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Gwent League Bryn Bach Parc

Monday 31 December 2018

Apologies for delay in posts in December. Unfortunately went down with a virus in mid November, that was not pleasant, as others have found, it's hard to fully shake off. There has been other reasons, but enough of reasons why.

Reporting on the third Gwent League at Bryn Bach Parc, held on Sunday 2nd December, didin't attend re above. However feed back and checking the site details, a number of issues occurred. There is a lake with a building on far side, that entries were taken. Fine, as long as no late entries turn up. The tent village on the near side of lake, with the course 400m further away, going up a hill to get there. Thus logistics were an issue, the course, was isolated from tents and race, entries centre. Poor weather didn't help on the day, with a cold wind and rain showers. First Aid was there, but not seen on course.

Cardiff runner Millie Gold (Novice Girls) had a serious foot injury during race, finished race, but needed to be carried 400m down hill to tent. The injury, split open her toe that required stitches. However it was hours before she could leave Bryn Bach Parc. 

Mark Gold takes race entries and enters them before competitions, in most cases it's not a problem. Late entries are. especially on this course. Millie's father Mark Gold was only club person to stay on course, attending to runners before race, and after race taking runners tag numbers, inserting in envelopes, and into boxes near finish, for every race. Once off course, 400m to take club flags and tent down. Have attended prevous meetings to help Mark. Had I been there, Mark could have left early to take Millie to A&E (3 stitches were required). Moral of story, more assistance is required to support Mark Gold, and runners across the age groups.

At Bryn Bach, senior men 438 finishers, Senior women 307 finishers, 745 runners in total. That total is far higher than all the other age groups taking part on day. Senior men are usually the last race, it means a long wait for runners to finish before tent is taken down, if weather is dry, tent is taken down during SM race, ground sheet left in place, for runners kit bags.

Previous Gwent Leagues held at Llandaff Fields, and Pembrey Country Park, logistics were fine, but there was still a lack of people to co-ordinate and support various club age groups on the day. It's really not a diffcult role to administer on day.

Overall positions, after 3 Gwent League fixtures. First 10 individuals, team postions, age group numbers M & F at

Bryn Bach Parc

Novice Boys: Tom Sturdy 7th. Team 2nd:  Novice Girls: Millie Gold 6th, Team 6th. Total of 211 runners.

U13 Boys: Elis Finlayson 3rd. Team 8th:  U13 Girls: None in top 10. Team 8th.  Total of 155 runners.

U15 Boys: Osian Tyrrell 6th.  Team 1st.  U15 Girls: Sophie Evans 3rd. Team 4th. Total of 106 runners.

U17 Men: Ben Reynolds 2nd.  Team 1st.  U17 Women: Mia Goddard 6th. Team 2nd.  Total of 86 runners.

U20 Men: Larry Ryan 5th.  Team 1st.  U20 Women: Molly Grimley 3rd.  Team 1st. Total of 17 runners.

Senior Men: Steven Morris 3rd.  Team 7th.  Senior Women: Rebecca Evans 10th.  Team 16th. Total M & F: 745 runners.


Bryn Bach Parc: Cardiff senior men. James Hunt 1st.  Cardiff Senior Women. Rebecca Evans 8th.