only 2 in my class, and i had a lovely run out, up and along the ridgeway then down and looping around Silbury Hill and back. The rain held off, great views from the ridges and there was everything from tracks to paths to fields to uphills and downhills, a variety of smells, and gates and bridges and water, lots of it - it came up to my chest along one path! I set a PB 1:03:03 and enjoyed biscuits and a drink on completion and a great sleep in the car all the way home. We nearly crossed the line together, but Dad came in about 1 second behind me in the end! Dad says he would do it again, it's like a supersized frogmary park run, but £7 to park if not a member of the NT. Recommended for all my four legged friend.

Weekend Running

From Lesley: The rain stopped for our run and it turned out to be a lovely run, albeit a bit chilly, this morning. Welcome back to Da Riush after his trip around Oz. A good warm up for Dom ready for his badminton tournament with Tony, Natasha (and others of course). Thanks all for the company and Helen for the shortbread after. Well done to Joanna and Amanda who jeffed the route and had almost finished their coffee when we got back.

From Mags: The trail gang is officially back on it.

From Mark: Saturday Run from Cavity Trays with Sharon and Tim leading. Mostly anti-clockwise loop to Odcombe, Camp Road, Bunford and Alvington. Well done to Caitlyn and Hollie who both got PBs in the 10k distance. Thanks Tim and Sharon for the routes and for leading.


From Mark: There were eight of us in total tonight at the Muddled Man, and four in the not so fast group (Sue, Louise, JC, and myself). Sue led and planned the route. Leaving the pub in grey and cool conditions, we headed northwards, running up the lane, and turned left just before reaching Chiselborough. Turning right at manor farm we went off road and ran along a farm track. Passing the church on the right we turned left, and ran across fields towards blackspir hill. Turning right we continued along a path behind houses and headed into Norton Sub Hamdon. We followed a series of paths across fields and reached the south western edge of Stoke Sub Hamdon. Crossing over the road we headed towards ham hill and passed a football match and group of spectators. We then ran southwards down a muddy track, returning to Norton Sub Hamdon at the pub. Crossing a field we reached the road and headed back to Chiselborough. Turning left in the village we climbed the edge of Brympton hill up to a barn, and crossed a field. We descended smoky hole lane, passed poop hill bridge, and returned to West Chinnock and the Muddled Man. Thanks Sue for the interesting route. Thanks Phil for organising. As always it was nice to relax with the group and pub meal afterwards.

Released On 28th Apr 2024

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