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WEST GLAM XC RETURNS FOR 2019/20 SEASON http://www.westglamleague.co.uk/

Next Sunday 20th October sees the return of the West Glam XC league with the Llanmadoc race. Due to beach erosion, last year’s alternative course will be used again this year, which will be about 4.5 miles and a mixture of gravel, grass and sand.

This season we need to get a consistent number of both male and female members at these events to ensure we build up points and show club participation. Remember, you are racing against your division and not all runners, so even if you finished in position 100, that could still mean you finish in the top 10 of your division. I won’t confuse you with the points scoring as it’s not necessary, but the West Glam website explains it if you really want to know.

After the success of the men’s team winning the league and promotion last season, we will be presented with our trophy at this event.

The race starts at 11:00 with registration open at 9:45. This event is at risk due to parking issues and upsetting residents, so we need to car share where possible. The plan will be to meet at the LC for 9:00-9:15 and leave for the event by 9:30.

If you would like to participate in this event, please comment below so I can get numbers together and we can sort out car share.

Other West Glam Info
You are running for Paul Popham Running Club so you MUST wear the green and black club top.

Make a note of your Welsh Athletics Affiliation/membership number which will be on your membership card or available by going to the Welsh Athletics website. You will need this when registering for the event and paying his is important as some events will NOT allow guest runners.

There will be limits placed on entries into each race this season due to capacity limits of venues, but I will advise if we need to reduce our numbers on any race, but I’m not guessing this will be an issue for our club based on previous seasons. For Llanmadoc, there will be no guest runners, so you must be affiliated to Paul Popham Running Club Club to race.

All clubs have been also asked to be mindful of course volunteers and that the XC is a race, so all those participating should be able to run the whole course.

The fees have increased this season to £4 affiliated and £6 unaffiliated.


Steve Arnold, Team Manager

PPRC Annual Xmas Dinner & Awards Night

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PPRC annual Christmas Dinner & awards are back at the Dragon hotel for 2019!

The event of the year is on Friday 29th November and starts at 6 pm, we will be sitting down for dinner at 7 pm. Tickets cost £30 & include a three-course meal, band & DJ. Our host again this year is the OUTSTANDING Badger – The Wave!

To book please can you fill in this SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QB5FRWV & pay your £30 by Friday 15th November. If you have any dietary requirements please get in touch with Sian Rabi-Laleh who will send you the relevant menu. On the form, you can also pre-order drinks (meaning they’re cheaper) and reserve a hotel room at a special rate. All drinks and the hotel room also have to be paid for by Friday 15th November. Any questions email Sian via enquiries@paulpophamrunningclub.co.uk

Cardiff Half went off with a BOOM 💥

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CHM19 went off with a BOOM 💥

Starting off with a PPRC Road Trip courtesy of a Team Manager Mr Stephen Arnold – to organise over 100 of us to get on the bus was a marathon in itself and helped create an amazing day! From start to finish we were☝️one team 💚! On behalf of the club I salute Mr Arnold! Days like yesterday, CHM2019, make you realise what this club is all about – running family – inclusivity!

From Michael Roderick our first man in beating his PB and running up there with the best Gemma Savage our First Lady in and a PB to Ian Welsh and Ian Harris beating their PB’s by an incredible amount to Amber Brundle and Helen Nicholas beating theirs by an amazing 12 mins! And to our amazing Catherine Rice coming back just 2weeks after being off for months and celebrating her 31.5 x 2 birthday today! Happy birthday! And to every one of us who ran will have stories and memories to share forever.

Of course, a massive thank you to the charity team: David Bivens Leah Morgan Sian Rabi-laleh Cath McGrath Jonathon Andrew Fiona Jones Dan Jones Mike Jones Helen Nicholas between them will have raised £3000 for the Paul Popham Fund to send children with kidney disease to a Christmas day out with their family! Training plus fundraising = blood sweat and tears! Thank you 😊

Finally to our support crew – Stephen Rees Helen Richards David Richards Helen Bivens Megan Amy Bivens George Bivens Nicola BrooksDonna Smallbones Alun Evans Tom Morris Ann Morris Summer & Adrian Thomas Karrim Rabi-laleh and our lucky mascot ‘Best Dressed – Stunning Seren Rabi-Laleh’- mercy no quo!

So much to look forward to before the end of this year to celebrate at our end of year awards night! Let’s make that night a night to remember!!!



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Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run Race 3 Round Up

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14th July 2019!

That’s a wrap! Thank you one and all who took part, sponsored, volunteered, helped organise the 2019 series! As a result of everyone’s support, we have managed to raise £2,500 for the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales to support kidney patients participate in the British Transplant Games that take place in Newport from the 25th to 28th July 2019!

We were very unsure how this year would go when the event’s base, 360 Beach & Watersports closed at the end of last year. The team at Secret Beach Bar & Restaurant who have taken over the venue put all the stops out to make sure the event went smoothly, with the new venue opening for the last event in the series. We are very much looking forward to the 2020 series!

There will be developments in the series for 2020 with more category winners, overall series winner – clear scoring system and Girl and Boy 1st, 2nd and 3rd podium finishers for the 1k and 2,5k fun runs! Until then, check out the winners of the July series and the overall winners of the 5k series.


ALL participants, volunteers from PPRC – special shout out to Lee Heighway for organising the volunteer team, Scott Powell and daughter from Tri and Enter improving our timing system this year and from this year on, Rhys Morris for providing the music and entertainment, Faclk Medical Services for providing the medical cover for the whole series as part of our own going business partnership and to the staff and owners of Secret Beach Bar & restaurant staff. And finally thank you to all our sponsors Verdis, Gemeg, Home from Home, Freedom Leisure and The LC, J&S Products and First4Numbers without you all this event would not be possible so thank you, thank you!

SUMMARY RESULTS 14th July 2019

Junior Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Club Time
1 54 Malachi Williams 00:25:15.40
2 85 Joel Osbourne Paul Popham Running Club 00:27:30.90
3 129 Tia Taylor 00:33:53.70

Female Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Club Time
1 11 Rachel Davies Swansea Harriers 00:19.12.00
2 12 Gemma Seaman Swansea Harriers 00:19:27.05
3 19 Helen-Marie-Davies Swansea Harriers 00:20:02.10

Male Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Club Time
1 1 Dean Summers Llanelli AC 00:16:51.55
2 2 Michael Roderick Paul Popham Running Club 00:17:22.00
3 3 Craig Jones Swansea Harriers 00:17:26.40

Overall 5k Series Winners

Category Winner
Junior Malachi Williams
Female Rachel Davies
Male Dean Summers

Fun Run

2.5k Fun Run

Position Name Category Race Number Time
1st Girl Jessica Stephens 2.5k 11 11.22
1st Boy Brendan Colclough 2.5k 11 11.11

1k Fun Run

Position Name Category Race Number Time
1st Girl Grace Hill 1k 37 4.46
1st Boy Kingston Williams 1k 26 4.10


Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run Race 2 Round Up

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Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run

13th June 2019!

It has to be said that we have been lucky with the weather, as with series 1 mother nature did not let us down and the sun came out just at the right time for our 2nd series in our 3rd Annual Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series & Fun Run on Thursday 13th June 2019. As with each series we have a Fun Run for children that start at 6pm before the main event the 5k, which starts at 7pm.

We anticipated doubling our numbers for the Kids 1k and 2.5k Fun Run from 15 for the first series to 30 for this event and we were not disappointed, over 30 children turned up to enjoy a fun and competitive event. It was wonderful to hear the children keen to be first but truly enjoying the run and supporting their family and friends whatever position they came across the line with lovely support from all the families for all of the children.

The 5k went off a few seconds after 7pm while we waited for stragglers (aka queuing for the port-a-loo) to join their fellow athletes at the start line. #nowheretohide! It was great to see our regular 5kers return, new faces and Club Teams participating, particularly wonderful to see all the clubs waiting for their team-mates and cheering them on to cross the finish line, helping to create a wonderful atmosphere.

The 5k series includes 3 events the final and 3rd event taking place on the 11th July. For each 5k event there are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed runners in the Junior (11 to 15 years of age), Female and Male categories and on the last event the overall winner for each category is announced. There is also a trophy for the winner of the 1k and 2.5k Fun Run for the children 11 years of age and under. There is an overall series winner at the end of the series in each of the categories – Junior, Male and Female and watch this space we may include additional categories going forward.

The aim of the Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run is to being the running community of Swansea together, clubs and fun runners, to take part in an achievable distance under race conditions. Participants can aim to improve their time over the 3 events. While also raising money for the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales, who support kidney patients to lead a better quality of life. Proceeds from the 5k series will be going towards supporting a team of kidney patients compete in the British Transplant Games that are taking place in Newport this year.

HUGE Thanks to all participants, volunteers from PPRC (not including Mario Moruzzi and David Bivens #sacked lol, Scott Powell ad daughter from Tri and Enter, Rhys Morris for providing the music and PA and to the staff and owners of Secret Beach Bar & Restaurant staff, Secret is the starting point for the 5k Series is the old 360 which is soon to be opened under new management, it is wonderful to see it the development from the last series and we thank Ryan Hole and Team of Secret for providing the catering. Thanks also to Stephen Arnold for taking the photos and of course a massive thank you to all our sponsors Verdis, Gemeg, Home from Home, Freedom Leisure and The LC, J&S Products and First4Numbers & Falck for providing the first aid cover. We are also hoping to raise over £3000 for the Paul Popham Fund to support kidney patients to compete in the transplant games.

SUMMARY RESULTS 13th June 2019

Junior Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Club Time
1 71 Thomas Huckridge Gary Howells Run Club 00:22.51.95
2 105 Malachi Williams 00:26:23:25

Female Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Club Time
1 16 Abigayle G-Lathern Swansea Harriers 00:18.22.10
2 28 Rachel Davies Swansea Harriers 00:19:18.20
3 31 Leigh James Bridgend Athletic Club 00:19:27.00

Male Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Club Time
1 1 Dean Summers Llanelli AC 00:16:38.55
2 2 Dean Protheroe Run4All Neath 00:17:03.50
3 3 Craig Jones Swansea Harriers 00:17:05.45

2.5k Fun Run

Position Name Category Race Number Time
1st Girl Hannah Sullivan 2.5k 12 12.04
1st Boy Solomon Baker 2.5k 11 10.52

1k Fun Run

Position Name Category Race Number Time
1st Girl Grace Hill 1k 8 4.49
1st Boy Declan Colclough 1k 2 4.23


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